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Seeing Red: Wine tastings, winemaker dinners, and a Sunday brunch are part of the 27th Annual Seaside Seeing Red Wine Festival from Nov. 11-12. Also enjoy live music and hundreds of wines. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Seaside Neighborhood School and the Seaside Institute. Purchase tickets at http://www.seeingredwinefestival.com/
Fashion for a Cause: The third annual event presented by AB+Production will be held from 4-7 p.m. Nov. 11 at the rooftop venue of ECAR’s newest location in South Walton, 6757 US Hwy. 98. High fashion trends for women, men, and children will be followed by a “White Party” with hors d’oeuvres, music, dance, networking, and entertainment. The goal is to raise funds and awareness for the local charities of Children in Crisis Inc. and Wave a Smile, Inc. Guests will be expected to wear white attire. Tickets may be purchased at Eventbrite.com.
Veterans Day Program: Honoring Veterans: Past, Present and Future will be a Veterans Day program from 8:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 11 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Programs, exhibits and activities honoring the connection between the park, the Florida Panhandle and the local military history will be presented. There will also be a Civil War living history exhibit on site as well as a Kids Korner with fun activities. Coffeen Nature Preserve will present its “Bombs Away” program, and a mini parade through the campground with golf carts, bikes, strollers, pets and you will end the festivities. Admission is free during the event.
Movie Under the Stars: Drive-in movies return with "Cars 3: Driven to Win" at 6 p.m. Nov. 11 at Hope Lutheran Church at 3834 Hwy. 98 West. Movie will be projected outside under the stars in the front parking lot. There will be hot dogs, popcorn, water and treats. Start making your cardboard box cars now to watch the movie from. The best car will receive a Menchie’s Gift Card. If you are not watching the movie from your cardboard cars, please bring a chair. If inclement weather, movie will be indoors.
Foundation for Kids: Dress up for Gameday at the annual Sandestin Foundation for Kids Gameday 5K at 9 a.m. Nov. 11. The race includes a 5K for all ages and 1 mile fun run for kids 12 and under throughout Sandestin. Cost is $35/5K and $20/fun run. Post-race tailgate fun will be at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina with cornhole, bounce house, face painting, hot dogs, silent auction and the college football game of the day live on the jumbo screen. Proceeds benefit Sandestin Foundation for Kids organization that allows for funds to be gifted to needy children and families quickly in the event of a tragedy.
Flutterby Festival: The 25th Flutterby Festival celebrates the migration of the Monarch Butterfly through this area with free art activities, live music, theatre and dance performances, art exhibits, and a butterfly parade from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 11 and 12 in Watersound Origins, 573 Pathways Drive, Suite 102, in Watersound. Proceeds benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County's Art For All grant program. Discover more details at www.CulturalArtsAlliance.com.
Celebration of Bubbles: Finish your weekend at the Seeing Red Wine Festival with the Celebration of Bubbles from 12-2 p.m. Nov. 12, hosted by Chef Jim Shirley and his 45 Central Wine Bar in the Seaside Lyceum. Purchase tickets at https://greatsoutherncafe.ticketspice.com/celebration-of-bubbles.
Birthday Bash: Celebrate Pizza by the Sea’s 10th Birthday Bash from 4-7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Gulf Place, featuring live music from Huck and Lily, birthday cake, party favors, and more. Party attendees will be able to try a new pizza and will be given the opportunity to help PBTS name it. The person that chooses the winning name will win one pizza a month, for an entire year.
FPRA: The Northwest Florida Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 14 at Central Park in Alys Beach. Tom Dodson, vice president of sales for Alys Beach, will speak on "The Alys Beach Brand- From Vision to Execution." The cost for members and students is $15 and $25 for non-members. Pre-registration required at www.nwfcoastFPRA.org.
The REP: REP Tribute Concert, fundraiser for The REP, will be held Nov. 14 at The Seaside Repertory Theater, 216 Quincy Circle in Santa Rosa Beach. Tickets $70 and available at 231-0733 or www.lovetherep.org.
Garden Club: The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at 9:45 a.m. Nov. 15 in the Bayview Room, Bayside Conference Center in Sandestin. Meeting includes “Pumpkins Galore,” “Celebrate Our Veterans,” the importance of our heritage, and cards for veterans. Price for meeting, pro-gram and luncheon is $25. Price for the meeting and program is $8. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or 424-3646 by 10 p.m. Sunday before.
Republican Women: Walton Republican Women Federated will meet at 11 a.m. Nov. 15 at Cantino Laredo in Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach. This month’s program will feature local Harvey H. Jackson III, author of The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera. The cost for guests is $25 and $20 for members. Reservations are required at 301-518-0316 or email@example.com.
Business After Hours: The Market Shops at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort will host the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 16. Explore the shops while enjoying live music by the Graytones, as well as compli-mentary champagne. Visit each merchant for a chance to win gift cards, prizes and more. Celebrate the 20-year anniversary of Sunset Shoes & Lifestyles from 5-7 p.m. in their store.
Baytowne on Ice: Dust off those skates and get in the winter spirit at The Village of Baytowne Wharf's Baytowne on Ice through Feb. 3 in the Events Plaza. For details, visit www.baytownewharf.com or call 267-8184.
Fall Harvest Wine Dinner: Bud & Alley’s Pizza Bar + Trattoria on 30A in Seaside celebrate the fall season with a Fall Harvest Wine Dinner at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at Pizza Bar. Tickets are $100/person (plus tax and gratuity) and include an aperitif, passed hors d’oeuvres and four-course dinner. Reservations are required at 231-3113.
ECMS: The Emerald Coast Meditation Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Christ the King, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393. Ken Roman will present “Tai-Chi and the Heart Mind Connection.” For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bingo: St. Rita Catholic Church, 137 Moll Drive in Santa Rosa Beach, will meet for dinner at 5:30 p.m. and Bingo at 6 p.m. Nov. 17; Dec. 1 and 15; Jan 5 and 19; and Feb. 2 and 16.
Coastal White Christmas: The Town Center in Grand Boulevard will have thousands of white lights Nov. 18 through Jan. 1. Every Friday and Saturday night in December enjoy a free, horse-drawn carriage ride around the Town Center while faux snow falls on the Festival of Trees display in Grand Park from 5-8 p.m. Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s Dickens Carolers will sing holiday carols from 5-7 p.m.
Holiday Lights: Stroll the streets of The Village of Baytowne Wharf, lined in twinkling lights and greenery, sip champagne and sample items from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 18 during the Fifth Annual Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights. Enjoy live music and the first tree lighting of the season.
Book Sale: The DeFuniak Springs Friends of the Library will hold the last book sale of the year from 8:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 18 at the Walton County Fairgrounds, Rte 83 North in DeFuniak Springs.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society: Join expert birder Bruce Purdy in a bird walk at Destin beaches Nov. 18. Meet in the parking lot at the SW end of Marler Bridge over East Pass at 7:30 a.m. Wear closed toed shoes and a hat and have your current beach permit which can be obtained online at eglin.isportsman.net. Call 305-359-5334.
Unleashed: The Seventh Annual Rosemary Beach Unleashed will be held from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 19 at West Long Green Park in Rosemary Beach. Events include Yappy Hour, Pet Parade and Costume Contest, and more. With a donation of $110, your favorite canine will be on a 2017 Rosemary Beach Unleashed event poster. Visit www.rosemarybeachfoundation.org.
Face Painting: Festive Face Painting is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. Bring the kids and watch as they are transformed into creative creatures from 12-2 p.m. Nov. 21 in North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach.
Open House/Walk-About: From 3-6 p.m. Nov. 21 take advantage of holiday specials and promotions while enjoying specialty beverages at Grand Boulevard’s participating retail stores and restaurants. Visit all and enter to win “A Taste of Grand Boulevard” that includes a gift from each participating business.
Kid's Yoga: Yoga instructor Galina Wells will host free Kid’s Yoga from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 21 and Dec. 5 and 19 at Walton County Coastal Library in Santa Rose Beach. All ages welcome. No registration required. For more information, call 267-2809.
Festival of Trees: Kick-off is from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 21 at Grand Boulevard for 12 non-profit organizations that will compete to win cash prizes totaling $7,000, including Best of Show and People’s Choice. The People’s Choice winner will be voted on and announced along with Best of Show, Second and Third Place winners, at the kick-off. Display will be up until Christmas,
Every Christmas Story: The Seaside REP’s “Every Christmas Story Ever Told” will have free performances at 2 p.m. Nov. 21 in North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach; 2 p.m. Nov. 24 at NatureWalk in Seagrove; at 10 a.m. Nov. 25 at the Amphitheater at Alys Beach; and at 2 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Seaside Post Office during Turn on the Town festivities.
Moonlight & Movies: Bring the family for a free movie, “A Christmas Story,” under the stars from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 22 on the Western Green in Rosemary Beach. Chairs and blankets welcome.
Thanksgiving Cruise: Celebrate on the water during SunQuest Cruises’ Thanksgiving Buffet Cruises on the SOLARIS yacht in Sandestin with a lunch cruise from 12-2 p.m. and a dinner cruise from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 23. The Solaris yacht is docked at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Re-sort. Prices range from $23 - $62 per person and includes a two-hour cruise and the buffet. Reservations are required at www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 650-2519.
Topsail Under the Stars: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association host an evening of viewing the sun, moon and stars through telescopes from 1:45-7:30 p.m. Nov. 24. Participants need to be in the park before the gate closes at sunset. Event is free with regular park admission.
The Polar Express: Watch a free holiday favorite, “The Polar Express,” from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 24 on the Events Plaza Lawn at the Village of Baytowne Wharf.
Holiday Open House: The 15th annual Holiday Open House on Nov. 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Gulf Place. Enjoy arts & crafts, music, and refreshments, each artist will have different holiday presents available to make which will range in price from $12 to $30. There will be live music by Jay and the BluJays on Friday from 2-4 p.m. and by Sammy Jackson on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. Santa Claus will drop by via firetruck on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with photos for $5 each.
Photos with Santa: Santa visits Grand Park in Grand Boulevard from 2-3 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 25 though Dec. 16, at the Festival of Trees dis-play. Free photos. Abrakadoodle will offer free holiday arts and crafts for kids of all ages.
Breakfast with Santa: Spend a magical morning in Santa’s Workshop from 8-10 a.m. Nov. 25 at Town Hall in Rosemary Beach. Tickets are $20/child and complimentary for adults and include boxed breakfast, photo and goodie bag. Purchase at door; cash only. Proceeds go to Angel Tree Program of Walton County.
Here Comes Santa Claus: Get in the winter spirit when Santa Claus comes to the Village of Baytowne Wharf from 6-9 p.m. Nov 25. Kids will enjoy face-painting, crafts, and a fireworks display at 8 p.m.
Wreaths for Alaqua: The Fourth Annual Wreaths for Alaqua will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at Old Florida Fish House in Seagrove Beach. All of the proceeds will benefit the no-kill facility in Freeport. Auctioneer Helen “Redd” Vizard will present 20 wreaths created by local artists, businesses, and individuals during the auction. The wreaths, some of which will be packaged with bonus items and gift certificates, will each go to the highest bidder during this holiday fundraiser for Alaqua.
Sounds of the Season: The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation and co-presenters, Destin Assembly of God, Destin United Methodist Church, St. Peter Catholic Church and Village Baptist Church will present the 22nd Annual Sounds of the Season at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at Village Baptist Church, 101 Matthew Blvd. in Destin. Admission is a new unwrapped child’s toy to be distributed among the participating church’s outreach ministries. A love offering at intermission will benefit the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s community outreach initiatives. This year’s concert will feature guest artist, Sarah Simmons Langston, and accompanying her on stage will be her husband Greg. In 2013, She wowed her way onto the NBC The Voice resulting in all four chairs turning and advancing her to the Final Eight.
Fully Committed: The Seaside REP presents Fully Committed, a one act play, from 7:30-9 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 7-9 at The Repertory Theatre, 216 Quincy Circle in Santa Rosa Beach. Tickets are $30.
Charity Soiree: Café Thirty-A will present its annual Charity Christmas Soiree from 7-11 p.m. Dec. 1 with a buffet and passed heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, music by DJ 30A, a silent auction and a raffle. Dress is evening attire with black tie optional. Proceeds will benefit Caring and Sharing of South Walton. General admission tickets will be $75/person and will be available for purchase on cafethirtya.com.
Community Campfire: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach will host a Community Campire from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 2. There will be s’mores, sing-a–long songs by students from Ohana Institute, hot chocolate, and stories by the Bay Storytellers. Provisions pro-vided. Be sure to arrive before the gates close at 7 p.m. Event is free with regular park admission.
Wednesday Night Concerts — Holiday Edition: Get in the holiday spirit and listen to favorite holiday classics free at 6 p.m. Wednesdays in December in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf. Each concert will feature a choreographed light show and visits with Santa.
A Wrinkle in Time: Emerald Coast Theatre Company will present the play at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 2 p.m. Sundays Dec.7-22 at 560 Grand Blvd. Upstairs. Purchase tickets at https://www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org/tickets.
Norman Brown's Joyous Christmas: Smooth jazz and jingle bells return with "Norman Brown's Joyous Christmas" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. The show is hosted by GRAMMY award winning guitarist Norman Brown along with vocalist Bobby Caldwell and saxophonist Marion Meadows. Tickets are $80 and $40 for this guest event and are available exclusively through the Arts Center's Box Office at 729-6000 or www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org.
A Rockin’ Holiday: Mary Wilson of the Supremes brings her larger-than-life vocals and amazing energy to the Sinfonia stage for “A Rockin' Holiday with Mary Wilson of the Supremes" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Destiny Worship Center in Miramar Beach. Sinfonia's full orchestra shares the stage with her and her band. Purchase tickets at Sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
Lightwire Theater: The Northwest Florida Ballet presents Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 23 at Destin United Methodist Church’s Life Center, 200 Beach Drive. Show is a magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and Tchaikovsky. Box office prices for adults are $35 each and $15 for children 12 and under.
Fish Fry: St. Rita Catholic Church, 137 Moll Drive in Santa Rosa Beach, will hold fish fry dinners from 3-7 p.m. Jan. 12 and 26; Feb. 9 and 23; and March 9. Adults are $10 and children under 10 are free. Call 267-2558.
Songwriters Festival: The ninth annual 30A Songwriters Festival takes place Jan. 12-15 along scenic Highway 30A. Main stage perfor-mancesby Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, The Zombies, North Mississippi Allstars and Lee Ann Womack will be held in Grand Boulevard’s Town Center. Event will feature 175 songwriters and more than 225 performances at more than 25 venues in south Walton County. Weekend passes can be purchased at www.30asongwritersfestival.com and locally in South Walton at the Cultural Arts Alliance office in Santa Rosa Beach, the Foster Gallery in Grand Boulevard and at Central Square Records in Seaside.
Classical Connections Concerts: The Classical Connections series presented by Sinfonia Gulf Coast features SYBARITE5 string quintet at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Grace Lutheran Church in Destin. Tickets range from $29.50 to $45/person. To purchase tickets, visit SinfoniaGulf-Coast.org or call 460-8800.
• March 3: Violinist Corinne Stillwell
Pasta Dinner: St. Rita Catholic Church, 137 Moll Drive in Santa Rosa Beach, will hold a Pasta Dinner from 4-7 p.m. Feb. 3 to benefit Boy Scouts Troop 562. Adults are $8 and children under 10 are free.
Mommy & Me: Hope Lutheran Church, 3834 U.S. Hwy. 98, has a faith based ministry for moms and their children the first and third Mondays of the month from 9:30-11 a.m. Moms and their children can learn and grow together through music, Bible stories, crafts, snacks, and more. Each class is $5. Call 267-0322, email email@example.com, or visit Facebook page Mommy & Me Faith Based Program.
Family Challenge: Check in at the Topsail Hill Preserve State Park camp store between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays for the challenge package. When completed, return to camp store for a treat.
Sunday Pickin' at The Bay: The Bay Restaurant, on the Choctawhatchee Bay at the southern foot of the 331 bridge, will host Sunday Pickin' at The Bay every Sunday while the weather is nice. Local musician Mike Whitty and friends will get together in the garden at The Bay for a jam session. All local musicians are invited to come and join in. Happy Hour is from 4-6 p.m.
Geocache Around Topsail: Explore Topsail Hill Preserve State Park with a special 10 station geocache program from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Check in at the camp store for your coordinates. Upon completion, return to the camp store for a prize.
Beach Service: Worship at the beach with Hope Lutheran Church from 8-9 a.m. at Ed Walline Regional Beach Access across on Scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring a towel, chair, or stand on the boardwalk. Call 267-0322.
30A Farmers’ Market: Walk through the park like setting with shade trees, a fountain, cobblestone walkways and visit friendly farmers, makers and bakers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays year round at 12805 US Hwy. 98 E in Inlet Beach. Find fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, cheese, sauces, beef, chicken, ready-to-eat-foods and more at the new location.
Emerald Coast Farmers' Market: Fresh from the farm produce, dairy, honey, eggs, grass-fed beef, beef jerky, pork products and sausages; fresh local seafood, crab cakes, tuna and shrimp dips; homemade pita, hummus, salsa's, guacamole, jams, preserves, pickled veggies, cheeses, homemade pastas and sauces, and artisan breads and desserts are for sale at Seascape Resort, 100 Seascape Drive in Miramar Beach, from 1-6 Tuesdays year round and 12-6 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Grand Boulevard Farmers’ Market: The market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday in Grand Park in Miramar Beach between Cantina Laredo and Tommy Bahama’s. Vendors will offer locally sourced food-based items including produce, eggs, milk, butter, grass-fed beef, chicken, lamb, and pork, honey, pickled vegetables and gourmet jams. Market is held on Wednesdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Seaside Farmers Market: Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.