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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.
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.
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.
Black Friday/Record Store Day: Central Square Records in Seaside opens at 8 a.m. Nov. 24 and will have exclusive, limited vinyl releases unique to this special day. Also, giveaways with purchases and a few raffles.
Bocce Ball Tournament: Presented by Rosemary Beach Foundation, the 2017 Fall Bocce Ball Tournament will be held Nov. 25 at St. Augustine Green in Rosemary Beach. Court assignments begin at 9 a.m. and tournament at 10 a.m. Bring bocce balls. Tickets available at www.bocce30a.com. Team of two is $65 and includes BBQ and 2 complimentary drinks.
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.
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.
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. Dec. 1 and 15; Jan 5 and 19; and Feb. 2 and 16.
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.
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.
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 performancesby 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.