All area codes are 850 unless specified.
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.
SIN Night Party: The Bay in South Walton's Tuesday night SIN Night with Heritage will be held from 6-9 p.m. and will feature food and drink specials, live music and a place for locals to kick back and enjoy their down time.
Southside Slice: A family-friendly restaurant in Rosemary Beach, Southside Slice will hold its Grand Opening Nov. 28. Then, Southside Slice will be open daily and serve specialty pizza, sandwiches, salads, beer, wine and more.
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.
Jury Study Focus Groups: Participants are needed for a focus group every week from 12-5 p.m. in Santa Rosa Beach centered a round the legal community and actual cases currently in litigation. If interested, go to www.jurystudy.com and select Santa Rosa Beach or call 404-223-5437. When you complete the online application, your name will be entered for any upcoming focus groups. Light lunch included and $50 compensation for participating.
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.
Moonlight Paddle: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach hosts a Moonlight Paddle from 4-7 p.m. Dec. 2. Experience Campbell Lake on a Ranger guided paddling tour. Participants must be experienced canoers/kayakers over 12 years old. Program is $40/person and includes watercraft rental, PFD, paddle, park admission fee, glow sticks, tram ride to Campbell Lake and a donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Registration required in advance at www.topsailparkfriends.org.
Community Campfire: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach will host a Community Campfire 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 provided. Be sure to arrive before the gates close at 7 p.m. Event is free with regular park admission.
Kid's Yoga: Yoga instructor Galina Wells will host free Kid’s Yoga from 10:30-11:30 a.m. 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.
Master Gardener Lecture Series: Learning about citrus and palm and how to properly care for them will be discussed at 10 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Walton County Coastal Branch Extension office, 70 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach. Cost is $5/person, cash or check only. Reservations required by Monday before at 892-8172 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Light refreshments will be served.
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.
ECMS: The Emerald Coast Meditation Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Christ the King, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, in Santa Rosa Beach. Pat Carlyle will present “Dancing with Life: Exploring the Art of Giving and Receiving.”
Plant/Tree Sale: The Walton County Master Gardeners’ annual Plant and Tree Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 20 at the County Fair Grounds. Pre-orders may be placed until Dec. 7. Forms are available at the Extension office in DeFuniak Springs or call 892-8172 or email email@example.com.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society: Learn about the oldest and largest wildlife survey in the world and how you can help at the meeting Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 130 of the student services building, Bldg 400, at NWFSC, Niceville campus.. Alan Knothe, the Chapter bird count coordinator, will speak on the history of the bird count and how to identify some of the rare birds. Call 208-1780 or 225-252-2760.
• Dec. 18: Participate in the Audubon National Christmas Bird Count covering portions of Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Be a recorder, spotter or species identifier. Call 208-1780.
Coastal Branch Library: Chess on Mondays is at 4 p.m. for all ages and levels of players; Preschool Story Hour at 10 a.m. Thursdays for stories, crafts and music plus visit from Santa on Dec. 7; Book Lovers Club at 10 a.m. the second Tuesday of the month through May. Call 267-2809 for book titles. The Joy Art Group meets from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays for artists of multiple genres to collaborate and broaden their hori-zons.
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.
Art in the Park: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach will hold a basket weaving session from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8. Fee is $35 and includes materials. Regular park admission applies and is paid at ranger station. Registration is due seven days before class in the park store or at www.topsailparkfriends.org.
• Jan. 12: Watercolor for $25
• Feb. 9: Basket Weaving for $35.
Prohibition Wine Dinner: Restaurant Paradis presents the Third Annual Prohibition Repeal Wine Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9 with 20 percent of all proceeds benefitting the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. In keeping with the night’s theme, the dress code is 1930s attire. Tickets are $125 per person for four-course wine pairing and a four-course dinner and are available at 534-0400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Topsail Talks Series: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the South Walton Mosquito Control District (SWMCD) will present a mosquito program from 10-11 a.m. Dec. 15 in the Clubhouse. Free with regular park admission. Topsail Talks is a monthly educational discovery series with presentations from organizations and government agencies from outside the park.
• Jan. 12: WWII: Bombs Away by Coffeen Nature
• Feb. 9: Topsail’s Artificial Reef by South Walton Artificial Reef Association
First Day Hike: Explore the park with a Ranger from 9-11:30 a.m. or 2-3:30 p.m. Jan. 1 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Wear weather appropriate clothing and closed toed shoes. Bring water bottle, hat and sunscreen. Check in at the Ranger Station for starting location. Program is free with regular park admission.
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.
Annual Mardi Gras Parade/Street Festival: DeFuniak Springs will "Let the Good Times Roll" as Krewe de Yak’s Fifth Annual Mardi Gras Parade and Festival takes placebeginning at 11 a.m. Jan. 20 on Circle Drive. Food, fun, and family-friendly entertainment celebrate the Carnival season with a Street Fair, Car Show, Parade and After Party. For more information, call 419-5977 or email email@example.com. Complete schedule of events is at www.krewedeyak.org.
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.