Don’t miss a great chance to join the fun. Be sure to register to become a Walton County Snowbird from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 5, at Faith Assembly Hall, 306 S. Geronimo St. in Miramar Beach. A membership fee of $10 per person buys special offers, a chance at door prizes, and the opportunity to make new friends. Dozens of activities (most of them free to members) offer something for everyone. But even better are the new friends you’ll make here in your winter nesting place. Full information can be found at waltoncountysnowbirds.com.

Other upcoming events

The next members’ general meeting is at 10 a.m. Feb. 7 at Destin United Methodist Church, 200 Beach Drive. Entertainment will be provided by vocalist David Seering, a snowbird favorite.

The snowbirds’ annual blood drive this year will be Jan. 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Members can sign up with Karen Moosekian by emailing 2destinkaren@gmail.com.

A Walton County Snowbirds Sunset Dolphin Cruise is planned aboard the Southern Star, 100 Harbor Blvd., on Wednesday, Feb. 7. The cruise is scheduled from 3:30-5:30 p.m. with boarding at 3 p.m. There will be live entertainment with beer, wine, sodas, water and appetizers provided. There will also be door prizes. Registered snowbird members can get tickets at registrations and general meetings for $20 per person. Contact Pat Whitledge at whitledge812@gmail.com.

Snowbird Singers Concert

The Walton County Snowbird Singers are busy rehearsing for their concert, "Oh ... Listen to the Music!," on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. at Santa Rosa Beach Community Church. The day's love offering will benefit Caring and Sharing of South Walton. More information will be supplied in the coming weeks, but save the date.

Meet some snowbirds

Of the 1,800-plus people who register as Walton County Snowbirds each year, quite a large number are single. Unlike their much younger counterparts, the Snowbird Singles are not necessarily looking for a mate or even a date. They are mostly interested in meeting new friends and doing activities in a group instead of alone.

This year 73 members have joined this “group within a group” so far, according to Eileen Anderson, one of the activity leaders. Eileen, who is from Wisconsin, has been taking part for just two years, having seen information on the Walton County Snowbirds website.

“So far this season we’ve had a cocktail party in December, dinner on New Year's Eve and in January we had a Meet & Greet,” Eileen explained. “We also go to area restaurants for Happy Hour once a week and have lunch after our general meeting. We are a friendly fun group that enjoys socializing. Sometimes it’s hard to go out and do things when you are by yourself and this is a good way to meet new people,” she added.

To join them, just register as a Walton County Snowbird next Monday and sign up with the group.

Dinah Keefe, from St. Paul, Minn., is the Walton County Snowbirds information officer. She can be reached at dinah_keefe@yahoo.com.