All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Winter Concerts at Market Shops: The Market Shops at Sandestin presents the Winter Concert Series on the lawn with The Graytones from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 27. Bring chairs and blankets. In the event of rainy weather, the concert will be relocated to the covered patio outside of Bijoux at The Market Shops.
• Feb. 3: Donnie Sundal
• Feb. 10: Ron Adams
• Feb. 17: Chuck Lawson
• Feb. 24: Chris Alvarado
Breakfast Cooked to Order: St. Agatha's Episcopal Church will hold an extra breakfast from 7-11 a.m. Jan. 27 at the Parish Hall, 150 Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs. Breakfast is for the convenience of Chautauqua Assembly attendees and the general public. Cost is $7.25/adults and $4/children under 10. Proceeds benefit the church and its food ministry. The historic church will be open for tours. Other breakfasts are on March 3, April 7, and May 5.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society: Award winning photographer Walt Spence will lead a bird walk Jan. 27 around the bay shore of Niceville and Valparaiso. Bring binoculars and cameras to see and record an interesting mix of birds and local history. Wear warm clothes and sturdy shoes. Meet at the Mattress Depot, 597 John Sims Parkway (Bayou Plaza) Niceville at 7:30 a.m. Call 582-7064 for more information.
Feb. 1: “Trees on the Coast, Enhancing the Beauty of Okaloosa and Walton Counties, One Tree at a Time” will be presented by Allen French at the meeting at 6:30 p.m. in room 308/309 of the student services building 400 at NWFSC in Niceville. Admission is free and open to the public. Call or email Dr. Don Baltz at 225-252-2760, dbaltz@LSU.edu for more information.
Feb. 10: Led by property owner Bob Reid, a field trip to Little Creek Woods in north Walton County will be held. Wear sturdy closed toe shoes and a hat and bring sack lunch, your camera, and binoculars. Meet at the CVS store, across the street from McDonald’s, in Oak Creek Shopping Center Niceville at 7 a.m. Call 678-1926.
Feb. 17: Expert birder Alan Knothe and members of the Bay County Audubon Chapter will lead a bird walk to Ft. Walton Beach Landfill and Holding Ponds. Meet at Pepitos parking lot, 1313 Lewis Turner Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach at 8:15 a.m. Wear closed toed shoes and bring binoculars Call 208-1780 for information.
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.
Moonlight Paddle: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach hosts a Moonlight Paddle from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 30. 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.
Sinfornia Gulf Coast Recruitment: Sinfonia Gulf Coast will hold a volunteer recruitment for its new annual fundraising event, Crescendo! (formerly Wine Women and Shoes), from 4-6 p.m. Jan. 30 at its office, 36468 Emerald Coast Parkway, Suite 11102 in Destin. The sign-up sheets for a range of volunteer duties will be completed for all volunteer roles “front of house” and “behind the scenes” including set up/break down, check-in, greeting, soliciting silent and live auction items, fashion show models, assisting vendors and more. Light bites and wine will be served. Call 460-8800 or email email@example.com for more information.
Mental illness course: The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Mental Health Association will offer a 12-week course to help individuals cope with mental illness of family members and friends. The free course is from 6-8 p.m. beginning Jan. 31 at Village Baptist Church, 101 Matthew Blvd. in Destin. Reservations must be made at 244-1040.
Free Income Tax Preparation: Free income tax preparation for low to middle income families and individuals is being offered in Walton County at the Walton County Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach from 12:30-4:45 p.m. Mondays and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Call 267-2809. Also at Freeport Library, 76 Hwy. 20W, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. Call 835-2040. And, DeFuniak Springs Library, 3 Circle Drive, from 12-4 p.m. Thursdays. Call 892-3624. Tax-Aide begins on Feb. 1 and continues through April 13.
Girls Getaway: Rosemary Beach Foundation hosts the 13th Annual Rosemary Beach Girls Getaway on Super Bowl Weekend, Feb. 1-4. Festivities include songwriters concert, art class, interior designer’s talk, Rosé-mary Bingo, dinner/dance at La Cocina and more. Tickets are $195 and $205 after Jan. 21. Art supply fee is $50. Visit www.rbfgirlsgetaway.com for additional information.
Gulf Place will host the OneBlood Drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Gulf Place parking lot, behind the stage. Photo ID is required. All donors receive a wellness checkup of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including cholesterol screening. Donors will also receive a long sleeve T-shirt.
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. Feb. 2 and 16.
Americana Music: The Americana Music at The Lodge concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 3 with Mike and Maggie McKinney known as Lucky Mud, who host the series at Camp Helen State Park. Doors open at 6 p.m. Concerts are free with a requested donation to help Friends of Camp Helen with the series and special projects that benefit the park. Refreshments available for a donation.
• Feb. 17: Brian Smalley
• March 3: 2PM from South Florida
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.
Breakfast Cooked to Order: The first Saturday breakfast will be held from 7-11 a.m. Feb. 3 in the Parish Hall at St. Agatha’s Episcopal Church, 150 Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs. Cost is $7.25/adults and $4/children under 10. Take-outs available. Proceeds benefit the church and its food ministry. The historic church will be open for tours. Other breakfasts are on March 3, April 7, and May 5.
Pajama Brunch: Wear your jammies and get free mimosas from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 4 (the first Sunday of every month) at Grayton Seafood Co. in Santa Rosa Beach. Offer available to customers who purchase a brunch or lunch entrée.
Democratic Women: The Walton County Democratic Women’s Club will hold its first meeting for 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Coastal Library Meeting Room off Route 331. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Master Gardener Lecture Series: Learning about some strange things in lawns and landscapes will be discussed in “What on Earth is That? The Lowdown on Weird Occurrences in the Landscape,” from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 7 at the UF/IFAS Walton County Extension Coastal Branch, 70 Logan Lane in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 892-8172 or email email@example.com to reserve a spot. Cost is $5, cash or check only, and payable at the door. Light refreshments will be served.
Fish Fry: St. Rita Catholic Church, 137 Moll Drive in Santa Rosa Beach, will hold fish fry dinners from 3-7 p.m. Feb. 9 and 23; and March 9. Adults are $10 and children under 10 are free. Call 267-2558.
Job Fair: Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort will host a job fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at the resort’s Linkside Exhibit Hall. Hiring full-time, part-time, seasonal, and internship opportunities are available. Applicants are asked to dress in "business casual" attire and bring copies of their résumé. On-the-spot interviews will take place, and applicants are encouraged to apply online prior to attending at careers.sandestin.com. Call 267-8169.
Art in the Park: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach will hold a basket weaving class from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 9. 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.
Topsail Talks Series: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park presents Topsail’s Artificial Reef by South Walton Artificial Reef Association from 10-11 a.m. Feb. 9 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.
Mardi Gras Dog Parade: The theme for the 15th Annual Mardi Gras Dog Parade at Baytowne Wharf is Bone Appetit and begins at 2 p.m. Feb. 11. Register at http://www.baytownewharf.com/files/pdfs/2018dogparaderegistrationform.pdf.
Fat Tuesday Parade: Let your hair down and laissez les bon temps rouler at 5 p.m. Feb. 13 at Baytowne Wharf with the 16th annual Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Parade. Unique and colorful floats, golf carts, and pick-up trucks roll down the streets. Dress in your Mardi Gras best and shower parade goers with a barrage of beads, moon-pies, and other trinkets. The post-parade celebration continues into the night with street performers, "throws" tossed from balconies and parties at various village merchants.
Shades Beer Club: Shades Bar & Grill on 30A in Inlet Beach will host the beer club from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 14 with Valentine’s Day themed food pairings. The $20 beer tasting includes five 3-ounce beers and hors d’oeuvres. Seating is limited. Call 231-9410 to sign up.
• March 15: Girl Scout Cookie pairings
Valentine’s Dinner Cruise: Cruise in the moonlight on sparkling waters from 7-10 p.m. Feb. 14 and Feb. 16 aboard the Solaris yacht, docked at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Evening includes special dinner and dancing to live entertainment. Reservations required at www.SunQuestCruises.com or 650-2519.
Snowbird Stroll: The community is invited to attend the Snowbird Stroll from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 15 at Gulf Place in Walton County. Guests check in at the stage to receive their complimentary commemorative glass and a map with all the participating merchants. Guests will enjoy live music, door prizes, wine and hors d’oeuvres at more than 15 stops in the Gulf Place neighborhood.
Gumbo Festival: The 29th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival begins with the Crawfish Boil Kick-off Party at 5 p.m. Feb. 16 at Baytowne Wharf. The main event sampling begins at noon Feb. 17 where you vote for the “People’s Choice.” Celebrity judges will name the "Area's Best." Gulf Coast Restaurants will be featured along with live music from Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe and children's activities. Event is rain or shine. For tickets and more information, visit http://www.sandestingumbofestival.com/.
Love Tracks: A 5K Fun Run/Walk, Love Tracks takes place from 7-11 a.m. Feb. 17 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Those running or walking the 5K without a dog will start at 8 a.m. Those running or walking with a dog will start at 8:45 a.m. Race entrance fees are $5/children, $10/adults, $15/adults with a dog ($5 for each additional dog). Dogs are only allowed to enter with an adult. All race participants registered by Jan. 26 will get a bag and a T-shirt. The registered dogs will get a bandanna. All funds raised will benefit the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and help them further their mission of supporting the park. Register at www.topsailparkfriends.org.
Topsail Hill: As part of Black History Month, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park will host “Turpentining in Topsail” from 12-2 p.m. Feb. 18. Learn about the Turpentine industry that occurred in the park area during the late 1800s and early 1900s as well as outdoor cooking techniques from that time period. This program is free with regular park admission.
An Evening with Ehren Jordan
The 2018 30A Wine Festival kicks off with an intimate dinner from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 21 in Fonville Park in Alys Beach and features Winemaker Ehren Jordan of Failla Wines and Day Zinfandel. The four-course meal will be prepared by Alys Beach Executive Chef Drew Dzejak with select wine pairings from Failla Wines. Tickets are $265 per person and available at https://www.30awinefestival.com/
Bubbly Baytowne: Bubbly Baytowne includes free champagne and shopping from 5-6 p.m. Feb. 22 at Baytowne Wharf. Sip and shop through the village streets. Stop in various retail merchants as you enjoy a selection of premium champagnes. Event for 21 and up only.
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; 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 horizons.
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.
Thoughtful Dinner Series: Chef Nikhil Abuvala, chef/owner of Roux 30a, will prepare the five course dinner with wine pairings dinner benefiting Food For Thought at 7 p.m. March 1 in the Emeril Lagasse Full Circle Kitchen, 132 Market St. in Santa Rosa Beach. Tickets are $250/person or reserve private table for eight for $2,500. Purchase tickets at https://fftfl.org/products/spring-thoughtful-dinner-table-1.
Annual Dinner: The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast’s Annual Dinner March 1 at the Emerald Grande Ballroom at HarborWalk Village recognizes key volunteers, community leaders, staff and Club members who have helped drive the impact of Boys & Girls Club here in Northwest Florida. Purchase tickets at https://emeraldcoastbgc.org/2018-annual-dinner/
Classical Connections Concerts: The Classical Connections series presented by Sinfonia Gulf Coast features violinist Corinne Stillwell at 7:30 p.m. March 3 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.
Wednesday Night Concert Series: Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Mose Wilson & The Delta Twang at 7 p.m. March 7 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• March 14: Boukou Groove
• March 21: Luke Langford & The 331 Band
• March 28: Forrest Williams Band
Panhandle Job Fair: The Annual Spring Panhandle Job Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 8 at St Mary’s Parish in Fort Walton Beach. Registration for employer set-up is 8-9:45 a.m. Businesses are encouraged to register early and take advantage of the lower $200 booth fee. Register online at www.panhandlejobfair.com. For the second year in a row, the Job Fair will partner with three area high schools. The interested students attending the job fair are ideal candidates for the service and hospitality industry.
Thoughtful Brunch: The first Thoughtful Brunch to benefit Food For Thought will feature Townsend Catering Company at 10:30 a.m. March 11 in the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Full Circle Kitchen, 132 Market St. in Santa Rosa Beach. Tickets are $250/person or reserve private table for eight for $2,500. Purchase tickets at https://fftfl.org/products/thoughtful-brunch-adult-tickets.
A Round for the Kids: The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast hosts A Round for the Kids Fundraiser March 24 at Emerald Bay Golf Club in Destin. Registration at 8 a.m. and Shotgun Start at 9 a.m. Register at https://emeraldcoastbgc.org/a-round-for-the-kids/
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.