Don’t miss your chance to join the fun. 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 offers you new friendships, special offers and a chance at door prizes. Dozens of activities, most of them free to members, offer something for everyone. 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 entertainer David Seering, a snowbird favorite.

A Walton County Snowbirds Sunset Dolphin Cruise is planned aboard the Southern Star, 100 Harbor Blvd., on Wednesday, Feb. 7. The cruise is 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 whitledge812@gmail.com.

The Walton County Snowbird Singers are busy rehearsing for their concert, "Oh ... Listen to the Music,” at 3 p.m. Feb. 25 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 a Snowbird

The description “crafty” may sound like an insult to some, but not if you are part of the Walton County Snowbirds craft group. According to Paula Cramer, “My co-leader, Mazie Peoples, and I have put together a nice line-up of crafts for our members that include making burlap and seashell wreaths. This was a fun project where 20 participated, creating some beautiful wreaths. We also have classes making sand and seashell votives, sun catchers, butterfly magnets, stamped and painted tiles, a wooden wall hanging, pendants and bracelet jewelry classes, among others. Making greeting cards and Valentines are popular classes that are repeated each year.”

The craft group is also involved in a service project to benefit the homeless. They collect plastic bags, then cut them into strips and crochet the strips into large mats to be used for warmth when sitting on the ground.

Paula is from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and has been visiting the area with her husband Duane for seven years. Paula is also a talented artist, doing abstract acrylic paintings and even painting shoes and handbags.

“My favorite work now is in upcycled fiber art,” she said. “I find wool sweaters at thrift stores and shrink them down by washing and drying. I then use the deconstructed woolens to make mittens, pillows and other items. This year, I will be showing the Craft Group how to make ‘Scrappies’ using the woolen scraps with lace, buttons and paper words to design and make Valentines.”

Registered Walton County Snowbirds are welcome to join upcoming classes. Full information on this and all activities can be found at WaltonCountySnowbirds.com.

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