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 Ron Adams from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 10. 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. 17: Chuck Lawson
• Feb. 24: Chris Alvarado
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society: Led by property owner Bob Reid, a field trip to Little Creek Woods in north Walton County will be held Feb. 10. 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 binocu-lars Call 208-1780 for information.
Embroiderers’ Guild: The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will hold a stitch-in from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Feb. 11 and a meeting from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Religious Education building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd. in Niceville. Visitors are welcome. Call 496-3466 with any questions.
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.
Tuesday Night Music Club: Enjoy the music of Kyle Ogle and Mark Gillespie from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 13 at Grayton Seafood Co., 50 Uptown Grayton Circle #1 in Santa Rosa Beach. Cold beer and a southern Shrimp Boil and Gumbo feast round out the evening.
• Feb. 20: Forrest Williams
Job Fair: Alys Beach will host a job fair giving interested candidates the opportunity to further their career from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at 9581 East County Hwy. 30A, Bldg C. Applicants will meet with hiring managers from each department. Apply online prior to the job fair. To apply online and to view job descriptions, visit http://www.alysbeach.com/careers/#.WnjNy66nEcV. For more information, call 213-5500.
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.
ECTC’s Sylvia: Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) presents the romantic comedy “Sylvia” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays Feb. 15 through March 4 at 560 Grand Blvd. in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. The play is appropriate for ages 13 and up due to mature situations. Tickets are $28/adults, $24/seniors, and $20/students. Purchase tickets at emeraldcoastheatre.org or call 684-0323.
Evening with the Experts: Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will host a free seminar on heart health from 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Embassy Suites Destin — Miramar Beach, 570 Scenic Gulf Drive in Destin. Guest speakers include board-certified cardiologists Dr. Mark Grise, Dr. Charles Mayes, Dr. Jason Foreman, and Dr. Amna Ahmed. Complimentary blood pressure screenings will be available to guests prior to seminar, from 5:30-6 p.m. Dinner and refreshments will be served. Seating is limited and reservations are required at 278-3600 or 877-416-1620.
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 mu-sic, door prizes, wine and hors d’oeuvres at more than 15 stops in the Gulf Place neighborhood.
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.
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/.
FarmHouse Concert Series: Arnett’s Gulfside Farms and Stables, 613 S. County Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach, presents Nashville’s Lee Rolfes with Mark Gillespie for the Friday FarmHouse Concert Series from 6:30-10 p.m. Feb. 16.
• Feb. 23: Hit Songwriters House Concerts on 30A
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. 16.
Americana Music: The Americana Music at The Lodge concert begin at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17 with Brian Smalley. 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.
• March 3: 2PM from South Florida
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. The registered dogs will get a ban-danna. 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.
Hops for Hounds: Dog-Harmony hosts a new dog walk and fun run Feb. 17 at Grayton Beer Company. Proceeds from the two-mile dog walk and one-mile kids fun run, as well as activities for the whole family, will go to Dog-Harmony.
Volunteers for Wine Festival: The Seventh Annual 30A Wine Festival at Alys Beach benefiting Children's Volunteer Health Network will take place Feb. 22-25. Renowned vintners and culinary experts come together for this four-day festival and volunteers are needed. To volunteer, email email@example.com or call 797-2237 to request shifts.
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.
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.
Republican Women: The Walton Republican Women’s Federated will meet at 11 a.m. Feb. 21 at Cantina Laredo at Grand Boulevard. Real estate and large scale expert Julie Smith will speak on the new Veterans Lodge to be housed in Walton County. Cost is $20/members and $25/non-members.Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
SHRM: The Society for Human Resource Management of the Emerald Coast (SHRM-ECC) will meet at 7:15 a.m. Feb. 21 at Two Trees Restaurant, 1955 Lewis Turner Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach. Martha Bryson, SPHR/HR will speak. Cost is $15/members and $20/non-members with breakfast included. Register by Feb. 19 at www.SHRM-EmeraldCoast.org.
Garden Club: The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at 9:45 a.m. Feb. 21 in the Bayview Room at Bayside Conference Center in Sandestin Resort. Melissa Register of the Register Family Farm in Freeport will present “Bee Sweet, Honey” complete with an observation hive to view the inside of a bee frame with a queen. Products will be for sale. Price for attending the business meeting, program and luncheon is $25. Price for the business meeting and program only is $8. RSVP before 10 p.m. Sunday prior to meeting at email@example.com or 424-3646.
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.
Chautauqua Theatre: The Florida Chautauqua Theatre presents “Once Upon A Crime” at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 and 24 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at The Florida Chautauqua Theatre, 840 Baldwin Ave. in DeFuniak Springs. The production has a cast of 15 local performers ranging in age from middle school to adult. Tickets will go on sale Feb. 19 and are $15/adults and $12 for students 18 and under. For more information, call 892-9494.
Fish Fry: St. Rita Catholic Church, 137 Moll Drive in Santa Rosa Beach, will hold fish fry dinners from 3-7 p.m. Feb. 23; and March 9. Adults are $10 and children under 10 are free. Call 267-2558.
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 sto-ries, 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/
Spring Thoughtful Dinner: Food For Thought hosts its Spring Thoughtful Dinner from 7-10 p.m. March 1 at the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Full Circle Kitchen, 132 Market Street in Santa Rosa Beach. Tickets for the five course dinner with wine pairings are on sale at https://fftfl.org/products/spring-thoughtful-dinner-table-1.
Breakfast Cooked to Order: The first Saturday breakfast will be held from 7-11 a.m. March 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 April 7 and May 5.
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.
Pajama Brunch: Wear your jammies and get free mimosas from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 4 (the first Sunday of every month) at Grayton Sea-food Co. in Santa Rosa Beach. Offer available to customers who purchase a brunch or lunch entrée.
Registration: Kindergarten registration for the 2018-19 school year will be held at all Walton County elementary schools during weekdays from March 5 to March 16 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. To be eligible to enter Kindergarten, a child must be five (5) years of age on or before Sept. 1. An official proof of birth is required at the time of registration. Children born in the state of Florida may obtain an official birth certificate at the Walton County Public Health Unit, 362 State Highway 83 in DeFuniak Springs.
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.
Biophilia Spring Break: The Biophilia Center in Freeport is offering a day camp to keep little "explorers” ages 5-12 busy from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 21. Some events include dip-netting in the pond, hiking nature trails, hanging out with animals and crafting with nature materials. Cost is $45/camper and members receive 20 percent discount. Register at http://www.eowilsoncenter.org/.
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/
Sinfonia: Sinfonia Gulf Coast presents “Rodgers & Hammerstein on Stage and Screen” at 7:30 p.m. March 31 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Gala table seating, single seating, corporate sponsor tables and full tables of 10 are available and tickets range from $45-$150. Proceeds benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast and its music education program. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or call 460-8800.
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.