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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 are available for a donation.
• March 3: 2 p.m. from South Florida
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. Fireworks begin at 6 p.m. 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. 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.
Hops for Hounds: Dog-Harmony hosts a new dog walk and fun run from 10 a.m. to noon 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.
Winter Concerts at Market Shops: The Market Shops at Sandestin presents the Winter Concert Series on the lawn with Chuck Lawson from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 17. 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. 24: Chris Alvarado
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society: Expert birder Alan Knothe and members of the Bay County Audubon Chapter will lead a bird walk Feb. 17 to Fort 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.
• March 1: Dr. Caroline Stahala, Panhandle Shorebird program manager, will discuss some of our local winter shorebirds, not only who they are and where they can be found, but also what are we doing to learn more about them and how you might participate in her projects. The program will be held at 6:30 p.m. in room 302 of the student services building 400 at the NWFSC Niceville campus. Admission is free. Call 225-252-2760.
• March 10: Enjoy a Bird Walk to Fuller Lake Coffeen Nature Preserve and Four Mile Village in South Walton County with Jim Wilson and birder Bruce Purdy in an expedition through this historic site. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Silver Sands Shopping Center at traffic light, behind Starbucks. Wear closed toed shoes and bring a sack lunch.
• March 17: Join leader Dr. Neil Lamb and members of the Bay and Choctawhatchee Audubon Society at a 300-acre preserve in Bay County. Meet at the CVS parking lot Hwy. 20 Oak Creek Shopping Center in Niceville at 7 a.m. or the Publix Parking Lot in Freeport at 7:30. Wear closed toed shoes and long pants and bring sack lunch. Call 814-1276 for additional information.
• March 31: Join Bruce Purdy in a birding tour of the parks on the north shore of Destin bordering Choctawhatchee Bay. Meet at the CVS parking lot at the corner of Hwy. 98 and Main Street in Destin opposite Regions Bank at 7:30 a.m. Be prepared to carpool. Wear long pants and close toed shoes. Bring binoculars and scopes. Call 305-926-6030 for details.
Tuesday Night Music Club: Enjoy the music of Forrest Williams from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 20 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.
FarmHouse Concert Series: Arnett’s Gulfside Farms and Stables, 613 S. County Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach, presents Hit Songwriters House Concerts on 30A for the Friday FarmHouse Concert Series from 6:30-10 p.m. Feb. 23.
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.
Art workshops: Award-winning Santa Rosa Beach artist Kathleen Broaderick will have eight different instruction sessions including acrylic art classes and three-day oil painting workshops. Most sessions will be held at Broaderick’s space, CHROMA Studio & Gallery, 3925 W. Scenic Highway 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Visit www.CHROMA30a.com or call 844-5-CHROMA for prices and registration.
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.
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.
Sacred Heart Seminar: Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will host a seminar on fall prevention, “Bodies In Balance: Biological Risk Factors,” at 11 a.m. Feb. 23 at Somerby Assisted Living, 164 W. Hewett Road, Santa Rosa Beach, 2nd Floor Conference Room. Call 278-3600 or 877-416-1620 to register.
Dedication Ceremony: The Town of Seaside will hold a dedication ceremony in front of the mural of Vincent Scully at 3 p.m. Feb. 23 at 25 Central Square along Hwy. 30A, weather permitting.
Embroiderers’ Guild: The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will hold 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Seminar: Margaret R. McDowell, firm founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, a fee-only registered investment advisory firm, will host “Investing in a Volatile, Late-Stage Bull Market” at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room in Miramar Beach. Call 608-6121 to reserve seating. Refreshments will be served. Investors have already dealt with a market correction in 2018 and heightened volatility is expected in the year’s remaining months.
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.
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.
Haz-Mat Collection Day: A project to collect, recycle, treat and properly dispose of household hazardous wastes (pesticides, used oil, paint, brake fluid, anti-freeze, etc.) will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 3 at the Walton County Fairgrounds in DeFuniak Springs and Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 892-8180 with questions.
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.
Academy Awards Viewing Party: Walk the red carpet at 6 p.m. into the Viewing Party for the 90th Annual Academy Awards to be held from 7-10 p.m. March 4 at 45 Central Wine Bar in Seaside. Dress to the nines and arrive in style to watch the event. A limo on the Exit end of the Sea-side Circle will take you to the red carpet. Tickets available at fortyfivecentral.com — $40 ticket includes light hors d'oeuvres, a glass of champagne upon entry and one drink ticket. Black tie optional.
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.
Nature EGGstravaganza: A Nature EGGstravaganza and Egg Hunt will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 10 at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Cost is $10/child with free admission for adults. Hundreds of eggs filled with goodies will be scattered on the lawn and throughout the Biophilia trails. There will be three age divided hunts with the first one starting at 10 a.m. Meet the Easter Bunny, play games in the Egg Olympics, decorate eggs, hang out with farm animals, and more. Hot dog lunch and other snacks available for purchase. Purchase tickets, view schedule of events and pre-register at eowilsoncenter.org.
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.
Shades Beer Club: Shades Bar & Grill on 30A in Inlet Beach will host the beer club from 6-8 p.m. March 15 with Girl Scout Cookie pairings. The $20 beer tasting includes five 3-ounce beers and hors d’oeuvres. Seating is limited. Call 231-9410 to sign up.
Annual Dinner: The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast’s Annual Dinner March 15 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/
St. Patty's Day Delight: Celebrate the Luck of the Irish from 6-9 p.m. March 17 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. The night begins with live jazz and blues music from The Blenders in the Events Plaza followed by The Drake School of Irish Dance performing several group and solo dances. The Blenders will then be back until 9 p.m.
Boomin' Tuesday: Enjoy lawn games and inflatables from 6-8:30 p.m. March 20 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Fireworks over the Lagoon begin at 8:30.
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.
Groovin’ On The Green: The Carillon Beach Institute presents a free concert with The Rowdies from 7-9 p.m. May 27 on the Village Green. Food and beverage vendors will be on site.
June 4: Jeff on Sax
June 11: Nitefire
June 18: Reasonable Doubt
June 25: Tony Vegas
July 4: Sonic Boom
July 9: Daric Freeman
July 16: Jam Kings
July 23: Legacy
July 30: Seminole Wind
Aug. 6: Latitude 29
Aug. 13: Nitefire
Aug. 20: Reasonable Doubt
Aug. 27: True Soul
Sept. 2: Raised on the Radio
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.