Neigh and Bray

Young children will enjoy stick races and lead line while more seasoned riders will compete in pole bending, barrel racing, Western and English pleasure and more at the Neigh and Bray Aug. 17. Show beginning at 4 p.m. at Pleasant Ridge Arena, 1917 Pleasant Ridge Road in DeFuniak Springs. Call 892-5398. Free for spectators.


Meet and Green many of Florida’s sea creatures during Under the Sea with Marine Touch Tanks from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 17 at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Admission is $8/adults over 13 and $5/children 3-12. Call 835-1824. 

SeasideFarmers Market

Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings during Market on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.

Gigi’s Lemonade Stand

Children volunteer at Gigi’s Lemonade Stand from 3-5 p.m. to raise money for the Alaqua Animal Refuge at Gigi's Fabulous Kids' Fashions & Toys, 62 Main Street in Rosemary Street.

Adventure Club

• Aug. 17: Kayak/canoe trip on Juniper Creek in the Blackwater River State Forest at 10 a.m. Meet at the small parking lot where the creek goes under Red Rock Rd.  Bring a picnic lunch and lots of drinking water. Call 301-9452 to RSVP.

• Aug. 17: Bike ride in the Holley by the Sea/Hidden Creek Golf Course area of Navarre at 9 a.m. Meet at the Hidden Creek Golf Course club house parking area. Lunch at a nearby restaurant.  Call 499-4404.

• Aug. 20: Bike ride on Pensacola Beach at 4:30 p.m. and enjoy the free Bands on the Beach Concert after the ride.  Bring a folding chair and picnic supper for the concert. Call 255-1040.

• Aug. 22: Bike ride in the Shalimar/Lake Lorraine area at 4 p.m.  Meet at the Good Shepherd Luther Church at 1 Meigs Dr.  Supper at a nearby restaurant. Call 897-6756.

• Aug. 24: Bike ride in Milton on the Blackwater Heritage Rails to Trails Bike Path at 9 a.m. Meet at the trailhead behind the Truly Spokin’ Bicycle Shop on Hwy. 87 North. Lunch at a nearby restaurant.  Call 499-4404.

• Aug. 27: Bike ride on Pensacola Beach at 4:30 p.m. and enjoy the free Bands on the Beach Concert after the ride.  Bring a folding chair and picnic supper for the concert. Call 377-4676.

• Aug. 29: Bike ride in Niceville in the Bluewater Bay Resort/Subdivision at 4 p.m. Meet at the golf course club house parking area. Supper at a nearby restaurant.  Call 897-5225.

• Aug. 31: Bike ride over the Garcon Point Bridge in the Gulf Breeze area at 9 a.m. Lunch at a nearby restaurant. Call 255-1040 for directions.

Special meeting

The Walton County Board of Commissioners and the City of Freeport Council will hold a joint special meeting at 5 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Walton County Courthouse, 571 US Hwy. 90 East in DeFuniak Springs to discuss the Bay Area Sewer Loan and Fire Rescue Services. 

Groovin’ On The Green

Legacy performs a free concert, sponsored by The Carillon Beach Institute, from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 19 in Carillon Beach.

• Aug. 26: Emerald Gold

Republican Women

The Walton Republican Women Federated will meet at 11 a.m. Aug. 21 at Carrabba's Italian Grill at Silver Sands Premium Outlet.
Guest speaker will be Terri Johannessen, state director for Concerned Women for America of Florida. Cost of lunch is $20/guests and $18/members. RSVP by Aug. 19 at 837-5321 or email  

Movies at Marina Park

Bring a chair or blanket for a free movie, "Ice Age," beginning at sunset Aug. 22 at Marina Park in WaterColor in Santa Rosa Beach.

Cinema Under the Stars

Grab blankets and low back chairs to enjoy a free movie, "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," under the stars from 8-9:30 p.m. Aug. 13 in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Piper's will offer food and drink.

Financial matters seminar

Mainstay Financial Group will present a free seminar, “Clear or confused: How do you feel when you get your investment statement?” at 10 a.m. Aug. 19 in the Suite 3 Resource Center conference room at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. To register for this free seminar, call 278-3600 or visit

Wednesday Night Concert Series

The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents Delta Reign from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 21 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.

• Aug. 28: Mama’ Blue Dress

• Sept. 4: Dread Clampitt

• Sept. 11: Christabel & The Jons

• Sept.18: TBA

• Sept. 25: Big Al & the Heavyweights

SeasideSummer Concert Series

Celebrate summer with a free concert with Reed Waddle at 7 p.m. Aug. 14 in the Seaside Amphitheater.

Concerts in Marina Park

Enjoy live music with Todd Sparks from 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 21 at Marina Park in WaterColor in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring a chair or blanket for seating. Admission is free and open to the public. 

Moveable Feast

A moveable feast, hosted by Children's Volunteer Health Network, will be held at 5 p.m. Aug. 21 at 723 Whiskey Bravo, 3031 Scenic Hwy. 30A in Seagrove Beach. Twenty percent of the proceeds from the evening's feast go to CVHN to help local children in need.

30A Farmers Market

The 30A Farmers Market takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday and Sunday through Aug. 29 in Barrett Square at Rosemary Beach. Community event features fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, cheese, preserves, sauces, bread, sweets, prepared foods to go and more.

Book signing

Victoria Wilcox, Doc Holliday expert and author of “Inheritance, Book One of Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday,” will greet visitors and sign books from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 22 at Sundog Books in Seaside. Holliday actually stopped in Pensacola on his way West.

Americana Under the Stars

Open mic showcase of local musicians begins at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at Topsail Hill Preserve State with a free concert by Lucky Mud at 7 p.m. A suggested donation of $5 per vehicle will go to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Bring a chair and beverage. This is family/pet friendly.

• Aug. 29: Amy and Joan Alderman

Vine to Wine

The 2013 Taste of The Beach event kicks off with the Vine to Wine Festival Wine Preview from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 23 at Seascape Golf, Beach & Tennis Resort in Miramar Beach. Tickets are $55/person with all proceeds benefitting local children's charities. Ticket sales end at 5 p.m. on Aug. 23. To purchase tickets visit

Topsail tours

A hands-on learning experience in the art of tracking animals from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 23 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach.  Entry fee to park required. Call 267-8330.

• Aug. 30: Learn all about surf fishing from 10 a.m. to noon. Fishing gear is optional, the park has gear. Entry fee into park required.

Ohana Records Concert

Ohana Records will feature Ohana Institute Students and Jonathan Mitchell for a free concert from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 23 at Amavida Coffee & Tea, 104 N. Barrett Square, Unit 1-A Lofts West in Rosemary Beach. Donations in the tip jar will go to support the upcoming Rock on the Road program.  

 Wine tasting

Taste three white and three red wines plus a gourmet tapas plate from 4-6 p.m. Fridays at Wild Olives, 104 N. Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. Cost is $25/person.

Art exhibit

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County A+ Art Committee in partnership with Northwest Florida State College will host its summer fine art exhibit featuring the work of 2012 Best in Show A+ Art Exhibition winner, Mara Viksnins, through Aug. 23 at Northwest Florida State College South Walton campus in Santa Rosa Beach

Charity Auction

The 28th Annual Charity Auction begins with a silent auction from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 24 on The Big Deck at Harbor Docks Restaurant, 538 Harbor Blvd. in Destin. Live auction follows, with auctioneer/host Ted Corcoran. A $15 donation will be accepted at the door and a buffet dinner and cash bar will be provided. Local musician Chris Alvarado will play during the silent auction and Destin favorite Cadillac Willy will perform after the live auction. All proceeds fund the 19th Annual Take a Kid Fishing Day Nov. 4. Call 837-2506.

Bridal Expo

Meet local wedding professionals during the Scenic 30A and Santa Rosa Beach Bridal Expo from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 25 at Celebration Hall, 61 Topsail Village Drive in Santa Rosa Beach.

Florida Trail Association

The Florida Trail Association will hold the following events. Visit or call the listed number.

• Aug. 25: Canoe or kayak for an eight mile paddle trip on Blackwater River near Baker at 8:30 a.m. Call 689-8528.

 • Aug. 27: Monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at Rocky Bayou Country Club in Niceville.  Call 654-1172.

Trunk Show

Local jewelry artist, Connie Snellgrove, aka Sassy Jewels, returns for another Trunk Show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 29 and 30 at The Blue Giraffe, 1777 E. County Hwy. 30A in WaterColor.

ChoctawhatcheeAudubon Society

• Sept. 5: Monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Room 130 of the Student Services Center of the Niceville campus of NWFSC. Program is Surveys of Wet Prairies and Rare Plants on Point Washington State Forest by Tom Greene, biologist.  Call 582-7064.

• Sept. 7: Field Trip to Point Washington State Forest with biologist Tom Greene. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Tom Thumb at the intersection of Hwys. 98 and 331 in Walton County. Call 694-6403.

• Sept. 14: Bird Walk at the Shoal River Sanctuary hosted by Bob and Chris Larson. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Niceville Food World to carpool. Call 651-0392.

• Sept. 28: Bird Walk at Ft. Pickens, Gulf Islands National Seashore led by Alan Knothe. Meet at 7 a.m. at Uptown Station in Fort Walton Beach or at Langdon Battery at 8:15 a.m. Call 862-3498.

Classic Films on the Lawn

Grab a blanket and head to Classic Films on the Lawn’s free movie, “Ghostbusters,” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Seaside Amphitheater.

•Sept. 13: Jurassic Park

• Sept. 20: Beetlejuice

• Sept. 27: Annie

Dine for the Pines

The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center hosts a fundraiser for area student programs and the preservation of Longleaf pine trees from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 8 at Bud & Alley’s. The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about the Center. The event will include a silent auction and a short presentation with animals by the Center’s President, Christy Scally and The Center’s Director, Paul Arthur. Admission is $20/person online at or $25 at the door and includes hors d’oeuvres, a taco bar and a cash bar. For information, visit, or call 835-1824.

Backyard Boogie for the Arts

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast and the Forrest Williams Band present “Backyard Boogie for the Arts” at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at Williams Backyard Boogie, 1921 Chat Holly Road in Santa Rosa Beach. Proceeds from the event will benefit Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast’s Arts in Medicine program.

Tickets are $30/advance and $35/door and are on sale at the Sacred Heart Gift Shop. The public is encouraged to bring chairs, beverages and food; additional food will be available for purchase. Door prizes will be awarded at the event. Call 278-3081 or email

Explore the Outdoors Festival

The annual Explore the Outdoors Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Live Oak Landing Outdoor Destination, 229 Pitts Ave., in Freeport. Geared toward introducing children to the wonders of exploring the outdoors, the event includes fishing, boating, kayaking, and animal encounters. Hands on nature-based activities will engage the attendees in learning. The first 180 children interested in learning to fish will receive a free rod/reel combo from Fish Florida. So come join in, it’s going to be a great day exploring the outdoors. The water activities are for children six-years-old and up. The event is $1.

Sesame Street Live

Join Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Murray and all the Sesame Street friends as they bring the magic of music to life at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at Marina Civic Center, 8 Harrison Ave.  in Panama City. Kids’ matinee at 10:30 a.m. with $10 tickets. Tickets are $15 and $22 at 763-4696 and For information, visit


Redd sings

Redd the Singing Bartender, who slings and sings from a song list of more than 400 songs, performs from 5-10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays at Redd's Fueling Station, 2320 W. County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Southern style food with a few twists is featured.

Nature walk

Take a walk in nature with wildlife expert and ecologist Joe Wyatt at 9 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at Hammock Bay, west of Freeport. Suited for all ages. The trail system includes a bat house, purple martin houses, many bluebird houses, a wood duck house, a butterfly house and more. Call 496-1864.

History walk

Learn about the early history of the park and local area at Camp Helen State Park’s history walk from 10-10:45 a.m. the first Saturday of each month. The tour is free with paid park admission fee of $4 per vehicle. Call 233-5059.

Blue Ribbon Healers

Enjoy the music of the Blue Ribbon Healers every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Seaside Farmers Market in the Seaside Amphitheater.

 Pajama Time Story Time

Join storyteller Ms. Cheryl at 6 p.m. every Monday in the children’s room of the Coastal Library for some bedtime stories in your pajamas. This will be a quiet time for little readers to relax to a bedtime story in the comfort of their caretaker’s arms. Call 267-2809.

Baby Boot Camp

Boot Camp in Santa Rosa Beach offers a 55-minute workout designed specifically to help new and seasoned moms with stroller-age children get back into shape after having a baby at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday mornings and at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous Last Chance Group meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 1st Presbyterian Church, 1063 Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs. Progressive Recovery group meets at 7 p.m. everyday at 249 E. Hewitt Road in Santa Rosa Beach.

Zumba classes

Zumba With Marcia classes will be held at 6:30 p.m. Mondays, 6 p.m. Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. Saturdays at Premiere Performers Academy in Santa Rosa Beach; 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at The Studio in Seaside; and 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Rosemary Beach Fitness Center.

Rudy Applewhite

Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar, 525 Grand Blvd. in Sandestin, presents Rudy Applewhite from 4-9 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Call 654-1743,

Dannica Lowery

Dannica Lowery performs live from 6-9 p.m. every Tuesday at Shorty’s Surfside Bar, 63 Hotz Ave. in Grayton Beach. Call 468-0417.

Sunday Brunch

Enjoy brunch and the music of The Steenos from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stinky’s Fish Camp, 5994 County Road 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.


Rosalina plays classic standards and show tunes on keyboard from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at Christiano's Ristorante in Santa Rosa Beach.  Call 267-2185.

Fusion fitness classes

Hope Lutheran Church, 3834 U.S. 98 W, Suite 9, in Santa Rosa Beach, will offer fusion fitness classes at 9 a.m. Thursdays. Attendees may bring a mat, towel, water and light hand weights.  Suggested donation is $5. Call 267-0322.

Jazz class

Jasmine Dance Studio in Santa Rosa Beach will hold a ladies adult jazz class from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursday. Call 217-6620 for more information.

Thursday thread therapy

Needlers, knitters, crocheters and others come for free therapy from 4-6 p.m. Thursdays on the porch at Yards N Yarn, 3770 Co. Hwy. 3280 in Freeport. Call 880-6404.

Amateur Radio Club

The Chautauqua Amateur Radio Club of DeFuniak Springs/Walton County meets at 6:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of every month at McLean's Restaurant near I10 and 331 South. This club welcomes new and old Ham Radio operators. There are no business meetings on these Tuesdays. We have classes and a great time together. Call 892-2562 or email

Rotary Club of South Walton

The Rotary Club of South Walton meets for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. each Thursday morning at the Embassy Suites, Scenic Hwy. 98 in Miramar Beach. Visiting Rotarians and their guests are welcome. Call 267-2929.

Herman Lodge

Herman Lodge #108 Free and Accepted Masons will meet at 7 p.m. first and third Tuesdays of each month on Madison Street in Freeport. Call 835-2314.

Eastern Star

The Order of the Eastern Star #281 meets at 7:30 p.m. the first and third Fridays of each month at Herman Lodge on Madison Street in Freeport. Call 835-2314.

SHRM Chapter

A Society of Human Resource Management Chapter in Walton County will meet at 8 a.m. the first Thursday of the month at TJ’s Table in Freeport. The group is open to all individuals involved in any aspect of human resources. Email or call 892-8668, ext. 215. 

Town Planters

The Town Planters of Freeport will meet at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the Blount House on Kylea Laird Road. Call 835-5611.