All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Saturday, Aug. 24
The 28th Annual Charity Auction begins with a silent auction from 6-8 p.m. 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.
Art class/food drive
Abrakadoodle will host a Family Art Class and Food Drive benefiting Food For Thought, which serves Walton and Okaloosa counties, from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Destin Commons Studio. Each family will create a mixed media still life of fruit on a 16 x 20 canvas. Cost is $45/family. Foods needed are peanut butter, jelly, snack crackers, fruit cups, etc. Call 424-5058 to register.
Have hands-on animal fun with Nonie’s Ark, Animal Encounters, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Admission is $8/adults over 13 and $5/children 3-12. Call 835-1824.
Seaside Farmers Market
Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings 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 Beach.
Gulf Place Farmer’s Market
Pick up fresh produce from The Produce Gal from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Gulf Place Farmer’s Market, in Gulf Place Town Center by Restaurant Fire.
The 27th Annual Destin Triathlon (formerly the Elephant Walk Triathlon) will lure 700 participants for a half-mile Gulf of Mexico swim, a 20-mile bike along the coast, and a 4-mile run through Sandestin’s beach and bayside community. Proceeds benefit Sacred Heart Hospital of the Emerald Coast. Race begins at 6:30 a.m. on the beach 1/2 mile west of Elephant Walk Restaurant. Post Race Party will be held at 10:30 a.m. beachside at the Elephant Walk Restaurant Pool Deck.
Enjoy the music of Strange Roux, high energy rock n’ roll band from New Orleans, at 9p.m. at Pandora’s, 63 Defuniak Street in Grayton Beach.
Sunday, Aug. 25
Meet local wedding professionals during the Scenic 30A and Santa Rosa Beach Bridal Expo from 1-4 p.m. at Celebration Hall, 61 Topsail Village Drive in Santa Rosa Beach.
30A Farmers Market
The 30A Farmers Market takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday and Thursday 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.
Brunch at Backyard of Love
Drew Tillman performs on stage and Alaqua Animal Refuge pours Mimosas for donations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse, 85 DeFuniak Street in Grayton Beach.
Monday, Aug. 26
The Walton County Department of Administration will hold a Public Workshop at 5 p.m. in the Board Room of the DeFuniak Springs Courthouse, 571 US Highway 90 in DeFuniak Springs.
The purpose of the workshop is to receive public input and comments into the US 331 Corridor Design and Development Standards to be placed before the Walton County Board of County Commissioners for final approval and adoption.
Meet and greet
The Walton County Board of County Commissioners will hold a social meet and greet with the candidates for the County’s open county administrator position from 12-2 p.m. in the DeFuniak Springs Courthouse Boardroom, 571 US Hwy. 90.
Groovin’ On The Green
Emerald Gold performs a free concert, sponsored by The Carillon Beach Institute, from 7-9 p.m. in Carillon Beach.
Enter your team of two online or just show up for a $100 bar tab Grand Prize at The Great American Pub Quiz from 7-8:30 p.m. at Redd's Fueling Station, 2320 W. County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.
Tuesday, Aug. 27
The Walton County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting and a closed executive session at 8 a.m. at the Walton County Courthouse, 571 U.S. Hwy. 90 East in DeFuniak Springs, to discuss Thomas Hicks vs. Walton County; Case No.: 09-CA-1709.
Singer/songwriter Reed Waddle performs at 8 p.m. at Graffiti & The Funky Blues Shack, 109 Cannery Lane in Baytowne Wharf.
Jam with the music of Kyle LaMonica at 8 p.m. at Cabana Café, 112 Seascape Blvd. in Miramar Beach.
Wednesday, Aug. 28
Auditions: Jake’s Women
Open auditions for the Northwest Florida State College fall production of the Neil Simon comedy, “Jake’s Women,” will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Sprint Theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Sign-in begins at 6 p.m. Prepare a one-minute, comic monologue. Call 729-6007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, a “fee-only” registered investment advisory firm, will host an Income Generation Seminar, “How to Make Your Portfolio Pay Monthly” at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room. Call 608-6121 to reserve seating. Refreshments will be served.
A Collective Bargaining Meeting (#1) with the Local 4413 Bargaining Unit and Walton County staff will be held from 8:30-11 a.m. at the Fire and Rescue Building, 63 Bo Pete Manor in DeFuniak Springs.
Open Mic Night
An open mic night for singer/songwriters for local talent and seasoned musicians will be held from 7-9 p.m. at Redd’s Fueling Station, 2320 W. Scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to sign up.
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will host the Oneblood mobile unit from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the main entrance of the hospital. All donors will receive a free T-shirt and a meal ticket to the hospital’s café. Anyone who donates blood two times between June 1 and Sept. 30 will receive a free steak dinner courtesy of Outback Steakhouse.
Thursday, Aug. 29
Americana Under the Stars
Open mic showcase of local musicians begins at 6 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State with a free concert by Amy and JoanAlderman 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.
TradeWinds Wine Dinner
A fundraiser for the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation will be held at 6 p.m. at TradeWinds restaurant, 205 Government Street. Cost is $50/ Foundation members and $65/not-yet members. Proceeds will benefit MKAF’s cultural arts and educational programs in classrooms across Okaloosa and Walton County school districts. Call 650-2226 for reservations.
Rotary Club of South Walton
The Rotary Club of South Walton meets for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites, Scenic Hwy. 98 in Miramar Beach. Visiting Rotarians and their guests are welcome. Call 267-2929.
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.
Friday, Aug. 30
Have fun with folk art and make upcycled roosters on canvas with Abrakadoodle from 11:30-1:30 p.m. at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Admission is $8/adults over 13 and $5/children 3-12. Call 835-1824.
Baytowne Art Walk
Stroll the streets and enjoy live music from local musicians and browse a variety of art from regional artists from 5-10 p.m. Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf Events Plaza. A variety of different mediums includes folk art, jewelry, frames and fine art.
Learn all about surf fishing from 10 a.m. to noon at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Entry fee to park required. Call 267-8330. Fishing gear is optional, the park has gear.
Taste three white and three red wines plus a gourmet tapas plate from 4-6 p.m. at Wild Olives, 104 N. Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. Cost is $25/person.
Saturday, Aug. 31
Dine 4 Danny
A dine-out fundraiser to support Danny Margagliano, former South Walton Fire District fireman and paramedic who was paralyzed in a diving accident, will be held at Bud & Alley’s, Grayton Bar & Grill, Red Bar and Stinky’s Fish Camp. Dine at one of these restaurants and a percentage of all sales go to Donations 4 Danny.
Dr. Lisa Clark, voted 2012 Emerald Coast Best Physician, will sign copies of her book, Lighten Up, America, from 9-11 a.m. at Sundog Books in Seaside.
Join in a treasure hunt using GPS or Smart Phone technology and an indoor scavenger hunt for little ones from 11:30-1:30 p.m. at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Admission is $8/adults over 13 and $5/children 3-12. Call 835-1824.
Movie at Marina Park
Bring a chair or blanket for a free movie, "Muppets Treasure Island," beginning at sunset at Marina Park in WaterColor in Santa Rosa Beach
Kids' Rock the Block
Bring the family for a free night of fun at the Kids’ Rock the Block party from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the Western Green in Rosemary Beach. Moonwalks, face painting, airbrush tattoos, arts and crafts, hula hoops, bubble machine and more top the list of fun.