Thrivent Financial will hold a free educational workshop, “Social Security: Strategize To Maximize,” at 9 a.m. Sept. 7 at Hope Lutheran Church, 3834 Hwy. 98 W, Santa Rosa Beach, to help people understand that Social Security is just part of their overall retirement picture. To register, call 420-7321 or email Tara.Hearn@thrivent.com by Sept. 6. Complimentary refreshments will be served.
Florida Trail Association
• Sept. 7: Volunteers needed for trail maintenance at 8 a.m. on Eglin reservation. Eglin Recreation permit required. Call 826-3605.
• Sept. 14: A kids hike and cookout at 9 a.m. at Krul Lake in Santa Rosa County. Call 651-0902 or 678-8626.
• Sept. 21: Bring a canoe or kayak for a paddle trip at 9 a.m. on Blackwater River from Peadon Bridge to Cotton Bridge near Baker. Call 683-0803 or 585-1429.
• Sept. 24: Monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at Rocky Bayou Country Club in Niceville. Visitors welcome. RSVP meal selections by 6 p.m. Sept. 22. Call 654-1172.
• Sept. 28: A seven-mile hike at 8:30 a.m. in Santa Rosa County. Call 682-6098 or 758-0886.
Evening with James Farmer
Rosemary Beach Foundation presents an evening with James Farmer at 6 p.m. Sept. 7 at Rosemary Beach Town Hall. The reception features drinks from Farmer’s Sip & Savor followed by presentation and conversation. Farmer is a Southern author, gardener, floral and interior designer, cook and garden-to-table lifestyle expert. Tickets are available for $25 www.rosemarybeachfoundation.org.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
• 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.
Teen Read Week
Area teens are encouraged to read and celebrate Teen Read Week, Oct. 13-19, by sharing reading recommendations in an art poster for display in the Coastal Branch Library. All participants will be entered in a raffle for a gift card from Barnes and Nobel. Teens vote from the Teens’ Top Ten Nominations the third week of October at www.ala.org/teenstopten. Poster supplies are available at the desk.
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 www.dineforthepines.eventbrite.com or $25 at the door and includes hors d’oeuvres, a taco bar and a cash bar. For information, visit www.eowilsoncenter.org, or call 835-1824.
Pandora’s Steakhouse of Grayton Beach presents Stiff Neck Fools, Sept. 7; Maverick Shine, Sept. 8; Forrest Williams Band, Sept. 11; Emily Cobb, Sept. 12; and Timber Hawk, Sept. 13. Music is free and open to all guests at least 21 years of age.
• Sept. 18: Forrest Williams Band
• Sept. 19: Hotel Oscar
• Sept. 20: Mike Whitty & Courtyard Saints
• Sept. 21: Tony Vegas
• Sept. 22: Cedric Burnside
• Sept. 25: Forrest Williams Band
• Sept. 26: Boukou Groove
• Sept. 29: 7th Green
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 Beach.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents Christabel & The Jons from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 11 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
• Sept.18: TBA
• Sept. 25: Big Al & the Heavyweights
College Night, a free annual event that features representatives from more than 60 colleges and universities from several states, will be held from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 11 in the Raider Arena on the NWFSC campus in Niceville. Call 729-6467.
Miss Florida Woodlands
The 2013 Miss Florida Woodlands and Miss Florida Timberlands Pageant will be held Sept. 28 at the WISE Center Auditorium in DeFuniak Springs. Two queens will be selected for each of the following age groups — Teeny Miss, 2 and 3 years old; Tiny Miss, 4 and 5; Little Miss, 6, 7 and 8; Petite Miss, 9 and 10; Junior Miss, 11, 12 and 13; Teen Miss, 14, 15 and 16; and Miss, 17-23. For more information visit flwoodlands.weebly.com, call 401-1505 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for entry is Sept. 11.
Wine & Cheese Silent Auction
The third annual Wine & Cheese Silent Auction to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Crystal Bay Senior Living on the Sandestin Resort, 2400 Crystal Cove Lane. Call 267-1600. All proceeds go to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Americana Under the Stars
Katherine Archer performs at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for the family/pet friendly concert series, Americana Under the Stars. Bring a chair and beverage. Open mic begins at 6 p.m. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill.
• Sept. 19: Frank Lindamood
• Sept. 26: Lucky Mud
Concerts in the Village
The Modern Eldorados perform classic country at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Dugas Pavilion and Village Green at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village on Commons Drive in Destin during the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundations’s Autumn Concert Series.
Bring a lawn chair, wine and picnic or purchase dinner on-site. Water and Coke products available for purchase. Admission is $10/adults, $5/MKAF Preferred Member, and children under 12 free. Call 650-2226.
• Sept. 19: The Return, A Tribute to the Beatles
• Sept. 26: Dread Clampitt, bluegrass & Rock n’ Roll to Louisiana Bayou Funk
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.
Classic Films on the Lawn
Grab a blanket and head to Classic Films on the Lawn’s free movie, “Jurassic Park,” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Seaside Amphitheater.
• Sept. 20: Beetlejuice
• Sept. 27: Annie
Learn the full history of Florida’s most famous reptile, the alligator, from 2-3 p.m. Sept. 13 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 267-8330. Sign up required at ranger station. No outside canoes or kayaks are allowed on the lake.
• Sept. 14: Breakfast with a Ranger and learn about the park and its history at 9 a.m. Two members of AmeriCorps will discuss the fight against exotic plants. To cover the cost of food, please bring $5, which goes to Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park to enhance the park or bring your own breakfast.
• Sept. 20: A hands on learning experience in the art of tracking from 1-3 p.m. Learn different types of tracks and which animal make them.
• Sept. 27: Learn about surf fishing from 8 a.m. to noon. Fishing gear is optional; the park has fishing gear.
Learn new cheers, dances and stunts at the South Walton High School Cheerleaders’ Cheer Clinic from 2-4 p.m. Sept. 15 in the SWHS Gym for girls and boys ages 5-12. Cost is $25/person for cheer/dance or $20/person for team stunting (includes picture). Shirts are $8. Wear T-shirt, shorts, sneakers with hair tied back. Bring water bottle and signed waiver. Email SWHScheerclinic@gmail.com to reserve spot.
African Children’s Choir
The African Children's Choir will perform children’s songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites at 10 a.m. Sept. 15 at Vision Church at Christian International, 5200 U.S. 98 E. in Santa Rosa Beach. to all. A free-will offering will be taken to support African Children's Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs.
Safety First For All
Meet McGruff and Vince & Larry the Crash Test Dummies from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in the parking at Destiny Worship Center, 122 Poinciana Blvd. in Destin. Event includes bicycle rodeo and helmet fittings, car seat checks, child passenger safety information and equipment, prizes and giveaways. Call 892-8172.
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 email@example.com.
Coastal Cleanup Day
Join Walton County Tourist Development Council for the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup Day from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 21 at the beach access locations at Miramar Beach, Dune Allen, Ed Walline, Blue Mountain, Santa Clara/Bramble Grove and Inlet Beach. Supplies and water will be provided. Call 267-4578 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Girls’ Night Out
Profitt PR’s seventh Girls’ Night Out: Arabian Nights will be held from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 26 at Elephant Walk at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The women-only social event will raiwse money for Shelter House. Cost is $40 and includes live entertainment by Continuum, Jacob Mohr and DJ EXQ, a silent auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and specialty cocktails by Ketel One Vodka and the Honey Hutch.
Other activities include face art by Abrakadoodle, a fire breathing juggler, photo booth, palm readings, giveaways, retail vendors and more. Attire for the evening is Boho chic. Tickets can be purchased at https://proffittprgno.ticketbud.com/gno-arabian-nights.
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 www.ticketmaster.com. For information, visit www.sesamestreetlive.com.
The Chautauqua Winery Annual Harvest Festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at 364 Hugh Adams Road in DeFuniak Springs. Free wine tastings under the large tent, Geoff McBride plus Smokin' Rodeo Band live in concert and food plates sold by Pleasant Ridge BBQ and Kiwanis Club. View a display of striking vehicles for a Cruise-In plus art, jewelry, crafts and wood working.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast
The eighth year of programming for Sinfonia Gulf Coast presents the orchestra and world-renowned guest artists. Season tickets which feature premier seating, including gala table seating, for all five concerts are on sale for $265 each. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or call 850-269-7129.
• Oct. 24: Musical Identities features guzheng player Su Chang in an orchestral concerto and also the orchestral showpiece, “Scheherazade,” by Rimsky-Korsakov.
• Dec. 20: The Orchestral Holiday concert at Destiny Worship Center features holiday favorites and dancers from the Northwest Florida Ballet.
• Jan. 24: The Bernstein Beat concerts are hosted by Jamie Bernstein, daughter of conductor/composer Leonard Bernstein, and include a morning youth performance and an evening concertwhich includes Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.”
• Feb. 14, 15: Classical Connections at Rosemary Beach Town Hall features string quintet SYBARITE5.
• March 29: Sinfonia Gala features Patti LuPone in her Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda concert at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Cash bar available.
First Saturday at Biophilia
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the first Saturday of the month, beginning Oct. 5, will be “Eco-Fun” at Biophilia Center with multiple presenters and family-friendly activities and entertainment. Included will be nature hikes, arts and crafts, games, animal adventures, and exhibits.
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.
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.
Open Mic Night
An open mic night for singer/songwriters for local talent and seasoned musicians will be held from 7-9 p.m. on second and fourth Wednesdays at Redd’s Fueling Station, 2320 W. Scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to sign up.
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.
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 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 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.
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 performs live from 6-9 p.m. every Tuesday at Shorty’s Surfside Bar, 63 Hotz Ave. in Grayton Beach. Call 468-0417.
Jam with the music of Kyle LaMonica at 8 p.m. every Tuesday at Cabana Café, 112 Seascape Blvd. in Miramar Beach.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 #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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 892-8668, ext. 215.
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.