All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Saturday, Dec. 7
DeFuniak Library reopening: All of the branches of the Walton County Public Library System will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. An open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call892-3624.
Luminaria Run: The Third Annual Luminaria Run to End Domestic & Sexual Violence, a unique twilight run, will take place at 4:30 p.m. at Destin City Hall Annex. The course will follow a path through the Indian Bayou neighborhood lined with more than 2,000 luminarias. The race includes 5k and 9k courses.To register, visit www.shelterhousenwfl.org or www.imathlete.com or call 243-1201.
Papusas with a Purpose: The Kitchenique Cooking School at Cuvee Catering Center, 12590 Emerald Coast Parkway, Suite C, in Miramar Beach will serve Papusas, a traditional Salvadoran dish, and a glass of wine any time between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. All money raised will go to Sus Hijos/His Children, a 501 C-3 non-profit foundation in El Salvador, serving orphaned and abandoned children. Call837-0432.
First Saturday Breakfast: St. Agatha’s in DeFuniak Springs will host Breakfast New Orleans Style from 7-11 a.m. Menu includes Cajun delights such as French Toast a la Bananas Foster, Eggs Benedict, Mock Mimosas and Bread Pudding. Cost is $10/adults and $5/children under 10. Reservations are suggested at 892-5610 or 830-7663.
Topsail tour: Learn the history of Florida’s most famous reptile, the alligator, from 2-3 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. A park entrance fee is required. Call 267-8330.
Open House/Art Sale: Promenade, a little gallery at 1581 Mack Bayou Road in Santa Rosa Beach, will hold an Open House and Art Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with art work by local artist Rebecca Hart. Call 598-6501.
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 tour is free with paid park admission fee of $4 per vehicle. Call 233-5059.
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.
Nature walk: Take a walk in nature with wildlife expert and ecologist Joe Wyatt at 9 a.m. at Hammock Bay, west of Freeport. Suitable for all ages. Call 496-1864.
SEC Sailgate Party: An outside “tailgate” party, including the Broadcast of NCAA and NFL evening football games, from 4-9 p.m. at Baytowne Marina in Sandestin. Regular kitchen menu available or cookout/ grill outside from 4-9 p.m., weather permitting.
Sunday, Dec. 8
CD Release Party: Join Geoff McBride and his fans for a celebration of the debut of his new CD project, “Journey To The Soul,” at 3 p.m. at La Playa, corner of Hwy. 30A and 393 in Santa Rosa Beach.
Heritage: Enjoy the music of Heritage from 3-7 p.m. at Local Catch Bar & Grill, 3711 W. County 30A in Blue Mountain Beach.
30A Farmers’ Market: This community event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Town Center in Rosemary Beach features fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, cheese and more.
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.
Beach Service: Worship at the beach with Hope Lutheran Church at 8 a.m. at Ed Walline Beach Access across from Gulf Place on Scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring a towel, chair, or stand on the boardwalk. The service will be held at the church’s U.S. 98 campus during inclement weather and if the temperature is below 50 degrees. Call 267-0322.
Brunch with Matt Hall: At 10 a.m., Matt Hall takes the stage during brunch at Marie’s Bistro, 2260 W. Hwy. 30A in Blue Mountain Beach.
Monday, Dec. 9
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.
Baytowne on Ice: The seasonal ice skating rink at The Village of Baytowne Wharf is open from 3-9 p.m. Skate for an hour and a half for $11 with skate rental $2. The first hour of each day is reserved for “kids skate,” youth 12 and under. Visit http://www.baytownewharf.com for more hours.
Tuesday, Dec. 10
Special meeting: The Walton County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting and a closed executive session at 3 p.m. at the Walton County Courthouse Annex, 31 Coastal Centre Blvd. in Santa Rosa Beach to discuss Karen Bennett and T. Reppard Bennett vs. Walton County, Case No.: 11CA469.
Tail Waggin’ Tutors: Readers can practice reading and enjoy the company of a trained, certified canine friend during “Tail Waggin’ Tutors,” from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Coastal Branch Library in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 376-4190.
Support group: A Bereavement Support Group, hosted by Emerald Coast Hospice, will be held from 1-2 p.m. at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480N County Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach.
Ike’s Fun Tuesday: An evening of great music, sax, keyboard and dancing is held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Marie’s Bistro, 2260 W. Hwy. 30A in Blue Mountain Beach.
Wednesday, Dec. 11
Wednesday Night Concert Series: Enjoy a special holiday edition of the Concert Series from 6-8 p.m. in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. Call 267-8186.
Dinner and a Movie: A full length classic movie shown on the courtyard wall while a four-course prix fixe dinner, inspired by the movie Edward Scissorhands, is served from 6:30-10 p.m. at Edward’s Fine Food & Wine, 66 Main St. in Rosemary Beach. Cost is $70+ tax. Call 231-0550 or email email@example.com for tickets.
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.
Thursday, Dec. 12
Sushi 101: Aqua Coastal Sushi, #5 Main Street in Rosemary Beach, hosts its first Sushi Rolling 101 from 7-9 p.m. for those who have always wanted to make their own sushi rolls. All supplies furnished and also a complimentary beer, wine, or Sake. Eat your own creations and don’t forget your kimonos. Cost is $50/person and $90/couple. Space limited. Call 764-2772.
Americana Under The Stars: Buddy Mondlock performs in a family/pet friendly concert series, Americana Under the Stars, from 6-8 p.m. in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Open mic begins at 6 p.m. Bring a chair and beverage. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill.
Restore: The Walton County Local Restore Act Committee will hold a special workshop at 5 p.m. at the Bayou Arts Center, 105 Hogtown Bayou in Santa Rosa Beach.
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.
Friday, Dec. 13
Topsail tour: Join Park Services Specialist Jeff Talbert for a night hike to spot some creatures at 4:15 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. A park entrance fee is required. Call 267-8330.
Williams Backyard Boogie: Join the Forrest Williams Band and Boukou Groove for Williams Backyard Boogie at 6 p.m. at 1921 Chat Holly Road in Santa Rosa Beach. Ticket donations are $20. Call 502-6448 to order tickets.
Ashley Rose: Jam with the music of Ashley Rose at 9 p.m. at Cabana Café, 112 Seascape Blvd. in Miramar Beach.
Saturday, Dec. 14
Breakfast with a Ranger: Discuss rare coastal dune lakes with Sarah Schindele of the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance from 9-10:30 a.m. 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. No entry fee. Call 267-8330.
Topsail tour: An all-ages program to learn about the life of the white tailed deer from 2-3 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. A park entrance fee is required.
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.
Artist Bazaar: Artists at Gulf Place presents at Artists at Gulf Place green in the center of the Gulf Place loop. Bazaar features local artists, craftspeople and artisan vendors, interactive activities for children, and a free hot dog for those who make a purchase. Visit www.30aArtistBazaar.com to become a vendor.