All area codes are 850 unless specified.

Teen Driver Challenge: The Walton County Sheriff’s Office offers a free program, Teen Driver Challenge, from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 5 at Walton High School in DeFuniak Springs with the driving portion at 8 a.m. Sept. 6 at the Walton County Fairgrounds, 790 North Hwy. 83 in DeFuniak Springs. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact your student’s School Resource Deputy.

Fall Flair: The sixth annual Fall Flair Arts And Crafts Show, sponsored by Destin United Methodist Women, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 5 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Life Center at Destin United Methodist Church, 200 Beach Drive. Booths feature baked goods, homemade crafts, jewelry, books, Christmas items and more. Proceeds go directly to the church, which goes to the local community. Dine at the Soul Café.

Biophilia Under the Sea: E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center in Freeport will host a public event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 6. Events include marine touch tanks, sharks with the Gulfarium at 11 a.m., hands on oyster reef demo, Japanese fish print art, mermaid races, squid balloons and more. Snacks will be available for purchase. Admission is $8/adults, $5/children and free for children two and under. Call 835-1842.

Grand Boulevard Farmers’ Market: The market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays 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. 

Tri Delta: The Emerald Coast Alumni Chapter of Delta Delta Delta sorority will be at 11 a.m. Sept. 6 at the Boathouse Landing in Valparaiso. Diana Gilbert will hostess the event. To make reservations call 678-7743 or email by Sept. 3.

Hollyday FunRun: The Fifth Annual Hollyday FunRun will be held at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 6, starting at the Cabana Cafe in Ariel Dunes I in Seascape Resort. Early registration is available at Proceeds will benefit Shred Out Cancer, a non-profit organization in memory of local teen Holly Burke. Door prizes will be raffled, and participants will receive T-shirts, prizes, and goodie bags. Call 225-1648 or 582-0806.  

Summer Sunday Concerts: Gulf Place on 30A hosts a free concert with Owsley Brothers from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 7 on the Amphitheater lawn. Bring chairs and blankets.

• Sept.14: Hubba Hubba

• Sept. 21: Chronic Jester

• Sept. 28: Boukou Groove

• Oct. 5: Tony Vegas

• Oct. 12: Déjà vu

• Oct. 19: Wildlife Specials

• Oct. 26: Old Truck Bluegrass Band

Budget hearings: The Walton County Board of County Commissioners will hold hearings in order to finalize and accept the FY 2014-2015 budget at 5:01 p.m. Sept. 8 in South Walton Annex Boardroom, 31 Coastal Centre Blvd in Santa Rosa Beach, and 5:01 P.M. Sept. 22 in the DeFuniak Springs Courthouse Boardroom, 571 US Hwy. 90 East in DeFuniak Springs.

Town Hall Meeting: The first meeting hosted by the Mark Wichern for Congress campaign will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 9 in the activity room at the DeFuniak Springs Community Center, 361 North 10th St. Heavy finger foods and non-alcoholic beverages will be served free of charge.

Wednesday Night Concert Series: A free concert with Delta Reign from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Call 267-8186.

• Sept. 17: Donnie Sundal

• Sept. 24: Maggie Chapman

Seagrove Garden Club: The club begins its 51st year at 10 a.m. Sept. 10 at Café Thirty-A, 3899 Scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Program will be Flowers, Food, and Friends with Tim Ryan, Florida state master designer, manager of Hibiscus Café, chef, caterer, and Seagrove Garden Club honorary member. Make reservations at 866-6691 or

College Night: A free annual event that features representatives from more than 60 colleges and universities from several states, College Night will be held from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 10 in The Arena on the Northwest Florida State College campus in Niceville. College Night provides NWF State College students, high school students, their parents and others the opportunity to gather information, ask questions and plan for college or university transfer. Call 729-6467.

Bible study: The Women’s Ecumenical Bible Study of South Walton will begin a new Beth Moore Bible study from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 10 at Good News United Methodist Church, 4747 Hwy. 98 W in Santa Rosa Beach.To register and for information, call the church office at 622-9191 or email

Day for Kids: The annual Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast’s “Day for Kids” will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Fort Walton Beach Landing. Fun activities will be held in the areas of academics, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles and includes scavenger hunts, arts/crafts, math/science games, hula hoop, jump rope, fitness challenges for children and adults, kickball, magic show by Pittman Magic, relay races and more.

Seminar: Covenant Hospice will offer a free seminar, “An Ethical Overview of Care at The End of Life,” at 5:15 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Fort Walton Beach branch office, 220 Eglin Parkway NE in Mariner Plaza. Healthcare professionals can expect to learn to define ethics and recognize basic bioethical principles, identify the difference between ethical theories, recognize steps in ethical decision making, identify ethical dilemmas in healthcare and hospice and determine how to reach decisions. Reservations required by Sept. 12 at 598-0861.

Horticulture studies group: The Tri-County Horticulture Studies Group will meet at 10 a.m. Sept. 18 in the fellowship hall of Grace Lutheran Church, 4325 Commons Drive in Destin. A program, “Planting Roses in Fall,” will be given by Master Gardener Karen Kirk-Williams. A tour of Laura Hall’s garden follows and lunch at 790 on the Gulf. RSVP for lunch to

Healing with Art: A local art show and sale begins Sept. 19 in the second floor atrium at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week for three months.

Coastal Cleanup: Help keep Walton County’s beaches clean and pristine on International Coastal Cleanup Day from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 20 at the beach accesses at Van Ness Butler Jr., Dune Allen, Ed Walline, Blue Mountain, Inlet Beach and Gulf View Heights. No age limit or special skills level. Supplies and water will be provided. Call 267-4578 or

 Audubon Society: Bird Walk at the Fort Walton holding ponds, the most productive site for shorebird species in Okaloosa County, Sept. 20. Meet at the Coach and Four Restaurant, 1313 N. Lewis Turner Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach at 7:30 a.m. Bring a hat, water, sunscreen and insect repellent. Call 210-343-9082.

• Sept. 27: Bird Walk at Niceville bayous and spray fields, searching for a variety of water birds, migrating songbirds, and even wild turkeys. Bring a hat, sunscreen, and any spotting scopes or binoculars which you may wish to use. Meet in front of Badcock Furniture in Bayou Plaza, 699 John Sims Parkway, at 7:30 a.m. Call 863-2039.

Freeport Bayfest: The inaugural Bayfest will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 at Freeport Regional Sports Complex at Hammock Bay. The festival will feature a variety of entertainment with musical genre including country,
gospel, jazz, blues and rock-n-roll.  Other events include a fishing tournament, hosted by Nick's Seafood Restaurant, a 5K run and gumbo cook off the morning of the festival, antique car show, kids fun zone, arts and crafts, and plenty of food vendors.
Armbands will be sold at the gate.  Admission prices are $5/students and $10/adults. Application and registration forms can be downloaded at
Call 835-2822.

• 11 a.m. — The Freedom Hill Quartet, gospel group

• 1 p.m. — Elvis impersonator, Jerome Jackson

• 3 p.m. — David Geralds Band, blues

• 5 p.m. — Jones and Company, jazz

• 7 p.m. — Shane Owens, country music recording artist

Believe It or Not: Ripley’s Believe It or Not attractions in Florida will show support for K-12 educators with free admission through Oct. 19 in Panama City Beach, St. Augustine, Key West and Orlando. Teachers, administrators, counselors, and support staff are eligible; just bring current pay stub and photo ID. Up to five guests get 50 percent off their admission.

ArtWalk on the Harbor: Local and regional artists and vendors display their work at ArtWalk on the Harbor from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21 from HarborWalk Village to AJ’s. The event is free.

Oktoberfest: The 20th annual Oktoberfest takes place from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 26 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 27 at Market Place near Winn-Dixie on Highway 20 in Bluewater Bay. Enjoy live music, entertainment for adults and children, arts and crafts, soft drinks, bratwurst, hotdogs, baked chicken and beer. All proceeds go to local charities. Admission is free.

Alzheimer’s support group: Covenant Alzheimer’s Services will hold a free support group for family members or friends coping with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease at 2 p.m. Sept. 30 at Sacred Heart of the Emerald Coast, Suite 3 Conference Room. Call 866-478-7790. Meets last Tuesday of every month.

Explore The Outdoors Festival: Walton Outdoors hosts its annual Explore the Outdoors Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 11 along the lakeyard on Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs. Day is geared toward introducing children to the wonders of exploring the outdoors. Hands on activities will include fishing, boating, kayaking, wildlife encounters, interactive educational exhibits, nature-based crafts and much more. The event is free. The water activities are for children six-years-old and up. Food vendors will be on hand.

Festival of the Arts: Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation presents the 19th Annual Festival of the Arts Oct. 25-26 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. The event showcases the original artwork of more than 100 juried artists from across the U.S. who will compete for $10,000 in cash award prizes. Festival features include live music, art activities for kids, souvenir posters and T-shirts, art raffle and more. A food bistro, wine bar and beer garden as well as convenient parking and motor coach shuttle are also available. Admission is $3/adult; children 12 and under are free.

Pastel workshop: Frank Federico, PSA Master Pastelist and IAPS Master Circle Recipient, will be the workshop instructor Oct. 27, 28 and 29 at the Cultural Arts Alliance Bayou Arts Center in Santa Rosa Beach. The focus is on dynamic compositions and gesture.  Cost is $350 for PSNF members and $400 for non members. Call 334-400-2771 to reserve space.


30A Farmers’ Market: This community event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays in Town Center in Rosemary Beach features fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, cheese and more. Market is held on Thursdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Artist Bazaar: Artists at Gulf Place presents its Artist Bazaar from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays 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 to become a vendor.

ArtWalk: Enjoy live music, works of art and artist demos at the First Friday ArtWalk from 5-8 p.m. at Ruskin Place in Seaside.

Arts and Carafes Night: Art event will have multiple artists on display with one featured artist as well as featured wines and wine specials from 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays at Messina’s, 7 Town Center Loop in Santa Rosa Beach.

Ballet Class: Good News UMC in Santa Rosa Beach offers both beginner and advanced ballet classes for children beginning at age 2 1/2. Call 699-6030 or email for times and information.

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.

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.

Brunch with Matt Hall: Matt Hall takes the stage at 10 a.m. during brunch at Marie’s Bistro, 2260 W. Hwy. 30A in Blue Mountain Beach.

Dance classes: Jasmine Dance Studio in Santa Rosa Beach will offer adult jazz classes from 9-10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 5:45-6:45 p.m. Thursdays. Call 267-2519.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jazz Brunch: Messina’s On 30A hosts a Jazz Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach. Build your own Bloody Mary bar, and Bottomless Mimosas.

Marie’s Bistro: Entertainment includes Ike on Sax on Tuesdays, Karaoke on Wednesdays and Ike & Tim at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at Marie’s Bistro in Santa Rosa Beach

Mathew Hall: Entertainer Mathew Hall performs at Marie’s Bistro, 2260 W. Hwy. 30A in Blue Mountain Beach, from 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays during brunch.

Nature Trail Tour: Wear comfortable shoes and meet at Fonville Press in Alys Beach for a tour of the Alys Beach Nature Trail from 1-2 p.m. Mondays.

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. Suitable 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.

Office hours: Walton County District 4 County Commissioner Sara Comander will hold office hours beginning at 9 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month, except July, at the South Walton Annex. To schedule an appointment, call 835-4834.

Open Mic Night: An open mic night for singer/songwriters for local talent and seasoned musicians will be held from 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays at Redd’s Fueling Station, 2320 W. Scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to sign up.

Redd sings: Redd the Singing Bartender, who slings and sings from a song list of more than 400 songs, performs at 6 p.m. Thursdays at Redd’s Fueling Station, 2320 W. County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.

Rosalina: Rosalina plays classic standards and show tunes on keyboard from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fridays at Christiano’s Ristorante in Santa Rosa Beach.  Reservations recommended at 267-2185.

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.

Run 30A:  Run with a group along 30A in the Santa Rosa Beach area at 6 p.m. Mondays for distances from 3-6 miles. Run begins at Ed Walline beach access with socializing after at Pizza by the Sea Gulf Place.

Senior health: Emerald Coast Hospice will host a Senior Health Education Hour from 2-3 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the South Walton County Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach.

Sinfonia Strolls: Musicians perform acoustic sets from 6-8 p.m. Saturdays on the cobblestone streets of Rosemary Beach.

Sunday Brunch: Enjoy bottomless champagne and mimosas for brunchers with live music from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays at Grayton Bar and Grill, 170 E. County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.

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.

Support group: A Bereavement Support Group, hosted by Emerald Coast Hospice, will be held from 1-2 p.m. Tuesdays at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480N County Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach.

The Market: Find your favorite farmers market goodies and handmade crafts at The Market at Gulf Place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays and 3-7 p.m. Thursdays on the amphitheater green at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach

The Steenos: Beer tasting, outdoors if nice, otherwise acoustic music indoors from 4-6 p.m. Fridays at Modica Market, 109 Seaside Center Square in Santa Rosa Beach.

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

Sunday Brunch: Enjoy bottomless champagne and mimosas for brunch with live music from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays at Grayton Bar and Grill, 170 E. County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.

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.

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.