Events this week in Walton County include the following.

All area codes are 850 unless specified.

Saturday, Nov. 17

Book signing

Seth Casteel, also known as the Underwater Dog Guy, will sign copies of his book, “Underwater Dogs,” from 12-2 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops at Destin Commons to help support Alaqua Animal Refuge.

SouthernFare Dinner Series

WaterColor Inn & Resort presents a Georgia Farm to Table Dinner in the BoatHouse, featuring White Oaks Pastures, Gayla’s Grits and Georgia Olive Farms. Enjoy this elegant dinner prepared by the chefs at Fish Out of Water with finest beef offered by White Oak Pastures. Seating at 7 p.m. Cost is $65/++ pp reservation required. Call 231-7713.

Biophilia Center

Interact with the creepy, crawling world of insects at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Standard admission rates apply. Call 835-1824.

Thanksgiving Pantry

Muscogee Nation of Florida Rural Relief will have its annual pre-Thanksgiving Pantry at 278 Church Road in Bruce. The Gathering at Sandestin will contribute 150 turkeys, dressing, mashed potatoes, rolls, cranberry and gravy. Call 835-4600.

Book Sale and BBQ

The Friends of the Walton/DeFuniak Springs Library will hold a book sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Walton County Fairgrounds. Pack as many books as possible into a plastic grocery bag for $2. Bags will be provided. Proceeds from the book sale will be used to provide new books and other materials not currently covered by the library budget. Call 859-0215.

Bulls, Barrels Rodeo

Pleasant Ridge Arena, 1917 Pleasant Ridge Road in DeFuniak Springs, will host Bulls, Barrels Rodeo at 7 p.m. featuring Blessed Bucking Bulls. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $10/adults, $8/children. Call 892-5398/.

Florida Trail Association

Take a 10-mile hike on the Econfina Trail in Bay County at 9 a.m. Call 302-528-8284 or 689-8528.

Grand opening

Thi Bod Fitness celebrates its grand opening at 6 p.m. in the Emerald Coast Plaza in Santa Rosa Beach with light hors d’oeuvres and a graduation of its first boot camp participants. Thi Bod Fitness offers Zumba classes and boot camp classes.

Adventure Club

Bike ride in the older scenic area of Panama City at 10 a.m. Meet at the Econo Lodge Motel on U.S. 98 in Panama City. Lunch at nearby restaurant. Call 301-9452.

Hansel and Gretel

The Florida Chautauqua Theatre presents a musical adaptation of Grimms’ fairytale, “Hansel and Gretel,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at 830 Baldwin Ave. in DeFuniak Springs. Tickets are $14/adults and $10/students 22 years and younger. To purchase tickets, call 892-9494 or email

Sunday, Nov. 18

Sunday Brunch

Enjoy Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse, 85 Defuniak Street in Grayton Beach. Miranda Mixon provides entertainment as Food for Thought pours Mimosas for donations. Call 231-2733.

Low Country Boil

723 Whiskey Bravo, 3031 E. County Hwy. 30-A in the heart of Old Seagrove, offers a Low Country Shrimp Boil with boiled shrimp or crawfish and all the fixin’s plus live music from 3-7 p.m. Call 213-0015.

Marie's Bistro

Singer/guitarist Bill Evett performs from 6-10 p.m. Fridays with DJ Shane beginning at 10 p.m. at Marie’s Bistro on 30A in Blue Mountain Beach. Karaoke takes center stage on Wednesdays; Kelsey Anna performs from 7-10 p.m. Thursdays; and Redd Sings from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays with DJ Shane beginning at 10 p.m. Shag Music & Dance Class is held from 5-7 p.m. Sundays with Ben Friedman from 7-10 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 19

Seniors Seminar

Mainstay Financial Group will present a special update on Medicare at 10 a.m. in the Suite 3 Resource Center conference room at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Attendees will learn the A, B, C, and D’s of Medicare in 2013. To register for this free seminar, call 278-3600.

Ribbon cutting

District 5 Commissioner Cecilia Jones will host a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. at the new Padgett Park for the Grand Opening of the Community Center, 810 J.D. Miller Road. The park is named after Timothy Padgett, a Special Forces medical sergeant from Walton County who died in the line of duty in Afghanistan in 2007.

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,

Pajama Time Story Time

Join storyteller Ms. Cheryl at 6 p.m. 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.

Yoga Express

A 45-minute Yoga Express class will be held at 8 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at The Studio, 30A Yoga in Seaside. Cost is $12 drop-in, no monthly fee. Call 320-237-4201 for more information.

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.

Tuesday, Nov. 20

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

Dannica Lowery

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

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.

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.

Wednesday, Nov. 21

Sacred Heart Hospital
A joint replacement education class meets at 10 a.m. in the Resource Center Suite 3 conference room at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. To attend, call Linda Ledford at 278-3646.

Nobody’s Outlaw

Graffiti & The Funky Blues Shack, 109 Cannery Lane in Baytowne Wharf, presents Nobody’s Outlaw at 9:30 p.m. Call 424-6650.


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

Thursday, Nov. 22

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Thanksgiving at Harbor Docks

The entire Northwest Florida community is invited to attend a family tradition of free Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Harbor Docks on U.S. 98 in Destin. Give thanks while enjoying the beauty of the Destin Harbor. Although dinner is free, donations are requested as a thank you and to assist Habitat for Humanity and Destin Harvest with their continued work.

30A 10K

The inaugural 30A 10K Thanksgiving Day race and 1 mile fun run begins at 7:30 a.m. at South Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. Visit

Turkey Trot

A Turkey Trot Fun run will be held at 8 a.m. at Marina Park in WaterColor. Thanksgiving brunch and dinner will be served at Fish Out of Water. Cost is $55. Call 534-5050.

Florida Trail Association

A potluck Thanksgiving dinner at Blackwater River State Park begins at noon with a short, leisurely hike around the Chain of Lakes trail afterwards. Call 682-6098.

Yoga class

A Restorative/Gentle Yoga Class will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Balance Health Studio 30a in Seagrove. There is no cost to individuals currently receiving treatment for any type of cancer. Call 532-4295.

Fusion fitness class

Hope Lutheran Church, 3422 U.S. 98 W in Santa Rosa Beach, will offera fusion fitness class at 9 a.m. Attendees may bring a mat, towel, water and light hand weights. Suggested donation is $5. Call 267-0322.

Friday, Nov. 23

Midnight Madness

The Midnight Madness sale at Silver Sands Premium Outlets kicks off at midnight, as Thanksgiving ends, and runs through Sunday with a wide range of savings, early-bird offers and more. Hours are 12 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 23, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 24 and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 25.

Sunset Serenade

Enjoy cocktails, food, and live music by Chris Alvarado from 4-6 p.m. at Fonville Press in Alys Beach.

Jonathan Tennis

Vocalist and guitarist Jonathan Tennis plays live from 5-9 p.m. Nov. 23 at Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar, 525 Grand Blvd. in Sandestin. Call 654-1743.