All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Author and writing instructor Beth Hermes teaches Creative Writing Boot Camp from 2-5 p.m. Jan. 20 at The Blue Giraffe in WaterColor. Fee is $60. Call 231-5112.
Tree sale/pancake breakfast
The Annual Walton Master Gardeners Tree Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 21 at the Fairgrounds, 790 N 9th Street in De-Funiak Springs. Fruit, shade, citrus and ornamental trees will be available at bargain prices. In addition, shrubs, vines and berry plants will be sold. Money raised will go toward community projects such as scholarships, Habitat for Humanity landscapes, school gardens, public information and others. The 4-H Cherokee Riders Horse Club will serve a Pancake Breakfast at the Extension Office from 7:30-10 a.m. Adults/$6 and ages 4-10/$3. Call 892-8172.
The DeFuniak Springs Friends of the Library will hold a book sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 21 at the Walton County Fairgrounds, Route 83 North in DeFuniak Springs.
45 Central Artist
During the month of January, the works of Kathleen Broaderick will be displayed at 45 Central Wine Bar in Seaside.
Grit & Grace
Grit & Grace, Inc., Walton County’s Official Folk Life Production, will hold its 2017 Annual Membership Meeting at 2 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood, 95 Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs. All those interested are welcome to attend. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 270-7008, or visit www.gritandgrace.org.
Musician and artist Kyle Paxton will play the Hammered Dulcimer during a free concert at 2 p.m. Jan. 22 at Point Washington United Methodist Church.
Winter Concerts at Market Shops
The Market Shops at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort presents the Winter Concert Series with David Seering from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 22. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets. In the event of rainy weather, the concert will be relocated to the covered patio outside of Bijoux at The Market Shops.
Jan. 29: Donnie Sundal
Feb. 5: Michael J Thomas
Feb. 12: Ron Adams "Shadow of the King" & The Memphis Echoes
Feb. 19: Chuck Lawson
Feb. 26: Boukou Groove
Vicki McCain presents Local Fish Basics II and works with tuna, tilefish or snapper and salmon from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 24 at Roux 30A. Cost is $58. Call 837-0432.
• Winter Warm Up: Chef Carey Stegall presents recipes including East Pass Crab Soup and Temptation Island Cookies from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 25 at Roux 30A. Cost is $45.
• Cooking Basics: Seared and Sauced will be held from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 26 at Roux 30A. Cost is $48.
• Warm Winter Flavors from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 30 at Roux 30A features Spinach, Mandarin Orange and Shaved Onion Salad; Braised Bone In Chicken Thighs; Herbed & Roasted Pecan Basmati Pilaf; and a Rustic Apple Tart. Cost is $5.
Margaret R. McDowell, firm founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, a fee-only registered investment advisory firm, will present “Preparing Your Portfolio for 2017” at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room. Phone 608-6121 to reserve seating. Refreshments will be served.
The Spell Restaurant Group will host a job fair for George's at Alys Beach, La Cocina Mexican Grill and Bar and La Crema Tapas and Chocolate from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 26 at George's. Bring resume to meet the management team and apply for one of the many jobs open.
An evening of champagne, live music from Chris Alvarado, and shopping begins at 5 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Baytowne Wharf Events Plaza. The event is free and for 21 and up only. The Village will be open to the public during this event. Other evenings Feb. 23, March 16, April 27 and May 18.
Meet the Doc
Pregnant women and new moms are invited to join Sacred Heart Medical Group Pediatrics for a free class about giving babies a healthy start at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Sacred Heart Medical Group at The Market Shops, 9375 Emerald Coast Parkway West - Unit 1 in Miramar Beach. Spouses, friends, family members and support people are also invited. Call 278-3885 for more information.
Tasting of Champions
The South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Fest festival preview will be held from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa in Miramar Beach. Buy tickets at https://www.xorbia.com/events/sowal-wine-2017/.
A Women's Retreat sponsored by the Women's Ministry of Point Washington United Methodist Church will have a Women's Retreat Jan. 27 and 28 at the church. Guest speaker will be Sylvia Anderson Powell, a native of DeFuniak Springs. To attend email email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 2231-4928.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
Join wildlife photographer Walter Spence Jan. 28 for a walk through Valparaiso and Lincoln Park searching for a variety of aquatic and upland species of birds. Meet at the Mattress Depot in Bayou Plaza in western Niceville at 8 a.m. Bring binoculars and cameras. For more information, call 582-7064.
The Florida Forest Service will host a tree give-a-way at the annual Chautauqua Assembly beginning at 8 a.m. Jan. 28. More than 300, one-gallon, potted trees will be given. Species include dogwood, red maple, pecan, white oak, river birch and redbud. Walton County Sr. Forester Thomas Moss will be on hand to answer questions about planting trees, tree health or other forestry related issues.
Palate & Palette
The newest signature fundraising event for Shelter House, Palate & Palette: Five-Course Wine Dinner and Live Painting, will be held from 6-10 p.m. Jan. 28 at Arnett's Gulfside trail Rides and Stables in Santa Rosa Beach. Evening includes a Bourbon and Brews Hour, seated dinner and live painting. Tickets are $125 per person and include the cocktail hour, dinner, wines and all gratuity. Available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/palate-palette-five-course-wine-dinner-live-painting-tickets-30969890777.
Current or prospective students of NWFSC are invited to attend an information session for the Associate in Science in Radiography program at 6 p.m. Jan. 30 in building 420, room 310 on the Niceville campus. Call 729-6444 or visit www.nwfsc.edu/radiography.
Free tax returns
Free TaxAide will be given Feb. 1 through April 15 at the following locations. Call for appointments. Bring last year's return, SS card, picture ID, real estate taxes paid and tax documents, such as W-2's and social security.
— Walton County Council on Aging, 1145 W. Baldwin Ave, in DeFuniak Springs, Tuesdays 12-4 p.m. Call 892-8165.
— Life Enrichment Senior Center, 312 College Ave. in DeFuniak Springs, Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 892-8746.
— Freeport Library, 76 W Hwy. 20 in Freeport, Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 835-2040.
— Coastal Library, 497 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach, Mondays, 12-5 p.m., Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 267-2809.
Dara Dobson, a wildflower enthusiast, Master Gardener and owner of 7 Pines Native Nursery, will discuss the importance of native plants and planting natives to help declining pollinator populations from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 1 at the UF/Walton Extension Office, 732 N 9th Street in DeFuniak Springs. Cost is $5, payable at the door, and includes materials and handouts. Light refreshments will be served. Reservations required at 892-8172 or email@example.com by the Monday before program.
Food For Thought Thursdays
Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar, 435 Grand Blvd, Ste Q104, in Grand Boulevard, will give 20 percent of food and drink sales to Food For Thought Outreach during Happy Hour from 3-7 p.m. Feb. 2.
Let the good times roll Super Bowl Weekend in Rosemary Beach Feb. 2-5 as the Rosemary Beach Foundation presents its 12th Annual Girls Getaway. Purchase tickets at www.rbfgirlsgetaway.com. The Girls Getaway benefits Rosemary Beach Foundation and the Sacred Heart Hospital - Family Birth Place Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) expansion.
Reading with a Ranger
A fun story time for children to learn about nature with a Park Ranger at 10 a.m. Feb. 2 at the Walton County Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail.
Help with beautification projects in Topsail Hill Preserve State Park from 8-10 a.m. Feb. 3. Check in at the Ranger Station for location. Wear weather appropriate clothing and closed toed shoes. Bring water bottle, hat, sunscreen and work gloves.
Mardi Gras Parade/Street Festival
DeFuniak Springs will hold the Krewe de Yak’s Fourth Annual Mardi Gras Parade and Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 4 on Circle Drive. GrasFest will has food, fun, and family-friendly entertainment. Find one-of-a kind items and food from a variety of vendors or get your engine purring at the car show. At 3 p.m. the floats from all over Northwest Florida begin to roll.
Ballet Master Class
Alfonso Academy will host a Ballet Master Class featuring Valery Lantratov, the artistic director for the Russian National Ballet Foundation, from 4-5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at 12598 US Hwy. 98 in Miramar Beach. Registration for current Alfonso Academy students is $35 per dancer and guest students are welcome to attend for $45 each. To register, visit AlfonsoAcademy.com. Space is limited.
South Walton High School's third annual Senior Citizen Prom, Sing and Swing, will be held from 6-9:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at the school, 645 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. There will be refreshments, dancing, cakewalk, door prizes, a photo booth and a king and queen. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 650-5020.
Books and Blooms/books sale
Friends of the Coastal Branch Library and Green Thumb Garden Club present the second Books and Blooms and book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Coastal Branch Library in Santa Rosa Beach.
A Valentines Champagne Brunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 11 at 676 Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs to benefit Grit and Grace. Tickets are $50. Attendees will be entertained by members of the cast of Grit and Grace and take a guided walking tour of the home and the area. Tickets available at The Prissy Hen and Emerald Coast Flowers and Gifts in Freeport. Call 259-4317 or 270-7008.
Now in its second year, the Snowbird Stroll from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 16 is similar to the Third Thursday Wine Walkabout. Guests check in at the Artists at Gulf Place to receive their complimentary commemorative glass and a map with all the participating merchants. Guests will enjoy live music, giveaways, wine and hors d’oeuvres at more than 15 stops in the Gulf Place neighborhood. Cost to participate is $20.
Art in the park
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park offers watercolors at 9 a.m. Feb. 17. Fee is $25 and includes all materials. Regular park admission applies and is paid at ranger station on the day of class. Registration is due 7 days before class date at www.topsailparkfriends.org.
• March 10: Basket Weaving $35
Seascape Art Show & Sale
The annual event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 18 at Seascape Resort Conference Center, one mile west of Silver Sands Outlet Mall. Featured will be several artists who paint with local watercolor artist/instructor Sharon Long. Free and open to the community. Complimentary light refreshments and meet the artists. Call 240-3220.
30A Dancewave will accept new students ages 3-23 for ballet, pointe, lyrical, hip hop, tap, jazz and musical theatre until Feb. 24. Visit 30ADancewave.com or call 687-6711.
Call for Entries in Digital Graffiti
The Alys Foundation has announced the Call for Entries for the annual Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach to be held May 19-21, 2017. Coinciding with the festival’s 10th anniversary, artists worldwide are invited to submit original works of digital art to be showcased in the juried festival. Artists interested in submitting can find criteria and instructions at http://www.digitalgraffiti.com/callforentries/. The deadline to submit is Feb. 1, 2017. For more information, please visit digitalgraffiti.com.
Check in at the Topsail Hill Preserve State Park camp store between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays for the challenge package. When completed, re-turn to camp store for a treat.
Chef Kevin Korman will offer guests an inventive chef's tasting menu each Friday night at Roselie Dining & Seafood Bar in Inlet Beach. This limited edition dinner will consist of an eight-course menu featuring seasonal farm-to-fork items crafted in Korman’s inventive style for $89 with an additional $45 wine pairing option. Only eight guests will be invited to this special dinner each week, so be sure to make a reservation to reserve a seat. Call 909-0400.
Sunday Pickin' at The Bay
The Bay Restaurant, on the Choctawhatchee Bay at the southern foot of the 331 bridge, will host Sunday Pickin' at The Bay every Sunday while the weather is nice. Local musician Mike Whitty and friends will get together in the garden at The Bay for a jam session. All local musicians are invited to come and join in. Happy Hour is from 4-6 p.m.
Movie Night at The Hub
I's double movie night with free movies at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at The Hub on Scenic 30A at WaterSound Beach. Shown on the Jumbotron on the events stage.
Geocache Around Topsail
Explore Topsail Hill Preserve State Park with a special 10 station geocache program from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Check in at the camp store for your coordinates. Upon completion return to the camp store for a prize.
Worship at the beach with Hope Lutheran Church from 8-9 a.m. at Ed Walline Regional Beach Access across on Scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring a towel, chair, or stand on the boardwalk. Call 267-0322.
Emerald Coast Farmers' Market
Fresh from the farm produce, dairy, honey, eggs, grass-fed beef, beef jerky, pork products and sausages; fresh local seafood, crab cakes, tuna and shrimp dips; homemade pita, hummus, salsa's, guacamole, jams, preserves, pickled veggies, cheeses, homemade pastas and sauces, and artisan breads and desserts are for sale at Seascape Resort, 100 Seascape Drive in Miramar Beach, from 1-6 Tuesdays year round and 12-6 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Grand Boulevard Farmers’ Market
The market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday 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. Market is held on Wednesdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
30A Farmers’ Market
This community event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays in South Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach features fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, cheese and more. Market is held on Thursdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Seaside Farmers Market
Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.