All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Special Olympics Run/Walk: A benefit run/walk for Special Olympics Florida-Walton County will be held at 8 a.m. March 11 at NatureWalk at Seagrove, 780 Sandgrass Blvd. Race begins at 9 a.m. A $10 entry fee is required and collected at the starting line.
Concert in the Park: The Special Events Committee of the City of DeFuniak Springs will sponsor a free concert with singer/guitarist Dwayne Langston at 3 p.m. March 11 at the Lake Yard Amphitheatre on Circle Drive. Call 892-8500.
Caravan Jazz Band: Caravan brings the sound and atmosphere of 1930’s Paris with a touch of Disney to Town Center in Rosemary Beach from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sundays, March 12 through April 9. Event is free.
Pinocchio: The REP presents a free updated, fast paced version of the classic tale that follows the little puppet Pinocchio on his adventures to becoming a real boy. Shows are at 6 p.m. Mondays, March 13 to April 17, at the Seaside Amphitheater.
Spring It On Concert Series: Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free evening of entertaining musical performances from 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 13 with The Like … Totally, Awesome 80’s.
• March 20: Bubble Gum Machine (60-70-80’s)
• March 27: The Hep Cats
• April 3: The One Hit Wonders
• April 10: British Invasion (Beatles, Stones)
Art on the Green: Enjoy a variety of different art forms from 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays, March 14 to April 11, on Western Green in Rosemary Beach. Create a colorful sand art keepsake, spin art masterpiece or let talented artists transform your hair into a live canvas to paint upon. Plus, enjoy music and karaoke.
Kids music: Huck and Lily create music for kids and the grown-ups who love them at 6 p.m. Tuesdays, March 14-28, at the Seaside Amphitheater.
Book signing: Local Christian fiction author Felicia Ferguson will sign the first book of her four book series, The Paths We Walk, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 15 at The Blue Giraffe, 1777 E. County Hwy. 30A in Watercolor.
Wednesday Night Concert Series: Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Luke Langford & the 331 Band from 7-9 p.m. March 15 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• March 22: Chris Alvarado
• March 29: Forrest Williams
• April 5: Blues Brothers
• April 12: Departure, A Journey Tribute
• April 19: Satisfaction, A Rolling Stones Tribute
•April 26: Shadow of the King, Elvis Tribute
Spring Concerts: Enjoy a free concert with The Panhandlers from 6-8 p.m. March 15 in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Henry’s Pizza Truck will be available for food and beverage.
• March 22: Fearless Heights
• March 29: Into the Wide
• April 5: The Blue Ribbon Healers
• April 12: Mike Whitty & Friends
Republican Women: The Walton Republican Women Federated will meet at 11:30 a.m. March 15 at Cantina Laredo, 585 Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach. Guest speaker will be Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week, who will speak on School Choice and Education Policy: What to Expect in the Next Four Years. The cost is $25/guests and $20/members. Reservations are required at 301-518-0316 or email her at email@example.com.
Children’s Theatre: Join Arthur, Merlin, Guinevere, and Lancelot in The Tales of King Arthur at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, March 15 through April 12 in North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. Blankets and lawn chairs welcome.
Garden Club: The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. March 15 at Henderson Beach State Park in Destin. A ranger will be the guide and a nature trail through the coastal dune ecosystem is available for a hike after the lecture. Wear comfortable shoes. Meet at Pavilion Four. Cost for box lunch is $25. Reservations must be made by 5 p.m. March 12 at firstname.lastname@example.org or 333-7431.
Bubbly Baytowne: An evening of champagne, live music from Chris Alvarado, and shopping begins at 5 p.m. March 16 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.
ECMS: The Emerald Coast Meditation Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. March 16 at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Deborah Merwin, co-owner of Feelin’ Good Health Food Store in Destin and holistic health counselor, will speak on "Deathbed Doula." For information, email email@example.com.
Moonlight Movies/Facepainting: Bring blankets and lawn chairs and watch the free movie "The Se-cret Life of Pets" (PG) under the stars at 7:30 p.m. March 16 on the Western Green in Rosemary Beach. Popcorn and hot dogs from DogManDu. Face painting begins at 5 p.m. If raining, movie moves to Town Hall.
• March 23: Pete’s Dragon (PG)
• March 30: Finding Dory (PG)
• April 6: Moana (PG)
• April 13: Rouge One-A Star Wars Story (PG-13)
Health seminar: Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will host a seminar, “Bodies In Balance: Biological and Behavioral Fall Risks,” at 11 a.m. March 17 in the hospital’s Resource Center, Suite 3 Conference Room. Call 278-3600 or (877) 416-1620 to register.
Book signing: Former PGA Tour player and author Larry Miller will sign copies of his book, “Ben Hogan’s Secret Fundamental,” from 4-6 p.m. March 17 at Sundog Books in Seaside.
All Day Beach Bash: The Bay will host its third annual St. Patrick's Day party from 12-9 p.m. March 17 in honor of the most recognized Patron Saint of Ireland. The party will kick off with live music by Billy and the Giant Leprechauns, then The Courtyard Saint Patrick's, and finally Mose Wilson and the Delta Twang to round out the night. Come dressed in Irish garb. Chef Jim Shirley will cook Surfin' Murphy's Corned Beef and Cabbage and there will be good Irish drink specials. A Cornhole Tournament will begin at 2 p.m. with other beach games throughout the day.
St. Patty's Day Delight: Enjoy the sounds of Ireland with traditional Celtic music and celebrate the Luck of the Irish from 6-9 p.m. March 17 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf.
Central Square Cinema: Grab your blankets for the free movie “Toy Story” under the stars at 7:30 p.m. March 17 in the Seaside Amphitheater.
— March 24: Wreck It Ralph
— March 31: Tangled
— April 7: Happy Feet
— April 14: Storks
— Muppets Most Wanted
Spay/neuter services: Dog-Harmony Inc. and Operation Spay Bay will offer spay/neuter services for pets in the Santa Rosa Beach and Destin community. On the first Monday of each month, Dog-Harmony will transport dogs and cats to Panama City where they may be spayed or neutered at a reduced cost and returned to Dog-Harmony to be reunited with their owners. The transportation is offered at no fee by Dog-Harmony; all you have to do is make an appointment one week in advance and bring your pet to Dog-Harmony in Santa Rosa Beach.
Book sale: The DeFuniak Springs Friends of the Library will hold a book sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon March 18 at the Walton County Fairgrounds in DeFuniak Springs.
Basic Life Support classes: American Heart Association Basic Life Support, Healthcare Provider Initial courses will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 18 at Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast, Suite 1, Education Building. Enrollment closes March 16. Cost is $50/person. To enroll, call 278-3019 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• May 20: enrollment closes May 18
• July 22: enrollment closes July 20
• Sept. 23: enrollment closes Sept. 21
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society: Alan Knothe leads a trip March 18 to a private woodland preserve near DeFuniak Springs. Get close to nature and see a variety of woodland species. Meet in the CVS parking lot in Oak Creek Shopping Center off Route 20 in Niceville at 7:30 a.m. Call 208-1780 for infor-mation.
• March 25: Malcolm Mark Swan leads a trip to Veteran’s Park on Okaloosa Island, home to a large rookery of nesting Great Blue Herons. Meet in the NE corner of the Emerald Coast Convention Center parking lot at 7:30 a.m. Wear closed toed shoes and a hat. Call 210-343-9082.
Sunday Cinema: Grab a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the free movie “Finding Nemo” at 7:15 p.m. March 19 on the Events Plaza Lawn at The Village Baytowne Wharf.
• March 26: A Bug’s Life
• April 2: Up
Baytowne Wharf: In addition to free concerts and movies, Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin also offers free events on other nights in the Events Plaza.
‒ Hydro Flight Monday: Enjoy three shows over the lagoon by fly-board extraordinaire Ben Merrell at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. March 20 through April 3.
‒ Boomin' Tuesday: Enjoy lawn games and inflatables from 6-8:30 p.m. March 21 through Aprili 15 with fireworks at 8:30 p.m.
‒ Magical Thursday: Captain Davy performs at 7 and 8 p.m. March 23 through April 6 on the Events Plaza Stage.
Baytowne LIVE/Spring Break: Enjoy the musical stylings of local artists from 7-10 p.m. on the Baytowne LIVE stage across from MooLaLa. Concerts are free and open to the public.
• Stevie Hall: March 21, 25, 28, April 1, 4, 8, 11, 15
• Bryan Bludworth: March 24, 31, April 7, 14
Catwalk for a Cause: The Dressing Room Boutique will host an event benefiting Children in Crisis Inc., at 6 p.m. March 30 in the courtyard of The Market Shops at the entrance of Sandestin. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through participants and at The Dressing Room Boutique. Award-winning dancers from the Alfonso Academy will open the show, with DJ 30A providing music and entertainment during the show.
Vettes at the Village
Vroom, vroom Vettes at the Village returns to the Village of Baytowne Wharf from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 1 in the Events Plaza. Be a part of the show and vote for your favorite style and model.
Cooked to Order: Breakfast Cooked to Order will be held from 7-11 a.m. April 1 and May 6 in the Parish Hall at St. Agatha's Episcopal Church, 150 Circle Drive, in DeFuniak Springs. Cost is $7.25/adults and $4/children under 10. Take-out available. Call 830-7663 to make reservations for large groups. Donations benefit the church.
‘80s Rewind Dance Party: Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) is throwing a big-haired dance party, ‘80s style, at 7:30 p.m. April 14 in ECTC’s performing space, Upstairs at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Scrunchies and bolo ties are optional, but best dressed will win for the “Most Choice” outfit. Shenanigans Show Band will perform. Tickets are $25/advance and $30/door. Proceeds from ticket sales, cash bar and silent auction will benefit Emerald Coast Theatre Com-pany’s educational and professional programs. Purchase tickets at www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org.
Easter Explosion: Bounce on over to the Village of Baytowne Wharf for an Easter Explosion from 12-3 p.m. April 15. Enjoy a day filled with free family friendly entertainment, lawn games, face-painting, and an inflatable obstacle course. Get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny.
Free tax returns: Free TaxAide will be given through April 15 at the following locations. Call for ap-pointments. 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.
Digital Graffiti Festival 2017: Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach, a projection art festival on Scenic Highway 30A, will be held from May 19-21. Twenty finalists along with three artist-in-residence participants from four countries will gather to showcase their digital artwork and vie for cash prizes totaling $10,000. Purchase tickets at http://www.digitalgraffiti.com/tickets/
Sinfonia Goes Pops: Enjoy the orchestral sounds of Sinfonia Gulf Coast under the palm trees in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre at 7:30 p.m. May 28. Food and beverage available for purchase. Free and open to the public.
Groovin' On The Green: The Carillon Beach Institute presents a free concert with The Rowdies from 7-9 p.m. May 28 at the Village Green. Food and beverage vendors will be on site.
June 5: The Mighty Hurricanes
June 12: Reasonable Doubt
June 19: Raised on the Radio
June 26: Legacy
July 4: Sonic Boom
July 10: Ebb Tyed
July 17: Tony Vegas Band
July 24: Tropic Sands
July 31: Latitude 29
Aug. 7: Raised on the Radio
Aug. 14: Reasonable Doubt
Aug. 21: The Mighty Hurricanes
Aug. 28: Ebb Tyed
Sept. 3: The Rowdies
Family Challenge: 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, return to camp store for a treat.
Chef’s Counter: 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: It'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.
Beach Service: 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 Can-tina 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 vegeta-bles, 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.