All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society: Malcolm Mark Swan leads a trip to Veteran’s Park on Okaloosa Island, home to a large rookery of nesting Great Blue Herons, March 25. 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 “A Bug’s Life” at 7:15 p.m. March 26 on the Events Plaza Lawn at The Village Baytowne Wharf.
• April 2: Up
Spring Concerts at Market Shops: Chuck Lawson will perform from 1-3 p.m. March 26 at The Market Shops at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Bring a chair and blanket. In the event of rainy weather, the concert will be relocated to the covered patio outside of Bijoux.
• April 2: Fuzion
• April 9: Luke Langford & 331 South Band
• April 16: Donnie Sundal
• April 23: Chris Alvarado
• April 30: The Wildlife Specials
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 through April 9. Event is free.
Job fair: Alys Beach is seeking individuals to fill food and beverage, housekeeping, recreations, retail, and construction positions during a job fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 27 at 9581 E Co. Hwy. 30A, Building C. Apply online prior to the job fair at ebscoind.com/your-career/career-search. Call 213-5500.
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 27 with The Hep Cats.
• April 3: The One Hit Wonders
• April 10: British Invasion (Beatles, Stones)
Wednesday Night Concert Series: Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Forrest Williams from 7-9 p.m. March 29 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• 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 Into the Wide from 6-8 p.m. March 29 in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Henry’s Pizza Truck will be available for food and beverage.
• April 5: The Blue Ribbon Healers
• April 12: Mike Whitty & Friends
Lunch and Learn: Walton Area Chamber of Commerce will present the Dale Carnegie Program, “How To Network,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 29 at Brookdale Destin, 2400 Crystal Cove Lane in Miramar Beach, and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 30 at Best Western, 2343 US 331 in DeFuniak Springs. Cost is $15/membersd and $25/non-memers. Pre-register at http://www.waltonareachamber.com/.
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.
Children’s Theatre: Join Arthur, Merlin, Guinevere, and Lancelot in The Tales of King Arthur at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, through April 12, in North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. Blankets and lawn chairs welcome.
Moonlight Movies/Facepainting: Bring blankets and lawn chairs and watch the free movie "Finding Dory" (PG) under the stars at 7:30 p.m. March 30 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.
• April 6: Moana (PG)
• April 13: Rouge One-A Star Wars Story (PG-13)
Anniversary/Grilling Expo: Bay Breeze Patio will host an Anniversary Celbration and Grilling Expo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 31 and April 1 at 32 Forest Shore Drive in Miramar Beach.
Central Square Cinema: Grab your blankets for the free movie “Tangled” under the stars at 7:30 p.m. March 31 in the Seaside Amphitheater.
— 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.
Art on the Green: Enjoy a variety of different art forms from 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays until 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.
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. through April 3.
‒ Boomin' Tuesday: Enjoy lawn games and inflatables from 6-8:30 p.m. through April 15 with fireworks at 8:30 p.m.
‒ Magical Thursday: Captain Davy performs at 7 and 8 p.m. 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 28, April 1, 4, 8, 11, 15
• Bryan Bludworth: March 31, April 7, 14
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 through April 17, at the Seaside Amphitheater.
Art exhibit: Students from South Walton High School will continue to exhibit their artwork throughout April at the Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach.
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.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society: Lenny Fenimore leads a field trip to Fort Pickens, Gulf Island National Seashore, on April 1. Meet in the west end of the Uptown Station parking lot at 7:30 a.m. Wear long pants and closed toed shoes, bring binoculars and a camera. Call 863-2039.
• April 8: Join Audubon birders in an opportunity to teach children how to identify birds at the Mattie Kelly Environmental Institute Estuary Festival at Gannon Park on Rocky Bayou. Call 678-6665.
• April 21: Celebrate Earth Day touring/birding various species rich venues in Gulf County for this 2-day chapter retreat. Call 678-6665 for information.
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.
Advising session: Northwest Florida State College will offer group advising sessions for new students who will begin classes in the upcoming summer or fall semesters at 2 p.m. April 3 and 9 a.m. April 10, May 1 and 8. Students are encouraged to arrive with high school transcripts to ensure they receive all advising assistance needed. Register at https://nwfstatecollege.formstack.com/forms/form_1__fsform2530100
Lecture Series: Dr. Laura Tiu, marine science agent for Walton and Okaloosa Counties, will discuss Micro Plastics, a new term which is being tossed about, from 2-4 p.m. April 5 at the UF/IFAS Walton Extension Office, 732 N 9th Street in DeFuniak Springs. The cost will be $5, payable at the door (cash only). Light refreshments will be served. Reservations are required at 892-8172 or email@example.com by the Monday before.
ECMS: The Emerald Coast Meditation Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. April 6 at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach. Mary McKinley, the newly elected president of the Choctawhatchee Chapter of the
Florida Trail Association, will speak.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society: The Audubon Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. April 6 in Room 130 of the student services building (Bldg 400) at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. John Douglass, scientist, will present “Bug Eyes: What Do Insects See, and How Do We Know." Admission is free and open to the public. Call or email 225-252-2760 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Downtown Arts Night: More than 50 artists, artisans, craftsmen and food vendors will be on the streets of Historic Downtown DeFuniak Springs, from 6th to 8th Streets, from 5-9 p.m. April 7 for the third semiannual Downtown Arts Night. Musicians will perform along the street and food will be available.
Pop & Shop Concert Series: Sip, shop and shimmy to the tunes of local musicians during the new concert series from 5-7 p.m. throughout the center at The Market Shops at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Continuum performs April 8.
May 2: Casey Kearney
May 9: Hugh Mitchell & The High Tide
May 16: Boukou Groove
May 23: Continuum
May 30: Kyle LaMonica
June 6: Casey Kearney
June 13: Kyle LaMonica
June 20: Hugh Mitchell & The High Tide
June 27: Luke Langford
July 4: The Graytones
July 11: Hugh Mitchell & The High Tide
July 18: Boukou Groove
July 25: Casey Kearney
Aug. 15: Boukou Groove
MKAF Concert: Bring a lawn chair, pack a picnic and wine or purchase dinner prepared fresh onsite when Jersey performs a live tribute concert to the music of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at 7 p.m. April 8 in the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, 4323 Commons Drive West in Destin. Bottled water and soft drinks are available to purchase on-site. Tickets are $25/general admission and $20/MKAF members. Children 12 and under are free. Children under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Purchase tickets online at www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org.
‘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.
Easter at WaterColor Inn: Enjoy Easter brunch with the Easter Bunny from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 16 at WaterColor Inn's LakeHouse. Photos with Bunny from 9-11 a.m. Reservations required at 534-5050. An Easter Egg Hunt with live music, crafts and face painting will be held from 12:30-2 p.m. April 16 in the Marina Park.
Teen Driver Challenge: WCSO will hold a Teen Driver Challenge at 5 p.m. April 21 and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 22 at Freeport High School. Students are required to have a Florida Learner's Permit or valid Florida Operator's License and use the automobile they usually operate. The course, which is offered at no cost to students, will provide the knowledge and hands-on experience to reduce chances of being in-volved in a crash.
Bubbly Baytowne: An evening of champagne, live music from Kyle Lamonica, and shopping begins at 5 p.m. April 27 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 are May 18 with music of Scott Rockwood.
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. May 20 at Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast, Suite 1, Education Building. Enrollment closes May 18. Cost is $50/person. To enroll, call 278-3019 or email email@example.com.
• July 22: enrollment closes July 20
• Sept. 23: enrollment closes Sept. 21
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/
Art presentation: “The Art of George Rodrigue” presentation by Mrs. George (Wendy) Rodrigue will be at 6 p.m. May 25 in the Rosemary Beach Town Hall. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Wendy Rodrigue will also sign copies of her book, The Other Side of the Painting. Books will be available for purchase at the free event. A cash bar will be provided by Edward’s Fine Food And Wine until 6:15 p.m.
Sculpture Exhibition: Opening, Wine Reception and Unveiling take place at 4 p.m. May 26 in the Rosemary Beach Town Hall Courtyard. Reception provided by Restaurant Paradis. Meet some of the artists and enjoy a self-guided tour of the exhibition.
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 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 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.