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Fall Festival/Pumpkin Sales: The second annual Fall Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7 with fun, food and games. Camp Helen State Park entrance fee is $2 per person for anyone age 7 and above. The event is free; however donations are accepted for Friends of Camp Helen State Park to benefit the park's resource management projects and interpretive programs. For more information, call 233-5059 or email CampHelenFriends@gmail.com. They will sell pumpkins from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 31.
Audubon Society: Join local birders Oct. 7 in a walk through Veterans Park on Okaloosa Island led by Malcolm Swan, videographer and expert birder, to see herons, raptors and migrants. Meet at the NE corner of the Convention Center parking lot at 7:30 a.m. Wear long pants, closed toe shoes and a hat. Call 210-343-9082 for additional information.
• Oct. 14: Event. Explore the Outdoors Festival at Live Oak Landing, 229 Pitts Ave., in Freeport. Teach children how to identify birds using matching games, binoculars and spotting scopes. Bring water, bug spray and a lawn chair. Call 267-2064 or email liveoak-landing.rvoutdoors.com for additional information.
• Oct. 21: See owls, warblers, herons and rails in a walk through the Bluewater Bay Marina marshes and oak forest. Meet at Oak Creek Shopping Center by CVS on Hwy. 20 in Niceville at 7:30 a.m. Wear closed toed shoes, bring water and bug spray. Call 368-3680 for additional information.
• Oct. 28: See ducks, herons, raptors and migrants in a walk through the FWB landfill and holding ponds led by Malcolm Swan. Meet at Pepitos, 1313 Lewis Turner Blvd., at 7:30 a.m. Wear closed toed shoes, a hat and long pants. Call 210-343-9082 for additional information.
New Orleans-Style Brunch: Bijoux Restaurant + Spirits in The Market Shops at the entrance of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort will open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 7 for a special brunch benefiting Walton County Habitat for Humanity and then on each subsequent Sunday, Oct. 15 through Nov. 12. Reservations are suggested at 622-0760 or www.BijouxDestin.com.
Bloody Mary Festival: The Market Shops at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort will host its Third Annual Bloody Mary Festival to benefit Habitat for Humanity — Walton County from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7. The event will feature unlimited tastes of the Emerald Coast’s innovative Bloody Marys served at restaurants and bars in the Panhandle and food will be available for purchase. Tickets are $40 in ad-vance, $50 at the door or $100 for VIP tickets and include three hours of unlimited tastes of up to 25 Bloody Marys. Visit http://bit.ly/TMSBloodyMaryFest2017 for tickets.
Teen Driver Challenge RESCHEDULED: WCSO will hold a Teen Driver Challenge from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 14 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 involved in a crash. Visit http://waltonso.org/teen-driver-challenge/ to register and email forms to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rosemary Beach Sculpture Exhibition: An exhibition of 12 outdoor sculptures is on view in various greens, parks and gardens throughout Rosemary Beach until Oct. 7.
Duck Regatta: The seventh annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Adopt a duck for your chance to win $5,000. This family-friendly event includes a scavenger hunt, face painting, kids’ activities, free carousel rides, and the duck race at 1 p.m. Adopt ducks at emeraldcoastduckregatta.com or the Sacred Heart Hospital Emerald Coast Gift Shop. Proceeds support healthcare services.
Vintage and Antique RV Show: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park presents “Rollin’ Through the Decades,” a Vintage and Antique RV Show, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7 in Santa Rosa Beach. Visit with performer Tim Jackson, explore a 1953 New Moon Trailer made famous by the popular couple Lucy and Ricky, and view other vintage and antique RVs and campers. Event is free with regular park admission.
NFB ballet: The Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) will stage a free, outdoor performance of excerpts from Giselle and The Nutcracker at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Seaside Amphitheater. The program begins with a lecture demonstration on the history of ballet and the method of training at NFB featuring both company dancers and school students. Visit the NFB website and Facebook page to purchase tickets or for additional infor-mation.
2017 Fall Bocce Tournament: Be a part of the Fall Bocce Tournament at 10 a.m. Oct. 8 on the East Long Green of Rosemary Beach. Enjoy friendly competition, food, drinks and fun. Bring your own bocce balls. Court assignments begin at 9 a.m. for tickets and more information, visit www.bocce30a.com.
Embroiderers’ Guild: The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will hold stitch-ins from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 8 and 22 in the Religious Education building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd. in Niceville. Visitors are welcome. Call 496-3466 with any questions.
Garden Club: The Seagrove Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. Oct. 11 at the Linkside Conference Center in Sandestin. The guest speaker will be Kirby Holt, a floral designer from Chipley, who will demonstrate his expertise and designing arrangements that will be raffled to the audi-ence. Guests are always welcome. The cost for guests is $30 which includes lunch. Reservations are required and must be made by 5 p.m. Oct. 8 at email@example.com.
Bonfire on the Beach: Enjoy Bonfire on the Beach from 6–9 p.m. Oct. 11 with the Pickled Pickers at The Bay, 24215 S. Hwy. 331 in Santa Rosa Beach.
• Oct. 18: Josh Fox
Wednesday Night Concert Series: Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with The Moon Lagoons from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• Oct. 18: Continuum
• Oct. 25: Heritage
Health Living Seminar: Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Senior Spirit program will host a free seminar, “Cancer Treatment and Prevention, at 10 a.m. Oct. 11 in the Suite 3 Conference Room. Call 877-416-1620 to register.
Epic Wednesday: B-Modern Gallery’s final Epic Wednesday will be from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 11 in Seacrest Beach. October’s Epic Wednesday boasts a collection centered around Organic Art and also includesan artist painting live, music by DJ Valadi, small bites, and wine. The collection will be on display through the month of October. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Fore Her.
Coastal Branch Library: The artist of the month for October is Joan Vienot. Meet her Oct. 13 during the “Books and Arts” sale and show. Numerous local artists will choose a favorite book and create an art piece that they feel expresses that book and their love for the subject.
Art in the Park: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach will hold a watercolor class from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13. Fee is $25 and includes materials. Regular park admission applies and is paid at ranger station. Register seven days before class in the park store or at www.topsailparkfriends.org.
Movie at Hope Lutheran: The 2003 film edition of Luther will be seen at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Hope Lutheran Church, 3834 US Hwy 98 West, in Santa Rosa Beach. The film covers Luther’s life from his becoming a monk in 1505 to Augsburg 1530. Enjoy a nacho bar and other treats during the movie.
Baytowne Beer Festival: The Village of Baytowne Wharf hosts its 10th Annual Baytowne Beer Fest Oct. 13 and 14. More than 200 beers will be featured and live music will be heard throughout the festival. Visit http://www.baytownewharfbeerfestival.com/ for more information and tickets.
30A Blue Crab Festival: Celebrate the 30A lifestyle Oct. 13-15 at the second annual 30A Blue Crab Festival hosted at Trebeache in Blue Mountain. Proceeds will benefit The South Walton Artificial Reef Association. Visit https://www.30acrabfest.com/ for information and tickets.
Newbill guest artist: While presenting some of her favorite Gulf Coast influences in her paintings, East Tennessee artist Nadine Koski will discuss and answer questions about her work from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 14 at Newbill Collection By The Sea in Ruskin Place Artist Colony in Seaside.
Sale on the Circle: The 10th Annual Sale on the Circle, sponsored by St. Agatha’s Episcopal Church, will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 14 in DeFuniak Springs. Find bargains among the furniture, antiques, knick-knacks, crafts and yard sale items that are offered by vendors. Lunch will also be available. To make item donations or for questions, call 830-7663.
Rosemary Beach Uncorked: The seventh annual Rosemary Beach Uncorked featuring wine, food and more will be held from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 14. Proceeds will go to the Habitat for Humanity of Walton County. Advance tickets are $125 per person and may be purchased at www.rosemarybeachuncorked.com.
Explore the Outdoors: Walton Outdoors will host its eighth annual Explore The Outdoors Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at Live Oak Landing Outdoor Destination, 229 Pitts Ave. in Freeport. This fun-filled day will introduce children to the wonders of exploring nature and the outdoor experience. The event is free. The water activities are geared for children six-years-old and up. Food will be available for purchase from Black Creek Café. For more information, visit http://www.waltonoutdoors.com/explorefest
Where the Wild Things Run: Race through the woods for a wild adventure through parts of Nokuse Plantation from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 14 at the E.O Wilson Biophilia Center in Freeport. The Second Annual Where the Wild Things Run 5K and 1 mile fun run benefits the Biophilia Nature Center. Register at http://www.eowilsoncenter.org/. Celebrate with food, music and interactive museum and exhibits after the race.
Community Clean-Up Day: Dumpsters will be provided for Walton County residents to dump trash, yard debris, tires, appliances, and other miscellaneous items from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at Choctaw Beach Park on State Road 20 in the Choctaw Beach Community. A crew and equip-ment to off-load heavy items will be available. Recycling trailers will also be available for newsprint, glass, and aluminum. Do not bring poisons, pesticides, paints, thinners, gasoline, and other flammables.
The REP: Michael McDermott will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at The Seaside Repertory Theater, 216 Quincy Circle in Santa Rosa Beach. Tickets are $25 and available at 231-0733 or www.lovetherep.org.
• Oct. 20 and 21: Charlie Mars
• Oct. 28 and 29: Griffin House
WRWF: Walton Republican Women Federated will meet at 11 a.m. Oct. 18 at Cantino Laredo at Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach. Jeff Goldberg, director of Walton County Emergency Management, will present "Walton County Prepares — A Whole Community Approach.” Cost is $20/members and $25/guests. RSVP required at 301-518-0316 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open House: Cook Family Dentistry hosts an Open House to unveil complete office renovation from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 18 at 2441 US Hwy. 98 W, #107, in Santa Rosa Beach. Walton Area Chamber of Commerce will cut the ribbon at 5 p.m.
Garden Club: The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at 9:45 a.m. Oct. 18 in the Bayview Room, Bayside Conference Center in Sandestin Resort. April Reid of 98 Landscape will present “The History of the Jack-o-Lantern” and perhaps other Halloween facts and you can paint or carve your own pumpkin to take home. Price for attending the business meeting, program and luncheon is $25. Price for the business meeting and program only is $8. RSVP your attendance at email@example.com or 850-424-3646 by 10 p.m. the Sunday prior.
Butler Does Halloween: Join in a night of frighteningly good tunes from Van R Butler Elementary Chorus as they present Butler Does Hal-loween at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Events Plaza Stage at Baytowne Wharf.
Kid's Yoga: Yoga instructor Galina Wells will host free Kid’s Yoga from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 24, Nov. 7 and 21 and Dec. 5 and 19 at Walton County Coastal Library in Santa Rose Beach. All ages welcome. No registration required. For more information, call 267-2809.
Color the Coast Orange: Wear orange in support of bully-free schools and a safe community during the tri-countywide Third Annual Color the Coast Orange#UnityDay2017 on Oct. 25. Schools, families, businesses and the entire community can participate simply by wearing orange.
Camp for adult cancer patients: Adults who have been diagnosed with cancer are encouraged to register now for an upcoming Sacred Heart Health System program that offers support, encouragement and renewal. Camp Bluebird, a retreat experience for people coping with cancer, is scheduled for Oct. 25-27 at Sacred Heart’s Miracle Camp in Escambia County. Activities include arts and crafts, pampering, education, optional sharing sessions, entertainment and more. Visit www.campbluebirdfl.com or call 698-2202.
Throwback Thursday Cinema: Enjoy the free family friendly movie "Hocus Pocus" at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 on the Events Plaza Lawn at the Village of Baytowne Wharf.
Halloween Celebration/Trick-or-Treating: Bring the little ghosts and goblins for trick-or-treating throughout North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach and the Harvest Market Artist’s booths from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 28. Enjoy a pumpkin carving and costume contest with prizes, hay-rides, a moonwalk, games, airbrush tattoos, spin art, music and more. Tour the haunted cemetery and see Ohana Institute’s annual Scarecrow Lane and gobble up some goodies from their bake sale.
Lady Antebellum: GRAMMY award-winning trio Lady Antebellum will headline the inaugural 30A Sessions concert series Oct. 28 at Water-Color LakeHouse. For tickets and concert info, visit 30Asessions.com.
Festival of the Arts: Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Foundation presents the 22nd Annual Festival of the Arts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 28 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. A celebration of art, music, food and family fun, the Festival will show-case the original artwork of more than 100 artists and features a live music lineup, a food bistro, wine and beer garden, art activities for kids, souvenir posters and T-shirts, art raffle drawing and more. Convenient parking and motor coach shuttle are available. Admission is $5 for adults; MKAF members and children (12 and under) are free. Proceeds benefit MKAF’s community outreach programs. Call 650-2226.
Vin’tij Wine Dinner: The Northwest Florida Ballet “Fall Into Dance” four-course wine dinner begins at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at Vin’tij Wine Boutique, 10859 U.S. 98 in Miramar Beach. Tickets are $100 per person or $175 per couple (excluding gratuity). Seating is limited. Proceeds support live music provided by the Northwest Florida Ballet Symphony Orchestra for NFB’s 2017-2018 season productions of The Nutcracker and Peter Pan.
Trick or Treat Street: Calling all ghouls, ghosts, and goblins to the Village of Baytowne Wharf for a free spooktacular extravaganza from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Trick or Treat through the Village streets, listen to the DJ’s frighteningly good tunes on the main stage, and enjoy face painting, balloon animals, and a fly-board show by Ben Merrell. End the night with a spooky fireworks display at 8 p.m.
Biophilia Critter Cruise: Cruise around the bay aboard the Solaris from 12:30-2 p.m. Nov. 4. Boarding begins at noon at the Baytowne Marina. Bring the whole family for a chance to get up close and personal with all that slithers, sniffs, and soars. Cash bar available. Tickets for 18+ are $18; 17 and under are $10. Purchase at www.sunquestcruises.com. Biophilia Center receives 50 percent of ticket proceeds.
Meet and Greet: View art work of Jeanie Posey from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 4 at the South Walton Coastal Branch Library. Her works will be on display during November.
Foundation for Kids: Dress up for Gameday at the annual Sandestin Foundation for Kids Gameday 5K at 9 a.m. Nov. 11. The race includes a 5K for all ages and 1 mile fun run for kids 12 and under throughout Sandestin. Cost is $35/5K and $20/fun run. Post-race tailgate fun will be at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina with cornhole, bounce house, face painting, hot dogs, silent auction and the college football game of the day live on the jumbo screen. Proceeds benefit Sandestin Foundation for Kids organization that allows for funds to be gifted to needy children and families quickly in the event of a tragedy.
Charity Soiree: Café Thirty-A will presents its annual Charity Christmas Soiree from 7-11 p.m. Dec. 1 with a buffet and passed heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, music by DJ 30A, a silent auction and a raffle. Dress is evening attire with black tie optional. Proceeds will benefit Caring and Sharing of South Walton. General admission tickets will be $75/person and will be available for purchase on cafethirtya.com.
Mommy & Me: Hope Lutheran Church, 3834 U.S. Hwy. 98, has a faith based ministry for moms and their children the first and third Mon-days of the month from 9:30-11 a.m. Moms and their children can learn and grow together through music, Bible stories, crafts, snacks, and more. Each class is $5. Call 267-0322, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Facebook page Mommy & Me Faith Based Program.
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 pack-age. When completed, return to camp store for a treat.
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.
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.
30A Farmers’ Market: Walk through the park like setting with shade trees, a fountain, cobblestone walkways and visit friendly farmers, makers and bakers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays year round at 12805 US Hwy. 98 E in Inlet Beach. Find fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, cheese, sauces, beef, chicken, ready-to-eat-foods and more at the new location.
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.
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.