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St. Patty's Day Delight: Celebrate the Luck of the Irish from 6-9 p.m. March 17 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. The night begins with live jazz and blues music from The Blenders in the Events Plaza followed by The Drake School of Irish Dance performing several group and solo dances. The Blenders will then be back until 9 p.m.
Pig Roast: Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day in DeFuniak Springs from 3-8 p.m. March 17 at the 4th Annual Pig Roast to benefit the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood. Festivities include fresh barbecue, Irish food, green beer, live music, a live auction and an Irish costume parade. This private event is held on the grounds of a home at 676 Circle Drive. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Call 259-4317.
St. Paddy's Day at Shades: Eat, drink and be Irish March 17 at Shades Bar & Grill in Inlet Beach. Wear your green for an all day party beginning at 11 a.m. Irish classics served include corned beef & cabbage, Ruebens and pretzels with beer cheese. Live music with Hugh Mitchell from 8-10 p.m.
30A St. Patrick's Parade and Festival: The 11th Annual 30A St. Patrick's Parade and Festival begins at 2 p.m. March 17 on Scenic Hwy. 30A and heads four miles west, ending at County Road 393 near Gulf Place. The festival at 3 p.m. is at Arnett's Gulfside Farm and Stables in Santa Rosa Beach. The entertainment starts with the Drake School of Irish Dance, followed by an afternoon of Irish jigs and reels with The O'Meri-cans Celtic Band. Ticket prices, $10 for adults, $5 for children, and free for 4 and under, are available at www.30aparade.com. Food vendors will have traditional corned beef and cabbage and green beer available.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society: Join leader Dr. Neil Lamb and members of the Bay and Choctawhatchee Audubon Society March 17 at a 300-acre preserve in Bay County. Meet at the CVS parking lot Hwy. 20 Oak Creek Shopping Center in Niceville at 7 a.m. or the Publix Parking Lot in Freeport at 7:30. Wear closed toed shoes and long pants and bring sack lunch. Call 814-1276 for additional information.
• March 31: Join Bruce Purdy in a birding tour of the parks on the north shore of Destin bordering Choctawhatchee Bay. Meet at the CVS parking lot at the corner of Hwy. 98 and Main Street in Destin opposite Regions Bank at 7:30 a.m. Be prepared to carpool. Wear long pants and close toed shoes. Bring binoculars and scopes. Call 305-926-6030 for details.
Stitch Perfect: The Chautauqua Quilters Guild will teach youth ages 8-18, who are interested in learning how to sew, quilt, hand stitch, knit, cross-stitch or just learn some neat new no-sew projects during the 4-H Stitch Perfect Spring Break Sewing Camp March 19-21. Call 892-8172 or email email@example.com to register.
Spring It On Concert Series: Bring chairs and blankets and enjoy an evening of music with Rosemary Beach Rock & Soul Revue (classic soul and lots of rock ‘n roll) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 19 on East Long Green in Rosemary Beach.
• March 26: Oceans 9 (Yacht Rock)
• April 2: Instant Karma (Feel-Good Favorites)
Spring Reels: Bring blankets and low-back chairs to enjoy “The Lego Batman Movie” at 7:30 p.m. March 20 in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Henry’s Pizza Truck will be available for food and beverage.
March 27: Sing
April 3: Moana
April 10: Coco
Rosemary Beach Spring: Through April 6, fun events take place in Rosemary Beach.
• Pittman Magic, Juggling & Comedy from 6-6:45 p.m. Tuesdays North Barrett Square.
• Children’s Theatre presents Beauty and the Beast from 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays at North Barrett Square. See a funny new twist on a classic tale.
• Havana Hat Bar & Got Ink? is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Western Green. Decorate your very own fedora hat with feathers, gems, ribbon and more. Also airbrush tattoos and kids karaoke.
Baytowne LIVE: Listen to the musical stylings of local artist Stevie Hall from 7-10 p.m. March 20 and April 3 and Tuesdays June 5-July 31 on the Baytowne LIVE stage across from MooLaLa. Event is free.
WRWF: Walton Republican Women Federated will meet at 11 a.m. March 21 at Cantina Laredo, 585 Grand Blvd. in Miramar Beach. Ashley Moody, candidate for Florida’s Attorney General, will be guest speaker. Cost is $20/members and $25/non-members. Make reservations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Biophilia Spring Break: The Biophilia Center in Freeport is offering a day camp to keep little "explorers” ages 5-12 busy from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 21. Some events include dip-netting in the pond, hiking nature trails, hanging out with animals and crafting with nature materials. Cost is $45/camper and members receive 20 percent discount. Register at http://www.eowilsoncenter.org/.
Garden Club: The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at 9:45 a.m. March 21 at the Royal Palm Grill at Surfside Resort, 1096 Scenic Gulf Drive in Miramar Beach. The program will be “Cooking with Organics” presented by Chef Mark Hall. Cost is $25/with lunch and $8/meeting and program only. RSVP at email@example.com or call 847-702-3933 by 10 p.m. March 18.
Wednesday Night Concert Series: Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Bay Bridge Band at 7 p.m. March 21 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• March 28: Forrest Williams Band
• April 4: Blues Brothers
• April 11: Fleetwood Max
• April 18: Beatles vs. Stones
• April 25: Dream Police
• May 2: The Graytones
• May 9: Forrest Williams Band
• May 16: J.P. Soars & The Red Hots
• May 23: Chris Alvarado
• May 30: Lauren Saint Jane
• June 6: The Blenders
• June 13: Stephen Simmons
• June 20: Boukou Groove
• June 27: Courtyard Saints
• July 11: Forrest Williams
• July 18: The Rib Bones
Alys Beach Spring Concerts: Bring a blanket or chair to enjoy the free music of Continuum from 6-8 p.m. March 21 at the Alys Beach amphitheatre. Food and drinks available at Henry’s Pizza Truck.
• March 28: Mose Wilson & The Delta Twang
• Apr 4: Luke Langford Band
• Apr 11: Forrest Williams Band
Free Income Tax Preparation: Free income tax preparation for low to middle income families and individuals is being offered in Walton County at the Walton County Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach from 12:30-4:45 p.m. Mondays and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Call 267-2809. Also at Freeport Library, 76 Hwy. 20W, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. Call 835-2040. And, DeFuniak Springs Library, 3 Circle Drive, and from 12-4 p.m. Thursdays. Call 892-3624.
Moonlight Movies & Face Painting: Bring the family for a free fun movie, “Cars 3,” from 7:30-9 p.m. March 22 under the stars on the Western Green in Rosemary Beach. Face painting begins at 4:30 p.m. Popcorn and hot dogs available from DogManDu. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome.
• March 29: TBA
• April 25: TBA
Beach Bonfire: Enjoy a free beach bonfire from 5-10 p.m. March 23 and 30 at The Beach Bar at Royal Palm Grille in Surfside Resort in Miramar Beach. Chairs are provided, or you can bring your own. No outside food or drinks are allowed but you can enjoy smore’s, drink specials and a full menu from the Royal Palm Grille.
Sunday Cinema: Grab a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the free movie “Paddington” at 7:15 p.m. March 25 on the Events Plaza Lawn at Baytowne Wharf.
• April 1: Hop
• May 20: Coco
• June 3: Minions
• June 10: Emoji Movie
• June 17: Beauty and the Beast
• June 24: Moana
• July 8: Toy Story 3
• July 15: Finding Dory
• July 22: Inside Out
• July 29: Brave
Baytowne By Night: Hydroflight Monday: This free fly-board show is a must-see. Check out local athlete Ben Merrell as he flies over the Baytowne lagoon in March at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
• Boomin’ Tuesday: Enjoy free inflatables and lawn games beginning March 20 at the Baytowne Events Plaza from 6-8:30 p.m. beginning March 20 and then take in an amazing fireworks display to end the perfect night.
• Magical Thursday: Kids will love this free magic show put on by pirate Captain Davy each Thursday at the Events Plaza Stage. The shows take place from 7-9 p.m. beginning March 22.
Coastal Branch Library: Chess on Mondays is at 4 p.m. for all ages and levels of players; Preschool Story Hour at 10 a.m. Thursdays for stories, crafts and music; Book Lovers Club at 10 a.m. the second Tuesday of the month through May. Call 267-2809 for book titles. The Joy Art Group meets from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays for artists of multiple genres to collaborate and broaden their horizons.
Purses with A Purpose: Tote, satchel, clutch or hobo. Find it at Purses with a Purpose, a signature Shelter House event, March 22-24 at Grand Boulevard. Shoppers have the opportunity to select from hundreds of new and gently used purses up for sale or auction.
Rehabilitation Services Seminar: Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will host a seminar on the benefits of Tai Chi and Ai Chi at 11 a.m. March 23 at Somerby Assisted Living, 164 W. Hewett Road in Santa Rosa Beach, 2nd Floor Conference Room. Call 278-3600 or 877-416-1620 to register.
Film Tour: Bring low back chairs or blankets for a night of inspiring films under the stars from 7-10 p.m. March 23 and 24 as The Watersound Origins community hosts the Second Annual International Ocean Film Tour at Village Commons. This outdoor event will feature six or seven films with inspiring protagonists, powerful stories, and stunning visuals all into one film program. The same films will be shown each night. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase from the Watersound Café. Coolers will not be permitted. Tickets are limited and non-refundable. Event is rain or shine. Cost is $15/adults and $5/kids in advance or $25/adults and $10/kids day of event.
A Round for the Kids: The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast hosts A Round for the Kids Fundraiser March 24 at Emerald Bay Golf Club in Destin. Registration at 8 a.m. and Shotgun Start at 9 a.m. Register at https://emeraldcoastbgc.org/a-round-for-the-kids/
Brunch and Brews Cruise: SunQuest Cruises hosts a cruise from 1-4 p.m. March 25 aboard the Solaris yacht with food stations paired with locally-crafted beers. Live music will be by local musician Ben Parsons. Cost is $60/person including food, beer, live music and three-hour cruise. Boarding begins at 12:30 p.m. at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina. Make reservations at www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 650-2519.
Technology Class: The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC), Verizon, and the Walton and Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Offices present a class for parents only about smart devices and how they can better protect their kids from 6:30-7:30 p.m. March 26 at the Pierce Family Children’s Advocacy Center, 336 College Avenue in DeFuniak Springs. RSVP’s are requested by March 23 at firstname.lastname@example.org, 833-9237, Ext. 233, www.eccac.org.
Volunteers needed: South Walton Turtle Watch needs volunteers for the upcoming nesting and hatching season. A training session by the FWC will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 27 at Gulf Coast State College Student Union in Panama City. Visit www.southwaltonturtlewatch.org for information and application. To register for the class at GCSC, visit https://goo.gl/forms/F4kmpCgcLI499rrH3.
Sacred Heart Lunch and Learn: Community members are invited to attend a free educational lunch and learn seminar, Hip Replacement: The Anterior Approach, at 12:30 p.m. March 28 in Sacred Heart Hospital’s Resource Center, Suite 3 Conference Room. Dr. William Markowski, a board certified orthopedic surgeon with Bluewater Orthopedics, will lead the informational seminar. Dr. Markowski specializes in joint re-placement; direct anterior hip replacement; hip, knee and shoulder arthroscopy; sports medicine; hand surgery and fracture care. Registration required at 278-3600. Lunch will be provided.
Doggie Eggstravaganza: Dog-Harmony and Grand Boulevard kick off Easter in Grand Park March 29 with a fundraiser for Dog-Harmony including puppy and people treats, live entertainment, a raffle drawing and an Easter egg hunt. Suggested donation is $10/basket.
Nutrition Class: Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will hold a free, community nutrition class, “Healthy You: Go Further with Food,” from 12-1:15 p.m. March 29 in the Suite 3 Conference Room at the hospital. Participants may bring their lunch to enjoy with the food samples provided. Registration needed at 278-3600 or 877-416-1620.
Topsail Talks: The monthly educational discovery series presents Insects with The South Walton Mosquito Control District (SWMCD)from 10-11 a.m. March 30 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Learn about the insects and bugs that call the Florida Panhandle home. This program is free with regular park admission. Call 267-8330.
• April 20: Coastal Species by FWCC
• May 4: Shorebirds by Audubon Society
• June 15: Bears by FWCC
• July 20: Prescribed Fires and the Forest by Florida Forest Service
Dentistry from the Heart: The husband and wife duo behind Smileology, Dr. Olivier Broutin and Dr. Amber Wiebe, are out to change lives by offering free smiles to anyone who needs dental work. The Fourth Annual Dentistry from the Heart will be held March 30 at 12273 US Hwy. 98, #117 in Miramar Beach. Starting at 7 a.m. Dr. Broutin, Dr. Wiebe, and their volunteers will treat the first 50 patients, or however many they can service by 2 p.m. Guests 18 years and older can choose from a filling, extraction or cleaning.
Moonlight Paddle: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach hosts a Moonlight Paddle from 4-8 p.m. March 30. Experience Campbell Lake on a Ranger guided paddling tour. Participants must be experienced canoers/kayakers over 12 years old. Program is $40/person and includes watercraft rental, PFD, paddle, park admission fee, glow sticks, tram ride to Campbell Lake and a donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Registration required in advance at www.topsailparkfriends.org.
Easter Explosion: Bounce on over to the Village of Baytowne Wharf for an Easter Explosion from 12-3 p.m. March 31. Enjoy lawn games, face-painting, and even race over our inflatable obstacle course. And get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny
Sinfonia: Sinfonia Gulf Coast presents “Rodgers & Hammerstein on Stage and Screen” at 7:30 p.m. March 31 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Gala table seating, single seating, corporate sponsor tables and full tables of 10 are available and tickets range from $45-$150. Proceeds benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast and its music education program. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or call 460-8800.
Breakfast Cooked to Order: The first Saturday breakfast will be held from 7-11 a.m. April 7 and May 5 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-outs available. Proceeds benefit the church and its food ministry. The historic church will be open for tours.
Sandestin Wine Festival: The 32nd Annual Sandestin Wine Festival, April 12-15 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf, has four days of unique events from attending wine dinners with celebrity chefs, participating in preview events throughout the year, and taking part in wine tastings that showcase hundreds of wine. For information and times, visit www.sandestinwinefestival.com.
Champagne/Seafood Lunch Cruise: Celebrate the Kick-Off of the Sandestin Wine Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13 on the Solaris Yacht, leaving from Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina. Cost is $93/person and includes four-course mea., champagne pairings and two-hour cruise. Visit www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 650-2519 for tickets.
Cornhole Tournament: The Rosemary Beach Foundation presents the 30A Cornhole Tournament from 12:30-3:30 p.m. April 14 at North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. Visit www.cornhole30a.com for more information and to sign up.
IMPACT 100 Workshop: IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida will hold its grant workshop for non-profit 501 (c)(3) organizations in Okaloosa and Walton counties, from 8:30 a.m. to noon April 19 in the Fellowship Hall to learn how to apply for one of IMPACT 100's $100,000 grants in 2018. Grant applications should focus on projects in Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Family, and Health & Recreation. There will be breakout sessions on the basics of the grant application, grant process, finances, renovations, reconstruction and construction. Advance registration is encouraged to ensure a reserved spot. The final day to register is April 12. The registration form is available online at www.impactnwf.org. For information, call 582-7939.
Vettes at the Village: Vroom, vroom! Corvette clubs bring “America’s Sports Car” to the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 21.
Bubbly Baytowne: Sip and shop through the Village streets from 5-7 p.m. April 26 and May 17 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Enjoy live music and shopping with the sounds of live music in the Events Plaza. Event is free for 21 and up only. Village open to the public during event.
South Walton Beaches Festival: Dozens of celebrity winemakers, distillers, chefs, and entertainers converge in South Walton April 26-29 to wine, dine, educate and entertain guests as part of the celebration of wine benefiting Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation. Throughout the Town Center of Grand Boulevard, attendees enjoy such attractions as Spirits Row, Savor South Walton Culinary Village, Nosh Pavilions, Tasting Seminars, Craft Beer & Spirits Jam, live entertainment and more than 800 wines poured by knowledgeable wine industry insiders. For more information, visit sowalwine.com. For specific events and to purchase tickets visit https://www.xorbia.com/e/sowal-wine/2018/?referral=xt-buy-tix.
Memorial Day Celebration: Kick off your summer during our Memorial Day Celebration at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Enjoy live music from 7-9 p.m. May 26 and 27. Kids activities and a patriotic fireworks show also light up on May 27. The Sandestin Veterans present a Memorial Day program in honor of our veterans May 28.
Groovin’ On The Green: The Carillon Beach Institute presents a free concert with The Rowdies from 7-9 p.m. May 27 on the Village Green. Food and beverage vendors will be on site.
June 4: Jeff on Sax
June 11: Nitefire
June 18: Reasonable Doubt
June 25: Tony Vegas
July 4: Sonic Boom
July 9: Daric Freeman
July 16: Jam Kings
July 23: Legacy
July 30: Seminole Wind
Aug. 6: Latitude 29
Aug. 13: Nitefire
Aug. 20: Reasonable Doubt
Aug. 27: True Soul
Sept. 2: Raised on the Radio
Red, White, and Baytowne
The free Red, White, and Baytowne celebration begins at 6 p.m. July 4 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf with lawn games, inflatables, kids crafts, and face painting. Then enjoy live music on the Events Plaza Stage at 7 p.m. followed by a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m.
Mommy & Me: Hope Lutheran Church, 3834 U.S. Hwy. 98, has a faith based ministry for moms and their children the first and third Mondays 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 email@example.com, 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 package. 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.