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Aesop’s Fables: Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s final Professional Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) production will be “Aesop’s Fables.” Showtimes are 10 a.m. April 7 and 14 upstairs at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. April 6 and 13 performances are reserved for field trips. Tickets are $10/person. Children age 3 and under are free. Proceeds benefit ECTC and its Theatre Education programs.
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-out available. Proceeds benefit the church and its food ministry. The historic church will be open for tours.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society: Michelle Wright and other Audubon members will help teach Scouts about bird identification at Scout-a-Rama from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 7 at Fort Walton Beach Landing. Bring lunch and a lawn chair. For details, call 428-1803.
• April 14: Spend a day at the Estuary Festival at Gannon Park teaching children about birds. Bring a sack lunch and a lawn chair. Call 678-6665 for details.
• April 28: Malcolm Swan leads a bird walk at Veterans Park on Okaloosa Island. Meet at the NE corner of the Convention Center parking lot at 7:30 a.m. Call 210-343-9082 for details.
Seafood Boil Benefit: Shades Bar and Grill in Inlet Beach hosts its 11th Annual Seafood Boil Benefit to benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge April 7 with boiled crawfish, raw oysters and traditional Jambalaya. The all day event will feature live music by Jacob Mohr from 12-2 p.m., Funk 42 from 3-6 p.m. and Anne Cline from 7-9 p.m. This family event will offer bouncy houses for the kids and plenty of activities for everyone.
Embroiderers’ Guild: The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will hold a stitch-in from 1:30-4:30 p.m. April 8 and a pro-gram meeting from 1:30-4:30 p.m. April 22 in the Religious Education building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd. in Niceville. Visitors are welcome. Call 496-3466.
Spring Reels: Bring blankets and low-back chairs to enjoy “COCO” at 7:30 p.m. April 10 in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Henry’s Pizza Truck will be available for food and beverage.
Bonfire on the Beach: The Bay, 24215 S. Hwy. 331 in Santa Rosa Beach, hosts a Wednesday Night Bonfire on the Beach from 6-9 p.m. with live music by Pickled Pickers on April 11.
• April 18 - Sugarcane Jane
• April 25 - Luke Langford Band
Wednesday Night Concert Series: Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Fleetwood Max at 7 p.m. April 11 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• 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 Forrest Williams Band from 6-8 p.m. April 11 at the Alys Beach amphitheatre. Food and drinks available at Henry’s Pizza Truck.
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.
OneBlood Drive: The Market Shops will host the OneBlood Drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13 at 9375 Emerald Coast Parkway in Miramar Beach.
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.
Premier Party: A premier party for the new TV series “Animal PD” will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 14 at The Hub 30A with music and a showing of the premiere episode on the big screen. The new series features Alaqua Animal Refuge and the WCSO and their efforts to bring about awareness and change in overall animal welfare and animal cruelty cases.
Book Sale: The DeFuniak Springs Friends of the Library host a spring book sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon April 14 at the Walton County Fairgrounds, Rte 83 North in DeFuniak Springs. This sale features a special $2/bag rate with bags provided.
Artful Night: The seventh annual Artful Night Under the Stars will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 14 at Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar in Santa Rosa Beach with proceeds benefiting The Tree House Episcopal Montessori School. The ticket price of $75 includes food from Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar, beer and wines and silent and live auctions. Mel Knapp will be featured musician. Attire is coastal chic. To purchase tickets, visit Eventbrite or the Artful Night Under the Stars Facebook page.
ECMS: Felicia McQuaid will speak at the Emerald Coast Meditation Society at 6:30 p.m. April 15 at Christ the King,, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393. The meeting is free and open to the public. Her topic will be “Heal Yourself with ThetaHealing and improve your life now!.” For more information, email email@example.com.
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.
SHRM: The Society for Human Resource Management of the Emerald Coast will meet at 7:15 a.m. April 18 at Two Trees Restaurant, 1955 Lewis Turner Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach. Program speaker will be Dave Jefferson, a human resources executive at Simple HR. Cost is $15/members and $20/non-members. Breakfast included. Register by April 16 at http://www.shrm-emeraldcoast.org
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.
Bourbon & Cigars: Old Florida Fish House presents its Bourbon & Cigars event to benefit Dog-Harmony from 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 19. Night features bourbon, cigars from Shore Thing Cigars, light bites, live music by Matt Lyons, and an extensive silent auction to help raise funds for Dog-Harmony. General admission tickets will be $50/person and are available at https://850tix.com/events/bourbon-cigars. Ticket includes one complimentary cigar, one glass of bourbon, and light bites.
Drunk Driving Demo: Walton County Fire Rescue and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office will team up with local law enforcement and fire rescue agencies to host a Drunk Driving Demonstration at 9 a.m. April 19 at Freeport High School. The law enforcement and fire rescue agencies will re-enact a fatal traffic crash involving drunk drivers.
Bodies In Balance: Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will host a seminar on the behavioral risk factors of fall prevention at 11 a.m. April 20 at Somerby Assisted Living, 164 W. Hewett Road in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 278-3600 or 877-416-1620 to register.
Birthday Celebration: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park celebrates its 20th birthday of being a Florida State Park on the 20th of each month in 2018. A present or two will be hidden each month somewhere in Walton County. To find the present, check out the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FriendsofTopsailHillPreserveStatePark.
Topsail Talks: The monthly educational discovery series presents Coastal Species by FWCC from 10-11 a.m. April 20 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.
• May 4: Shorebirds by Audubon Society
• June 15: Bears by FWCC
• July 20: Prescribed Fires and the Forest by Florida Forest Service
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.
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 at the Baytowne Events Plaza from 6-8:30 p.m. and then take in an amazing fireworks display to end the perfect night.
• Magical Thursday: Kids will love this free magic show from 7-9 p.m. put on by pirate Captain Davy each Thursday at the Events Plaza Stage.
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.
Yard Sale: The WaterColor Community Yard Sale will be hosted from 9 a.m. to noon April 21 at Cerulean Park, just north of 30A in WaterColor.
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.
Moonlight Movies & Face Painting: Bring the family for a free fun movie, “Coco,” from 7:30-9 p.m. April 25 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.
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.
Concerts in the Village: Enjoy a night under the stars with the Temptation Revue from 7-9 p.m. April 26 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s Cultural Arts Village on Commons Drive in Destin. Bring a bottle of wine, a craft beer, snacks and a blanket or chair. Gates open at 6. Tickets are $15/adults and free to MKAF members and children 12 and under and can be purchased at the door.
• May 3: Captain Fantastic 52nd Street & Boogie Fever with music from Rocket Man to the Piano Man and 70's Disco.
• May 10: The Petty Hearts, a nationally touring Tom Petty tribute band celebrates the life and musical legacy of his 40-year career in rock and roll.
• May 17: The Return is a Beatles Tribute that captures the very essence of the Beatles themselves.
• May 24: Velcro Pygmies are known for delivering a nonstop high energy hair metal rock show you won’t soon forget.
• May 31: Purple Masquerade, a Tribute to Prince, brings back the pop/funk sounds of Prince and The Revolution.
• June 7: Walter Wolfman Washington, a mainstay on the New Orleans music scene, brings heartfelt rhythm and blues, New Orleans funk and modern jazz to the area.
• June 14: Gloria’s Miami Sound with Nikki Torres is a tribute to Gloria Estefan & The Miami Sound Machine with their Rhythm is Gonna Get You on Your Feet in 1, 2, 3.
• June 21: M-80’s present the best music from the 80’s with their high energy and great stage presence.
• June 28: The Maxx, back by popular demand, has energetic choreography and eclectic sound with classic oldies and today’s pop music.
• Sept. 13: Emerald Gold's music, fast or slow, R&B, Motown, classic rock, or blues, is meant to be danced to.
• Sept. 20: Luke Langford & 331 South is a high energy band delivering music with a punch of Texas & Red Dirt, outlaw, classic and modern country.
• Sept. 27: Pickled Pickers play southern rock, blues, R&B, country, and bluegrass ... feel good to the soul kind of tunes.
• Oct. 4: Forrest Williams Band is a singer/songwriter covering a variety of music from soul to blues, a little bit of country and reggae.
• Oct. 11: The Wide Open, a diverse and soulful Americana duo, fuse soulful southern blues and folk with modern roots and Delta Rag Time.
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.
The REP: Clarence Bucaro will appear at 7:30 p.m. April 27 at The REP Theatre in Seaside. He aims to tell a story through his lyrics and throughout his 15-year career, he has earned a reputation for his storytelling and open hearted lyrics. Tickets are $25 at www.LoveTheREP.com.
Earth Day Festival: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park hosts its annual Earth Day Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28 in Santa Rosa Beach. Celebrate the Earth and Earth Day with environmental organizations and agencies, nature activities, games, animals, face painting and booths as well as music.
Cantina Laredo Cinco de Mayo: Enjoy live music, dancing, lawn games and authentic Mexican food and drinks from 2-10 p.m. May 5 at Grand Park, adjacent to Cantina Laredo, in Grand Boulevard. Open to the public at no charge. Kids can take part in free face painting and arts and crafts. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy music from Hunter Dawson of Heritage from 2-5 p.m. and The Graytones from 7-10 p.m.
Tea Fore Her: Enjoy a silent auction, a few giveaways, tea, lunch and good conversation while raising funds for breast cancer patients in financial need at the fourth annual Tea Fore Her from 1-3 p.m. May 6 at Vue on 30a, 4801 W. County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.. Big hats encouraged. Guest speaker, Teri Fedonczack, is a breast cancer survivor, life coach and curator of powerful women. For tickets, visit fore-her.org.
Sunday Cinema: Grab a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the free movie “COCO” at 7:15 p.m. May 20 on the Events Plaza Lawn at Baytowne Wharf.
• 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
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
Baytowne LIVE: Listen to the musical stylings of local artist Stevie Hall from 7-10 p.m. Tuesdays June 5-July 31 on the Baytowne LIVE stage across from MooLaLa. Event is free.
The Marvelous Manhattan Comedy Club: The Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents The Marvelous Manhattan Comedy Club from 7-11:45 p.m. June 15 at the Emerald Coast Theatre Company, 560 Grand Boulevard, upstairs, in Miramar Beach. Ticket includes big time laughs from national stand up comedians; 1950's all girl musical review and variety show; Swillin' Classic Cocktails and Nostalgic Nosh; Wine and bourbon tastings; Chef's prepared nibbles and bites; and Chocolate Fondue and Bubbly. For tickets or info visit emeraldcoasttheatre.org
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.
Tai Chi Tuesday: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park will host Tai Chi Tuesday the third Tuesday of each month. Seated Tai Chi is 8:30-9:15 a.m. and Standing Tai Chi is 9:30-10:15 a.m. Class fee is $13 and does not include park admission. Call the park store at 267-8333 for more in-formation.
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 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 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.