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Guns ‘n Hoses: The Seventh Annual Guns ‘n Hoses Charity Softball Tournament, cops versus firefighters, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 18 at Hammock Bay, 74 Great Hammock Bend in Freeport. Money raised will be for Cancer Freeze, a local charity providing assistance to those with cancer in our community.
NWFSC Radiography Information: The Northwest Florida State College Radiography program will host an information session at 5 p.m. Aug. 20 in Building 420, Room 310 on the Niceville campus. The session is designed for anyone interested in beginning the program in the sum-mer 2019 term. The application period for this admission cycle will run Aug. 31-Jan. 11. Call 729-6444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Groovin’ On The Green: The Carillon Beach Institute presents a free concert with Reasonable Doubt from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 20 on the Village Green. Food and beverage vendors will be on site.
Summer on The Lawn: Celebrate summer with theater at Watersound Origins, 530 Pathways Drive in WaterSound. ECTC will present Snow White at 6 p.m. Aug. 21. Free and open to the public. Chairs and blankets welcome.
Wednesday Night Concert Series: Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with The Graytones at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• Aug. 29: Chris Alvarado
• Sept. 5: The Blenders
• Sept. 12: Forrest Williams
• Sept. 19: Modern Eldorados
• Sept. 26: The Courtyard Saints
• Oct. 3: Mose Wilson & The Delta Twang
• Oct. 10: Brandon Santini
• Oct. 17: Matt McCarty Quintet
• Oct. 24: Boukou Groove
Bonfire on the Beach: Enjoy live music from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 22 with Strung Out during the Wednesday Night Bonfire on the Beach at The Bay, 24215 S Hwy. 331 in Santa Rosa Beach.
• Aug. 29: Luke Langford Band
Family Movie Night: Watch the family-friendly movie “Madagascar” at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at The Hub, 7000 East County Hwy. 30A in Watersound Beach.
• Aug. 29: Kung Fu Panda”
Benefit Concert: Five-time Grammy nominee and Nashville Hall of Fame inductee Jeffrey Steele will headline a fundraiser for South Walton High Schools’ Athletic Facilities from 7-11 p.m. Aug. 23 at Grayton Beer Company, 217 Serenoa Road in Santa Rosa Beach. Appetizers will be provided by Pescado and Chiringo with facilities and beer provided by Grayton Beer Company.
Bubbly Baytowne: Sip and shop through the Village streets from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 23, Sept. 20 and Oct. 18 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf and sip champagne and shop. Event is free for 21 and up only. Village open to the public during event.
Stock the Pantry: The fifth annual Stock the Pantry Party will kick off Food For Thought’s Back to School efforts from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the pantry, 132 Marker Street in Santa Rosa Beach. Watch local teams compete to collect the most food items to fill the pantry shelves for Back to School.
Redd’s Fueling Station: Enjoy live music with Ronnie McBrayer and the Backsliders from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at 2320 W. County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 325-0252 for dinner reservations for four or more.
Central Square Cinema: Grab a blanket for the free family movie “Coco” at 8 p.m. Aug. 24 under the stars on the Seaside Amphitheater lawn.
• Aug. 31: A Wrinkle In Time
• Sept. 7: Rudy
• Sept. 14: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
• Sept. 21: Forrest Gump
• Sept. 28: E.T.
Turtle Talk Tuesdays: While enjoying coffee, tea, and sweet treats, a South Walton Turtle Watch volunteer will talk about sea turtles from 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays at Amavida Coffee, 104 North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. Ask questions and get information, stickers, and sometimes see preserved specimens.
Embroiderer’s Guild: The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will have a stitch-in from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Religious Education Building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd. in Niceville. Visitors are welcome. Call 496-3466.
Huck & Lilly: Fun-filled characters and "Music for Kids and the Grown-ups Who Love Them" at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 in the Seaside Amphitheater.
Nonprofit Mingle: The Walton Area Chamber of Commerce, with Hive Creative Consulting and SoWal Community Chaplain, will bring the nonprofit organizations of Walton County and members of the local business community together from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Aug. 29 for a Nonprofit Mingle at the South Walton Boys and Girls Club in Santa Rosa Beach. Admission is $10/members and $15/non-members. For more information, visit http://business.waltonareachamber.com/events/details/non-profit-mingle-19072.
Throwback Thursday: The Village of Baytowne Wharf will present the classic family friendly film “Little Rascals” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30 on the Events Plaza Lawn. The free movie is open to the public.
• Sept. 27: The Lion King
• Oct. 25: Hocus Pocus
Baytowne Art Walk: Kicking off the fall, The Village of Baytowne Wharf will host the Baytowne Art Walk from 5-10 p.m. nightly Aug. 31-Sept. 2. More than 30 art vendors will feature fine art, photography, oils, acrylics and sculptures. Live music will be in the Events Plaza with Kyle LaMonica and Rust & Gold on Friday and Matt McCarty on Saturday and Sunday. Fireworks start at 9:15 Sunday.
Labor Day Concert: Grab your blankets and low back chairs and head to the Amphitheater in Seaside for free musical entertainment by The High Divers at 7 p.m. Sept. 1.
Sinfonia Goes Pops: Enjoy the orchestral sounds of Sinfonia Gulf Coast at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2 under the palm trees in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Fireworks follow. Bring blankets and low-back chairs. Food and beverages available for purchase.
Wiggin’ Out: The fourth annual Wiggin’ Out For A Cause, with a Disco Diva theme, will happen from 6-10 p.m. Sept. 6 at Grand Boulevard Sandestin in the Emerald Coast Theatre space. An entertaining lady’s night out filled with wine, food, fun, music, as well as a contest for the Best Disco Diva Queen and Best Disco Diva Group and a silent auction. Pre-purchase tickets now at $75. Tickets at the door are $100. VIP tickets that include a designer wig and attendance to a private VIP Pre-Party from 5–6 p.m. are $100 if pre-purchased and $125 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. Tickets can be purchased at www.eccac.org or call 850-833-9237, ext. 256.
Bring Your Own Coin: McCaskill & Company will showcase renowned jewelry designs from Michael Bondanza for a Bring Your Own Coin (BYOC) event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 7 and 8 at 13390 Hwy. 98 West in Destin. Guests may bring their own personal coin or heirloom to create a piece of customized jewelry. There will also be a large selection of rare, vintage coins for purchase. Light refreshments will be served at the free event.
FunPoker Run: The Fifth Annual FunPoker Run to benefit Children in Crisis will be held at 9 a.m. Sept. 8. Stops include Lulu's, Giovanni's One89, The Gulf, LJ Schooners, Island Time, Two Georges Marina, and AJs on the Bayou. Prize for the best poker hand is a trip for two to Hawaii. All proceeds will benefit Children in Crisis. Pre- registration parties are at LuLu’s (Destin) and Giovanni’s One89 from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 7. or register at Lulu’s at 8 a.m. Sept. 8.
September Saturdays: Enjoy live and local music with Nash Next from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 8 on the Events Plaza lawn at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Village merchants will have game day specials and more than 90 TV's will cheer on teams.
• Sept. 15: Donnie Sundal
• Sept. 22: Rust & Golf
• Sept. 29: Coconut Radio
Concerts in the Village: Emerald Gold's music, fast or slow, R&B, Motown, classic rock, or blues, is meant to be danced to from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 13 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.
• 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.
Beach Cleanup: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park will hold a beach cleanup on International Coastal Cleanup Day, Sept. 15, from 9:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Help keep the beach safe for the threatened and endangered species that call the beach home. To register as a volunteer, call 267-8330 and provide your name, email address, phone number and number of people coming. Volunteer check in is at Tram Stop #3. Volunteers need to bring hat, sunscreen and water bottle and dress appropriately for the weather. Gloves, trash bags and buckets will be provided.
Harvest Champagne Lunch Cruise: Sip, savor and sail during SunQuest Cruise’s Autumn Harvest Champagne Lunch Cruise from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 23 aboard the Solaris. Patrons will embark on a culinary voyage of four courses all paired with premium champagnes from around the world as well as live music. Boarding begins at 12:40 p.m. at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina. Cost is $75/person and includes meal, champagne, entertainment and cruise for those 21 and older. For reservations and information, visit www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 650-2519.
Sinfonia Swings on the Boulevard: Members of Sinfonia Gulf Coast team up for an outdoor musical concert and dancing exhibitions at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach. Seating will be provided, but you may bring your own chair or blanket to enjoy the free performance. A VIP pre-concert reception, reserved seating on the patio or garden room at Tommy Bahama Cafe during the performance, and a 3-course prix fixe meal.
Contact the Sinfonia office at 460-8800 with seating-related questions.
ECTC Season 6: Emerald Coast Theatre Company opens its sixth annual season with the musical “The Spitfire Grill” from Sept. 20 through Oct. 7. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at ECTC’s performance space, 560 Grand Boulevard (upstairs) in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to allow time for browsing artwork by local artists in the Lobby Gallery. Tickets are $35/adults and $32/seniors (55 years old and up), students, and military. Purchase at emeraldcoastheatre.org/tickets or call 684-0323.
• Dec. 6-23: “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,”
• Jan 17-Feb. 3: “Dancing Lessons”
• March 7-10: “Bad Dates” starring Jennifer Steele
• March 28-April 7: “Around the World in 80 Days”
Topsail Talks: The monthly educational discovery series presents Microplastics and Plastic Pollution by Dr. Laura Tiu, a Florida Sea Grant agent, Sept. 21 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. This program is free with regular park admission. Call 267-8330.
• Oct. 19: Coastal Dune Lakes by the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance
Duck Regatta: The eighth annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta is on Oct. 6 at the Village of Baytowne Wharf and benefits Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Volunteer Guild. Activities, including face painters, a scavenger hunt, Hula-Hoop contest, and access to the Baytowne Carousel for children 12 and under, are from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The race begins at 1 p.m. Purchase one duck for $10, three ducks for $27, six ducks for $50 or 12 ducks for $100 at the Sacred Heart Hospital Gift Shop in Miramar Beach, at www.emeraldcoastduckregatta.com or at Baytowne Wharf day of the event.
The Spitfire Grill: Emerald Coast Theatre Company opens its sixth annual season with the musical “The Spitfire Grill.” The performance runs Thursday, Sept. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 7, and will be staged at ECTC’s performance space, 560 Grand Boulevard (upstairs) in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Tickets are $35/adults; $32/seniors (55 years old and up) students, and military. Purchase tickets at emeraldcoastheatre.org/tickets or call 684-0323.
Topsail Under the Stars: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association will host a viewing of the sun, moon and stars from 3-9 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Solar telescopes will be out until the sun sets, then the astronomy association will switch telescopes and assist you in viewing constellations, planets and other celestial objects. Participants need to be in the park before the gate closes at sunset. Event is free with regular park admission.
2018 Harvest Market: The lawns of Rosemary Beach will be filled with artists from across the southeast in the media of fine art, folk art, handmade jewelry and furniture, natural skin care products, pottery, and more from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27. Throughout the day, there will be activities including the Boo Kid Block Party from 2-5 p.m., pumpkin carving contest, best costume contest, the Rosemary Beach Haunted Cemetery and a community-wide trick-or-treat. All events are free and open to the public.
Ranger Program: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park presents a Ranger program at 9 a.m. every Thursday in August. Learn about park plants, animals and cultural history. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water bottle, sunscreen and hat as most programs include exploring the park. Program is free with regular park admission.
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 infor-mation.
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. Local musician Mike Whitty and Friends will get together in the garden for a jam session. All local musicians are in-vited to come and join in. Happy Hour is from 7-9 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.
45 Central Wine Bar: Enjoy live music with Tropic Breeze from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays in Santa Rosa Beach.
30A Farmers’ Market: Walk through the park like setting with shade trees, a fountain, cobblestone walkways and visit friendly farmers and bakers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Seascape Resort Towne Centre in Miramar Beach.
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 8 a.m. to noon in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.
Vintage Market: New in Santa Rosa Beach is the Vintage Market at Elmore’s Landing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday. Check out various artists and unique vintage finds along with food and produce.