All area codes are 850 unless specified. For a complete list of events, visit waltonsun.com.
Americana Music Concerts: Enjoy the music of The Currys from 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 5 in the Lodge at Camp Helen State Park. Admission is free. The Friends of Camp Helen will accept donations, all of which will be used to benefit the park.
• Jan. 19: Wyatt Espalin
• Feb. 2: Pierce Pettis
• Feb. 16: Lis & Lon Williamson
• March 2: The Rough & Tumble
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society: Birdwalk at the Wright Landfill and Okaloosa Holding ponds Jan. 5 with Alan Knothe in an expedition to find interesting and rare birds first discovered during the Christmas Birdcount. Meet at Pepito’s parking lot, 1313 Lewis Turner Blvd., at 7:30 a.m. Wear closed toe shoes, a hat and possibly rain gear. Bring binoculars and/or a camera. Call 208-1780 for additional information.
• Greg Greer, naturalist, presents Eagles, Hawks and Falcons of Eastern North America at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 10 in room 308/309 of the Student Services Building 400 at the Northwest Florida State College Niceville campus. Greer will illustrate, identify the birds in free flight and during banding operations and present information on the behavior, migration and population dynamics of this extremely interesting group of raptors. Admission is free and open to the public. Call 907-321-3701 for more information.
• Birdwalk in North Okaloosa County Jan. 12 with videographer and birder Malcolm Swan in an expedition to find warblers, waders, woodpeckers and blackbirds. Meet at the CVS parking lot in the Oak Creek Shopping Center on John Sims Parkway in Niceville at 7:30 a.m. Wear closed toe shoes and long pants. Call 210-343-9082 for additional information.
• Birdwalk on Niceville and Valparaiso shorelines Jan. 26 with leaders Walt Spence and Lenny Fenimore on a tour in search of aquatic and upland winter residents. Meet at the Mattress Depot in the Bayou Shopping Center off John Sims Parkway in Niceville. Call 582-7064 or 863-2039 for additional information.
Winter Community Programs: Learn about community and neighbors at these programs at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at the Coastal Branch Library in Santa Rosa Beach. On Jan. 9, Dr. David Ott presents The Story Behind Handel’s Messiah. Admission is free, with limited seating.
• Jan. 16: Musical Performance by Demetrius Fuller
• Jan. 23: Walton County History with Stories and Songs with Ronnie McBrayer
• Jan. 30: History Mystery - Miramar Beach Was Once Shoals, Florida by Destin historian Hank Klein
• Feb. 6: Reading and Book Signing, “Poor Smart Rich, Moving from Poverty to Middle Class and Beyond,” with John Segal
• Feb. 13: Discover the “Silverlinings” in Your Everyday Life with Tolliny Rankins
• Feb. 20: Great Art Rescues by Helen Ballance
• Feb. 27: A Musical Presentation, “Living the Dream” with Dr. Cheryl Jones and Company Fish Fry Fridays: Saint Rita Catholic Church hosts a fish fry from 3-7 p.m. Jan. 11, Jan. 25, Feb. 8 and 22 and March 8 at 137 Moll Drive in Santa Rosa Beach. Cost for complete meal including drink and dessert is $10 and children under 10 eat free. Take out orders are available. Proceeds benefit community service programs including the St Vincent DePaul Society for the poor. Call 267-2558.
Fish Fry Fridays: Saint Rita Catholic Church hosts a fish fry from 3-7 p.m. Jan. 11, Jan. 25, Feb. 8 and 22 and March 8 at 137 Moll Drive in Santa Rosa Beach. Cost for complete meal including drink and dessert is $10 and children under 10 eat free. Take out orders are available. Proceeds benefit community service programs including the St Vincent DePaul Society for the poor. Call 267-2558.
Embroiderers' Guild: The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will have a stitch-in from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 13 and a program meeting Jan. 27 in the Religious Education building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd. in Niceville. Call 496-3466.
Painting class: Walton County Coastal Branch Library in Santa Rosa Beach will host a beginner’s adult painting class, “Paint Like Bob Ross,” from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 15 and 22. Work on painting “Snowy Morn" the Bob Ross way. Call 267-2809.
Alys Beach Job Fair: Alys Beach, is expanding its team and seeking individuals to fill positions in its departments of food and beverage, housekeeping, guest services, security, engineering, construction, as well as the recently announced ZUMA Wellness Center. On Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., interested candidates are invited to attend a job fair on property and meet with hiring managers at Building C, 9581 E County Hwy. 30A. To view job descriptions and applications, visit alysbeach.com/careers/. Call 213-5500.
Coastal Seniors: The Coastal Seniors of South Walton (CSSW) present a workshop on Healthy Eating for the New Year at 11 a.m. Jan. 15 at 70 Logan Lane in Santa Rosa Beach. Included will be a tasting, lunch and raffle. Membership is $15/person and $25/couple. Register at www.coastalseniorsofsouthwalton.org or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yacht Rock Revue: Kick off the 30A Songwriters Festival with a concert by Yacht Rock Revue from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Jan. 17 on Kelly Green in Alys Beach. Doors open at 6:30. Food and beverages available for purchase. Tickets are $40 at https://www.bigtickets.com/e/alysbeach/yacht-rock-revue/.
ECTC: Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents “Dancing Lessons” Jan. 17-Feb. 3. 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. Tickets are $35/adults and $32/seniors (55 years old and up), students, and military. Purchase at emeraldcoastheatre.org/tickets or call 684-0323.
‒ 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 Marine Animals by the Gulfarium at 10 a.m. Jan. 18 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Learn about coyotes and the part they play in the ecosystem. This program is free with regular park admission. Call 267-8330.
‒ Feb. 15: Coastal Dune Lakes by Choctawhatchee Basin
‒ March 15: Shipwrecks of the Florida Panhandle by the Florida Public Archaeology Network
Registration required in advance at www.topsailparkfriends.org
Moonlight Paddle: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach hosts a Moonlight Paddle from 4-7 p.m. Jan. 19 and from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 18 and March 20. 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. Dungeons and Dragons Club: Walton County Coastal Branch Library will host the club Fridays from 3:30-5 p.m. for ages ninth grade to 25. Pre-register at the Coastal Library or post on the Friends of Coastal Library Facebook D&D Club. Each meeting will be set in a rich fantasy world that will be developed and expanded upon by the choices you make while playing. This is a pen and paper role playing game where players will have to investigate mysteries, solve puzzles and defeat a goblin or two. All materials will be provided. For more information, call 267-2809.
Dog Walk: Dog-Harmony hosts the second annual Hops for Hounds Dog Walk from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 16 at the Grayton Beer Company Taproom. The 2-mile walk is followed by local craft beer, live music by Robert Romans, food from Cafe Rico, a raffle and more. Tickets are $35/adult walkers and $25/child walkers, including hounds. All proceeds from the event benefit Dog-Harmony.
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 information.
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.
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.
Baytowne On Ice: Dust off those skates and get in the winter spirit at The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s Baytowne on Ice. Ice rink is open Oct. 27 through Feb. 2. Hours vary daily.
30A Brew Tours: Gulf Coast Go provides South Walton’s only beer tour. The 30A Brew Tour will now make three stops over three hours at Grayton Beer Tap Room, Idyll Hounds Tap Room, and Grayton Beer Brewpub, beginning at 1:45 p.m. every Saturday at the public parking on 283 South in Grayton Beach. The cost of the tour is $55 at https://gulfcoastgofl.com/30abrewtours.
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 invited 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.