All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society: 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. 16, enjoy a 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
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.
Ask the Doc: Sacred Heart Medical Group Pediatrics presents a free “Ask the Doc” class about giving babies a healthy start at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at Sacred Heart Medical Group at The Market Shops, 9375 Emerald Coast Parkway West - Unit 1 in Miramar Beach. Spouses, friends, family members and support people are also invited to attend. Call 278-3885.
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.
Mutts Gone Nuts: Expect the unexpected as canines and comedy collide at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at Mattie Kelly Arts Center Mainstage Theater in Niceville. From shelters to showbiz, these amazing mutts unleash havoc and hilarity in a breathtaking, action-packed, comedy dog spectacular, featuring some of the world’s most talented 4-legged performers. Mutts Gone Nuts benefits Alaqua Animal Refuge. Tickets are $20/adults and $10/youth ages 18 and under. Tickets are available at https://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase.
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 ‘Dancing Lessons’: 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”
Bodies In Balance: Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will host the first in a series of free 2019 health seminars on the topic of fall prevention on Friday, Jan. 18, from 11 a.m. to noon in the 2nd Floor Conference Room at Somerby Assisted Living, 164 W. Hewett Road in Santa Rosa Beach. Speakers at the seminar are Leslie Moskal, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Mary Kay Cattaneo, Director of Rehabilitation Services for Sacred Heart Hospital. To register visit healthcare.ascension.org/Events or call 278-3600.
30A Songwriters Festival: The 10th annual 30A Songwriters Festival, Jan. 18-21, will feature performances by more than 175 songwriters in venues along coastal Florida's scenic Hwy 30A. Net proceeds benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County. Purchase tickets at www.freshtix.com.
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
Book Sale/Tree Sale: The DeFuniak Springs Friends of the Library will have a book sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 19 at the Walton County Fairgrounds, Rte. 83 North in DeFuniak Springs. The Extension Center Annual Tree Sale will also be held. On Jan. 18 the Friends will offer a special pre-sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Market Shops Winter Concerts: The Market Shops at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort presents the free 2019 Winter Concerts from 1-3 p.m. with David Seering on Jan. 19 and Ron Adams on Feb. 16 on the main lawn. Bring chairs and blankets.
Americana Music Concerts: Enjoy the music of Wyatt Espalin from 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 19 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.
• Feb. 2: Pierce Pettis
• Feb. 16: Lis & Lon Williamson
• March 2: The Rough & Tumble
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.
Garden Club: The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at 9:45 a.m. Jan. 23 at the Linkside Bayside Ballroom in Sandestin. Maria Wilson, senior state forestry agent for the Panhandle, will talk about Arbor Day in Florida and help you identify neighborhood trees. She will bring trees to give away. Cost is $25 for lunch and $8 for meeting and program only. RSVP at email@example.com or 622-0270 by 8 p.m. Jan. 16.
Volunteers Needed: The Pierce Family Children’s Advocacy Center (PFCAC) in DeFuniak Springs will host a volunteer orientation and information tour at 10 a.m. Jan. 24. Front desk reception volunteers are needed at the DeFuniak Springs center for various duties. Shifts are 8-11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 2-5 p.m. For information, visit www.eccac.org, call 850-833-9237, Ext. 253, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chili Cook-Off: Hope on the Beach will host its Chili Cook-Off from 6-8:30 p.m. Jan. 25 with a silent auction, prizes and live music. Local celebrity judges will award $100 to the winning chili plus three $50 cash prizes and door prizes. The event is free. Entry fee is $10.
Fish Fry Fridays: Saint Rita Catholic Church hosts a fish fry from 3-7 p.m. 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.
Fiesta in the Forest: This night will be an adult event filled with tacos, margaritas, live music, a live auction, and more from 5-8 p.m. Jan. 26 at E.O Wilson Biophilia Center in Freeport. Explore the new facilities of Camp Longleaf opening this year. Tickets are $40 at http://www.eowilsoncenter.org/copy-of-events and $50 at door.
Bible Study: Learn Bible prophecy and study the minor prophets, Hosea, Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah, and Habakkuk, at a women's Bible study at 10 a.m. Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 29, at Enclave Condominium Clubhouse, 3655 Scenic Hwy. 98 in Destin, close to Capt. Daves. Men and women will have Bible study at 6 p.m. To register or for more information, call Mary Ann Roberts at 217-8766 or email email@example.com. Study will also be available by email.
2019 Walton Area Chamber Annual Gala: The Walton Area Chamber Annual Gala will be held from 5:30-9 p.m. Feb. 1 to celebrate the successes of the past year, share our vision for the future and enjoy top-notch entertainment. The event format is a seated dinner with a networking reception and chamber awards ceremony. Tickets are available at https://waltonareachamber.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/22976.
Mardi Gras Parade/Festival: The Krewe de Yak’s Sixth Annual Mardi Gras Parade and Festival will be held Feb. 9 on Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs. The Street Fair and Car Show will begin at 11 a.m., and GrasFest will be the place to be for food, fun, and family-friendly entertainment celebrating the Carnival season. The Grand Parade will roll at 3 p.m. Call 419-5977 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classical Connections: Sinfonia Gulf Coast hosts the second installment of the Silver Sands Premium Outlets’ Classical Connections Series at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at Village Baptist Church, 101 Matthew Blvd., in Destin. Violinist Alexi Kenney, the 2016 recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, will be featured. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Kenney at the post concert reception at The Henderson in Destin. Tickets, from $29.50-$55, can be purchased at sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
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.
Love Tracks: A 5K Fun Run/Walk will be held from 7-10:30 a.m. Feb. 16 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. While on a paved trail through the park race participants will enjoy a beautiful view of long leaf pines, saw palmettos and a variety of other plants and animals. Those running or walking the 5K without a dog will start at 8 a.m. Race entrance fees for the 8 a.m. wave are $10/children and $25/adults. Those running or walking with a dog will start at 8:45 a.m. and entrance fees are $5/children, $10/adults, $15/adults with a dog and $5 for each additional dog. All race participants registered by Jan. 28 will get a bag and a T-shirt. The registered dogs will get a bandana. Post-race celebration will be from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and includes food, music and door prizes. Advanced online registration is available until Feb. 13 at www.topsailparkfriends.org. Limited race day registration will be available on a first come first serve basis between 7-8:40 a.m.
Blood Drive: The OneBlood Big Red Bus will be at The Market Shops, 9375 Emerald Coast Parkway in Miramar Beach, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 22.
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.