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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.
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.
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
30A Songwriters Festival: The 10th annual 30A Songwriters Festival, Jan. 19-21, 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.
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. 22. Work on painting “Snowy Morn" the Bob Ross way. Call 267-2809.
Skin Cancer Seminar: A free health seminar, “Skin Cancer: Early Detection Tips and Non-Surgical Treatments,” will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. Jan. 22 in Sacred Heart Hospital’s Resource Center, Suite 3 Conference Room. Light refreshments will be provided. To register, visit healthcare.ascension.org/Events or call 278-3600.
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.
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. 23, enjoy 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
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.
Breakfast Cooked to Order: Breakfast will be held from 7-11 a.m. Jan. 25 and 26 during the Chautauqua Assembly 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.
Embroiderers' Guild: The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will have a program meeting from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Religious Education building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd. in Niceville. Call 496-3466.
ECTC ‘Dancing Lessons’: Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents “Dancing Lessons” through 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”
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society: 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.
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.
Hurricane Relief Wine Dinner: Join winemaker Michael Fay and the team at Bijoux for a multi-course wine dinner benefiting The Sonder Project's Hurricane Michael relief efforts hosted in partnership with Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation. Event begins at 6 p.m. Jan. 28. Tickets are available at http://www.dcwaf.org/tickets.
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.
Lecture Series: The Master Gardener Lecture Series presents “Ins and Outs of Composting” from 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 6 at the Walton County Extension Office in DeFuniak Springs with Evan Anderson, the Walton County Agricultural Extension Agent, presenting the program on soil health and making your own compost. Fee is $5, cash or check. To register, call 892-8172892 or email email@example.com.
Ryanhood Concert: Folk-rock duo Ryanhood will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Seaside Repertory Theatre in Santa Rosa Beach. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit https://www.showclix.com/event/ryanhood-live-therep-concert.
Valentine’s Dinner Cruises: SunQuest Cruises Solaris Valentine's dinner cruises will be held from 7-10 p.m. Feb. 14 as well as 7-10 p.m. Feb. 15 and 5-8 p.m. Feb. 16. The Solaris yacht is docked within the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The cost, including a three hour cruise, three-course meal and live entertainment, is $165/couple. Reservations required at www.SunQuestCruises.com or 650-2519.
Topsail Talks: The monthly educational discovery series presents Coastal Dune Lakes by Choctawhatchee Basin at 10 a.m. Feb. 15 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. Registration required in advance at www.topsailparkfriends.org
‒ March 15: Shipwrecks of the Florida Panhandle by the Florida Public Archaeology Network
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 longleaf 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.