All area codes are 850 unless specified. For a complete list of events, visit waltonsun.com.
Baytowne LIVE: This spring enjoy the musical stylings of Stevie Hall from 7-10 p.m. April 13,16, 18, 20, 23, and 26 on the Baytowne LIVE stage across from MooLaLa. Concerts are free and open to the public.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society: Birdwalk at Ft. Pickens Gulf Island National Seashore April 13 as experienced birder Lenny Fenimore leads exploration of the Fort and surrounding hotspots for returning early migrants. Call 863-2039 for additional information. Meet under the Fort Walton Beach Uptown Station Shopping Center sign at 7 a.m. or the Langdon Battery in Gulf Islands National Seashore at 7:30 a.m. Wear long pants and long sleeved shirts and closed toe shoes.
• April 20: Bird Banding at Ft. Morgan Alabama. Observe a dedicated group of bird banders mist netting and banding Spring migrants along this barrier Island. Explore the fort and join Lenny Fenimore in a birding expedition of the grounds. Meet under the sign at Uptown Station Shopping Center in Fort Walton Beach at 7 a.m. or the Butterfly House in Navarre at 7:30 a.m. Bring a sack lunch, water and a lawn chair. For additional information contact Lenny at 850-863-2039.
• April 27: Bird walk at Veterans Park on Okaloosa Island with Malcolm Swan and other interested birders in a walk through the Heron rookery and also see spring migrants and raptors. Meet at the NE corner of the Emerald Coast Convention Center parking lot at 7:30 a.m. For additional information, call 210-343-9082.
Summer Swim Lessons: Registration for summer swim lessons has opened at the Bernie Lefebvre Aquatic Center in Fort Walton Beach and the Destin Aquatic Center in Destin. Lessons are available for students of all skill levels and ages at a variety of times. For more information, call the Bernie at 863-7946 or the Destin pool at 837-7946. Registration must be done in person. Lessons fill up quickly so sign up early.
Embroiderers’ Guild: The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will have a stitch-in from 1:30-4:30 p.m. is April 14 and a program meeting April 28 in the Religious Education building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd. in Niceville. Visitors are welcome. Call 496-3466.
Wednesday Night Concert Series: Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Boogie Fever/Big 80's at 7 p.m. April 17 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
April 24: American Floyd
May 1: Casey Kearney
May 8: The Modern Eldorados
May 15: Forrest Williams Band
May 22: Lauren Saint Jane
May 29: Chris Alvarado
June 5: The Blenders
June 12: Gold & Motion
June 19: Stephen Simmons
June 26: Boukou Groove
McCaskill & Company: In celebration of their 25th Anniversary, McCaskill & Company hosts the Lauren K Trunk Show April 13 with designs that feature an abundance of color rich in character, including tourmalines, labradorites, opals, emeralds and opaque diamonds, among other striking gems. Call 650–2262.
• May 10-11: Erica Courtney Personal Appearance and Trunk Show
The community is invited to meet jewelry designer Erica Courtney and hear about her stories of travel to exotic corners of the world, mining for gemstones and the vast array of garnets that she features. Her jewels are showcased in one-of-a-kind settings aptly described as Drop Dead Gorgeous.
• June 15: Konstantino Trunk Show
Designed and made in Greece, each sterling and 18K gold piece is inspired by the art, architecture, mythology and people of Greece fused through the creative genius of Konstantino Sioulas.
• June 26- July 6: Marco Bicego Italian Takeover
Handcrafted by skilled artisans in Italy, each piece of Marco Bicego jewelry combines old world tradition with contemporary design. This designer is known for his unique “guitar string” coils, dynamic use of colored gemstones and hand-engraving. The seven-day trunk show will feature the best of the best from Bicego’s collections centered around beautiful Italian gold.
• Aug. 24: Diamond Expo
The community is invited to McCaskill & Company for the exclusive opportunity to buy a diamond straight from the diamond cutter with more than two million dollars worth of certified diamonds to choose from.
• Sept. 10-12: The Great Estate Buying Show
Estate-buying company National Rarities will be at McCaskill for guests who are ready to sell valuables such as gold, sterling silver, diamonds, jewelry, coins and currency, watches, artwork, paintings, autographs, old photos, antique toys, vintage advertising and other collectible and rarities. National Rarities will pay on site in exchange for any of the above valuable items.
• Nov. 8-9: The Erica Courtney Adventure
Named as one of the Top 3 Jewelry Designers in the World by United Brands, Erica Courtney travels the world and mines for some of the rarest and most beautiful gems. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet her in person and experience her exquisite collection of jewelry and gemstones.
Egg Drop Palooza: Hope on the Beach will host an afternoon of fun with free food, games, pictures with the Easter Bunny, crafts, face painting, Betty Longlegs and more from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 13 at Driftwood Estates Park in Santa Rosa Beach. This event is open to the community and for the whole family. BYOB (bring your own basket) for the Easter egg hunt. This will be an EGGcellent time so make sure to HOP in.
Democratic Women's Club Earth Day: The Democratic Women's Club of Walton County will celebrate Earth Day from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 13 at Camp Helen State Park.The family-friendly day of appreciation, information and celebration will include a natural history walk at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. through a variety of coastal ecosystems. Explore and observe the native flora and fauna and learn the identity and importance of numerous plants and animals. Bring a water bottle and binoculars to see wildlife up close.
Bands of 30A: The charity organization will host their next benefit concert in the Gulley Amphitheater at Gulf Place on 30A on Sunday, April 14, from 1-7 p.m. This concert will benefit The Sonder Project. The event is free to attend, but concertgoers are asked to make a $10 donation
Free tax preparation: Free Federal income tax preparation is being offered through April 15 for low to middle-income families and individuals, with special attention to senior citizens. This service is sponsored by the AARP Foundation and the IRS. Taxpayers need to bring last year's tax return, Social Security cards for the taxpayer(s) and all dependents, picture ID, and all tax documents received. Taxpayers who wish to itemize deductions must bring appropriate documents. Find a more detailed list at https://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/info-01-2011/important-tax-documents.html.
Walton County Coastal Branch Library
437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach
Monday — 12:30-6 p.m.
Tuesday — 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
76 Highway 20W, Freeport
Thursday — 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Note: This location requires appointment sign-up in person.
DeFuniak Springs Library
3 Circle Dr., DeFuniak Springs
Thursday — 12-4:30 p.m.
Cash for Comedy fundraiser: You bring the money, and Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) will bring the funny at 7 p.m. April 17 at 560 Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach. Tickets are $95. Purchase at EmeraldCoastTheatre.org or call the Box Office at 684-0323. Proceeds will benefit ECTC’s $125,000 capital campaign.
Valparaiso Garden Club: Dara Dobson will present “Gardening With Native Plants” when the Valparaiso Garden Club meets at 9 a.m. April 17 at Trinity Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 44 Southview Avenue in Valparaiso. Dobson, a Walton County Master Gardener and the owner of 7 Pines Nursery in DeFuniak Springs, is an advocate for using native plants in landscapes to support our insect pollinators, birds and wildlife. Learn how using native plants will also reduce the need for pesticides, fertilizer and extra irrigation. Visitors and new members are welcome.
Garden Club: The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at 9:45 a.m. April 17 at the Linkside Bayside Ballroom in Sandestin. The meeting will feature Earth Day Celebration with annuals, perennials, bulbs, and propagation by Marie Harrison. Price for attending the meeting, program and luncheon is $25. Price for the meeting and program only is $8. RSVP at 267-2557 or firstname.lastname@example.org by 8 p.m. Wednesday prior to meeting.
Doggie Eggstravaganza: Grab your fur-baby and join a doggie social and Easter egg hunt in Grand Park April 18 to enjoy live music, raffle prizes and plenty of people and puppy treats. The party is free to attend. A $10 donation is accepted to receive a special basket to participate in the hunt. Prizes will be hidden in the eggs and scattered throughout the lawn. Please no children, this egg hunt is for four-legged friends only. And please, no prong collars. Event benefits Dog-Harmony.
Topsail Talks, educational series: Learn about “Green Sea Turtle Migration” by the 30A Sea Life Discovery Center presentation from 10-11 a.m. April 19 at Topsail Hill State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. This program is free with regular park admission. To learn more, call 267-8330 or visit https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/topsail-hill-preserve-state-park.
• May 17: “Birds and Hurricanes” by Audubon Florida
• June 21: “Geology of the Florida Panhandle” by Dr. Jon Bryan
Beach Cleanup: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park International Coastal Cleanup Day is from 9:15-11:30 a.m. April 20 in Santa Rosa Beach. Help keep the beach safe for the threatened and endangered species that call the beach home by minimizing the impact of marine debris on the beach and in the Gulf. 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 (after the 9 a.m. tram arrives). Volunteers need to bring hat, sunscreen and water bottle and dress appropriately for the weather. Gloves, trash bags and buckets will be provided. Registered volunteers receive free admission during event.
Easter Explosion: Bounce on over to the Village of Baytowne Wharf for an Easter Explosion from 12-3 p.m. April 20. Enjoy a day filled with free family friendly entertainment, lawn games, face-painting, inflatables and more. And don't forget to get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny.
Easter Eggstravaganza: Destiny Worship Center in Miramar Beach kicks off Easter weekend with a community egg hunt, Easter Eggstravaganza, from 4-5:30 p.m. April 20. The free event includes inflatables, food and fun for the whole family. Every kid will get candy and the chance to win eggcelent prizes. Bring your own basket. Egg hunt for walkers through 5 years will be at 4:30 p.m.; Kindergarten through second grade at 4:45 p.m.; and third through fifth graders at 5 p.m.
Easter Sunday Buffet Brunch: The Pearl Hotel's annual Easter Brunch Buffet will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take in the local Easter events including an Easter Egg Hunt on the Western Green in Rosemary Beach while enjoying the buffet at Havana Beach Bar & Grill. Seating times available between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Reservations required at 88-2882.
• Easter Buffet: This Easter Brunch Buffet will be full of culinary delights served at the WaterColor LakeHouse, complete with white tablecloths and pictures with the Easter Bunny, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $65/person over 12 years old and $25/children 12 and younger. Buffet open to the public. Reservations are required at 534-5050.
Cancer and Beyond Seminar: Sacred Heart Rehabilitation will host a free comprehensive, evidence-based discussion on symptoms, side effects and treatment options from cancer diagnosis through survivorship from 11 a.m. to noon April 26 at Sacred Heart Rehabilitation at the Market Shops, 9375 Emerald Coast Parkway West - Unit 1, in Miramar Beach. To register, visit healthcare.ascension.org/Events or call 278-3600.
Blues Masters Tribute: Warehouse 360 hosts a special night of Blues music in a benefit for The Foye Belle Foundation and St Jude's from 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 27 at Warehouse 360 Music Hall, 360 WRM Circle in Santa Rosa Beach. Three groups including Cat Rhodes & The Truth, Lucky Strike and Fingas Faya pay homage to greats like Aretha Franklin, Etta James and BB King. All seats are general admission, doors open at 5:30. Cafe Rico will have Cuban inspired food to purchase and adult beverages will be available.
Earth Day Festival: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park's annual Earth Day Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27. Celebrate the earth and Earth Day with the park and environmental organizations and agencies. There will be nature activities, games, animals, face painting and booths as well as music and fun. Park admission is free during the event.
Fitness on the Lawn: The Market Shops, at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, will host free, weekly fitness classes on the lawn May 3-July 29 with Pure Narre at 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Orange Theory Fitness at 9 a.m. Fridays.
Cajun Crawfish Bash: The Rotary Club of Destin’s Seventh Annual Cajun Crawfish Bash will be hosted by The Towne Centre at Seascape and Mezcal Mexican Grill from 5:30-9 p.m. May 3. Proceeds benefit young families in need. Back by popular demand is the band Fais Do-Do. For those who don’t crave crawfish, there will be grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and rotisserie chicken. Adult tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Youth tickets (Age 4-11) are available at the gate for $10, and children 3 and under are free.
Cinco De Mayo Celebration: Cantina Laredo presents its annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration and festivities from 4-10 p.m. May 4 at Grand Park in Grand Boulevard. Enjoy live music by John Hart Project, dancing, lawn games and authentic Mexican food and drinks. The Vineyard Vines Miramar whale mascot will join the festivities. Bring the kids out early for family-friendly activities such as free face painting and arts and crafts by Abrakadoodle Art Education and Parties- NWF. Photobooth will have plenty of festive props to capture all the fun.
Down & Derby Fest: The Junior League of the Emerald Coast hosts The Down & Derby Fest at the Lyceum Lawn in Seaside from 3-6 p.m. May 4 in honor of the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby. The festival will feature “Derby Fare” from local restaurants and will offer everything from a mint julep to an authentic Kentucky Hot Brown. A live viewing of Kentucky Derby will be seen at 5 p.m. The Luke Langford Band will serenade guests. Dress to impress in Derby attire to win prizes. Early bird general admission tickets are $40 and will increase to $50 the week of the event. VIP tickets are $100 and are limited to 100 guests.
Biophilia Benefit Golf Classic: Biophilia’s first golf tournament will be held May 5 at Kelly Plantation Golf Course in Destin, beginning with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Players will play a round of golf, have heavy hors d'oeuvres, participate in a live auction, and interact with some live animals. To register or learn more, visit eowilsoncenter.org
Crawfish Boil: Food For Thought will host a crawfish boil from 12-3 p.m. May 5 at 132 Market St. in Santa Rosa Beach with 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit the Summer Program. The event will feature the culinary talents of Michael McIntosh and David Cunningham, plus live music from Scott Rockwood & Friends. Tickets are $@0/adults and $10/kids and available at https://fftfl.org/search?q=tickets.
Contractors Connect: A networking event for contractors along the Emerald Coast will host its next meetup from 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 9 at AJ’s on the Destin harbor. This month’s meetup will be presented in partnership with the Building Industry Association of Okaloosa & Walton Counties. The cost to attend is $10 and includes one free draft beer, light appetizers, and the opportunity to win in multiple giveaways. Visit www.contractors-connect.com to purchase tickets. At the meetup contractors from along the Emerald Coast can join together and connect with representatives from the organization to learn more about local home and flood insurance.
Health Fair: The 2019 Emerald Coast Health Fair fundraiser for One Hopeful Place will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 11 at the Christian Life Center of First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach, 21 SE First St. Money will be raised to support One Hopeful Place, helping to provide permanent housing and end the cycle of homelessness for those experiencing housing loss in Okaloosa County. For more information, visit EmeraldCoastHealthFair.com.
Symposium: American Business Women’s Association Emerald Coast Chapter presents the Third Annual Women Empowering Women Symposium from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.May 18 at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. Attendees will have access to an extensive local job board, several opportunities to shop the expo, not to mention several chance drawings for top notch items. A light breakfast, hearty lunch and coffee/tea/water break will be provided. Tickets are available at http://www.abwa-ecc.org/women-empowering-women/.
Back Beach Barbecue anniversary: On Saturday, May 18, Back Beach Barbecue will host its second annual “Hog Bash” to celebrate their two-year anniversary. From 1-4 p.m. guests are invited to enjoy two whole hog roasts, live music, giveaways, and refreshments provided by local breweries. A portion of the proceeds from the afternoon will benefit South Walton Academy.
Car Show: The 2019 LakeFest Car Show will take place May 18, with cruise-in beginning at 9 a.m. in front of the Walton County Heritage Museum on Circle Drive. Advanced registration is $10, day of, $15. Car show time and voting from 10 a.m., closing at 1:30 p.m. with awards presentation on main stage pavilion immediately following parade. For car show registration forms, visit www.hilltopproductionevents.com.
Philharmonic Orchestra: The Veterans Tribute Tower Committee will host Dr. David Ott and the David Ott Singers in a free concert at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fort Walton Beach at 3:30 p.m. May 19. The program will feature the Faure’ Requiem in recognition of Memorial Day observances a week later. The Philharmonic Orchestra and David Ott Singers will also present patriotic offerings including the service medleys in honor of our service members. As in previous concerts there will be a love offering taken to benefit several local charities including the Air Force Enlisted Village, Salvation Army, and Catholic Charities.
Summer Reels at Alys Beach: Bring blankets and low back chairs to enjoy the free film "Frozen" under the stars at the Alys Beach Amphitheatre at 8 p.m. May 29.
• June 5: Space Jam
• Jnue 12: Zootopia
• June 19: Cars 3
• June 26: The Jungle Book
• July 3: Despicable Me 3
• July 10: Mary Poppins Returns
• July 17: Sing
• July 24: Peter Rabbit
• July 31: Monster's Inc
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.
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.
Good Grief luncheons: An Emerald Coast Hospice lunch is open to anyone who has experienced a loss and is looking for some support and company through the grieving process. We encourage attendees to also bring a friend or family member. Everyone orders off the menu and pays for his or her own lunch. To RSVP, call 837-2589. Third Monday lunch is at Olive Garden Destin and third Tuesday lunch is at Applebee’s Miramar Beach, 8670 Hwy. 98 West.
Healing Walking Group: The Emerald Coast Hospice walking group is open to bereaved individuals who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life. Walk and talk, at a relaxed pace, with others who are grieving and share ideas, comfort and companionship from 9-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays in Miramar Beach and Thursdays in Destin. RSVP at 837-2589Turtle 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.
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.