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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.
Book Signing: Gail Pallotta will hold a book signing for her new book, "Hair Calamities and Hot Cash," and "Barely Above Water," set in Destin, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. May 4 at Pino Gelato in Silver Sands and from 10 a.m. to noon May 6 at Sun Dog Books in Santa Rosa Beach.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged): A fast-paced and absolutely hilarious ride through 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in only 97 minutes at 7 p.m. May 4, 10-11, and 16-18 at The Repertory Theatre in Seaside. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $24 for REP members. Three madcap men in tights using a trunk full of props, wigs, and outrageous costumes are on a mission — to bring you the entirety of the works of William Shakespeare in one fell swoop. Join them as they weave their wicked way through the works of the greatest English playwright in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter. Purchase tickets at http://lovetherep.com/tickets/.
Cinco De Mayo Celebration: Cantina Laredo presents its annual free 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.
Scholarships: Saint Leo University is offering new scholarships for transfer students who wish to earn a bachelor’s degree. The Study Florida Transfer Scholarship, which awards students who have earned an associate degree a 50 percent tuition discount, is available for students transferring to Saint Leo for the Fall 2019 Semester. An open house is planned for May 4 for those interested in transferring. Transfer students and their families are welcome to find out more by attending or contacting the Admissions Office. The open house will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the university’s main campus at 33701 State Road 52 in St. Leo.
Chautauqua Winery’s Spring Festival: Entertainment, arts and crafts and wine tastings are part of the Spring Festival from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 4 in DeFuniak Springs.
Derby de Mayo: Celebrate The Kentucky Derby May 4 with a Big Hat Contest at 5 p.m. and Cinco de Mayo May 5 at The Bay in Santa Rosa Beach. It's a fun-fueled weekend of libations, authentic cuisine, the most famous horse race in the world and a Mexican party. Call 622-2291 for more info.
Children’s Chorus Concert: Plan to join the South Walton Children's Chorus for their Swing into Spring Concert on May 5 at Christ The King Episcopal Church, 480 N. Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. The concert starts at 1 p.m. and will be followed by a reception celebrating the end of another successful season. The concert is free.
La Cocina Cinco de Mayo Party: La Cocina in Seacrest Beach is hosting an all-day fiesta celebrating Cinco De Mayo May 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Grab all your amigos and get ready for drink and food specials all day. La Cocina's Executive Chef, Eric Bartholomew, will cook some Latin specialities all day featuring Whole Hog Carnitas Tacos, Achiote Smoked Ribs and Fried Sweet Tamales. Smile big and wear your sombreros because Epic Photo Booth will be in the casa. Get extra festive by getting your face painted when you arrive. Groove to DJ Brian T (music provided by DJ 30A Productions) from 5-8 p.m
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta: La Playa Coastal Cantina in Gulf Place Firsta is cancelled due to water damage from upstairs condos. Building will be renovated.
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.
Alys Beach Job Fair: An entity of EBSCO Industries, Alys Beach is expanding its team. A Job Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 7 at 9581 East County Hwy 30A, Bldg C. To see the full list of available positions, visit alysbeach.com/careers.
Wednesday Night Concert Series: Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with The Modern Eldorados at 7 p.m. May 8 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
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
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 through July 29 with Pure Narre at 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Orange Theory Fitness at 9 a.m. Fridays.
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.
YPWC Rise & Grind: The Young Professionals of Walton County (YPWC) will host their first “Rise & Grind” of 2019 from 7:30-9 a.m. May 9 in the gazebo courtyard outside of Clean Juice in The Market Shops in Miramar Beach. A round-robin style talk will be held with Reynolds Henderson of Main Street DeFuniak Springs, County Commissioner Tony Anderson, and the South Walton Community Chaplain Emily Proctor. Coffee and cold-pressed juice samples will be provided by Clean Juice. RSVP at http://ypwaltoncounty.com/Events.
ArtsQuest: The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County presents the 31st Annual ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 11 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 12 in the Town Center at Grand Boulevard. A free Mother’s Day tradition, ArtsQuest provides an opportunity to view and purchase original art from more than 120 artists in over a dozen mediums from around the country, while also enjoying live musical entertainment, ImagiNation (where kids rule) and student exhibits.
Garden Club: The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at 9:45 a.m. May 15 at the Bayside Ballroom in Sandestin. Karen Kirk Williams, past president of Okaloosa County Master Gardeners and teacher of landscape design at NWFSC, will talk about Explosions and Riots of Color in Cottage Gardening. Price for attending the business meeting, program and luncheon is $25. RSVP your attendance to Taffy Woolf at 850-267-2557 or email@example.com by 8 p.m. May 8.
McCaskill & Company: In celebration of their 25th Anniversary, McCaskill & Company hosts the Erica Courtney Personal Appearance and Trunk Show May 10-11.Erica Courtney Personal Appearance and Trunk Show 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.
• 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.
Silver Sands Gift with Purchase Promotion: In celebration of warmer weather, Silver Sands Premium Outlets is offering a special Gift With Purchase throughout May. Fashionistas and families stocking up on the latest spring trends who purchase $200 worth of American Express Simon Giftcards at the Information Center will receive a free $25 Columbia Sportswear gift card.
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.
Mother’s Day Lunch Cruise: Celebrate Mom on the water from 1-3:30 p.m. May 12 as you treat her to a two-course, chef prepared meal fit for a queen while cruising the local waters on the Solaris yacht, docked at Baytowne Marina. Reservations required at www.sunquestcruises.com or call 650-2519.
Public Workshop: The Walton County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Beach Access (Neighborhood Beach Access) Workshop at 2 p.m. May 14 at the South Walton Annex, 31 Coastal Centre Blvd. in Santa Rosa Beach. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the upcoming development of Walton Dunes (NBA) and Headlead Avenue Access (NBA) in Seagrove Beach and to gather public input regarding the design and amenities. This meeting is open to the public.
Retired Officers’ Wives Club: NWFL Retired Officers’ Wives Club monthly luncheon with jewelry demo willl be at 10:30 a.m. May 16 at Two Trees Restaurant at Fort Walton Beach Golf Course, 1955 Lewis Turner Blvd. New members, wives of retired officers from all services, are always welcome. RSVP for lunch or for more info call Laura at 897-8079.
Animaniacs in Concert: Fans of the Warner Bros. animated series are in for a treat as they get up close and personal with their favorite characters as they perform songs from the hit cartoon series — live on stage with Sinfonia Gulf Coast. Join the zany fun at 7 p.m. May 17 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island.
Topsail Talks: Learn about “Birds and Hurricanes” by Audubon Florida from 10-11 a.m. May 17 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.
• June 21: “Geology of the Florida Panhandle” by Dr. Jon Bryan
Love All Tennis Tournament: Food for Thought announces the return of the Love All Tennis event from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18 at Rosemary Beach Racquet Club. The tournament will host 24 doubles teams. All proceeds will benefit the FFT programs to help fight childhood hunger in your community. Players this year will also enjoy an event T-shirt, swag bag, lunch provided by Chiringo, beef and Mimosa, silent auction and cocktail hour following the tournament. Register at https://fftfl.org/.
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.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast Youth Orchestra: The local community is invited to see the Sinfonia Youth Orchestra’s spring concert as they perform numerous pieces, ranging from classical to contemporary. Attendance is free and open to the public at 3 p.m. May 19 at Grace Lutheran Church, 4325 Commons Drive W in Destin.
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.
Coastal Seniors of South Walton: The Coastal Seniors of South Walton (CSSW) May 2019 presentation will focus on how to care for aging skin. The presentation will be at noon May 21 at the CSSW location, 70 Logan Lane in Santa Rosa Beach. Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Michael A Stickler, MD, will provide a presentation on this important subject. Lunch will be available and a raffle will follow the presentation. For CSSW members, Emerald Coast Hospice is offering free blood pressure checks between 11:30 a.m. and noon. A $5 donation is requested for non-member participation at the event.
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
Movies & More: Watch a free movie, "Open Season: Scared Silly" at 6 p.m. June 5 at Camp Helen State
• June 19: Dolphin Tale
• July 10: Moana
• July 24: Over the HedgeDungeons 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.