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Beachside Bonfire Bash: The Third Annual Beachside Bonfire Bash, benefiting the continuing education efforts of the Tree House Episcopal Montessori School, will take place from 4-7 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Fort Panic Regional Beach Access in Santa Rosa Beach. The event offers a host of activities, food and fun for the entire family. Kids will get hands-on lessons on how to build extraordinary sandcastles, face painting, glow in the dark accessories, drinks and kid-friendly dinner choices. There is also no cost for kids to attend. Tickets are $50/adult and include beer, wine and a selection of foods. A raffle will be held during the event with a variety of prizes. Tickets can be purchased at www.thetreehousectk.org.
Best of the Emerald Coast: An evening of celebration at the Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach as the 2019 winners of the “Best of the Emerald Coast” are showcased from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 16. The 20th annual event will be a night of food, fashion and fun with samples from the best restaurants, shopping and businesses on the Emerald Coast.
Poinsettia Sale: Billy Gray Ministries is now holding its annual poinsettia sale. Plants will be delivered to your door Dec. 6 or 7. Delivery area is south of Choctawhatchee Bay from Destin Bridge east to Hwy. 331. Large red or white poinsettias are $25 and medium red is $20. Mail check to Billy Gray Ministries, P.O. Box 6202, Miramar Beach 32550 by Nov. 30 or order online at billy-gray-ministries.square.site
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society: Join leader Malcolm Swan, 210-452-4899, at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 16 for a bird walk to the Destin East Pass, West Jetty, and Gulf Beach. Discover multiple species of gulls, terns and shorebirds. Meet at the public parking lot at the southwest end of the Marler (Destin) Bridge. Bring binoculars and/or camera, wear closed toed shoes, long pants, and a hat. Be sure to have your updated Eglin Beach Permit.
Topsail Kids' Club: Children can join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach for Kids' Club at 2 p.m. Nov. 17 for a fun time with their parents filled with nature crafts and activities. Bring a snack and stay afterwards for more fun. Future date is 10 a.m. Dec. 9. Program is free with regular park admission.
Healthcare Seminar: Financial advisor Nancy J. Ungarino presents a free informative seminar on healthcare costs in retirement from 6-7 p.m. Nov. 19 at 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. This presentation reviews costs and various plans of Medicare, evaluating insurance options, developing strategies for long-term care and considering health care directives.
SHRM: The Society for Human Resource Management of the Emerald Coast (SHRM-ECC) will meet at 7:15 a.m. Nov. 20 at CareerSource Okaloosa Walton. 415 Racetrack Road in Fort Walton Beach. Susan VanBuren, CHELCO’s manager of Human Resources & Training, will present Succession Planning, the process whereby the organization ensures that employees are recruited and developed to fill each key role within the company. Cost is $15/members and $25/non-members with breakfast included.
NWFSC Author’s Event: The Diversity and Inclusion Committee of Northwest Florida State College welcomes Dr. Jean Halley and Dr. Amy Eshleman to the Niceville campus at 7 p.m. Nov. 21. The women are the authors of "Seeing Straight: An Introduction to Gender and Sexual Privilege,” and the pair will give a free lecture in the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Sprint Theater. Following the presentation, the authors will host a meet-and-greet and book signing. Northwest Florida State College’s Barnes & Noble bookstore will have copies of the authors' works for sale. This event is free and open to the public.
Coastal Seniors Movie at the Library: Walton County Coastal Library in Santa Rosa Beach presents "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" for Coastal Seniors of South Walton, Inc. at 3:15 p.m. Nov. 22. The movie follows a group of British retirees who decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past. No registration is needed.
The Nutcracker: See the 40th production of “The Nutcracker” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 and 23 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center with live music by the Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) Symphony Orchestra. Box office priced tickets are $40/adults and $20/children 12 and under. Tickets are available at NFBallet.org or through the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast: Sinfonia is “Mad for Mozart” for its first Silver Sands Premium Outlets’ Classical Connections of the season at Grace Lutheran Church at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 with young Concert Artists Award winner, violinist SooBeen Lee. Tickets range from $29.50 to $45 per person.
Feb. 1: The second installment of the Silver Sands Premium Outlets’ Classical Connections Series will be at 7:30 p.m. at Village Baptist Church and features 2017 Bronze Medalist of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and two icons of Russian orchestral music, Dmitri Shostakovich and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
May 16: The main season will come to a cinematic finale at the Emerald Coast Convention Center with “Jurassic Park in Concert.” Experience it projected in HD with Sinfonia Gulf Coast performing John Williams’ iconic score live to picture.
May 24: The season comes to an official close with Sinfonia Goes Pops!, presented al fresco on the amphitheater lawn at Alys Beach at 7:30 p.m. This patriotic, family-friendly concert is free and open to the public and concludes with a festive firework display.
Rosemary Beach Unleashed: Bring your family and your favorite canine for an afternoon of fun from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 24 at
St. Augustine Green in Rosemary Beach for the Ninth Annual Rosemary Beach Unleashed – Pet Friendly Festival. Pets and their parents are encouraged to come in costume or theme attire. (Only vaccinated pooches, please!) Activities include Pet Parade, Dog Contests, Blessing of the Animals, Dog Play Area, Silent Auction and more. There is a $5 entry fee per dog to participate in the dog contests. Rosemary Beach Unleashed benefits Alaqua Animal Refuge.
Embroiderers’ Guild: The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will meets from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 25 in the Religious Education building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd. in Niceville. Visitors are welcome. Call 496-3466 with any questions.
Thanksgiving Extravaganza: Come to the backyard at The Hub in Watersound Beach Nov. 27 for a full day of family fun beginning with live music at noon and ending with a family movie, “Free Birds,” on the Jumbotron from 6-8 p.m.
30A 10K, 5K and one-mile fun run: The 30A 10K is the second largest road race in South Walton with an estimated 6,000 participants, vendors and volunteers joining together throughout the community. Nov. 27, race shirts and packets will be available for pick-up from 12-7 p.m. during the Thanksgiving Extravaganza, which features fun for the whole family at The Hub. Race day will be on Thanksgiving Day starting at 5:30 a.m.
Thanksgiving Buffet Cruises:The Solaris yacht offers a buffet on the water for lunch from 121-2:30 p.m. Nov. 28 and for dinner from 6-8:30 p.m. After exploring all three decks of the yacht, families will enjoy a Thanksgiving buffet on the water. The 125-foot Solaris yacht is docked at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Reservations required at www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 850-650-2519.
Christ the King Concert Series: Handel's "Messiah, “ his most famous work, premiered in Dublin, Ireland, to an enthusiastic audience in 1742. A year later, King George rose to his feet at the singing of "Hallelujah." Soloists, chorus and orchestra will come together under Conductor Dr. David Ott's direction at 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at Christ the King, 480 North County Highway 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., and free concerts begin at 3 p.m.
• Feb. 2, David Ott and Friends: Enjoy an afternoon of chamber music featuring some of the best musicians in Northwest Florida.
• Feb. 16, Beethoven's 4th Symphony: This is a work of boundless energy and excitement with surges and restless underpinnings that mark the demanding piece.
Young Writer’s Club: A Young Writers’ Club for Kids starts Dec. 6 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Walton Coastal Branch Library. Friday. The club will meet every other Friday for writing and sharing stories. Supplies will be provided. No registration needed.
The REP Film Club: The Secret Life of Bees at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at The REP Theatre, 216 Quincy Circle in Seaside. Tickets are $12.50 and $10 for REP members.
Topsail Talks: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park presents “Bears” by FWC on Dec. 20 and “Mosquitoes” by South Walton Mosquito Control Jan. 17.
Third Thursday Wine Walk: Join the Gulf Place Merchants for a South Walton tradition at 5 p.m. every third Thursday of the month. Tickets are $20 and include samplings of hand-selected wines, light appetizers, live music and giveaways. Check in at 5 p.m. at the stage to receive a complimentary glass and walkabout map.
Family Fun Fest: Join in the free fun Friday nights for Family Fun Fest from 6-10 p.m. at Seascape Towne Centre, located near Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach. Event features live music performances, food and drink specials and kid-friendly activities, including face painting and a live magic show.
Library Skills Class for Kids: The Walton County Coastal Library will host Library Skills Class for Kids from 11 a.m. to noon the second Thursday of each month. Parents are welcome to participate. The intention is to provide students the opportunity to develop skills in reading, oral communication, thinking and reasoning, ability to search out information using reference material and to develop basic library skills. No registration needed.
Peer to Peer Support Group: Mental Health Association of Okaloosa and Walton Counties is sponsoring a Peer to Peer Support Group every Thursday at Santa Rosa Beach Community Church, Room 206, 3524 US Hwy 98, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Whether you want to learn new life skills or better understand Mental Health Recovery, you will find support here. The group is open to adults (18+), free to participate, confidential, and guided by trained peer facilitators. For more information, call the Mental Health Association in Fort Walton Beach at 244-1040.
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 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.