Calendar of Events and Entertainment Dec. 15 - 22
All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Saturday, Dec. 15
Hike to one of the beautiful and rare coastal dune lakes at 2:30 p.m. at Campbell Lake at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 267-8330. Biophilia Center
Visit Santa’s Workshop and nature inspired crafts with Abrakadoodle at 11 a.m. at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Standard admission rates apply. Call 835-1824.
Seaside Farmers Market
Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings from 9 a.m. to noon in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.
Baytowne on Ice
The ice skating rink at The Village of Baytowne Wharf will be open through Jan. 31 at the Apex Broadcasting Skating Pavilion. For $10 guests can skate for an hour and a half. Skate rental is $2. The first hour of each day is reserved for "kids skate" for youth 12 and under. Season passes are available for $140. Call 816-682-1003 for times and special skating packages.
Sunday, Dec. 16
More than 18 students will perform various genres of music when Studio 237 School of Music presents a Winter Recital at 3 p.m. at Seagrove Baptist Church, 4915 E. County Hwy. 30-A. A celebration reception follows the recital. Call 231-3199 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Low Country Boil
723 Whiskey Bravo, 3031 E. County Hwy. 30-A in the heart of Old Seagrove, offers a Low Country Shrimp Boil with boiled shrimp or crawfish and all the fixin’s plus live music from 3-7 p.m. Call 213-0015. Monday, Dec. 17
An art exhibit by Melissa Davis and Jamie Conley will be held through Dec. 31 at Amavida Coffee in Seaside.
Pajama Time Story Time
Join storyteller Ms. Cheryl at 6 p.m. in the children’s room of the Coastal Library for some bedtime stories in your pajamas. This will be a quiet time for little readers to relax to a bedtime story in the comfort of their caretaker’s arms. Call 267-2809.
Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar, 525 Grand Blvd. in Sandestin, presents Rudy Applewhite from 4-9 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Call 654-1743,
Zumba With Marcia classes will be held at 6:30 p.m. Mondays, 6 p.m. Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. Saturdays at Premiere Performers Academy in Santa Rosa Beach; 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at The Studio in Seaside; and 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Rosemary Beach Fitness Center.
Tuesday, Dec. 18
Herman Lodge Herman Lodge #108 Free and Accepted Masons will meet at 7 p.m. on Madison Street in Freeport. Call 835-2314.
Jazz class Jasmine Dance Studio in Santa Rosa Beach will hold a ladies adult jazz class from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursday. Call 217-6620 for more information.
Dannica Lowery performs live from 6-9 p.m. at Shorty’s Surfside Bar, 63 Hotz Ave. in Grayton Beach. Call 468-0417.
Wednesday, Dec. 19
The Walton Republican Women Federated will meet at 11 a.m. at Carrabba's Italian Restaurant in the Silver Sands parking lot. This month's meeting will be a Christmas Mix and Mingle with some surprise guests and holiday treats. There will be heavy appetizers and beverages. This meeting will be free to our members in appreciation of their hard work over the year and $10 for guests. RSVP by Dec. 17 at 837-5321.
Rosalina plays classic standards and show tunes on keyboard from 6-9 p.m. at Christiano's Ristorante in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 267-2185.
Thursday, Dec. 20
The Emerald Coast Meditation Society will meet at 6:309 p.m. at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Caroling Geary will present a vision, act it out with the group, share a breathing visualization and encourage people's own visions in a talk "Visions on the Night Before a New Era."
The Third Thursday Wine Walkabout will be held from 5-7 p.m. at Artists at Gulf Place, 7 Laura Hamilton Blvd. in Gulf Place. For $15, pick up a wine glass and merchant map in the Gulf Place amphitheater. Taste wines from around the world and enjoy hors d’oeuvres at each stop on the walkabout and live music at Amore and Artists at Gulf Place.
Ugly Sweater Party
Wear your ugly sweater for holiday fun at 9 p.m. at Louis Louis, 35 Musset Bayou Road in Santa Rosa Beach. Michael Disciple will DJ. Call 267-1500.
Rotary Club of South Walton
The Rotary Club of South Walton meets for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites, Scenic Hwy. 98 in Miramar Beach. Visiting Rotarians and their guests are welcome. Call 267-2929. Fusion fitness class
Hope Lutheran Church, 3422 U.S. 98 W in Santa Rosa Beach, will offer a fusion fitness class at 9 a.m. Attendees may bring a mat, towel, water and light hand weights. Suggested donation is $5. Call 267-0322.
Thursday thread therapy
Needlers, knitters, crocheters and others come for free therapy from 4-6 p.m. on the porch at Yards N Yarn, 3770 Co. Hwy. 3280 in Freeport. Call 880-6404.
Friday, Dec. 21
The Longest Night Poetry Show
A fun filled evening featuring local poets collaborating with visual artists and musicians to present a unique and colorful spoken word performance, “The Longest Night,” begins at 6 p.m. at The Hidden Lantern, 84 N. Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach and will benefit a local non-profit, BeGenerous. Enjoy a musical intermission by local artist, Shank, and a live and silent art auction. The show is free to all and beer and wine will be available for donations. The Hidden Lantern Bookstore & Art Gallery now carries self-published poetry chapbooks by local writers.
The Order of the Eastern Star #281 meets at 7:30 p.m. at Herman Lodge on Madison Street in Freeport. Call 835-2314. Saturday, Dec. 22
The Emerald Coast Meditation Society will host a day of silent meditation and quiet activities from 6:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach to honor solstice that takes place Dec. 21. It is the final ECMS daylong retreat in a series that began in December 2009. Anyone who meditates is welcome to attend all or any part of the retreat. Register by Dec. 20 at email@example.com or call 231-1498.
Enjoy nature inspired poetry instruction with Poetic Paul while Juggling Jeremy tests your coordination with a fun juggling lesson at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Lessons throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Standard admission rates apply. Call 835-1824.