CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT Feb. 12 - 19
All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Friday, Feb. 12
NSDAR: Choctawhatchee Bay Chapter, NSDAR will hold a special evening meeting at 5:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 134 SW Beal Parkway in Fort Walton Beach to honor winning students of the American History, Christopher Columbus Essay, and the DAR Good Citizens contests. Call 543-0170.
Crawfish Boil: Get ready for the Sandestin Gumbo Festival at the official kickoff from 4-6 p.m. at Fat Tuesday’s at Baytowne Wharf. Cost is $5/plate.
Rock and Roll: South Walton High School Student Government Association announces the second annual Senior Citizen Prom will be held in the school cafeteria from 6-9 p.m. Cost is $10. RSVP at email@example.com or call 622-5020.
Almost, Maine: The Emerald Coast Theatre Company will perform the popular romantic comedy “Almost, Maine” Feb. 12-14 at The Market Shops, 9375 Emerald Coast Parkway on the corner of Sandestin Boulevard. Friday and Saturday show times are 7:30 p.m. and Sundays are at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $23 per adult, $18 for seniors and $15 for students. ECTC also offers a 10 percent military discount. To buy tickets visit EmeraldCoastTheatre.org or call 687-1637.
Classical Connections: Sinfonia Gulf Coast presents the final Classical Connections series of concerts featuring the award-winning Miró String Quartet on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13 at the Town Hall at Rosemary Beach. Tickets are $45 with limited availability remaining. Purchase online or call the box office at 460-8800.
Saturday, Feb. 13
Gumbo Festival: The 27th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival will be held from 12-4 p.m. at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Cost is $20/advance and $30/day of. Sample a variety of gumbo and vote for your favorite as the “People’s Choice” winner. Celebrity judges will name the “Area’s Best” and award the most creative set-up as “Best Display.” Gulf Coast's restaurants will be featured along with live music and children’s activities. Dikki Du and the Zydecko Krewe perform from 12-4 p.m. on the Events Plaza Stage and Stevie Hall from 1-4 p.m. on the Baytowne LIVE Stage. Purchase tickets at www.sandestingumbofestival.com.
Pause for Paws Yoga Class: A gentle, donation-based yoga class will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Optikk 30A, 2050 W County Hwy. 30A, Unit M-119 in Santa Rosa Beach. A $10 donation is suggested. For more info and to RSVP, visit www.dog-harmony.org.
My Furry Valentine: Bring your fur-friend and join Dog-Harmony for a free Valentine's doggie social with muttmosas, enter to win prizes, and socialize with dogs and people alike from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Furry Fanatics at Gulf Place, 56 Spires Lane #12a in Santa Rosa Beach. For more info, visit www.dog-harmony.org.
Fashion Show: Caring & Sharing in Santa Rosa Beach will have its annual fashion show and luncheon at 1 p.m. at Sandestin Hilton Conference Center. In addition to volunteers modeling clothing from the Thrift Store, there will be door prizes and a silent auction of "high valued" items. Tickets are $35 and available at Caring & Sharing. All proceeds will go to support the Food Pantry. Call 267-2866 for tickets and more information.
Valentine Tour of Homes: The annual Valentine Tour of Homes presented by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 13 and 12-4 p.m. Feb. 14 showcasing stunning interiors, architecturally acclaimed homes and picturesque settings. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event, valid for the entire weekend with one entry per house. Tickets can be purchased at culturalartsalliance.com, Smith’s Antiques in Destin, Fusion Art Glass in Grand Boulevard, the Bayou Arts Center in Santa Rosa Beach, Sundog Books in Seaside, and Hidden Lantern Gallery in Rosemary Beach. Tickets will also be available for purchase at each of the homes during weekend. Call 622-5970.
Sunday, Feb. 14
Classical concert series: Valentine’s Day performance of Mozart’s Requiem with the Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus at 3 p.m. All concerts are free and open to the public at Christ the King, 480 N. County Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach.
Wedding Vow Renewals: A tropical re-union wedding vow renewal ceremony is a unique present to give your spouse for Valentine’s, and it’s free. Couples can renew their wedding vows at a 2 p.m. ceremony at LuLu’s restaurant in Destin. Hurricane Jane, an ordained minister and a member of the Parrott Heads club, will officiate. Arrive a little early to settle in and stay for the fun.
Monday, Feb. 15
Noah Murphy: Local musician Noah Murphy performs from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 30A SR's Music & Coffee Shop, 2078 U.S. Hwy. 98 W, Suite 108, in Santa Rosa Beach.
Tuesday, Feb. 16
Workshops: The Walton County Tourist Development Council will hold Public Space Design Workshops from 4-8 p.m. Feb. 16 and 17 at the South Walton Annex. The workshop will provide a forum to generate input from stakeholders on a book of general design guidelines for public space in south Walton County. The workshop will be led by a team of landscape architects and planners from the R-A-M Professional Group of Jacksonville and local urban designer/architect, Mark Schnell.
Wednesday, Feb. 17
SHRM-EC: The Society of Human Resource Management of the Emerald Coast will meet at 7:30 a.m. at Two Trees Restaurant, Fort Walton Beach Golf Course, 1959 Lewis Turner Blvd. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. Speaker will be Sam Slay, speaker, trainer and coach. Cost is $15/members and $20/non-members. Call 651-7200, ext. 4303, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Feb. 18
Americana Under The Stars: Bring a chair and a beverage to enjoy the music of Passerine at 7 p.m. in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill.
Evening with the Heart Experts: Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will host an evening with the experts featuring cardiology and vascular health from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Mitchell’s Fish House in Miramar Beach. Guest speakers include board-certified cardiologists Dr. Charles Mayes, Dr. Angel Morrobel, and Dr. Stephen Phlaum. Complimentary blood pressure screenings will be available to guests. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. Seating for this free event is limited and reservations are required at 278-3600.
ECMS: "Thoughts Are Things" will be the program at the Emerald Coast Meditation Society at 6:30 p.m. by Kabe Woods, facilitator of the Mindfulness Practice Center of Fort Walton Beach. The meeting will be at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach. For information email email@example.com.
Friday, Feb. 19
Tasting of Champions: Enjoy the annual Tasting of Champions hosted by Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation from 6-8 p.m. at Hilton Sandestin in Miramar Beach for a "first taste" of the medal-winning wines that will be featured in the upcoming South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival. Tickets are $50 per person.
Chili Cook-Off/ Silent Auction: Hope Lutheran Church’s Annual Chili Cook-Off will be held at 6 p.m. at 3834 US Hwy. 98 West in Santa Rosa Beach. Vote for the Fan Favorite or submit your own chili. A Silent Auction will be held to raise $3,000 for the 2016 Vacation Bible School. Call 267-0322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.