Staff Writer
Walton Sun
Furry Fest: Alaqua Animal Refuge and HEART Animal Rescue will host the third annual Furry Fest, a fund-raising effort to benefit the non-profit organizations, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Feb. 20 at Alaqua Unleashed Dog Park, 342 J.D. Miller Road in Santa Rosa Beach. Activities include live music by KC Phelps and the Screamin Fleas, food merchants, vendors, a prize raffle, children’s activities, adoptable pets, wiener dog races, dog contests and more.

All area codes are 850 unless specified.

Friday, Feb. 19

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

Bayou Arts Center: Workshops and classes presented by the Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA) of Walton County at the Bayou Arts Center, 105 Hogtown Bayou Lane in Santa Rosa Beach, include Pine Needle Basket Weaving with Carol Dickson from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 19. Make reservations for all events at 622-5970.

• Pastels with Melody Bogle will be held from 12-3 p.m. Feb. 22 and 29 and 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 23. Cost is $35/$30 for CAA members.

• Acrylics with Betty Pinkston will be held from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 25. Cost is $35/$30 CAA members.

• Tom Lynch will lead a four-day watercolor workshop, “Watercolor Secrets Revealed,” from 9:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 23-26 along with a free artist demo on Feb. 22. Cost is $380.

Saturday, Feb. 20

Sk8 Deck-o Fundraiser: Walton Skate Society presents Sk8 Deck-o from 5-8 p.m. at Trebeache' in Santa Rosa Beach with skateboard art, live music and tasty food. All proceeds will go to the Walton Skate Society for the creation of a new concrete skate park at Helen McCall Park. Admission is $30 and includes food and drinks; $15 for student ticket with student ID. Email for more information.

Americana Music Concert: The free Americana Music Concert series presents Passerine from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Lodge at Camp Helen State Park with Lucky Mud. The concerts are hosted by Lucky Mud.

Black History Parade: The Annual Walton County Black History Parade starts at 11 a.m. in DeFuniak Springs. It will feature citizens portraying prominent black men and women of history in America, a dance performance of Michael Jackson's Dangerous by former DeFuniak citizen Bryant Campbell of Columbus, Ga.

Camellia Festival: The Friends of Eden and Florida State Parks pay tribute to the Camellia from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Eden Gardens State Park in Point Washington. Stroll through camellias, enjoy a camellia floral arrangement demonstration, learn air layering and camellia waxing for bloom preservation. Attend a program on camellia care and other plant related topics by Marie Harrison, a Master Gardener and author of numerous Gardening Books. Event is free with free admission to the State Park — donations made to the Friends of Eden will be appreciated.

Sunday, Feb. 21

Fermentations Reunion: Chef Joyce of 45 Central, one of the owners of Fermentations in Seaside from 1997-2005, plans to throw a reunion party with Chef Jim Shirley from 4-7 p.m. at 45 Central. If you wear or bring something that has the Fermentations logo, you will get a free glass of wine.

Monday, Feb. 22

David Seering benefit concert: Musician David Seering will perform his annual concert to benefit local charity Children in Crisis at 7 p.m. at Village Baptist Church in Destin. This year he will perform with Amanda Holmes and the Swing City Six band. All proceeds will go directly to help give a home to the foster children of Northwest Florida. Tickets are $25 and can be bought at Children in Crisis or Lifeway Christian Bookstore in Destin or online at Call 864-4242 or visit for information.

Month of Giving: Osaka Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse & Sushi Bar at 34745 Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin will host a Month of Giving with 20 percent of proceeds from lunch and dinner to benefit charities. Alaqua Animal Refuge will receive proceeds from Feb. 22-25. Patrons must mention the charity for them to receive proceeds. To make a reservation, call 588-8403 or visit

Tuesday, Feb. 23

45 Central: During the month of March, 45 Central will feature the works of local favorite Justin Gaffrey. Meet the artist and enjoy light hors d'oeuvres from 5-7 p.m.

WCBCC special meeting: The Walton County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting and a closed executive session at 9 a.m. at the Walton County Courthouse, 571 U.S. Highway 90 East in DeFuniak Springs.

CAA workshop: Watercolor Secrets Revealed will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 each day Feb. 23-26 at the Bayou Arts Center, 105 Hogtown Bayou Lane in Santa Rosa Beach. The cost is $380/student. Call the Cultural Arts Alliance at 622-5970 to register and for the supply list.

Wednesday, Feb. 24

Seminar: Margaret R. McDowell, firm founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, a fee-only registered investment advisory firm, will host “Preparing Your Portfolio for 2016” at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room, 8955 Emerald Coast Parkway in the Tops’l Commercial Center in Miramar Beach. Call 608-6121 to reserve seating. Refreshments will be served.

Father-Daughter Dance: Good News UMC in Santa Rosa Beach is hosting the ninth annual Father-Daughter Dance from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 28. The dance is for couples of all ages and will be catered by Townsend Catering company. Tickets are $20 per couple, $5 per additional daughter and must be purchased by Wednesday, Feb 24. Tickets will not be sold at the door. To purchase tickets stop by Good News UMC. Call 622-9191 or email: for information.

Thursday, Feb. 25

Americana Under The Stars: Bring a chair and a beverage to enjoy the music of Brother, Brother 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.

Friday, Feb. 26

Charitable gala: Celebrate Miss MatchMaker's 20th year at a charitable gala at 7 p.m. at The Sky Room at The Beach House, 4009 S Sandestin Blvd. in Miramar Beach. Dress is optional black tie. Events benefits Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and Camp M.A.S.H., a week-long recreational program for children ages 7 to 17 with a form of juvenile arthritis or a related autoimmune disease.