Staff Writer
Walton Sun

All area codes are 850 unless specified. 

Charitable gala

Celebrate Miss MatchMaker's 20th year at a charitable gala at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 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.

Snowbird Singers

The Walton County Snowbird Singers will perform at 3 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Community Church of Santa Rosa Beach on the north side of U.S. Hwy. 98 going east. This group will offer some old standards, a bit of Broadway, a touch of religion and a wee bit of fun for your listening pleasure. In addition, harpists, Katie Ott and Merrie Beth Eubanks will play. No admission cost, but a free will offering will be taken for Caring & Sharing of South Walton.

Mindfulness retreat

The Emerald Coast Meditation Society will hold an all-day mindfulness retreat featuring Buddhist teacher John Orr from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 27 in the parish hall of Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 N. Co. Road 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Cost is $60, payable in advance, with scholarships available. To register, or for further information, email tltapp@cox.net or call 478-960-0174. The retreat will be silent except for two dharma talks by Orr followed by questions and answers.

Wine and Chocolate Safari

The Rotary Club of South Walton's Wine and Chocolate Safari will be held from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 27 at Tops'l Beach Resort in Miramar Beach. A night of decadent chocolates &and desserts, wine, and adventure with Biophilia animals. Tickets are $30/person and $50/couple. Dress in safari gear for best costume. Proceeds benefit the educational programs at the E.O.Wilson Biophilia Center. Tickets available at www.xorbia.com/events/swr/wnc.

Audubon Society

The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will hold a bird walk at Fort Walton Beach Landfill Feb. 27. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Pepitos Restaurant, 1313 N. Lewis Turner Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach. Wear appropriate clothing and bring your binoculars or scope. Call 208-1780.

• March 12: Bird walk at South Walton Courthouse and local area to search for early migrants and warblers; lunch afterwards. Meet at the Bluewater Bay Winn Dixie parking lot at 7:30 a.m. or the SoWal courthouse at 8:15. Call 499-9269.

•March 19: Field trip to 7 Pines Nursery to see a native plant nursery and farm. Meet at the Niceville CVS parking lot at 7:30 a.m. For additional information call 830-8996.

• March 26: Field trip to Eglin Reservation with experienced birder Malcolm Swan and search for Bachman’s Sparrows and colonies of Red Cockaded Woodpeckers. Participants must purchase an entry permit from Jackson Guard prior to the event date. This can be done online at Jacksonguard.com. Meet at the Air Force Armament Museum parking lot at 7 a.m. Call 210-343-9082.

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 pastels with Melody Bogle from 12-3 p.m. Feb. 29. Cost is $35/$30 for CAA members. Make reservations for all events at 622-5970.

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. Patrons must mention the charity for them to receive proceeds. To make a reservation, call 588-8403 or visit http://www.osakadestin.com.

• Feb. 29-March 3: Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center

• March 7-10: Sinfonia Gulf Coast

Food For Thought Thursdays

Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar, 435 Grand Blvd, Ste Q104, in Grand Boulevard, will give 20 percent of food and drink sales to Food For Thought Outreach during Happy Hour from 3-7 p.m. March 3 and the first Thursdays of each month.

Americana Under The Stars

Bring a chair and a beverage to enjoy the music of Dana Cooper at 7 p.m. March 3 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.

• March 10: Lucky Mud

• March 17: Lucky Mud

• March 24: DieDra & Keith Ruff

• March 31: Well Worn Soles

Wine Festival

The fifth annual 30A Wine Festival will welcome renowned vintners and culinary favorites March 11-13 at Alys Beach to benefit Children’s Volunteer Health Network. The festival weekend features events for everyone including a barbecue and bourbon tasting with some of the country’s top distillers, wine seminars and the grand tasting wine stroll, and the beloved croquet tournament with a rose tasting. For tickets and schedules, visit http://30awinefestival.com/.

Americana Music Concert

The free Americana Music Concert series presents Dana Cooper from 6:30-8 p.m. March 5 in the Lodge at Camp Helen State Park with Lucky Mud. The concerts are hosted by Lucky Mud.

Collection Day

Walton County has its Haz-Mat Collection Day from 8 a.m. to noon March 5 at the Walton County Fairgrounds, Highway 83 North in DeFuniak Springs, and South Walton Mosquito Control Office, County Road 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Pesticides, paint, stale gasoline, batteries and such are some of the items that will be collected. Waste tire amnesty will also be held. No gas cylinders or explosives.

St. Agatha’s Breakfast

Breakfast Cooked to Order will be held from 7-11 a.m. March 6, April 2, and May 7 in the Parish Hall at St. Agatha’s Episcopal Church, 150 Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs. Cost is $7.25/adults and $4/children under 10. Take-out available. Proceeds benefit the church and its food ministry. The historic church will be open for tours.

Bay Elementary

Kindergarten registration begins March 7 at Bay Elementary School. A Kindergarten Registration Open House will be held at 5:30 p.m. March 8 to provide parents and future students with information on Bay’s Kindergarten program, meet the Kindergarten Team, and tour the school. Registration forms and information will be available at the school March 7-18 in the school office.

Bible Study

The Women's Ecumenical Bible Study of South Walton will begin a new Jennifer Rothschild study of Hosea March 9 at Good News United Methodist Church, 4747 Hwy. 98 W in Santa Rosa Beach. The 7-week study will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and include small group discussion and a video presentation. Women of all ages are welcome. There will be childcare provided for preschool children. To register and reserve a study guide, call the church office at 622-9191 or email Lynne Thomason at Lynnethomason@cox.net.

Sip 'N Shoppe

The Alys Shoppe in Alys Beach will offer shoppers sips of champagne while they shop from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays from March 9 to April 6. To kick off the “Sip ‘N Shoppe," Amy Giles of Wardrobe Made Simple will be at the Shoppe March 9 to help shoppers select their outfits for the 30A Wine Festival and other spring activities.

BioScans for Dogs

Shaggy To Chic Dog Grooming in Santa Rosa Beach has introduced BioScans for dogs and will offer them to the public March 9 for $40. Call 714-3723 to make an appointment.

Dancing in the Streets

Dance on the cobblestone streets of Rosemary Beach from 3-5 p.m. Sundays while the Village Brass, a New Orleans style 7-piece strolling jazz band, plays.

Kristy's Paint Party

An interactive paint class for kids to seniors using acrylics on wood will be held from 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at Artists at Gulfplace. Come anytime. Call 200-3142.

Mommy and Me

Cultural Arts Alliance will offer children's art classes featuring Abrakadoodle from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Bayou Arts Center. The After School Art Classes run from 4-5 p.m. every Monday at the Bayou Arts Center. Cost is $20/class. Call 622-5970 for reservation.

Dancing in the Streets

Dance on the cobblestone streets of Rosemary Beach from 5-8 p.m. Sundays while the Village Brass, a New Orleans style 7-piece strolling jazz band, plays.

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. The service will be held at the church’s U.S. 98 campus during inclement weather and if the temperature is below 50 degrees. Call 267-0322.

Farmers Market

The WaterColor Coastal Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday and Thursday at Cerulean Park. Traditional Farmers Market items such as local farm fresh produce, eggs, and dairy products will be available. There will also be a large variety of organic and homemade items such as Greek gourmet foods, hot and jerk sauces, grass fed beef, chicken, and pork.

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.

30A Farmers’ Market

This community event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays in Town Center in Rosemary Beach features fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, cheese and more. Market is held on Thursdays 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 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.