CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT Feb. 26 - March 4

Staff Writer
Walton Sun
Originals: 30ASR's Music & Coffee Shop presents Joe Fingas from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 26 to perform all-original music at 2078 U.S. Hwy. 98 Suite 108 in Santa Rosa beach.

All area codes are 850 unless specified. 

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.

Almost, Maine: The Emerald Coast Theatre Company will perform the popular romantic comedy “Almost, Maine” Feb. 26-28 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.

Saturday, Feb. 27

Snowbird Singers: The Walton County Snowbird Singers will perform at 3 p.m. 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. 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. 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 are available at www.xorbia.com/events/swr/wnc.

Audubon Society: The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will hold a bird walk at Fort Walton Beach Landfill. 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.

Sunday, Feb. 28

Snowbird Sunday Concert Series: The Market Shops at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort presents the free Snowbird Sunday Concert Series with Austin Jennings from 1-3 p.m. on the lawn. Bring chairs and blankets. In the event of rainy weather, the concert will be relocated to the covered patio outside of Bijoux at The Market Shops.

Monday, Feb. 29

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. 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 Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center from Feb. 29-March 3. Patrons must mention the charity for them to receive proceeds. To make a reservation, call 588-8403 or visit http://www.osakadestin.com.

Tuesday, March 1

Candlelight Concert: The Juilliard School ensemble Filigree Baroque performs 17th and 18th century music on period instruments in a candlelight concert from 7:30-9 p.m. at The Chapel at Seaside. Tickets are $30/adults and $10/students. Buy tickets at Sundog Books in Seaside, cash or check at the performance, or at escape2create.org.

Wednesday, March 2

Wednesday Night Concert Series: Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Geoff McBride from 7-9 p.m. in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.

Thursday, March 3

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.

ECMS: The Emerald Coast Meditation Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Mary McKinley will present “Through-Hiking the Florida National Scenic Trail.” Email nancyjames@embarqmail.com for information.

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

WCEDA meeting: The Walton County Economic Development Alliance will meet at noon at the Walton County Administration Conference Room, 76 North 6th Street in DeFuniak Springs.

Wine Festival: The fifth annual 30A Wine Festival will welcome renowned vintners and culinary favorites March 3-6 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/.

Friday, March 4

Trunk Show: Roxy Lentz, jeweler from Indiana, will be the guest artist at Newbill Collection By The Sea from 2-6 p.m. The jewelry trunk show, “Art Jewelry Crafted from Recycled Metals,” will include one-of-a-kind necklaces, bracelets, earrings and brooches made from recycled copper, silver plate, brass and PVC pipe. For more information, call 231-4500.