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Walton Sun

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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/.

Trunk Show

Roxy Lentz, jeweler from Indiana, will be the guest artist at Newbill Collection By The Sea from 2-6 p.m. March 4. 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.

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.

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 Sinfonia Gulf Coast from March 7-10. Patrons must mention the charity for them to receive proceeds. To make a reservation, call 588-8403 or visit http://www.osakadestin.com.

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.

Alys Beach Spring Concerts

Bring a blanket or your favorite chair and enjoy the music of The Forrest Williams Band from 6-8 p.m. March 9 at the Alys Beach Amphitheater. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday Night Concert Series

Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Heritage from 7-9 p.m. March 9 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.

• March 16: Boukou Groove

• March 23: Continuum

• March 30: The Rips

• April 6: Heart/Little Queen

• April 13: The Return

• April 20: Folsom Prison Gang

• April 27: Satisfaction

• May 4: JP Soars & The Red Hots

• May 11: Josh Garrett

• May 18: Forrest Williams

Lecture series

Walton County Master Gardeners present Jim Dietrich, a local bee keeper and MG, for the Great American Lecture Series from 2-3:30 p.m. March 9 at the UF/IFAS Walton Extension Office, 732 N 9th Street in DeFuniak Springs next to the fairgrounds. He will discuss how to attract pollinators to your landscape and keep them there. The program is free and open to the public; however seating is limited, and reservations must be made by the Monday before at 892-8172 or haneyc@ufl.edu. Light refreshments will be served.

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.

Americana Under The Stars

Bring a chair and a beverage to enjoy the music of Lucky Mud at 7 p.m. March 10 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 17: Lucky Mud

• March 24: DieDra & Keith Ruff

• March 31: Well Worn Soles

Movie Night

The City of DeFuniak Springs free movie night will feature Percy Jackson, the Lightning Thief, at dusk March 11 on the big screen at the Amphitheatre in the Lakeyard. Neighbors Kitchen will sell hot dogs, hamburgers and a variety of other goodies. There will be a raffle for a mystery super prize as well. Raffle tickets will be given with a purchase from Neighbors Kitchen. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the community center on N. Tenth Street.

Book sale

The DeFuniak Springs Friends of the Library will hold a book sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon March 12 at the Walton County Fairgrounds.

Audubon Society

Bird walk at South Walton Courthouse and local area to search for early migrants and warblers March 12; 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.

St. Patrick's Parade/Festival

The Ninth Annual 30a St. Patrick's Parade and Festival begins at 1 p.m. March 12 on Scenic 30A and ends at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach, where the festival begins at 2 p.m. and lasts a little after dark. Proceeds benefit Fore Her 501c breast cancer charity. For tickets and details visit www.stpatricks30a.com.

Gala and golf tournament

The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) annual signature Black Tie & Board Shorts Gala at 5:30 p.m. March 12 at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Guests will enjoy dinner, dancing and entertainment; live and silent auctions; and a cork wine pull. The black tie optional fundraiser benefits children by providing services to help identify, treat and support them in abusive situations. The annual Kieran May Golf Tournament will take place March 13 at Kelly Plantation Golf Club with a noon tee-time. Tournament cost is $400, which includes two tickets to the Gala. Gala tickets only are $250 per couple. Please call 833-9237, ext. 283 to make reservations.

Thursday’s at 30Avenue

Anchoring the eastern entrance of Scenic Highway 30A and intersection of U.S. 98, 30Avenue will offer live music and complimentary horse and carriage rides from 6-9 p.m. March 17, 24 and 31. Event begins again May 26 through Sept. 1.

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. the first Thursday of each month.

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.