CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT Dec. 23
All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Audubon Society: Participate in the largest wildlife survey in history, The Christmas Bird Count, organized by count coordinator Alan Knothe on Dec. 19. Call 208-1780.
45 Central Artist: During the month of December, the works of Dorothy Starbuck, former South Walton Artist of the Year, will be displayed at 45 Central Wine Bar in Seaside.
Cooking class: Kitchenique Cooking School presents Vicki McCain, cooking school director, with a New Orleans New Year's Dinner from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 29 at The Cuvee Catering Center, 12590 Emerald Coast Parkway, Suite #C, in Miramar Beach. Cost $55. Call 837-0432.
Polar Bear Plunge: The fourth annual Plunge to benefit the South Walton Fire District will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 1 at Ed Walline Beach Access. Registration begins at 11 a.m. A $20 donation for ages 12 and up. Attendees are invited to also take part in a costume contest. Following the plunge guests will enjoy food, music and a bonfire at Gulf Place.
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. Jan. 5, the first Thursday of each month.
Art in the park: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park offers Basket Weaving at 9 a.m. Jan. 13. Fee is $35 and includes all materials. Regular park admission applies and is paid at ranger station on the day of class. Registration is due 7 days before class date at www.topsailparkfriends.org.
• March 10: Basket Weaving $35
• Feb. 17: Water colors $25
Call for Entries in Digital Graffiti: The Alys Foundation has announced the Call for Entries for the annual Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach to be held May 19-21, 2017. Coinciding with the festival’s 10th anniversary, artists worldwide are invited to submit original works of digital art to be showcased in the juried festival. Artists interested in submitting can find criteria and instructions at http://www.digitalgraffiti.com/callforentries/. The deadline to submit is Feb. 1, 2017. For more information, please visit digitalgraffiti.com.
Family Challenge: Check in at the Topsail Hill Preserve State Park camp store between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays for the challenge package. When completed, re-turn to camp store for a treat.
Chef’s Counter: Chef Kevin Korman will offer guests an inventive chef's tasting menu each Friday night at Roselie Dining & Seafood Bar in Inlet Beach. This limited edition dinner will consist of an eight-course menu featuring seasonal farm-to-fork items crafted in Korman’s inventive style for $89 with an additional $45 wine pairing option. Only eight guests will be invited to this special dinner each week, so be sure to make a reservation to reserve a seat. Call 909-0400.
Sunday Pickin' at The Bay: The Bay Restaurant, on the Choctawhatchee Bay at the southern foot of the 331 bridge, will host Sunday Pickin' at The Bay every Sun-day while the weather is nice. Local musician Mike Whitty and friends will get together in the garden at The Bay for a jam session. All local musicians are invited to come and join in. Happy Hour is from 4-6 p.m.
Movie Night at The Hub: It's double movie night with free movies at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at The Hub on Scenic 30A at WaterSound Beach. Shown on the Jumbotron on the events stage.
Geocache Around Topsail: Explore Topsail Hill Preserve State Park with a special 10 station geocache program from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Check in at the camp store for your coordinates. Upon completion return to the camp store for a prize.
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. Call 267-0322.
Emerald Coast Farmers' Market: Fresh from the farm produce, dairy, honey, eggs, grass-fed beef, beef jerky, pork products and sausages; fresh local seafood, crab cakes, tuna and shrimp dips; homemade pita, hummus, salsa's, guacamole, jams, preserves, pickled veggies, cheeses, homemade pastas and sauces, and artisan breads and desserts are for sale at Seascape Resort, 100 Seascape Drive in Miramar Beach, from 1-6 Tuesdays year round and 12-6 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day.
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 South Barrett Square 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.