CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT Dec. 30 - Jan. 6

Staff Writer
Walton Sun
New Year's Eve Street Party: Dine, drink and dance into the New Year throughout HarborWalk Village from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Enjoy live music in the restaurants as well as two firework shows and the 9th Annual Ball Drop descending over the harbor.

All area codes are 850 unless specified.

Friday, Dec. 30

Mid Blues Crisis: A tribute to the Blues Masters by several local musicians from 7-9 p.m. at 30A SR's Music & Coffee Shop, 2078 US Hwy. 98 W, Suite 108, in Santa Rosa Beach.

New Years Adam w/WaterZedge: Dance the night away with dance band WaterZedge, enjoy great music, food and drinks from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at Redd's Fueling Station, 2320 W County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 325-0252 for dinner reservations for four or more.

Saturday, Dec. 31

Salute 2016: Before you ring in the New Year, join NEAT in Alys Beach for lite fare, cocktails, and live music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 31.

New Year’s Eve Prix fixe Meal: Celebrate New Year’s Eve at 6 p.m. at Surfing Deer in Seagrove Beach with a festive four-course prix fixe meal — choose either the 6 p.m. or 8:15 p.m. seating. Email info@surfingdeer.com to save your space.

New Year’s Eve Sunset Celebration: Join in at Havana Beach Rooftop Bar & Grill in Rosemary Beach from 2-5 p.m. and watch the sun set. Live guitarist entertainment, holiday drinks and champagne specials. Open to the public; reservations not required.

New Year’s Eve Blanco Bash: Say goodbye to 2016 and come dressed in white and enjoy five courses including champagne, caviar, lobster, quail, filet mignon, snapper, all infused with South American culture, from 5-8:30 p.m. at Roselie Dining & Seafood Bar in Inlet Beach. $85 with an optional wine pairing available.

Sunday, Jan. 1

First Day Hike: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach will have a First Day Hike from 9-11:30 a.m. Enjoy the first day of the New Year exploring the north side of the Turpentine Trail with a Ranger to learn about the park, its wildlife, and the turpentine industry that thrived here in the late 1800s. Wear weather appropriate clothing and closed toed shoes. Bring water bottle, hat and sunscreen. Please check in at the Ranger Station for starting location. Program is free with regular park admission.

Polar Bear Plunge: The fourth annual Plunge to benefit the South Walton Fire District will be held at 1 p.m. 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.

Monday, Jan. 2

Topsail program: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission present a Living Bear Wise program from 10-11 a.m. Learn about the Florida black bears that call the park home. Check in at the Ranger Station for starting location. Program is free with regular park admission.

Tuesday, Jan. 3

Live Music at Acme Ice House: Acme’s music program consists of two live music acts daily from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the front porch and from 7:30-10 p.m. in the restaurant in Seacrest. Each day will feature two different acts offering a range of styles from acoustic rock, to a little bit of country, to blues and soul.

Wednesday, Jan. 4

Camellia lecture: Gardening author and lecturer Marie Harrison will present a program on choosing camellias for your north Florida garden from 10 a.m. until noon at the Walton Extension — Coastal Branch, 70 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach. The cost is $5, payable at the door and includes program, instructional handouts and light refreshments. Seating is limited and reservations are required at 892-8172 or haneyc@ufl.edu to save your place by Jan. 3.

Thursday, Jan. 5

Food For Thought Thursdays: Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar, 435 Grand Blvd Suite 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: Michele Jorge, an acupuncture physician and long-time yoga teacher, will present a program on “Kundalini Yoga and Gong Healing” for the Emerald Coast Meditation Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Following an introduction by Nancy James of the ECMS, Jorge will lead the entire evening’s activities, including the opening 30-minute meditation and the 5-minute closing one. Contact Nancy James, nancyjames@embarqmail.com, with questions.

Friends Need Friends: The DeFuniak Springs Friends of the Library announce their next regular membership meeting will be held at 11 a.m. at the Life Enrichment Senior Center on College Avenue in DeFuniak Springs. The Friends meet five times a year in advance of each sale and work as a group to support the local library. For further information, call 333-5537.

45 Central Artist: During the month of January, the works of Kathleen Broaderick will be displayed at 45 Central Wine Bar in Seaside. A reception will be held from 4-6 p.m.

Audubon Society: The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the NWFSC Niceville campus in room 130 of the student services building, Bldg. 400. Admission is free and open to the public. The Complex Social World of the Brown-headed Nuthatch will be presented by Jim Cox, director Stoddard Bird Lab. Call 225-252-2760 for information.

Friday, Jan. 6

First Friday Art Walk: Several South Walton art galleries host a First Friday Art Walk at 5 p.m. along 30A. On this night, galleries stay open late, usually until 8 p.m. See new artwork, meet the artists, and enjoy both refreshments and live music. Admission is free.

Cooking class: Vicki McCain presents a Soups & Such Luncheon Class featuring Ground Beef and Shrimp Stuffed Peppers from 12-1:30 p.m. at The Cuvee Catering Center, 12590 Emerald Coast Parkway Suite C in Miramar Beach. Cost $28. Call 837-0432.