UPCOMING EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT (beginning Jan. 6)

Staff Writer
Walton Sun

All area codes are 850 unless specified.

Cooking class: Vicki McCain presents a Soups & Such Luncheon Class featuring Ground Beef and Shrimp Stuffed Peppers from 12-1:30 p.m. Jan. 6 at The Cuvee Catering Center, 12590 Emerald Coast Parkway, Suite #C, in Miramar Beach. Cost $28. Call 837-0432.

• Hands on Basic Knife Skills will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 7. Bring from home your two favorite knives, preferably a short blade and longer blade knife. Cost is $65.

• Vicki McCain presents a Soups & Such Luncheon Class featuring Smoked Shrimp Bisque from 12-1:30 p.m. Jan. 10. Cost is $28.

• Girls & Grapes Wine Pairings from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 11 will sample Malbec's, warm winter reds. Cost is $28.

• Chef Jekyll's Winter Warm Up will be from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 12 to enjoy Jekyll's East Pass Crab Soup, Poached Salmon and Temptation Island Cookies. Seating is limited. Cost $45.

• Local Fish Basics I features purchasing, prepping and cooking three popular local fish — red snapper, black grouper and mahi mahi from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 17. Cost is $55.

• New Orleans Comfort Food features winter comfort foods from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 18, including Fresh Collard Greens, Pork Steaks, Cajun Roux Peas and Vidalia Onion Pie. Cost is $45.

• Local Fish Basics II works with tuna, tilefish or snapper and salmon from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 24. Cost is $58.

• Cooking Basics: Seared and Sauced will be held from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 26. Cost is $48.

• Vicki McCain presents a Soups & Such Luncheon Class featuring Chicken & Eggplant Pasta Sauce from 12-1:30 p.m. Jan. 27. Cost is $28.

• Warm Winter Flavors from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 30 features Spinach, Mandarin Orange and Shaved Onion Salad; Braised Bone In Chicken Thighs; Herbed & Roasted Pecan Basmati Pilaf; and a Rustic Apple Tart. Cost is $5.

Concessionaire to provide services: The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service has released a call for business plans seeking a concessionaire at Camp Helen State Park in Panama City Beach. Possible services may include merchandise sales, recreational equipment rentals, food and beverage services and event management. A mandatory on-site meeting begins at 9 a.m. Jan. 10. Proposals must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. Feb. 1. To register for the mandatory meeting or to submit questions in advance, please email Duncan.Graham@dep.state.fl.us no later than 5 p.m. CST on Jan. 9.

45 Central Artist: During the month of January, the works of Kathleen Broaderick will be displayed at 45 Central Wine Bar in Seaside.

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

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society: Malcolm Mark Swan leads a northern excursion in search of waterfowl, raptors, Winter Wren, Rusty Blackbird and sparrows such as the Dark-eyed Junco around Hurricane and Karick Lakes in the Blackwater River State Forest on Jan. 14. Meet at the Armament Museum parking lot at 7 a.m. or the Crestview Whataburger south of I-10 off Hwy. 85 at 7:30. Dress for cold weather and bring water, snacks and binoculars. For more information, call 210-343-9082.

• Jan. 28: Join wildlife photographer Walter Spence for a walk through Valparaiso and Lincoln Park searching for a variety of aquatic and upland species of birds. Meet at the Mattress Depot in Bayou Plaza in western Niceville at 8 a.m. Bring binoculars and cameras. For more information, call 582-7064.

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. Feb. 2, the first Thursday of each month.

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 Sunday 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.