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CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT March 14

Staff Writer
Walton Sun
Walton Sun

All area codes are 850 unless specified.

Audubon Bird Walks: Join leader Bruce Purdy, 305-926-6030, to scope out various spots along the Choctawhatchee Bay for birds March 14 at Destin Parks on Destin’s North Shore. Meet at 7:30 am in the parking lot of CVS at Hwy. 98 and Main St. You should bring binoculars and/or camera, water, and sunscreen. Wear closed-toed shoes, long pants, and a hat.

Join leaders Alan Knothe, 850-208-1780, and Malcolm Swan 210-452-4899, March 28 to look for ducks, waders, hawks, and migrants at Wright Landfill and Okaloosa Holding Ponds. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Pepitos Resturant, 1313 Lewis Turner Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach, Bring binoculars and/or camera, water, and sunscreen. Wear closed-toed shoes, long pants, and a hat.

St. Patty's Day Delight-Paint the Village Green: Celebrate the Luck of the Irish at The Village of Baytowne Wharf from 6-9 p.m. March 17 featuring Carpenter Academy of Irish Dance and live music from The Blenders.

St. Paddy's Day Party: This year, North Beach Tortilla Co. joins The Bay to host the sixth annual St. Patrick's Day party March 17. The party will feature Irish specialties like Surfin' Murphy's Corned Beef and live music from 1-8:30 p.m. at both locations. The Bay will have Sugarcane Jane playing from 1-4 p.m. and The Will Thompson Band from 5:30-8:30 p.m. NBTC will feature The Courtyard Saints (duo) from 1-4 p.m. and Sugarcane Jane from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Come dressed in Irish garb and don't hold back your creativity Farm & Fire Southern Pizzeria (above NBTC) will be opening at 3:00 p.m. that day and will have green beer, drink specials, and Surfin' Murphy's Corned Beef as well. three locations, one celebration.

St. Patrick’s Day Rooftop Celebration: Wear your best green accessory and join Havana Rooftop Lounge in Rosemary Beach for a special St. Patrick’s Day celebration and menu March 17, complete with themed cocktails and Havana Beach’s twist on classic Irish food. This event is 21-plus and weather permitting.

FPRA: The next professional development luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 17 at Fudpuckers Beachside Bar & Grill in Destin. Program is “Quiet Professionals and Public Affairs: Maintaining a balance between transparency and operational security in special operations.” The cost is $15/students and members and $25/non-members. Pre-registration encouraged at www.nwfcoastFPRA.org. Prices will increase $5 on the day of the event.

Wednesday Night Concert Series: Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with The Shakedown at 7 p.m. March 18 in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf.

March 25: Forrest Williams Band

April 1: Emerald Coast Blues Brothers

April 8: TBA

April 15: Tusk

April 22: TBA

April 29: Satisfaction

May 6: The Good Lookings

May 13: Casey Kearney

May 20: The Blenders

May 27: Chris Alvarado

Alys Beach Spring Reels: Bring blankets and low back chairs to enjoy the film "Finding Dory" under the stars at 7:30 p.m. March 18 at the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Henry’s Pizza Truck will be available for food and beverage. Free and open to the public.

• March 25: The Lorax

• April 1: Moana

• April 8: Alice in Wonderland

Thursday Night Live: There's a new, fun beach party night in town and North Beach Tortilla Co., 24200 Hwy. 331 South in Santa Rosa Beach, is the host. Every Thursday night from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., NBTC will welcome new artists to the beach to play live music for Thursday Night Live. Catalyst Duo will perform March 19 and Casey Kearney on March 26. Bring the whole family to hang on the beach, play beach games and enjoy food and drinks.

Alys Beach Spring Concerts: Bring a blanket or chair to the Alys Beach Amphitheater and enjoy the night with Lucky Strike Retros from 6-8 p.m. March 19. Food and beverage available for purchase at Henry’s Pizza Truck.

• March 26: The Scratchtones

• April 2: Luke Langford Band

NWFL Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club: Northwest Florida Retired Officers' Wives' Club luncheon begins at 10:30 a.m. March 19 at Two Trees Restaurant at FWB Golf Course, 1955 Lewis Turner Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach. Program will be a Fashion Show from the Eglin BX. Cost is $15. Wives of retired officers from all services are welcome. RSVP for lunch at NWFloridaROWC@gmail.com.

Art in the Park: Welcome to the 15th annual Art in the Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 22 at WaterColor Cerulean Park and Town Center. The open-air art festival lets visitors and locals spend the day exploring a wide spectrum of art, enjoying live music, socializing over a fun beverage and bite to eat, or just relaxing in the park.

Sunday Cinema: Grab a lawn chair or blanket and cozy up on the Events Plaza Lawn at Baytowne Wharf for “Moana” at 7:15 p.m. March 22.

March 29: Toy Story 4

April 5: Ralph Breaks the Internet

May 17: Monsters University

May 31: Frozen 2

LIVE@TheREP: My One And Only, Kassie and Benjamin, meld old-school country, singer-songwriter, and alternative folk-rock into a sound that can only be described as “Southern-Soul and Curious-Grit” at 7:30 p.m. March 26 at The REP. Tickets: $30 and $24 for REP Members.

Sofia Talvik: A rare artist with a voice comparable to giants like Joni Mitchell performs at 7:30 p.m. April 5 at The REP. Tickets: $30 and $24 for REP Members.

Broadway shows at MKAC: The Mattie Kelly Arts Center presents The Choir of Man March 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $37. It’s a party. It’s a concert. It’s a pint-filled good time set in a real working pub that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance and live percussion with foot-stomping choreography.

• The SpongeBob Musical: May 8 at 7 p.m. Tickets $49. Broadway’s best creative minds re-imagine and bring to life the beloved Nickelodeon series with humor, heart and pure theatricality in “a party for the eyes and ears.” (Daily Beast).

Sand & Starlight Supper Club: Join the Seaside School Foundation for the Second Annual Sand & Starlight Supper Club from 5:30 to 10 p.m. March 27 at Bud & Alley’s Restaurant. The evening begins with cocktail hour in the sand, followed by a multi-course meal and special musical entertainment curated by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County. The musical experience and ambiance will be like no other, featuring the charming and unpredictable Amy LaVere, and American country music legend, Wynonna Judd.

CVHN Party: Children’s Volunteer Health Network is hosting their first event in Okaloosa County, “Totally Awesome 80s Prom,” at 7 p.m. March 27 at Shoreline Church in Destin. Tickets for the adult-themed party include beer, wine and tasty desserts from local eateries and contests like best dressed and best dance moves. A Quinn Erwin Pop-Up band will close out the night with all the best tunes from the 80s. Tickets are $50/person or $75/couple and available through Eventbrite.

Cocktails & Canvases: Grab your apron, invite your friends and join The Gathering Spot in WaterColor for a fun night of painting and sipping from 7-9 p.m. March 27. Hone your artistic skills with an instructor-led class and your very own masterpiece on canvas. Open to the public. Cost $65 per person includes art instruction and supplies, one complimentary welcome champagne and one additional alcoholic beverage, plus light fare. Reservations required at 534-5028.

Emerald Ball: The Sacred Heart Foundation’s Second Annual Emerald Ball is March 28 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. The black-tie gala, presented by Howard Group, will benefit the expansion of the cardiac and spine programs at Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital Emerald Coast. Guests are encouraged to wear shades of emerald for the elegant event. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner, dancing and entertainment by Mr. Big and the Rhythm Sisters, a wine and bourbon pull and a photo booth. Individual tickets are available for $150 and include reserved seating, dinner and two drink tickets. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.sacredheartemeraldball.com

Vettes at the Village: Vettes at the Village returns from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 28 to the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Area corvette clubs bring "America's Sports Car" to the Events Plaza. Event is free.

Biophilia Easter Egg Hunt: Come meet the Easter Bunny and participate in age-divided egg hunts from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 28 at E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center in Freeport. Participate in Egg Olympics games, interact with live animals and get your face painted. Cost is $10/child and registration required at www.eowilsoncenter.org.

Dine & Wine: Help kick off the 14th annual Chi Chi Miguel Throwdown Weekend with a wine dinner at 7:30 p.m. April 2 at Bijoux Restaurant in Miramar Beach. Featured will be the wines of Amizetta. Event benefits Sinfonia Gulf Coast. Tickets are $225 at http://www.chichimiguel.com/wine-dine.

Oyster Gardening 2020: Attend a Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance workshop to find out more about their program and how oysters improve the water in the bay. Workshops are from 10 a.m. to noon April 4 in Niceville, April 18 in Fort Walton Beach and May 2 in South Walton. Email jeana1@nwfsc.edu to sign up.

Golf Tournament: Food For Thought will return to the Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club April 9 for their Ninth Annual Charity Golf Tournament. Festivities will begin at 10:30 a.m. with light food, refreshments and check-in/registration, followed by a noon shotgun start. An awards ceremony and after party follows at the clubhouse of the Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club. All proceeds support the work of fighting childhood hunger in Walton and Okaloosa Counties. For registration options, visithttps://fftfl.org/.

Good Friday Sunset Concert: Bring blankets and low-back chairs for the Good Friday Concert featuring the Gulf Coast Gospel Choir from 6-8 p.m. April 10 at the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Pescado Offers Easter Brunch: Pescado in Rosemary Beach is offering an Easter Brunch April 12, Easter Sunday. All ages are welcome and guests over 21 years old will enjoy a welcome mimosa or bloody mary. A buffet will be prepared by Chef Ken Duenas and sushi will be provided by Chef James Sargent of Shaka Sushi and Noodle Bar. The cost is $70 per person and $30 for children 10 years old and younger. A 7% tax and 20% gratuity will be added to each bill. Pescado will have two seatings available, one at 10 a.m. and one at 12:30 p.m. Call 213-4600 to make your reservation.

Vue on 30a Golf and Beach Club: Easter brunch is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 12 at Vue on 30a, 4801 W. County Highway 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. It will include a carving station with pecan and pistachio crusted lamb, as well as rack and prime rib. There will also be cold and hot sides, and assorted desserts.

Cost is $49.95 for the public, $39.95 for members, $15.95 for children ages 4-12, and free for children age 3 and younger. Call 267-2305 to make a reservation.

Mattie Kelly Arts Center: Stars of Tomorrow/An Evening at the Opera will be April 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25/adult, $16/youth. The NFSO season finale will open with performances from the winners of the 33rd Annual Concerto Competition. The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale will then join the orchestra performing opera choruses from popular operas. Maestro David Hoose will be the guest conductor for this show.

Downtown Arts Night: More than 30 artists, artisans and craftsmen, food vendors and plenty of great music returns from 4-8 p.m. April 25 to the streets of Historic Downtown Baldwin Avenue.

Fly Fishing Film Tour: Shoreline Church will host the Fly Fishing Film Tour for the third year in a row from 6-9 p.m. May 1 at 140 Palmetto Street. They are teaming up with BOTE Boards and the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance to bring an evening of fly fishing and raffles while watching the film on the largest LED screen in Destin. Tickets are $25/advance and $30/at door. Tickets can be purchased at https://flyfilmtour.myeventscenter.com/event/Destin-Fl-36911? or in person at all BOTE locations in Fort Walton Beach, Destin, or Seaside; Orvis at Grand Boulevard; and Old Florida Outfitters in Watercolor. For information, email info@shorelinechurch.net.

Sinfonia Gulf Coast: The main season will come to a cinematic finale at the Emerald Coast Convention Center with “Jurassic Park in Concert” at 7:30 p.m. May 16. Experience it projected in HD with Sinfonia Gulf Coast performing John Williams’ iconic score live to picture. Purchase tickets at http://www.sinfoniagulfcoast.org/web/events.aspx.

May 24: The season comes to an official close with Sinfonia Goes Pops!, presented al fresco on the amphitheater lawn at Alys Beach at 7:30 p.m. This patriotic, family-friendly concert is free and open to the public and concludes with a festive firework display.

Concussion Management Seminar: Sacred Heart Rehabilitation will host a free comprehensive, evidence-based discussion on symptoms, prolonged effects and treatment options for the management of concussions from 11 a.m. to noon May 17 at Sacred Heart Rehabilitation at the Market Shops, 9375 Emerald Coast Parkway West - Unit 1 in Miramar Beach. To register, go online to healthcare.ascension.org/Events or call 278-3600.

RECURRING EVENTS

Preschool Story Hour Class: Walton County Coastal Branch Library Preschool Story Hour meets every Thursday at 10 a.m. with stories, sing-along songs, and crafts. Topsail State Park Rangers present “Read with a Ranger” story time with books about beaches, shores and state park on the first Thursday of each month. Visit the Library to pick up your reading log, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, for sticker rewards. Parents and caregivers with a heart for reading aloud to primary age children with a desire to participate are welcome volunteers. No registration is required.

Dungeons & Dragons Club: Walton County Coastal Branch Library Dungeons & Dragons Club for Middle School grades 5-8 meet on Fridays from 3-4 p.m. in the community room of the library. Learn to play the world's greatest role play game. Beginners welcome. This club is hosted by the library and managed by middle school students after school. No registration needed.

Tail Waggin’ Tutors: Walton County Coastal Branch Library hosts “Tail Waggin’ Tutors” reading program for children on Wednesdays from 3-4 p.m. in the children’s area of the library. Readers of all ages can read to Therapy Dog International (TDI) certified dogs with their handlers for study time, homework or fun. Children are able to read in a comfortable setting with a non-judgmental listener plus make new canine friends. Duffy, Sydney, and Buster Brown are looking forward to all fellow readers visiting the library. Pick out your favorite stories and read along. TDI is a volunteer organization dedicated to regulating, testing and registration of therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers for the purpose of visiting nursing homes, hospitals and libraries.

Third Thursday Wine Walk: Join the Gulf Place Merchants for a South Walton tradition at 5 p.m. every third Thursday of the month. Tickets are $20 and include samplings of hand-selected wines, light appetizers, live music and giveaways. Check in at 5 p.m. at the stage to receive a complimentary glass and walkabout map.

Family Fun Fest: Join in the free fun Friday nights for Family Fun Fest from 6-10 p.m. at Seascape Towne Centre, located near Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach. Event features live music performances, food and drink specials and kid-friendly activities, including face painting and a live magic show.

Library Skills Class for Kids: The Walton County Coastal Library will host Library Skills Class for Kids from 11 a.m. to noon the second Thursday of each month. Parents are welcome to participate. The intention is to provide students the opportunity to develop skills in reading, oral communication, thinking and reasoning, ability to search out information using reference material and to develop basic library skills. No registration needed.

Peer to Peer Support Group: Mental Health Association of Okaloosa and Walton Counties is sponsoring a Peer to Peer Support Group every Thursday at Santa Rosa Beach Community Church, Room 206, 3524 US Hwy 98, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Whether you want to learn new life skills or better understand Mental Health Recovery, you will find support here. The group is open to adults (18+), free to participate, confidential, and guided by trained peer facilitators. For more information, call the Mental Health Association in Fort Walton Beach at 244-1040.

Dungeons and Dragons Club: Walton County Coastal Branch Library will host the club Fridays from 3:30-5 p.m. for ages ninth grade to 25. Pre-register at the Coastal Library or post on the Friends of Coastal Library Facebook D&D Club. Each meeting will be set in a rich fantasy world that will be developed and expanded upon by the choices you make while playing. This is a pen and paper role playing game where players will have to investigate mysteries, solve puzzles and defeat a goblin or two. All materials will be provided. For more information, call 267-2809.

Tai Chi Tuesday: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park will host Tai Chi Tuesday the third Tuesday of each month. Seated Tai Chi is 8:30-9:15 a.m. and Standing Tai Chi is 9:30-10:15 a.m. Class fee is $13 and does not include park admission. Call the park store at 267-8333 for more information.

Good Grief luncheons: An Emerald Coast Hospice lunch is open to anyone who has experienced a loss and is looking for some support and company through the grieving process. We encourage attendees to also bring a friend or family member. Everyone orders off the menu and pays for his or her own lunch. To RSVP, call 837-2589. Third Monday lunch is at Olive Garden Destin and third Tuesday lunch is at Applebee’s Miramar Beach, 8670 Hwy. 98 West.

Healing Walking Group: The Emerald Coast Hospice walking group is open to bereaved individuals who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life. Walk and talk, at a relaxed pace, with others who are grieving and share ideas, comfort and companionship from 9-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays in Miramar Beach and Thursdays in Destin. RSVP at 837-2589Turtle Talk Tuesdays: While enjoying coffee, tea, and sweet treats, a South Walton Turtle Watch volunteer will talk about sea turtles from 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays at Amavida Coffee, 104 North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. Ask questions and get information, stickers, and sometimes see preserved specimens.

Family Challenge: Check in at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park camp store between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays for the challenge package. When completed, return to camp store for a treat.

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. Local musician Mike Whitty and Friends will get together in the garden for a jam session. All local musicians are invited to come and join in. Happy Hour is from 7-9 p.m.

Parkinson’s Caregiver Support Group: Caregivers of persons suffering with Parkinson’s disease are invited to attend the Parkinson’s caregiver support group meeting hosted by Somerby Senior Living and Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Sept. 10 at Somerby Senior Living, 164 West Hewett Road in Santa Rosa Beach. The group will meet the second Tuesday of each month. Refreshments are provided. For more information, call 660-6037 or 278-3770.

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.

45 Central Wine Bar: Enjoy live music with Tropic Breeze from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays in Santa Rosa Beach.

30A Farmers’ Market: Walk through the park like setting with shade trees, a fountain, cobblestone walkways and visit friendly farmers and bakers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Seascape Resort Towne Centre in Miramar Beach.

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.

Seaside Farmers Market: Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.

Vintage Market: New in Santa Rosa Beach is the Vintage Market at Elmore’s Landing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday. Check out various artists and unique vintage finds along with food and produce.