Flutterby Festival at Watersound Nov. 11 – 12

The Flutterby Festival celebrates its 25th year of the migration of the Monarch Butterfly through our area with art activities, live music, theatre and dance performances, art exhibits, a butterfly parade and more.

Join in for this free, family-fun, two day event on Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12 in beautiful Watersound Origins. There will also be a 25th birthday celebration and ice cream social each afternoon. Proceeds benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County’s ‘Art For All’ Program.

The free festival will held from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day.

Watersound Origins is located at 530 Pathways Drive, Inlet Beach.

Vendor, artist and sponsorship details can be found at www.CulturalArtsAlliance.com.

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Haz-mat collection day in DeFuniak Springs and Santa Rosa Beach Nov. 4

8 a.m. – 12 Noon

Pesticides – Used Oil – Stale Gasoline – Solvents – Fertilizers – Paint – Paint Thinners – Paint Strippers – Batteries – Furniture Polish – Brake Fluid – Engine Degreasers – Anti-Freeze – Pool Chemicals – Insecticides – Spot Removers Waste tire amnesty will also be held on the same date, during the same hours and locations. Walton county residents may bring up to 12 tires per residence. No gas cylinders or explosives, please. Due to hazardous nature of certain components in home computers, the County will be accepting old computer hardware including processors, monitors, keyboards, printers, scanners, etc.

Walton County Fairgrounds – Highway 83 North (9th Avenue), DeFuniak Springs Topsail Hill Preserve State Park – 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach

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North Bay Clan of Lower Creek Muscogee Tribe Powwow Nov. 10 – 12

Join the North Bay Clan of Lower Creek Muscogee Tribe to honor our veterans at the Veteran’s Day Powwow November 10th – 12th, 2017. The event will run from 9 am to 5 pm each day and will include story telling, drumming, dancing, arts and crafts, food and more. This event is free to the public. Learn more about the Lower Creek Muscogee heritage from these proud descendants.

The village is located at 1560 Lonnie Rd. in Chipley. Primitive camping is available and includes on-site bathrooms.

Directions from I-10

Head south from I-10 Interstate at Chipley Exit about 5 miles. Turn on Lonnie road just off of Highway 77.

Directions from Panama City

Drive north on Highway 77 about 4 miles North of Wausau.

Get Driving Directions from Google Maps

For More Information call Greg or Nancy Patterson at 850-547-2065.

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Barley’s Monster Mash mountain bike race at Pine Log State Forest Oct. 28

Join in on the mountain bike fun at Barley’s Monster Mash 3-hour and 6-hour Mountain Bike Race at Pine Log State Forest. The event is presented by Hammer Down Multisport and includes a great single track race through Florida’s First established State Forest in Ebro, Florida. The 5.8 mile course runs through large stands of pine trees and palmetto’s across native vegetation and wetlands.

Camping is available on site but reservations must be made through Reserve America. Come join us for a great day of being outdoors, riding and sharing activities with your family and friends. Several Kids Activities: 1 Mile Mtn Bike Ride on the Red Trail; Pumpkin and Rock Painting; Halloween Theme Bike Decorating (Bring your own decorations); Scavenger Hunt; Skills Course for all: Bunny Hop Contest; Ride the Log, and more.

Price and ticket information can be found here.

Pine Log State Forest is located off of SR 70 at 5583-A Longleaf Road Ebro.

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Freeport celebrates veterans with ceremony and benefit jam Nov. 10 and 11

Veterans ceremony: The City of Freeport is hosting their 8th annual Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. The event will include the unveiling and dedication of the new Purple Heart Memorial.

The ceremony will be held at Freeport Veterans Memorial at Casey Park, 112 SR 20 adjacent to City Hall.

Veterans Jam: A concert to benefit the Freeport Veterans Memorial will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 11 at the Gazebo Green at Hammock Bay. Performers include Amy Blizzard, Nathan and Brittany Worthey, Artie Rodriguez, Ashton Evans, Courtney McCormick, and Danny McNeil, along with a performance by the Sophistocats. The Freeport Memorial committee is hosting the benefit.

The event is free with donations encouraged.

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Native azalea lecture in DeFuniak Springs Nov. 1

November’s edition of the Walton County Master Gardeners’ Lecture Series will be presented by Dave Gordon.  It will be held on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at the Extension Office in DeFuniak Springs at 2:00 p.m. The address is 732 N 9th Street, next to the fairgrounds.

The native azalea species of the southeastern United States have been called, by many plant authorities, the most beautiful of all our indigenous shrubs. Absolutely no other native plant group compares with the native azaleas in variety and brilliance of color and fragrance, on shrubs large and small with bloom-times from early spring to late summer.

This presentation will focus on the native species and not the Formosa variety so often seen in home landscapes. The program will present information on the various varieties and their colorful blossoms. Also, handouts will be provided regarding the specifics of how to care for the plants.

Mr. Gordon is an Okaloosa Master Gardener, Florida Master Naturalist, and retired middle school science teacher.  He lives in Fort Walton Beach and owns property in North Walton County.

The cost for this program is $5, payable at the door – cash or check only, please.  Space is limited and reservations are required. Save your place by contacting the UF/ IFAS Walton County Extension Office at 850-892-8172 or haneyc@ufl.edu by the Monday before the event. Light refreshments will be served.

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