Teen retreat at Camp Timpoochee
Feb 24 @ 5:30 pm – Feb 26 @ 5:00 pm

The University of Florida IFAS Extension 4-H offices are hosting a teen retreat at Camp Timpoochee Feb. 24-26, 2017.

If you are interested in meeting other 4-H teens across northwest Florida, love to camp, an would like to be prepared for state events like 4-H Legislature or 4-H U, or college scholarships, this Teen Retreat is tailor made for you. Last year, a committee of youth and adults put together a weekend event to help teens grow their leadership, communication and workforce skills.

WHO: Teens ages 13-18 in the Northwest District of Florida (4-H Districts I, II & III)
WHAT: A fun weekend retreat with your peers
WHEN: February 24-26, 2017
WHERE: Camp Timpoochee, Niceville, FL
HOW: Workshops and fun shops will be planned and taught by youth committee members. Everyone will also participate in a service project.  Participants will be expected to bring what they learn back to their county council and organize a similar service project April 28-30.

Registration is open via 4HOnline.  The cost is $75/person thanks to corporate donations from State Farm and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida.  Participate in our Teen Retreat T-shirt Design Contest and you could win a $50.00 scholarship for this event. Check with your local UF IFAS Extension Office to inquire about any additional scholarships that may be available.  Once you complete your registration online, submit your payment to your local UF IFAS Extension Office.

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Tomatoes in the spring garden lecture in Chipley
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Washington County UF/IFAS Extension office will be hosting a tomato growing lecture for the spring garden on Saturday, Feb. from 10 a.m. – 12 Noon. The event will be held at Orange Hill Express Store 982 Orange Hill Rd, Chipley

• Best Tomato Gardening Practices
• Tips for Cooking with Tomatoes
• Raised Bed Gardening: Tomatoes and Beyond

Refreshments Sponsored By Orange Hill Express of Chipley. There will be on-site demonstrations, hand outs and door prizes.

For Pre-Registration: Contact UF / IFAS Extension Washington County at 850-638-6180 or [email protected] or Orange Hill Express at 850-638-9505.

Mardi Gras Dog Parade at Village of Baytowne Wharf
Feb 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cost: FREE

Mardi Gras is a fun time for everyone at the Village of Baytowne Wharf, that includes your furry canine friends. This year join us for a unique parade dedicated just to dogs.

This year’s theme is Canines & Comics! Celebrate a man’s best friend with some of the best canine comic book characters, like Krypto and the Man of Steel, and Ace the Bat-Hound and Batman.
Register Here

Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Parade at Village of Baytowne Wharf
Feb 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Cost: FREE

Prepare to let your hair down on what many call the most festive day of the year, Fat Tuesday. “Laissez les bon temps rouler” (let the good times roll) with the Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Parade. Unique and colorful floats, golf carts, and pick-up trucks roll down the streets. Dress in your Mardi Gras best, and shower parade-goers with a barrage of beads, moon-pies, and other trinkets. The post-parade celebration continues into the night with street performers, “throws” tossed from balconies on Main St, and parties at various Village merchants.
Register Here

Learn about Walton’s artificial reefs in Grayton Beach
Mar 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

South Walton Artificial Reef Association will present a program on their progress of installing reefs just offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. We are not talking about taking barges of wrecked cars and washing machines to dump there. These reefs are scientifically designed and eco-friendly manmade structures which grow plant life and attract fish. Hear about the plans for the future and how scuba divers and snorkelers will delight in the new areas in which enjoy nature. See beautiful scenes of underwater life which exist right under our noses! SWARA personnel Andy McAlexander, Jim Richard and Walt Hartley will share their enthusiastic journey thus far.

The program will be held at the UF/IFAS Walton Extension Coastal Branch at 70 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach. The cost of the program is $5 (payable at the door) which includes instructional handouts and light refreshments. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

Contact Cheryl at 850-892-8172 or [email protected] to save your seat by the Monday before.

Master Gardeners will be on hand to take gardening questions. Soil analysis instruction and supplies will be available for $8 including shipping to the University of Florida for testing. MGs are at this location every Wednesday from 9:00 AM until noon.

Seaside School Fundraiser, Marathon and 5K run
Mar 3 @ 7:00 am – Mar 5 @ 1:00 pm

Get ready, set and race to help support the Seaside School. The three-day race weekend includes Taste of the Race pre-party on Friday, the Seaside School Race Expo on Saturday and culminates with the 15th annual Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K Run on Sunday.

Taste of the Race presented by Chef Emeril Lagasse and Visit South Walton on Friday, March 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Seaside’s Lyceum Hall. Participants can pick up packets enjoy cuisine from some of the Gulf Coast’s top chefs, fine wines, craft beer and spirits, listen to live music and get a sneak peak at the silent auction.

Festivities continue on Saturday, March 4 with the Seaside School Race Expo from noon to 6 p.m. on the Seaside Lyceum lawn, where guests can pick up race registration, browse a vendor expo and bid in a silent auction.

The Seaside School Half Marathon race, presented by Vera Bradley, begins at the Seaside Post Office on Sunday, March 5 at 7 a.m. and the 5K Run at 7:25 a.m. Silent auction bidding will remain open up until 11:30 a.m. All finishers receive a designer Vera Bradley tote. Half marathoners receive custom finisher’s medallion, and both races provide a moisture-wicking race shirt, and coveted goody bag.

Tickets to Taste of the Race are $300 for VIP admission, which opens at 6 p.m. and $99 for general admission from 7 to 9 p.m. Race registration is $125 for the Half Marathon and $95 for the 5K. Additional online registration fees may apply. Space is limited; advance registration for both races is required.

Registration for the Half Marathon or 5K race does not include entry into the Taste of the Race with Chef Emeril Lagasse nor does registration for the Taste of the Race include entry into the Half Marathon or 5K race.

For tickets to Taste of the Race or to register for the Seaside School Half Marathon and 5K Run, visit

Emerald Coast Boat and Lifestyle Show Mar. 3-5 in Panama City Beach
Mar 3 @ 10:00 am – Mar 5 @ 5:45 pm

Emerald Coast Boat and Lifestyle Show Mar. 3-5 in Panama City Beach

This land based show will feature boat displays from all major manufacturers and the top dealers representing the latest in boats, high tech engines, electronics and marine accessories. Boats ranging from entry level bow riders and center consoles all the way up to the next generation 42′ center consoles with quad outboards that have become so popular. The event also features paddleboards and fishing kayaks, to outdoor kitchens, diving, active wear and beach cruising bicycles.

Show Dates & Time:

March 3, Friday – 10 am to 6 pm “Locals Day”
March 4, Saturday – 10 am to 6 pm “Ladies Day”
March 5, Sunday – 10 am to 5 pm “Military Appreciation Day”

Ticket Prices:
Adults – $10
2 Day Pass – $15
Kids (12 and under) – Free
Military (active and retired) – $5 entry each day with ID
Locals Day (Friday) – $5 entry with local ID
Ladies Day (Saturday) – Ladies $5 entry
For more information, go to
The show will be held at Aaron Bessant Park adjacent to Pier Park, Panama City Beach, FL

Seaside Farmers Market
Mar 4 @ 3:00 am – 7:00 am

Come and reap the benefits of purchasing locally grown food as local farmers and vendors offer their wares. Fresh eggs, vegetables and fruit, honey, breads, cookies, cheeses, milk, organic chickens and broth, handmade jewelry, soaps and more. Buying locally grown food benefits you and our community.
: Seaside

Kayak demo day
Mar 4 @ 5:00 am – 10:15 am

Kayak demo day at Kayak Experience first Sat. of month every month.
From 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thinking about purchasing a kayak but not sure which one is the best fit? The Kayak Experience offers demos the first Saturday of each month.
600 Hwy 98 E
Destin, FL 32541

Hazmat collection in north and south Walton
Mar 4 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Walton Board of County Commissioners is sponsoring a project to collect, recycle, treat and properly dispose of these and other household hazardous wastes:

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.

Collection times are from 8 a.m. to 12 Noon.

Walton County Fairgrounds, Highway 83 North (9th Avenue), DeFuniak Springs
South Walton Mosquito Control Office, County Road 393,  Santa  Rosa Beach

No gas cylinders or explosives, please.

Due to hazardous nature of certain components in home computers, they will be accepting old computer hardware including processors, monitors, keyboards, printers, scanners, etc.

Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (small businesses, schools, growers, etc.) will be accepted at a reduced rate.

For more information or to schedule a drop-off time, contact the Landfill Department at 892-8180.

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