Cobia World Championships
Mar 18 @ 5:00 am – May 9 @ 6:00 pm

Harbor Docks in Destin is hosting their annual Cobia World Championships March 18 – May 9, 2016. Click here to register.

Historical tour and hike of Coffeen Nature Preserve
May 4 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) of Northwest Florida State College announces the spring session of its award winning eco-tourism initiative, Discover Roads Less Traveled: Eco-Adventures of Walton County.

Led by local experts and professional naturalists, Discover Roads Less Traveled offers visitors and local residents opportunities to explore, discover and experience the diverse natural resources that make Walton County so unique.

The eco-adventure schedule offers a range of activities for both tourists and locals alike. For more information about the 2016 spring eco-adventure schedule, including individual tour descriptions, please visit and click the “Eco-Tours” link. Registration is available by phone at 850-200-4160, or walk-in at the South Walton Campus of Northwest Florida State College, 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.

Explore the Coffeen Nature Preserve and its history of World War II missile testing. The 220-acre Nature Preserve is owned by the Coffeen Land Trust, a local environmental non-profit organization dedicated to preserving it “as a place of peace and quiet and a haven for all God’s creatures.” Its history however is far from quiet. It was used as a secret missile test site by the Army Air Force during World War II. Hundreds of JB-2 “Buzz Bombs,” (the first pilotless, jet propelled missiles) were launched from the dunes into the Gulf of Mexico.

Join Susan Paladini, the Resident Manager, and explore the site where America’s strategic missile program began. You will view the original military photographs inside the “mess hall” and learn about the generous gift of the founder, the late Dorothy Coffeen.

This will be followed by a hike of approximately 1½ miles around the property, which will include walking along two original missile launch ramps, stepping down into concrete launch bunkers and viewing other military buildings. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Preserve and Fuller Lake. This is the most western of Walton County’s globally rare and imperiled coastal dune lakes.

Participants are encouraged to wear a hat, sunscreen and insect repellant and to bring bottled water. Closed-toed or other suitable walking shoes are a must.

Space is limited to 16 participants. Minimum of 2 required.

Location: Coffeen Nature Preserve, Santa Rosa Beach

Fee: $20

Course ID# XCE 6201

Hydrangea growing lecture in Grayton Beach
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Hydrangeas are the perfect shrub for the southern garden.  There are many cultivars and varieties you may not know.  Find out what they are and how to grow them.  Let’s move beyond the mopheads and consider these new types.

Andrea Schnapp, Walton County Master Gardener, will describe the care and feeding of hydrangeas, plus how and where to choose the “new plants on the block.” This event will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at the UF/IFAS Walton Extension Coastal Branch.  It is located at 70 Logan Lane (runs west off CR 283 just north of the 4-way stop) in Grayton Beach.  The program will be at 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Americana music under the stars at Topsail
May 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is hosting a musical event on Thursdays. Americana Under the Stars, a new weekly concert series will showcase singer/songwriters from across the country.

Admission to the park is free and there is a suggested $5 donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Enter through the main park entrance off of 30-A and park in the day use parking area, from there it is a short hike down to the amphitheater. Bring a chair, your favorite beverage and enjoy some music in the park. This is family/ pet friendly and fun for all ages.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society showing coastal dune lake film
May 5 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will host a showing of a short film on Florida’s Coastal Dune Lakes on the Northwest Florida State College campus on Thursday May 5, 2016. Award winning filmmaker, Elam Stoltzfus, has provided a stunning view of the scenery, ecology, and importance of 15 lakes that are extraordinary features of the panhandle’s coast. While the lakes are not unique, similar systems are found in only a few other places around the world.

Professor Jon Bryan, chair of the Science Department, will be on hand to discuss the lakes’ geology. Ms. Brandy Foley of the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance will describe the pivotal role that CBA has taken in ensuring the preservation of the lakes’ ecological integrity.

The meeting will be held at the College Science Bldg (350) room 110 with socializing at 6:30 p.m. and the program at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Contact Dr. Don Baltz for more information at 225 252-2760, or email Don at [email protected].

Professional Firefighters of Walton County Local 4413 hosting benefit golf tournament
May 6 @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Come join the Professional Firefighters of Walton County Local 4413 at its Annual Autism Awareness Golf Tournament. The tournament will begin at 1:30 pm sharp on Friday May 6, 2016 at the Blackstone Golf Course in Mossy Head.

The event will showcase Autism Awareness for the month of April with all proceeds going to the ARC of Walton County. Entry fees of $75 per person will be necessary to play. Teams will be paired in four person groups playing for best ball. Door prizes will be given and raffle tickets sold for additional prizes.

Donations and sponsorships for each hole on the golf course are still being accepted at $100, if anyone would like to donate funds. Come join Local 4413 and show your support, which could effectively change a child’s life. Local 4413 would like to thank the community for all its continued support. If you have any further questions, please feel free to call our Fundraising Coordinator Mr. Tom Palmer at (850)-419-3390 or email [email protected]

Seaside Farmers Market
May 7 @ 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
May 7 @ 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

Lionfish tournament in Destin
May 7 @ 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Discovery Dive World is hosting their annual Lionfish Derby on Sat., May 7. Co-Hosted by charter Under Pressure, weigh-ins will be at Legendary Marina in Destin. Dinner buffet will be available after at Lulu’s (right down the dock).

$1,000 Cash Prize to the team winner in four (4) categories: Team, Individual, Active Duty, Biggest Lionfish. Random drawings for prizes to every shooter that harvests at least one Lionfish for weigh-in.

Entry Fee: $25. The first 20 to enter will receive a $35 Lionfish Pole Spear and a tournament T-shirt (T-shirt entry deadline is April 15).

Mandatory Captains Meeting: Fri, May 6, 6:00 pm at Discovery Dive World, 92 S. John Sims Pkwy, Valparaiso, FL 32580. Tel.: 850-678-5001.

Print your Entry Form. Or you may register online, Call (850) 678-5001, or stop by Discovery Dive World. Print your Lionfish Derby Overview Rules. Bonus: Make Your Own Lionfish Keeper (cheap!)


Growing roses lecture in DeFuniak Springs
May 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The Walton County Master Gardeners continue their Great American Garden Lecture Series on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.  The program will be held from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Walton Extension Office located at 732 N 9th Street in DeFuniak Springs, next to the fairgrounds.

Most roses are not suited for the north Florida climate due to disease pressure, heat and humidity. Only a handful of roses thrive in this area, particularly the old Tea and China roses from the 19th Century and some newer disease resistant shrub roses. These roses have enough disease resistance to grow in our climate without regular spraying. You will learn which varieties to plant and how to grow your roses into a successful garden.  Matt Orwat, Horticulture Agent from Washington County, will speak about his favorites and how to purchase roses for your garden.

These lectures are free and open to the public, however seating is limited, and reservations are required.  Please contact Cheryl at 850-892-8172 or [email protected] by the Monday before to save your seat.  Light refreshments will be served and Master Gardeners will be on hand to take gardening questions.  This is a service of University of Florida/IFAS Extension and Master Gardeners.  Soil testing supplies and instruction will be available.  Master Gardeners are on duty at this location Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM until noon.  Stop by or give us a call 850-892-8172.

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