Calendar

Feb
21
Wed
Learn about building off the grid in Santa Rosa Beach
Feb 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The Walton County Coastal Library is hosting “Winter Community Programs” on Wednesdays, Jan. – Feb. at 10 a.m. The programs are designed for our adult community and families having educational and entertaining value while learning about our community and neighbors.

February 21, 2018 – Building Off-Grid – Doug Liles

So you are thinking about building off-grid. Where do you start? Learn about regulations, permitting, panel types, tax rebates and more.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Doug received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee and his Master of Combined Sciences from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. After a successful entrepreneurial career in real estate and business development, Doug moved to the Florida Panhandle and established GSI (Good Samaritan Institute) in 2002. Doug is a member of the Translational Research Working Group and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Doug will speak on Building Off-Grid.

The event is sponsored by Friends of Coastal Library. For more information call Linda Thompson (850) 267-2809. The Coastal Library is located at 437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach behind the South Walton Government/Education Complex on HWY 331 South. Free for the public with limited seating. Program brochures will be available at the Coastal library and the schedule will be posted on the website at www.youseemore.com/walton/coastal.

Bike ride in South Walton
Feb 21 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join in on bike riding fun with the folks from Big Daddy’s Bike shop. Explore the trails in South Walton including the Point Washington State Forest. Every Wed. Call to confirm 850-622-1165
Meet at Big Daddy’s 2217 W, County Hwy. 30A, Santa Rosa Beach 32459

Feb
23
Fri
Bird life along the Emerald Coast workshop in Niceville
Feb 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Mattie M. Kelly Environmental Institute presents their latest 2018 workshop: “Bird Life Along the Emerald Coast,” with guest presenter Dr. Caroline Stahala, program manager for Audubon Florida. Through the classroom and field portions of the workshop, participants will be introduced to identifying a variety of coastal birds along with information on their behavior and conservation efforts.

The workshop will be Friday, February 23, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Robert E. Greene, Jr. Science Building (Building 350), Room 110 on the Niceville Campus.

Free Admission and open to the public.

Dr. Caroline Stahala is the program manager for Audubon Florida in the panhandle. Her objective is to implement conservation efforts for shorebirds and seabirds found along Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast. Dr. Stahala has a diverse educational background including a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of North Carolina, a Master of Science in Zoology from North Carolina State University and a doctorate from Florida State University. She has been involved in bird conservation efforts for the past 17 years.

For more information Email: mkei@nwfsc.edu, Tel: 850-729-4915.

Feb
24
Sat
Seaside Farmers Market
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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.
Location
: Seaside

Feb
28
Wed
Bike ride in South Walton
Feb 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join in on bike riding fun with the folks from Big Daddy’s Bike shop. Explore the trails in South Walton including the Point Washington State Forest. Every Wed. Call to confirm 850-622-1165
Meet at Big Daddy’s 2217 W, County Hwy. 30A, Santa Rosa Beach 32459

Mar
1
Thu
Film event urging reversal of offshore drilling plan in Santa Rosa Beach
Mar 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Shore Stories is a film series and organizing initiative that uses short documentary films to build public opposition to the Federal government’s plans to expand offshore drilling to the coast of Florida. The six short films curated by Working Films and allied organizations, highlight the growing grassroots movement building across the U.S., as well as stories from past oil and gas exploration – including the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster.

These efforts follow an announcement from the Trump administration on January 4, 2018, to expand offshore drilling to the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans, as well as the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, and off the Florida Gulf coast. Shore Stories events will be used to drive turnout and public participation during the 60-day public comment period on the proposal, which will take place through March 9, 2018. Local environmental officials from Gulf Restoration Network and Surfrider Foundation will be onhand to lead a discussion following the films.

The event will be held on Thursday, March 1 at 6 p.m. at Grayton Beer Company, 217 Serenoa Rd. Santa Rosa Beach.

Partners on this tour include: Center for Biological Diversity, Environment Florida, Florida Conservation Voters, Oceana, Gulf Restoration Network, ReThink Energy Florida, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Surfrider Foundation, and Waterkeeper Alliance. Shore Stories is a project of Working Films, a national nonprofit organization based in Wilmington, NC. Recognizing the power of stories to inspire and transform, Working Films builds partnerships between documentary filmmakers, nonprofit organizations, educators and advocates to advance social justice and environmental sustainability.

Shore Stories Films:

1.)  Protect The Atlantic – By Assateague Coastal Trust

2.) Slow Season – By John Fiege

3.) After the Spill – (Excerpt) – By Jon Bowermaster

4.) Sonic Sea – (Excerpt)  – By NRDC & Imaginary Forces, with IFAW and Diamond Docs

5.) Protecting the Atlantic – By Swell Productions for the Surfrider Foundation

6.) Wave of Opposition Against Offshore Drilling – By Oceana

The event is free. Registration and more information is available here.

Mar
3
Sat
Kayak demo day
Mar 3 @ 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.
The KAYAK EXPERIENCE
600 Hwy 98 E
Destin, FL 32541
850-837-1577

Seaside Farmers Market
Mar 3 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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.
Location
: Seaside

Haz-mat collection day in north and south Walton
Mar 3 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Walton County Board of County Commissioners is sponsoring a project to collect, recycle, treat and properly dispose of these and other household hazardous wastes on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 8 am to 2 pm.

The collection will be held at two locations:
• Walton County Fairgrounds – Highway 83 North, DeFuniak Springs
• Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach

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 at both locations.  Walton County residents may bring up to 12 tires per residence.

Be advised:
• No gas cylinders or explosives will be accepted
• Due to the hazardous nature of certain components in home computers, they will not be accepted. The County will be accepting old computer hardware including processors, monitors, keyboards, printers, scanners, etc.

Conditionally exempt small quantity generators (small business, schools, growers, etc.) will be accepted, but at a paid for rate that will be reduced from normal costs.

For more information or to schedule a drop of time, please contact the Walton County Landfill at 850-892-8180.

Americana music in the lodge at Camp Helen State Park
Mar 3 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The last of the Americana Music in the Lodge concerts will be a sweet adieu on March 3rd with the trio 2PM from South Florida. The sweetest harmonies, some of the most beautiful lyrics and instrumentation in the country will make this last concert a bitter sweet finale to the 2018 series.

Come prepared to buy CDs and merchandise from all of these performers. You will want to take a little piece of the evenings performance home with you.

Concerts start at 6:30 p.m. and the doors open at 6 pm. You will be given a number upon your arrival at the lodge and the opportunity to select your seat by placing your number on a chair. Then, feel free to roam around Camp Helen and enjoy the beauty of our park. From the view of the pristine waters of Lake Powell, one of the world’s largest barrier dune lakes, to the out buildings that create the “camp” aspect of the park and the natural beauty, even in the dead of a Florida winter, you can appreciate the wonders that make Camp Helen a very special place in the heart of the Florida Panhandle.

While the concerts are free, the Friends of Camp Helen request a donation to help with the continuance of the series and special projects that benefit the park. Refreshments will be available for a donation.

Driving Directions
Camp Helen is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach, FL, just west of the Phillips Inlet bridge on the Bay County and Walton county line. The entrance is south of U.S. Hwy 98. ::MAP::

Phone: 850–233–5059

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