Growing roses lecture in DeFuniak Springs May 11

masterlogoThe Great American Lecture Series – Easy Care Roses for the Lower South

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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Movie night at the Lakeyard in DeFuniak Springs May 13

toothlessThe Special Events Committee of the City of DeFuniak Springs will sponsor May Movie Night on Friday evening, May 13, 2016, at the amphitheatre in the Lakeyard on Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs. The event will be from  7:30 – 10 p.m.

The featured film will be How To Train Your Dragon, the Dreamworks production released in 2010 to rave reviews, huge audiences and multiple award nominations. This PG-rated, American produced film is a 3D animated action film featuring the well known actors, Gerard Butler and America Ferrera, along with a host of delightful dragons and Vikings. They all live in a mythical Viking world where dragons are real and life is fantastic – literally!

The film will be shown free of charge on the big screen beginning at around sunset. Everyone is invited to come downtown early to enjoy the beauty of Lake DeFuniak and partake of excellent street food fare provided by Neighbors Kitchen. There will be a drawing for special prizes and chances to win will be given with each food purchase.

The amphitheatre has recently been outfitted with new seating and attendees will enjoy the added comfort. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the community center on N. Tenth Street – same date, same time, same movie, same fun!

As always, this event is provided free of charge through the efforts of the City of DeFuniak Springs and the Special Events Committee. For further information, contact city hall at 850-892-8500.

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Walton County hosting fixed price sale at County Landfill May 14

walton-county-logoIn an effort to rid the county of surplus items and free up space in county facilities, Walton County will be hosting a fixed price yard sale on Saturday, May 14th, from 7 am to 11 am at the County Landfill located north of DeFuniak Springs off Highway 83 North.

The fixed price sale will include furniture, computers, monitors, collectibles, antiques, beach equipment, sporting goods, tools and construction items and much more.

Items that will be sold at the yard sale include items that the county has surplused that are no longer used or needed by the County, as well as items that are collected through the County’s recycling program at the landfill.

The landfill gates will open at 6:30 am to facilitate parking, however entrance to the sale will not be allowed until 7 am.

The following rules will be in place for this event:

  • The County will not be holding a pre-sale viewing.
    • Items must be paid for with Cash or local check.
    • All items will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.
    • All items are priced as marked and will not be negotiated.
    • All items are purchased as is and contain no County liability or warranty.
    • All purchased items must be removed from the grounds following purchase. (Assistance with loading will be provided)
    • All sales will be final.
    • All items must be paid for at time of sale and cannot be held.
    • Stockpiling of merchandise will not be permitted.

In addition to the County’s ongoing public auction program, these fixed price sales give the County an additional to opportunity to offer their surplus items to the public for purchase.

If you should have any questions, please contact the County’s Public Information Department at 850-951-7101.

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Choctawhatchee Audubon Society showing coastal dune lake film May 5

CAScolorlogoThe 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].

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Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach May 13, 14 15

digitalgraffitiDigital Graffiti at Alys Beach is a one-of-a-kind projection art festival where artists use the latest digital technologies to project their original works onto the iconic white walls of Alys Beach.

Sometimes referred to as “Photon Bombing,” “Guerilla Projection” or “Urban Projection,” underground artists around the globe have been using the latest design, animation and projection technologies for many years to cast dynamic images onto skyscrapers and other urban structures as a means of artistic expression. Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is a festival geared towards bringing these artists together in one place to celebrate and showcase their unique talents.

“Alys Beach becomes their blank canvas,” said Kelli Siler, Alys Beach Director of Events. “Digital Graffiti explores how design, technology and architecture can intertwine to create entirely new art forms. For one evening, Alys Beach opens its doors, courtyards and pedestrian paths to innovative companies and ground-breaking artists who fuse these three components to transform our entire town into a living work of art.”

Each year, the festival attracts digital artists, filmmakers, musicians, interactive designers, photographers, VJs, producers, celebrities, agency executives and fans of art, technology and architecture. Thousands of dollars in cash prizes are awarded to artists, with digital submissions being received from as far away as Israel, Austria, Canada, Germany, London, India, France, Italy and China. Click here to view a complete list of previous Digital Graffiti winners.

The 2016 Digital Graffiti Festival will be held May 13-15. Be sure to ‘like’ Digital Graffiti on Facebook for up to date information. For more information, please email [email protected] or call 850-213-5500.

DG2016 Schedule
Friday, May 13, 2016 | Curator’s Tour | 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Experience an intimate tour of brilliant artwork from DG2016 artists, with emphasis on select pieces as chosen by Curator Brett Phares. Local eateries including Bud & Alley’s, Caliza, George’s at Alys Beach, and more, will offer their culinary creations alongside the incredible works of art.
Saturday, May 14, 2016 | DG2016 Festival | 6:00 p.m. to midnight

Kick off the festival with a complimentary cocktail, music, and the announcement of the DG2016 winners at the Emerald Coast Lounge. The official Digital Graffiti 2016 Festival opens at 8 p.m. with spectacular projections from 20 artists from all over the world. Walk through the Alys Beach pedestrian paths and take in the incredible digital art projected upon Alys Beach’s stark white architecture. Food and drink available for purchase. Following the festival, head to Caliza for the official after party (21+) and dance under the stars to DJ Harry.
strong>Sunday, May 15, 2016 | Brunch | 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Enjoy a strolling brunch with the DG2016 artists and judges complete with mimosas, bloody marys, biscuit bar, and lively discussion.

Click here for tickets and more information.

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Professional Firefighters of Walton County Local 4413 hosting benefit golf tournament May 6

IAFFautismlogoCome 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]

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Historical tour and hike of Coffeen Nature Preserve May 4

 Time: 9:30 -11:30 a.m.

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, course reference #21350


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