Upcoming Events

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Farmer’s markets every Saturday and Sunday

tomatoesSeaside Amphitheater – Saturday, Market Shops Sandestin Sunday
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – 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. ::MAP::

Rosemary Beach Barrett Square – Sunday and Thursday
Reap fresh produce and more from local farmers on Thursdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Rosemary Beach. Market located on N. Barrett Square.

Gulf Place – Sunday 
Farmers market at Gulf Place every Sunday specializing in exceptional homemade products, crafts, and goodies from local vendors around Northwest FL. Gulf Place is located at the corner of Scenic Hwy. 30A and CR 393, Town Center Loop, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call 850-200-6805 or 850-879-7296.


Upcoming canoe/kayak/stand up paddleboard paddles in Northwest Florida

The West Florida Canoe and Kayak Club and the Florida Panhandle Canoe & Kayak Connection offer a variety of paddles in the Northwest Florida Panhandle.

Guests are welcome on trips as long as they have the skills to safely navigate the waters being paddled.  Guests must sign a waiver form and have an Eglin Recreational Pass if the trip is on the Air Force Base.  Paddlers must supply their own boat.

Area stand up paddle board clubs:
Paddle Destin
Panama City Paddleboard Club


Take a hike or a paddle with the Florida Trail Association

The Walton area has two Florida Trail Groups, Choctawhatchee and Panhandle Chapters. Click the links below for upcoming events:

Click here for Choctawhatchee Chapter

Click here for Panhandle Chapter


Getting to Know the Natives – Garden & Trail Tour every Wednesday in October

 Hosted by Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, Discover Roads Less Traveled eco-tours will introduce you to some very special places in Walton county. *Special host-plant education and milkweed planting in October*

Time: 3   – 5 p.m.

Get acquainted with the local flora and fauna as you enjoy a guided tour of the Native Plant Demonstration Garden and Trail at Northwest Florida State College (South Walton Center). Plants featured in the Garden, Trail and Wildflower Meadow are critical to habitat preservation, providing food and shelter for hundreds of species of pollinators, amphibians, reptiles, birds and small mammals. The area is mostly handicap accessible. It is established as a teaching/demonstration/leisure site for students and the general public. Session will include an overview/introduction followed by a two-hour docent led walk, approximately 1 mile. Appropriate for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Space is limited to 16 participants. Minimum of 4 required. Fee: $15

Location: South Walton Center of Northwest Florida State College, 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach

Click here to learn more, then call to reserve your space at 850-200-4160.


Americana under the Stars every Thursday at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

luckymudTime: 6 – 8 p.m.
Starting with an open mic at 6 p.m. in the amphitheater/clubhouse Topsail presents an evening of music. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill. Bring a chair, your favorite beverage and enjoy some music in the park. This is family/ pet friendly and fun for all ages.
October 23rd– Charlotte Warnburg
October 30th– Frank Lindamood
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::


Hammack Farms corn maze in Bonifay offers good old fashioned family fun through Nov. 22

5.3 acres of corn maze fun in Bonifay. Photo courtesy Hammack Farms

Interested in enjoying some family fun this October and November? Head over to Hammack Farms in Bonifay for an afternoon or evening of corn maze fun and fall treats.

The corn maze isn’t the only fun at Hammack Farms. There is a pumpkin patch with a variety of assorted sizes and colors the children can purchase and decorate, a mini hay bale maze, corn box for kids 7 and under, a tractor train for smaller children, hay ride, farm animal zoo, and a playground.

Other items available are novelty pumpkins, gourds, dried cornstalks, and mum plants. A concession will be open with hot dogs, boiled peanuts, popcorn, soft drinks, apples, and baked goods. Hot chocolate, coffee, and smores will be available during the cooler weather.

Hammack is open every Friday from 5 – 10 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. through November 22.

Admission: ages 10 and up – $8, under 10- $5, 2 and under – free. Ask about group pricing for 20 or more. Call 850 768-9673 or 850 768-9672 for more information, or find them on Facebook.

Hammack Farms is located at 2387 Joe White Road, Bonifay, just north of Hwy. 90. ::MAP::


Enjoy a guided birding tour of Walton County on Saturdays in October

ashthroatedflycatcherHosted by Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, Discover Roads Less Traveled eco-tours will introduce you to some very special places in Walton county. Enjoy a birding tour on Saturdays in October (except. 10/18).

Time: 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

All tours will take place in Walton County, but individual destinations will vary depending on target species and time of the year. If you wish to have more information on the tour being offered on the upcoming Saturday, please feel free to call the instructor, Alan Knothe, evenings between 5  and 9 p.m. at 850-208-1780.

The Florida Panhandle offers some of the country’s best birding opportunities. Walton County is rich in migrant and resident species. Shorebird migration is going strong in September and songbirds and raptors peak in October. The renowned tour guide is Alan Knothe, a trained biologist, has taught birding and naturalist courses for more than 20 year in the Florida Panhandle. You will not only see a vast array of species on these tours, but you will also learn all the secrets to identifying them by sight, sound and behavior.

Please bring a pair of binoculars and your favorite birding guidebook. (A limited number of loaner binoculars are available). Other recommended items to bring are drinking water, snacks, sunscreen and insect repellent. It is recommended to wear close-toed shoes and long pants. Walking is light to moderate. Some tours may visit state parks and other areas that have an entrance fee. This fee is NOT included in the price of the tour and is the responsibility of the tour participant.

Space is limited to 12 participants. Minimum of 3 required.

Location: Meet at the South Walton County Tourist Development Council Welcome Center at the intersection of US 331 and US 98. Meet in the parking lot.

Fee: $35. Click here to learn more, then call to reserve your space at 850-200-4160.


Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge hosts haunted house at Destin Commons every Fri. and Sat. through Nov. 1

thedarkThe Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge officially kicks off its annual haunted house, “The Dark” this Friday, October 10. This terrifying adventure through endless rooms of horror will leave you speechless with fright.

“The Dark” runs every Friday and Saturday night in October from October 10 to November 1.
Dates: Oct. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, Nov. 1.
Time: 7 p.m. until the last terrified guest has been through. Proceeds benefit the Refuge.
Location: Destin Commons, at the former Hard Rock Café (across from Bass Pro Shop)
Cost: $10.00 per person, “cut-the-line” tickets are available.


Enjoy a guided tour of the Choctawhatchee River and Morrison Springs Oct. 24

Golden cypress trees at Morrison Springs in North Walton. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Time: 8:30– 11:30 a.m.

Hosted by Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, Discover Roads Less Traveled eco-tours will introduce you to some very special places in Walton county.

Learn about unique places tucked away along the Choctawhatchee River. Learn about our precious water resources, flood plains, where the river flows, and why it is ever changing. Then we will drive to Morrison Springs. Lean about how many millions of gallons of water Morrison Springs emits every day, and where the water comes from. We will also discuss the flora and fauna that inhabit the area. We will then take a dip in the cool, clear spring water.

Bring water, a snorkel, waterproof camera, sunscreen, towel, and your swimsuit. Pack a lunch if you wish, as there is a pavilion and restroom facility available at the park. The event and swimming is dependent on river conditions.

Moderate exertion level. Travel time approximately 1 hour each way. Space is limited to 7 participants. Minimum of 4 required .

Location: Meet at Northwest Florida State College South College, 109 South Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach. A van will be used to transport individuals along the tour. Fee: $35

Click here to learn more, then call to reserve your space at 850-200-4160.


Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park hosts haunted trail walk Oct. 24

rockyviewTime: 4 – 7 p.m. Join the Rocky Bayou Park rangers and staff on Friday, October 24th, 2014 for a haunted trail walk. The Walk will fallow the half mile Red Cedar nature trail. The Haunted walk will be from 4 – 7 p.m.. The park asks that you please bring younger children from 4 – 5 p.m. for a less spooky version and then all ages from 5 – 7 p.m.

The Haunted trail is known to inhabit ghosts, spiders, wolves, and spooky sights.  Come join us for a night of fright and fun. Park admission fees will be waived.  Please leave all furry friends at home. Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park is located at 4281 S.R. 20, Niceville, FL. For more information, call (850) 833-9144.


Fall Festival and haunted tram ride at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Oct. 24-25

You never know what monsters are waiting along the Terrifying Tram Ride at Topsail. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Time: 6 – 10 p.m.

It’s time again for Topsail’s annual Fall Festival. There will be a haunted tram ride, activities, food, and games for children. This is an all ages event although there may be age restrictions on the haunted tram ride. All proceeds go to support the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. There is no entry fee to the park for this event.  For more information please contact the park directly at 850-267-8330.

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::


Fire Prevention pancake breakfast at WaterColor Fire Station Oct. 25

swfdlogoThe SWFD Department Relations Committee (DRC) and the St. Joe Club and Resorts will be hosting an “All You Can Eat” pancake breakfast on Saturday Oct. 25 from 8 -11 a.m. The event will take place at the SWFD Watercolor Fire Station #2 located at 2109 S. County Highway 395.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the DRC and will go towards the purchase of Fire Prevention/Education materials that are distributed year round to various schools, churches, day cares, business organizations and private citizens.

This year fire prevention week was Oct. 5th – Oct.11th, however SWFD was requested to conduct fire prevention programs throughout the entire month. This year’s theme is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”

All you need is an appetite and $5.

For more information please contact Sammy Sanchez, Fire Marshal at SWFD Headquarters at 850-267-1298 or visit our website at www.swfd.org.


Survivalist, Preparedness and Homesteading Expo in Wausau Oct. 25 – 26

mason-canning-jarsTime: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.,
Possum Palace, Possum Palace Drive, Wausau, FL

Traditional survival and preparedness vendors will be in attendance as well as fire arms dealers for the Survivalist, preparedness and homesteading Expo in Wausau Oct. 25 – 26.

The vendors will have many items to help you along your way to becoming self-reliant. Many homesteading vendors with how-to demonstrations as well as items to make your homesteading life a little easier, including self defense and survival techniques.

Exhibitors include: Firearm dealers, gunsmith, survival gear vendors, food storage containers, books on preparedness and homesteading, grain mills & wheat, military surplus items, self defense (hand to hand combat), storm shelters, heirloom seeds, different types of “homestead” animals for sale as well as demonstrations of how to care for, canning supplies, beekeeping, hide tanning, flint napping, cast iron cookware, broom making, quilting, and more.

There will also be an in-depth class on Saturday evening, after the Expo closes for the day on survival preparedness. Subjects will include but not be limited to overview of preparedness, long term food storage, emergency kits, medical necessities, communication, and more. This class will include a notebook with lists and information for you to take home. Cost is $20.The class will begin at 5:30 p.m. and last until around 8:30 p.m. (light refreshments will be offered during a brief intermission). Area hotels will have a special rate for Expo attendees from out of town. You must pre-register at SPHexpo@yahoo.com.

For more information, call 850-596-1452.


Seacrest Wolf Preserve hosts Howl-O-Ween event Oct. 25-26

seacrestwolfCamp out with the wolves at The Oaks Farm in Chipley, Florida and enjoy a unique experience. The weekend long Howl-O-Ween camping events offers learning and fun along with wolf encounters at the Seacrest Wolf Preserve.

Enjoy a weekend of wolf encounters, camping, campfires, hayrides, costume contests, story telling, and more.

Gates open 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 for campers. Camping near the wolves requires reservation in advance with deposit. Unlimited primitive camping with limited electrical hook-ups. For camping reservations and/or more information on this event, please contact Seacrest Wolf Preserve at  seacrestwolfpreserve.org or call (850)-773-2897.

The preserve is located at 3449 Bonnett Pond Road, Chipley, Florida 32428 ::MAP::


Halloweener Derby in Seaside Oct. 25

halloweenerEnjoy a morning of wiener dog fun on Oct. 25 in Seaside. Dachshund races, all breed costume contest at more starts at 9 a.m. Chris Alvarado will perform this year on the Seaside Amphitheater after the all-breed pet costume contest.
Schedule of Events:
9 a.m. – Check-in and same-day registration begins
9:45 a.m. – Dachshund races begin
11 a.m. – Championship race begins
* All-breed pet costume contest to begin shortly after races
* Award ceremony will begin after the costume contest.

Learn more and register at halloweener.org.


WACO Pumpkin Derby at South Walton Bay Church Oct. 25

pumpkinderbyEnjoy fun and activities Oct. 25 in South Walton where creativity runs wild and cheaters never prosper.  Make your own pumpkin racer and feel the thrill of competing in the fun-spirited Pumpkin Derby. The event will be held at South Walton Bay Church, 24388 U.S. Hwy. 331 S, Santa Rosa Beach from 1 – 4 p.m.

Pumpkin Derby brochure

Handcrafted Pumpkin Racers racing side-by-side in unpredictable and dramatic style! Families and friends race for fun and the coveted Championship Trophy, Recognition for Best of Show, Best Team Spirit, and Best Crash.

Pumpkin Derby Racer Kits will be available for purchase at the Derby while supplies last. Kits are fun and easy to assemble and contain everything you need to build a Pumpkin Racer, including a medium-sized pumpkin. Free expert assistance, decorations, and accessories are available at the event for those purchasing official kits. Cost is $20.00.

For more information contact: Dr. Walt Campbell -850-685-0684.


Pleasant Ridge Arena hosting yard sale Oct. 25

yard-sale-signCome sell your farm and tack items, crafts and others items – anything from saddles to soaps, artwork to art supplies, fruits and veggies, homemade goodies, horse trailers, buckets or boots, show clothes, farm tractors, lawnmowers, you wanna sell it? Bring it as long as its legal. However NO live animals
$20.00 set up fee, you get $10.00 refunded when you leave your spot clean and free of trash.

Pleasant Ridge Arena is located at 1917 Pleasant Ridge Road in DeFuniak Springs. For more information, call 850-892-5398.

Harvest Market and Kids Halloween Bash in Rosemary Beach Oct. 25

pumpkin patchMore than 60 artisans will be highlighted from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 25 at the annual Harvest Market on North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach.

Bring the little ghosts and goblins for trick-or-treating through the Town Center businesses and the Harvest Market booths from 2-5 p.m. There will be a pumpkin carving contest and costume contest with prizes, hayrides, a moonwalk, pumpkin painting, games and more. Event is free.

Tour the haunted cemetery and Ohana Institute’s Annual Halloween Scarecrow Lane while gobbling up goodies at the bake sale.


Noche de los Muertos adult costume party at Alys Beach Oct. 25

nocheNoche de los Muertos Costume Party at Caliza Pool, Alys Beach will be held on Oct. 25 from 8 – 11 p.m.

DJ Roonie G returns, cash bar, costumes required and all attending must be over 21.  $50 advance, $60 at the door. Purchase tickets at nochedelosmuertos.com ’til midnight October 24, or at the Alys Beach Bike Shop, Alys Shoppe, or Fonville Press, Alys Beach ’til close of business on Saturday, October 25. Tickets available at the door for $60. Ticket prices include tax and A&E fee (online ticket fees are not included in ticket price). Tickets are non-refundable and the party will be a hit rain or shine. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Inc.

Alys Beach is located at 9581 E. County Hwy. 30A.


Gulfside Trail Rides Pumpkin Festival Oct. 25-26

gulfsidetrailridesGulfside Trail Rides Pumpkin Festival will be October 25-26 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Please come bring the family for a fun day of riding horses, hayrides, bounce house, painting pumpkins, hotdogs, candy, drinks, pumpkins for purchase.  Perfect setting for wonderful family pictures. Call (850) 208-3114 for prices or more information.
Gulfside Trail Rides is located at 613 CR 393, Santa Rosa Beach.


Festival of the Arts in Destin Oct. 25-26, 2014

mattie4fbMattie Kelly Arts Foundation presents the 19th Annual Festival of the Arts on Oct. 25-26, 2014 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. One of the Southeast’s premier festivals, the event showcases the original artwork of more than 100 juried artists from across the U.S. who will compete for $10,000 in cash award prizes. Festival features include live music, art activities for kids, souvenir posters and t-shirts, art raffle and more. A food bistro, wine bar & beer garden as well as convenient parking and motor coach shuttle are also available. Admission is $3/adult; children 12 and under are free. For more information, visit MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org or call (850) 650-2226.

Event Details:
Event Name: Festival of the Arts
Hosted by: Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Foundation
Description: The 19th annual festival showcases the original artwork of more than 100 juried artists and features live music, art activities for kids, souvenir posters and t-shirts, art raffle and more. A food bistro, wine bar & beer garden as well as convenient parking and motor coach shuttle are also available.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 and Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014
Location: Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin, Florida on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast
Cost: $3/adult; children (12 and under) are free
Website: MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org
Phone: (850) 650-2226


Halloween and Fall festivals Oct 26

WaterColor Fall Festival Oct. 26

pumpkinEnjoy fall foods and drinks, live music and crafts, a pumpkin carving contest and pictures with a scarecrow at WaterColor’s Fall Festival from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 26 in Marina Park. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy watching a Halloween themed movie under the stars from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 26 at Marina Park in WaterColor. The movie will begin shortly after sunset. Free admission.

Call 534-5975 for more information.

Trunk or Treat at Good News United Methodist Church Oct. 26

Trunk-or-Treat: This year’s event is from 2 – 4:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Good News United Methodist Church in Santa Rosa Beach. Sign up in the narthex at the church to be there with your car and candy.


Public workshop on Choctawhatchee River infrastructure improvements Oct. 29

 An important workshop concerning the future of the Choctawhatchee River will be held on Oct. 29 from 3 – 5 p.m.  Learn about efforts to forge a multi-county partnership to seek funding through a grant application for BP RESTORE funds.  The focus of the grant will be to improve public access and create infrastructure similar to the Suwanee River Wilderness Trail to help promote the river as an outstanding outdoor recreation destination for diverse user groups. The long-term goal is to bring economic benefits and job creation to local communities through promotion of sustainable tourism. We will also present a proposal for development of map guides for the Choctawhatchee River as a boating and paddling trail.

The event will be facilitated by Cameron Morris, Preble-Rish, Inc.

The workshop will be held at the Lewis Bear Company, 6484 Dog Track Rd., Ebro 32437  Map:  http://binged.it/XFxDL2

Vintage Florida film night at Eden Gardens State Park Oct.29

edenfilmsThe Friends of Eden Gardens State Park are presenting the first ever “Eden’s Vintage Florida Film Series” in October. The films will be shown on the lawn by the stage near the bayou. All movies being presented were filmed in Florida, namely the finale, “Frogs” which was filmed at Eden Gardens State Park.

The event is free with park admission of $4.00 per vehicle. Bring your chairs, blankets, and loved ones and enjoy the movies under the stars. Costumes are welcomed for the Frogs movie night. Popcorn and soft drinks will be available for purchase.
Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. – “Frogs” with with free mansion tours from 4-6 p.m.  - Filmed at Eden Gardens State Park.

Eden Gardens State Park is located in Point Washington, off U.S. 98 on C.R. 395. For more information, call (850) 267-8320.
181 Eden Garden Road, Point Washington, Fl. 32459 ::MAP::


 Witches of South Walton take flight Oct. 31

witchesofsouthwaltonThe Witches of South Walton will take flight on their 11th annual ride from Gulf Place to Butler Elementary on Friday, October 31, at 7:00 a.m.

The Witches of South Walton is a group of women founded by Carol Stafford and Le Thompson dedicated to raising money for the Children’s Volunteer Health Network. The fundraising ride began with just a few friends and has grown over the years to include a registration pre-ride party, a post-ride breakfast with an exciting raffle featuring items from local businesses. Prior to the race the witches will enjoy their morning coffee at Sunrise Coffee Company at Gulf Place before riding west along Scenic Highway 30A approximately 2.2 miles to Butler Elementary to greet children before school begins.

Following the ride the witches will reconvene at La Playa in Gulf Place for celebratory breakfast and mimosas. The YOLO Board + Bike store at Gulf Place will be providing free bike rentals to any witch needing a bike for the ride. Those looking for more information can visit The Witches of South Walton website at http://www.witchesofsouthwalton.com/.


 Halloween happenings Oct. 31

candycornDeFuniak Springs:
5 p.m.
Bring your trick-or-treaters to the Historic Downtown business district and to the homes on the original grounds of Florida’s Historic Chautauqua for some real Halloween experiences.  Sponsored by Downtown Business and Professional Association and the DeFuniak Springs Woman’s Club.

Village of Baytowne Wharf:
6 – 8 p.m.
Location: The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Trick or treat through the Village and visit merchants for your favorite Halloween treats. The DJ will be playing frightening good tunes on the Events Plaza stage, Fly board extraordinaire Ben Merrell will perform a special Halloween show in the lagoon, and to end the evening enjoy spooky fireworks as they light up the sky at 8 p.m.

4-6 p.m.
Treat or treat door-to-door at the merchants along with a hayride and hear spooky stories from the Seaside Repertory Theater.

Merchants of Gulf Place:
The Merchants of Gulf Place will host a safe and fun trick-or-treating event Friday, October 31, 2014, from 4 – 5:30 p.m. The merchants will be handing out treats to children dressed in costumes. Children accompanied by adults can visit the stores at their own leisure.

Learn about Florida black bears at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Oct. 31

bearTime: 2 – 3 p.m.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park invites you to an informational program on the Florida Black Bear. This program will cover the basics of the bears life in Florida, such as life span, denning habits, eating habits, and much more. This will be an all ages program and will take place in the clubhouse.

A $6.00 entry admission per vehicle into the park. 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::


Haz mat collection day in north and south Walton Nov. 1

walton-county-logoThe 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 date: Saturday, March 22, 2014 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, we 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.


E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center hosting Fall Festival Nov. 1

Fall Fest FlyerThe E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center’s​ annual Fall Festival ​will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Activities include a spooky trail, hay rides, festival food, live music, face painting, Alaqua animal adoptions, fun games, fall themed arts and crafts, bounce house, dunk tank, local vendors, and more.

Plus another chance to wear your Halloween Costume! The event is sponsored in part by greenology/Okaloosa Gas, Florida Transformer Inc., and local Walmarts.  ​

General admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children. Children two and under free. Please visit eowilsoncenter.org to learn more about this non-profit educational center or call 835-1824.


Camp Helen history tour Nov. 1

camphelenhistorytourTime: 10 – 10:45 a.m.
The Department of Environmental Protection’s Camp Helen State Park invites you to their history walk at Camp Helen State Park. Come learn about the early history of the park and local area while wandering on a guided tour around Camp Helen’s restored historical buildings. The history walk takes place the first Saturday of each month.

Participation Requirements:
• Must have the ability to follow visual and/or verbal instruction independently or with the assistance of a companion.
• Must have the ability to withstand exposure to the outdoors for a period of 1- 2 hours.
• Must have the ability to traverse wet, sloped, and uneven terrain for .5 -1 miles, independently or with the assistance of a companion.

Fees: The tour is free with paid park admission fee of $4.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 8 people per vehicle.
$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
Contact: (850) 233-5059 ::MAP::


Jail Break Zombie 5K Fun Run Nov. 1

jailbreakzombiesDate: November 1st, 2014
Location: Walton County Sheriff’s Office – 752 Triple G Road – DeFuniak Springs, Fl. 32433
Registration and Packet Pickup begins at 7:00 am
Race begins at 8:00 am
Runners $50.00/Zombies $25.00  (T-Shirt with registration)
Call 850-892-8186 for more information
Early Packet Pick-up will take place the day before the race, Oct. 31st from 12:00pm-5:00pm at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office (located at 752 Triple G Road in Defuniak Springs.)
If you register to be a zombie and would like your zombie makeup done, you will need to arrive early. Please note that the course for this race will have obstacles.
Additional t-shirts will be available for purchase on-site for $15.
All funds raised by this event will benefit the North Florida Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF.) JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D.


Gulf Coast Agritourism and Ecotourism Business Development Conference Nov. 4-6 in Milton

blueberries2Conference geared for agri and eco tourism businesses

The University of Florida (UF) Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Extension Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and Naturally EscaRosa, would like to invite agriculture and eco-tourism providers to the 2014 Agri/Eco-tourism Business Development Conference on November 4-6, 2014. The meetings will be held on the 5th and 6th. The conference is geared for businesses wishing to enhance and develop their offerings.

Owners, operators and employees of u-pick operations, fresh produce markets, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, wildlife/bird watching, paddling, camping, fishing, etc. tourism businesses or those considering similar business startups are invited to attend this event.

The conference will be an exciting blend of informational sessions, hands on activities, and an opportunity to explore local agritourism and ecotourism businesses. The conference will provide important information for new business startups as well as long established companies in agritourism and ecotourism.

The keynote speaker, Eric Eckl, will address stimulating information on messaging and direct marketing campaigns. Other topics in the educational program include: starting a business, liability, local success stories, liability, staffing, benefits, & healthcare.

The conference will be held at Adventures Unlimited in Milton Fl., 8974 Tomahawk Landing, Milton, Fl. 32570. The conference begins at 9 am Nov. 5 and 8:15 am Nov. 6, 2014. Conference registration is $25.00, to register go to:


For more information on the 2014 Gulf Coast Agritourism & Ecotourism Business Development Conference, contact Chris Verlinde (850) 623-3868 or Carrie Stevenson (850) 475-5230.


Seaside hosts annual Seeing Red Wine Festival Nov. 6-9

seeingredThe community of Seaside is hosting its 24th Annual Seeing Red Wine Festival Nov. 6-9. The Seeing Red Wine Festival, in partnership with the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), is part of a four-day wine event held at various locations in Seaside.

The Saturday Grand Tasting event allows guests to stroll through tasting areas to sample more than 250 different kinds of wines while enjoying music, southern hospitality and cool autumn air at the beach. Each event and tasting area features live music, food samplings from several local restaurants and served wines available for purchase on site at the retail tent.

The four days of festivities extend even further to reserve wine tastings, dinners and a brunch with featured guest winemakers. Several of Seaside’s well-known restaurants feature specially prepared meals for the event, pairing meals with the ideal reds.

The festivities kick off Thursday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. with the Vintner’s Dinner at Bud & Alley’s restaurant, featuring Seaside’s new wine label, the Seaside Wine Project. Admission is $125 and a limited number of reservations are available.

To reserve tickets, call Elijah Shelly at (850) 231-1846 or email elijah@budandalleys.com.

Friday, Nov. 7, brings the Al Fresco Reserve Tasting at 6 to 8 p.m., featuring an elegant evening of delicious hors d’oeuvres and wines paired perfectly by celebrated local chef, Jim Shirley, all complimented by jazz music. Admission is $200 and a limited number of reservations are available. Tickets can be purchased online at SeeingRedWineFestival.com.

The Grand Tasting, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, takes place in SEASIDE®’s Central Square with an extensive array of tasting tents featuring highly sought after wines from around the world, live music, food booths from top local restaurants, and the opportunity to purchase wine on site. Admission is $145. Tickets can be purchased online at SeeingRedWineFestival.com.

Sunday, Nov. 9, wraps up the weekend at Great Southern Café with a Celebration of Bubbles, as sparkling wine enthusiasts explore Champagne, Cava, Prosecco and more accompanied by great music and perfectly paired eats. Admission is $60. For reservations, please call 850.231.7327 or visit us online at TheGreatSouthernCafe.com.

Shuttle service will be available with free parking at Publix at WaterColor Crossings on County Road 395. For more information about the Seeing Red Wine Festival, visit SeeingRedWineFestival.com.


Energy Expo in DeFuniak Springs Nov. 8

greenenergyTime: 8 a.m. -1 p.m.
Bring your family to the 3rd annual Energy Expo on Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs for a morning of learning and fun.  Meet the marketers and sellers of solar energy, geothermal, compressed natural gas, bio-diesel, and wind-power products.  “Green builder,” contractors, government agencies, gardeners, farmers, homesteading, self-sustainability and other experts in their fields will be available to help commercial and residential customers learn ways to save money and conserve energy.

Vendors will have exhibits and materials to teach and/or explain their product or services.  Some vendors will provide demonstrations throughout the free event.  Wish to shred your personal sensitive documents?  Shred-it will be on hand for individuals (not businesses) to bring up to five boxes to shred in exchange for your donation to The Matrix (a faith-based social service agency serving needy families and individuals in the area).  Free entertainment.  Questions?  Sponsored by the City of DeFuniak Springs’ Special Events Committee.  Contact Cindy Peremeter at City Hall, (850) 892-8500.

Pickin’ on the Porch at Freeport City Hall Sunday Nov. 9

pickinontheporchLocal musicians gather at the Freeport City Hall to play bluegrass, country and gospel music every second Sunday of the month (except holidays) from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Bring your acoustic instruments for an afternoon of clean family fun. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.  A family-oriented non-alcohol event. Free.

For additional information call Latilda Hughes at (850) 835-2340 or via email at lhughes@freeportflorida.gov.


Historical tour of Coffee Nature Preserve Nov. 12

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

Hosted by Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, Discover Roads Less Traveled eco-tours will introduce you to some very special places in Walton county.

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 1. 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

Click here to learn more, then call to reserve your space at 850-200-4160.


Take a guided kayak tour of Western Lake Nov. 13

greategretwesternlakeTime: 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Hosted by Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, Discover Roads Less Traveled eco-tours will introduce you to some very special places in Walton county.

This tour is kayak only. Travel from the water entry point of Western Lake to the lake outfall into the Gulf of Mexico. Discussion topics will include history, coastal dune lake ecology, and local anecdotes, as well as, efforts to preserve the lakes and how the lakes preserve us.

Moderate or higher exertion level, depending on wind conditions. Participants are asked to bring at least one quart of water/person, forecast compatible clothing and personal comfort items (i.e. sunscreen, bug spray, etc.). Kayak rental included in the cost of the tour.

Space is limited to 8 participants. Minimum of 4. Location: Meet at the Boathouse at WaterColor, 34 Goldenrod Circle

Fee: $60 for kayak, $45 if supplying own craft

Click here to learn more, then call to reserve your space at 850-200-4160.


Community clean up day at Legion Park Nov. 15


Sponsored by Walton County District 4 Commissioner Sara Comander, Walton County Solid Waste and Public Works, there will be a community clean up day at Legion Park Nov. 15 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dumpsters will be provided for Walton County residents to dump trash, yard debris, tires, appliances, and other miscellaneous items. A crew and equipment to off-load heavy items will be available. Recycling trailers will also be available for newsprint, glass, and aluminum.

DO NOT BRING: poisons, pesticides, paints, thinners, gasoline, and other flammables.


Pleasant Ridge Arena hosts Neigh and Bray fun show Nov. 15

Pleasant Ridge Arena in DeFuniak Springs is hosting a Neigh and Bray Fun Show. Sponsored by owners Diana and Rex Brannon, young children will enjoy stick races, and lead line while the more seasoned riders will compete in pole bending, barrel racing Western and English pleasure and more. There is a class for everyone and every breed. The Neigh and Bray show is held the third Saturday of every month. To find out more, go to their website at pleasantridgearena.com. Phone: (850) 892-5398. Show starts at 4 p.m. and is free for spectators.

Location: Pleasant Ridge Arena is located at 1917 Pleasant Ridge Road in DeFuniak Springs.


Festival of Trees in DeFuniak Springs Dec. 5 – 7

festivaloftreesEnjoy a spectacular display of trees and wreaths decorated for your Christmas pleasure in the historic Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood on Circle Drive.  Light refreshments served. Local business and organization sponsors make this event possible through their participation.

Dec. 5, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Dec. 6, 8 a.m. – 9.p.m.; Dec. 7, 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Free admission.  Donations accepted to help fund an elevator in this historic building.  Sponsored by Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood Foundation, Inc.  (850) 892-7625.


Winter Solstice Run benefits Project Congo Dec. 21

solsticerunAmavida Coffee & Tea is helping to host The 2014 Winter Solstice Run in Santa Rosa Beach on Dec. 21. The Run is an all-day ultra-run, starting at sunrise in Rosemary Beach, the run is 40 miles along the beaches, around the many lakes of South Walton, and through Florida state forests until sunset.

It is all about fun, adventure and camaraderie without being a race. The purpose is to raise awareness and funds to support On The Ground’s Project Congo. Project Congo concentrates on gender equality and raising awareness about the key issues faced by coffee farming families in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The work aims to break the chains of poverty and conflict while supporting women empowerment groups in coffee communities of the region.

Distance Options:
40 miles – The whole shebang. Start at sunrise and finish at sunset!
20 miles – Half-Solstice option: Begin with the team and run the first 20 miles!
Relay – You and three others each run a 10 mile leg (4 per team)!
The First 10 – Begin with the team and run the first 10 miles!

Participating runners are asked to raise $1,000 each, although we will not turn anyone away who does not reach the goal (minimum suggested donation of $100). Participating runners will have approximately 12 hours to finish the 40 miles (minimum pace of about 18 minutes per mile).

There is no registration fee for The Winter Solstice Run. Instead, participating runners are asked to solicit pledges from friends and family to support Project Congo – a goal of $1,000 per runner, but all contributions are welcome. Funds will go directly to OTG’s Project Congo supporting women’s empowerment programs in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

After registering you will receive a packet about the run details, fundraising and more information about On The Ground and Project Congo. Contact sarah.hamon@amavida.com to learn more and answer any questions. Sign up to run at www.wintersolsticerun.org.

You may sponsor a runner through Razoo. Go to http://www.razoo.com/team/2014-Winter-Solstice-Run and choose a runner to support. All funds go directly to Project Congo.

You may donate through On The Ground’s website: http://onthegroundglobal.org/project-congo/.


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