Upcoming Events

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South Walton Farmers markets

farmersmarketSeaside Amphitheater – Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. –
Tuesday 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 Community Town Center 
Reap fresh produce and more from local farmers on Sundays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Rosemary Beach. Market located on N. Barrett Square.
Thursdays ( Memorial Day-Labor Day)
9 a.m. till 1 p.m.

Grand Boulevard Farmers’ Market at Sandestin
Saturdays Year Round 9 a.m, -1 p.m.
Grand Park (Between Tommy Bahamas and Cantina Laredo)
600 Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach

Emerald Coast Farmers’ Market at Seascape Resort
100 Seascape Drive, Miramar Beach
Tuesdays Year Round 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursdays (Memorial Day-Labor Day) 12 Noon – .6 p.m.

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Free skating with the local community every Monday evening

summerskateWhere: Helen McCall Park. 325 Moll Drive off Highway 98
When: Monday evenings, 6:30 – 8 PM through the summer.
Bring your board out and skate with friends of Walton Sk8s at the site of our future public skate park. All ages and skill levels welcome. Trick tips & pickup S-K-A-T-E games for anyone interested. No admission. All donations go towards new skatepark.

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Kids Club at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park every Tuesday and Thursday

kidsclubTime: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Make learning fun for the children that are visiting Topsail Hill Preserve State Park by participating in a variety of environmental, educational arts and crafts projects and games. Some of the craft projects may include the use of hot glue guns. Children will learn about wildlife, park history, beach, bike safety and other topics. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a parent. The program has a maximum capacity of 25, sign up at the camp store. The program will take place inside the clubhouse.

Free entry to the park through Sept. 5. There is no additional program participation fee. Donations to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park CSO to help defray the cost of consumable supplies are appreciated and accepted. Upon entering the park, stop by the ranger station, mention that you are here for the Kids Club and the staff will provide you with directions. For additional information you can contact the park by calling 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::

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Family Challenge every Wednesday at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park through July 27

topsailgeocacheTime: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Bring the family for a day of fun and exploration at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park by participating in a family friendly, outdoor/recreation oriented games or activities. Activities may include; geocaching, photo scavenger hunt, sidewalk chalk drawing and more. Check in at the Camp store, pick up your packet and upon completion, return it to the camp store for a special treat.

Standard entrance/admission to the park are free through Sept. 5. There is no additional program participation fee. Donations to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park CSO to help defray the cost of consumable supplies are appreciated and accepted. Upon entering the park, stop by the Ranger Station, mention that you are here for the Family Challenge and the staff will provide you with directions.

For additional information you can contact the park by calling 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::

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Cirque du Rosemary Lumiere acrobatic performances on Tuesdays through August

cirqudulumiereCirque du Rosemary: Lumiere comes to Rosemary Beach every Tuesday evening from May 31 – August 9. Lumiere is a circus under the stars featuring aerial arts and amazing acrobatics. The unique performers of Lumiere will light up the night with their fantastic performances and one-of-a-kind circus apparatuses.
Cast: Nicole Desiree Hays: Director, Producer, Costuming, Spinning Sphere, Partner Acrobatics and Aerial Jen Marie Morgan: Aerial Artist, Partner Acrobatics and Fire
Mayven Missbehavin: Aerial Artist, Partner Acrobatics and Fire
Amanda Stiffler: Emcee/Narrator

Date/Time: 8 p.m. -Tuesdays July 26, Aug. 2, 9.

Location: Rosemary Beach, FL North on Barrett Square Green. This is a free event.

Come early for dinner or bring a picnic for the family. Bring along blankets or towels to use as show seating.

For questions about this event or information about booking please call Amanda at 850-596-4065 or Nicole at 479-461-3966.

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Learn about the beach mouse at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park July 27

 Date/time: July 27, 2016 – 9-10 a.m.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park invites you to enjoy an informational program about one of the imperiled species we share the park with. Beach mice inhabit coastal dunes in the panhandle and along the Atlantic coast of Florida. Development of coastal areas has caused a loss of habitat for beach mice and other plants and animals that live in the dunes. Due to this loss of habitat, five of the six subspecies of beach mice found in Florida are state and federally listed as either endangered or threatened. Enter the park through the main gate and park staff will direct you where to go.

Free entry to the park through Sept. 5. 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::

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Camp Helen State Park hosting movie, food and fun on July 27

camphelenlodgeThe evening begins at 5:30 p.m. in the park’s Recreation Hall with a brief interpretive program led by a Camp Helen Park Ranger or other expert. The program will be followed by an old-fashioned campfire cookout of hot dogs and s’mores provided by the Friends of Camp Helen. Each evening will conclude with a family-oriented movie in the Recreation Hall, where seating will be provided.

A parent or guardian must accompany all children.

These special movie nights are sponsored by Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection and the Friends of Camp Helen State Park. Admission into the park for this event is free, although donations are accepted. Donations will go directly to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park to benefit the park’s resource management projects and interpretive programs.

The movie “Open Season” will be the last movie shown in the 2016 series. This movie features Boog, a domesticated grizzly bear with no survival skills, who meets Elliot, a scrawny, fast talking mule deer with only one antler. When Elliot convinces Boog to leave his comfortable home in a park ranger’s garage to test the great outdoors, Boog’s life spirals out of control. The two find themselves in the forest with open season only three days away. To acclimate in a hurry, they must join forces to unite the woodland creatures and take back the forest. (Rated PG). The interpretive program topic, presented by Gulf World, will be about King Snakes and Wild Animals in an urban setting.

 More information is available by calling (850) 233-5059 or by emailing [email protected]

Camp Helen State Park is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway (Highway 98), Panama City Beach, just west of the Lake Powell Bridge.

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View the sun and the stars at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park July 30

starsDate/time: July 30, 2016 – 4:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Topsail Hill Preserve State parks invites your family to enjoy Topsail under the Stars. View the sun and stars from the park with the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association. The NWFAA will be onsite with solar telescopes set up for instruction on how to view the constellations, the sun, and planets after sunset. There will be plenty of telescopes but you are welcome to bring your own. The park entrance closes at 8 p.m. so please arrive before then. Enter the park through the main gate and park staff will direct you to the field by Tram Stop 1.

Free entry to the park through Sept. 5. 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::

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Choctawhatchee Audubon Society meeting Aug. 4

CAScolorlogoThe Choctawhatchee Audubon Society’s monthly meeting will focus on the natural history and conservation of the Bahama Parrot. Although the Bahama Parrot is one of the closest native parrots to the United States, people rarely know of this species. Dr. Caroline Stahala has been conducting behavioral and demographic studies on this parrot for 14 years now and will be presenting on the species’ natural history. This parrot exhibits a unique behavior in that it nests underground in limestone solution cavities. This also poses unique management challenges which other parrots do not face. The Bahamas National Trust has addressed this challenge as well as other conservation issues through its management. Join us to learn more about the Bahama Parrot, a charismatic and unique bird species.

The meeting will be held in room 130 of the student services building 400 at the Northwest Florida State College Niceville campus. Socializing begins at 6:30 p.m. and the program at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Call or e-mail Dr Don Baltz at 255 252-2760, [email protected]. For more information

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Movie night at DeFuniak Springs Lakeyard Aug. 5

meatballsThe Special Events Committee of the City of DeFuniak Springs will sponsor Back-to-School Movie Night on Friday evening, August 5, 2016, at the amphitheatre in the Lakeyard on Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs.

The featured film will be Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, released in 2009 to rave reviews and multiple award nominations including a Golden Globe award. This PG-rated film is an animated action film featuring Flint Lockwood, the local scientist, who wants to invent something that will bring him fame and recognition as the town’s economy is struck by disaster and the food supply dries up. The entire town is relegated to living on sardines! Lockwood invents a machine which makes food fall from the sky! The townsfolk are thrilled to be inundated with pizza, steaks, spaghetti, ice cream and all manner of wonderful food.

The film will be shown free of charge on the big screen beginning at approximately sunset or 7:30 p.m. 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.

Don’t miss this “Back-to-School” special event sponsored by the DeFuniak Springs Special Events Committee. 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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Breakfast with a ranger at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Aug. 13

rangerDate/time: August 13, 2016 – 9 a.m.

Enjoy breakfast with ranger at the clubhouse. A chance to enjoy a breakfast cooked by the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and to have all your questions about the park answered. Suggested donation $5 for adults and $3 for kids.

Free entry to the park through Sept. 5. 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::

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Art in the park at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Aug. 19

artintheparkDate/time: August 19, 2016 – 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Enjoy a mixed medium paint lesson with Cindi Newhouse incorporating the beautiful surroundings at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park.  Each participant will leave with their lovely painting as a memento.

Cost: $25. Class fee covers cost of materials needed and a minimum of five participants are needed for the class to occur. If you wish, bring a lunch to enjoy with your fellow classmates and Cindi out on the back porch of the clubhouse afterwards. Registration is due August 17th and can be paid in the park’s camp store or online at here.

Free entry to the park through Sept. 5. 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::

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Alys Beach 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run Sept. 4

alysfunrunRunners and families will gather in Alys Beach for the Fifth Annual 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run on Sunday, September 4, 2016. The certified 5K will start in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre and wind through the Gulf-side community and nature trail. Following the 5K, a family-friendly 1 Mile Fun Run will kick off for children ages 12 and younger. After the races, runners can gather in the Amphitheatre for awards, live music, a bounce house, and more. Proceeds will benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge, a no-kill shelter on the Emerald Coast that has helped find homes for 11,000 animals since its inception in 2007. For more information, please visit alysbeach.com/5K.

WHEN:  Sunday, September 4, 2016
Certified 5K Start – 7:00 a.m.
1 Mile Fun Run Start – 8:15 a.m.

WHERE: Alys Beach9581 E. County Hwy 30A, Alys Beach, Florida 32413

REGISTER:    Registration is available online here. Advance registration for the 5K is $35 and the 1 Miler is $15 (children ages 12 and younger) through Sunday, August 28. From Monday, August 29 until Friday, September 2, the price to participate in the 5K is $50 and the 1 Miler is $25. Any remaining registrations will be sold on Saturday, September 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fonville Press during packet pick-up.

 

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