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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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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Fall gardening workshop in DeFuniak Springs Aug. 30

Fall GardeningFall is a great time to grow cool-season vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, and collards. The University of Florida Extension Service is offering an educational program to help those interested in fall gardening. It will be held at the Defuniak Springs Public Library at 3 Circle Drive on August 30th from 1- 3 p.m. Topics covered will include garden planning and preparation, hydroponics, planting, vegetable varieties suited for growing conditions in north Florida, diseases and pest control, harvesting, and nutrition and cooking.

For more information or to register, please contact the Walton County Extension Office at (850) 892-8172 or the Agriculture Agent Evan Anderson at [email protected]. Free.

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Rocky Bayou State Park hosting fishing classes every Saturday in Sept.

rockyviewDates: Saturdays September 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th, 2016

Time: 8 a.m. – 12 Noon

Join Bass Pro Shops every Saturday during September for a unique opportunity to take a fishing class at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park. Participants are asked to meet at the boat ramp at 8 a.m. where they will demonstrate the proper techniques for using a cast net to catch bait. Afterwards, they will walk over to a nearby pavilion where there is a small strip of beach from which to fish. The park will provide all bait and tackle and all the participant will need is a Florida Saltwater fishing license.

Space is limited to 10 people and there will be a sign up sheet in the ranger station at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park. The spaces for the class are on a first come first serve basis. Please remember to bring sunscreen, bug spray, and any drinks or snacks you will require. Dress appropriately you will get wet.

Park admission fees do apply. Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park is located at 4281 S.R. 20, Niceville, FL. For more information, call (850) 833-9144.

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30A Cornhole tournament benefits Special Olympics Sept. 3

cornholeRosemary Beach Foundation invites you to a day of friendly cornhole competition on Saturday, September 3, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held on the St Augustine Green – Rosemary Beach , FL 32461 – View Map

The tournament benefits Rosemary Beach Foundation and their charitable partner, Special Olympics Florida – Walton County.

The two-member team, single elimination tournament will be held on the beautiful St. Augustine Green in the Rosemary Beach community. Compete to win the ultimate prize package from August + Brill. Cost is $60 per two-person team.

Register on line at www.cornhole30A.com

Special Olympics Florida – Walton County provides services for more than 100 athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Services provided in Walton County include: year-round sports training and competitions, life skills, and healthy living initiatives through our Healthy Athletes Programs and are 100% free to athletes and their families. Worldwide, Special Olympics is the number one provider of free health screenings for people with disabilities. www.specialolympicsflorida.org/walton/

Rosemary Beach Foundation offers and supports community events, cultural programs, educational projects, and charitable activities. Our annual programs are Girls Getaway, Music in Pictures, Rosemary Beach Unleashed™, Walk Her Way®, 30A Cornhole and Fall Bocce Tournaments. Through these efforts, Rosemary Beach Foundation has donated $500,000. www.rosemarybeachfoundation.org.

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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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St. Joseph Bay educational adventure held Sept. 7-8

A view of St. Joseph Bay from a viewing tower at the St. Joe Bay Preserve visitor's center. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

The University of Florida/IFAS Extension faculty are continuing their Panhandle Outdoor education programs with a two-day water school Sept. 7-8, 2016. The school will focus on the water ecosystems of the St. Joseph Bay. The classes will be held at St. Joseph Bay State Buffer & Aquatic Preserves Center, 3915 State Rd. 30A, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456

The St. Joseph Bay ecosystem is home to one of the richest concentrations of marine grasses along the Northern Gulf coast. It supports an amazing diversity of fish, aquatic invertebrates and birds. Other local habitats of significance include nesting beaches for loggerhead sea turtles, salt marshes that support secretive marsh birds, and pine flatwoods uplands.

This two-day educational adventure is based at the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve near the coastal town of Port St. Joe, Florida. It includes field tours of unique coastal uplands, presentations by scientists and naturalists, and a kayak trip to explore the underwater life of the seagrass beds. Registration fees will vary depending on options selected for field trips.

Cost is $80 for course only, $130 for course, kayak and snorkel rental, or $120 for course and kayak rental.

SCHEDULE:
Wednesday, Sept. 7
7:30 am – 8:30 am – BREAKFAST (if you can make it)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Introductions and workshop logistics, Field tour of the Buffer Preserve Property, Speaker on the Ecology of the St. Joseph Bay Ecosystem
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – LUNCH catered by Bite Me Deli, Apalachicola
1:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Field tour of Salinas Park and St. Joe Peninsula State Park, Discussion of Coastal Processes and Geomorphology
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm  – DINNER in Historic Port St. Joe at the Krazy Fish Grill (this dinner not included in price of ticket)

Thursday, Sept. 8
7:30 – 8:30 am – BREAKFAST catered by Bite me Deli, Apalachiciola
8:30 am – 11:30am – Kayaking and snorkeling the Sea Grass Beds, hosted by “Happy Ours” Kayak Outfitters
11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Return to Preserve Center to “freshen up”
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – LUNCH catered by Bite me Deli, Apalachicola
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Presentations on Diamondback Terrapin Ecology and Bay Scallops

Click here for registration and accommodation recommendations. For more information, call (850) 653-9337 or email [email protected].

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Growing blueberries lecture in Grayton Beach Sept. 7

blueberries2Now that traffic is subsiding and we look forward to cooler days ahead, its time turn our attention to our gardens.  Walton County Master Gardeners’ popular Lecture Series will resume after a summer hiatus.  The All American Garden programs will start off with “Backyard Blueberries.” Daniel Leonard will present options for selecting plants for this area and how to make them produce fruit for your family.  Daniel is the Walton County Horticulture Agent and Master Gardener Coordinator.

Master gardeners will be on hand to take gardening questions and light refreshments will be served.  Soil testing instruction and supplies will be available for $8.00.  These programs and topics are designed with the home gardeners in mind.

The presentation will be held Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 12 Noon at the Extension Coastal Branch located at 70 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach, west off CR 283 just north of the 4-way stop.

The program is $5.00 (check or cash only) to cover handouts and expenses.  This fee is payable at the door or in advance. Seating is limited and reservations are required.  To reserve your place call Cheryl at 850-892-8172 or [email protected] by the Monday before.  This is a service of the University of Florida/IFAS Extension and Walton County.

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Growing blueberries lecture in DeFuniak Springs Sept. 14

blueberries2Now that traffic is subsiding and we look forward to cooler days ahead, its time turn our attention to our gardens.  Walton County Master Gardeners’ popular Lecture Series will resume after a summer hiatus.  The All American Garden programs will start off with “Backyard Blueberries.” Daniel Leonard will present options for selecting plants for this area and how to make them produce fruit for your family.  Daniel is the Walton County Horticulture Agent and Master Gardener Coordinator.

Master gardeners will be on hand to take gardening questions and light refreshments will be served.  Soil testing instruction and supplies will be available for $8.00.  These programs and topics are designed with the home gardeners in mind.

The presentation will be held Wednesday, September 14, 2016 2 – 4 p.m. at the Walton Extension Main Office at 732 N 9th Street in DeFuniak Springs.

The program is $5.00 (check or cash only) to cover handouts and expenses.  This fee is payable at the door or in advance. Seating is limited and reservations are required.  To reserve your place call Cheryl at 850-892-8172 or [email protected] by the Monday before.  This is a service of the University of Florida/IFAS Extension and Walton County.

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International Coastal Clean Up Day Sept. 17

trashFind a location near you and help clean up our Northwest Florida waterways.

Blue Mountain Beach – Santa Rosa Beach

Surfrider Foundation’s Emerald Coast chapter invites you to participate in the world’s biggest beach cleanup – the International Coastal Cleanup. Last year, more than 800,000 volunteers around the word collected more than 18 million pounds of trash. Join us and protect what you love.

Surfriders will be meeting from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Blue Mountain Beach access in Santa Rosa Beach.

Lake Powell – Panama City Beach

The Lake Powell Community Alliance (LPCA) together with the St. Andrew Bay Resource Management Association (RMA), Friends of Camp Helen State Park, Bay County Audubon and local neighborhoods invite you to participate in a community effort to cleanup Lake Powell.  Sign-in will begin promptly at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 17th at the Lake Powell Park [boat ramp behind Publix] or at Camp Helen State Park.  The cleanup will last until noon. After the cleanup, learn about conservation efforts of the LPCA, RMA (aka St. Andrew Bay Watch), Bay County Audubon, Turtle Watch and other groups at their ‘Eco-booths’ in Lake Powell Park.  Free t-shirts will be given to the first 75 volunteers to register! Participate in a ‘Chance Drawing’ to win some very nice prizes!

In our little corner of the earth, we have a very unique and precious resource.  LAKE POWELL was designated an Outstanding Florida Waterway in 1991. It is among the largest of the rare Coastal Dune Lakes which occur in only a few places around the world. Lake Powell is known for its beauty and biodiversity, as well as its exceptional recreational and educational opportunities.  The Lake Powell Community Alliance (LPCA) is dedicated to protecting this natural resource.

This is a great opportunity to bring our community together for a common cause!  Individuals and teams are welcome. Participants will be given a choice of areas to clean up with access by walking, wading, boating, or paddling. So JOIN the TEAM KEEP it CLEAN!

What to bring: closed-toed shoes, hat, sunscreen, ‘grabber’, work gloves, water, and snacks. Please consider bringing your boat, canoe, kayak or paddleboard and join the armada of cleanup crews. If you do bring your watercraft, please bring required life jackets, whistle, and safety devices.

Provided: vinyl gloves, garbage bags, data cards, coffee and donuts, water, and snacks.

SCHEDULE
8:00 – 9:00 am – Sign-in and orientation
9:00 – 12:00 noon – Lake cleanup
12:00 – Group photo
12:15 – Chance drawing

St. Andrews State Park- Panama City Beach

St. Andrews State Park and the Friends of St. Andrews State Park, Inc. will be hosting a coastal cleanup from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Join volunteers of all ages for this national celebration of public lands. Public Lands Day serves to recognize the importance of preserving precious natural resources through restoration and cleanup activities, while promoting environmental stewardship and awareness. Volunteers will assist this nationwide effort by cleaning up the Gulf and Bayside beaches, including Shell Island. Participants should bring sunscreen, re-usable water bottle, bug spray, and comfortable shoes. Join the effort by land or by sea. If scuba certified bring your dive gear and assist the efforts underwater.

Meet at the Jetties Pavilions or Boat Ramp Picnic Area.

St. Andrews State Park is located at 4607 State Park Lane, Panama City Beach, FL (map)

Lower Econfina Creek – Youngstown

The Florida Trail Panhandle Chapter will be hosting a clean up of the Lower Econfina Creek from 9 a.m. – 12 Noon.

Bring your own boat, or rent one at the Econfina Livery. We will paddle/float the Econfina from the Hwy 20 canoe launch, near Pitt Springs, and take out at the Hwy 388 bridge (approximately six miles). It’s about a three hour trip, and we will pick up as many cans and bottles as we can find. The person who collects the most will win an exciting prize! This will be a leisurely paddle, with some downed trees and snags to add excitement. Capsizing is a possibility, so be prepared with your required personal flotation device and a whistle.

Please bring drinking water, snacks/lunch, bug spray, sun screen, work gloves, pick up tools, and trash bags.

Meet at the Econfina Creek Canoe Launch, Hwy 20, Youngstown, FL (map)

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Bird watching walk with Choctawhatchee Audubon Sept. 17

CAScolorlogosmVisit the holding ponds at the Okaloosa County Waste Water Treatment Facility and FWB Landfill. Meet with Lenny Fenimore, nationally recognized birder, at Pepitos 1313 Lewis Turner Blvd at 7:30 a.m, Sat the 17th of September and travel a short distance to the ponds.

Observe waterfowl, waders and shorebirds migrating through the Florida Panhandle. Contact Lenny at 850 863-2039 for additional information.

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Good News UMC hosting BBQ Festival and car show Oct. 1

carGood News United Methodist Church is hosting a BBQ Festival and car show, Saturday, October 1st, from 12 – 4 p.m.  Live music with Cadillac Willy and Katie Knapp. There will also be a cornhole tournament, and games and activities for all ages.  To register a car go to www.goodnewsumc.net

Good News UMC is located at 4747 Hwy 98 W, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.
Tel: 850-622-9191

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Camp Helen State Park Fall Festival Oct. 8

pumpkinsCamp Helen State Park will be hosting a Fall Festinval on Saturday, October 8 from 12 noon – 5 pm. There will be fun, food, and games for the whole family. 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. A parent or guardian must accompany all children. Parking at the state park is limited to those who need accessible parking.  All others are requested to park at Winn-Dixie and ride the free shuttle to the park.   Winn Dixie is at the junction of U. S. 98 and Front Beach Road a mile east of the Philips Inlet Bridge and about five miles west of Highway 79.

Additionally, Camp Helen will be selling pumpkins 7 days a week, 9 am – 5 pm, starting September 29th through October 31st

These special events are sponsored by the Friends of Camp Helen State Park.

More information is available at facebook.com/FriendsOfCampHelenStatePark, 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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Explore The Outdoors Festival comes to Live Oak Landing Oct. 15

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Walton Outdoors is pleased to announce we will be hosting our seventh annual Explore The Outdoors Festival on Oct. 15, 2016. The event will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the beautiful waterfront location of Live Oak Landing Outdoor Destination, 229 Pitts Avenue in Freeport, Florida.

This fun-filled day is geared towards introducing children to the wonders of exploring nature and the outdoor experience. Hands on activities will include fishing, kayaking, wildlife encounters, archery, interactive educational exhibits, nature-based crafts, giveaways and much more. The event is free. The water activities are geared for children six-years-old and up. Food will be available for purchase.

Activities and exhibits include:
• Fishing on Black Creek
• FISH FLORIDA fishing rod/reel giveaways
• Freshwater fishing education with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
• Kayaking with Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network
• Emerald Coast Hydrobike cruises
• Archery with Freeport Parks and Recreation
• Boating with Wounded Warrior Fishing
• Birding with the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
• Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wildlife exhibit
• Topsail Hill Preserve State Park exhibit
• Ponce De Leon Springs State Park
• Eden Gardens/Camp Helen State Park
• Northwest Florida Astronomy club
• Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance touch tank
• Smokey the Bear and his friends from Forestry
• Falling Waters State Park snake exhibit
• Washington County exhibit
• Florida Public Archaeology Network
• Emerald Coast Science Center
• Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles
• Office Snook water pollution exhibit
• Freeport Town Planters Society crafts
• Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge exhibit
• Mattie Kelly Environmental Institute exhibit
• Glendale Memorial Nature Preserve exhibit

Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors: Gulf Coast Insulation, FISH FLORIDA, Freeport Planters, C.W. Roberts, Copy Systems, Copeland’s Gun and Tackle Shop.

Take CR3280 to McDaniel’s Fishcamp Road, (Black Creek General Store). Follow to the end. Live Oak Landing is on the left. ::MAP::

For more information call (850) 267-2064.

 

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