Upcoming Events

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South Walton Farmers markets

farmersmarketSeaside Amphitheater – Saturdays 8 a.m. – 12 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.
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 – 6 p.m.
Thursdays (Memorial Day-Labor Day) 12 Noon –  6 p.m.

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Farm safety day camp in DeFuniak Springs Feb. 20

Date/time: Monday, Feb. 20 – 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Join in for a fun filled day for youth 8-18 years old to learn about farm and home safety. Children ages 5-7 may attend if accompanied by a parent. Children under 5 cannot attend. Classes include 4-H rec/dance, tractor safety, atv safety, smoke trailer, boating safety, rollover simulation, large animal safety, car seat check and install, archery safety and shooting and snake identification.

Participation is limited to the first 150 applicants. Cost is $5 per child and includes lunch, t-shirt, classes and a goody bag. Download registration form here: Farm Safety Day 2017

The event will be held at the Walton County Fairgrounds, 790 N. 9th Street
DeFuniak Springs, FL.

For more information, call Jenna Brooks at the Walton County Extension office (850) 892-8172.

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Northwest Florida artificial reef workshop in Crestview Feb. 22

Date/time: Wed, Feb. 22 – 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the University of Florida IFAS/Florida Sea Grant would like to invite you to the Florida Northwest Coast Artificial Reef Manager’s Workshop. This meeting will bring together artificial reef managers, scientists and others interested in artificial reefs to discuss new research, statewide initiatives and regional updates for Florida’s Northwest region.

The workshop will be at the Okaloosa County Extension Office, 3098 Airport Rd, Crestview, FL. From 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Cost is $15 and includes lunch.

Exhibit and display space is available on a limited basis. Please contact Laura Tiu to arrange, or if you have additional questions at [email protected].

Registration information can be found by clicking here.

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West Point program at Coastal Branch Library Feb. 22

Date/time: Wed., February 22, 2017, 10 a.m.

The Coastal Branch Library in Santa Rosa Beach is offering a variety of programs every Wednesday in Jan., Feb., and through March 8. The programs will be held in their community room starting at 10 a.m.

A Story of West Point by Richard Barlow Adams will be the focus of a program at the Coastal Branch Library on Feb. 22

Based on research for his book The Parting: A Story of West Point on the Eve of the Civil War, Rich will address the questions: what was West Point like on the eve of the war, what was it like for West Point classmates and best friends to confront each other in combat, and what were West Point’s war loss figures? Rich is the first of three brothers to graduate from the Academy, and in late 1967, six months after graduation, deployed the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to Vietnam as the artillery for- ward observer for D Company (of the 1/506th Infantry of WWI “Band of Brothers” fame), an experience that figures in his most recent novel Song Be. After Vietnam, Rich became an Army aviator and flew a year in the Middle East. After military service, Rich formed, grew and sold an environmental engineering consulting company. Rich served as an adjunct professor at SMU in its graduate school of engineering and as an adjunct assistant professor at West Point.

Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach. For more information, call Linda at 850-267-2809.

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4-H Teen Retreat at Camp Timpoochee Feb. 24 – 26

The University of Florida IFAS Extension 4-H offices are hosting a Teen Retreat at Camp Timpoochee Feb. 24-26, 2017. The weekend is for teens ages 13-18 in the Northwest District of Florida (4-H Districts I, II & III).

If you are interested in meeting other 4-H teens across northwest Florida, love to camp, an would like to be prepared for state events like 4-H Legislature or 4-H U, or college scholarships, this Teen Retreat is tailor made for you. Last year, a committee of youth and adults put together a weekend event to help teens grow their leadership, communication and workforce skills.
WHAT: A fun weekend retreat with your peers
WHEN: February 24-26, 2017
WHERE:Camp Timpoochee, Niceville, FL
HOW: Workshops and fun shops will be planned and taught by youth committee members. Everyone will also participate in a service project.  Participants will be expected to bring what they learn back to their county council and organize a similar service project April 28-30.

Registration is open via 4HOnline.  The cost is $75/person thanks to corporate donations from State Farm and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida.  Participate in our Teen Retreat T-shirt Design Contest and you could win a $50.00 scholarship for this event. Check with your local UF IFAS Extension Office to inquire about any additional scholarships that may be available.  Once you complete your registration online, submit your payment to your local UF IFAS Extension Office.

Learn more details here.

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Tomatoes in the spring garden lecture in Chipley Feb. 25

Date/time: Sat., Feb. 25 – 10 a.m. – 12 Noon

The Washington County UF/IFAS Extension office will be hosting a tomato growing lecture for the spring garden on Saturday, Feb. from 10 a.m. – 12 Noon. The event will be held at Orange Hill Express Store 982 Orange Hill Rd, Chipley

Topics:
• Best Tomato Gardening Practices
• Tips for Cooking with Tomatoes
• Raised Bed Gardening: Tomatoes and Beyond

Refreshments Sponsored By Orange Hill Express of Chipley. There will be on-site demonstrations, hand outs and door prizes.

For Pre-Registration: Contact UF / IFAS Extension Washington County at 850-638-6180 or [email protected] or Orange Hill Express at 850-638-9505.

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Mardi Gras Dog Parade at Village of Baytowne Wharf Feb. 26

Date/time: Sunday, February 26th – 2 p.m.
Location: The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Cost: FREE

Mardi Gras is a fun time for everyone at the Village of Baytowne Wharf, that includes your furry canine friends. This year join us for a unique parade dedicated just to dogs.

This year’s theme is Canines & Comics! Celebrate a man’s best friend with some of the best canine comic book characters, like Krypto and the Man of Steel, and Ace the Bat-Hound and Batman.
Register Here

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Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Parade at Village of Baytowne Wharf Feb. 26

Date/time: Tuesday, February 28th – 5 p.m.

Cost: FREE

Prepare to let your hair down on what many call the most festive day of the year, Fat Tuesday. “Laissez les bon temps rouler” (let the good times roll) with the Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Parade. Unique and colorful floats, golf carts, and pick-up trucks roll down the streets. Dress in your Mardi Gras best, and shower parade-goers with a barrage of beads, moon-pies, and other trinkets. The post-parade celebration continues into the night with street performers, “throws” tossed from balconies on Main St, and parties at various Village merchants.
Register Here

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Learn about Walton’s artificial reefs in Grayton Beach March 1

Date/time: Wed., March 1 – 10 a.m.

South Walton Artificial Reef Association will present a program on their progress of installing reefs just offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. We are not talking about taking barges of wrecked cars and washing machines to dump there. These reefs are scientifically designed and eco-friendly manmade structures which grow plant life and attract fish. Hear about the plans for the future and how scuba divers and snorkelers will delight in the new areas in which enjoy nature. See beautiful scenes of underwater life which exist right under our noses! SWARA personnel Andy McAlexander, Jim Richard and Walt Hartley will share their enthusiastic journey thus far.

The program will be held at the UF/IFAS Walton Extension Coastal Branch at 70 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach. The cost of the program is $5 (payable at the door) which includes instructional handouts and light refreshments. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

Contact Cheryl at 850-892-8172 or [email protected] to save your seat by the Monday before.

Master Gardeners will be on hand to take gardening questions. Soil analysis instruction and supplies will be available for $8 including shipping to the University of Florida for testing. MGs are at this location every Wednesday from 9:00 AM until noon.

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Mississippian Indian culture program at Coastal Branch Library Mar. 1

Date/time: Wed., March 1, 2017, 10 a.m.

The Coastal Branch Library in Santa Rosa Beach is offering a variety of programs every Wednesday in Jan., Feb., and through March 8. The programs will be held in their community room starting at 10 a.m.

Mississippian Indian Culture by Bob Lauderdale will be the focus of a program at the Coastal Branch Library on Mar. 1

In about AD 800, groups of Native Americans developed a culture along the Mississippi River in what is now the southeastern United States. This Mississippian culture is best known for building mounds of earth. The culture ended about 1700, but many of the mounds still stand.

A retired USAF and civil service archaeologist, Bob teaches classes at the Life- long Learning Center in Fort Walton.

Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach. For more information, call Linda at 850-267-2809.

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Seaside School fundraiser, half marathon and 5K run Mar. 3-5

Get ready, set and race to help support the Seaside School. The three-day race weekend includes Taste of the Race pre-party on Friday, the Seaside School Race Expo on Saturday and culminates with the 15th annual Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K Run on Sunday.

Taste of the Race presented by Chef Emeril Lagasse and Visit South Walton on Friday, March 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Seaside’s Lyceum Hall. Participants can pick up packets enjoy cuisine from some of the Gulf Coast’s top chefs, fine wines, craft beer and spirits, listen to live music and get a sneak peak at the silent auction.

Festivities continue on Saturday, March 4 with the Seaside School Race Expo from noon to 6 p.m. on the Seaside Lyceum lawn, where guests can pick up race registration, browse a vendor expo and bid in a silent auction.

The Seaside School Half Marathon race, presented by Vera Bradley, begins at the Seaside Post Office on Sunday, March 5 at 7 a.m. and the 5K Run at 7:25 a.m. Silent auction bidding will remain open up until 11:30 a.m. All finishers receive a designer Vera Bradley tote. Half marathoners receive custom finisher’s medallion, and both races provide a moisture-wicking race shirt, and coveted goody bag.

Tickets to Taste of the Race are $300 for VIP admission, which opens at 6 p.m. and $99 for general admission from 7 to 9 p.m. Race registration is $125 for the Half Marathon and $95 for the 5K. Additional online registration fees may apply. Space is limited; advance registration for both races is required.

Registration for the Half Marathon or 5K race does not include entry into the Taste of the Race with Chef Emeril Lagasse nor does registration for the Taste of the Race include entry into the Half Marathon or 5K race.

For tickets to Taste of the Race or to register for the Seaside School Half Marathon and 5K Run, visit runseasidefl.com.

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Hazmat collection day in north and south Walton March 4

Date/time: Sat., March 4 – 8 a.m. – 12 Noon

The 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 times are from 8 a.m. to 12 Noon.

Locations:
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, they 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.

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Americana Concert Series at Camp Helen State Park March 4

Date/time: Saturday, March 4, 2017 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Camp Helen State Park with Lucky Mud and the Friends of Camp Helen State Park present the Sarah Mac Band as the final concert in the series. Sarah Mac, Claire Swindell, and Charlie Vanture had been playing together for several years when they finally decided to officially name themselves and start booking shows in 2005. They have played many prestigious showcases and festivals such as South by Southwest & Suwanee Springfest and are considered Tallahassee Music Royalty. Their music is rootsy, jazzy and bluesy Americana.

The event is free. Donations will be accepted and go directly to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park to be used to benefit the parks resource management projects and interpretive programs.

Participant Requirements

All concerts are held in the Lodge at Camp Helen State Park. Seating inside the lodge is limited to 125 people.  Additional seating is available outside on the porch.

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

More Information: [email protected] or (850) 233-5059

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Beach nesting shore birds program at Coastal Branch Library Mar. 8

Date/time: Wed., March 8, 2017, 10 a.m.

The Coastal Branch Library in Santa Rosa Beach is offering a variety of programs every Wednesday in Jan., Feb., and through March 8. The programs will be held in their community room starting at 10 a.m.

Beach-Nesting Shore Birds: Florida’s Original Beach Babies program by Bonnie Samuelsen will be held at the Coastal Branch Library on March 8.

Bonnie is Project Coordinator for Audubon Florida’s Coastal Bird Stewardship Program in northwest Florida. You will see and hear about the delightful courtship displays, amazing camouflage, aerial attacks, and survival needs of both solitary and colonial nesting species. There will certainly be a series of “too cute” photos as she talks about chick rearing.

Learn about the issues facing these rare birds and help us educate others in your community.

Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach. For more information, call Linda at 850-267-2809.

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Learn about basic land navigation at Ponce De Leon Springs State Park March 11

Date/time: Sat., March 11, 10-11 a.m.

Join special guest speaker Chris Mize on a ranger led hike at Ponce de Leon Springs State Park. Chris will use his experience from serving in the Army Light Infantry to help give introductory map reading tips and land navigation techniques to help you be better prepared for your next wildland outing. Whether you like to hike cross country, take overnight backpacking trips, or want to know what to do if you lose track of your trail, this hike will be a value to anyone who ventures outdoors. Chris and the Ranger will provide advice on how to plan a trip, read a map, use a compass, and find your way out of the woods.

All participants should meet at the Ponce de Leon Springs State Park parking area. From there we will travel to a less frequented section of the park for the hike. Bring proper footwear for uneven terrain. The hike will be along a mowed service road, but participants may want to take part in some off trail travel. Weather can vary at this time of year so dress appropriate for the predicted conditions. Feel free to bring your own compass or GPS. A few compasses will be available for use.

Entry fees will apply.  $4.00 per vehicle, up to 8 people in the vehicle.

Participation Requirements

More Information call Fred Provost 850-836-4281

Driving Directions
Ponce de Leon Springs State Park Area is located one half mile south of U.S. 90 on C.R. 181A in Ponce de Leon, FL. ::MAP::

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Marvel of Flight festival in DeFuniak Springs March 31 – April 1

The 7th annual Marvel of Flight at the DeFuniak Springs Airport to be held March 31 & April 1, 2017, will be the largest fly-in and aviation expo in Northwest Florida, and the City of DeFuniak Springs is promising to deliver the best line up of special guest speakers, exhibits, and aircraft static displays to-date.

The event is open to the public and en lieu of admission fees, the City of DeFuniak Springs is requesting everyone bring a food pantry donation to benefit the Matrix Community Outreach Center local food bank program.

Headlining the event as honorary guest and hosting a series of advanced flight training forums is three-time National Aerobatic Champion and National Aviation Hall of Fame member Patty Wagstaff.  Other special guests include the Tiger Flight Foundation formation flight demonstration team, Army Aviation Heritage Foundation Wiregrass Chapter, and Hixson Flight Museum.

The fun filled day of activities will include a “Rescue at Dawn” historical re-enactment presented by the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation Wiregrass Chapter involving three Vietnam War Era historical aircraft.

The event will be held at the DeFuniak Springs Airport, 171 Country Club Lane, DeFuniak Springs. ::MAP::

For more information, visit the event website http://www.marvelofflight.com/ or the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MarvelofFlight

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Washington County Heritage Festival in Chipley April 1 – 2

Come experience and enjoy an eclectic mix of unique old world demonstrators, wild animals, antique camper and cars, Indian encampment, Civil War reenactors and much more all to the back drop of one of the Panhandle’s hidden gems. There will be many artists including a blacksmith, chainsaw wood carver, flint knappers and soap makers with a variety of homemade crafts, artwork and jewelry for sale. There will be plenty of great food and drinks and good old fashion fun for the whole family.  While at the park enjoy the natural wonders that make Falling Waters so unique.

Saturday  April 1, 2017  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday  April 2, 2017  12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

This event will be presented at all use areas within the park, including the picnic area, campgrounds, lakes and primitive area. Wearing sunscreen, comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for weather conditions is recommended.There will be a tram available for transportation during the event between the picnic area and the campground.

The standard $5 park entrance fees will apply for up to eight people in a vehicle.

More information: Falling Waters State Park (850) 638-6130

Falling Waters State Park, 1130 State Park Road, Chipley, FL 32428

The park is located three miles south of Chipley, off State Road 77A. ::MAP::

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Easter Explosion at The Village of Baytowne Wharf April 15

Date/time: Saturday, April 15th – 12 – 3 p.m.

Cost: FREE

Bounce on over to the Village of Baytowne Wharf for an Easter Explosion, Saturday April 15th.

Enjoy a day filled with family friendly entertainment, enjoy lawn games, face-painting, and even race over our inflatable obstacle course. And don’t forget to get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny.

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