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


Geocaching event at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park every Wednesday

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Topsail Hill State Park invites you to enjoy their “one of a kind” geocache program every Wednesday through Nov. 8. Visitors can check in at the Camp Store and pick up the geocache packet. This activity will take you to various points throughout the Preserve. Note: the hiking and biking trails are easy to moderate in difficulty, some are paved, sand and gravel, or hard pack.

What is Geocaching? It is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches,” at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. Geocaching was originally similar to the 160-year-old game letterboxing, which uses clues and references to landmarks embedded in stories. Geocachers are free to take a treasure, or “swag” (except the logbook, pencil, or stamp) from the cache in exchange for leaving something of similar or higher value behind.

Enter the park through the main gate and park staff will direct you to the Camp Store, you will need a GPS or a smart phone capable with GPS.

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::

Bird life along the Emerald Coast workshop in Niceville Feb. 23

Photo courtesy Walt Spence.

Mattie M. Kelly Environmental Institute presents their latest 2018 workshop: “Bird Life Along the Emerald Coast,” with guest presenter Dr. Caroline Stahala, program manager for Audubon Florida. Through the classroom and field portions of the workshop, participants will be introduced to identifying a variety of coastal birds along with information on their behavior and conservation efforts.

The workshop will be Friday, February 23, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Robert E. Greene, Jr. Science Building (Building 350), Room 110 on the Niceville Campus.

Free and open to the public.

Dr. Caroline Stahala is the program manager for Audubon Florida in the panhandle. Her objective is to implement conservation efforts for shorebirds and seabirds found along Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast. Dr. Stahala has a diverse educational background including a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of North Carolina, a Master of Science in Zoology from North Carolina State University and a doctorate from Florida State University. She has been involved in bird conservation efforts for the past 17 years.

For more information Email: mkei@nwfsc.edu, Tel: 850-729-4915.


Film event urging reversal of offshore drilling plan in Santa Rosa Beach March 1

Shore Stories is a film series and organizing initiative that uses short documentary films to build public opposition to the Federal government’s plans to expand offshore drilling to the coast of Florida. The six short films curated by Working Films and allied organizations, highlight the growing grassroots movement building across the U.S., as well as stories from past oil and gas exploration – including the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster.

These efforts follow an announcement from the Trump administration on January 4, 2018, to expand offshore drilling to the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans, as well as the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, and off the Florida Gulf coast. Shore Stories events will be used to drive turnout and public participation during the 60-day public comment period on the proposal, which will take place through March 9, 2018. Local environmental officials from Gulf Restoration Network and Surfrider Foundation will be onhand to lead a discussion following the films.

The event will be held on Thursday, March 1 at 6 p.m. at Grayton Beer Company, 217 Serenoa Rd. Santa Rosa Beach.

Partners on this tour include: Center for Biological Diversity, Environment Florida, Florida Conservation Voters, Oceana, Gulf Restoration Network, ReThink Energy Florida, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Surfrider Foundation, and Waterkeeper Alliance. Shore Stories is a project of Working Films, a national nonprofit organization based in Wilmington, NC. Recognizing the power of stories to inspire and transform, Working Films builds partnerships between documentary filmmakers, nonprofit organizations, educators and advocates to advance social justice and environmental sustainability.

Shore Stories Films:
1.)  Protect The Atlantic – By Assateague Coastal Trust
2.) Slow Season – By John Fiege
3.) After the Spill – (Excerpt) – By Jon Bowermaster
4.) Sonic Sea – (Excerpt)  – By NRDC & Imaginary Forces, with IFAW and Diamond Docs
5.) Protecting the Atlantic – By Swell Productions for the Surfrider Foundation
6.) Wave of Opposition Against Offshore Drilling – By Oceana

The event is free. Registration and more information is available here.


Haz-mat collection day in north and south Walton March 3

The Walton County Board of County Commissioners is sponsoring a project to collect, recycle, treat and properly dispose of these and other household hazardous wastes on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 8 am to 2 pm.

The collection will be held at two locations:
• Walton County Fairgrounds – Highway 83 North, DeFuniak Springs
• Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach

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 at both locations.  Walton County residents may bring up to 12 tires per residence.

Be advised:
• No gas cylinders or explosives will be accepted
• Due to the hazardous nature of certain components in home computers, they will not be accepted. The County will be accepting old computer hardware including processors, monitors, keyboards, printers, scanners, etc.

Conditionally exempt small quantity generators (small business, schools, growers, etc.) will be accepted, but at a paid for rate that will be reduced from normal costs.

For more information or to schedule a drop of time, please contact the Walton County Landfill at 850-892-8180.


Americana music in the lodge at Camp Helen State Park March 3

The last of the Americana Music in the Lodge concerts will be a sweet adieu on March 3rd with the trio 2PM from South Florida. The sweetest harmonies, some of the most beautiful lyrics and instrumentation in the country will make this last concert a bitter sweet finale to the 2018 series.

Come prepared to buy CDs and merchandise from all of these performers. You will want to take a little piece of the evenings performance home with you.

Concerts start at 6:30 p.m. and the doors open at 6 pm. You will be given a number upon your arrival at the lodge and the opportunity to select your seat by placing your number on a chair. Then, feel free to roam around Camp Helen and enjoy the beauty of our park. From the view of the pristine waters of Lake Powell, one of the world’s largest barrier dune lakes, to the out buildings that create the “camp” aspect of the park and the natural beauty, even in the dead of a Florida winter, you can appreciate the wonders that make Camp Helen a very special place in the heart of the Florida Panhandle.

While the concerts are free, the Friends of Camp Helen request a donation to help with the continuance of the series and special projects that benefit the park. Refreshments will be available for a donation.

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::

Phone: 850–233–5059


Walton County Master Gardeners share pass along plants March 7

The next installment of the Walton County Master Gardeners Lecture Series will feature not only a program on pass along plants, but a plant swap! Participants may bring a plant to share and bring another home to plant.

Master Gardeners, Marianne Burbach and Barbara Young will team up to discuss an old-fashioned gardening ritual, the sharing of plants from your garden. They will cover pros and cons of this practice plus feature some of their favorite success stories.

Please join us on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the UF/IFAS – Walton County Extension Office.  The location is 732 N 9th Street in DeFuniak Springs.  The cost is $5, cash or check only please, payable at the door.  Light refreshments will be served, and a plant list will be available.

Other Master Gardeners will be on hand to take gardening questions and help with soil testing. Seating is limited, and reservations are required.  Call 850-622-0192 or bayoubarbara120@aol.com to reserve your place.


Where to find Easter eggs March 10

Helen McCall Park, Santa Rosa Beach

10 – 11 a.m.

Seagrove Baptist Church will be hosting a community Easter egg drop at Helen McCall Park on March 10. They will have some eggs already on the ground and will drop 3,000 eggs from a helicopter. A toddler area will be available, and the church give away a family of 4 season passes for Big Kahuna’s Water Park in Destin. Registration for give way starts at 9 a.m. A photo booth and face painting will also be available.

Helen McCall Park is located at 325 Moll Dr., Santa Rosa Beach.

E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center, Freeport

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Cost: $10

Get outdoors and enjoy a Nature EGGstravaganza and Egg Hunt at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center on Saturday, March 10.

Hundreds of eggs filled with goodies will be scattered on the lawn and throughout the Biophilia trails. There will be three age divided hunts with the first one starting at 10:00 a.m. Meet the Easter Bunny, play games in the Egg Olympics, decorate eggs, hang out with Alaqua Animal Refuge’s Spring time farm animals, and explore the Center. Hot dog lunch and other snacks will be available for purchase. You must pre-register online because of limited availability in each age group. Cost is $10 per child. To register, click here.

* Free admission to adults with participating child. Make sure to bring your own basket. Extra prizes will be awarded to those that find the eggs with the Biophilia Logo inside. Local Organizations are welcome to sponsor Easter Basket Prizes for winners.

Schedule of Events:9:00-11:00 Egg Olympics (ongoing)
9:00-12:00 Turtle Bob’s Reptile Room Open
10:00 Egg Hunt (Ages 3 and Under)
10:30 Egg Hunt (Ages 4-7)
11:00 Egg Hunt (Ages 8-12)
11:30 World Of Wonder Exhibit
12:00 Birds of Prey Show

E.O.Wilson Biophilia Center is located at 4956 State Hwy 20 East, Freeport, Florida 32439. For more information call 850-835-1824.


St. Patrick’s Day parade and festival in Santa Rosa Beach March 17

Everyone is Irish on St Patrick’s Day, and where better to be green than the 30A St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival March 17. The parade kicks off on Scenic Hwy. 30A at 2 p.m. and the festival at 3 p.m. at Arnett’s Gulfside Farm and Stables on CR393 in Santa Rosa Beach. The entertainment after the parade will start with the Drake School of Irish dance, followed by an afternoon of Irish jigs and reels with The O’Mericans. There will be an array of activities for the kids and adults, including face painting, best dressed pet, Best Redhead (girl) Best pirate (boy), 30 ft. slides, live music by the O’Mericans, and more. Food vendors with traditional corned beef and cabbage and green beer will be available.

Ticket prices begin at – $10 for adults, kids are $5 each, kids 4 and under are free. Click here for tickets: www.30aparade.com.

The parade begins on Scenic Highway 30a and heads 4 miles west, ending at CR393 near Gulf Place. Walton County Commissioner Tony Anderson will be this year’s Grand Marshal.

The Best in Parade perpetual trophy is up for grabs for the best decorated car, trucks or floats, won last year by ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation rentals. Festival goers can purchase commemorative T shirts, experience arts and crafts, kids activities, face painting, and of course a variety of food and drinks.


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