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Santa sightings, holiday events in north and south Walton

‘Tis the season for Santa Claus spotting and photo opportunities with the big guy. Also some outdoor markets and family oriented outdoor events. Here are a few ideas: Nov. 23 The Nutcracker – Seaside Amphitheater 5 p.m. Ballet Pensacola performs during the eighth annual performance of the beloved ballet that launched a national holiday tradition. Free and open to the public. Nov. 29 Alys in Winter Wonderland 10 a.m. -12 p.m. Join Santa for cookie decorating and holiday cheer. Cookies...

Wesley House at Eden lights up for the holidays, candle light tour Dec. 14

A wonderful holiday tradition in South Walton continues as Eden Gardens State Park Wesley House lights up for the holidays. Tours of the Wesley House are Thursday – Monday from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., every hour on the hour. The Christmas decorations will be up through Dec. 31. The rest of the park is open 7 days a week. Enjoy the walk through the luminaries and a candlelight tour from 5 – 8 p.m. on Dec. 14, 2019. Take a free tour...

Hometown Christmas shopping fair in DeFuniak Springs Nov. 30

The annual Hometown Christmas will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, from 8 am – 4 pm at the Walton County Fairgrounds on Highway 83 North in DeFuniak Springs. The annual shopping event brings thousands of holiday shoppers to historic DeFuniak Springs and features activities for children, food, entertainment, and hundreds of unique one-of-a-kind gifts for every taste.  Free admission. For more information, call (850) 830-1661....

Veterans Day ceremonies in DeFuniak Springs and Freeport Nov. 11

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS 11 a.m.– The 2012-2013 Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander-in-Chief John E. Hamilton will provide the keynote address at the City of DeFuniak Springs annual Veterans Day ceremony on Monday, November 11, 2019, at 11 a.m. The ceremony will take place at the DeFuniak Springs Amphitheater, 1183 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435.  The event is free and open to the public. FREEPORT 2 p.m. – There will be a Veterans Day program at the Veteran’s Memorial Park in...

South Walton Fire District hosting Caring and Sharing Angel Tree through Dec. 4

South Walton Fire District is once again sponsoring the Caring and Sharing Angel Tree. Each holiday season the “Angel Tree” is filled with names of children throughout Walton County that otherwise may not receive Christmas gifts without your assistance. “Angels” will be available for selection beginning Monday, November 4, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Station 3/Headquarters, 911 North County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach. The deadline for gift drop off is scheduled for December 4, 2019....

Community clean up day in Choctaw Beach Nov. 12 – 16

Dumpsters will be provided for Walton County residents to dispose of tires (4), appliances, electronics, metal, furniture, old lumber, junk, and other miscellaneous debris. The District 4 Road Crew will collect yard waste in the community during the week. This event is for the convenience of the residents of the community to dispose of small quantities of junk and debris.  This is not for businesses of any kind.  Large loads should be taken to the Landfill for disposal. The event will...

Best daffodils for north Florida lecture in DeFuniak Springs Nov. 9

On Sat., Nov. 9, 2018 from 9 -10 a.m., Master Gardener Dara Dobson of 7 Pines Native Plant Nursery will host a free lecture on daffodils. The program will cover best cultivars for our warm climate, how to plant and how to maintain for years of enjoyment. There will be nine types of bulbs available for purchase. 7 Pines Native Plant Nursery is located at 2365 County Hwy 192, DeFuniak Springs. Call 850-830-8996 or e-mail wildflowersmatter@7pinesranch.com...

Public meeting on planned Walton area prescribed burns at Eden Gardens State Park Nov. 14

Local agencies from Walton are inviting the public’s participation in a “town hall” meeting to discuss the annual prescribed burning program on public lands. Cooperating agencies include the Florida Forest Service, Florida Park Service, South Walton Fire District, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Atlanta Botanical Garden Organization and Walton County Emergency Management. Discussions will involve prescribed fire benefits, preparations and evaluations on local state forests and state parks. The meeting will be held Nov. 14 from 5:30 – 7...

Herb gardening lecture in DeFuniak Springs Nov. 6

The Walton County Master Gardeners present their next Lecture Series installment on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 10:00 AM.  Jane Szarek and Paula Thornquist will share their experience and knowledge of herb gardening.  The location is the UF/IFAS Walton Extension Office at 732 N. Ninth Street, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433. These Master Gardeners will address growing herbs inside as well as in the garden.  They will cover which plants are perennials, and which are annuals, and how to preserve them.   Some herbs are grown for...

Burn ban issued for Walton County

October 9, 2019 – Walton County officials have issued a burn ban resolution: WHEREAS, the Walton county Board of Commissioners does hereby find that the circumstances present in Walton County create a public safety hazard that would be exacerbated by outdoor burning; and WHEREAS, Walton County Emergency Management and the Florida Forest Service have conferred and support the banning of open burning and certain fireworks use; and WHEREAS, all outdoor burning of yard trash, household paper products, bonfires, campfires, warming...

Hazmat recycling, tire amnesty day at in north and south Walton Nov. 2

Walton County is hosting a hazmat recycling and waste tire amnesty collection on November 2, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The events will be held at: • Walton County Fairgrounds – Highway 83 North, DeFuniak Springs • Topsail Hill Preserve State Park – 7525 W County Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach Representatives from the Walton County Solid Waste and Recycling office will be on hand to help unload the following items from your car: Pesticides, Used Oil, Stale...

Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set in Fort Walton Beach October 12

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park are holding an Exotic Pet Amnesty Day event on Saturday, Oct. 12, in Fort Walton Beach. People may surrender their exotic pets at the event, whether they are being kept legally or illegally, without penalty or cost. The Exotic Pet Amnesty Program offers a legal alternative to releasing exotic pets that owners can no longer keep and helps reduce the number of nonnative species being introduced into...