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Make Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop in Niceville Nov. 16

Mattie M. Kelly Environmental Institute is presenting a Make Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop on Friday, November 16, 2018, 11 AM to 12 PM in the Robert E. Greene, Jr. Science Building (Building 350), Room 127 on the Niceville Campus of Northwest Florida State College. Only 10 barrels are available to make.  They are $25 each, and rain barrels are reserved for those FIRST registered, first served. RSVP now for a barrel. In addition, however, observers are welcome for FREE!...

Upcoming holiday markets in north and south Walton

Enjoy holiday shopping from local vendors in north and south Walton. Click on our calendar for more holiday events. Holiday market in Rosemary Beach Nov. 17 The annual winter market in Rosemary Beach will be held on Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. It is a day-long event that will have 80 artists from across the region in a variety of media including fine and folk art, pottery, holiday decor and gifts, handcrafted jewelry, handmade furniture, yard art,...

Make a child’s Christmas brighter with Santa Patrol and Angel Tree programs

Make Christmas a little brighter for a child in need. South Walton Fire District and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office are both hosting toy drives. South Walton Fire District Angel Tree: 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 from 9 a.m- 4 p.m....

Saltbush provides a nice native landscaping alternative

Saltbush, also called groundsel tree or sea myrtle, looks like a cloud of white flowers where you least expect it, hovering about 8 feet off the ground. For most of the year, saltbush (Baccharis halimifolia) goes unnoticed, but it just so happens to burst into bloom when few other plants do.The not-so-lowly saltbush flowers profusely along roadsides and ditches in the fall. This native woody shrub isn’t used very often in home landscapes, but it is perfectly suited to Florida...

Hazmat recycling and waste tire amnesty day at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Nov. 17

Time: 8 am – 12 pm Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park as it hosts a hazmat recycling and waste tire amnesty collection on November 17, 2018 from 8:00 am to Noon.  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 Gasoline, Solvents, Fertilizers, Paint, Paint Thinners, Paint Strippers, Batteries, Furniture Polish, Brake Fluid, Engine Degreasers, Anti-Freeze, Pool Chemicals, Insecticides and  Spot...

Ornamental grass seminar in Grayton Beach Nov. 7

Daniel Leonard, UF/IFAS Walton County Horticulture agent will discuss ornamental grasses on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the Extension Coastal Branch at 10 a.m. Learn how to choose plants that will do well in your landscape and will look their best with minimum care.  The discussion will include some new varieties and how to place them. The cost is $5 (cash or check only, please) – payable at the door and includes light refreshments.  Seating is limited, and reservations are required.  Call 850-892-8172...

Walton County Emergency Management launches volunteer process to assist with relief

In the wake of Hurricane Michael, Walton County has been inundated with volunteer requests from our wonderful County residents. In order to provide an opportunity for those who would like to volunteer, we have created a registration link. Want to volunteer? Please do not drive into the Panama City area to hunt opportunities, OR to drive around and sight see. Traffic is affecting first responders and home owners. Go here to volunteer: https://www.volunteerflorida.org/… Emergency Management is looking for volunteers to...

Walton County Health Department issues rabies alert

On Sept. 19, 2018, the Florida Department of Health in Walton County (DOH-Walton) received confirmation of a fourth fox that has tested positive for rabies.  The location of the four foxes were, two in the Windswept area of Freeport and two in North Walton.  Therefore, the rabies alert will be extended for another 60 days. All residents and visitors in Walton County should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population and domestic animals are at risk...

Pond plant lecture in DeFuniak Springs Oct. 3

The Walton County Master Gardeners would like to invite you to attend their upcoming Master Gardener Lecture Series “Pond Plants” on Wednesday, October 3rd from 10 am – Noon at the UF/IFAS Walton County Extension office, 732 N. 9th Street, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433. This workshop will feature Agriculture Agent Evan Anderson discussing ponds and the plants that live in them, good and bad. Seating is limited, so call (850)-892-8172 to reserve your spot. Cost of the program is $5...

Fall cheese making workshop in DeFuniak Springs Sept. 27

Registration is now open for anyone interested in learning more about making cheese and Greek yogurt at home. Nutrition, food safety and recommended sanitation methods, will be discussed. Making cheese and yogurt is a great way to use local ingredients, save money, and be creative in the kitchen. Participants will learn to make and store homemade mozzarella, ricotta, cherve/fromage blanc and Greek yogurt. The Artisanal Cheese Making & Greek Yogurt Workshop will be held on Thursday, September 27th from 5:30-8:00...