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Walton County Master Gardener tree sale Jan. 16

The Walton County Master Gardeners will be hosting a tree sale at the Walton County Fairgrounds on Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. – 12 noon. Flowering, shade, citrus and fruit trees, suitable for planting now in our area, will be available at bargain prices.  Azaleas, camellias, blueberries, ornamental grasses and vines can be found as well.  Master Gardeners will be on hand to help with gardening questions and provide information on the plants. The 4-H Youth will host a pancake...

Nature girl’s weekend picks

Master Gardener Plant Sale – Saturday Jan. 17 DeFuniak Springs –  09:00 am to 12:00 pm The Walton County Master Gardeners will be holding a plant sale at the Extension Center next to the fairgrounds on SR 83. / / / Learn about Turpentining – Sat. Jan 17 Location: Topsail Hill State Preserve State Park Santa Rosa Beach – 10:00 am Be part of our turpentining crew as they go out into the piney woods and earn their daily babbits....

Dog talk: House training your dog

Have You “Reverse House Trained” your Dog? Does your dog refuse to go to the bathroom outside when you are present? Does your dog play outside and then come back inside and go to the bathroom in your absence? Does your dog look guilty if you see them going to the bathroom inside? If you answer “yes” to any of these then you may have housetrained your dog the wrong way round.  Housetraining is a huge issue for dogs.  Why?...

Water Gardening ‘101’ on Jan. 10

Pete Wilson of Pete’s Ponds will be conducting a free seminar on water gardening On Saturday, Jan. 10 at 10:30 a.m. Daisy’s Garden Shop 84 Veterans Road, Santa Rosa Beach Learn the difference between:  Water Gardens – Koi Ponds – Goldfish Ponds – Formal and Natural Ponds Pete will touch a little on each of the following subjects: • History of Water Features • Pond Ecology • Plants • Fish • Filtration • Liners • Pumps • Designing • Building...

Clicker Training For Fun, Agility and Obedience Jan. 10

A day of fun for you and your dog DogSmith Training Center & Agility Camp 1778 Linda Lane, Bonifay, FL  32425 40 minutes from the beaches $100.00 per person Learn how to click for: sit, down, stay, heel, front, stand Schedule: 10 a.m. Start – Clicker Training Overview 11.00 a.m. Click for Obedience 12.00 Lunch 1.00 p.m. – Agility Overview 2.00 p.m. – Obstacle Orientation 3.00 p.m. – Obedience Competition 4.00 p.m. – Agility Competition Understand the difference between: Luring...

Dog Talk: Choosing your new best friend ‘for life’

Some things to consider if getting a new puppy is part of the plan this Christmas I find it fascinating to consider a person’s choice of breed for a family pet.  It seems that with some owners, there has clearly been careful consideration choosing the “right dog.” With other owners, less thought appears to have gone into choosing their pet than in deciding where to vacation for a weekend. This has always seemed a little strange to me as the...

Deadline approaching for the Angel Tree

Help bring a smile to a child this holiday season South Walton Fire District is hosting the Angel Tree for Caring and Sharing. You can stop by the station and pick an angel card with the name of a child, or a family with their wish. Buy the appropriate toy, game, puzzle, etc. and bring it back (wrapped) to Station 3. The cards are ready now and office hours are Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. All gifts...

Winter Market at WaterColor Dec. 20

A German Christmas style market with crafts, music and food WaterColor Inn and Resort and the WaterColor Community Association will host a Winter Market on Sat. Dec. 20,  from 12:00 – 7:00 p.m. The event will take place at WaterColor’s Town Center. The ‘Winter Market’ concept is reminiscent of a traditional German Christmas market, where a variety of vendors display merchandise and crafts in a street fair setting – making the sites, smells and sounds of the season come alive...

Audubon Christmas bird count Dec. 15

Volunteer locally in the annual winter bird count held across the country every year The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will conduct the annual Choctawhatchee Bay Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Monday, Dec. 15.  Volunteers are needed to assist experienced leaders as recorders or spotters; no experience necessary.  This is the 108th annual winter count since ornithologist Frank Chapman, in 1900, proposed that counting birds should replace the custom of shooting birds during the holidays. Today, over 55,000 volunteers from all 50...

Dog Talk: Socializing your puppy

Socializing an important part of raising your new pup Question We just got our first puppy and we are of course trying to learn everything possible about doing things properly with her so we get a good family dog. What advise can you give us? Patricia, Shalimar Answer Well Patricia you omitted to mention what breed of puppy you have although with this questions it is not actually relevant. I say that because right now the nature versus nurture question...

Cottages for Kids auction Nov. 29

Cottages are now on display for play Cottages For Kids is an annual auction of upscale children’s playhouses that builder’s and architects come together to create, construct, decorate and donate for auction. The proceeds of the auction goes to benefit the Children’s Volunteer Health Network. CVHN, HEALTHY HAPPY KIDS, is a faith-based 501(c)3 organization, established in 2005 in direct response to Walton and Okaloosa counties’ large population of families who are unable to access high quality health services due to...