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Spend the day outside with your valentine

Alternatives to traditional valentine celebrations abound in Walton The area offers many ways to spend time with your Valentine. A romantic dinner, flowers, candy and love. With the holiday coming on a weekend, there is a variety of alternatives available in Santa Rosa Beach, Coldwater Creek or Big Cypress Ranch up in Ponce DeLeon. Here is a list to get you out and about (click on the titles below for more info): Village of Baytowne Wharf offers sweet fun for...

Take a sweetheart tour of homes Feb. 14

Home tour to benefit CAA The Cultural Arts Association’s Valentine Tour of Homes will take place on Saturday, February 14 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm along the Beaches of South Walton. Tickets will go on sale Friday, January 23 at these ticket outlets: Tour of Homes Ticket Outlets: Destin > Smith’s Antiques Mall 12500 Emerald Coast Parkway Destin > Today’s Boutique 4433 Commons Drive East (in the Publix Shopping Center) Grand Boulevard > Guest Services Kiosk located between Tommy...

Camellia Festival in Eden Gardens State Park

Learn about the beautiful winter blooms at Eden Feb. 7 The Friends of Eden pay tribute to the Camellia Saturday, February 7th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Eden Gardens State Park in Pt. Washington, North of Highway 98 via Hwy 395. Visitors are invited to stroll through amazing camellias, discover heritage handicraft demonstrations on the grounds, learn air layering, (a camellia propagating technique,) and camellia waxing for bloom preservation. Attend lectures on camellia care and other plant related...

Nature Girl’s Weekend Picks

Learn about the beautiful winter blooms at Eden Gardens State Park Feb. 7 The Friends of Eden pay tribute to the Camellia Saturday, February 7th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Eden Gardens State Park in Pt. Washington, North of Highway 98 via Hwy 395. Visitors are invited to stroll through amazing camellias, discover heritage handicraft demonstrations on the grounds, learn air layering, (a camellia propagating technique,) and camellia waxing for bloom preservation. Attend lectures on camellia care and...

Florida Chautauqua Assembly Jan. 29 – Feb. 1

14th Annual Florida Chautauqua Assembly: A Journey into Africa in DeFuniak Springs The Chautauqua Assembly is a four-day, conference-style event featuring keynote speakers, performances, special events, and day sessions. The Assembly’s theme for this year is Africa, with a wide array of subjects including politics, art, travel, missionary work, to growing up in Apartheid. Featured keynote speakers are Gregory Garland, U.S. State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs; Naomi Tutu, daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Jim Fowler, former co-star, Mutual...

Pups in training

Dog socialization classes available at Bark Park Pups were learning good behavior and socialization at a class held at the Bark Park on Jan. 25. Ongoing classes will be held the fourth Sunday of each month from 1:30 – 3 p.m. For more information contact: http://www.888dogsmith.com/ The Bark Park is located on J.D. Miller Road in Santa Rosa Beach....

SWELL to meet Jan. 29

SWELL to feature speaker Phillip Ellis South Walton Environmental & Low-impact Living Thursday, January 29, 2009, 6:00 p.m. Redfish Village Owner’s Lounge 2046 Scenic Highway 30A Blue Mountain Beach Directions: Redfish Village is located on the corner of SR 83 (Blue Mountain Road) and Scenic 30A. The Owners Lounge is on the second floor of the southwestern most building in the Village (behind the Redfish Village office). Light snacks will be provided, though please feel free to bring a snack...

Obedience Training Workshop Jan. 24

A day of learning for you and your dog An obedience training workshop is being offered at the DogSmith Training Center in Vernon on Saturday, Jan. 24. The cost $100.00 and includes workbook, handouts, treats, lunch and refreshments. What you will learn • How can you quantify where your obedience skills are in terms of reliability and performance • How can you identify where you want to go with your obedience goals • Train to Perform and perform as you...

Camellias blooming at Eden

Flowers displaying brilliant color The camellias a popping out in bloom at Eden Gardens State Park in Point Washington. Plants are available for purchase at the State park from The Friends of Eden. On Feb. 11, the Seagrove Garden Club will meet at Eden Gardens State Park to enjoy the blooming camellias. The meeting will feature an expert on the flower, then lunch will follow in the Pavilion. Call Sharon Jenkins 850-231-3584 for more info. Eden Gardens State Park is...

Stir it in the Sauce Jan. 17

Gumbo and games at Fonville Press Saturday, January 17, 5-8 p.m. Fonville Press All you can eat chicken and sausage gumbo, s’mores and hot cocoa. Live music by the Coconut String Band. $10 for adults, kids 10 and under eat free. $5 pitchers of beer, $4 glasses of wine. As always, enjoy petanque, ping-pong, bocce, horsehoes and a firepit. Come back for Superbowl XLIII Sunday, Feb. 1 at 5 p.m. The game will be shown on the big screen! Grilled...