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Celebrity to host outdoor projection art festival

Style Icon India Hicks coming to 2009 Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach The resort town of Alys Beach, Florida and “Studio b.” announced that India Hicks will host the second annual “Digital Graffiti” festival on Saturday, June 6th. Digital Graffiti is the world’s first outdoor projection art festival, with artists using the latest technologies to project original works onto the town’s iconic white walls. A well-known author, TV host and fashion model for Ralph Lauren, Gap, and J. Crew, among...

A day at the Rockin S Auction

Paxton comes alive the first Saturday of the month As times get leaner, many are looking into finding creative ways to find a bargain. One way to find the real deal, is to take drive to the Rockin S Auction the first Saturday of the month. Held at the old livestock building on U.S. Hwy 331 in Paxton, the auction comes to life around 8:30 a.m. as a stream of trucks and trailers pour into the site loaded with everything...

Alaqua Animal Refuge friend of the week

I just need a little help Quill is a special needs puppy.  This beautiful, playful Sharpei girl was born with an eye condition that will need to be corrected with surgery.  If you would like to adopt Quill or donate to help fund her surgery, contact Alaqua Animal Refuge at 850-880-6399 or go online at www.AlaquaAnimalRefuge.com...

Garden Club launches landscape competition

Competition showcases residential and commercial gardens The Green Thumb Garden Club of Santa Rosa Beach is sponsoring “The American Pride Landscape Competition” for residential and commercial gardens, starting March 27 through April 27. Gardens of many types have been featured – wildflower gardens, native plant gardens, shade gardens, water gardens, gardens for sitting, gardens for walking, gardens for relaxing –  even gardens for gardening. The competition promotes gardening excellence in South Walton County and recognizes community residents and local businesses...

Green Thumb Garden Club to meet at library

Daylily expert to speak on April 15 The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet on Wed. April 15, at the Coastal Branch Library at 9:30 a.m. The featured speaker will be Mollie Klemas, president of the Pensacola Daylily Club. Mollie Klemas will be talking about the culture and types of daylilies and incorporating them into an already existing landscape or creating a new one.  Using pictures from her gardens, Klemas will show pictures of almost 200 varieties of lilies that...

The South Walton Garden

Getting through to Spring in your garden February in South Walton is still cold to me.  Some of my favorite plants that get to Spring are: Bottlebrush speciman or hedge evergreen with beautiful red blooms attracts hummingbirds dwarf, medium, tall and weeping varieties Camellias japonica (large leaves) or sasanqua (small leaves) evergreen depending on variety -early blooming November to late blooming March beautiful red, pink, white, doubles and bi-colors are available compact to tree forms Tea Olives small ornamental trees...

Nature girl’s weekend picks

Saturday, Feb. 21 Florida Sportsman Fishing and Boat Show Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun., 10. a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: Okaloosa County Fairgrounds, 1958 Lewis Turner Blvd., Ft Walton Beach Admission: $8 adults, children 12 and under with parent free. Learn About Turpentining at Topsail Hill Preserve Location: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Saturday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. Be part of a turpentining crew as they go out into the piney woods and earn their daily babbits (or tokens...

Dog Talk: Curbing the jumping habit

Change a bad habit by following a simple formula Dear Niki , How can I stop my dog jumping all over my guests when they come into our home? Some of our guests insist they do not mind, but we find it troublesome.  It makes it hard to enjoy our guests. Julie in Freeport Dear Julie, Let me assure you that this is a problem easily solved and managed if you will invest some time into training your doggie in...

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...