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Breakfast with a Ranger April 11

Have breakfast with a Park Ranger at Topsail Location: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Saturday, April 11 – 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The Department of Environmental Protection’s Topsail Hill Preserve State Park will be having its Breakfast with a Ranger. Join the Rangers of Topsail Hill and ask them all the questions you can think of about park wildlife. This program is family oriented and ideal for the whole family to enjoy. To cover the cost of food please...

Farmers Market to open in Freeport May 2

New Farmers’ markets in both North and South Walton County – Join the Fun CANCELLED The Agriculture and Communities Together (ACT) Walton coalition announces the creation of a new farmers’ market in Walton County.  The new market will open on Saturday, May 2nd from 8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Owl’s Head in Freeport.  This open air market will operate weekly at the Owl’s Head Sales Center, located at 11286 Hwy. 331 South. Owl’s Head Farmers’ Market will be the...

Enjoy a dolphin cruise for a good cause May 2

Southern Star hosting Emerald Coast Wildlife Rescue fundraiser Join the refuge for a two hour cruise aboard The Southern Star, and help support the mission of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge. There will be plenty of free food and beverages, entertainment and door prizes. You will also have the opportunity to meet the Animal Ambasadors – the residents of the refuge. For tickets or more information call the refuge at 850-650-1880. When:   Saturday May 2nd 2009, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m....

Farmers Market in Seaside returns

Every Saturday  from 8 a.m. -12 p.m. through September This Saturday is the first Farmers Market of the year, and Raw and Juicy turns One!  Celebrate with Waffles and Hoola Hoops and lots of great local produce and goods. List of vendors: Vegan Chef Jamie Dietrich –  Chocolate and Whole Wheat  Waffles Moonlight Micro Farm – Hoola Hoops and Alfalfa and Sunflower Sprouts Twin Oaks Farm – Yummy Farm Fresh Organic Eggs, Preserves, and Ice Cream Touch of Grace Designs,...

Nature girl’s weekend picks

Here comes the sun and there is lots to do Saturday, April 4 Seaside Farmer’s Market returns This Saturday is the first Farmers Market of the year, and Raw and Juicy turns One!  Celebrate with Waffles and Hoola Hoops and lots of great local produce and goods. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO / Learn all about American alligators 9 a.m.- Once they were hunted, then they were protected, now they are farmed.  Come and learn the facts and history of...

Get Outdoors Florida!

It’s official! Getting outdoors is good for you Gov. Charlie Crist and his Cabinet signed a resolution Mar. 24 encouraging families to Get Outdoors Florida!  The resolution recognizes the Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights and  promotes Get Outdoors Florida! activities April 4-5 and throughout the year. When introducing the resolution Commissioner Charlie Bronson said, “Spending time outdoors is a healthy and emotionally satisfying experience for people of all ages, and is especially beneficial for our children, and allows them an...

Give BIG, Give Local on Apr. 4

Help fill local food banks while you enjoy a day of great music Give BIG volunteers have coordinated a local food drive to collect canned food items for the Harvest House, St. Andrew’s By the Sea Episcopal Church, Destin Harvest, Ronald McDonald House and child sized toothbrushes and toothpaste for the Children’s Volunteer Health Network. Collection boxes are located in area businesses throughout Okaloosa and Walton counties. This collection will run the entire month of March. This is a combined...

Spring boasts flowers and improvements at Eden Gardens State Park

Activity fills the park on the first day of spring One of the most beautiful parks in Walton County sits along Tucker Bayou in Point Washington in South Walton County. Large moss covered live oaks, gardens, walking trails and panoramic views of the bayou provide a visual delight for the visitor to this historic Florida State Park. On the first day of spring, the park is full of colorful azaleas in bloom. Bees are buzzing, the water fountains trickling and...

Nature girl’s weekend picks

Take a hike along the Florida Trail Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 8:30 am.  Join the Florida Trail Association for a 7.6 mile hike on Eglin from Hwy 85 to Jr Walton Pond.  (You need an Eglin pass) Details: (850) 683-0803 or http://choctaw.floridatrail.org . Dunes at Topsail Hill State Preserve. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors Learn about the plants and animals that live in a dune ecosystem at Topsail Hill Topsail Hill State Preserve Saturday, March 21, 9:00 am Park at the...

Alligators discussed at Topsail Hill State Preserve

They are everywhere! Learn all about the Florida creatures 9 a.m. April 4 Once they were hunted, then they were protected, now they are farmed.  Come and learn the facts and history of the American Alligator.  Park at the Day-Use area off Hwy 30A. Take a short walk to the clubhouse. Call (850)267-0299 for more details. For more information about Topsail Hill State Preserve go to: www.floridastateparks.org/topsailhill...

Learn about dune ecosystems Mar. 21

Dunes at Topsail Hill State Preserve. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors Learn about the plants and animals that live in a dune ecosystem Topsail Hill State Preserve Saturday, March 21, 9:00 am Park at the Day-use area off Hwy 30A and take a tram ride to Topsail Hill Beach and see one of the most intact coastal ecosystems on the Gulf Coast. A $2.00 entry fee is required. Outdoor tours canceled during severe weather. Call (850)267-0299 for more details. For more information...

St. Patty’s Day events

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations St. Patrick’s Day celebration March 17 Location: Baytowne Wharf 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm The Village of Baytowne Wharf invites everyone to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy the traditional sounds of Irish/Celtic music and jubilant entertainment Village-style. This event is free and open to the public. Shamrocks in the Square Location: Seaside Gateway Lyceum Arch 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm The Merchants of Seaside invite everyone to all things Irish during our St. Patrick’s Day celebration....