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Nature Girl’s Weekend Picks

Cop your fishing gear for this year All Things Marine Swap Meet – Saturday, March 7 West Marine – Ft. Walton Beach Professionals in many areas of boat repair and maintainance including electronics install,fiberglass,line splicing and more will demo and answers.  4 Eglin Pkwy. (corner of Hollywood Blvd.) Fort Walton Beach (850) 244-9000 / Art Miles Mural Project brings 30A to life in a myriad of color All weekend – South Walton’s Scenic 30A has come alive in color with...

Murals bring 30A to life in a myriad of color

Art Miles Mural Project a worthy vision South Walton’s Scenic 30A has come alive in color with murals in celebration of the Art Miles Mural Project. From Alys Beach to WaterColor, you can view the colorful artwork on display. The mural project, along with a variety of activities, are available for the pubic in celebration this week. About Art Miles Mural Project Over 50,000 individuals from over 125 countries have painted in villages, towns, cities, and at World Heritage locations...

All things Scottish at Highland Games

Panama City Highland Games and Scottish Festival March 14 From Scotland’s highlands and lowlands, it’s pipes and drums, song and dance, fiddles, harp and guitar. And bringing it all together is the Panama City Highland Games and Scottish Festival. You’ll enjoy fine performers, delicious Scottish food, highland athletics, Celtic dancers, clan tents, and  historical exhibits as they capture the spirit  of the highlands. For more information go to: panamacityhighlandgames.com Festival starts at 10 a.m. Grace Presbyterian Church 1415 Airport Rd...

Seaside raisins

Runners find innovative way to stay warm before Seaside half marathon Lorre James, (second from right) of Destin, works at staying warm along with her brother and family from Birmingham before the Seaside Half Marathon on March 1. “We were glad we had our bags,” James said. Pictured from left to right: Erin Gaither, Alex Gaither, Blair Gaither, Lorre James, Brad Gaither....

Nature girl’s weekend picks

Coastal dune lakes discussed at Topsail Hill State Preserve Saturday, Feb. 28 – 9:00 a.m. Come and join an exciting interpretive on Topsail Hill Preserve State Park’s imperiled coastal dune lakes. Learn about these important rare freshwater lakes that exist right here in Walton County. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION / Semi-annual bonfire at Nick’s Seafood Restaurant Saturday, Feb. 28 – dark :30 Location: 7585 West Highway 20, Basin Bayou Live music. Fun for everyone. Unless it’s raining! Located on...

Want to help the painted bunting?

Painted Bunting Observer Team needs help from volunteers The Painted Bunting Observer Team project at the University of North Carolina Wilmington needs your assistance with these brightly colored migratory birds. The team is looking for volunteers to help with research in Florida to develop strategies to bring the bird populations up to healthy and sustainable levels. “Unfortunately, painted bunting populations are declining,” said Dr. Jamie Rotenberg, ornithologist in the Department of Environmental Studies at UNCW. The painted bunting’s decline may...

Get on a horse and ride!

A look into the equestrian experience in the Walton area Learning to ride It is easy to notice that local equestrian Allison Richards loves horses. She speaks the language of horsemanship with confidence as I watched her guide two young riders during a recent lesson. With the years of knowledge under her belt, it is easy to understand why. Riding since she was 10, Richards started riding in a pony club. She quickly progressed, and began teaching the sport at...

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...

Learn About Turpentining Feb. 21

Be part of a turpentine crew at Topsail Hill Preserve Location: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Saturday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. Be part of our turpentining crew as they go out into the piney woods and earn their daily babbits (or tokens good only at the company store). Skeeter and Boss Blake will make sure to show all greenhorns how to dip sap, chip boxes and spend babbits. Meet at the  Day-Use entrance off of Hwy 30A and take...

Woof weekend calls for a howling good time

Baytowne hosts weekend of canine fun Feb. 20th – 22nd Ultimate Air Dog Show Friday, Feb. 20 – 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday Feb. 22 – 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Ultimate Air Dogs is one of the premier dock jumping organizations in the country that showcase a variety of jumps and demonstrations. Watch as dogs run down the dock and splash into the lagoon while performing a number of jumps. Long distance...

Learn About Coastal Dune Lakes Feb. 28

Lakes discussed at Topsail Hill State Preserve Saturday, February 28, 2009 9:00 a.m. Come and join an exciting interpretive on Topsail Hill Preserve State Park’s imperiled coastal dune lakes. Learn about these important rare freshwater lakes that exist right here in Walton County. Park at the Day-Use area off HWY 30A and take a short hike to the clubhouse. A $2.00 entry fee is required. Outdoor tours canceled during severe weather.  Call (850)267-0299 for more details....