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A beautiful early morning view

Local couple enjoy a special treat as they drink their morning coffee Mike and Angela Ragsdale enjoyed a pleasant surprise in their backyard on Jan. 10. As they sipped their sunrise coffee, a bald eagle swooped in over the Bay and landed on a pine tree branch in their yard. “He sat there for 30-40 minutes, obviously looking for some breakfast,” Mike said. Mike and Angela live on the Choctawhatchee Bay in Santa Rosa Beach....

Florida Trail hiking events for Jan. – Feb.

Florida Trail Association – Choctawhatchee and Western Gate Chapters Activities January/February  2009 Activity Participants Please note: Contact the activity leader well in advance for more information and/or to reserve your place (Space is limited.) Unless instructed otherwise by the activity leader, each participant should bring: day pack, plenty of water (recommended minimum, 2 quarts), sun protection (hat, glasses, screen), insect repellent, lunch and or snacks, adequate clothing for the forecast, and comfortable, sturdy close toed shoes with socks. Long pants,...

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...

Mother Nature with a Twist

Putting a new perspective on our environment Eric Marcus has a creative eye for altering his local nature photography and adding a twist. Eric took this photo in Dec. as he took a walk in the wood in Point Washington State Forest in Santa Rosa Beach. For more information about Eric Marcus, contact: www.emmarcusphotography.com...

Garden Club planning flower festival trip

Green Thumb Garden Club planning trip to Festival of Flowers in Mobile The Green Thumb Garden Club of Santa Rosa Beach is offering a motorcoach tour to the annual Mobile Flower Show “Festival of Flowers” in Mobile, AL on March 28-29, 2009.  Trip also includes shopping in Fairhope, area touring, a dinner cruise and Bellingrath Gardens.  For a complete brochure, please contact Nan Ream at (850) 267-0441. or Alice Miller at (850) 880-6066 or coolbreeze485@hotmail.com.  $50.00 deposit due by January...

Adventure Club activites for Jan.

Join the Adventure Club on a bike ride SUNDAY, January 25, 2  p.m. – Exploratory bike ride in the East Milton area.  Meeting place and  detailed directions in a later e-mail.  Early supper after the ride at a local restaurant.  Contact:  Clarice Hebinck 850-581-4591 or Bobbi Serpico 850-499-4404. TUESDAY, January 27, 3 p.m. – Bike ride in the Gulf Breeze/Tiger Point  area.  Meet at the Naval Live Oaks National Seashore Visitors Center on Highway 98 in Gulf Breeze.  Supper after...

Learn about Turpentining Feb. 21

Be part of a turpentine crew at Topsail Hill Preserve Location: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Saturday, Feb. 21 – 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...

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....

Florida Fish Busters – Get outdoors!

FWC plans to get more folks enjoying the outdoors “Nature deficit disorder” is a growing concern, but a new initiative of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and others endeavors to make the problem obsolete. Coined by Richard Louv in the book “Last Child in the Woods,” nature deficit disorder refers to the growing disconnect between people and the outdoors. To address these concerns over the disconnect, the “Get Outdoors Florida!” coalition is bringing together highly energized staff...

Breakfast with a Park Ranger Jan. 10

Have breakfast with a Park Ranger at Topsail Location: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Saturday, Jan. 10 – 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The Department of Environmental Protection’s Topsail Hill Preserve State Park will be holding 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. Park at the Day-Use area off Hwy...

A night of stargazing Jan. 9

Take a guided tour of the stars at Alys Beach Friday,  January 9 6-8 p.m. Meet at Fonville Press Alan Knothe will be the guide for an up close and personal tour of the heavens, starting with a lecture on the cycle of a star which will cover how the stars are formed, the stages they go through and what happens after they burn out. This will also cover black holes. Stargazing will follow the hour long lecture. The star-gazing...