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Gumbo cookoff Jan. 10

The Market Shops at Sandestin hosts cookoff and live entertainment From 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., taste gumbo from the area’s finest restaurants and businesses, then vote for your favorite. Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band, performing live from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on the Cypress Green. Tickets are $13 in advanced and $15 the day of the cook-off. A portion of the net proceeds benefit The United Way. Call 850.267.8092 for more information or to purchase tickets....

Clicker Training For Fun, Agility and Obedience Jan. 10

A day of fun for you and your dog DogSmith Training Center & Agility Camp 1778 Linda Lane, Bonifay, FL  32425 40 minutes from the beaches $100.00 per person Learn how to click for: sit, down, stay, heel, front, stand Schedule: 10 a.m. Start – Clicker Training Overview 11.00 a.m. Click for Obedience 12.00 Lunch 1.00 p.m. – Agility Overview 2.00 p.m. – Obstacle Orientation 3.00 p.m. – Obedience Competition 4.00 p.m. – Agility Competition Understand the difference between: Luring...

Watch for Great Florida Birding Trail signs in the Panhandle

New signs installed in the Panhandle area of trails The 2,000-mile Great Florida Birding Trail reaches another milestone with the installation of the Panhandle section road signs this month. Signs will mark each of the designated sites along the trail. The Great Florida Birding Trail is a conservation program initiated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in response to the rapidly expanding sport of bird watching.  More than 485 exceptional sites throughout Florida have been chosen based...

Into the trees

Climbing trees a rewarding experience for two locals When I was a child, tree climbing was a normal activity like baseball or riding a bike. It was not unusual to see a classmate wearing an arm cast as the result of a vertical expedition gone wrong. We built tree houses, explored the branches and rigged ropes in trees that we salvaged from the riverbank to make swings. Trees were large and strong and no one ever seemed to question why...

Eden lights up for the holidays

The historic Wesley House decorated through the holidays One of the most beautiful parks in Walton County sits along Tucker Bayou in Point Washington in Southern 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 dynamic and historic State Park. The focal point of the park is a newly repainted mansion – the two-story Wesley house with large white columns and wrap-around porch. Originally...

State Park status shared by SWCC

South Walton Community Council researches status on pending State Park closures Dear SWCC Member, I have received several emails and phone calls expressing concern about the potential closure of Deer Lake State Park. I have spoken with both local park officials and the state about the proposal. At the end of this email is a public memo provided by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. (FDEP) Here is a synopsis of what I have been told or found through research....

Dog Talk: Choosing your new best friend ‘for life’

Some things to consider if getting a new puppy is part of the plan this Christmas I find it fascinating to consider a person’s choice of breed for a family pet.  It seems that with some owners, there has clearly been careful consideration choosing the “right dog.” With other owners, less thought appears to have gone into choosing their pet than in deciding where to vacation for a weekend. This has always seemed a little strange to me as the...

5K and 10K run at Hammock Bay Dec. 20

Celebrate the holidays doing the Santa Shuffle Hammock Bay is joining with The Walton County YMCA to host the First Annual Hammock Bay and YMCA Santa Shuffle on Saturday Dec. 20. The event will start at 8:00 a.m. near the Lake Club at Hammock Bay. The courses are flat, out and back on a wide bending boulevard. The 10k course includes the 5k course plus it’s own ‘out and back’ course. There will also be a kids, 10 years and...

Volunteers need to help plant trees

Eglin AFB Natural Resources looking for help in preserving forest habitat The trees stabilize the soil and reduce the sediment from erosion that enters our streams and smothers fragile habitat. The trees also help to restore degraded areas to natural, forested conditions. Below is the schedule for December. There will only be one tree planting in December, the other dates are prep work days that prepare the sites for the trees to be planted. Volunteer Dates 16 December – Tree...

Hunting in Walton County WMAs

General Gun season reopens Dec. 13 – Feb. 4, small game open through Mar. 1 There are three Wildlife Management Areas available in Walton County on which hunting and fishing is available. The WMAs are Choctawhatchee River Wildlife Management Area, the Lafayette Creek WMA and the Point Washington State Forest and WMA. GENERAL GUN SEASON: December 13 through February 4 (except Holmes Creek  Unit and East River Island). Permit, Stamp and License Requirements – Hunting license, management area  permit, migratory...

Winter Market at WaterColor Dec. 20

A German Christmas style market with crafts, music and food WaterColor Inn and Resort and the WaterColor Community Association will host a Winter Market on Sat. Dec. 20,  from 12:00 – 7:00 p.m. The event will take place at WaterColor’s Town Center. The ‘Winter Market’ concept is reminiscent of a traditional German Christmas market, where a variety of vendors display merchandise and crafts in a street fair setting – making the sites, smells and sounds of the season come alive...

Florida Trail hike at Nokuse

Hike the new Nokuse trail just north of Bruce Take a hike on the newly opened Nokuse section of the Florida Trail on Lafayette Creek  Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 8:00 a.m. Join the Florida Trail Association for a hike on the Nokuse section.  Choose either 3 miles or 9.9 miles.  For more information: (850) 682-6098 or http://choctaw.floridatrail.org...