Upcoming Events

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South Walton Farmers markets

farmersmarketSeaside Amphitheater – Saturdays 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. –
Tuesday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Come and reap the benefits of purchasing locally grown food as local farmers and vendors offer their wares. Fresh eggs, vegetables and fruit, honey, breads, cookies, cheeses, milk, organic chickens and broth, handmade jewelry, soaps and more. Buying locally grown food benefits you and our community. ::MAP::

Rosemary Beach Community Town Center 
Reap fresh produce and more from local farmers on Sundays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Rosemary Beach. Market located on N. Barrett Square.
9 a.m. till 1 p.m.

Grand Boulevard Farmers’ Market at Sandestin
Saturdays Year Round 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Grand Park (Between Tommy Bahamas and Cantina Laredo)
600 Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach

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Learn about coastal dune lakes at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Feb. 15

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance on February 15, 2019 from 10 – 11 a.m. Come learn about the rare coastal dune llakes in Walton County. Meet at the clubhouse. This program is free with regular park admission.

Topsail Talks is a monthly educational discovery series with presentations from organizations and government agencies from outside the park on the third Friday of the month at 10 am in the clubhouse.  Future dates and topics are “Shipwrecks” by the Florida Public Archaeology Network on March 15, “Green Sea Turtle Migration” by the 30A Sea Life Discovery Center on April 19 and “Birds and Hurricanes” by Audubon Florida on May 17, 2019.

A $6.00 entry admission per vehicle into the park. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::

To learn more call the Ranger Station at (850) 267-8330.

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5K Fun Run and Walk at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Feb. 16

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for Love Tracks, a 5K Fun Run/Walk on February 16, 2019 from 7 – 10:30 a.m. While on a paved trail through the park race participants will enjoy a beautiful view of long leaf pines, saw palmettos and a variety of other plants and animals.

Those running or walking the 5K without a dog will start at 8:00a.m. Race entrance fees for the 8 a.m. wave are $10 for children and $25 for adults and included a full size finisher medal. Those running or walking with a dog will start at 8:45 a.m. For the 8:45 a.m. wave race entrance fees are $5 for children, $10 for adults, $15 for adults with a dog ($5 for each additional dog) and includes a mini finisher medal. For the safety of participants dogs are only allowed to enter with an adult. All race participants registered by January 28, 2019 will receive a bag and a t-shirt. The registered dogs will receive a bandanna. For those registering after January 28 they are only guaranteed a finisher medal as there will be very few extra bags and shirts available. Post-race celebration will be 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. and includes food, music and door prizes.

All funds raised during this event will benefit the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and help them further their mission of supporting the park.

Advanced online registration is available until February 13, 2019 at www.topsailparkfriends.org. Limited race day registration will be available on a first come first serve basis between 7 – 8:40 a.m. Check-in and bag pick up for registered race participants is 7 – 8:40 a.m.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::

To learn more about the park, please call the Ranger Station at (850) 267-8330.

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Camellia Festival at Eden Gardens State Park Feb. 16

Join the Friends of Eden Gardens State Park as they celebrate the annual Camellia Festival on Saturday, February 16th from 10am – 2pm. This wonderful event, centered around the blooming of the camellias, is a time to celebrate the natural beauty and history of the park. The event is free with paid park admission ($4 per car). Pack a picnic and enjoy the day.

Beginning to bloom in late November, Camellias bring beautiful blooms to the park throughout the winter months. In February, we pay tribute to the Camellias, providing an array of educational and heritage presentations, from instruction on how to Air layer a Camellia to antique chair caning and 19th century toy making, there will be plenty of opportunities to observe and learn! This event will take place throughout the park, with flower seminars being held in the Pavilion, vendors and demonstrators being located close by on the lawn and paver area. Festival begins at 10am and ends at approximately 2pm. Event is free and open to the public with paid park admission of $4 per vehicle. The Historic Wesley house will be open for tours from 10 am -3 pm on the day of the event, there is a separate fee to tour the home. Food and beverage vendors will be on site to provide concessions.

Directions
Eden Gardens State Park is located in Point Washington, off U.S. 98 on C.R. 395.
For more information, call (850) 267-8320.
181 Eden Garden Road, Point Washington, Fl. 32459 ::MAP::
The park’s website is
https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Eden-Gardens

Park Fees
$4.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 8 people per vehicle.
$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
House Tours:
$4.00 per adult.
$2.00 per child.

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Americana music concert at Camp Helen State Park Feb. 16

The fifth annual Americana Music Concert series will be in the Lodge at Camp Helen State Park from 6:30 – 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. The concert series is hosted by Lucky Mud and sponsored by Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection and the Friends of Camp Helen State Park.

One Feb. 16 Lis & Lon Williamson perform. A little Western Swing, a little Jazz, a little Folk and a whole lot of heart they are both consummate musicians.

Entrance into the park for the concerts is free. Camp Helen State Park is at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway (Highway 98 near Lake Powell). . ::MAP::

The Friends of Camp Helen will accept donations all of which will be used to benefit the park. For more information, call (850) 233-5059, or email camphelenfriends@gmail.com

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Garden growing workshop in DeFuniak Sprinngs Feb. 18

Join UF/IFAS Walton County Extension from 10 am – Noon on Monday, February 18 for an interactive workshop titled “Grow the Perfect Salad.” This event will be held at the Walton County Extension Office in DeFuniak Springs, 732 N 9th St, and will feature Daniel Leonard, the Walton County Horticulture Agent presenting a session on tips and techniques for growing a winter salad garden. In addition, Blake Thaxton, from Johnny’s Seeds, will be presenting on new and improved varieties and cultivars to try in the Panhandle followed by an optional tour of a local residential raised bed garden.

Cost of the program is $5, payable by cash or check, and will include a 2019 Johnny’s Seeds catalog, educational publications and an entry for several door prize giveaways. To register, please call (850)-892-8172 or email haneyc@ufl.edu

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Plant stroll at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Feb. 18

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Join Master Gardener, Bill Kuenstler on Monday, Feb. 18, for a leisurely stroll through the park and learn about the plants you see. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Program is free with regular park admission.

A $6.00 entry admission per vehicle into the park. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::

To learn more call the Ranger Station at (850) 267-8330.

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Learn about turpentining at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Feb. 18

As part of Black History Month, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is hosting “Turpentining in Topsail” on February 18, 2019 from 12:00p.m. – 2:00p.m.  Learn about the Turpentine industry that occurred in the park area during the late 1800s and early 1900s as well as outdoor cooking techniques from that time period.  Participants will get to sample “Swamp Cabbage.”

Afterwards there is an optional 3-mile walk to see remnants of the turpentining industry remnants within the park.  If you are choosing to participate in the walk afterwards, please come dressed in weather appropriate clothing and in comfortable walking shoes as the walk is on uneven terrain.

A $6.00 entry admission per vehicle into the park. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::

To learn more call the Ranger Station at (850) 267-8330.

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Guided moonlight paddle at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Feb. 18

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for a moonlight paddle on Monday, February 18, 2019 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Experience Campbell Lake on a ranger guided paddling tour.  Participants must be experienced canoers/kayakers over 12 yrs old.

Program is $40 per person and space is limited.  Advanced online registration is required and can be done HERE.  Program fee includes watercraft rental, PFD, paddle, park admission fee, glow sticks, hot chocolate, a special surprise, tram ride to Campbell Lake and a donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park.  Program is weather dependent.  In order to prevent the introduction of invasive species in to Campbell Lake, which is a rare coastal dune lake, watercraft and gear from outside the park is not allowed.

Future moonlight paddles will be held February 18 and March 20, 2019.  Online registration opens the day after the paddle in the previous month.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::

To learn more about the park, please call the Ranger Station at (850) 267-8330.

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Landscape seminar on shrubs in Panama City Feb. 21

Many landscapes have been stripped of vegetation due directly to Hurricane Michael damage or clearing efforts making yards devoid of color and privacy. Part II in the Landscape Recovery Series hosted by the Bay County Extension Office will focus on selecting shrubs that perform well in northwest Florida.

This workshop will focus on selection and installation of shrubs suited to the Florida Panhandle including native plants, shrubs with edible fruit, and good screening options.

The seminar will be held on Feb. 21 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Gulf Coast State College, 5230 West U.S. Highway 98, Language & Literature Building, Sarzin Lecture Hall , Panama City, FL 32401.

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The event is free, however sign up is required by clicking here.

Speakers:
UF/IFAS Extension Bay County Faculty, Julie McConnell
UF/IFAS Extension Bay County Master Gardener, Jody Wood-Putnam

Handouts, door prizes, time for Q&A.

Sign-in will begin at 5:30 with program starting at 6:00 p.m.
Please note food and drink are not allowed in the lecture hall.

Questions please contact Julie McConnell at juliebmcconnell@ufl.edu or call our office at 850-784-6105.

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Turtle workshop in Niceville Feb. 22

Join Mattie M. Kelly Environmental Institute for our Spring Semester 2019 Workshop “Talking Turtles” with presenter Paul Arthur and his special turtle guests. The workshop will take place on Friday, February 22, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Robert E. Greene, Jr. Science Building (Building 350), Room 110, Niceville Campus. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Paul Arthur is the President of Nokuse Education Inc. and Director of the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. The Biophilia Center is the perfect spot for Paul to share his enthusiasm of the outdoors by teaching future generations the importance of conservation and preservation.

For more information, contact via email: mkei@nwfsc.edu or call 850-729-4915.

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Discover the Nina and Pinta sailing ships at Baytowne Marina Feb. 27 – Mar. 4

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort February 27 – March 4 as the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ Ships, will be docked at Baytowne Marina located at 8330 Mike Hayes Boulevard. Hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The ‘Nina’ was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” In 2005, the ‘Pinta’, also a caravel, was launched in Brazil and was the first ship to sight land in the New World. Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the fifteenth century.

Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced ‘sailing museum’ for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the ‘caravel’, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world. Before him, the Old World and the New remained separate and distinct continents and ever since their fates have been bound together for better or for worse.

While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission charges are $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, and $6.50 for students 5 – 16. Children 4 and under are Free. The ships are open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. No reservations necessary.

Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30 minute guided tour with a crew member should call 1-787-672-2152 or email ninapintatour@gmail.com. Minimum of 15. $5.00 per person. No Maximum.

For more information, visit www.ninapinta.org.

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Haz mat collection day in north and south Walton March 2

Walton County is hosting a haz mat collection and waste tire amnesty collection day in north and south Walton on March 2, 2019 from 8:00 am to 12 Noon. The collection will be held at Walton County Fairgrounds, Hwy. 83 North in DeFuniak Springs, and Topsail Hill Preserve State Park 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach.

Representatives from the Walton County Solid Waste and Recycling office will be on hand to help unload the following items from your vehicle: Pesticides, Used Oil, Stale Gasoline, Solvents, Fertilizers, Paint, Paint Thinners, Paint Strippers, Batteries, Furniture Polish, Brake Fluid, Engine Degreasers, Anti-Freeze, Pool Chemicals, Insecticides and  Spot Removers.   No gas cylinders or explosives, please.  Due to hazardous nature of certain components in home computers only old computer hardware including processors, monitors, keyboards, printers, scanners, etc will be accepted.

Waste tire amnesty will also be held at the same time. Walton county residents may bring up to 12 tires per residence.

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Americana music concert at Camp Helen State Park March 2

The fifth annual Americana Music Concert series will be in the Lodge at Camp Helen State Park from 6:30 – 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. The concert series is hosted by Lucky Mud and sponsored by Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection and the Friends of Camp Helen State Park.

On March 2 an amazing duo called The Rough & Tumble, who call themselves “Nashville escapees.” This couple boasts an intriguing mix of instruments, beautiful songs, poetic lyrics and stunning harmonies.

Entrance into the park for the concerts is free. Camp Helen State Park is at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway (Highway 98 near Lake Powell). . ::MAP:: 

The Friends of Camp Helen will accept donations all of which will be used to benefit the park. For more information, call (850) 233-5059, or email camphelenfriends@gmail.com

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Breakfast with a ranger at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park March. 9

Time: 9 a.m.

Breakfast with a Ranger is an opportunity to enjoy a delicious breakfast at the Topsail clubhouse cooked for you and your family courtesy of the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. A ranger will be present to answer any questions you may have about the park. There is a suggested donation of $5/ adult and $3/child for the breakfast. Regular park admission applies and is not included in the donation for breakfast.

The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society is leading a bird walk on the second Wednesday of the month 8:15-10:15am through May. Program is weather dependent and free with regular park admission.

A $6.00 entry admission per vehicle into the park. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::

To learn more call the Ranger Station at (850) 267-8330.

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Plant stroll at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park March 18

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Join Master Gardener, Bill Kuenstler on Monday, Mar. 18, for a leisurely stroll through the park and learn about the plants you see. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Program is free with regular park admission.

A $6.00 entry admission per vehicle into the park. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::

To learn more call the Ranger Station at (850) 267-8330.

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