Members of the human species express themselves in many ways. Some of us climb mountains while others seek the depths of the seas, but most will turn to less strenuous means such as writing, painting, dancing, or singing, methods used by people from time immemorial.

The Walton County Snowbirds, excepting mountain climbing and deep sea diving, offers opportunities to engage in all of those venues. Writers are encouraged to join the Creative Writers workshop for beginners to published authors, led by Carole Zoller. The group meets for three hours on Thursdays at Surfside beginning at 1 p.m. Jan. 3. Dancers have several options including beginning and advanced ballroom dancing and line dancing. Then there are the artists among us. By applying paint and pigments to a solid surface they change our perspective, deepen our understanding, or chronicle our times — a language that records the human experience like no other medium.

The snowbird club sponsors two art workshops that meet at the Good News Methodist Church, 4747 West Highway 98 in Santa Rosa Beach. One, coordinated by Betty Swenson, meets at 9 a.m. Debra Bailey coordinates the afternoon session beginning at noon. Both sessions get underway beginning Jan. 8.

“Workshops are not art lessons, but are open sessions where artists join together to work in any medium," Swenson said. "Participants share tips and techniques, have demonstrations, and spend time in a giving and sharing environment.”

Bailey expects openings will be available in both sessions.

For more information about these activities and to learn about other snowbird opportunities, go to

Snowbirds have a bent for digging deep for projects that matter. To show support for education, the Walton County Snowbirds sponsor the Vivek Likhite Memorial Scholarship Fund. Vivek Likhite, who was lost to the world in 2016, for a time lent sparkle and verve to the club in his role as president. Before that, in 2003, he founded the scholarship fund that now carries his name. John and Linda Tester oversee the principle support of the fund, which is the sale of 50/50 raffle tickets during general meetings with the support of many volunteers, including Jean Weber and Sue Newell. The proceeds fund two $1,000 scholarships each year to graduates of South Walton High School.

Tom Mahar writes for the Walton County Snowbirds. He can be reached at