Calendar of Events and Entertainment March 1 - 8

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Brunch in the Backyard of Love — Cody Copeland on stage and HEART Animal Rescue pouring mimosas donations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 2 at Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse, 85 DeFuniak St. in Grayton Beach. The Backyard of Love is pet-friendly.

All area codes are 850 unless specified.

Saturday, March 1

First Saturday at Biophilia: From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Biophilia Center presents a Black Bear Affair with Mystery Bear Box Programs at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Events include arts and crafts, bear masks, black bear Moon Pies, making bear track and becoming a bear biologist. Make a day of it and bring a sack lunch or purchase lunch/snacks at the Center.  Admission is $8/adults; $5/children; and free/2 and under.

Night of a Thousand Stars: The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center will host its signature gala event, Night of a Thousand Stars, at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Enjoy dinner, dancing and entertainment, as well as live and silent auctions, and a wine wall. Tickets are $100/person. Call 833-9237, ext. 222, or visit www.GolfandGala2014.charityhappenings.org.

Spiritual gathering: The Florida Panhandle Women’s Retreat will hold the Seventh Annual Interdenominational Spiritual Gathering of Women from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Community Center on Highway 83 in DeFuniak Springs. Cost is $20 and includes lunch. Call 835-0392 or email Hinsonharmony@yahoo.com.

Topsail tour: Learn about campfires from 3-4 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle. Call 267-8330.

St. Agatha’s Breakfast: Breakfast Cooked to Order will be held from 7-11 a.m. in the Parish Hall at St. Agatha’s Episcopal Church, 150 Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs. Cost is $5.50/adults and $2.50/children under 10. Proceeds benefit the church and its food ministry. The historic church will be open for tours.

Pandora’s Music: Pandora’s Steakhouse of Grayton Beach presents Call The Law, March 1; New Earth Army, March 2; Straight Shooters, March 4; Hotel Oscar, March 5; Tribe Zion, March 6; Continuum, March 7; and Lyons Limousine, March 8. Music begins at 9 p.m., unless noted, is free and open to all guests at least 21 years of age. 

History walk: Learn about the early history of the park and local area at Camp Helen State Park’s history walk from 10-10:45 a.m. The tour is free with paid park admission fee of $4 per vehicle. Call 233-5059.

Jazz Brunch: Messina’s On 30A hosts a Jazz Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach. Build your own Bloody Mary bar, and Bottomless Mimosas.

Rudy Applewhite: Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar, 525 Grand Blvd. in Sandestin, presents Rudy Applewhite and his steel drums from 4-9 p.m. Call 654-1743.

Nature walk: Take a walk in nature with wildlife expert and ecologist Joe Wyatt at 9 a.m. at Hammock Bay, west of Freeport. Suitable for all ages. The trail system includes a bat house, purple martin houses, many bluebird houses, a wood duck house, a butterfly house and more. Call 496-1864.

SeasideFarmers Market: Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.

Artist Bazaar: An Artist Bazaar takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Artists at Gulf Place green in the center of the Gulf Place loop. Bazaar features local artists, craftspeople and artisan vendors, interactive activities for children, and a free hot dog for those who make a purchase. Visit www.30aArtistBazaar.com to become a vendor.

Sunday, March 2

Beach Service: Worship at the beach with Hope Lutheran Church at 8 a.m. at Ed Walline Beach Access across from Gulf Place on Scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring a towel, chair, or stand on the boardwalk. The service will be held at the church’s U.S. 98 campus during inclement weather and if the temperature is below 50 degrees. Call 267-0322.

Brunch with Matt Hall: Matt Hall takes the stage at 10 a.m. during brunch at Marie’s Bistro, 2260 W. Hwy. 30A in Blue Mountain Beach.

Cash 4 College workshop: NWFSC will hold its Fifth Annual “Cash 4 College” financial aid workshop from 1-4 p.m. to help students and parents complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The cost is free to students and the community.  Students who are not planning to attend NWFSC are welcome to attend the workshop to receive help with their FAFSA. Call 729-5370 or email bennettp@nwfsc.edu.

Destin Rocks/ Club LA

Saliva plus Full Devil Jacket perform at 7:30 p.m. March 2; Grind – Tribute to Alice In Chains plus the Helvetica Effect, March 7; and Glowrage, March 8 at Destin Rocks at Club La, 34876 Emerald Coast Parkway. All tickets are general admission and age 18 plus. Purchase tickets at rockdestin.com.

Monday, March 3

Music Awards: The Sixth Annual Beachcomber Music Award winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony at 7 p.m. at Funky Blues Shack in Destin. Admission is free. During the evening a guitar signed by Beachcomberland musicians will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to Shelter House.

Kindergarten Registration: Registration will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 3-14 at all Walton County elementary schools for any child who will be five on or before Sept. 1. An official birth certificate is required. 

Tuesday, March 4

Coffee with commissioner: Walton County District 4 Commissioner Sara Comander will host a “Coffee with the Commissioner” meeting at 5:30 p.m. March 4 at Surfside Condominiums.

Pancake supper: St. Agatha’s Episcopal Church, 150 Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs, will host a pancake supper from 5-8 p.m. for Shrove Tuesday. Donations are $8/adults and $4/children under 10. Tickets are available at the door, from members of the church, at Southby’s Antiques, and from Nook and Cranny Consignments in DeFuniak Springs.  Eat in or take out.

Arts and Carafes Night: Multiple artists will display works with one featured artist as well as featured wines and wine specials from 5-7 p.m. at Messina’s, 7 Town Center Loop in Santa Rosa Beach.

Office hours: Walton County District 4 County Commissioner Sara Comander will hold office hours beginning at 9 a.m. at the South Walton Annex. To schedule an appointment, call 835-4834.

Wednesday, March 5

Power of Business Lunch: The Walton Chamber hosts its first Mardi Gras themed Power of Business Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway W. in Miramar Beach.Guest speaker will be Tommy Jackson with Merrill Lynch, who was named by Barron’s Magazine as the number one financial advisor in the state of Alabama and top 100 in the nation.

Master Gardeners: The Walton County Master Gardeners present “Getting the Garden Ready for Spring” from 10-11 a.m. at the Coastal Branch Extension Office, 70 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach. Space is limited to 40 and reservations are required at 892-8172. Soil testing supplies and instruction will be available for $8 and Master Gardeners will be on hand to take gardening questions.

Wednesday Night Concert Series: Gileah Taylor performs at a free concert from 6-8 p.m. in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. Call 267-8186.

Lifetree Café: Admission to the 60-minute event at 6:30 p.m. is free at Lifetree Café, Hope Lutheran Church in the 180° Bistro on the second floor at 3834 U.S. Hwy. 98 W in Santa Rosa Beach. Snacks and beverages are available.

Open Mic Night: An open mic night for singer/songwriters for local talent and seasoned musicians will be held from 7-9 p.m. at Redd’s Fueling Station, 2320 W. Scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.

Thursday, March 6

AmericanaUnder The Stars: Dana Cooper performs from 6-8 p.m. in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring a chair and beverage. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill.

Art Walk: The First Thursday Art Walk will be held from 5-8 p.m. at the Grayton Artist Collective on Logan Lane in Grayton Beach. Galleries and shops will be open extended hours.

Get Punked Party: Celebrate the new coffee brewing machine, the Steampunk, from 7-9 p.m. at Amavida Coffee & Tea, 104 North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a free craft beer tasting.

ECMS: The Emerald Coast Meditation Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Speaker will be Markus Bishop, spiritual director of The Life Center in Panama City Beach. Email nancyjames@embarqmail.com for further information.

Friday, March 7

Wine Festival: Kick-off this year’s 30A Wine Festival with fine bourbon, craft beer, live music by Grammy-winner Sam Bush, Boukou Groove and Dread Clampitt, and bar-b-que by Barefoot at Bourbon, Beer & Butts from 6-9 p.m. at Fonville Press in Alys Beach. Tickets are $50 or if you purchase a weekend pass for the 30A Wine Festival this launch party is included. Proceeds will benefit Children’s Volunteer Health Network. Purchase tickets at Alys Shoppe, Alys Beach Bike Shop, Fonville Press, or at 30awinefestival.com.

Wine tasting: Taste three white and three red wines plus a gourmet tapas plate from 4-6 p.m. at Wild Olives, 104 N. Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. Cost is $25/person.

Saturday, March 8

Wine Festival: Wine seminars from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Caliza Pool, Walkabout & Grand Tasting, 3-5 p.m. and after party with music by Cadillac Willy from 5-8 p.m.

Music concert: AnAmericana Under the Oaks Music Concert with Dana Cooper will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Lodge at Camp Helen State Park, 23937 P C Beach Parkway in Panama City Beach. Free admission to the park. Donations accepted. Refreshments available. Call 233-5059.

Topsail tour: Breakfast with a Ranger from 9-10:30 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. To cover the cost of food, please bring $5, which goes to Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park to enhance the park or bring your own breakfast.

Rat Pack: “The Rat Pack is Back” presents a special performance at 7:30 p.m. on the mainstage at Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville to benefit the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $35 and available at 729-6000 or www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.

Wild Game/Seafood dinner: The Point Washington United Methodist Men’s Group will host a Wild Game and Seafood Dinner at 6 p.m. at 1290 N. County Hwy. 395 in Santa Rosa Beach. This event is open to men and women and includes music by Deep South Bluegrass Band from Panama City. Church members who are hunters and fishermen cook their game or catch, including wild pig, venison, dove, duck, seafood gumbo, low country boil and lots of fixin’s. Tickes are $20. Call 231-4928 or email ptwumc@embarqmail.com.

Texas Hold’ em: The third annual Texas Hold’ em Poker Shoot Out begins at 5 p.m. at Elks Lodge No. 1795 on Okaloosa Island. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life of the Emerald Coast. Top 10 finishers will be awarded prizes. Food provided and beverages available for purchase. Suggested donation is $30. Contact your favorite relay team for tickets.

West IndiesMarkets: Artists in the areas of jewelry, wood and metal sculptures, watercolor, oil, photography, pottery and more can be seen at the West Indies Markets March 8 and 9 in Rosemary Beach. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.