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THURSDAY, MAY 9

CONTRACTORS CONNECT NETWORKING EVENT

AJ’s, Destin, 5:30-7:30 PM

Contractors-connect.com

This month’s meetup is presented in partnership with the Building Industry Association of Okaloosa & Walton Counties. Cost to attend is $10 and includes one draft beer, light appetizers, and opportunities to win in multiple giveaways.

GULFVIEW HOTEL GRAND OPENING

Fort Walton Beach, 5:30-8 PM

FWB.org

The event includes a ribbon cutting for the relocated and renovated Gulfview Hotel, messages from local officials, live music, self-guided tours of the historic building and more.

OKALOOSA COUNTY FARMERS MARKET

Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, Fort Walton Beach, 7 AM-2 PM

850-689-5850

Locally grown produce and more.

SPANISH WINE PAIRING DINNER

Twisted Grape Café & Wine Bar, Shalimar

850-651-5100

Cost is $45 per person. Reservations required.

FRIDAY, MAY 10

FREE FITNESS ON THE LAWN: ORANGE THEORY FIT CAMP

The Market Shops, Miramar Beach, 9 AM

TheMarketShops.com

SATURDAY, MAY 11

Photo by Jackie Ward.

CHILDREN’S VOLUNTEER HEALTH NETWORK THIRD ANNUAL SMILE MILE AND 5K

WaterColor, Santa Rosa Beach

This year, the CVHN expects up to 600 racers, and the all-ages, stroller-friendly event will raise funds to improve the health and well being of children in Walton and Okaloosa counties. Register at cvhnkids.org. Participation fees start at $15.

GRAND BOULEVARD FARMERS MARKET

Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, 9 AM-1 PM

GrandBoulevard.com

MARINELLA MONK BOOK SIGNING

1835 Porch Bar, Dewey Destin’s Harborside, Destin, 2 PM

MY BUDDY: A CELEBRATION OF LIFE OF A TALENTED SOUL

FUBAR, Okaloosa Island, 7 PM

Ten bands perform in tribute to the late great Buddy Brumit. Suggested donation of $20. Plus raffle prizes.

OKALOOSA COUNTY FARMERS MARKET

Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, Fort Walton Beach, 7 AM-2 PM

850-689-5850

Locally grown produce and more.

SEASIDE FARMERS MARKET

Seaside, 8 AM

SeasideFL.com

SUNDAY, MAY 12

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

Emerald Grande, HarborWalk Village, 10 AM-2 PM and 11 AM-2 PM

850-424-0621

A memorable meal for mom in the Grande Vista Bar Grill. Cost is $29 for adults, $14 for kids. Call for reservations.

30A FARMERS MARKET

Rosemary Beach, 9 AM-1 PM

Satisfying salts, teas, spices, blends and more.

MONDAY, MAY 13

FREE FITNESS ON THE LAWN: PURE BARRE

The Market Shops, Miramar Beach, 5:30 PM

TheMarketShops.com

TUESDAY, MAY 14

CELEBRATION OF LIFE FUNDRAISER FOR JOEL IRAL

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Destin, 6-9 PM

GoFundMe.com/JoelIral

Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Silver Shells Resort and Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q invite the community, loyal patrons and guests to a Celebration of Life fundraiser for Joel Iral, a longtime employee of both restaurants who was killed in a vehicle-involved scooter accident in March.

Originally from the Philippines, Mr. Iral worked for Jim ‘N Nicks for the past 10 years. He also worked at Ruth’s Chris in the evenings. He is survived by five children, his wife, two brothers, mother and father, all of whom live in the Philippines, and a sister who lives in England. Mr. Iral worked two jobs in order to support not only himself, but also all of his family members back in his home country.

 

One hundred percent of the money donated and raised through the live and silent auctions will be used to bring Mr. Iral’s body back to the Philippines and to help pay for his children’s college educations, something he dedicated his life to doing. Currently, two of his children are enrolled in college while the other three have already graduated.  

 

Mr. Iral is fondly remembered for his friendly nature, warm smile and authentic Filipino cooking, something he made for the Ruth’s Chris staff when they had “family meals” every Thursday night before service. He was also named Employee of the Month at Ruth’s Chris in 2018, but instead of using the awarded gift certificate for himself, he gave it to a friend who had never eaten at the restaurant.

 

The fundraiser is free to attend and open to the public. Guests are invited to stop by and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres by both Ruth’s Chris and Jim ‘N Nick’s, a silent auction, and live music by Michael J Thomas.

Donations will be accepted throughout the night and can also be dropped off at Ruth’s Chris and Jim ‘N Nicks Bar-B-Q. Area businesses interested in donating auction items are asked to email Jessica@proffittpr.com or call 850-460-7777.

OKALOOSA COUNTY FARMERS MARKET

Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, Fort Walton Beach, 7 AM-2 PM

850-689-5850

Locally grown produce and more.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15

LADIES’ NIGHT

Camille’s at Crystal Beach, Destin

www.CamillesAtCrystalBeach.com

Half off drinks for the ladies! Two bucks off sushi rolls!

THURSDAY, MAY 16

BUBBLY BAYTOWNE

The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin, 5-7 PM

BaytowneWharf.com

FREE champagne for 21 and olders. Sip and shop!

OKALOOSA COUNTY FARMERS MARKET

Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, Fort Walton Beach, 7 AM-2 PM

850-689-5850

Locally grown produce and more.

FRIDAY, MAY 17

FREE FITNESS ON THE LAWN: ORANGE THEORY FIT CAMP

The Market Shops, Miramar Beach, 9 AM

TheMarketShops.com

SATURDAY, MAY 18

GRAND BOULEVARD FARMERS MARKET

Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, 9 AM-1 PM

GrandBoulevard.com

OKALOOSA COUNTY FARMERS MARKET

Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, Fort Walton Beach, 7 AM-2 PM

850-689-5850

Locally grown produce and more.

SACRED HEART FOUNDATION BLACK TIE GALA

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, 6:30 PM

Sacredheartemeraldball.com

Benefiting the expansion of the Comprehensive Spine Program at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Wear shades of emerald for an elegant evening of dining and dancing. Plus—live music by Bay Bridge Band, a live painting by South Walton Artist of the Year Jenna Varney, and a wine and bourbon pull. Individual tickets are $150 each; limited number of VIP tickets available.

SEASIDE FARMERS MARKET

Seaside, 8 AM

SeasideFL.com

SECOND ANNUAL HOG BASH / TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Back Beach Barbecue, Panama City Beach, 1-4 PM

BackBeachBarbecue.com

Enjoy two whole hog roasts, live music from Chip Lyons, giveaways, and refreshments from local breweries. For $15, get a pork-filled plate, barbecue baked beans, and cole slaw. A portion of the proceeds will benefit South Walton Academy.

SIP & SCIENCE: ‘90S EDITON

Emerald Coast Science Center, Fort Walton Beach, 6-9 PM

ECScience.org

Bring your friends (21 and older please), grab a drink, and unleash your inner scientist. Tickets are $25 ($20 for EC Science Center members) at sip-and-science.eventbrite.com.

SUNDAY, MAY 19

MAC & CHEESE FESTIVAL

Destin Commons,

Hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, this new event features gourmet chef-inspired twists on the South’s favorite comfort food. Samples will be available for $1 each day of event or pre-purchase a bundle of 20 at 850tix.com/events/mac-cheese-festival. All proceeds benefit the BGCEC.

30A FARMERS MARKET

Rosemary Beach, 9 AM-1 PM

Satisfying salts, teas, spices, blends and more.

MONDAY, MAY 20

HYDROFLIGHT MONDAY

The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin, 6:30 and 8:30 PM

BaytowneWharf.com

Fly-board extraordinaire Ben Merrell soars over the lagoon.

MONTHLY WINE TASTING

Twisted Grape Café & Wine Bar, Shalimar, 6-8 PM

850-651-5100

Plus live music with Alexa Burroughs.

FREE FITNESS ON THE LAWN: PURE BARRE

The Market Shops, Miramar Beach, 5:30 PM

TheMarketShops.com

TUESDAY, MAY 21

BOOMIN’ TUESDAYS

The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin, 7-9:30 PM

BaytowneWharf.com

Lawn games and inflatables in the Events Plaza, followed by a breathtaking fireworks show at 9:15.

OKALOOSA COUNTY FARMERS MARKET

Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, Fort Walton Beach, 7 AM-2 PM

850-689-5850

Locally grown produce and more.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22

LADIES’ NIGHT

Camille’s at Crystal Beach, Destin

www.CamillesAtCrystalBeach.com

Half off drinks for the ladies! Two bucks off sushi rolls!

MONDAY, AUG. 26

BEACHCOMBER MUSIC AWARDS,
CHAPTER 11

Al’s Beach Club & Burger Bar, Okaloosa Island

Honoring the area’s musicmakers, with live performances by Finga FAYA, Jessie Ritter, Chris Hayes, Bob Cushing, Brandon Day and more.

SUNDAY, OCT. 13

30A HALF MARATHON & 5K

Scenic Highway 30A

Register at 30Ahalf.com. Deadline is Sept. 28 for all runners.

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