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CONTRIBUTORS Lauren Kelly Emlyn MacKenzie
Laura Lucy Paul Hunter Paul Hunter, B.S., C.S.C.S, lives On the Coast with his wife and three teenagers infusing science with his playful style yielding astonishing results at Grayton Beach Fitness, voted Best Place to Work Out on 30-A.
Laura Lucy owns Beachside Certifications, a CPR and first aid training company based in Destin. She also works virtually for Harbor House of Central Florida as a grant writer and marketing coordinator. When she's not working, you can find Laura and her husband Patrick trying to wrangle their crazy fiveyear-old redhead, Vivi.
Emlyn is a Senior Aquarist at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. She spends her days playing with fish, training sharks, and growing coral. Graduating with a degree in Marine Biology from Florida Institute of Technology, her career as an Aquarist has taken her from Florida to the South Pacific, a brief stint in Nebraska, and finally back to Florida. She has worked at the Gulfarium for three years now and her favorite parts of her job are diving in the main aquarium exhibit “The Living Sea” and also teaching others about coral.
Lauren Kelly is a junior at Niceville High School. She has been on the swim team for three years, and is currently an extern for the high school’s NaGISA program. She enjoys drawing and writing in her free time.
Chrissy Wainwright Chrissy Wainwright was born and raised in Franklin MA. She moved to Florida's East Coast in 1995 and has lived in Destin for the last 16 years. She is happily married to GW for the past 18 years, and is the mother of 2 boys, Trey and Wyatt. She volunteers at U.S. Gold Gymnastics and various activities in Destin. She's always busy busy busy and loves every minute.
Crystal Tingle Crystal, along with her husband of 19 years and 3 boys, has been living in the Destin area since 2005. She is Founder of TheFitandHealthyLife. com which is a resource website created to teach and empower women to become the best version of themselves at any age through healthy food and fitness. Her passion to help women grew from her own transformation from frumpy mom to fit mom when she finally learned to stop comparing herself to others and focus on being the best that she could be… competing only with herself and all of this happened after 40!
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6 Biggest Mistakes When Starting an Exercise Program
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t is warming up, people are sending their thicker clothes and you have decided now is the time to make a change in your self and your body. You may have heard, “If you always do what you have always done, then you will always get what you have always gotten.” True however I’d like to add a little caveat: “If you always do what you always done, you will get less results than if you had begun to do more sooner.” Why, because as time passes we get farther from our goals both physically and mentally. We add an extra pound here, pick up an unhealthy habit there. All things that can take us away from our intended goals. When we venture to make a change in our lives, we need to make a change in our lives and quite often it is more than one. Activity, nutrition, rest, thoughts, they all play a key role in our success, whatever we do. Quite often we find ourselves way out of balance and thus not looking, performing or feeling the way we’d like. Let’s take a look at 6 things that can keep us from achieving all that we hope we can be. Not setting attainable goals: Here people set out to accomplish the impossible. I hear, “I need to lose 30 lbs. this week because my sister is getting married.” or “My 20 year high school reunion is in 2 weeks and I want
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sculpted arms.” Even the American College of Sports Medicine has a standard set that our bodies can healthily lose 1-2 lbs per week. More than that and research has shown it’s mostly water if not muscle mass. Frequently I’ll measure someone’s body composition and explain the difference between lean mass and fat weight. Simply, lean mass is you, bones, muscle and organs. Now why would you want to lose any of THAT?! Take it easy and keep reading.
Starting too fast going too hard: It’s, “An apple a day that keeps the doctor away”, not, “Seven apples on Saturday”. You’ve now set your realistic goals, right? You plan to continue this “healthy new you” program for a long time, right? If your body has been dormant for some time, you need to remember your brain may be strong but the tissue connecting your muscles, bones and joints together may not be so strong. It takes time for your tendons and ligaments to gain strength and with a safe and effective program it will happen. Rome was NOT built in a day but it continues to stand. continued on page 10
6 Biggest Mistakes
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Not Fueling the Body while starting a “Diet.” “I need to go on a diet,” may be one of the most often uttered phrases in the English language. Something happens when someone begins a diet. They eat nothing but what the book or magazine says thus they cut out all snacks, extra food, et cetera. All sounds great until the body is not receiving what it needs to function at its optimum and the dieter commonly “snaps” and fills in with very familiar snacks. Remember we are looking to “be changed” 2 years from now and not have sprung back to our original shape. Make consistent changes in the right direction and your chance of success will improve.
Not getting some expert instruction. If you study the people at the top of their game you’ll find there is a coach or trainer working with them to guide them along the finer points for better results. No time? No money? It’s an investment in yourself and the knowledge goes a long way. A trainer should actually be a time manager for you; The shortest distance between 2 points is a straight line.
Giving up too soon. It may feel like only yesterday that you were in shape or had the shape you wanted but you didn’t actually get here overnight. If you have set the right goals, not started out too fast and received some expert instruction, your goals will be closer than you think. Do not grow weary in doing the right things.
Not Starting at all because you see the hill and not the view from the top. The view from the top is rewarding and you’ll find that the majority would rather complain or make excuses about the trip, “They want to take or could have taken if only...”. The daily changes, the effort, the discipline, the view. It’s all worth it and so are you. You’ll be surprised at what you can become if only you stop trying to steer the “parked car” and get moving.
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by Lauren Kelly
THE PRESSURES OF AN UPPERCLASSMAN
onestly, there’s a whole lot of pressure that comes with high school. While adults go on about high school being the “best time of their lives,” today’s high schoolers are becoming extremely overwhelmed with stress. Sadly, this stress originates from several factors that are often very common among the majority of the high school population, particularly with upperclassmen. For juniors and seniors, there is a tremendous addition of pressure, as we are trying to decide what colleges to apply for, and attempting to achieve the guidelines necessary to even have a chance at getting in. Those who aspire to have high GPAs find themselves taking several AP or AICE classes in order to increase their chances of getting into the school they prefer. Speaking as omeone who is in this situation, these courses often demand a large amount of work in and out of the classroom. Additionally, I, along with several friends, involve ourselves in multiple clubs and sports in order to bulk up our resumes. These organizations often take time that could be sed for finishing homework and projects, especially those that require a certain number of volunteer hours to be
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completed per semester. On top of this, many juniors and seniors work obs after school as well, which definitely has the potential to take even more time from the day. Therefore, the combination of workloads often leaves us students having to stay up late on many nights, just to finish everything before the next day. It’s constant for a lot of us. There is indeed a lot of work and pressure that goes into being an upperclassman today. It’s more difficult now to balance everything than it was twenty or even ten years ago. Colleges have become a whole lot more competitive in their admissions. Nowadays, it feels like a student has to give up their right arm just to have even a chance at getting into their dream college, and the pressure seems to be multiplied tenfold during the last two years of high school. For example, this year a lot of my senior friends were applying to go to UF. Several of them had high GPAs, high ACT and SAT scores, and were involved in many clubs, such as National Honor Society. However, an email was sent out to continued on page 14
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applicants this year. The message explained that this meant everyone, explaining that there was a recordbreaking number of volunteer hours to be completed per semester. On top of this, many juniors and seniors work jobs after school as well, which definitely has the potential to take even more time from the day. Therefore, the combination of workloads often leaves us students having to stay up late on many nights, just to finish everything before the next day. It’s constant for a lot of us. Additionally, there are also a lot of social aspects to think about as an upperclassman too. A lot of times, people already know that at least a few of their friendships just aren’t going to last past high school. At this point, we’re a bit more grown up now, and so we attempt to think realistically about these things. But that still doesn’t stop us from making the best out of our friendships while we’ve got them. It’s all about living in the moment, and not worrying too much about the future of a friendship, when it comes down to it. Even so, it is still sad to think about parting ways with friends eventually. Many of them I’ve known for several years, or even practically grew up with, and so it is difficult to think about separating from the people I’ve grown accustomed to seeing every day. Of course, there is bound to be at least a few that will last beyond high school. I know there are people I will keep in touch with once we go our separate ways. But it’s still a bit difficult to think about sometimes, and so we stay content with thinking about what we have in front of us right now, and making the absolute most out of it while we can. However, there is also a sense of bittersweetness that can be felt in these final two years as well. One moment you’re just a kid, looking up at all those big upperclassmen, and thinking “That’s a long way away, I’ve got time,” and the next moment, you ARE that big upperclassman, and all the deadlines
are staring you in the face. It’s an odd feeling, to realize how much time has passed in the blink of an eye. That being said, time really does fly away in high school. Freshman year didn’t seem that long ago to me. But now we’re all more grown up, with life choices to make and opportunities to seize, and it’s all as daunting as it is exciting. Sure, there’s a lot of pressure that goes into it all. For the moment, we have to worry about grades, ACT/SAT scores, clubs, and other factors that will help us get into our dream college. However, seeing the end of the tunnel, and knowing that college is almost there, is always a huge push factor, for not only myself, but for many other high schoolers my age. For me personally, it serves as a reminder of how much progress I have made so far, and how much more I need to finish my high school career on a strong note. Although it does have its ups and downs, the final years of high school only make me more embracing of the idea of going to college, and beginning the next chapter of my life.
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hen I was a kid, we would take a weekly trip to K-Mart. My mom is an expert discount shopper who needed to shop the sales on the regular. It was the 1980s, the glory days of K-Mart, when you could still get an Icee and popcorn and wait with great anticipation for the manager to announce a blue light special. My older brother went with us unless he had football practice. My grandmother never learned to drive, so we usually picked her up to tag along too. On one particular shopping trip when I was in third grade, one of the outings my brother missed, I stayed behind on the book aisle while my mom and grandmother went two aisles over to look at something else. This wasn’t common practice, but we lived in a fairly small, quiet town, it was a slow night at the store and they could hear me if I called out. The Mr. Men and Little Miss books were my obsession at the time, and I needed another minute or two to check out the latest titles. As I perused such classics as Mr. Happy and Little Miss Tiny, a man came down the aisle. He had a cart with a two-year-old little girl in it. Just a dad looking at books with his daughter, nothing to worry about. He reached in front of me, I thought for a book, but then grabbed my vagina. It wasn’t a violent attack, but it was very confusing to me. I froze for just a moment before calmly replacing the book I was holding and walking away to find my mom and grandmother. In short, what I’m trying to say is…#MeToo.
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by Laura Lucy I told my mom what had just happened. She immediately went to the front of the store, found the manager and told him what happened. He was young and had no idea how to handle the situation. Just then we saw our former neighbors walking in. I had pointed out the man who touched me. By this time his wife was with him; she had been in another part of the store when I first saw him. My mom dispatched the neighbors to follow them to the parking lot and get his license plate. We reported to the police. I had to tell my story in the district attorney’s office but not in court. When the man was confronted, he confessed and ended up serving two years in prison. In my kid’s mind, I thought that was the end of it. It wasn’t until recently, some thirtysomething years later, that I realized the impact it had on me at the time and even now. Looking back, from third through fifth grade, I recall going home early from school often because I had a stomachache. I was a good student and no one ever accused me of faking it to get out of work. I was quiet and teachers always loved me, but I remember my third grade teacher being especially solicitous, even buying me gifts when my classmates got nothing. Now I realize that my parents had told her what happened and she was going out of her way to let me know I was in a safe place where I was loved when I was at school. Thank you, Mrs. Taylor. continued on page 18
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As far as sexual assaults go, mine was minor. I’m allowed to say that because it’s mine. No one else can make that determination for a survivor. Even so, it still had lasting effects. I cannot begin to imagine the emotional scars survivors who know their abuser have, and those account for the vast majority of abuse. Over the last several months, we have seen a dramatic Young Lauren change in how sexual assault and harassment are viewed and talked about in public. Longhidden secrets are being revealed by Hollywood actresses and Olympic gold medal gymnasts are speaking out. What started as a handful of women exposing the bad behavior of one powerful movie producer turned into the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement, empowering thousands of survivors to share their stories. It didn’t take long for #MenToo to gain momentum as people began to realize that men and boys can be victims of sexual violence too. Seeing this topic all over the media dredged up memories of my own incident, but some things were fuzzy. I sat down with my mom over the holidays to get some clarity on what happened. My memory of what he did to me in the store is completely clear, but I couldn’t remember what came next. I knew he had been convicted, but I didn’t remember testifying. At times over the years, I even worried about him, knowing that the accusation of an eight-year-old girl had sent a man away for two years. I hadn’t recalled that he admitted doing it. That gave me some peace. I even asked my mom if she remembered his name. She did. Of course she did. I googled him and found he is a registered sex offender living eight miles from that same K-Mart. Seeing his photo was hard, and I cried for the third grade version of myself. But you know what? She was way tougher than anyone could have imagined. Way to go, me! As the mother of a five-year-old girl, I want to protect her from the Harvey Weinsteins and Larry Nassers of the world. I want to slay every dragon and chase away the boogeyman. As a survivor, I know the strength of #MeToo and the power of #TimesUp and #MeStronger. It is my job to equip my daughter with the knowledge and confidence to stand up to any would-be abuser and to be a safe haven for her if anything bad does happen. I’ll wrap her in my arms and say, “I understand, Sweetpea. Me too.”
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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. There are no guaranteed safeguards that will protect every child from predators, but these tips can improve the odds:
Tell it like it is. Cute names for private parts seem like a good idea when kids are little but can actually confuse the matter if they need to disclose abuse. One family’s cha-cha could be another family’s hoo-ha. A teacher hearing these terms might not even realize a child is attempting to tell her about abuse. It can be uncomfortable for adults to hear a preschooler say “vagina” or “penis,” but no one is confused about their meaning.
Hugging is not required. Empower your kids to take control of their own bodies. That means hugging relatives is not mandatory. You can intercede, particularly with older relatives, to let them know your child is not being rude with a handshake, high-five or fist bump.
Identify trusted adults. Talk to your kids about which adults they can turn to if someone hurts them or makes them uncomfortable. Teachers and school counselors are required to report suspected abuse.
Be a safe place. Maintain a good relationship with open communication so if something does happen, your child knows you will believe them and love them no matter what happened and no matter who harmed them.
It seems like these days, I am in the grocery store at least once a day…and by the way, this has nothing to do with this article yet and it has EVERYTHING to do with it. It’s important for me to ramble a bit for background, so just hang with me on the rabbit trail. I remember a time when I had a weekly grocery and meal plan and did once-a-week shopping. Once, I even did a monthly meal plan and bought items that I could in bulk and spent the entire day separating, storing, freezing, etc. Notice I said ONCE! That wore me slap out. And on top of that I still had to go back to the dreaded store to pick up perishables that I couldn’t buy for the month like vegetables and fruit. That never happened again. But even recently, I can’t even get a weekly plan wrapped around my brain. It seems that I am living dayby-day dousing the flames of the biggest fire of the hour which usually puts scrambling for dinner ideas for that night and school lunches for the next day in the afternoon flames. I mean, as a mom, there is ALWAYS something when you have three kids, a husband, a dog, a household to run, work, laundry…. LAUNDRY… Child #2 forgot something at home that he needs for school while Child #3 mentions last-minute school project needs…the list goes on and on. I need about four more daylight hours to get things done! It’s at times mentally, physically and emotionally exhausting! Often, deep sighs resonate from my mouth that I’m often not even aware are happening until my husband asks, “What’s wrong?” Me: “What do you mean?” Him: “You just sighed really hard.” Me: “I did?” But on this particular day dragging my fire hose, I entered the
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line to check out before running home and throwing a meal together and ran into a friend that I haven’t seen in a long while. We exchanged cordials: Her: “How are you?” Me: “I’m great but just been super busy.” Her: “I know, right? Same here.” That’s not verbatim, but it went similar. Then we spoke of our kids briefly as the sweet checkout lady scanned my friend’s groceries. We continued to chat in terms of the kids’ schedules and keeping up with them and how overwhelming it is at times, and then we said our goodbyes and good seeing you. At that point, the checkout lady engaged in conversation with me and spoke of (all with a positive and sympathetic tone) how she raised her children as a single mom and understands how stressful it can be, as well as overwhelming, when you find yourself needing to be in two places at the same time, like being at work and needing to bring the kids to school activities, with no help. When she finished and I paid, she said to me with genuine sincerity and empathy, “Have a good day and I really hope things get better for you soon.” And… it hit me! Did I make my life sound that bad? Do I really feel that way? Are things that overwhelming? It stopped me dead in my tracks and I looked back at her and all I could say was, “Thank you. Life is good!” I am not sure why those are the words I choose to reply with. Quiet honestly, a barrage of thoughts and emotions flooded my mind and heart all at once, and I truly felt that I spoke what I should be feeling, but I realized in that moment they were not the same. Why had I projected such discontent and frustration?
I found myself at a loss for words. I am married with a husband who helps out and works hard to provide for us, three healthy and beautiful children who need a mom to do what moms are supposed to do, a roof over my head, clothes on my back, great friends and the luxury to be a stay-at-home mom. What in the world do I have to complain about and why should I feel so overwhelmed? Are my feelings unjustified? Here is this sweet lady working as a cashier in a grocery store, a single mom who has had her share of heartache and trials with no one to share the burden with, and yet offers me words of condolence and encouragement. I had never felt more ashamed. I actually cried when I got in my car. Because you know what …Life IS good! I am not saying this based on material comparisons to her. I don’t know really anything beyond what she said in that five-minute conversation. I just know that she was the richer one! The precious jewels that she had amassed were from her attitude and gratitude and in her humility, the trinity for joy! She probably could have shut me down quick and said, “Oh, suck it up sister and quit complaining!” But she didn’t. Full of compassion, she expressed her heartfelt sentiments.
You see, my epiphany in that moment before walking out the door was that truly Life is good! No matter what! Life, breath and the freedom we have to allow circumstances or trials to define us OR NOT is still a choice we own. And I was reminded while I was sitting in my car afterward of what my pastor recently said… that often our circumstances DO warrant or justify a bad day or season…but more times than not it’s our attitude about it that changes us…even when it can’t change our circumstances. We can be the victim or be the victor over our attitude despite our circumstances! This lady on this day at that moment was walking in victory despite anything that was happening or had happened to her or around her. She chose that day to be grateful and to fly higher than her circumstances. She was the victor and truly because of her attitude she impacted me! That’s where and when you see the fruit, joy and victory you can walk in despite the craziness… when you can say, “Don’t look at all of this surrounding us, just look at me. Hear what I am saying. It’s going to be okay…LIFE IS GOOD!”
So am I just a spoiled brat and never satisfied? My circumstances are real. My challenges are tangible. I have a child or two with special needs, and that requires a bit more at times which is why I actually do not work. I have a couple of newer health issues that hold me back occasionally from being as productive as I would like, BUT…. when I count the things I have to be grateful for…it FAR outweighs the overwhelming components. This is where the trail ends…
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addox Hayles and Wyatt Wainwright have recently discovered that their love of fishing could eventually turn into a reallife business. These two were both born and raised fishing right here in Destin and now the 11-year- old Destin Middle School boys are the President and Vice President of the Fishing Club! Maddox and Wyatt met in kindergarten and have been inseparable ever since. Their interests in sports and outdoor activities are so much alike that they have spent most of their free time together either on the baseball and football fields or out hunting and fishing. Maddox’s father Eric and Wyatt’s father G.W. are both avid fishermen and have had a pole in their sons’ hands ever since they have been able to hold one.
These two young men have taken their fishing skills up a notch this year by teaching themselves how to fly fish. They got fly kits and taught themselves how to make their own flies. They spent so much time this past month honing their craft that their mothers suggested setting up shop at the Destin Community Center Craft Show. So that’s just what they did and they ended continued on page 26
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Kadance Fredericks en from Baker School won Petite Mi ss Southern States Woodlands and Peyto n Owens from Pensacola Christian Academy won Jr. Miss United States Woodlands in a scholarship pageant held in Ozark, AL in February.
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up with a full crowd for most of the sixhour day as they not only sold flies but made them right there at the booth. The two explained to anyone who wanted to know how the flies were made, with what materials, and what type of fly would be best to catch different types of fish. In the end, these chatty best friends not only made themselves money to purchase more supplies but also put a big smile on a lot of faces as people watched two very young craftsmen working, educating and making sales. After such a big success, the boys have decided to take the generous offers given to them to keep their little shop going! Look for Maddox and Wyatt this spring and summer as they set up their table at local restaurants in the Destin Harbor area.
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ith people across the country observing Lent, a religious tradition observed during the 40 days before Easter, it's time to rethink the standard family meal
This nearly eight-week period typically calls for a special diet. Specifically, red meat is cut out on Fridays for some and for the entirety of Lent for others. According to Datassential, 26 percent of consumers observe lent and of those, 41 percent said they eat fish on Fridays instead of meat. Eating two servings of seafood per week - as recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans - is one way to make a positive commitment to you and your family's health during Lent and throughout the year. According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, research shows eating seafood 2-3 times per week reduces the risk of death from any health-related cause. Seafood also provides unique health benefits as a lean protein and is a quality source for omega-3 fatty acids, which are healthy fats essential to human health and development. With so many seafood options available, including grouper, snapper, salmon and more, it can be easy to incorporate this nutritious lean protein into your diet. 28 â€˘ Tell them you saw it in ON THE COAST Magazine
This simple recipe for Blackened Fish with Quinoa and Citrus Vinaigrette can help you on your way to a more nutritious meal plan that includes consuming seafood twice per week. Any white fish such as grouper, mahi mahi or flounder will work. continued on page 30
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For more seafood recipes and Lenten meal inspiration, visit seafoodnutrition.org or follow #Seafood2xWk on social media. Blackened Fish with Quinoa and Citrus Vinaigrette Recipe courtesy of chef Tim Hughes on behalf of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership Servings: 4 Blackening Seasoning: 1 tablespoon salt 1 tablespoon pepper 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon thyme
To make Blackening Seasoning: Combine salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and thyme.
Quinoa Salad: 1 tablespoon peanut oil 1 cup corn, canned and drained or frozen and thawed to room temperature salt, to taste pepper, to taste 1/2 cup edamame, shelled and thawed to room temperature 3 cups quinoa, cooked
To make Blackened Fish: Heat cast-iron skillet to medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon peanut oil added. Coat both sides of fish fillets with Blackening Seasoning. Add fish to skillet and cook 5-6 minutes per side, or until well done.
Blackened Fish: 1 tablespoon peanut oil 1 pound fish, cut into four fillets 5 tablespoons Blackening Seasoning Citrus Vinaigrette: 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon lemon zest 1 tablespoon honey 1/2 teaspoon thyme 2 tablespoons olive oil
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To make Quinoa Salad: Heat and oil skillet. Add corn; salt and pepper, to taste, and saute until golden brown. Add edamame and sauteed corn to quinoa and set aside.
To make Citrus Vinaigrette: Whisk together lemon juice, lemon zest, honey and thyme. Slowly add olive oil, whisking until dressing is formed. Serve Blackened Fish on top of Quinoa Salad and drizzle with Citrus Vinaigrette.
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What is a coral?” is a question I often get asked while guests are staring at our main aquarium, a 40,000-gallon Indo-Pacific reef ecosystem called the “Living Sea.” They are often shocked when I tell them that coral is actually an animal! Although they may look just like colorful rocks, corals are invertebrates: animals without a backbone. If you look closely at a piece of coral you will notice hundreds or even thousands of small soft-bodied polyps that look like little upside-down jellyfish. All of these individual polyps form a coral head, or colony. These colonies form reef structures because of the polyps’ ability to absorb calcium and carbon from the seawater, making a “limestone” skeleton. These skeletons house the tiny animals and connect them all together. These skeletons also make excellent platforms for new corals to settle and grow on top of. This process eventually leads to the building of coral reefs, such as the Great Barrier Reef, found in Australia. The building of reef structures like this can take hundreds of years, however. Coral grows very slowly and depending on the type of coral, some only grow between 1/8th of an inch up to 6 inches every year. If you think of coral, the first thing that might come into mind is how colorful and bright they are. Ranging anywhere in color from yellow to pink to orange to green, and sometimes blue, corals always look picturesque! This color is made continued on page 34
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possible by a symbiotic relationship with a type of algae that lives inside the coral tissue. This algae is called zooxanthellae and they play an important role in building reefs by providing coral with food. Through the process of photosynthesis, zooxanthellae use the sunlight, much like plants, to convert carbon dioxide into food, which gets passed along to the coral. The hard coral skeleton provides the algae a safe place to live within its tissue in exchange for this food, creating one of the most important symbiotic relationships in the ocean. This is also the main reason why many corals are found in tropical waters - they need a lot of sunlight to keep their algae happy! Many people also do not know that these beautiful animals have some very important jobs in the ocean. Coral reefs are known as “rainforests of the sea” due to the wide diversity of animals that call them home. Making up less than 0.1% of the ocean’s surface area, it is estimated that coral reefs give shelter to at least 25% of all marine life in the ocean. This is more than any other type of habitat! Coral reefs also serve as a source of food for people all over the world. Many of the types of fish and other seafood items we like to eat came from a coral reef habitat. These coral reefs are also vital to helping build and protect our beaches. Incoming storms and waves are very damaging to coastlines, but reefs act as natural buffers, slowing down waves before they erode parts of the beach. White sand found on tropical beaches and here on the Emerald coast is actually tiny pieces of coral skeletons that broke off from reefs or was crushed by parrotfish and eventually ended up on the ocean floor. Coral is definitely my favorite animal in the whole world due to their important role in ocean ecosystems and their complex but beautiful nature. 34 • Tell them you saw it in ON THE COAST Magazine
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EMERALD COAST CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER IS THERE FOR THE KIDS With National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, it brings to light the fact that many do not realize the peril our children can experience and have to deal with right here in Northwest Florida. Enter the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC). They provide services for young child abuse victims and their families in a child-friendly environment. All support services and personnel are under one roof. There are two centers, one in Niceville in Okaloosa County, and the Pierce Family Children’s Advocacy Center in DeFuniak Springs in Walton County. Neither location provides housing for children.
How ECCAC Works: Providing services and emotional support to child victims experiencing abuse, abandonment or neglect and their families is the 24/7 job of the multi-disciplinary team of staff and volunteers at the ECCAC centers. There are extensive play therapy set-ups and lovable therapy dogs on hand to work with the kids, too. ECCAC is a part of the National Children’s Advocacy Center non-profit organization. The single most important hallmark of the ECCAC process is the fact that the impacted child, dealing with the immediate trauma and stress of their situation, can tell their story in one room, just one time. They do not have to repeat it numerous times at different places to different people. In other words, all pertinent parties that can help the child victim are there at the same time. Once the child tells their story, action is immediately taken as required for that particular case. In ECCAC’s 17-year history, right at 11,000 children have received more than 43,000 services at no cost to include mental health therapy, crisis intervention, referrals to other community providers, interviews and medicals.
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For more information about donating, volunteering, or the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Centers, visit www.eccac.org or call (850) 833-9237, Ext. 283.
The Autism Spectrum on the Emerald Coast, Inc. would like to invite your family to join us at our 2nd Annual SPRING FAM JAM. This family & music festival will be held on Saturday, April 21, at the NWFSC in Niceville. The gates opens at 9 a.m. with the music and fun continuing until 4 p.m. Spring Fam Jam, with more than 40 booth participants, includes live entertainment, arts and crafts merchants, food and beverage vendors, various demonstrations, local therapy providers, and a large Children’s Area. The Children’s Area includes: bounce houses, inflatable slides, an inflatable obstacle course, face painting by Enchanted Parties, Home Depot building kits, Army Ranger’s Reptile Team, 501st. Legion, live entertainment, and many more children’s activities. Children’s Area armbands are $10. Armbands grant access to all the previous listed activities in the children’s area. Be sure to register for the 5K Color Run! This year we are running a Road & Trail Course with 8 color stations. Participants will be covered in colored powder as they make their way around the course. Walkers, wagons, and strollers are all welcome to participate on the Road sections of the course. The Road sections of the course has 4 Color Stations and is approximately 2 miles in length. You do not have to be a conditioned athlete to enjoy this run! The run starts at 11:00. Early Bird Pricing, which is just $25 for participants 13 years of age and older, ends April 6. Day of pricing is $35. For participants ages 6 to 12 years old, the registration fee is $20. Children 5 years old and under are free. Spring Fam Jam is ASEC’s premier fundraising and community awareness event. This event allows us to continue to provide services to our local autism community that we serve. For Color Run registration visit our website: SpringFamJam.com Event Coordinator: Brad Burnette (850)496-3062 or Brad@ASECFL.com On the Coast Magazine is a proud media sponsor of local charitable events. For sponsorship information, e-mail OTC@OntheCoastMag.com
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MARCH 2-4 Destin Executive Airport Wings of Freedom Tour WWII Airplanes on display 2-4:30pm Friday 9:30-4:30pm Sat & Sun 800-568-8924 PCB Aaron Bessant Park EC Boat & Lifestyle Show 10-6pm $10 under 12 Free $5 Locals Friday Only 850-348-1498 MARCH 3 - APRIL 30 Destin HarborWalk Cobia Tournament 12am-12pm Monday -Sunday 850-837-6241 MARCH 3-4 Mattie Kelly Arts Centre Peter Pan Saturday 7:30pm Sunday 2:30pm $38 Adult $18 12 and under 850-729-6000 MARCH 4 Rosemary Beach South Barrett Square Farmers Market 9 -1pm Free 850-231-0102 Seaside Half Marathon and 5Km 7am $125-$95 runseasidefl.com/ MARCH 5 Rosemary Beach Concert Series Fais Do-Do band 6:30pm-8:30 FREE 866-348-8952 Seaside Amphitheater Children's Theatre Performance 6pm FREE 850-231-6107
Topsail Hill State Park Ranger's Choice Program MARCH 5-10 3pm Seaside Amphitheater FREE Stories By The Sea 850-267-8330 3:30 FREE MARCH 8-9 850-231-6107 Inlet Beach Concerts on The Green MARCH 6 In Business-The Moon Lagoons Alys Beach Amphitheater 6-9pm Summer Reels FREE Finding Dory 850-231-0102 7:30pm-9:30pm FREE MARCH 9 850-213-5521 Sandestin Hilton Kieran May Memorial Gala Seaside Amphitheater 5:30pm Huck & Lilly Concert Couple $250 6pm 850-833-9237 ext 256 FREE 850-231-6107 Seaside Amphitheater Central Square Cinema MARCH 7-10 7pm PCB Aaron Bessant Park FREE Emerald Coast Cruizin’ Car 850-231-6107 Show 8am - 6:30pm MARCH 10 $10 Destin Commons 850-233-5070 Emerald Coast Kings of the Court MARCH 8 Tickets Available Destin Library 11-5pm Cuddlers & Toddlers Storytime Team reg.$100. 9:30am 850-337-8700 FREE 850-837-8572 Destin HarborWalk Village Tequila & Taco Festival Destin Community Center 1-4pm Open Dodgeball FREE Ages 8-14 480-322-7227 6-8pm $3 non residents - $2 residents Grand Boulevard Farmers 850-654-5184 Market 9 - 1pm Niceville Library FREE Storytime 850-499-4697 9:30am FREE Niceville Mattie Kelly Arts Ctr 850-279-6436 NW Florida Symphony Orchestra La Traviata Rosemary Beach Western Green 7:30pm Moonlight Movies & Face $23 Painting 850-729-6000 Despicable Me Face Painting starts at 4:30 Panama City Mall 7:30pm-9pm Parade and Egg Hunt FREE 9am 850-231-0102 FREE 850-785-9587
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Seaside Farmers Market 9am-1pm FREE 850-231-6107 SRB Helen McCall Park Egg Drop 10am FREE 850- 892-8700 Topsail Hill State Park Butterflies and Craft Day 10:30am 850-267-8330 MARCH 10-11 Ok Island EC Conf. Ctr. Holistic Health Expo 10-4pm Saturday 11-4pm Sunday FREE 850-687-0826 PCB West Indies Market 9 - 4pm FREE 850-951-2148 MARCH 11 Destin Kelly Plantation Golf Club Kieran May Golf Tournament 11:30am-3pm $250 Single, $1000 Team of Four 850-833-9237 Rosemary Beach South Barrett Square Farmers Market 9 - 1pm FREE 850-231-0102 MARCH 12 Destin LuLu's Spirit Night for DMS Fund Raiser 5-8pm 850-710-5858 Rosemary Beach Concert Series The California Beach Boys Tribute 6:30pm-8:30 FREE 850-687-0568 Seaside Amphitheater Children's Theatre Performance 6pm FREE 850-231-6107 continued on page 40
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continued from page 38 MARCH 13 Alys Beach Amphitheater Summer Reels Dr. Suess “The Lorax” 7:30pm-9:30pm FREE 850-213-5500 Okaloosa Island EC Conf Ctr Multi Chamber Expo 4-7pm FREE 850-244-8191 Seaside Amphitheater Huck & Lilly Concert 6pm FREE 850-231-6107 MARCH 12-17 Seaside Repertory Theatre Stories By The Sea Monday-Friday 3:30 FREE 850-231-6107 MARCH 14 Niceville Mattie Kelly Arts Centre Catapult 7:30pm $35 Tickets Available 850-729-6000 Sandestin Baytowne Wharf Wednesday Night Concert Boukou Groove 7pm-9pm FREE 850-267-8186 MARCH 15 Destin Library Cuddlers & Toddlers Storytime 9:30am FREE 850-837-8572 Destin Community Center Open Dodgeball Ages 8-14 6-8pm $3 non residents - $2 residents 850-654-5184 Niceville Library Storytime 9:30am FREE 850-279-6436
Rosemary Beach Western Green Moonlight Movies 7:30pm-9pm FREE 850-231-0102 Sandestin Baytowne Warf Bubble Baytowne 5-7pm FREE 850-267-8180 Topsail Hill State Park Ranger's Choice Program 3pm FREE 850-267-8330 MARCH 15-16 Inlet Beach Concerts Series I’magen-Boukou Groove 6-9pm FREE 850-231-0102 MARCH 16 FWB Municipal Golf Course Charity Golf Tournament 11am $100-$400 850-833-9500 SeasideAmphitheater Central Square Cinema 7:00 pm FREE 850-231-6107 MARCH 16-17 Pensacola Seanger Theatre Man Of La Mancha 7:30pm $27-$112 850-433-6737 MARCH 17 Destin Harbowalk Village Irish Grogg March 6pm-11:55pm $10 Donation to Charity 480-322-7227 Destin McGuires St. Patricks Extravaganza 10am 850-650-000 FWB Elks Lodge Elks Club Draw Down Party 6:30pm 850-585-4477 FWB Gulfarium WSRE PBS KIDS & Family Day 10-2pm FREE 850-484-1211
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Okaloosa Island EC Conference Ctr Copa Destin Jiu Jitsu Tournament 9am $10 850-609-3800 Sandestin Baytowne Wharf St Patty’s Day Delight 6pm 850-267-8186 Sandestin Grand Boulevard Farmers Market 9-1pm FREE 850-499-4697 Seaside Farmers Market 9-1pm FREE 850-267-0683 SRB St. Patricks Parade & Fest 2pm $10-$5 850-267-2064 Water Color Town Center Art in the Park 9-5pm FREE 850-267-1216 MARCH 17-31 FWB Santa Rosa mall Easter Bunny 11-6pm FREE 850-244-2172 MARCH 18 Rosemary Beach Farmers Market 9-1pm FREE 850-231-0102 Sandestin Baytowne Warf Sunday Cinema 7:15pm-9:pm Finding Nemo FREE 850-267-8186 SRB The Hub Retro Movie Night Ferris Bulers Day Off 6pm FREE 850-213-0782 MARCH 19 Rosemary Beach Concert Series Rock and Soul Revue 6:30pm-8:30 FREE 850-687-0568
Sandestin Baytowne Wharf Hydroflight 6:30pm-8:30pm FREE 850-267-8186 Seaside Amphitheater Children's Theatre Performance 6pm FREE 850-231-6107 MARCH 19-24 Seaside Repertory Theatre Stories By The Sea 3:30 FREE 850-231-6107 MARCH 20 Sandestin Baytowne Wharf Boomin’ 6pm-8:30 FREE 850-267-8186 Sandestin Baytowne Wharf Baytown Live 7pm-10pm FREE 850-267-8186 Seaside Amphitheater REP children performance 6pm FREE 850-231-6107 Alys Beach Amphitheater Summer Reels The LEGO Batman 7:30pm-9:30pm FREE 850-213-0683 MARCH 21 Panama City Marina Civic Center Chanticleer $50-$35 7:30pm 850-763-4696 Sandestin Baytowne Wharf Wednesday Night Concert Luke Langford & The 331 Band 7-9pm FREE 850-267-8186 SRB The Hub Family Movie Night Beauty & the Beast 6pm FREE 850-213-0782 continued on page 42
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continued from page 41 MARCH 22 Destin Library Cuddlers & Toddlers Storytime 9:30am FREE 850-837-8572 Destin Community Center Open Dodgeball Ages 8-14 6-8pm $3 non residents - $2 residents 850-654-5184 Niceville Library Storytime 9:30am FREE 850-279-6436 Rosemary Beach Western Green Moonlight Movies 7:30pm-9pm FREE 850-231-0102 Sandestin Baytowne Wharf Magical Thursday 7pm-9pm FREE 850-267-8186 Topsail Hill State Park Ranger's Choice Program 3:00pm FREE 850-267-8330 MARCH 22-23 Inlet Beach 30 Avenue Concert Series on The Green The Graytones-The Scratchtones 6-9pm FREE 850-231-0102 MARCH 22-24 Grand Boulevard Purses with a Purpose 5:30-7:30pm Thurs & Fri 10-2pm Saturday $15-$20 850-243-1201 MARCH 23 Okaloosa Island EC Conf Ctr Snake Day with Reno’s Reptile 10am-2:00pm $6-$9 850-664-1261
Seaside Amphitheater Central Square Cinema 7:00 pm FREE 850-231-6107
Rosemary Beach South Barrett Square Farmers Market 9am-1pm 850-231-010
MARCH 23-24 Freeport Sports Complex Westonwood Ranch Rodeo 7:30-10:30 $10-$5 850-835-2822
Sandestin Baytowne Warf Sunday Cinema 7:15pm-9:pm Paddington 850-267-8186
MARCH 24 Crestview Old Spanish Trail Triple B BBQ 10-6pm FREE 850-682-3212 Emerald Bay Golf Club A round For Kids 8am-2pm $100-$400 850-344-7722 FWB AJ’s Oyster Shanty Run for the Health of it 5k&8 Start time 9am $10-$25 850-863-8112 Sandestin Grand Boulevard Farmers Market 9-1pm FREE 850-499-4697 Seaside Farmers Market 9am-1pm FREE 850-267-0683 SRB Driftwood Estates Park Egg Drop Palooza 11 - 1pm FREE 850-267-0322 MARCH 24-25 Santa Rosa Ranch Spring Fling 10am till Dark $10, 3 and up 850-781-8868 MARCH 24-31 Destin Commons Bass Pro Easter Events Hours Varies by Day FREE 850-269-6200 MARCH 25 Destin HarborWalk Village Roll for Hope at the Destin Harbor 11-4pm FREE 850-424-0600
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MARCH 26 Defuniak Springs EC Childrens Advo Center Tech Know How for Parents FREE Register by March 23 850-833-9237 ext 233 Rosemary Beach Concert Series Oceans 9 6:30pm-8:30 FREE 850-231-0180 Sandestin Baytowne Wharf Hydroflight Mondays 6:30pm-8:30pm FREE 850-267-8186 Seaside Amphitheater Children's Theatre Performance Monday 6pm FREE 850-231-6107 March 26-31 Seaside Amphitheater Stories By The Sea 3:30 FREE 850-231-6107 MARCH 27 Sandestin Baytowne Wharf Baytown Live FREE 850-267-8186 Sandestin Baytowne Wharf Boomin’ 6:00pm-8:30pm FREE 850-267-8186 Sandestin Baytowne Wharf Luau at Baytown Marina 6pm-8:30pm $21-$44 850-267-8186
MARCH 27 Alys Beach Amphitheater Summer Reels SING 7:30pm-9:30pm FREE 850-213-5521 Seaside Amphitheater Huck & Lilly Concert 6pm FREE 850-231-6107 MARCH 28 Destin Public Library Easter Egg Hunt 9am FREE 850-837-8572 Sandestin Baytowne Wharf Wednesday Night Concert Forrest Williams Band 7-9pm FREE 850-267-8186 MARCH 29 Destin Library Cuddlers & Toddlers Storytime 9:30am FREE 850-837-8572 Destin Community Center Open Dodgeball Ages 8-14 6-8pm $3 non residents - $2 residents 850-654-5184 Niceville Library Storytime 9:30am FREE 850-279-6436 Miramar Beach Dog Harmony Eggstravaganza 5:30 - 7:30pm $15 850-376-4190 Niceville MK Arts Center Hotel California 7:30pm $35 850-729-6000 Rosemary Beach Western Green Moonlight Movies Thursday 7:30pm-9pm FREE 850-231-0102
Sandestin Baytowne Wharf Magical Thursday 7-9pm FREE 850-267-8186
Seaside Amphitheater Central Square Cinema 7:00 pm FREE 850-231-6107
Destiny Worship Center Easter Eggstravaganza 4:30pm FREE 850-650-6800
Sandestin Grand Blvd Eggstavaganza 5:30pm FREE 800-862-1038
MARCH 31 Destin The Henderson Ice Cream Social w/the Easter Bunny Noon FREE 855-741-2777
Niceville Bluewater Tennis Club Egg Hunt 9:30 - 11am FREE 850-897-8010
Topsail Hill State Park Ranger's Choice Program 3:00pm FREE 850-267-8330 MARCH 29-30 Inlet Beach 30 Avenue Concert Series on The Green Grape Drink-The Good Lookings 6-9pm FREE 850-231-0102 MARCH 30 Okaloosa Island EC Conv Ctr Sinfonia Gala Event: Rodgers&Hammerstein 7:30pm $45-$150 850-460-8800
Destin Morgans Sports Centre Easter Egg Hunt 9am FREE 850-650-1241 Freeport Regional Sports Complex Spring Art and Crafts Festival 9am 850-835-1737 Grand Boulevard Farmers Market 9-1pm FREE 850-499-4697 Lynn Haven Sports Complex Easter Egg Hunt 10-2pm FREE 850-271-5547 Miramar Beach
Niceville 1st Baptist Church Run for Joy & Easter Fest 8:30am 850-678-4621 PCB Frank Brown Park Egg Hunt Call for time FREE 850-233-5045 Sandestin Baytowne Wharf Easter Explosion Noon -3 FREE 850-267-8186 Shalimar UMC Easter Fest 10 - Noon FREE 850-651-0721
MARCH 31- APRIL 1 Okaloosa Island Kitty Hawk Kite Festival 10am FREE 850-796-0102 Sandestin Grand Boulevard Farmers Market 9 - 1pm FREE 850-499-4697 APRIL 1 Destin LuLu”s Easter Egg DASH Noon 850-710-LuLu Destin The Henderson Helicopter Drop Egg Hunt 12:30pm FREE 855-741-2777 Seaside Amphitheater Easter Celebration Noon - 2pm FREE 850-231-6107
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continued from page 43 APRIL 2 Rosemary Beach Concert Series Instant Karma 6:30 - 8:30pm FREE 866-348-8952 Seaside Amphitheater Children's Theatre Performance 6pm FREE 850-267-0683 APRIL 2-7 Seaside Amphitheater Stories By The Sea 3:30 FREE 850-267-0683 APRIL 3 Alys Beach Amphitheater Summer Reels Moana 7:30 - 9:30pm FREE 850-213-5500 FWB Salvation Army Baby Beats 10am $2 850-243-4531 Rosemary Beach Pittman Magic 6-6:45pm FREE Rosemarybeach.com Seaside Amphitheater Huck & Lilly Concert 6pm FREE 850-267-0683 Seaside REP Improv Boot Camp 2pm $25 850-231-0733 APRIL 4 Rosemary Beach North Barrett Square Beauty and the Beast 6pm FREE 850-231-0733
Sandestin Baytowne Wharf Wednesday Night Concert Blues Brothers 7 - 9pm FREE 850-267-8186
APRIL 6 Defuniak Springs Marvel of Flight Expo 3pm FREE 850-892-2000
PCB Camp Helen State park History Tour 10am FREE 850-233-5059
Sandestin Topsail State Park Geocaching around Topsail 9-2pm FREE 850-267-8330
Seaside Amphitheater Central Square Cinema 7:00pm FREE 850-267-0683
SRB Coastal Library Tail Wagging Tutors 2:30pm FREE 850-267-2809
Seaside Center Art Walk 5 - 7pm FREE 850-267-0683
Pensacola Cordova Mall Chocolate Fest Noon - 3pm $15-$20 850-477-7562 Seaside Farmers Market 9 - 1pm FREE 850-267-0683
SRB The Bay Night Bonfires 6-9pm FREE 850-622-2291
Topsail Hill State Park Dirty Friday 8 - 10am FREE 850-267-8330
APRIL 5 Destin Community Center Open Dodgeball Ages 8-14 6-8pm $3 non residents - $2 residents 850-654-5184
WaterColorBoathouse RUN/SUP Race Series 7am $30 850-419-6188
Destin Library Cuddlers & Toddlers Storytime 9:30am FREE 850-837-8572 Niceville Library Storytime 9:30am FREE 850-279-6436 Destin Harbor Walk Easter Bunny Brunch 10 - 4pm Reservations 850-422-0622 Sandestin Baytowne Wharf Hydroflight Mondays 6:30 - 8:30pm FREE 850-267-8186 Seaside Lawn Easter Egg-Stravaganza Noon - 2pm FREE 850-267-0683 APRIL 5-6 Inlet Beach 30 Avenue Concert Series on The Green I’magene-In Buisness 6 - 9pm FREE 850-231-0102
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APRIL 7 Bluewater Bay Fitness Ctr Hunger Run $25-$5 8am 850-279-6767 Crestview Library Reading with Dozer 10am FREE 850-682-4432 Defuniak Springs Airport Marvel of Flight 8:30am-4pm FREE 850-892-2000 FWB Okaloosa RevFest Art and Music Festival KC’s Sandbar and grill $15-$10 Noon-12am 850-244-1087 Grand Boulevard Farmers Market 9am-1pm FREE 850-267-0683 PCB Edgewater Conf Ctr Arts Alive $125 6pm 850-767-4111
APRIL 9 Seaside Amphitheater Children's Theatre Performance 6pm FREE 850-267-0683 APRIL 9-14 Seaside Amphitheater Stories By The Sea 3:30 FREE 850-267-0683 APRIL 10 Alys Beach Amphitheater Summer Reels Coco 7:30pm-9:30pm FREE 850-213-5521 Seaside Amphitheater Huck & Lilly Concert 6pm FREE 850-267-0683 APRIL 11 Crestview Commerce Dr Lullibies & Mudpies resale $10 6-8pm eventbrite.com Sandestin Baytowne Wharf Wednesday Night Concert Fleetwood Max 7pm-9pm FREE 850-267-8186 APRIL 12 Destin Library Cuddlers & Toddlers Storytime 9:30am FREE 850-837-8572
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continued from page 43 Destin Community Center Open Dodgeball Ages 8-14 6-8pm $3 non residents - $2 residents 850-654-5184 APRIL 12-13 Inlet Beach 30 Avenue Concerts on the Green The Moon Lagoons The Scratchtones 6pm-9pm FREE 850-231-0102 APRIL 12-15 Sandestin Baytowne Warf 32nd Annual Sandestin Wine Festival Friday 5-8pm Saturday 1-5pm $55-$85 800-622-1038 APRIL 13 Sandestin Topsail Hill State Park Ranger's Choice Program 3pm FREE 850-267-8330 Seaside Amphitheater Central Square Cinema 7:00 pm FREE 850-267-0683 APRIL 14 Grand Boulevard Farmers Market 9am-1pm 850-499-4697 Niceville Mattie Kelly Arts Centre Cinderella 2:00pm $45 850-729-6000 Seaside Farmers Market 9am-1pm FREE 850-267-0683 APRIL 14-15 PCB West Indies Market 9am - 4pm FREE 850-951-2148
APRIL 15 Freeport Spring Art and Crafts Festival 9am 850-835-1737
Grand Boulevard Farmers Market Saturday 9am FREE 850-499-4697
APRIL 18 Sandestin Baytowne Wharf Wednesday Night Concert Beatles vs Stones 7pm - 9pm FREE 850-267-8186
Niceville NWFL State College Color Run & Spring Jam 9am $25-$20 850-496-3062
APRIL 18-22 PCB Aaron Bessant Park Seabreeze Jazz Festival $100-$250 877-987-6487 APRIL 19 Destin Community Center Open Dodgeball Ages 8-14 6-8pm $3 non residents - $2 residents 850-654-5184 Destin Library Cuddlers & Toddlers Storytime 9:30am FREE 850-837-8572 Gulf Place 30A Wine Walkabout 5pm-7pm $20 850-267-8458 Pensacola Bay Center Chris Toomlin 7pm $33-$26 800-854-2196 Sandestin Topsail Hill State Park Ranger's Choice Program 3pm FREE 850-267-8330 APRIL 19-20 Inlet Beach 30 Avenue Concerts on The Green In Business- Boukou Grove 6pm-9pm FREE 850-231-0102 APRIL 21 FWB Uptown Station Crime Watchers Crawfish Boil 5K and Mudbug Run 8am $20-$10 706-327-4413
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Pensacola Plaza De Luna Hot Wheels Food Truck Fest 11am-6pm Price varies on food choice 850-434-5464 Sandestin Baytowne Vetts at the Village Saturday 10am-4pm FREE 850-267-8117 Seaside Farmers Market 9am-1pm FREE 850-267-0683 APRIL 22 FWB Water Vue Hope Matters Prom Event 4pm-7pm $45-$350 850-582-3496 APRIL 21-22 Okaloosa Island EC Conf Center Victory Athletic Spirit All Stars Nationals $20-$162 850-609-3800 APRIL 25 Rosemary Beach Western Green Moonlight Movies 7:30pm-9pm FREE 850-231-0102 Sandestin Baytowne Wharf Wednesday Night Concert Dream Police 7 - 9pm FREE 850-267-8186 APRIL 26 Destin Community Center Open Dodgeball Ages 8-14 6-8pm $3 non residents - $2 residents 850-654-5184 Destin Library Cuddlers & Toddlers Storytime 9:30am FREE 850-837-8572
Niceville Library Storytime 9:30am FREE 850-279-6436 Sandestin Baytowne Bubbly Baytowne 5pm-7pm FREE 850-267-8186 APRIL 26-27 Inlet Beach 30 Avenue Concerts on The Green The Graytones -The Good Lookings 6-9pm FREE 850-231-0102 APRIL 26-28 Okaloosa Island Boardwalk Emerald Coast Motorcycle Challenge 8am - 5pm $65 850-7961782 APRIL 26-29 Grand Boulevard Wine & Food Festival Thursday 5-7pm Friday 6-9pm Saturday 1-5pm Sunday 1-5pm $45-$325 850-267-8186 APRIL 27 Panama City Marina Civic Ctr A Chorus Line $45-$55 7:30pm 850-763-4696 APRIL 28 FWB Landing Farmers Market 8am-1pm FREE 850-218-0812 Navarre Beach Marine Science Station Autism OdysSea 9am $10 850-261-2141 APRIL 29 Panama City Marina Civic Ctr Celtic Women 7pm $10-$29 850-763-4696
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