Bay Buzz Feb/March 2020

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Shiitake Mushroom Production Workshop
Learn the basics of shiitake mushroom production at the Walton County Extension Office located at 732 N. 9th St., DeFuniak Springs on Thursday, February 27th from 4 – 7 p.m. Participants will take home two hardwood logs inoculated with mushroom spawn at this hands-on workshop using drills, inoculation tools, and hot wax to seal freshly seeded logs. There will also be a short presentation on growing oyster mushrooms with a widely-used household product. Cost is $35 per person and is limited to 15 individuals. Pre-registration is required to attend. For more information or to register, contact Mike Goodchild or Cheryl Cosson at 850-892-8172.

Mac & Cheese Festival!
Thought macaroni and cheese was just for kids? Think again! The 2nd Annual Mac & Cheese Festival benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast will be held March 8 from 1-3 p.m. at Destin Commons. This family-friendly event will feature gourmet, chef-inspired twists on the South’s favorite comfort food. Local restaurants will compete for the best mac in town. Be there to sample everything for yourself and cast your vote! Samples will be for sale at Destin Commons starting at noon on the day of the event. The cost to attend is $25 for adults and $10 for kids ages five and up and include an unlimited number of samples. Tickets are on sale now at www.850tix.com. For more information, visit https://emeraldcoastbgc.org/mac-cheese-festival/.

Farmers Market Saturdays in Niceville!
The Niceville Florida Community Farmers Market at Palm Plaza has grass-fed beef, chicken, poultry, eggs, honey, produce, hydroponic lettuce, artisan breads, ready to eat prepared foods, dog treats and more! Check them out Saturdays year-round from 9 a.m.-1 p.m! 1003C John Sims Parkway, Niceville.

331 Farmers Market
The 331 Farmers Market is open everyday rain or shine and offers Full Spectrum CBD oil, local organic produce, fresh seafood delivered daily and Cajun specialty food. Located at 16564 U.S. 331 in Freeport. (850) 880-6955.

Celebrating 20 Years at ECCAC’s Gala & Golf Weekend!
As the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) celebrates their 20th anniversary this year, they are presenting their annual signature Gala & Golf weekend. The Gala is at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Emceed by David Seering, guests will enjoy dinner, dancing and live entertainment by the popular Mr. Big Band, as well as live and silent auctions. Dress is coastal chic for the Gala, an energetic, yet important fundraising event to benefit children by providing services at no cost to help identify, treat and support child victims in abusive situations. This year’s gala will honor and recognize Zeke Bratkowski, an NFL professional football player, and an assistant coach in the NFL for over two decades. He passed away in 2019, and was a passionate supporter of ECCAC, founding the first gala and golf in 1999.

The annual Kieran May Golf Tournament, also to benefit ECCAC, will take place on Sunday, March 8, at Kelly Plantation Golf Club with registration from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Tournament cost is $400, which includes two tickets to the Gala. Gala tickets only are $250 per couple. Please call Chelsea Fox at 850.833.9237, Ext. 256 to make reservations. For further information on ECCAC, or to purchase tickets on-line, visit www.eccac.org.

Shelter House Requests Donations of New and Gently Used Handbags
Shelter House is seeking donations from the local community for new and gently used handbags to be auctioned at the 10th Annual Purses with a Purpose event at Grand Boulevard on March 26. In previous years, the event has featured hundreds of handbags and accessories from major designers including Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Michael Kors and more. The event has raised a total of over $120,000 throughout the years, with funds going directly to programs, counseling and support of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Donations may be dropped off at Shelter House’s offices in Fort Walton Beach, Crestview and DeFuniak Springs anytime Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or at local businesses throughout Okaloosa and Walton counties including Cook Family Dentistry in Santa Rosa Beach, Escapology at The Market Shops Sandestin and TBD in Destin.

CALM Receives Donation from Integrity Chiropractic
Crisis Aid for Littles and Moms (CALM) Organization of Niceville is the proud and blessed recipient of Integrity Chiropractic of Mary Esther’s donation from recent patient referrals.
Sean Bruenn, Rehab Coordinator, is shown presenting a check to Grace Nuffer, President of CALM, (right) and Wanda Siefke, Secretary. CALM is a registered 501c(3) non-profit with the State of Florida and depends solely on financial partners. Our mission is to offer single mothers and their children in crisis, such as homelessness, the opportunity to find stability by teaching hands-on life skills to help end the cycle of generational poverty. For more information, visit NicevilleCALM.com or on Facebook at CALMOrganizationInc.