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SoWal Junior Lifeguard Program begins June 19, 2012

Here are the SoWal Junior Lifeguard Program details from the South Walton Fire Department's Beach Safety Division. For the 5th consecutive year the popular SWFD Junior Lifeguard Program will be under the supervision of Gary Wise, South Walton Fire District Beach Safety Director assisted by the South Walton Fire District Professional Lifeguards.

Beach Safety Tips - Staying Safe on SoWal Beaches

We're committed to helping our visitors and locals stay safe while enjoying our beautiful beaches. Here are some tips to help keep you safe at the beach.

Never swim alone, always swim at beaches with lifeguards! Talk with a lifeguard before entering the water. Lifeguards are familiar with the beach and can tell you about conditions. 

Know how to swim and know your limitations! Swimming in a pool is NOT the same as swimming at a beach with crashing waves, winds and currents that can change suddenly.

South Walton Lifeguards Train to Save Lives

While standing in waist-deep water off a beach in South Walton County, one where no lifeguard was on duty and no flags warned me of danger, a RIP CURRENT whisked me out to sea, tumbling me over and over like a washing machine. Because of training I had received as a Scuba diver, I was aware of what was happening to me and able to extricate myself from the danger. Having had this terrifying experience twenty years ago, I was happy to be invited to observe a week of lifeguard training in South Walton County and write this story.

Walton County Earth Day Festival and 5K Race April 16-21, 2012

This year over 1 billion people in 192 countries will participate in events all over the world to celebrate Earth Day. How and where will you join in and make a difference? Emerald Coast residents here’s your chance and Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is the place.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, the University of Florida IFAS Extension, Florida Sea Grant, and Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park invite you to the 4th Annual Walton County Earth Day Festival & 5K Race on April 21, 2012.

MountainFilm Comes to WaterColor April 11-12

If you love Mountainfilm at WaterColor's Marina Park by the lake every Falll then we have a special treat for you in April. Two days of extraordinary films!

Enjoy an excellent collection of heart-pounding action films which will get your adrenaline pumping. See the best of the best at this 10-year-anniversary party. Get up and get moving, you'll be jumping out of your seats with excitement. Wild rapids, snow covered mountains and rocky trails will send you to the peaks and beyond. Buy tickets online

The Cultural Arts Alliance Supports Students in Walton County

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County believes that educating children in the arts is crucial to their academic and individual development. Unfortunately it is getting more difficult for educators to supply classrooms with ever-growing needs as funding is cut drastically. 

The Cultural Arts Alliance is trying to help enrich the lives of students in Walton County through the arts. Each year the CAA provides assistance through Teacher mini grants and need-based student scholarship programs to teachers and students in Walton County.

Panhandle Habitat Classes Offer Unique Opportunities

The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve has announced the Spring-Summer Panhandle Habitat Classes. 

Sandhills and Ravines Tues, April 3, 2012, 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time at the Bear Creek Forest Education Center on Hwy 267 in Gadsden County.

Pine Flatwoods and Savannas Tues, May 15, 2012 (rain date May 16), 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time at the NEW Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Center in Eastpoint.

Cooking with Chef David Cunningham at V Seagrove Video

You're invited to learn how to cook from Executive Chef David Cunningham. Each class, Chef will be teaching and preparing a three course meal. Classes are $60 per person and include all three courses plus wine pairing. Classes start at 11am and run until 2pm. Classes are Saturday, March 3rd, March 24th, April 14th, May 18th, and May 25th, 2012. Please call (850) 486-0973 today to reserve your seat today.

Birds of Prey on Display at E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center

Just like the birds Lisa Miller rehabilitates, she too was given a second chance at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center.

Miller is the head of the Center’s Birds of Prey Program. It is a job she has held for seven months and came to hold quite by accident.

“I started my life at age 50,” Miller told audience members at her Jan. 19 presentation at E.O. Wilson.

Scott Merrill Wins the 2012 Seaside Prize

The Seaside Institute will award this year’s Seaside Prize to Scott Merrill, a nationally recognized architect with local ties to the place where the Seaside Prize originated. The Seaside Prize is awarded annually to individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to the quality and character of our communities.

The ceremony will take place as part of the Seaside Prize weekend events, which is being held on Friday, January 27th and Saturday, January 28th in Seaside, Fla.

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