30A South Walton unnamed Seaside Calls for Auditions for The Joffrey BalletThe Merchants of Seaside have announced that America’s premier ballet company, The Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, has set its debut performance in Seaside for Saturday at sunset on May 2nd, 2015.

The 1.5 hour show will include 26 Joffrey company members performing a variety of dances — from modern and jazz, to classical ballet. The Joffrey Ballet Concert Group is under the direction of Davis Robertson, choreographer and artistic director.

In addition to a company performance, Robertson will conduct a workshop for 15 local dancers on April 30 – May 2, 2015. Dancers from the surrounding area must audition on October 4, 2014, at the Seaside Assembly Hall in order to be selected. Intermediate to advanced dancers ages 13 and up from the Northwest Florida regions can participate.

These 15 local dancers selected and trained by Robertson will perform Robertson’s work in Seaside at a later date. Robertson is planning to bring his Joffrey Ballet Concert Group dancers as demonstrators and teaching aids for the four-day workshop. Rehearsals will be conducted by Seleta Hayes Howard, Seaside Nutcracker ballet mistress and ballet teacher of the Dance Academy of Seaside Neighborhood School.

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La Cocina Mexican Grill and Bar will celebrate its Fifth Anniversary in Seacrest on August 21st, with food and drink specials and some interactive social media fun.

To thank guests for their continued support over the years, all guests who dine at the restaurant during lunch or dinner will receive a complimentary piece of tres leches cake with their meal. Lunch is served from from 11 am – 3 pm with dinner going from 5 pm – 9 pm.

SOCIAL MEDIA TIP: Patrons who wish La Cocina “happy birthday” on social media using the hashtag #vivalaco30a will receive a complimentary house margarita!

To further fuel the social media fun, mini “photo booths” will be set up at each table, complete with fun props including masks, mustaches and sombreros.

Click here for all the party details on Facebook. You can also visit La Cocina’s website or call 850-231-4021 for more info.

When Santa Rosa Beach real estate broker Blake Morar started planning a home for his family, he knew he needed a comfortable, livable space for himself and his two young sons.

He also wanted to capture the essence of life on 30A.

So, Morar set out to build a 2,300 square foot home along Draper Lake — one of Scenic 30A’s rare coastal dune lakes. His personal dream team of collaborators included designer Erika Powell of Urban Grace Interiors, architect Geoff Chick of Geoff Chick & Associates, contractor Burt Cosson of Eucheeana Valley Construction and videographer Derek Makekau of 20/30 North Studios, who documented the entire process from beginning to end in a video entitled, Our 30A Home:

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30A South Walton unnamed 11 Seaside to Host Nutcracker Auditions for 2014 PerformanceSeaside will host dance auditions for Act II of the 3rd Annual SEASIDE Nutcracker on Friday, August 22, from 5 to 6 pm at the Seaside Assembly Hall. The Assembly Hall is located across the lawn from the Seaside Neighborhood School at 168 Smolian Circle.

Dancers ages 8 to 18 from the Northwest Florida regions are eligible to participate in auditions. Click here to download the application form.

The Repertory Theatre will also conduct a casting call for Act I actors on Thursday, August 21 at 6 pm. For more info, email or call 850-231-0733.

The 3rd Annual Nutcracker in Seaside will be directed and choreographed by Rose Barile, an honor graduate of Juilliard School and former prima ballerina with the Atlanta Ballet. Barile recently celebrated more than 30 years as Director of Alpharetta Dance Theatre, and her company has performed the Nutcracker in North Atlanta for 18 years.

“We are excited about creating an opportunity for dance students to develop qualities of strength, discipline and leadership in their school and communities,” said Barile.

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30A South Walton baby bean Alaquas Pet of the Week is BABY BEAN!

Baby Bean

Baby Bean is a 6-year-old female Jack Russell Terrier Mix and the best dog you could ever seek.

My name is Baby Bean and I am “Alaqua’s Pet of the Week.” Cast away and unwanted, I found myself alone and in a scary place. Alaqua quickly worked to get me to safety.

They’ve had me on a special diet since I’ve been here. With my diet and activity, I think I have tightened up at least two notches on my harness! At Alaqua, I have learned to eat well, follow the rules, and to trust and obey.

I quickly made friends with everyone, whether they had four legs or two! I found a new love and adoration for children.

My personality is one that is friendly and sweet and I’m always eager to please. My coat is easy to care for — simply wash, shake and dry.

Don’t be surprised if I quickly capture your heart!

To adopt Baby Bean or any other animal at Alaqua, call 850-880-6399 or visit alaquaanimalrefuge.org.

An Open Letter to 30A Fans:

Since 2007, we’ve worked really hard to build “30A” into a positive lifestyle brand that would make locals, visitors and fans both happy and proud. Last month (July 2014), several local stores began carrying and promoting a full line of knock-off products that feature a logo that’s strikingly similar to our famous 30A logo. In many cases, the logo is printed on very similar-looking (but cheaply-made) products that we believe are intended to confuse our fans into believing that they are buying authentic 30A Gear.

We met with the owner of these stores in-person to politely explain our concerns, but unfortunately the owner does not share those concerns or an understanding of intellectual property. Despite the fact that 30A® has been an officially Registered Trademark since March 17, 2009 (Federal Registration Number: 3,592,837), his stated plans are to continue to sell these knock-off products. So, unfortunately, we are now working through the lengthy and costly legal process to fully enforce our Federal trademark rights.

We do not want to name this person or their stores, nor do we want to hurt anyone’s business in any way, so we definitely won’t ask our 30A fans not to shop there. But we do think it’s very important that we educate our fans — especially unsuspecting visitors — about the important differences between our Official 30A Gear and these new knock-off products:

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30A South Walton unnamed 1 Ziglar Training Seminar and Business Excellence Awards Luncheon


The Walton Area Chamber of Commerce‘s annual Business Excellence Awards Luncheon will be held on September 3rd, and will highlight the members’ picks for the businesses that have exemplified excellence through the year.

The speaker will be Tom Ziglar, son of the iconic Zig Ziglar. Tom has also been a personal mentor to Cynthia Kennedy, a long-time member of the Chamber.

You can also register for a training session with Tom Ziglar and Cindy Kennedy called, Success in Excellence, Building the Best You. The special session is scheduled for the following day, September 4th from 8:30am – 3pm at Magnolia Ballroom at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort.

Registration is $149 for Chamber members, while non-member registration is $179.

For more info, visit Walton Area Chamber of Commerceemail them or call 850-267-0683.

D.R. Horton is currently seeking a New Homes Sales Representative. The right candidate will be responsible for managing the entire sales process and communicating with the customer from the first interaction through the close of escrow. Candidates must have a vehicle, a valid driver’s license, a Florida real estate license and be willing to travel. To view a complete job description, visit the D.R. Horton Career Page online. To learn more about this job opportunity, contact Mike Burgess, Broker/Area Sales Manager for Bay and Walton Counties, at (850) 231-3498 or email mburgess@drhorton.com.