30A South Walton Chase Johnson Alaqua 600 Chase Johnson is Alaqua’s Animal Hero of the Month!Alaqua Animal Refuge announced that Chase Johnson is their Animal Hero of the Month.

Sincere congrats to our friend Chase for this well-deserved recognition. She spends so many hours every week working with the most terrified darlings that come through Alaqua’s doors. She teaches them to trust people again, which is no easy task in most cases. She also cleans the dog buildings, changes bedding, washes bowls and toys, and so much more. She gives the dogs baths and takes them on fun trips to the dog park. Chase always goes the extra mile to make Alaqua’s most special needs animals comfortable and happy.

The love that Chase has for animals is truly incredible, and Alaqua is grateful and honored that she chooses the refuge as her home away from home.

For more info about Alaqua, please call 850-880-6399 or visit Alaqua Animal Refuge.

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Registrations are now open for the Third Annual 30A Thanksgiving Day Race & 1 Mile Fun Run to be held on November 27th, 2014.

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Last year, 30A 10K presented a $40,000 check to Donations 4 Danny, Food For Thought Outreach Inc and Lighthouse Family Retreat.

Mark your calendar for the 30A Thanksgiving 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run because it’s going to be another fantastic race. This year, they’re limiting participation to 3,000 RUNNERS, so secure your spot as soon as possible, especially since this year’s 30A 10K is an official RRCA Championship Race!

Over the years, long-distance running has become synonymous with the noble cause of raising funds for charities, and the 30A 10K is certainly no exception. In fact, the 30A 10K race team has been hard at work to make this year’s race not only a spectacular event, but also to use it as an opportunity to give back to the community in the spirit of the Thanksgiving season.

Since the race’s inception just two years ago, the 30A 10K Charity Race has donated over $58,000 to local non-profits.

If you’re not a runner or walker, you can still get involved in this wonderful 30A tradition! For example, please consider volunteering to help with parking or water stations. If you’re interested in helping, please email the 30A 10k team.

Click here now to register!

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Callaghan is coming to The Rep Theatre in Seaside on August 30th, starting at 7:30pm! She’ll be accompanied in concert by Jon Poole, her awesome percussionist from Atlanta. Check out Callaghan’s “Best Year” video below, which features scenes from Seaside…. There’s even a 30A sticker cameo! Can you spot it?

Concert tickets are $25. Buy your tickets online at www.LoveTheRep.com!

Here’s a video for a new Callahan song called “Who Would I Be,” which will be featured on a new album that’s currently being recorded in Nashville:

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PHOTOS: Sheila Goode Photography

30A South Walton BEACH LIFE SWFW 2 3 South Walton Fashion Week Set for Oct 6 12South Walton Fashion Week seeks Emerging Designers to apply for this year’s celebration of fashion and style.

The large-scale, multi-day event along Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast celebrates high fashion by featuring dynamic events, with proceeds benefitting The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County’s (CAA) Arts Education Program. South Walton Fashion Week in its second year is produced by the CAA and presented by Visit South Walton.

“South Walton Fashion Week set the bar so high with its debut season, the entire week was seamless from model casting to hair and makeup,” said Ashley Ming, 2013′s Emerging Designer Winner. “The production totally reflected South Walton’s undeniable allure and the level of talented professionals I was surrounded by during my show made everything fly by.”

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30A South Walton savor Mark Your Calendar for the 5th Annual ‘Savor the Season’ Event at CalizaThe 5th Annual Savor the Season event, benefiting the Taylor Haugen Foundation, will be held on Thursday, November 6th, from 5:30-8:30 pm at Caliza Pool and Restaurant in Alys Beach. 

The Taylor Haugen Foundation provides support and recognition to faith-based, athletic students and community organizations through awards, scholarships and funding.

National recording artist Michael J. Thomas will provide live entertainment. There will also be wine tastings, silent and live auctions, and delicious gourmet cuisine made by the finest local chefs from Panama City to Destin.

Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased online.

For more info, visit Savor the Season or email.

Ever dream of moving to the beach? Before you do, there’s a ‘secret code’ that permeates our laid-back flip-flop culture. After you’ve been around for a while, you’ll gradually figure some of these things out on your own. But for anyone who wants to study-up in advance, here are 30 tips from 30A locals that will help you ease right in…

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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Heed our beach flag system!

1. “Always pay attention to our beach flag system, and swim near one of the nine lifeguard towers stationed at our public beach accesses.”

– Rick Talbert, South Walton Fire District

2. “Don’t text and drive any time, but especially not on 30A. There are simply too many pedestrians and cyclists.”

– Dave Rauschkolb, Bud & Alley’s

3. “Pack healthy snacks for your beach days! At 91% water, watermelon is a perfect snack to keep you hydrated and satisfied.”

– Joe & Crissy Thibodeau, ThiBod Fitness

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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.

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