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Friday, December 18, 2009

Dragonfly Yoga - New Years Day

New Year's Day practice!

with Laura Tyree
Thursday, January 1st

Wring out the old and Bring in the New!

This revitalizing class is just the ticket for the start of a great new year. Join Laura Tyree as we celebrate a beautiful new beginning together.

All levels welcome.

Emerald Coast Dance Sport invites you to join us for our Winter Ballroom and Latin Showcase & Dance Party

Emerald Coast Dance Sport invites you to join us for our Winter Ballroom and
Latin Showcase & Dance Party

WHEN? Saturday, January 9, 2010 at Pasarda Hall, 17 Industrial St NW, Fort Walton Beach

All styles of Ballroom and Latin Dance will be highlighted, from dance demonstrations to choreographed exhibitions by our students and professionals. During breaks we'll have lots of open dancing for those that want to social dance along with light hors d'oeuvres.

  • Doors open at 6:00.
  • Tickets: $20/person; $15/child 12 years & under (cash or check)
  • Dancing begins at 6:30.
  • Evening comes to a close at 9:30 pm. 
Tickets can be purchased in advance at Emerald Coast Dance Sport, 226 SE Miracle Strip Pkwy, Downtown Fort Walton Beach (by Brooks Bridge & Publix Shopping Center). Phone: 664-5678


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Wild Dyes

Located at The Fountain Square
196 Miracle Strip Parkway
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

3 Generations of Art including tie dye, paintings, furniture, jewelry, handspun yarn and so much more. Featuring the fun and funky tie dyes and batiks created by artist Kris Ogden. We Carry Tie dyes for Infants through adult size 6x and are known for our Plus Sized Creations! 
*Special orders and wholesale orders welcome!

Art Display at FWB Library

Fort Walton Beach - The Fort Walton Beach Library invites you to enjoy an exhibit of artwork by the Art Salon of Fort Walton Beach during the month of December. Enjoy mixed media, watercolor, and oil paintings by a variety of community artists. All artwork is available for purchase.

For more information, contact the library at 833-9590.
The library is located at 185 Miracle Strip Parkway, in downtown Fort Walton Beach at the corner of Eglin Parkway. Parking is on First Street to the North and Ferry Road to the East.

Fort Walton Beach Library Movie Day

Fort Walton Beach - The Fort Walton Beach Library is hosting a free family movie day on Saturday, December 19th at 2:00 p.m. in the library meeting room. Popcorn and drinks will be available to those who attend. For the movie title and rating, log onto the library’s website, www.fwblibrary.blogspot.com, or call the library at 833-9590.

The library is located at 185 Miracle Strip Parkway, in downtown Fort Walton Beach at the corner of Eglin Parkway. Parking is on First Street to the North and Ferry Road to the East.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Happy Holidays from Stella Art

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Register your 2010 Kickball Team

Registration for your kickball team is now open...follow this link: 


Status: Open for Registration
Games: Wednesday
Game Start Time: 7:00PM
Field: Chester Pruitt Field
Season Start: Feb-10-2010
Season End: Mar-31-2010


  • Wednesday, January 13th - FREE Pickup Game at Chester Pruitt starting at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 27th - FREE Pickup Game at Chester Pruitt starting at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 10th - SEASON START

  • Sunday, January 17th - Last chance for team captains to earn a FREE registration and kickball by forming a team of 10 or more players 
  • Thursday, January 28th - FINAL Registration Deadline: Must be registered by January 8th in order to receive your team shirts in time for the beginning of the regular season 
As FL Emerald Coast ramps up for 2010, WAKA is looking for a Part-Time Regional Representative based in the Fort Walton Beach area - and where better to look than from within the community of potential kickballers like yourself? This ain't just any part-time gig! Want to find out more? Send a resume &cover letter to: resumes@kickball.com. You'll be glad you did!

Jingle Bell Run - December 5th - Be there with bells on!

2009 Jingle Bell Run/Walk Fort Walton Beach
Brooks Landing
139 Brooks Street, SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Nancie Kobryn
(850) 471-1541 or (800) 578-7183

  • December 5, 2009
  • Registration Begins at 8:00 AM
  • Race Begins at 9:00 AM

Be there with bells on!
Get in the spirit this holiday season at the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis®. Be one of the thousands of runners and walkers who hit the nation’s pavements, pathways and parks this winter to fight arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk® is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Run or walk a 5 kilometer or 10 kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving.

Same Day Registration: $25.00
General Registration

Dog Walk Registration: $25.00
General Registration

Standard Early Registration: $20.00
General Registration

Student: $15.00
Students with proper id

Santa Chase Registration: $5.00
For Children

See Video: http://www.eventstreams.com/arthritisnational/013sde/


NWFLAA Spring Festival of the Arts Poster Competition

The first annual NWFLAA Spring Festival of the Arts poster competition is upon us. Since this is the first art festival hosted by the Northwest Florida Arts Association, the poster content and style is up to the artist. All media is accepted. The winning artist receives a $200 cash award.

Submission Deadline: The deadline is January 30, 2010. All artists will be notified of the outcome of the competition by February 5, 2010.

Submission Requirements: All entries must be a minimum size of 16”x24”, and no more than 24”x36”. Vertical orientation is required. Digitally created designs must be available in a high-resolution format if selected. All artwork must be original and unpublished. The festival name and date will be added to the final selection.

The selected design will be reproduced on posters, T-shirts, and other NWFLAA promotional items that will be for sale during the festival. This is a major source of fundraising for Northwest Florida Arts Association. A limited number of signed copies of the poster will be available. The artist will be asked to sign the posters.

Each entry must include the artist’s name, address, and phone number attached to the back of the entry. No more than three designs per artist may be submitted.

Entries need to be mailed to, or dropped off at – ASAP Graphics, 98 Eglin Pkwy NE #5, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.

NWFLAA reserves the right to accept or reject all work submitted during this competition. Northwest Florida Arts Association, Inc accepts no liability for damaged and/or lost artwork.

Designs submitted must include return postage and appropriate mailing material and/or packaging. Entries that do not include postage will not be returned by mail. Entries dropped off must be picked up by February 12, 2010.

The winning entry becomes the property of Northwest Florida Arts Association, Inc. The artist retains the copyright of the design image, but NWFLAA reserves the right to unlimited reproduction and use of the image or parts of the image for arts festival materials and products for sale.

Founding members are not eligible for this competition.

Please contact holly@nwflaa.com with any questions.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sunday Hours

Visit Downtown on Sunday!

Wild Dyes and Gallery  Noon-7pm
Stella Art                      Noon-7pm
Carolina Cigars             1pm - 6pm
Fokkers Pizza               11am- 11pm
Big City Brunch            11am-  3pm
KC's                            1pm- ????
Salty Duck                    Noon- ????

If you are a merchant and would like your store info added.  Please email piper@stellala.com!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Holiday Specials

Full Circle Gallery
Black Friday Sales 
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

  • 50% off all 2nds (pottery with minor imperfections)
  • 10% off all Handmade Holiday Classes (Friday only sign up for any of our Handmade Holiday Classes you will receive 10% off the tuition.)
For your shopping convenience we will be open from 8:00-6:00 on Black Friday. Stop by support our local artist and get some amazing deals.  

This year we will also have a wish list for those of you who have your eye on something special. Stop in and register so your loved ones will know what uniques soulful gifts you would like this year.

"Seasonal Inspirations" or next exhibit will open on on December 5th at 6:00. This exhibit is ideal for holiday shoppers looking for extraordinary, soulful gifts to give their loved ones this year. The first 20 people to make a purchase of $25.00 or more will receive a limited addition porcelain holiday ornament created by Mercedes Rodgers as our special gift to you!

BLACK FRIDAY!!!!! This Friday, November 27th, for ONE DAY ONLY, from 9:30am-6pm, Liquid Surf & Sail of Ft. Walton Beach is having a HUGE SALE!!!

-ALL CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR: 30% OFF!!! (Does not include already discounted deals) We also have ladies swimwear, but one piece, get one free!!! Also a HUGE 40% off rack!!! Brands include O'Neill, Rip Curl, RVCA, FOX, Jedidiah, Ezekiel, Lucy Love, Alpine Stars, VIX, L*Space, and many more!!! Free FOX sticker and coozie with every FOX purchase!!!!


-ALL SUNGLASSES 25% OFF!!! Brands include Smith, Costa del Mar, Anarchy, Angel, Arnette, Pepper's, and Chili's!!!



This is a ONE DAY ONLY sale, so come by and check us out!!! Message me with any questions, email me at sales@liquidsurfandsail.com, or call the shop at 850-664-5731.


The Closet Swap
Open .
From – 
10% off Entire Store!

For every $50 you spend…
receive a $10 Gift Certificate!

Little bo Feet and Hugs and Hissyfits will be opening at 8 am on Friday after Thanksgiving with entire store on sale plus a balloon pop from 8-11 for additional discounts. 

Stella Art
196 Miracle Strip Parkway SE
Suite G
Fort walton Beach, FL 32548
In the courtyard by Fokkers
Stella Art located in the Fountain Square is offering up to 75% on Gaffrey Art, $20 Three Pearls on Leather that may be worn as anklet, bracelet or necklace, $15 Silk Skirts and Dresses and classic toys for $4, $6 & $10!  Make an artist smile and buy handmade for the holidays!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Call to Artist – November 20th Downtown Art Walk

The Downtown Merchants of Historic Fort Walton Beach, Florida invite you to participate every 3rd Friday to "Downtown Art Walk" at participating stores from 5:30-8:30pm and display your work.

There are no fees to enter and no commissions to be paid. Complimentary beverages and hors d'oeuvres are served by most merchants. For more information email: piper@stellala.com or call (850) 244-8191. Check out other downtown events at: www.downtownfwb.blogspot.com


Stella Art has moved!

Stella Art has moved accross the courtyard at Fountain Square to Suite G. 

Visit us Thursday- Monday Noon- 7pm.

196 Miracle Strip Parkway SE
Suite G
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548


Monday, November 2, 2009

Stella Art is moving to the across the courtyard in The Fountain Square.  We hope to be open in our new location November 6th.  We also welcome Beautifly to our location. They will be offering, candles, soaps, lotions and lingerie for the ladies.

Hope to see you downtown soon!

Kickball with Salty Duck

Salty Duck....The Downtown Fort Walton Beach locals place for beer, wine and a good time is creating a Kickball League  to start in  January....Stop by and see them for more info or email: salty.d.duck@gmail.com

Friday, October 30, 2009

Check out Stella Art Blog


Precious Furs Pet Salon 850-496-FURS has a new phone number!

Precious Furs Pet Salon
Tuesday- Saturday
9am – till
Located at:
The Fountain Square
196 Miracle Strip Parkway
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
In the courtyard accessible from HWY 98 or Brooks Street (Between Fokkers & Makong Thai)

Bath Small & Medium Dogs.......$20
Bath Large Dogs............... $25 -$30
Bath Cats................................... $20
Dip Add........................................$5
Flea Bath Add..............................$5
Groom Small & Medium............$40
Groom Large............................$60+
Matt Removal...................... $5-$10
Nail Clipping............................... $5
Groom Cat................................ $40
Potty Patch................................. $5

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Crypt Crawl Tonight!


Thursday October 29th 2009, join your friends for the area's only Crypt Crawl (*PUB CRAWL*) !!!! Get Ready for the Halloween uprising by dressing up in your favorite HALLOWEEN outfit and join the rest of Fort Walton Beach. Be ready to walk the walk starting at ANY participating location.

Participating locations include The Block, Slick Mick's, Fokkers, Coasters, Papa Joe's Hideaway, International Lounge (NEW STOP), Salty Duck (NEW STOP) and KC's Sandbar. There will be awesome door prizes as well as a poker style card draw at each location, so make sure to stop at them all! The BEST poker hand will win a flat screen TV and the WORST HAND will win a XBOX 360 PRO Game System! Take your group in any direction you want, but make sure to finish at The Block for the big giveaway! Go to http://www.theblockclub.com/ for more information, questions or concerns.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sunday Alcohol Sales

Fort Walton Beach allows Sunday morning liquor sales

October 28, 2009 9:47 AM
Mona Moore
Daily News

FORT WALTON BEACH — Stores and restaurants in the city now will be able to sell alcohol from 7 a.m. to 4 a.m. seven days a week.

The City Council gave final approval Tuesday to an amended alcohol sales ordinance. Previously, most businesses could not sell alcohol before 1 p.m. Sundays.

The council voted 5-1 to pass the amendment. Councilman Bill Garvie abstained from voting because his family owns Staff’s Restaurant downtown.

Councilman Virgil Miller, who was not at the previous meeting when the council gave its preliminary OK, cast the lone dissenting vote.

With the amendment, Sunday hours now match weekday sales hours.

One resident opposed the change out of fear that vagrants would roam the streets with open containers.
“You’re gonna create a problem you won’t be able to do anything about,” Chris Gibson said. “We’re not a bunch of drunks around here.”

Councilman Dennis Reeves said the amendment is not meant to encourage or discourage drinking, but to allow businesses to compete with neighboring cities like Shalimar that do not have similar restrictions.

Miller echoed Gibson’s sentiments. He said he was disappointed in the 5-0 decision at the amendment’s first reading.

He said amending the law to be competitive was a repeat of the “stupid” decision to change the cutoff time from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. to compete with businesses in unincorporated Okaloosa County.

“We have become, as Ms. Gibson brought up, we’re enablers,” Miller said. “Tonight, I will not be an enabler. I’ll vote against it.”

Several business owners offered their opinion at the meeting.

Rick Cleveland, co-owner of Coasters, said after the meeting that it was not the drunks that stood in Shalimar convenience stores and purchased alcohol.

“It’s the guy on his way home from his shift on base planning ahead,” he said.

Fokker’s Restaurant owner Bill Avery added that the early morning alcohol sales were boat owners who regularly drove out of the city limits to stock up for a day on the water.

Although the new amendment will have no effect on his operation, Avery supported the council’s decision.

“There are a lot of independent business people and this is going to help them considerably,” he said. “We’re in hard times and we all need to be competitive.”

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Dance, Yoga, Pilates

184 Brooks Street SE, Building #2

Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548
(850) 244-0184
Laura Tyree has 20+ years of yoga practice.

Owner, director of Dragonfly Yoga Studies.

Facilitator of the DYS Teacher Training Program.
She travels to facilitate workshops & teacher trainings.
Laura teaches throughout the southeast.

- Come along and rest, play, discover, and just BE. Using traditional practice of yoga asana (body postures), keen awareness from the facilitator, and attention to the needs of each student, this class is the perfect combination of breath, movement, rest, and stillness.

UNWIND-Yoga Basics
- Here it is. A chance to see what yoga is all about….or maybe you know…and you want a chance to undo some stress from your day, your week….your LIFE! Come and enjoy a chance to experience a peaceful unwinding……and a fulfilling replenishing. Just for you.
- This word says it all. Take the opportunity to breath, practice, and restore through the powerful vehicle of the yoga poses. A blend of static and movement flowing into a seamless and enjoyable experience sure to leave you …well….rejuvenated!
- Yep. It’s what you have been waiting for. Feel the strength and majesty of the yoga asana in every synchronized movement. Flow. Flow. FLOW your way into deep practice and an even deeper relaxation at class end.

Emerald Coast Dancesport
226 Miracle Strp Pkwy SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
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Call today to schedule your first ballroom, latin or swing dance lesson!

Our goal at Emerald Coast Dance Sport is to supply an environment where you can learn a new skill that will last a lifetime while building your self-confidence.  While we can't take away the cares and worries of your day, we can offer an escape from reality where you can leave your problems at the door and have a blast learning ballroom, latin and swing dancing.  Whether you’re here to make new friends, do something you’ve always wanted to do or rekindle that little something in your relationship, Emerald Coast Dance Sport is the place to be!

Northwest Florida Ballet

Open Classes
Beginning Adult Ballet Friday 5:30-6:30 PM, Wednesday 6:00-7:00
Pilates Mat Wednesday 5:30-6:15 PM, Tuesday/Thursday 7:45-8:30 AM
Zumba Monday 6:45-7:30 PM

Student Performance Classes
Creative Dance 1 Monday 3:30-4:15 PM, Wednesday 4:15-5:00 PM, Saturday 9:00-9:45 AM
Creative Dance 2 Monday 4:15-5:00 PM, Wednesday 3:30-4:15 PM, Saturday 9:45-10:30 AM
Pre-Ballet 1 Thursday 3:30-4:30 PM, Saturday 9:00-19:00 AM
Pre-Ballet 2 Wednesday 5:00-6:00. Friday 4:30-5:30
Ballet 1 Monday 5:00-6:00
Ballet 2 Tues/Thurs 4:30-5:30 PM
Ballet 3 Tuesday 6:30-7:45 PM, Thursday 5:30-6:45 PM
Ballet 4/5 Monday 6:00-7:30 PM
Ballet 4 Pointe Wednesday 6:15-7:30 PM
Ballet 5/6 Friday 4:30-6:00 PM
Ballet 5 Pointe Wednesday 6:15-7:30
Jazz 1 Friday 3:30-4:30 PM
Jazz 2 Tuesay 5:30-6:30 PM
Jazz 3/4 Tuesday 5:30-6:30 PM
Jazz 4/5 Wednesday 7:30-8:30 PM
Hip Hop 1 Thursday 4:30-5:30 PM
Hip Hop 2 Thursday 5:30-6:30 PM
Hip Hop 3 Thursday 6:30-7:30 PM
Modern 1 Friday 5:00-6:00 PM
Modern 2 Friday 6:00-7:00 PM
Modern 3 Thursday 7:30-8:30 PM
Character 1 Monday 3:30-4:30
Character 2 Wednesday 3:30-4:30

Classes by Audition Only
Company Class Tues/Thurs 4:30-6:00 PM
Company/Level 6 Pointe Monday 4:30-6:00 PM, Wednesday 4:30-5:30 PM
Company Modern/Jazz Thursday 6:00-7:00 PM
Company Rehearsals Tuesday 6:00-7:00 PM
Company/Trainee Class Saturday 10:00 AM

Mondful Pilates with Sharon Allen
Please contact Sharon Allen for current pilates rates and scheduling.  850-664-7787, x25

A Word from Sharon Allen -
Even though Pilates has recently made it's way on the American exercise scene like a new pop star, the teachings of Joseph Pilates have actually been around for decades. Coming from a ballet background I know that dancers have gravitated towards Pilates for years in injury recovery, strength, core and balance training. Pilates studios are increasing in our country daily. I believe that this frenzy can lead individuals to lose the true value of what this training really means to the mind and body. Perfecting the Pilates technique takes time, patience and mental discipline. It is important to me that the full concept of body alignment and strength be achieved slowly and accurately as opposed to quickly and misguidedly. Exercising should not result in pain and injury to our bodies. Pilates exercise can help you to feel stronger and better about yourself physically and mentally. Anyone dedicating themselves to learning Pilates can benefit if given the right guidance and nurturing.

Pilates Floor Mat
This class uses classic pilates floor exercises combined with beneficial stretches. Classes are tailored to the individual. Finish your workout feeling strong and empowered. All levels welcome. Extra mats are provided, but it is reccommended that students bring their own mats.

Pilates Mat with Props
Imagine a soft, subtle warm-up followed by rigorous classic pilates exercises including foam rollers, exercise balls and thera-bands. Students will be guided through gentle dancer-like imagery for stretching and relaxation. Leave the room feeling rejuvinated for your day. All levels welcome. Extra mats and props provided, but is reccommended that students bring their own mats.

Spine Corrector
The Pilates Spine Corrector is a small piece of equipment employed for strengthening the core and stretching the spine and shoulders in a safe, stabilized, supported way. It adds variety and challenge to a Pilates mat routine whether one is a novice or expert. It is important that students new to the spine corrector know how to work on this apparatus before joining a group setting. Two private sessions are required before joining a class.

Private Sessions
Discover the true beauty of Pilates core training. Private sessions using a combination of Pilates Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Spine Corrector. Clients will receive one-on-one training with Sharon Allen, certified Pilates instructor and Assistant Director of Northwest Florida Ballet. Give yourself the chance to experience personal training in a private, challenging, nuturing way. It's truly the secret to better health, flexibility, core strength and confidence.

Northwest Florida Ballet

A Season Subscription to our new season performances at the Mattie Kelley Arts Center at Norhtwest Florida State College will assure you the very best seats at the very best price!

This season's subscription price is only $50 for adults and $22.50 for children under 12.
Call 850.664.7787 or click here to order

The Nutcracker
Saturday, November 21 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 22 at 2:00 PM
Sponsored by The Boeing Company Charitable Trust and Whitney National Bank

Dr. Coppelius's Magic Toy Shop
Saturday, March 20 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 21 at 2:00 PM
Sponsored by Barlotta Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

Northwest Florida Ballet was founded in 1969 by dance pioneer Bernadette Clements Sims. The organization’s mission is to provide quality dance performances and instruction for Northwest Florida; identify and develop talented dancers; and increase appreciation of the arts through public education and outreach. The company has performedwith such well-established companies as the Atlanta Ballet, the Miami Ballet and the Washington Ballet. Founder Bernadette Clements facilitated the formation of the Florida Dance Association.

NFB has produced many outstanding professional dancers and teachers who perform throughout the US and Europe. In 1995, Todd Eric Allen, former NFB student and native of Northwest Florida, returned to the area to accept the position of Artistic Director of the company after a distinguished career as soloist with Louisville Ballet, Boston Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.

In August 2002 NFB moved into its new home in downtown Fort Walton Beach, the Sybil Smith Lebherz Center for Dance Education. The 13,000 sq. ft. facility provides much needed studio space, as well as room for costume and scenery building and storage.

NFB Académie
NFB Académie is a comprehensive academic and artistic education program offered jointly by Northwest Florida Ballet and the Okaloosa County School District. The NFB Académie opened in August 2002 with an initial class of 30 third graders. Each year the students are selected by audition from the general population of children in the second grade. No prior dance training and no particular academic achievement is required. Auditions are open to all children in the second grade and selection is made solely on the child’s potential to learn to dance.

Register for Classes - Class Info 
Dance Concert Classes
Creative Dance – Age 4-5
Pre Ballet – Age 6-7
Ballet – Age 8+
Modern – Age 10+
Hip-Hop or Jazz – Age 8+
Character – Age 8+
Company and Trainee -By audition only

Open Classes
Adult Classes • Pilates • Zumba
Current Dance Studio Schedule
Tuition and Dress Code
Mindful Pilates