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Purses with a Purpose
MIRAMAR BEACH Ė Purses with a Purpose returns to Silver Sands Premium Outlets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 23 in the storefront between Carterís and Bose, with proceeds to benefit Shelter House. Admission is free.
Sinfonia: Bond and Beyond
OKALOOSA ISLAND Ė The Sinfonia celebrates its seventh season (007) and 50 years of James Bond at 7:30 p.m. March 23 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Featured will be the music that made the Bond films famous with award-winning singer Debbie Gravitte, who joins the orchestra to perform Bond favorites such as "Diamonds Are Forever," "Secret Agent Man," "Goldfinger," and more. Tickets are $125 at sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
FORT WALTON BEACH - The music and art festival Okaloosa RevFest will promote local talent March 23 at KC's Sandbar, 190 Miracle Strip Parkway SE. Doors open at noon with music continuing until 2 a.m. Artists include bands Hotel Oscar, New Earth Army, and Nothing Short of Pure, to name a few. Earl Bird tickets are available for $5 at okaloosarevfest.com. Tickets art the door are $10. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
DESTIN Ė Events at American Legion Post 296, 311 Main Street, include the following. Events are open to the public. Call 837-3818.
ē March 23, 29, 30: Karaoke in the Lounge with Jim Hubbard, 7:30-11:30 p.m.
ē March 25: Bingo, 6-8 p.m.; Boy Scouts, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Window Gallery Display
FORT WALTON BEACH Ė To showcase the work of local artists, the Arts and Design Society presents exhibits in their studio windows facing First Street. In March, the art of Joan Kordich, who works in watercolor, oil, and pastel, will be on display. Call 244-1271.
VALPARAISO Ė The Better Listening classical music study series will conclude with a multimedia presentation on the synthesis of art, literature and music at 7 p.m. March 26 at the Valpariaso Unitarian Church, 1295 Bayshore Drive. The speaker will be Marie-Claude Buhler. No reservations required.
Easter Egg Hunt
DESTIN ¬Ė The Destin Library has scheduled its annual Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 4 years and under from 9:30-10:30 a.m. March 27 inside the library. Pre‚Äźregistration is required and may be made in person at the library or call 837-8572. Program will include an Easter Hat contest for children ¬ó a crazy hat, a floppy hat, an upside down hat, a beautiful hat, a huge hat ¬ó plus a visit from the Easter Bunny, free balloons and door prizes.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
SANDESTIN Ė The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents a free concert with The Forrest Williams Band from 6-8 p.m. March 27 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
AmericanaUnder the Stars
Lydia Smith Songwriters Circle performs at 6 p.m. March 28 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for the concert series, Americana Under the Stars.
ē April 4: Lucky Mud
ē April 11: Larry Mangum
ē April 18: Ron Johnson
ē April 25: Bryan Kennedy
ē May 2: Jerry Mincey
ē May 9: Lucky Mud
ē May 16: Grant Peeples
ē May 23: Rebekah Pulley
ē May 30: Bob Patterson
ē June 6: James Hawkins
ē June 13: Lucky Mud
ē June 20: Kelly Hundley
ē June 27: Jackson Creek/ Dunn Deal
ē July 4: Lucky Mud
ē July 11: Brian Smalley
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
DESTIN Ė The City of Destinís Annual Easter Egg Hunt for youth ages 12 and under begins at 9:15 a.m. March 30 at Morgan Sports Center. A special egg-hunting zone for Crawlers and Toddlers will be available. Call 654-5184 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Easter Egg Hunt
DESTIN Ė The Emerald Coast Easter Egg Hunt will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 30 at Emerald Coast Baptist Church at the Buck Destin Facility on 734 Legion Drive. A hot dog lunch will be served and there will be inflatables, cotton candy, lemonade, face painting and more.
SANDESTIN Ė Skip, hop, or jump your way to the Village of Baytowne Wharf from 12-3 p.m. March 30. Enjoy face painting, crafts and an inflatable fun zone, plus a stiltwalker making balloon animals and a visit with the Easter Bunny.
Bunny Hop/Easter Egg Walk
SANDESTIN Ė The novel mile walk, ďhopĒ and egg hunt, sponsored by the new Sandestin Foundation for Kids, will be held March 31 at the Jolee Island Nature Preserve at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Children of all ages will hunt for more than 4,000 eggs, stuffed with candy, little toys, coins, cash or other special prizes, along the trails of Jolee Island. All proceeds go to the Sandestin Foundation for Kids.
Call to artists/crafters/performers
DESTIN Ė The Okaloosa Arts Alliance and HarborWalk Village announce a call for artists, crafters and performers for the Sixth Annual Family Fun Arts Fest, which will be held May 18-19 at HarborWalk Village. Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for a vendor application or more information.
The Emerald Coast Theatre Company offers acting classes for middle/high school students from 9:30-11 a.m. Saturdays, April 6-May 25, at the Destin United Methodist Life Center. The adult class, 18 and over, will take place from 6-8 p.m. Mondays April 1-May 20. Class size is limited. Register at www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org, Classes/Camps tab, or call 687-1637.
Rock of Ages
NICEVILLE Ė Rock of Ages, a hilarious, feel-good, rock-n-roll love story told through the hits of Journey, STYX, REO Speedwagon, Twisted Sister, Poison, and many more, can be seen at 7:30 p.m. April 1 on the Mainstage at Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWFSC. Tickets are $45 each. Group discount of $5 off per ticket is available for groups of 10 or more. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org
NICEVILLE Ė The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville present the annual juried exhibit showcasing the best in NWFSC student and faculty artworks in both the McIlroy and Holzhauer Galleries through April 5. The event is free. Call 729-6044.
Call to Artists
FORT WALTON BEACH Ė Submit a poster design for the upcoming annual Latin Salsa Festival to be held May 25 to FWBoricuas@yahoo.com by April 5. Winning design receives $100. Design should reflect the Latin Culture and be colorful. Design submissions should be on both a PDF and JPEG formats.
FREEPORT Ė The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast will host its first Rodeo Expo April 5-6 at the Freeport Sports Complex at Hammock Bay. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. each day. Tickets are available online, at partner locations, and gate. Adult tickets $12, and children under 12 are $6.
DESTIN Ė A Texas Holdíem Poker Shoot Out to benefit the American Cancer Society and Destin Relay for Life will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 6 at Elks Lodge #1795 on Okaloosa Island. Suggested donation is $30. Email email@example.com or call 225-5679.
DESTIN Ė Join On the Coast magazine for Destinís largest outdoor festival just for kids at noon April 6 and 7 at HarborWalk Village. Hands-on activities, face painting, arts and crafts and entertainment will fill both days. Kids can enjoy fish painting, kite making, sidewalk murals, jewelry making, demonstrations from local artisans, kidsí karaoke contest and more.
NWFSC Reads 2013
NICEVILLE - Author Julianna Baggott will present an excerpt from Fuse, the second in her sci-fi thriller series The Pure Trilogy, during this yearís NWFSC Reads keynote event at 7 p.m. April 15 in the Sprint Theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. A reception and unveiling of the collegeís literary journal, the Blackwater Review, will be held beginning at 6 p.m. in room 132 of the Student Services Center. Other events include:
ē April 11: Profs on Pure in the Arpke Room at 2:30 p.m. in room 315 of Student Services Center.
ē April 15: Meet and Greet with Julianna Baggott from 10-11 a.m. in Room 133 of the Student Services Center.
ē April 15: Book-signing by Julianna Baggott from 11-11:30 a.m. in the Barnes & Nobels NWFSC Campus Bookstore.
ē April 15: Blackwater Review Reception at 6 p.m. in Room 132 of the Student Services Center.
ē April 16: Raider Writers sponsor a Poetry Slam Contest at 3:30 p.m. in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. There is a $5 entry fee and a $50 first-place prize.
ē April 18: Blackwater Review Reading at 6:30 p.m. in the Morell Conference Room, room 302 in the Student Services Center.
MIRAMAR BEACH Ė Carrabbaís Italian Grill at Silver Sands Premium Outlets will share secrets from its kitchen in a cooking class from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 12 to benefit United Way of Okaloosa & Walton Counties. Chef Paul will offer cooking demonstrations of some Italian dishes during an afternoon featuring food samples, a complimentary glass of wine, a raffle and recipes to take home. Tickets are $45. Seating is limited and registration is required at 243-0315 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Star Gazing by the Shore
DESTIN Ė Henderson Beach State Park on U.S. 98 will host a star gazing program from 7-10 p.m. April 12. Volunteers from the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association will set up several telescopes for public viewing of star clusters, planets, and galaxies. The park will close at sunset. All those attending should arrive prior to sunset. Call park for sunset time. Program included in the park admission fee. Call 837-7550.
Dance Facets 2013
NICEVILLE Ė The dance students at Northwest Florida State College present the annual dance concert, Dance Facets 2013, featuring original works and choreography, at 7:30 p.m. April 12 and 13 on the Mainstage of the collegeís Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Dancers will perform original dance presentations featuring classical ballet, contemporary, and modern. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/youth, age 18 and younger. Call 729-6000 or purchase online at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
DESTIN Ė The Emerald Coast Sing Off - Clash For The Cash 2013 finals will be held from 4-10 p.m. April 14 inside the Conference Center at the Palms of Destin Resort. Geoff McBride will be the head celebrity judge and headline entertainer along with 10 of the best singers in this area.
Independent film series
DESTIN Ė The Friends Guild of the Destin Library presents a free movie at 7 p.m. April 16. The program is free and open to the public. Films are unrated and directed toward mature audiences. Seating will be limited to 60 on a first come, first served basis.
Seabreeze Jazz Festival
PANAMA CITY BEACH - The Seabreeze Jazz Festival celebrates its 15th year anniversary beginning at 5 p.m. April 18 and 19 and 11 a.m. April 20 and 21 at the Aaron Beasant Park Amphitheater at Pier Park. Get artist lineup and ticket information at 800-653-7519, or purchase tickets at 1-800-595-4849 or tix.com.
Props, Wings & Wheels
DESTIN ≠- The second annual Props, Wings & Wheels event hosted by title co-sponsors Destin Jet and Legendary Marine will be held from 7-10 p.m. April 19 at Destin Jet, with proceeds to benefit Fisher House and the Special Forces Association Chapter 7. This year's luxury showcase extravaganza, "Skyfall Over Destin," will feature a mix of high end products, along with entertainment by David Seering & The Downbeat Classic Brass, dancing, a silent auction, food and more.Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased in advance at PropsWingsWheels.com.
FORT WALTON BEACH - Musical Echoes 2013, a celebration of Native American culture, art, and music, highlighting the extraordinary Native American flute, will be held beginning at noon April 19 and continuing through 3:30 p.m. April 21 at Fort Walton Landing, 139 Brooks St. The event is free and alcohol-free.
FORT WALTON BEACH Ė The Downtown Fort Walton Beach Art Walk, a free art bazaar with local art, food and live entertainment, begins from 5:30-8:30 p.m. April 19 on U.S. 98. Future Art Walks are on May 17, June 21, July 19, Aug. 16 and Sept. 20.
FORT WALTON BEACH Ė Rocky Bayou Christian School Fine Arts Department will present the Rogers & Hammersteinís Enchanted Edition of Cinderella at 7 p.m. April 19 and 20 in the Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium. Tickets go on sale at the school the first week in April and will also be available at the door one hour before the show. Call 678-7358 or email@example.com
NICEVILLE Ė The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra presents its ďFate and TriumphĒ Concert April 20 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale, Belle Voci, NWFSC Madrigal Singers and the Niceville Singers of Niceville High School join the performance. Tickets are $22.50/adults, $16/Active Duty Military and youth ages 18 and younger. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
Madrigals and Belle Voci
NICEVILLE Ė The Madrigals and Belle Voci vocal ensembles of Northwest Florida State College present a free Spring Concert April 21 in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Repertoire ranges from the Renaissance madrigal to the contemporary gospel spiritual and vocal jazz. The concert is free and open to the public, however donations to support the vocal programs are welcomed.
NICEVILLE Ė The Arts and Design Society, Inc. of Fort Walton Beach presents its 21st regional juried exhibition April 21-May 31 in the McIlroy Gallery at the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College. Awards reception will be held at 2 p.m. April 21.
NICEVILLE Ė The Performing Arts Division Honors recital will be held at 3 p.m. April 26 in the Tyler Recital Hall of the music wing at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College. The recital is free and open to the public. For information contact the NWFSC Fine Arts Office at 729-5382.
Soundsations Showchoir/Jazz Ensemble Concert
NICEVILLE Ė The Soundsations Showchoir and the Jazz Ensemble of Northwest Florida State College join together to present an end-of-year concert at 7:30 p.m. April 29 in the Mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWFSC. The variety show will include song, dance, and a line-up of jazz favorites. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/youth 18 and younger. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
Cinco de Mayo Fest
DESTIN Ė A vibrant celebration of Latin music, food, dance, and more begins at noon May 5 at HarborWalk Village. Kids will enjoy activities and crafts.
FORT WALTON BEACH - The Fort Walton Beach Community Chorus will present This is My Country, a musical journey across the United States, at 7:30 p.m. May 17 and 18 and 3 p.m. May19 at the Fort Walton Beach Municipal Auditorium. Tickets, $12/adults, $10/seniors over 60, and $8/children under 12, are available at Alphyís Catfish House in Navarre; Connect with Flowers in Shalimar; FNBT.COM branches in Destin and Niceville; P.S. Gifts in Fort Walton Beach; Eglin ITT Office; and the Hurlburt Field Office. Call 543-5298.
Little Black Dress Party
OKALOOSA ISLAND Ė The Fourth Annual Little Black Dress Party will be held May 18 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center to raise money for local charities to help raise awareness and education of the importance of preventive health and early detection. For tickets, visit www.FWBLittleBlackDressParty.com.
Family Fun Arts Fest
DESTIN Ė The Sixth Annual Okaloosa Arts Alliance Family Fun Fest will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 18 and 19 at HarborWalk Village. The annual event features dozens of local artisans and craft vendors, food and beverages, live music and art performances, free family activities, hands on art projects, educational animal presentations and exhibits, face painting and street performances. A silent auction will help raise funds for OAA and Okaloosa County School Poster contest entries will be on display.