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DESTIN - 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 through May 20. Class size is limited. Register at www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org, Classes/Camps tab, or call 687-1637
FREEPORT – The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast will host its first Rodeo Expo April 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. Tickets are available online, at partner locations, and gate. Adult tickets $12, and children under 12 are $6.
DESTIN – A Texas Hold’em 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 225-5679.
DESTIN – Join On the Coast magazine for Destin’s 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, kids’ karaoke contest and more.
Celebration of Smiles
DESTIN - As part of the nationwide “Celebration of Smiles” campaign, the Destin-based wedding and portrait photographers at Pure7 Studios will host its second annual event at SpringFest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 6-7 at HarborWalk Village. All proceeds raised from the weekend’s festivities will benefit Operation Smile, an international children’s charity that provides free surgeries to children born with a cleft lip or palate. Event offers a free 10-minute mini-portrait session along with the studio's gift of a 5x7 heirloom portrait for a minimum donation of $24 (original value of $200). Adults, teens and children 6 months and older should book in advance at 850-654-6523.
DESTIN - The "World's Most Famous Bar" grand opening weekend ends April 7 with the The American Country Awards Viewing Party.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
SANDESTIN – The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents free concerts from 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
DESTIN – Musician Chuck Lawson performs on guitar and steel drumsfrom 5-8 p.m. April 10 at Pompano Joe's.
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 year’s 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 college’s literary journal, the Blackwater Review, will be held beginning at 6 p.m. in room 132 of the Student Services Center. Other events include:
• April 11: Profs on Pure in the Arpke Room at 2:30 p.m. in room 315 of Student Services Center.
• April 15: Meet and Greet with Julianna Baggott from 10-11 a.m. in Room 133 of the Student Services Center.
• April 15: Book-signing by Julianna Baggott from 11-11:30 a.m. in the Barnes & Nobels NWFSC Campus Bookstore.
• April 15: Blackwater Review Reception at 6 p.m. in Room 132 of the Student Services Center.
• 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.
• April 18: Blackwater Review Reading at 6:30 p.m. in the Morell Conference Room, room 302 in the Student Services Center.
AmericanaUnder the Stars
SANTA ROSA BEACH - Larry Mangum performs at 6 p.m. April 11 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for the concert series, Americana Under the Stars.
• April 18: Ron Johnson
• April 25: Bryan Kennedy
• May 2: Jerry Mincey
• May 9: Lucky Mud
• May 16: Grant Peeples
• May 23: Rebekah Pulley
• May 30: Bob Patterson
• June 6: James Hawkins
• June 13: Lucky Mud
• June 20: Kelly Hundley
• June 27: Jackson Creek/ Dunn Deal
• July 4: Lucky Mud
• July 11: Brian Smalley
MIRAMAR BEACH – Carrabba’s 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 email@example.com.
DESTIN – Celebrate Jazz Appreciate Month at an indoor jazz concert at 3 p.m. April 12 at the Destin Library. Featured performers are the Northwest Florida State College Jazz Ensemble.
Star Gazing by the Shore
DESTIN – 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 – 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 college’s 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 – 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.
Call to artists/crafters/performers
DESTIN – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for a vendor application or more information.
Independent film series
DESTIN – The Friends Guild of the Destin Library presents a free movie, "Vasermil," (Hebrew, Amharic and Russian with English subtitles) 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 - Enjoy ceramic arts and vote on a People's Choice Award at the Pottery Expo Youth Art Competition from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20 at the Indian Temple Mound Museum's Lazarus Education Room, 139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE. Admission is free. Call 833-9595.
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 – 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 – Rocky Bayou Christian School Fine Arts Department will present the Rogers & Hammerstein’s 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
NICEVILLE – The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra presents its “Fate and Triumph” 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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.
Burning Up The Beaches
OKALOOSA ISLAND - Burning Up The Beaches, the car cruising and car show event that debuted on the Emerald Coast in 2011, returns May 3-5 at the Boardwalk. Hundreds of car enthusiasts will be bringing their rides to participate in this unique event. The 2013 version features two days of cruising stops up and down the Emerald Coast. Each stop will have its own unique festivities and events for participants. The car show takes place May 4 with judging, bounce houses, unique valve cover races, and the High Roller BMX Stunt Show. To register a vehicle in car show and/or cruising event, call 376-1037 or visit www.BurningUpTheBeaches.com. All proceeds will benefit Horizons of Okaloosa County.
Cinco de Mayo Fest
DESTIN – 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 Alphy’s 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 – 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 – 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.