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Great Mission Kitchen Makeover
DESTIN - Enjoy food, entertainment and the opportunity to bid and win in silent and live auctions to benefit the Waterfront Rescue Mission of Fort Walton Beach/Destin from 5-8 p.m. April 27 at The Palms of Destin Resort and Conference Center. Items include guitars autographed by The Rolling Stones and Jimmy Buffett, memorabilia autographed by Frank Sinatra and others, a NASCAR “Racing Experience” for two, and a trip for two to Paris. Tickets are $75 per person. Call 796-0700 or visit www.palmsofdestin.com.
South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival
MIRAMAR BEACH -The South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, April 25-28 in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, benefits the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation. During the Grand Tastings, songwriters from Nashville will perform their hit songs throughout the day in Town Center. Seminars will be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.SoWalWine.com.
• VIP Tasting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 at Grand Park
• Destin Charity Wine Auction Reserve Tasting from 1-3 p.m. April 27 at Auction Central
• Grand Tasting from 1-5 p.m. April 27 in Town Center and Culinary Village
• Destin Charity Wine Auction beginning at 3 p.m. April 27 in Auction Central
• After-Party and Concert from 7-9 p.m. April 27 in Town Center and Grand Park
• Grand Tasting from 1-5 p.m. April 28 in Town Center and Culinary Village
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.
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.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
SANDESTIN – The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents Bucktown Kickback from 7-9 p.m. May 1 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
• May 8: Reed Waddle
• May 15: Big Leg Emma
• May 22: Dirty Bourbon River Show
• May 29: Soul Track Mind
Concerts in the Village
DESTIN - The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s 18th Annual Concerts in the Village will be held at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village and enjoy use of its new permanent stage, the Dugas Pavilion, and Village Green. Bring a picnic and wine or beverage of choice, or purchase meal from local restaurant prepared on-site. Bottled water and soft drinks available with proceeds to benefit the MKAF's cultural and education mission. Admission is $8/adult and children under 12 and MKAF members are free. Call 650-2226.
Scheduled performers include:
• May 2: Fountain City Players
• May 9: Michael Stacey Band
• May 16, Ron Adams “Reflections”
• May 23, China Grove, a Tribute Band to the Doobie Brothers
• May 30, Déjà Vu
• June 6: The Mike Veal Band
• June 13: The Craig Woolard Band
• June 20, Heritage
• June 27: Alter Eagles, A Tribute Band to The Eagles
• July 3: David Seering, An American Patriotic Tribute
Spring Fling Concerts
ROSEMARY BEACH - Enjoy live music on the lawn with The Giving Tree Band from 6-8 p.m. May 2 at North Barrett Square.
• May 9: Humming House
• May 16: Luella and the Sun
Americana Under the Stars
SANTA ROSA BEACH - Jerry Mincey performs at 6 p.m. May 2 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for the concert series, Americana Under the Stars.
• 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
SANTA ROSE BEAch - Chris Alvarado, a Destin area musician, will release his new album, Home, at 6:30 p.m. May 2 at The Williams Backyard Boogie. Local favorites Kelsey Anna, Scott Rockwood and others will also perform. Ticket prices are $20 and include a copy of the album on CD. Food plates will be available for $10 from Grayt Catering. Tickets can be purchased at any Forrest Williams show, at Central Square Records, or by phone at 850-502-6448.
NICEVILLE - The Northwest Florida Ballet presents Lightwire Theater, as seen on America's Got Talent, in Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise & the Hare at 7:30 p.m. May 3 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Tickets are $28/adults and $14/child; children 12 and under are free. Call 664-7787.
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.
DESTIN - Join the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge from 2-4 p.m. May 4 for an exclusive, private dolphin cruise aboard the Southern Star Glass Bottom Boat. Boarding begins at 1:45 p.m. Enjoy the views of Destin's harbor while looking for dolphins and other local wildlife. Partake in food, drink, wine and beer while Derek Givans performs. All proceeds aid the mission of education, conservation and rehabilitation for the welfare of Florida's natural fauna. Tickets are $30/adults and $15/children under 10 years of age and can be purchased at the refuge or online at https://www.facebook.com/emeraldcoastwildliferefuge/app_208195102528120. Call 650-1880.
Cinco de Mayo
SANDESTIN - Cantina Laredo Modern Mexican Food at Grand Boulevard will host its fifth annual Cinco de Mayo celebration from 5-11 p.m. May 4. Heritage will perform and Fusion Art Glass will exhibit the art of glass blowing. Call 654-5649.
SANDESTIN - Master Glass Blower Gerard Treacy, will sign Waterford Crystal pieces from 12-3:30 p.m. May 4 at Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton at Silver Sands Premium Outlets. Presales are being taken by phone at 276-7346 or in person.
OKALOOSA ISLAND - The inaugural Island Life Social Club Gumbo Cook-Off will be held from 2-6 p.m. May 4 at Fudpucker's. Admission is $10, and includes gumbo tasting, food and drink specials, contest vote, live music and silent auction. The gumbo team entry fee is $25. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life. Visit www.IslandLifeSocialClub.com.
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. May 19 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.
FORT WALTON BEACH - The Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club presents the Deputy Skip York Memorial Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center Poker Run on May 18. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at Heritage Cycles Harley Davidson, 788 North Beal Parkway. Cost is $20/rider and $25 with passenger and includes lunch and music after the ride. Call 612-0261 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
NICEVILLE – The Arts and Design Society, Inc. of Fort Walton Beach presents its 21st regional juried exhibition through May 31 in the McIlroy Gallery at the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College.
NICEVILLE - Michael Aurbach’s Secrecy Series and New Work from Denise Choppin will be on exhibit June 11 through July 19 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries at NWFSC. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 90 minutes prior to most performances. Call 729-6044.
NICEVILLE - Northwest Florida State College presents Les Misérables July 17-20 and 25-27 at the college’s Mattie Kelly Arts Center featuring a cast of talented regional actors. Tickets are $25/adults and $20/youth ages 18 and younger and may be purchased in-person, by phone at 729-6000 or at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.