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DESTIN – Children can decorate their wagons in a favorite nautical theme and bring them to AJ’s parking lot for the Wagon Parade at 2 p.m. Sept. 29. There will be kid’s activities, refreshments, and awards for the Best Wagons.
Rock the Dock Kick-Off Party
DESTIN – AJ’s will host the 64th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo Rock the Dock Party at 6 p.m. Sept. 29.
OKALOOSA ISLAND – The Emerald Coast Boat Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29-30 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. This 3-day show will feature center consoles, runabouts, pontoons, cruisers, and deck boats, from 14' to more than 39' in length. Adult admission is only $5.00 and kids under 16 and parking are always free.
Independent film series
DESTIN – The Friends Guild of the Destin Library presents an independent and foreign film at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. 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.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
SANDESTIN – The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents a free concert with The Designated Decoys from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
Window Gallery Display
FORT WALTON BEACH – To showcase the work of local artists, the Arts and Design Society presents exhibits in their studio windows facing First Street. In October, the work of Penny MacPherson, sculptor and painter in oils, will be on display. Call 244-1271.
Hops for the House
SANDESTIN – A limited number of tickets are available for ‘Hops for the House’, a beer tasting and dinner, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Carrabba’s Italian Grill. Tickets are a $45 donation and include beer tastings, appetizer and dinner, consisting of entrée, side and salad. All proceeds benefit Fisher House for local military families and stay in the local community. Email Kim@FisherHouseEmeraldCoast.org or call 259-4956.
FORT WALTON BEACH – The Arts and Design Society will offer the following workshop at 17 First St. Call 244-1271.
• Paper Cloth: Learn to transform cloth, paper, and glue into basic paper cloth, which may then be used as is or later incorporated into other art forms such as collage, jewelry, ornaments, book covers, etc. from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 4. Cost is $30/ members and $35/non-members plus a $10 supply fee.
• Florals (Acrylics): Loretta Menendian will teach a one-day acrylics class in Florals from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11. Cost is $150/members and $165/non-members. Students provide their own materials; a list will be available at the ADSO office.
• Palm Tree and Beach (Acrylics): Loretta Menendian will teach a one-day acrylics class, the subject of which will be the Beach and Palm Trees, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18. Cost is $150/members and $165/non-members.
FORT WALTON BEACH – An opening reception for Night Vision, an exhibition of art based on nocturnal themes, will be held from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Arts and Design Society, 17 First St. The show runs Oct. 2 through Oct. 27. Call 244-1271.
Destin Seafood Festival
DESTIN – The 34th Annual Destin Seafood Festival returns to its original home on the Destin harbor from 3-10 p.m. Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 6 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 7. Enjoy fresh local seafood, live music, artists, Kids Zone and more. The event is free and donations will be accepted at the door.
Northwest Florida Fair
FORT WALTON BEACH – The 2012 Northwest Florida Fair will be held Oct. 8-13 at the C.H.”Bull” Rigdon Fairgrounds. The Myers International Midway will bring rides along with other 4-H exhibits and shows consisting of poultry, goats and cattle. The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show is like nothing you have ever seen before.
Preview the Fair free from 5-7p.m. Oct. 8; after that time the gate will go to $5. Family night is Tuesday with $2 for the whole family to enter; Military night is Oct. 10 with free entry to the retired and active military and dependents. Thursday night is student night, wear your school shirt for free entry. A donation will be made to the school who has the most attend, and Saturday is Kids’ Day.
Tri-County Fair Fine Arts Show
FORT WALTON BEACH – The 29th Northwest Florida Tri-County Fair Fine Arts Show, sponsored by the Arts and Design Society and the Northwest Florida Fair Board, will be held from 5-10 p.m. Oct. 8-12 and 12-10 p.m. Oct. 13 at C.H. Bull Rigdon Fairgrounds and Recreation Complex (formerly The Northwest Florida Fairgrounds), 1958 Lewis Turner Blvd. Artworks in every medium will be on display; high school and middle school art will be a special feature. The Opening reception is from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 7. There is no charge for the reception or show; both are open to the public. Call 582-1329.
DESTIN – Legendary Marine will host a shrimp boil and silent auction from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 12 at legendary Marine Yacht Club to raise money for David Mallicoat who was critically injured in an ATV accident in March. Cost is $10/plate. RSVP at 585-0186. Cash bar available. Cash donations and auction items are welcome. All proceeds benefit the David Mallicoat family for a van purchase.
Best of the Emerald Coast
SANDESTIN – The 2012 winners voted The Best by readers of Emerald Coast Magazine will be on display from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 13 at Grand Boulevard along the main street. The evening includes food, fun, fashion and entertainment, silent auction, and live music. Admission is $25/advance and $35/day of. All proceeds benefit the Junior League of the Emerald Coast. Tickets can be purchased at Today's Boutique, Sarah K’s Gourmet, Silver Sands customer service kiosk, Copy Systems in Destin’s Walmart, and the Regions Bank in Destin or on-line at www.jlec.org. Call 862-2665.
Destin Beer Festival
DESTIN –The newly branded Destin Beer Festival will be held from 1-5 p.m. Oct. 13 and will feature an afternoon of specialty brews, eclectic cuisine, and live entertainment along the main street of Destin Commons. The event will also offer a VIP Tent in Center Plaza and a merchandise booth. The event will benefit The Children’s Neighborhood of Children in Crisis, Inc. Admission is $25 per person for advance tickets and $35 day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at any Wine World location, or online at chanswineworld.com. For more information or to volunteer, call 269-2909.
NICEVILLE – The Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts Division of Northwest Florida State College will present the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play “Proof” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17-20 in the Sprint Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/youth age 18 or younger and are on sale from the Box Office by phone or web. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
The college will also host special Student Nights for NWFSC students or area high school students who will be admitted free of charge by showing a current student ID on Oct. 15 and 16 only. Student nights are on a first-come basis and seating is limited. Doors open at 7 p.m. on Student Nights.
DMS Concert and Silent Auction
DESTIN – The Destin Middle School Fall Concert and Silent Auction will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at Village Baptist Church, 101 Matthew Blvd. The auction bidding begins at 6 p.m. The concert is free.