Area codes are 850 unless noted.



Star Gazing by the Shore



DESTIN - Volunteers from the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association will set up telescopes for public viewing of the night sky from 4-10 p.m. Oct. 12 at Henderson Beach State Park. Also, prior to sunset, the telescopes will be equipped for safe viewing of the sun. The park will close at sunset.  All those attending the star gaze should arrive prior to sunset. Call park for sunset time. Program included in park admission fee. Call 837-7550.



Duck Regatta



SANDESTIN - The third annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 12 in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf with children’s activities including a scavenger hunt and Abrakadoodle Face Painting. The Duck Regatta begins at 1 p.m. with up to 5,000 rubber ducks racing across the Lagoon. Make a donation of $10 or more to Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Guild to adopt a duck. Proceeds will help fund new and/or improved hospital services. Adopt ducks at http://www.emeraldcoastduckregatta.com/ or in the Sacred Heart Hospital Gift Shop.



This Is The 60s



NICEVILLE - Travel back in time when the national touring concert experience “This Is The 60s” hits the stage at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College. The event is part of the college’s year-long 50th Anniversary celebration. A $50 ticket includes a 50th Anniversary Gala Reception from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Art Galleries prior to the show plus VIP reserved seating for the show. Show-only tickets are $35 each.  Purchaseby phone or web from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.



Art exhibit



NICEVILLE - In honor of NWFSC’s 50th Anniversary, the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries presents “From the Vault: 50 years of Collecting from OWJC to NWF State College” through Oct. 12 in the Holzhauer and McIlroy Galleries. Selections from the college’s extensive Permanent Collection showcase the history of art collecting at the college, from the days of Okaloosa-Walton Junior College to Northwest Florida State College. Call 729-6000.



Margaritaville



DESTIN - The new Margaritaville at HarborWalk Village will open in late 2013. The talent and entertainment team will hold auditions for bands, duos, and solo acoustic performers Oct. 13-15. Send submissions to destinlivemusic@margaritaville.com with your contact information, sample music and play list to be considered. All talent/acts must be able to perform live on HarborWalk Village main stage and interact with audience during auditions to be considered.



Call to Artists:  Inspired by Miró



FORT WALTON BEACH - The Arts and Design Society is inviting all artists to participate in the upcoming competition, “Inspired by Miró,” in which all entries, which may be in any medium, are to reflect the influence of Joan Miró. Work should be turned in from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 12 or 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 14 at the Art Center, 17 First Street, SE.  A copy of the entry form is available at http://artsdesignsociety.org/ or call 244-1271.



Haunted House



DESTIN - The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge presents their Eighth Annual Haunted House at the Destin Harbor Boardwalk at 7 p.m. Oct. 12, 18-19, 25-26, 31 and Nov. 1-2. Small children are not recommended. Admission is $9. Parking is free with the exception of October 4-5 due to the Seafood Festival.



Fine Arts Show



FORT WALTON BEACH – The 30th Northwest Florida Tri-County Fair Fine Arts Show, sponsored by the Arts and Design Society and the Northwest Florida Fair Board, takes place from 12-6 p.m. Oct. 12 at the C.H. Bull Rigdon Fairgrounds. Artworks in every medium will be on display with high  school and middle school art will be a special feature. Call 582-1329.



American Legion



DESTIN - American Legion Post 296, 311 Main Street, will host the following events. Pizza and hotdogs are sold from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 837-3818.



• Oct. 12: Enjoy football with hot dogs and pizza for sale.



• Oct. 18: Karaoke with Brandy from 7:30-11:30 p.m.



• Oct. 19: Watch fooball and enjoy an S.A.L Football theme luncheon from 2-5 p.m. Cost $5.



Chronic Jester



MIRAMAR BEACH - Enjoy the reggae, rock, funk and blues of Chronic Jester Tuesdays at Hammerhead’s Bar and Grille, 137 Fisherman’s Cove.



Independent Film Series



DESTIN - The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie night showing “Veronica Guerin” at 4 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Library. It is based on a true story of Irish journalist Veronica Guerin who exposed some of Dublin’s most powerful drug lords and crime bosses. The program is free and open to the public. Films are unrated and directed toward mature audiences. Seating will be limited to 30 on a first-come, first-served basis.



Wednesday Night Concert Series



SANDESTIN - The Village of Baytowne Wharf hosts a free concert with Blue Ribbon Healers from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.



• Oct. 23: Forrest Williams Band



• Oct. 30: Scott Rockwood



Grand Opening



DESTIN - Cabana Café has announced the opening of its newest location at Sundestin Beach Resort & Hotel, 1040 U.S. 98 across from Big Kahuna’s. A Grand Opening Celebration and ribbon cutting will be held beginning at 4 p.m. Oct. 16 with cocktails, appetizers, live music and a beachfront view.



Window display



FORT WALTON BEACH - The Arts and Design Society, 17 First Street, SE, presents the works of Pat Roberts, experimentaland prize-winning artist in various media, in the studio windows facing First Street for easy viewing during October.



Michael J Thomas



DESTIN - Michael J Thomas performs a blend of smooth jazz saxophone music and R&B vocals Tuesday through Saturday "upon availability" at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 15000 Emerald Coast Parkway. Call 337-5108.



Americana Under The Stars



SANTA ROSA BEACH – Scott and Michele Daliez perform in a family/pet friendly concert series, Americana Under the Stars, from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 17 in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Open mic begins at 6 p.m. Bring a chair and beverage. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill.



• Oct. 24:  Charlie Groth



• Oct. 31:  Lauren Heitz



Story-time Halloween Costume Parade



DESTIN - The Destin Library’s Youth Services Department has scheduled its annual Story-time Halloween Costume Parade at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 23 for children four and younger. Children will receive a gift bag for their participation in the Halloween Parade.



Parents who have previously registered their children for the story-time program are encouraged to call the library at 837-8572 by Oct. 18 to sign up for this annual event.



This year’s Halloween Costume Parade is sponsored solely by private contributions. Individuals interested in making a donation for this program are asked to call the library at 837-8572 and speak with the Youth Services Librarian.



Mullet Festival



NICEVILLE - The 37th Annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival opens at noon Oct. 18, 9 a.m. Oct. 19 and 10 a.m. Oct. 20 with arts and crafts, carnival rides, attractions and booths. Entertainment includes country music legend Vince Gill, country chart-toppers Justin Moore and Thompson Square and Ben Portsmouth and the Taking Care of Elvis Band.



Admission is $10 Friday and Sunday and before 5 on Saturday. From 5 p.m. to close Saturday is $15. Advance tickets are $9 each or three for $25. Children 11 and under are free. Visit mulletfestival.com to purchase tickets.



Marla Armstrong exhibit



FORT WALTON BEACH- An exhibit of more than 80 paintings, ceramics and sculpture by local artist Marla Armstrong will be on display until Oct. 18 in the UWF Emerald Coast Library, 1170 Martin Luther King Blvd. in Building 8. 



BaytowneWharfBeer Festival



SANDESTIN – The Sixth Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival will be held Oct. 18 and 19 throughout the Village of Baytowne Wharf. The festival features 40 on-site craft brewers, more than 200 domestic and international beers, seminars and samplings and live music. Visit baytownewharfbeerfestival.com for tickets.



Best of the Emerald Coast



MIRAMAR BEACH - The 2013 winners for the 13th annual 2013 Best of the Emerald Coast will be on display from 6-9:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin along the main street of the center. The best restaurants, retailers, service businesses, doctors, lawyers, photographer, art galleries, musicians, and many more will be out in full force showing their goods and services.



The public is invited to an evening of food, fun, fashion and entertainment, including food samplings, beer, wine and drinks from the winning restaurants, a silent auction, and live music. The event will benefit the Junior League of the Emerald Coast, an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, improving our community, and developing the potential of women as civic leaders. Admission is $30 per person for advance tickets and $40 the day of the event. Visit www.jlec.org, call 862-2665 or visit www.facebook.com/BestoftheEmeraldCoast.



Skeeter Experience



OKALOOSA ISLAND - Test drive brand new 2014 SKEETER boats, meet top boating/fishing personalities and pros, get hands-on fishing tips during the Skeeter Experience from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19. Free seminars will be held on the docks of Fudpucker’s Restaurant at the Fudshuckers Steam Shack & Raw Bar.



To schedule an advance test ride/slot with no wait times and to RSVP for food and drink specials, contact Todd Royall at Legendary Marine, 337-8300.



Seminars include:



• Captain Pat Dineen, 11 a.m., “How to Sight Fish the Beaches of the Emerald Coast,” featuring tarpon, cobia, redfish and pompano.



• Brothers Blake and Wes Nelson of Team Nelson, 12:320 p.m., “Fishing the Flats with Artificials,” featuring redfish and trout.



• Todd Royall of the Skeeter Pro Staff, 2 p.m., “Winter Fishing the Choctawhatchee Bay.”



Artwalk on the Harbor



DESTIN - DestinBoardwalk.com, AJ’s Seafood Restaurant and Olin Marler Charters has announced the inaugural Destin Boardwalk’s Artwalk on the Harbor from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 20. The free art event is a mini arts district the third Sunday of every month and features the work of local and regional artists, along with individuals who create or produce various forms of art, crafts, photography, clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, or perform/sell music. The event takes place in the area starting right below the zipline all the way to AJ’s.



Jake’s Women



NICEVILLE - America’s premier comic playwright makes another hilarious foray into the world of modern relationships as Northwest Florida State College presents its production of the Neil Simon comedy “Jake’s Women” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23-26 in the Sprint Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Tickets are $15/adults and $10 for youth 18 or younger. Tickets can be purchased at 850-729-6000 or online at http://mattiekellyartscenter.org. Student Nights are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22 exclusively for NWFSC students or area high school students who are admitted free of charge by showing a current student ID.



Sinfonia Gulf Coast



EMERALD COAST – The eighth year of programming for Sinfonia Gulf Coast presents the orchestra and world-renowned guest artists. Season tickets which feature premier seating, including gala table seating, for all five concerts are on sale for $265 each. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or call 850-269-7129.



• Oct. 24: Musical Identities features guzheng player Su Chang in an orchestral concerto and also the orchestral showpiece, “Scheherazade,” by Rimsky-Korsakov.



• Dec. 20: The Orchestral Holiday concert at Destiny Worship Center features holiday favorites and dancers from the Northwest Florida Ballet.



• Jan. 24: The Bernstein Beat concerts are hosted by Jamie Bernstein, daughter of conductor/composer Leonard Bernstein, and include a morning youth performance and an evening concert which includes Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.”



• Feb. 14, 15: Classical Connections at Rosemary Beach Town Hall features string quintet SYBARITE5.



• March 29: Sinfonia Gala features Patti LuPone in her Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda concert at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Cash bar available.



Festival of the Arts



DESTIN - The 2013 Festival of the Arts, with more than 100 artists, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 in its new home on the Village Green at the Mattie Cultural Arts Village. Admission donation is $3/adults; free/members and children under 12.



Live musical entertainment from the Dugas Pavilion will be a highlight of the 18th annual art festival. Other festival features include a bistro-style food court, Kid’s ArtStop and festival merchandise. The Collaborative Art Exhibit showcases more than 40 community artists representing local students and adults.



Pastel Society



FORT WALTON BEACH - The Pastel Society of North Florida will host a free painting demonstration, “One Image-Two Results,” by Elaine Augustine, Pastel Society of America master pastelist, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Church of Christ’s Fellowship Hall, 232 Hollywood Blvd. SE. For information, email  pastel@centurytel.net.



Vettes at the Village



SANDESTIN -Area Corvette Clubs bring America’s Sports Car to the Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26. Chevrolet Corvettes, old and new, will be shined to the max and wanting your vote.



Beyond Glory



NICEVILLE - The Mattie Kelly Arts Center will feature the national tour of a tribute to military heroes who have earned the Medal of Honor, “Beyond Glory,” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the mainstage theater of the performing arts complex at NWFSC.  Tickets are $35 each with a $5 discount for groups of 10 or more and are on sale by phone or web from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office.  Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.



Savor the Season



ALYS BEACH - The Fourth Annual Savor the Season benefit for the Taylor Haugen Foundation will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Caliza Pool and Restaurant. Enjoy a wine tasting, silent and live auctions, and gourmet cuisine made by local chefs from Panama City to Destin. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at www.SavorTheSeason2013.org.



A Tribute to George Rodrigue



SANDESTIN – The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s Tribute to George Rodrigue, “Blue Dog” artist, will be held from 6:30-10 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. This evening will feature five acclaimed pianists performing on a an iconic piece of art, The 1913 Rodrigue Steinway “Blue Dog Piano.” Numerous culinary stations will be in the Emerald Ballroom with complimentary wine served.
Cash bar available. Portion of the proceeds benefit the cultural and educational missions of MKAF and George Rodrigue Foundation for the Arts. Cost: $150/person and $135/MKAF preferred member. Purchase tickets at http://www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org.



Blues, Brews & BBQ



DESTIN - Local restaurants will fire up the grills Nov. 9 for a good time and a good cause at HarborWalk Village when the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Northwest Florida chapter hosts a craft beer tasting and creative BBQ competition. All proceeds benefit FRLA Educational Foundation, supporting the next generation of hospitality professionals. Entertainment includes Season Ammons Band and Blenders.



Glenn Miller Orchestra



NICEVILLE - The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Mattie Kellie Arts Center, 100 College Blvd. Tickets are $20. Advance tickets are available at the Mattie Kelly Arts Box office, www.mattiekellyartscenter.org or call 729-6000 or 888-838-2737.



This event is sponsored by the Niceville High School Band Program, and the NHS Big Band Jazz ensemble perform a song with the orchestra.