The Emerald Coast Parrot Head Club hosts its 11th annual Chili Cook-Off from 12-4 p.m. Feb. 22 at HarborWalk Village at Destin harbor. Live music by Continuum furnishes the music. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life/American Cancer Society. To enter the chili contest, email firstname.lastname@example.org . Prizes will be awarded. Tasting armbands are $15/gate.
Mattie Kelly Arts Center
Tony Award winning “Memphis: The Musical” can be seen at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the mainstage theater at the Niceville campus of NWFSC.
Learn the basics about the Florida Black Bear from 2-3 p.m. Feb. 22 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle. Call 267-8330.
American Legion Post 296, 311 Main St. in Destin, sells pizza and hotdogs from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 837-3818. Events include:
• Feb. 22: Music by Bone Dry from 5-8 p.m. in the ballroom. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Cover charge, $3.
• Feb. 23: Ray’s famous Cajun Fish Fry from 2-5 p.m. Cost, $8 with entertainment by Dan Woods.
• Feb. 24: Smoke free bingo, 6 p.m. Jackpot, $250.
• Feb. 28: Karaoke with Brandy, 7:30-11:30 p.m.
Crab Island Cantina presents “So You Think You’re Funny,” a comedy competition, at 6 p.m. every Sunday through March 9. Sign up at 5 p.m. Comedians from all over the south will compete. First prize is a round trip for two to Los Angeles to perform at the Comedy Store on Sunset Strip. Call 321-230-0487.
A Symphony of Taste
The Northwest Florida Symphony Guild’s food and wine tasting festival, “A Symphony of Taste,” will be held from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 23 on the Niceville campus of NWFSC in the Student Services Center. The annual event raises funds for the regional orchestra and youth musical endeavors in Okaloosa and Walton County. A silent auction will be held with entertainment by jazz pianist Sean Dietrich. Tickets are $35/advance and $40/door and are on sale in Niceville at Bayou Books, in Fort Walton Beach at Playground Music, Vandergriff Jewelers, and the Magnolia Grill, and in Destin/South Walton at the Groovy Grouper Grill in Destin Commons and at Chan’s Wine World in Grand Boulevard and Destin. Call 729-6000.
Sherlock Holmes Society
The “Beach Hounds” will have their yearly meeting at 5 p.m. Feb. 24 at Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club (The Vue Restaurant), 4801 West County Road 30-A in Santa Rosa Beach. The event is open to the public. It is an “adult” affair due to the nature of real life criminal events. Call 267-1240 for reservations. The cost is $20 per person which includes a full dinner with a cash bar.
NWFSC PRIME Time will host its annual art show from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 27 on the Niceville campus. A reception will be hosted in honor of the students and they will receive prizes for their work. This event is free and open to the public.
Americana Under The Stars
Achilles Wheel performs from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 27 in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring a chair and beverage. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill.
Coffee on the Coast
See how the training staff provides daily care for the dolphins and other animals at Coffee on the Coast from 9-11 a.m. Feb. 27 at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park on Okaloosa Island. With paid admission, enjoy free coffee and muffins. A special program at 9:30 a.m. includes:
Award-winning cellist Boyan Bonev, a music instructor at the University of West Florida and a member of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, will perform in a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Tyler Recital Hall at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus of NWFSC. Donations will be accepted at the door.
Mattie Kelly Arts Center
“Generations: A Collection of Black American Music” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 during Black History Month in the mainstage theater at the Niceville campus of NWFSC to benefit the Niceville High School Band program.
Mardi Gras Masquerade
Destin Commons celebrates a New Orleans tradition Feb. 28 as it presents its fifth annual Mardi Gras Masquerade and Parade.
Families are invited to enjoy the tastes and sounds of the French Quarter as local band Jones & Company kicks off the festivities at 5 p.m. in Center Court. Groovy Grouper will serve complimentary tastings of steaming hot gumbo and AJ’s will share its famous Cajun red beans and rice. Parade begins at 8 p.m.
Throughout the evening, guests can commemorate the festivities with a souvenir caricature from artist Mark Douglas and have their picture taken in the Destin Commons Mardi Gras photo booth. Kids also will enjoy face painting and crafts from Abrakadoodle and marvel at acts by magician and balloon sculptor, Captain Davy. Guests can view event photos on Destin Commons’ website www.destincommons.com.
Learn about campfires from 3-4 p.m. March 1 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle. Call 267-8330.