Area codes are 850 unless noted.
DESTIN – Events at American Legion Post 296, 311 Main Street, include the following. Events are open to the public. Call 837-3818.
• Dec. 1: Flag Pole Dedication and Ceremony, 11 a.m. at Clement Taylor Park
• Dec. 2: JW Adams, 4-7 p.m. in the ballroom
• Dec. 3, 10, 17: Bingo, 6-8 p.m.
• Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28: Karaoke, 7:30 p.m. in the lounge; Deep South Country Band, 7-11 p.m. in the ballroom
• Dec. 8: American Legion District meeting, 10 a.m. in the ballroom
• Dec. 9, 16, 23: Jabbo & Friends, 4-7 p.m. in the ballroom
• Dec. 12: Post Executive meeting, 6:30 p.m.
• Dec. 19: Post General meeting 7 p.m.; Son’s meeting, 6 p.m.; Auxiliary meeting executive and general, 6 p.m.
• Dec. 24: Egg Nog Party, 3-5 p.m.
• Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Party with Rusty & Jabbo, 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. in the ballroom
DESTIN – A gospel brunch featuring D'Vine will be held at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 2 in the Ballroom of the Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village. Cost is $55 per person and includes all food, mimosas and Bloody Mary bar, gratuity and performance.
The sophisticated vocals and rich harmonies of international Gospel trio D’Vine have inspired audiences around the world. The ladies of D’Vine have performed for former President Jimmy Carter, Bishop Desmond Tutu, sports legend Hank Aaron and have been featured with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia Gulf Coast. This a capella performance as they travel through gospel standards will be certain to inspire and uplift. The culinary team of the Legendary’s Emerald Grande will provide a pre-concert brunch.
A World Affair
SANDESTIN – A World Affair will be held from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort’s Linkside Exhibition Hall and will celebrate food, dance and culture from around the world. Several Emerald Coast restaurants will serve a selection of international foods, and area performing arts groups will demonstrate cultural dances. An international fashion show will showcase traditional clothing from a variety of countries, and a silent auction will be held.
All proceeds benefit Covenant Hospice’s unfunded programs in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Covenant Hospice needs restaurants to participate and items for the silent auction. Corporate sponsorships are available and range from $100 to $2,500.
Wednesday Night Concerts
SANDESTIN – Enjoy a special holiday edition of the Concert Series from 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays in the Events Plaza at the Village of Baytowne Wharf through the month of December.
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.
Sounds of the Season
DESTIN – The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation will present their annual Christmas concert, Sounds of the Season, at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Village Baptist Church.
Admission is a donation of an unwrapped child’s toy to be distributed among the participating church’s outreach ministries. A love offering at intermission will benefit the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s “All Kinds of Art” program, a children’s educational outreach for the literary, performing and visual arts.
Call 650-2226 or visit www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org
Baytowne on Ice
SANDESTIN – The ice skating rink at The Village of Baytowne Wharf will be open through Jan. 31 at the Apex Broadcasting Skating Pavilion. For $10 guests can skate for an hour and a half. Skate rental is $2. The first hour of each day is reserved for "kids skate" for youth 12 and under. Season passes are available for $140. During November bring two non-perishable cans of food for Harvest House of Destin and receive a free skate rental. Call 816-682-1003 for times and special skating packages.
NICEVILLE – Direct from Beijing, the National Circus of the People’s Republic of China will perform their new international sensation "Cirque Chinois" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State. Tickets are $35 each or $30 each for groups of 10 or more tickets purchased together. Purchase tickets at 729-6000 or 1-888-838-ARTS (2787) Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or purchase online at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org. Tickets will also be available the night of the show, space permitting, starting at 6 p.m.
Holiday Lantern Parade
SANDESTIN – The Third annual Baytowne Holiday Lantern Parade will take place at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 with paper lanterns in the shapes of iconic symbols of the holiday season. Individuals and groups are invited to participate by making their own paper lanterns. Sandestin Homeowners will light up their golf carts and join in the fun as they pass by with parade treats. Call 267-8186.