Area codes are 850 unless noted.
DESTIN Ė Events at American Legion Post 296, 311 Main Street, include the following. Events are open to the public. Call 837-3818.
ē Jan. 4, 18, 25: Deep South Band 7-11 p.m.
ēJan. 5, 12, 19, 26: Karaoke in the Lounge with Jim Hubbard 7:30-11:30
ē Jan 6, 13, 20, 27: Jabbo & Friends 4-7 p.m.
ē Jan 7, 14, 21, 28: Bingo 6-8 p.m.; Boy Scouts 6:30-7:30 p.m.
ē Jan. 9: Post Executive meeting 6:30 p.m.; Cub Scouts 6:30-7:30 p.m.
ē Jan. 11: Auxiliary Dinner 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Deep South Band 7-11 p.m.
ē Jan. 16: General meeting 7 p.m.; Auxiliary Executive and General meeting 6 p.m.
ē Jan. 30: Cub Scouts 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Baytowne on Ice
SANDESTIN Ė 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.
Shirley Simpson in ĎLeading Ladiesí
DESTIN ¬Ė The Friends of the Destin Library will present Shirley Simpson on stage in ¬ďLeading Ladies¬Ē at 3 p.m. Jan. 11 in the library¬ís Calhoun Room. Tickets for this one‚Äźhour event are $5 each ($3 for seniors and students) and are available from the Destin Library. To be assured of seating tickets must be purchased and picked up by Jan. 10. This program is open to the general public. Seating will be limited. Call 837-8572.
OKALOOSA ISLAND Ė Destiny Cat Fanciers will host its seventh annual Cat Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan 12 and 13 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. Admission is $6/adults and $5/seniors, military and children 4-12. Children under 4 are admitted free. Get $1 off your admission with a large can or unopened bag of cat food.
Local rescue group Feline Friends of Destin will again attend the show and bring homeless pets for adoption. They will also collect donations and sell promotional items to support their efforts in managing feral cat populations and fostering adoptable cats and kittens. Call 706-374-4216 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NICEVILLE Ė Soka Gakkai International presents The Century of Women, a national traveling exhibit, in both galleries at the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center from Jan. 19-Feb. 1. The exhibit highlights both ordinary and prominent women from around the world who have dedicated themselves to a fair and peaceful future. Call 729-6044.
New York Tenors
NICEVILLE Ė Enjoy a night of Broadway, opera and American classics with three of New Yorkís greatest talents ó Daniel Rodriguez, Andy Cooney and Michael Amante, the New York Tenors at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWFSC. The New York Tenors provide an overwhelming, "can't miss" showcase of some of the world's greatest vocalists and repertoire. Tickets are $35. Group discount of $5 off per ticket is available for groups of 10 or more. Group sales are by phone or in-person only. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
Gumbo Contest/Silent Auction
DESTIN Ė The Destin History & Fishing Museumís annual Gumbo Contest and Silent Auction Fundraiser will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Destin Community Center. Advance tickets are $10/adult and available at the Museum. Admission will be $12 at the door the day of the event. Call 837-6611 or email email@example.com.
NICEVILLE Ė The Tony Award winning production of HAIR, joyous celebration of youth and a poignant journey through a tumultuous 1960ís America, begin at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College, Mainstage. For mature audiences; parental discretion advised. Tickets are $45. Group discount of $5 off per ticket is available for groups of 10 or more. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
Independent film series
DESTIN Ė 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.
Tasting of Champions
SANDESTIN Ė The Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundationís Tasting of Champions to benefit children in need in Northwest Florida will be held from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Coral Ballroom at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf & Beach Resort. Sample more than 600 South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival entries. Tickets are $50 at dcwaf.org.
In the Mood
NICEVILLE Ė Let the brassy big band sounds of In the Mood take you back in time to one of America's greatest musical generations ó the 1940s Swing Era ó at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College, Mainstage. The In the Mood Singers and Dancers, together with the String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra, present a retro look at a time in history when music moved the nation's spirit. Tickets are $35 each. Group discount of $5 off per ticket is available for groups of 10 or more. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
Call to Artists
FORT WALTON BEACH Ė The Arts and Design Society is inviting artists across the Southeast to submit works for the 21st Southeast Regional Juried Fine Arts Exhibition, hosted by Northwest Florida State College. JPEG images are due by midnight Feb. 4 for the Exhibition, which runs from April 21 through May 31. Call 244-1271.
Art Exhibits: Mystical Arts of Tibet: Mandala Sand Painting
NICEVILLE Ė The Tibetan Lamas of Drepung Loseling Monastery return to create a sand mandala over the course of five days, Feb. 4-9, in the McIlroy Gallery at Mattie Kelly Arts Center. The event is free. Call 729-6044.
Call to Artists
FORT WALTON BEACH Ė The Arts and Design Society is inviting all artists to submit works for the 54th Annual Beaux Arts Exhibition, hosted by Westwood Retirement Community. Registration is in the Westwood Retirement Community Atrium from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 7. Entry fee is $25, members; $35 non-members, with a limit of two entries. Call 582-1329.
Soundsations Snowbird Concert
NICEVILLE Ė Northwest Florida State College's group of fine and performing arts scholarship students, the Soundsations Show Choir, will perform their variety show of song and dance at 2 p.m. Feb. 10 in the mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Tickets are available through local snowbird clubs and the event is a fundraiser for the Showchoir. Call 729-6000.