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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
DESTIN Ė Events at American Legion Post 296, 311 Main Street, include the following. Events are open to the public. Call 837-3818.
ēJan. 26: Karaoke in the Lounge with Jim Hubbard 7:30-11:30
ē Jan. 27: Jabbo & Friends 4-7 p.m.
ē Jan. 28: Bingo 6-8 p.m.; Boy Scouts 6:30-7:30 p.m.
ē Jan. 30: Cub Scouts 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Winter Guest Concert Series
DESTIN Ė All winter guests and locals are invited to enjoy a performance from Ballet Conservatory from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 27 at HarborWalk Village.
Great Night of Methodist Singing
NICEVILLE Ė The Great Night of Singing Jan. 27 features a large combined choir of approximately 230 voices, smaller vocal ensembles, and orchestra on the mainstage at Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Even the audience gets to sing. This very popular and unique event is a combined effort of nine area United Methodist Churches ó Destin UMC, First UMC of Crestview, First UMC of Fort Walton Beach, Mary Esther UMC, Navarre UMC, Niceville UMC, Shalimar UMC, St. Mark UMC, and Trinity UMC. No admission charge and the public is invited.
Snowbird Movie Matinees
DESTIN ¬ĖThe Destin Library will host a free weekly movie matinee for winter visitors at 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 13. The film series will feature new release DVD movies hyped as this year¬ís Oscar contenders. Seating limited to 30 on a first‚Äźcome, first‚Äźserve basis. For information, call 837-8572.
¬ē Jan. 30: Trouble with the Curve
¬ē Feb. 6: moonrise Kingdom
¬ē Feb. 13: Arbitrage
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.
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. Call 816-682-1003 for times and special skating packages.
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.
ē Feb. 19: In Love We Trust
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.
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 through 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.
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.
Destin Mardi Gras Celebration
DESTIN Ė The Fifth Annual Mardi Gras on the Destin harbor begins at 8 p.m. Feb. 8 with a Mardi Gas Pub Crawl led by Destin Nights. For a $10 donation, participants receive a wristband good for free Mardi Gras swag, drink specials and live music throughout the evening. Proceeds benefit American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
ē Grande Mardi Gras Parade: More than 100 parade entries will roll, float, pedal and push their from AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar to the west end of HarborWalk Village 2 p.m. Feb. 9. All parade participants and the viewing public are asked to bring boxes of food or cash donations for Destin's Harvest House.
ē Texas Hold ĎEm on The Harbor: The Rotary Club of Destin hosts a Mardi Gras dinner, blackjack and raffle prizes at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in the HarborView Room. For tickets, visit www.holdemontheharbor.com. Proceeds benefit the humanitarian projects of The Rotary Club of Destin.
ē Mardi Gras Pardi Paddle: Sponsored by Kitty Hawk Kites, the event begins at noon Feb. 10.
ē Mardi Gras Concert: Enjoy Blues, Rock and Zydeco music with The DizzyJukes Band at 2 p.m. Feb. 10.
ē Fat Tuesday: Free Red Beans and Rice anad Hurricanes Specials at 5 p.m. Feb. 12, sponsored by Village Merchants and Poppy's Crazy Lobster.
Wine Women and Shoes Vintner Dinners
EMERALD COAST Ė Intimate dinners featuring world-class wines and regional chefs will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 8 in private homes in Destin, Sandestin, Bluewater Bay and Panama City Beach. For ticket information, visit winewomenandshoes.com/sinfonia.
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.
Wine, Women & Shoes
SANDESTN Ė The Magnolia Ballroom at The Village of Baytowne Wharf is transformed into a shopping, wine and fashion paradise for the Wine, Women & Shoes Fashion Show, Shopping and Wine Extravaganza at 2 p.m. Feb. 10. Event benefits Sinfonia Gulf Coast and Sinfoniaís Music Education Program. Tickets are $65 at winewomenandshoes.com/sinfonia.
DESTIN Ė Join the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation from 7:30-11 p.m. Feb. 15 at Club LA for an evening of dancing and music performed on stage by Emerald Coastís premier party band, the Moos Bros. The Moos Bros. is comprised of nine musicians and vocalists representing local professional business members from the legal, medical and financial industries. Tickets are $20 and available at www.MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org/tickets.htm. Enter charity benefit drawing to win prizes to support art, music and education. Call 650-2226.
Amernet String Quartet
ROSEMARY BEACH Ė The Amernet String Quartet, Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University, presents a weekend of chamber music at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16 in Town Hall. Tickets are $35 at sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
David Seering and Friends
DESTIN Ė Musician David Seering and the Michael Walker Band will perform in a concert, with special guest Gina Walker, at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Village Baptist Church, and all proceeds will benefit local charity Children in Crisis. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at 864-4242.
Sinfonia: Bond and Beyond
OKALOOSA ISLAND Ė The Sinfonia celebrates its seventh season (007) and 50 years of James Bond at 7:30 p.m. March 23 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Featured will be the music that made the Bond films famous with award-winning singer Debbie Gravitte, who joins the orchestra to perform Bond favorites such as "Diamonds Are Forever," "Secret Agent Man," "Goldfinger," and more. Tickets are $125 at sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
Family Fun Arts Fest
DESTIN Ė The Sixth Annual Okaloosa Arts Alliance Family Fun Fest will be held May 18 and 19 at HarborWalk Village. The annual event features dozens of local artisans and craft vendors, food and beverages, live music and art performances, free family activities, hands on art projects, educational animal presentations and exhibits, face painting and street performances. A silent auction will help raise funds for OAA and Okaloosa County School Poster contest entries will be on display.