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Winter Guest Concert Series
DESTIN Ė All winter guests and locals are invited to enjoy the finale show by the DizzyJukes Band from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 10 at HarborWalk Village.
DESTIN Ė The annual Destin United Methodist Womenís Chocolatí Fare and Jewelry Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Atrium Room at the church.
Destin Mardi Gras Celebration
DESTIN Ė The Grande Mardi Gras Parade, with 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 at 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.
Window Gallery Display
FORT WALTON BEACH Ė To showcase the work of local artists, the Arts and Design Society presents exhibits in their studio windows facing First Street. In February, the works of watercolor artist Toni Dineen, who specializes in sea and beach creatures, are on display for easy viewing. Call 244-1271.
Beaux Arts Exhibition
FORT WALTON BEACH Ė The Arts and Design Society presents the 54th Annual Beaux Arts Exhibition Feb. 9-10 in the atrium at the Westwood Retirement Community, 1001 Mar Walt Drive. A reception will be held from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 10 with awards to be given at 3:30. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. Call 582-1329.
DESTIN Ė Events at American Legion Post 296, 311 Main Street, include the following. Events are open to the public. Call 837-3818.
ē Feb. 9, 16, 23: Karaoke with Jim Hubbard 7:30-11:30 p.m.
ē Feb. 10, 17, 24: Jabbo 4-7 p.m.
ē Feb. 18, 25: Bingo 6-8 p.m.; Boy Scouts 6:30 p.m.
ē Feb. 15, 22: Deep South 7-11 p.m.
ē Feb. 9: Act 4 Murder Dinner Theater 6:30-9:30 p.m.
ē Feb. 10: Sunday Feb. 10th Breakfast 8:15-11:15 $6, Jabbo 4-7 PM
ē Feb. 13: Post Executive meeting 6:30 p.m.
ē Feb. 15: Valentines Dinner, $12,
ē Feb. 18: Post and Salís general meeting 7 p.m.; Auxiliary general and executive meeting, 6 p.m.
ē Feb. 23: Blood Drive, NWFL Blood Mobile, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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.
Better Listening series
VALPARAISO Ė A Musical Valentine from Romeo and Juliet will be theme of the second program in the community classical music study series, from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Unitarian Church Fellowship Hall, 1295 Bayshore Drive. Speaker Louis Johnson presents A Musical Valentine from Romeo and Juliet with CD music selections from ballet, opera and orchestral works inspired by Shakespeare's work. No reservations required; event is free.
Snowbird Movie Matinees
DESTIN ¬ĖThe Destin Library will host a free movie matinee, ¬ďArbitrage,¬Ē for winter visitors at 2 p.m. Feb. 13. Seating limited to 30 on a first‚Äźcome, first‚Äźserve basis. For information, call 837-8572.
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 group 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 Village Baptist Church. All proceeds will benefit local charity Children in Crisis. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at 864-4242.
SANDESTIN Ė The 24th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Cook-Off will be held from 12-4 p.m. Feb. 16, rain or shine. Gulf Coast restaurants will feature top-secret recipes. Sample a variety of gumbo ó dark of light roux? Chicken and sausage or seafood? Then, vote for your favorite for the "People's Choice Award." Celebrity judges will name the ďAreaís Best,Ē and award the most creative set-up as ďBest Display.Ē Live music by Dikki Du & the Zydeco Krewe. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25/day of event.
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
Stars of Tomorrow
NICEVILLE Ė Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra presents ďThe Stars of TomorrowĒ Concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College.
Winners of the NFSO's 2012 Concerto competition are featured as guest soloists with the orchestra, and guest vocalists and the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale also perform. Tickets are $22.50/adults, $16/Active Duty Military and youth ages 18 and younger. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
NICEVILLE Ė The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville present the annual juried exhibit showcasing the best in NWFSC student and faculty artworks in both the McIlroy and Holzhauer Galleries Feb. 22-April 5. The event is free. Call 729-6044.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
SANDESTIN Ė The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents a free concert with Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials from 6-8 p.m. March 6 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
ē March 13: Heritage
ē March 20: Deja Vu
ē March 27: The Forrest Williams Band
St. Paddy's Day Delight
SANDESTIN Ė Celebrate the luck of the Irish from 6-9 p.m. March 17 at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Henri's Notions will provide traditional Celtic music in the Events Plaza and don't miss a one of a kind performance by the Drake Irish Dancers.
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.
SANDESTIN Ė Skip, hop, or jump your way to the Village of Baytowne Wharf from 12-3 p.m. March 30. Enjoy face painting, crafts and an inflatable fun zone, plus a stiltwalker making balloon animals and a visit with the Easter Bunny.
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.