Area codes are 850 unless noted.



Amernet String Quarter



ROSEMARY BEACH – The Amernet String Quartet, Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University, presents a weekend of chamber music at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 in Town Hall. Tickets are $35 at sinfoniagulfcoast.org.



David Seering and Friends



DESTIN – 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.



Gumbo Cook-Off



SANDESTIN – 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 — 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 “Area’s Best,” and award the most creative set-up as “Best Display.” Live music by Dikki Du & the Zydeco Krewe. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25/day of event.



American Legion



DESTIN – Events at American Legion Post 296, 311 Main Street, include the following. Events are open to the public. Call 837-3818.



• Feb. 16, 23: Karaoke with Jim Hubbard 7:30-11:30 p.m.



• Feb. 17, 24: Jabbo 4-7 p.m.



• Feb. 18, 25: Bingo 6-8 p.m.; Boy Scouts 6:30 p.m.



• Feb. 18: Post and Sal’s general meeting 7 p.m.; Auxiliary general and executive meeting, 6 p.m.



• Feb. 22: Deep South 7-11 p.m.



• Feb. 23: Blood Drive, NWFL Blood Mobile, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.



Tijuana Flats fundraiser



FORT WALTON BEACH – Tijuana Flats will raise money for the Junior League of the Emerald Coast by hosting an evening fundraiser from 5-10 p.m. Feb. 18. Attendees can enjoy 2-4-1 draft beers, the corn hole game and bottomless chips and dips. Kids are invited to decorate the patio with sidewalk chalk. The Junior League will raise money for their Child Clothing Project. Ten percent of each guest's check will go to the Junior League of the Emerald Coast. Dine-in, drive thru and carryout orders apply.



Better Listening



VALPARAISO  – Retired humanities professor Dr. Robert Larson will describe the colorful debut of popular musical instruments to the concert stage in the community classical music study series, Better Listening, from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Fellowship Hall, 1295 Bayshore Drive. No reservations required.



Americana Under the Stars



SANTA ROSA BEACH – Topsail Hill Preserve State Park presents Lucky Mud at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 during a new concert series, Americana Under the Stars. Performers follow an open mic showcase of local musicians from 5-6:30 p.m. Must be present to sign up. Admission is free and there is a suggested $5 donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Bring your own food or beverages, if desired.



Feb. 28: Emmett Carlisle



Stars of Tomorrow



NICEVILLE – Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra presents “The Stars of Tomorrow” 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.



First Arts Concert Series



FORT WALTON BEACH – Three beautiful tenor voices will perform at the First Arts Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the sanctuary at First United Methodist Church, 103 First Street. Tickets are $15/adults and $8/students in advance; $20/adults and $10/students at the door. Tickets are available at www.firstartsconcerts.com, Pavlic’s Unique Florist in Destin, Kitchenique  in City Market in Destin,  Bayou Books in Niceville, and Playground Music and P. S. Gifts  in Fort Walton Beach.



Art exhibits



NICEVILLE – 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.



MARCH



Wednesday Night Concert Series



SANDESTIN – 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.



 • March 13: Heritage



• March 20: Deja Vu



• March 27: The Forrest Williams Band



Taste of the Bayou



FORT WALTON BEACH – Okaloosa-Walton Child Care Services presents the 17th Annual Fare for Child Care Taste of the Bayou with an auction and fine tasting from 6-8 p.m. March 8 at St. Mary Church Parish Life Center. To donate items, call 833-9339 or 833-9330, ext. 204.



St. Paddy's Day Delight



SANDESTIN – 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.



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.



• March 19:



Sinfonia: Bond and Beyond



OKALOOSA ISLAND – 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.



Easter Explosion



SANDESTIN – 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.



MAY



Family Fun Arts Fest



DESTIN – 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.