Area codes are 850 unless noted.



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



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



• Feb. 24: Jabbo 4-7 p.m.



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



Snowbird Appreciation Sock Hop



OKALOOSA ISLAND – Twist, cha-cha, mambo and do the mashed potato at the Third Annual Snowbird Appreciation Sock Hop from 7-10 p.m. Feb. 24 for snowbirds and locals. This blast from the past will include live music from Ron Adams as Elvis and the Emerald Gold Band, so hunt up a poodle skirt or some blue suede shoes and enjoy live music, costume and dance contests, door prizes and a cash bar. Tickets are $8/person in advance and $10 at the door. Call 609-3800.



Americana Under the Stars



SANTA ROSA BEACH – Topsail Hill Preserve State Park presents Emmett Carlisle at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 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.



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.



Act4Murder



OKALOOSA ISLAND – Horizons of Okaloosa County and Act4Murder join forces for the 10th year to raise funds at Revenge at the Reunion at 6 p.m. March 8 at the Ramada Inn Beach Resort. You’ll reminisce about the good old days when you passed notes not tweets, enjoyed face time not Facebook, and date night meant seeing a movie at the drive-in not sitting in front of your flatscreen with a DVD. Dress up in your favorite high school attire — fads encouraged — and prizes will be given for best dressed. Tickets are $50/person and include framed photo. Call 863-1530, ext. 226, or 259-3939.



Spring production



NICEVILLE – Northwest Florida State College Fine & Performing Arts Division brings one of Shakespeare’s most complicated and entertaining comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to the stage at 7:30 p.m. March 11-16 in the Sprint Theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/youth age 18 or younger. NWFSC students or area high school students will be admitted free March 11 and 12 by showing a current student ID. Doors open at 7 pm on Student Nights. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.



Emerald Coast Sing-Off



DESTIN – The Emerald Coast Sing Off - Clash For The Cash 2013 elimination round will be held from 5-9 p.m. March 16 inside the conference center at The Palms of Destin Resort. Cost is $10 for general admission seats, and $20 for reserved table seats. No advance ticket sales will be sold. Tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis at the door. Fans get to vote.



Guest recital



NICEVILLE – Pianist Yue Chu returns for a private recital at 7:30 p.m. March 16 in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Admission is $20. Yue is noted for his extraordinary skill as the 2011 Gold Medal winner of the Wideman International Piano Competition in Shreveport, La.



Cattle Barons Ball



SANDESTIN – The sixth annual emerald Coast Cattle Barons' Ball, focused on boots, jeans, cowboy hats and fun to generate money to support the American Cancer Society, will be held March 16 at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The Modern Eldorados, an Americana band out of Mobile, Ala., offer a foot-tapping blend of rockabilly and traditional country music as guests enjoy tasty vittles, live and silent auctions, gaming, and dancing. Call 376-1551 or email inquiries to kayphelan@earthlink.net.



Irish Street Fest/Grogg March



DESTIN – Wee ones can enjoy Irish music, dance, and games at the Fifth Annual Irish Street Fest and Grogg March at noon March 17 at HarborWalk Village. After dark, “Sham-Rock” throughout HarborWalk Village where each venue will entertain with music and games.



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:



Purses with a Purpose



MIRAMAR BEACH – Purses with a Purpose returns to Silver Sands Premium Outlets from 6-8 p.m. March 22 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 23 in the storefront between Carter’s and Bose, with proceeds to benefit Shelter House.  VIP Party is March 22 with a $5 donation and includes first pick, food from Carrabba’s, beverages and door prizes. Admission is free March 23.



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.



Bunny Hop/Easter Egg Walk



The novel mile walk, “hop” and egg hunt, sponsored by the new Sandestin Foundation for Kids, will be held March 31 at the Jolee Island Nature Preserve at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Children of all ages will hunt for more than 4,000 eggs, stuffed with candy, little toys, coins, cash or other special prizes, along the trails of Jolee Island. All proceeds go to the Sandestin Foundation for Kids.



APRIL



Rock of Ages



NICEVILLE – Rock of Ages, a hilarious, feel-good, rock-n-roll love story told through the hits of Journey, STYX, REO Speedwagon, Twisted Sister, Poison, and many more, can be seen at 7:30 p.m. April 1 on the Mainstage at Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWFSC. Tickets are $45 each. Group discount of $5 off per ticket is available for groups of 10 or more. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.



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 through April 5. The event is free. Call 729-6044.



SpringFest



DESTIN – Join On the Coast magazine for Destin’s largest outdoor festival just for kids at noon April 6 and 7 at HarborWalk Village. Hands-on activities, face painting, arts and crafts and entertainment will fill both days. Kids can enjoy fish painting, kite making, sidewalk murals, jewelry making, demonstrations from local artisans, kids’ karaoke contest and more.



Dance Facets 2013



NICEVILLE – The dance students at Northwest Florida State College present the annual dance concert, Dance Facets 2013, featuring original works and choreography, at 7:30 p.m. April 12 and 13 on the Mainstage of the college’s Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Dancers will perform original dance presentations featuring classical ballet, contemporary, and modern. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/youth, age 18 and younger. Call 729-6000 or purchase online at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.



Emerald Coast Sing-Off



DESTIN – The Emerald Coast Sing Off - Clash For The Cash 2013 finals will be held from 4-10 p.m. April 14 inside the Conference Center at the Palms of Destin Resort. Geoff McBride will be the head celebrity judge and headline entertainer along with 10 of the best singers in this area.



Seabreeze Jazz Festival



The Seabreeze Jazz Festival celebrates its 15th year anniversary beginning at 5 p.m. April 18 and 19 and 11 a.m. April 20 and 21 at the Aaron Beasant Park Amphitheater at Pier Park in Panama City Beach. Get artist lineup and ticket information at 800-653-7519, or purchase tickets at 1-800-595-4849 or tix.com.



NWFSO concert



NICEVILLE – The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra presents its “Fate and Triumph” Concert April 20 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale, Belle Voci, NWFSC Madrigal Singers and the Niceville Singers of Niceville High School join the performance. Tickets are $22.50/adults, $16/Active Duty Military and youth ages 18 and younger. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.



Madrigals and Belle Voci



NICEVILLE – The Madrigals and Belle Voci vocal ensembles of Northwest Florida State College present a free Spring Concert April 21 in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Repertoire ranges from the Renaissance madrigal to the contemporary gospel spiritual and vocal jazz. The concert is free and open to the public, however donations to support the vocal programs are welcomed.



Art Exhibits



NICEVILLE – The Arts and Design Society, Inc. of Fort Walton Beach presents its 21st regional juried exhibition April 21-May 31 in the McIlroy Gallery at the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College. Awards reception will be held at 2 p.m. April 21.



Honors recital



NICEVILLE – The Performing Arts Division Honors recital will be held at 3 p.m. April 26 in the Tyler Recital Hall of the music wing at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College. The recital is free and open to the public. For information contact the NWFSC Fine Arts Office at 729-5382.



Soundsations Showchoir/Jazz Ensemble Concert



NICEVILLE – The Soundsations Showchoir and the Jazz Ensemble of Northwest Florida State College join together to present an end-of-year concert at 7:30 p.m. April 29 in the Mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWFSC. The variety show will include song, dance, and a line-up of jazz favorites. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/youth 18 and younger. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.



MAY



Cinco de Mayo Fest



DESTIN – A vibrant celebration of Latin music, food, dance, and more begins at noon May 5 at HarborWalk Village. Kids will enjoy activities and crafts.



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.