Sing offs, cook offs, music and more this week.

Area codes are 850 unless noted.

Chili Cook-Off

DESTIN – The Eighth Annual Chili Cook-Off, presented by the Emerald Coast Parrothead Club, will be held at 3 p.m. March 9 at HarborWalk Village to benefit Relay for Life. Enjoy live music by Sauce Boss and others, family activities, chili contests and a silent auction. Tasting armband is $10; contest entry fee is $25.

Film Screening

FORT WALTON BEACH – A film screening of the documentary Up Heartbreak Hill by Erica Scharf will be held at 2 p.m. March 9 inside the Indian Temple Mound Museum’s Lazarus Education room, 139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE. All seats available on a first come, first serve basis. Call 833-9595 or email 

Stage Crafters

FORT WALTON BEACH –Honoring the first responders of 9/11 and the brave men and women around the world who continue in their proud tradition, Stage Crafters presents “The Guys” by Anne Nelson at 7:30 p.m. March 9 and 15-16 and 2 p.m. March 10 and 17 at the Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium. For tickets, visit or call 243-2013.

American Legion

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

• March 9, 15, 16: Karaoke in the Lounge with Jim Hubbard, 7:30-11:30 p.m.

• March 11: Bingo, 6-8 p.m.; Boy Scouts, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

• March 13: Post Executive meeting, 6:30 p.m.; Cub Scouts, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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 p.m. on Student Nights. Call 729-6000 or visit

Better Listening

VALPARAISO – Lars Runar will present the Better Listening program from 7-9 p.m. March 12 at the Unitarian Church Fellowship Hall, 1295 Bayshore Drive. His program is the Symphonic Poem. No reservations required.

Wednesday Night Concert Series

SANDESTIN – The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents a free concert with Heritage from 6-8 p.m. March 13 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.

Americana Under the Stars

The Tinkers perform at 6 p.m. March 14 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for the concert series, Americana Under the Stars.

Art Walk

FORT WALTON BEACH – The Downtown Fort Walton Beach Art Walk, a free art bazaar with local art, food and live entertainment, begins from 5:30-8:30 p.m. March 15 on U.S. 98.

Window Gallery Display

FORT WALTON BEACH – To showcase the work of local artists, the Arts and Design Society presents exhibits in their studio windows facing First Street. In March, the art of Joan Kordich, who works in watercolor, oil, and pastel, will be on display. Call 244-1271.

Student Art Show/Reception

FORT WALTON BEACH — The Arts and Design Society will host the annual Van Porter Student Art Show through March 15. The exhibit showcases outstanding 8th grade and 12th grade artwork.

Call to Artists

FORT WALTON BEACH – The Arts and Design Society is calling all artists to participate in their upcoming art competition, "Black and White," open to all artists and all media. All works must be only in black and white — no other colors allowed. Turn in work from 1-4 p.m. March 16 and 9 a.m. to noon March 18 at 17 First St., SE. Entry form available at

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.

PAWS on the Throttle 

FORT WALTON BEACH – Put your foot to the pedal on two wheels or four for The Panhandle Animal Welfare Society’s fifth annual PAWS on the Throttle Poker Run March 16 beginning at 752 Lovejoy Road. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and is $15.  There will be great prizes, a 50/50 drawing and prizes for best and worst hands. After party begins at 2 p.m. at On the Edge Café on Edge Street in Niceville with music by Johnny Lee. Call 243-1525.

Club L.A.

DESTIN – ACIDIC will join Hinder on their North American tour and will perform at 8:30 p.m. March 16 at Club LA. For tickets, visit

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.