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February 19th: Love For The Arts Guild Luncheon

In honor of the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s (MKAF) 25-year historical journey, the popular Arts Guild Luncheon titled “Love for the Arts” returns on February 19, 2020. Hosted at the Emerald Grande, Emerald Ballroom from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., the Arts Guild Luncheon will feature acclaimed guest speaker, Wendy Rodrigue, presenting “The Life & Legacy Tour of George Rodrigue.” This MKAF event is sponsored in part by the Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village.

Tickets are available online at MKAF Love for the Arts Guild Luncheon. Tickets are $40 per person for MKAF Members and $50 per person for non-members. Space is limited for the highly anticipated event and tables and sponsorships are available. For more information on how to join the MKAF 25th season as a member, please visit the Foundation’s website at www.MKAF.org or call (850) 650-2226.

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Now through February 20th: Spring Soccer Registration

Destin Parks & Recreation registration for youth spring soccer will take place January 6th – February 20th for ages 3-15 (age as of August 1, 2019). The fee is $40 with a $15 discount offered to Destin Residents with a valid driver’s license. All games are held on Friday nights at the Morgan Sports Center. Registration can be completed in person at the Destin Community Center Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Early registration is
recommended as space is limited. Coaches and team sponsors are needed. For more information, please call (850) 650-1241 or email: ewright@cityofdestin.com.

 

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February 21st: Children In Crisis Charity Golf Tournament

Laissez les bons temps rouler and join Destin Commons for their annual Mardi Gras Masquerade. Y’all come out and enjoy live music, free face painting, photo booth, and much more! At 7:00 PM, the Mardi Gras parade will kick off, so enjoy all the theatrics of Mardi Gras in a family-friendly atmosphere.

 

 

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February 21st: Pins & Pancakes

 

 

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February 22nd: Pancake Breakfast

 

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February 22nd: Mardi Gras Golf Scramble

Join us February 22 at 8:30 AM at Shalimar Pointe Golf Club! The annual Mardi Gras Golf Scramble is right around the corner! Whether you’re playing solo or as part of a team, this event is a great way to get out, enjoy our beautiful Florida weather, and take part in a little friendly competition all in the name of a good cause. Register by calling us at (850) 678-2615 or clicking here! If you’re playing as part of a team, be sure to include the team captain name in your registration.

 

 

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February 23rd: Hops for Hops

Sunday, February 23rd from 10:30am – 12:30pm. Come out for the 3rd Annual Hops for Hounds event! Take a dog-walk to each of the murals at Destin Commons and snap a photo with you and your FUR-ever friend. Afterwards, enjoy a party at World of Beer to include beer and live music! Your pup is sure to love the festivities!

 

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February 23rd: A Taste of Mardi Gras

If you like Mardi Gras, fine wines, craft beers and good food, mark your calendars for Sunday, February 23rd, from 1-4 p.m.  A Taste of Mardi Gras  is the Northwest Florida Symphony Guild’s annual fundraiser supporting youth scholarships, the concerto competition and other youth programs.  Tickets are $40 in advance and can be ordered at MattieKellyArtsCenter.org or by calling 850-729-6000.  Tickets can also be purchased at Bayou Books, Cafe Bienville and Toast Wine Bar in Niceville, Beach Liquors in Destin, Crestview and Fort Walton, Magnolia Grill in Fort Walton and the Twisted Grape Wine Bar in Shalimar.  Plan to be there — Sunday, February 23rd  from 1 to 4 p-m at the Northwest Florida State College Student Services Center.  Lessee le bon temps roulez!

 

 

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February 28th and March 1st : Northwest Florida Ballet presents “Cinderella”

NFB returns to the Mattie Kelly Arts Center to present the beloved fairytale Cinderella on Fri., Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Sun., March 1 at 2:30 p.m. Performances will feature live orchestral accompaniment by the Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro David Ott. Featuring the acclaimed choreography of NFB Artistic Director Todd Eric Allen and the beautiful music of Serge Prokofiev, this timeless classic is presented in three acts. It brings to life a cavalcade of enchanting characters, brilliant dancing, vibrant costumes and a magical set sure to hold you under its spell. In addition to its two public performances, NFB will also perform for area school children and special needs groups on Thurs., Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. as part of NFB’s Education and Outreach services. Box-office priced tickets for Cinderella are $40 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at NFBallet.org or through the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office website.

 

 

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February 29th: Fort Walton Beach Public Safety Open House

The Fort Walton Beach Fire Department and Police Department invite the public to a Public Safety Open House on Saturday, February 29th, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The FREE event will be held at Chester Pruitt Park, located next to Fire Station 6 and the Police Department on Hollywood Boulevard SE (5 Hollywood Boulevard SE and 7 Hollywood Boulevard SE, respectively). The event will focus on fire and police education in a family-friendly and fun environment. The public will see a live vehicle extrication and fire sprinkler demonstration by the Fire Department and a K-9 demonstration by the Police Department. Tours of the Fire Station and Police Department will take place and fire truck rides will be available. Displays will include a fire truck, the SWAT truck, police vehicles and a fire safety house. Bounce houses, rock-climbing wall, and more will be on site for the kids! Food and drinks will be provided FREE to the public: popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones and a pulled pork sandwich lunch.

 

 

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February 29th: Northwest Florida Ballet’s 50th Anniversary Masquerade Gala

In celebration of NFB’s golden anniversary, a 50th Anniversary Masquerade Gala will also be held on Sat., Feb. 29. This enchanting black-tie celebration at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center includes a cocktail reception, performance with the NFB Symphony Orchestra of Cinderella’s Act II. It concludes with dinner on the main stage. Proceeds from the event will benefit the NFB Academie Academic Classroom Capital Campaign. For information on the event or to purchase tickets, please email Gala@NFBallet.org.

 

 

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February 29th: Crestview Unity Flashlight Walk

SWith its 2020 motto, “A community coming together,” Crestview will put its words into action when residents bring flashlights and meet at sunset at City Hall on Saturday, Feb. 29, to embark on what Police Chief Stephen McCosker hopes will be the first of many Community Unity Flashlight Walks.
In the same spirit as the National Night Out Against Crime, the Leap Day Community Unity Flashlight Walk will be an opportunity for the community to come together for a time of fellowship, partnership and a demonstration of unity. Walkers can be families, individuals, clubs, student organizations, church congregations, groups of neighbors, friends and any other group of residents. The walk will demonstrate Crestview’s spirit of inclusion, respect of diversity and a celebration of our commonality as humankind. The flashlight component of the walk is symbolic of a community uniting to place a light on crime and the perception of crime. There is no cost to join the 1.2-mile walk, which begins at City Hall with complimentary hot dogs at 5:45, then heads up Wilson Street before turning over to Main Street and returning to its starting point, where any leftover refreshments will be waiting. For further information, contact Chief McCosker at 850.682.3544.

 

 

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February 29th: 2020 Leap Year Mega Dance Party

WHERE: Emerald Coast Convention Center, 1250 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

WHEN: February 29, 2020 (Saturday)

TIME: 6:00pm- 11:00pm (band starts at 7p)

Every year the average is 750 to 800 people! Come dressed casual or dress the era ~ It’s your choice…it’s your Dance Party! There will be a dance floor, live DJ, Emerald Gold Band playing music from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80, 90s and more! Cash bars, vintage pinball and arcade games, free popcorn and food concessions available for purchase. This event benefits The Special Operations Warrior Foundation and www.SpecialOps.org Air Commando Foundation.

COST: $15 per person or buy 4 and get 1 free (5 for $60) in advance. $20 at the door on night of the event. Pick up your tickets (wristbands) at these locations during normal business hours: Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce Beach Community Bank and their other Branch Locations

For more information, visit: www.OkaloosaIslandDanceParty.com or email: info@OkaloosaIslandDanceParty.com

 

 

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March 5th: Putt Putt 4 Beds Mini Golf Tournament

A Bed 4 Me Foundation is seeking teams of four people for their first mini golf tournament, Thursday March 5th. Putt Putt 4 Beds is a chance for anyone to come out and help get children into a bed of their own. Great opportunity for local businesses to provide employee incentives, a day of team building, corporate challenges or just an excuse to have fun.  Not your typical golf tournament, hole sponsorships will offer “extras” at their holes such as using your putter like a pool stick to win a prize. Register a team for $300.00. Hole sponsorships are $400.00. Lunch is included. More information, email diane@abed4me.org or visit abed4me.org

A Bed 4 Me is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing beds to children and teens that would otherwise be sleeping on the floor or other inadequate bedding. The organization serves children ages two to 18 from low to middle income families within Okaloosa County. After each referral is evaluated, A Bed 4 Me provides new bedding, bed frame, pillow, sheets and a comforter to children who do not have beds due to economic struggles, displacement due to domestic issues and other financial hardships… Imagine bed time without a bed. Something as simple as a bed can be the one small thing that gives a child hope and a space to call their own. Join us and help get children off sofas, recliners or floor pallets and into a safe, comfortable bed to sleep.

 

 

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March 5th: 2021 KIA Seltos Launch Event

You saw it in the big game, now come see it in person! It’s the 2021 Kia Seltos Launch Event only at Kia Fort Walton Beach on Thursday, March 5th from 5:30pm – 9:30pm. Enjoy music, dancing, food, refreshments and more. Register to win prizes, including a weekend with the Seltos and dinner on us. RSVP required, here.

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March 7th: Pancake Breakfast

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March 7th: Home Tone 5k and After Party

Begin the day with a 5k- walk or run- at 8am. You will have time to go home and freshen up before returning for the After Party. Music, comedy, shopping will all be at the After Party from 3-8pm. Both events included with one ticket purchase and both take place at the First Baptist Church in Ft Walton Beach. Tickets are $30 per person, $50 per couple and proceeds benefit the Emerald Coast Autism Center in Niceville. For more info, visit http://www.ihometone.com

 

 

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March 7th: Hunger Heroes 5k

Mark your calendars for March 7th as we invite you to join our community in raising funds for our programs as we host our 2nd Annual Hunger Heroes 5k. If you’re a business, or know of one who may like to sponsor, we’ve attached the ways businesses can partner with us to make this event an even bigger success then last year. If you’d like to walk, run or even fly alongside us as we make a 5k loop down Navarre Beach to raise money, registering for the event is simple on our website by clicking here! Whether you can provide a raffle prize, sponsor one student for a year to help us reach our goal, host a kid friendly activity at our afterparty or know someone who will. Whether you walk, run, or choose to step up in a much larger way — we thank you for your continued support of our programs and local students.

When: March 7, 2020 from 7:30 AM until 10:30 AM

Warm ups begin with our friends from The Shark Gym – come join them and Be One of the Greats!

Family friendly after party to include dance party with Brent from Beachside DJ, animal encounters from Navarre Beach Science Station and Nonie’s Ark! Face painting by Penelope the Clown and so much more!

 

 

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March 12th: World’s Greatest Baby Shower

Thursday, March 12th @ 5:30pm

Emerald Coast Convention Center, 1250 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach

FREE Admission

Snacks, Fun, Games and Prizes!

We invite all Okaloosa and Walton County pregnant women and new parents who have had a baby within the last three months to join us for the World’s Greatest Baby Shower! There will be up to 50 exhibitors with information on various topics such as parenting, prenatal health, new baby care, community resources and more!

For more info, visit www.healthystartokawalton.org or call (850) 833-9284

 

 

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March 14th: Children In Crisis Charity Golf Tournament

The 14th Annual Children In Crisis Charity Golf Tournament will be held Friday, March 13th at the Fort Walton Beach Golf Course on Lewis Turner.  The day will begin with an 11:00 a.m. check-in/lunch and shot-gun start at noon. The tournament is to raise critical funds to help feed, clothe and care for the kids living at the Children’s Neighborhood. Participants will enjoy lunch prior to play, refreshments from drink and snack holes on the course and a spread of heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting at the awards ceremony immediately after golf. There will also be prizes for the top 3 teams, hole-in-one, closet to the pin, and longest drive. Our golfers will also receive a custom CIC Charity Golf Tournament shirt. Please call CIC at (850) 864-4242 to enter a team or for more information.

 

 

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March 13th – 19th: Spring Break Workshops at Emerald Coast Science Center

Don’t miss a moment of fun during Spring Break! With something new and exciting every day, your family can have a blast when you spring into the Science Center!

March 13th: Animal Day with the Fun Connection… Celebrate the start of Spring Break with our Animal Ambassadors. Fun Connection will be in-house doing face painting so everyone can become their favorite animal. We’ll let our animals run the show at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. during Creature Features. During this special event, general admission rates apply: $10 adults/$8 seniors/$8 for children.

March 14th: Discover Science Saturday with Fort Walton Beach Police Department… Theme: CSI. The FWB Police Department will be at the center teaching about forensics with activities on fingerprinting, DNA, evidence collecting, and more! We’ll also have fun pop-up stations and SMALLab games. This event is from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

March 16th & 20th: We will be open the Monday of Spring Break! Come down Monday or Friday to experience Creature Features at 11:30 a.m. and Chem Demos at 2 p.m. General admission rates apply: $10 adults/$8 seniors/$8 for children.

March 17th: Spring Break Workshops from 12 – 2 p.m… Going Green- we’re celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day AND learning about our environment with fun, hands-on activities regarding all things green.
March 18th: Spring Break Workshops from 12 – 2 p.m… Blast off to Space- we have brand new kits from the NISE Network all about Space, so get ready to explore the galaxy with hands-on activities.
March 19th: Spring Break Workshops from 12 – 2 p.m…  Engineering Day- build, tinker, and create at this workshop for all ages. Discover what it takes to build and engineer structures of different shapes and sizes.

 

 

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March 16th: Blood Drive at McGuire’s Irish Pub

 

 

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March 21st: Snake Day with Reno’s Reptiles

The folks at Reno’s Reptiles are bringing a wide variety of animals including Pythons, Anacondas, Iguanas, Skink, Scorpion, and a 50lb Tortoise! All can be held and touched (minus the scorpion), so come discover these awesome animals.
Time: 10:30am – 2:30pm

General admission rates apply: $10 adults/$8 seniors/$8 for children. Discounts available.
Emerald Coast Science Center
31 SW Memorial Pkwy
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

http://ecscience.org/events

 

 

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March 21st: “Strike Out” Child Abuse Bowl-a-Thon

Come out to Fort Walton Beach Bowl and support the Emerald Coast Exchange Club. 100% of the proceeds go to support our National Project and Programs of Service: Prevention of Child Abuse and Local Youth Scholarships. Participant fee includes bowling shoe rental and 3 games. We will be having a Silent Auction, Raffle for Door Prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Also, your team can help us raise more money by collecting donations and buying extra pins to improve your total score as you compete for trophies and prizes.
So, come friends, families, co-workers and social groups – make a team. Also, if you add a fun theme and dress in matching attire, you could take home the “Best in Show” award!
Help us “strike out” child abuse! For more information, contact: Greg Givens (850) 499-1960

 

 

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March 21st: “For The Health Of It” 5k and 8k Run/ Walk

Saturday, March 21st at 9am

AJ’s Oyster Shanty: 108 Santa Rosa Blvd, Okaloosa Island

Adults $25/ Kids $20

Awards for all age groups, after party with children’s activities, food, libations, music and awards

Proceeds benefit The White-Wilson Community Foundation

Register on active.com by searching “Run for the Health of It 5k & 8k”

 

 

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April 4th: Military Family Appreciation Day

Step One Automotive Group is honored to host the Annual Military Family Appreciation Day, a festival at the Fort Walton Beach Landing (139 Brooks Street, Fort Walton Beach) designed to recognize the service and the sacrifices made by military families and veterans throughout our area.  The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will include live bands and recorded music, a free children’s play area with inflatables, rock climbing wall, mechanical bull ride, veteran service organizations, and free food and drinks from a variety of vendors.  Throughout the day there will be drawings for prizes including a BOTE Paddle Board package, two gas grills from Okaloosa Gas, and more.  Through the generosity of our sponsors, all of these amenities will be FREE to all military, veterans, and their families. The main stage, sponsored by Eglin Federal Credit Union, will feature live entertainment from Noon until 4:00 p.m. with prize giveaways to follow immediately after. The kids’ area will include a variety of inflatables, a rock climbing wall and a family friendly mechanical bull ride from Space Walk of Crestview Fort Walton Beach. For more information, contact the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce at 850.244.8191 or visit: www.FWBChamber.com.

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April 4th: Emerald Coast Walk-a-thon

Old Spanish Trail in Crestview, Florida. All money raised for the event goes to Southeastern Guide Dogs and helps fund dogs to be trained for the blind and our veterans.

Southeastern Guide Dogs transforms lives by creating and nurturing extraordinary partnerships between people and dogs. Our organization operates the most advanced training facilities of any service dog organization in the world. Our experts create and train working dogs—including guide dogs, service dogs, and skilled companion dogs—and provide life-changing services for people with vision loss, veterans with disabilities, and children with significant challenges such as vision loss or the loss of a parent in the military. Pursuing our mission since 1982, Southeastern Guide Dogs now has over 1,100 dogs under our auspices.

All of our services—which include selective breeding and expert dog training; comprehensive on-campus student instruction; and lifetime alumni support—are provided at no cost to recipients. We rely 100% on private donations and receive no government funding. Southeastern Guide Dogs has the distinction of being dually accredited by the two premier, global accreditation bodies: the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International. Learn more at www.GuideDogs.org.

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