Area codes are 850 unless noted.
DESTIN – Events at American Legion Post 296, 311 Main Street, include the following. Events are open to the public. Call 837-3818.
• Jan. 4, 18, 25: Deep South Band 7-11 p.m.
•Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26: Karaoke in the Lounge with Jim Hubbard 7:30-11:30
• Jan 6, 13, 20, 27: Jabbo & Friends 4-7 p.m.
• Jan 7, 14, 21, 28: Bingo 6-8 p.m.; Boy Scouts 6:30-7:30 p.m.
• Jan. 9: Post Executive meeting 6:30 p.m.; Cub Scouts 6:30-7:30 p.m.
• Jan. 11: Auxiliary Dinner 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Deep South Band 7-11 p.m.
• Jan. 16: General meeting 7 p.m.; Auxiliary Executive and General meeting 6 p.m.
• Jan. 30: Cub Scouts 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Snowbird Movie Matinees
DESTIN –The Destin Library will host a free weekly movie matinee for winter visitors at 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 9 through Feb. 13. The film series will feature new release DVD movies hyped as this year’s Oscar contenders. Seating limited to 30 on a first‐come, first‐serve basis. For information, call 837-8572.
• Jan. 9: The Bourne Legacy
• Jan. 16: Brave
• Jan. 23: Hope Springs
• Jan. 30: Trouble with the Curve
• Feb. 6: moonrise Kingdom
• Feb. 13: Arbitrage
NICEVILLE – America's premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, will perform his signature stand-up routine at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Tickets, $79.50, are available by phone, web or in-person from the Box Office at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org or call 850-729-6000 or toll free 1-888-838-ARTS (2787). Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday or online 24/7.
Baytowne on Ice
SANDESTIN – The ice skating rink at The Village of Baytowne Wharf will be open through Jan. 31 at the Apex Broadcasting Skating Pavilion. For $10 guests can skate for an hour and a half. Skate rental is $2. The first hour of each day is reserved for "kids skate" for youth 12 and under. Season passes are available for $140. Call 816-682-1003 for times and special skating packages.
Winter Guest Concert Series
DESTIN – All winter guests and locals are invited to a free concert from 2-4 p.m. every Sunday afternoon at HarborWalk Village. Concerts are free and open to the public. Jan 6 enjoy the soulful and funky tunes of Donnie Sundal.
• Jan. 13: Neo-island-rock-pop music of local favorite Coconut Radio.
• Jan. 20: Upbeat showtunes from the Northwest Florida State College Show Choir
• Jan. 27: Performance from Ballet Conservatory
Shirley Simpson in ‘Leading Ladies’
DESTIN – The Friends of the Destin Library will present Shirley Simpson on stage in “Leading Ladies” at 3 p.m. Jan. 11 in the library’s Calhoun Room. Tickets for this one‐hour event are $5 each ($3 for seniors and students) and are available from the Destin Library. To be assured of seating tickets must be purchased and picked up by Jan. 10. This program is open to the general public. Seating will be limited. Call 837-8572.
OKALOOSA ISLAND – Destiny Cat Fanciers will host its seventh annual Cat Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan 12 and 13 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. Admission is $6/adults and $5/seniors, military and children 4-12. Children under 4 are admitted free. Get $1 off your admission with a large can or unopened bag of cat food.
Local rescue group Feline Friends of Destin will again attend the show and bring homeless pets for adoption. They will also collect donations and sell promotional items to support their efforts in managing feral cat populations and fostering adoptable cats and kittens. Call 706-374-4216 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Father of Destin
DESTIN – The Destin Library will host a presentation by historical researcher H. C. “Hank” Klein, a distant relative through marriage of the founder of Destin, Leonard Destin, at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 17. The presentation is free and open to the public. Seats will be limited and interested individuals are encouraged to arrive early for this event.
NICEVILLE – Soka Gakkai International presents The Century of Women, a national traveling exhibit, in both galleries at the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center from Jan. 19-Feb. 1. The exhibit highlights both ordinary and prominent women from around the world who have dedicated themselves to a fair and peaceful future. Call 729-6044.
NICEVILLE – The Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center will present a free public screening of the new documentary, "Florida's Surfing History -Part One: The Panhandle" at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Sprint Theater at the center.
Gumbo Contest/Silent Auction
DESTIN – The Destin History & Fishing Museum’s annual Gumbo Contest and Silent Auction Fundraiser will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Destin Community Center. Advance tickets are $10/adult and available at the Museum. Admission will be $12 at the door the day of the event. Call 837-6611 or email email@example.com.
Great Night of Methodist Singing
NICEVILLE – The Great Night of Singing Jan. 27 features a large combined choir of approximately 230 voices, smaller vocal ensembles, and orchestra on the mainstage at Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Even the audience gets to sing. This very popular and unique event is a combined effort of nine area United Methodist Churches — Destin UMC, First UMC of Crestview, First UMC of Fort Walton Beach, Mary Esther UMC, Navarre UMC, Niceville UMC, Shalimar UMC, St. Mark UMC, and Trinity UMC. No admission charge and the public is invited.
NICEVILLE – The Tony Award winning production of HAIR, joyous celebration of youth and a poignant journey through a tumultuous 1960’s America, begin at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College, Mainstage. For mature audiences; parental discretion advised. Tickets are $45. Group discount of $5 off per ticket is available for groups of 10 or more. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
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.