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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.
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 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.
Valentine Tour of Homes
SOUTH WALTON – The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County will feature six South Walton homes on its annual Valentine Tour of Homes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16 and from 12-4 p.m. Feb. 17. Tickets are $20/advance; $25/day of event. Tickets can be purchased at CulturalArtsAlliance.com and at Smith’s Antiques in Destin, the Bayou Arts Center and Sundog Books in Seaside, and Hidden Lantern Gallery in Rosemary Beach. Call 622-5970.
Food & Wine Tasting
OKALOOSA ISLAND – The 22nd annual Food & Wine Tasting, hosted by the Northwest Florida Symphony Guild, will be held from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. Michael J Thomas will perform from 2-3 p.m. Tickets are $35/advance and $40/door and on sale at Kitchenique and Chan’s Wine World in Destin and Magnolia Grill, Playground Music Center and Vandegriff Jewelers in Fort Walton Beach.
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: Jabbo 4-7 p.m.
• Feb. 18: 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.
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.
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.
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.