Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Our Top 10 Picks for May 2-4 Entertainment on the Emerald Coast

This weekend it’s all about CINCO DE MAYO! In honor of this festive holiday, there are a few events going on around the Emerald Coast, including a two-day festival and a pub crawl at Destin Harbor. Some other events taking place this weekend are a concert, crawfish bash and charity event. For current weather updates, be sure to check weather.com or tune in via television to The Weather Channel.

The Life’s A Beach crew wishes everyone a very safe and BEACHY weekend! Enjoy!

Friday, May 2, 2014:
Burning Up The Beaches Benefitting the Horizons Foundation
Okaloosa Island Boardwalk
1450 Miracle Strip Pkwy.
Fort Walton Beach
Experience this great, weekend-long event for a fantastic cause! Your entry gives you access to three parties, featuring live music, food, prizes, cash giveaways, six fun-filled stops along the Emerald Coast, T-shirts, an event sticker, one car show entry, shows on the Midway, 24/7 vehicle security and it is tax deductible. New for 2014, are car corral and valve cover races. Visit www.BurningUpTheBeaches.com to learn more.

2nd Annual Cajun Crawfish Bash
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation
Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village
4323 Commons Drive West
Time: 5:30 p.m.
The Rotary Club of Destin presents this event that will benefit young families in need through Food For Thought, Harvest House and the Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast. This Cajun-style celebration features Destin Rotarians serving as “Private Peelers” and “Bucket Barmaids” to earn generous tips and compete for the coveted title of “Top Crawdad”. The public is invited to join in the Cajun festivities with pounds and pounds of classic crawfish cuisine and fixings. Other food will also be available for those that don’t fancy crawfish. Tickets are $25 per person and $10 for children under 12. Day of event tickets are $30 per person. Please call the main ticket hotline at 850.837.1071.

Home School Fridays
Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida
115 Westview Ave.
Time: 10 a.m.
The month of May focuses on the topic “Mothers of the Past” during Home School Fridays. The program will study mothers from generations past, and discover what parts of their lives changed over time and the timeless roles that have remained the same. Each child will craft a token of gratitude to give to their mother. Please pre-register by calling 850.678.2615.

Concerts at the Landing – Forrest Williams Band
The Landing in Downtown Fort Walton Beach
139 Brooks Street
Fort Walton Beach
Time: 6-8 p.m.
For 10 consecutive weeks, The Landing will be THE spot for an unforgettable live concert every Friday night from 6-8 p.m. On May 2, Forrest Williams Band will perform. In the following weeks, there will be performances by Boukou Groove, Season Ammons Bands, Chris and Gileah, Heritage and more! For more information, visit www.1021TheWave.com.

Saturday, May 3, 2014:
Charity Day at Belk
Belk at Destin Commons
4101 Legendary Drive
Time: 6-10 a.m.
All nonprofit organizations can pick up charity tickets to sell, starting now. Remember, you keep 100 percent of your ticket sales! Charities are also needed the morning of the sale to volunteer help with selling tickets at the door to customers. Those that volunteer get an equal split of the money taken in at the doors that morning for their charity.

Cinco de Mayo Festival
HarborWalk Village
10 Harbor Blvd.
Saturday will host a Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl through HarborWalk Village venues along with contests and live Latina-themed entertainment.
Pub Crawl Schedule:
6 p.m. Jester Mardi Gras Daiquiris
7 p.m. Jackacudas
8 p.m. Crab Island Cantina
9 p.m. Harry T’s Lighthouse
10 p.m. Margaritaville
11 p.m. Fishheads
12 a.m. Coyote Ugly Saloon

It’s Cinco de Meow-YO!
498 Carmel Drive
Fort Walton Beach
Time: 6-8:30 p.m.
SOCKS Thrift Store, located directly behind the shelter, will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mexican-themed food and drinks. Store specials will also be a part of the celebration! Tickets are $5 per person and are available for purchase in advance or at the door. The cost provides you with a raffle ticket and two drink tickets. You can purchase additional raffle tickets at the event if you choose. Silent auction items will also be present. If you have an auction item that you’d like to donate or if you would just like more information on this event, please call the store at 850.863.8999 or call Nancy at 850.865.6866.

Hands-On History Saturdays
Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida
115 Westview Ave.
Time: noon
The month of May focuses on the topic “Mothers of the Past” during Hands-On History. The program will study mothers from generations past, and discover what parts of their lives changed over time and the timeless roles that have remained the same. Each child will craft a token of gratitude to give to their mother. Please pre-register by calling 850.678.2615.

“Come Together 2014” Choctawhatchee Style Marchers
Choctawhatchee High School Auditorium
110 Racetrack Road NW
Fort Walton Beach
Time: 7-9 p.m.
The Choctawhatchee Style Marchers along with the Beachside Community Church present “Come Together 2014”. If you like STOMP, Blue Man Group, Blast or RamCorps, you will love this event. Sixty-one performers, projection, lighting, a house band—it will all be under one roof for ONE night! Percussionists from Meigs Middle School will also be present. Admission is $5. Children six years old and younger get in for free.

Sunday, May 4, 2014:
Cinco de Mayo Festival
HarborWalk Village
10 Harbor Blvd.
Time: 5-11 p.m.
Sunday brings live entertainment to include folkloric dancers, the 3rd Annual Running of the Bulls and Macho Nacho Contest, piñata breaking and crafts for families to enjoy! The celebration will include a spectacular fireworks display over the stunning Destin Harbor.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Our Top Picks for April 25-27 Entertainment on the Emerald Coast

This weekend it’s all about being OUTDOORS! There is a charity golf tournament, Relay for Life event, an Arbor Day event, a Heritage 5K and more. Try to get out and attend a couple of them, or ALL of them! For current weather updates, be sure to check www.weather.com or tune in via television to The Weather Channel.

The Life’s A Beach crew wishes everyone a very safe and BEACHY weekend! Enjoy!

Friday, April 25, 2014:
Emerald Coast Volleyball Week
Okaloosa Island Boardwalk
This 26-year running event invites all volleyball players (no matter their skill level) out to the beach for a week of fun in the sun and sand. This is, however, a primarily adult-oriented event. The event is presented by Fudpucker's Beachside Bar & Grill. For more information, visit www.EmeraldCoastVolleyball.com.

30th Annual Fun Fest
Navarre Beach
Time: Friday - 4-10 p.m.  Saturday - 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Santa Rosa Medical Center presents nonstop entertainment with arts & crafts, a children's area (unlimited pass to enjoy inflatables at a low price), fireworks, a 5K run, food and more! There will be a free shuttle service from the Navarre Beach Park during festival hours. Two nights of FREE concerts include performances by Maddy Rose, Chloe Channell, The Chris Martin Band and Robert Wayne. Visit www.NavarreChamber.com for complete details and registration forms.
Musical Echoes Native American Flute Festival and Cultural Event
Fort Walton Beach Landing
If art, sculpting flutes, or playing the flute is a passion of yours, then there's a creative annual event in Fort Walton Beach calling your name. The totem for the 2014 festival is the hummingbird. There are three competitions at the festival: an Arts competition, a Flute Makers competition and a Flute Players competition. Spectators can enjoy the festival for free. There will be concerts, vendors with flutes, jewelry, baskets and more, and Native-American style food. Visit www.MusicalEchoes.org for more information.
Photo courtesy of Bill Lucas.
24th Annual Amici d’Italiani Charity Golf Tournament
Shalimar Pointe Golf Club
302 Country Club Road
Registration: 10:30 a.m.  Shotgun start/tee time: noon
Sons & Daughters of Italy Joseph B. Franzalia Lodge #2422 proudly presents the 24th Annual Amici d’Italiani Charity Golf Tournament in loving memory of our departed Brothers & Sisters. The cost per person is $60 for nonmembers and $50 for Shalimar Pointe members. The fee covers your cart, beverage and food. The proceeds of this dedicated tournament go toward scholarships of college-bound seniors. For more information or to purchase your player application or hole sponsor application, call 850.863.8944 or 850.609.6077.

Relay for Life of Fort Walton Beach
Northwest Florida Fairgrounds
1958 Lewis Turner Blvd.
Fort Walton Beach
Time: 6 p.m.
For 29 years, Relay for Life has been the American Cancer Society’s premiere fundraising event. This overnight, walking journey celebrates our survivors and honors those whose lives were taken by cancer. Help the continuation in funding cancer research and providing services for those fighting for their lives. Register your team at www.RelayForLife.com and join the community on April 25 at the NWF Fairgrounds.

Dance Facets 2014
Mattie Kelly Arts Center
Mainstage Theater at NWFSC
100 College Blvd.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
The stellar dance students at Northwest Florida State College present their annual dance concert, Dance Facets 2014, featuring original works and choreography, stunning talent and more on April 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. Dancers will perform original dance presentations, featuring classical ballet, contemporary and modern. To purchase tickets, contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at 850.729.6000 or purchase online at www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org.

Destin Charity Wine Auction
Children in Crisis, Inc.
Grand Boulevard
Miramar Beach
Destin Charity Wine Auction is recognized as one of the nation’s “Top 10 U.S. Charity Wine Auctions” by Wine Spectator Magazine and is the Foundation’s largest annual event. The event draws wine aficionados, gourmet chefs and celebrity vintners from around the world to enjoy word-class wines in the gorgeous setting of white-sand beaches on Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast. Funds raised benefit 12 local charities, impacting the lives of children in need. To view the schedule of events, visit www.destinchamber.com.

City of Destin to Host Arbor Day Event
City of Destin
4200 Indian Bayou Trail
Time: 10:00 a.m.
This event will feature a guest speaker and a tree-planting ceremony by the city’s Environmental/Tree Committee. The ceremonial magnolia tree for this year has been donated by former Mayor Sam Seevers, dedicated to the City of Destin staff. Mayor Ponder will host the ceremony. The featured guest speaker will be Henderson Beach State Park Specialist, Lynda Smith. The city will give away an Eastern Redbud seedling to the first 50 people to arrive at the ceremony. The public is welcome to bring their own seedlings to trade with other tree enthusiasts. For more information on this event, visit www.destinchamber.com.

Saturday, April 26, 2014:
38th Annual Saturday in the Park & Heritage 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run
Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida
115 Westview Ave.
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This free, family-oriented event offers a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy. The festival begins with the Heritage 5K Run/Walk and Kids one-mile Fun Run at 8 a.m. It then continues throughout the day with live entertainment, historic craft demonstrations, re-enactments, folk artists, food vendors and a Kids Zone with old-fashioned toys, contests and more! Register early (before April 24) at www.Active.com or visit the Heritage Museum. For more information, contact 850.678.2615.

6th Annual Spring Market
Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island
1250 Miracle Strip Pkwy.
Fort Walton Beach
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
This two-day shopping extravaganza features vendors from around the country, selling unique gifts and quality merchandise. The event enables locals and visitors to shop while supporting the various community projects of the Junior League of the Emerald Coast. General admission is $5. All proceeds benefit the Junior League of the Emerald Coast. If you would like to be a vendor, please e-mail JLECMarket@yahoo.com.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day/Camp Sign-Up Day
Fort Walton Beach YMCA
1127 Hospital Road
Fort Walton Beach
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Healthy Kids Day is the YMCA’s national initiative to improve the health and well-bring of families, featuring fun, active play and educational activities to help kids be healthy and reach their full potential. Healthy Kids Day is a free community event to get kids moving and learning. There will be hands-on, interactive activities for families to participate in, along with membership specials for the YMCA and special promotions for YMCA summer day camp programs.

Sunday, April 27, 2014:
Red Cross Stadium Stomp
American Red Cross of Northwest Florida
222 N. Baylen Street
Sunday: Run/Walk: 2:00 p.m.   Baseball game: 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: pre-registration/packet pick-up at World of Beer
Be a part of the American Red Cross 1st Annual Stadium Stomp! Bring the family and run/walk the 1.3-mile course through and around the Wahoo Stadium at the Community Maritime Park. Finish the afternoon by staying for an exciting baseball game. All proceeds benefit the American Red Cross of Northwest Florida. The cost is $25 for the run/walk and $9 for the baseball game. To register, visit www.Active.com or call 850.432.7601.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Our Top 10 Picks for April 18-20 Entertainment on the Emerald Coast

5-4-3-2-1-It’s the weekend! This weekend it’s all about the BRUNCH! With Easter taking place on Sunday, April 20, many local restaurants are hosting delicious brunches. The Weather Channel at weather.com reports the weekend weather conditions to be in the low-60s for the low with a high in the mid-70s. The chance of rain varies throughout the weekend, so be sure to check weather.com or The Weather Channel for updates.

The Life’s A Beach crew wishes everyone a very safe and BEACHY Easter holiday weekend! Enjoy!

Friday, April 18, 2014:
City of FWB Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Fort Walton Beach Landing
139 Brooks Street SE
Fort Walton Beach
Time: 10 a.m.
Preschool-aged children up to age 5 are invited to attend this Annual Easter Egg Hunt! Please bring along a basket or container for collecting eggs. The Easter Bunny will be present to greet children. For more information, please call the Hedrick Recreation Center at 850.833.9576 or 850.833.9580.

Photo courtesy of FWBChamber.org
First Note Entertainment Announces Easter Weekend Shows
Seascape Resort & Conference Center
556 Seascape Drive
Miramar Beach, Florida
Doors open at 6 p.m.
First Note Entertainment announces the lineup for their next show, coming April 18-19, on the north end of the driving range at Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach. Each show features rising artists, performing musical genres like country, blues, soul and more. The shows set for Easter weekend will feature Joanna Cotton, Isaac Hayden, Sam Brooker and Sharif. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.FirstNoteEntertainment.com or call 850.460.9218.

Photo courtesy of First Note Entertainment
Legendary Marine Announces “The Royall Rumble” Cobia Tournament with Featured Guests, Wounded Warriors
Legendary Marine
4601 Legendary Marina Drive
Legendary Marine is hosting The Royall Rumble, a family-friendly cobia fishing tournament for the customers and friends of Legendary Marine. On Friday, April 18, Legendary Marine will host a Skeeter Demo Day from noon to 4 p.m., with boats in the water available for customers to test drive. The Captain’s Party for all registered teams is at 6:30 p.m., featuring a fish fry hosted by Skeeter. Fishing begins at First Light on Saturday, April 19, with weigh-ins from 1-4 p.m. at Legendary Marina. The post fishing party at Legendary Yacht Club will include fresh cobia on the grill, plus live poolside acoustic guitar music by Billy Royall.

Saturday, April 19:
Community Egg Hunt “Pirates Treasure”
Marler Park
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Marler Park on Okaloosa Island behind the Emerald Coast Convention Center
For a fun-filled event for the whole family, come out to the Pirates Treasure Egg Hunt this Saturday. Dress your children up as pirates, bring a basket and come enjoy the excitement! There will be prizes and Pirates, and an awesome Egg Hunt! Impact Life Church welcomes anyone who wants to participate in this community event.

Photo courtesy of Impact Life Church
Destin’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Morgan’s Sport Complex
4200 Indian Bayou Drive
The Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Destin is open to children 12 and under. There will also be a special egg hunting zone for crawlers and toddlers! There is something for everyone to enjoy at this festive event. For more information, please call 850.650.1241 or e-mail recreation@cityofdestin.com.

Sunday, April 20:
Easter Brunch at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
4000 Sandestin Blvd. S
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The whole family can enjoy an extravagant buffet in the Emerald Ballroom. Indulge in chef-carved leg of lamb, baked stuffed grouper with tarragon cream sauce, chef attended omelet and waffle station, a magnificent display of desserts by a professional pastry chef and more! Kids will also enjoy their very own buffet. Reservations are highly recommended. The Easter Bunny will be at the brunch to take photos. Please call 850.267.9500 ext. 44 to reserve your spot today.

ArtWalk on the Harbor
HarborWalk Village
10 Harbor Blvd.
Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This grand, art event takes place along the Destin Boardwalk from HarborWalk Village to AJ’s, and features local and regional artists and vendors. The ArtWalk includes more than 40 artists and artisans from a variety of disciplines like painters, jewelers, soap makers, watch designers, photographers, sculptors and more. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 850.424.0600 or e-mail info@harborwalk-destin.com. www.ArtWalkOnTheHarbor.com

Easter Explosion
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy.
Time: noon to 3 p.m.
The Village of Baytowne Wharf guests can skip, hop or jump their way to fun and enjoy visits with the Easter Bunny. The event entails kids’ crafts, an inflatable fun zone, a stilt walker that makes balloon animals, face painting and more. To find out more on this event, visit www.Sandestin.com/events.

Easter Brunch at Beach Walk Café
Beach Walk Henderson Park
2700 Scenic Hwy. 98
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Come out to Beach Walk Café for a delicious Easter Brunch. Just some of the brunch entrees are prime rib and honey baked ham carving station, braised leg of lamb and baked grouper. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 850.650.7100.

Photo courtesy of Beach Walk Cafe

Easter Sunday Brunch
Ruth’s Chris
15000 Emerald Coast Pkwy.
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. & 5-8 p.m.

Easter Sunday Brunch menu starting at $25 with the full menu being served all day! Ruth’s Chris is located in front of the Silver Shells Resort just west of Henderson Beach State Park, South of Hwy. 98. For reservations, call 850.337.5108. www.RuthsChrisDestin.com.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Our Top 10 Picks for April 11-13 Entertainment on the Emerald Coast

Happy Friday, everyone! Throughout this weekend there will be fantastic, local events including a golf tournament, beach cleanup, a spring musical event, brunches and more! The Weather Channel at weather.com reports the weekend weather conditions to be in the low-60s for the low with a high in the mid-70s. As of today, the chance for rain is at ZERO percent Friday through Sunday!

The Life’s A Beach crew wishes everyone a very safe and BEACHY weekend! Enjoy!

Friday, April 11, 2014:
Suite 100 Private Banking/FNBT.com Charity Golf Tournament
Shalimar Pointe Golf Club
302 Country Club Road
Time: 11 a.m. registration, noon shotgun start
This great, charity tournament series will benefit the Mental Health Association of Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Entry fee is $150 per team. Limited to first 120 players. Sponsorships are available. Call 850.651.1416 to register. www.ShalimarPointe.com.

SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS Champagne & Seafood Lunch Cruise
SunQuest Cruises
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort/Baytowne Marina
9300 Emerald Coast Parkway
Miramar Beach
Time: noon to 3 p.m.
Docked just steps away from the Sandestin Wine Festival, the SOLARIS yacht’s Champagne & Seafood Cruise features four courses with premium champagne pairings and a three-hour cruise. The cruise is $69 per person, including a four-course meal, premium champagne pairings and a three-hour cruise. The dockside reception begins at noon with the cruise taking place from 1-3 p.m. Reservations required online at www.SunQuestCruises.com or 850.650.2519.

Saturday, April 12, 2014:
Fudpucker’s Dine & Paint Party
1318 Miracle Strip Parkway
Fort Walton Beach
Time: 5-8:30 p.m.
The Emerald Cork Traveling Paint Party Studio is bringing the party to Fudpucker’s for a unique Dine & Paint experience! Enjoy a delicious meal, then explore your creative side as you paint your own masterpiece. No experience necessary. Just come ready to eat and have fun painting with others!

Earth Day Beach Cleanup
Time: 8 a.m. – noon
Okaloosa County Environmental Council invites volunteers of all ages to participate. Volunteers are invited to sign in at Beasley Park on Okaloosa Island, the beach park west of Island Princess on Okaloosa Island and Henderson Beach State Park in Destin. Join the Cigarette Waste Recycling Brigade in collecting extinguished cigarettes for recycling into a variety of industrial products.

Murder Mystery Fundraiser
Wyndham Garden of Fort Walton Beach
573 Santa Rosa Boulevard
Fort Walton Beach
Time: Dinner and show begin at 7 p.m.
The Okaloosa Arts Alliance and Act4Murder are teaming up for a fundraiser at the Wyndham Garden Inn on Okaloosa Island on April 12. Okaloosa Arts Alliance supports and promotes art, music, and culture in Okaloosa County, enhancing the cultural environment of our community. The show, ON STAGE FOR MURDER, gives you a backstage look at what really goes on in the green room during a night of songs, dances and plenty of murderous fun! Enjoy a delicious three-course, plated dinner during this fundraising event for a worthy cause. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by calling Amy at 850.499.8335 or online at www.okaloosaarts.org. Visit www.act4murder.com for additional show night details.

Brunch at Jackacudas
The newest seafood and sushi restaurant on Destin Harbor has just announced that it will host brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, beginning at 9:30 a.m. They offer bottomless mimosas and fresh food with a great view. Check it out this weekend! www.jackacudas.com

Photo credit: Jackacudas Seafood & Sushi
Cox Charity Auction to Benefit Covenant Hospice
Cox Media
320 NW Racetrack Road
Fort Walton Beach
Cox presents the Cox Charity Auction to benefit Covenant Hospice, beginning April 12 through May 10. Formerly the Cox Cablethon, this year’s event will feature four week-long auctions hosted online at www.CoxCharityAuction.com. Each auction features a variety of packages starting at 40 percent of the retail value. Additional auction items include paddleboard rentals, spa and massage services, kiteboarding lessons, gym memberships, golf outings, original artwork, diamond jewelry, tickets to performing arts events and concerts, as well as gift certificates to local and national chain restaurants.
The online auction schedule is as follows: Auction One, April 12-19; Auction Two, April 19-26; Auction Three, April 26-May 3; Auction Four, May 3-10. Each auction will feature different items available for bidding. For more information about Covenant Hospice or to make a hospice inquiry, contact the local branch office at 850.729.1800 or visit www.CovenantHospice.org.
Sunday, April 13, 2014:
Spring Musical Eggstravaganza
Destin Commons
4300 Legendary Drive, Suite 200
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Destin Commons will host this season-inspired event with Sinfonia Woodwind Quintet performing Peter and the Wolf. There will be a performance by members from the Sinfonia Youth Orchestra. Abrakadoodle will be on hand with children's crafts and face painting for families to enjoy throughout the afternoon. For more information, visit www.DestinCommons.com.

Sunday Brunch at Crab Island Cantina
Crab Island Cantina
2 Harbor Boulevard
Enjoy an awesome Sunday Brunch with one of the best views of the Destin Harbor. Drink bottomless Margaritas, Bloody Marys and Mimosas from 10 a.m. 5 p.m. for $12 with the purchase of an entrée. CrabIslandCantina.com

Sunday Brunch at Harry T’s
Harry T’s Lighthouse
46 Harbor Boulevard

Enjoy a spectacular Sunday Brunch on the Destin Harbor. Brunch items are served with fresh fruits, a fresh bakery basket and your choice of fried potato hash browns or cheese grits. Bottomless Champagne with entrée purchase from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. HarryTs.com