Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Your April 4-6, 2014 Weekend Entertainment Guide

Happy Friday! Now that everyone has survived a few April Fool's jokes, we can relax and kick back for the weekend! Throughout this weekend there will be local events including art exhibits, cheerleading championships, children's homeschool programs, a ballroom dance charity event, Color Run for Autism, brunches and more! The Weather Channel at reports the weather conditions to be in the low-60s for the low, peaking into the low-70s for the high. There is a chance of rain for both Saturday and Sunday. PLEASE remember to apply sunscreen around the clock to prevent burning when you are out enjoying the beautiful Emerald Coast!

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

Friday, April 4, 2014:
Art Exhibits: Arnie Hart Juried Student Exhibition & NWFSC Faculty Exhibition
Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Galleries
100 College Blvd.
Time: 10 a.m.
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 from Feb. 4 to May 2. The galleries are open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. as well as 90 minutes prior to most Mattie Kelly Arts Center mainstage and Sprint Theater performances. They gallery viewings are free. For more information, call 850.729.6044 or visit

Fins for the Fisher House
April 4 at 5 p.m.
April 5 at 9 p.m.
Helen Back
114 Amberjack Drive
Fort Walton Beach
Show your support for the Fisher House and for our local military divers! Five dive teams will participate in a 25K swim from Helen Back Again in Navarre to Helen Back Café on Okaloosa Island on April 5, and two huge parties will be thrown for them. All tickets are $10 each and include complimentary draft beer and pizza during the event. For more information, contact Kim Henderson at

Athletic Championships Grand Championship Cheer Competition
Emerald Coast Convention Center
1250 Miracle Strip Parkway
Fort Walton Beach
Emerald Coast Convention Center will host the Athletic Championships Grand Championship Cheer Competition April 4-6. This is the Athletic Championship’s tenth year at the Convention Center. The competitions begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday morning, and end at approximately 9 p.m. on both days. To learn more, please contact the Emerald Coast Convention Center at 850.609.3800.

Home School Fridays and Hands-On History Saturdays
Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida
115 Westview Avenue
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
On Friday, April 4, children can enjoy a homeschool program, featuring “Be a Curator!” The topic entails teaching children how an artifact gets from the ground to an exhibit in a museum. It also involves research, observation, accessing, recording, organizing and displaying as is essential to preserving history. Hands-On History with be held the following day on April 5. To register, please call 850.678.2615.

Saturday, April 5, 2014:
Dance for Life: Supporting Covenant Hospice
Crestview High School Auditorium
1250 N Ferdon Avenue
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Crestview is hosting the 4th Annual Dance for Life—an evening of ballroom dance to benefit Covenant Hospice. The event will feature amateur and professional dancers from across the Emerald Coast. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $30 for VIP admission, which includes premier, reserved seating for the show and an exclusive post-event cocktail party with Guilmette and Piedad. To purchase tickets, visit Fred Astaire Dance Studio at 301 N Main St. in Crestview or contact the studio via phone at 850.682.1455. For more information on Covenant Hospice, visit

Going the Distance for Autism 2014 Color Run Edition
Fort Walton Beach Landing
205 Brooks St. SE
Fort Walton Beach
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The 5K Color Run race begins at 9 a.m., with registration beginning at 8 a.m. After the race, there will be a Family Fun Festival and Autism Expo. The Family Fun Festival includes three bounce houses, 10 carnival-style games, face painting, temporary tattoos, clowns, fire trucks, children’s activities, popcorn, cotton candy and more! Armband price is $5 per child. Armbands grant unlimited access to all activities in the festival. The Autism Expo includes live entertainment, food vendors, a silent auction, raffle prizes and local therapy providers.

Sunday, April 6, 2014:
Sunday Brunch at Crab Island Cantina
Crab Island Cantina
2 Harbor Blvd.
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.

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. 


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