UPCOMING

QUILTS OF VALOR PROGRAM: 10 a.m. Oct. 13, New Hope Baptist Church, 108 Aurora St., Valparaiso. Guest speaker: Matthew N. Davis Jr., retired U.S. Navy command master chief, and Warrior and Family Support Program Specialist. Learn how the Quilts of Valor Foundation provides red, white and blue quilts to service members and veterans touched by war during this Flying Needles Quilt Guild event. Raffle tickets for a quilt will be available to purchase; the winner will be announced Dec. 15. Details: president@flyingneedlesquiltguild.org and www.flyingneedlesquiltguild.org.

ALMARANTE CEMETERY CLEAN UP: 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 15 on the corner of Highways 85 and 602 in Laurel Hill. Details: Tracy Curenton, 652-4162.

PRINCESS BALL: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 15, Crestview Community Center. For girls ages 13 and under. Dinner will be served.Tickets cost $40 per princess and escort. Add $15 per extra princess in the same family. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Relay For Life in Crestview. Moms may take photos of the official entrance; just princesses and their escorts may dine and dance together. Contact Chris Cox, 902-1075, or Loney Whitley, 537-4654, for details.

OKALOOSA MASTER GARDENER LECTURE: Native azaleas and rhododendrons, 10-11 a.m. Oct. 19, Crestview Extension Office, 3098 Airport Road. Presented by the Okaloosa County Master Gardener Association and University of Florida extension office. Call 689-5850 to register.

CRESTVIEW DINNER THEATER PERFORMANCE: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22, Samuel's Roadhouse, 114 John King Road, Crestview. "Mayhem at the Monster Bash," a Halloween costume party murder mystery by the Act4Murder troupe. The dinner and show start at 7 p.m. General cost is $38 for the dinner, show, tax and tip. RSVP and see VIP packages at www.act4murder.com.

‘RHINESTONES FOR RONDA’ FUNDRAISER: 6 p.m. Oct. 27, Ramada Beach Resort, 1500 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach. Tickets cost $25 each at www.Bling2016.com or at the door. Proceeds will help defray medical costs for Ronda Davenport, United Way vice president of resource development, who has pancreatic cancer. Event includes live and silent auctions, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, music by a disc jockey, a wine wagon and photos with a cardboard Ronda. Attire is casual, but wear plenty of bling in Davenport's honor. To donate auction items, contact Julie Hurst, julie@eccac.org or 974-8668. Details: Vicki Tarro, 863-7501 or Vicki.Tarro@HCAHealthcare.com.

BALLET SEASON TICKETS: The Northwest Florida Ballet’s 47th season has set four productions at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Northwest Florida State College, 100 College Blvd., Niceville. Tickets are available four weeks before performance dates. Season subscriptions cost $135 per adult and $55 per child; details at www.NFBallet.org.

Shows include:

 


‘Stars of American Ballet’ — 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Principal New York City Ballet dancers perform works from acclaimed choreographer and co-founder, George Balanchine. $35 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.
‘The Nutcracker’ — 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19, and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 20. 37th annual ballet performance and debut of the holiday favorite. Performances will be held at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on Nov. 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 2:30 p.m., and will be the debut of the Northwest Florida Ballet Symphony Orchestra led by composer and conductor David Ott. $38 for adults and $18 for children 12 and under.
‘From Russia With Love — A Celebration of The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo’ — 7:30 p.m. April 1 and 2:30 p.m. April 2. Live accompaniment by the NFB Symphony Orchestra. Pays tribute to the famous ballet company, with “three of the world’s most historic ballets by three of Russia’s most prolific composers”: The Firebird, with music by Igor Stravinsky; Scheherazade, with music by Rimsky-Korsakov; and the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet, with music by Sergei Prokofiev. $38 for adults and $18 for children 12 and under.

 

CRESTVIEW HALLOWEEN OBSERVANCE: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.

BAKER HERITAGE DAY: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Nov. 5, Baker Block Museum, 1307 Georgia Ave., Baker. Features heritage demonstrations, vendors, music and food. Booth spaces available. 537-5714.

DOOLITTLE SCHOLARSHIP OPEN GOLF TOURNAMENT: 7 a.m. Nov. 3, Eglin Golf Course in Niceville. Starts with check-in and an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Cost: $50 for active duty military, $75 for Eglin Golf Course members and $100 for all others. Price includes green fee and cart, balls, lunch, refreshments on the course, and an awards party. Proceeds help provide college scholarships for Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets at area high schools, top graduates at the Community High Okaloosa Institutes for Career Education (CHOICE) Okaloosa Aerospace Academy at Choctawhatchee and Crestview high schools, and the University of West Florida Air Force ROTC program. Details: www.eglin.afaflorida.org. Registration forms available at http://eglin.afaflorida.org/html/events.html. Details: Steve Madley, 803-2280.

‘A PETER WHITE CHRISTMAS’ JAZZ PERFORMANCE: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Northwest Florida State College, 100 College Blvd., Niceville. Accompanying guitarist White are trumpeter Rick Braun and saxophonist Euge Groove. Reservation required. Front-section seating costs $80 each; general admission costs $40 each. Order at seabreeze.fm or call 729-6000.

NORTH OKALOOSA CUB SCOUTS ACCEPTING NEW MEMBERS: Rising first- through fifth-grade boys now can join the Cub Scouts. Registration, through December, costs $14; annual membership costs $24. A Boys Life Magazine subscription costs $12. Scholarships and earning opportunities are available through pack fundraising.

North Okaloosa groups include:

 


Pack 530, which meets at Crosspoint Church’s south Crestview campus. Contact Cubmaster TJ Tajalle, 573-842-8214 or tj.tajalle@gmail.com, for more information.
Pack 799, which meets Mondays at First United Methodist Church in Crestview. Contact Cubmaster John Humphrey, 380-6977 or johnhumphrey@embarqmail.com, for details.
Pack 532, which meets at First Baptist Church of Holt. Contact Cubmaster Courtney Strom, 228-365-1995 or cejeos5@gmail.com, for details.
Pack 731 also meets in Crestview. Contact pack chair Mike Wing, 902-3556 or mikecwing@yahoo.com, for details.
Crestview Boy Scout membership is available for sixth-grade through 18-year-old males. Contact Rae Schwartz, bakerny@yahoo.com, or Bryant Perkins, Bryant.Perkins@scouting.org, for details.

 

 

RECURRING

 

SCHOLA CANTORUM FALL AUDITIONS: The Northwest Florida State College Schola Cantorum vocal ensemble has begun fall rehearsals. To audition call 830-2062. The group will present a series of seasonal concerts in area churches in December. Meetings are 6 p.m. Mondays in building 110 of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Northwest Florida State College, 100 College Blvd., Niceville.

CRESTVIEW COMMUNITY GARDEN FARMERS & CRAFT MARKET: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. third Saturdays, 157 Main St. S., Crestview.