TODAY, MARCH 20



Career, Job Fair



The Career Resource Center of Northwest Florida State College, together with the University of West Florida, will host a Career and Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 20 in Buildings 1 and 2 of the colleges’ joint Fort Walton Beach campus, 1170 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Attendees should bring copies of their resume and be ready to interview. Call 729-5227.



DestinCity Hall



A Town Center CRA-AC meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. March 20.



Team party



A team party for the 2013 Destin Relay for Life will be held at 6 p.m. March 20 at the Elks Lodge on Okaloosa Island. Call 318-455-9400 or email emccor-mick002@yahoo.com.



 



All area codes are 850 unless noted.



Spring Wild Children’s Camp



Spring Break Camp for grades 1-6 will be held March 18-22, March 25-29 and April 1-5 at HarborWalk Village. Camp includes wildlife encounters, marine education and wildlife fun, and beach activities. Cost is $150/week with family discounts available. To register, call 650-1880 or email sleveille@eccwildliferefuge.com.



Women's History Month



Okaloosa County’s annual event honoring Women’s History Month will be hosted by Northwest Florida State College from 5-7 p.m. March 21 in Room 302 of the Student Services Center, Niceville campus. The keynote speaker will be Anna Rodriguez, long-time women’s activist, founder of the Florida Coa­lition Against Human Trafficking, and 2011 inductee into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame.The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. RSVP at www.occsw.org/history.



Purses with a Purpose



Purses with a Purpose returns to Silver Sands Premium Outlets from 6-8 p.m. March 22 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 23 in the storefront between Carter’s and Bose, with proceeds to benefit Shelter House.  VIP Party is March 22 with a $5 donation and includes first pick, food from Carrabba’s, beverages and door prizes. Admission is free March 23.



Florida Trail Association



The Florida Trail Association will hold the following events. Visit www.choctaw.floridatrail.org or call the listed number.



 • March 23: Five-mile hike on Eglin near DeFuniak Springs at 9 a.m. with a hot dog lunch after. Eglin recreation permit required.  Call 689-8528.



• March 26:  Monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at Ed’s Hometown Seafood & Steaks in Niceville.  Visitors welcome.  Call 654-1172.



 • March 29-April 6: Panhandle Trace nine days of hiking for a total of 100 miles. Do all nine days or part.  Call 982-9490.



Holy Kidz Camp



Holy Kidz Camp will host its Spring Break Camp for all children in grades K-5 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, March 25-29, at the Destin Life Center at Destin United Methodist Church.  This year's theme is "Why We Celebrate Easter and What It Has to Do with Jesus." Children will learn the story of Jesus' participation in Easter through crafts, games, cooking, stories, songs, and other surprises. Cost is $100/student per week, $80/siblings.  Applications are now being accepted for student volunteers ages 13 and up. Call 586-8264 or register at www.holykidzcamps.com.



Month of Giving



Destin Harvest will join forces with Jersey Mike’s Subs in Destin for the Third Annual March “Month of Giving” fundraising campaign. Customers can make donations to Destin Harvest at Jersey Mike’s, 817 Harbor Blvd. The campaign will culminate in the nationwide event, Jersey Mike’s “Day of Giving,” March 27. On that day, 100 percent of the day’s sales will be donated.



AARP Income Tax help



Volunteers from AARP will provide free individual federal tax assistance on an appointment only basis at the Destin Library from 9 am. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through April 11. Call 837-8572 and make an appointment.



ChoctawhatcheeAudubon Society



• March 23: Bird and Nature Walk in the Upland Hardwoods of Walton County with master gardener Dave Gordon. See hawks, bluebirds, blooming mountain laurel, native azaleas, and other flora and topography more often associated with piedmont areas. Meet at Food World in Niceville at 7:30 a.m. and the Walton County Extension Office on Hwy 83N at 8 a.m. Be ready for a walk on a forest path. Call 401-1578.



Celebration of Life



Emerald Coast Hospice of Fort Walton Beach invites bereaved hospice families, as well as community members who have endured the loss of a loved one, to come celebrate and honor the lives and memories of those we love during the Celebration of Life from 2-4 p.m. March 23 at Bob Hope Village’s Bob Gates Welcome Center in Shalimar.  A reception will follow the program. To reserve a seat, call 862-1069.



Topsail tours



• Learn about and view the Sun with Bill Nigg from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day in March in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Program requires a $6 entry admission. Call 267-8330.



• Ranger Fred hosts campfire chats at 6 p.m. every Tuesday in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Program requires a $6 entry admission. Call 267-8330.



• View the stars with Bill Nigg from 7:30-9 p.m. every Friday in March in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. At 8:30 p.m., Nigg also presents a slide show. Program requires a $6 entry admission. Call 267-8330.



• Join Ranger Tammy and scan the forest for shining eyes at 6 p.m. March 24 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Program requires a $6 entry admission. Call 267-8330. Bring a flashlight or headlamp.



• A hike will focus on the effects of fire in our ecosystem at 1:45 p.m. March 30 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Program requires a $6 entry admission. Call 267-8330.



ACT/SAT workshop



A workshop to assist students in Okaloosa County High Schools who will take the April 13 ACT and the May 4 SAT will be held from 2-5 p.m. April 11, 12, 17 and 18 at Niceville High School and from 2-5 p.m. April 9,10, 15 and 16 at Fort Walton Beach High School. All materials, snacks and drinks are furnished. Students need to bring calculators. Registration deadline is March 25. For information, contact Alice Hart at 615-585-2401, email Amhart1966@aol.com or contact your high school Guidance Department.



Seminar



Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, a “Fee-Only” Registered Investment Advisory Firm, will host a seminar, “Income Generation: Making Your Portfolio Pay Monthly,” at 10 a.m. March 27 in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room. Refreshments will be served. Call 608-6121 to reserve seating.



Meet and Greet



The Greater Fort Walton Beach, Destin Area, Niceville Valparaiso, and Crestview Area Chambers of Commerce will host the five finalists for the position of Okaloosa County Administrator at a “meet and greet” affair from 6-7:309 p.m. March 27 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. A cash bar will be available. Call 244-8191. 



ADSO Luncheon



Brenda Stokes, potter and owner, with husband Marty and son, Jason, of Holley Hill Pottery & Art Studio, will be the featured speaker at the Arts & Design Society's March Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. March 28 at the Arts Center Gallery, 17 First St. in Fort Walton Beach. Cost is $12. Make reservations by March 25 at adsoluncheon@yahoo.com or call 585-4967.



Mensa



Northwest Florida Mensa, a chapter of American Mensa, the high IQ society, will offer its membership test to the public at 10 a.m. March 30 in the Blue room of the Heritage Museum, 115 Westview Ave. in Valparaiso. The testing fee is $40, and a photo ID will be required. Mensa is an international society with only one requirement for membership: a score within the top 2 percent of the general population on a standardized intelligence test. Call 315-0255. 



Mac Users Group



The Mac Users Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. April 1 at the NWF State College Student Services Building — Room 132.Anne Hornstein will cover some of the capabilities of the Pages application and give a few hints on how to make your own website on iWeb. No reservation required. Call 862-3327 or emailjeancdutton@mac.com.



Cox Cablethon



Tune in at 6 p.m. April 13 on Cox channel 6 for the 41st Annual Cox Cablethon to benefit Covenant Hospice. The Cablethon auction will be hosted online, allowing bidders all over the nation to view and bid on items during three 10-day auctions starting April 13 at www.eventsatcovenant.org/cablethon. Covenant Hospice will host a premiere party from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at their new office location, 220 Eglin Parkway NE inFort Walton Beach. The event is free and open to the public and will feature cinema-style refreshments.



NWFSC 50th Anniversary



A yearlong 50th Anniversary celebration of Northwest Florida State College officially begins with a festive 50th Anniversary Kick-Off Assembly from 9-10 a.m. April 17 in the Raiders Arena. The event also features the dedication and opening of a permanent Doolittle Raiders historical exhibit that is being constructed in the lobby of The Arena. The doors for the public will open at 8 a.m. and admittance will continue until The Arena reaches seating capacity. The public should enter through the Raider Club doors at the south side of The Arena, rather than the main doors.



Panhandle Job Fair



The Spring 2013 Panhandle Job Fair will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 18 at St. Mary’s Parish Life Center, 165 Coral Drive in Fort Walton Beach.



Register booths at www.panhandlejobfair.com. Cost is $175 and includes table, cloth, two chairs, Wi-Fi and electrical outlets (limited, reserve early). Also lite breakfast, hot lunch, sodas and water.



Yard Sale



Opportunity Place, a shelter for homeless women and families seeking temporary housing, is in need of donations large and small for a Yard Sale/Open House to be held May 25 at 305 Lovejoy Road in Fort Walton Beach. Call 409-3070.



Destin Library



The following events are held regularly at the Destin Library. Call 837-8572



• Tai Chi for Arthritis: At 7 a.m.  Wednesdays. Cost is $5/class.



• Cuddlers & Toddlers Storytime: From 3-3:45 p.m. Tuesdays and 9:30-10:15 a.m. Thursdays for ages 4 months to 4 years.



• Independent Film Series: Independent and foreign films shown at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month.



• Friends of the Destin Library: Monthly meeting held at 10 a.m. the second Friday of each month.



DestinCommunity Center



All activities are at the Destin Community Center, unless noted. Call 654-5184 for information and to register. Persons with disabilities who require assistance are asked to notify the center 48 hours in advance.



• Baton lessons: Begins in the spring. Call 699-8309.



• Chair yoga: Thursday at 10 a.m. Cost is $3/class.



• Duplicate bridge: At 9:30 a.m. Mondays and 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:30 a.m. Thursdays at Buck Destin Park. Entry fee: $6. No partner needed.



• Game room: Open to children 10 and older and under 10 accompanied by adult from 1-9 p.m. Monday-Friday.



• Intermediate party bridge: Mondays and Tuesdays at 12:45 p.m. at Buck Destin Park. Call 837-1967.



• Jazzercise class: 6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Call 621-3055. 



• Kidz Klub: After-school program from 3:30-5:30 p.m. 



• Modern line dance: Classes from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 11. Fee is $5/class.



• Open gym: Check ahead for times and dates open.



• Pickle ball: Pickle Ball courts will be set up at noon Mondays and Thursdays for beginning players and 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays for advanced players. Fee is $2.



• Table tennis: 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays and 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays.



• Tennis Academy: A tennis program with USPTA Professional Brian Wilson at Buck Destin Park on Legion Drive. This program will be open to all ages and abilities with days and times to be determined. Group classes will be one hour long and cost $15 a session. Private lessons will be $50 an hour. To sign up or for more information, email srbtennispro@yahoo.com.



• Walking Club: Walk with music from 8-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.



• Woodcarving: Fridays at 9 a.m. Fee is $3.



• Yoga: Thursdays at noon. Cost is $5/class.



• Zumba gold: Thursday at 11 a.m. Cost is $6/class.