All area codes are 850 unless noted.
Mac Users Group
The Mac Users Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at the NWF State College Student Services Building — Room 132. James Savage will give an overview of Apple’s presentation program “Keynote” covering the options and capabilities of the program. Call 862-3327 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Panhandle Animal Welfare will hold a volunteer orientation for new volunteers at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at 752 Lovejoy Road in Fort Walton Beach. Attendees must be registered to attend. Space is limited to the first 20 people to register. For more information or to register call 243-1525 or email email@example.com.
Archaeology Speaker Series
The Archaeology Speaker Series in honor of the Indian Temple Mound Museum’s 50th Birthday will include the following at 6 p.m. Lectures are free and open to the public. Doors open 20 minutes prior to lecture start time. Call 833-995.
• Oct. 3: The Perfect Storm of Historic Archaeology
• Oct. 10: Lithic Artifacts from 80K6, The Fort Walton Temple Mound
• Oct. 17: Archaeology of the Cosmos
• Oct. 24: A History of the Investigations at the Fort Walton Temple Mound and surrounding Mound Sites
• Oct. 30: What Spaniard Was Here?
Cheer with a Marlin Night
The Destin Middle School cheerleaders will host Cheer with a Marlin Night Oct. 4 at the DMS football field. Drop off at 5:30 p.m. and pick up at end of 2nd quarter. Participants will cheer with cheerleaders for the first half of the game. A snack, drink and Marlin Spirit Ribbon will be provided. Wear white top, black bottom, tennis shoes, white socks, and hair in ponytail. Ribbons will be provided. Cost is $20 for PreK through fifth grade girls and boy.
Openings are still available in a variety of non-credit personal enrichment classes offered by the PRIME Time program at Northwest Florida State College. Individuals may enroll at all seven NWFSC locations. The majority of courses are held at the college’s Niceville campus and South Walton Center. The PRIME Time schedule of classes and information is available at www.nwfsc.edu/schedule or call the NWFSC Continuing Education Department at 729-6084. Open to adults of any age, PRIME Time non-credit classes range from $5 to $75.
The Government Affairs Committee of the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a discussion of the pros and cons of Amendment 4 at 8 a.m. Oct. 4 at the Chamber offices, 34 Miracle Strip Parkway SE in Fort Walton Beach. The public is invited to attend. Call 244-8191.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
• Oct. 4: Monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Room 132 of the Student Services Center at the Niceville Campus of NWFSC. Alan Knothe, a local wildlife biologist, will present a program on the Shorebirds of the Florida Panhandle. Call 582-7064.
• Oct. 6: Explore the Outdoors Festival at Live Oak Landing on Black Creek near Freeport. Call 267-2064 or visit www.waltonoutdoors.com on the net. To volunteer, call 582-7064.
• Oct. 13: Bird Walk at Oak Tree Nature Park in Mary Esther led by Lenny Fenimore. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Coach and Four Restaurant on N. Lewis Turner Blvd. and at the Park at 7:50 a.m. Call 863-0239. Wear long pants and sleeves.
• Oct. 20: Field Trip to Taminco/Air Products Wildlife Refuge near Milton. Register by Oct. 6 at firstname.lastname@example.org or 862-3498. Bring personal identification. Meet at 7 a.m. at Uptown Station in Fort Walton and then at 7:50 a.m. at the Waffle House at the Hwy. 87 Exit from I-10 near Milton. Be prepared for a walk in the woods: water, sunscreen, long pants and sleeves, hat, and insect repellent.
Emerald Coast Duck Regatta
Adopt a rubber duck and join in a day of family fun at the Second Annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta hosted by the Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Guild at 11 a.m. Oct. 6. Duck Regatta begins at 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the owners of the first ducks to cross the finish line. The event will have fun activities for the whole family, including face painters, crafts, scavenger hunts, and a chance to win the $50,000 Golden Duck Prize. Admission is free.
A workshop to assist students in Okaloosa County High Schools who will take the Oct. 27 ACT and the Nov. 3 SAT will be held from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 23, 24, 29 and 30 at Fort Walton Beach High School and from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 25, 26, 31 and Nov. 1 at Niceville High School. All materials, snacks and drinks are furnished. Students need to bring calculators. Registration deadline is Oct. 8. For information, contact Alice Hart at 615-585-2401, email Amhart1966@aol.com or your high school Guidance Department.
Star Gazing by the Shore
Volunteers from the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association will set up several telescopes for public viewing of star clusters, planets, and galaxies from 6-10 p.m. Oct. 12 at Henderson Beach State Park. The park will close at sunset. All those attending should arrive prior to sunset. Program included with paid park admission.
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach will hold the following tours. A $2 park entrance fee is required. Outside tours are cancelled during severe weather. For information, call 267-0299.
•Breakfast with a Ranger: Ask questions about wildlife from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 13. To cover the cost of food, bring $5/adults and $3/children, which goes to Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park to enhance the park.
Shop for a Job
Silver Sands Factory Stores will host “Shop for a Job” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 24. Many designer companies are currently hiring, from part-time sales and stock associates to full-time managers. Complete a profile sheet at Shopper Services. Call 654-9771.
Northwest Florida State College’s Criminal Justice Department offers a Firearms Safety and Concealed Carry Course from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26 and Nov. 17. The class is $156 and includes the use of college firearms and college supplied ammunition and eye/ear protection. The course is open to the public including those under age 18 if accompanied by a parent or guardian who also enrolls in the safety course. Individuals who are current or previous NWFSC students may enroll on-line through the college's RaiderNet web registration system. New students should enroll in-person at any of the college's seven area locations. Call 729-5378 or 729-6088.
Veterans and military hiring fair
The Workforce Development Board of Okaloosa and Walton Counties and its JobsPlus One-Stop Career will host the Sixth Annual Northwest Florida Veterans & Military Hiring Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 2 the Navarre Conference Center. While the free hiring fair is designed to assist veterans in finding jobs in the local community, it is also open to the public.
A free Women’s Self-Defense class for ages 12 and up, sponsored by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. Nov. 3 at 252 Eglin Parkway in Fort Walton Beach, next to Yamato’s Japanese Restaurant. Dress comfortably; loose clothing and sneakers preferred. Call 651-7153 or email email@example.com for more information.
Pearls for Purple Hearts
Pearls for Purple Hearts, a fashion show and silent auction of vintage and classic gowns and formal wear, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Guests will be served refreshments as they enjoy live music from local artists while viewing and bidding on a collection of gowns and formal wear selected for the silent auction. All proceeds will go directly to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
Destin Community 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 email@example.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.