All area codes are 850 unless noted.
Learn about the cutest inhabitants, the Choctawhatchee Beach Mouse, from 2-3 p.m. Oct. 11 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Park entrance fee is required. Call 267-8330.
• Oct. 12: Breakfast with a Ranger and learn about the park and its history at 9 a.m. To cover the cost of food, please bring $5, which goes to Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park to enhance the park or bring your own breakfast. No park fee. Call 267-8330.
•Oct. 18: Ranger Tammy will discuss the life of the Monarch Butterfly and a craft project includes making a butterfly from 2-3 p.m.
Dog Daze, an annual day of activities for canines and their families, begins at 9 a.m. Oct. 12 when the ribbon is cut on the new Fort Walton Beach Dog Park at Liza Jackson Park, 138 Miracle Strip Parkway SW.
Events include doggie yoga, pet parade, costume contest with superhero theme, weiner races, rabies and microchip clinic, pet adoptioin services and vendors. All well-behaved dogs above six months of age may attend. Suggested donation is $3 per pet. For more information and registration form, visit www.FWBChamber.com and click on the Dog Daze banner ad.
The merchants of Downtown Fort Walton Beach will hold a Farmer’s Market from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 12 in downtown Fort Walton Beach, 201 S.E. Miracle Strip Parkway in the grassy area behind Burrito Del Sol and Bella Day Spa & Hair Studio.
Future dates include March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12 and Aug. 9.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s begins at 8:45 a.m. Oct. 12 at the Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. For information, call 225-0680 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk/AL-AlabamaFloridaPanhandle?fr_id=3241&pg=entry.
Bob Hope Village Rummage Sale
Treasures can be discovered at the annual Bob Hope Village Indoor Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 12 at the Commons Building, 30 Holly Ave. in Shalimar. The Gift Shop will be open and is filled with unique, handmade items for holiday gifts. Refreshments will be available for purchase. A pre-show will be held from 12-2 p.m. Oct. 11 for Air Force Enlisted Village residents and staff only. Call 651-2635.
A yard sale to benefit Opportunity Place, a shelter that provides temporary housing for homeless women, children and families in Okaloosa and Walton counties, will be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12 and 12-4p.m. Oct. 13 at 305 Lovejoy Road NW in Fort Walton Beach. To donate items call 409-3070 or email email@example.com.
Volunteers are needed immediately for The Dark Haunted House, presented by the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge at 314 Harbor Blvd. in Destin, formerly Electric Cowboy. Volunteers, 16 or older, will assist with construction, prop design/building, painting, cleaning, costumes, makeup, security, etc. Weekend workdays for the build will be Sept. 28-29 plus some weekdays. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer or for more information.
The Destin Library has scheduled workshops, Twitter Me, My iPad, Digital Photography, Microsoft Publisher, Facebook, Finding Books Online and Craigslist from September through November at the Library. View workshop descriptions at www.cityofdestin.com. Registration forms are available by email at email@example.com. For more information call 837-8572.
The Destin Library needs interested persons to volunteer for its 2013-2014 instructional computer program. Both instructors and teaching assistants are needed. Individuals should possess skills using the Windows XP operating system. Instructors are needed for applications/online and also equipment/device training including Kindle, Nook and iPad. If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Main Street Market
Destin’s Main Street Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday in the parking lot of the Destin Water Users Building, 218 Main Street, with fresh local produce, baked goods, jams and jellies, jewelry, soap, farm fresh eggs, milk, local roasted coffee, tacos, Crust artisan bakers, fresh gyros and salads. Call 855-6384.
Public meetings on managing bears
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will hold public meetings to discuss management of Florida black bears and how people can get involved.
Meetings will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on Oct. 15 at West Navarre Intermediate School cafeteria, 1970 Cotton Bay Lane; Oct. 22 at NWFSC Building 8 auditorium, 1170 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach; and Oct. 29 at Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach.
Visit MyFWC.com/Bear and select “Which BMU are you?” to find out more about black bears in the West Panhandle BMU.
Valparaiso Garden Club is now accepting vendors for the Viva Florida 500 festival to be held Oct. 16 in Perrine Park, Valparaiso. Contact email@example.com to request vendor applications or download a copy at www.mariesgardenanddesign.com.
Flea Market/Yard Sale
The Destin Community Flea Market/Yard Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Destin Community Center parking lot. Cost is $20/resident and $25/non-resident. Visit cityofdestin.com to get an application to register.
Women’s clothes sale
The National Alliance of Mental Illness Emerald Coast will sponsor a sale of new and gently used women’s clothes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Mental Health Association, 571 Mooney Road in Fort Walton Beach. The clothing will be sold for $2, $5, and $10. Proceeds will benefit the Family and Peer classes offered by NAMI that provide education about mental illness. Call 244-1040.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
American Cancer Society volunteers will host their annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) event for the entire Emerald Coast at 9 a.m. Oct. 26 at Village Baptist Church on Matthews Boulevard in Destin. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Registration is free and people can sign up as teams, or as individuals. Sign up online at www.makingstrideswalk.org/emeraldcoast, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Floral Design for Youth
Children ages 8-12 are invited to construct a floral design at 2 p.m. Oct. 26 in the blue room of the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, 115 Westview Ave. in Valparaiso. The activity, led by members of Valparaiso Garden Club, is free, but it is limited to 20 youngsters and reservations are required. To reserve a place for your child, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 678-2842.
A workshop to assist students in Okaloosa County High Schools who will take the Dec. 14 ACT and the Dec. 7 SAT will be held from 2:15-4:15 p.m. Nov. 12-14 and Nov. 18-20 in the Media Center at Fort Walton Beach High School. All materials, snacks and drinks are furnished. Students need to bring calculators. Registration deadline is Oct. 29. For information, contact Alice Hart at 615-585-2401, email Amhart1966@aol.com or contact your high school guidance department.
Halloween candy buy-back
Dr. Scott Runnels will buy back candy for $1 a pound of unopened candy, up to five pounds, from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 1 at his office, 4399 Commons Drive E #10 in Destin. Candy will be sent to Operation Gratitude to be sent to troops. Soldiers often give the candy to children in local villages. Call 269-0333.
A Crossfit Challenge will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 2 at Fort Walton Beach Crossfit to benefit Opportunity Place, a shelter that provides temporary housing for homeless women, children and families in Okaloosa and Walton counties. All levels of athletes are welcome to participate as an individual or 4-person relay team. Special fun Halloween activities will be held for the kids. Registration is $25 a person and all money raised stays in Okaloosa County to support the programs and services of Opportunity Place. Call 409-3070 or email email@example.com for registration information.
The 50th Annual Camellia Show and Plant Sale, presented by the Greater Fort Walton Beach Camellia Society, will be held from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 9 in the atrium of Westwood Retirement Resort, 1001 Mar Walt Drive. Awards will be given in several divisions and categories. No entries will be accepted for competition after 10:30 a.m. Nov. 9. Call 477-3625 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harbor Docks will host its 19th Annual Thanksgiving Feast Nov. 28. People from all walks of life gather at the Destin restaurant in a true Thanksgiving tradition. Those who are capable of making donations are encouraged to do so. All proceeds raised benefit Habitat for Humanity and Destin Harvest projects.
Color Me Cured
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s inaugural Color Me Cured 5K/10K Fun Run will be held at 9 a.m. Nov. 30 at Fort Walton Beach Landing. Along the route you will be drenched in an array of vibrant colors. Food and entertainment follows. Register at 8 a.m. Call 830-7126 or email email@example.com for fees and registration.
The Third Annual Luminaria Run to End Domestic & Sexual Violence, a unique twilight run, will take place at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 7 beginning at Destin City Hall Annex. The course will follow a path through the Indian Bayou neighborhood lined with more than 2,000 luminarias. The race includes 5k and 9k courses.
Early bird registration is available through Sept. 30 with cost adults, 5k — $25; 9k — $40. Children ages 3 through 12 are $10 for the 5k and $15 for the 10k.
To register, visit www.shelterhousenwfl.org or www.imathlete.com or call 243-1201.
Christmas in the Village Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Destin Community Center. Cost is $40/residents and $50/non-residents. Visit cityofdestin.com for an application.
The following events are held regularly at the Destin Library. Call 837-8572.
• Tai Chi: 9-10 a.m. Mondays. Cost is $5/class. Register by phone at 837-8572 or in person at the Library.
• 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.
• Chair yoga: Monday and Thursday at 10 a.m. Cost is $3/class.
• Duplicate bridge: Mondays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and 12:320 p.m. Wednesdays. Entry fee: $6. No partner needed. Bridge lessons 11 a.m. Wednesdays.
• Intermediate party bridge: Mondays and Tuesdays at 12:45 p.m. at Buck Destin Park. Call 837-1967. Beginning bridge class at 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays. $2/session.
• 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. Now accepting applications.
• Low Impact Aerobics: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:15 a.m. Bring water and a towel. Cost is $3/session.
• MMA Fitness: Class from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday for all ages. Cost is $7. Grappling bags and gloves provided.
• Pickleball: Pickle Ball courts are available. Call if interested.
• Walking Club: Walk with music from 8-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.
• Woodcarving: Fridays at 9 a.m. Fee is $2.
• Yoga: Thursdays at noon. Cost is $5/class.
• Zumba gold: Monday and Thursday at 11 a.m. Cost is $6/class.