TODAY, OCTOBER 6



Choctawhatchee Audubon Society



Explore the Outdoors Festival Oct. 6 at Live Oak Landing on Black Creek near Freeport. Call 267-2064 or visit www.waltonoutdoors.com.



Emerald Coast Duck Regatta



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. 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.




All area codes are 850 unless noted.



ACT/SAT workshop



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.



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 833-9595.



• 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?



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 tour



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.



Choctawhatchee Audubon Society



• 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 birdman6419@cox.net 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.



Senior seminar



Mainstay Financial Group will present a course on retirement and financial planning at 10 a.m. Oct. 17 in the Suite 3 Resource Center conference room at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. To register for this free seminar, call 278-3600 or visit www.sacredheartemerald.org.



$2 Sale



The semi-annual $2 Sale to benefit Child Care Services will be held from 3-7 p.m. Oct. 19 at Paradise Point Shopping Center, Unit 9, in the Publix Shopping Center in Fort Walton Beach with admission of $10. Also from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 20 with $5 entrance fee and 1-5 p.m. Oct. 21 with no entrance fee. No men or children; cash only. All proceeds benefit children from low-income working families receiving child care assistance in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.



Kids’ cancer bake sale



Kitchenique will hold a kids’ cancer bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 20 on U.S. 98 at City Market in Destin. Proceeds will benefit Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a not-for-profit organization committed to raising funds to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancers.
Kitchenique will offer a wide assortment of baked goodies perfect for Halloween celebrations. Gluten free, organic and sugar free treats will be available.



Speaker



Life Shotz will bring international speaker, author and business coach Lisa Jimenez to speak from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce, 4300 Legendary Drive in Destin. Her presentation on “Conquering Fear … How to Retrain the Brain to Live Your Best Life” will offer a motivational, thought provoking, fun program rich with content and humor. Space is limited. RSVP by Oct. 20 at 598-7263 or Colleen@ElitePhysiquePT.com.



Forum



An Employers’ Forum: Protecting the Future of Your Business will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Industry experts present on key topics including Health Care Reform, New Social Media Laws, Legal Updates, Guarding Your Corporate Assets, Community Giving and Your Bottom Line. Cost is $59 and includes materials, refreshments, and lunch. Register and pay online at www.LandrumHR.com/Forum, Call 244-0026.



Free doughnut



Krispy Kreme will honor veterans and active military personnel in uniform or with valid military identification with a free coffee and doughnut for Veterans Day on Nov. 11 at participating Krispy Kreme locations. No purchase necessary.



Firearms course



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.



St. Simon's Craft Fair



Shop more than 100 booths of Southern artisans offering jewelry, ceramics, glasswork, Christmas decorations, and many other handcrafted gifts and treasures. At the 38th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 2 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at St. Simon’s Episcopal Church, 28 Miracle Strip Parkway in Fort Walton Beach. St. Simon’s Bake Shop features pepper jelly and Cajun pickles and the Kitchen Café has goodies and lunch. Proceeds benefit local charities and special ministries. There is no admission charge.



Self-Defense class



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 abailey@sheriff-okaloosa.org 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 pearlsforpurplehearts@yahoo.com for more information.



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.



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 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.