All area codes are 850 unless noted.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and Emerald Coast Martial Arts will hold a free Women’s Self-Protection Seminar for ages 12 and up from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 25 at 252 Eglin Parkway NE in Fort Walton Beach. Dress comfortably. Call 651-7410 for more information.
Join the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society for a bird walk Jan. 25 on the shorelines of the Niceville/Valparaiso area. Bring your camera. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Badcock store in Bayou Plaza, Hwy 20, Niceville. Call 862-3498.
• Feb. 1: Master birder Bruce Purdy will lead a bird walk to the Okaloosa County Landfill and Fort Walton spray fields. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Coach and 4 Restaurant, 1313 Lewis Turner Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach. Call 305-359-5334.
• Feb. 6: Certified master bird bander Fred Bassett presents Alabama and Florida Hummingbirds, a Lot More Than You Think, at the monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Room 13 on the ground floor of the Student Services Center at NWFSC Niceville campus. Light refreshments will be served. Call 582-7064.
• Feb. 8: Learn about wintering shorebirds with ornithologist Alan Knothe on a bird walk at Okaloosa Island’s East Pass and Gulf Beach adjacent to the West Jetty. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the parking area on the south side of U.S. 98 adjacent to the western end of the Destin Bridge. Call 862-3498.
• Feb. 22: Visit the Coffeen Nature Preserve with Susan Paladini, preserve manager. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Winn Dixie on Hwy. 20 in Bluewater Bay. Call 267-2312.
Round up your foodie friends and plan to attend a cooking class hosted by Chef Dan Pettis from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 25 at One 20 a Modern Bistro in Niceville. A Sicilian feast features cooking demonstrations, prize giveaways and recipes to take home, all to benefit Shelter House. Cost is $20/person and includes everything. A cash wine bar and prize giveaway tickets will be available for purchase. Call 243-1201.
Members of Okaloosa County state legislative delegation will hold a public hearing from 5-6:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at Niceville City Hall, 208 N. Partin Drive. Public comments will be heard on proposals for the 2014 Regular Session of the Florida Legislature.
A captain’s meeting for the City of Destin’s Spring 17+ and 30+ Basketball Leagues will be held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Community Center to cover league rules, department policies, schedules, and uniform requirements. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided.
Margaret R. McDowell firm founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, a “fee-only” registered investment advisory firm, will present a seminar, “AWM Investment Themes for 2014,” at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room. Call 608-6121 to reserve seating. Refreshments will be served.
Income Tax Help
Volunteers from AARP will provide free individual federal tax assistance by appointment only from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 6 through April 10 at the Destin Library. Call 837-8572 to make appointment.
The Fresh Market will host a Big Game Taste Fest sampling from 1-6 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at Fresh Market on Commons Drive in Destin. Foods include Spicy Southwest Cheese Dip w/French Rounds, Chicken Enchilada Dip, Crazy Cajun Snack Mix, Flavored Pistachios, TFM Thin Crust Pizzas and more.
The Destin United Methodist Women will host its annual Chocolat’ Fare from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Destin Life Center at Destin United Methodist Church. Everything is homemade — and chocolate. The women will also have their jewelry for sale.
The Presbyterian Women of Fort Walton Beach’s First Presbyterian Church will host its 13th SERRV International Craft Market, with handmade items from many countries for sale, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 8; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 9, 16, 23; and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 12, 15, 19, and 22 in the Fellowship Hall, 134 Beal Parkway, SW. Call 243-3732.
Integrative Health & Wellness Solutions offers a Healthy Kids, Happy Families eWorkshop and Preventive Healthcare eWorkshop beginning Feb. 10 for six weeks. Call 496-0418 or register at yourintegrativehealthsolutions.com.
A public forum will be held to discuss Highway 98 Road Construction Project and Utility Coordination at 1 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Destin City Hall Annex, 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. For more information, email Marybeth.washnock@wfrpc or call 332-7976, ext. 228.
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Auxiliary, in partnership with Masquerade Fundraising Inc., will host a $5 jewelry and accessories sale from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 13 and from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 14 at the hospital, 1000 Marwalt Dr. Twenty percent of all sales will help to fund the Auxiliary's scholarship program available to graduating high school seniors pursuing degrees in health care related fields.
The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will have a showing of members' needlework projects, “Needle Arts in the Atrium III,” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 15 and 1-4 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Meridian at Westwood Retirement Resort, 1001 Marwalt Drive in Fort Walton Beach. Admission is free and refreshments will be served from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 16.
OCREC candidate forum
The Destin Chamber and the Daily News will host a candidate forum at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Destin City Hall Annex, 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Spring Craft Show
The City of Destin’s Seventh Annual Spring Craft Show will be held from 12-6 p.m. Feb. 21 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Community Center. Admission is free. Vendors call 654-5184 to reserve space.
The Prime Time Program at NWFSC’s new class, Environmental Education, will offer lessons in a variety of outdoor activities. Participate in fishing on the Gulf Coast and learn about boat safety and GPS systems, and hunting skills and techniques.
Classes meet from 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 24, March 3, 10 and 17 on the Niceville Campus, Building S, Room 304. Registration fee is $40. Call 729-6085 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The merchants of Downtown Fort Walton Beach will hold a Farmer’s Market from 8 a.m. to noon March 8 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 April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12 and Aug. 9.
The Junior League of the Emerald Coast’s sixth annual Spring Market will be held April 26 and 27 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island and will feature vendors from around the country selling unique gifts and quality merchandise. To become a sponsor or a vendor, email JLECMarket@yahoo.com. Call 862-2665.
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.
• Adult Open Gym: Monday from 6-9 p.m. for 17 and up to play full-court pickup basketball games. Destin residents are free and non-residents are $2.
• Brazilian Martial Arts: A Capoeira class that combines the elements of dance, acrobatics and music from 7-9 p.m. Thursday.
• Chair Yoga: Free class at 10 a.m. Monday and Thursday.
• Duplicate bridge: Monday and Thursday at 9:15 a.m. and Wednesdays at 12:30. Entry fee: $6. No partner needed.
• Intermediate party bridge: Monday and Tuesday at 12:45 p.m. at Buck Destin Park on Legion Drive. Call 837-1967. Beginning bridge class at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Cost $2.
• Kidz Klub: After-school program from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday for grades K-4. Snacks provided.
• Line dancing: Beginners class begins at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, open dance at 1:15 and intermediate dancers at 1:30. Fee is $5.
• Low Impact Aerobics: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:15 a.m. 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: All levels, including first timers, welcome. Visit www.usapa.org to learn more. Cost is $2/resident and $3/non-resident.
• Shotokan Karate: The class promotes life enrichment, physical fitness, discipline, focus and self-defense at 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Fee is $65/month.
• Spring 17+ Basketball League: The City of Destin’s Spring 17+ Basketball League begins Feb. 20. Games will be played on Thursday nights at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m. Team sponsorship fee is $275. Individual registration fees are $20/residents and $30/non- residents.
• Spring 30+ Basketball League: The Spring 30+ Basketball League begins Feb. 18 at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Teams sponsorship fee is $275. Individual registration fees are $20/residents (with proof of residency inside Destin city limits) and $30/non-residents.
• Table tennis: Competition from 2:30-5 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays.
• Turbo kick: Fitness class at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Fee is $10.
• Walking Club: Walk with music from 8-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.
• Woodcarving: Fridays at 9 a.m. Fee is $2.
• Yoga: Bring a mat and towel at noon Thursdays. Cost is $6.
• Zumba gold: Mondays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. Cost is $6.