TODAY, OCTOBER 24



Speaker Series



The Archaeology Speaker Series in honor of the Indian Temple Mound Museum’s 50th Birthday presents A History of the Investigations at the Fort Walton Temple Mound and surrounding Mound Sites at 6 p.m. Oct. 24. Lectures are free and open to the public. Doors open 20 minutes prior to lecture start time. Call 833-9595.



All area codes are 850 unless noted.



Rotary Club fundraiser



A fundraiser to benefit the Destin Middle School Rotary Interact Club and Rotary Club of Destin humanitarian projects will be held Oct. 26 and 27 at The Shed (where Haunted House is). The Rotary Club will smoke pork butts and sell them for $40.



Orders are being accepted by the club members and can be picked up on Saturday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The Battle for America
Join former Navy Seals and Retired Special Ops leaders for a presentation and discussion by Ryan Zinke and other leaders concerning information and preparation for the upcoming election at 3 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Linkside Exhibit Hall at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. For information, email tomsalmon@cox.net.



Archaeology Speaker Series



The Archaeology Speaker Series in honor of the Indian Temple Mound Museum’s 50th Birthday presents What Spaniard Was Here at 6 p.m. Oct. 30. Lecture is free and open to the public. Doors open 20 minutes prior to lecture start time. Call 833-9595.



Seminar



Arbor Wealth Management, LLC will host an Income Generation Seminar at 10 a.m. Oct. 31 in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room. Strategies are most appropriate for investors with $250,000 or more of investable assets. Refreshments will be served. Call 608-6121 to reserve seating.



Floral arrangement class



The Fort Walton Family YMCA will hold a floral arrangement class from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14 and Dec. 5 at 1127 Hospital Road. The class will cover floral, silk, table centerpiece, bowl decorations and fresh and swag. Arrangements will include rosemary, trees, leaves, and eucalyptus. Class requires glue gun, sheers, and ribbon for silk arrangements. Cost is $15/members $20/program participants. For an additional fee of $20 instructor will provide supplies. Call 863-9622 or email ftwaltonfamilyymca@ecymca.org.



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.



5K walk



Emerald Coast residents, breast cancer survivors, business and community members will join together and put on their pink bras at the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk at 9 a.m. Oct. 27 at Village Baptist Church, 101 Matthew Blvd. in Destin. Registration will open at 8 a.m.



Choctawhatchee Audubon Society



• Nov. 1: Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Room 302 of the new Student Services Center at the Niceville campus of N/W Florida State College. The meeting is free and open to anyone who has an interest in birds or nature. Call 8582-7064.
• Nov. 3: Bird walk at South Walton Courthouse Annex with Dee Nickerson. Meet at the Bluewater Bay Winn-Dixie at 7:30 a.m. or at the Courthouse at 8 a.m. Call 897-2035. Wear long pants and sleeves.



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.



Indoor Yard Sale



The Fort Walton Family YMCA, 1127 Hospital Road, will hold an Indoor Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 3 in the gymnasium. For vendor information, call 863-9622.



Florida Trail Association



The Florida Trail Association will hold the following events. Visit www.choctaw.floridatrail.org or call the listed number.
• Nov. 3: Volunteers needed for trail maintenance on Eglin reservation at 8 a.m. Eglin recreation permit required. Call 683-0803 or 243-5005.
• Nov. 10: Bring the kids for an educational kid’s (and adult’s) hike at Krul Lake at 8:30 a.m. A day use fee is required. Call 803-9190 or 865-7075.
• Nov. 10: An overnight backpacking trip on Eglin near DeFuniak Springs at noon. Eglin recreation permit is required. Call 585-5150.
• Nov. 14: A 6.6-mile hike on the Alaqua Trail near DeFuniak Springs at 8:30 a.m. Eglin recreation permit required. Call 651-0902.
• Nov 17: A 10-mile hike on the Econfina Trail in Bay County at 9 a.m. Call 302-528-8284 or 689-8528.
• Nov. 22: A pot luck Thanksgiving dinner at Blackwater River State Park at noon with a short, leisurely hike around the Chain of Lakes trail afterwards. Call 682-6098.
• Nov. 27: Meeting at 6 p.m. at Ed’s Hometown Seafood & Steaks in Niceville. Visitors welcome. Call 654-1172.



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.



Coastal Holiday Market



The second annual Coastal Holiday Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at St. Rita Church, 173 Moll Drive in Santa Rosa Beach. There will be more than 30 artisans and crafters, homemade cinnamon rolls and Boy Scouts to serve lunch.



Toy Drive



Cheeseburger in Paradise will host a Toy Drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 in the parking lot of the business at Silver Sands Premium Outlets to help local foster children.



A free appetizer card will be given for any donation of a new toy, and a 20 percent discount on lunch that day will be given for any food dropped off. Also, remember there are teenagers in foster homes, and gift cards or teenager gifts would be greatly appreciated. Call 357-3562 or 837-0197.



Holiday Craft In the Village



The annual Holiday Craft in the Village will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Destin Community Center, 101 Stahlman Ave. Call 654-5184.



Community Yard Sale



The Panhandle Animal Welfare Society needs donations for its Community Yard Sale. From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds on Lewis Turner Boulevard in Fort Walton Beach. Donations can be dropped off at PAWS, 752 Lovejoy Road in Fort Walton Beach, from 9a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Beginning Nov. 5, donations may be dropped off at the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds from 9a.m. to 3p.m. Monday through Friday. Other times and drop off locations can be arranged by calling 243-1525. All funds raised will provide nutrition, shelter and healthcare for the thousands of homeless, abused and neglected animals PAWS provides care for on an annual basis.



Destin Snowbirds



The Destin Snowbirds will open the “Roost” and have a ribbon cutting ceremony to begin the 2012-2013 year at 2 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Destin Community Center.



ACT/SAT workshop



A workshop to assist students in Okaloosa County High Schools who will take the Dec. 8 ACT and the Dec. 1 SAT will be held from 2:15 to 4:15 p.m. Nov. 28, 29, 30, and Dec. 3, 4 and 5 at Fort Walton Beach High School. All materials, snacks and drinks are furnished. Students need to bring calculators. Registration deadline is Nov. 9. For information, contact Alice Hart at 615-585-2401, email Amhart1966@aol.com or contact your high school Guidance Department.



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.