All area codes are 850 unless noted.
Destin City Hall
All City Council meetings, workshops, executive sessions and CRA Board meetings are held at the City Hall Annex, 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. All other board and committee meetings are held at City Hall, 4200 Indian Bayou Trail.
• Town Center CRA-AC, 5:30 p.m. May 17 at Destin Community Center
• Environmental/ Parks and Rec/Tree Board, 4 p.m. May 23
The 20th Annual Founders’ Day Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 13 at the Destin Community Center. There will be an old-fashioned fish fry with all the trimmings. Founders’ meals and drinks are complimentary. Visitors and guests will be asked for a $5 donation.
Help restock local food banks
Our nation’s and our community’s largest food drive, the 25th Annual National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive, will be held May 13. Place your food donation(s) in a bag next to your mailbox early and your letter carrier will pick up your donations as they make their regular mail routes and then deliver them to our local food banks. Donate non-perishable and non-expired food.
Spring cleaning sale
Bud & Alley’s Restaurant Group is clearing out its storage units and kitchen closets and holding a spring sale at 8 a.m. May 13 at 54 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach. Items include kitchenware, dishware, flatware, serving platters and bowls, small kitchen equipment and the like.
Celebrate 10 years of Hunger Relief
Destin Harvest invites local business owners and active members of the community to a fajita dinner hosted by La Paz May 13. They will share highlights from the past 10 years of local food rescue and hunger relief efforts. Their mission is to shed light on the sad, hungry reality facing hundreds of families in our own county and what's currently being done to address it. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 650-8109.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
Search for Red-cockaded Woodpeckers and Bachman’s Sparrows on Eglin Reservation. Meet at the Armament Museum Parking Lot at 7 a.m. May 13. You must obtain a reservation permit to participate at Jackson Guard or online at Eglin.gov. Call 210-343-9082 for more information.
May 20: Visit Bay County Audubon’s Laidlaw Plantation to see a diverse collection of birdlife and restoration efforts. Meet at the CVS parking lot in Oak Creek Shopping Plaza in Niceville at 7a.m. and caravan to Laidlaw in Holmes County. Bring a sack lunch and wear sturdy shoes. Call 381-5651 for details.
Cardiac Rhythm Seminar
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will host a seminar with Dr. Keith Golden, cardiac electrophysiologist with Sacred Heart Cardiovas-cular Specialists, at 6 p.m. May 18 in the hospital’s Resource Center, Suite 3 Conference Room. Dinner will be provided. Reservations for the free seminar should be made at 278-3600 or 877-416-1620.
National Safe Boating Week
The National Safe Boating Week Campaign, a large-scale international public awareness and outreach campaign intended to save lives, encour-ages safe and responsible behavior on the part of recreational boaters. This year, May 20-27 is National Safe Boating Week. USCG Auxiliary members will be available to offer vessel exams, proper use of the life vest and information on boat safety and classes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20 at Leg-endary Marine Destin.
Lucy Buffett has just released her second cookbook, “Gumbo Love, Recipes for Gulf Coast Cooking, Entertaining and Savoring the Good Life.” She will be at LuLu’s Destin for a cookbook signing Meet & Greet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 20.
Paddlecraft Safety Class
A two-hour course provided by the USCG Auxiliary, in conjunction with the American Canoe Association, takes place at 9 a.m. May 20 on U.S. 98 at the foot of the Destin Bridge and provides an overview and safety considerations while using your personal watercraft. Class will include local area overview, safety requirements and equipment needed to be safe on the water. Cost is $25. Call 217-3948.
The United States Coast Guard Station at the foot of the Destin Bridge will hold an Open House from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 20. View the station facility, vessels and meet the Coast Guard members. USCG Auxiliary members will provide tours of the station and refreshments.
The Emerald Coast Alumnae Chapter of Delta Delta Delta Sorority will hold the annual Pansy Brunch at 11:30 a.m. May 20 at The Pearl Hotel, 63 Main St. in Rosemary Beach. All Tri Deltas are welcome. Call 835-1701 to make reservation.
The Destin History & Fishing Museum has set up a temporary exhibit “Talking Smack” that will run until Aug. 31. The exhibit details the two-masted schooners that formed the red snapper fishing fleets in the Northwest Florida waterfronts. The sailing vessels were often refereed to as “smacks.”
Basic Life Support classes
American Heart Association Basic Life Support, Healthcare Provider Initial courses will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 20 at Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast, Suite 1, Education Building. Enrollment closes May 18. Cost is $50/person. To enroll, call 278-3019 or email email@example.com.
• July 22: enrollment closes July 20
• Sept. 23: enrollment closes Sept. 21
A workshop to assist students in Okaloosa County High Schools who will take the June 3 SAT and June 10 ACT will be held from 9 a.m. to noon May 30 and 31 and June 5 and 6 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 May 23. For information, contact Alice Hart at 615-585-2401, email Amhart1966@aol.com or contact your high school guidance department.
IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida, which provides significant funding for non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations in Okaloosa and Walton counties, will hold its annual grant workshop to assist groups who want to apply for these grants, from 9 a.m. to noon May 23 in the Fellowship Hall of Grace Lu-theran Church, 4326 Commons Drive W. in Destin. Areas for grants this year include Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Family and Health & Recreation. Advance registration encouraged at www.impactnwf.org by May 15.
The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will have stich-ins from 1:30-4:30 p.m. May 14 and 28 in the Religious Education building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd. in Niceville. Visitors are welcome. Call 496-3466.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will host a workshop from 6-8 p.m. May 22 at the Destin Community Center to gather public input on the Gulf cobia fishery. Written comments on cobia and other topics can also be submitted at MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments.
Blessing of the Pets
Bring your fur babies, feathered babies and even your scaly ones … all creatures great and small (or a photo) … to a pet blessing at 11 a.m. May 27 at Destin United Methodist Church, 200 Beach Drive. Pets must be leashed or contained.
Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections will hold Candidate University from 6-9 p.m. June 8 at the Okaloosa County Administration Building in Shalimar and from 9 a.m. to noon June 9 at the Supervisor of Elections Headquarters in Crestview. The class is for anyone interested in running for public office or wanting to learn about the candidate process. Register at 689-5600 or firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. June 5. More informa-tion is available at www.GoVote-Okaloosa.com under the ‘Programs’ tab.
Tai Chi Class
The Destin Library will offer one-hour Tai Chi classes with Barbara Rezmer, a certified Tai Chi for Health instructor, every Monday morning at 9 a.m. The cost is $5/session. Enrollment is limited to 12 participants with registrations (on a first-come first-served basis) accepted by phone or in per-son. Call 837-8572.
Fitness on the Lawn
The Market Shops at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort will host free, fitness classes on the lawn from 9-10 a.m. weekdays through July 31. The classes are free to attend and open to individuals of all fitness levels. Classes include Pilates Stretch with Essential Oils by Susan Authement Dunnam, Pure Barre, Tabata Circuit with Scott Lassiter, Core Pilates with Lisa Turpin and Unique Flowing Fitness with Andi. No pre-registration is required; bring a mat.
Volunteers needed at Hospice
Emerald Coast Hospice is in need of volunteers willing to share their time relating and connecting with veteran patients and their families, being a patient visit volunteer or an administrative volunteer. Call Lisa Secondine at 837-2589 or email email@example.com for information.
Caregiver Support Group
Covenant Alzheimer’s Care support group for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or a dementia-related illness is held at 5:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at Brookdale Fort Walton Beach, 233 Carmel Ave. Call 864-4600.
The Destin Library has announced a new series of free how-to workshops for ages 18 and up that focus on practical projects and skills you might not have learned in school. Workshop will be held the last Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. No registration. Call 837-8572 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Destin Library's new Code Club, dedicated to enhancing the programming and coding education of today’s youth by providing free program-ming materials to schools and libraries, is open to children in fifth through eighth grades. Meetings will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Fridays and 4:30-5:30 Tuesdays. Registration is required to participate, and will be capped at 18 students. There is no cost to register. Small snacks and drinks will be provided. Call 837-8572 or email email@example.com to register.
Bereavement Support Group
Share and learn more about the grief journey you are enduring with an Emerald Coast Hospice bereavement group at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Destin Library. Groups are free and ongoing.
Grand Boulevard Farmers’ Market
The market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday in Grand Park in Miramar Beach between Cantina Laredo and Tommy Bahama’s. Vendors will offer locally sourced food-based items including produce, eggs, milk, butter, grass-fed beef, chicken, lamb and pork, honey, pickled vegetables and gourmet jams.
30A Farmers’ Market
This community event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays in Town Center in Rosemary Beach features fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, cheese and more. Market is held on Sundays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Seaside Farmers Market
Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.
Emerald Coast Bridge Club will be held at 10 a.m. Monday and Thursday at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 307 Harbor Blvd. in Destin, in the old Parlor. Cost is $7. No partner necessary. For more information, call 380-1558 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Destin Life Center
Recreation and fitness activities at Destin Life Center at Destin United Methodist Church, 200 Beach Drive, are from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday visit the Soul Café for lunch. Call ahead for dine in or pick up. For information, call the DLC at 837-2021.
• Adult Open Soccer: From 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays. Fee is $2/player.
• Adult Open Volleyball: From 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays. Fee is $2/player.
• Pickleball: From 2-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
• DLC Fitness Cardio/Weight Room: Nautilus equipment, three treadmills, two ellipticals and one recumbent bike. Memberships are $40/calendar quarter; $30/month; $20/week; and $10/day.
• Community Fitness Classes: Indoor cycling, Zumba, Rise and Stretch, PIYO, Cardio Dance, Forever Young (senior aerobics) and more. Costs are $40/month; $7/class; $20/month Forever Young, fitness for seniors; and $3/individual Forever Young.
Destin Community Center
All activities are at the Destin Community Center, unless noted. Call 654-5184 or email email@example.com for information and to register. Persons with disabilities who require assistance are asked to notify the center 48 hours in advance.
‒ Alzheimer's/Dementia Support Group: From 3-4 p.m. first Wednesday of the month at the Destin Senior Center in Buck Destin Park, 724 Legion Drive. This support group is free to the public. It is sponsored by Emerald Coast Hospice. Materials are provided by the Alzheimer's Association. This support group can be for family members and care providers in helping to deal with Alzheimer's and Dementia. Call 654-5184 to make reservation.
‒ Capoeria: Class in the Brazilian martial art that combines the elements of dance, acrobatics and music will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. for all ages.
‒ Destin Senior Chair Exercise 50+ years: Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10-10:45 a.m. consists of performing light exercises to help improve balance, flexibility, strength, and circulation. Free/residents.
Destin Senior Membership: Join the Destin Seniors to enjoy multiple festivities including the senior lunch bunch, pot luck, casino trips, cruises, bingo, chair exercise, knitting, scrabble, and Mexican dominoes. Members must be a Destin resident.
‒ Dodgeball: From 6-8 p.m. Thursdays for children ages 8 to 14. Fee is $3/non-residents and $2/residents. A waiver will be required for your child.
‒ Game Room: Open to children age 10 and older from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. Basketball/volleyball court, ping pong/foosball/air hockey/pool tables
‒ Grief Support and Education: At 3 p.m. the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at the Destin Senior Center in Buck Destin Park, 724 Legion Drive. These sessions are facilitated by Emerald Coast Hospice's Bereavement Coordinator, Christopher Keown, and are free to the public. Anyone dealing with grief, assisting someone in their grief or curious about the experience, is welcome to join in.
‒ Pickleball: Play from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Racquets and balls are available. Just bring gym shoes. Fee: $3/non-residents or $2/residents. Call for lesson times.
‒ Senior Art Lessons: The Destin Senior Center at Buck Destin Park, 724 Legion Drive, offers six-week sessions for Seniors (50 years and older). The current lessons began Oct. 6 with three weeks of pen and ink, then three weeks of acrylics. Fees are $20/non-Destin residents and $15/residents. Cost includes materials.
• Senior Book Club: The Destin Senior Members meet at 10 a.m. the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Destin Library, 150 Sibert Ave.
‒ Senior Drop-In Hours: The Destin Senior Center at Buck Destin Park, 724 Legion Drive, offers senior drop-in hours from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday and Thursday for Seniors (50 years and older) to meet and enjoy each other's company, participate in games such as Mexican Train Dominoes, Scrabble, cards, etc.
‒ Senior Knitting: Sessions and lessons for beginners and all skill levels from 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Destin Senior Center at Buck Destin Park, 724 Legion Drive. No registration required.
• Senior Walking Club: The Destin Senior Members walk around the Destin Community Center’s gymnasium from 8-9 a.m. Monday-Friday. All of the miles that you walk will be added to our “team map” as we travel from one region to the next.
‒ Table Tennis: From 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Paddles and balls provided. Fee is $2/resident and $3/non-resident.
Referral Leaders International
More than 30 of the top Destin professionals and business owners meet Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 790 on the Gulf to share connections and referrals. Come ready to talk about your products/services and get help to grow your business. Call 897-1957.
To become more effective communicators and leaders, visit one or more of the Toastmasters clubs at the following locations or visit www.toastmasters.org/Find-a-Club.
• Club 702 White Sands Toastmasters, 12-1 p.m. Thursdays at 415 Racetrack Road NE in Fort Walton Beach.
• Club 1919 Emerald Coast Toastmasters, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays at Education Bldg 251, Room 122 on Eglin AFB.
• Club 9478 Hurlburt Toastmasters, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Education Center Bldg. 221, Classroom L on Hurburt Field.
• Club 724908 Destin Toastmasters, 5:45-7:15 p.m. 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month at Walton County Utility Building.
• Club 817348 Crestview Toastmasters, 6-7 p.m. 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Crestview.
• Club 851515 Lake DeFuniak Toastmasters, 12-1 p.m. 2nd and 4th Thursday each month at Northwest Florida State College, Room 103 at the Chautauqua Center.
Seniors of Destin
The Seniors of Destin meet the fourth Friday of the month for a covered dish and to celebrate all birthdays for the month. The program is sponsored by the city of Destin and Gentiva Home Health. Each month has a featured guest speaker that pertains to senior living. Call 685-5310.
The Main Street Betterment Alliance meets at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the American Legion, 311 Main Street. Call 837-3818.
Destin Business Builders
Destin Business Builders Networking group meets from 7:15-8:45 a.m. every Wednesday at the Destin United Methodist Life Center. Call 651-1300 ext. 13.
Coffee and Cars
Emerald Coast Muscle Car Club hosts Coffee and Cars the last Sunday of every month at Uptown Station in Fort Walton Beach. For information, call 200-2465 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food Buying Club
A small group interested in eating healthy and purchasing smart meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at 125 Scottsdale Court in Mary Esther. On the second Tuesday, the group meets at Fountain Square in downtown Fort Walton Beach for the Growing Local film series. Call 863-4040.
Kiwanis Club of Destin
The Kiwanis Club of Destin meets every Thursday at 8 a.m. at the Destin Methodist Church Life Center on Beach Drive in Destin. The public is in-vited to attend the club’s weekly meetings.
The Destin Rotary meets at 7:15 a.m. every Tuesday at Rutherford’s 465. Visit www.facebook.com/pages/Rotary-Club-of-Destin/241220675890226.
Flotilla 1-4 USCG Auxiliary
Flotilla 1-4 USCG Auxiliary meets at 8 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month at Coast Guard Station Destin on Okaloosa Island. Anyone wishing to become a member is welcome to attend. Prior military duty is not required. Call 865-9130 or email www.flotilla14.info.