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.
• CRA Board, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 7
• City Council, 6 p.m. Aug. 7
• Business Tax Receipt Study Commission, 1 p.m. Aug. 8
• Public Works/Public Safety, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 8
• Harbor CRA-AC, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 9
• Budget Workshop, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 14
• Town Center CRA-AC, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 16
Sales Tax Holiday
Save money on school supplies and clothing during the 2017 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday Aug. 4-6. Qualifying items will be exempt from tax including most school supplies selling for $15 or less per item; clothing, footwear and accessories selling for $60 or less per item; and personal computers and computer-related accessories purchased for noncommercial home or personal use selling for $750 or less per item. To view the lists of qualifying items, visit floridarevenue.com/backtoschool.
H2O for Heroes
Firehouse Subs will help local first responders beat the heat during its sixth annual H2O for Heroes bottled water collection drive Aug. 5 at all Firehouse Subs locations in Destin. Each guest will receive a medium sub when they donate an unopened, 24-pack of bottled water. The donated water will be distributed to local fire departments, first responder agencies and community centers — aiding children, the elderly and those in need of water during the scorching summer months when dehydration and other heat-related illnesses are most threatening.
The Mac Users Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7 in the NWFSC Student Services Center, Room 132. John Leake will present how to convert footage from “iPhone to iMovie.” Bring your curious minds, mobile devices and computers. For more information, call 862-3327 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will hold a free, community nutrition class, “Superfoods for a Super You,” from 12-1 p.m. Aug. 7 in the Suite 3 Conference Room at the hospital. Call 416-1620 to register. Participants are invited to bring their lunch to enjoy with the food samples provided.
Panhandle Kayak Fishing Seminar series presents Kayak Fishing Pro Dave Posey teaching how to target sailfish and shark from a kayak at 6 p.m. Aug. 9 at O'Quigley's Seafood Steamer, 34940 Emerald Coast Parkway, Unit 101, in Destin. Call 797-9632.
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will host a representative from Eden Gardens State Park at 2 p.m. Aug. 11 at the library. The presentation will focus on the history of the public treasure. The event is free and open to the public. Call 837-8572.
Bring samples or pictures of plants or weeds to the County Extension Annex, 127 Hollywood Blvd,, Fort Walton Beach, from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 11. Okaloosa County Master Gardeners will answer gardening questions, identify plants, diagnose plant diseases including grass problems, and identify and advise how to control and treat weeds. To bring a soil sample, call 689-5850 for instructions. This event is free and open to the public.
A workshop to assist students in Okaloosa County High Schools who will take the Aug. 26 SAT and Sept. 9 ACT will be held from 2:15-4:15 p.m. Aug. 22-24 and 28-30 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 Aug. 11. For information, contact Alice Hart at 615-585-2401, email Amhart1966@aol.com or contact your high school guidance department.
The Society for Human Resource Management will meet at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 16 in the Costa Leadership Room 130 at NWFSC, Niceville Campus. Bill Krizner, owner and operating partner of The Krizner Group, will present Maybe It Is Rocket Science After All about governmental audits impact on local business. Cost is $25/members and $30/non-members. Lunch is included. Register at www.SHRM-EmeraldCoast.org by Aug. 14.
The Okaloosa County Master Gardener Association’s Lecture Series will offer a program on beneficial insects from 10-11 a.m. Aug. 16 at the Okaloosa County Extension Office, 3098 Airport Road in Crestview. Beth Bolles, horticulture agent with Escambia County Extension Office, will present “Gardens Alive,” which will focus on beneficial organisms found in our gardens and their function in promoting a healthy environment for plant growth. Registration required at 689-5850.
Sacred Heart Seminar
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will host a seminar, “Bodies In Balance: Dizziness — Orthostatic Hypotension/Medications,” fea-turing Leslie Moskal, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Mary Kay Cattaneo, director of Rehabilitation Services for Sacred Heart Hospital, at 11 a.m. Aug. 18 on Friday, Aug. 18 in the hospital’s Resource Center, Suite 3 Conference Room. Call 278-3600 or 877-416-1620 to register.
Town Hall Meeting
The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County will hold a town hall meeting to present its findings in the Community Health Assessment from 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Destin Community Center. The CHA makes health comparisons of Okaloosa residents to residents throughout the state and even the nation, in some instances.
Harbor Docks Charities will host an auction at 6 p.m. Aug. 26 downstairs at Harbor Docks. $15 entry fee includes dinner. Auction items include a day of deep sea fishing, a week in Aspen, a night of bull frog gigging, a golf vacation and more. All proceeds benefit Take-A-Kid Fishing Day.
Tai Chi Class
The Destin Library will offer one-hour Tai Chi classes with Barbara Rezmer, a certified Tai Chi for Health instructor, Monday mornings at 9 a.m. beginning Sept. 18. 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 person. Call 837-8572.
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. Sept. 23 at Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast, Suite 1, Education Building. Enrollment closes Sept. 21. Cost is $50/person. To enroll, call 278-3019 or email email@example.com.
The Andrew Weathers Memorial Foundation will host its annual fundraising run at 8 a.m. Sept. 30 at The Crab Trap in Destin. This year’s run will include a beach 5k as well as a fun run and obstacle course for kids. The after party and silent auction will follow the timed run and includes drinks and The Crab Trap’s signature jambalaya. Registration is $45/runner. The 2017 “Never Forget Run” will begin with an Honor and Remember Ceremony, offering a way for the community to pay respects to the Special Forces soldiers who have given their life for our country including Andrew, who gave his life for our freedom on Sept. 30, 2014. American flags will be offered to runners to wave as they run the beaches of the Emerald Coast.
Take-A-Kid Fishing Day
The 23rd annual Take-A-Kid Fishing Day will be held Nov. 5. Harbor Docks will treat 350 underprivileged children to a day of fishing on local charter boats. Through the efforts and generosity of volunteers, boat captains and crews, children and their chaperones will be treated to breakfast, a day of fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and a fish fry. Each child will take home a rod and reel and a T-shirt.
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 a 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 Code Club, dedicated to enhancing the programming and coding education of today’s youth by providing free programming 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.
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.”
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 invited 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
‒ 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.
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 spon-sored 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.
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 sec-ond Tuesday, the group meets at Fountain Square in downtown Fort Walton Beach for the Growing Local film series. Call 863-4040.