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.
• City Council, 6 p.m. Aug. 21
• Business Tax Receipt Study Commission, 1 p.m. Aug. 22
• Environmental/Parks & Recreation Committee/Tree Board, 4 p.m. Aug. 22
• Special Magistrate Hearing, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 23
• Local Planning Agency, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 24
• Harbor & Waterways Board, 5 p.m. Aug. 28
Watch the sun disappear with solar eclipse viewing glasses provided by the Destin Library to the public at Morgan Sports Center the afternoon of Aug. 21. View only with glasses to protect eyes, free day of event. Register at http://www.cityofdestin.com/forms.aspx?FID=142
Solar Eclipse Viewing
The Northwest Florida Astronomy Association will be at Henderson Beach State Park in Destin to safely view a solar eclipse from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 21. Volunteers will set up solar telescopes and viewers for safe viewing of the sun. All ages are welcome. This event is free with park admission. Call 650-5928.
Solar Eclipse NWFSC
Northwest Florida State College will host a viewing of the solar eclipse at sundial at the north end of Building 350 on NWFSC’s Niceville campus Aug. 21. The max eclipse will be at 1:37:06 p.m. The partial eclipse begins at 12:04:54 p.m. and ends at 3:03:27 p.m. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 729-5242.
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.
Women's Hall of Fame Ceremony
The Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women (OCCSW) will honor this year’s inductees to the Women’s Hall of Fame at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 in Room 132-133, Student Services Cen¬ter, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville campus. The public is invited. Call 685-7786 to RSVP by Aug. 15.
Ask the Doc
Pregnant women and new moms are invited to join Sacred Heart Medical Group Pediatrics for a free class about giving babies a healthy start at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at Sacred Heart Medical Group at The Market Shops, 9375 Emerald Coast Parkway West - Unit 1 in Miramar Beach. Spouses, friends, family members and support people are also invited. Call 278-3885 for more information.
Syndicated economic columnist and firm founder Margaret R. McDowell of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC will lead a presentation, “An Investing Playbook for the Second Half,” at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Aug. 23 in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room. Refreshments will be served. Call 608-6121 to reserve seating.
Food for Thought
A free educational session will be held at noon Aug. 23 in the DOH-Okaloosa Auditorium, 221 Hospital Drive, NE, in Fort Walton Beach. Registered Dietician Tammy Lantz will discuss Obesity Awareness and Prevention. Attendees may bring a brown bag lunch. RSVP at HealthyOkaloosa5210@flhealth.gov.
• Oct. 25: “Awareness and Prevention of Diabetes,” Whitney Temple, Twin Cities Hospital
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.
Afternoon with a Ranger
Enjoy ice cream and share information about the natural wildlife and habitat at Henderson State Park with a park ranger from 2-3 p.m. Sept. 2 at The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa, 200 Henderson Resort Way. Event is open to the public. Tickets are $10 at https://www.eventbrite.com/.
Chairman Mel Ponder and the members of the Okaloosa County state legislative delegation will host a public hearing from 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 5 at Northwest Florida State College Robert L.F. Sikes Education Center, 805 E. James Lee Boulevard, Room 142, in Crestview. The Florida Department of Transportation will host a meeting beforehand from 5-5:30 p.m. Delegation members will hear public comments on proposals for the 2018 Legislative Session.
The bonding of horse owners with their horses and promoting that harmony at parades and events in Okaloosa and Walton counties is the mission of the Saddle Club. It will meet from 6-6:45 p.m. for social and dinner and 6:45-7:45 p.m. for meeting the first Wednesday of each month at David’s Catfish House, 1296 N. Ferdon Blvd. in Crestview. Call 682-5399 or email email@example.com.
The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7 in Room 130 of Bldg 400 at NWFSC, Niceville campus. “Southeastern Hummingbirds — A lot more than you might thin,” will be presented by Fred Bassett, founder of Hummingbird Research, Inc and federally certified bird bander. Admission is free and open to the public. Call 225-252-2760 for more information.
• Sept. 30: Join local birders in a walk through Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in Niceville led by expert, Lenny Fenimore. Meet at the Oak Creek Shopping Center parking lot by CVS in Niceville on Hwy. 20 at 7:40 a.m. Pay $5 Park entrance fee. Wear closed toed shoes and bring bug spray, binoculars and water. Call 863-2039.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
The Destin Library's Code Club for children in fifth through eighth grades will be divided into two sections, web design and game design. Meetings will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays (web design) and Fridays (game design). Registration is required to participate, and will be capped at 18 students. Register at http://www.cityofdestin.com/forms.aspx?FID=143.
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 referred 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 second Tuesday, the group meets at Fountain Square in downtown Fort Walton Beach for the Growing Local film series. Call 863-4040.