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. Nov. 6
• Harbor CRA-AC, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8
• Observance of Veterans Day, closed Nov. 10
• Public Works/Public Safety, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14
• Business Tax Receipt Equity Study, 2 p.m. Nov. 15
• Town Center CRA-AC, :3o p.m. Nov. 15
• Local Planning Agency, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 16
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
Field trip Nov. 4 with Alan Knothe in an exploration of private forest near DeFuniak Springs. Meet at the Niceville CVS parking lot in Oak Creek Shopping Center at 7:30 a.m. or make your way to Goodwin drive about 5 miles west of DeFuniak off Bob Sikes Highway at 8:30. Wear closed toed shoes and long pants and bring a sack lunch. Call 208-1780 for additional information.
• Nov. 18: Join expert birder Bruce Purdy in a bird walk at Destin Beaches. Meet in the parking lot at the SW end of Marler Bridge over East Pass at 7:30 a.m. Wear closed toed shoes and a hat and have your current beach permit which can be obtained online at eglin.isportsman.net. Call 305-359-5334.
Marlin 5K Walk/Run
The Third Annual LuLu’s Marlin 5K Walk/Run to benefit Destin Middle School’s athletic department begins at 8 a.m. Nov. 4 with registration at 7 a.m. The walk/run will begin at 8 a.m. with registration at 7 a.m. A complimentary Post Run Party will be held for registered runners at LuLu’s, with others paying $5 to attend. Entry fee for runners/walkers is $30/person. Registration forms are at LuLu’s gift shop, or register at www.lulubuffett.com/destin, under Crazy Fun.
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.
The Tropical Smoothie Café in the City Market Bayside shopping center in Destin will host an Animal Adoption in conjunction with the Walton County Animal Shelter from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 5. There will be music and lawn games outside such as corn hole, jumbo Jenga, and jumbo Connect 4. The adoption fee for the dogs and cats is $55, which includes spay/neuter, age-appropriate shots, heartworm test, and a microchip. Anyone who adopts an animal will receive a free smoothie of their choice.
Fall Concert Series
Life Issues Real Answers, an outreach of Dee Chernicky Ministries, will host concerts from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 5, 12 and 26 at HarborWalk Village.Each week will feature a different local church worship band plus a local Christian artist. National Christian artist John Waller, with hit songs from the movie Fireproof, will perform on Nov. 12.
Treats for our Troops
Sarah K’s Gourmet, 34940 U.S. Hwy. 98 in Destin, will be collecting left over Halloween candy through Monday, Nov. 6, for our troops stationed overseas. Children are encouraged to pen the soldiers a note and include a picture of him or herself dressed up for Halloween
The Destin Library will host a free film screening of “To Begin The World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine” at 3 p.m. Nov. 7. The program is open to the public. For details call 837-8572.
The Mac Users Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in the NWFSC Student Services Center, Room 132. Milton (Eddie) Branch will speak on “iCloud and Apple services — How to make them work for you.” For more information, call 862-3327 or email email@example.com.
A workshop to assist students in Okaloosa County High Schools who will take the Dec. 2 SAT, Dec. 9 ACT will be held from 2:15-4:15 p.m. Nov. 27-28 and Dec. 4-6 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 Nov. 9. For information, contact Alice Hart at 615-585-2401, email Amhart1966@aol.com or contact your high school guidance department.
Destin Community Thanks Fest
Immanuel Anglican Church and Coastline Calvary Chapel will host the Destin Community Thanks Fest beginning at 3 p.m. Nov. 11 at Immanuel, 250 Indian Bayou Trail. Enjoy the festival games, live music, face painting, inflatables, free dinner, ice cream truck, and more. The festival games will go from 3-5, and starting at 5:15 there will be a movie on the lawn. Entry is free, but a canned food donation is encouraged to support Harvest House in Destin.
Everything for Christmas will be on tables out front and on sale during the Ninth Annual Christmas Bazaar at Harvest House, 300 Mountain Drive in Destin. Hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 11. Free food while you shop.
Destin Pooch Palooza
The Destin Pooch Palooza will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Nancy Weidenhamer Dog Park, 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. Visiting dogs must be up to date on their shots and be kept on a leash. Admission is free, and donations will be taken. For more information, visit Friends of the Destin Dog Park Facebook Page.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast will hold a golf tournament, A Round for the Kids, Nov. 11 at Emerald Bay Golf Club in Destin. Fill out application at https://emeraldcoastbgc.org/. Call 344-7722 for more information.
To celebrate our heroes, the Emerald Coast Honor Games, a day of competition, honor, community, fun, food, and world class views, will be held Nov. 11 at Legendary Marine/Marina in Destin. The day will begin with the “Ruck 22” event at 5:30 a.m. To sign up and to see more about the event, visit www.emeraldcoasthonorgames.com/
Exhibit at Destin Library
The Destin Library will showcase the work of local artist Rick Otoupalik from Nov 13 through Dec. 15. His exhibit, “LiterARTure,” will feature a variety of the artist’s work.. In 2015, he exhibited his one-man show, “Artifice and Artifact,” at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries at Northwest Florida State College. He currently serves on the board of directors for ADSO and Artel Gallery. A greet and meet the artist will be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 16.
DES Spirit Nights
LuLu’s in Destin will host Spirit Night for Destin Elementary from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 13 (the second Monday of each month through April). Ten percent of food and drink sales will be donated to the Destin Elementary PTO. LuLu's is at the foot of the Mid-Bay Bridge.
A salute to veterans
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will host a presentation by Major Ken Beaird, “A Salute to our Veterans,” at 2 p.m. Nov. 14 at the library. This program is free and open to the public.
Beaird is a Vietnam veteran and fighter pilot and a member of the “Crispy Warriors,” a local eclectic group made up of WWII, Korea and Vietnam vets, and patriotic citizens representing the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.
The Northwest Florida Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 14 at Central Park in Alys Beach. Tom Dodson, vice president of sales for Alys Beach, will speak on "The Alys Beach Brand- From Vision to Execution." The cost for members and students is $15 and $25 for non-members. Pre-registration required at www.nwfcoastFPRA.org.
Presentation at Destin Library
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will host a presentation by Richard Barlow Adams, “West Point on the Eve of the Civil War,” at 2 p.m. Nov. 14 at the library. This program is free and open to the public. Call 837-8572.
ADSO’s Christmas Market
The Arts & Design Society's members host the annual Arts and Crafts Christmas Market from Nov. 14 to Dec. 16, featuring an assortment of gifts, including jewelry, paintings, clay works, decorations, photographs, and note cards, all created by the members. Works are all reasonably priced. These are available in the Gallery, when the Art Center is open: Tuesday-Friday, 12-4 p.m. and Saturday, 1-4 p.m. at the Art Center, 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach Beach. Visit http://artsdesignsociety.org. or call 244-1271.
Tickets are now on sale for a five-course celebratory dinner and wine pairing beginning at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at The Gulf on Okaloosa Island. Tickets are $75/person, which includes the wine. Proceeds for this dinner will benefit the EOD Warrior Foundation, a non-profit group that provides financial assistance and support to active-duty and veteran wounded, injured, or ill EOD warriors and their families. Buy tickets at www.eventbrite.com (Search Presenting Wesley True-Executive Culinary Director).
Holiday Craft Show
The City of Destin’s 11th Annual Holiday Craft Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Destin Community Center. There will be hand-crafted jewelry, woodcarvings, watercolor paintings, and more from more than 50 vendors. Vendor booths are available for $45/Destin residents and $55/non-residents (+$10 for a corner booth). This includes an 8 x 10 space, one 6’ table, and two chairs. Register early, as space is limited. Admission is free. Call 5184 for more information.
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. 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.
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 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.
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 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.
‒ Chair Yoga: Classes consisting of performing traditional yoga poses from a chair for lower impact from 10-11 a.m. Thursdays beginning Oct. 12. Cost is $4/class.
‒ 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.
‒ 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: Sessions are from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mondays. Fee is $3/non-residents or $2/residents. Racquets and balls are available, just bring gym shoes.
‒ 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.
‒ Zumba Gold: A low impact class using Latin music for fitness/dance classes from 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays beginning Oct. 12. Fee is $6/session
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.