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.
• Public Works/Public Safety, 5:30 p.m. July 10
• Board of Adjustment Hearing, 5:30 p.m. July 11
• Harbor CRA-AC, 5:30 p.m. July 12
Summer Food Service Program
Free nutritionally balanced breakfasts and lunches will be provided to all children 18 and younger during summer vacation through Aug. 3. Hours are 7-7:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon at Destin Elementary School. For more information, visit SummerFoodFlorida.org.
Birthday Party for Capt. Ben
Capt. Ben Marler and his family invite his friends and the community to celebrate his 80th birthday with him from 8-11 a.m. July 5 at the Destin Community Center. He will speak and pray for those who need healing. If you want to bring him a gift, he could use a box of Nature Valley Oat Bars to use in his street ministry. Send any birthday cards to Ben Marler, P.O.Box 1458 Destin, FL 32540.
The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will have a stitch-in from 1:30-4:30 p.m. July 8 in the Religious Education building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd. in Niceville. Call 496-3466 with any questions.
Fresh Foodies Class
Fresh Foodies, with Chef Carrie Knife, meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Destin School of the Arts, Building A, 200 Beach Drive. Next class is July 10. Call 837-2021, ext. 236, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot. A one-time registration fee is $25 and includes custom apron and recipe binder. Class participation is $45.
The Republican Women of Okaloosa Federated will meet at 11:30 a.m. July 11 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 575 Santa Rosa Blvd. on Okaloosa Island. The program will be a forum consisting of Republican candidates running for school board. Cost of lunch is $18/members and $20/guests. Make reservations at 305-4331 or email@example.com by July 7.
Guided Bird Walks
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Audubon Society host a guided bird walk from 8:15-10:15 a.m. July 11 and Aug. 8 at the park in Santa Rosa Beach. Learn about the birds in the park. If time permits, explore the beach. Program is free with regular park admission.
Junior Golf Classic
The Northwest Florida Daily News will host the 39th Annual Marvin DeBolt Junior Golf Classic July 11 and 12 at Eglin AFB Eagle golf course for ages 8 to 18. Proceeds benefit the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. Youth aged 12 to 18 will play 18 holes each day, and 8 to 11 year-olds will play 9 holes each day. With tee times starting at 8 a.m. each morning, 12 to 18 year-olds entry fee is $95, and 8 to 11-year-olds’ entry fee is $60, which includes green fees, food, refreshments, and trophies to winners in all divisions. Entry deadline is noon July 7. Register on-line at www.eccac.org.
Today’s Boutique will celebrate its 37th birthday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 20 and 21 at 4433 Commons Drive E #E103 in Destin, with some items 37 percent off. Today’s will have special “goodie bags” complimentary with each purchase, along with champagne, cake, and other light snacks while you shop and play games to win prizes.
Red, White and Bowl w/Brunch
Ronda Coon Women’s Home in Fort Walton Beach will host a fundraiser, Red, White and Bowl with Brunch, from 8-10 a.m. July 27 at Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl and Grill, 4251 Legendary Drive in Destin. Cost is $250 per lane and $20 for non bowlers for two hours of bowling with shoes and a silent auction. To register call 586-0585.
In an effort to provide students with the necessary resources to be successful while attending NWFSC, the Feed-A-Raider food pantry initiative was created to address the issue of food shortages faced by many college students. The Food Pantry is open, and able to provide services to currently enrolled students. Non-perishable food donations and personal care items are now being accepted. Call 729-6649.
Community service hours
Young adults looking for the opportunity to earn community service hours toward high school graduation requirements and Bright Futures Scholarships need only call the Destin Library at 837-8572 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to begin accruing hours. This summer the library will host a number of programs during the months of June and July and there is a need for helping hands, AKA volunteers, to get things done.
Food For Thought
Food For Thought Outreach is rolling out its seventh annual summer program the first week of June. Providing hungry children and families with easy-to-prepare foods is a year round responsibility. Students in our community will miss an average of 110 meals over the summer break from school and help is needed to feed more than 350 families this summer. Sponsor a family for $35/week, $125/month or $375/summer. To make donation, visit fftfl.org.
Big Truck Day
The free annual Big Truck Day will be held from 9-11 a.m. Aug. 3 in the Destin Community Center parking lot. The event welcomes children of all ages to come and see the unique trucks working in our community. Call 654-5184 or email email@example.com for info.
Tai Chi Class
The Destin Library will offer one-hour Tai Chi classes with Barbara Rezmer, a certified Tai Chi for Health instructor, on 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 per-son. 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.
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 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sundays. 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.
Only recreation right now is Pickle Ball. Please call the Connection Desk for the current calendar at 837-2021.
Destin Community Center
All activities are at the Destin Community Center, unless noted. Call 654-5184 or email email@example.com information and to register. Persons with disabilities who require assistance are asked to notify the center 48 hours in advance.
‒ Adult Dodge Ball: Adult only dodge ball will take place from 7-9 p.m. Fridays for 17 and older. Fee is $3/non-residents and $2/residents.
‒ Capoeria: Class in the Brazilian martial art that combines the elements of dance, acrobatics and music will be held 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.
‒ Dodge Ball: Open game from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays for children 8 to 14. Fee is $3/non-residents and $2/residents. Waiver required for children.
‒ Game Room: Open to children age 10 and older from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays..
‒ Pickleball: Sessions are from 12:30-3:30. Mondays and 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Fee is $3/non-residents or $2/residents. Racquets and balls are available, just bring gym shoes.
‒ 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 the “team map” as we travel from one region to the next.
‒ Table Tennis: Play from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. 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.