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.
• Special City Council, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 13
• City Council, 6 p.m. Sept. 17
• Special Magistrate Hearing, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18
• Town Center CRA-AC, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 19
• Local Planning Agency, 5:30 p.m . Sept. 20
The Happy Hearts
A Village Church Senior Ministry, The Happy Hearts will meet for lunch and fellowship from 1-3 p.m. Sept. 13 at Ole Times Country Buffet, 713 Harbor Blvd. in Destin. Buffet is $9.25 with no credit cards. Meet and pay in the back meeting room. Guest speaker will be Bubba White. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Village Food Pantry. Call 598-0954.
Focus on Election Cybersecurity
Are you worried about hackers compromising the security of your vote and our election process? To help set your mind at ease, the League of Women Voters invites you to join them for lunch with the supervisors of elections to discuss how election equipment and your franchise are being protected. The meetings are free and open to the public, but attendees are responsible for purchasing their own lunches.
In Okaloosa County, lunch with Paul Lux at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 13 at the Twisted Grape, 1193 Eglin Parkway in Shalimar. RSVP to email@example.com
Beach Cleanup Destin
The City of Destin and the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance are partnering again this year for the 2018 International Coastal Cleanup from 9-11 a.m. Sept. 15 at Norriego Point along East Pass and Destin harbor. Free T-shirts will be provided to participants.
Volunteers of all ages are invited to participate in the International Coastal Beach Cleanup from 8-10 a.m. Sept. 15 at the Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island. Walk the coastline to collect discarded debris such as plastic bags and containers, glass and plastic bottles, Styrofoam, fishing line, cigarette butts (1.4 trillion are carelessly discarded worldwide each year), aluminum cans, and more items that harm marine life and ecosystems. Pre-register at www.theboardwalk.com/beachcleanup or at The Crab Trap the morning of the event. Once signed in, you may begin collecting trash from the beach. A post-clean up breakfast will be provided for all participants complimentary of The Crab Trap. Compete to collect the most cigarette butts for recycling, or for the most unusual litter find. Participants will receive an event T-shirt (limited quantity), trash bag, gloves, and a little sand in their soul.
The 231st anniversary of the signing of the Constitution will be commemorated during Constitution Week, Sept. 17-23. The Daughter’s of the American Revolution (DAR) are distributing Constitution Booklets to fifth grade students, receiving proclamations from the Mayor’s offices and edu-cating the public. The National DAR office suggests that all public buildings, private persons, etc., ring bells at 4 p.m. on Sept. 17 or read the Preamble of the Constitution.
Master Gardener Presentation
The Okaloosa County Master Gardeners will present a power point program on how to choose plants for this area, and how to get them in the ground correctly, from 10-11 a.m. Sept. 19 at the County Extension Annex, 127 Hollywood Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach. This is a very popular program, so be sure to reserve your seat at 689-5850. This workshop is free and open to the public.
The Tri-County Horticulture and Environmental Studies Group will meet at 10 a.m. Sept. 20 at the Elks Lodge, 2002 Elks Way in Navarre. “Gardening Outside the Box” will be presented by Joe Taverniti. Group will lunch at the Beach House Bar and Grill, 8375 Gulf Blvd. While in Navarre, attendees can visit the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center just over the bridge and left at the 4-way stop to the first building on the left.
Sacred Heart Seminar
A free community education program, Benefits of Otago and Yoga Exercise, will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 21 at Somerby Assisted Living, 164 W. Hewett Road in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 278-3600 or 877-416-1620 to register.
Okaloosa County Master Gardeners will hold their Fall Plant Sale from 8-11 a.m. Sept. 22 at the Okaloosa County Extension Annex, 127 NW Hol-lywood Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach. They have over 1,500 plants in their nursery inventory, including plants that attract butterflies and other polli-nators, Florida native plants and Florida Friendly plants. Plants are $5 each for 1-gallon plants or five plants for $20. Proceeds from the plant sale will be used to provide educational programs for the public on gardening topics.
Health Fair 2018
Health Fair 2018, sponsored by the Christian Life Center of the First Baptist Church and Brookdale Senior Living, will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 22 at 21 First Street in Fort Walton Beach.
Middle School Dance
The Destin Community Center will host a Middle School Dance from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 28 for all middle school children. Cover fee is $5/person. There will be a photo booth and concessions available. Glow in the dark items will be for sale. Call 654-5184 for more information.
The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart invites former patients and families of its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to the annual NICU reunion from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Greenhut Auditorium at Sacred Heart Hospital, 5151 N. Ninth Ave. in Pensacola. Guests are advised to use the Ninth Avenue parking garage. NICU reunion guests are invited to dress up in fairy-tale-themed costumes and enjoy games, story time, crafts and snacks, as well as indoor and outdoor play areas. The reunion is free, but families are invited to bring a blanket or book to donate to babies currently in our NICU. Call (850) 416-1600.
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a free presentation, “Re-introducing Your Library,” at 2 p.m. Oct. 9 at the library. The public is invited to join others for an afternoon of learning about how libraries are evolving. Megan Fontaine, a staff member, will explain how to check out and read e-books. Those attending are encouraged to bring their Kindle or other reading device so they can try it out. Fontaine will also explain other new conveniences at the library and new programs being offered to children, teens and the general public. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
A workshop to assist students in Okaloosa County High Schools who will take the Nov. 3 SAT will be held from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 22-23 and 27-29 in the Media Center at Fort Walton Beach High School or from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 24 and 25 and 31 and Nov. 1 at Niceville High School. If taking Oct. 27 ACT, workshops will be on Oct. 22-23 at Fort Walton Beach High School and Oct. 24-25 at Niceville High. All materials, snacks and drinks are furnished. Students need to bring calculators. Registration deadline is Oct. 10. For information, contact Alice Hart at 615-585-2401, email Amhart1966@aol.com or contact your high school guidance department.
Pink Walk Fundraiser
Fore Her will hold a fundraiser, The Pink Walk, from 12-3 p.m. Nov. 4 at Destin Commons for its mission of assisting local breast cancer patients. The half-mile walk and after party will feature a DJ and photo booth, sweet treats, activities for children, an aerobics class and inspirational words from local news channel WJHG’s Jessica Foster. Cost is $35/adults and $20/ages five to 12. For more information visit www.foreher.org/pinkwalk.
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 be-ginning Sept. 10 at 9 a.m. The cost is $5/session. Enrollment is limited to 12 participants with registrations (on a first-come first-served basis) ac-cepted by phone or in per-son. Call 837-8572.
Meet and Greet
The Destin Library will host a meet and greet for the new library director, Wen Livingston, from 4:30-6 p.m. Sept. 11. Everyone is invited to come meet Wen and wish her well in her new position.
Community Garden Meeting
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor an afternoon presentation about Destin’s Community Garden Project with community advo-cate Ron Sandstead at 2 p.m. Sept. 11. This program is free and open to the public. In 2013, he helped organize the Main Street Betterment Alliance which was focused on beautifying the Main Street corridor. Currently he is spearheading the Destin Banner Art Project which has as its goal to promote local artists through the display of banners in Destin’s Town Center.
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 Oct. 9. Call 837-2021, ext. 236, or email email@example.com to reserve a spot. A one-time registration fee is $25 and includes custom apron and recipe binder. Class participation is $45.
Holiday Craft Show
The City of Destin’s 12th Annual Holiday Craft Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Destin Community Center. There will be hand-crafted jewelry, woodcarvings, watercolor paintings, and much more from more than 50 vendors. Vendor booths are available for $45/residents and $55/non-residents (+$10 for a corner booth). Register early, as space is limited. Admission to the public is free. Call 654-5184 for more information.
A Holiday Baking Class, taught by Chef Jim Shirah, will be held at the Destin Community Center for children ages 8-14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 19 and 20. The fee is $40/residents and $50/non-residents. Students will take home several holiday cookies and treats. Register early at 654-5184.
Christmas Tree Lighting
The 32nd annual Christmas Tree Lighting, hosted by the City of Destin, will be held at the Destin Community Center at 6 p.m. Nov. 29. This will be an outdoor event for the entire family with a visit from Santa Claus, entertainment from local choruses, musical groups, etc. with refreshments served after the lighting of the tree. Donations of canned food will be collected for families in need. Call 654-5184.
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 vege-tables 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 Am-phitheatre 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 im-prove 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 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, Wednesdays 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-South Walton Toastmasters, 5:45-7:15 p.m. 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month at Walton County Utility Building.
• Club 03119366 Panhandle Toastmasters, 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays at Elks Lodge #2747 Conference Room, 224 Seminole Ave. in Valparaiso, every week except the first Tuesday of the month. On that day meet at Cold Creek BBQ, 318 Valparaiso Parkway in Valparaiso.
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.