The snowbird calendcr still has many events, but sadly the end is soon upon us. Last week began with a swinging cruise aboard the Southern Star. The boat rocked with more than wave action as the participants danced around the decks to the music of Chuck Lawson. The dolphins joined in the fun as the group sailed through the waters of Destin harbor and Choctawhatchee Bay. Tuesday, the morning meetings featured the music of Jabbo, Ike and Shannon. Later in the afternoon, it was off to the Seascape Conference Center for the last Tuesday party of the season, and the finale for Christian and James with the Destin Snowbirds. We wish them the best of luck next year in Nashville and on tour.

Last Thursday, Valentine's Day, 180 snowbird ladies enjoyed a great fashion show and luncheon. A quartet from the Emerald Coast Chorus set the stage for the snowbird models, who looked fabulous in Coldwater Creek fashions, with hair styles by Becca and make-up by Bare Minerals. Entertainment was provided by Pat McAlpine, our professor of Funology. Pat will be doing his last session for this season from 10-11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25 at the Destin Fishing Museum. Thanks to Elise Eggert and Judy Willson for the great job on decorations and arrangements for this show.

Several of the club's activities have enjoyed a strong season. Jim Slis reports that the poker nights have expanded to five tables, up from just two when the program began. Games include 5 and 10 cent games of dealer's choice as well as Texas Hold'em. As many as 20 members, both men and women, are expected to come from 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays for the games at the Seascape Conference Center.

Outdoors, tennis has more players too. Room for all skill levels exists on the courts of Silver Shells and Silver Dunes due to a strong growth in membership. Jim Boehlert reports as many as 80 players have enjoyed the play three times a week this past season. This past Tuesday the group enjoyed a season ending party at Carrabba's.

The club activity tables at the front of the auditorium are fewer in number as the year comes to a close. Ken Yee is still selling seats for the last two casino bus trips of the season, and Jack Boex is still talking about fishing as the weather turns to spring.

Storage locker tickets have been on sale for the past two weeks, and the locker will be open from 8-9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, for all those leaving at the end of February. The locker will be open each and every Saturday morning through March 23. Many thanks to Jim Galea, who has coordinated this activity for 14 years. Tom Millar will answer any questions about storage locker concerns in the future.

Snowbirds who are emptying their cupboards are reminded that the Community Center is happy to take donations of unopened non-perishable food items for use in the local food banks. Simply bring the items with you on Tuesday and place them on the table in the lobby. Next Tuesday, Feb. 26, the NWFSC Jazz Band will provide the entertainment for the last double meeting of the season. The Friendship Club will meet for lunch at Angler's following the 11 a.m. meeting. March meetings will be at 10 a.m. March 5 and 12.

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