All area codes are 850 unless noted

Middle School Dance

Destin Middle School Cheerleaders host a social evening of dancing, music, and refreshments from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Destin Community Center. Cost is $5/person. Register at 654-5184.

Silent Auction

St. Andrew’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 307 Harbor Blvd. in Destin, will hold a silent auction from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 13 to support its outreach ministries. There will be live music, heavy home-made appetizers, beer, wine and soda and plenty of items up for bids. Tickets are $10/person and are available now or at the door. For tickets, call 650-2737.

Backpack Bash 

Celebrate the new school year at the biggest free Back to School Backpack Bash from 3:30-5 p.m. Sept. 13 at Abrakadoodle studio at Destin Commons. Family and friends of all ages can help celebrate with giveaways, snacks, crafts, face painting from Abrakadoodle and free popcorn from AMC Destin Commons 14. The Destin Fire Control will be onsite allowing children to roam their fire engine and get a behind the scenes look of the vehicle. Children are encouraged to bring their backpacks for approval by Dr. Shawna Hogan of Regatta Chiropractic and Laser Center. Enjoy hands on activities to learn about dental hygiene with Dr. Amber Wiebe of Santa Rosa Beach Dental. Blueprint Health Studio will be in attendance showing the entire family exciting ways to stay fit and healthy. Call 424-5058.

Volunteers needed

The Destin Library needs interested persons to volunteer for its 2013-2014 instructional computer program. Both instructors and teaching assistants are needed. Individuals should possess skills using the Windows XP operating system. Instructors are needed for applications/online and also equipment/device training including Kindle, Nook and iPad. If interested, email

Main Street Market

Destin’s Main Street Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday in the parking lot of the Destin Water Users Building, 218 Main Street, with fresh local produce, baked goods, jams and jellies, jewelry, soap, farm fresh eggs, milk, local roasted coffee, tacos, Crust artisan bakers, fresh gyros and salads. Call 855-6384.


Applebee's in Sandestin will sponsor a fundraiser for the American Federation of Police & Concerned Citizens from 8-10 a.m. Sept. 15. Tickets will be on sale for $7 at Applebee's from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 14 from Dennis Wise, president of the AFP&CC. If unable to purchase tickets on those dates, email Wise at

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society

• Sept. 14: Bird Walk at the Shoal River Sanctuary hosted by Bob and Chris Larson. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Niceville Food World to carpool. Call 651-0392.

• Sept. 28: Bird Walk at Ft. Pickens, Gulf Islands National Seashore led by Alan Knothe. Meet at 7 a.m. at Uptown Station in Fort Walton Beach or at Langdon Battery at 8:15 a.m. Call 862-3498.


Thrivent Financial will hold a free educational workshop, “Social Security: Strategize To Maximize,” at 9 a.m. Sept. 14 at Grace Lutheran Church, 4325 Commons Drive in Destin, to help people understand that Social Security is just part of their overall retirement picture. To register, call 420-7321 or email by Sept. 6. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Farmer’s Market

The merchants of Downtown Fort Walton Beach will host a Farmer's Market from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 14 at 201 S. E. Miracle Strip Parkway in the grassy area behind Burrito Del Sol and Bella Day Spa & Hair Studio. Vendors will have locally grown and handmade items, such as fresh farm produce and fruit, honey, baked goods, fresh eggs, Greek and German food items, jams, jellies, dips, salsas, handmade soaps and scrubs, and more.

Cardboard Boat Race

Bluewater Bay Marina hosts its annual Cardboard Boat Race at 4 p.m. Sept. 15. Registration begins at 3 p.m. Entry fee for adult division is $40, junior division (12 and under), $20.  Prizes will be awarded. For more information, Rules and Regulation or to pre-register, call 897-2821 or visit

Safety First For All

Meet McGruff and Vince & Larry the Crash Test Dummies from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in the parking at Destiny Worship Center, 122 Poinciana Blvd. in Destin. Event includes bicycle rodeo and helmet fittings, car seat checks, child passenger safety information and equipment, prizes and giveaways. Call 892-8172.

Lunch and Learn

 A free lunch and learn seminar on dementia, sponsored by Covenant Hospice and Amedisys Home Health, will take place at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 17  at the Fort Walton Beach Senior Center, 31 SW Memorial Parkway. Debbie Whitney, RN, BSN in behavioral health, will present “Why Are My Keys in the Freezer?: Uncovering the Differences between Normal Aging and Early Dementia.” Reservations required by Sept. 14 at 855-2388. 

Book signing

Author Linda Colquitt Taylor will sign copies of her book, “LSU Alphabet Book,” from 4-5:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at End Zone Apparel, 34940 Emerald Coast Parkway, Suite 106 in Destin. Future Tigers will love learning the alphabet as they find out all about LSU. Alumni will love reminiscing about LSU from seeing azaleas to hearing zydeco music.

Let’s Talk Marine Debris

Henderson Beach State Park in Destin and its support organization, The Friends of Emerald Coast State Parks, hosts a marine debris educational program from 8-10 a.m. Sept. 21 as part of National Public Lands Day. Learn what marine debris is, where it comes from, how long it takes to biodegrade, and the effects it has on marine life.  Also, participate in the Florida Coastal Clean-up, scheduled at the park. Event weather permitting. Park entrance fees are waived to participants. Call 837-7550.

Shooting Sports

The Okaloosa/Walton Counties Cub Scouts will hold their annual Shooting Sports day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Mullet Festival site in  Niceville.  Age appropriate activities such as BB guns, archery, and slingshot paintball will be conducted by trained staff in a safe environment. Open to all Cub Scouts and their siblings for a cost of $10.  Not a Scout but want to join? Come and see what Scouting is all about.

Women’s Expo

Cumulus Broadcasting will host a “Women’s Expo” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort’s Grand Sandestin in the Magnolia Ballroom. Parking and admission are free for attendees. The Cumulus Women’s Expo will include shopping, entertainment, health and beauty items, a fashion show, prizes and more. The first 300 attendees receive goody bags, and all attendees are welcome at an after-party at 3 p.m. at Elephant Walk and will receive a free glass of wine courtesy of the Elephant Walk. Call 243-2323. 

Tai Chi

Classes in Tai Chi, an ancient form of exercise, will be offered from 9-10 a.m. Mondays beginning Sept. 23 at the Destin Library. Cost is $5/session. Register by phone at 837-8572 or in person at the Library.

Day for Kids

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast hosts its annual free Day for Kids from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Fort Walton Beach Landing. 

Volunteer training

Opportunity Place will hold volunteer training at 9:309 a.m. Sept. 26 at 305 Lovejoy Road in Fort Walton Beach. Volunteers are needed for administrative duties, shelter help, special events and more at the shelter for homeless women and families seeking temporary housing. To RSVP for training call 409-3070 or email

Heart Walk

Okaloosa and Walton County residents can join the American Heart Association Heart Walk at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 28 at NWFSC in Niceville. The non-competitive, three-mile walk includes teams of employees from local companies, along with friends and family members of all ages. For information, call  1-800-257-6941, ext. 6082 or visit

IT Pro Camp

An IT Pro Camp will be held from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Northwest Florida State College Niceville Campus, Student Services Center (SSC) at 100 College Blvd. The one-day learning event is free of charge and geared toward professional development for those working in the IT field and is also open to high school or college students or the general public who have an interest in computer science. Advance registration is requested as space is limited. Advance registration is available at  The event includes door prizes from Microsoft and other vendors, as well as refreshments. Call 729-6099 or for information.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s begins at 8:45 a.m. Oct. 12 at the Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. For information, call 225-0680 or email, or visit

Vendor opportunity

Valparaiso Garden Club is now accepting vendors for the Viva Florida 500 festival to be held Oct. 16 in Perrine Park, Valparaiso. Contact to request vendor applications or download a copy at

ACT/SAT workshop

A workshop to assist students in Okaloosa County High Schools who will take the Oct. 26 ACT and the Nov. 2 SAT will be held from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 15-16, 1-4 p.m. Oct. 21 and 2-5 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Media Center at Fort Walton Beach High School and from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 17-18, 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 21 and 2-5 p.m. Oct. 22 at Niceville High School. All materials, snacks and drinks are furnished. Students need to bring calculators. Registration deadline is Sept. 26. For information, contact Alice Hart at 615-585-2401, email or contact your high school guidance department.

Camellia show

The 50th Annual Camellia Show and Plant Sale, presented by the Greater Fort Walton Beach Camellia Society, will be held from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 9 in the atrium of Westwood Retirement Resort, 1001 Mar Walt Drive. Awards will be given in several divisions and categories. No entries will be accepted for competition after 10:30 a.m. Nov. 9. Call 477-3625 or email

Thanksgiving Feast

Harbor Docks will host its 19th Annual Thanksgiving Feast. People from all walks of life gather at the Destin restaurant in a true Thanksgiving tradition. Those who are capable of making donations are encouraged to do so. All proceeds raised benefit Habitat for Humanity and Destin Harvest projects.

Destin Library

The following events are held regularly at the Destin Library. Call 837-8572

• Tai Chi for Arthritis: At 7 a.m.  Wednesdays. Cost is $5/class.

• Cuddlers & Toddlers Storytime: From 3-3:45 p.m. Tuesdays and 9:30-10:15 a.m. Thursdays for ages 4 months to 4 years.

• Independent Film Series: Independent and foreign films shown at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month.

• Friends of the Destin Library: Monthly meeting held at 10 a.m. the second Friday of each month.

Destin Community Center

All activities are at the Destin Community Center, unless noted. Call 654-5184 for information and to register. Persons with disabilities who require assistance are asked to notify the center 48 hours in advance.

• Chair yoga: Monday and Thursday at 10 a.m. Cost is $3/class.

• Duplicate bridge: Mondays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and 12:320 p.m. Wednesdays. Entry fee: $6. No partner needed. Bridge lessons 11 a.m. Wednesdays.

• Intermediate party bridge: Mondays and Tuesdays at 12:45 p.m. at Buck Destin Park. Call 837-1967. Beginning bridge class at 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays. $2/session.

• Jazzercise class: 6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Call 621-3055. 

• Kidz Klub: After-school program from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Now accepting applications.

• Low Impact Aerobics: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:15 a.m. Bring water and a towel. Cost is $3/session.

• MMA Fitness: Class from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday for all ages. Cost is $7. Grappling bags and gloves provided.

• Pickleball: Pickle Ball courts are available. Call if interested.

• Walking Club: Walk with music from 8-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.

• Woodcarving: Fridays at 9 a.m. Fee is $2.

• Yoga: Thursdays at noon. Cost is $5/class.

• Zumba gold: Monday and Thursday at 11 a.m. Cost is $6/class.