• Destin City Hall: Town Center CRA-AC will meet at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the City Hall Annex, 4100 Indian Bayou Trail.

• Feline Friends: The 2013 Annual General Meeting of Feline Friends of Destin begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Destin Community Center Annex, 101 Stahlman Ave.  Installation of the board members, a financial overview, and a brief summary of the group’s work over the past 12 months will be presented. Volunteers, supporters, and all members of the community are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. RSVP at 837-3869.

All area codes are 850 unless noted.

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.

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed immediately for The Dark Haunted House, presented by the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge at 314 Harbor Blvd. in Destin, formerly Electric Cowboy.  Volunteers, 16 or older, will assist with construction, prop design/building, painting, cleaning, costumes, makeup, security, etc.  Weekend workdays for the build will be Sept. 21-22 and 28-29 plus some weekdays. Email to volunteer or for more information.

Library workshops

The Destin Library has scheduled workshops, Twitter Me, My iPad, Digital Photography, Microsoft Publisher, Facebook, Finding Books Online and Craigslist from September through November at the Library. View workshop descriptions at Registration forms are available by email at For more information call 837-8572.

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.

Volunteer training

Opportunity Place will hold volunteer training at 9:30 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

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

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society

• 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

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. 

Choctaw BayMusic Club

Choctaw Bay Music Club will meet at 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Brooks Beal Center, corner of Beal Parkway and Yacht Club Drive in Fort Walton Beach. Dr. David Ott will present “How the Title Makes the Music.” Student musicians Meredith Stemen, Corbin Philips, Spence Phillips, and Abbey Schmidt, Summer Camp Scholarship awardees, will share highlights of their recent summer music camp experiences. The event is free and open to the public. Call 543-5673 or visit

Women & Money

A Women & Money Unique Issues educational series, designed to provide women with information and encouragement about being financially successful, will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 1, 8 and 15 at the Extension Office, 3098 Airport Road in Crestview. Cost is $20/person and includes materials. Register at or in person at your local Extension Office by Sept. 27. Scholarships may be available based on need.

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

Yard sale

A yard sale to benefit Opportunity Place, a shelter that provides temporary housing for homeless women, children and families in Okaloosa and Walton counties, will be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12 and 12-4p.m. Oct. 13 at 305 Lovejoy Road NW in Fort Walton Beach. To donate items call 409-3070 or email

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.

Luminaria Run

The Third Annual Luminaria Run to End Domestic & Sexual Violence, a unique twilight run, will take place at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 7 beginning at Destin City Hall Annex. The course will follow a path through the Indian Bayou neighborhood lined with more than 2,000 luminarias. The race includes 5k and 9k courses.

Early bird registration is available through Sept. 30 with cost adults, 5k — $25; 9k — $40. Children ages 3 through 12 are $10 for the 5k and $15 for the 10k.

To register, visit or or call 243-1201. 

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.