Destin City Hall                                                                                                                                         The Town Center CRA-AC will meet at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 16.

Financial workshop

Free financial education workshops will be offered from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 16 and 17 at Northwest Florida State College in the Student Services Building on the Niceville campus. These free workshops are hosted by Shelter House, made possible through a grant from The Allstate Foundation. To register, call 243-1201.

Grand Opening/Open House                                                                                                      Northwest Florida State College will hold a Grand Opening and Open House for the colleges new Activities Center from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Niceville Campus. The event will include a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. Call 729-5362 or 729-5357.

Hormones and weight loss seminar                                                                                                       Dr. Nitin Bawa, president and founder of Dr. Bawa and Associates, will present Common Misconceptions About Hormones and Weight Loss at 5 p.m. Jan. 16 at 155 Crystal Beach Drive in Destin. Call 424-7320 to reserve your spot. The first ten seats can be reserved at no charge but after that it will cost $10 per person. The $10 can be applied toward any service purchased at the clinic other than co pays.

Libertarian Party
The Libertarian Party of Okaloosa County will meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at Aces Restaurant, 6583 Hwy. 90 in Milton.

Seminar                                                                                                                                             Sacred Heart Physical Therapist, Amy Arnold, PT, will present a free seminar, Back to Golf, a 10 a.m. Jan. 16 in the Suite 3 Conference Room at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Attendees will learn about a new program being offered by Sacred Heart Rehabilitation. To register, call 278-3600.

All area codes are 850 unless noted.

Carrabbas cooking class

Carrabbas Italian Grill at Silver Sands Premium Outlets will share secrets from its kitchen in a cooking class to benefit Shelter House from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 18 at 10562 U.S. Hwy. 98. The afternoon will also feature food samples, a complimentary glass of wine, a raffle and recipes to take home.
Tickets are $40 per person. Seating is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register, call 243-1201 or visit

Florida Trail Association

The Florida Trail Association will hold the following events. Visit or call the listed number.
Jan. 18-21: A 4-day 3-ight backpacking adventure on Eglin in Walton County. Call 585-5150 or 816-916-5736.
Jan. 22: Monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at Eds Hometown Seafood & Steaks in Niceville. Visitors welcome. Call 654-1172.
Jan. 26: A 3, 5, or 8 mile hike at 9 a.m. in Point Washington State Forrest near Santa Rosa Beach. Call 302-528-8284 or 816-916-5736.
Jan. 26: A 4-mile night hike around Karick Lake at 5 p.m. with dinner following at the Gator Caf in Baker. Call 651-0902 or 682-6098.

Topsail tours

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach will hold the following tours. All programs except Breakfast with a Ranger require a $6 entry admission into the park. Outside tours are canceled during severe weather. For information, call 267-8330.
Jan. 18: A night hike begins at 4:45 p.m. by watching the sunset, then a 1 mile hike to the day use parking lot.
Jan. 19: Learn which spiders in Florida are poisonous, where they live, what they eat, and the benefits they bring to us at 2 p.m.
Jan. 26: Learn what type of creatures, on land and sea, can be found in this area at 2 p.m.

Team parties

Team parties for the 2013 Destin Relay for Life will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 23, Feb. 27 and March 20 at the Elks Lodge on Okaloosa Island. Call 318-455-9400 or email

Computer workshops

The Destin Library will offer computer workshops from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on the following dates. Workshops are open to individuals with a valid library card and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration required at the library or by fax. The last day for pre-registration will be two days prior to the scheduled workshop date. Call 837-8572.
Digital Photography 1: Jan. 23
Twitter: Jan. 23
Craigslist: Jan. 30
Digital Photogaphy 2: Jan. 30
Facebook: Feb. 13
Microsoft Publisher: Feb. 13
eBook Readers User Group: Feb. 20
Picasa: Feb. 20
Email 1: Feb. 27
Pinterest: Feb. 27
Email 2: March 13
Photo Sharing: March 13

Tax workshop

A free tax workshop, hosted by Shelter House, will be offered to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Fort Walton Beach Library. Topics covered will include maximizing your tax return, knowing what forms you need to file, learning which credits you are eligible to claim, advice for divorced or single parents on claiming children, document retention and more. To register, call 243-1201.

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society

Jan. 26: Join Bruce Purdy for a bird walk at the Okaloosa Landfill and Sprayfields to see a wide variety of interesting birds. Meet at the Coach and Four Restaurant on N. Lewis Turner Blvd. at 7:30 a.m. Call 305-359-5334 or 582-7064.


Arbor Wealth Management, LLC will host 2013 Market Outlook: Retirement and Income Generation at 10 a.m. and also at 5 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room. Firm founder and principal Margaret R. McDowell, ChFC, AIF, will lead a Power Point presentation that provides an overview of anticipated market trends in 2013. Income generation and investment strategies outlined are most appropriate for investors with $250,000 or more of investable assets. Refreshments will be served. Call 608-6121 to reserve seating.

Home based business expo

Network with home based business owners to learn about many unique opportunities from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at Mary Esther United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 703 East Miracle Strip Parkway. Admission is free; open to the public.

Free pancakes at IHOP

IHOP will give away free pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 5 to celebrate National Pancake Day. The fundraiser aims to raise $3 million to kick off Childrens Miracle Network Hospitals 30th anniversary.

AARP Income Tax help

Volunteers from AARP will provide free individual federal tax assistance on an appointment only basis at the Destin Library from 9 am. to 5 p.m. beginning Feb. 7 through April 11. Call 837‐8572 and make an appointment.
According to AARP officials, individual income tax preparation assistance is limited to 2012 federal income taxes only.

SERVV Market

The First Presbyterian Church of Fort Walton Beach, 134 Beal Avenue, SW, will be the site of a SERRV Craft Market, an international craft market of fairly traded handmade items from around the world, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 10, 17 and 24 and from 10 a.m., to 1 p.m. Feb. 13, 16, 20 and 23.
See a large assortment of authentic and unique items and shop for handmade items from around the world. Purchasers will have the satisfaction of knowing that they have helped make a difference in the lives of artisans who are striving to support their families and are being paid fairly for their efforts. Call 243-3732 or 243-4777.

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.
Baton lessons: Begins in the spring. Call 699-8309.
Chair yoga: Thursday at 10 a.m. Cost is $3/class.
Duplicate bridge: At 9:30 a.m. Mondays and 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:30 a.m. Thursdays at Buck Destin Park. Entry fee: $6. No partner needed.
Game room: Open to children 10 and older and under 10 accompanied by adult from 1-9 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Intermediate party bridge: Mondays and Tuesdays at 12:45 p.m. at Buck Destin Park. Call 837-1967.
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.
Modern line dance: Classes from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 11. Fee is $5/class.
Open gym: Check ahead for times and dates open.
Pickle ball: Pickle Ball courts will be set up at noon Mondays and Thursdays for beginning players and 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays for advanced players. Fee is $2.
Table tennis: 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays and 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays.
Tennis Academy: A tennis program with USPTA Professional Brian Wilson at Buck Destin Park on Legion Drive. This program will be open to all ages and abilities with days and times to be determined. Group classes will be one hour long and cost $15 a session. Private lessons will be $50 an hour. To sign up or for more information, email
Walking Club: Walk with music from 8-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.
Woodcarving: Fridays at 9 a.m. Fee is $3.
Yoga: Thursdays at noon. Cost is $5/class.
Zumba gold: Thursday at 11 a.m. Cost is $6/class.