The calendar says February, the busiest month of our short season here on the Emerald Coast. Officially our registrations are completed for the year; however those still wishing to join our ranks can see the registrar between meetings Tuesday at the Community Center. Our numbers this year are just over 1,900. Thanks to all who have worked on the registration process, especially to Addie Selid and Mike Hoyles for filling in this past week.

Now is the time to enjoy all the wonderful special events planned for the upcoming weeks. Sunday afternoon, Feb. 10, the 24th annual Soundsations Concert will take place at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Auditorium on the NWFSC campus, Niceville. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door prior to the 2 p.m. performance.  All members of the community are invited to attend.

The first harbor cruise aboard the Southern Star will sail Monday, Feb. 11. Due to the popularity of this fun trip a second outing has been scheduled for Feb. 18. All tickets are sold.

Tuesday, in conjunction with the regular meeting, the annual Craft Show will be held from 8 a.m. to noon in the side rooms of the Community Center. Friendship Club luncheon next week is at the Indian Bayou Golf & Country Club. Also, between next week's meetings will be the first opportunity to purchase storage locker tickets at $8 per box. It doesn't seem possible, but the locker will open starting Feb. 23 to store items away until next fall.

Thursday is Valentine's Day, and every snowbird has lots of ways to celebrate the occasion. Dining and entertainment opportunities abound up and down the Emerald Coast. The Destin Snowbird Fashion show and luncheon is Feb. 14. Tickets are still available and will be on sale Sunday at the Soundsations Concert. Look for Elise Eggert in the rotunda prior to the concert.

The club's regular weekly activities are still going strong. Bowling, bridge, casino trips, computer club, fishing, funology, Mah Jongg, pinochle, quilting and tennis will all carry on until the end of the snowbird season. Chorus and poker will not meet next week but will resume the week of Feb. 17.

Snowbird golfers have enjoyed a great season with the mild January weather and great deals at our sponsoring golf courses. February should be just as good, and the month will end with two special events. Seventy ladies are set to scramble Feb. 20 at Bluewater Bay. The next Wednesday everyone can return to the same course to have fun and raise some money for the American Cancer Society. See Mike Krueger at the front of the hall for tickets Tuesday mornings.

Each Destin Snowbird meeting closes with the drawing of names and numbers as the prize committee distributes a large number of door prizes. This season each of the team members has participated in the drawings. To date, 220 businesses and agencies have contributed to our prize pool. Thank you to all our contributors! A listing of vendors is on the club website,

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