All area codes are 850 unless noted.

Environmental Symposium

The Mattie M. Kelly Environmental Institute hosts the eighth annual Environmental Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Robert E. Greene Jr. Science Building (Building 350), Room 110, on the Niceville Campus of NWFSC. The symposium will feature presentations and discussions of local natural resources and the environment. Complete the registration form, at www.nwfsc.edu, and email Oct. 4 to mkei@nwfsc.edu. There is a registration fee of $25, or $15 for students, which includes breakfast and lunch.

 

Bereavement Support Group

Share and learn more about the grief journey you are enduring with an Emerald Coast Hospice bereavement group at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Destin Library. Groups are free and ongoing.

 

Cardiovascular Disease Screenings

Okaloosa Heart & Vascular Center will hold cardiovascular screenings from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 10 and Oct. 24 at 36468 Emerald Coast Parkway, Suite 10. The screenings will include Carotid Artery Ultrasound, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Ultrasound and Peripheral Arterial Ultrasound. Screenings are $75 each or $225 for all three. Refreshments will be served. To schedule an appointment, call 424-5638.

 

Connecting Kids Cornhole Tournament

Connecting Kids, Inc., an organization serving children of all abilities in the community, will host its first Cornhole Tournament Oct. 10 at the Mullet Festival Grounds in Niceville. Check in begins at 9 a.m. Bring chairs and enjoy a day of amateur cornhole, food, snow cones and activities for the kids. Registration fee is $40 per two person team. Deadline to enter is Oct. 3. Visit www.connectingkids.net.

 

Emerald Coast Walk for Apraxia

A non-profit fundraising walk will be held at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 10 at Henderson Beach State Park in Destin to benefit The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA). Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a very uncommon, challenging and complicated speech disorder in children that makes it difficult or impossible to accurately produce sounds, syllables and or words despite having a good understanding of language. Activities for the children include a walk, pizza from our sponsor, popcorn from Popcorn Jungle, cake, and raffle prizes donated by local businesses. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. or visit http://casana.apraxia-kids.org/site/TR?fr_id=1670&pg=entry.

 

Audubon Society

The Audubon Society has a booth at the Explore the Outdoors Festival at Live Oaks lands in Freeport beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 10. We’ll be using games to help children learn to identify birds, and will also offer hands-on instruction in the use of binoculars and spotting scopes. Audubon members who would like to volunteer to help should bring water, insect repellent, and a lawn chair. Call 678-6665 to volunteer to help. No admission fee is required.

• Oct. 17: Veteran birder Lenny Fenimore will lead a bird walk on the shores of various bayous in the Twin Cities area looking for ducks, raptors, and shorebirds. Wear closed-toe shoes and a hat, and bring binoculars or cameras if desired. Call 863-3039 for more information.

 

Yard Sale

The Destin Community Yard Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 17 at Dewey “Buck” Destin Park with no rain date. Anyone interested in selling their belongings can sign up for a fee of $15/residents and $20/non-residents. Set-up will begin at 7 a.m. To reserve a spot or for more information, call 654-5184 or email lfirth@cityofdestin.com.

 

Cancer walk

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk will be Oct. 17 at Uptown Station in Fort Walton Beach, and will unite the community with a shared determination to finish the fight against breast cancer. Registration for this noncompetitive, inspirational event begins at 8 a.m. and the walk is set to start at 9 a.m. Visit www.makingstrideswalk.org or contact Donna Fought at 585-9904 or donna.msabc@gmail.com.

 

Bob Hope Village Rummage Sale

Treasures will be found at the annual Bob Hope Village indoor Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. until noon Oct. 17 at the Bob Hope Village Commons Building, 30 Holly Ave. in Shalimar. The Gift Shop will also be open and is filled with unique, handmade items perfect for holiday gifts. Call 651-2635.

 

Fall Fest

The City of Destin’s 15th Annual Fall Festival will be held from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Destin Community Center. Please bring a non-perishable food item for admission. Fun booths with games, activities, a cakewalk, costume contest (register 5-6 p.m.), spacewalk, slide, and Jack-o-lantern contest (drop off before 3 p.m. Games tickets are 4/$1 or 20/$5. Call 654-5184.

 

Alzheimer’s Support Group

The Covenant Alzheimer’s Support Group meets from 2-3:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Suite 3 Education Center at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Meets last Tuesday of month. Call 499-3390.

 

Halloween Costume Parade

The Destin Library’s Youth Services Department has scheduled its annual Story-time Halloween Costume Parade for children 4 years and younger at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 28. Parents are encouraged to pre-register at wrogers@cityofdestin.com or call 837-8572 Extension #3203 by Oct. 23. Pre-registration information includes parental name, contact telephone number, email address and number of children participating.

 

Chili competition

Get your teams and your chili recipes ready to brew at the 25th Annual Champion Chili Competition to be held Oct. 31 at the Santa Rosa Mall on the scariest day of the year. Earn bragging rights for the “Best Chili” in town or win over the judges for the “Best Booth Showmanship” or win the “People’s Choice Award." Each team is paired with a United Way partner agency with all proceeds benefiting the agencies. Get more information and register at 243-0315 or events@united-way.com.

 

Children’s grief camp

Covenant Hospice along with The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin will host its children’s grief support camp, Camp Monarch, Nov. 7 at Baytowne Wharf. The free camp is for children ages 6-15 who have recently experienced the loss of a loved one or have a terminally ill loved one. There will be group sessions, ice skating and Adventure Zone activities. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Pre-registration is required by Oct. 30 at 729-1800 or dianne.bauer@covenanthospice.org.

 

Holiday Craft Show

The City of Destin’s 10th Annual Holiday Craft Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 13 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Destin Community Center. There will be hand-crafted jewelry, woodcarvings, watercolor paintings, and much more from over 50 vendors. Vendor booths are available for $45/residents and $55/non-residents. Admission is free. Call 654-5184 for more information.

 

Community Walk

The annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will be held at noon Nov. 14 at Beasley Park on Okaloosa Island.

 

Horizon Stars Fashion Show

The Arc of the Emerald Coast hosts its annual fundraising event Horizon Stars Fashion Show from 7-10 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort's Linkside Conference Center. Tickets are $65/regular seating, $120/couples, and $100/VIP area(1 person). All proceeds will benefit The Arc of Emerald Coast. With a "Winterland" theme, the show will focus on Fashion, Music, and Stars. Call 376-1037 or email dtashikhorizons@hotmail.com for tickets and information.

 

Grand Boulevard Farmers’ Market

The market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday in Grand Park in Miramar Beach between Cantina Laredo and Tommy Bahama’s. Vendors will offer locally sourced food-based items including produce, eggs, milk, butter, grass-fed beef, chicken, lamb, and pork, honey, pickled vegetables and gourmet jams. Market is held on Wednesdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

 

Farmers Market

The WaterColor Coastal Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday at Cerulean Park. Traditional Farmers Market items such as local farm fresh produce, eggs, and dairy products will be available. There will also be a large variety of organic and homemade items such as Greek gourmet foods, hot and jerk sauces, grass fed beef, chicken, and pork. Market is held on Thursdays from March 12 through Labor Day.

 

30A Farmers’ Market

This community event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays in Town Center in Rosemary Beach features fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, cheese and more. Market is held on Thursdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

 

Seaside Farmers Market

Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.

 

Bridge

Duplicate Bridge, ACBL, will be held at 9:50 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 307 Harbor Blvd. in Destin. Cost is $7. No partner necessary. For more information e-mail halsyst@aol.com

 

Destin Life Center

Recreation and fitness activities at Destin Life Center at Destin United Methodist Church, 200 Beach Drive, include the following. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday visit the Soul Café for lunch. Call ahead for dine in or pick up. For information, call the DLC at 837-2021.

• Adult Open Soccer: From 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays. Fee is $2/player.

• Adult Open Volleyball: From 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays. Fee is $2/player.

• Pickleball: From 2-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

• DLC Fitness Cardio/Weight Room: Nautilus equipment, three treadmills, two ellipticals and one recumbent bike. Memberships are $40/calendar quarter; $30/month; $20/week; and $10/day.

• Community Fitness Classes: Indoor cycling, Zumba, Rise and Stretch, PIYO, Cardio Dance, Forever Young (senior aerobics) and more. Costs are $40/month; $7/class; $20/month Forever Young, fitness for seniors; and $3/individual Forever Young.

 

Destin Community Center

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

• Capoeira (Brazilian Martial Arts): Capoeira is a Brazilian Martial Art that combines the elements of dance, acrobatics and music. Classes are on Wednesdays 7-9 p.m. Call the Community Center at 654-5184 for more information.

• Dodgeball: Every Thursday night 6-8 p.m. at the Destin Community Center for youth ages 8-15 years. This allows children to participate in a night filled with dodgeball, friends and fun! Fee is $2/session for Destin residents and $3/session for non-residents. A snack/drink concession will be available. (Note: No open Dodgeball on September 17 due to the Basketball Clinic.) For more information, please call: (850) 654-5184.

• Game Room: Open to children age 10 and older from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Pickleball: Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Racquets and balls available.

• Table Tennis: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Zumba Gold: Beginning Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays. Fee is $6/session.