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Destin City Hall
All City Council meetings, workshops, executive sessions and CRA Board meetings are held at the City Hall Annex, 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. All other board and committee meetings are held at City Hall, 4200 Indian Bayou Trail. All meetings are subject to change or cancellation.
• Harbor CRA-AC, 5:30 p.m. March 11
The Emerald Coast Republican Women will meet at 11:30 a.m. March 11 at Two Trees Restaurant. Program will be a Candidate Forum with District 1 and District 3 County Commissioner candidates and incumbents, District 1 incumbent Graham Fountain running against James E Walker and District 3 incumbent Nathan Boyles, currently running unopposed. Guests are welcome. For reservations, call 837-1931.
Mattie Kelly’s Birthday
Join the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation to celebrate Mattie Kelly's birthday and continue the 25th anniversary celebrations at 10 a.m. March 12 at Mattie Kelly Arts Village in Destin. RSVP at email@example.com. Call 650-2226 for information.
Niceville High School Class of 1970 is having its 50th Reunion on May 1-3. For more information, contact: Candy 850-830-2023 or Dan 850-512-0284 before March 15.
The Northwest Florida Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) is hosting its fundraising event, Whose Wine Is It Anyway? A Blind Wine Event, from 6-9 p.m. March 12 at Grand Boulevard Suite T100 in Miramar Beach. Grab your team of 4, get your tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com, and bring the same bottle of red wine to play a game of Blind Wine. Don’t want to play? Join in and celebrate the evening with beer, wine, cheese boards, silent auction items, and a champagne toast.
World’s Greatest Baby Shower
The Healthy Start Coalition of Okaloosa and Walton Counties will host The World’s Greatest Baby Shower from 5:30-8 p.m. March 12 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. This event is especially designed for expectant parents, new parents who have had a baby within the last three months, and their families. There will be 50+ informative exhibits highlighting topics such as parenting, prenatal health, new baby care and community resources. There will also be numerous prizes, guest bags, and light refreshments. Admission is free and no pre-registration is required. For more information, call 833-9284 or visit www.healthystartokawalton.org.
Okaloosa Democratic Social Club
The Okaloosa Democratic Social Club, Hootnanny, will meet beginning at 6 p.m. March 12 at Be Thai Restaurant, 334 Eglin Parkway in Fort Walton Beach with Dutch treat buffet. There will be a brief meeting and election of the Okaloosa Democratic Club. Guest speaker will be Marcus Chambers, Okaloosa County superintendent of schools who is running for re-election. Reservations should be made by March 10. Call/text 850-862-0416 or email www.DemHootnanny@cox.net.
Children ages 3 to 7 come to a special story time at 4:30 p.m. at the Destin Library on Fridays, March 13, 27, April 10, 24 and May 8 and 22. This program is for children and their parents. Enjoy stories, poems, and songs in two languages: Spanish and English. Registration not required.
Free Notary Services
The Destin Library now has a full-time, certified notary on staff. Kitti Capps will be available to provide notary services Monday through Friday during normal library hours. There is no charge for this service and appointments are encouraged, but not required. Call 837-8572.
Audubon Bird Walks
Join leader Bruce Purdy, 305-926-6030, to scope out various spots along the Choctawhatchee Bay for birds March 14 at Destin Parks on Destin’s North Shore. Meet at 7:30 am in the parking lot of CVS at Hwy. 98 and Main St. You should bring binoculars and/or camera, water, and sunscreen. Wear closed-toed shoes, long pants, and a hat.
March 28: Wright Landfill and Okaloosa Holding Ponds
Join leaders Alan Knothe, 850-208-1780, and Malcolm Swan 210-452-4899, to look for ducks, waders, hawks, and migrants. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Pepitos Resturant, 1313 Lewis Turner Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach, Bring binoculars and/or camera, water, and sunscreen. Wear closed-toed shoes, long pants, and a hat.
UWF Emerald Coast
April Leake will be available at the Destin Library with information about UWF Emerald Coast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 16. Find out about Florida degrees available in Okaloosa County, the NWF2UWF program, or ask general UWF questions. Come loaded with questions about programs, degrees, or anything else you may want to
know about UWF. To learn more, contact April Leake at 850-729-4903 or visit the UWF Emerald Coast webpage at www.uwf.edu/emeraldcoast.
St. Patrick’s Day Escape Room
Try your luck from 5-7:30 p.m. March 17 in the St. Patrick's Day Escape Room at the Destin Library. There is no cost and no registration required. St. Patrick's Day has arrived, but the fairies are angry and have stopped time. Groups of up to six participants ages 12 and over will be given 30 minutes to assemble the Leprechaun's clues and escape from the time vortex or be trapped with the fairies forever. Turns in the escape room will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
The next professional development luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 17 at Fudpuckers Beachside Bar & Grill in Destin. Program is “Quiet Professionals and Public Affairs: Maintaining a balance between transparency and operational security in special operations.” The cost is $15/students and members and $25/non-members. Pre-registration encouraged at www.nwfcoastFPRA.org. Prices will increase $5 on the day of the event.
NWFL Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club
Northwest Florida Retired Officers' Wives' Club luncheon begins at 10:30 a.m. March 19 at Two Trees Restaurant at FWB Golf Course, 1955 Lewis Turner Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach. Program will be a Fashion Show from the Eglin BX. Cost is $15. Wives of retired officers from all services are welcome. RSVP for lunch at NWFloridaROWC@gmail.com.
Oyster Reef Builds
Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance will be topping off their reefs at Marina Cove in Bluewater Bay from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 12:30-3 p.m. March 20. The reefs protect our shoreline from erosion and build back sediment that was lost. Volunteer with CBA and AmeriCorps to have a fun day on the water. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Enchanted Forest: A Choose Your Own Adventure Opera
Come experience a unique child-friendly performance by the Pensacola Opera's Artists in Residence at 6 p.m. March 24 at the Destin Library. Escape to the Enchanted Forest where children help create the unique adventure to save the forest from a fire-breathing dragon. This performance is suitable for children ages 6 and up and registration is not required.
Today's Boutique will host a trunk show featuring popular clothing line, Planet by Lauren G, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 27-28 at 4433 Commons Drive E #E103 in Destin. Planet is a creative collection of women's apparel designed to be size-less, season-less and age-less. Light refreshments will be provided.
Biophilia Easter Egg Hunt
Come meet the Easter Bunny and participate in age-divided egg hunts from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 28 at E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center in Freeport. Participate in Egg Olympics games, interact with live animals and get your face painted. Cost is $10/child and registration required at www.eowilsoncenter.org.
Open Hive will take place at 10 a.m. March 28 at TCBKA President Bill Hagan’s house, 1651 U.S. Highway 90 West in Baker. Anyone interested in bees is invited to attend. Multiple hives, hive boxes, frames and other bee equipment will be available for viewing. Some hives will be opened and participants will be given the opportunity to see a hive in production up close.
Association members will be present to answer questions and provide bee keeping tips and information. Lunch will be served.
Oyster Gardening 2020
Attend a Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance workshop to find out more about their program and how oysters improve the water in the bay. Workshops are from 10 a.m. to noon April 4 in Niceville, April 18 in Fort Walton Beach and May 2 in South Walton. Email email@example.com to sign up.
Food For Thought Golf Tournament
Food For Thought will return to the Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club April 9 for their Ninth Annual Charity Golf Tournament. Festivities will begin at 10:30 a.m. with light food, refreshments and check-in/registration, followed by a noon shotgun start. An awards ceremony and after party follows at the clubhouse of the Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club. All proceeds support the work of fighting childhood hunger in Walton and Okaloosa Counties. For registration options, visithttps://fftfl.org/.
A workshop to assist students in Okaloosa County high schools who will take the April 4 ACT and May 2 SAT will be held from 2-5 p.m. March 30-31 and April 6-7 in the Media Center at Fort Walton Beach High School or from 2-5 p.m. April 1-2 and 8-9 at Niceville High School. For students taking only April 4 ACT, they will attend FWBHS March 30 and 31 and Niceville April 1 and 2. All materials, snacks and drinks are furnished. Students need to bring calculators. Registration deadline is March 14. For information, contact Alice Hart at 615-585-2401, email Amhart1966@aol.com or contact your high school guidance department.
Republican Lincoln/Trump Gala
The Okaloosa County Republican Party Lincoln/Trump Annual Gala will be on Friday, April 3, at The Henderson Beach Resort in Destin. Dr. Alveda King will be the keynote speaker. Dr. King is the Director of Alveda King Ministries, Executive Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, and niece of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For more information and to obtain tickets, visit Okaloosagop.com website or Facebook page. You may also contact State Committeewoman Sandra Atkinson at 850-586-0444 or OCREC Chair Jeff Hinkle at 770-605-4760.
Destin Easter Egg Hunt
The City of Destin’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 9 a.m. April 11 at Morgan Sports Center. The Egg Hunt is for ages 12 and under, with a special egg hunting zone for crawlers and toddlers. For more information, call the City of Destin Recreation Department at 650-1241 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Persons with disabilities who require assistance to participate in this event are requested to notify the recreation manager at 850-650-1241 at least 48 hours in advance.
Fly Fishing Film Tour
Shoreline Church will host the Fly Fishing Film Tour for the third year in a row from 6-9 p.m. May 1 at 140 Palmetto Street. They are teaming up with BOTE Boards and the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance to bring an evening of fly fishing and raffles while watching the film on the largest LED screen in Destin. Tickets are $25/advance and $30/at door. Tickets can be purchased at https://flyfilmtour.myeventscenter.com/event/Destin-Fl-36911? or in person at all BOTE locations in Fort Walton Beach, Destin, or Seaside; Orvis at Grand Boulevard; and Old Florida Outfitters in Watercolor. For information, email email@example.com.
Concussion Management Seminar
Sacred Heart Rehabilitation will host a free comprehensive, evidence-based discussion on symptoms, prolonged effects and treatment options for the management of concussions from 11 a.m. to noon May 17 at Sacred Heart Rehabilitation at the Market Shops, 9375 Emerald Coast Parkway West - Unit 1 in Miramar Beach. To register, go online to healthcare.ascension.org/Events or call 278-3600.
The Okaloosa County Republican Party will meet at 6 p.m. May 23 at the American Legion Post 235, 105 Hollywood Blvd. SW in Fort Walton Beach. The guest speaker will be State Representative Mike Hill from Pensacola. Current committee assignments are Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee, Civil Justice Subcommittee, Judiciary Committee, PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee and Public Integrity & Ethics Committee. Cost of meal is $15. RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tai Chi Class
The Destin Library will offer one-hour Tai Chi classes with Barbara Rezmer, a certified Tai Chi for Health instructor, on Monday mornings at 9 a.m. No registration is required, and the class is free to attend, however donations are appreciated. Call 837-8572.
Seniors of Destin
The Seniors of Destin meet the fourth Friday of the month for a covered dish and to celebrate all birthdays for the month. The program is sponsored by the city of Destin and Gentiva Home Health. Each month has a featured guest speaker that pertains to senior living. Call 685-5310.
Peer to Peer Support Group
Mental Health Association of Okaloosa and Walton Counties is sponsoring a Peer to Peer Support Group every Thursday at Santa Rosa Beach Community Church, Room 206, 3524 US Hwy 98, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Whether you want to learn new life skills or better understand Mental Health Recovery, you will find support here. The group is open to adults (18+), free to participate, confidential, and guided by trained peer facilitators. For more information, call the Mental Health Association in Fort Walton Beach at 244-1040.
Good Grief Luncheons
An Emerald Coast Hospice lunch is open to anyone who has experienced a loss and is looking for some support and company through the grieving process. We encourage attendees to also bring a friend or family member. Everyone orders off the menu and pays for his or her own lunch. To RSVP, call 837-2589. Third Monday lunch is at Olive Garden Destin and third Tuesday lunch is at Applebee’s Miramar Beach, 8670 Hwy. 98 West.
Healing Walking Group
The Emerald Coast Hospice walking group is open to bereaved individuals who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life. Walk and talk, at a relaxed pace, with others who are grieving and share ideas, comfort and companionship from 9-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays in Miramar Beach and Thursdays in Destin. RSVP at 837-2589
Caregiver Support Group
Covenant Alzheimer’s Care support group for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or a dementia-related illness is held at 5:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at Brookdale Fort Walton Beach, 233 Carmel Ave. Call 864-4600.
Kiwanis Club of Destin
The Kiwanis Club of Destin meets at 8 a.m. the 1st and 3rd Thursday in the Coffee Café at the Village Baptist Church, 191 Matthew Blvd. in Destin. Visitors welcome.
The Destin Rotary meets at 7:15 a.m. every Tuesday at Rutherford’s 465. Visit www.facebook.com/pages/Rotary-Club-of-Destin/241220675890226.
Flotilla 1-4 USCG Auxiliary
Flotilla 1-4 USCG Auxiliary meets at 8 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month at Coast Guard Station Destin on Okaloosa Island. Anyone wishing to become a member is welcome to attend. Prior military duty is not required. Call 865-9130
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.
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 Sundays 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.
Destin Life Center
Recreation and fitness activities at Destin Life Center at Destin United Methodist Church, 200 Beach Drive, are from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sundays. 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. Only recreation right now is Pickle Ball. Please call the Connection Desk for the current calendar at 837-2021.
Destin Community Center
All activities are at the Destin Community Center, unless noted. Call 654-5184 or email email@example.com information and to register. Persons with disabilities who require assistance are asked to notify the center 48 hours in advance.
‒ Capoeria: Class in the Brazilian martial art that combines the elements of dance, acrobatics and music will be held Wednesdays at 7 p.m. for all ages.
— Cardio, Shape and Stretch: Classes are every Monday from 9-10 a.m. These hi-low aerobics workout is set to increase strength and balance by using your body weight, core, and completed with a final stretch. Fee is $4/class and are open to all ages and fitness levels.
‒ Chair Yoga: Classes from 10-11 a.m. Thursdays. Fee is $5/class and is open to everyone.
‒ Dance Exercise: Class will be held from 12-1 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday for men and women of all ages and incorporates modern dance styles, yoga, and Tai Chi movements. Fee is $3/session non-residents and $2/session residents.
‒ Destin Senior Chair Exercise 50+ years: Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10-10:45 a.m. at Buck Destin Park consists of performing light exercises to help improve balance, flexibility, strength, and circulation. Free/residents.
‒ Destin Senior Membership: Join the Destin Seniors to enjoy multiple festivities including the senior lunch bunch, potluck, casino trips, cruises, bingo, chair exercise, knitting, scrabble, and Mexican dominoes. Members must be a Destin resident.
- Dodgeball: Beginning April 2, dodgeball will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays for children ages 8 to 14. The fee is $3/session/non-residents and $2/session residents. A waiver will be required for each child.
‒ Game Room: Open to children ages 10 and older from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays.
— Gentle Yoga: Classes are 12-1 p.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 2. Recommended for beginner exercisers and/or active older adults. Please bring a mat and towel.
• Line Dancing: Class will be held Thursdays beginning Jan. 9 with beginner lessons at 12:30 p.m. Open dance is 1:15-1:45 p.m. Intermediate lessons are at 1:45 p.m. Class is $6.
• Pickleball: Sessions are Mondays from 12:30-3:30 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Fee is $3/session. Racquets and balls are available, just bring your gym shoes.
‒ Senior Book Club: The Destin Senior Members meet at 10 a.m. the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Destin Library, 150 Sibert Ave.
‒ Senior Drop-In Hours: The Destin Senior Center at Buck Destin Park, 724 Legion Drive, offers senior drop-in hours from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday and Thursday for Seniors (50 years and older) to meet and enjoy each other’s company, participate in games such as Mexican Train Dominoes, Scrabble, cards, etc.
‒ Senior Knitting: Sessions and lessons for beginners and all skill levels from 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Destin Senior Center at Buck Destin Park, 724 Legion Drive. No registration required.
‒ Senior Walking Club: The Destin Senior Members walk around the Destin Community Center’s gymnasium from 8-9 a.m. Monday-Friday. All of the miles that you walk will be added to the “team map” as we travel from one region to the next. The team’s miles are reported on the 4th Friday of each month at the Destin Senior Membership’s Potluck.
— Shape and Sculpt: Fitness class is offered on Wednesdays from 9-10 a.m. This lightweight workout is set to fun music with a focus on strengthening your muscles, balance, and core. Classes are $4/class and are open to all ages and fitness levels.
‒ Table Tennis: Play from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Paddles and balls provided. Fee is $2/resident and $3/non-resident.
‒ Zumba Gold Toning: Classes will be held from 11 a.m. to noon every Thursday is an effective full body workout combining light weight strength conditioning with the spicy rhythms of Zumba Gold. Fee is $6/session.
The Main Street Betterment Alliance meets at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the American Legion, 311 Main Street. Call 837-3818.
Destin Business Builders
Destin Business Builders Networking group meets from 7:15-8:45 a.m. every Wednesday at the Destin United Methodist Life Center. Call 651-1300 ext. 13.
Food Buying Club
A small group interested in eating healthy and purchasing smart meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at 125 Scottsdale Court in Mary Esther. On the second Tuesday, the group meets at Fountain Square in downtown Fort Walton Beach for the Growing Local film series. Call 863-4040.