All area codes are 850 unless noted.
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.
• President’s Day Holiday, Closed, Feb. 19
• City Council, 6 p.m. Feb. 20
• Short Term Rental Task Force, 3 p.m. Feb. 21
• Destin Youth Council, 4 p.m. Feb. 22
• Harbor & Waterway Board, 5 p.m. Feb. 26
• Environmental/Parks & Rec/Tree Board, 4 p.m. Feb. 27
Spring Craft Show
The City of Destin’s 12th Annual Spring Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Community Center. There will be more than 50 vendors showing handcrafted jewelry, woodcarvings, paintings, food items and more.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
Expert birder Alan Knothe and members of the Bay County Audubon Chapter will lead a bird walk Feb. 17 to Fort Walton Beach Landfill and Holding Ponds. Meet at Pepitos parking lot, 1313 Lewis Turner Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach at 8:15 a.m. Wear closed toed shoes and bring binoculars Call 208-1780 for information.
• March 1: Dr. Caroline Stahala, Panhandle Shorebird program manager, will discuss some of our local winter shorebirds, not only who they are and where they can be found, but also what are we doing to learn more about them and how you might participate in her projects. The program will be held at 6:30 p.m. in room 302 of the student services building 400 at the NWFSC Niceville campus. Admission is free. Call 225-252-2760.
• March 10: Enjoy a Bird Walk to Fuller Lake Coffeen Nature Preserve and Four Mile Village in South Walton County with Jim Wilson and birder Bruce Purdy in an expedition through this historic site. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Silver Sands Shopping Center at traffic light, behind Starbucks. Wear closed toed shoes and bring a sack lunch.
• March 17: Join leader Dr. Neil Lamb and members of the Bay and Choctawhatchee Audubon Society at a 300-acre preserve in Bay County. Meet at the CVS parking lot Hwy. 20 Oak Creek Shopping Center in Niceville at 7 a.m. or the Publix Parking Lot in Freeport at 7:30. Wear closed toed shoes and long pants and bring sack lunch. Call 814-1276 for additional information.
• March 31: Join Bruce Purdy in a birding tour of the parks on the north shore of Destin bordering Choctawhatchee Bay. Meet at the CVS parking lot at the corner of Hwy. 98 and Main Street in Destin opposite Regions Bank at 7:30 a.m. Be prepared to carpool. Wear long pants and close toed shoes. Bring binoculars and scopes. Call 305-926-6030 for details.
Taxes done free
Tax-Aide is a free service for low to moderate income tax filers with IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers. There are six sites serving the area — Crestview Library, Destin Library, Niceville Library, Bob Hope Village, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Shalimar, and a Fort Walton Beach site at First Christian Church, 201 St. Mary Ave.
Bring a photo ID, Social Security cards or other official documentation for the tax filer, spouse, and any others on the return and all income and expense documents such as W-2’s, 1099’s, etc. Also, bring your 2016 tax return if possible.
The Society for Human Resource Management of the Emerald Coast (SHRM-ECC) will meet at 7:15 a.m. Feb. 21 at Two Trees Restaurant, 1955 Lewis Turner Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach. Martha Bryson, SPHR/HR will speak. Cost is $15/members and $20/non-members with breakfast included. Register by Feb. 19 at www.SHRM-EmeraldCoast.org.
Surfing the Beach Quilt Show
The Flying Needles Quilt Guild presents the 2018 Surfing the Beach Quilt Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 23 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Palms at Destin Resort & Conference Center, 4201 Indian Bayou Trail. Cost will be $10/per day or $15/both days. Admission also includes activities such as mini demonstrations, Quilter’s Walk w/Sewing Machine, Sit ’N Sew, Quilts of Valor Workshop, Challenge Block competition, quilt appraisals, and quilt raffles. Call 716-269-9705.
Sacred Heart Seminar
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will host a seminar on fall prevention, “Bodies In Balance: Biological Risk Factors,” at 11 a.m. Feb. 23 at Somerby Assisted Living, 164 W. Hewett Road, Santa Rosa Beach, 2nd Floor Conference Room. Call 278-3600 or 877-416-1620 to register.
The American Legion Post 296 on Main Street in Destin will hold a garage sale from 7 a.m. to noon Feb. 24. To rent a table, drop off envelope with $10, name and phone number at the bar before the 23rd.
The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will hold a meeting from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Religious Education building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd. in Niceville. Visitors are welcome. Call 496-3466 with any questions.
The American Legion Post 296 on Main Street in Destin will hold Cajun Ray's Famous Fish Fry from 3-6 p.m. Feb. 25 for a minimum donation of $10.
Margaret R. McDowell, firm founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, a fee-only registered investment advisory firm, will host “Investing in a Volatile, Late-Stage Bull Market” at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room in Miramar Beach. Call 608-6121 to reserve seating. Refreshments will be served. Investors have already dealt with a market correction in 2018 and heightened volatility is expected in the year’s remaining months
Free Income Tax Preparation
Free income tax preparation for low to middle income families and individuals is being offered in Walton County at the Walton County Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach from 12:30-4:45 p.m. Mondays and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Call 267-2809. Also at Freeport Library, 76 Hwy. 20W, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. Call 835-2040. And, DeFuniak Springs Library, 3 Circle Drive, from 12-4 p.m. Thursdays. Call 892-3624. Tax-Aide continues through April 13.
A night of casino fun to benefit Opportunity Place is planned on March 2 at the new ZT Motors Toyota Showroom on Beal Parkway in Fort Walton Beach. More than a dozen games and tables will include poker, blackjack, craps, roulette and other games. The $35 entrance fee includes $750 worth of gambling chips, appetizers and a chance to win a two-night Imperial Palace package and New Orleans Saints tickets for two, a week at a B&B in the French countryside and cash prizes. Purchase tickets at www.opifwb.org.
The Northwest Florida Family History Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon March 3 at 339 Lake Drive in Fort Walton Beach. Classes for all levels will be held including those for children 3 and up. Register at email@example.com.
Panhandle Job Fair
The Annual Spring Panhandle Job Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 8 at St Mary’s Parish in Fort Walton Beach. Registration for employer set-up is 8-9:45 a.m. Businesses are encouraged to register early and take advantage of the lower $200 booth fee. Register online at www.panhandlejobfair.com. For the second year in a row, the Job Fair will partner with three area high schools. The interested students attending the job fair are ideal candidates for the service and hospitality industry.
DES Spirit Nights
LuLu’s in Destin will host Spirit Night for Destin Elementary from 5-8 p.m. March 12 (the second Monday of each month through April). Ten percent of food and drink sales will be donated to the Destin Elementary PTO. LuLu's is at the foot of the Mid-Bay Bridge.
Flower Arranging and Tablescaping
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor an afternoon presentation, Flower Arranging and Tablescaping, with four area master gardeners and designers at 2 p.m. March 13 at the Library. This program is free and open to the public.
Velda Daughtery, president of the Destin Garden Club, will design a table with a coordinating floral arrangement and demonstrate creative napkin folding. Designer Ellen Tabor from Risi’s Interiors will have a special coastal table design from the store, and GeeGee Chandler will present a themed table with edible centerpiece.
Joyce Waters-Smith, a past president of the Destin Garden Club and Master Gardener, is coordinating the program and will design a spring Easter tablescape and demonstrate how greenery from the garden can be combined with grocery store flowers to create centerpieces. There will also be a drawing for several of the centerpieces.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast’s Annual Dinner March 15 at the Emerald Grande Ballroom at HarborWalk Village recognizes key volunteers, community leaders, staff and Club members who have helped drive the impact of Boys & Girls Club here in Northwest Florida. Purchase tickets at https://emeraldcoastbgc.org/2018-annual-dinner/
Pinewood Auto Show
Enjoy parking among the finest aircraft and munitions in the world at the fourth annual Pinewood Auto Show March 24 at the Air Armament Museum, 100 Museum Drive, in Fort Walton Beach. Registration is from 8-11:30 a.m. with judging at noon. Fee is $20 before March 17; $25/after. Register at https://gulfcoastcouncil.doubleknot.com/registration/register.aspx#. Premium parking is $30. Concessions are available from Scouts and music provided by DJ Dan. No refunds/no rain date.
A Round for the Kids
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast hosts A Round for the Kids Fundraiser March 24 at Emerald Bay Golf Club in Destin. Registration at 8 a.m. and Shotgun Start at 9 a.m. Register at https://emeraldcoastbgc.org/a-round-for-the-kids/
Easter Egg Hunt
The City of Destin’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt for ages 12 and under will be held at 9 a.m. March 31 at Morgan Sports Center. There will be a spe-cial egg hunting zone for crawlers and toddlers. For more information, call 650-1241.
A free family friendly event, Scout-O-Rama will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 7 at The Landing in Fort Walton Beach. Crossover for Webelo Scouts will be at 2:30 p.m. Enjoy free games, demos, crafts and community booths plus Scouts demonstrating scout skills.
Bayou, Bay & Beach
Destin's Eighth Annual Bayou, Bay & Beach 5K & 10K has moved to May 5. Both the 5K and 10K courses are set along Destin streets with peek-a-boo water views, and the 10K is USA Track & Field-Certified. A portion of event proceeds will benefit the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance. Registration is now open on www.runsignup.com. Visit www.bayoubaybeach.com or follow
www.facebook.com/bayoubaybeach for details.
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. The cost is $5/session. Enrollment is limited to 12 participants with registrations (on a first-come first-served basis) accepted by phone or in person. Call 837-8572.
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.
The Destin Library has a series of free how-to workshops for ages 18 and up that focus on practical projects and skills you might not have learned in school. Workshop will be held the last Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. No registration. Call 837-8572 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Destin Library's Code Club for children in fifth through eighth grades will be divided into two sections, web design and game design. Meetings will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays (web design) and Fridays (game design). Registration is required to participate, and will be capped at 18 students. Register at http://www.cityofdestin.com/forms.aspx?FID=143.
Kiwanis Club of Destin
The Kiwanis Club of Destin meets every Thursday at 8 a.m. at the Destin Methodist Church Life Center on Beach Drive in Destin. The public is invited to attend the club’s weekly meetings.
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 or email www.flotilla14.info.
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.
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 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 email@example.com for information and to register. Persons with disabilities who require assistance are asked to notify the center 48 hours in advance.
‒ Aerobics: A low impact class is offered at 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Bring water and a towel. Cost is $3/session.
‒ Capoeria: Class in the Brazilian martial art that combines the elements of dance, acrobatics and music will be held Thursdays at 7 p.m. for all ages.
‒ Chair Yoga: Classes consisting of performing traditional yoga poses from a chair for lower impact from 10-11 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays be-ginning Oct. 12. Cost is $4/class.
‒ Destin Senior Chair Exercise 50+ years: Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10-10:45 a.m. consists of performing light exercises to help im-prove balance, flexibility, strength, and circulation. Free/residents.
‒ Destin Senior Membership: Join the Destin Seniors to enjoy multiple festivities including the senior lunch bunch, pot luck, casino trips, cruises, bingo, chair exercise, knitting, scrabble, and Mexican dominoes. Members must be a Destin resident.
‒ Game Room: Open to children age 10 and older from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays..
‒ Pickleball: Sessions are from 12:30-3:30. Mondays. and 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.Wednesdays and Fridays. Fee is $3/non-residents or $2/residents. Racquets and balls are available, just bring gym shoes.
‒ Senior Art Lessons: The Destin Senior Center at Buck Destin Park, 724 Legion Drive, offers six-week sessions for Seniors (50 years and older). The current lessons began Oct. 6 with three weeks of pen and ink, then three weeks of acrylics. Fees are $20/non-Destin residents and $15/residents. Cost includes materials.
‒ 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 Domi-noes, 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.
‒ Table Tennis: Play from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays. Paddles and balls provided. Fee is $2/resident and $3/non-resident.
‒ Wood Carving: A hobby for men and women meets from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Cost is $2/class.
‒ Yoga: Classes from 12-1 p.m. Thursdays. Bring mat and towel.
- Zumba Gold: A low impact class using Latin music for fitness/dance is offered from 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays. Fee is $6/session.
‒ Zumba Gold Toning: Classes from 11 a.m. to noon Mondays for full body workout with rhythms of Zumba Gold. Fee is $6/session.
To become more effective communicators and leaders, visit one or more of the Toastmasters clubs at the following locations or visit www.toastmasters.org/Find-a-Club.
• Club 702 White Sands Toastmasters, 12-1 p.m. Thursdays at 415 Racetrack Road NE in Fort Walton Beach.
• Club 1919 Emerald Coast Toastmasters, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays at Education Bldg 251, Room 122 on Eglin AFB.
• Club 9478 Hurlburt Toastmasters, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Education Center Bldg. 221, Classroom L on Hurburt Field.
• Club 724908 Destin Toastmasters, 5:45-7:15 p.m. 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month at Walton County Utility Building.
• Club 817348 Crestview Toastmasters, 6-7 p.m. 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Crestview.
• Club 851515 Lake DeFuniak Toastmasters, 12-1 p.m. 2nd and 4th Thursday each month at Northwest Florida State College, Room 103 at the Chautauqua Center.
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.
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.