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.
• City Council, 6 p.m. Aug. 6
• Harbor CRA-AC, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 8
The Masked Saint
First Baptist Church Destin will host a movie night at 7 p.m. July 28. Showing will be “The Masked Saint,” the story of Dr. Chris Whaley taken from his book. Whaley will be there to speak and will also speak Sunday morning. Whaley will sign books and have DVDs of the movie.
The Okaloosa County Genealogy Society will meet at 10:30 a.m. July 28 at the Fort Walton Beach Library, 185 Miracle Strip Parkway SE. Guest speaker will be Susan Lewis.
The Republican Women of Okaloosa Federated will meet at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 1 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 573 Santa Rosa Blvd. on Okaloosa Island. District 1 Congressman Matt Gaetz, running for re-election, and Congressman Ron DeSantis, candidate for governor, will present the program. To make a reservation, call 305-4331 or email email@example.com by July 28. Lunch is $18/members and $20/guests.
Summer Food Service Program
Free nutritionally balanced breakfasts and lunches will be provided to all children 18 and younger during summer vacation through Aug. 3. Hours are 7-7:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon at Destin Elementary School. For more information, visit SummerFoodFlorida.org.
Today’s Boutique, 4433 Commons Drive E #E103, will host a trunk show from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 3 and 4 featuring clothing line Planet by Lauren G. Planet. The collection of women’s apparel is designed to be size-less, season-less and ageless. Light refreshments will be provided.
The annual Florida Sales Tax-free Holiday will be Aug. 3 through 5, with tax-free shopping on purchases such as clothing, footwear and certain accessories under $60 per item, as well as certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item.
School Supplies Drive
Be on the lookout for donation boxes through Aug. 7 at the Destin Library and also at City Hall, 4200 Indian Bayou Trail, for the 2018 School Sup-plies Drive. All donations will be distributed to Destin Elementary School or Destin Middle School based on the schools' needs. Call 837-8572 for more information.
Items needed are new, unopened school essentials including #2 pencils, black and blue pens, packages of lined notebook paper (wide and college ruled), etc. Visit DMS and DES on Facebook to see their supply lists.
A workshop to assist students in Okaloosa County High Schools who will take the Aug. 25 or Oct. 6 SAT and Sept. 8 ACT will be held from 2:15-4:15 p.m. Aug. 20-22 and 27-29 in the Media Center at Fort Walton Beach High School. All materials, snacks and drinks are furnished. Students need to bring calculators. Registration deadline is Aug. 7. For information, contact Alice Hart at 615-585-2401, email Amhart1966@aol.com or contact your high school guidance department.
DMS Readiness Day
Destin Middle School will host Readiness Day from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 1 in the gym. Purchase lockers,$3/each, and uniform shirts and place or-ders for PE uniforms. DMS Sports and Club information will be available.
Big Truck Day
The free annual Big Truck Day will be held from 9-11 a.m. Aug. 3 in the Destin Community Center parking lot. The event welcomes children of all ages to come and see the unique trucks working in our community. Call 654-5184 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
The Mac Users Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 6 in the NWFSC Student Services Center, Rooms 308/9. "Cyber Security for Mac and all computer/device activity” will be presented by Matthew Pace. Call 862-3327 or email email@example.com.
PreventT2 Diabetes Program
Participants meet once a week for the first 16 weeks then once or twice a month for the next eight months to encourage and maintain healthy lifestyle changes. Program begins Aug. 8 at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast and Aug. 9 at Freeport Medical Group Office. For more information on enrollment, class schedules, cost or to speak to an education specialist, call 278-3546 or email Linsey.Hall@ascension.org.
Orientation begins at 10 a.m. Aug. 10 for sixth, seventh and eighth graders in the gym at Destin Middle School. Schedules will be given out in AA/HR. Supply lists, uniform shirts and class syllabi will be available. At 1 p.m. fifth graders will rotate through the bell schedule to each class period.
Fresh Foodies Class
Fresh Foodies, with Chef Carrie Knife, meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Destin School of the Arts, Building A, 200 Beach Drive. Aug. 14. Call 837-2021, ext. 236, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot. A one-time registration fee is $25 and includes cus-tom apron and recipe binder. Class participation is $45.
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 per-son. 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 email@example.com.
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.
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 vege-tables 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 Am-phitheatre 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 firstname.lastname@example.org information and to register. Persons with disabilities who require assistance are asked to notify the center 48 hours in advance.
‒ Adult Dodge Ball: Adult only dodge ball will take place from 7-9 p.m. Fridays for 17 and older. Fee is $3/non-residents and $2/residents.
‒ 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.
‒ Destin Senior Chair Exercise 50+ years: Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10-10:45 a.m. 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, pot luck, casino trips, cruises, bingo, chair exercise, knitting, scrabble, and Mexican dominoes. Members must be a Destin resident.
‒ Dodge Ball: Open game from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays for children 8 to 14. Fee is $3/non-residents and $2/residents. Waiver required for children.
‒ 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 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.
‒ Table Tennis: Play from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Paddles and balls provided. Fee is $2/resident and $3/non-resident.
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 spon-sored 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 sec-ond Tuesday, the group meets at Fountain Square in downtown Fort Walton Beach for the Growing Local film series. Call 863-4040.