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.
• Labor Day, closed, Sept. 3
• Executive Session, 5 p.m. Sept. 5
• City Council, 6 p.m. Sept. 5
The Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida, 996 Airport Road in Destin, will host a grand opening for its new expansion at 4 p.m. Sept. 5. There will be a ribbon cutting, tours and wine and light hors d’oeuvres. RSVP at 315-1352 or email email@example.com by Aug. 31.
The Republican Women of Okaloosa Federated will meet at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 5 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 573 Santa Rosa Blvd. on Okaloosa Island. Property Appraiser Mack Busbee will talk about the proposed half cent sales tax and how it will affect us should the Amendment pass. Lunch is $18/members and $20/guests. Make reservation at 305-4331 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 1.
Contractors Connect, a networking event for contractors along the Emerald Coast, will meet from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at AJ’s on the Destin harbor to celebrate its first anniversary and chat with Lord & Son about its work in the community and support the Arc of the Emerald Coast. Tickets, $10, include one free draft beer, light appetizers, and multiple giveaway drawings.
The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society and Jordan Green, wild life biologist, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, will present Black Bears in NW Florida at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6 in room 308/309 of the Student Services Building 400 at NWFSC. Admission is free and open to the pub-lic. Call 907-321-3701.
• Birdwalk: Birding at Okaloosa County Holding Ponds. Join Malcolm Swam in a walk exploring the arrival of migrating ducks and waders at the species rich county holding ponds Sept. 8. Meet at the Pepito’s restaurant parking lot, 1313 Lewis Turner Blvd., at 7:30 a.m. Wear closed toe shoes and bring a bottle of water. Call 210-343-9082.
The Destin United Methodist Women host the 10th Annual Fall Flair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 7 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 8 in the DUMC Life Center. Lots of vendors, a silent auction, a bake sale and more.
Bring Your Own Coin
McCaskill & Company will showcase renowned jewelry designs from Michael Bondanza for a Bring Your Own Coin (BYOC) event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 7 and 8 at 13390 Hwy. 98 West in Destin. Guests may bring their own personal coin or heirloom to create a piece of customized jewelry. There will also be a large selection of rare, vintage coins for purchase. Light refreshments will be served at the free event.
Beach Cleanup Destin
The City of Destin and the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance are partnering again this year for the 2018 International Coastal Cleanup from 9-11 a.m. Sept. 15 at Norriego Point along East Pass and Destin harbor. Free T-shirts will be provided to participants.
Volunteers of all ages are invited to participate in the International Coastal Beach Cleanup from 8-10 a.m. Sept. 15 at the Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island. Walk the coastline to collect discarded debris such as plastic bags and containers, glass and plastic bottles, Styrofoam, fishing line, cigarette butts (1.4 trillion are carelessly discarded worldwide each year), aluminum cans, and more items that harm marine life and ecosystems. Pre-register at www.theboardwalk.com/beachcleanup or at The Crab Trap the morning of the event. Once signed in, you may begin collecting trash from the beach. A post-clean up breakfast will be provided for all participants complimentary of The Crab Trap. Compete to collect the most cigarette butts for recycling, or for the most unusual litter find. Participants will receive an event T-shirt (limited quantity), trash bag, gloves, and a little sand in their soul.
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 begin-ning Sept. 10 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.
Meet and Greet
The Destin Library will host a meet and greet for the new library director, Wen Livingston, from 4:30-6 p.m. Sept. 11. Everyone is invited to come meet Wen and wish her well in her new position.
Community Garden Meeting
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor an afternoon presentation about Destin’s Community Garden Project with community advo-cate Ron Sandstead at 2 p.m. Sept. 11. This program is free and open to the public. In 2013, he helped organize the Main Street Betterment Alliance which was focused on beautifying the Main Street corridor. Currently he is spearheading the Destin Banner Art Project which has as its goal to pro-mote local artists through the display of banners in Destin’s Town Center.
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. Next class is Oct. 9. Call 837-2021, ext. 236, or email email@example.com to reserve a spot. A one-time registration fee is $25 and includes custom apron and recipe binder. Class participation is $45.
Holiday Craft Show
The City of Destin’s 12th Annual Holiday Craft Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Destin Com-munity Center. There will be hand-crafted jewelry, woodcarvings, watercolor paintings, and much more from more than 50 vendors. Vendor booths are available for $45/residents and $55/non-residents (+$10 for a corner booth). Register early, as space is limited. Admission to the public is free. Call 654-5184 for more information.
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.
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 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.
‒ 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 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 9 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays 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-South Walton Toastmasters, 5:45-7:15 p.m. 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month at Walton County Utility Building.
• Club 03119366 Panhandle Toastmasters, 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays at Elks Lodge #2747 Conference Room, 224 Seminole Ave. in Valparaiso, every week except the first Tuesday of the month. On that day meet at Cold Creek BBQ, 318 Valparaiso Parkway in Valparaiso.
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.