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.
Public Works/Public Safety, 5:30 p.m. April 9
Harbor CRA-AC, 5:30 p.m. April 10
Summer Swim Lessons
Registration for summer swim lessons has opened at the Bernie Lefebvre Aquatic Center in Fort Walton Beach and the Destin Aquatic Center in Destin. Lessons are available for students of all skill levels and ages at a variety of times. For more information, call the Bernie at 863-7946 or the Destin pool at 837-7946. Registration must be done in person. Lessons fill up quickly so sign up early.
Scholarship from Destin Garden Club
The Destin Garden Club will give away a $1,000 scholarship to an Okaloosa County resident. The recipient must already be in pursuit of a degree or career in horticulture, agriculture, or a related field of study at an accredited Florida college or university. The deadline for applications is May 1 and must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Download the application at www.destingardenclub.org/scholarships.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
Shannon Hobson and Malcolm Swan will show photos and video clips of island scenery eco-lodges, nesting Tropicbirds, flocks of Scarlet Ibis, Oilbirds in their cave, Motmot, Jacamar, Tufted coquette, Boas, Nectar-sipping bats, and other marvelous creatures at 6:30 p.m. April 4 at the Northwest Florida State College Niceville campus in room 308/309 of the Student Services Building 400.. Admission is free and open to the public. Call 907-321-3701 for more information.
• April 6: Estuary Festival at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou Park. Join Audubon naturalists and others will teach children how to identify birds at 9 a.m. Meet in the park south of Rocky Bayou off Rt 20. Bring a lawn chair and sack lunch. Call 850-678-6665 or 850-729-4915 for additional information.
• April 13: Birdwalk at Ft. Pickens Gulf Island National Seashore as experienced birder Lenny Fenimore leads exploration of the Fort and surrounding hotspots for returning early migrants. Call 863-2039 for additional information. Meet under the Fort Walton Beach Uptown Station Shopping Center sign at 7 a.m. or the Langdon Battery in Gulf Islands National Seashore at 7:30 a.m. Wear long pants and long sleeved shirts and closed toe shoes.
• April 20: Bird Banding at Ft. Morgan Alabama. Observe a dedicated group of bird banders mist netting and banding Spring migrants along this barrier Island. Explore the fort and join Lenny Fenimore in a birding expedition of the grounds. Meet under the sign at Uptown Station Shopping Center in Fort Walton Beach at 7 a.m. or the Butterfly House in Navarre at 7:30 a.m. Bring a sack lunch, water and a lawn chair. For additional information contact Lenny at 850-863-2039.
• April 27: Bird walk at Veterans Park on Okaloosa Island with Malcolm Swan and other interested birders in a walk through the Heron rookery and also see spring migrants and raptors. Meet at the NE corner of the Emerald Coast Convention Center parking lot at 7:30 a.m. For additional information, call 210-343-9082.
Tea Fore Her Fundraiser
Local non-profit, Fore Her, will host it’s Fifth Annual Tea Fore Her fundraiser from 1-3 p.m. April 6 at the Vue on 30a. Attendees will enjoy a light lunch and complimentary glass of champagne. Guests are encouraged to dress the part with festive hats to compete for the best hat award. Tickets are $50 each or $45 for breast cancer survivors. Fore Her works to provide financial support to women diagnosed with breast cancer in Northwest Florida. To purchase tickets, go to www.foreher.org/tea-fore-her.html or email email@example.com.
Free Hernia Screening
Sacred Heart Hospital Emerald Coast will hold a free hernia-screening event from 3-5 p.m. April 9 in the hospital’s Medical Office Building (MOB) adjacent to Sacred Heart, 7800 U.S. Hwy. 98, West in Miramar Beach. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on demonstration of Sacred Heart’s newest robotic-assisted technology, the da Vinci Xi Surgical System. Register for your free screening at https://ascension-fl.regfox.com/free-hernia-screening or call 278-3600. Walk-ins are also welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will host a free Women’s Gynecology Health seminar from 9:30-11 a.m. April 9 at Sacred Heart Hospital’s Medical Office Building, 7720 U.S. Hwy. 98 West in Miramar Beach. To register, visit healthcare.ascension.org/Events or call 278-3600.
Destin Garden Club
The Destin Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. April 9 at the Destin Library, 150 Sibert Ave.
Lee Vanderpool will show how to air-layer Camellias. Wear clothing and shoes appropriate for working in the gardens. Also, bring a small, sharp knife, like an Xacto or paring knife, for use in air-layering. For more information, visit www.destingardenclub.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A True Story of a Vietnamese Refugee Girl
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will host speaker Jade Balden at the Destin Library at 2 p.m. April 9. Balden will speak about her life and her book "Pink Jade: A True Story of a Vietnamese Refugee Girl." She will share her family’s harrowing escape by boat and their narrow escape from death to find peace and love after dodging the horrors of war-torn Vietnam. This event is free and open to the public.
Parkinson’s Caregiver Support Group
Caregivers of persons suffering with Parkinson’s disease are invited to attend the Parkinson’s caregiver support group meeting hosted by Somerby Senior Living and Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast from 9:30-10:30 a.m. April 9 at Somerby Senior Living, 164 West Hewett Road in Santa Rosa Beach. The group will meet the second Tuesday of each month. Refreshments are provided. For more information, call 660-6037 or 278-3770.
MPACT 100 Membership Recruitment
The mission of IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida, Inc. is to financially support nonprofit organizations in Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Created in 2012, IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida has awarded $2.2 million in grants to local nonprofit organizations including five $102,800 grants in 2018. Next membership event will be from 5:30-7 p.m. April 9 at Dewey Destins on the Harbor.
Destin, Tuesday, April 16, 5:30-7 p.m. at Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Seagrove Beach, Tuesday, April 30, 5:30-7 p.m. at Surfing Deer
For additional events and information, visit www.impactnwf.org and select 2019 Membership Events. Events are also posted on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ImpactNWF/
Beat identity theft and shred it
Shred-It mobile document shredding truck will shred documents free of charge from 10 a.m. to noon April 9 in the Softball Complex Parking Lot in Niceville. Please use the Campbell Drive entrance off Palm Boulevard to avoid traffic congestion. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Niceville Library. For information, call Niceville Library at 279-4863, ext. 1504.
Children’s Easter Egg Hunt
The Destin Library will hold its Annual Easter Egg Hunt from 9:30-10:30 a.m. April 10 for children ages 4 and under and includes door prizes, a visit by the Easter Bunny and more. Registration is required at the library or call 837-8572. Carpooling is encouraged due to limited parking.
McCaskill & Company
In celebration of their 25th Anniversary, McCaskill & Company, hosts Lauren K Trunk Show, “bohemian chic” designs featuring an abundance of color rich in character, including tourmalines, labradorites, opals, emeralds and opaque diamonds, among other striking gems..From 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 12-13 in the Destin gallery, 13390 US Hwy. 98 W. Each event is free. Call 650–2262
• May 10-11: Erica Courtney Personal Appearance and Trunk Show
The community is invited to meet jewelry designer Erica Courtney and hear about her stories of travel to exotic corners of the world, mining for gemstones and the vast array of garnets that she features. Her jewels are showcased in one-of-a-kind settings aptly described as Drop Dead Gorgeous.
• June 15: Konstantino Trunk Show
Designed and made in Greece, each sterling and 18K gold piece is inspired by the art, architecture, mythology and people of Greece fused through the creative genius of Konstantino Sioulas.
• June 26- July 6: Marco Bicego Italian Takeover
Handcrafted by skilled artisans in Italy, each piece of Marco Bicego jewelry combines old world tradition with contemporary design. This designer is known for his unique “guitar string” coils, dynamic use of colored gemstones and hand-engraving. The seven-day trunk show will feature the best of the best from Bicego’s collections centered around beautiful Italian gold.
• Aug. 24: Diamond Expo
The community is invited to McCaskill & Company for the exclusive opportunity to buy a diamond straight from the diamond cutter with more than two million dollars worth of certified diamonds to choose from.
• Sept. 10-12: The Great Estate Buying Show
Estate-buying company National Rarities will be at McCaskill for guests who are ready to sell valuables such as gold, sterling silver, diamonds, jewelry, coins and currency, watches, artwork, paintings, autographs, old photos, antique toys, vintage advertising and other collectible and rarities. National Rarities will pay on site in exchange for any of the above valuable items.
• Nov. 8-9: The Erica Courtney Adventure
Named as one of the Top 3 Jewelry Designers in the World by United Brands, Erica Courtney travels the world and mines for some of the rarest and most beautiful gems. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet her in person and experience her exquisite collection of jewelry and gemstones.
Cruise for a Cause
Legendary Marine is hosting Cruise fot a Cause benefiting Path of Grace from 12-4 p.m.April 13. Take a test ride in the latest pontoon boats from Barletta. For every test drive a customer takes at the event that leads to a pontoon sale, Legendary Marine will make a $25 cash donation to Path of Grace. For every pontoon boat sold at the event, Legendary Marine will make an additional $500 donation. Path of Grace's mission is to help women recover from the grips of drug and alcohol addiction.
Earth Day Clean Ups
CBA is partnering with the Okaloosa County TDC, the Crab Trap restaurant, and the City of Destin to host coastal cleanups on Okaloosa Island and Norriego Point. First is from 8-10 a.m. April 13 at The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island. Free T-shirts, materials, and breakfast will be provided. From 8-10 a.m. April 27 cleanup will be at
Norriego Point in Destin.*Free T-shirts and materials will be provided.
Ride to Fight Suicide
Bikers will be riding in the Emerald Coast Right to Fight Suicide hosted by the Florida Panhandle Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention with the ride going kick stands up at 10:30 a.m. April 13. The ride will begin at Emerald Coast Harley-Davidson and go throughout the Fort Walton Beach and Niceville area with stops at Hurricane Grill & Wings in Niceville, AJ's On The Bayou, KC's Sandbar and Grille, and ends at Infidels Clubhouse in Fort Walton. In-person registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. Registration is $20/driver and $10/passenger. To register visit AFSP.donordrive.com/event/ECRide
Valparaiso Garden Club
Dara Dobson will present “Gardening With Native Plants” when the Valparaiso Garden Club meets at 9 a.m. April 17 at Trinity Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 44 Southview Avenue in Valparaiso. Dobson, a Walton County Master Gardener and the owner of 7 Pines Nursery in DeFuniak Springs, is an advocate for using native plants in landscapes to support our insect pollinators, birds and wildlife. Learn how using native plants will also reduce the need for pesticides, fertilizer and extra irrigation. Visitors and new members are welcome.
The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at 9:45 a.m. April 17 at the Linkside Bayside Ballroom in Sandestin. The meeting will feature Earth Day Celebration with annuals, perennials, bulbs, and propagation by Marie Harrison. Price for attending the meeting, program and luncheon is $25. Price for the meeting and program only is $8. RSVP at 267-2557 or email@example.com by 8 p.m. Wednesday prior to meeting.
Town Hall Meeting
The City of Destin will host a Town Hall meeting from 9-10 a.m. April 18 at the Destin Library’s Calhoun room, 150 Sibert Avenue. The public can participate in an open forum setting. Topics covered during this meeting will include current city projects and accomplishments. More than one member of council may be in attendance.
Today’s Boutique Trunk Show
Today’s Boutique, 4433 Commons Drive E #103, will host a trunk show from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 19-20 featuring popular clothing line Planet by Lauren G. Planet. Stylists will be pairing different pieces of the Planet line to show off the hottest trends for the upcoming summer. light refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Guests who would like to work with a stylist, call 837-5565 to set up a complimentary appointment.
Topsail Talks, educational series
Learn about the “Green Sea Turtle Migration” by the 30A Sea Life Discovery Center at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Florida Public Archaeology Network presentation from 10-11 a.m. April 19 at the park in Santa Rosa Beach. This program is free with regular park admission.
• May 17: “Birds and Hurricanes” by Audubon Florida
• June 21: “Geology of the Florida Panhandle” by Dr. Jon Bryan
Grant workshop for nonprofits
IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida, which provides $100,000 grants to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in Okaloosa and Walton counties, is holding its annual grant workshop from 8:30 a.m. to noon April 23 in the Fellowship Hall at Grace Lutheran Church, 4325 Commons Drive West in Destin, to assist groups who want to apply for grants from the organization. Advance registration encouraged to ensure a reserved spot. Limit two people per nonprofit. The final day to register is April 16. The registration form is available at www.impactnwf.org.
Cancer and Beyond Seminar
Sacred Heart Rehabilitation will host a free comprehensive, evidence-based discussion on symptoms, side effects and treatment options from cancer diagnosis through survivorship from 11 a.m. to noon April 26 at Sacred Heart Rehabilitation at the Market Shops, 9375 Emerald Coast Parkway West - Unit 1, in Miramar Beach. To register, visit healthcare.ascension.org/Events or call 278-3600.
The Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County presents Day of DNA, presentations on the use of DNA for genealogy, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 27 at Robert L. Sikes Public Library, 1445 Commerce Dr. in Crestview. Registration required at GSOCGSIG@gmail.com.
Annual WOCOA Alzheimer's Seminar
The Walton Okaloosa Council on Aging and the West Florida Hospital Memory Disorder Clinic will conduct a four-hour seminar on Alzheimer's from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 at the Walton Okaloosa Council on Aging main office, 1154 Baldwin Ave DeFuniak Springs. Light snacks will be provided. Any questions, call 892-8165 or register at www.eventbrite.com.
Flyfishing Film Tour
The Flyfishing Film Tour returns to Destin's Shoreline Church for another evening of fun, food, and films from 7-9 p.m. May 3. Tickets are $25 in advance, and $30 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance. Purchase tickets at https://flyfilmtour.myeventscenter.com/event/Destin-Fl-31864.
Fitness on the Lawn
The Market Shops, at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, will host free, weekly fitness classes on the lawn May 3-July 29 with Pure Narre at 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Orange Theory Fitness at 9 a.m. Fridays.
Biophilia Benefit Golf Classic
Biophilia’s first golf tournament will be held May 5 at Kelly Plantation Golf Course in Destin, beginning with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Players will play a round of golf, have heavy hors d'oeuvres, participate in a live auction, and interact with some live animals. To register or learn more, visit eowilsoncenter.org.
Emerald Coast Health Fair
The 2019 Emerald Coast Health Fair fundraiser for One Hopeful Place will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 11 at the Christian Life Center of First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach, 21 SE First St. Money will be raised to support One Hopeful Place, helping to provide permanent housing and end the cycle of homelessness for those experiencing housing loss in Okaloosa County. For more information, visit EmeraldCoastHealthFair.com.
American Business Women’s Association Emerald Coast Chapter presents the Third Annual Women Empowering Women Symposium from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. Attendees will have access to an extensive local job board, several opportunities to shop the expo, not to mention several chance drawings for top notch items. A light breakfast, hearty lunch and coffee/tea/water break will be provided. Tickets are available at http://www.abwa-ecc.org/women-empowering-women/.
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.
Learn about Android app design using MIT’s Scratch language at The Destin Library’s Code Club for middle schoolers at 4:30 p.m. Fridays. For more information or to sign up call 837-8572 or message Library on Facebook.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
‒ Chair Yoga: Classes from 10-11 a.m. Thursdays. Fee is $4/class and is open to everyone.
‒ Dance Exercise: Class will be held from 7-8 p.m. every Monday and Thursday 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. 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.
‒ 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.
• Line Dancing: Class will be held Thursdays 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 us $6.
• Dodgeball: Open Dodgeball will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays for children ages 8 to 14. Fee is $3/non-residents and $2/residents per session. A waiver will be required for your child.
• Pickleball: Play from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Mondays; 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays;and 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. Fee is $3/non-residents and $2/residents. Racquets and balls are available, 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.
• Shape and Sculpt: Beginning April 1, a Shape and Sculpt fitness class will be held from 9-10 a.m. Mondays. Classes are $5 per class and are open to all ages and fitness levels.
• Step and Sweat: Beginning April 3, a Step and Sweat Class will be held from 9-10 a.m. Wednesdays. Classes are $5 per 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.
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.