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.
Special Magistrate Hearing, 5:30 p.m. April 16
Town Center CRA-AC, 5:30 p.m. April 17
Local Planning Agency, 5:30 p.m. April 18
Harbor & Waterways Board, 5 p.m. April 22
Parks & Recreation Committee, 4 p.m. April 21
National Arbor Day/Earth Day Celebration, 10 a.m. April 26 with Tree Planting at Nancy Weidenhamer Small Dog Park
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.
Master Gardener Lecture Series
The Okaloosa County Master Gardener Association will offer a free lecture on Antique and Old Garden Roses from 10-11 a.m. April 17 at the Okaloosa Extension Annex, 127 Hollywood Blvd. NW, in Fort Walton Beach. Okaloosa Master Gardener Karen Kirk-Williams, who has been growing these hardy roses without the use of any insecticides or fungicides for over 20 years, will present the program.
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.
Dentistry from the Heart
Dr. Olivier Broutin, Dr. Amber Wiebe and Dr. Bibek Nakarmi are out to change lives by offering free smiles to anyone who needs dental work, as they host Dentistry from the Heart for the fifth year in a row. Adults 18 years and older are welcome to come receive one free cleaning, filling or extraction starting at 7 a.m. April 19 at Smileology in Miramar Beach, 12273 Hwy. 98 Ste. 117. This event is free and no proof of residency or income is required or asked for. The first 50 patients at their location, or however many they can service by 3 p.m., will be seen. For more information, visit smileology.com or the organization’s national website at dentistryfromtheheart.org.
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
Destiny Worship Center in Miramar Beach kicks off Easter weekend with a community egg hunt, Easter Eggstravaganza, from 4-5:30 p.m. April 20. The free event includes inflatables, food and fun for the whole family. Every kid will get candy and the chance to win eggcelent prizes. Bring your own basket. Egg hunt for walkers through 5 years will be at 4:30 p.m.; Kindergarten through second grade at 4:45 p.m.; and third through fifth graders at 5 p.m.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
Bird Banding at Ft. Morgan Alabama on April 20. 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.
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.
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.
Stroke Support Group
The meetings will provide educational support, social support and community outreach to both you and your family from 11 a.m. to noon the fourth Thursday of the month beginning April 25 at The Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida Conference Room, 996 Airport Road in Destin. There will be guest speakers who will provide information on a variety of topics.
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.
Celebrate World Tai Chi Day
The Destin Library will celebrate World Tai Chi Qigong Day with instructor Barbara Rezmer, a certified Tai Chi for Health instructor, at 10 a.m. April 27. This event will be held outdoors on the library grounds weather permitting. Participants are encouraged to arrive at 9:45 a.m. for warm up exercises.
World Tai Chi Day
Martial Arts Combat Academy LLC will host an event for World Tai Chi and Qigong Day on April 27 in Lion's Park in Niceville. We will gather at 9:30 a.m. and at 10 a.m. Sifu Jay Foil will began leading us in doing Tai Chi along with
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.
Day of DNA
The Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County is sponsoring a day of presentations on the use of DNA for genealogy from 19:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 27 at the Robert L Sikes Public Library in Crestview. Kristina Clever, of Clever Genetic Ancestry, will be the guest speaker. Seating is limited and registration is required. Email email@example.com.
The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will have a program meeting from 1:30-4:30 o,n, April 28 in the Religious Education building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd. in Niceville. Visitors are welcome. Call 496-3466.
IMPACT 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 30 at Surfing Deer in Seagrove Beach. For additional events and information, visit www.impactnwf.org and select 2019 Membership
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.
The Fort Walton Beach Police Department will host Construction Junction Kids’ Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4 at the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, 1958 Lewis Turner Boulevard. Construction Junction is free and provides kids with the educational opportunity to enjoy close-up interaction with big equipment in a safe environment. Included at this year’s event will be the Home Depot “Kids Crew” Hands-on Building Kits, a mountain of sand for digging and climbing, fire trucks, police cars, and many other fun, educational, and safety-related activities. Enjoy free refreshments and don’t forget to Dunk-A-Cop.
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.
A networking event for contractors along the Emerald Coast will host its next meetup from 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 9 at AJ’s on the Destin harbor. This month’s meetup will be presented in partnership with the Building Industry Association of Okaloosa & Walton Counties. The cost to attend is $10 and includes one free draft beer, light appetizers, and the opportunity to win in multiple giveaways. Visit www.contractors-connect.com to purchase tickets. At the meetup contractors from along the Emerald Coast can join together and connect with representatives from the organization to learn more about local home and flood insurance.
McCaskill & Company
In celebration of their 25th Anniversary, McCaskill & Company, hosts Erica Courtney Personal Appearance and Trunk Show from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 10-11 in the Destin gallery, 13390 US Hwy. 98 W. Meet jewelry designer 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.Each event is free. Call 650–2262.
• 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.
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 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. 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.