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. All meetings are subject to change or cancellation.
City Council, 6 p.m. Oct. 21
Short Term Rental Task Force, 4 p.m. Oct. 22
Parks & Recreation Committee Meeting, 4 p.m. Oct. 29
The Track Fundraiser
The Track Family Fun Park in Destin will host the Ninth Annual Fight the Fight, Find a Cure breast cancer fundraising event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19. Guests are invited to enjoy a fun-filled day of Track activities while supporting the Women’s Health Services Fund at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. All proceeds from the event will help provide screening mammograms for underserved women in our community. The cost is $15/person for an unlimited park pass and $10/person for unlimited Kids Country and golf-only pass. Guests may purchase hot dogs, drinks and homemade baked goods to support the breast cancer fund. Food items will be available while supplies last. Passes must be purchased at the park. Call 654-4668.
Pucker Up for PAWS
The Panhandle Animal Welfare Society hosts “Pucker Up for PAWS,” a lemonade stand fundraiser, Oct. 19. Children are encouraged to set up stands throughout Okaloosa County anytime from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. PAWS volunteers and staff will visit the stands to snap photographs and video, plus take puppies to visit. To notify PAWS where they’ll be and when, children and parents can message PAWS on Facebook, or email email@example.com. Children who raise the most money for PAWS will receive prizes.
Out of the Darkness
Seventh Annual Emerald Coast Out of the Darkness Community Walk, hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Florida Panhandle Chapter, will be at 10 a.m. Oct. 19 at John Beasley Park on Okaloosa Island. This fundraising walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s local and national education and advocacy programs and its bold goal to reduce the annual rate of suicide 20 percent by 2025. The event is free and open to the public. Online registration and fundraising are encouraged. Interested participants, walkers, and donors can visit AFSP.org/EmeraldCoast.
Escape the Library
Get in the Halloween spirit with a free House of Horrors escape room at the Destin Library from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 22. Patrons ages 12 and up will be given 30 minutes to try their luck and test their skills at solving puzzles to unlock the door ... or else! Groups of escapees will be limited to six participants and turns in the escape room will be on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration is required. For more information, call 837-8572 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Emerald Coast Public Relations Organization will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 22 at AJ’s on the Bayou, 200 Eglin Parkway NE in Fort Walton Beach. Speakers are from The Hive Creative Consulting, a synergy-fueled, creative services and marketing firm. During October and November meetings, active members are encouraged to bring guests. For each guest, the active member will be eligible to win a grand prize. Lunch is $15/members, $20/associates of members, $25/non-members and $10/students and $10 if you do not want to eat but want to hear the program. For more information, call 974-3662, email@example.com, or visit www.ecpro.org.
Beat Identity Theft and Shred It
The Niceville Public Library has scheduled the Shred-It mobile document truck for a free shredding event from 10 a.mm. to noon Oct. 22 in the Softball Complex parking lot behind the Library. The general public is invited to bring their unwanted personal documents for shredding.
Kelsi Adams, a fine art composite artist, will be the speaker at the ADSO Luncheon on Oct. 23. Adams creates new and unique stories through multiple photographs she takes and blends together. She will discuss her inspirations and how she creates stories through compositions and color. The Luncheon, which is open to the public, will begin at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $12. Reservations must be made no later than Oct. 21 at firstname.lastname@example.org or call ADSO at 850-244-1271. Cost of luncheon after that date is $15.
Destin Open House
The public is invited to attend the City of Destin’s annual Open House from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p..m. Oct. 24 at the Destin Community Center. This year’s theme is “Looking Back … Moving Forward.” Lunch will be provided by Chef Jim Shirah of Dewey Destin’s. Residents and businesses can bring their old documents to the community center to be shredded for free.
Ready for 2020 Open House
The Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections will host Ready for 2020 Open House from 3-7 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections Headquarters, 302 Wilson St N, Ste 102, in Crestview. Staff will be available for equipment demonstrations and to answer questions. Presentations regarding the state of elections in Okaloosa County will occur hourly.
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.
Sacred Heart Seminar
Ascension Sacred Heart Rehabilitation will hold an informational seminar on using Myofascial Release techniques for pain reduction and improved mobility from 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 25 at Sacred Heart Rehabilitation at The Market Shops, 9375 Emerald Coast Parkway West - Unit 1 in Miramar Beach. To register for this free community-education seminar, call 278-3600.
Splash or Treat at GulfScarium
Halloween festivities begin from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Gulfarium on Okaloosa Island. Kids in costume, age 12 and under, receive free admission (limit of two free kids per adult). Trick-or-treat for candy around the park, jump in the bounce-house, locate the skeletons the annual skeleton scavenger hunt, and more. Fun continues Oct. 31 with an after-hours experience from 4-6 p.m. During this time, all adults are free. Children in costume, ages 3-12. will receive admission into the park for only $5. Trick-or-treat around the park, and celebrate GulfScarium with an evening dolphin show, as well as a sea lion show. Visit gulfarium.com/halloween to see the event schedules.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
Saturday Bird Walk Oct. 26 at Camp Helen State Park. Meet 8-8:15 a.m. in the parking lot of Camp Helen, 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway in Panama City Beach. Emily Ellis will lead through the park to look for a variety of shorebirds including plovers, terns, and herons, as well as migrating songbirds such as warblers and buntings. Bring a picnic lunch, binoculars and/or camera, wear closed-toed shoes, long pants, and a hat. Call 818-2262.
The Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County (GSOC) will meet at 10 a.m. Oct. 26 at the Fort Walton Beach Library. The program will be “Okaloosa County Records ‘ with Don Allgood, director of operations, Okaloosa County Clerk of Courts. He will discuss which records are available and how you can access them.
The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will have a program meeting from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Religious Education building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd. in Niceville. Call 496-3466 with any questions.
Book-or-Treat at Library
Calling all little monsters, princesses and superheroes, too. It’s the annual Book-or-Treat at the Destin Library at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 30 with a trek around the library to collect Halloween treats from library staff. Stop for a picture on a Giant Pumpkin and stay for a special spooky story time. This event is geared toward children ages five and under and there is no cost to attend. Registration is required, however, to insure there are treats for everyone. Call the library at 837-8572 to register or for more information.
OneBlood will have a blood drive hosted by The Market Shops in Miramar Beach from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 31. The OneBlood Big Red Bus will be parked in The Market Shops parking lot, adjacent to U.S. 98. All donors will receive a complimentary Halloween OneBlood T-shirt, a free mini-iced cinnamon biscuit from Maple Street Biscuit Company, a kid’s scoop of ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s, and 10 percent off a purchase at Clean Juice in The Market Shops.
Sarah K’s Gourmet, 34940 Hwy. 98 in Destin, will be collecting leftover Halloween candy Nov. 1 through Nov. 8 for our troops stationed overseas. Children are encouraged to pen the soldiers a note and include a picture of him or herself dressed up for Halloween.
Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections will hold Candidate University Nov. 6 and 7 for anyone interested in running for public office or wanting to learn about the candidate process. Two sessions are available — 6-9 p.m. Nov. 6 in Crestview at the Supervisor of Elections Headquarters, and 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 7 at the Okaloosa County Administration Building in Shalimar. Call 689-5600 or email email@example.com to register. The registration deadline is Nov. 4 by 5 p.m. More information is available online at www.GoVote-Okaloosa.com. Candidate University consists of a three-hour, non-accredited curriculum focused on the fundamentals of becoming a candidate and running a campaign.
The City of Destin will host a visioning session from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Destin Community Center, 101 Stahlman Avenue. The public is highly encouraged to attend and participate. Council, staff and members of the public will spend the day reviewing accomplishments, current projects, project initiatives and the way ahead.
McCaskill & Company: The community is invited to McCaskill & Company, the Destin gallery, 13390 US Hwy. 98 W, Nov. 8-9 for 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. Call 650–2262.
Charity Golf Tournament
Special Ops Survivors Charity Golf Tournament will be held on Nov. 15 at the Blackstone Golf Course in DeFuniak Springs. Check-in is 8 a.m. and a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Players and teams can register online at https://birdeasepro.com/flspecialopsgolf by Nov. 10. Cost is $60 per player and includes BBQ lunch, team, individual, and door prizes, a $10,000 hole-in-one prize, 50/50 raffle. For additional information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 384-0806.
Holiday Craft Show
The City of Destin’s 13th Annual Holiday Craft Show will be held at the Destin Community Center from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 15 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 16. There will be hand-crafted jewelry, wreaths, books, concessions, and much more from over 50 vendors. Vendor booths are available for $45/residents and $55/non-residents (+$10 for a corner booth). This includes an 8 ft x 10 ft space, one 6 ft table, and two chairs. Register early, as space is limited. Admission to the public is free. Call 654-5184 for more information.
A Holiday Baking Class with Chef Jim Shirah will be held at the Destin Community Center for children ages 8-14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 26 and 27. The fee is $40/residents and $50/non-residents. Each student will learn how to bake and will take home several holiday cookies, treats, and more. Register early or call 654-5184 for more information.
Christmas Tree Lighting
The 33RD annual Christmas Tree Lighting, hosted by the City of Destin, will be held at the Destin Community Center at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 with a visit from Santa. There will be entertainment from local choruses, musical groups, etc. with refreshments being served after the lighting. Donations of canned food will be collected for families in need. Call 654-5184 for information.
The City of Destin’s 35th annual Christmas Parade will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 14. This year’s theme is “Santa’s Workshop.” The floats will start at Downtown Destin Shopping Center (Old Time Pottery) and travel west down Harbor Boulevard (Highway 98) to Stahlman Avenue. Please stand on the north side of Harbor Boulevard to watch the floats. For those who wish to put a float in the parade, applications are available at the Destin Community Center. In lieu of an entry fee, each entry must make a donation of a new toy for a local charity, to be dropped off at the Destin Community Center. Applications must be turned in no later than Dec. 6. You may drop them off in person, fax to 654-8998, or email to email@example.com. Call 654-5184 for information.
Peer to Peer Support Group
Mental Health Association of Okaloosa and Walton Counties is sponsoring a Peer to Peer Support Group every Thursday at Santa Rosa Beach Community Church, Room 206, 3524 US Hwy 98, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Whether you want to learn new life skills or better understand Mental Health Recovery, you will find support here. The group is open to adults (18+), free to participate, confidential, and guided by trained peer facilitators. For more information, call the Mental Health Association in Fort Walton Beach at 244-1040.
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 beginning Nov. 7. 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.
‒ 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, Wednesdays and Fridays. Paddles and balls provided. Fee is $2/resident and $3/non-resident.
‒ Zumba Gold: Classes will be held from 11 a.m. to noon every Thursday beginning Nov. 7. This is a low impact class using Latin music for fitness/dance. Fee is $6/session.
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.