3 THINGS TO DO This Week
1. Polar Bear Club
Be cool and join in the original plunge into the Gulf on New Year's Day, rain or shine, behind Crab Trap in Destin. Registration is at 10 a.m. with swim at 10:30. Sponsored by Destin Fire Rescue Foundation, there will be a lifeguard on duty. $20 donation requested.
2. Pelican Plunge
The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island will host its first Pelican Plunge on Okaloosa Island at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 1. Participants will take an invigorating dip into the Gulf of Mexico in support of the Emerald Coast Foundation. The Crab Trap opens at 10 a.m. with drink specials and pre-registration begins at 10:30 a.m. at the common area below The Crab Trap. A post-plunge party will also take place at The Crab Trap and include hot cocoa, coffee, and 99 cent gumbo. Registration fee is $20.
3. Penguin Plunge & Paddle
Start the new year off right at the eighth annual Penguin Plunge & Paddle Jan. 1 at Juana’s Pagodas Sailors’ Grill in Navarre Beach. Participants can show off their paddle skills in a stand-up paddle board adventure course at 12:30 p.m. At 1:30, participants will take a dash from the beach and plunge into the Santa Rosa Sound. Afterwards in Juana’s beach tent, participants can “chill” and enjoy complimentary food, drink, live music, awards and buy raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Santa Rosa Kids House and the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. Entry fee per person for the Plunge starts from $20 and the SUP Adventure starts from $30. The sooner one registers, the less the cost is, and one can register on the day of the event. All participants will receive a long sleeve T-shirt. Register at juanaspagodas.com/penguinplunge.htm. Call 850-833-9237, ext. 283, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.