Community Briefs March 22

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Info for Children’s Summer Fun Guidebook

The United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties is gathering information on children’s summer programs for the “2014 Children’s Summer Fun Guidebook,” designed to help parents find safe, fun and educational daytime summer activities for children.  The criteria for the guidebook includes: programs offered to youth ages 4–18 during the months of June, July and August.

Send a general description of the programs to have listed including dates, times, cost and any items the children may need to bring. Download forms at Send to United Way, Attn.: 2014 Summer Fun Guidebook   112 Tupelo Ave., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548; fax: 243-6625; or e-mail to Deadline to submit information is April 4. The last days for schools are May 23 in Walton County and June 5 in Okaloosa County.

Guidebooks will be available May 1. Call the United Way at 243-0315 to request a copy or download at

Chautauqua Rehab & Nursing Center recognized

Chautauqua Rehabilitation & Nursing Center has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes 2014 list.

“We’re thrilled to be named among the nation’s best nursing homes and will do our best to continue providing compassionate, quality care and programming for our residents and staff,” said facility Administrator Duane Barber.

St Joe Community Foundation gives to MDA

The St Joe Community Foundation has provided an $11,200 grant to the Muscular Dystrophy Association to enable 14 children diagnosed with neuromuscular diseases from Bay and Walton Counties to attend Camp Suwannee in Dowling, Fla., for a week this summer.  The MDA camp program offers a wide range of activities specially designed for youngsters who have limited mobility or use wheelchairs.  

“With The St. Joe Community Foundation’s contribution, we are able to send the children and their parents to Camp Suwanee for a week,” says Lisa Heil, MDA executive director.  “We have found that the camp experience provides an opportunity for the kids to develop new friendships and helps build self-confidence.”