Community Happenings Feb. 11

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

All area codes are 850 unless noted.

Snowbird Movie

The Destin Library will hold a free Snowbird Movie Matinee at 2 p.m. Feb. 11 showing “The Good Life.” Doors open at 1:30 pm., with seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 837-8572.

DestinCity 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.

• Harbor CRA-AC, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 11

• Observance of President’s Day, closed Feb. 16

• City Council, 6 p.m. Feb. 17

• Town Center CRA-AC, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 18

American Legion

Weblos Den meets from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at American Legion Post 296, 311 Main St. in Destin.

State of the City

Mayor Mel Ponder presents the Annual State of the City Address at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Destin United Methodist Church Life Center.

FDOT forum

The Florida Department of Transportation will host a regional forum from 1-5 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Emerald Coast Conference Center on Okaloosa Island to give residents an opportunity to give input on two important plans regarding transportation: the Florida Transportation Plan and the Strategic Intermodal System (SIS). To register, visit

Historical presentation

The next presentation by H. C. “Hank” Klein, writer of History Mystery articles that appear monthly in The Log, is the long lost history of Miramar Beach Was Once Shoals, Florida at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 12 at the Rotary Club of South Walton County, Embassy Suites in Miramar Beach.


Choctawhatchee Bay Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 12 at the First Presbyterian Church, 134 Beal Parkway SW in Fort Walton Beach. Guest speaker, Donald Forgione, is director of the state of Florida Parks Service and the recipient of the Florida Park Service Interpreter of the Year Award. DAR is open to all women who are lineally descended from a Revolutionary War patriot. Call 543-0170.

Archaeology program

The Friends of the Destin Library present a free program, Archaeology: Local History Through Cemeteries, at 3 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Destin Library. Margo Stringfield of the University of West Florida’s Pensacola Archaeology Institute will present a program on archaeology and Florida’s history as seen through its cemeteries. Call 837-8572.

Audubon Society

The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will have its Annual Retreat to the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge at Ellisville, Miss. Feb. 13-15. Meet this rare and magnificent bird on a guided tour of the refuge, and then engage in general birding in this ecologically interesting location. For more information call 678-6665.

Chocolat’ Fare

The 12th annual Chocolat’ Fare, presented by the Destin United Methodist Women, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Life Center at Destin United Methodist Church. Everything is chocolate, and proceeds will benefit Others of Destin Inc. to help with cold shelter.


The Genealogy Society of Okaloosa County will meet at 10 a.m. Feb. 14 at the Heritage Museum in Valparaiso for the 39th anniversary of its founding. Elizabeth Powell Crowe  (Libbi) will share some of her “success stories”, as highlighted in the 10th edition of her book, Genealogy Online.

Story Hour

Every Thursday, Starbucks at HarborWalk Village will host StoryHour@Starbucks at 3:30 p.m. There will be hot chocolate available for the kids, and all parents get 20 percent off their purchase.

Author reception

The Okaloosa County Republican Executive Committee will host an afternoon reception with Trevor Loudon, author of “The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress,” from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Magnolia Grill, 157 Brooks Street SE in Fort Walton Beach, Tickets are $20 and include light hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and soft drinks. Tickets available at 863-2301 or

Young Republicans

Young Republicans of Okaloosa County will hold an organizational meeting at 8 p.m. Feb. 16 at Hurricane Grill & Wings, 4579 E Hwy 20 #2 in Niceville. For more information contact Jamie Tabisz-Smith at 312-8267 or email

Breast cancer support group

Breast cancer patients and survivors are invited to join the breast-cancer support group at 6 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Olson Women’s Diagnostic Center at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast.

Blood drive

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will host the Oneblood mobile unit from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 18 at the main entrance of the hospital. All donors will receive a free T-shirt and a meal ticket to the hospital’s café.

DestinLife Center

Recreation and fitness activities at Destin Life Center at Destin United Methodist Church, 200 Beach Drive, include the following. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday. 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.

• Adult Open Soccer:  From 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays. Fee is $2/player.

• Adult Open Volleyball: From 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays. Fee is $2/player. • Indoor Soccer Clinic w/Coach Carlos: Elementary, 3-4 p.m., and Middle School, 4-5:30 p.m. Thursdays. Fee is $90/child for 6 week session. 

• Pickleball: From 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

• Travelers’ Walking Club: Walk indoors for fitness, fellowship and fun from 7-8 a.m. Monday through Friday. 17 laps = 1 mile.

• DLC Fitness Cardio/Weight Room:  Nautilus equipment, three treadmills, two ellipticals and one recumbent bike. Memberships are $40/calendar quarter; $30/month; $20/week; and $10/day.

• Community Fitness Classes: Indoor cycling, Zumba, Rise and Stretch, PIYO, Cardio Dance, Forever Young (senior aerobics) and more. Costs are $40/month; $7/class; $20/month Forever Young, fitness for seniors; and $3/individual Forever Young.

DestinCommunity Center

All activities are at the Destin Community Center, unless noted. Call 654-5184 or email for information and to register. Persons with disabilities who require assistance are asked to notify the center 48 hours in advance.

*• Chair Yoga: Class will be held at 10 a.m. Monday and Thursday. Cost is $4/class.

• Essential Oils: A free class at 10 a.m. Feb. 18 and March 4 and 18 for those who desire a more natural route to promote heart health and to manage pain anywhere, from a mosquito bite to arthritis.

• Game Room: Open to children age 10 and older from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Line Dancing: Class for beginners will be at 12:30 p.m. Thursdays. Intermediate lessons are held at 1:30. Open dance is from 1:15-1:30 p.m. The class is $6.

• Low impact aerobics: From 9-10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost is $3/session. Bring water and a towel. Stretch bands are available for $2.

• Pickleball: Mondays from 12:30-3:30 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for all levels. Cost is $2/resident and $3/non-resident.

• Senior Pilates: Class will be held from 9-10 a.m. Mondays. Cost is $6/class.

• Table Tennis: Tuesdays from 2-5 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

• Woodcarving: Class for men and women meets from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Cost is $2/class.

• Yoga: Class will be held Thursdays at noon. Open to all yoga enthusiasts of any level. Cost is $6/class. Please bring a mat and towel.

• Zumba Gold: Mondays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. Cost is $6/class.