Community Happenings 1-19
TODAY JANUARY 19
Learn which spiders in Florida are poisonous, where they live, what they eat, and the benefits they bring to us at 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Admission to park is $6. Call 267-8330.
Writers In Sandals
Write your way into 2013 when Writers In Sandals meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 19 at the Destin Library. Each member has the writing assignment to complete “I remember when I” as an opening sentence for a two-page, original piece.
All area codes are 850 unless noted.
Florida Trail Association
The Florida Trail Association will hold the following events. Visit www.choctaw.floridatrail.org or call the listed number. • Jan. 22: Monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at Ed’s Hometown Seafood & Steaks in Niceville. Visitors welcome. Call 654-1172. • Jan. 26: A 3, 5, or 8 mile hike at 9 a.m. in Point Washington State Forrest near Santa Rosa Beach. Call 302-528-8284 or 816-916-5736. • Jan. 26: A 4-mile night hike around Karick Lake at 5 p.m. with dinner following at the Gator Café in Baker. Call 651-0902 or 682-6098.
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach will hold the following tours. All programs except Breakfast with a Ranger require a $6 entry admission into the park. Outside tours are canceled during severe weather. For information, call 267-8330. • Jan. 19: Learn which spiders in Florida are poisonous, where they live, what they eat, and the benefits they bring to us at 2 p.m. • Jan. 26: Learn what type of creatures, on land and sea, can be found in this area at 2 p.m.
Team parties for the 2013 Destin Relay for Life will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 23, Feb. 27 and March 20 at the Elks Lodge on Okaloosa Island. Call 318-455-9400 or email email@example.com.
The Destin Library will offer computer workshops from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on the following dates. Workshops are open to individuals with a valid library card and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration required at the library or by fax. The last day for pre-registration will be two days prior to the scheduled workshop date. Call 837-8572. • Digital Photography 1: Jan. 23 • Twitter: Jan. 23 • Craigslist: Jan. 30 • Digital Photogaphy 2: Jan. 30 • Facebook: Feb. 13 • Microsoft Publisher: Feb. 13 •eBook Readers User Group: Feb. 20 • Picasa: Feb. 20 • Email 1: Feb. 27 • Pinterest: Feb. 27 • Email 2: March 13 • Photo Sharing: March 13
Then and Now
The Then and Now Lecture Series presents Dr. Derek Zumbro on “U-Boats: Germany’s Submarine Strategy During the World Wars” at 6 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Indiana Temple Mound Museum in Fort Walton Beach. Doors open 20 minutes prior to lecture start time, and all seats are on a first come, first serve basis. • Feb. 8: Historian Alan Manning on “Presidents and the Presidency: 1912-1936” at 6 p.m.
A free tax workshop, hosted by Shelter House, will be offered to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Fort Walton Beach Library. Topics covered will include maximizing your tax return, knowing what forms you need to file, learning which credits you are eligible to claim, advice for divorced or single parents on claiming children, document retention and more. To register, call 243-1201.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
• Jan. 26: Join Bruce Purdy for a bird walk at the Okaloosa Landfill and Sprayfields to see a wide variety of interesting birds. Meet at the Coach and Four Restaurant on N. Lewis Turner Blvd. at 7:30 a.m. Call 305-359-5334 or 582-7064.
Arbor Wealth Management, LLC will host “2013 Market Outlook: Retirement and Income Generation” at 10 a.m. and also at 5 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room. Firm founder and principal Margaret R. McDowell, ChFC®, AIF, will lead a Power Point presentation that provides an overview of anticipated market trends in 2013. Income generation and investment strategies outlined are most appropriate for investors with $250,000 or more of investable assets. Refreshments will be served. Call 608-6121 to reserve seating. Home based business expo
Network with home based business owners to learn about many unique opportunities from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at Mary Esther United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 703 East Miracle Strip Parkway. Admission is free; open to the public.
Free pancakes at IHOP
IHOP will give away free pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 5 to celebrate National Pancake Day. The fundraiser aims to raise $3 million to kick off Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30th anniversary.
AARP Income Tax help
Volunteers from AARP will provide free individual federal tax assistance on an appointment only basis at the Destin Library from 9 am. to 5 p.m. Thursdays Feb. 7 through April 11. Call 837â€8572 and make an appointment.
The First Presbyterian Church of Fort Walton Beach, 134 Beal Avenue, SW, will be the site of a SERRV Craft Market, an international craft market of fairly traded handmade items from around the world, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 10, 17 and 24 and from 10 a.m., to 1 p.m. Feb. 13, 16, 20 and 23. See a large assortment of authentic and unique items and shop for handmade items from around the world. Purchasers will have the satisfaction of knowing that they have helped make a difference in the lives of artisans who are striving to support their families and are being paid fairly for their efforts. Call 243-3732 or 243-4777.
The following events are held regularly at the Destin Library. Call 837-8572 • Tai Chi for Arthritis: At 7 a.m. Wednesdays. Cost is $5/class. • Cuddlers & Toddlers Storytime: From 3-3:45 p.m. Tuesdays and 9:30-10:15 a.m. Thursdays for ages 4 months to 4 years. • Independent Film Series: Independent and foreign films shown at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. • Friends of the Destin Library: Monthly meeting held at 10 a.m. the second Friday of each month.
Destin Community Center
All activities are at the Destin Community Center, unless noted. Call 654-5184 for information and to register. Persons with disabilities who require assistance are asked to notify the center 48 hours in advance. • Baton lessons: Begins in the spring. Call 699-8309. • Chair yoga: Thursday at 10 a.m. Cost is $3/class. • Duplicate bridge: At 9:30 a.m. Mondays and 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:30 a.m. Thursdays at Buck Destin Park. Entry fee: $6. No partner needed. • Game room: Open to children 10 and older and under 10 accompanied by adult from 1-9 p.m. Monday-Friday. • Intermediate party bridge: Mondays and Tuesdays at 12:45 p.m. at Buck Destin Park. Call 837-1967. • Jazzercise class: 6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Call 621-3055. • Kidz Klub: After-school program from 3:30-5:30 p.m. • Modern line dance: Classes from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 11. Fee is $5/class. • Open gym: Check ahead for times and dates open. • Pickle ball: Pickle Ball courts will be set up at noon Mondays and Thursdays for beginning players and 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays for advanced players. Fee is $2. • Table tennis: 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays and 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays. • Tennis Academy: A tennis program with USPTA Professional Brian Wilson at Buck Destin Park on Legion Drive. This program will be open to all ages and abilities with days and times to be determined. Group classes will be one hour long and cost $15 a session. Private lessons will be $50 an hour. To sign up or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. • Walking Club: Walk with music from 8-9 a.m. Monday-Friday. • Woodcarving: Fridays at 9 a.m. Fee is $3. • Yoga: Thursdays at noon. Cost is $5/class. • Zumba gold: Thursday at 11 a.m. Cost is $6/class.