Community Happenings 2-2

Staff Writer
The Destin Log


Child ID New York Life Insurance Company will host a free Child ID event from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 2 at the Destin Community Center. Fun activities for parents and children will teach important lessons about how to stay safe at home, at play and in the community. All children accompanied by a parent/guardian will receive a complimentary Identification Card, complete with emergency contact information, a photograph and fingerprints. Call 650-3029.  

Grand opening The Destin Kangaroo Express, 34920 Emerald Coast Parkway, will celebrate its grand re-opening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 2. Guests will receive a free small Bean Street Coffee from 10 a.m. to noon, 25 cent hot dogs from 12-2 p.m., free food samples throughout the day, and giveaways including $10 Kangaroo Express gift cards. A $5,000 check presentation to Fort Walton Relay for Life will be held at 1 p.m.  

Topsail tour An informative program on seasonal visitors, the Sea Turtles, at 2 p.m. Feb. 2 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Program requires a $6 entry admission. Call 267-8330.

All area codes are 850 unless noted.

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 837‐8572 and make an appointment.

Then and Now

The Then and Now Lecture Series presents Historian Alan Manning on “Presidents and the Presidency: 1912-1936” at 6 p.m. Feb. 8 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.

Topsail tours

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. • Feb. 8: Learn what makes the Coastal Dune Lakes so special at 3:30 p.m. • Feb. 9: Breakfast with a Ranger and ask them all the questions you can think of about park wildlife at 9 a.m. To cover the cost of food please bring $5, which goes to Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park to enhance the park or bring your own breakfast. • Feb. 15: Take a sunset hike at 5 p.m. • Feb. 16: Find out about exotic plants and why they are eradicated at 2 p.m. • Feb. 23: Hike the tram road to the shore of Campbell Lake, one of the rarest types of habitat in the world, at 2 p.m.

SERRV Market

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.

Book signing

Athena Marler Creamer will sign copies of her book, “The Help of Destin, Emma Irby," from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Destin History and Fishing Museum on Stahlman Avenue. Invited guests who contributed story material for the book will be on hand. There will be refreshments and prizes.

Computer workshops

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. • 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

Open house

An open house at Destin Middle School will begin at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in the cafeteria for incoming fifth-graders and at 6 p.m. in the gym for incoming sixth-graders. The school is at 4608 Legendary Marina Drive. Fifth graders will move to DMS in the fall.

Seniors Seminar

Mainstay Financial Group will present a special seminar, “Annuities: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” at 10 a.m. Feb. 18 in the Suite 3 Resource Center conference room at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. To register for this free seminar, call 278-3600.

Covenant training workshop

Covenant Hospice is seeking individuals and groups to join its volunteer team. A training workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Covenant Hospice office, 220 Eglin Parkway N.E. in Fort Walton Beach. The workshop is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. Covenant provides a flexible volunteer schedule with opportunities for one time, periodic or weekly volunteer assignments. To register or to learn more, call 598-9634.

United Way luncheon

The United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties will host the Campaign 2012 "LIVE UNITED … Results You Can See" celebration/annual meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Shalimar United Methodist Church. Lunch will be $15 per person and corporate tables of 8 are available for $120. RSVP by Feb. 3 to 243-0315 or email

Metaphysical Festival

The 11th annual Emerald Coast Metaphysical Festival, hosted by Unlimited Horizons, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 23 and 24, at the Crowne Plaza Grand Hotel in Pensacola. Guest speakers and more than 75 vendors, psychics, readers, healers will attend. Admittance is $10 per day, $5 children 11 and under. For more information, visit, or call 610-0919.

Spring Craft Show

The City of Destin’s Sixth Annual Spring Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 23 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 24 the Destin Community Center. There will be hand-crafted jewelry, woodcarvings, watercolor paintings and more from more than 70 vendors. Vendor booths are available for $40/Destin residents and $50/non-residents. Corner booths are an additional $10. Register early. Call 654-5184.

Team parties

Team parties for the 2013 Destin Relay for Life will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 and March 20 at the Elks Lodge on Okaloosa Island. Call 318-455-9400 or email

Spring Wild Children’s Camp

Spring Break Camp for grades 1-6 will be held March 18-22, March 25-29 and April 1-5 at HarborWalk Village. Camp includes wildlife encounters, marine education and wildlife fun, and beach activities. Cst is $150/week with family discounts available. To register, call 650-1880 or email

Destin Library

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 • 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.