Community Happenings 2-16

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

All area codes are 850 unless noted.

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. 17 and 24 and from 10 a.m., to 1 p.m. Feb. 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.

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. 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.

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.

Snowbird Movie Matinees

The Destin Library will continue the free movie matinees for snowbirds with “Flight” at 2 p.m. Feb. 20. Seating limited to 30 on a first‐come, first‐serve basis. Call 837-8572.

• Feb. 27: Argo

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.

•eBook Readers User Group: Feb. 20

• Picasa: Feb. 20

• Email 1: Feb. 27

• Pinterest: Feb. 27

• Email 2: March 13

• Photo Sharing: March 13

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 through April 11. Call 837‐8572 and make an appointment.

Lenten Fish Fry

The Knights of Columbus, Emerald Coast Council #11893, will hold a fish fry from 3-7 p.m. Feb. 22 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 307 Beach Drive in Destin. Cost is $9/adults and $4/children. All money goes to charity. Call 837-9344 for advance tickets.

• March 1: Resurrection Catholic Church, 259 Miramar Beach Drive in Miramar Beach

• March 8: Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 307 Beach Drive in Destin

Then and Now

The Then and Now Lecture Series presents Historian Alan Manning on Dr Daniel E. Miller on “Birth of Czechoslovakia in 1918: What the inhabitants of Fort Walton Beach Knew About it” at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Indiana Temple Mound Museum in Fort Walton Beach. Bok signing of “Forging Political Compromise” follows. Call 833-9595 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 handcrafted 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.

Listen & Learn

A guest scholar presentation on “The African Presence in Spanish Florida: Black Seminoles” will be held at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Northwest Florida State College Niceville campus in the Student Services Center, room 132.  The Listen & Learn lecture is free of charge and open to the public and features Dr. Rosalyn Howard, an Anthropology professor from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

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


Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, a “fee-only” registered investment advisory firm, will host a seminar, “Income Generation: Making Your Portfolio Pay Monthly,” at 10 a.m. Feb. 27 in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room. Refreshments will be served.  Call 608-6121 to reserve seating.

State of the City Address

Mayor Sam Seevers invites the public to the City of Destin’s Annual State of the City Address at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Council Chambers at the Destin City Hall Annex.

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society

• March 2: Bird Walk at Point Washington will be led by Tom Greene. Wear old shoes or waterproof boots, and also insect repellant. Meet at the Bluewater Winn Dixie at 7:40 a.m. or at the Tom Thumb store at the intersection of U.S. 98 and SR 331 in South Walton County at 8:30 a.m. Call 582-7064.

• March 7: Monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Room 132 of the new Student Services Center at Northwest Florida State College’s main campus in Niceville. The meeting is free and open to the public. Call 582-7064.

• March 16: Bird and Nature Walk at Topsail Hill with Ross Hamilton. Meet at the Winn Dixie at Bluewater Bay at 7:30 a.m. or at Topsail Hill at 7:55 a.m. Call 582-7064.

• March 23: Bird and Nature Walk in the Upland Hardwoods of Walton County with master gardener Dave Gordon. See hawks, bluebirds, blooming mountain laurel, native azaleas, and other flora and topography more often associated with piedmont areas. Meet at Food World in Niceville at 7:30 a.m. and the Walton County Extension Office on Hwy 83N at 8 a.m. Be ready for a walk on a forest path. Call 401-1578.

‘Cash 4 College’ workshop

Northwest Florida State College will hold its fourth annual “Cash 4 College” financial aid workshop from 1-4 p.m. March 3 in the Student Services Center on the NWFSC Niceville Campus to help students and parents complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  The free event is open to the public regardless of which college an individual attends or plans to attend. Bring Driver’s License, social security numbers, 2012 tax return and W-2 and any untaxed income information (such as child support or social security). All information items are needed for both the student and parent for students under age 24. Call 729-5370 or email

Hats for Hope

The Destin Woman’s Club will host Hats for Hope, a fashion show and luncheon, at 11 a.m. March 16 at the Linkside Conference Center at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Features include a raffle row, designer table and silent auction delights. Proceeds will benefit Shelter House, the domestic violence center serving Okaloosa and Walton counties. Tickets are available at Today’s Boutique in Destin, P.S. Gifts in Fort Walton Beach and Bayou Books in Niceville as well as online. Tickets are $45.

ACT/SAT workshop

A workshop to assist students in Okaloosa County High Schools who will take the April 13 ACT and the May 4 SAT will be held from 2-5 p.m. April 11, 12, 17 and 18 at Niceville High School and from 2-5 p.m. April 9,10, 15 and 16 at Fort Walton Beach High School. All materials, snacks and drinks are furnished. Students need to bring calculators. Registration deadline is March 25. For information, contact Alice Hart at 615-585-2401, email or contact your high school Guidance Department.

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

Holy Kidz Camp

Holy Kidz Camp will host its Spring Break Camp for all children in grades K-5 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, March 25-29, at the Destin Life Center at Destin United Methodist Church.  This year's theme is "Why We Celebrate Easter and What It Has to Do with Jesus." Children will learn the story of Jesus' participation in Easter through crafts, games, cooking, stories, songs, and other surprises. Cost is $100/student per week, $80/siblings.  Applications are now being accepted for student volunteers ages 13 and up. Call 586-8264 or register at

Purses with a Purpose

Purses with a Purpose returns to Silver Sands Premium Outlets from 6-8 p.m. March 22 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 23 in the storefront between Carter’s and Bose, with proceeds to benefit Shelter House.  VIP Party is March 22 with a $5 donation and includes first pick, food from Carrabba’s, beverages and door prizes. Admission is free March 23.

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.