Community Happenings 4-10

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

All area codes are 850 unless noted.

Volunteer Day

Northwest Florida State College's PRIME Time program will host Volunteer Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 11 in the Student Services Center, Rooms 132-133, on the Niceville Campus. Local representatives from a variety of agencies will answer questions about volunteering for their program or just volunteering in the local area. Call 729-6084.

Needleart display

The Sand Dunes Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America will display a selection of needleart during the month of April at the Niceville Public Library. For information, email,, or

Lecture series

The Then and Now Lecture Series presents Judy DeBolt on "The Titaniac: 100 Years Later," at 6 p.m. April 12 inside the Indian Temple Mound Museum, 139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE in Fort Walton Beach. The lecture is free and open to the public. All seats are on a first come first serve basis. Doors will open 20 minutes prior to lecture start time. Call 833-9595.

Women on Wellness

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, Twin Cities Hospital, and the Costa Leadership Institute at Northwest Florida State College present the Second Annual Women on Wellness symposium from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12 at Northwest Florida State College’s Niceville campus. Attendees will hear presentations and panel discussions by local physicians and women’s health and business experts. To register, visit or call 729-6880. 

Cox Cablethon

Tune in at 6 p.m. April 13 on Cox channel 6 for the 41st Annual Cox Cablethon to benefit Covenant Hospice. The Cablethon auction will be hosted online, allowing bidders all over the nation to view and bid on items during three 10-day auctions starting April 13 at Covenant Hospice will host a premiere party from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at their new office location, 220 Eglin Parkway NE inFort Walton Beach. The event is free and open to the public and will feature cinema-style refreshments.

Senior seminar

Mainstay Financial Group will present a free seminar for persons 55 and over, “Rules of Retirement Plans: How Much Do You Really Know?” at 10 a.m. April 15 in the Suite 3 Resource Center conference room at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Register at 278-3600.

NWFSC 50th Anniversary

A yearlong 50th Anniversary celebration of Northwest Florida State College officially begins with a festive 50th Anniversary Kick-Off Assembly from 9-10 a.m. April 17 in the Raiders Arena. The event also features the dedication and opening of a permanent Doolittle Raiders historical exhibit that is being constructed in the lobby of The Arena. The doors for the public will open at 8 a.m. and admittance will continue until The Arena reaches seating capacity. The public should enter through the Raider Club doors at the south side of The Arena, rather than the main doors.

Panhandle Job Fair

The spring 2013 Panhandle Job Fair will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 18 at St. Mary’s Parish Life Center, 165 Coral Drive in Fort Walton Beach.

Register booths at Cost is $175 and includes table, cloth, two chairs, Wi-Fi and electrical outlets (limited, reserve early). Also lite breakfast, hot lunch, sodas and water.

ASTD Networking

The American Society for Training & Development will host a Wine and Cheese Tasting from 5-7 p.m. April 19 at Chan's Wine World, 4424 Commons Dr. in Destin. Cost is $20/non-members and $15/members. RSVP by April 17 at  Call 404-210-2276.

Cooking demonstration

The Fresh Market’s Fresh Flavors Cooking Demo, featuring Curry Flavors from Around the World, will be held from 3-6 p.m. April 20 at the Fresh Market in Destin, 4495 Commons Drive West. The event is free.

Destin Library

The Destin Library will temporarily be closed to the public Saturday, April 20, as staff and volunteers shift approximately 35,000 volumes of books. This project is part of a series of in-house renovations to the library that will allow staff to maximize space. Volunteers for the project include the Destin Youth Council. Call 837-8572.


Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, a “fee-only” registered investment advisory firm, will host an Income Generation Seminar, “Making Your Portfolio Pay Monthly,” at 10 a.m. April 24 in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room. The presentation addresses the needs of investors who desire Income with Growth or Growth with Income.  Arbor Wealth Management specializes in portfolio management for investors with $250,000 or more of investable assets. Call 608-6121 to reserve seating. Refreshments will be served.

ACT/SAT workshop

A workshop to assist students in Okaloosa County High Schools who will take the June 8 ACT and the June 1 SAT will be held from 2:15-4:15 p.m. May 6-8 and 13-15 at Fort Walton Beach High School. All materials, snacks and drinks are furnished. Students need to bring calculators. Registration deadline is April 22. For information, contact Alice Hart at 615-585-2401, email or contact your high school guidance department.

Volunteer session

Volunteers are needed for admin, shelter help, events and more at Opportunity Place, a shelter for homeless women and families seeking temporary housing. A training session will be held at 9:30 a.m. April 23 at 305 Lovejoy Road in Fort Walton Beach. Call 409-3070 or email

Arbor Day

The City of Destin will hold its Annual Arbor Day Event at 10 a.m. April 26 at the Destin Library, 150 Sibert Ave. The event will feature a guest speaker and a tree planting ceremony by the city’s Environmental/Tree Committee. The City will give away a Tulip Tree seedling to the first 50 people to arrive at the ceremony. The public is welcomed to bring their own seedlings to trade with other tree enthusiasts.

Yard/bake sale, car wash

FamiliesFirst Network will hold its first yard/bake sale and car wash from 8 a.m. to noon April 27 at 340 Beal Parkway in Fort Walton Beach. For information on space rentals, contact Sheila Monday throught Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 833-3921. Proceeds will be used to help local FamiliesFirst Network families in need.

Farmers/Flea Market

The City of Destin will host a Farmers and Flea Market and Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 in the Destin Community Center’s parking lot. Vendor spots are available for a fee of $20/Destin residents and $25/non-residents. Call 654-5184 for more information.

Volunteer training

Covenant Hospice needs individuals and groups to join its award-winning volunteer team. A training workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 7 at the Covenant Hospice branch office, 220 Eglin Parkway NE in Fort Walton Beach. The workshop is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. To register, call 729-1800.

Women's Wall of Honor ceremony

The Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women will host a ceremony and reception recognizing the 2013 honorees for the Wall of Honor at 10 a.m. May 7 in the auditorium at the University of West Florida, Emerald Coast Campus, in Fort Walton Beach.   The honorees' names are placed on a plaque in the library at the Emerald Coast campus of the UWF with a nearby book containing a biographical page for each woman. RSVP at 833-7587, ext. 205 or

Kids Night Out                

A Kids Night Out will be held from 6-9:30 p.m. May 10 at the Destin Community. Children ages 5-12 can enjoy a night full of games, a movie, pizza, and lots of fun. The cost is $20/Destin residents and $25/non-Destin residents. Call 654-5184.

Yard Sale

Opportunity Place, a shelter for homeless women and families seeking temporary housing, is in need of donations large and small for a Yard Sale/Open House to be held May 25 at 305 Lovejoy Road in Fort Walton Beach. Call 409-3070.

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.

DestinCommunity 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.

• Chair yoga: Monday and Thursday at 10 a.m. Cost is $3/class.

• Duplicate bridge: Mondays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and 12:320 p.m. Wednesdays. Entry fee: $6. No partner needed. Bridge lessons 11 a.m. Wednesdays.

• Intermediate party bridge: Mondays and Tuesdays at 12:45 p.m. at Buck Destin Park. Call 837-1967. Beginning bridge class at 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays. $2/session.

• 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. Now accepting applications.

• Low Impact Aerobics: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:15 a.m. Bring water and a towel. Cost is $3/session.

• MMA Fitness: Class from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday for all ages. Cost is $7. Grappling bags and gloves provided.

• Pickleball: Pickle Ball courts are available. Call if interested.

• Walking Club: Walk with music from 8-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.

• Woodcarving: Fridays at 9 a.m. Fee is $2.

• Yoga: Thursdays at noon. Cost is $5/class.

• Zumba gold: Monday and Thursday at 11 a.m. Cost is $6/class.