Community Happenings April 20

Staff Writer
The Destin Log


Book signing

Author Don Schroeder will sign copies of his book, "Air Raid Nights and Radio Days," from 8 a.m. to 4 pm. April 20 at Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, 115 Westview Ave. in Valparaiso.

Cooking demonstration

The Fresh Market’s Fresh Flavors Cooking Demo 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 library will temporarily be closed to the public April 20 as staff and volunteers shift approximately 35,000 volumes of books. Call 837-8572.

Sampling event:

Celebrate Earth Day with samplings of local, regional and organic foods from 1-6 p.m. April 20 and 21 at Fresh Market on Commons Drive in Destin.

Writers In Sandals

 Billy Moore, a Florida author of two young adult books, "Cracker’s Mule" and "Little Brother Real Snake," will share his experiences with writing and promoting from 10:30 a.m. to noon April 20 at the Destin Library.

Yard sale

 Destin Woman's Club will have a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20 indoors at Grace Lutheran Church, 4325 Commons Drive in Destin. All proceeds help to support the Destin Woman’s Club Family Fund serving the needs of families in Okaloosa and Walton counties.  Call 797-3721.

All area codes are 850 unless noted.

Applications for Destin Youth Council

The City of Destin is now accepting applications for the Destin Youth Council. The deadline to apply is April 30. Applicants must live within the city limits of Destin and must currently be between the grades of 9-11. Additional information, by-laws and application forms are available at or contact the City Clerk at 837-4242.

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


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.

Donation of vehicles

Opportunity Inc. is now accepting donations of cars, boats, and any other vehicles to support Opportunity Place, an emergency shelter for families. For more information, call 409-3070 or e-mail

Healthy Kids Day

The YMCA of Florida’s Emerald Coast celebrates Healthy Kids Day at all four branches from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 with a free event featuring fun, active play and educational activities such as bounce houses, relay races, youth fitness demonstrations, and a live visit from Martha Speaks from PBS. Call 314-9622.

Belk Charity Sale

Belk's semi-annual Charity Sale will be held from 6-10 a.m. April 27.  The in-store shopping event offers an opportunity for customers to support local charities while taking advantage of special discounts on purchases. Tickets are $5 and available from participating organizations, which retain 100 percent of sale. Tickets can also be purchased at Belk with all revenues divided equally among participating charities and schools.

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.

National Egg Month

May is National Egg Month and to celebrate, Another Broken Egg Cafés will offer guests the chance to win a $50 gift card by guessing the number of eggs used at your favorite neighborhood location during the month of May. To enter visit the Facebook page,, and enter the location you are guessing for.

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.

ChoctawhatcheeAudubon Society

Take a field trip to the Blackwater River State Forest May 18. Meet at the Niceville Food World at 6:40 a.m. or at 7:30 a.m. at the McDonalds behind the Santa Rosa County government building on Hwy. 90 in Milton. Call 564-1482.

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.

Lincoln-Reagan fundraising dinner

The Okaloosa County Republican Executive Committee will hold its annual Lincoln-Reagan Fundraising Dinner at 6 p.m. June 8 in the Ambassador Room, Ramada Plaza Beach Resort, 1500 Miracle Strip Parkway in Fort Walton Beach. Donations are needed for the silent auction. Blaise Ingoglia, vice-chairman of the Republican Party of Florida and the creator of Government Gone Wild videos and the website is one of the speakers. Tickets are $45/students and Century Club Members: $55/general admission. Call 651-5049 for information.

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.