Community Happenings 8-10

Staff Writer
The Destin Log


• America’s Boating Course: The Fort Walton Sail and Power Squadron will present America’s Boating Course 3, a one-day, 8-hour class that completes most state boat licensing and insurance requirements, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 10 the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, 34 Miracle Strip Parkway, SE, in Fort Walton Beach. Anyone 12 years or older may attend. Materials fee is $45/person. Call 315-0686 or 863-0874 to register.

• Cooking class: Learn to make three bistro favorites when Chef Dan Pettis hosts a cooking class from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 10 at One 20 a Modern Bistro, 120 Partin Drive N in Niceville to benefit Shelter House. In addition to the class and food tasting, attendees will be treated to a glass of wine, recipes to take home and a chance to win prizes. To register, call 243-1201.

• Embroiderers’ Guild: The Sand Dunes Chapter will host its annual membership coffee from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 10 at First United Methodist Church of Niceville, Fellowship Hall. Call 496-3466.

• Farmer’s Market: The merchants of Downtown Fort Walton Beach host a Market from 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 10 at 201 S. E. Miracle Strip Parkway in the grassy area behind Burrito Del Sol and Bella Day Spa & Hair Studio.

• Genealogical Society: The Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County will meet at 10 a.m. Aug. 10 at the Heritage Museum, 115 Westview Drive in Valparaiso. The program will be a Show and Tell by fellow members. Dutch treat lunch follows at a local restaurant.

• Main Street Market: Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Destin Water Users Building, 218 Main Street, with fresh local produce, baked goods, jams and jellies, jewelry, soap, farm fresh eggs, milk, local roasted coffee, tacos, Crust artisan bakers, fresh gyros and salads. Call 855-6384.

• Women's Self Defense Class: The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office hosts a Women's Self Defense Class from 9:30-11 a.m. Aug. 10 at 252 Eglin Parkway in Fort Walton Beach, next to Yamato's Japanese Restaurant. Class if for ages 12 and up. Dress comfortably. No registration required. Call 651-7153.

All area codes are 850 unless noted.

Hope In A Box

Through Aug. 11, IHOP will team up with Boys & Girls Club and hold “Sneakers For Students” to collect new/unused sneakers for children in time for back to school. Bring in a pair of new/unused sneakers to IHOP and receive a short stack of buttermilk pancakes. Boys & Girls Club of Florida will distribute collected shoes to needy students ranging between the ages of 5 and 16. 

Main StreetMarket

Destin’s Main Street Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday in the parking lot of the Destin Water Users Building, 218 Main Street, with fresh local produce, baked goods, jams and jellies, jewelry, soap, farm fresh eggs, milk, local roasted coffee, tacos, Crust artisan bakers, fresh gyros and salads. Call 855-6384.

Harvest Food Drive

Emerald Coast Hospice will hold its ninth annual Harvest Food Drive for Sharing and Caring during the month of August. Food collection boxes will be at various healthcare facilities, banks, and any business who would like to host a box.  Call 862-1069.

English as a Second Language

Village Baptist Church will offer English as a Second Language classes at 6:30 p.m. starting Aug. 13 in the Fellowship Hall, 101 Matthew Blvd. in Destin.  Workbooks are $20 and the classes are free. To pre-register, call 837-8107 or email   

Destin Girls Night

Mary Kay Beauty Consultant Sheri McDonald hosts Destin Girls Night from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 15 at 225 Main St., Ste. 13. There will be door prizes for everyone.

Financial matters seminar

Mainstay Financial Group will present a free seminar, “Clear or confused: How do you feel when you get your investment statement?” at 10 a.m. Aug. 19 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 or visit

MSABC kick off

A Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kick-off gathering will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel on Okaloosa Island for those wanting to be involved. RSVP to, or call 850-244-3813, ext. 3556. The walk takes place Oct. 26.

Lecture Series

The City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park and Cultural Center will host a free public lecture at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 inside the Indian Temple Mound Museum, 139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE. Diane Merkel will present “DeFuniak Springs: A Pictoral History, 1885-1915,” a visual tour of the Historic District of DeFuniak Springs in Walton County.  Call 833-9595.

Women’s Hall inductions

The Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women will host a ceremony and reception recognizing the 2013 Inductees to the Women’s Hall of Fame at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Northwest Florida State College — Niceville Campus Student Services Center on the 3rd Floor. RSVP at 729-5202 or

Fresh Start

Fresh Start for Children and Families hosts its annual 250 Banquet and Auction at 6 p.m. Aug. 29 in the Ramada Plaza’s Ambassador Room. Enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction with emcee Ted Corcoran and entertainment by David Seering. Call 243-5648.

ACT/SAT workshop

A workshop to assist students in Okaloosa County High Schools who will take the Sept. 21 ACT and the Oct. 5 SAT will be held from 2:15-4:15 Sept. 16-18 and 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 23 and 24 in the Media Center at Fort Walton Beach High School. All materials, snacks and drinks are furnished. Students need to bring calculators. Registration deadline is Aug. 29. For information, contact Alice Hart at 615-585-2401, email or contact your high school guidance department.

Celebrate reading

Park rangers at Henderson Beach State Park in Destin invite the public to participate in a celebration of reading and September’s Literacy Month from 10-11 a.m. Aug. 30. Join rangers as they read their favorite children’s books followed by refreshments and an art activity.  Event weather permitting. Admission included in park admission. Call 837-7550.

ChoctawhatcheeAudubon Society

• Sept. 5: Monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Room 130 of the Student Services Center of the Niceville campus of NWFSC. Program is Surveys of Wet Prairies and Rare Plants on Point Washington State Forest by Tom Greene, biologist.  Call 582-7064.

• Sept. 7: Field Trip to Point Washington State Forest with biologist Tom Greene. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Tom Thumb at the intersection of Hwys. 98 and 331 in Walton County. Call 694-6403.

• Sept. 14: Bird Walk at the Shoal River Sanctuary hosted by Bob and Chris Larson. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Niceville Food World to carpool. Call 651-0392.

• Sept. 28: Bird Walk at Ft. Pickens, Gulf Islands National Seashore led by Alan Knothe. Meet at 7 a.m. at Uptown Station in Fort Walton Beach or at Langdon Battery at 8:15 a.m. Call 862-3498.

Fall Flair

The Destin United Methodist Women hosts its fifth annual Fall Flair Arts and Crafts Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 6 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Destin Life Center at DUMC, 200 Beach Drive. Vendor booths, a silent auction, giant bake sale and dining at the Soul Café. All proceeds benefit church missions. Call 650-5658.

Middle School Dance

Destin Middle School Cheerleaders host a social evening of dancing, music, and refreshments from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Destin Community Center. Cost is $5/person. Register at 654-5184.

Farmer’s Market

The merchants of Downtown Fort Walton Beach will host a Farmer's Market from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 14 at 201 S. E. Miracle Strip Parkway in the grassy area behind Burrito Del Sol and Bella Day Spa & Hair Studio. Vendors will have locally grown and handmade items, such as fresh farm produce and fruit, honey, baked goods, fresh eggs, Greek and German food items, jams, jellies, dips, salsas, handmade soaps and scrubs, and more.

Safety First For All

Meet McGruff and Vince & Larry the Crash Test Dummies from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in the parking at Destiny Worship Center, 122 Poinciana Blvd. in Destin. Event includes bicycle rodeo and helmet fittings, car seat checks, child passenger safety information and equipment, prizes and giveaways. Call 892-8172.

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.

• 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.