Community Happenings 10-16

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

All area codes are 850 unless noted.

Topsail tour

Ranger Tammy will discuss the life of the Monarch Butterfly and a craft project includes making a butterfly from 2-3 p.m. Oct. 18 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 267-8330.

Main Street Market

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.

Flea Market/Yard Sale

The Destin Community Flea Market/Yard Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Destin Community Center parking lot. Cost is $20/resident and $25/non-resident. Visit to get an application to register.


A yard sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 in Fat Clemenza’s parking lot in Holiday Plaza, Miramar Beach, to raise funds for the new facility being built by the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center in Walton County. Call 622-1153.

Book signings

Part-time Destin resident and award-winning Christian author Gail Pallotta will sign copies of her books, “Stopped Cold” and “Sweet Freedom with a Slice of Peach Cobbler,” from 12-4 p.m. Oct. 20 at Bad Ass Coffee, 1708 Scenic Gulf Dr. in Destin, and 12-4 p.m. Oct. 26 at San Gelato at Silver Sands Premium Outlets.

Library workshops

The Destin Library has scheduled workshops, Twitter Me, My iPad, Digital Photography, Microsoft Publisher, Facebook, Finding Books Online and Craigslist from September through November at the Library. View workshop descriptions at Registration forms are available by email at For more information call 837-8572.

Public meetings on managing bears

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will hold public meetings to discuss management of Florida black bears and how people can get involved.

Meetings will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on Oct. 22 at NWFSC Building 8 auditorium, 1170 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach, and Oct. 29 at Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach.

Visit and select “Which BMU are you?” to find out more about black bears in the West Panhandle BMU.

Women’s clothes sale

The National Alliance of Mental Illness Emerald Coast will sponsor a sale of new and gently used women’s clothes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Mental Health Association, 571 Mooney Road in Fort Walton Beach.  The clothing will be sold for $2, $5, and $10.  Proceeds will benefit the Family and Peer classes offered by NAMI that provide education about mental illness. Call 244-1040.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

 American Cancer Society volunteers will host their annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) event for the entire Emerald Coast at 9 a.m. Oct. 26 at Village Baptist Church on Matthews Boulevard in Destin. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Registration is free and people can sign up as teams, or as individuals. Sign up online at, email or

Floral Design for Youth

Children ages 8-12 are invited to construct a floral design at 2 p.m. Oct. 26 in the blue room of the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, 115 Westview Ave. in Valparaiso. The activity, led by members of Valparaiso Garden Club, is free, but it is limited to 20 youngsters and reservations are required. To reserve a place for your child, email or call 678-2842.

Go Against the Flow

Okaloosa/Walton Pro-life Speakers Bureau will present Go Against the Flow: Embrace the Culture of Life for teens, friends and parents from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 27 at Resurrection Catholic Church. Topics discussed include qualities for successful marriage and family, dangerous decisions and consequences of unhealthy choices and abortion and adoption. Call 837-0357.

Volunteer training

Volunteers are needed at Opportunity Place for administrative duties, shelter help, special events and more. A volunteer training will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at 305 Lovejoy Road in Fort Walton Beach. To RSVP for training, call 409-3070 or email

ACT/SAT workshop

A workshop to assist students in Okaloosa County High Schools who will take the Dec. 14 ACT and the Dec. 7 SAT will be held from 2:15-4:15 p.m. Nov. 12-14 and Nov. 18-20 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 Oct. 29. For information, contact Alice Hart at 615-585-2401, email or contact your high school guidance department.

Halloween candy buy-back

Dr. Scott Runnels will buy back candy for $1 a pound of unopened candy, up to five pounds, from 8 a.m.  to noon Nov. 1 at his office, 4399 Commons Drive E #10 in Destin. Candy will be sent to Operation Gratitude to be sent to troops. Soldiers often give the candy to children in local villages. Call 269-0333.

Crossfit Challenge

A Crossfit Challenge will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 2 at Fort Walton Beach Crossfit to benefit Opportunity Place, a shelter that provides temporary housing for homeless women, children and families in Okaloosa and Walton counties. All levels of athletes are welcome to participate as an individual or 4-person relay team. Special fun Halloween activities will be held for the kids. Registration is $25 a person and all money raised stays in Okaloosa County to support the programs and services of Opportunity Place. Call 409-3070 or email for registration information.

Camellia show

The 50th Annual Camellia Show and Plant Sale, presented by the Greater Fort Walton Beach Camellia Society, will be held from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 9 in the atrium of Westwood Retirement Resort, 1001 Mar Walt Drive. Awards will be given in several divisions and categories. No entries will be accepted for competition after 10:30 a.m. Nov. 9. Call 477-3625 or email

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society

A bird walk to Ft. Pickens, Gulf Island National Seashore, will be led by well-known birder, Leonard Fenimore Nov. 9. See late migrants, such as loons, grebes, and hawks. Bring water, insect repellent, long pants and closed-toe shoes, and be prepared to walk. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Uptown Station in Fort Walton Beach. Call 863-2039.

Thanksgiving Feast

Harbor Docks will host its 19th Annual Thanksgiving Feast Nov. 28. People from all walks of life gather at the Destin restaurant in a true Thanksgiving tradition. Those who are capable of making donations are encouraged to do so. All proceeds raised benefit Habitat for Humanity and Destin Harvest projects.

Color Me Cured

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s inaugural Color Me Cured 5K/10K Fun Run will be held at 9 a.m. Nov. 30 at Fort Walton Beach Landing. Along the route you will be drenched in an array of vibrant colors. Food and entertainment follows. Register at 8 a.m. Call 830-7126 or email for fees and registration.

Luminaria Run

The Third Annual Luminaria Run to End Domestic & Sexual Violence, a unique twilight run, will take place at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 7 beginning at Destin City Hall Annex. The course will follow a path through the Indian Bayou neighborhood lined with more than 2,000 luminarias. The race includes 5k and 9k courses.

Early bird registration is available through Sept. 30 with cost adults, 5k — $25; 9k — $40. Children ages 3 through 12 are $10 for the 5k and $15 for the 10k.

To register, visit or or call 243-1201.

Craft Show

Christmas in the Village Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Destin Community Center. Cost is $40/residents and $50/non-residents. Visit for an application.

Farmer’s Market

The merchants of Downtown Fort Walton Beach will hold a Farmer’s Market from 8 a.m. to noon March 8 in downtown Fort Walton Beach, 201 S.E. Miracle Strip Parkway in the grassy area behind Burrito Del Sol and Bella Day Spa & Hair Studio.

Future dates include April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12 and Aug. 9.

Destin Library

The following events are held regularly at the Destin Library. Call 837-8572.

• Tai Chi: 9-10 a.m. Mondays. Cost is $5/class. Register by phone at 837-8572 or in person at the Library.

• 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.

• Adult Open Gym: Monday from 6-9 p.m. for 17 and up to play full-court pickup basketball games. Destin residents are free and non-residents are $2.

• Cheerleading: Currently accepting registrations for Winter Destin Dolphin Cheerleading program for youth ages 5-12. Cost is $20/residents and $30/non-residents plus uniform costs. Practices begin early November and games start after Thanksgiving.

• Duplicate bridge: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. Entry fee: $6. No partner needed.

• 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.

• Kidz Klub: After-school program from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday for grades K-4.

• Low Impact Aerobics: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:15 a.m. beginning Nov. 4. 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: All levels, including first timers, welcome. Visit to learn more. Cost is $2/resident and $3/non-resident.

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

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

• Youth Basketball League: Practices begin the week of Nov. 4 with games starting after Thanksgiving for ages 3-15. Fees are $45/residents and $55/ non-residents. Team sponsorships needed. Registrations being accepted.

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