Community Happenings 10-23
All area codes are 850 unless noted.
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.
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. 26 at San Gelato at Silver Sands Premium Outlets.
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 www.cityofdestin.com. Registration forms are available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information call 837-8572.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will hold a public meeting to discuss management of Florida black bears and how people can get involved from 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 29 at Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach.
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 www.makingstrideswalk.org/emeraldcoast, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pill take back
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its seventh opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 26 at Walmarts in Niceville, Destin and Fort Walton Beach. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. In the six previous events, DEA and its partners took in more than 1,400 tons of pills.
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 email@example.com or call 678-2842.
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 Lill@owh-mail.org.
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 Amhart1966@aol.com 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.
Dog’s Night Out
A fundraising benefit for Destin Dog Park’s Lights at Night, Dog’s Night Out will be held from 4-8 p.m. Nov. 2 at Fishheads, 98B Harbor Blvd. in Destin. Music begins at 7 p.m. and family portraits available with a portion of proceeds going to the Dog Park.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for registration information.
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 email@example.com.
Coastal Holiday Market
An art and craft show, the Coastal Holiday Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9 at St. Rita Catholic Church, 173 Moll Drive in Santa Rosa Beach. More than 25 artisans and crafters will be on display. Cinnamon rolls and coffee available, and Boy Scouts will serve lunch.
Miles of Memories
The inaugural “Miles of Memories,” a 5k Run/Walk and 1-Mile Walk to benefit Alzheimer’s Family Services, begins at 8 a.m. Nov. 9 at 2300 N. Partin Drive. All proceeds from the event remain in Okaloosa and Walton Counties to serve families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Early registration is $20 for the 5k run/walk or $10 for the 1-mile walk, with day-of registration going up to $25 and $15. Participants and teams can sign up and get more information at www.milesofmemoriesniceville.kintera.org.
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.
Harvest House will host its fifth annual Christmas Bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 16 at 300 Mountain Drive in Destin. Waffle House will provide free food for the outdoor event. Christmas items that have been collected throughout the year will be on sale at discounted prices. Proceeds from the thrift store sales are used to stock the food pantry and provide area families turkeys, hams, fresh vegetables and all of the trimmings for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for fees and registration.
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 www.shelterhousenwfl.org or www.imathlete.com or call 243-1201.
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 cityofdestin.com for an application.
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.
The Junior League of the Emerald Coast’s sixth annual Spring Market will be held April 26 and 27 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island and will feature vendors from around the country selling unique gifts and quality merchandise.
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 www.usapa.org 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.