Community Happenings 12-4

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

All area codes are 850 unless noted.

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. To register, visit or or call 243-1201.

Fund raiser

GRACE Rides, equine-assisted therapeutic ministry for special needs individuals, will host a fundraising event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7 (new date) at Camp Timpoochee in Niceville. The day features horses, kids, food and fun with riding demonstrations, animals to pet, a bouncy house, hay rides and carnival games.  Admission is free. Participation in carnival activities is by small donation.  Silent auction and a chance to win a pot of money through our “Road Apple Bingo” will also be available until 1 p.m. Call 259-9195. 

Self defense class

A women’s self defense class for ages 13 and over will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. Dec. 7 at ATA Martial Arts, 803 Harbor Blvd. in Destin. Call 581-2821.

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.

Mini Craft Market

The First Presbyterian Church of Fort Walton Beach, 134 Beal Avenue, SW, will hold its first Mini Craft Market before Christmas from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 22. The products are fairly traded handmade items, many special for Christmas. When you purchase an item, whether for yourself or as a gift, you will know that you have made a difference in the lives of artisans who are striving to support their families or are being paid fairly for their efforts.  Call 243-4777. All monies go to the artisans or to charities.

Food for Fines

The Destin Library is offering its annual “Food for Fines” to patrons who have incurred fines for overdue books. Perishable items that have not passed their expiration date and toiletries are accepted. For more information, call 837-8572.

Feline Friends Fundraiser

Feline Friends of Destin will hold a fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 12 at Chick-Fil-A on U.S. 98 in Destin next to Big Kahuna’s. Chick-Fil-A will donate 10 percent of sales on the second Thursday of each month. Call 837-3869.

Audubon Bird Count

The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will take part Dec. 16 in the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count, the nation’s largest citizen science project. The survey results will be used to determine changes in both bird populations and their distribution, and this will be of use to scientists, land managers, and environmental policy makers. Volunteers needed; no experience is required. Call 208-1780 between 4 and 9 p.m. or email

ACT/SAT workshop

A workshop to assist students in Okaloosa County High Schools who will take the Feb. 8 ACT and the Jan. 25 or March 8 SAT will be held from 2-5 p.m. Jan. 21, 22, 27 and 28 in the Media Center at Niceville High School and from 2-5 p.m. Jan. 23, 24, 29 and 30 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 Jan. 7. For information, contact Alice Hart at 615-585-2401, email or contact your high school guidance department.

Citizens Academy

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy will be held from 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 7 through April 1 at the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Administrative Building. Email abailey or viit

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.

Spring Market

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.

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.

• Brazilian Martial Arts: A Capoeira class that combines the elements of dance, acrobatics and music from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays.

• 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.