Community Happenings 12-21
Holiday Kid’s Camps
Abrakadoodle and HarborWalk Village will hold Holiday Kid’s Camps for ages 4-12 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 23 and 1-4 p.m. Dec. 27 and 30. Art, games and fun with snack and drink provided. Cost is $30 per class. Register with concierge at Emerald Grande, 424-0613.
Fill Up The Truck
Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House in Destin and Gary Smith Ford will host “Fill Up The Truck” through Dec. 23 to collect toys, books, movies, etc.
Boshamps found out there are still more than 1,000 families in the area who might not have a Christmas. They have been working with Toys For Tots and Opportunity, Inc. to see what they need.
Feline Friends gift-wrapping
Feline Friends of Destin volunteers will be gift-wrapping for donations from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 20 and from 12-6 p.m. Dec. 21 and 22 by the Starbucks Coffee area at Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Destin. All proceeds support the all-volunteer, nonprofit cat rescue program. Call Feline Friends of Destin for more details at 837-3869.
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.
Holiday schedule at Museum
The Destin History and Fishing Museum will be closed from Dec. 21-25 and reopen on Dec. 26, and will be closed Dec. 29-Jan. 1 and reopen Jan. 2. Call the museum at 837-6611.
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.
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 @heriff-okaloosa.org or viit www.sheriff-okaloosa.org.
Hank Klein and Tony Mennillo will present “The Walton Guards and Captain William McPherson” at 5 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Indian Temple Mound Museum in Fort Walton Beach.
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 Amhart1966@aol.com or contact your high school guidance department.
Volunteers are needed as judges, referees and supporters for Northwest Florida State College’s first Robotics Tournament to be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Northwest Florida State College, Student Services Center in Niceville. For more information or to volunteer, email email@example.com or call 729-5202.
Members of Okaloosa County state legislative delegation will hold a public hearing from 5-6:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at Niceville City Hall, 208 N. Partin Drive. Public comments will be heard on proposals for the 2014 Regular Session of the Florida Legislature. If you would like to be placed on the agenda or submit handouts, contact Amanda Neeld, legislative aide to Representative Matt Gaetz, at 850-833-9328 or by email at Amanda.Neeld@myfloridahouse.gov, no later then 5 p.m. Jan. 22. The Okaloosa County Legislative Delegation consists of Senator Greg Evers, Senator Don Gaetz, Representative Doug Broxson and Representative Matt Gaetz.
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.
• 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 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.