Community Happenings 1-22

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

All area codes are 850 unless noted.

Fish fry

The Knights of Columbus, Emerald Coast Council #11893, will hold a fish fry from 4-7 p.m. Jan. 24 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 307 Beach Drive in Destin. Cost is $10/adult and $4/child 6-12 years old.  Proceeds support local charities. 

Self-protection seminar

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and Emerald Coast Martial Arts will hold a free Women’s Self-Protection Seminar for ages 12 and up from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 25 at 252 Eglin Parkway NE in Fort Walton Beach. Dress comfortably.  Call 651-7410 for more information.

Audubon Society

Join the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society for a bird walk Jan. 25 on the shorelines of the Niceville/Valparaiso area. Bring your camera. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Badcock store in Bayou Plaza, Hwy 20, Niceville. Call 862-3498.

• Feb. 1: Master birder Bruce Purdy will lead a bird walk to the Okaloosa County Landfill and Fort Walton spray fields. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Coach and 4 Restaurant, 1313 Lewis Turner Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach. Call 305-359-5334.

• Feb. 6: Certified master bird bander Fred Bassett presents Alabama and Florida Hummingbirds, a Lot More Than You Think, at the monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Room 13 on the ground floor of the Student Services Center at NWFSC Niceville campus. Light refreshments will be served. Call 582-7064.

• Feb. 8: Learn about wintering shorebirds with ornithologist Alan Knothe on a bird walk at Okaloosa Island’s East Pass and Gulf Beach adjacent to the West Jetty. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the parking area on the south side of U.S. 98 adjacent to the western end of the Destin Bridge. Call 862-3498.

• Feb. 22: Visit the Coffeen Nature Preserve with Susan Paladini, preserve manager. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Winn Dixie on Hwy. 20 in Bluewater Bay. Call 267-2312.

Public Hearing

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, 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.

Cooking class

Round up your foodie friends and plan to attend a cooking class hosted by Chef Dan Pettis from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 25 at One 20 a Modern Bistro in Niceville. A Sicilian feast features cooking demonstrations, prize giveaways and recipes to take home, all to benefit Shelter House. Cost is $20/person and includes everything. A cash wine bar and prize giveaway tickets will be available for purchase. Call 243-1201.


Margaret R. McDowell firm founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, a “fee-only” registered investment advisory firm, will present a seminar, “AWM Investment Themes for 2014,” at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Jan.  29 in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room. Call 608-6121 to reserve seating. Refreshments will be served.

Chocolat’ Fare

The Destin United Methodist Women will host its annual Chocolat’ Fare from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Destin Life Center at Destin United Methodist Church. Everything is homemade — and chocolate. The women will also have their jewelry for sale.

Needlework exhibit

The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will have a showing of members' needlework projects, “Needle Arts in the Atrium III,” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 15 and 1-4 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Meridian at Westwood Retirement Resort, 1001 Marwalt Drive in Fort Walton Beach. Admission is free and refreshments will be served from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 16.

Spring Craft Show

The City of Destin’s Seventh Annual Spring Craft Show will be held from 12-6 p.m. Feb. 21 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Community Center. Admission is free. Vendors call 654-5184 to reserve space.

Environmental class

The Prime Time Program at NWFSC’s new class, Environmental Education, will offer lessons in a variety of outdoor activities. Participate in fishing on the Gulf Coast and learn about boat safety and GPS systems, and hunting skills and techniques.

Classes meet from 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 24, March 3, 10 and 17 on the Niceville Campus, Building S, Room 304. Registration fee is $40. Call 729-6085 or email

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 times and to register. Persons with disabilities who require assistance are asked to notify the center 48 hours in advance.

• Adult Open Gym: Monday from 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 Thursday.

• Chair Yoga: Free class at Monday and Thursday. 

• Duplicate bridge: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Entry fee: $6. No partner needed.

• Intermediate party bridge: Monday and Tuesday at Buck Destin Park on Legion Drive. Call 837-1967. Beginning bridge class Wednesday. Cost $2.

• Kidz Klub: After-school program from Monday-Friday for grades K-4. Snacks provided.

• Line dancing: Beginners class, open dance and intermediate dancers. Fee is $5.

 • Low Impact Aerobics: Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Cost is $3/session.

• MMA Fitness: Class 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.

• Table tennis: Competition Tuesdays and Thursdays.

• Turbo kick: Fitness class Tuesdays. Fee is $10.

• Walking Club: Walk with music Monday-Friday.

• Woodcarving: Fridays. Fee is $2.

• Yoga: Bring a mat and towel Thursdays. Cost is $6.

• Zumba gold: Mondays and Thursdays. Cost is $6.