Community Happenings March 19
All area codes are 850 unless noted.
• March 20: Bike ride in Valparaiso at 3 p.m. Meet at the strip mall at the intersection of Hwy. 85 and John Sims Parkway. Supper after at a nearby restaurant. Call 301-9452.
• March 22: Bike ride in the Sandestin Resort at 10 a.m. Meet at the parking area near the Bayside Tennis Courts, just before the Baytowne Wharf area. Lunch after at a nearby restaurant. Call 581-4591.
• March 25: Bike ride in Gulf Breeze at 10 a.m. Meet at the Gulf Islands National Seashore Visitors Center on U.S. 98. Bring a picnic lunch. Call 581-4591.
• March 27: Bike ride in the Shalimar/Lake Lorraine area at 10 a.m. Meet at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Meigs Drive. Lunch after at a nearby restaurant. Call 581-4591.
• March 29: Bike ride in the Navy Point area of Pensacola at 10 a.m. Meet at The Oar House Restaurant on S Pace Boulevard near the intersection of S. Pace and Barrancas Avenue. Lunch after at The Oar House. Call 341-7864 or 581-4591.
The Destin Harbor Farmers’ Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at 314 Harbor Blvd. Items include farm fresh produce, baked goods, Greek, Mediterranean, Indian, Italian and Mexican food, organic dog treats and more.
Spring break camp
The Destin Community Center will offer a “Spring into Fun” Camp from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. the week of March 24-28 with a water day, park day, games, crafts, and more. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $60/residents and $70/non-residents and includes lunch and snacks. Call 654-5184.
Abuse of addictive pharmaceutical drugs is on the rise. Learn to recognize the signs of drug abuse and get your loved ones help if they are at risk. Call Narconon for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all types of drugs. Narconon also offers free assessments and referrals. Call 800-431-1754 or email DrugAbuseSolution.com.
Alzheimer’s support group
Alzheimer's Family Services hosts a new support group for family members or friends coping with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease at 2 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month beginning March 25 at Sacred Heart of the Emerald Coast, Suite 3 Conference Room in Miramar Beach. The support group is free and limited respite care is available. To make arrangements, call 866-478-7790.
Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park will hold Sunset Camp, an evening program for children ages 6-14, from 4-9 p.m. March 25. Activities include dockside dolphin interaction, an ocean-themed scavenger hunt throughout the park, and an exploratory trek along the beach. Program participants will receive a T-shirt and enjoy dinner next to the seals. Make reservations at www.gulfarium.com or call 243-9046. Florida residents receive a 10 percent discount.
Margaret R. McDowell, firm founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, a “fee-only” registered investment advisory firm, will present a 2014 Income and Growth seminar at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. March 26 in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room. Call 608-6121 to reserve seating. Refreshments will be served. Arbor Wealth’s income and growth strategies are most appropriate for investors with $500,000 or more of investable assets.
The Condo Alliance of Okaloosa Island and the Florida Panhandle Patriots will host a free Okaloosa County Commission Candidate Forum for District 2 and 4 at 5:30 p.m. March 26 in the Fiesta Room at El Matador Condo, 909 Santa Rosa Blvd. on Okaloosa Island. Light refreshments provided. Call 244-2744 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2014 Relay for Life of the Emerald Coast will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. March 26 at Clemenza’s, 75 Eglin Parkway, Suite 126 in Uptown Station. Purchase pre-sold tickets at 240-8137 or 496-6652. Minimum donation is $25. Beverages and desserts available for purchase.
Cram the Canoe
Help fill new canoes with new athletic shoes for girls and boys ages 10-15 and sporting goods such as balls, outdoor games and life jackets during the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch fundraiser. Donations can be dropped off to any school resource officer until the end of the school year.
Month of Giving
During the Fourth Annual March “Month of Giving” fundraising campaign, customers can make a donation to Habitat for Humanity of Okaloosa at Jersey Mike’s Subs in Destin. Jersey Mike’s “Day of Giving,” with 100 percent of the day’s sales going to Habitat, will be on March 26.
Boys & Girls Clubs
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast joins more than 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs across America and on U.S. military installations with its annual celebration of National Boys & Girls Club Week March 23-29. Tours will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. March 27 at Fort Walton Beach Youth and Teen Clubs, 923 Denton Blvd., NW, and March 28 at Destin Club, DES, 633 Kelly Street.
Posture, Purses and Prosecco
Regatta Chiropractic and Laser Center will host Posture, Purses and Prosecco from 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 27 at the office of Dr. Shawna Hogan, 4481 Legendary Drive, Suite 150, to benefit the Junior League of the Emerald Coast. The event will feature wine tastings, hors d’oeuvres, live music, LuxExchange handbags and wallets with a portion of proceeds benefiting Junior League, a free chair massage with Orlando Branch, a silent auction and a free gift bag. RSVP to email@example.com.
The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. April 3 in Room 130 on the ground floor of the Student Services Center at the Niceville campus of NWFSC. “Optics for Birding” will be presented by local nature photographer and lifelong optics lover, Walt Spence. Call 582-7064 for information.
• April 5-6: The annual retreat will be held at St. George’s Island, Sportsman’s Lodge, 99 N Bayshore Drive, P.O. Box 606 in Eastpoint, Fla. Call 670-8423 for reservations. Call 678-6665 for information.
• April 26: The Choctawhatchee Estuary Family Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park on SR 20 near Niceville. There will be games for kids and demonstrations on the use of binoculars and scopes for birding and nature watching. Call 582-7064 to volunteer or for more info.
Telescopes for public viewing of star clusters, planets and galaxies will be set up from 4-10 p.m. April 4 at Henderson Beach State Park in Destin. Prior to sunset, telescopes will be equipped for safe viewing of the sun. All ages are invited and the park will close at sunset. Arrive prior to sunset for star gazing. Call 837-7550 for sunset time. Program included in the park admission fee.
The annual Scout-O-Rama will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5 at Uptown Station in Fort Walton Beach. Admission is free with a small cost to use the multiple inflatable attractions. The Crossing Over Ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m..
The FAA will conduct its fourth annual forum at 7 p.m. April 9 at the Destin Community Center. Pilots who attend will receive FAA WINGS, knowledge credit towards recurrent training.
Income Tax Help
Volunteers from AARP will provide free individual federal tax assistance by appointment only from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays through April 10 at the Destin Library. Call 837-8572 to make appointment.
Women on Wellness
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, Twin Cities Hospital and the Costa Leadership Institute at NWFSC will present the Third Annual Women on Wellness symposium from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 11 at the college in Niceville. Register at www.WomenOnWellness.org or call 729-6880.
West Marine will host a grand opening for its newly renovated store beginning at 8 a.m. April 11-13 at 862-B U.S. Hwy. 98 E. In-store events include tips from experts, electronics demos, door-buster deals, giveaways and raffles.
The merchants of Downtown Fort Walton Beach will hold a Farmer’s Market from 8 a.m. to noon April 12 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 May 10, June 14, July 12 and Aug. 9.
Northwest Florida State College’s PRIME Time will host a Volunteer Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16 in the Student Services Center and the Student Activities Center, 1st floors, at the Niceville campus. Local representatives from a variety of non-profit agencies will be on hand to answer questions about volunteer opportunities in the local area. Call 729-6084.
Healthy Kids Day
The YMCA of Florida’s Emerald Coast will host Healthy Kids Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 at the Destin YMCA. Fun, active play and educational activities features games, bounce house, arts and crafts and more. Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast, Department of Public Health, Tobacco Free Florida and White Wilson will be on hand with healthy activities for kids. Summer camp sign up specials will be available. Call 650-9622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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. To become a sponsor or a vendor, email JLECMarket@yahoo.com. Call 862-2665.
Flea Market/Yard Sale
Vendor spots are available for those interested in selling items for a fee of $20/Destin residents and $25/non-residents during the Flea Market and Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to noon May 10 in the parking lot of the Destin Community Center. No rain date. Call 654-5184 for all information.
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. Thursday.
• Chair Yoga: Monday and Thursday at 10 a.m. Cost is $4.
• Duplicate bridge: Monday and Thursday at 9:15 a.m. and Wednesdays at 12:30. Entry fee: $6. No partner needed.
• Intermediate party bridge: Monday and Tuesday at 12:45 p.m. at Buck Destin Park on Legion Drive. Call 837-1967. Cost $2.
• Kidz Klub: After-school program from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday for grades K-4. Snacks provided.
• Line dancing: Beginners class begins at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, open dance at 1:15 and intermediate dancers at 1:30. Fee is $5.
• Low Impact Aerobics: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:15 a.m. Cost is $3/session.
• MMA Fitness: Tuesday and Thursday from 6-7 p.m. for all ages. Cost is $7/person. Grappling bags and gloves provided.
• Pickleball: All levels, including first timers, welcome. Cost is $2/resident and $3/non-resident.
• Shotokan Karate: Class promotes life enrichment, physical fitness, discipline, focus and self-defense at 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Fee is $65/month.
• Table tennis: Competition from 2:30-5 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays.
• Turbo kick: Fitness class at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Fee is $10.
• Walking Club: Monday-Friday from 8-9 a.m. Walk with music.
• Woodcarving: Fridays at 9 a.m. Fee is $2.
• Yoga: Bring a mat and towel at noon Thursdays. Cost is $6.
• Zumba gold: Mondays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. Cost is $6.