Community Happenings April 2
All area codes are 850 unless noted.
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.
Jail Ministry Banquet
The Good News Jail and Prison Ministry Annual Fund Raising Banquet, with music and life changing testimonies, will be held at 6 p.m. April 3 at the Niceville United Methodist Church Community Life Center, 214 S. Partin Drive. Proceeds support the chaplain in the Okaloosa County Jail. For tickets and information, call 678-5827 or 974-0301.
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.
The Republican Women of Okaloosa Federated will host Spring Magic, a fundraiser for the Scholarship Fund, from 3-5 p.m. April 4. Flowers, gifts and jewelry will be for sale. In addition, there will be a patriotic wreath raffle. Appetizers and wine will be provided. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the RWOF April 2 meeting or call 651-3511.
The Knights of Columbus, Emerald Coast Council #11893, will hold a fish fry from 4-7 p.m. April 4 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.
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 city of Destin’s quarterly Adopt-A-Street cleanup day begins at 8 a.m. April 5 at city hall to receive supplies and instructions before proceeding to their adopted streets. The program asks for residents and businesses to give a three-year commitment to picking up trash along a street in Destin four times per year. Signs are placed along adopted streets displaying the individual or business name that has adopted it. Call 837-6869 or visit www.cityofdestin.com.
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 General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. April 5 and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. April 6. These events may be viewed at the local meeting houses and online at LDS.org or the BYU channels. The public is invited. Call 862-3263.
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.
Grab a Fork, Lend a Hand
The Second Annual Grab a Fork, Lend a Hand, an international tasting fair, will be held at 6 p.m. April 12 at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church’s Parish Life Center in Niceville to benefit Catholic Charities. The event will feature food from around the world, including Italy, Mexico, Poland, Turkey, India, the Philippines, Germany and Korea, as well as Cajun and classic American favorites. Prices for each food item range from $1 to $5, with all proceeds benefitting Catholic Charities’ Fort Walton Beach regional office, which serves all of Okaloosa and Walton counties. Call 737-0864.
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.
The Gulf Coast Wedding Expo brings the wedding professionals on the Gulf Coast together from 1-5 p.m. April 13 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Purchase $7 tickets at www.GulfCoastWeddingExpo.com. Brides will be treated to mini-makeovers, food samples, giveaways and be able to collaborate with wedding professionals.
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.
Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections will hold Candidate University April 24 from 9 a.m. to noon in Crestview and 6-9 p.m. in Fort Walton Beach. The class is for anyone interested in running for public office or just wanting to learn about the candidate process. Call 689-5600 or email email@example.com to register by April 16.
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 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.
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.
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.