Community Happenings April 23
All area codes are 850 unless noted.
A benefit fish fry will be held at 11 a.m. April 25 at 305 Lovejoy Road NW in Fort Walton Beach to benefit Opportunity Place and Burnette-Harmon-Woods Community Resource Center, to provide housing for homeless women, children and families in Okaloosa and Walton counties and a technology lab and study time for area youth. Plates will be prepared to go. Call 409-3070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Choctawhatchee Estuary Family Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 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.
• May 1: Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on the ground floor of the Student Services Center at the Niceville campus of NWFSC. Program, Caught on Camera: Butterflies and Moths, will be presented by MaryAnn Friedman.
• May 10: Join photopaddler and birder Walt Spencefor a bird float on Niceville area bayous. Register at 582-7064. There are no charges or fees, and participants must furnish their own canoes or kayaks, as well as paddles, safety equipment, and personal supplies. Those wishing to bring cameras or binoculars are advised to bring water-proof storage, such as a dry bag or large zip-lock.
Aveda and Avantgarde Salon & Spa host the annual Cut-A-Thon April 26. Receive free services from professionals with all proceeds donated to the Gulf Restoration Network to keep beaches clean. Raffle tickets for free hair care and spa services are $10 with proceeds going to keep the gulf coast healthy and take water access to underprivileged families around the world. Call 654-5057
The second annual Emerald Coast Community Day, sponsored by Emerald Coast Baptist Church, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 at 724 Legion Drive, Buck Destin Park. Children's activities, free hot dogs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a cake walk, a charity clothing sale, $1 each piece, and door prizes for kids and adults highlight the event. All proceeds will be used to support an orphanage in Romania.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
Destin Commons Job Fair
The existing Destin Commons’ stores, as well as the new expansion stores, will hold a job fair from 4-7 p.m. April 30 in Center Plaza. Stores are hiring for full and part-time positions. Groovy Grouper will offer happy hour drink pricing for applicants.
Dr. Sean Hodson, podiatrist, presents a free seminar, “Heel Pain and Flat Foot: Symptoms and Treatment Options,” at 10 a.m. April 30 in the Suite 3 Conference Room at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. To join, call 278-3600.
Margaret R. McDowell, firm founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, a “fee-only” registered investment advisory firm, will host “Bubble or Boom? Investing in a Volatile Market” at 10 a.m. April 30 in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room. Call 608-6121 to reserve seating. Refreshments will be served.
The Economic Development Council will host its next roundtable event, “The Future of Transportation,” from 7:30-9:30 a.m. May 6 at the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort on Okaloosa Island. Attendees must register prior to event for $25, which includes breakfast buffet, at http://www.florida-edc.org/news/events.aspx, firstname.lastname@example.org or 362-6467.
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center’s Volunteen program, open to students ages 13 to 18 from June 8-Aug. 14, has applications available through May 7 at the administration office, 1000 Mar-Walt Dr. A mandatory orientation for teens will be held from 3-5:30 p.m. May 14. Parents are welcome; bring immunization records. Call 863-7501 or 651-6552.
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.
The 22nd Annual National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive will be held May 10 and will help local food banks restock their pantries. The carriers will collect non-perishable and non-expired food items from local residents. Place your donations in a bag next to your mailbox for letter carrier to pick up while on their regular routes.
The merchants of Downtown Fort Walton Beach will hold a Farmer’s Market from 8 a.m. to noon May 10 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 June 14, July 12 and Aug. 9.
ASTD Emerald Coast Chapter hosts a professional development workshop, “Training Generation Why” by Amber Aziza, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 13 at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville Campus, Student Services Center. Cost is $79. Visit http://astdemeraldcoast.memberlodge.org
Relay for Life
The 2014 Relay for Life of the Emerald Coast, a family-friendly, outdoor and overnight fundraising event where teams take turns walking, will be held May 16-17 at Destin Middle School. Opening ceremonies begin at 6 p.m.
The event celebrates cancer survivors and caregivers and raises funds for the ACS’s for research, education, prevention, advocacy and patient services. This year’s event theme is “Heroes for Hope — Finishing the Fight.” Call 240-4300.
A workshop to assist students in Okaloosa County High Schools who will take the June 14 ACT and the June 7 SAT will be held from 2:15-4:15 p.m. May 27, 28 and 29 and from 2-5 p.m. June 2 and 3 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 May 5. For information, contact Alice Hart at 615-585-2401, email Amhart1966@aol.com or contact your high school guidance department.
Class of ‘94
Fort Walton Beach High School’s Class of ‘94 will hold a reunion weekend June 20-21. For details, visit www.fwbhs1994.com.
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.