Community Happenings Sept. 13
All area codes are 850 unless noted.
Day for Kids
The annual Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast’s “Day for Kids” will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Fort Walton Beach Landing. Fun activities will be held in the areas of academics, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles and includes scavenger hunts, arts/crafts, math/science games, hula hoop, jump rope, fitness challenges for children and adults, kickball, magic show by Pittman Magic, relay races and more.
Grand Boulevard Farmers’ Market
The market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in Grand Park in Miramar Beach between Cantina Laredo and Tommy Bahama’s.Vendors will offer locally sourced food-based items including produce, eggs, milk, butter, grass-fed beef, chicken, lamb, and pork, honey, pickled vegetables and gourmet jams.
As part of Sacred Heart’s “Senior Spirit” Financial Matters series, Kristen Marks, Esq. of My Pink Lawyer, will present a free seminar, “Wills and Trusts: When, How & Why,” at 10 a.m. Sept. 16 in the Resource Center, Suite 3, at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Make reservations at 877-416-1620.
Covenant Hospice will offer a free seminar, “An Ethical Overview of Care at The End of Life,” at 5:15 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Fort Walton Beach branch office, 220 Eglin Parkway NE in Mariner Plaza. Healthcare professionals can expect to learn to define ethics and recognize basic bioethical principles, identify the difference between ethical theories, recognize steps in ethical decision making, identify ethical dilemmas in healthcare and hospice and determine how to reach decisions. Reservations required by Sept. 12 at 598-0861.
Pirate Day at Krispy Kreme
To claim a free glazed doughnut, visit Krispy Kreme Sept. 19 and talk like a pirate or wear an eye patch. Come in full pirate costume and get a free dozen glazed doughnuts. Costumes must include three or more of the following: Eye patch, pirate hat, bandana, peg leg, parrot on shoulder, pirate shirt/loose white shirt, knickers, leather belt, silver and gold necklaces and earrings, pirate hook or pointy black boots or ragged brown sandals.
Military Appreciation Event
Silver Sands Premium Outlets will honor the military men and women of the community and their families from 12-5 p.m. Sept. 20. The event includes special military discounts and the Silver Sands Scavenger Hunt where stores will have special activities and refreshments and participants will be entered to win a $200 shopping spree. Visit the Information Center to pick up the scavenger hunt card and return completed cards by 5:10 p.m. in order to be entered into the drawing.
On sale now
Copies of the book, “Poems for the Young at Heart,” by Destin’s Lt. Col. (Ret) Samuel Lombardo, are now on sale at Barnes & Noble in Destin. Cost is $19. Lombardo will be scheduling book signings at a later date. To read about the book, visit www.thedestinlog.com/community/destin-poet-inspired-by-natural-beauty-1.332509.
Girl Scout sales
The 2014 Girl Scout Fall Product Program continued through Oct. 16. This annual nuts, candies and magazines sale provides girls with the opportunity to earn funds for troop activities and service projects.
Duplicate Bridge, ACBL, will be held at 9:50 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 307 Harbor Blvd. in Destin. Cost is $5. No partner necessary. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
A Bird Walk Sept. 20 at the Fort Walton holding ponds, the most productive site for shorebird species in Okaloosa County. Meet at the Coach and Four Restaurant, 1313 N. Lewis Turner Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach at 7:30 a.m. Bring a hat, water, sunscreen and insect repellent. Call 210-343-9082.
• Sept. 27: Bird Walk at Niceville bayous and spray fields, searching for a variety of water birds, migrating songbirds, and even wild turkeys. Bring a hat, sunscreen, and any spotting scopes or binoculars which you may wish to use. Meet in front of Badcock Furniture in Bayou Plaza, 699 John Sims Parkway, at 7:30 a.m. Call 863-2039.
• Oct. 2: The Choctawhatchee Audubon society will meet at 6:30 p.m. in Room 130 of the NWFSC Student Services Center. The Bird Life of New Zealand will be presented by master birder Lenny Fennimore. Call 699-0977.
• Oct. 11: Help children learn to identify birds at the Explore the Outdoors Festival in DeFuniak Springs. Meet at 9 a.m. behind the Chautauqua Building. Bring lawn chair, water and sack lunch. Call 267-2064.
• Oct. 18: Bird walk and search for migratory song birds at Fort Pickens, Gulf Islands National Seashore, with ornithologist Alan Knothe. Meet at 7 a.m. at Uptown Station on Eglin Parkway in Fort Walton Beach. Closed shoes, long pants and insect repellent are advised. Bring a picnic lunch. Call 208-1780.
•Oct. 25: Look for ducks and shorebirds on Destin beach and Choctawhatchee Bay with Bruce Purdy. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in parking lot at southwest corner of the Destin Bridge over East Pass. Call 359-5334.
Margaret R. McDowell of Arbor Wealth Management, a “fee-only” registered investment advisory firm, will host a “Portfolio Management and Retirement Seminar” at 10 a.m. Sept. 24 in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room. Refreshments will be served. Call 608-6121 to reserve seating.
One Heart One Voice Women
The second women’s meeting with worship and ministry will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 26 at The Palms Resort on Indian Bayou Trail in Destin. Valerie Peterson, ordained minister and licensed mental health counselor, will speak. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Free childcare provided for ages 6 weeks through 8 years with online reservation at http://www.deechernickyministries.org/. An offering will be taken.
Alzheimer’s support group
Covenant Alzheimer’s Services will hold a free support group for family members or friends coping with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease at 2 p.m. Sept. 30 at Sacred Heart of the Emerald Coast, Suite 3 Conference Room. Call 866-478-7790. Meets last Tuesday of every month.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a noncompetitive 5K walk that brings together cancer survivors, their family and friends, business partners, and community members in an effort to end breast cancer, will be held at 9 a.m. Oct. 18 at Uptown Station in Fort Walton Beach. Registration begins at 8 a.m. For information visit www.makingstrideswalk.org, call 585-9904 or email email@example.com.
Believe It or Not
Ripley’s Believe It or Not attractions in Florida will show support for K-12 educators with free admission through Oct. 19 in Panama City Beach, St. Augustine, Key West and Orlando. Teachers, administrators, counselors, and support staff are eligible; just bring current pay stub and photo ID. Up to five guests get 50 percent off their admission.
The City of Destin’s 14th Annual Fall Festival will be held from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Destin Community Center. Admission is one non-perishable food item. There will be booths with games and activities, a cakewalk, a costume contest, a spacewalk/slide, food for sale, and candy for those just stopping by to Trick-or-Treat. Tickets for games and food will be on sale at 4 tickets for a $1 with most games costing one ticket. Registration for the costume contest is from 5-6 p.m. with judging at 6 p.m. Judging for Jack-O-Lantern contest will be held at 5 p.m. so pumpkins must be dropped off by 3 p.m.
Holiday Craft Show
The City of Destin’s 8th Annual Holiday Craft Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 14 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Destin Community Center. There will be hand-crafted jewelry, woodcarvings, watercolor paintings and more from over 70 vendors. Vendor booths are available for $40/Destin residents and $50/non-residents plus $10 for a corner booth (if available). This includes an 8 ft. X 10 ft. space and one 6 ft. table. Admission is free to the public.
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.
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.
• Game Room: Open to children age 10 and older from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• 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 3-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday for grades K-4. Snacks provided. Weekly fees are $15/resident and $20/non-resident.
• 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.