AROUND-TOWN

Community Happenings Sept. 27

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

All area codes are 850 unless noted.

Town Hall

Representative Matt Gaetz and other Okaloosa County elected officials will hold a Town Hall meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 30 at Niceville City Hall, 208 N. Partin Drive. Okaloosa citizens are urged to attend and participate in what is being called the “Accountability Okaloosa” initiative. Citizen input and advice will lead to a community agenda that will outline key matters that need to be addressed within the county.

Business Tax Receipt

Businesses must renew their business tax receipts by Sept. 30 to avoid late fees. To renew by mail, send checks to the City of Destin, 4200 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin, FL., 32541, or renew in person from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Destin City Hall Annex, 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. Call 654-1119 or email btr@cityofdestin.com with any questions.

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. 

Audubon Society

Bird Walk at Niceville bayous and spray fields, searching for a variety of water birds, migrating songbirds, and even wild turkeys Sept. 28. 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.

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.

ACT/SAT workshop

A workshop to assist students in Okaloosa County High Schools who will take the Oct. 25 ACT and Nov. 8 SAT will be held from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 20 and 2-5 p.m. Oct. 21 and 27-28 in the Media Center at Fort Walton Beach High School. Also from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 20 and 2-5 p.m. Oct. 22 and 29-30 in the Media Center at Niceville High School. All materials, snacks and drinks are furnished. Students need to bring calculators. Registration deadline is Oct. 6. For information, contact Alice Hart at 615-585-2401, email Amhart1966@aol.com or contact your high school guidance department.

Town Hall Tour

U.S. Congressional candidate for Florida District One, Mark Wichern, will host Town Hall meetings during the coming weeks. The FWB/Okaloosa meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Elks Lodge on Okaloosa Island.

• Oct. 29: Destin from 6-8 p.m. at the Destin Community Center

• Nov. 2: Walton/Okaloosa Counties Grand Town Hall meeting from 6-9 p.m. at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

MSABC

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 donna.msabc@gmail.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.

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.

Bridge

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 halsyst@aol.com

Fall Fest

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. Oct. 27.

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.

Narconon

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 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 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: Thursdays at 11 a.m. beginning Nov. 6. Cost is $6.