Community Happenings Jan. 31

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

All area codes are 850 unless noted.

Computer Tech

Northwest Florida State College will host Computer Tech 2015 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Student Services Center on the Niceville campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Story Hour

Every Thursday, Starbucks at HarborWalk Village will host StoryHour@Starbucks at 3:30 p.m. There will be hot chocolate available for the kids, and all parents get 20 percent off their purchase.

Farmers Market

The WaterColor Coastal Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays at Cerulean Park. The Market will have an array of items and holiday goodies to choose from with over 30 participating vendors. Traditional Farmers Market items such as local farm fresh produce, eggs, and dairy products will be available. There will also be a large variety of organic and homemade items such as Greek gourmet foods, hot and jerk sauces, grass fed beef, chicken, and pork. The WCFM will also include crafts and holiday gift baskets along with blown glass art and pottery.

Lunch & Learn

The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will host a three-week Women’s Literature Circle Series with Dr. Patricia Moran from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 2 and Feb. 9 at the Destin Library. The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are required at 837‐8572. Registrants are reminded to bring a bag lunch during this series.

• Feb. 2: How to Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm: Stereotyping in Literature

• Feb. 9: I Shall Get Along Somehow: Women & Poetry

Library movies

The Destin Library will host Early Release School Day Movies from 1:15-3:15 p.m. Feb. 5, March 5 and April 2, aimed at those in grades 3-5. The program is designed to connect popular children’s movies with available themed reading materials on the same topic or genre at the library. Movie selections will be announced prior to the scheduled movie date. Pre-registration is required at Refreshments will be provided.

Audubon Society

The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in Room 130 of the new Student Services Building at NWFSC. Program will be “A Green Fire Presentation of Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic” by Professor Emeritus Don Baltz, Louisiana State. Admission is free and open to the interested public. Call 678-1461.

• Feb. 13-15: Annual Retreat to the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge at Ellisville, Miss. Meet this rare and magnificent bird on a guided tour of the refuge, and then engage in general birding in this ecologically interesting location. For more information call 678-6665.

• 28 Feb:Join local ornithologist, Alan Knothe, for a bird walk to the Okaloosa County Landfill and FWB Spray Fields. Expect to see raptors, waders, ducks, and wintering songbirds. Bring binoculars, good walking shoes, water, and sunscreen. Meet at the parking lot of the Coach and 4 Restaurant, 1313 N. Lewis Turner Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach at 7:30 a.m. Call 208-1780.

Driver Safety Class

An AARP Driver Safety Class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast Resource Center, Suite 3. Cost is $15/AARP members and $20/non-members. To register, call (850) 416-1620 or 1-877-416-1620.

Fish Fry

The Knights of Columbus Emerald Coast Council will have a Fish Fry Dinner from 4-7 p.m. Feb. 6 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 307 Beach Drive in Destin. Adults, $10/plate; children, $4. All proceeds go to local charities and community service programs in the Destin area.

Embroiderers’ Guild

The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers’ Guild of America will participate in EGA’s National “Stitch In Public” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 7 at Books-A-Million in Destin Commons.

Look Good, Feel Better

The American Cancer Society “Look Good, Feel Better” workshop for women currently undergoing treatment for cancer will be held from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 9 at Sacred Heart Cancer Center adjacent to Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Register at 800-227-2345.

Mental health course

The National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Mental Health Association of Okaloosa and Walton Counties will offer a 12-week free course beginning from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at 571 Mooney Road in Fort Walton Beach to help people cope with mental illness of family members and friends. Reservations must be made at 244-1040 due to limited seating.

State of the City

Mayor Mel Ponder presents the Annual State of the City Address at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Destin United Methodist Church Life Center.

Historical presentation

The next presentation by H. C. “Hank” Klein, writer of History Mystery articles that appear monthly in The Log, is the long lost history of Miramar Beach Was Once Shoals, Florida at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 12 at the Rotary Club of South Walton County, Embassy Suites in Miramar Beach.

• Feb. 19: Review of Destin History Mysteries published in Log at 5:30 p.m. at the Destin Library. Make reservations at 837-5248.

Archaeology program

The Friends of the Destin Library present a free program, Archaeology: Local History Through Cemeteries, at 3 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Destin Library. Margo Stringfield of the University of West Florida’s Pensacola Archaeology Institute will present a program on archaeology and Florida’s history as seen through its cemeteries. Call 837-8572.

Chocolat’ Fare

The 12th annual Chocolat’ Fare, presented by the Destin United Methodist Women, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Life Center at Destin United Methodist Church. Everything is chocolate, and proceeds will benefit Others of Destin Inc. to help with cold shelter.

Author reception

The Okaloosa County Republican Executive Committee will host an afternoon reception with Trevor Loudon, author of “The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress,” from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Magnolia Grill, 157 Brooks Street SE in Fort Walton Beach, Tickets are $20 and include light hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and soft drinks. Tickets available at 863-2301 or

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. 


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 $7. No partner necessary. For more information e-mail

Destin Life Center

Recreation and fitness activities at Destin Life Center at Destin United Methodist Church, 200 Beach Drive, include the following. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday visit the Soul Café for lunch. Call ahead for dine in or pick up. For information, call the DLC at 837-2021.

• Adult Open Soccer:  From 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays. Fee is $2/player.

• Adult Open Volleyball: From 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays. Fee is $2/player. • Indoor Soccer Clinic w/Coach Carlos: Elementary, 3-4 p.m., and Middle School, 4-5:30 p.m. Thursdays. Fee is $90/child for 6 week session. 

• Indoor Soccer League (Youth):  Register for elementary and middle school ages to begin in January.  Practice will begin Dec 5 and 11.• Pickleball: For all skill levels from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

• Youth Basketball: Gym Rats with Coach Susie meets from 4-5 p.m. for ages 5 to 9 and 5-6 p.m. for ages 10 to 12 Fridays.

• Travelers’ Walking Club: Walk indoors for fitness, fellowship and fun from 7-8 a.m. Monday through Friday. 17 laps = 1 mile.

• DLC Fitness Cardio/Weight Room:  Nautilus equipment, three treadmills, two ellipticals and one recumbent bike. Memberships are $40/calendar quarter; $30/month; $20/week; and $10/day.

• Community Fitness Classes: Indoor cycling, Zumba, Rise and Stretch, PIYO, Cardio Dance, Forever Young (senior aerobics) and more. Costs are $40/month; $7/class; $20/month Forever Young, fitness for seniors; and $3/individual Forever Young.

Destin Community Center

All activities are at the Destin Community Center, unless noted. Call 654-5184 or email for information and to register. Persons with disabilities who require assistance are asked to notify the center 48 hours in advance.

• Chair Yoga: Class will be held at 10 a.m. Monday and Thursday. Cost is $4/class.

• Essential Oils: A free class at 11 a.m. Feb. 4 and 18 and March 4 and 18 for those who desire a more natural route to promote heart health and to manage pain anywhere, from a mosquito bite to arthritis.

• Game Room: Open to children age 10 and older from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Line Dancing: Class for beginners will be at 12:30 p.m. Thursdays. Intermediate lessons are held at 1:30. Open dance is from 1:15-1:30 p.m. The class is $6.

• Low impact aerobics: From 9-10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost is $3/session. Bring water and a towel. Stretch bands are available for $2.

• Pickleball: Mondays from 12:30-3:30 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for all levels. Cost is $2/resident and $3/non-resident.

• Senior Pilates: Class will be held from 9-10 a.m. Mondays. Cost is $6/class.

• Table Tennis: Tuesdays from 2-5 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

• Woodcarving: Class for men and women meets from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Cost is $2/class.

• Yoga: Class will be held Thursdays at noon. Open to all yoga enthusiasts of any level. Cost is $6/class. Please bring a mat and towel.

• Zumba Gold: Mondays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. Cost is $6/class.