Community Happenings Feb. 11

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

All area codes are 850 unless noted.

Snowbird Movie

The Destin Library will hold a free Snowbird Movie Matinee at 2 p.m. Feb. 11 showing “The Good Life.” Doors open at 1:30 pm., with seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 837-8572.

• Feb. 18: The Drop 

• Feb. 25: Whiplash

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.

FDOT forum

The Florida Department of Transportation will host a regional forum from 1-5 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Emerald Coast Conference Center on Okaloosa Island to give residents an opportunity to give input on two important plans regarding transportation: the Florida Transportation Plan and the Strategic Intermodal System (SIS). To register, visit

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.

Audubon Society

The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will have its Annual Retreat to the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge at Ellisville, Miss. Feb. 13-15. 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.

• Feb. 28: 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.

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.

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.

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

Breast cancer support group

Breast cancer patients and survivors are invited to join the breast-cancer support group at 6 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Olson Women’s Diagnostic Center at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m. in the Olson Women’s Diagnostic Center. The February guest speaker will be Ken Roman, a local community yoga and meditation instructor. Call 278-3980.

Blood drive

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will host the Oneblood mobile unit from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 18 at the main entrance of the hospital. All donors will receive a free T-shirt and a meal ticket to the hospital’s café.

Hip replacement seminar

Dr. Thomas Fox, orthopedic surgeon, will discuss “The Anterior Approach to Hip Replacement Surgery” at a noon seminar Feb. 19, at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast in the Suite 3 Conference Room. Lunch will be provided. The seminar is free, but registration is required. Call 278-3600 to register.

Cardiology seminar

Dr. Charles Mayes, interventional cardiologist, with Dr. Stephan Phlaum and Dr. Angel Morrobel, cardiologists, will host a Heart Health and You seminar at 6 p.m. Feb. 24 Tommy Bahama, 525 Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach. Event includes heavy hors d’oeurves and wine. Register at 278-3600.

Alzheimer’s Support Group

The Covenant Alzheimer’s Support Group meets from 2-3:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Suite 3 Education Center at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Call 499-3390. Meets last Tuesday of each month.

Free doughnut

Krispy Kreme is celebrating its 1,000th doughnut shop with a global doughnut giveaway of one glazed doughnut to the first 1,000 guests at each location on Feb. 24. No purchase necessary.

Financial presentation

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Stephanie R. Duffield of Destin, will host a free presentation, “Standing Guard: Protect What You've Worked For,” from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Indian Bayou Golf Club, 1 Country Club Dr. E in Destin. Lunch will be served. To make a reservation, call 650-2616 Feb. 20.

Healthy Living Seminar

Sacred Heart Senior Spirit program hosts its free Healthy Living Seminar, “Questions You’ve Always Wanted to Ask Your Cardiologist,” featuring Dr. Stephen at 10 a.m. Feb. 25 in the Suite 3 conference room at Sacred Heart Hospital. Call 416-1620 or 877-416-1620 to register.

Diabetes class

Jenny Stuckey, registered nurse and certified diabetes educator, and Anne Townley, registered dietician and certified diabetes educator, will host a self-management class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Resource Center Suite 1 education building at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast.. Pre-registration required and a physician referral is needed to attend. Call 278-3683.

Quit Smoking Now

The comprehensive tobacco cessation program that combines group support and Nicotine Replacement therapy in a 6-week program begin at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 25 and continue Wednesdays through April 1 in the Suite 1 Education Building at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Please call West Florida AHEC at 1-877-678-6766 or visit for enrollment information and future class dates.

Library movies

The Destin Library will host Early Release School Day Movies from 1:15-3:15 p.m. 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.

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. 

• Pickleball: From 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

• 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 10 a.m. Feb. 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.