Community Happenings May 9

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

All area codes are 850 unless noted.

Food Drive

The annual National Association of Letter Carriers "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive will be held May 9. Leave your non-perishables and non-needed items by your mailbox that morning, and your letter carrier will pick them up.

Commencement Ceremonies

Northwest Florida State College will hold its 50th Annual Commencement Ceremonies May 9 in the Raider Arena on the Niceville campus. The first ceremony begins at 10 a.m. for graduates of Associate in Arts and Florida High School diploma (GED). The second ceremony at 1 p.m. is for graduates of Certificate, Associate in Applied Science (AAS), Associate in Science (AS) and Bachelor Degree Programs (BAS, BSN, BSE).

Book signing

Manhattan medium Thomas John will sign copies of his book, “Never Argue with a Dead Person: True and Unbelievable Stories From the Other Side,” at 2 p.m. May 9 at Barnes & Noble, 34904 Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin.

Audubon Society

Bonnie Samuelson of Audubon Florida will conduct a Coastal Bird Stewardship Training Walk May 9. Meet at the parking area at the SW foot of Marler (Destin) Bridge at 7:30 a.m. Call 941-951-7704.

ACT/SAT workshop

A workshop to assist students in Okaloosa County High Schools who will take the June 13 ACT and June 6 SAT will be held from 2:15-4:15 p.m. May 26-28 and June 1-3 at Fort Walton Beach High School. All materials, snacks and drinks are furnished. Students need to bring calculators. Registration deadline is May 11. For information, contact Alice Hart at 615-585-2401, email or contact your high school guidance department.

Stroke support group

All stroke survivors, caregivers and family members are invited to the Stroke Support Group at 3 p.m. May 11 in the Suite 3 Conference Room at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Debbi Cole will discuss the benefits of pet therapy in the stroke population. The support group will meet Monday, May 11, 2015, at 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. To join, call 278-3600.

GOP Lincoln Dinner

The Honorable Rick Perry, former Texas governor and potential presidential candidate, will take the stage as keynote speaker at the Okaloosa County Republican Executive Committee’s annual Lincoln Dinner fundraiser from 6-19 p.m. May 12 at Ramada Plaza Beach Resort, 1500 Miracle Strip Parkway in Fort Walton Beach. The public is invited. Tickets are $60/person; $50/Century Club and students. A Chairman’s Reception, meet and greet with Governor Perry, will be held from 5-6 p.m. in the Oasis Room. Tickets for this reception are $250/person. Seating is limited. Order tickets at and

Diabetes class

Led by Jenny Stuckey, registered nurse and certified diabetes educator, and Anne Townley, registered dietician and certified diabetes educator, a diabetes self-management class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 13 in the Resource Center Suite 1 Education Building at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. To register call 278-3683 or 278-3519.

Red Day

Keller Williams Realty Emerald Coast will host a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 14 at the Keller Williams Market Center, 36008 Emerald Coast Parkway, Suite 201, in Destin. The lunch, for local agents, vendors, clients and others who wish to attend, is a $10/plate donation with all proceeds to benefit Food For Thought, Inc.

Financial seminar

“A To Do List for the Surviving Spouse” will be topic of a financial matters seminar  at 10 a.m. May 18 in the Computer Lab, Suite 1, a modular building on the left end of front parking lot, at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Reserve seat at 278-3600 or 877-416-1620.

Breast cancer support group

Breast cancer patients and survivors are invited to join the breast cancer support group at 6 p.m. May 19 meeting in the Olson Women’s Diagnostic Center at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. For info, call 278-3980.


Stephanie R. Duffield, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Destin, will host a free educational seminar, Key Life Decisions: Are You Prepared?, from 5-7 p.m. May 19 at Regatta Bay Golf & Country Club, 465 Regatta Bay Blvd. in Destin. Space is limited. To make a reservation, call 650-2616 before noon May 15. Guest speakers include Jane E. Kerrigan, attorney, Arnett & Kerrigan, Lori K. Kelley, CPA, Warren Averett, LLC, Lisa Cameron, Pre-Need counselor at Emerald Coast Funeral Home in Fort Walton Beach.

Health & Fitness Fair

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital will host the Fourth Annual Community Health & Fitness Fair from 8:30 a.m. to noon May 20 at Santa Rosa Mall in Mary Esther. The event is free and offers a complimentary continental breakfast until 9 a.m. Vendors and healthcare professionals will provide health information, educational materials, and basic health screenings for blood glucose, blood pressure, and body mass index, as well as vein screenings by the team from Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. 

Alzheimer’s Support Group

The Covenant Alzheimer’s Support Group meets from 2-3:30 p.m. May 26 in the Suite 3 Education Center at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Call 499-3390. Meets last Tuesday of each month.

Driver Safety Class

An AARP’s Driver Safety Class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 28  help participants learn current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate vehicles more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment at Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast Resource Center, Suite 3. To register, call 416-1620 or 1-877-416-1620. Cost is $15/AARP members and $20/non-members.

Free Dental X-Rays

Students in the Dental Assisting Program at Northwest Florida State College will take free X-rays of your teeth from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 28-July 2, Monday through Thursday. A written request (prescription) from your dentist is required.. Dentist may fax the prescription to 850-729-6460. Call 729-6444 to schedule appointment.

RBCS commencement

Rocky Bayou Christian School invites the public to its Commencement Seminar to be held from 8:30-11:30 a.m. May 30 at the Generations United Church, 108 Hwy. 85 in Niceville. The Commencement speaker will be Mickey Bowdon.

Grand Boulevard Farmers’ Market

The market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday 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. Market is held on Wednesdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Farmers Market

The WaterColor Coastal Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday at Cerulean Park. 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. Market is held on Thursdays from March 12 through Labor Day.

30A Farmers’ Market

This community event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays in Town Center in Rosemary Beach features fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, cheese and more. Market is held on Thursdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Seaside Farmers Market

Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.

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.


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.

• Pickleball: From 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

• 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.

• 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.

• Pickleball: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 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.

• 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.