Community Happenings May 23

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

All area codes are 850 unless noted.

Memorial Day Concert

Kick-off summer with free concerts and fun from 4-10 p.m. May 23 and 24 at HarborWalk Village in Destin. The Village Belles and Tobacco Road Band perform Saturday and Flash Flood and Departure: The Journey Tribute Band perform Sunday. Fireworks follow Sunday concert at 9 p.m.

Memorial Day Weekend

Baytowne Wharf presents live music from Farewell Angelina at 7 p.m. May 23; music with Coconut Radio at 7 p.m., kids games from 6-9 p.m. and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. May 24; and a Sandestin veterans' program at 7 p.m. May 25. Events are free.

Grill Us Hotline

LongHorn Steakhouse will ignite summer grilling season with the third annual LongHorn Grill Us Hotline from 11-4 p.m. Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, to provide tips for making holiday grill-outs a success. Expert Grill Masters will provide grilling tips and advice at 1-855-LH-GRILL (1-855-544-7455)  or text LHGRILL to 40679.

Sinfonia Goes Pops

Sinfonia Gulf Coast presents the free sixth annual Sinfonia Goes Pops at 7:30 p.m. May 24 at the Amphitheatre in Alys Beach.Food and drink available from Piper’s Kitchen. The evening will conclude with a patriotic fireworks display.

Memorial Day

American Legion Post 296 will hold a Memorial Day celebration at 11 a.m. May 25 at Destin Memorial Cemetery, 108 Stahlman Ave. Everyone is welcome for free food and beverages following ceremony at the Post on Main Street.

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.

Florida Virtual School

Enrollment is opening for grades Kindergarten-12 for the 2015-16 school year of Florida Virtual School Full Time (FLVS FT), a statewide virtual public school. An information session will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. May 28 at Wingate by Wyndham Destin, 117 Palms Street. For more information about specific FLVS FT services and eligibility guidelines for enrollment, visit or call 877-500-FLVS (3587).

Driver Safety Class

An AARP’s Driver Safety Class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 28 to 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.


Margaret R. McDowell, firm founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, a fee-only registered investment advisory firm, will host “Investing in a Low-Interest Rate World” at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. May 28 in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room. Call 608-6121 to reserve seating. Refreshments will be served.

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.

Summer Food Service Program

From June 10-Aug. 6, Destin Elementary School will serve breakfast from 7:15-8:15 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to noon. Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin during summer vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not available. All children 18 years old and younger are eligible for meals at no charge.

Family Independence Day Celebration & Bike Parade: The City of Destin will host its Annual Family Independence Day Celebration & Bike Parade from 6:30-9 p.m. July 1 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village. The event welcomes the entire family with fun activities for children of all ages. The Bike Parade will start the celebration at 6:30 p.m. Children 14 and under are asked to decorate their bike, scooter or wagon patriotically. Awards will be given for different categories and ages.  Check-in will begin at 5:45 p.m. next to the information tent. Following the parade will be live music by local artist Chuck Lawson, a Bocce Ball Tournament, moonwalks, face painting, and much more. Bring a chair, blanket and snacks. Sorry, no pets allowed. For more information, call 650-1241 or email

Big Truck Day

The Annual Big Truck Day will be held from 9-11 a.m. Aug. 7 in the Destin Community Center parking lot. The event welcomes children of all ages to come and see the unique trucks. There is no charge for the event. Call 654-5184.

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.

SeasideFarmers 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 2-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

• Summer Dodgeball Camp: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 15-19 with ending tournament June 19. $25/player

• Summer Basketball Camp: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 22-26 with ending tournament June 26. $25/player

• 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.

• 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.