Community Happenings 8-8

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

All area codes are 850 unless noted.

Cram the Van

Look for the United Way van in the parking lot at Walmart in Destin from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 8 and 15 and help  “Cram the Van” with school supplies to help kids succeed.

Audubon Society

Tom Greene, a recognized authority on rare Florida plants, will lead a walk in the pine flatwoods of South Walton County Aug. 8. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Walmart on Hwy. 98 near Sandestin on the portion of the parking lot adjacent to the highway. Please wear walking shoes, long pants, and a hat, and bring water, sunscreen and insect repellent. Call 694-6403 for more information.

Bereavement Support Group

Share and learn more about the grief journey you are enduring with an Emerald Coast Hospice bereavement group at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Destin Library. Groups are free and ongoing.

Church dinners

DUMC will host a free dinner for international students at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday while the Destin Church of Christ hosts Sunday night dinners, both through August. For more information, please contact Cynthia Wilson at cynthia.wilson@cox.netor 850-543-6339.

Stroke support group

A free stroke support group will meet at 3 p.m. Aug. 10 in the Suite 3 conference room for stroke survivors, caregivers and family members. To join the support group, call 278-3600.

Look Good, Feel Better

American Cancer Society “Look Good, Feel Better” offers a free workshop for women who are currently undergoing treatment for cancer from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 10 at Sacred Heart Cancer Center adjacent to Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Participants must register through the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345.

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. Aug. 13 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.

Free movie

A free family movie, "Up," will be presented on the big screen at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 on the lawn behind Immanuel Anglican Church, 250 Indian Bayou Trail in Destin. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and popcorn, hot dogs and drinks will be provided.

History Presentation

Gen. Andrew Jackson comes alive in a dramatic presentation as the First Territorial Governor of Florida at 2 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Destin Library. James Moore, who will portray Jackson, has been volunteering to perform historical presentations for more than 20 years. No registration required. For more information, email

Blood drive

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will host the Oneblood mobile unit from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 19 at the main entrance of the hospital. All donors will receive a free Tervis cup and a meal ticket to the hospital’s café.

Alzheimer’s Support Group

The Covenant Alzheimer’s Support Group meets from 2-3:30 p.m. Aug. 25 in the Suite 3 Education Center at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Meets last Tuesday of month. Call 499-3390.

Spine surgery seminar

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will host a seminar featuring spine health at 6 p.m. Aug. 26 in the Suite 3 Conference Room, a modular building in front of the Family Birth Place, with Dr. Kornelis Poelstra, board-certified neuro and orthopedic spine surgeon. A light meal will be provided. Seating is limited. Please call 278-3600 to register.

Kickoff rally

The American Cancer Society will host a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff rally and informational meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 27 at La Famiglia in Destin Commons to share details about its upcoming community walk.

ACT/SAT workshop

A workshop to assist students in Okaloosa County High Schools who will take the Sept. 12 ACT and Oct. 3 SAT will be held from 2:15-4:15 p.m. Sept. 8-10 and 14-16 at Fort Walton Beach High School. All materials, snacks and drinks are furnished. Students need to bring calculators. Registration deadline is Aug. 21. For information, contact Alice Hart at 615-585-2401, email or contact your high school guidance department.

Arm Wrestling Championship

American Legion Post 296 in Destin will host the 2015 Florida Panhandle Arm Wrestling Championship beginning at noon Sept. 19 at 311 Main Street in Destin. Early weigh-ins are Friday from 7-10 p.m. and Saturday from 9-11 a.m. Weight class pounds are 154, 165, 187, 198, 220 and 220+. For more information, call 424-7954, 533-0644 or 865-9330.

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.


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.

• 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.