Staff Writer
The Destin Log

All area codes are 850 unless noted.

Book 'n' Brunch

The first NWF Book 'n' Brunch book signing and coffee house event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 16 in the Barnes & Noble bookstore and Starbucks Cafe on the Niceville Campus. The Price They Pay, a new book co-authored by NWF State College Criminal Justice Training Center Coordinator Jeff McGill, who joined the college in 2013 after a 15-year career with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, will be spotlighted. McGill and co-author Karen Solomon will read from and sign copies of their book and take questions from the audience. In addition, Starbucks Cafe will feature half-off desserts and other specials. Admission is free.

Yard Sale

The Destin Community Yard Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 17 at Dewey “Buck” Destin Park with no rain date. Anyone interested in selling their belongings can sign up for a fee of $15/residents and $20/non-residents. Set-up will begin at 7 a.m. To reserve a spot or for more information, call 654-5184 or email

Audubon Society

Veteran birder Lenny Fenimore will lead a bird walk Oct. 17 on the shores of various bayous in the Twin Cities area looking for ducks, raptors, and shorebirds. Wear closed-toe shoes and a hat, and bring binoculars or cameras if desired. Call 863-3039 for more information.

Cancer walk

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk will be Oct. 17 at Uptown Station in Fort Walton Beach, and will unite the community with a shared determination to finish the fight against breast cancer. Registration for this noncompetitive, inspirational event begins at 8 a.m. and the walk is set to start at 9 a.m. Visit or contact Donna Fought at 585-9904 or

Bob Hope Village Rummage Sale

Treasures will be found at the annual Bob Hope Village indoor Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. until noon Oct. 17 at the Bob Hope Village Commons Building, 30 Holly Ave. in Shalimar. The Gift Shop will also be open and is filled with unique, handmade items perfect for holiday gifts. Call 651-2635.

Breast cancer support group

Breast cancer patients and survivors are invited at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Olson Women’s Diagnostic Center. 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. Oct. 21 at the main entrance of the hospital. All donors will receive a free Tervis cup and a meal ticket to the hospital’s café.

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.

City of Destin Open House

The City will host its annual Open House from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Destin Community Center. The public is invited and encouraged to join the council, staff and community partners for a free fish fry, volunteer recognition and presentation. There will be free document shredding from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for household and businesses, City department displays, partner booths and giveaways.

Medicare Update

Understand what Medicare covers and costs and learn the difference between Original Medicare, Supplements and Medicare Advantage at 10 a.m. Oct. 22 in the Suite 1 Conference Room, at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast in Miramar Beach. Seating is limited. Make reservation at 416-1620 or 877-416-1620.

NWFSC information session

Northwest Florida State College’s associate degree in nursing program will host an information session from 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Student Services Center (Building 400), Room 302, on the Niceville Campus for those interested in learning more about admission to the nursing program for fall 2016. Call 729-6400 or visit

Cardiovascular Disease Screening

Okaloosa Heart & Vascular Center will hold cardiovascular screenings from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 24 at 36468 Emerald Coast Parkway, Suite 10. The screenings will include Carotid Artery Ultrasound, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Ultrasound and Peripheral Arterial Ultrasound. Screenings are $75 each or $225 for all three. Refreshments will be served. To schedule an appointment, call 424-5638.

Fall Family Festival

Catholic Charities of NW Florida will host a Fall Family Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort between the Marina and the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Admission is free with a donation of food, money or clothes. There will be food, fun and festivities, and a 2 p.m. raffle (electronics, gift baskets, dining cards and more). No purchase required, must be present to win. Marina Bar & Grill will show college games on the big screens.

Alzheimer’s Support Group

The Covenant Alzheimer’s Support Group meets from 2-3:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Suite 3 Education Center at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Meets last Tuesday of month. Call 499-3390.


Margaret R. McDowell, firm founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, a fee-only registered investment advisory firm, will host “Generating Income and Growth in Volatile Markets” at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room. Call 608-6121 to reserve seating. Refreshments will be served.

Senior Spirit program

Gynecology for Women ages 55 and above is topic of seminar from 10-11 a.m. Oct. 29 at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Resource Center, Suite 3 Conference Room. Call 416-1620 or 877-416-1620 to register.

Chili competition

Get your teams and your chili recipes ready to brew at the 25th Annual Champion Chili Competition to be held Oct. 31 at the Santa Rosa Mall on the scariest day of the year. Earn bragging rights for the “Best Chili” in town or win over the judges for the “Best Booth Showmanship” or win the “People’s Choice Award." Each team is paired with a United Way partner agency with all proceeds benefiting the agencies. Get more information and register at 243-0315 or

Quit Smoking Now

A comprehensive tobacco cessation program that combines group support and Nicotine Replacement therapy begins at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and continues Wednesdays through Dec. 9 in the Suite 1 Education Building at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Call 877-678-6766 or 398-6965 for enrollment information and future class dates.

Children’s grief camp

Covenant Hospice along with The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin will host its children’s grief support camp, Camp Monarch, Nov. 7 at Baytowne Wharf. The free camp is for children ages 6-15 who have recently experienced the loss of a loved one or have a terminally ill loved one. There will be group sessions, ice skating and Adventure Zone activities. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Pre-registration is required by Oct. 30 at 729-1800 or

Judge Maney at Library

The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will host a program in honor of Veterans' Day featuring retired US Army Reserves Brigadier General Judge Patt Maney at 2 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Destin Library. Program is free and open to the public. Judge Maney will share his experiences as a wounded veteran, the plight of wounded warriors with traumatic brain injury and the T. Patterson Maney Veterans’ Treatment Intervention Act. Call 837-8572.

Holiday Craft Show

The City of Destin’s 10th Annual Holiday Craft Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 13 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Destin Community Center. There will be hand-crafted jewelry, woodcarvings, watercolor paintings, and much more from over 50 vendors. Admission is free. Call 654-5184 for more information.

Community Walk

The annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will be held at noon Nov. 14 at Beasley Park on Okaloosa Island.

Horizon Stars Fashion Show

The Arc of the Emerald Coast hosts its annual fundraising event Horizon Stars Fashion Show from 7-10 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort's Linkside Conference Center. Tickets are $65/regular seating, $120/couples, and $100/VIP area(1 person). All proceeds will benefit The Arc of Emerald Coast. With a "Winterland" theme, the show will focus on Fashion, Music, and Stars. Call 376-1037 or email for tickets and information.

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 1 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.

• Capoeira (Brazilian Martial Arts): Capoeira is a Brazilian Martial Art that combines the elements of dance, acrobatics and music. Classes are on Wednesdays 7-9 p.m. Call the Community Center at 654-5184 for more information.

• Dodgeball: Every Thursday night 6-8 p.m. at the Destin Community Center for youth ages 8-15 years. This allows children to participate in a night filled with dodgeball, friends and fun! Fee is $2/session for Destin residents and $3/session for non-residents. A snack/drink concession will be available. (Note: No open Dodgeball on September 17 due to the Basketball Clinic.) For more information, please call: (850) 654-5184.

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

• Pickleball: Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Racquets and balls available.

• Table Tennis: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Zumba Gold: Beginning Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays. Fee is $6/session.