Staff Writer
The Destin Log

All area codes are 850 unless specified.

 Destin City Hall

All City Council meetings, workshops, executive sessions and CRA Board meetings are held at the City Hall Annex, 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. All other board and committee meetings are held at City Hall, 4200 Indian Bayou Trail.

• City Council, 6 p.m. Dec. 7

• Public Services/Public Safety, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 8

• Harbor CRA-AC, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 9

• Special Magistrate Hearing, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 10

• Environmental/Parks & Recreation/Tree Board, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 15

• Town Center CRA-AC, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at City Hall; Special City Council on Comprehensive Plan: 2020 5:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at City Hall Annex

• Local Planning Agency, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 17


The Mac Users Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in the NWFSC Student Services Center, Room 130. Jeffrey Mitchell will discuss “Microsoft on Mac." For information, call 862-3327 or email

NARFE Christmas Luncheon

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), Emerald Coast Chapter 1428, will have a Christmas Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 8 at the Olive Garden, 216 Miracle Strip Parkway, SW in Fort Walton Beach. Robert Shaw, NARFE Florida District 1 First Vice President, will give a short presentation on Blue Cross Blue Shield. Voting in of new officers for 2016 will take place followed with their installation by Shaw.

Bring a nonperishable item for Sharing and Caring; don't forget to check that expiration date. RSVP at 837-3838 by Dec 6.

Garden Club

Valparaiso Garden Club will meet at 11 a.m. Dec. 9 in the community room at the Valparaiso Community Library, 459 Valparaiso Parkway. Members will celebrate Christmas with a potluck luncheon and program is "Arrangements for Christmas That You Can Do" by Carole Martin. Please bring a non-perishable item for Sharing and Caring.

Christmas Dinner Republican Club

The Okaloosa Republican Club Christmas party will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Fort Walton Beach Yacht Club. Cost is $15.

Referral Leaders International

More than 30 of the top Destin professionals and business owners meet Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 790 on the Gulf to share connections and referrals. Come ready to talk about your products/services, and get help to grow your business. Call 897-1957.

Toastmasters International

To become more effective communicators and leaders, visit one or more of the Toastmasters clubs at the following or visit

• Club 702 White Sands Toastmasters, 12-1 p.m. Thursdays at 415 Racetrack Road NE, in Fort Walton Beach.

• Club 1919 Emerald Coast Toastmasters, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays at Education Bldg 251, Room 122 Eglin AFB.

• Club 9478 Hurlburt Toastmasters, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Education Center Bldg. 221, Classroom L, Hurburt Field.

• Club 724908 Destin Toastmasters, 5:45-7:15 p.m. 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month at Walton Utility Co. Building.

• Club 817348 Crestview Toastmasters, 6-7 p.m. 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Crestview.

• Club 851515 Lake DeFuniak Toastmasters, 12-1 p.m. 2nd and 4th Thursday each month at Northwest Florida State College, Room 103 at the Chautauqua Center.

Seniors of Destin

The Seniors of Destin meet the fourth Friday of the month for a covered dish and to celebrate all birthdays for the month. The program is sponsored by the City of Destin and Gentiva Home Health. Each month has a featured guest speaker that pertains to senior living. Call 685-5310.

Betterment Alliance

The Main Street Betterment Alliance meets at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the American Legion, 311 Main Street. Call 837-3818.

Destin Business Builders

Destin Business Builders Networking group meets from 7:15-8:45 a.m. every Wednesday at the Destin United Methodist Life Center. Call 651-1300, ext. 13.

Coffee and Cars

Emerald Coast Muscle Car Club hosts Coffee and Cars the last Sunday of every month in Uptown Station in Fort Walton Beach. For information, call 200-2465 or email

Food Buying Club

A small group interested in eating healthy and purchasing smart meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at 125 Scottsdale Court in Mary Esther. On the second Tuesday, the group meets at Fountain Square in downtown Fort Walton Beach for the Growing Local film series. Call 863-4040.

Kiwanis Club of Destin

The Kiwanis Club of Destin meets every Thursday at 8 a.m. at the Destin Methodist Church Life Center on Beach Drive in Destin. The public is invited to attend the club’s weekly meetings.

Destin Rotary

The Destin Rotary meets at 7:15 a.m. every Tuesday at Rutherford’s 465. Visit

Flotilla 1-4 USCG Auxiliary

Flotilla 1-4 USCG Auxiliary meets at 8 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month at Coast Guard Station Destin on Okaloosa Island. Anyone wishing to become a member is welcome to attend. Prior military duty is not required. Call 865-9130 or email

Optimist Club

The Destin Optimist Club meets at noon on the second Thursday of each month at The Lighthouse restaurant. Cost of lunch is $11. Call 650-2800.