Staff Writer
The Destin Log

All area codes are 850 unless noted.

Fish Fry

Cajun Ray's Fish Fry, with all the trimmings, plus karaoke with Dan Woods, will be held from 2-5 p.m. Jan. 16 at American Legion Post 296 on Main Street in Destin. All proceeds go to the Clifford Sims State Veterans Nursing Home in Panama City. Open to the public.

Audubon Society

The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will hold a Bird Walk to Okaloosa Landfill and Sprayfields Jan. 16. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pepitos Restaurant, 1313 N. Lewis Turner Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach. Wear appropriate clothing and bring your binoculars or scope. Call 863-2039.


The Browns will return to Grace Lutheran Church in Destin at 6 p.m. Jan. 17. Come early to browse their music and meet them. Admission is free with a love offering taken.

Skin cancer seminar

A Lunch ‘n Learn seminar, “Focus on Skin Cancer: Early Detection and Treatment,” will be held at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 19 in the Resource Center, Suite 3 Conference Room, at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. After the seminar, attendees will have the opportunity to have an exposed skin cancer screening for areas such as the face, scalp, arm, and leg areas (provided the attendee is wearing shorts). Register for the free seminar at 278-3600 or 877-416-1620. Lunch provided.

Emerald Coast Relay for Life

A team party for those in the Emerald Coast Relay for Life will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 19 at Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill in Destin Commons. Enjoy food, fun and bowling, plus receive information about the Relay for Life. Bring your teammates along and if you haven’t registered a team yet, you can do it here as well. Donations appreciated. For more information, call 428-1803 or email

Southern Fried Literature

The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will host a presentation at 1 p.m. Jan. 19. Rebecca “Becky” Williams will lead the discussion and presentation on a look at southern writers and their writings. The program is free and open to the public.

Candidate Forum

A candidate forum for the Florida House of Representatives, District 4, will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Fiesta Room of El Matador condo, 909 Santa Rosa Blvd. on Okaloosa Island. A candidate meet and greet will be held from 5:30-6 p.m. Candidates Laurie Bartlett, Wayne Harris, Armand Izzo, Mel Ponder, and Jonathan Tallman plan to participate. The forum is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Call 244-2744 or email

Election equipment demo

The League of Women Voters of Okaloosa County hosts Supervisor of Elections Paul Lux who will provide a demo of the new election equipment from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Shalimar SoE offices, 1250 Eglin Parkway, Ste 103, in Fort Walton Beach. Get familiar with the new system before the March Municipal elections and Presidential Preference Primary.

Destin's Pioneer Settlers

The Destin Library will host a presentation, Destin’s Pioneer Settlers, at 2 p.m. Jan. 26. The presentation is free and open to the public. Seats will be limited for this presentation and interested individuals are encouraged arrive early for this program.

Destin's Founding Father

Hank Klein presents Leonard Destin: Destin's Founding Father at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Destin Library, 150 Sibert Ave. Call 837-8572 for reservations.


Margaret R. McDowell, firm founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, a fee-only registered investment advisory firm, will host “Preparing Your Portfolio for 2016” at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room. Call 608-6121 to reserve seating. Refreshments will be served.

Computer Tech 2016

Northwest Florida State College will host Computer Tech 2016 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Student Services Center on the Niceville Campus. The event, offered through the Personal Enrichment program of the college's Professional and Continuing Education Department, is free and open to the public. The theme for Computer Tech 2016 is “Never Stop Learning.” To preregister and to view the schedule of events, visit

Women's Literature Circle

The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will host a four-week Women’s Literature Circle with Dr. Patricia Moran at 1 p.m. Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23. The program is free and open to the public. Call 837-8572.

Spring Craft Show

The City of Destin’s Annual Spring Craft Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 19 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Community Center. There will over 50 vendors showing handcrafted jewelry, woodcarvings, paintings, food items and much more. Vendor booths are available for $45/residents and $55/non-residents. Admission is free to the public. Call 654-5184 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.

Library Seeks Volunteers

The Destin Library is seeking volunteers to teach or assist with the upcoming spring 2016 instructional computer program. Typically volunteers have experience using various software programs, online applications and devices. For a complete list of proposed workshop topics and tentative workshop dates, contact Will Rogers at or 837-8572.

Alzheimer’s Support Group

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

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.

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.

• Aerobics: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. Bring water and towel. Cost is $3/session.

• 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.

• Chair Yoga: Monday and Thursday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. 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 will be held on Thursdays. Beginner lessons 12:30 p.m. Open dance is 1:15-1:45 p.m. Intermediate lessons 1:45 p.m. Fee is $6.

• Pickleball: Sessions are 12-2 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. Monday; 10:30 a.m. to noon and 12-1:30 p.m. Wednesday; and 10:30 a.m. to noon and 12-1:30 p.m. Friday. Lessons are offered Wednesdays from 1:3 p.m.). Fees: $3/ nonresidents or $2/Destin year-round residents. Racquets and balls are available¬¬. Make reservations at 654-5184.

• Table Tennis: Tuesdays from 2-5 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Paddles and balls provided. Fee $2/resident and $3/non-resident.

• Yoga: From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays for all levels. Bring a mat and water.

• Zumba Gold: From 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. Fee is $6/session.