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.

• Bid Committee, 9:30 a.m. Jan. 26

• Environmental/Parks & Recreation/Tree Board, 4 p.m. Jan. 26

• Destin Youth Council, 4 p.m. Jan. 28

• Special Magistrate, 5:30 p.m. Jan. 28

• City Council, 6 p.m. Feb. 1

• Local Planning Agency, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 4

Embroiderers' Guild

The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will meet from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 24 in the Religious Education building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd. in Niceville. Visitors are welcome. Call 496-3466.

Horticulture Studies Group

The Tri-County Horticulture Studies Group will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 28 in Room 3 of the Valparaiso Community Library at 459 Valparaiso Parkway. The program, “Flowering Shrubs and Small Trees for Northwest Florida Landscapes,” will be given by Marie Harrison, author of a book on this topic. Following the presentation, the group is invited on a field trip to the Turkey Creek Nature Trail at 340 John Sims Parkway. If desired, participants can join the group for lunch at Helen Back where a special seating area and buffet will be prepared for the group. Call 678-9898.

Republican Club

The Okaloosa Republican Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at American Legion Post 235, 105 S.W. Hollywood Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach. United States Congressman Jeff Miller will be the guest speaker. Price of dinner is $15 and includes drinks and gratuity. Make a dinner reservation 376-2287.


The Mac Users Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1 in the NWF State College Student Services Center — Room 130. John Leake will present “Pixelmator for Mac” — a powerful, fast and easy to use image editor, which allows the user to enhance and touchup photos, plus sketch, draw and paint. Attendees are encouraged to bring their Mac devices. Call 862-3327 or email for information.

Republican Women

The Republican Women of Okaloosa Federated will meet at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 3 at the Wyndam Garden Hotel on Okaloosa Island. The qualified candidates for the Okaloosa County 2016 Municipal Elections in March have been invited to attend and each will be given two minutes to speak. Attendees are encouraged to bring donations of bottled water for the USO as well as empty print cartridges, which are turned in for money for supplies at the USO. Make reservations by noon Jan. 30 at 651-5416 or donnapattison@cox. Cost is $16/members and $18/guests.

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