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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.

• Harbor CRA-AC, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 10

• Special Magistrate, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 11

• Observance of Presidents' Day, closed Feb. 15

• City Council, 6 p.m. Feb. 16

• Town Center CRA-AC, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 17

• Local Planning Agency, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 18

League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of Okaloosa County will have a juvenile justice system improvement program update from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 Feb. 10 at Two Trees Restaurant, 1955 Lewis Turner Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach. Panelists include Deputy Gary Venuti from OCSO, Paul Wallis from Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, and Bill Bishop and Ginger Madden from the Shalimar State Attorney’s office. The meeting is free, but attendees are responsible for purchasing their own lunches. RSVP to info@lwvokaloosa.org.

Valparaiso Garden Club

The Valparaiso Garden Club will meet at 9 a.m. Feb. 10 in the community room at the Valparaiso Community Library, 459 Valparaiso Parkway. Walt Spence, president of the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society, will present "Birds of the Florida Panhandle." Call 978-810-1090.


Choctawhatchee Bay Chapter, NSDAR will hold a special evening meeting at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at First Presbyterian Church, 134 SW Beal Parkway in Fort Walton Beach to honor winning students of the American History, Christopher Columbus Essay, and the DAR Good Citizens contests. Call 543-0170.


The Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County will meet at 10 a.m. Feb. 13 at the Valparaiso Senior Center, 268 Glenview Ave. Janice M. Cronan will present Proving Our Pedigree to Join Lineage Societies. Bring smart phones, tablets, iPads, etc., to visit websites as Ms. Cronan discuses them. For more information, call 243-0352 or email yosimite1@cox.net.

Embroiderers' Guild

The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will hold a stitch-in from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Religious Education building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church on Valparaiso Boulevard in Niceville. Visitors are welcome. Call 496-3466.


The Society of Human Resource Management of the Emerald Coast will meet at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 17 at Two Trees Restaurant, Fort Walton Beach Golf Course, 1959 Lewis Turner Blvd. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. Speaker will be Sam Slay, speaker, trainer and coach. Cost is $15/members and $20/non-members. Call 651-7200, ext. 4303, or email mpoole@okaloosaclerk.com.

Pastel Society

The Pastel Society of North Florida will meet from 9:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 19 in the Fellowship Hall of the Church of Christ, 232 Hollywood Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach. Carrie Raeburn, president of PSNF, will present a DVD of her trip to China last October where she attended the First China Pastel Festival in Suzhou, participated in an Alan Flattmann worship and then traveled on to Beijing. She also plans to share a DVD presentation of the paintings accepted into the Pastel Society of American's Annual "Enduring Brilliance" Exhibition last September in NYC.

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 www.toastmasters.org/Find-a-Club.

• 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 dfureigh@fwb.org.

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 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rotary-Club-of-Destin/241220675890226.

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 www.flotilla14.info.