Staff Writer
The Destin Log

All area codes are 850 unless noted.

Crawfish Boil

The Seventh Annual Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers Crawfish Boil fundraiser begins at 11 a.m. April 23 at Uptown Station in Fort Walton Beach with lots of Louisiana Crawfish to boil up and shrimp as well. Live radio remote, Show-N-Shine car show by the Sunset Vettes and the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office will have a K-9 on hand so come meet "Forg" and his handler, Deputy Sterling Eslinger. Cost is $15 a box or $50 for four boxes with all proceeds to benefit Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers.

Shop For A Job

Silver Sands Premium Outlets will host a job fair from 12-4 p.m. April 23. Visit the Information Center between Kate Spade New York and Vera Bradley, for a list of participating stores. Those stores will have hiring managers on site that can conduct on-the-spot interviews. The event is free and open to the public.

Kindergarten Registration

Destin Elementary is accepting kindergarten registrations for the next school year for a student 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. Some of the documentation required along with filling out a registration packet is birth certificate, proof of being a Destin resident, a current physical that will not expire before the first day of school on Aug. 10, and an updated shot record. Registration packets are available at the school daily from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Audubon Society

Choctawhatchee Estuary Family Festival at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 23. Spend a day teaching kids the wonders of bird identification (with the help of Choctawhatchee Audubon). Many displays/venues will be available so check the Festival website for details. Call 678-6665) or 699-0977 for details.

• May 5: The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will host a showing of a short film on Florida’s Coastal Dune Lakes at 6:30 p.m. in the College Science Bldg. (350) Room 110 on the NWFSC campus. Admission is free and open to the public. Call 225-252-2760 or email for information.

Health Seminar

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Senior Spirit program will host a seminar featuring diabetes nurse practitioner Elizabeth Hingley at 10 a.m. April 27 in the hospital’s Resource Center, Suite 3 Conference Room. Hingley will speak on “Managing Your Diabetes." Call 278-3600 or 877-416-1620 to register for the free seminar.

Candidate Forum

The Okaloosa County Republican Club presents a free school board and superintendent candidate forum at 6:30 p.m. April 28 at the American Legion on Hollywood Boulevard in Fort Walton Beach. Call for dinner reservation at 376-2287.


Margaret R. McDowell, firm founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, a fee-only registered investment advisory firm, will lead a presentation “Creating a Portfolio Paycheck” at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. April 28 in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room, 8955 Emerald Coast Parkway in the Tops’l Commercial Center in Miramar Beach. Call 608-6121 to reserve seating. Refreshments will be served.

Arbor Day

Main Street Park, 605 Main Street in Destin, will be the site of a National Arbor Day Celebration — Tree Planting at 10 a.m. April 29. The speaker will be Certified Arborist and Environmental/Parks and Recreation Committee/Tree Board Chairman Aubrey Santucci. Call 837-4242.

Village Yard Sale

Village Baptist Church will have its Third Annual Village Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 29 and 30 at 101 Matthew Boulevard in Destin. All proceeds benefit Village on Missions projects.

Community Yard Sale

Kokomo Kove in Crystal Beach will have a Community Yard Sale April 30 and May 1 from 8 a.m. to noon. Items include electronics, antiques and scuba gear.

Military/Veteran Appreciation Month

Silver Sands Premium Outlets salutes military members during National Military & Veteran Appreciation Month, May 1-31. Military members and their families may shop and enter to win a Shop & Stay prize package. Military spouses will be honored May 6 with a day of exclusive shopping experiences, prizes and more.

Food For Thought Thursdays

Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar, 435 Grand Blvd, Ste Q104, in Grand Boulevard, will give 20 percent of food and drink sales to Food For Thought Outreach during Happy Hour from 3-7 p.m. the first Thursdays of the month.

Community Yard Sale

The Destin Community Center will host a community yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon May 14 at Dewey “Buck” Destin Park, 724 Legion Drive. Rain date is May 21. Anyone interested in selling their belongings can sign up for a fee of $15/residents and $20/non-residents. This fee includes one table and a section of the basketball court at Dewey “Buck” Destin Park. Set-up will begin at 7 a.m. Parking will be at Destin Assembly of God. There is a limit of one table per reservation location. To reserve a spot or for more information, call 654-5184.

ACT/SAT workshop

A workshop to assist students in Okaloosa County High Schools who will take the June 4 SAT and June 11 ACT will be held from 2:15-4:15 p.m. May 31, June 1 and 2 and 9 a.m. to noon June 6 and 7 in the Media Center at Fort Walton Beach High School and 2-5 p.m. April 15, 16, 22 and 23 at Niceville High School. All materials, snacks and drinks are furnished. Students need to bring calculators. Registration deadline is May 19. For information, contact Alice Hart at 615-585-2401, email or contact your high school guidance department.

Grant Workshop

IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida, Inc. will host a non-profit grant workshop at 9 a.m. June 7 at the Destin Library for 501(c)(3)s. The discussion will include thinking outside the box, how to write a grant that gets attention, approaches to asset protection and innovative approaches to common problems.

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.

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.


Emerald Coast Bridge Club will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, and Duplicate Bridge, ACBL, meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 307 Harbor Blvd. in Destin, in the old Parlor. Cost is $7. No partner necessary. For more information, call 380-1558 or email

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.

• Capoeria: Class in the Brazilian Martial Art that combines the elements of dance, acrobatics and music will be held on Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. for children of all ages and from 7-9 p.m. for adults 18 and over.

• Chair Yoga: Monday and Thursday from 10-11 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.

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

• Table Tennis: From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Paddles and balls provided.

• Youth dodgeball: From 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays for ages 13-15 and for ages 8-12 Thursdays. Fee is $3/session for nonresidents and $2/session for residents.

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