Staff Writer
The Destin Log

All area codes are 850 unless noted.


Margaret R. McDowell, firm founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, a fee-only registered investment advisory firm, will present “Five Mistakes to Avoid in Today’s Markets” with Andrew K. McDowell, Esq. and Patrick R. McDowell, at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. June 22 in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room. Call 608-6121 to reserve seating. Refreshments will be served.

Business After Hours

The Destin Chamber's Business After Hours, sponsored by Century 21 Fine Homes & Estates Blue Marlin, offers networking, cocktails and appetizers from 5-6:30 p.m. June 23 in the former Tusker's Home Store location, in the shopping center with The Melting Pot. Cost is $5/Chamber members and $20/non-members. All businesses are invited to bring a door prize, which offers one more way for you to promote your business. Register at

Dental Implant discussion

Dr. Olivier Broutin, an implant, cosmetic and family dentist in Bluewater Bay, will host a discussion on dental implants from 4-5 p.m. June 23 at the Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, 1055 East John Sims Parkway in Niceville. Light refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are requested at 897-4488.

FTCE workshops

Free workshops on the Elementary Education Subject Area Section of the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations in social students will be held at NWFSC on the Niceville Campus in Bldg. 330 Room 207. U.S. History, Civics is from 8 a.m. to noon June 24 and World History, Geography and Economics is from 8 a.m. to noon June 25. Call 729-6440 or email to make a reservation.

Cooking Demo

Whole Foods Market Destin is taking lionfish to new depths with a cooking demo designed to reinvigorate the kitchen with recipes featuring a little-known Florida delicacy with a prickly reputation. Chef Tim Creehan kicks off the free demo at 6:30 p.m. June 27.

Grief support group

Covenant Care offers a six-week grief support group from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays beginning June 28 at Covenant Care, 220 Eglin Parkway NE, Fort Walton Beach. Those who are both newly bereaved and those who are still coping from a previous loss are encouraged to attend. The support group is free of charge and registration is required at 729-1800 or email

Cooking classes

Kitchenique Cooking School will hold a Seafood Small Plates for seafood lovers class from 6-8 p.m. June 28 at The Cuvee Catering Center, 12590 Emerald Coast Parkway, Suite #C, in Miramar Beach. Cost is $55. Call 837-0432.

Adult Coloring Book Club

The Destin Library’s Adult Coloring Book Club will be held from 10 a.m. to noon July 7 and will continue thereafter on the first Thursday of each month. The program is free, but there may be a need for donations of colored pencils in the future. Both coloring books and pencils will be provided. Call 837-8572.

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.

Great American Cookout

Enjoy networking and a cookout at the Destin Chamber's third Great American Cookout, sponsored by Community Bank, Coast and Emerald Coast Title Services, LLC, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 12 at the Chamber, 4484 Legendary Drive, Suite A. Cost for the lunch is $20/members who pre-register, $25/members at the door, and $30/non-members. Reservations are required by 3 p.m. July 8 at

Mr. Mac Concert

Michael McCartan, better known as “Mr. Mac” to thousands of children along the Emerald Coast, will be at the Destin Library at 3 p.m. July 19 to promote the library's summer reading program. Pre-registrations are required.

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.

Big Truck Day

All ages can see the trucks parked in the parking lot at the Destin Community Center from 9-11 a.m. Aug. 5. No charge.

Paddle at the Porch

The Fifth Annual Paddle at the Porch, a stand up paddle board race, begins at 9 a.m. Aug. 20 behind The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House in Destin. It offers races for all skill and age levels, with its 1-Mile Beginner Ride, 3-Mile Recreational Race, 6-Mile Elite Race, Kids’ Fun Paddle, and, new this year, Relay. The top three male and female racers in the 6-Mile 12’6” Elite Race will split a $6,000 cash purse. A Packet Pick Up Party & Board Demos is Aug. 19 at The Back Porch. Register at

Steak & Stake Dinner

Evander Holyfield will be the special guest speaker for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast's Third Annual Steak & Stake fundraising dinner Sept. 22 at the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Walton in Santa Rosa Beach. For information on sponsorships or tickets, contact Rob Engel, director of Development, at or call 862-1616.

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.

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 are from 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.

• Dodgeball: Ages 13-16 play from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays; ages 17 and up from 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays; and ages 8-12 from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays. Fee is $2/resident and $3/non-resident.

• Game Room: Open to children age 10 and older from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. Basketball/Volleyball Court, Ping Pong/Foosball/Air Hockey/Pool Tables

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

• Senior Chair Exercise 50+ years: Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10-10:45 a.m. consists of performing light exercises to help improve balance, flexibility, strength, and circulation. Free/residents and $2/non-residents.

• Senior Ping Pong Lessons: Free for Destin Seniors from 1-2 p.m. every Tuesday. Call to sign up.

• 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.