AROUND-TOWN

COMMUNITY CALENDAR Sept. 14

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

All area codes are 850 unless noted.

College Night

NWFSC will hold its annual College Night with representatives from more than 60 colleges and universities in several states from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 14 in Raider Arena, Bldg. 200 on the Niceville campus. Admission is free.

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. Sept. 14

• Local Planning Agency, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 15

Community Cooking Class

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will hold a free community cooking class, Cooking For A Healthy YOU, from 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 and 10-11:30 a.m. Sept. 17 in the Suite 3 Conference Room. Enjoy cooking demonstrations, taste testing, recipes, nutritional education and more. Call 416-1620 to register.

Code Club

The Destin Library's new Code Club is dedicated to enhancing the programming and coding education of today’s youth by providing free programming materials to schools and libraries. Open to children in fifth through eighth grades, meetings will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Fridays beginning Sept. 16. Registration is required to participate, and will be capped at 18 students. There is no cost to register. Small snacks and drinks will be provided. Call 837-8572 or email mfontaine@cityofdesitn.com to register.

MBCA Car Show

The Mercedes-Benz Club of America (MBCA) Alabama/NW Florida Panhandle Section hosts a car show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. All Mercedes-Benz owners and vehicles are invited to participate, including Mercedes-Benz vehicles owned by non-MBCA members. Attendance is free and ballots will be provided for general public to vote for top three vehicles in the show. Each vehicle on display will be subject to a registration fee of a $10 donation. At registration, participants will be provided a MBCA logo card to display on their dash board showing their number (for voting), year, model and owner, plus a car show dash plaque for the first 30 vehicles registered.

Coastal Cleanup Day

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance of Northwest Florida State College, in partnership with the city of Destin, the city of Fort Walton Beach, Eglin Air Force Base and Visit South Walton, will host three shoreline cleanup sites in Okaloosa and Walton counties in collaboration with the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup from 9-11 a.m. Sept. 17. Norriego Point will be a local site. A list of all cleanup site locations can be viewed at www.oceanconservancy.org.

Read to Sophie

Children ages 6 to 12 years are invited to stop by the Destin Library between 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 17 to meet and read to Sophie. Sophie is a therapy dog trained by local resident Debbie Linton and certified by Therapy Dog International. The program provides an opportunity through Tail Waggin' Tutors for children to practice their reading skills by reading aloud to a dog. This is a drop-in program, with 20 minute shifts. No pre-registration and selected books will be made available. Call 837-8572.

Guest speaker at NWFSC

Best-selling author, film director and scholar Dinesh D'souza will give a presentation entitled America's Future at 3 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. The event, hosted by the group Concerned Conservative Christian Citizens (4C), is free of charge with no ticket required. Seating is on a first come basis, doors open at 2 p.m.

Tai Chi Class

The Destin Library will offer one-hour tai chi classes with Barbara Rezmer, a certified tai chi for health instructor, at 9 a.m. every Monday morning. The cost is $5/session. Enrollment is limited to 12 participants with registrations (available on a first-come first-served basis) accepted by phone or in person. Call 837-8572.

Seminar

Margaret R. McDowell, firm founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, a fee-only registered investment advisory firm, will present “Who Does Your Advisor Work For?” at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room in Miramar Beach. Call 608-6121 or email info@arborwealth.net to reserve seating. Refreshments will be served.

The Disciplined Dance of Dressage

The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will host The Disciplined Dance of Dressage at 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at The Destin Library. The program is free and open to the public. Jodie Kelly, local Dressage trainer and a 2011 Grand Prix level champion, will take us behind the scenes of Dressage, the oldest and highest level of equestrian training. Jodie is the great-granddaughter of Mattie Kelly and continues to compete and train both riders and horses at her stables in Kelly Plantation.

Kids Eat Free

IHOP offers a Kids Eat Free program for ages 12 and under from 4-10 p.m. through Sept. 25 to celebrate back to school.