Staff Writer
The Destin Log

All area codes are 850 unless noted.

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.

• Town Center, 5:30 p.m. Sep. 21

• Special Magistrate Hearing, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 22

• Harbor & Waterways Board, 5 p.m. Sept. 26

• Bid Committee, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 27

• Environmental/Park & Recreation/Tree Board, 4 p.m. Sept. 27


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 to reserve seating. Refreshments will be served.

Master Gardeners Lecture

Okaloosa County Master Gardeners presents Karen Kirk-Williams' program "Fall and Winter Gardening for Butterflies and Hummingbirds” Sept. 21 at Extension Annex in Fort Walton Beach. There is no cost to attend this program, but space is limited so registration is required at 689-5850.

• Oct. 19: Dave Gordon presents "Rhododendrons-Native Azaleas" at Crestview Extension office.

Cooking class

Kitchenique Cooking School hosts Chef Shane Quinlan’s Party Food with a unique selection of health-conscious party appetizers with a Mediterranean flair from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 22 at The Cuvee Catering Center, 12590 Emerald Coast Parkway, Suite #C, in Miramar Beach. Cost is $48. Call 837-0432.

• Sept. 27: A Spiced Up Dinner Party with Vicki McCain, Kitchenique Cooking School director, will introduce you to some unique new flavors to enhance your home cooking. Cost: $45.

• Sept. 29: Work with red snapper, black grouper and mahi mahi during Local Fish Basics I. Cost: $55.

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.

Town Hall Meeting

Meet with Okaloosa County Commissioner Trey Goodwin from 6-7 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Cafe in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1 Meigs Drive in Shalimar. All are welcome to talk to him to provide citizen input regarding changes in the Tourist Development Department and any other Okaloosa County issues.

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, shows 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.


The Fort Walton Beach Panhellenic organization will have a brunch meeting at 10 a.m. Sept. 24 at Clemenza’s in Uptown Station in Fort Walton Beach. President Betsy Kaye Byrd will review upcoming meeting locations for the remainder of 2016 and other news. To make a reservation, call 833-3066 or email by Sept. 20.

Code Club

The Destin Library's new Code Club, 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. 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 to register.


The Walton Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 2016 South Walton RUN/SUP (Stand Up Paddle) Series from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 24 at Grayton Beach State Park, with the After Party and Awards Ceremony from 2-5 p.m. at The Craft Bar 30A. Registrant Packet Pick up will take place at The Craft Bar 30A in Grayton Beach from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 23. To register, visit or

Tai Chi Class

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

Basic Life Support Initial Classes

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will offer a community education American Heart Association Basic Life Support Healthcare Provider Initial course from 4-9 p.m. Sept. 24 in Suite 1, Education Building. Cost is $50 per person. Enroll by Sept. 21 at 278-3019 or email

• Oct. 11: 4-9 p.m. Enroll by Oct. 19

Banned Books Week

The Destin Library encourages everyone to visit the library Sept. 25 through Oct. 1 to explore the history of banned books and learn which of your favorite books are still being challenged today. The right to freely access information is an integral part of the freedoms promised to all American citizens. Censorship poses a real threat to those freedoms, and it comes in many forms. The American Library Association established Banned Books Week, traditionally celebrated during the last week of September, as a way to raise awareness of the continued presence of book banning attempts in schools, bookstores, and libraries.

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.

Embroiderers' Guild

The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will meet from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Religious Education building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Valparaiso Boulevard in Niceville. Visitors are welcome. Call 496-3466 with any questions.

ACT/SAT workshop

A workshop to assist students in Okaloosa County High Schools who will take the Oct. 22 ACT and Nov. 5 SAT will be held from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 17, 18, 24 and 25 at Fort Walton Beach High School and 2-5 p.m. Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27 at Niceville High School. All materials, snacks and drinks are furnished. Students need to bring calculators. Registration deadline is Sept. 27. For information, contact Alice Hart at 615-585-2401, email or contact your high school guidance department.

Make-and-Take classes

The Destin Library has announced a new series of free how-to workshops for ages 18 and up that focus on practical projects and skills you might not have learned in school. Workshop will be held Sept. 27, the last Tuesday of the month, at 6 p.m. This month’s workshop is Greener Cleaners. Participants will learn to make two cleaning products: an all-purpose cleaner and a glass cleaner. Light refreshments will be provided. No registration. Call 837-8572 or email


The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Emerald Coast, Chapter 1428, will meet at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at the Olive Garden, 216 Miracle Strip Parkway, SW, in Fort Walton Beach. Guest speaker will be Mel Ponder who won the primary election for State Representative District 4. Call 678-6045.

Girl Scouts membership rally

Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle will host a membership rally and open house at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 in the cafeteria at Destin Elementary for those interested in joining.

Environmental symposium

The Mattie M. Kelly Environmental Institute's Ninth Annual Symposium, with speakers sharing environmental research and experts leading workshops spanning a variety of environmental topics, will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 14 at NWFSC Robert E. Green Jr. Science Building, room 350. Symposium participation includes attendance of speakers in the morning, selection of attendance at one afternoon workshop, and various opportunities to meet and discuss with others at provided continental breakfast and lunch. To view the Symposium's agenda, or to register, visit 2016 Symposium Agenda. Registration deadline Oct. 5.

Health/Retirement Seminar

Stephanie R. Duffield, an Edward Jones financial advisor, will sponsor a Health Care and Your Retirement seminar from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 6 at Edward Jones, 4447 Commons Drive E, Ste 108, in Destin. Light lunch will be served. RSVP by Oct. 4 at 650-2616.

Food For Thought Thursdays

Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar, 435 Grand Blvd. Suite 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. Oct. 6.

Style Seminar

Silver Sands Premium Outlets will host a Style Seminar from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 8 in the space between Armani Exchange and Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store with top fashion blogger J, from J’s Everyday Fashion, as part of South Walton Fashion Week. Space is limited and tickets are available on for $20 each benefiting the Cultural Arts Alliance.

Sugar Sands Charity Golf Classic

The ninth annual Sugar Sands Charity Golf Classic will be held Oct. 10 at the Kelly Plantation Golf Club in Destin to benefit Children in Crisis. The two day event kicks off with a pre-registration party at Tommy Bahama Restaurant and Bar on Oct. 9. The tournament will begin with a 11:30 a.m. check-in and shot-gun start at 1 p.m. Participants will enjoy lunch prior to play, beverages on the course and a family style dinner at the awards ceremony following golf at Tuscany Italian Bistro. In addition to golf, also included in the $250 sign-up fee is a Tommy Bahama shirt voucher for each golfer. Call 864-4242 for more information.

Meet the first tourists

The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will host a program, Meet Our First Tourist, at 2 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Library with Michael Weech from the Indian Temple Mound Museum in Fort Walton Beach. The program, free and open to the public, will highlight exhibits from the museum of the area's Native American occupation. Email

Read to Sophie

Children ages 6 to 12 years are invited to stop by the Destin Library between 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 15 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.

Family history workshops

The Destin Library will host a series of hands-on Family History workshops, Who Is in Your Family Tree?, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and Nov. 15 in the library’s computer lab. The programs are free and open to the public. New and repeat registrants are welcome. Registrants must have a valid library card from any Okaloosa County Public Library. To register, call 837-8572.

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 and grass fed beef, chicken and pork. Market is held from March 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 Sundays 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 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 Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. for all ages.

• 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: Play from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mondays. Fee: $3/nonresidents or $2/residents. Racquets and balls are available. Just bring gym shoes.

• 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.

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 locations 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 on Eglin AFB.

• Club 9478 Hurlburt Toastmasters, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Education Center Bldg. 221, Classroom L on Hurburt Field.

• Club 724908 Destin Toastmasters, 5:45-7:15 p.m. 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month at Walton County Utility 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 at 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