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.

• City Council, 6 p.m. Nov. 7

• Bid Committee, 9:30 a.m. Nov. 8

• Public Works/Public Safety Committee, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8

• Harbor CRA-AC, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9

• Special Magistrate Hearing, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 10

• Destin Youth Council, 4 p.m. Nov. 15

• Norriego Point Stabilization Restoration, Recreation Project Public meeting, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Community Center

• Town Center CRA-AC, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 16

• Local Planning Agency, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 17

Fall Festival

Corpus Christi Catholic Church will hold its Fall Festival from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 5 and 6 in the social hall at the church, 307 Beach Drive in Destin. Assorted baked goods, knitted and crocheted afghans, shawl , doilies, baby items, books, religious articles, knickknacks, glassware, dishes, pots and pans, small appliances, DVDs, tapes, household items and much more will be for sale.

Master Class

Alfonso Academy will host an open Master Class featuring choreographer Melissa “MJ” Jackson from 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Alfonso Academy studio, 12598 U.S. Hwy. 98, Unit 104, in Miramar Beach. All registrations at the door will be $60.

ACT/SAT workshop

A workshop to assist students in Okaloosa County High Schools who will take the Dec. 3 SAT and Dec. 10 ACT will be held from 2:15-4:15 p.m. Nov. 28-30 and Dec. 5-7 in the Media Center at Fort Walton Beach High School. All materials, snacks and drinks are furnished. Students need to bring calculators. Registration deadline is Nov. 8. For information on taking just ACT, contact Alice Hart at 615-585-2401, email or contact your high school guidance department.

Christmas with Happy Hearts

Happy Hearts, a senior ministry of Village Baptist Church, will host its annual Christmas party with a guest from the far north at 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at Golden Corral in Destin. Wear festive attire. Bring a friend to enjoy the food, fun and fellowship. Cost is $8; no credit cards. Bring a non-perishable food item (no out-of-date food) for the Village Food Pantry. Call 598-0954 for more information.

Cooking classes

Kitchenique Cooking School hosts Gumbo Ya Ya! Turkey & Andouille Gumbo from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 10 at The Cuvee Catering Center, 12590 Emerald Coast Parkway, Suite #C, in Miramar Beach. Cost $38. Call 837-0432.

• Chef John Jacob will be in the kitchen with new recipes to make the holidays yummy from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 19. Cost $55

• Chef Creehan presents recipes for a new cookbook featuring the health benefits of low or no sugar and simple carbs that are delicious from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 6. Cost $55.

• Girls & Grapes features sparking wines for the holidays from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 7. Cost $28.

• Hands On Basic Knife Skills teaches about the most important tool in the kitchen ... your knife from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Cost $65.

• Vicki McCain, cooking school dinner, presents a New Orleans New Year's Dinner from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 29. Cost $55.

Furniture for the Heart

Risa's Interiors, 10123 Emerald Coast Parkway in Miramar Beach, will host a fundraiser for One Heart One Voice Women from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 11-12. Cash donations for gently used furnishings. Call 654-7472.

Holiday Sale

The spirit of the holidays will come alive at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast as the hospital’s Guild Gift Shop hosts its annual Holiday Sale from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays Nov. 11-22. Unique gifts, holiday decorations, nativity sets, angels, jewelry, and more will be available for purchase at 20 percent off regularly marked prices. Bring a friend and enjoy lunch in the hospital’s Paradise Café. Proceeds support new and expanded healthcare services for the community.

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 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 12 in Suite 1, Education Building. Cost is $50 per person. Enroll by Nov. 10 at 278-3019 or email

Camellia Show

The 52nd Annual Camellia Show and Plant Sale, presented by the Greater Fort Walton Beach Camellia Society, will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 in the atrium of the Meridian (formerly Westwood) Retirement Resort, 1001 Mar Walt Dr. in Fort Walton Beach. Event is free and open to the public. For more information or to volunteer to help with the show, call 850-862-4526, or email

Embroiderers' Guild

The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will hold its stitch-in from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Religious Education building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church on Valparaiso Boulevard in Niceville. Call 496-3466.

Meet the Doc

Pregnant women and new moms are invited to join Sacred Heart Medical Group Pediatrics for a free “Meet the Doc” class about giving babies a healthy start. This free class will be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Sacred Heart Medical Group at The Market Shops, 9375 Emerald Coast Parkway West - Unit 1 in Miramar Beach. Spouses, friends, family members and support people are also invited to attend.

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. 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.

Cookout fundraiser

Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate will host a cookout from 12-2 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Destin office to raise funds and awareness for the charity Food For Thought.

Grant writing workshop

The Okaloosa Arts Alliance will hold a grant writing workshop from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Destin Library, 150 Sibert Ave. The workshop will cover re-searching available grants and writing grant proposals. The cost will be $15/OAA members and $45/non-members. Advanced reservations are required due to limited seating. All proceeds will benefit the OAA. Email to make reservations.

Patriotism and History

The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will host a program, Patriotism and History, at 2 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Destin Library. The program is free and open to the public. For more than 70 years and spanning six wars, neighboring Eglin Air Force Base has played a prominent role in airpower history.

Bring your patriotism and appreciation for those who have served there as James D’Angina, a historian from Eglin Air Force Base, presents historical highlights of Eglin from the Doolittle Raiders to the present day. This will be a unique and fascinating opportunity to learn about our neighbor and the many times its people have served our country.

Holiday Craft Show

The City of Destin’s 10th Annual Holiday Craft Show will be held from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 18 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Destin Community Center. There will be hand-crafted jewelry, woodcarvings, watercolor paintings, and much more from over 50 vendors. Admission is free.

Crop Drop Destin

This year's Crop Drop begins at 8 a.m. Nov. 19 at Destin United Methodist Church. To learn more, visit, email, or call Karen at 337-4750.

Floral workshop

Join the Junior League of the Emerald Coast and Flowers by Milk & Honey at a hands-on floral workshop for designing a seasonal wreath at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at Bijoux Destin, 9375 Emerald Coast Parkway, Suite 22 in Miramar Beach. Indulge in sips and snacks crafted by Chef Jack of Bijoux Destin and design your own wreath to take home with you. Cost is $60/person and includes all necessary supplies. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to the Junior League of the Emerald Coast. Purchase tickets at

Turkey Trot Run/Walk

The Choctawhatchee High School Cheerleaders will host the inaugural Choctaw Cheer 5k Turkey Trot Run/Walk Nov. 19 starting and finishing at Village Baptist Church, 101 Matthew Blvd. in Destin. The 5K race begins at 8 a.m. with race day registration and a pre-race breakfast at 7 a.m. An after race party will be provided by Crab Trap. For information and registration, visit

Bird walk

The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will have a bird walk at Bluewater Bay and Lake Pippin led by biologist Carole Goodyear on Nov. 19. Meet at the Bluewater Bay Winn Dixie Parking lot, under the sign, at 7:30 a.m. Wear closed toed shoes and bring a sack lunch. Call 897-2666.

Blood drive

Destin Commons will host blood drives from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 20 and Dec. 18 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 24. Those donating from noon to 6 p.m. will receive a free movie ticket to AMC Destin Commons 14. Blood donators on Dec. 24 will receive a $10 Starbucks gift card. OneBlood representatives will also do a free wellness check-up including blood pressure, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screening. Make an appointment on-line at and use sponsor code #16792, or come by on dates shown.

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 Nov. 29, the last Tuesday of the month, at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. No registration. Call 837-8572 or email

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. Dec. 1.

Seaside Institute

The Seaside Institute and the Future Symphony Institute present Building Communities with Music Jan. 26-28. Join the senior fellows of the Future Symphony Institute — philosopher Sir Roger Scruton, architectural theorist Léon Krier, and orchestral musician Andrew Balio — in company, conversation, and concert.

Tuition is $500. For information and registration visit

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, is open to children in fifth through eighth grades. Meetings will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Fridays and 4:30-5:30 Tuesdays beginning oct. 25. 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.

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.

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.

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.

• Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group: From 3-4 p.m. first Wednesday of the month at the Destin Senior Center in Buck Destin Park, 724 Legion Drive. This support group is free to the public. It is sponsored by Emerald Coast Hospice. Materials are provided by the Alzheimer’s Association. This support group can be for family members and care providers in helping to deal with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Call 654-5184 to make reservation.

• 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

• Grief Support and Education: At 3 p.m. the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at the Destin Senior Center in Buck Destin Park, 724 Legion Drive. These sessions are facilitated by Emerald Coast Hospice’s Bereavement Coordinator, Christopher Keown, and are free to the public. Anyone dealing with grief, assisting someone in their grief or curious about the experience, is welcome to join in.

• Pickleball: Play from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Lessons are 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednedays. Fee: $3/nonresidents or $2/residents. Racquets and balls are available¬¬. Just bring gym shoes.

• Senior Art Lessons: The Destin Senior Center at Buck Destin Park, 724 Legion Drive, offers six-week sessions for Seniors (50 years and older). The current lessons began Oct. 6 with three weeks of pen and ink, then three weeks of acrylics. Fees are $20/non-Destin residents and $15/residents. Cost includes materials.

• 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 Drop-In Hours: The Destin Senior Center at Buck Destin Park, 724 Legion Drive, offers senior drop-in hours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday for Seniors (50 years and older) to meet and enjoy each other’s company, participate in games such as Mexican Train Dominoes, Scrabble, cards, etc.

• Senior Knitting: Sessions and lessons for beginners and all skill levels from 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Destin Senior Center at Buck Destin Park, 724 Legion Drive. No registration required.

• 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