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.

• Board of Adjustment Hearing, 5:30 p.m. April 4

• Local Planning Agency, 5:30 p.m. April 5

• Public Works/Public Safety, 5:30 p.m. April 10

• Harbor CRA-AC, 5:30 p.m. April 11

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society

Lenny Fenimore and Malcolm Swan will team up and give a presentation on the “Magic of Migration” at 6:30 p.m. April 5 in room 302 of the student services building 400 at NWFSC Niceville campus. The talk will cover the science of “why” and “how” birds migrate. Admission is free and open to the public. Call or email 225-252-2760, for more information.

• April 7: Michelle Wright and other Audubon members will help teach Scouts about bird identification at Scout-a-Rama from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fort Walton Beach Landing. Bring lunch and a lawn chair. For details, call 428-1803.

• April 14: Spend a day at the Estuary Festival at Gannon Park teaching children about birds. Bring a sack lunch and a lawn chair. Call 678-6665 for details.

• April 28: Malcolm Swan leads a bird walk at Veterans Park on Okaloosa Island. Meet at the NE corner of the Convention Center parking lot at 7:30 a.m. Call 210-343-9082 for details.


A free family friendly event, Scout-O-Rama will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 7 at The Landing in Fort Walton Beach. Crossover for Webelo Scouts will be at 2:30 p.m. Enjoy free games, demos, crafts and community booths plus Scouts demonstrating scout skills.

Embroiderers’ Guild

The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will hold a stitch-in from 1:30-4:30 p.m. April 8 and a program meeting from 1:30-4:30 p.m. April 22 in the Religious Education building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd. in Niceville. Visitors are welcome. Call 496-3466.

The Happy Hearts

Happy Hearts Senior Ministry at Village Baptist Church will meet for lunch and fellowship from 1-3 p.m. April 12 at Ole Times Country Buffet and Barbeque (formerly Golden Corral) in Destin. Guest speaker will be Will Rogers from the Destin Library. Buffet lunch is $8.99 (no credit cards). Please bring a non-perishable food item for The Village Food Pantry. Call 598-0954.

OneBlood Drive

The Market Shops will host the OneBlood Drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13 at 9375 Emerald Coast Parkway in Miramar Beach.

Earth Day Beach Clean Up

Sponsored by the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, gather debris on Okaloosa Island and enjoy a free post-cleanup breakfast, courtesy of The Crab Trap, from 8-10 a.m. April 14. Prizes offered for most cigarette butts collected and best eco-buddy photo. Free T-shirt.

Candidate University

If interested in running for public office or just want to learn about the candidate process, attend Candidate University presented by the Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections from 6-9 p.m. April 16 at the Okaloosa County Administration Building in Shalimar or from 9 a.m. to noon April 18 at the Supervisor of Elections Headquarters in Crestview. Call 689-5600 or email to register by 5 p.m. April 11.

Volunteer Training

Covenant Care will hold a free volunteer workshop from 12-2 p.m. April 17 at the office, 220 Eglin Parkway in Fort Walton Beach. Lunch will be pro-vided. No special background or experience is required to volunteer, just a desire to make a difference. To register or to learn more, call 202-0809.


The Society for Human Resource Management of the Emerald Coast will meet at 7:15 a.m. April 18 at Two Trees Restaurant, 1955 Lewis Turner Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach. Program speaker will be Dave Jefferson, a human resources executive at Simple HR. Cost is $15/members and $20/non-members. Breakfast included. Register by April 16 at

IMPACT 100 Workshop

IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida will hold its grant workshop for non-profit 501 (c)(3) organizations in Okaloosa and Walton counties, from 8:30 a.m. to noon April 19 in the Fellowship Hall to learn how to apply for one of IMPACT 100′s $100,000 grants in 2018. Grant applications should focus on projects in Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Family, and Health & Recreation. There will be breakout sessions on the basics of the grant application, grant process, finances, renovations, reconstruction and construction. Advance registration is encouraged to ensure a reserved spot. The final day to register is April 12. The registration form is available online at For information, call 582-7939.

Styles Ever After Trunk Show

A trunk show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 21 at Today’s Boutique, 4433 Commons Drive E. #103 in Destin. Local artist Velia Lala will have her “Wearable Art” line featured with leggings and dresses on display, along with the paintings that inspired each piece. Show is complimentary and open to the public. For more information, call 865-5565.

Earth Day Cleanup

The City of Destin and the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance will host an Earth Day cleanup from 8-10 a.m. April 21 at Mattie Kelly Park and Nature Walk in Destin. Parking is available at the Mattie Kelly Nature Walk, across the street from Joe's Bayou Boat Launch. Help clean the park, pier, shoreline and roadway in that area. Feel free to bring a kayak or paddle board. Also, be prepared to get wet. Free T-shirts will be provided.

YOUth LEADership Conference

UNITED FOR A GOOD CAUSE Inc., in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, will host the Fifth Annual YOUth LEADership Conference from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 at the BGCEC’s Youth Center, 923 Denton Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach, for area seventh through 12th graders. Fee is $10 and includes light lunch and conference materials. Scholarships available for students from low-income families.

Literary Luncheon

The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will celebrate the Destin Library’s history and Library Director Jurate Burn’s retirement at a “Literary Luncheon” at 11 a.m. May 4 at Ciao Italia’ Bistro, 985 Hwy. 98 E. in Palms Station Shopping Center. Advance tickets are $20/person which includes tax and tip. Checks made payable to the Friends Guild of the Destin Library will be accepted for ticket purchases until May 1 at the Destin Library. Call 654-5476.

The community is invited to attend. Attendees are encouraged to wear hats decorated to represent their favorite book or literary character.

Bayou, Bay & Beach

Destin’s Eighth Annual Bayou, Bay & Beach 5K & 10K has moved to May 5. Both the 5K and 10K courses are set along Destin streets with peek-a-boo water views, and the 10K is USA Track & Field-Certified. A portion of event proceeds will benefit the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance. Reg-istration is now open on Visit or follow for details.

Taxes done free

Tax-Aide is a free service for low to moderate income tax filers with IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers. There are six sites serving the area — Crestview Library, Destin Library, Niceville Library, Bob Hope Village, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Shalimar, and a Fort Walton Beach site at First Christian Church, 201 St. Mary Ave.

Bring a photo ID, Social Security cards or other official documentation for the tax filer, spouse, and any others on the return and all income and expense documents such as W-2′s, 1099′s, etc. Also, bring your 2016 tax return if possible.

Tai Chi Class

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

Free Income Tax Preparation

Free income tax preparation for low to middle income families and individuals is being offered in Walton County at the Walton County Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach from 12:30-4:45 p.m. Mondays and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Call 267-2809. Also at Freeport Library, 76 Hwy. 20W, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. Call 835-2040. DeFuniak Springs Library, 3 Circle Drive, from 12-4 p.m. Thursdays. Call 892-3624. Tax-Aide continues through April 13.

Caregiver Support Group

Covenant Alzheimer’s Care support group for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or a dementia-related illness is held at 5:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at Brookdale Fort Walton Beach, 233 Carmel Ave. Call 864-4600.

Make-and-Take classes

The Destin Library has a 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 the last Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. No registration. Call 837-8572 or email

Code Club

The Destin Library’s Code Club for children in fifth through eighth grades will be divided into two sections, web design and game design. Meetings will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays (web design) and Fridays (game design). Registration is required to participate, and will be capped at 18 students. Register at

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 in-vited 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

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 vege-tables 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 Am-phitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.

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.

• Adult Dodge Ball: Beginning May 11, adult only dodge ball will take place from 7-9 p.m. Fridays for 17 and older. Fee is $3/non-residents and $2/residents.

• Capoeria: Class in the Brazilian martial art that combines the elements of dance, acrobatics and music will be held Thursdays at 7 p.m. for all ages.

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

• Destin Senior Membership: Join the Destin Seniors to enjoy multiple festivities including the senior lunch bunch, pot luck, casino trips, cruises, bingo, chair exercise, knitting, scrabble, and Mexican dominoes. Members must be a Destin resident.

• Dodge Ball: Open game from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays for children 8 to 14. Fee is $3/non-residents and $2/residents. Waiver required for children.

• Game Room: Open to children age 10 and older from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays..

• Pickleball: Sessions are from 12:30-3:30. Mondays and 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Fee is $3/non-residents or $2/residents. Racquets and balls are available, just bring gym shoes.

• Senior Book Club: The Destin Senior Members meet at 10 a.m. the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Destin Library, 150 Sibert Ave.

• 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 noon 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.

• Senior Walking Club: The Destin Senior Members walk around the Destin Community Center’s gymnasium from 8-9 a.m. Monday-Friday. All of the miles that you walk will be added to the “team map” as we travel from one region to the next.

• Table Tennis: Play from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays and Fridays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays. Paddles and balls provided. Fee is $2/resident and $3/non-resident.

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 spon-sored 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.

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.