COMMUNITY CALENDAR Oct. 3
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.
• Public Works/Public Safety, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9
• Harbor CRA-AC, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 10
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
Walter Spence and Douglas Buck will present “Beautiful Birds and Bugs of Boggy,” a slideshow of their unique and award-winning photos, at the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in room 308/309 of the Student Services Building 400 at NWFSC. Admission is free and open to the public. Call 907-321-3701.
• Oct. 13: Explore the Outdoors Festival at Live Oak Landing in Freeport. Meet at 9 a.m. at the festival grounds, 229 Pitts Ave. in Freeport, and teach children how to identify birds using card games. Bring a lawn chair and lunch. Call 267-2064.
• Oct. 20: Join experienced Birder Malcolm Swan and identify migrants, herons and marsh birds at Veterans Park on Okaloosa Island. Meet at the NE corner of the Okaloosa Island Convention Center parking lot at 7:30 a.m. Bring binoculars, cameras and wear long pants and close toed shoes. Call 210-343-9082.
• Oct. 27: Join Malcolm Swan and Alan Knothe, along with members of the Bay County Audubon Society, in a visit to the Wright Landfill. Meet at Pepito’s parking lot, 1313 Lewis Turner Blvd., at 8:15 a.m. See ducks, waders, hawks and migrants at the very productive landfill site. Wear long pants and closed toed shoes. Call 210-343-9082 or 208-1789.
This fall learn about Android app design using MIT's Scratch language at The Destin Library’s Code Club for middle schoolers at 4:30 p.m. Fridays. For more information or to sign up call 837-8572 or message Library on Facebook.
Lisa Patton, author of Rush, will speak and sign books at 10 a.m. Oct. 6 at Sundog Books, 89 Central Square in Seaside. The author will also have a noon signing Oct. 8 at The Hidden Lantern Bookstore, 84 North Barret Square in Rosemary Beach.
The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart invites former patients and families of its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to the annual NICU reunion from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Greenhut Auditorium at Sacred Heart Hospital, 5151 N. Ninth Ave. in Pensacola. Guests are advised to use the Ninth Avenue parking garage. NICU reunion guests are invited to dress up in fairy-tale-themed costumes and enjoy games, story time, crafts and snacks, as well as indoor and outdoor play areas. The reunion is free, but families are invited to bring a blanket or book to donate to babies currently in our NICU. Call (850) 416-1600.
The Destin Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 9 at the Destin Library, 150 Sibert Ave. Daniel Leonard, the horticulture agent for Walton County Extension, will give an informative lecture, “Trees and Shrubs for Fall Color.” Meeting is free and open to the public. Call 660-341-8900.
Fresh Foodies Class
Fresh Foodies, with Chef Carrie Knife, meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Destin School of the Arts, Building A, 200 Beach Drive. Next class is Oct. 9. Call 837-2021, ext. 236, or email email@example.com to reserve a spot. A one-time registration fee is $25 and includes custom apron and recipe binder. Class participation is $45.
Friends of Destin Library
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a free presentation, “Re-introducing Your Library,” at 2 p.m. Oct. 9 at the library. The public is invited to join others for an afternoon of learning about how libraries are evolving. Megan Fontaine, a staff member, will explain how to check out and read e-books. Those attending are encouraged to bring their Kindle or other reading device so they can try it out. Fontaine will also explain other new conveniences at the library and new programs being offered to children, teens and the general public. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Local beauty studio Pure & Couture will introduce the latest branch of its business with an open house from 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 10 at Pure & Couture Studio, 36468 Emerald Coast Parkway, Suite 103, in Destin. There will be giveaways, booking incentives, light bites, beverages, introductions to the new esthetician and massage therapist and more.
A workshop to assist students in Okaloosa County High Schools who will take the Nov. 3 SAT will be held from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 22-23 and 27-29 in the Media Center at Fort Walton Beach High School or from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 24 and 25 and 31 and Nov. 1 at Niceville High School. If taking Oct. 27 ACT, workshops will be on Oct. 22-23 at Fort Walton Beach High School and Oct. 24-25 at Niceville High. All materials, snacks and drinks are furnished. Students need to bring calculators. Registration deadline is Oct. 10. For information, contact Alice Hart at 615-585-2401, email Amhart1966@aol.com or contact your high school guidance department.
Emerald Coast Suicide Prevention’s Fall Fundraiser, Denim & Bling, will be held from 4-8 p.m. Oct. 21 at Bric-a-Brac Restaurant, 824 Hwy. 98 E in Shoreline Village Plaza. RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/2450054011887786/ or email email@example.com.
Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament
The Emerald Coast Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament will be held Oct. 27 at Emerald Bay Golf Club in Destin. Format is a four-man scramble with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Players sign in from 7:15-8:15 a.m. Entry fee is $120/person and $400/foursome with foursome price increasing to $480 after Oct. 15. Lunch will be provided. Sponsorships are available starting at $150 to $2,500. Call 217-1229, 650-3029 or 543-9488.
Story-time Halloween Hunt
The Destin Library’s Youth Services Department has scheduled its annual Story-time Halloween Hunt for children ages four and under at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 31. Pre-register at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 837-8572 by Oct. 26. Information should include parents name, contact telephone, email address and number of children participating.
Pink Walk Fundraiser
Fore Her will hold a fundraiser, The Pink Walk, from 12-3 p.m. Nov. 4 at Destin Commons for its mission of assisting local breast cancer patients. The half-mile walk and after party will feature a DJ and photo booth, sweet treats, activities for children, an aerobics class and inspirational words from local news channel WJHG’s Jessica Foster. Cost is $35/adults and $20/ages five to 12. For more information visit www.foreher.org/pinkwalk.
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.
Holiday Craft Show
The City of Destin’s 12th Annual Holiday Craft Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Destin Community Center. There will be hand-crafted jewelry, woodcarvings, watercolor paintings, and much more from more than 50 vendors. Vendor booths are available for $45/residents and $55/non-residents (+$10 for a corner booth). Register early, as space is limited. Admission to the public is free. Call 654-5184 for more information.
A Holiday Baking Class, taught by Chef Jim Shirah, will be held at the Destin Community Center for children ages 8-14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 19 and 20. The fee is $40/residents and $50/non-residents. Students will take home several holiday cookies and treats. Register early at 654-5184.
Christmas Tree Lighting
The 32nd annual Christmas Tree Lighting, hosted by the City of Destin, will be held at the Destin Community Center at 6 p.m. Nov. 29. This will be an outdoor event for the entire family with a visit from Santa Claus, entertainment from local choruses, musical groups, etc. with refreshments served after the lighting of the tree. Donations of canned food will be collected for families in need. Call 654-5184.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
The Destin Rotary meets at 7:15 a.m. every Tuesday at Rutherford’s 465. Visit www.facebook.com/pages/Rotary-Club-of-Destin/241220675890226.
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.
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.
Destin Life Center
Recreation and fitness activities at Destin Life Center at Destin United Methodist Church, 200 Beach Drive, are from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sundays. 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.
Only recreation right now is Pickle Ball. Please call the Connection Desk for the current calendar at 837-2021.
Destin Community Center
All activities are at the Destin Community Center, unless noted. Call 654-5184 or email firstname.lastname@example.org information and to register. Persons with disabilities who require assistance are asked to notify the center 48 hours in advance.
‒ 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 improve 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.
‒ 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, Wednesdays and Fridays. Paddles and balls provided. Fee is $2/resident and $3/non-resident.
To become more effective communicators and leaders, visit one or more of the Toastmasters clubs at the following locations or visit www.toastmasters.org/Find-a-Club.
‒ 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-South Walton Toastmasters, 5:45-7:15 p.m. 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month at Walton County Utility Building.
• Club 03119366 Panhandle Toastmasters, 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays at Elks Lodge #2747 Conference Room, 224 Seminole Ave. in Valparaiso, every week except the first Tuesday of the month. On that day meet at Cold Creek BBQ, 318 Valparaiso Parkway in Valparaiso.
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.
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.