COMMUNITY CALENDAR Oct. 31
All area codes are 850 unless noted.
Contractors Connect will meet from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at AJ’s in Grayton Beach to give contractors along the Emerald Coast a casual space to meet other professionals in the industry. The meetup will feature Randy Wise Homes, Inc. and its selected charity, Safe Water for Walton. Tickets are $10 and include one free draft beer, light appetizers, and more.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in room 308/309 of the Student Services Building 400 at NWFSC Niceville campus. Emma Browning, wildlife biologist with Eglin’s Virginia Tech support contract, presents Snakes of Eglin Air Force Base and Surrounding Areas. Admission is free and open to the public. Call 907-321-3701.
• Nov 3: Take a birdwalk of the Destin beaches. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot at the SW end of Marler (Destin) Bridge to join leader Bruce Purdy and other birders in search of winter residents and migratory species. Wear closed toe shoes and a hat. Be sure to have your beach access permit which can be obtained on line at eglin.iSportsman.net. Call 305-926-6030.
•Nov 17: Join Bay County Audubon leader Ron Houser in a field trip at Camp Helen State Park. Examine beach, dune and marsh habitats to find and identify a variety of birds species. Meet at 7 a.m. at the CVS parking lot in the Oak Creek shopping center on John Sims parkway in Niceville or at 7:30 a.m. at the Publix Shopping Center in Freeport. Bring binoculars, cameras, a picnic lunch and wear long pants and closed toe shoes. Call 763-7485.
Hurricane Michael Support
American Legion Post 296, 311 Main Street in Destin, will collect food and clothing for Hurricane Michael victims Nov. 3 and 4.
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.
Mac Users Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in the NWFSC Student Services Center, Rooms 308/9. “IOS 12 on the iPad and iPhone” will be pre-sented by Eddie Branch. Call 240-3146.
The Republican Women of Okaloosa Federated will host an Honoring Our Veterans luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 7 at the Wyndham Garden Resort on Okaloosa Island. Veterans from all branches of service are invited. Reservations are required by Nov. 3 at email@example.com.
Family History Workshop
The Destin Library will host a hands-on free Family History workshop, Who Is in Your Family Tree? from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in the library’s computer lab. FamilySearch instructors Tom and Irene Price will provide training. Registrants must have a valid library card from any Okaloosa County Public Library. To register, call 837-8572.
Parkinson’s support group
Caregivers of persons suffering with Parkinson’s disease are invited to a new monthly Parkinson’s support group meeting, hosted by Somerby Senior Living and Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Nov. 13 at Somerby Senior Living, 164 West Hewett Road in Santa Rosa Beach. The group will meet the second Tuesday of each month. Refreshments are provided.
A workshop to assist students in Okaloosa County high schools who will take the Dec. 1 SAT and the Dec. 8 ACT will be held from 2:15-4:15p.m. Nov. 26-28 and Dec. 3-5 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. 13. For information, contact Alice Hart at 615-585-2401, email Amhart1966@aol.com or contact your high school guidance department.
Fresh Foodies Class
Fresh Foodies, with Chef Carrie Knife, meets on the second Tuesday of each month (Nov. 13) from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Destin School of the Arts, Building A, 200 Beach Drive. Call 837-2021, ext. 236, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot. A one-time registration fee is $25 and includes custom apron and recipe binder. Class participation is $45.
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will host an afternoon presentation by the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance at 2 p.m. Nov. 13. This program is free and open to the public.
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.
ResortQuest Relief Effort
ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals will be a central drop off location for supplies for anyone who would like to donate for the victims of Hurricane Michael. Drop off times are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at their offices, including Okaloosa Island Collection Center, ResortQuest Okaloosa Island Office; ResortQuest Central Destin Office, 35000 Emerald Coast Parkway; and Miramar Beach Collection Center, TOPS’L Beach and Request Resort, 9011 US Hwy. 98. Some items needed are household supplies, toothpaste, toothbrushes, sanitation wipes, hand sanitizer, shampoo, toilet paper, canned food. protein bars, water, diapers, baby wipes, clothes and blankets/bedding.
South Walton Jewelry & Pawn, 16735 US Hwy. 331 South in Freeport, will donate 20 percent of jewelry sold to the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Centers in Walton and Okaloosa Counties. Call 880-6249 or email email@example.com for information.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kiwanis Club of Destin
The Kiwanis Club of Destin meets at 8 a.m. the 1st and 3rd Thursday in the Coffee Café at the Village Baptist Church, 191 Matthew Blvd. in Destin. Visitors welcome.
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 email@example.com 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.
• Dance Exercise: Beginning Nov. 1 class will be held from 7-8 p.m. every Monday and Thursday for men and women of all ages and incorporates modern dance styles, yoga, and Tai Chi movements. Fee is $3/session non-residents and $2/session residents.
• 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.
‒ 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: Play from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mondays. Fee is $3/non-residents and $2residents. Racquets and balls are available, 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.