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.

Public Works/Public Safety, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12

Harbor CRA-AC, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 13

President’s Day Holiday, closed Feb. 18

City Council, 6 p.m. Feb. 19

Town Center CRA-AC, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 20

Embroiderers’ Guild

The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America holds a stitch-in from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Feb. 10 and a program meeting Feb. 24 in the Religious Education building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd. in Niceville. Call 496-3466.

Spring Break Meeting

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Spring Break Operations overview for hotel and condo managers, beach services related businesses, etc., will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Destin Community Center.

Valentine Candy Collection

Grace Lutheran Church is collecting Valentine Candy to be delivered to those who serve us in our community. Bring your donations and place them in the box provided in the Narthex and let Sandy Weber know if you are interested in helping with the delivery.

Destin Library Workshops/Presentations

The Destin Library schedule of workshops and presentations will be offered through March. Individual workshops (Tuesday 2 p.m.) or presentations (Monday 10 a.m.) will be held in the David Neal Computer Lab or other locations within the library. Workshops are “hands-on” experiences. Presentations are “informational” only; however, hands-on opportunities to practice skills learned will be available after each session.

Offerings are open to individuals having a valid library card membership in the Okaloosa County Library Cooperative and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Call the Library at 837-8572 to register for workshops and presentations. The Web Literacy presentations are a series, and it is recommended that participants register for all of the sessions.

Web literacy presentations at 10 a.m. include:

Feb. 11: Make Friends With Your Browser

Feb. 25: Search Party

March 11: Web Detective

March 25: Design on the Web

Technology basics workshops at 2 p.m.include:

Feb. 26: Photography with Mobile Devices

March 12: Reviewing Your Personal Credit Online

March 26: Introduction to the World of Google

Library presentation

A free afternoon presentation, “Civil Rights — How Far Have We Come,” will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 12 at the library. The program will focus on life in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963 at the time of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing which inspired the electrifying speech by attorney Charles Morgan Jr.

Valentine crafts at Library

Children ages 5 years and younger, along with their parents, are invited to stop by the Destin Library from 3-7 p.m. Feb. 12 and create a Valentine’s Day craft for that special person in their life. Choose a Love Bears All Things Sign or a Beary Special Valentine Magnet. Event is free.

Museum Membership Meeting

The public is invited to the Destin History and Fishing Museum's Annual General Membership meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at 108 Stahlman Ave. Meet the Museum Executive Board of Directors, President Don Rogers, Vice President Lloyd Taylor, Treasurer John Lefler, and Secretary Terry Long, and Board of Directors, Janie Browning, Frank Davis, Matt Davis, Rick Derek, Parker Destin, Norm Hall, Tina Harbuck, Terri Hensley, Larry Hughes, Dennis Leberatore, and Russell Wamble. Learn about the Museum during a walkthrough, and hear a presentation by local historian Hank Klein on the “ The Early Days of West Florida." Call 837-6611 or email with questions.

Kids Valentine’s Day Story Time

Children ages 5 years and under, along with their parents, are invited to share in a special Valentine’s Day Story Time program at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 14 at the Destin Library. The program will feature music, stories, and special Valentine’s themed activities for all who attend. This event is free and open to the public.

CCL Presentation

The Center for Lifelong Learning will offer a free presentation on "Off the Beaten Path: Interesting Things to Do on Hwy. 98" by Tammy McDaniel, owner of Tammy's Journeys Travel Agency. The event will be held at noon Feb. 15 in Room 126 of UWF Emerald Coast campus, 1170 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach. The public is invited to bring a sack lunch. Call 863-6548 or visit

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society

Birdwalk at the Wright Landfill and Okaloosa Holding ponds with experienced birder Alan Knothe Feb. 16 in an expedition to find ducks, waders, hawks and winter residents. Meet at Pepito’s parking lot, 1313 Lewis Turner Blvd., at 7:30 a.m. Wear closed toe shoes, a hat and possibly rain gear. Bring binoculars and/or a camera. Call 208-1780. Ask the Doc

Sacred Heart Medical Group Pediatrics presents a free “Ask the Doc” class about giving babies a healthy start at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 20 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. Call 278-3885.Garden Club

The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at 9:45 a.m. Feb. 20 at the Linkside Bayside Ballroom in Sandestin. The program will feature Orchids by Okaloosa County Master Gardener Lee Vanderpool. Price is $25 or $8 for meeting and program. RSVP at 267-2557 or by 8 p.m. Feb. 13.

AARP Tax Assistance

AARP volunteers will provide free individual federal tax assistance at the Destin Library on Thursdays through the end of March. Assistance is by appointment only between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Call 837-8572 to make an appointment.

Spring Craft Show

The City of Destin’s 13th Annual Spring Craft Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 22 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Community Center. There will be more than 70 vendors showing handcrafted jewelry, woodcarvings, paintings, food items and more. Vendor booths are available for $45/residents and $55/non-residents. Space is limited so vendors need to register early. Admission is free to the public.

Spring Fling Charity

The Men of Resurrection presents its 10th annual Spring Fling Charity event at 11:45 a.m. Feb. 24 at Resurrection Catholic Church, 259 Miramar Beach Drive in Miramar Beach. This fun family event includes lunch catered by Carrabbas, live entertainment, live and silent auctions, plus a magician and games for the kids. All net proceeds go to local charities. Last year, $27,000 was raised. Tickets are $12/advance and $15/door. Tickets can be purchased at Resurrection Catholic Church, at the door or call 513-295-4073.

Free tax preparation in Walton County

Free Federal income tax preparation is being offered through April 15 for low to middle-income families and individuals, with special attention to senior citizens. This service is sponsored by the AARP Foundation and the IRS. Taxpayers need to bring last year's tax return, Social Security cards for the taxpayer(s) and all dependents, picture ID, and all tax documents received. Taxpayers who wish to itemize deductions must bring appropriate documents. Find a more detailed list at

Walton County Coastal Branch Library

437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach

Monday — 12:30-6 p.m.

Tuesday — 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Freeport Library

76 Highway 20W, Freeport

Thursday — 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Note: This location requires appointment sign-up in person.

DeFuniak Springs Library

3 Circle Dr., DeFuniak Springs

Thursday — 12-4:30 p.m.


IMPACT 100 Membership Recruitment

The mission of IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida, Inc. is to financially support nonprofit organizations in Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Created in 2012, IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida has awarded $2.2 million in grants to local nonprofit organizations including five $102,800 grants in 2018.

Upcoming membership events include:

Sandestin, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2-3:30 p.m. at Sun Quest Cruise

Niceville, Thursday, March 7, 5:30-7 p.m. at The Boathouse Landing

Fort Walton Beach, Thursday, March 14, 5:30-7 p.m. at The Emerald Coast Science Center

Niceville, Thursday, March 28, 5:30-7 p.m. at 3rd Planet Brewing

Destin, Tuesday, April 9, 5:30-7 p.m. at Dewey Destins on the Harbor

Destin, Tuesday, April 16, 5:30-7 p.m. at Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Seagrove Beach, Tuesday, April 30, 5:30-7 p.m. at Surfing Deer

For additional events and information, visit and select 2019 Membership Events. Events are also posted on Facebook at

Lunch & Learn,

Foundations Medical Center, 4467 Commons Drive West, presents Is Your Food a Friend or Foe? Lunch & Learn at noon Feb. 27. Gain an understanding of the different reactions our bodies can have to certain foods during the free presentation. Lunch will be provided by Everkrisp and attendees can enter to win door prizes. RSVP to by Feb. 26.

World’s Greatest Baby Shower

Okaloosa and Walton County pregnant women and their families as well as new parents who have had a baby within the last three months are invited to to the World's Greatest Baby Shower from 5:30-8 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island, There will be up to 50 exhibitors with information on various topics such as parenting, prenatal health, new baby care, community resources and more.

Family History Fair

The Second Annual Northwest Florida Family History Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 9 at the Fort Walton Beach Stake Center, 339 Lake Drive. A wide variety of programs will be available. Lunch will be "on your own" from 12-1 p.m. Early registration is encouraged to ensure the classes you choose will be available. Register at

Spring Break Camp

Spring into Fun Camp is for youth between the ages of 5 and 12 and will run the week of March 18-22. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $70/residents and $80/non-residents; daily rates are $20/residents and $30/non-residents. There will be water days, a park day (weather permitting), games, crafts, and activities each of the five days. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lunch at 11:30 a.m. Lunch and snacks provided. To sign up email or call 654-5184.

Ride to Fight Suicide

Bikers will be riding in the Emerald Coast Right to Fight Suicide hosted by the Florida Panhandle Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention with the ride going kick stands up at 10:30 a.m. April 13. The ride will begin at Emerald Coast Harley-Davidson and go throughout the Fort Walton Beach and Niceville area with stops at Hurricane Grill & Wings in Niceville, AJ's On The Bayou, KC's Sandbar and Grille, and ends at Infidels Clubhouse in Fort Walton. In-person registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. Registration is $20/driver and $10/passenger. To register visit

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.

Code Club

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 person. 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.

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.

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

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 recreation@cityofdestin.comfor information and to register. Persons with disabilities who require assistance are asked to notify the center 48 hours in advance.

‒ Aerobics: Classes from 9-10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning Dec. 3. Bring water and a towel. Cost is $3 per session.

‒ 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.

‒ Chair Yoga: Classes from 10-11 a.m. Thursdays. Fee is $4/class and is open to everyone.

‒ Dance Exercise: 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 improve balance, flexibility, strength, and circulation. Free/residents.

‒ Destin Senior Membership: Join the Destin Seniors to enjoy multiple festivities including the senior lunch bunch, potluck, 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.

• Gentle Yoga: A class will be held Thursdays from 12-1 p.m. This class is recommended for beginner exercisers and/or active older adults. Bring a mat and towel.

• Line Dancing: Class will be held Thursdays with beginner lessons at 12:30 p.m. Open dance is 1:15-1:45 p.m. Intermediate lessons are at 1:45 p.m. Class us $6.

• Dodgeball: Open Dodgeball will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Feb. 12 for children ages 8 to 14. Fee is $3/non-residents and $2/residents per session. A waiver will be required for your child.

• Pickleball: Play from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Mondays; 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays;and 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fridays. Fee is $3/non-residents and $2/residents. 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.

‒ Zumba Gold: Classes from 11 a.m. to noon every Thursday. Fee is $6/session.

• Zumba Gold Toning: Classes, a full body workout combining light weight strength conditioning with spicy rhythms will be held on Mondays from 11 a.m. to noon. Fee is $6/session.

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.