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.

The Strategic Planning Session from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for May 1 has been postponed to the 15th due to scheduling conflicts for the attendees

CIty Council, 6 p.m. May 6

Harbor CRA-AC, 5:30 p.m. May 8

Celebrate World Tai Chi Day

The Destin Library will celebrate World Tai Chi Qigong Day with instructor Barbara Rezmer, a certified Tai Chi for Health instructor, at 10 a.m. April 27. This event will be held outdoors on the library grounds weather permitting. Participants are encouraged to arrive at 9:45 a.m. for warm up exercises.

World Tai Chi Day

Martial Arts Combat Academy LLC will host an event for World Tai Chi and Qigong Day on April 27 in Lion's Park in Niceville at 9:30 a.m. and at 10 a.m. Sifu Jay Foil will began leading us in doing Tai Chi.

Genealogical Society

The Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County presents Day of DNA, presentations on the use of DNA for genealogy, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 27 at Robert L. Sikes Public Library, 1445 Commerce Dr. in Crestview. Registration required at

Annual WOCOA Alzheimer's Seminar

The Walton Okaloosa Council on Aging and the West Florida Hospital Memory Disorder Clinic will conduct a four-hour seminar on Alzheimer's from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 at the Walton Okaloosa Council on Aging main office, 1154 Baldwin Ave DeFuniak Springs. Light snacks will be provided. Any questions, call 892-8165 or register at

Day of DNA

The Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County is sponsoring a day of presentations on the use of DNA for genealogy from 19:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 27 at the Robert L Sikes Public Library in Crestview. Kristina Clever, of Clever Genetic Ancestry, will be the guest speaker. Seating is limited and registration is required. Email

Okaloosa County ACT-SO Competition

The Okaloosa County Branch, NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among high school students. The public is invited to attend this year’s event April 27 at Gregg Chapel AME Church Life Center, 15 SE Carson Drive in Fort Walton Beach. ACT-SO includes 32 competitions in STEM, humanities, business, and performing, visual and culinary arts.

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society

Bird walk at Veterans Park on Okaloosa Island April 27 with Malcolm Swan and other interested birders in a walk through the Heron rookery and also see spring migrants and raptors. Meet at the NE corner of the Emerald Coast Convention Center parking lot at 7:30 a.m. For additional information, call 210-343-9082.

• May 2: The Thursday evening program, the Ecology of Carnivorous Plants, Especially in the Apalachicola National Forest, will be presented by Tom Miller, PhD. at 6:30 p.m. in room 308/309 of the Student Services Building 400 at the Northwest Florida State College Niceville campus. Admission is free and open to the public. Call 907-321-3701 for more information.

• May 4: Join in a Backyard Bird Watch at 7:30 a.m. with Margaret Benner at her residence, 4085 Bond Circle in Niceville, to count species and numbers of individual birds visiting her and others feeders. Bring binoculars and a lawn chair. Call 850-678-6665.

Scholarship from Destin Garden Club

The Destin Garden Club will give away a $1,000 scholarship to an Okaloosa County resident. The recipient must already be in pursuit of a degree or career in horticulture, agriculture, or a related field of study at an accredited Florida college or university. The deadline for applications is May 1 and must be emailed to Download the application at

Embroiderers’ Guild

The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will have a program meeting from 1:30-4:30 p.m. April 28 in the Religious Education building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd. in Niceville. Visitors are welcome. Call 496-3466.

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. Next membership event will be from 5:30-7 p.m. April 30 at Surfing Deer in Seagrove Beach. For additional events and information, visit and select 2019 Membership

NWFSC Welding Program

The Northwest Florida State College Welding program will host an information session at 4 p.m. April 30 in Building 400, Room 130 on the Niceville campus. The session is designed for anyone interested in beginning the program in the Fall 2019 term. For further questions regarding NWF State Welding, contact Scottie Smith at 850-729-5224 or

Republican Women

The Republican Women of Okaloosa Federated will meet at 11:30 a.m. May 1 at the Wyndham Garden Resort, 573 Santa Rosa Blvd. on Okaloosa Island. Speaker will be Jeff Hinkle, chairman of the Okaloosa Country Republican Party. Reservations are required by April 27 at Call 259-0292.

Keto & Cocktails

Foundations Medical Center will host Keto and Cocktails from 5:30-7 p.m. May 1 at 4467 Commons Drive W in Destin. Mix, mingle and sip on some skinny cocktails with Amy Drab, PA-C as she dives into this popular diet trend. Attendees will have the chance to learn more about the Keto diet, what it is, how it works, plus a few practical ways to apply it to your life, even during happy hour. RSVP to by April 31.

Silver Sands Gift with Purchase Promotion

In celebration of warmer weather, Silver Sands Premium Outlets is offering a special Gift With Purchase throughout May. From May 1-31, fashionistas and families stocking up on the latest spring trends who purchase $200 worth of American Express Simon Giftcards at the Information Center will receive a free $25 Columbia Sportswear gift card.

Intrepid Spirit Center

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Funbd (IFHF) and Eglin Air Force Base’s 96th Medical Group Hospital will break ground on a new Intrepid Spirit Center at 11 a.m. May 2 at Eglin Air Force Base. The Intrepid Spirit Center will diagnose and treat Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) in regional active duty service members.

Ribbon Cutting Celebration

Food For Thought Outreach will hold an open house and the official ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new FFT DeFuniak Springs warehouse from 1-3:30 p.m. May 2 at 2132 US 90 in DeFuniak Springs. Small bites and refreshments will be provided.

Flyfishing Film Tour

The Flyfishing Film Tour returns to Destin's Shoreline Church for another evening of fun, food, and films from 7-9 p.m. May 3. Tickets are $25 in advance, and $30 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance. Purchase tickets at

Fitness on the Lawn

The Market Shops, at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, will host free, weekly fitness classes on the lawn May 3-July 29 with Pure Narre at 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Orange Theory Fitness at 9 a.m. Fridays.

A Round for the Kids

Join the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast for a charity golf tournament to help fund the Clubs’ mission of creating great futures May 3 at Emerald Bay Golf Club. Registration is at 8 a.m. with shotgun start at 9. Register at


Saint Leo University is offering new scholarships for transfer students who wish to earn a bachelor’s degree. The Study Florida Transfer Scholarship, which awards students who have earned an associate degree a 50 percent tuition discount, is available for students transferring to Saint Leo for the Fall 2019 Semester. An open house is planned for May 4 for those interested in transferring. Transfer students and their families are welcome to find out more by attending or contacting the Admissions Office. The open house will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the university’s main campus at 33701 State Road 52 in St. Leo.

Construction Junction

The Fort Walton Beach Police Department will host Construction Junction Kids’ Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4 at the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, 1958 Lewis Turner Boulevard. Construction Junction is free and provides kids with the educational opportunity to enjoy close-up interaction with big equipment in a safe environment. Included at this year’s event will be the Home Depot “Kids Crew” Hands-on Building Kits, a mountain of sand for digging and climbing, fire trucks, police cars, and many other fun, educational, and safety-related activities. Enjoy free refreshments and don’t forget to Dunk-A-Cop.

Biophilia Benefit Golf Classic

​Biophilia’s first golf tournament will be held May 5 at Kelly Plantation Golf Course in Destin, beginning with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Players will play a round of golf, have heavy hors d'oeuvres, participate in a live auction, and interact with some live animals. To register or learn more, visit


The Mac Users Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. May 6 in the NWF State College Student Services Center, Rooms 308/9. “Planning and Documenting travel with your iPhone and iPad” will be presented by Rick Dolby. For more information, visit, call 240-3146 or email

Contractors Connect

A networking event for contractors along the Emerald Coast will host its next meetup from 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 9 at AJ’s on the Destin harbor. This month’s meetup will be presented in partnership with the Building Industry Association of Okaloosa & Walton Counties. The cost to attend is $10 and includes one free draft beer, light appetizers, and the opportunity to win in multiple giveaways. Visit to purchase tickets. At the meetup contractors from along the Emerald Coast can join together and connect with representatives from the organization to learn more about local home and flood insurance.

French Kande Trunk Show

Today’s Boutique hosts a Mother’s Day Weekend Trunk show featuring French Kande Jewelry from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 10-11 at 4433 Commons Drive E #E103. These rustic-chic, one of a kind pieces make for a perfect Mother’s Day gift, plus, each piece comes with a card telling the story behind the medallion itself. This sip and shop trunk show is open to the public. Attendees can enter to win a piece of French Kande jewelry.

McCaskill & Company

In celebration of their 25th Anniversary, McCaskill & Company hosts Erica Courtney Personal Appearance and Trunk Show from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 10-11 in the Destin gallery, 13390 US Hwy. 98 W. Meet jewelry designer Courtney and hear about her stories of travel to exotic corners of the world, mining for gemstones and the vast array of garnets that she features.Each event is free. Call 650–2262.

• June 15: Konstantino Trunk Show

Designed and made in Greece, each sterling and 18K gold piece is inspired by the art, architecture, mythology and people of Greece fused through the creative genius of Konstantino Sioulas.

• June 26- July 6: Marco Bicego Italian Takeover

Handcrafted by skilled artisans in Italy, each piece of Marco Bicego jewelry combines old world tradition with contemporary design. This designer is known for his unique “guitar string” coils, dynamic use of colored gemstones and hand-engraving. The seven-day trunk show will feature the best of the best from Bicego’s collections centered around beautiful Italian gold.

• Aug. 24: Diamond Expo

The community is invited to McCaskill & Company for the exclusive opportunity to buy a diamond straight from the diamond cutter with more than two million dollars worth of certified diamonds to choose from.

• Sept. 10-12: The Great Estate Buying Show

Estate-buying company National Rarities will be at McCaskill for guests who are ready to sell valuables such as gold, sterling silver, diamonds, jewelry, coins and currency, watches, artwork, paintings, autographs, old photos, antique toys, vintage advertising and other collectible and rarities. National Rarities will pay on site in exchange for any of the above valuable items.

• Nov. 8-9: The Erica Courtney Adventure

Named as one of the Top 3 Jewelry Designers in the World by United Brands, Erica Courtney travels the world and mines for some of the rarest and most beautiful gems. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet her in person and experience her exquisite collection of jewelry and gemstones.

Emerald Coast Health Fair

The 2019 Emerald Coast Health Fair fundraiser for One Hopeful Place will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 11 at the Christian Life Center of First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach, 21 SE First St. Money will be raised to support One Hopeful Place, helping to provide permanent housing and end the cycle of homelessness for those experiencing housing loss in Okaloosa County. For more information, visit

Celebration of Life

The community is invited to celebrate the life of Joel Iral from 6-9 p.m. May 14 at Ruth's Chris Steak House in Destin. There will be live and silent auctions, music by Michael J Thomas and food by Ruth's Chris and Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q.

Garden Club

The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at 9:45 a.m. May 15 at the Bayside Ballroom in Sandestin. Karen Kirk Williams, past president of Okaloosa County Master Gardeners and teacher of landscape design at NWFSC, will talk about Explosions and Riots of Color in Cottage Gardening. Price for attending the business meeting, program and luncheon is $25. RSVP your attendance to Taffy Woolf at 850-267-2557 or by 8 p.m. May 8.

ACT/SAT Workshops

A workshop to assist students in Okaloosa County high schools who will take the June 8 ACT and June 1 SAT will be held from 2:15-4:15 p.m. May 28, 29 and 30 and from 9 a.m. to noon June 3 and 4 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 May14. There will be a workshop and tutoring in Gulf Breeze

for the July 13 ACT test. For information, contact Alice Hart at 615-585-2401, email or contact your high school guidance department.

Gardening Seminar

The Okaloosa County Master Gardener Association will offer a free lecture on Flowering Vines from 10-11 a.m. May 15 at the Okaloosa Extension Annex, 127 Hollywood Blvd. NW in Fort Walton Beach.

Seating is limited for this seminar and reservations are required. Call the UF/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension Office at 850-689-5850 or email to reserve your seat.

Retired Officers’ Wives Club

NWFL Retired Officers’ Wives Club monthly luncheon with jewelry demo willl be at 10:30 a.m. May 16 at Two Trees Restaurant at Fort Walton Beach Golf Course, 1955 Lewis Turner Blvd. New members, wives of retired officers from all services, are always welcome. RSVP for lunch or for more info call Laura at 897-8079.

Topsail Talks

Learn about “Birds and Hurricanes” with Audubon Florida at a Topsail Hill Preserve State Park presentation from 10-11 a.m. May 17 at the park in Santa Rosa Beach. This program is free with regular park admission

• June 21: “Geology of the Florida Panhandle” by Dr. Jon Bryan

Love All Tennis Tournament

Food for Thought announces the return of the Love All Tennis event from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18 at Rosemary Beach Racquet Club. The tournament will host 24 doubles teams. All proceeds will benefit the FFT programs to help fight childhood hunger in your community. Players this year will also enjoy an event T-shirt, swag bag, lunch provided by Chiringo, beef and Mimosa, silent auction and cocktail hour following the tournament. Register at


American Business Women’s Association Emerald Coast Chapter presents the Third Annual Women Empowering Women Symposium from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. Attendees will have access to an extensive local job board, several opportunities to shop the expo, not to mention several chance drawings for top notch items. A light breakfast, hearty lunch and coffee/tea/water break will be provided. Tickets are available at

Memorial Day Ceremony at Beal Memorial Cemetery

The Veterans Tribute Tower Committee will host the Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Beal Memorial Cemetery at 10 a.m. May 27. Guest speaker for this year’s ceremony is Colonel Patrick Colloton, commander of the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin, AFB. During the traditional salute to our veterans and fallen comrades, guests and organizations are invited to place a fresh flower in the Community Wreath at the base of the flagpole, and render appropriate honors. The inclement weather site for the ceremony will be The America Legion Post 235, 105 Hollywood Blvd. For more information, contact Tom Rice at 850-302-0266 or by email at

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.

Good Grief luncheons

An Emerald Coast Hospice\ lunch is open to anyone who has experienced a loss and is looking for some support and company through the grieving process. We encourage attendees to also bring a friend or family member. Everyone orders off the menu and pays for his or her own lunch. To RSVP, call 837-2589. Third Monday lunch is at Olive Garden Destin and third Tuesday lunch is at Applebee’s Miramar Beach, 8670 Hwy. 98 West.

Healing Walking Group

The Emerald Coast Hospice walking group is open to bereaved individuals who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life. Walk and talk, at a relaxed pace, with others who are grieving and share ideas, comfort and companionship from 9-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays in Miramar Beach and Thursdays in Destin. RSVP at 837-2589

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

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.

‒ Capoeria: Class in the Brazilian martial art that combines the elements of dance, acrobatics and music will be held Wednesdays 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 12-1 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday 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.

• 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. Thursdays 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 3 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.

• Shape and Sculpt: Beginning April 1, a Shape and Sculpt fitness class will be held from 9-10 a.m. Mondays. Classes are $5 per class and are open to all ages and fitness levels.

• Step and Sweat: Beginning April 3, a Step and Sweat Class will be held from 9-10 a.m. Wednesdays. Classes are $5 per class and are open to all ages and fitness levels.

‒ 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.

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.