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The Destin Log
The Destin Log

All area codes are 850 unless noted. Please send your meetings. fundraisers and special events to

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. All meetings are subject to change or cancellation.

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society

A follow-up to relocate and observe interesting birds (e.g., Northern Gannets, a Western Kingbird and two Ash-throated Flycatchers) spotted during December’s Christmas Bird Count will be held Jan. 4. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the Pepito’s Restaurant parking lot, 1313 Lewis Turner Blvd. in Wright, Fla., north side of Fort Walton Beach. Bring binoculars and/or camera, water, and sunscreen, and wear closed-toed shoes, long pants, and a hat. Call leader Alan Knothe at 850-208-1780 for information.

Jan. 9: The Wading Birds of Eastern North America will be the Thursday evening program at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9 in room 302 of the Student Services Center at the Northwest Florida State College Niceville campus.

The wading birds of North America are an incredibly diverse group of birds, including herons, egrets, ibises, and many others. Florida is especially well-endowed with wading birds, and they are some of our state’s most iconic species.

This program by retired professional naturalist Greg Greer will discuss these species and present some of his excellent photographs. Admission is free and open to the public. Call 907-321-3701 for more information.

Jan. 18: Leader Walt Spence, 850-582-7064, brings together birding and local history during Birding Niceville and Valparaiso Shorelines Jan. 18. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot in front of Mattress Depot in Bayou Plaza, 597 N John Sims Parkway in Niceville. Boggy Bayou and bird photography are among Spence’s specialties. And 30 or 40 kinds of birds would not be surprising. Bring binoculars and/or camera, water, and sunscreen, and wear closed-toed shoes, long pants, and a hat.


The Mac Users Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 6 in the NWF State College Student Services Center — Rooms 308/9. A question and answer session will be hosted by Eddie Branch. Bring your questions on the Mac, iPad and iPhone and they will be, hopefully, answered. Call 240-3146.

Snowbird Movie Matinee

Enjoy a free movie at the Destin Library every Wednesday at 2 p.m. starting in January. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis and you are welcome to bring your own light refreshments. See “Blinded By the Light:” Jan. 8. Javed, a Pakistani teenager, experiences racial and economic turmoil while living in Luton, England, in 1987. When a classmate introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen, the melodies soon inspire Javed to find his own voice and follow his dreams.

Jan. 15: A Dog’s Journey: Bailey is living the good life on the Michigan farm of Ethan and Hannah and their granddaughter, CJ. The problem is that CJ's mom, Gloria, decides to take CJ away. As Bailey's soul prepares to leave this life for a new one, he makes a promise to Ethan to find CJ and protect her at any cost.

Jan. 22: Rocket Man: Set to his most beloved songs, this is the epic musical story of Elton John, his breakthrough years in the 1970s and his fantastical transformation from shy piano prodigy to international superstar.

Jan. 29: Green Book: Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class African-American pianist, is about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South in 1962. He recruits Tony Lip, a tough-talking bouncer from the Bronx as a driver and for protection. Despite their differences, the two men soon develop an unexpected bond while confronting racism and danger in an era of segregation.

More movies are scheduled for February. If you have any questions, call the library at 837-8572.

Republican Women

The Republican Women of Okaloosa Federated will meet at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 8 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 573 Santa Rosa Boulevard on Okaloosa Island. There will be a “Dine and Dash” table for those who can only stay for a limited time. Non-members and guests are always welcome. New officers will be installed and the speaker will be Clerk of Courts J. D. Peacock. Make reservations by Jan. 4 to Cost of lunch is $18/members and $20/guests.

Computer Bytes Tech Talks at the Destin Library

Learn the basics of a variety of computing concepts with a “byte”- sized 30-minute presentation on Library Ebooks at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 8. These talks are free and no registration is required. Call 837-8572 or email if you have any questions.

Jan. 15: Technology Vocabulary

Jan. 22: Navigating Your Desktop

Jan. 29: File Storage

Feb. 5: Office Software

Feb. 12: Online Safety

Feb. 19: The Web and You

Feb. 26: Using Email

Democratic Social Club

The Democratic Social Club's Dutch treat buffet and program for registered Democrats and friends will be at 6 p..m. Jan. 9 at Thai Taste Restaurant, 334 Eglin Parkway in Fort Walton Beach. Bring your ideas, comments and questions. Donations for Sharing and Caring are welcome. Reservations should be made by Jan. 7 at 862-0416 or

Hank Klein Presentations

Destin historian, author and speaker Hank Klein will give a number of presentations about the history of the local area. The first is STRANGE CONNECTIONS — Arcadia, Bagdad and Destin, Florida at noon Jan. 10 at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, 115 Westview Ave. in Valparaiso. Call 678-2615 for reservations.

• Historic Haugen Cemetery – Abandon … But Not FORGOTTEN: Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Walton County Heritage Association, 1140 Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs.

• The Early Days of WEST FLORIDA: Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Heritage Park & Cultural Center of FWB, 139 Miracle Strip Parkway, SE, in Fort Walton Beach.

• The Early Days of WEST FLORIDA: Jan. 18 at 11:30 a.m. for the Pensacola Historic Preservation Society at Founaris Brothers Greek Restaurant, 6911 Pensacola Blvd. in Pensacola.

• The OLD East Pass and the Destin Lighthouse Keepers: Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. at the Coastal Branch Library of Walton County, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach.

• The Early Days of WEST FLORIDA: Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. at the Destin Library, 150 Sibert Ave.

• The Early Days of WEST FLORIDA: Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. at The Resurrection Snowbird Group, Resurrection Catholic Church, 259 Miramar Beach Dr. in Miramar Beach.

• MORENO POINT ... What we Call Destin, Florida Today: Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Destin History and Fishing Museum General Membership and Board Meeting, 108 Stahlman Avenue.

• GENEALOGY – Discovering Your Family History: March 7 at 9:30 a.m. at the N.W. Florida Family History Fair 2020 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 339 Lake Dr., NW in Fort Walton Beach.

• Publishing and Enjoying Your Genealogy Work: March 7 at noon at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 339 Lake Dr., NW, in Fort Walton Beach.

Glass for Good Fundraiser

The Shard Shop, next to Michael’s in Destin, will hold a “Glass for Good” community outreach program to help raise funds for the new Destin High School. The event is from 1-4 p.m. Jan. 11 with refreshments, raffles, door prizes and a “SmashFest” where guests pay $5 to $50 to smash various bottles/vases. Cost is $30 per person to create an 8” x 10” ShardWorx piece of art. Sign up at before the event or pay at the door. Art can be created anytime during the week of Jan. 11–17. Guests are welcome to bring in their unwanted glass for donations to the Shard Bar. Call 842-4440.

Embroiderers’ Guild

The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will meet from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 12 and 26 in the Religious Education building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd, in Niceville. Visitors are welcome. Call 496-3466 with any questions.

Florida SBDC Workshop

You have an idea for a business. What’s the first step? The Florida SBDC at UWF/FWB offers “Starting a Business” from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Destin Chamber of Commerce, 4484 Legendary Dr. A, and with presenter Diana Jernigan from 1-4 p.m. Jan. 21 at Florida SBDC at UWF/Emerald Coast Campus, 1170 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Building 8, Library, Room 836. Attendance fee is $50, required at online registration at, and no fee for students and employees of UWF;call 850-474-2528 to register.

Garden Club

The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at 9:45 a.m. Jan. 15 at the The Hyatt Place at Grand Boulevard. Leigh Moore of Scenic Walton will share the goals and programs of their organization including the preservation and protection of the scenic nature and beauty along the roadways of Walton County. Email Peggy Sue Mullen for reservations at The cost is $25 for both the lunch and program.

Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club

NWFL Retired Officers' Wives' Club luncheon will be held at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 16 at Two Trees Restaurant at FWB Golf Course, 1955 Lewis Turner Blvd., with local artist and photographer Sue Carol Knight. Cost is $15. New members, wives of retired officers from all services, always welcome. RSVP for lunch at

Spring Craft Show

The City of Destin’s 14th Annual Spring Craft Show will be held at the Community Center from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 21 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 22. There will be over 70 vendors showing handcrafted jewelry, woodcarvings, paintings, food items and much more. Vendor booths are available for $45/residents and $55/non-residents (Foyer $65). Space is limited so vendors need to register early. Admission is free to the public.


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.

Peer to Peer Support Group

Mental Health Association of Okaloosa and Walton Counties is sponsoring a Peer to Peer Support Group every Thursday at Santa Rosa Beach Community Church, Room 206, 3524 US Hwy 98, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Whether you want to learn new life skills or better understand Mental Health Recovery, you will find support here. The group is open to adults (18+), free to participate, confidential, and guided by trained peer facilitators. For more information, call the Mental Health Association in Fort Walton Beach at 244-1040.

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 $5/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. at Buck Destin Park 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: Classes are 12-1 p.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 2. Recommended for beginner exercisers and/or active older adults. Please bring a mat and towel.

• Line Dancing: Class will be held Thursdays beginning Jan. 9 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 is $6.

• Pickleball: Sessions are Mondays from 12:30-3:30 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Fee is $3/session. Racquets and balls are available, just bring your 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. The team’s miles are reported on the 4th Friday of each month at the Destin Senior Membership’s Potluck.

— Shape and Sculpt: Fitness class is offered on Wednesdays from 9-10 a.m. This lightweight workout is set to fun music with a focus on strengthening your muscles, balance, and core. Classes are $4/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.

Zumba Gold Toning: Classes will be held from 11 a.m. to noon every Thursday beginning Jan. 6 is an effective full body workout combining light weight strength conditioning with the spicy rhythms of Zumba Gold. 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.