Community

Now through February 6th: Flag Football Registration

The City of Destin’s Flag Football League will begin on Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 at the Morgan Sports Center. A mandatory team captains’ meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 15th at 6:00 pm at Morgan Sports Center. Team fee is $300 and must be paid before the team is placed on the schedule. The last day to register a team is Thursday, February 6th. Individual fees are $40 to participate. A
$20 discount is offered to Destin Residents with a valid driver’s license. Individual fees must be paid before a player is eligible to play. All players must be at least seventeen years old to participate. For more
information, please call (850) 650-1241 or email: ewright@cityofdestin.com

 

 

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Now through February 20th: Spring Soccer Registration

Destin Parks & Recreation registration for youth spring soccer will take place January 6th – February 20th for ages 3-15 (age as of August 1, 2019). The fee is $40 with a $15 discount offered to Destin Residents with a valid driver’s license. All games are held on Friday nights at the Morgan Sports Center. Registration can be completed in person at the Destin Community Center Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Early registration is
recommended as space is limited. Coaches and team sponsors are needed. For more information, please call (850) 650-1241 or email: ewright@cityofdestin.com.

 

 

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February 1st: 37th Anniversary of Henderson Beach State Park Bash

 

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February 1st: Pancake Breakfast

 

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February 8th: Dog Adoption at Lee Nissan

Lee Nissan of Fort Walton Beach is proud to partner with Rescued Rescuers to find forever homes for our four-legged friends. Rescued Rescuers is a local organization centered around finding permanent homes for rescued canines. The adoption event will take place at Lee Nissan on Saturday, February 8th from noon until 3:00 pm. Join us in the fun as Lee Nissan and Rescued Rescuers staff team up to find loving homes
for the area’s foster dogs. Lee Nissan is committed to serving the community where we live and work, and look forward to supporting local charitable organizations. For more information about this event, or Lee Nissan of
Fort Walton Beach, call 850-243-3845.

 

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February 8th: Mardi Gras Ball

An event to benefit Fresh Start for Children and Families @ Emerald Coast Convention Center on Saturday, February 8th. For more info, visit www.freshstartfl.com

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February 9th: Mardi Gras Downtown Throwndown

The City of Fort Walton Beach will host a Mardi Gras Parade and Downtown Throwdown on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the corner of Ferry Road SE and First Street SE. The day will begin with a pre-party DJ at 10:30 a.m. (DJ Charles), a parade at 1 p.m. and an after party until 4 p.m. with Dikki Du & The Zydeko Crewe. The parade route starts at First Street and Eglin Parkway with floats lining up on First Street. The parade will travel up Eglin Parkway, right on Perry Avenue, slight right on Ferry Road, ending at First Street.

 

 

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February 11th: Crestview Citizens Police Academy Begins

Residents who want to learn how their community Police Department works can get an insider’s perspective at this year’s free Crestview Citizens Police Academy. The 10-week course begins Feb. 11. Applications are being accepted now. During the 10-week course, participants will learn about the many facts of a modern police agency, including patrol operations, criminal investigations, criminal prosecution, county corrections and jail, traffic enforcement, crime scene investigation, firearms safety and use, narcotics investigations, the K9 Division, and how the police interact with fellow first responders. Classes are taught by certified police officers, investigators, a K-9 handler, attorneys, a local judge, and related criminal justice system professionals. Hands-on experiences include investigating a mock “crime scene,” touring the Okaloosa County Jail, exploring a typical patrol vehicle, learning about fire-fighting equipment from the Crestview Fire Department, checking out an Okaloosa Emergency Medical Services ambulance, and spending a morning at a nearby shooting range. After their April 21st graduation, participants will be able to continue their interest in their community Police Department by joining the Crestview Citizens Police Academy Alumni, a non-profit organization that supports and partners with the agency on various projects. The course is open to any North Okaloosa County resident age 18 or over. Participants will undergo a background check during application processing. There is no cost to join the Citizens Police Academy. Except for the jail visit and shooting range firearms training, classes meet every Tuesday evening at Warriors Hall in the Whitehurst Municipal Building. Applications are due Feb. 4th and are available at the Police Department in the Whitehurst Building, 201 Stillwell Blvd., or online at crestviewpd.org.

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February 13th: Fisher House FUNraiser

Join Eglin Fisher House for a special FUNraiser, Thursday February 13th at the Air Armament Museum.  Special guest speaker, Jennifer Nelson, military spouse of wounded warrior Capt. Nate Nelson, USAF, Ret. Will speak about the important of Fisher House for our community and what it provides during a medical event.  Individual tickets are $60 with special VIP seating also available. More information is available at fisherhouseemeraldcoast.org

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February 14th: Valentine’s Day Dinner Mardi Gras Celebration

 

 

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February 19th: Love For The Arts Guild Luncheon

In honor of the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s (MKAF) 25-year historical journey, the popular Arts Guild Luncheon titled “Love for the Arts” returns on February 19, 2020. Hosted at the Emerald Grande, Emerald Ballroom from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., the Arts Guild Luncheon will feature acclaimed guest speaker, Wendy Rodrigue, presenting “The Life & Legacy Tour of George Rodrigue.” This MKAF event is sponsored in part by the Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village.

Tickets are available online at MKAF Love for the Arts Guild Luncheon. Tickets are $40 per person for MKAF Members and $50 per person for non-members. Space is limited for the highly anticipated event and tables and sponsorships are available. For more information on how to join the MKAF 25th season as a member, please visit the Foundation’s website at www.MKAF.org or call (850) 650-2226.

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February 22nd: Pancake Breakfast

 

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February 22nd: Mardi Gras Golf Scramble

Join us February 22 at 8:30 AM at Shalimar Pointe Golf Club! The annual Mardi Gras Golf Scramble is right around the corner! Whether you’re playing solo or as part of a team, this event is a great way to get out, enjoy our beautiful Florida weather, and take part in a little friendly competition all in the name of a good cause. Register by calling us at (850) 678-2615 or clicking here! If you’re playing as part of a team, be sure to include the team captain name in your registration.

 

 

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February 28th and March 1st : Northwest Florida Ballet presents “Cinderella”

NFB returns to the Mattie Kelly Arts Center to present the beloved fairytale Cinderella on Fri., Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Sun., March 1 at 2:30 p.m. Performances will feature live orchestral accompaniment by the Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro David Ott. Featuring the acclaimed choreography of NFB Artistic Director Todd Eric Allen and the beautiful music of Serge Prokofiev, this timeless classic is presented in three acts. It brings to life a cavalcade of enchanting characters, brilliant dancing, vibrant costumes and a magical set sure to hold you under its spell.

In addition to its two public performances, NFB will also perform for area school children and special needs groups on Thurs., Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. as part of NFB’s Education and Outreach services.

Box-office priced tickets for Cinderella are $40 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at NFBallet.org or through the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office website.

 

 

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February 29th: Northwest Florida Ballet’s 50th Anniversary Masquerade Gala

In celebration of NFB’s golden anniversary, a 50th Anniversary Masquerade Gala will also be held on Sat., Feb. 29. This enchanting black-tie celebration at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center includes a cocktail reception, performance with the NFB Symphony Orchestra of Cinderella’s Act II. It concludes with dinner on the main stage. Proceeds from the event will benefit the NFB Academie Academic Classroom Capital Campaign. For information on the event or to purchase tickets, please email Gala@NFBallet.org.

 

 

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February 23rd: A Taste of Mardi Gras

If you like Mardi Gras, fine wines, craft beers and good food, mark your calendars for Sunday, February 23rd, from 1-4 p.m.  A Taste of Mardi Gras  is the Northwest Florida Symphony Guild’s annual fundraiser supporting youth scholarships, the concerto competition and other youth programs.  Tickets are $40 in advance and can be ordered at MattieKellyArtsCenter.org or by calling 850-729-6000.  Tickets can also be purchased at Bayou Books, Cafe Bienville and Toast Wine Bar in Niceville, Beach Liquors in Destin, Crestview and Fort Walton, Magnolia Grill in Fort Walton and the Twisted Grape Wine Bar in Shalimar.  Plan to be there — Sunday, February 23rd  from 1 to 4 p-m at the Northwest Florida State College Student Services Center.  Lessee le bon temps roulez!

 

 

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February 29th: 2020 Leap Year Mega Dance Party

WHERE: Emerald Coast Convention Center, 1250 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

WHEN: February 29, 2020 (Saturday)

TIME: 6:00pm- 11:00pm (band starts at 7p)

Every year the average is 750 to 800 people! Come dressed casual or dress the era ~ It’s your choice…it’s your Dance Party! There will be a dance floor, live DJ, Emerald Gold Band playing music from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80, 90s and more! Cash bars, vintage pinball and arcade games, free popcorn and food concessions available for purchase. This event benefits The Special Operations Warrior Foundation and www.SpecialOps.org Air Commando Foundation.

COST: $15 per person or buy 4 and get 1 free (5 for $60) in advance. $20 at the door on night of the event. Pick up your tickets (wristbands) at these locations during normal business hours: Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce Beach Community Bank and their other Branch Locations

For more information, visit: www.OkaloosaIslandDanceParty.com or email: info@OkaloosaIslandDanceParty.com

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March 7th: Pancake Breakfast

 

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March 7th: Hunger Heroes 5k

Mark your calendars for March 7th as we invite you to join our community in raising funds for our programs as we host our 2nd Annual Hunger Heroes 5k. If you’re a business, or know of one who may like to sponsor, we’ve attached the ways businesses can partner with us to make this event an even bigger success then last year. If you’d like to walk, run or even fly alongside us as we make a 5k loop down Navarre Beach to raise money, registering for the event is simple on our website by clicking here! Whether you can provide a raffle prize, sponsor one student for a year to help us reach our goal, host a kid friendly activity at our afterparty or know someone who will. Whether you walk, run, or choose to step up in a much larger way — we thank you for your continued support of our programs and local students.

When: March 7, 2020 from 7:30 AM until 10:30 AM

Warm ups begin with our friends from The Shark Gym – come join them and Be One of the Greats!

Family friendly after party to include dance party with Brent from Beachside DJ, animal encounters from Navarre Beach Science Station and Nonie’s Ark! Face painting by Penelope the Clown and so much more!

 

 

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March 12th: World’s Greatest Baby Shower

Thursday, March 12th @ 5:30pm

Emerald Coast Convention Center, 1250 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach

FREE Admission

Snacks, Fun, Games and Prizes!

We invite all Okaloosa and Walton County pregnant women and new parents who have had a baby within the last three months to join us for the World’s Greatest Baby Shower! There will be up to 50 exhibitors with information on various topics such as parenting, prenatal health, new baby care, community resources and more!

For more info, visit www.healthystartokawalton.org or call (850) 833-9284

 

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March 13th – 19th: Spring Break Workshops at Emerald Coast Science Center

Don’t miss a moment of fun during Spring Break! With something new and exciting every day, your family can have a blast when you spring into the Science Center!

March 13th: Animal Day with the Fun Connection… Celebrate the start of Spring Break with our Animal Ambassadors. Fun Connection will be in-house doing face painting so everyone can become their favorite animal. We’ll let our animals run the show at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. during Creature Features. During this special event, general admission rates apply: $10 adults/$8 seniors/$8 for children.

March 14th: Discover Science Saturday with Fort Walton Beach Police Department… Theme: CSI. The FWB Police Department will be at the center teaching about forensics with activities on fingerprinting, DNA, evidence collecting, and more! We’ll also have fun pop-up stations and SMALLab games. This event is from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

March 16th & 20th: We will be open the Monday of Spring Break! Come down Monday or Friday to experience Creature Features at 11:30 a.m. and Chem Demos at 2 p.m. General admission rates apply: $10 adults/$8 seniors/$8 for children.

March 17th: Spring Break Workshops from 12 – 2 p.m… Going Green- we’re celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day AND learning about our environment with fun, hands-on activities regarding all things green.
March 18th: Spring Break Workshops from 12 – 2 p.m… Blast off to Space- we have brand new kits from the NISE Network all about Space, so get ready to explore the galaxy with hands-on activities.
March 19th: Spring Break Workshops from 12 – 2 p.m…  Engineering Day- build, tinker, and create at this workshop for all ages. Discover what it takes to build and engineer structures of different shapes and sizes.

 

 

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March 21st: Snake Day with Reno’s Reptiles

The folks at Reno’s Reptiles are bringing a wide variety of animals including Pythons, Anacondas, Iguanas, Skink, Scorpion, and a 50lb Tortoise! All can be held and touched (minus the scorpion), so come discover these awesome animals.
Time: 10:30am – 2:30pm

General admission rates apply: $10 adults/$8 seniors/$8 for children. Discounts available.
Emerald Coast Science Center
31 SW Memorial Pkwy
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

http://ecscience.org/events

 

 

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March 21st: “Strike Out” Child Abuse Bowl-a-Thon

Come out to Fort Walton Beach Bowl and support the Emerald Coast Exchange Club. 100% of the proceeds go to support our National Project and Programs of Service: Prevention of Child Abuse and Local Youth Scholarships. Participant fee includes bowling shoe rental and 3 games. We will be having a Silent Auction, Raffle for Door Prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Also, your team can help us raise more money by collecting donations and buying extra pins to improve your total score as you compete for trophies and prizes.
So, come friends, families, co-workers and social groups – make a team. Also, if you add a fun theme and dress in matching attire, you could take home the “Best in Show” award!
Help us “strike out” child abuse! For more information, contact: Greg Givens (850) 499-1960

 

 

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March 21st: “For The Health Of It” 5k and 8k Run/ Walk

Saturday, March 21st at 9am

AJ’s Oyster Shanty: 108 Santa Rosa Blvd, Okaloosa Island

Adults $25/ Kids $20

Awards for all age groups, after party with children’s activities, food, libations, music and awards

Proceeds benefit The White-Wilson Community Foundation

Register on active.com by searching “Run for the Health of It 5k & 8k”

 

 

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April 4th: Emerald Coast Walk-a-thon

Old Spanish Trail in Crestview, Florida. All money raised for the event goes to Southeastern Guide Dogs and helps fund dogs to be trained for the blind and our veterans.

Southeastern Guide Dogs transforms lives by creating and nurturing extraordinary partnerships between people and dogs. Our organization operates the most advanced training facilities of any service dog organization in the world. Our experts create and train working dogs—including guide dogs, service dogs, and skilled companion dogs—and provide life-changing services for people with vision loss, veterans with disabilities, and children with significant challenges such as vision loss or the loss of a parent in the military. Pursuing our mission since 1982, Southeastern Guide Dogs now has over 1,100 dogs under our auspices.

All of our services—which include selective breeding and expert dog training; comprehensive on-campus student instruction; and lifetime alumni support—are provided at no cost to recipients. We rely 100% on private donations and receive no government funding. Southeastern Guide Dogs has the distinction of being dually accredited by the two premier, global accreditation bodies: the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International. Learn more at www.GuideDogs.org.

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