Community

Senior Programs

• DESTIN SENIOR MEMBERSHIP: Join the Destin Seniors Membership to enjoy multiple festivities including the senior lunch bunch, potluck, casino trips, bingo, chair exercise, knitting, scrabble, and Mexican dominoes. Members must be a Destin Resident to join. For more information about becoming a member of the Destin Seniors, please call the Destin Community Center at 850-654-5184.

• DESTIN SENIOR CHAIR EXERCISE 50+ YEARS: Destin Senior Chair Exercise classes are offered at Buck Destin Park Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., for Destin residents. The chair exercise consists of performing light exercises to help improve balance, flexibility, strength, and circulation. The class is free for Destin residents.

• DESTIN SENIOR WALKING CLUB: Join the Destin Senior Members for a walk around the Destin Community Center’s gymnasium on Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. All the miles that you walk will be added to our “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.

• SENIOR DROP-IN HOURS: The Destin Senior Center located at Buck Destin Park, 724 Legion Drive, offers senior drop-in hours every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Seniors (50 years and older) meet to enjoy each other’s company, participate in games such as Mexican Train Dominoes, Scrabble, Poker, etc.

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Now – July 31st: Destin Library Virtually Presents Jim Gill

As part of the Destin Library’s 2020 Imagine Your Story! Summer Reading Program, we are excited to offer access to great programs virtually from the library’s web page. Visit cityofdestin.com/library and click on the Summer Reading Program link to view these programs beginning June 1.
First up on our slate of performers is Jim Gill, a beloved singer and children’s performer from Chicago, Illinois. He has entertained and taught children through music for years. Due to Covid19, Jim Gill is allowing libraries free access to his song videos. To hear him perform “May There Always Be Sunshine” and other children’s songs, visit the Destin Library’s summer reading page from June 1
through July 31.
Please call the Destin Library at 850-837-8572 for more information.

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Now – October 8th: Mattie Kelly Concerts In The Village

The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) is pleased to announce a new 2020 Concerts in the Village lineup. With the safety and well-being of guests, artists, and staff as a top priority, MKAF asks that concertgoers adhere to the following social distancing measures.

  • Groups must be ten people or less
  • VIP tables spaced 10 feet apart
  • Maintain 6ft distance between your ten-person or less group and other concert attendees
  • If in line for food, stay 6ft behind the next person inline
  • Wash your hands frequently; you may also want to bring hand sanitizer
  • Dance floor is closed
  • Playground is closed for now
  • Wear a mask if you so choose
  • Credit cards and Paypal transfers only – no cash accepted at the gate
  • Have fun at a distance, enjoy the show!
    *MKAF accepts no responsibility for patrons who do not adhere to the safety and sanitization guidelines.

2020 MKAF Concerts in the Village Lineup:
Thursday, July 9, 2020: Jeffrey Steele (rescheduled)
Thursday, July 16, 2020: Accent (rescheduled)
Wednesday, July 22, 2020: The Ultimate Eagle’s Tribute, On The Border (rescheduled)
Thursday, July 30, 2020: Forrest Williams Band (rescheduled)
Thursday, August 20, 2020: M-80’s (rescheduled)
Thursday, September 10, 2020: Casey Kearney
Thursday, September 17, 2020: The Shakedown
Thursday, September 24, 2020: The Bonehoeffers
Thursday, October 1, 2020: Pickled Pickers
Saturday, October 3, 2020: Shania Twin
Thursday, October 8, 2020: Emerald Gold

“As we all try to navigate these challenging times, art and culture are a bright light for us all. We are thrilled for everyone to be back and to enjoy the shows!” – Kevin Bowyer, MKAF 2020 Chairman of the Board

The Foundation thanks its members, volunteers, donors, and the community for their support. For the latest news and information, please check www.MKAF.org, and follow the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Facebook and Instagram pages for dates, information, and inspiring arts and culture-related posts.

 

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Now – July 31st: City of Destin Half Day Summer Camp

HALF DAY SUMMER CAMP: A summer day camp will be offered at the Destin Community Center from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with a lunch program from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. The camp is for ages 5 – 12 years of age and costs $65 per week for non-Destin residents and $50 per week for Destin residents (lunch is an extra $15/non-resident & $10/resident). Each day will be a morning full of fun activities including games, crafts, swim days (towel and swimsuit required), structured playtime, and snacks. Counselors and campers will have their temperatures taken upon arrival and will adhere to the Center for Disease
Control (CDC) guiding principles. The camp runs every week from June 15th – July 31st, with no camp the week of June 29th
– July 3rd. Please call 654-5184 for more information.

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July 13th, 20th: Heritage Museum Summer Camps

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July 10th: Redbird Art Camp

The Redbird Art Experience invites children ages 5 and older to come and express their creative side & imagination! Using a variety of recycle materials, their art will be one of a kind and enjoyed for its beauty & originality. The camp will be Friday, July 10th, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. The fee is $30 for non-Destin residents and $25 for Destin residents. Spaces are limited. Please register in person at the Destin Community Center Monday thru Friday.

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July 11th: In God We Trust- A Community Event

9am – 3pm

5297 Shoffner Blvd., Crestview

Oak Ridge Family Church is so overjoyed to be able to put together a day filled with fun for you and the whole family! Come join us for a day of fun. We will have local vendors and crafters from our area to shop with, food, beverages, music, activities for all ages, AND A BIKE PARADE! We ask that you not only bring you and the family but bring your bikes and scooters or toy cars that your littles ride in decked out in America’s finest colors of red white and blue. If you want to decorate yourselves and your bikes more when you come feel free to when you come at one of our booths! Come one come all shop from your local vendors and have tons of fun & help celebrate AMERICA!

For more info, click HERE

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July 17th: Kids’ Night Out

The Destin Community Center will host a Kids’ Night Out event for ages 5 – 12 on Friday, July 17th, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Kids will have a night full of games, crafts, food, and lots of fun. The cost is $35 for non – Destin residents and $30 for Destin residents. Preregistration is advised as spots are limited.

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July 30th: Babysitting Safety Course

This course will be taught by the Destin Fire Control District at the Destin Community Center July 30th, 2020, from 1 – 3 p.m., for children ages 11 – 15. The cost is $50 for non-residents and $45 for Destin residents. Students will be certified in CPR and First Aid by the American Heart Association.

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July 31st: Annual Big Truck Day

The event will be held at the Destin Community Center parking lot from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., on Friday, July 31, 2020. The event welcomes children of all ages to come and see the unique trucks we have working in our community. There is no charge for the event. For more information, please call 850-654-5184 or email: recreation@cityofdestin.com.

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July 31st – August 3rd: 65th Annual Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival

The Krewe of Bowlegs and the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, would like to announce, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, The 65th Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival and Torchlight Parade has been rescheduled to Friday, July 31st and Saturday, August 1st with the celebratory Torchlight Parade on Monday, August 3rd. In addition to the date a few changes have been made to make the event even more exciting while keeping with tradition.

Friday, July 31 :‘The Skirmish’ will feature Capt. Billy along with his Krewe coming ashore in an attempt to capture the City.  The Honorable Mayor Ryerson will be there to defend the city from these marauders with the outcome unknown, but either way fireworks to follow.  (Firework sponsorship available)

Saturday, August 1: Capt. Billy and the Krewe will officially “land” as per tradition to take over the city.  After storming the Landing, the Krewe will invade downtown Fort Walton Beach.  A party will follow at The Boardroom Pub & Grub from noon to 3 p.m. offering the public an opportunity to meet Capt. Billy Bowlegs LXV (65), his beautiful Queen, the Honor Guard, and his entire Krewe.   The downtown invasion continues at the Cumulus Broadcasting Pirate Block Party on Ferry Road, where downtown restaurants will be offering a variety of fare and Capt. Billy will be handing out beads and treasures.

Monday, August 3: The event will conclude Monday with The Billy Bowlegs Torchlight Parade, sponsored by Step One Automotive Group, at 7:00 pm.  Parade floats will wind their way from First Street up Eglin Parkway.  Parade-goers are encouraged to cheer for beads, cups, coins, and candy from the many festive floats.  The perfect, and only way to end this Fort Walton Beach Tradition.

 

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August 1st: Northwest Florida Kidney Walk

More than 2 million Floridians have chronic kidney disease, and many don’t know it. What can you do to help? Sign-up for the National Kidney Foundation of Florida’s Kidney Walk on May 23rd at the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium. It’s a fun-filled non- competitive community fund-raiser to support kidney education, early detection screenings and research grants. Take the first step. Call the National Kidney Foundation of Florida at 800-927-9659 or log on to www.pensacolakidneywalk.org. 08:00 AM Check In 10:00 AM Start. For more info on the event, click HERE.

 

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August 1st: Discover Science Saturday- Recoloring The Universe

10:30am – 1pm

Join us for this special space-themed event sure to be out of this world! Learn how to use basic coding to create images and understand data, discover interactive space kits from the NISE network, and blast off to fun in SMALLab.

Using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and other satellites on exploded stars, star-forming regions, and black holes, you’ll learn basic coding…no previous experience needed! You will see just how integral coding is in the pursuit of learning about our Universe. It’s an example of the exciting ways that computer science is both part of routine tasks in our everyday lives and part of the exciting quest to explore the cosmos. Experience real world application of science, technology and even art!

We’ll continue to explore the universe with our brand-new Earth & Space kits from the National Informal Stem Education (NISE) Network with a plethora of activities to inspire all the future astronauts and scientists in your family. End the day playing in space during our SMALLab session from 12-1 p.m. All activities appropriate for a wide range of ages.

This event supported by NASA’s Universe of Learning, in partnership with Smithsonian Affiliations.

Access to all activities included with General Admission pricing
$10 adults/$8 seniors/$8 children/ages 2 and under are FREE
Military discounts available

For more info, click HERE.

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August 8th: Snake Day with Reno’s Reptiles

11am – 1pm

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.

General admission rates apply: $10 adults/$8 seniors/$8 for children. Discounts available.

For more info, click HERE.

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August 21st – 22nd: Destin Charity Wine Auction

In light of the current concern regarding the spread of COVID-19, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) announced the postponement of the 15th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction until August 21-22, 2020. All patron packages will be automatically transferred to the new date. Should patrons be unable to attend the auction in August, they should contact the DCWAF office at info@dcwaf.org for more information regarding tax credits, refunds, and transfers to future events. Anyone needing to reach a member of the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation staff is asked to email info@dcwaf.org as the office will be closed until further notice.

About Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation

Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation is nationally ranked by Wine Spectator Magazine as the fourth largest charity wine auction in the U.S. The organization’s mission is to connect wine enthusiasts to raise money benefiting children in need in Northwest Florida. Since its inception in 2005, DCWAF has donated more than $21 million to Northwest Florida charities by hosting a variety of world class wine and culinary events. These funds have impacted the lives of over 100,000 at risk youth in the region. Learn more at www.DCWAF.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dcwaf.