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March 17th: St. Patrick’s Day @ Emerald Coast Science Center

Going Green- we’re celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day AND learning about our environment with fun, hands-on activities for the whole family to enjoy together regarding all things green. March 18: 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 appropriate for a wide range of ages. What will your family discover together? With something new and exciting every day, your family can have a blast when you spring into the Science Center! Don’t miss a moment of fun. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. All activities included with general admission.

Click HERE for more info

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March 18th: Putt Putt For Beds

A Bed 4 Me Foundation is seeking teams of four people for their second annual mini golf tournament, Thursday March 18, 2021 at Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone. Putt Putt 4 Beds is a chance for anyone to come out and help get children into a bed of their own. A great opportunity for local businesses to provide employee incentives, a day of team building, corporate challenges or just an excuse to have fun. Not your typical golf tournament, hole sponsorships will offer “extra activities” at their holes such as using your putter like a pool stick to win a prize, answering trivia questions to step closer to the hole. Register a team for $300.00. Hole sponsorships are $400.00. Lunch is included. More information, email diane@abed4me.org or visit abed4me.org

A Bed 4 Me is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing beds to children and teens that would otherwise be sleeping on the floor or other inadequate spaces. The organization serves children ages two to 18 from low to middle income families within Okaloosa County. After each referral is evaluated, A Bed 4 Me provides a new bed frame, mattress, pillow, sheets and a comforter to children who do not have beds due to economic struggles, displacement due to domestic issues and other financial hardships.

Imagine bed time without a bed. Something as simple as a bed can be the one small thing that gives a child hope and a space to call their own. Join us and help get children off sofas, recliners or floor pallets and into a safe, comfortable bed to sleep.

Rain date will be March 25th

For more info, call 850-280-5519 or click HERE

 

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March 19th: Children In Crisis Charity Golf Tournament

The 15th Annual Children In Crisis Charity Golf Tournament will be held Friday, March 19, 2021 at the Ft. Walton Beach Golf Course on Lewis Turner. The day will begin with an 11:00 a.m. check-in/lunch and shot-gun start at noon. The tournament is to raise critical funds to help feed, clothe and care for the kids living at the Children’s Neighborhood.

Participants will enjoy refreshments from beverage stops on the course and food and wine tasting at the awards ceremony immediately after golf. There will also be a hole-in-one prize, a custom CIC Charity Golf Tournament shirt, silent auction and much more! Please call CIC at (850) 864-4242 to enter a team or for more information.

We will ask that participants wear a protective mask at check-in and around the clubhouse area, as well as practice safe social distancing while on the golf course.

The awards ceremony will start at 5:00 PM at the FWB Golf Course Club House. We are still looking for sponsors for this event. There are many ways that you can become involved, and if you want more information on sponsorship opportunities or volunteering, please email brittanydykes@childrenincrisisfl.org

 

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March 19th: Animal Adventure Day

Creature Features, up-close encounters, and SMALLab fun…bring your family in for our Animal Adventure Day and discover our fascinating animal ambassadors. Have an animal adventure! We’ll be showcasing many of our animal ambassadors from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., so join us for an up-close encounter. When you’re done, discover fun animal-themed games in SMALLab from 12-2 p.m.
Access included with general admission pricing.
$10 adults/$8 kids and seniors/Children 2 and under are free

For more info, click HERE

 

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March 19th: “Egyptian Myths” Planetarium Feature

Join the Emerald Coast Science Center to see what the stars looked like thousands of years ago to the astronomers of Ancient Egypt. This family-friendly show will dive deep into the timeless stories of the Egyptian gods Ra, Osiris, Isis, and Horus, and some lesser-known tales about the lion goddess, Sekhmet, and the crocodile god, Sobek. We’ll also learn fun facts about life in Ancient Egypt (such as what the first toothpaste was made of) and tour around the solar system with stops at Earth, Venus, the Sun, and the Moon. This show will end with a magnificent and magical display of Egyptian constellations. Recommended for ages 5+.

All shows last approximately 45 minutes and start at 6p and 7p.

Our Planetarium is an inflatable dome. Guests sit on cushions on the floor of the planetarium to view the show. Due to social distancing guidelines, space is limited. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended for this reason. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled showing. In case of no-shows/late shows: reserved spots will be released at show time to make space for the next party.

Seating is limited and very popular. We encourage purchasing your tickets in advance, as this is a first come, first served event. Please call 850-664-1261, stop by the Science Center, or use our online ticketing option to purchase your tickets.

Nonmember $7 Child | $9 Adult | $8 Senior
Member $5 Child | $7 Adult | $6 Senior
Planetarium Special Feature shows do not qualify for free member admission; reduced pricing is available for members.

For more information or questions:
Call 850-664-1261 OR email: business-office@ecscience.org OR visithttp://ecscience.org/events

 

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March 20th: Snake Day @ Emerald Coast Science Center

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.
With something new and exciting every day, your family can have a blast when you spring into the Science Center! Don’t miss a moment of fun. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. All activities included with general admission.

Click HERE for more info

 

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March 24th – April 4th: Volunteers Needed

The Emerald Coast Classic at Sandestin will be played at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort’s Raven Golf Club the week of March 29 – April 4, with 156 players competing for a $600,000 purse. This will be the fourth 2021 tournament scheduled on the PGA’s Korn Ferry Tour.

Volunteers, both men and women of high school age and over, will play a major part in a wide variety of roles to assist in executing the area’s premier professional golf tournament. Whether one is a golf novice, an avid fan, have volunteered in the past, or a new volunteer, there is a place for everyone. The Emerald Coast Classic will be a great opportunity to see professional athletes, as well as to enjoy watching golf and enjoying some outdoor fresh air.

Tournament Director, Eddie Goodman, added, “We are looking for several volunteer nurses to be on board during the week that can work in our medical tent. Our front-line care workers are much appreciated, volunteering at the Classic might be a nice change of pace for them. Interested nurses should contact our Volunteer Coordinator directly at selina@globalgolfmanagment.com.”

There are numerous volunteer perks offered:

· One Tournament Polo Shirt

· One Tournament Ball Cap

· Meals provided on the days one volunteers

· One Tournament Volunteer Credential (valid all week for free admittance)

· Up to four Weekly Grounds Tickets for family and friends

· Volunteer parking

· One Voucher for a free round of golf at Raven Golf Club at Sandestin

The Sandestin Foundation for Kids and the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center are the charity recipients for the tournament and a major help in volunteering. Sign up to volunteer at www.emeraldcoastclassicsandestin.com/volunteer/. On that screen, one can review the many volunteer categories. Then, under the How It Works information, click on “Register Today”. In the Registration Code box, put in CAC. That will give volunteers a $10 credit against the $45 fee to volunteer.

The Director of Volunteers is Selina Maddox, she is with Global Golf Management who is in partnership with the Korn Ferry Tour. Any questions can be emailed to her at selina@globalgolfmanagement.com.

 

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April 19th – April 23rd: “Spring Into Fun” Spring Break Camp

The Destin Community Center will offer a “Spring into Fun” Camp during Spring Break from Monday, April 19th through Friday, April 23rd, 2021. Camp registration is open to residents of Okaloosa County between the ages of 5 – 12. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Cost is $80 for Destin residents and $90 for non-Destin residents within Okaloosa County.

Camp begins at 9:00 am and will end at 5:00 pm. Counselors and campers will have their temperatures taken upon arrival and will adhere to the Center of Disease Control (CDC) guiding principles. There will be water days, park days (weather permitting), recreation games, crafts, and different activities planned throughout the week. For more information, please call the Destin Community Center at 850-654-5184 or email: Recreation@cityofdestin.com.

 

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April 21st: Explore The Universe @ Emerald Coast Science Center

We have brand new kits from the NISE Network all about Space, so get ready to explore the galaxy with hands-on activities appropriate for a wide range of ages. What will your family discover together? Enjoy the rest of the museum from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on all of these days. All activities are included with general admission pricing. Rates: $10 adults/$8 seniors/$8 for children. Military discounts are available.
For more info, click HERE

 

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April 22nd: Earth Day “Going Green” @ Emerald Coast Science Center

We’re celebrating Earth Day while learning about our environment with fun, hands-on activities for the whole family to enjoy together regarding all things green. What will your family discover together? Enjoy the rest of the museum from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on all of these days. All activities are included with general admission pricing. Rates: $10 adults/$8 seniors/$8 for children. Military discounts are available.
For more info, click HERE

 

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April 24th: 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. General admission rates apply: $10 adults/$8 seniors/$8 for children. Discounts available. Noon- 2pm

For more info, click HERE

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April 24th: “The WOW! Factor” Science Show

With its fun and interactive experiments, The WOW! Factor Science Show will show young and old alike how cool science can be. They have fun down to a science. Join us at the Science Center for a free show starting at 11 a.m.

Notice of Filming: when you attend this event, you enter an area where video recording will occur. By entering the event premises, you consent to such recording media and its release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction.

Participating in the show itself is free; admission to the museum is a separate cost. The show is at 11am, and the museum is open for general admission from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 24th.

For more info click HERE.

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April 30th – May 1st: Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival

The Krewe of Bowlegs and the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce are excited to announce the 65th Annual Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival and Torchlight Parade will be returning this spring. The event is transitioning from the traditional first weekend in June to Friday, April 30th and Saturday, May 1st, with the celebratory Torchlight Parade on Monday, May 3, 2021.

The original Bowlegs festival was held Labor Day weekend but quickly moved to the first weekend in June to promote summer tourism. June is now one of the busiest months of the year for tourism which lead to the decision to move to a weekend that would benefit both our tourists, by offering more budget friendly pricing and our hotel partners by filling the region during an off-peak time. This cost-effective decision will in turn entice more out of town visitors to come for a weekend getaway—and stay 4 nights to enjoy the parade Monday evening. The new date will also offer more comfortable temperatures for all of the outdoor festival activities.

In addition to the date change, and COVID-19 Safety Protocols being put in place, changes to this year’s event includes a focus on the vibrancy of Downtown Fort Walton Beach. “Fort Walton Beach native Buddy Carter, who is Capt. Billy Bowlegs LXV, remembers Bowlegs’ festivals from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, when the pirates would land at a Santa Rosa Sound, dock just west of Beal Parkway and parade east on U.S. 98 toward Brooks Bridge. Buddy fondly remembers that and wanted to bring it back which inspired the changes.” Ted Corcoran, Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO said.

He also adds “When the festival is held at the landing, we traditionally have a variety of out of town vendors who are accustomed to serving festival crowds. By having activities take place throughout downtown, our attendees are able to utilize our existing food, beverage and retail establishments—keeping it local—which was the purpose of the festival when it started 65 years ago!”

Sponsorships are available for this great annual event, please contact Rachelle Graves at the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce for additional information.

 

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Ongoing: REFIT Fitness

A different sort of exercise program is coming to Crestview, and it’s something the entire family can enjoy together. REFIT classes begin Tuesday, Feb. 2, and will be held every Tuesday and Thursday thereafter through June through the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

“This cardio-based format uses positive music and powerful moves to encourage a path of healthy well-being, for the mind and body,” Crestview’s certified REFIT instructor, Will Williams Jr., said. “REFIT takes a community-centered approach to fitness and creates fitness experiences where everyBODY belongs — every size, shape and ability.”

Crestview’s REFIT classes are 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting Feb. 2, in the Fairview Center at Allen Park, 895 McClelland St. There is no cost and children are welcome to exercise with their parents.

REFIT IN CRESTVIEW

When: 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting Feb. 2 through June

Where: Fairview Center in Allen Park, 895 McClelland St., Crestview

How much: Classes are free, donations accepted

Health precautions: Wear masks when coming in and out. Participants may remove masks during class. Maintain at least 6 feet distance between other participants. Space is limited: 20 participants max. Drinking water and use of hand sanitizer are encouraged. For information, contact Parks and Recreation, 850.682.0789.

 

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 Ongoing: New COVID Drive-Up Location in Fort Walton Beach

ProHealth, known for their affordable blood work and occupational testing, is expanding its efforts this week, and opening another location in Fort Walton Beach at 2010 Lewis Turner Blvd. The building officially opened for business on Wednesday, December 16,
2020 and offers patients drive-up rapid antigen and antibody covid-19 testing on Monday – Friday from 8am to 3pm and Saturday from 9am to 1pm.

ProHealth has also opened a new COVID-19 testing site in Pensacola this past fall. The Fort Walton Beach location will be the ProHealth’s 9th location in Northwest Florida. Walk-ins are welcome for most services. For more information, please visit
ProHealthFL.com.