Community

FWBPD Presents H.O.P.E.: the Honorary Officer Police Experience

In an effort to shed light on what is assuredly one of the most complex and essential jobs in the world, the Fort Walton Beach Police Department is proud to introduce the Honorary Police Officer Experience Initiative. This experience is designed to share the law enforcement story and connect the Fort Walton Beach Police Department’s mission with the community. The program serves to partner law enforcement members with distinguished community and civic leaders who share mutual interests, concerns, and challenges. As an inductee, you have the opportunity to strengthen community relationships where law enforcement and Honorary Officers can positively impact the City of Fort Walton Beach and its surrounding areas.

What to Expect
Honorary Officers will experience the Fort Walton Beach Police Department’s dynamic mission from all angles. From riding shotgun with patrol officers, to testifying in a simulated courtroom setting, Honorary Officers are treated to the full range of operations and resources within the Fort Walton Beach Police Department.

Honorary Officer Alumni
Once your tour of duty as an Honorary Officer is complete, you will be invited to continue with the mission and support as an Honorary Officer Alumni. You will have the opportunity to foster the friendly and professional relationships you have developed over the program experience. For more information, please contact Corporal Charles Pettis at (850)833-9559 or cpettis@fwb.org.

Schedule of Events:
Month One: Internet Safety, Online Predators, Children and Social Media

Month Two: Victim Advocacy, CAC, DCF, State Attorney/Defense Attorney

Month Three: Self Defense, Firearm Safety, Concealed Carry

Month Four: Communications, 911 Coordinator, Emergency Management

Month Five: Active Shooter, Officer Involved Shooting, SWAT Demo

Month Six: DUI, MADD, FSTS Demo

Month Seven: Traffic Crash/Homicide Invest, Effects of a Crash, Car Seat Safety

Month Eight: Criminal Investigations Homicide, Medical Examiner, CSI

Month Nine: Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers, Criminal Investigations Property Crimes, Report IT

Month Ten: Patrol Division, Traffic Enforcement, Equipment Demonstration

Month Eleven: Banquet- Participant and Instructor Recognition

 

DINE OUT FOR NO KID HUNGRY CAMPAIGN-SEPTEMBER 1-30th 2018

One in six kids in America struggles with hunger. That’s 13 million kids each year. Every dollar donated to No Kid Hungry will help provide up to ten meals for hungry children. No Kid Hungry helps states, cities, and communities close the gap between kids who need food, and the food itself. They partner with other organizations to provide critical grants, supplies, and technical assistance to feed more kids.

(1 dollar = ten meals)

Jim ‘N Nick’s will join thousands of others during the month of September to raise money for childhood hunger in our restaurants. As a company, Jim ‘N Nick’s is committed to giving back to our local communities. With a goal this year to raise $100,000 during September alone, Jim ‘N Nick’s could provide one million meals to hungry children.

 

2018 Concerts in the Village-Luke Langford & 331 South- September 20th

  • 15 Concerts
  • Thursday nights
  • $15 per person
    MKAF members and children 12 and under are free (join)
  • Buy tickets at the door
  • 7 to 9 pm (Doors open at 6)
  • Directions & Parking

2018 Concert Dates

  • May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • June 7, 14, 21, 28
  • September 13, 20, 27
  • October 4, 11

September 20

Luke Langford & 331 South
A high energy band delivering music with a punch of Texas & Red Dirt, outlaw, classic & modern country!

7th Annual Friends of Fresh Start Gala- September 22nd

CMSAF Binnicker 9K- September 22nd

Sponsorship Form

 

ONE Run 5K- September 22nd

SAVE THE DATE! 💙💚

Join us for the SEVENTH Annual ONE Run 5k on Saturday, September, 22nd at 8 A.M. on the Northwest Florida State College campus located in Niceville.

Register TODAY!  https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https%3a%2f%2fEmeraldCoastAutismCenter5K.itsyourrace.com%2fregister%2f&c=E,1,HdId95JuKXYehMPj-em-9vJCVi4t_R3Wv1OSy27O2k9677JM5ec4xcpSgadgX0XXjnkzWOlhLtcHy2DjMkDm-lvIiyVWjgAQsFO9gwkSJBCsvwekiYMoWLTi&typo=1

 

Discover Science Saturday: Crazy for Chemistry!- September 22

Join us on our next Discover Science Saturday ago crazy for chemistry! Enjoy a live chemistry demonstration at 10:30 a.m. and special hands-on chemistry activities from the American Chemical Society today only.

All ages are welcome. General Admission: $10 adults/$8 kids.
Local and military discounts available.

September 22 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Emerald Coast Science Center | ecscience.org

 

 

2018 Concerts in the Village- Pickled Pickers- September 27th

  • 15 Concerts
  • Thursday nights
  • $15 per person
    MKAF members and children 12 and under are free (join)
  • Buy tickets at the door
  • 7 to 9 pm (Doors open at 6)
  • Directions & Parking

2018 Concert Dates

  • May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • June 7, 14, 21, 28
  • September 13, 20, 27
  • October 4, 11

September 27

Pickled Pickers
Southern rock, blues, R&B, country, bluegrass, feel good to the soul kind of tunes!

Fall Festival 2018- September 28th

Milton, FL – On Friday, September 28th, St Rose of Lima Catholic Church will kick off their 37th Annual International Fall Festival, held on the church grounds located at 6451 Park Avenue. Festival hours are: Friday, September 28th from 4pm to 9pm; Saturday, September 29th from 11 am to 9 pm; and Sunday, September 30th from 11am until 4pm. Admission is free and open to the public

The festival celebrates the diversity in the community as well as in the parish. You will find colorfully decorated booths featuring foods from Polish, Italian, Cajun, Hispanic, American and Filipino cultures. Carnival foods will be offered – Funnel Cakes, Fried Oreos, Ice Cream, and Snow Cones. Also available are freshly baked goods with a good cup of coffee!

Festival favorites include a 5K run/walk on Saturday morning at 8 am, indoor Bingo for the adults, Arts and Crafts booths, a Plant Booth, and games and entertainment for all ages! There will be live local entertainment all weekend. A highlight is the McGuire’s Pipe band scheduled for Sunday.

Proceeds from our event go toward property improvements as well as helping many charities in our area such as Family Promise, the Pregnancy Resource Center of Milton, Catholic Charities, Bridges Out of Poverty, local scout troops, the Family Resource Center of Milton, along with partnering with Feeding the Gulf Coast to provide food on a daily basis to those in need in our Community.

St. Rose Lima Catholic Church is a parish of The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. We serve over 1100 families and are active in our community. For more information about the International Fall Festival please contact Kate Lewis at 850-623-3600 or fallfestival@srl.ptdiocese.org.

MORE INFORMATION

 

Combat Vets Horses for Heroes- September 29th

 

Eggs on the Beach- September 29th

 

Okaloosa-Walton Heart Walk- September 29th

Date & Time

September 29, 2018
Starts 7:30am
Length of Walk 5K

Where

Northwest Florida State College
100 East College Boulevard
Niceville, FL 32578
Get Directions

Contact

Monica Lang
EmailMonica Lang
(850) 708-5237

We aren’t just walking. We’re Heartwalking! Thank you for joining nearly 1 million Americans at 305 events across the country to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

How can you make a positive difference in the lives of your friends, family and co-workers? Join the Heart Walk, start Heartwalking and make the commitment to lead a heart healthy life and become healthy for good. Remember- we’re not only raising funds, we’re raising heartbeats!

 

2018 Destin Charity Cornhole Tournament- September 30th

Sunday, September 30th | 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
at Destin Commons

Join us Sunday, September 30th for the 3rd annual Destin Charity Cornhole Tournament benefitting the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center!

Registration includes World of Beer Beer Garden access with bottomless Craft Beer, Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, Belgian Pretzels, Wings, and Corndogs.

This double elimination tournament is limited to 75 teams, early registration required! Teams have the chance to win $750 in cash & prizes! Each team of two will receive a swag bag with event t-shirts and other goodies from our sponsors.

Team check-in day-of is from 10:00am-11:30am

Spectators can also purchase wristbands for $30 that includes access to World of Beer Beer Garden.

*Artist Boards are done by Danny Barton, Patti Gillespie, Melanie Moore, Victoria George and Christa Bass!

For more information and to register please visit the Facebook event here

FACEBOOK PAGE

 

24TH ANNUAL TAKE-A-KID FISHING DAY Pre-Registration Day- October 1st

Harbor Docks Charities is hosting the 24th Annual Take-A-Kid Fishing Day on Sunday November 4, 2018. For over 20 years, many area children have enjoyed a glorious day of fishing of many of Destin’s finest charter boats. We will have 300 openings for children that do not often get the chance to fish in the beautiful waters around Destin, including the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay. Off duty policemen and firemen from Destin and Fort Walton Beach, as well as other Harbor Docks Charities volunteers will serve as chaperones on these professional charter boats.

Reservations for this free fishing trip will be accepted until all spots are filled. This event is for children aged 7 to 13 years old only. To make a reservation or get additional information, please call Harbor Docks at 837-2506 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday and ask for Jackie or Becky.

Pre-registration is required. Reservations will be accepted beginning on Monday, October 1st.

MORE INFORMATION

 

2018 Concerts in the Village- Forrest Williams Band- October 4rd

  • 15 Concerts
  • Thursday nights
  • $15 per person
    MKAF members and children 12 and under are free (join)
  • Buy tickets at the door
  • 7 to 9 pm (Doors open at 6)
  • Directions & Parking

2018 Concert Dates

  • May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • June 7, 14, 21, 28
  • September 13, 20, 27
  • October 4, 11

October 4

Forrest Williams Band
Singer/Songwriter covering a variety of music from soul to blue, a little bit of country and reggae!

 

Think and Fight- October 6th

Destin Seafood Festival- October 5th- October 7th

https://m.facebook.com/DestinSeafoodFest/ FOLLOW THIS PAGE FOR UPDATES AND INFO
Annual event that is FREE to the public. Fresh local seafood and local vendors along with vendors we re excited to see travel here year after year. MULTIPLE LIVE MUSIC STAGES. Fun for all ages along the beautiful Destin Harbor Boardwalk.

 

Bay Baits Benefit 2018- October 4th-7th

 

4th Annual Bloody Mary Festival- October 6th

2018 Concerts in the Village- The Wide Open- October 11th

  • 15 Concerts
  • Thursday nights
  • $15 per person
    MKAF members and children 12 and under are free (join)
  • Buy tickets at the door
  • 7 to 9 pm (Doors open at 6)
  • Directions & Parking

2018 Concert Dates

  • May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • June 7, 14, 21, 28
  • September 13, 20, 27
  • October 4, 11

October 11

The Wide Open
A diverse and soulful Americana duo who fuse Soulful Southern Blues and Folk with Modern Rock.

Navarre Beach Bash- October 13th

We are pleased to announce that the 1st Annual Navarre Beach Bash is set for Saturday, Oct 13th, 2018 presented by Broussard’s Bayou Grill with Confederate Railroad headlining the show.
VIP Tickets and VIP Tables are selling quickly and Early Bird Tickets are on sale now!
Early bird tickets are $10 Adult, $5 Kids (5-12) and Free 4 & Under.
Regular price is $20 Adults, $8 Kids (5-12) and Free 4 & Under.
1st Annual Navarre Beach Bash, presented by Broussard’s Bayou Grill, is a one-day music festival set to for Saturday, Oct 13th on Navarre Beach featuring Confederate Railroad. This event will consist of 9 musical acts playing on the main stage from 10 AM to 10 PM and our Kid’s Fun Zone will have a second stage and kid focused entertainment and activities from 11 AM – 5 PM.
We will feature great Cajun cuisine from Broussard’s Bayou Grill and other food vendors and have a VIP Deck and hospitality areas for sponsors.
This is a Greater Navarre Area Chamber of Commerce event in cooperation with the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office, Santa Rosa County Economic Development Office, Broussard’s Bayou Grill on Navarre Beach and many great local and regional businesses.

Our Musical Line Up

Our headlining act for 2018 will be Confederate Railroad (Website). From rowdy country to raw emotion, Confederate Railroad covers a wide range of feelings. Young people will be there rocking to “Trashy Women”, while their parents and even grandparents will likely be singing along to “Jesus and Mama”. They have sold over 5 million albums and charted 18 hits while entertaining millions since the early 90’s.
Our second headliner is Ryan Daniel (Website). Ryan has received numerous awards from The Indie Music Channel to include “Best Country Contemporary Video” for “Feel Good Feelin’” (2017), “Best Country Artist” (2016), “Album of the Year” for “Love, Life and Memories” (2014) and “Country Song of the Year for “Love Lives On” (2014) written by Billy Currington. Ryan also won 2018 Veteran In Blue Award and was nominated for the 2017 Radio Music Award for “Feel Good Feelin”.
Louisiana LeRoux (Website) is another great band for our festival, with 50 years of performing their unique style around the world. They use blues, R&B, funk, jazz, rock, and Cajun as their base to bring a laid-back feel of the “Big Easy” to every venue they play evoking images of Bourbon Street and the bayou.
Waylon Thibodeaux (Website) was born in Louisiana’s ‘Bayou Country’ just a few miles southwest of New Orleans. Waylon has been dubbed “Louisiana’s Rockin Fiddler.” His unique musical style is best described by Thibodeaux himself:
“It’s a mixture –it’s Cajun, but not too traditional, it’s Zydeco with a pinch of New Orleans’ sound, a small pinch of South Louisiana “Swamp Pop”, a taste of Country and a little Rock n’ Roll that’s sure to get you on your feet and dancing.”
In addition to the great headliners, we will feature Na Na Sha, a great regional group that features music from the “ Doo Wop” 50s and “Rythem & Blues) from the 60s and 70s plus The Tommy Morris Band, a high energy “Rock and Dance Variety Band” that plays all of your favorite tunes, from Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk”, Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”, Stevie Ray’s “Pride and Joy”, The Temptation’s “My Girl”, Darius Rucker’s “Wagon Wheel”, to Prince’s “Purple Rain!!!”, and everything in between! Rounding out our line up for the day The Martini Shakers, playing great rock n roll hits from the 50s and 60s.

Dog Daze 2018- October 13th

Sip & Science- October 13th

Bring your friends, grab a drink, and unleash your inner scientist! Fun knows no age limit, so get ready to play like a kid again.

We’ll have trivia and games running in SMALLab to prove once and for all which of your friends is the most brilliant (or competitive). We’ll have plenty of robots to play with, from our clever code-reading Ozobots to our lively Dash (see if you can figure out how to program him to throw ping pong balls at your friends–they won’t mind). We’re pairing all the fun with beer, wine, and grub. You don’t want to miss this night at the museum.

October 13 | 6-9 p.m.
Guests age 21+ (IDs will be checked at the door)

Tickets:
$20 members/$25 nonmembers
http://sipandscience-october2018.eventbrite.com
Tickets include light appetizers and drink coupons

 

Rocking on the lawn Charity Music Festival- October 13th

 

Pensacola Interstate Fair- October 18th- October 28th

The Pensacola Interstate Fair is the largest and most exciting event held on the Gulf Coast! With over 60 rides, top-name entertainers, loads of entertaining and educational exhibits, and food galore, there is always something new to see and do at the Fair! We provide facilities for the Agricultural, Educational, Scientific, Livestock, Cultural, Commercial and Industrial resources of surrounding counties and states. The Pensacola Interstate Fair is a star-spangled parade of exhibits that attracts participants from all over the country!

Dates, Prices & Times

The 2018 Pensacola Interstate Fair will take place on October 18 – October 28! As it gets closer to Fairtime, we will list ticket prices, daily discounts, hours of operation and much more information so you can plan your trip to the Fair!

PensacolaFair.com more information on entertainment and tickets

 

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer- October 20th

Please join us for our non competitive walk to celebrate survivors and raise awareness!

Registration 8 am
Walk 9 am

Register your team today!
www.makingstrideswalk.org/emeraldcoast

Event Details

What Women Want Showcase- October 20th

What Women Want is the Emerald Coast’s premier women’s expo. This annual event offers women a fun day filled with exploring their personal style, renewing their soul and pampering themselves, featuring the best shopping, fashion, food and drink, entertainment, health, beauty, travel, home decor, success and more. Interactive exhibits, special guest speakers, live demonstrations and a fashion and style show are sure to educate and inspire attendees.

Event Details

 

2018- Best of The Emerald Coast Celebration- October 20th

Emerald Coast Magazine’s 19th annual celebration of excellence, The Best of the Emerald Coast, brings together winners ranging from plumbers and pizzerias to caterers and child care providers and haberdashers and hair stylists. The 2018 celebration will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin.

Click HERE for more deatils

Third Annual Raise a Glass Wine and Cheese Reception- October 21th

The Third Annual “Raise a Glass” Wine and Cheese Reception for the Opportunity Place Shelter for Women and Families will be held at the Magnolia Grill on Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. In addition to a variety of wines to be served, the Board of Directors traditional silent auction will be held. Tickets are available in advance or at the door at the Magnolia Grill for a minimum donation of $25. All proceeds from the event will benefit the work of Opportunity Place Women and Families Shelter. For more information contact the Magnolia Grill at 302-0266.

 

3rd Annual Project Hope Benefit & Silent Auction- October 28th

 

Destin Crafted- November 3rd

https://www.chanswineworld.com/events/i1937881gf

Event Dates:
11/03/2018 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Event Cost: Free

Event Location: The Henderson Beach Resort, 200 Henderson Resort Way, Destin, FL 32541

CALLING ALL CRAFT BEER AND BOURBON LOVERS: IMBIBE WITH US FOR A GOOD CAUSE!
Wine World presents Destin’s premiere craft beer, bourbon, & food festival benefiting local charity, Children in Crisis, Inc. Florida hosted at The Henderson!
Destin Crafted Festival

On Saturday, November 3rd, from 1pm til 4pm, Sample over 50 of the rarest and most delicious beers & bourbons on this side of the U.S. alongside food hand-crafted by some of the area’s favorite restaurants. Enjoy live music performances, games & fun, and enter the raffle to win awesome prizes. General admission for the 3-hour tasting event is $50 per person and all proceeds will benefit Children in Crisis!

Reserve your VIP ticket for access to the Sunset Terrace on Friday night, an exclusive event featuring rare selections not featured on Saturday, catered by The Henderson, with cocktails by The Craft Bar mixologists!

>> For additional info go to www.destincrafted.com | Stay tuned for the line-up of beers & bourbons! <<

**this is a 21+ ADULTS ONLY event!**

 

Fore Her set to host first Pink Walk at Destin Commons to benefit breast cancer patients- November 4th  

Fore Her, a local non-profit organization, has announced the addition of a new annual event to bring in funding for its mission of assisting local breast cancer patients. This new fundraiser, The Pink Walk, is set for Nov. 4 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Destin Commons.

“Destin Commons is honored to be partnering with Fore Her on this inaugural Pink Walk,” said Heather Ruiz, the Senior Director of Marketing & Leasing for the Destin Commons. “Our goal is to generate continued awareness and raise much needed funding in support of our local women and their families during their greatest time of need. We look forward to walking with our community side by side in the fight against breast cancer.”

The half-mile walk around Destin Commons and after party is set to feature a DJ and photo booth from BBoy Productions, sweet treats from Kilwins, activities for children, an aerobics class by U.S. Fitness and much more, including inspirational words from local news channel WJHG’s Jessica Foster.

“As a breast cancer survivor myself, it is an honor to participate in an event that promotes awareness and helps raise money for other women undergoing treatment,” said Foster. “Breast cancer is not only a physical journey, but also an emotional one. Any help we can extend to those battling this disease is a worthwhile endeavor.”

For 35 dollars, registered adult walkers will receive entry to the walk and after party, an official Pink Walk t-shirt, a swag bag and more. The race is 25 dollars for children ages five to 12, and children four and under are free. Until October 1, those who register early can receive five dollars off with the promo code, EARLYBIRD. Signs placed along the walk course to honor those who are battling or have lost their battle with breast cancer are also available for 50 dollars.

Proceeds from this event will benefit Fore Her, which provides financial assistance to local breast cancer patients.

“When someone is diagnosed with breast cancer, the financial burden is heavy,” said Walsh. “Which is why Fore Her steps in to carry some of the monetary weight and allow them to focus on their battle and getting better. As we help more women in our area, events like this become more and more vital to our mission.”

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event, and to view or download the sponsorship package and learn more about the specific opportunities, visit www.foreher.org/pinkwalk.

For more information about the Pink Walk or to register, visit https://850tix.com/events/pink-walk.

 

Panhandle Paddle Classic- November 9th- November 11th

GUSU Paddle and Surf is proud to bring back the Panhandle Paddle Classic! This is going to be an epic 3 day event that you don’t want to miss at one of the best location resorts in all of Destin: Jetty East Condominiums, With discounted rates for all paddlers and their families!  (See the Link Below)  What a way to end the season!  Filled with Paddle Clinics from the top Standup Paddlers from the East to West Coast, numerous vendor booths from our great sponsors, and best of all, EVERYTHING IS ON LOCATION!
 
We are proud to be supporting the Green Beret Foundation with this years race! The Green Beret Foundation supports our elite Special Forces Operators and their families in times of need. When our Warriors get injured overseas, the Green Beret Foundation is there to help out with treatment, living expenses, therapy, and anything Green Beret needs. When a Special Forces Soldier doesn’t make it home, the Green Beret Foundation is there to support the family with a huge support chain. Raffle donations and ticket purchases will go to the Green Beret Foundation!
 

****GUSU Paddlesports will be raffling off a Brand New StandUp Paddleboard, Leash, and Paddle! We will also have a Silent Auction on numerous SWAG from our awesome Sponsors! Proceeds go to the Green Beret Foundation!

City of Mary Esther Veteran’s Day Parade- November 10th

Playlist