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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, 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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September 25th: Blood Drive

click flyer for details

 

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September 26th: End of Summer Ice Cream Social & Car Show

Join the Fort Walton Police and Fire Departments for a drive-thru ice cream social at Fort Walton Beach City Hall on Miracle Strip Pkwy on Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon. Line up in your car to say hello to your first responders, take a look at some of the City’s emergency vehicles and get a free ice cream treat – all done in a socially-distanced fashion. The event is sponsored Emerald Coast Association of Realtors and Cinco Bayou Baptist Church.

 

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September 26th – October 10th: CMSAF James Binnicker Virtual Run/ Walk

Your health and safety are very important to us. Instead of our annual gathering of runners and walkers at Bob Hope Village this year, the CMSAF James C. Binnicker Memorial Run is going virtual. You can run or walk ANYWHERE, indoors or outdoors, from the comfort of your favorite treadmill, track, or trail.
This year’s run is about much more than running. Because September is World Alzheimer’s Month, this year’s run will benefit our memory care wing at our assisted living residence, Hawthorn House, where military widows with Alzheimer’s and dementia reside. Every dollar raised from this virtual event will provide care and support for the residents there. We feel this would make CMSAF#9 Binnicker proud.
Social from a Distance… Although this year’s race is virtual, we’ve added new features to keep the event social and fun. We’ve opened a private Facebook group for participants where you can chat to one another, post photos and videos, compare training tips, and more. We’ll also go live or post videos from special guests from time to time. We’ve also created some challenges so you can win some prizes. The most important challenge is the Go the Extra Mile Challenge.
Go the Extra Mile… The world has changed for all of us, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment to our residents. Because these new changes, we have new challenges. We need your help more than ever. We ask for your help by creating a Facebook Fundraiser in conjunction with your run or walk. We call it the Go the Extra Mile Challenge, and we’ll reward the top three fundraisers.
This event is presented by Eglin Federal Credit Union. For event sponsorship information, please contact our race director at bauman@afev.us or 850-651-3766. Registration opens August 25, 2020. For more info, click HERE.

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October 3rd: Dog Daze (rescheduled from Sept. 19th)

Calling all dogs and the families that love them! Make plans to attend the 2020 Dog Daze brought to you by Friendship Veterinary Hospital, scheduled for Saturday, October 3, 2020. This year’s new location will be at The Landing (139 Brooks St., SE in Fort Walton Beach) which is the event’s original location when it began over ten years ago.

The Friendship staff has joined again with Okaloosa Gas, the City of Fort Walton Beach and the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce to present this Red, White & Blue-themed version of Dog Daze to honor the United States Military. Tail-wagging activities begin at 9 am and continue until 3 pm.

Your dog will have their day at the Fort Walton Beach Chamber’s annual festivities for canines and their people.  This is without a doubt the biggest event on your dog’s social calendar, so don’t disappoint them!  This dog-centric day will feature a variety of canine (and family) activities, including:

•           Pet Parade and Costume Contest (Theme: “RED, WHITE & BLUE”)

•           Canine Confidence Course created by The Inner Wag

•           Dachshund Races

•           Small Dog Stampede

•           Rabies and Microchip Clinic presented by PAWS

•           Pet Adoption Services offered by various pet rescues

•           Vendors with dog-related items

•           Treats galore!!

All well-behaved dogs above 6 months of age are invited to attend.  Proof of up-to-date rabies vaccination is required (current tag or doctor’s certificate) and will be checked at the gate.  There is no charge for accompanying (human) family members but a suggested donation of $3 per pet is appreciated.   Please leash your dog(s) with a strong, non-retractable leash.  If you would like to save time at the entrance, complete your registration form in advance by going to www.FWBChamber.com and clicking on the Dog Daze graphic.

Dog Daze is coordinated by the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce and is co-sponsored by Friendship Veterinary Hospital, Okaloosa Gas, the City of Fort Walton Beach, the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, Northwest Florida Daily News, AJ’s on the Bayou and T-Mobile.

For specific event information and vendor opportunties – contact Rachelle Graves at the FWB Chamber: 850-244-8191.

 

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October 3rd: Artisans Alley Craft Fair

Artisans Alley (behind Publix on Racetrack Road) in Fort Walton Beach will host a craft fair on the first Saturday of each month, from 9am-2pm. Booth rental fees will being donated to a different animal non-profit group each month. Those groups will also be on hand holding pet adoptions. Future dates will include November 7th and December 5th.

 

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October 3rd: Pet Blessings

The Immanuel Angelican Church in Destin invites all pet owners to bring their pets, foster or service animals (or any animal companion!) for blessings on October 3rd at 9am. All animals and their human companions will be individually prayed for following a brief opening service which will seek God’s blessings on the creatures of the world.  There will be ample room for social distancing and individuals should bring their own lawn chairs. Limited fixed seating in the chapel is also available. Each animal should be under leash control or in a carrier. The event is free and open to anyone. For more details call 850.837.6324 or email Deacon Jon Bryan atjon.iacdestin@gmail.com. You can also visit the event page HERE

Religious events to bless animals have a long tradition worldwide of being held in early October near the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi who is considered a patron of animals.

 

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October 10th: Sip & Science “Lost In Space” (Rescheduled from Oct 17th)

Bring your friends, grab a drink, and get lost under the stars.

Sip & Science: Lost in Space takes our usual fun antics appropriate for adults age 21 and up, and turns it into a journey through space (with wine). Join us for this fun and interactive planetarium show, including beer, wine, appetizers, and plenty of space (both socially distant and universe wise). That’s right, you get to eat, drink, and relax while we take you on a tour through the galaxy, chocked full of trivia and audience participation. Sa-TURN down for what?! Join us a little early for each show to play with some of our out-of-this-world space activity stations from the NISE Network.

Space is limited to 15 guests in the planetarium at a time, and masks must be worn when not eating and drinking. Shows run from 6:00-7:00 p.m. and 7:30-8:30 p.m. The planetarium will be sanitized between shows for guest safety as well. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. for the 6:00 p.m. show and 7:15 p.m. for the 7:30 show.

$20 for nonmembers/$18 for members… Ticket price includes admission to 1 planetarium show, access to our Space Stations, drink tickets for adult beverages (beer and wine), and food.

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. Purchase tickets lunar rather than later to reserve your space. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled showing to check in, grab your drinks and apps, and get settled. Our planetarium is powered by ResortQuest Gulf Coast

 

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October 10th: Emerald Coast Walk To End Alzheimer’s

Join us on Saturday, October 10th for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at act.alz.org/emeraldcoast Registration is free

Advocates form teams in honor of their loved ones, patients, or simply for the eradication of the disease, and work to raise funds for several months up to the symbolic walk. Funds raised through the Walks go to critical research at the national level and also local community programs in each chapter such as caregiver education, the 24/7 helpline, and MedicAlert & Safe Return.
For more info, click HERE.

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October 17th: Making Strides of The Emerald Coast

Join us on October 17, 2020 for the first-ever Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of the Emerald Coast DRIVE EVENT at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville!

Making Strides has always been more than just a walk, it’s a movement. We are the largest network of breast cancer events in the nation – and we do more than just walk. We raise money to help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking breast cancer research and provide patient services like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near treatment, and a live 24/7 cancer helpline. But we can’t do any of this without the help of people like you! For more info, visit

http://makingstrideswalk.org/emeraldcoast

 

 

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October 24th: Emerald Coast Out Of The Darkness Walk

The 2020 Emerald Coast Out of the Darkness Walk will be taking place on Saturday, October 24th at Beasley Park in Fort Walton Beach.

Why support the Emerald Coast Out of the Darkness Walk? Suicide is a leading cause of death – and it is preventable. With your support, we’ll be one step closer to achieving our bold goal of reducing the suicide rate 20% by 2025. Funds raised from The Out of the Darkness Walks allow us to fund research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

 

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October 27th: A Night With The Stars

Help Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center celebrate 20 years by coming out to the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin on Tuesday, October 27 and enjoy a performance by The Modern Eldorados as the headliner! There will be food vendors present and raffle prizes that you won’t want to miss out on! Doors will open at 5:30pm and entertainment will begin at 6:30pm. Click HERE for more info.

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October 29th: “Spooky Secrets of The Stars”- A Planetarium Special Feature

Come dressed in Halloween costumes, get your Trick-or-Treat candy, and prepare to be scared! We’re ready to celebrate Halloween under the night sky in our inflatable planetarium.

Join our 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. show for family-friendly stories about the creepy creatures of mythology hidden in the night sky. These showings are appropriate for all ages.

Our 7 p.m. Spooktacular Show is more appropriate for ages 8 and up as the tales told during this show are spookier.

All shows last approximately 45 minutes.

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.

Sponsored by ResortQuest Gulf Coast

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 info, click HERE

 

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November 5th – 8th: Harvest Wine & Food Festival

Produced by Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), the festival offers patrons over 250 wines paired with Gulf Coast fare over 3 days of events. For more info, click HERE. Tickets for the 4th Annual Harvest Wine & Food Festival are on sale now at https://850tix.com/organizations/destin-charity-wine-auction-foundation

 

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November 6th: Homeless Veterans Stand Down

Homeless U.S. military veterans will find a variety of assistance — including medical screenings, inoculations, clothing, toiletries and free bicycles — at the 2020 Okaloosa-Walton Homeless Veterans Stand Down Nov. 6 in Crestview from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “It’s a one-stop shop for veterans who are homeless and need help,” Crestview AmVets Post 35 second vice commander Liz Westby said. “We’ll have a veterans’ court there for minor infractions,” Ms. Westby said, complete with a judge to help clear a vet’s record of some outstanding legal issues that otherwise pose no threat to the community. Veterans must provide proof of eligibility such as a Veterans Administration card, military ID, or DD Form 214 at the stand down to obtain services, which include:

• Flu, tetanus and pneumonia inoculations

• Mental health screenings

• Dental screenings

• Health, comfort and toiletry items

• Florida Department of Veterans Affairs services

• Haircuts

• Veterans court

• VA clothing, boots and blankets

• Employment and job search services

• A nourishing meal

• Veterinary services (8:30-11:30 a.m. only)

• Bicycles

• VA housing assistance

• VA benefits assistance

• County transit passes (to facilitate attending doctor’s appointments, shopping, etc.)

To assure attendees don’t just pick up freebies and leave, they will be required to visit several mandatory services, including career services and health screenings, organizers said. Attendees must wear face masks and observe social distancing as precautions against COVID-19.

 

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November 7th: Artisans Alley Craft Fair

Artisans Alley (behind Publix on Racetrack Road) in Fort Walton Beach will host a craft fair on the first Saturday of each month, from 9am-2pm. Booth rental fees will being donated to a different animal non-profit group each month. Those groups will also be on hand holding pet adoptions.

 

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November 14th: Okaloosa Walton Heart Walk Digital Experience

The Okaloosa Walton Heart Walk Experience is going DIGITAL! Join us DIGITALLY on THIS event page throughout the month of October leading up to the Heart Walk Celebration Day on November 14th. You can support our mission by Heart Walking where you are. Whether it’s around your house or around your neighborhood, a Heart Walk can happen wherever you can move!
Sign Up. Lace Up. And say “Yes to health!”- join us by starting a fundraising team today at www.OWHeartWalk.org
Heart Walk is locally sponsored in Okaloosa and Walton counties by MAG Aerospace and Mary Esther Bingo. This year’s chair is Chad Vuyovich of MAG Aerospace.

 

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November 14th: PAWS Adoption Event at Subaru

Dogs and cats ready to be adopted from the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society will be showcased at the NEW Subaru dealership in Fort Walton Beach, 916 Beal Pkwy, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov 14th. Adoption fees range from $45 to $125 for dogs, and $45 to $100 for cats. Fees cover spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, flea/tick/heart worm control and microchip. Subaru hosts a PAWS adoption event monthly. Social distancing is respected, and masks and face shields are available.

 

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December 5th: PAWS Adoption Event at Subaru

Dogs and cats ready to be adopted from the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society will be showcased at the NEW Subaru dealership in Fort Walton Beach, 916 Beal Pkwy, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec 5th. Adoption fees range from $45 to $125 for dogs, and $45 to $100 for cats. Fees cover spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, flea/tick/heart worm control and microchip. Subaru hosts a PAWS adoption event monthly. Social distancing is respected, and masks and face shields are available.

 

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December 5th: Artisans Alley Craft Fair

Artisans Alley (behind Publix on Racetrack Road) in Fort Walton Beach will host a craft fair on the first Saturday of each month, from 9am-2pm. Booth rental fees will being donated to a different animal non-profit group each month. Those groups will also be on hand holding pet adoptions.

 

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Ongoing: Various Programs

• PTSD FREE FLOAT THERAPY: Float Brothers is offering FREE Float Therapy sessions for veterans who have been diagnosed with PTSD every Monday by appointment. To sign up, bring in military ID or DD 214 and letter from your doctor with PTSD diagnosis. Participants should call the spa to make appointment. Online booking is not available for the PTSD program. Contact Float Brothers for more info at 850-460-8720

• 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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