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June 1st: Destin Library Summer Reading Challenges Begin

Beginning Thursday, May 21, the Destin Library’s Beanstack reading tracker app will go live! Patrons can either download the app to their mobile phones and tablets or access the web version at cityofdestin.beanstack.org to sign up for this great FREE service.
After downloading the app, parents are encouraged to pre-register their children for our Beanstack Summer Reading Challenges, which begin on June 1. These challenges correspond with our 2020 Summer Reading Program (Imagine Your Story!) and can be used in place of a paper reading log to track children’s reading minutes during the summer. Please call the library at 850-837-8572 if you have any questions.

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June 1st – 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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June 4th – 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, June 4, 2020: Velcro Pygmies
Thursday, June 11, 2020: Rumours
Thursday, June 18, 2020: The Return
Thursday, June 25, 2020: Departure
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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June 13th: Virtual Relay For Life

Be part of the Relay For Life movement and continue to celebrate people who have been touched by cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action for lifesaving change. Join us virtually on June 13th at 2 pm and continue the fight from home and be a part of the Relay For Life of Fort Walton Beach. Visit facebook.com/fwbrfl for more information and to view this virtual event.

 

 

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June 13th: Discover Science Saturday- Recoloring The Universe

Join the Science Center 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 every day 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. Access to all activities included with General Admission pricing $10 adults/$8 seniors/$8 children/ages 2 and under are FREE… Military discounts available

This event supported by NASA’s Universe of Learning, in partnership with Smithsonian Affiliations. For more info, visit http://ecscience.org/events

 

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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 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.

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