Salvation Army looking for Bell Ringers for the Holidays- Now-November 17th

The Salvation Army in Okaloosa and Walton Counties is seeking organizations and volunteers to ring bells at various sites in our area. The need is greater than ever as many people impacted by Hurricane Michael are now looking to our local community charities for support.  The Salvation Army Bell Ringing Kick-off is November 17th, and takes place Mondays through Saturdays, but never on Sundays. To volunteer, call Tom Rice at The Magnolia Grill, 302-0266…or visit Salvation Army Florida dot org slash Fort Walton.



Elder Services of Okaloosa County is in need of space heaters for our frail elderly and handicapped homebound. If you can help, please drop off safe and operable space heaters at Elder Services in Fort Walton Beach, 207 Hospital Dr. or call 850-833-9165


Doolittle Scholarship Open Golf Tournament- November 9th

42nd Annual Doolittle Scholarship Open Golf Tournament

The 46th annual Doolittle Scholarship Open golf tournament will be held on Friday, November 9, 2018, at the Eglin Golf Course in Niceville. This year’s tourney will be played on the historic Eagle course, the oldest golf course in the area.  Check in starts at 7:00 a.m. and the tournament kicks off with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m.

The tournament is open to the public and cost is $50 for active duty military, $75 for Eglin Golf Course members and $100 for all others, which includes green fee and cart, range balls, lunch, refreshments on the course, and an awards party.  Registration is available online at  Questions may be directed to Steve Madley, (850) 803-2280, or e-mail

The tournament is sponsored by the Eglin Air Force Association Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.  Proceeds from the tournament will help provide college scholarships for deserving Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) cadets at area high schools, top graduates at the Okaloosa Aerospace Academy at both Choctawhatchee and Crestview High Schools, as well as the Air Force ROTC program at the University of West Florida.  The foundation also provides resources for the Civil Air Patrol and math and science fairs in the county.

In 2011, the foundation surpassed the $1 million mark for funds raised, based in large part to the generous support of our local community.

The Air Force Association is an independent, nonprofit, civilian education organization that educates the public about the critical role of aerospace power in the defense of our nation, advocates aerospace power and a strong national defense, and supports the United States Air Force, the Air Force family, and aerospace education.

Learn more about the Air Force Association at and the Eglin Chapter at, or check out our Facebook page at Eglin AFA.

Junior League of The Emerald Coast 5th Annual Touch-A-Truck- November 10th

The Junior League of the Emerald Coast is proud to bring Touch-A-Truck to the Destin Commons for the 5th year in a row. Touch-A-Truck will give families an opportunity to explore and learn about a wide variety of vehicles and how they serve our community. Families will be able to interact with trucks, construction vehicles, city service vehicles, military support vehicles and public safety equipment.
The event will take place from 10am – 1pm. There will be a special horn free hour from 10am – 11am for children with special needs or sensitive hearing. Entry fee for the event will be $2/person or $5/family. This year we will be hosting a VIP Birthday Experience from 12pm – 2pm. The Birthday experience includes a private hour with the vehicles. Please inquire about the VIP Birthday Experience by emailing



Emerald Coast Honor Games- November 10th

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!

Dog Daze 2018- POSTPONED

Dog Daze, the area’s foremost festival for dogs and the families that love them, has been postponed indefinitely due to soggy and unsafe conditions created by large amounts of standing water at Liza Jackson Park.  Friendship Veterinary Hospital and the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce announced the news at noon on Friday, November 9.

“Upon consulting with our sponsors and festival staff, everyone agrees that the park’s soggy conditions and standing water would create unsafe conditions and make the festival very uncomfortable for all participants,” said Cindy Berry, the Dog Daze committee chair.  “We’ll keep you updated on further developments as soon as we can.  We’re all very disappointed and were looking forward to meeting your dogs and your families at this always-fun event.”

For questions, contact Rachelle Graves at the FWB Chamber – 850-244-8191.


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

The City of Mary Esther is once again proudly honoring our Veterans at the Annual Veteran’s Day parade on Saturday, November 10th at 1 p.m. The theme of this year’s parade is “Honoring All Who Served” with special recognition of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One in 1918.  It’s Saturday, November 10th at Santa Rosa Mall starting at 1PM, brought to you by the City of Mary Esther, in conjunction with Cumulus Media and Eglin Federal Credit Union.


Fort Walton Beach Chowdown- Kick off to Christmas Connections- November 15


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Fort Walton Beach High School Leadership Program invites you to our Annual Chowdown on November 15th. It’s just 5-bucks, so bring the family and support our Christmas Connections Program. The Chowdown starts at 6 at the school’s cafeteria, and we are taking food donations from area restaurants. Pile your plate high and Chowdown!!


Tech Toy Preview- November 17th


Trying to help Santa figure out your children’s Christmas wish lists? Come to the Science Center’s Tech Toy Preview so your whole family can play with futuristic toys, coding robots, and much more. Find the perfect gift for your tech-savvy kids!
Dash the coding robot
Makey Makey
Osmo for iPads
Access to all of these high-tech, fun toys and games comes with general admission pricing to the Science Center. Grab the family and prepare to be amazed! Toys are appropriate for an extremely wide age range, typically ages 5 and up. Trust us, you’ll have just as much fun as the kids when you check out all these awesome gadgets at our Tech Toy Preview. Join us and get your holiday shopping list set before Black Friday.

General Admission Pricing Applies
($10 adults/$8 kids)
Discounts available


2018 Chili Ride- November 17th


Emerald Coast Science Center’s Anniversary Celebration- November 19th

We’re celebrating our 4th anniversary in our new location, and you’re invited. We’ll have a fun-filled day for your whole family to kick off the start of Fall Break.
Schedule of Events
• Our brand new CHEM Lab grand opening and Chem Demo 10:30 a.m. Be wowed by feats of chemistry during our visual demonstration, then explore our new hands-on kits with your family. Creativity Happens with Engaged Minds (CHEM)!
• Makerspace activity 11:30 a.m. Join our Makerspace for an open activity and fun crafting space.
• SMALLab games 1:00 p.m. Bring socks and come play in our state-of-the-art exhibit.
• Creature Feature 2:00 p.m. See our cute and cuddly (or sweet and scaly!) animals during this animal presentation.
• CAKE ALL DAY! Be sure to grab a slice and celebrate with us.
All activities included with general admission pricing! Discounts available


30A 10K- November 22nd

The Upcoming Seventh Annual 30A 10K Thanksgiving Day Races will take place in Rosemary Beach, Fla. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 2018. We offer multiple running options for all levels of runners: 10K, 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. This fast & flat, out-and-back course route is designed for running enthusiasts looking for a great race to set a personal record or families that want to start a new, fun tradition on Thanksgiving Day morning. Registration available at The 30A 10K is a Peachtree Road Race qualifier with certification #FL12097EBM. Visit to register or detailed event information.


23rd Annual Thanksgiving Meal at Harbor Docks Destin- November 22nd

Give Thanks at Harbor Docks Destin this year by eating, sharing, and volunteering. 24th Annual Thanksgiving Day meal will be served 11 AM-7 PM, compliments of Harbor Docks Destin. Enjoy a FREE traditional Thanksgiving Day meal with turkey, ham, and all the trimmings served by Habitat volunteers. No reservations required. Donations will be accepted but are not required, proceeds to benefit Okaloosa Habitat and Destin Harvest. Anyone interested in volunteering with Habitat at the event please email



11th Annual Emerald Coast Cattle Barons’ Ball- November 30th

 Guests gathered at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Destin for the American Cancer Society’s recent Branding Party that was held in anticipation of the upcoming 11th Annual Emerald Coast Cattle Barons’ Ball. (ECCBB) Previously held every spring, the main event has transitioned to the holiday season and will be held on Friday, November 30, 2018, within the Linkside Center at  Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.


Sponsors who have signed up to date are:


Presenting Sponsor

Ryan & Raven Jumonville

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort


Honorary Chairs

Kay Phelan, Chair Emeritus of ECCBB


Baron Sponsor

Dana & Tom Saffel

Merrill Lynch of Destin

Jack & Candis Wilson

Luxury Estate Auction/Realty Group


Rancher Sponsor

Acentria Insurance

Wells Fargo

Sacred Heart Hospital of the Emerald Coast

ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

Sea Dunes Realty

21st Century Oncology

Jill Cadenhead

Lena Ellen Boutique

Destin Deano Team – Keller Williams Luxury Emerald Coast

Tom and Joann Staub- Minera

Lawrence Victoria Insurance


Media Barons

Cumulus Media – 99ROCK

Emerald Coast Magazine

Emerald Ladies Journal


N2 Publishing- Inside the Gates

VIP Destin Magazine

Cox Media

Beach TV


Restaurant Barons                                              

Bijoux Restaurant & Spirits

Carrabba’s Italian Grill

SunQuest Cruises/Solaris

Fleming’s Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Smallcakes Cupcakery

Poppy’s Crazy Lobster Bar & Grill

Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q

Cantina Laredo

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar

Timber Creek Distillery


Décor Sponsors:



With cowboys and cowgirls donned in festive, western holiday wear, the 2018 Cattle Barons’ Ball theme will be “Cowboy Christmas” in what has become the area’s premier fund raising event with 500 guests.

Plan to wear your dancin’ boots and get ready to rock along as the entertainment will feature local favorite, The Modern Eldorados, back by popular demand. Cowboys and girls will also enjoy live and silent auctions, complimentary drinks and fancy vittles from the area’s leading restaurants and caterers.

The Cattle Barons’ Ball benefits the American Cancer Society by raising funds for cancer research, advocacy, education and patient services. Baron and Rancher table sponsorships are available at multiple levels, as well as individual tickets at $175. Additional sponsorships are still available for businesses and individuals interested in supporting the cause. For further information please contact Laura Dennis, Development Manager for the American Cancer Society, by calling (850) 512-4440, or email inquiries to


Ride for the Toys- December 1st

It’s the 20th Annual Ride for the Toys!
Toys and proceeds go to Okaloosa County families and FamiliesFirst Network of Crestview.

Start Crestview Walmart parking lot. at 9:30a
$10 Donation and a New Unwrapped Gift

Finish – Crestview American Legion, Post 75
Food, Music, Raffle, Musician and 50/50

Contact for Legion: Shelby Windham
(850) 305-3635 Legion (850) 689-3195


“Christmas at the Beach” – The 2018 Destin Christmas Parade on December 8

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The City of Destin’s 34th Annual Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at 10 a.m. This year’s theme is “Christmas at the Beach.” Floats will begin at Downtown Destin Shopping Center (Old Time Pottery) and travel west down Harbor Blvd. (Hwy 98) to Stahlman Avenue. Spectators should stand on the north side of Harbor Blvd. to watch the parade. For those who wish to enter a float in the parade, applications are available at the Destin Community Center and online here. In lieu of an entry fee, each float entry must make a donation of a new toy for a local charity and drop it off at the Destin Community Center along with a completed application. Applications must be turned in no later than Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Please call the Community Center at 654-5184 for more information. 

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