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Senior Programs

• 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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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, 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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August 8th: Snake Day with Reno’s Reptiles

11am – 1pm

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.

For more info, click HERE.

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August 21st – 22nd: Destin Charity Wine Auction

Registration is open for the 2020 Virtual Destin Charity Wine Auction
Registration to bid virtually in the 15th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction presented by the Jumonville Family is now available. Simply click the button below and enter your information and you’ll be ready to bid as soon as the auction opens on August 21. Bidding is open to anyone interested in supporting our mission of helping children in need in Northwest Florida. Please note that if you previously held tickets to attend this year’s auction event, you must also register here in order to bid virtually.

Auction Lots
After polling a number of our supporters, we have put together an impressive line-up of lots comprised of trips, rare wines, art, and experiences based on your feedback given the current climate. All auction lots are available to preview now online and in your auction catalog. Silent, Super Silent, and Almost Live Auctions will open Friday, August 21 at 9am CST and will close Sunday, August 23 at noon CST. The Live Auction will open at 9am CST on Saturday, August 22 and will close in waves throughout the live auction broadcast. The Live Auction Live Stream Presentation will begin Saturday, August 22 at 4pm CST.

How Bidding Works

Bidding virtually has never been easier! If you are registered when bidding opens for each auction category, you will receive a text message with a link to bid directly from your mobile device. Through Greater Giving, you will bid using your computer, smartphone, or tablet on all auction items. You have the ability to set a maximum bid amount for the items you are interested in. This will allow the platform to bid on your behalf until you either win or max out your budget. You also have the opportunity to “Buy it Now” through the platform at a predetermined price point or watch the bidding on an item you are interested in by clicking the star icon on the package. More information on how to bid can be found HERE.

Live Auction Broadcast
Saturday, August 22 at 4pm CST
Tune in here: https://youtu.be/LM7iTW8utAQ

Streamed through YouTube, join our extraordinary auctioneer, Ursula Hermacinski, as she hosts a celebration of 15 years of charitable giving as we work together to raise money for children in need in Northwest Florida. Ursula will present 29 live lots to you in small groups. Bidding will close in waves on each group of live lots throughout the broadcast following their respective presentations. As bidding will be virtual, you will be able to enjoy this broadcast from the comfort and safety of your home. Be sure to bid high and bid often as these live lots will close periodically during our broadcast.

Create Your Best Auction-At-Home Experience
Our friends at Wine World are generously donating back a portion of all proceeds on select items when you show this email or bring a copy of the below form to the Destin or Grand Boulevard locations. Now through August 21, stock up on everything you need to to enjoy the live auction broadcast from the comfort of your own home.

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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August 22nd: Pulled Pork Fundraiser

Delicious eats benefitting the Air Force Enlisted Village and Science Center!

August 22, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Emerald Coast Science Center, 31 Memorial Pkwy SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Knife’s Edge Catering will be in house with delicious pulled pork sandwiches on August 22. Each sandwich purchased will benefit the Science Center and the Air Force Enlisted Village. Sandwiches are $8 each and also include a bag of chips and a bottle of water. Plus, buy a sandwich and get $5 admission to the museum per purchase during the event. Spend a fun day supporting your local nonprofits and enjoying amazing food- a win-win!

Visit HERE for more information

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August 27th: Planetarium Special Feature- Sordid Secrets of the Stars

In order to provide safety for our visitors and staff, both shows are limited to 15 guests each in order to provide proper social distancing within the planetarium; masks are also required at this event. We recommend buying tickets online to secure your spots.

Discover the sizzling stories behind the constellations in this planetarium event for adults (18+). Explore Egyptian legends and mythology hidden in the sky as you take a trip through the cosmos during the ultimate planetarium adventure. Much like all our Sordid Secrets, this is an adult event, as those Egyptian gods definitely didn’t keep things rated PG!

Our Planetarium is an inflatable dome. Guests sit on cushions on the floor of the planetarium to view the show. Due to size, space is limited to 15 patrons at a time. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended for this reason. On show nights, 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.

Shows begin at 6 and 7 pm and last approximately 45 minutes.
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.

Our planetarium is sponsored by ResortQuest Gulf Coast

Pricing
Nonmembers: $9 Adult | $8 Senior
Members: $7 Adult | $6 Senior
Event for guests 18 and up
Sordid Secrets shows are a special quarterly planetarium feature and do not qualify for free member admission; reduced pricing is available for members.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must occur 24 hrs prior to your show time to receive a refund. No Shows will not receive a refund. Be at least 10 minutes early to your show time or your seat can be given to someone else.

For more information or questions:
Call 850-664-1261 | Email business-office@ecscience.org
Emerald Coast Science Center, 31 Memorial Pkwy SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL

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September 19th: 8th Annual Soldiers On The Water

The Emerald Coast Association of Realtors would like to give 125 wounded Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, Marines, and Gold Star children a day on the water to show our gratitude for their sacrifice. This year, Soldiers on the Water will be held Saturday, September 19th to honor their sacrifice.

Check-in will take place behind Brotula’s Seafood House and Steamer in Destin at 7 a.m. All participants will be provided a light breakfast during registration. Boats will depart promptly at 8 a.m.  After the fishing excursion, participants will be treated to a late lunch at Brotula’s.

Equipment and licensing will all be provided. For more info or to register, visit soldiersonthewater2020.eventbrite.com or email farah@ecaor.com (850) 243-6145 ext 106

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