CRESTVIEW — Several Okaloosa County events are slated next month to celebrate Florida’s 500th anniversary.
Residents can search the Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative’s Heritage Geocache Trail and find at least six caches to earn a commemorative Viva Florida 500 coin (while supplies last). Learn more at www.readokaloosa.org.
Other Viva Florida 500 events and activities are as follows:
●Annual Pinfish Classic: 8:30-10 a.m. Nov 2, Destin Harbor. Catch-and-release event is open to children 14 and under. Free admission. Details: www.cityofdestin.com
●For the “Art of It” Interactive Art Walk: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 9, downtown Fort Walton Beach. Observe art demonstrations and create projects for a minimal fee. Featuring The Emerald Cork & Paint Studio, Artseano Jewels and Full Circle Gallery. Details: www.downtownfwb.com
●Moonlight & Melodies Wine Gala: 6-9 p.m. Nov 9, Emerald Coast Aviation, Crestview. Cost: $40 per ticket. Details: www.crestviewchamber.com
●History of Niceville’s Civilian Conservation Corps: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14, Niceville Community Center
●Pioneer Day: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 16, Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, Niceville. Family activities including candle dipping, soap making, blacksmithing, rag doll making, weaving and campfire cooking demonstration. Also, live dulcimer and flute music, quilting, storytelling and more. www.heritage-museum.org
●American Indian Hunting Camp: 1-3 pm. Nov. 16, Crestview Public Library. See history come to life in this authentic 1830s hunting camp. Free. Details: www.cityofcrestview.org/library.php
●Bobbin Lace Workshop: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16-17, Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, Valparaiso. Details: www.heritage-museum.org
●Annual Northwest Florida Doll Show and Sale: Nov. 23, Creative Senior Center, 31 Memorial Parkway, Fort Walton Beach. Details: 833-9587
●Patrick Smith’s “A Land Remembered: The Multimedia Tour”: 2-4 pm. Nov. 23, Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium. Live stage presentation by the author’s son. Free. Details: http://alandremembered.com/fort_walton_beach