The Mexico Beach Farmers Market. The Mexico Beach Farmers and Craft Market is back in Mexico Beach and Parker Park. From 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. CT Saturday shop for fresh, local vegetables and baked goods as well as gifts and goodies from local craftspeople. Parker Park is located at 2500 U.S. Highway 98. Vendor applications are available at mexicobeach.com under calendar of events.

 

Climb the Cape San Blas Lighthouse in Port St. Joe’s George Core Park. The St. Joseph Historical Society has expanded the lighthouse hours for the summer. The lighthouse is open 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET Wednesday through Saturday. For adults 13 and over, the cost to climb is $5 and for children under 12, but at least 44-inches tall, the cost for the climb is $3. Please, no flip-flops – climbers need sturdy shoes. Also, keep in mind, the Lighthouse Gift Shop, located inside the Sleeping Beauty keepers’ quarters is open during the same hours.

 

Get up close and personal with nature at the Buffer Preserve. Join us at 11 a.m. ET Friday at the St Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve to learn about the research being conducted on the Gulf Coast Box Turtle. Jessica Meck, an Antioch University New England graduate student, has been studying the home range and habitat selection of the Gulf Coast Box Turtle since 2016 with the American Turtle Observatory. Jessica will be discussing some of her findings and the unique characteristics of this subspecies of box turtle that many find in their own backyard! Jessica’s program begins after the Second Friday Tram Tour on Aug. 11. There is a short history presentation at 9 a.m. ET in the Visitor Center. The TRAM Tour follows immediately and lasts for about an hour and one-half. Jessica’s program will begin after folks have a chance to freshen up from the Tram Tour.

It’s hot – so it is recommended that visitors bring a hat, sunglasses, water and of course, a camera. Close-toed shoes are recommended just in case you want to get off the tram to see a plant or animal up close. You never know what you might see on the tram ride. If you have questions about the presentations or Tram Tour please call Sandra at 229-1787, Ext. 1.

 

Join the Chamber’s “Shell Out in Port St. Joe.” Come join the fun on Reid Ave. Friday for the Gulf County Chamber's own version of the painted rock phenomenon. We will provide shells, paint, and markers so you can create a positive message or image to put out into our community. What can you Shell Out? Love, kindness, art and of course you can shell out some cash locally!! This is an event for all ages and someone will be on hand to help and provide inspiration! The event will takes place 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the historic Port Theatre. The event is completely free and open to all.

 

Get that back-to-school haircut courtesy of the JSL. The Junior Service League of Port St. Joe is offering its 2nd Annual Cuts for Kids program 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. ET Saturday at Allure Hair Artistry. After the success of the first Cuts for Kids program last year, providing free hair cuts to 63 children in the community before the new school year, the JSL wanted to continue this great program and are hoping to reach even more children. Allure Hair Artistry is located at 407-B Reid Ave., behind Spa Pur, in Port St. Joe. Cuts will be given as a first-come, first-served basis - no appointments will scheduled.