As the holiday weekend moves into the rearview mirror, there remains plenty of options for entertainment and community engagement.

We offer a few suggestions for the coming week.



1. Support habitat restoration and environmental conservation. The Gulf County chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association Florida will hold its first annual Banquet and Auction 6-10 p.m. ET tonight at the Centennial Building in Port St. Joe. The event will include an open bar, catered dinner, live and silent auctions, raffles and giveaways for items ranging from local and exotic trips, artwork, tackle and jewelry. All to raise money for CCA Florida’s myriad projects, ranging from fundraising to advocacy, aimed at bolstering marine habitat and support recreational fishing. Among the good local works on tap will be a seagrass restoration project taking shape to address propeller scarring and other health threats to the valued seagrasses of St. Joseph Bay. The CCA is a non-profit grass roots volunteer-driven organization based in Texas. CCA Florida is based in Orlando. Tickets are $75 per person, or $140 for a couple. A table for 10 may be reserved for $700. Visit for additional details or to purchase a ticket.





2. Enjoy a martini, and support breast cancer assistance. The fifth annual Mammos, Martinis and More arrives 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12. The site of this year’s fundraiser is the Haughty Heron, located at 117 Sailor Cove Drive in Port St. Joe. This fundraiser supports the Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf Guild’s “Cricket Fund, Beyond Diagnosis” which assists women in a number of ways. Beyond providing free mammogram screening for women in need, the “Beyond Diagnosis” part assists with additional funding for services to residents who have already been diagnosised with breast cancer. The Krickets will provide live music and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Join the Guild or renew you membership and receive a free martini. The event is open to the public.



3. Lunch and learn with author Michael Lister. The Gulf County Chamber of Commerce will host a Lunch and Learn with New York Times’ best-selling author Michael Lister 11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET Tuesday at the Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Port St. Joe Public Library. The author will discuss how he used social media to promote his work. He will share his tips and techniques about how to promote yourself, your business, and your events using similar techniques. Space in limited --please reserve your space on line or by email. Lunch will be available for purchase and must be ordered in advance. (a lunch order is considered a space reservation.). Make a reservation at: Seating is limited. Lister will also have books available for sale.