The calendar of the coming days is packed with a variety of events speaking to a host of causes, whether Alzheimer’s awareness or growing the arts in Gulf County.

In addition, there are also staples such as a Farmers Market to shop and a lighthouse tower to climb.

A few suggestions.

1. Lend your voice during a community meeting on the arts. If you enjoy the arts and want to see more art in Gulf County, make your voice heard at a community meeting 6 p.m. ET Monday. The meeting will be held at 201 Reid Ave, Port St. Joe, the location of the newly forming Port St. Joe Arts Center. The organizers would appreciate your input and advice about how to best use this newly remodeled facility to bring more art to the community. This is not a fundraiser or volunteer recruitment, just an opportunity to have your opinion heard. Do you want to see exhibits, workshops, children’s classes, community art? Let's discuss how we can work together. The opportunity is now. The building is ready. All we need is you and your ideas.


2. Promote Alzheimer’s awareness. The Alzheimer’s Project in Port St. Joe is getting ready for its first Alzheimer’s Awareness Day Block Party 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. ET Saturday at Frank Pate Park. This will be a family-fun event to educate the community about Alzheimer’s Disease, resources in the area, and tips for caregivers at home. Bring along the kids for fun and a free hot lunch: Pulled pork sandwich, chips and a drink.


 3. Shop for produce, crafts. The SaltAir Farmers Market is found at the corner of Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd. and Reid Ave. on the first and third Saturdays of the month. The market is open 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET Saturday. There will be art work, fresh baked goods, farm fresh produce, arts and crafts and more.

For additional information regarding participation in the market contact John Parker at 404-906-2637.


4. Support the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. Wewa Taxidermy Store and Studio will host a fundraiser for the Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. CT Saturday. They will be serving smoked pulled-pork sandwich plates with chips and a drink for only $6 a plate, donated in part by Rich's IGA and cooked by Capt. Dave himself. We will also be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a free deer shoulder mount and a free fish mount for only $5 a ticket. There will be a bounce house for the kids provided by PC Inflatables. There will also be lots of other give away items donated by several area businesses. Raffle drawing will be held at 1 p.m and you don't have to be present to win. Lots of food and fun, see you there.


5. Enjoy some music in the park. Mexico Beach’s Parker Park is the home this year for the Music in the Park series, which continues tonight at 5 p.m. CT. Local favorite Flabbergasted will take the stage tonight. While guests are urged to bring chairs or blankets for seating, the Mexico Beach Volunteer Fire Department will be selling hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks as a fundraiser. The concerts are free.


6. 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 Thursday 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