Well, Monday’s eclipse of the sun is certainly eclipsing attention from a host of other options for recreation or entertainment.

But that does not mean the area does not offer some alternatives.



1. Shop for produce, crafts at the Salt Air Farmers Market. 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.



2. 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.



3. Sacred Heart meet-and-greet. Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf (SHHG) will host a Meet-and-Greet event with the newest Sacred Heart providers serving Gulf and Franklin counties 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, Aug. 22 at The Thirsty Goat at The Port Inn, 501 Monument Ave., in Port St. Joe. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served throughout the evening. The Meet-and-Greet reception will give patients and community members the opportunity to meet the newest physicians in a non-clinical setting and to become more familiar with the services they offer as well as a chance to meet current providers who’ve been serving the area. SHHG welcomes new hospitalist, Dr. Saul Rodriguez, general surgeon, Dr. Stacy Harbin and family practice physician, Dr. Heather Wells. For more information or to register for this event, please call Wes Richardson at 229-5603. For more information about Sacred Heart on the Gulf, please visit www.sacred-heart.org/Gulf


4. Senior Care Open House. The Port St. Joe Public Library will host a Senior Care Open House 4-6 p.m. ET Tuesday, Aug. 22. What will you do when it is time to care for a loved one? Who will care for them? How will you pay for it? What resources are available? You don’t have to do it alone. Come join the Open House to receive help with these answers and more. There will be booths set up that you can visit to gather information on a variety of services, options and programs available in Gulf County. Vendors include Cross Shores Care Center, NHC Home Health Care, Medicaid Done Right, Alsheimer’s Association, Our Home at Beacon Hill, Covenant Hospice and Gulf County Senior Citizens.