Turtles and Trash exhibit opens Friday. The Joe Center for the Arts welcomes you to its newest exhibit 6 p.m. ET Friday, June 29. The Center for the Arts is located at 201 Reid Ave. in Port St. Joe. Come support this fledgling organization as it gathers steam to be a cultural arts destination for our area. The new exhibit is a blend of art and science, as the center opens the door to a conversation about taking care of our planet and coastal community. Come visit with scientists, learn about art from artists and make some yourself. Fall under the spell of Guest Artist Beth Appleton’s work as you look at her lush microscopic view of the world and delight in the whimsy of Joan Matey’s Fishy Fashions.

This exhibition runs all summer with a grand closing event with The Recollections on Aug. 17. Every Thursday is Turtle Thursday, with a lecture, art workshop or a special treat, free and open to the public. Check out our schedule online at: thejoecenter.com or on Facebook.

The exhibit is made possible by supporting artists from the local community and the bigger community who love nature. Many thanks to all supporters who have posted a poster, made a donation or volunteered. Special thanks to F & B Builders who gave a significant sponsorship donation to make this exhibit possible and to our partners, the Florida Coastal Conservancy and the Port St. Joe Library.



Third annual Sea Turtle Festival Sunday. Florida’s Forgotten Coast plays host to an abundance and variety of visitors, including adult and juvenile sea turtles. To celebrate these remarkable creatures and raise awareness of their importance, the Florida Coastal Conservancy and Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Center invite you to join us for the 3rd Annual Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Festival 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. ET on Sunday at Village Drive and George Core Park in Port St. Joe.

The Festival will include live music by Rick Wilson, Country Outlaw (11 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET) and K.T. Up Close & In Person (1-4 p.m. ET), hot dogs and ice cream, a sidewalk chalk art contest for all ages, educational displays, local art vendors, activities for kids, and giveaways. The Festival is free to attendees and will take place rain or shine. Come join the fun and learn about our amazing sea turtles and the places they call home!



Climb the Cape San Blas Lighthouse during holiday hours. Venture to George Core Park in Port St. Joe and climb to the top of the lighthouse, nearly 100 feet high. The lighthouse will be open 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET Thursday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. ET Sunday. The lighthouse will be open 11 a.m. until6 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday during the holiday week. 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. In addition, the lighthouse is open, by appointment, for groups of 5 or more. The minimum charge is $25. Contact 229-8261 to book an appointment for a group.






Still time to register for 50th birthday celebration on St. Vincent. The Friends of St. Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge will host a birthday bash July 6 on the island. From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. ET, the island and its Friends will host a summer picnic (lunch on the grill) including a half-mile loop walking tour through forest to sugary beaches (and serious shell searching) and, after a wander over some dunes, to the normally off-limits Point to view nesting and resting shore and water birds. There will also be a host of exhibits and activities along the way.

It is just a short jaunt by boat to the island and the Friends will have a barge leaving every half hour from the Indian Pass boat ramp. Space on each barge load is limited to 40 passengers. The Friends of St. Vincent kindly ask all who wish to be part of the celebration to register at www.stvincentfriends.com. The celebration and the transportation are free, just sign up in advance.