A busy week ahead, and here, a few suggestions.



Blacklight painting at The Joe. Join The Joe Center for the Arts 2-5 p.m. ET Thursday and Friday for Black light Painting with Tallahassee artist Perdita Ross. The Joe welcomes this fantastic artist to Port St. Joe to engage the community in art making and conscious-raising events. This summer, the “Turtles and Trash” exhibit has focused on taking care of the coastal environment and Perdita’s workshops continue this theme as participants make cards, posters and sea turtle sculptures depicting ocean life. These workshops are free and open to artists and the public, no experience necessary. There will be a workshop area setup in The Joe for working in natural light and the back classroom set up with black lights so visitors can experience both as they create. Black light painting creates a 3D effect which makes each piece of art look multi-dimensional and we have 3D glasses to use to enhance this experience. Also, Lanark artist, Joan Matey will be here to assist and help papier-mâché large turtle sculptures in preparation for painting.

No registration required, just stop by The Joe and join in the fun and make your own black light masterpiece to take home. For more information call, 404-345-1008.


Get your student a back-to-school haircut. For the third year in a row, the Junior Service League of Port St. Joe will host "Cuts for Kids." The event, to provide free back-to-school haircuts for children in the community, will be held 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. ET Saturday at Allure Hair Artistry, located at 407B Reid Ave. in Port St. Joe. No appointments; haircuts will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. 



Check out the expanded Mexico Beach Farmers Market. The Mexico Beach Farmers and Craft Market will be held Saturday and Sunday this weekend in Parker Park. Summer hours are 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. CT. 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.




Open House at Forgotten Coast Athletics. Forgotten Coast Athletics will be having an open house on Saturday from 12-4 p.m. at its new facility located at 305 3rd St in PSJ. Forgotten Coast Athletics offers a variety of Tumbling and Gymnastics classes as well as Competition Cheerleading Teams for the ages of 1-year through High School Senior. Come check out the new gym and equipment, talk to coaches, and sign up for classes.



Higdon Swatts book signing. Local author and historian, Higdon Swatts will hold a book signing for “The Way I Remember It – Tales from a Port St. Joe Childhood & Beyond” (see story in Aug. 2 edition of The Star) at the Corrine Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. ET, Tuesday. Swatts is a lover of local history, and the short stories that fill the pages are drawn from personal experiences as he came of age in the small coastal town of Port St. Joe. The tales are based on actual events (although time may have reimagined an odd detail or two). The result is a collection of snapshots full of humor, heart, the human experience and life lessons learned. A firm believer in the importance of documenting local lore for the benefit of family, friends and acquaintances, the author hopes this book will inspire you to reflect on your own life and share what you remember. Signed copies will be available for sale at the event and are also available on Amazon and at local stores including, The Brick Wall Sports Bar, No Name Café and Joseph’s Cottage.



Summer hours to climb the Cape San Blas Lighthouse. Summer hours begin today at the Cape San Blas Lighthouse. Venture to George Core Park in Port St. Joe and climb to the top, nearly 100 feet high. 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. 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.