“Turtles and Trash” exhibit ends with a party at The Joe Center for the Arts. The “Turtles and Trash” exhibit is closing this week. On Thursday, the last speaker series at 3 p.m. will include a presentation from Lynda White, President of the Friends Group at the Buffer Preserve. Lynda is retired from Florida Audubon and will be speaking about the impact of marine debris on coastal birds. In addition, Megan Christopher, with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, will be joining us as well for a conversation on her organization’s monofilament recycling program. And, of course we will have art making all afternoon and Leslie Wentzell from The Artery will be on hand to help coordinate fun activities for everyone.

And then, from 7-9 p.m. ET Friday, the closing party features The Recollections, who will be on hand to wow the crowd with their fantastic music Black Light Artist, Perdita Ross will be back and out front on the sidewalk in front of The Joe with two giant sea turtles for party goers to paint. Our new Black Light Room will be open inside for folks to visit and peruse with special 3D glasses. And, our volunteer caterer, Judy Scott, will have wonderful food and drinks for all to enjoy. This evening is also a fundraiser for the three supporting partner organizations and a silent auction will be part of the fun. There will be art pieces to bid on, beautiful gift baskets of books from the Port St. Joe Library and fun items from the Florida Coastal Conservancy to bid on and win. The event is open to the public with a $10 cash donation at the door. All monies collected help support all the non-profit organizations involved. For more information call 404-345-1008.



Shop the SaltAir Farmers Market. The Port St. Joe SaltAir Farmers Market, in its 11th year, is held the first and third Saturdays of the month at City Commons adjacent to Port St. Joe City Hall, at the intersection of Reid Ave. and Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd. The market is held 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET. At the market you may find fresh seasonal produce, jewelry, tie dye, carved woodwork and much more.



Florida Health Day Saturday. Rescheduled from earlier this month, Florida Health Day will offer a glimpse of the array of services provides by the Florida Department of Health in Gulf County. The event is 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET Saturday at Frank Pate Park in Port St. Joe. The free event will include educational booths set up by each program or department within the health department. There will be educational materials and giveaways while residents have the opportunity to learn about the programs such as environmental health, tobacco prevention, Healthy Families, Healthy Start, the health department’s clinic, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and much more.

The event will also include sno-balls, door prizes, and a coloring station for the youngsters and free health screenings.

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.