Join a “Coffee Talk” about foster parenting. There are zero foster households in Gulf County, so a child taken from their home in the county must be relocated to a foster household out of the county. Life Management Center is hosting a “Coffee Talk” about foster parenting 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. ET at the Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Port St. Joe Public Library. “Coffee Talk” is an informal conversational style meeting where people can come and learn more about foster parenting and adopting. There will be a Q&A and discussion will focus on a list of common barriers that people face as well as the rewards. Some common questions asked are: Can I foster if I’m single? Am I too old to foster? May I still have firearms and foster? Those are just a few examples. The “Coffee Talk” is also designed for people who know this is not the right season for them to foster, but they still want to be involved in the mission. There will be lots of ideas on how they can get plugged in and support the families who do foster.
Gulf/Franklin ‘Coastal Culture’ Open House. An Open House for the upcoming Coastal Culture program, an evolution from Education Encore, will be held 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. ET Friday at the Gulf/Franklin Campus of Gulf Coast State College, located at Garrison Ave. and U.S. 98 in Port St. Joe. The Open House is an introduction to the program and an opportunity meet some of the instructors. Coastal Culture offers community education courses, combining leisure and learning via personal enrichment programs for active adults with a desire for life-long learning, exploring new hobbies and developing new talents while meeting new friends. The program adheres to the adage that we are never too old to learn with a goal to provide a learning environment that is fun. Learn about gardening (edible gardening) in small places, drawing, computer basics, jewelry-making, home repairs and more. Courses will be offered from Wednesday, Sept. 5 through Oct. 10; participants can take up to three courses. Courses cost $25 per class or $75 for all three. Registration is open. For more information visit gulfcoast.edu/GulfFranklin or call Lara Herter at 873-3583.
Support the “Swivel Sisters.” We’re serious this week. Last week we were a bit early, but this weekend is time for the “Swivel Sisters” fundraisers. The Swivel Sisters, an active women’s fishing club in Port St. Joe will be holding a “Pancake Breakfast” fundraiser. A $5 ticket buys three pancakes, two sausages, butter, syrup and a 12 ounce coffee or juice. On Friday, the Sisters will be at Half-Hitch Tackle in Port St. Joe 5-9 a.m. ET and Saturday they will be at Tommy T's in Mexico Beach from 5-9 a.m. CT. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Half-Hitch Tackle or the day of either event.
Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School soccer fundraiser. Come to the Haughty Heron Saturday and listen to the Bo Spring Band and the Gulf County Soccer Boosters will be running its concession stand 7-10 p.m. ET, before and during the show. The boosters will be cooking hot dogs, hamburgers and French fries and, naturally, there will be plenty of cheese and chili for those dogs and fries. There will be a limited supply of Port St. Joe Soccer t-shirts and pullovers and the boosters will hold a raffle. All donations support the girls’ and boys’ high school soccer teams and are much appreciated.
August hours to climb lighthouse expanded. The Cape San Blas Lighthouse will be open through Labor Day 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Venture to George Core Park in Port St. Joe and climb to the top, nearly 100 feet high and check out the Gift Shop in “Sleeping Beauty.” 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.