The "Community Photography Show" will open Friday at The Joe Center for the Arts {Courtesy of Ron Rudolph}
Heat & The Zydeco Gent perform tonight as part of Mexico Beach's "Music in the Park" series. {Special to The Star}
The Mexico Beach Farmers Market is Saturday and Sunday in Parker Park {File photo}
New hours to climb the Cape San Blas Lighthouse {Courtesy of Laura Northern}

The opening of a new photography show at The Joe Center for the Arts highlights the weekend's activities.

The "Community Photography Show" will open with a reception 6-9 p.m. ET Friday at The Joe, located at 201 Reid Ave. in Port St. Joe.

The show features over 140 photographs from talented photographers across the Forgotten Coast.

During the reception ribbons for first-, second- and third-places in four categories, as well as eight honorable mention ribbons, will be awarded.

Further, ribbons will be awarded for Best of Show and Photographers Choice.

The four categories of competition are Landscapes and Seascapes, Nature, Sunrises and Sunsets and Creative.

Refreshments will be provided during the reception and admission is free.

"Everyone is invited to see all the exciting ways that these photographers have captured and enhanced the beauty of the Forgotten Coast, from the smallest insect to the most spectacular ocean vistas," said Marcy Trahan, organizer of the show.

The Joe is a community art center, sponsored by the Forgotten Coastal Cultural Coalition, with a mission to educate, exhibit, partner and inspire through the arts.

Music in the Park in Mexico Beach. The "Music in the Park" series returns to Parker Park in Mexico Beach during the month of September.

Each concert is held 5-7 p.m. CT Thursdays, tonight with Heat & The Zdydeco Gents.

Good music and good times, the concert is free.

There will also be hot dogs and hamburgers, chips and a drink for a suggested donation of $5 (or more), benefiting Helping Hands. All proceeds go to Helping Hands.

Helping Hands has a goal of $15,000 to be purchase a 300-foot mobi mat on the beach to make a pathway down to the water for anybody who has trouble walking in the sand.

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 under calendar of events.

Fall hours at the Cape San Blas Lighthouse. Starting this week and continuing until Memorial Day, the Cape San Blas Lighthouse 12-5 p.m. ET 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.