Presentation on genealogy research tonight

The Apalachicola Area Historical Society will present a forum on genealogy at the Raney Carriage House on Market Street at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29. Kathryn Palmer and Anya Grosenbaugh of the State Archives of Florida will discuss how to begin genealogical research using resources available at the archives in Tallahassee. Admission is free, limited seating so arrive early.


Bay friendly landscaping workshop Friday

Learn to how to make your yard a pleasant space and help improve water quality.

The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will be hosting a bay friendly landscaping workshop on Friday, Sept. 30, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Yard design and maintenance can have a big effect on adjacent water bodies. Participants in the workshop will learn about resources to help them transform their yard into a luscious bay conscious landscape. The class will also feature innovative Green Infrastructure techniques such as rain gardens, green roofs, and bio-swales.

Following the discussion portion of the workshop participants will have the option, for a small fee, to assemble their own rain barrel that they can take home. The workshop will be held at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve. The class is free, but rain barrels are $20 per barrel. Please register for the class in advance.

For more information contact Emily Jackson at 670-7743 or send an email to


Lantern making workshop Saturday

Come make your own lantern to bring to Lantern Fest on Oct 22 at Crooked River Lighthouse.

This three-part lantern making series continues on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Keeper's House at the Crooked River Lighthouse, 1975 Hwy 98 West, Carrabelle Beach. Led by Laurel Newman, this workshop will teach how to create beautiful, colorful paper lanterns that are easy to make. Cost is $5 for materials fee.

Please call and reserve a spot as space is limited. 697-2732


Free Kayak 101 and Paddling Tour Sunday

Learn basic kayaking skills from certified instructors, and then enjoy a tour of the pristine waters of St George Island on Sunday, Oct. 2, there will be a 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Dr. Julian Bruce St. George Island State Park. You may bring your own kayak and gear or use a kayak, paddle and personal flotation device provided at no charge by the Florida Youth Conservation Center Network. Audubon volunteers will accompany you and share birding tips during your tour. Learn how to paddle safely and enjoy the wildlife from your kayak.

Great tour for beginners. Call 927-2111 to reserve your place on the tour and reserve your boat and equipment. Reservations are required even if you bring your own kayak. There are no fees except your park admission charge. Children over 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Wear quick-dry clothing (no jeans or cotton), and closed-toe shoes. Please bring a sun hat, sunscreen, insect repellant and water. Sunglasses are recommended.