Air Force to host town hall tonight

The United States Air Force in conjunction with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida Forest Service will host a public town hall meeting tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Apalachicola Community Center, 1 Bay Ave.

The purpose of the town hall is to take questions from the public and provide answers regarding the Gulf Regional Airspace Strategic Initiative (GRASI) and how Tate's Hell State Forest may play a role in support of low impact military training.

For more info, call David Core, Florida Forest Service, at (850) 681-5800.


Boat Parade of Lights Saturday

Carrabelle’s Marine Street will be glowing with lights Saturday, and the River Walk is the place for watching the decked out boat regatta. Stroll with old friends, make some new ones, sip cider, and see Santa. Fun for the whole family! Vendors will be on Marine St. at 5 p.m. The Boat Parade will begin around 7 p.m. Fireworks will follow the boats.

Santa will be at the Pavilion from 5-7 p.m. Community groups will be selling festival food, hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken fingers and Christmas goodies. Local vendors will have unique gifts. Shops in Carrabelle will be open! Entertainment by "Swiftwater" on stage on Marine St. Winners and awards will be announced at C-Quarters Marina after the parade, where music will be provided by Debbie Jordan.


Free workshop on monarch butterflies

Dr. Richard Rubino will speak on Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Nature Center 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint. Volunteers are needed to gather research data for the second annual Northern Gulf Coast Monarch Butterfly Count. The project runs through January and February; just observe when you can, record data, and report it. Potential participants and just-plain-curious folks are both welcome to attend Rubino’s lecture


Full moon climb at lighthouse Monday

The December Full Moon Climb at the Cape St. George Lighthouse on St. George Island will be held on Monday, Dec. 16. The Sunset/Full Moon Climb will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and will include light hors d'oeuvres and a sparkling cider toast to the full moon. After sunset, people are invited to climb to the top of the lighthouse for a breathtaking view of the full moon, as space and time permit. Reservations or more information, please contact the Lighthouse Gift Shop at 927-7745.