Oyster cook-off Saturday

The third annual Oyster Cook-Off to benefit the Apalachicola Volunteer Fire Department will be held Saturday, Jan. 19. A Friday evening event will preview of the oyster-related silent auction items, along with a sampling of the Apalachicola Bay's tasty bivalves. The cook-off Saturday will start at 11 a.m. Contestants are encouraged to enter with their favorite recipe. All forms of oysters will be available to taste: raw, steamed and fried. Other food items and refreshments will be available for purchase also. The day's activities will include live music and dance. For more information visit www.oystercookoff.com, call 653-9419 or email info@apalachicolabay.org.


Pas de Vie Ballet at Dixie

Tallahassee's premiere ballet company returns to the Dixie on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, Jan. 18-21 at 8 p.m. nightly. It will take your breath away. Tickets on sale at the Dixie box office Wednesday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 2 to 10 p.m. For information, call 653-3200 or visit www.dixietheatre.com.


Bingo on the Island Tuesdays

Beginning this week, Bingo on the Island will be on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the St. George Island Firehouse, 324 East Pine Avenue. Cards are $1. Sponsored by the St. George Island Civic Club. For information call 927-3001.


St. George Island Coastal Cleanup

The University of Florida, in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), needs volunteers to participate in a coastal cleanup on St. George Island on Saturday, January 19. Meet at Lighthouse Park at 9 a.m. and plan to work until around 1 p.m. Dress appropriately for the weather. Wear comfortable closed toed shoes and remember sunscreen and insect repellant. Trash bags, gloves, and water will be provided. Please e-mail questions to Jessica McKenzie at sjpturtlepatrol@gmail.com or call (205) 910-4717.


Gulf Ports exhibition continues in Apalach

Through Saturday, Feb. 12, come enjoy classic views of historic waterfront communities along the Gulf of Mexico at Apalachicola’s History, Culture, and Art Center. Colorful light-filled paintings by Paul Arsenault are featured in the exhibition of Gulf Ports, which includes paintings of Apalachicola, Key West, Galveston, and Boca Grande. A portion of sales benefits the local non-profit, Bay Aid. For info: www.historicapalachicola.com or call 1-855-272-5224.