On the cover: Coal Pot Cook-Off

The fifth annual Coal Pot Cook-Off will be held on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. in Emancipation Park on St. Thomas.

The public event is a fundraiser that supports the work of the St. Thomas Historical Trust. Local cooks will vie for prizes using traditional Caribbean stoves to prepare food that is tasty and healthy. To participate or for more information, call 340-774-5541. Visit stthomashistoricaltrust.org.

Lasagna Extravaganza

Abi Beach presents the second annual Lasagna Extravaganza competition, a benefit for the Family Resource Center, on Sunday. Show off your cooking talent by entering your best lasagna. To register, call Brad Robbins at 340-244-0914 or email bradrobbinsvi@gmail.com. Entry fee is $50. There will be prizes for Best Meat, Best Veggie and Best Seafood Lasagna. Lasagna entries must be at Abi Beach Bar by 11:30 a.m. for noon judging. After judging, lasagna sample tickets will be sold for $1 each.

All proceeds from ticket sales and entry fees as well as a donation by Abi Beach Bar will benefit Family Resource Center.

Book and Film Fest

The third annual Children’s Book and Film Fest will take place on Fridays, July 28 to Aug. 18, at Buddhoe Park in Frederiksted, St. Croix. Movies start at 7 p.m. July 28 will feature “Coraline”; Aug. 4 will feature “Fantastic Mr. Fox”; Aug. 11, Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events”; and Aug. 18, “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” Seating is limited. Bring a chair or blanket. For more information, call 340-277-1978.

Snorkel clinic

The St. Croix Environmental Association will hold a free public snorkel clinic on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon south of Sand Castle on the Beach. School-age children to adults are welcome. SEA will provide instruction and gear. Registration is not required but appreciated at 340-773-1989 or sea.educator@gmail.com.

Cultural Jubilee

Join Christchurch Methodist Education and Outreach Services as it commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Virgin Islands’ transfer from Denmark with a “Transfer Centennial Cultural Jubilee,” including a “Peace Retrospective,” on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. under the Sanderella Bungalow and immediate surrounding areas of Rothschild Francis Market Square on St. Thomas.

The jubilee will feature entertaining presentations by CMEOS summer camp and other students in conjunction with guest performers from the community. At set intervals, they will also present “living history vignettes” portraying Virgin Islands history and culture through dramatizations, songs and dances. A highlight will be a “mini museum” featuring artifacts, household products and other items from the past 100 years. Adding to the festivities will be vendors selling local foods, pastries, drinks and locally made products.

Contact Priscilla Stridiron at 347-821-6446 for more information or to pick up a vendors’ application form or performers’ registration form. Forms also are available at the church office. The deadline for all forms is Monday at 1 p.m.

‘Lion King Jr.’

Pistarckle Theater at Tillett Gardens, St. Thomas, presents “The Lion King Jr.,” an all-youth, fully costumed performance, Tuesday through July 26. For tickets and information, call 340-775-7877.

The 60-minute musical, designed for middle-school aged performers, is based on the Broadway production directed by Julie Taymor and the 1994 Disney film. The all-youth cast features 33 students led by Camp Director Lauren Brody-Clarke, Musical Director Mary Christensen, and Choreographer Marie Paul.

“The Lion King Jr.” tells the story of the epic adventures of a curious cub named Simba as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destiny as king. Along the way, the young lion encounters a colorful cast of characters including spunky lioness Nala, charismatic meerkat Timon, and loveable warthog Pumbaa. To claim his rightful place on the throne and save his beloved Pridelands, Simba must find his inner strength and confront his wicked Uncle Scar.