Community News

Forgotten Felines

Forgotten Felines invites the public to join them for their regular
meeting to be held at Martin Luther Chapel 122nd Street Gulf (behind
NAPA) at 6 pm on June 29. They encourage anyone with any cat
concerns to attend. There will be free raffle, food, beverage and a
fun time. For more information call Sally at (305) 896-0932.

Navy Band Jazz Ensemble to play Marathon

Navy Band Southeast’s Jazz Ensemble, Orion, is an
eighteen-piece group that performs a wide variety of music from
traditional Big Band classics to contemporary Jazz, sizzling Latin
to Motown. With high caliber vocals and dynamic soloists, this
versatile group has entertained tens-of-thousands of audiences at
numerous festivals, schools, and military events throughout the
Southeast region. Wherever they perform, they are met with
excitement and enthusiasm! This band will perform on Sunday evening,
June 28, at 6 pm at Community Park Amphitheater. The performance is
FREE. Bring your friends, picnics, and lawn chairs and enjoy this
rare opportunity to hear fabulous military music in Marathon.

Volunteers needed to cover the Key West Tropical Forest &
Botanical Gardens Visitor Center.

Become a Visitor Center Greeter and use your talents to help the
garden grow. Two, 3-hour shifts each day provide you the opportunity
to join the original Key West green team and do your part to help
the garden. Training and a free Docent tour is provided. The Garden
is open to the public 7days a week from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (except
major holidays).

If you are interested in helping but not available for a regularly
scheduled shift, substitutes to fill in at short notice for open
shifts are always appreciated and will be welcomed equally.

If you or someone you know is interested and available, contact
Misha McRAE, Executive Administrator, at (305) 296-1504 for more
information or to sign up.

Leadership Monroe County Schedules Recruitment Socials for Class

Leadership Monroe County has begun its recruitment process for Class
XVIII of the county-wide leadership program. On Friday, June 26, the
first of three socials will be held at the Gardens Hotel (526 Angela
Street) in Key West from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Individuals interested in seeking a spot in the Class XVIII
beginning in October should attend the social to find out more about
Leadership Monroe. Area alumni will be on hand to acquaint
prospective class members with the program. There will be a cash bar
and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

Both prospective class members and LMC alumni are urged to RSVP
their attendance to 289-9400 or email the program coordinator at
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Two additional socials are scheduled for July 10
at Hawk’s Cay (MM 61) and on July 17 at Pilot House in Key Largo.
For more information about Leadership Monroe County, including an
application, visit the group’s website at

Registration Now Open for “The Smart Ride 6”

165 mile bike ride to raise money for six Florida HIV/AIDS

On January 8, 2010, over 500 participants will depart Miami for a
two day, 165 mile ride to Key West in order to raise awareness for
HIV/AIDS and six agencies throughout the state of Florida.
Registration for riders and crewmembers is now open at

The Smart Ride, now in it’s sixth year and one of the largest
HIV/AIDS rides in the country, was born out of a dream to make a
real and significant difference in the lives of those infected,
affected and at risk for HIV/AIDS. 100% of the funds raised from
the ride go to six HIV/AIDS Charities throughout the state of
including; Broward House in Fort Lauderdale, The Center
for Positive Connections in Miami, AIDS Help Inc. in Key West,
Metropolitan Charities in Tampa/St Petersburg, The Hug Me Center for
Children and Families in Orlando, and Compass GLCC in West Palm
Beach. Over the past five years, the Smart Ride has raised more than
$1.8 million for charity.

During the two day event the riders are housed, fed, and followed on
the route by medical, ambulance, massage, motorcycle, traffic
control, and bike techs. There are pit stops every 15-20 miles where
they can stop to rest and get water. The Smart Ride also requires an
army of over 150 volunteers to secure the safety of the riders and
help this event run smoothly.

Riders come from every walk of life and every age group, this past
year riders ranged in age from 20 – 70. Riders have the ability to
attend training sessions throughout the year to help make sure they
are in best physical condition for the ride.

Participant information sessions are being scheduled throughout the
State of Florida and can be found online in the news section of the
Smart Ride website now.

This event is sponsored by American Medical Response, Lamar, Lifeway
Medical, Rosie’s Bar and Grill, Graffiti Key West, Maroone Ford,
Mobile Chiropractic, RoadKill Creative and Starbucks Coffee.

Lambda Democrats to Host Gay/Lesbian Caucus July

The Lambda Democrats of Key West, comprised of gay, lesbian,
bisexual and transgender individuals and their allies who support
Democratic candidates and GLBT issues and causes, will host the
Florida Democratic Party’s statewide GLBT Caucus in Key West on July
17-19, 2009.

The conference will begin on Friday evening, July 17, with a
reception for the more than 100 expected delegates from around the
state sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Community Center at a private
home. An all-day conference featuring statewide GLBT officeholders
and Democratic candidates for major offices and their
representatives will be held on Saturday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the
top of the Crowne Plaza La Concha hotel.

Saturday evening will include a dinner at Mangoes on Duval Street
and there will be a brunch on Sunday morning, as well as the Gay
Trolley tour and a tour of the Harry S. Truman Little White House.

Gift bags are being prepared for the delegates. Businesses wishing
to promote their products or services should contact club president
Henry Woods (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) for inclusion in the gift bags.
Anyone wishing to register for the conference can do so on the
Caucus website at

CAMP Dinner Dance

The Educational Coalition for Monroe County (ECMC) is hosting the
CAMP & Careers 2nd Annual Dinner Dance & student showcase Sunday,
June 28 6pm at Stanly Switlik School’s Cafeteria. An elegant buffet
featuring world cuisine will be prepared by CAMP’s culinary students
and instructors, Chef Anthony Green and Professor Amanda Micheel.
CAMP’s music students and instructors will provide music for
dancing. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for students, tables of
8 can be reserved for $225. Tickets are available at the door, but
tables must be reserved before the event. Please call (305) 731-0771
to reserve a table or for more information. All proceeds from this
event will support CAMP & Careers.

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