Community News: January 15, 2011

Community News Calendar

January Plant Clinics
Get insects identified and plant problems correctly diagnosed before treating your landscape with pesticides or other chemicals. Bring us your tired, diseased, insect-infested plants yearning to be free of problems for diagnosis, or insects for identification to the following plant clinics:

Key Largo: Wednesday, January 5 and 19, Monroe County Extension Office, Murray E. Nelson Government & Cultural Center, 102050 Overseas Highway, Suite 244, 2nd floor, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Key West: Monday, January 10 and 24, Monroe County Extension Office, Gato Building, 1100 Simonton Street, Suite 2-260, 2nd floor, from 1-4 pm.

Big Pine Key: Saturday, January 15, Big Pine Academy, 30220 Overseas Highway, Big Pine Key, from 9 am to noon.

Marathon: Saturday, January 15, Marathon Garden Club, 5270 Overseas Highway, Marathon, from 9 am to noon.

Additional information is available from UF/IFAS/Monroe County Extension Services, 1100 Simonton Street, Suite 2-260, Key West, phone 292-4501; fax 292-4415; e-mail mailto:[email protected]; or visit our Website at http://monroe.ifas.ufl.edu.

Sunday, January 15
Dave Sullivan Benefit Poker Run

A Poker Run to support the Dave Sullivan Benefit Fund will be held on Sunday, January 16 with the first card pick up at the Moose Lodge beginning at 3 pm. Other pick up locations include the D.A.V., the American Legion Post # 154 and JJ’s Doghouse. Tickets are $15 and include snacks and dinner. There will be cash prizes for best three hands as well as trophies and a 50/50 raffle. Only 104 tickets will be sold, so be sure to purchase tickets now so you won’t miss the fun!

Thursday, January 20
MLKAR Monthly Membership Luncheon

The Marathon and Lower Keys Association of Realtors monthly membership luncheon will be held Thursday, Jan. 20 at noon at the Marathon Yacht Club. Guest speakers will be Marathon City Manager Roger Hernstadt and Mayor Ginger Snead. The luncheon is open to members and affiliates.

Fishermen’s Lunch and Learn
The Fishermen’s Hospital Lunch and Learn monthly series will hold it’s first event of 2011 on Thursday, Jan. 20. The discussion – Alanon-Support Group; Families of the Alcoholic – will be led by Loretta G. Lunch and Learns are from 11-1 in the Education Room at the hospital. Please RSVP to Dianne Weitz at (305) 289-6207.

Friends of the Marathon Library Books and Coffee Series 2011
The Friends of the Marathon Library cordially invite you to attend the winter 2011 Books and Coffee series. All programs will be held at the Parish Hall of St. Columba Episcopal Church, 451 52nd Street, behind the Panda House restaurant, on Thursday afternoons at 1:30 pm. Refreshments will be served. The talk begins at 2 pm. Admission is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale after the presentation.

On January 20, renowned authority on the subject of oil drilling in the Straits of Florida, Jorge Pinon, professor at Florida International University, Miami Herald columnist and past president of Amoco Corporation Development Company for Latin America, will fill everyone in on the latest developments by Cuba, China, Spain, Venezuela and other countries looking to drill for oil in the Florida Straits.

Friday, January 21
Marathon Garden Club Meeting

Winn Soldani of Fancy Hibiscus will be the guest speaker at the Marathon Garden Club on Friday, January 21 at 11:30am. Open to the public, free of charge, a light lunch will be served followed by his presentation on “Culture & Growth of Hibiscus”. Fancy Hibiscus, located in Ft. Lauderdale, has been producing & selling Fancy hybrid hibiscus plants since 1982. Their website, http://www.fancyhibiscus.com, illustrates dozens of varieties, in virtually every color, that they have propagated and shipped worldwide. Hibiscus will be available for purchase.

The Club is also hosting its January Jamboree on Saturday, January 29 from 8:30am-3pm. This event features tropical plants from a wide variety of specialized vendors including south Florida natives, citrus, palms, bananas, bamboo, butterfly plants, fruit trees, herbs, heliconias, gingers, orchids, ferns, bougainvilleas, ornamentals, succulents, unusual crotons, bromeliads & other exotics. Locally produced varieties of Keys honey, used “treasures” & baked goods will also be for sale. Educational booths, including a Monroe County horticulture exhibit with Master Gardeners, GLEE and Dagny Johnson from Key Largo Botanical State Park will be on display. Refreshments will be available.

The garden club is located at 5270 Overseas Highway (MM50 Bayside) in Marathon. For additional information call (305) 743-4971 or visit our website at http://www.marathongardenclub.org. Come grow with us!

Saturday, January 22
Pigeon Key Historic Bike Tour

Beginning at 10 am on Saturday, Jan. 22, everyone is invited to participate in a guided tour of historic Pigeon Key.

The tour is approximately four miles. The first two miles across historic Knight’s Key bridge, at the north end of the old 7 Mile Bridge and the remainder of the island tour will be guided. Participants are invited to bring a picnic and spend the day on Pigeon Key and can return to the starting point at their own pace.

Please bring your own bike and helmet. Rentals are available at Overseas Outfitters, 1700 Overseas Highway (MM 48 gulf side) (305) 289-1670. Please be sure to plan ahead in order to meet at the start of the tour by 10 am. A camera, water bottle and sun protection are recommended. A $5 donation to the Pigeon Key Foundation is appreciated!

For more information, call Riet Steinmetz at (305) 289-1887.

Sunday, January 23
Free KCB Sunset Concert Series Begins

The Key Colony Beach Community Association is the sponsor of a series of concerts held in Sunset Park, at the end of West Ocean Dr. in KCB, each Sunday from 4-6pm. The schedule for this season is: Jan. 23rd – Papa Pete; Jan 30 – Michael J & Friends; Feb. 13 – The Christopher Dean Band, a regional blues/soul band based out of New Jersey; Feb 20 – The Jim Bob Jazz Band; Feb. 27 – Jessica Lilly and the Smokey Rhythm Band; March 13 – Reach; March 20 – TBA.

Bring your lawn chair or blanket, enjoy the music and watch the sunset. Parking is limited so ride with a friend. All concerts are free and weather permitting.

Dave Sullivan Benefit
On Sunday, January 23 beginning at 3 pm at the American Legion Post # 154, 4115 Overseas Hwy. in Marathon, join in the fun to ‘pay it back’ to the ‘pay it forward’ guy. Local musicians will provide the entertainment; great food will be available for $10; and there will be plenty of 50/50 raffles and live and silent auctions for big-ticket items. Donations for this event are tax deductible.

Start Smart Programs Begin
The City of Marathon’s Parks and Recreation Department will be holding two Start Smart programs both starting in January. The Start Smart programs are parent/child sports development programs for children ages 3-5 and run once a week for six weeks.  The Start Smart Basketball program will start on Sunday, Jan. 23 at 1 pm and will be held at the Marathon High School Gymnasium. The Start Smart Baseball program will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 6 pm at Community Park. 

For more information or to register, please contact Mehgan at 743-6598 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

EVSCC New Year Challenge
The Ecurie Vitesse Sports Car Club presents the New Year Challenge II at the Florida Keys Community College on Stock Island on Sunday, January 23 with registration beginning at 9 am and a driver’s meeting beginning at 10:30 am. The entry fee is $30 per driver. This is an autocross event with timed runs to prove and improve your driving ability. This extremely fun and safe driving event is brought to you by EVSCC. For more information, please call Skip Taylor or Joelle Fuller at (305) 745-2985.

Thursday, January 27
Council for People with Disabilities Meeting

The Florida Keys Council for People with Disabilities will meet on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 10 am at the Marathon Government Center, 2796 Overseas Highway. The public is invited to attend.

For more information call 289-6016. If you are a person with a disability who needs special accommodations in order to participate in these proceedings, please contact the County Administrator’s Office, by phoning (305) 292-4441, between the hours of 8:30 am – 5 pm, no later than five (5) calendar days prior to the scheduled meeting. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.

Friends of the Marathon Library Books and Coffee Series 2011
The Friends of the Marathon Library cordially invite you to attend the winter 2011 Books and Coffee series. All programs will be held at the Parish Hall of St. Columba Episcopal Church, 451 52nd Street, behind the Panda House restaurant, on Thursday afternoons at 1:30 pm. Refreshments will be served. The talk begins at 2 pm. Admission is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale after the presentation.

On January 27, fishing guide and managing editor of Florida Sportsman Magazine, David Conway will return to talk about his book, Fishing Key West and the Lower Keys an extremely valuable resource filled with local knowledge about good fishing. David’s work has been called “an absolute encyclopedia of fishing techniques”.

Friday, January 28
Stars Bingo for Challenged Adults

On Friday, January 28, from 7-9 pm, a Bingo Party will be held at the Kirk of the Keys Presbyterian Church, 8877 Overseas Highway, Marathon (across US 1 from the new Marathon Fire Department Facility). This fun event is for all challenged adults in our community, whether permanent or seasonal residents, and their care providers.

Stars Bingo has been organized by a group of local parents with the cooperation of MARC, the Monroe Association of ReMARCable Citizens, and the Kirk of the Keys Presbyterian Church has graciously agreed to host this fun event. We will enjoy the fun Bingo game, win marvelous prizes, eat great desserts, and make new friends!

For more information, please contact Janet Oechsle at (607) 423-4346 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Saturday, January 29
SCC Announces 100 Plus Tennis Tourney

No, you do not have to be 100 years of age to play. Any two people whose combined ages add up to a minimum of 100 years can enter as a team. This formula has made for great excitement on the courts through out the years when 70 year olds team with 30 year olds and 50 year olds join with 50 year olds to compete against one another. It is fun and it is competitive. Start doing the math because on Jan. 29th and 30th the courts of Sombrero Country Club will be filled with youngsters and oldsters.

Events will include Mens, Womens and Mixed Doubles matches that will be best the two out of three sets with consolation round. All players will have a minimum of two matches per event. Cost per team is $30, per event. Contact Richard Lorenzo at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (305) 849-0297 for entry form or further information. Entry deadline is Jan. 25, 2011.

Thursday, February 3
Marathon Library Series

The Friends of the Marathon Library cordially invite you to attend the winter 2011 Books and Coffee series. All programs will be held at the Parish Hall of St. Columba Episcopal Church, 451 52nd Street, behind the Panda House restaurant, on Thursday afternoons at 1:30 pm. Refreshments will be served. The talk begins at 2 pm. Admission is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale after the presentation.

On February 3, self made millionaire and a child exile from Cuba, Carlos A. Saladrigas, founder of The Cuban Study Group, was in the Little Havana house negotiating for a peaceful return when Janet Reno sent in the SWAT team to extract Elian Gonzalez. Mr. Saladrigas is a brilliant and influential Cuban-American political figure, and it is a great honor to have him come speak to us.

 

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