Community News Calendar

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,, 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 Come grow with us!


MHS Culinary Dinner
Chef Anthony Green and the students in the Marathon High School Culinary program proudly present their first event of 2011 this Friday, Jan. 21 from 5-7:30 pm in the high school cafeteria.

The menu includes West Indian pumpkin and chicken bisque and Pepper pot soup; Honey and Ginger soaked fruit salad and Banana Johnny cakes for the appetizer course. Entrée options will include Jerk barbecued turkey over red beans and rice cooked in coconut milk; Peppered stead over ripe plantain mashed potatoes; or Barbecued pulled pork over macaroni and cheese.

Finish the meal with your choice of Banana nut bread pudding or Coconut and chocolate cake with vanilla frosting. Ginger limeade will also be available.

Adult meals are available for $10, and student meals are available for $5.



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.



Smart Start Tennis Programs at Community Park
Beginning tennis for ages 5-12 starts Saturday, Jan. 22, at Community Park tennis courts in Marathon. The program’s purpose is to introduce beginning tennis players to the game of tennis. There will be instruction from experienced adults and all tennis equipment will be provided in the $40 fee. Ages 5-7 will be at 9 am for a 45-minute session. Ages 8 and older will be at 10 am for a 45-minute session. Tennis players may register at the tennis courts beginning at 8:30 am the morning of January 22 .The program runs through the last Saturday in February and meets every Saturday morning for 6 weeks. 

For questions, call the park office at 305-743-6598.



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.



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.



Sheriff’s Animal Farm open Sunday
The Sheriff’s Animal Farm will be open this Sunday, January 23rd, between 1 – 3 p.m. Bring the family and come visit the animals at the far, including horses, a cow, pigs, goats, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, a Kinkajou, a family of Sloths, an Emu, a family of Patagonian Cavys, tortoises and turtles, snakes and many more. It is free of charge (donations are welcome).

The farm is located just off of College Road, on Stock Island, at the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters complex. Groups may schedule special tours at the farm by calling Farmer Jeanne Selander at 305-293-7300.



Wednesday, January 26
Magic Show at Stanley Switlik

Beginning at 7 pm in the Stanley Switlik Elementary Cafetorium, world touring magician Vince Carmen from Circus Circus Las Vegas invites you to Witness the Impossible full of laughs, thrills, mystery and variety acts for the whole family!

Advance tickets are available for $6 at the school. Tickets at the door will be $8. Kids are admitted free with a paying adult (please limit two free children’s tickets per adult). See Ms. Zoraida Ban in the office or call (305) 289-2490 ext. 59302 or 59342 for more information.

This performance is sponsored by the Alpha Program.



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.



Monday, February 7
Save-A-Turtle Monthly Meeting

Our guest speaker for our Feb. 7 meeting will be Dr. Doug Mader of Marathon Veterinary Hospital; he will discuss “Iguanas in the Florida Keys” and will be available for turtle questions.  Dr. Mader is the consulting veterinarian for the Key West Aquarium, The Turtle Hospital in Marathon and the Monroe County (Sheriff Animal Farm) Zoo. Dr. Mader is an internationally acclaimed expert in Veterinary Medicine and travels over 50,000 miles every year teaching at veterinary conferences, veterinary schools and specialty courses. Dr. Mader is also on the review boards of several scientific journals. He has published numerous articles in scientific and veterinary journals, national magazines, newspapers, book chapters and is the author/editor of the Saunder’s publication Reptile Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Mader is a Fellow in the Royal Society of Medicine.

We will also have Bonnie J. Doerr, author of “Stakeout” a book inspired by both The Turtle Hospital and Save-A-Turtle. 

If you have any questions or would like to join Save-A-Turtle, please visit our website at  Everyone is welcome to come to our monthly meetings.  They are the first Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at The Turtle Hospital in Marathon.



Saturday, February 12
Rotary Big Band Concert

The Marathon Rotary Club is proud to announce the return of their annual Big Band Concert to support the Rotary International Foundation that aims to globally eradicate polio.

Beginning at 6 pm in the Stanley Switlik Elementary Cafetorium, The Southernmost Brass Band will perform for Middle Keys audiences until 9:30.

Tickets are $25 and available at Advantage Rehab in Town Square Mall; the UPS Store in the Publix Plaza; or Food for Though in Gulfside Village.

The brainchild of seasoned Rotarian Bud Kreh, the Rotary Big Band Concert is the Marathon club’s annual fundraiser with all monies matched with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help end polio.



Sunday, February 13
Children’s Miracle Network Chicken Roast

Each year in February, RE/MAX Keys to the Key Real Estate sponsors the “Children’s Miracle Network Chicken Roast.” All proceeds will go directly to the Miami Children’s Hospital where children may go regardless of their ability to pay. We in Marathon have had several children go to Miami Children’s Hospital.

This year, the 18th Annual Chicken Roast is scheduled for Sunday, February 13 and will be held at the American Legion Post 154 in Marathon from 5-8 pm. Along with the chicken, there will be homemade black beans and yellow rice and cookies for dessert.

There will be raffles for surprise items and Mitch Mathot has donated a trip aboard the Jersey Devil. John Bartus has volunteered to entertain the crowd, so come join the fun!

Tickets are available at the American Legion Post 154 or at RE/MAX Keys to the Key Real Estate at 47th Street and U.S. 1 for $10.


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