Community News: Ongoing

Marathon Calling Vendors for City Celebration
The City of Marathon is looking for vendors who wish to have a booth at the City’s Celebration to be held at Marathon Community Park on Saturday, November 20, 2010. “This one-day event is going to be a huge party,” said Event Committee Chair and Mayor Ginger Snead, “and it’s the perfect place for vendors to show and sell their wares, and for our local non-profits to raise awareness and maybe some money, too.”

There are three categories (and entry fees) for vendor participation: Not-For-Profit at $25.00; For Profit (local/Marathon-based) at $50.00; and For Profit at $75.00. Space is limited and is available on a first come/first serve basis. Application deadline is November 5, 2010.

For more information, and an application, contact Charlotte Quinn; e-mail her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit the City of Marathon website at http://www.ci.marathon.fl.us.

Keys Conchtoberfest at Hawks Cay Resort Volunteers Needed
Shifts are only two hours, and volunteering includes free admission to the event and a t-shirt. Organizers need to fill shifts during the following times: Friday September 17, 4-8 pm; Saturday September 18, 10 am – 8 pm; and Sunday September 19, 10 am – 5pm.

For more information, contact Lupe Marzoa at (305) 289-7001 or via email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Marathon Youth Football Sign-ups
Registration for the Marathon Youth Club Football is now open! The league is open to players 7 to 14 years old, and the cost is $80 per player. Practices will begin soon, so stop by the Parks and Recreation office at the Community Park to register.

Cheerleading registration is also available for children ages 7-14. Cost is $55 per cheerleader.

For more information, call (305) 896-1965 or visit our Facebook page, Marathon Youth Club Football.

Checks should be made out to the Marathon Youth Club with your child’s name on your check. Registration is open Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-8 pm.

Cardio Tennis Summer Schedule
Wonderlin Tennis has new session times for Cardio Tennis this summer. We had a great week of free Cardio Tennis sessions last week. Based on your input, here is the new schedule, starting immediately
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• Tuesday and Thursday nights 7-8 pm
• Wednesday mornings, 8-9 am

All sessions are held at Sombrero Resort courts. Pre-registration is recommended by calling (305) 304 4802.  More information can be found at http://marathonfl.us/wonderlintennis.

MCT Seeks Singers for December Performances
Marathon Community Theatre (MCT) is looking for vocalists who would like to participate in Rehearsals begin Monday, August 23, at 6:30 pm at the United Methodist Church, located at 3010 Overseas Highway in Marathon, and continue each Monday until performance dates.

The MCT concert is scheduled for Saturday, December 18. Due to the tremendous response, we have scheduled two performances on December 18 at 5 pm and at 8 pm.

Music will be provided at the first rehearsal. Bring a singing friend and join the fun.

Tickets are on sale now for $5 for adults and $2 for children. Music will be provided at the first rehearsal. Bring a singing friend and join the fun. For more information, contact Lesley Aaron at 305-395-9895, or call the MCT business office at 305-743-0408.

Friday, August 27
Enhance Fitness Instructors Needed

Florida Keys Area Health Education Center is offering an Enhance Fitness Training on Friday, August 27 and Tuesday, August 31 from 10 am to 4 pm at Pirate Wellness Center on Cudjoe Key, MM 20.

Enhance Fitness is a senior exercise program that meets three times a week and is held throughout Monroe County. This no-cost training is open to anyone who has a group fitness certification. Participants who complete the two-day training will become certified instructors and eligible to lead this popular fitness program.

Space is limited. To register or for more information on Enhance Fitness Programs, call Jeanne Somma, RN, at Florida Keys AHEC, (305) 743-7111 ext. 208.             

Saturday, August 28
Air-Conditioned Garage Sale Raises Money for MCT

Marathon Community Theatre (MCT) will hold a garage sale on Saturday, August 28 from 8 a.m. until 12:00 noon.  The sale will be in the air-conditioned gallery located at 5101 Overseas Highway in Marathon.  Items of interest are two sewing machines, miscellaneous lumber, chairs, lots of fabric. 

The garage sale is a fundraiser for new tables in the gallery.  For more information, call the business office at 305-743-0408 or visit our website at http://www.marathontheater.org.

Marathon Community Theatre is a 501(C-3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to contributing to and enhancing the cultural life of the Middle Keys. Membership is open to anyone who wants to support the activities of MCT through volunteer involvement or by contributions. Tax-deductible contributions may be made to Marathon Community Theatre, POB 500124, Marathon, FL

Sunday, August 29
County Commish Candidates Sponsor BPBP Fundraiser

The Big Pine Bark Park (a.k.a. the Big Pine Dog Park) is hosting an event to celebrate election season and raise money to build a dog park on Big Pine Key.

The fundraiser is set for Sunday, Aug. 29, just a few days after the primary election confirms who will be on the November ballot for county commission.

The festivities will be held at Parrotdise Waterfront Bar & Grille on Little Torch Key, featuring food, fun, drinks and music from 3 to 7 p.m.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the following Big Pine Key locations: Innerspace Dive Shop, Reef Light Bait & Tackle, News Barometer Office, GMAC Realty Office and Artists in Paradise. Partygoers can also call organizer Michele Adams at 305.849.1270, or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Tickets include entertainment on the beach provided by DJ George, wine, beer and food. No charge for kids accompanied by parents and don’t forget to bring your dog and your beach towel!

The event is sponsored by county commission candidates George Neugent, Mario Di Gennaro, Danny Coll and David Rice. The group is seeking additional sponsorship. 

About BPBP:
BPBP was formed by three friends with dogs who simply got tired of driving to Key West or Marathon to let their pooches get some exercise. The first choice of land was met with much resistance, but luckily, the Big Pine Athletic Association offered a piece of their property on the Watson Field compound off of Key Deer Boulevard and South Street. The Athletic Association, being a nonprofit organization, absorbed the BPBP and the group began to raise money and received approval from the county to build a dog park.

Monday, August 30
Forgotten Felines Meeting

The Forgotten Felines meeting will be held at Martin Luther Chapel, 325 122nd Street Gulf, Marathon (behind NAPA auto) at 6 pm. There will be food, beverage, raffle and update of cat-oriented issues. All cat lovers are invited. 
For more information call 743-2520.

Saturday, Sept. 11
Open Auditions at MCT

Marathon Community Theatre (MCT) Open Auditions for the new season are scheduled for Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12. Productions for the upcoming season are:  The Odd Couple (Female Version) opening in November; A Bad Year for Tomatoes, opening in January; Act Now, an original musical, opening in March; and Blithe Spirit which opens in May.  Registration for the musical auditions begins at 9 am on both days. Registration for script-reading auditions begins at 12:30 pm on both days. 

All shows are cast during these two days. Participants are invited to audition for any or all shows.

“The audition process is fun. Participants move from room to room to sing, dance or read for various parts,” said executive director, Loretta Geotis. “No experience is necessary.” 
Persons interested need only attend one day of auditions. Participants auditioning for the musical should be prepared to sing a one-minute tune of their choice and wear comfortable shoes and clothing appropriate for the movement/dance portion.

Audition packets will be available at the theatre after September 1 or may be downloaded from the website at http://www.marathontheater.org after September 1. Membership at MCT is not necessary to audition; however, membership is required to join a cast or crew. Membership fees are $10/annually for individuals; $15 for a family, and $5 for students under 18.

For more information or to pick up a packet prior to auditions, call Loretta Geotis at 305-743-0408 or stop by the theatre between 9 am – 5 pm weekdays.

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