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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.
• 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.

Free Plant Clinics in Key West & Key Largo
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.
Free plant clinics will be held at:
• Monroe County Extension Office, Murray E. Nelson Government & Cultural Center, 102050 Overseas Highway, Suite 244, MM 102, Bayside, Key Largo, on July 14 and 21 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
• Monroe County Extension Office, Gato Building, 1100 Simonton Street, Suite 2-260, Key West, on July 19 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Additional information is available from Monroe County Extension Services, 292-4501, or visits our website at http://monroe.ifas.ufl.edu.

Sheriff’s Office to hold Community Meetings
Monroe County Sheriff Bob Peryam will meet with community members countywide in August to hear what they think about the Sheriff’s Office. His purpose: to have an informal discussion with the public about the state of the Sheriff’s Office a year and a half into his first term as Sheriff. The meetings will be held in the following locations:
• Key Largo, Friday August 6 at the Murray Nelson Government Center from 6 – 8 pm
• Islamorada, Tuesday August 10 at the Islamorada City Council Chambers from 6 – 8 pm
• Marathon, Tuesday August 17 at the Marathon Government Center from 6 – 8 pm
• Big Pine Key, Tuesday August 24 at St. Peters Church from 6 – 8 pm
• Key West, Tuesday August 31 at the Harvey Government Center from 6 – 8 pm

Monday, July 19
Martin to Address Upper Keys Senior Group
Pam Martin of HelpLine and a SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of the Elderly) volunteer with Florida’s Department of Elderly Affairs will address the Senior Group Monday, July 19th at 10:30am until noon at the Key Largo Library meeting room.
Ms. Martin will talk about changes to the Medicare.gov website, the Medicare Prescription Drug Program Part D $250 doughnut hole rebate checks, as well as changes to Medicare supplemental insurance. She will also talk about HelpLine’s classes for people who have fallen or are afraid of falling called “Matter of Balance.” Finally, Pam will update seniors with information about Alzheimer’s from a two-day conference she recently attended and her Alzheimer’s caregivers support groups in Marathon and the Upper Keys.
For more information about the Senior Group contact Kathy Gong at 305-394-4006.  Contact Pam Martin at 305-853-0907. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, July 20
Alzheimer’s Support Group for Caregivers
HelpLine in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association Southeast Florida Chapter and the Alliance for Aging announces they have formed a Marathon Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group that meets on the Second Wednesday of the month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.
The Upper Keys monthly Alzheimer’s Support Group usually meets on the Third Tuesday of each month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm, The Upper Keys next meeting will be Tuesday, July 20th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm & the Upper Keys August meeting will be August 10th due to a conflict from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.
These are free informal gatherings where Caregivers are encouraged to attend the monthly sessions to talk about the caregiver role, recharge your emotional batteries, reduce stress, and gather new information.
The public is welcome to attend and hugs are provided free. For more information, call Pam Martin at 305-853-0907.

Thursday, July 22
Council for People with Disabilities Meeting
The Florida Keys Council for People with Disabilities will meet on Thursday, July 22 at 10 am as the State Building, Government Center at 2796 Overseas Highway in Marathon. The public is invited to attend and help celebrate the 19th anniversary of the ADA.
For more information, please call 289-6016.

Friday, July 23
Blood Drive Scheduled at Dolphin Research Center
The Community Blood Center of South Florida will hold a blood drive on Friday, July 23 at Dolphin Research Center (DRC) on Grassy Key, MM 59. The blood mobile will be stationed in DRC’s parking lot from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm. Blood is always needed for emergencies and for people who have cancer, sickle cell, anemia, blood disorders, and other illnesses.
Anyone who donates blood during the day will receive free admission to Dolphin Research Center and a free T-shirt. For more information, call Nancy Turenne at 289-1121, extension 243.

Sunday, July 25
Parent’s Day Celebration to benefit Wesley House Family Services
Parents, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents will all be celebrated this Parent’s Day, July 25, at Boondocks Grille and Miniature Golf, MM 27 ½ on Ramrod Key to benefit Wesley House Family Services. 
Parents of any kind should bring your favorite child or children to play miniature ‘Glo Golf’ and groove to the Trop Rock sound of Howard Livingston and the Mile Marker 24 Band. Free popcorn and snow cones will be available for the kids. The mini golf begins at 4 pm if you have small children and continues with ‘Glo Golf’ after dark for the older kids. Howard and his band start up at 6 pm. Remember, there’s no school the next day!
Mini golf hole sponsorships for $200, $100 and $50 and pre-sale $10 miniature ‘Glo Golf’ tickets are available to benefit Wesley House programs serving children and families throughout Monroe County by calling Lissette Cuervo on (305) 809-5000.
Join us for a great evening of family fun at Boondocks on July 25, 4-10 pm.

Thursday, August 5
Nearshore Waters Committee Meeting
The City of Marathon Ports Department along with other municipalities in the state is taking part in a Pilot Program that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has started. When all the data is in and approved by FWC and the state, selected municipalities will receive authorization from the State to develop anchoring regulations of all vessels. This is an ongoing process and will take a couple of years to implement.
In the mean time, in Marathon, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Marine Unit and FWC are doing what they legally can to remove derelict vessels and enforce regulations of the federally established No Discharge Zone. The City of Marathon can legally regulate activity of boats that are in the mooring field and anchorage area in Boot Key Harbor. Anchoring activity on private bay bottom or state owned bay bottom not leased to the City of Marathon cannot currently be regulated by the City.
The Nearshore Waters Committee members would like to extend an invitation to anyone who is interested to attend their monthly meetings and will address any legitimate concerns or complaints in Boot Key Harbor. The meetings are the first Thursday of each month and are published on the City’s website calendar. The next meeting will be Thursday, Aug. 5 at the Marathon Fire Station at 6 pm.

Saturday, August 21
Seniors One-Day Driver Safety Course
The AARP Driver Safety course is now a six-hour class. In response to working individuals who requested a one-day class on Saturday, we have scheduled the course for August 21 from 10 am – 4:30 pm. There will be a short lunch break. A minimum of 15 people is required for the class, and pre-registration is required. Call 743-4008 from 1-4 pm for details.
Along with improving driving skills, you may also SAVE MONEY on your auto insurance.  Contact your agent for details in regards to your own policy.
AARP developed this course to help drivers 50 and older improve their driving skills and prevent crashes. It covers age-related physical changes in perception and reaction time, rules of the road and local driving problems.
By presenting your AARP national membership card, you can save $2 off the $14 fee, which covers your materials. The class is being held at the Marathon Senior Center/AARP, 535 33rd Street Gulf.

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