Just as your leftover Thanksgiving turkey’s been cleared from your fridge and your holiday to-do list is becoming too cumbersome to bear, several organizations throughout the Keys will begin hosting holiday celebrations to get you in a festive spirit.

The 11th Annual Habitat for Humanity Fundraising Gala, hosted by D’Asign Source, is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4 from 7-10 pm at the D’Asign Source showroom, mile marker 53 in Marathon.

With past guests ranging from humorist Dave Barry to football coach Don Shula, this event promises an evening of unforgettable memories to help deserving Middle Keys families realize their dreams of home ownership.

Academy Award ® and two-time Golden Globe ® winning producer Jon Landau will be the guest speaker at this year’s gala. He has repeatedly demonstrated an ability to oversee and deliver major motion pictures and currently holds the distinction of having produced the two highest grossing movies of all time, Avatar and Titanic.

Lissette Garcia, Miss Florida USA 2011 and Sir Cedrick will also be on hand at the event.
Tickets are $95 and available by calling (305) 743-7130.

Fishermen’s Hospital is hosting an evening of family-friendly activities on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 4-7 pm for their 2010 Tree Lighting celebration.

There will be plenty of activities to occupy the kiddos, including coloring activities by AHEC; make your own reindeer ornaments; create a beaded bracelet and jingle bell necklace; holiday cookie decorating; face painting, a bounce house and much more! Local church choirs, daycare centers and musical groups will help you dance the afternoon away as you wait for the sun to set. Snow cones, hot dogs, cookies and punch will be available, and Santa and Mrs. Clause are set to arrive on a fire truck at the hospital.

The 2010 Boot Key Harbor Boat Parade of Lights is scheduled to set sail Saturday, Dec. 11 at dusk.

Decorate your dinghy, make your yacht a yuletide tribute and make your sailboat sparkle. Grab your friends and get to your favorite waterside watering hole early for best prime procession viewing. Prizes will be awarded, and Save-A-Turtle will benefit from the event.

All boats are welcome to enter but must register. Find the registration form at www.bootkeyharbor.com/christmas_parade.htm. A captain’s meeting will be held the Friday evening prior to the parade at the Marathon Sail & Power Squadron building to discuss route details.

For more information, call (305) 743-9629.

The Key Colony Beach Community Association will host the Key Colony Beach Holiday Lighted Boat Parade on Sunday, Dec. 12.

The parade is open to anyone in the Middle Keys who wishes to enter; the only requirement is boats be lighted and the crew reflects the spirit of the season. If need be, dockages may be made available for those who wish to participate and do not wish to return to their own docks in the dark.

It will start in the large canal between the Sadowski Causeway and 7th street in Key Colony Beach at approximately 6 pm. The parade is easily viewed from either the Sadowski Causeway entering Key Colony Beach or the dock area behind the Post Office and City Hall.

Awards will be presented in a variety of categories.

Written information about the parade is available at Key Colony Beach City Hall during regular business hours 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday. Additional questions should be directed to Tucker De Graw at 743-7214 or Chick Lees 743-5037.


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