Ongoing Community News October 31, 2010

Community Calendar


Artists Sought for 17th Annual Pigeon Key Fest
December 1, 2010 is the deadline for submitting all applications from which artists will soon be chosen for the Pigeon Key Art Festival to be held February 11-13, 2011 at the Marathon Community Park, MM 49.

This traditional fine art show has been rated among the top 200 shows in the nation by Sunshine Artist Publications. It is tropical in theme and limited to the following categories for submission: watercolor, acrylic, oil, graphics, drawings, pastels, photography, sculpture, glass, pottery, jewelry, and fine craft. Entry fee for the show is $185 per booth plus $15 jury fee.

Applications may be obtained by calling Swankey Events at (305) 396-7076 or email your home address to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

All proceeds go to the Pigeon Key Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization, engaged in the restoration and preservation of the historic railroad island in the middle of the Old Seven Mile Bride Southwest of Marathon, and in the development of education programs and marine research.

Pigeon Key Foundation web page is Please find application form here.

ECMC Incredible Fruit Stand
The ECMC Incredible Fruit Stand sells fresh produce and plants on Saturday in Marathon at Mile Marker 50, Gulf side. Special orders are available. All proceeds benefit ECMC youth programs. For more information, call (305) 743-6215.

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

Overeaters Anonymous
Overeaters Anonymous meetings will be held Mondays from 7-8 pm at Fishermen’s Hospital.
OA is not just about weight loss, weight gain or maintenance, obesity or diets. The OA program offers physical, emotional, and spiritual recovery for those who suffer from compulsive eating. Members find recovery on all three levels by following a Twelve-Step program patterned after Alcoholics Anonymous.

For more information, call Wanda at (301) 490-0562.

Tuesday, November 2
Toms Harbor Bridge Cleanup

Join Dolphin Research Center (DRC) in a volunteer effort to collect discarded trash, monofilament fishing line and other debris at the bridge over Toms Harbor Channel, mile marker 60.6, on Tuesday, Nov. 2 from 4:30 – 6 pm. All participants should wear clothes, hats, and shoes that can get wet or dirty and bring a water bottle. Dolphin Research Center will supply trash bags, bug repellent, gloves and cutting tools. Participants can meet DRC staff and volunteers at the parking area on the south end of the bridge on the ocean side. For more information, call Julie Bradford at (305) 289-1121, ext. 232.

Thursday, November 4
Volunteer School at MCT

Marathon Community Theatre (MCT) will host a Volunteer School on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 5:30 pm at the theatre located at 5101 Overseas Highway in Marathon.

“There are numerous opportunities to get involved with the theatre without being on stage,” according to Loretta Geotis, Executive Director. “We need a lot of people to help build sets, paint, sew costumes, do mending, serve as ushers, work in concessions, help decorate for parties, make brownies or cookies, distribute posters and brochures, and various other tasks.”

As a volunteer, you may choose to work as much or as little as you like. For insurance purposes, volunteers must be a member of MCT. Membership fee is $10 for a single member or $15 for the entire family, annually. All members are entitled to free dance classes, chorus, workshops, or other activities held at the theatre.  In addition, members are invited to quarterly general membership meetings and the awards party at the end of the season.

Bring a friend to the training and sign up to have some fun this season.  RSVP to 743-0408 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Saturday, November 6
Show Some Love for KAIR

The Sombrero Country Club is hosting the “Play for KAIR” tennis tournament on Nov. 6 and 7. There will be men’s, women’s and mixed doubles, and all participants will be guaranteed a minimum of two matches. There are prizes for winners, runner-ups, and gift bags for all participants. Cost is $30 and a can of food for the KAIR food pantry. All proceeds benefit KAIR, which provides food and emergency assistance to local families in need.

Contact Richard Lorenzo, Sombrero Country Club tennis pro at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 305-3743-2551 for more information.

Home Depot Hosts “Let Us Do It For You!”
The Marathon Home Depot will host the, “Let Us Do It for You!” event. Learn about the various installation programs available through The Home Depot. Come meet our Professional, licensed and ensured installers, for everything from flooring, cabinets, heating and cooling, to countertops, blinds, and even carpet cleaning by Chem-Dry!

Event will begin on Sat. Nov.6 at 10 am. Participants who register before 3 pm enter a drawing to win $100 toward product from store, plus other prizes!

For more information, contact Roberta Surina at (305) 289-1966. 

Tuesday, November 9
Marathon Garden Club Hosting Bonsai Workshop

The Marathon Garden Club is offering a workshop on the “Bosai” on Tuesday, Nov. 9 from 9 am – 3 pm. Guest presenter, Herve Thomas, has been studying the art of Bonsai since 1985. Enrollment is limited; pre-registration and payment are required.

The Club will be hosting a Fall Festival on Saturday, Nov. 27 from 9 am – 4 pm. Featured items will include a variety of tropical plants from the garden club’s own nursery, delicious homemade baked goods, educational booths, raffle items, local artisans, jewelry, pottery, stained glass, crafts, food, music, and activities for children! Vendor space is still available for this event. Contact Linnea Cunningham at (305) 743-2008.

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

Thursday, Nov. 11
Red Cross-Trained Babysitters Prepared for Emergencies

One of the most important traits parents look for in babysitters is someone who is safe and responsible and knows what to do if things go wrong. Red Cross-trained babysitters know what to do in any situation.

Designed for 11 to 15 year olds, the Babysitter’s Plus Training course can help teens care for children and infants, be a good leader and role model, make good decisions and solve problems, keep the children they baby-sit and themselves safe, and handle emergencies such as injuries, illnesses, and household accidents. It’s useful, pertinent information that will benefit anyone who works with infants and toddlers. Certification in First Aid is included.

The next class in Key West is Nov. 11, which is a school holiday. Fee is $78 and the class is from 8:30 am – 6 pm at the American Red Cross. Call 296-4033 to register.

Saturday, Nov. 13
Fall Craft Fair at Fishermen’s

The Employees Club at Fishermen’s Hospital gives back to the employees at the hospital, while also participating in Marathon community events. In fact, the club’s motto is “Friends Helping Friends.” One of their upcoming events in November is the Second Annual Fall Craft Fair, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 8 am – 4 pm. There will be a wide variety of vendors with everything from handcrafted jewelry to stained glass, orchids, hand painted items and much more.

If you are interested in being a vendor, please contact Yesenia Ramirez at 289-6420, or Pat Bosch at 289-6401 for details.

Save-A-Turtle’s 25th Anniversary Banquet
Calling all past and present Members… It’s Save-A-Turtle’s 25th Anniversary! Come and join us for our annual banquet on Saturday, Nov. 13 at Cabana Breezes on Key Colony Beach beginning at 6 pm. A cash bar will be available, and dinner will be served at 7 pm.

All past, present and new members are invited to join for a fun filled evening with a slide presentation, many pictures, and plenty of stories. There will also be great raffle prizes!

Please RSVP by Nov.1 to Rick at (305) 743-9629 for more information or visit our website at

Monday, December 13
Hearing Impaired / Free Phones or Exchange

The Hearing and Speech Center of Florida is coming to the Keys on Monday, Dec. 13 through the Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc.

They will be on hand at the Marathon Senior Center at 535 33rd St., Gulf. Call (305) 743-4008 between 12 noon – 4 pm to register. Applications are available; for more information please contact the Senior Center. Those eligible are permanent Florida residents, age 3 or older who’ve been certified as hard of hearing, deaf, blind or speech impaired.

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