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La Charanga Tipica Tropical performs traditional Cuban dance music. Charanga orchestras were popularized in the 1940s. CONTRIBUTED

A Night in Old Havana

The Key Largo Chamber of Commerce’s Chairman’s Gala, on Saturday, Jan. 13, is open to the public.

The theme of the evening is A Night in Old Havana. The hosting venue, Playa Largo Resort and Spa, will serve traditional Cuban cuisine that includes a slow roasted spitfire pig, Caribbean style mahi, rice and beans, and authentic cafécito. Enjoy a cigar while playing dominoes and listening to the musical ensembles of Carlos Olivia and Los Sobrinos Del Juez and La Charanga Tipica Tropical. Olivia is this year’s King of Carnival for the Miami Broward Carnival. Local artist Carmen Sotolongo Kelley will be exhibiting her work throughout the night as well.

Proceeds from the fundraiser’s silent auction benefit the chamber’s Hurricane Irma business relief fund.

Tickets are $150 per person and available by phone at 305-394-1680.

35th annual Art under the Oaks set

Saturday, Jan. 13 will see the return of the Art under the Oaks fine arts festival to Plantation Key’s San Pedro Catholic Church. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. guests can browse more than 135 booths of art, food, and gift ideas on display around the church property. The festival is one of the longest-running events in the Upper Keys and welcomes talent and vendors from the Keys and around the country. A stage will be set up on the church’s front lawn for musical acts. Onsite parking is available for $5, or visitors can park at Coral Shores High School and take the free shuttle. Visitors are asked not to park along U.S.1 right-of-way. For more information and map of all the exhibits, visit

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