Rotary Invites Independence Day Parade Participants

The 2010 Marathon Independence Day Parade, presented by the City of Marathon and the Marathon Rotary Club, will be held at 10:30 on Sunday, July 4 at 10:30 am.

We are looking for organizations/groups who would like to participate in the annual Marathon 4th of July Parade (e.g. floats, marchers, bands, antique vehicles).  Sponsors for floats, trailers and flatbed trucks that would be suitable for floats are also needed.

If you would like to be a part of this exciting event, download the Parade Application at or pick up an application at City Hall.  All applications need to be received by July 1.

Drop off applications to Rotary Club of Marathon c/o The UPS Store, 5409 Overseas Hwy.; fax to (305) 743-3388; or email applications to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Saturday, June 19
Masonic Lodge Golf Tournament
The Masters and Wardens of 36th Masonic District is reviving their annual golf tournament to be held Saturday, June 19. The five-man shotgun start takes place at the Key Colony Beach Golf Course at 9 am. The tournament follows a scramble format. Lunch and beverages will be provided. The cost is $50 per person. For more info including sponsorship opportunities, please call Gary at (305) 481-8401.

Monday, June 21
St. Peters Church Vacation Bible School
Send your kids to High Seas Expedition VBS at St. Peter Church.  Our one weeklong Bible School is open to the entire community.  Children ages four years to sixth grade will take part in fun scripture-themed activities that will help kids connect their faith to real life. Older teens can help shepherd the little ones and earn community service hours.

Each morning at 9 am, kids will check in with our puppets, Sailor Inez and Jack, and the SS St Peter and hear about the latest drama on board the ship.  Kids then visit their classrooms and different stations until 12 noon when they gather for the closing prayer.


VBS will be June 21-25.  Participants and teen helpers and adult volunteers should all visit the registration website to sign up.

Register Online Today at

Friday, June 25
Leadership Schedules Recruitment Socials
Leadership Monroe County has begun its recruitment process of Class XIX for the countywide leadership program. On Friday, June 25, the first of three socials will be held at the Gardens Hotel (526 Angela Street) in Key West from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The second social will be held on Friday, July 9, at Hawks Cay in Marathon from 5:30-6:30, and the last will be held on Friday, July 16, at Marker 88 in Key Largo, 5:30-6:30.

Individuals interested in seeking a spot in the Class XIX, which begins in October, should attend a social to find out more about Leadership Monroe.  Area alumni will be on hand to acquaint prospective class members with the program.  There will be a cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

Both prospective class members and LMC alumni are urged to RSVP their attendance to 292-1502 or email the program coordinator at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). For more information about Leadership Monroe County, including an application, visit the group’s website at

Full Moon Kayak Trip to No Name Key
Join Friends And Volunteers of Refuges (FAVOR) on the only charity kayak event on the islands. Capt. Bill Keogh, a noted local guide and photographer, and his crew at Big Pine Kayak Adventures have donated a sunset/moonrise scenic paddle through the sponge flats, grass beds and mangrove forests of the Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge. The two-hour trip will cost $25 per person and all proceeds will be used for outreach, education, and volunteer projects on behalf of the four Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges. It’s the perfect way to explore and enjoy nature while directly benefiting it.

The full moon trip is only offered once a month, so sign up now. To reserve your seat for this wonderful sunset / moonrise excursion, call 872-7474. The trip will depart from the Old Wooden Bridge Fishing Camp near the No Name Key Bridge at 6pm on Friday, June 25th. Bring your own flashlight. For more info visit

Pimp and Ho Party at Holiday Isle
Mark your calendars! It’s time for the 16th annual Pimp and Ho Party on Friday, June 25, at the Holiday Isle Resort & Marina Tiki Bar in Islamorada from 8 pm – 4 am.

In addition to the same crazy audience-judged costume contests with a $1,000 cash purse for the “Best Ho” and a $100 bar tab for the “Best Pimp”, there are some new surprises this year.
We’ll have high-tech live video feed streaming on large screens all over the Tiki Bar, so you’ll be able to see your friends and the costumes from any location.
Fire dancer, Solange Inferno, will blow your mind with her acrobatic routine using flaming hula hoops, batons and swinging balls. She’ll be performing three times during the night.

Watch out for the stilt-walker who will be making the rounds. On the main stage, Stereo Underground, will be back again this year, playing their unique mix of alternative, rock and indie music, highlighted by a new LED light show and shadow dancing behind the stage.
DJ Dave will be spinning crowd favorites in the VIP room on the quarter deck—pick up your VIP wrist bands at Eye Catchers Signs at mile marker 88.5.

This year the Lovers’ Boutique and Adult Video Outlet in Key Largo has stocked up on costumes for the event, so you can shop locally for your outfits. Please note that the party will be on a Friday this year, June 25, from 8 pm – 4 am with the costume contest starting at 11:30. Call (305) 664-2321 or visit Eye Catchers Signs on Facebook for more information.


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