Community News Calendar

Fund established for Key Colony Beach resident
This past week John Chavez was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital after an apparent beating. Now in a coma, Chavez’s friends have established fund at Keys Federal Credit Union to help with the family’s medical and household bills. To make a donation, stop any Keys Federal Credit Union branch or call (305) 809-3443.

Saturday, December 4
St. Columba Christmas Bazaar
St. Columba Episcopal Church, at 451 52nd Street, Gulfside in Marathon, is hosting their Annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 am – 1 pm. Items up for grabs will include themed gift baskets, Christmas decorations and crafts, bake sale goodies and gently used books.

Monday, December 6
Keys AHEC Offers Seniors Fitness Classes
Florida Keys Area Health Education Center in partnership with the Health Foundation of South Florida, and the Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative will be offering the Enhance Fitness Program for seniors for a third year. This fitness program incorporates balance, coordination and flexibility exercises as well as cardio and weight training. Classes cost $25 per month, are ongoing and are held in Key West, Cudjoe Key, Big Pine Key, Key Colony Beach and Islamorada.

A new class starts Dec. 6 at the United Methodist Church in Marathon and meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 am. For a complete schedule or for more information, call Keys AHEC at 305-743-7111 X 208

Tuesday, December 7
Relay Team Captains Meeting
Middle Keys Relay for Life team captains are asked to attend an organizational meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 5:30 pm at the Marathon Fire Station. For more information, call Tricia Baker at (305) 743-3688.

Florida Keys Medical Reserve Corps Seeking Volunteers
Florida Keys Medical Reserve Corps is recruiting health care providers and interested residents in volunteering to help protect the health of our community.

The Medical Reserve Corps units are community-based and function as a way to locally organize and utilize volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout the year. MRC volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources. Locally our members have assisted with hurricane evacuations, H1N1 response, and routine health promotion activities.


The MRC was founded after the September 11 attacks. It is a specialized component the Office of the Surgeon General, dedicated to ensuring hometown security with emphasis on health. MRC promotes volunteerism and service nationwide.

Our upcoming information and orientation meetings for new and established members will be:
• Dec. 7 at Mariners Hospital 6:30-8p
• Dec. 8 at Fishermen’s Hospital 6:30-8p
• Dec. 10 at LKMC 6:30pm
If you are interested in attending, please call coordinator Mirine Dye at (305) 394-2456 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). For more information on MRC, visit or

Wednesday, December 8
Santa Pictures for Kids and Pets
Dr. Michael Dunn and his staff at Keys Animal Hospital are hosting Santa Clause for pictures from 4-8 pm. There will be treats for two and four-legged friends!

Thursday, December 9
Keys Contractors Association Toyz for Keyz Kidz
In support of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office “Toyz for Keyz Kidz” the Florida Keys Contractors Association will host its annual Members Appreciation Night and Membership Drive on Thursday, Dec. 9 at 6:30pm at the Key Colony Inn. All money and toys that are collected in the Florida Keys stays in the Florida Keys and benefits needy families during the holidays. Entry fee for two (2) is an unwrapped toy for current FKCA members; tickets for non-members and guests are $20 per person plus a toy. For more information on the event or becoming a member of the Florida Keys Contracting Association, please call (305) 743-9409 or via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Saturday, December 11
Make Some Money for the Holidays
“Trash for Cash” will be held on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 8 am – 3 pm at Town Square Mall located at 11400 Overseas Highway in Marathon. If you have some trash (or treasures) and need some cash, you may purchase a 10’ x 20’ booth for a $25 tax-deductible contribution to the American Cancer Society. To reserve your booth, please contact Collectors Corner at 305-743-4456.

There will be food and drinks available and a DJ taking $1 requests to benefit Relay for Life of the Middle Keys.

Whether you are a buyer, a seller, or just want to enjoy a fun event, mark December 11, 2010, on your calendar. The buzz has already begun, and there is a rumor that Stan Haines is going to open his vault and offer up some of his prized sports memorabilia.

Space is limited, so get your booth soon. Dealers and retailers welcome.

Toyz for Keyz Kidz Bowlathon
Keys Cops for Kids proudly presents its fifth annual Toyz for Keyz Kidz Bowlathon from 12 noon to 3 pm at The Fish Bowl in Islamorada (located at 83230 Overseas Hwy.) Cost is $25 per person and an unwrapped gift; this includes unlimited games and shoes if needed. This year, each paying adult can bring one 12 and under child for free.

For more information, call Sgt. Dennis Coleman at (305) 797-0884 or Peggy Bryan at (305) 853-3211.

Sunday, December 12
Community Choir Performance at UMC
The Marathon Community Theatre Choir will perform a FREE Christmas concert at the Marathon Community United Methodist Church on Sunday, December 12th at 8 PM. 3010 O/S Hwy, MM 48.5 Bayside.

Donations will be accepted to benefit Independence Cay (Homeless Shelter).

Big Pine Bark Park Christmas Party
On Sunday, Dec. 12, from 1 – 5 pm, Parrotdise Bar & Grille on the Beach on Little Torch Key is proud to host the Big Pine Bark Park Christmas Party. Photos with Santa (pets, kids or you!) will be available from 2 – 4. There will also be a costume contest and pet tricks contest with prizes. Celebrity Guest Judges will be Commissioner George Neugent and Radio Star Bill Becker.

There will be plenty of food, and all you can drink wine and beer tickets are available for $20 in advance and $25 at the door. A portion of this goes to the dog park. Tickets available at Schwartz Realty, Artists in Paradise, Reef Light Tackle, Innerspace Dive Shop, Whalton’s Pet Store, or call Michele 305.949.1270 / Sandy 305.923.9161.
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 have been certified as hard of hearing, deaf, blind or speech impaired.



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