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Call for Trees
The Inaugural Holiday Festival of Trees will be held at the Marathon Airport over Thanksgiving Weekend. Decorated trees will be on display, along with a Children’s Crafts Day, Presentation of Local Choirs and Music and Largest Holiday Bake Sales in the County. We are looking for Tree Sponsors – only five spots left. Sponsor and decorate a tree to be auctioned off. The Holiday Festival of Trees is sponsored by the Zonta Club of Marathon, in conjunction with the City of Marathon Parks and Recreation Department, Centennial Bank, Eckerd Foundation, Signs by Renee and The Weekly Newspapers. All money raised goes to local Scholarships.

To Sponsor a tree call Barbara at 481-2514 or sign onto for applications and more information.

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. 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, a nonprofit organization dedicated to historic preservation, restoration, education programs and marine research.
Please find application form 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.

Saturday, Nov. 13
Yard Sale at FSB

First State Bank of the Florida Keys will be holding a yard sale at their Marathon branch on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 8 am-1 pm. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. For questions or donations, please call (305) 289-4393.

Open House at Marathon Animal Shelter
The Florida Keys SPCA will be hosting on Open House at the Marathon Animal Shelter (10550 Aviation Blvd.) on Saturday, Nov. 13 from Noon to 4 pm. Come out and meet the animals at the shelter. Refreshments will be served and representatives from the FKSPCA will be available to answer questions and give tours of the shelter.

For more information, please contact the Marathon Animal Shelter at 743-4800.

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, lots of 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

Sunday, November 14
Dancing Classrooms Seeks Teaching Artists

The Educational Coalition for Monroe County (ECMC) is holding auditions for Dancing Classrooms Teaching Artists. ECMC is seeking individuals who move well and are interested in having fun teaching the basics of Ballroom Dancing to 5th and 8th grade students. Applicants must have two to four days per week available, a flexible schedule and be able to pass a background check. Auditions will be held Sunday, November 14 beginning at 1 pm sharp at Paradise Health and Fitness, 1706 N Roosevelt Blvd, Key West.

For questions or reservations, please call 305-731-0771. ECMC website, and the Dancing Classrooms website is A reservation to audition must be made prior to November 14. 

Wednesday, November 17
Blood Drive at MHS

You can help save three lives when you donate blood Wed., Nov. 19 at Marathon High School from 8 am to 2:30 pm. Every blood donation received on Monroe County school property credits toward a $20 donation from Community Blood Centers of Florida to Take Stock in Children Scholarship. Last year’s blood drives enabled us to give $13,960. With your help in supporting the blood drive, we hope to increase our donation to help the children in our community.

Friday, November 19
Marathon Garden Club Monthly Meeting

The Marathon Garden Club will host its monthly meeting on Friday, November 19 at 11:30 am. Open to the public, free of charge, a light lunch will be served followed by a presentation on “Caribbean Light Cooking for the Holidays” by Donna Shields.

A plant clinic sponsored by University of Florida Monroe County Extension Master Gardeners will be held on Saturday, November 20 from 9am-12noon.

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

Saturday, Nov. 20
Real Estate Auction on Summerland Key

On Saturday, November 20 at 11:00 AM, Daniel DeCaro Real Estate Auctions, Inc. will conduct the Auction of a magnificent single-family oceanfront estate home on Summerland Key, in the Lower Florida Keys. The property is located at 822 Flagship Drive, Summerland Key and will be open for preview Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 12:00 noon until 4:00 PM with a last day of preview on Friday, November 19 from 12 – 4 PM, the day before the Auction.

For private appointments, please call the property host, Guy Masters of the DeCaro Auction Team at 410.810.4036. The property was originally listed at $7,395,000 but will be sold at Auction with a reserve of $2,000,000. This is a tremendous opportunity to purchase a luxurious oceanfront estate home at Auction pricing! You may visit the property online at, or for more information call the DeCaro offices at 1.800.332.3767.

Chili Challenge in the Park
In conjunction with the Marathon City Celebration, Independence Cay will be hosting a “So, You Think You Are Hot?” Chili Challenge to benefit the Middle Keys’ only transitional shelter. Submissions are available in three categories: 1) Professional/Restaurant; 2) Business; and 3) Individual. Entry fees are $10 for each category. Judging will begin at 11:30 am, and the chili will be available for sale in the booth following the judging. Proceeds from the event will benefit Independence Cay, Inc.

For registration forms or more information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Saturday, Nov. 27
Crane Point Kids Expo

Crane Point Museum and Nature Center proudly presents a Kids Exposition – Birds, Bees, Flowers, Trees, and Trail Mix on Saturday, Nov. 27 at Crane Point, 5550 Overseas Highway, Marathon.

The Expo runs 11 am – 2 pm. The event includes bird watching along the trails using free binoculars. Learn how to mix up a batch of trail mix and take some along with you to snack on while walking the trails. Discussions and exhibits regarding wild birds will be provided by the Wild Bird Center; Bees in the Keys will discuss our live beehives and provide honey samples; John Henderson will discuss the flowers, trees, and wildlife that reside at Crane Point; and Mel Walsh of Reef Displays will discuss Crane Point’s sea life. Join with the staff from Home Depot who is sponsoring a free kids workshop to build a birdhouse.

The exposition is a free, family-oriented event sponsored by Crane Point Museum and Nature Center. A free lunch will be provided to all attendees who call Crane Point by Friday, Nov. 19 to register for the event. All children who participate in the exposition will receive a free gift. Please contact Audrey or John at 743-3900 by Nov. 19 to register and to secure your lunch reservations. All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Garden Club Fall Festival
The Garden Club will be hosting its Fall Festival on Saturday, Nov. 27. 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, and crafts; food, music and activities for children. Indoor & outdoor vendor space is available at reasonable rates. 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

Keys Community Concert Band
Celebrate America and its patriotic music at a free outdoor community band concert at 2 pm at Founders Park, MM 87 in Islamorada. For more information, call Donna Heiner at 853-7294.

Wednesday, December 1
Master Gardener Preview Sessions Begin

Interested in becoming a Master Gardener? Attend one of the following preview sessions from which the Class of 2011 will be selected: UPPER KEYS: Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2-3:30 pm at the Extension Office, Suite 244 Murray E. Nelson Government & Cultural Center 102050 Overseas Highway, MM 102 Key Largo; LOWER KEYS: Thursday, Dec. 9, 2-3:30 pm at the Gato Building, 1100 Simonton Street, Key West; MIDDLE KEYS: Friday, Dec. 10, 2-3:30 pm at the Monroe County Government Center EOC Meeting Room, 2798 Overseas Highway MM 47.5, Gulfside, Marathon.

For more information contact: Kim Gabel, Environmental Horticulture Agent UF/ IFAS at (305) 292-4501 or .(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 December 11from 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, 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.

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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