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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 ten spots left. Sponsor and decorate a tree to be auctioned. The Zonta Club of Marathon sponsors the Holiday Festival of Trees, in conjunction with the City of Marathon Parks and Recreation Department, Centennial Bank and The Weekly Newspapers.

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.

Sunshine Artist Publications have rated this traditional fine art show among the top 200 shows in the nation. 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, November 6
Softball Tournament

The City of Marathon Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a softball tournament for the Fall Co-Ed league on Saturday, November 6, at Community Park fields. The public is invited to come by and support your favorite softball team.

Doggie Wash and Vaccine Clinic
To help raise money for construction of the Big Pine Bark Park, a Dog Wash and Low Cost Vaccination Clinic will be held this Saturday, Nov. 6 beginning at 9 am at Blue Heron Park (located at Lyttons Way). A two-night stay and boat rental at Little Palm Island will up for grabs.

Raffle tickets are $10 and available at Inner Space Dive Shop on Big Pine Key. For more information on the vaccination clinic, visit or to purchase raffle tickets, call Michele at (305) 849-1270 or Sandy at (305) 923-9161.

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 and 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 “Bonsai” 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. 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

Wednesday, Nov. 10
US Marine Corps Birthday

Norm Higgins and John Donnelly invite all Marines, their families and everyone interested in honoring these most deserving men and women to the annual US Marine Corps Birthday party at 6pm on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at American Legion Post, 2 Seagate Blvd, Key Largo.

A Marine is proud of his Corps and believes it to be the best. He is loyal to his comrades and to the Marine Corps, adhering always to the motto Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful). For additional information, contact Norm Higgins at 451-1248. Ooraah!

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

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. 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
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, 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

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. 

Saturday, Nov. 20
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
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.

Saturday, December 11
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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