ECMC Incredible Fruit Stand
The ECMC Incredible Fruit Stand sells fresh produce and plants on Saturday in Marathon at Mile Marker 50, Gulf side. Special orders are available. All proceeds benefit ECMC youth programs. For more information, call (305) 743-6215.

Marathon Calling Vendors for City Celebration
The City of Marathon is looking for vendors who wish to have a booth at the City’s Celebration to be held at Marathon Community Park on Saturday, November 20, 2010. “This one-day event is going to be a huge party,” said Event Committee Chair and Mayor Ginger Snead, “and it’s the perfect place for vendors to show and sell their wares, and for our local non-profits to raise awareness and maybe some money, too.”

There are three categories (and entry fees) for vendor participation: Not-For-Profit at $25.00; For Profit (local/Marathon-based) at $50.00; and For Profit at $75.00. Space is limited and is available on a first come/first serve basis.

Application deadline is November 5, 2010.

For more information, and an application, contact Charlotte Quinn; e-mail her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit the City of Marathon website at

Saturday, October 16
Barktober Beach Party

This Saturday, October 16, Sombrero Beach Park goes to the dogs with a Barktober Beach Party to raise funds for the Marathon Dog Park. Music, food, beverages, pet portraits, doggy massages and fun are all planned for the event from 2 to 5:30 pm.

In addition, pirates, princesses and pooches in all sorts of costumes are invited for the Pet Masquerade Parade. The entry fee for the parade is $5 per dog, and prizes will be awarded in the Scariest, Funniest, and Best Pet-Owner Look-alike Categories. Contestants should register to enter before 4 pm.

Proceeds raised by the beach party and masquerade parade will be used for upgrades and maintenance of the Marathon Dog Park, 75th Avenue, Marathon.


For more information, please call 743-4060 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Class of 2012 Fashion Show
The auditorium at Marathon High School will be transformed into a high fashion runway this Saturday, Oct. 16 from 5-7 pm. This fundraiser for the Class of 2012 will include student and teacher models sporting duds from Island Rags and Keykers and styled by the lovely ladies of Salon Blanco. Don’t miss the Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle!

Tickets – $5 for students, $10 for adults and $20 for limited VIP seating – are available at Keykers and MHS.

Local Church Looking for Singers for Christmas Eve Program
Marathon Community United Methodist Church located at 3010 O/S Highway will begin rehearsing a Christmas Cantata for performance on Christmas Eve on Saturdays from 10am-Noon beginning Saturday, October 16.

Music and rehearsal CDs will be provided; all that is required is a pencil, commitment to rehearsals and the performance, and a love of singing.

Please call Lesley Aaron at (305) 395-9895 for additional questions or inquiries.

Monday, October 18
Forgotten Felines Halloween Party

Forgotten Felines is having its Halloween party meeting on Monday, October 18th at 6pm, Martin Luther Chapel (325 122nd Street Gulf behind NAPA). There will be a prize for the best costume, food, free raffle prizes and lots of fun. All animal lovers are cordially invited.

Overeaters Anonymous
Overeaters Anonymous meetings will be held Monday, Oct. 18 from 7-8 pm at Fishermen’s Hospital and continue every Monday thereafter.
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.

Thursday, October 21
Seeking Singers for Messiah

A simplified and shorter version of this masterpiece will be performed at St. Columba Episcopal Church on Sunday, December 19th at 7 PM.  The piece will include select choruses and solos that have been simplified by arranger Larry F. Pugh. (not as many runs, etc.)

Marathon’s Messiah rehearsals will begin on Thursday, October 21, at 7:00PM, at St. Columba Church,451 West 52nd Street, Marathon. Singers will lead the ‘attendees” in an interactive version of this classic.

We are looking for singers, especially men, to join the choir

Rehearsals begin on Thursday, October 21st at 7 PM.  All that is needed is a pencil, and the love of singing. Music will be provided.

Bonnie Cucci has organized this event, and will also accompany.  Lesley Aaron is directing. Please contact Bonnie at 305-731-4673 or Lesley at 305-305-9895 for additional information or inquiries.

Friday, October 22
Green Industries-Best Management Practices Workshop

Florida Senate Bill 494 states that all commercial fertilizer applicators must have a license from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) by January 1, 2014.

An upcoming Green Industries-Best Management Practices (GI-BMP) workshop is designed to provide training for anyone working in the lawn, landscape, pest control, or municipal grounds areas.

The free GI-BMP workshop will be held on Friday, October 22, 2010, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Marathon Government Center, EOC Meeting Room, 2798 Overseas Highway, MM 47.5, Gulfside, Marathon.

Kim Gabel, Environmental Horticulture Agent, UF/IFAS/Monroe County Extension Services, will conduct the workshop. The GI-BMP program has approval for FDACS two CORE and two additional CEUs in the following licenses: Private Applicator – Agriculture, Ornamental & Turf, Limited Lawn & Ornamental, Limited Landscape Maintenance, and Commercial Lawn & Ornamental.

To pre-register, send an e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 305-292-4504. For more information, visit the Web site at

Wednesday, October 27
Busy Month Concludes at Parks and Rec

The last week of October promises fun programs for adults and children. Wednesday night, October 27, Adult Advanced Beginner Tennis, a six-session class, is from 7:30-8:30 pm. With the cooler weather and avid tennis player Adrian Rivera as coach, this FREE tennis program for ages 21 and older promises to be a lot of fun at Community Park courts. Bring your racquet and come on out. Registration is at the courts. Thursday night, October 28, there will be world-class Jazz at the Amphitheater, compliments of the Army’s Jazz Ambassador’s Band. The show, which is FREE, starts at 7 pm. Types of music in the program include big band swing, Latin, bebop, jazz, popular tunes, Dixieland and patriotic selections. Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy the show. On Friday night, October 29, Friday Night Kickball games for ages 6-11, a six-week program, starts at the Community Park baseball fields. Also a FREE program, this offers pick-up games from week to week and the game runs from 7-8 pm. Then, on Saturday morning, October 30, Halloween Arts and Crafts will take place at the main pavilion in Community Park from 9-11 am. Cost is $5 to cover materials. For questions on these or other programs, call 305-743-6598.

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

One of the most important traits parents look for in babysitters is someone who is safe and responsible and knows what to do if things go wrong. Red Cross-trained babysitters know what to do in any situation.

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. It’s useful, pertinent information that will benefit anyone who works with infants and toddlers. Certification in First Aid is included.

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
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 hand-crafted 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.

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