Community Calendar

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

Wednesday, October 13
Marathon BPW Accepting Nominations for Employer of the Year

The Marathon Business and Professional Women’s Club is accepting nominations for its ‘Employer of the Year’ award.  BPW annually recognizes those Florida Keys managers who promote pay equity, education and upward mobility as well as provide family-friendly workplaces through benefits and flexible work schedules.  Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, October 13th; applications may be obtained by e-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by calling 305-433-1675. The winner will be announced during National Business Women’s Week, October 18-22.

Thursday, October 14
Fight Cancer with Spaghetti

The Marathon Middle School Relay for Life Team will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser, Thursday, October 14, 2010 at the Marathon Moose Lodge 5:30-8:00pm.  Tickets are $7.50 for adults and $6 for children eleven and under.  Take out is available.  All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.  Tickets are available at door.  For more information call 305-289-2480 ext. 55416 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Friday, October 15
Garden Club Kicks Off Season

The Marathon Garden Club will kick off its 2010/2011 season on Friday, October 15 at 11:30 am. Open to the public, free of charge, a light lunch will be served followed by a presentation on “Houses & Insects” presented by Sarah Cizmas from Habitat for Humanity and Colleen Fitzsimmons from Mosquito Control.


A plant clinic sponsored by University of Florida Monroe County Extension Master Gardeners will be held on Saturday, October 16 from 9am-12noon.

The Garden Club will be hosting its Fall Festival on Saturday, November 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 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 Come grow with us!

Saturday, October 16
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.

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.

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 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.

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