Crane Point Closed for September
Crane Point Museum and Nature Center will be closed September 1, 2010 through September 30, 2010. Crane Point will resume its regular business hours Monday-Saturday 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 12 noon to 5 pm on Friday, October 1, 2010.

Please call Crane Point Museum and Nature Center at 305-743-3900 for additional information.

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

Keys Conchtoberfest at Hawks Cay Resort Volunteers Needed
Shifts are only two hours, and volunteering includes free admission to the event and a t-shirt. Organizers need to fill shifts during the following times: Friday September 17, 4-8 pm; Saturday September 18, 10 am – 8 pm; and Sunday September 19, 10 am – 5pm.

For more information, contact Lupe Marzoa at (305) 289-7001 or via email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
MCT Seeks Singers for December Performances
Marathon Community Theatre (MCT) is looking for vocalists who would like to participate in Rehearsals begin Monday, August 23, at 6:30 pm at the United Methodist Church, located at 3010 Overseas Highway in Marathon, and continue each Monday until performance dates.

The MCT concert is scheduled for Saturday, December 18. Due to the tremendous response, we have scheduled two performances on December 18 at 5 pm and at 8 pm.
Music will be provided at the first rehearsal. Bring a singing friend and join the fun.


Tickets are on sale now for $5 for adults and $2 for children. Music will be provided at the first rehearsal. Bring a singing friend and join the fun. For more information, contact Lesley Aaron at 305-395-9895, or call the MCT business office at 305-743-0408.

Saturday, Sept. 11
Tennis Tournament This Saturday
Wonderlin Tennis is hosting a one-day tennis tournament and US Open viewing party this Saturday, September 11 at Boatman’s Sombrero Resort. Between matches, come inside and watch the US Open Men’s Semifinals in air-conditioned comfort. Divisions are Men’s Singles and Doubles, Women’s Singles and Doubles, and Mixed Doubles. Mini-sets will be played in a fun, fast format! The first 20 tournament entrants get a free US Open Tennis Ball Keychain! More information about the tournament is available at

Open Auditions at MCT
Marathon Community Theatre (MCT) Open Auditions for the new season are scheduled for Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12. Productions for the upcoming season are:  The Odd Couple (Female Version) opening in November; A Bad Year for Tomatoes, opening in January; Act Now, an original musical, opening in March; and Blithe Spirit which opens in May.  Registration for the musical auditions begins at 9 am on both days. Registration for script-reading auditions begins at 12:30 pm on both days. 

All shows are cast during these two days. Participants are invited to audition for any or all shows.

“The audition process is fun. Participants move from room to room to sing, dance or read for various parts,” said executive director, Loretta Geotis. “No experience is necessary.” 

Persons interested need only attend one day of auditions. Participants auditioning for the musical should be prepared to sing a one-minute tune of their choice and wear comfortable shoes and clothing appropriate for the movement/dance portion.

Audition packets will be available at the theatre after September 1 or may be downloaded from the website at after September 1. Membership at MCT is not necessary to audition; however, membership is required to join a cast or crew. Membership fees are $10/annually for individuals; $15 for a family, and $5 for students under 18.

For more information or to pick up a packet prior to auditions, call Loretta Geotis at 305-743-0408 or stop by the theatre between 9 am – 5 pm weekdays.

Monday, Sept. 13
Save-A-Turtle Monthly Meeting
Due to the Labor Day Holiday on September 6, our monthly meeting will be held on Monday, September 13.  In addition, some renovations at The Turtle Hospital mean that we also have a change in location.  The September meeting will be held in the 2nd floor meeting room of the Sheriff’s Air Hanger, 10100 Overseas Highway, Marathon. This is the large building at the north end of the Marathon Airport, and it can be reached by turning onto the access road at the commercial terminal (across the highway from Pizza Hut).

Our guest speaker will be Cory Walter with Mote’s Tropical Research Laboratory; she will discuss the Invasive Lionfish. Cory is a very positive, upbeat speaker whom you should see!

If you have any questions or would like to join Save-A-Turtle, please visit our website at  Everyone is welcome to come to our monthly meetings.  They are the first Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at The Turtle Hospital in Marathon.  Any questions please call Rick at (305) 743-9629.

Save-A-Turtle, Inc. of the Florida Keys is a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of rare and endangered marine turtles and to the enhancement of their habitats here in the Keys and throughout the world.

September Plant Clinics in Key Largo and Key West
Get insects identified and plant problems correctly diagnosed before treating your landscape with pesticides or other chemicals. Bring us your tired, diseased, insect-infested plants yearning to be free of problems for diagnosis or insects for identification.

Free plant clinics will be held at:
Monroe County Extension Office, Gato Building, 1100 Simonton Street, Suite 2-260, Key West, on Sept. 13 and 20 from 1-4 pm.
Monroe County Extension Office, Murray E. Nelson Government & Cultural Center, 102050 Overseas Highway, Suite 244, MM 102, Bayside, Key Largo, on Sept. 15 from 9 am – noon.

Additional information is available from Monroe County Extension Services, 292-4501, or visit our website at

Tuesday, Sept. 13
MCT Hosts Flu Shot Tuesdays
Marathon Community Theatre hosts the Visiting Nurse Association of the Florida Keys for flu shots.  Flu Tuesdays will continue every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October 5 in the gallery at the theatre located at 5101 Overseas Highway in Marathon.

Wednesday, Sept. 15
Summer Health Series Continues at Food for Thought
The fourth class in the Summer Health Series is scheduled at Food for Thought, Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 6 pm. The topic of discussion will be related to the alarming increase of diabetes in children. The long-term impact of unchecked Type 2 Diabetes in our youth is mind-boggling.

For information or to RSVP, swing by Food for Though in Gulfside Village or The Total Wellness Center. This event is free.

Thursday, Sept. 16
Lunch and Learn Begins at Fishermen’s Hospital
Fishermen’s Hospital’s monthly FREE educational Lunch and Learn series kicks off the fall season with a session from Dietician Billy McGuire on Thursday, Sept. 16 from 11 am – 1 pm. She will be discussing “Food as Medicine.”

Upcoming Lunch and Learns include representatives from the American Cancer Society; Reconstructive Surgery Options following Breast Cancer; and the Respiratory Effects of Smoking. Knowledgeable physicians and patients will present on these respective topics and be available to answer questions.

Please RSVP to this FREE Lunch and Learn event by RSVP to Dianne Weitz at (305) 289-6207 ext. 6207.

Thursday, Sept. 30
On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!
The American Cancer Society’s Middle Keys Relay for Life is hosting a kick-off event on Thursday, Sept. 30 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Boot Key Harbor City Marina. The theme for this year’s event is “Racing For A Cure.”


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