Community News Calendar

Fund established for Key Colony Beach resident
This past week John Chavez was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital after an apparent beating. Now in a coma, Chavez’s friends have established fund at Keys Federal Credit Union to help with the family’s medical and household bills. To make a donation, stop any Keys Federal Credit Union branch or call (305) 809-3443.

Friday, December 17
State Park to Host Historical Reenactment

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Bahia Honda State Park will host a reenactment of the first train ride to Key West on Friday, Dec. 17 at 11 am.

Visitors will see Mr. Henry Flagler, as well as other travelers from the era, and learn about their unique experiences. Interested visitors should meet on the gulf side of the Old Bahia Honda Bridge at the train car stage and bring chairs.

For more information, contact the Nature Center at (305) 872-9807. For more information on Florida State Parks, visit

TIB Bank Hosts Marathon Blood Drive
TIB Bank will sponsor a Blood Drive in partnership with Community Blood Centers of South Florida.  The drive will take place on Friday, Dec. 17 at TIB Bank’s Marathon Old Town office located at 2348 Overseas Highway from 11 am to 2 pm.

TIB Bank is encouraging its customers and the community to stop by and give the gift of life this holiday season. When you donate, your name will be entered in a chance to win wonderful prizes from the Center. Community Blood Centers of South Florida, Inc. supplies 100 percent of the blood needed for Monroe County.

Saturday, December 18
Skate Park Christmas Party

The Educational Coalition for Monroe County (ECMC) will host the Marathon Skate Park Christmas Party on Saturday December 18th 4pm-10pm at the Marathon City Skate Park.  This is a great opportunity for skaters countywide to come together and skate the newly renovated Marathon Skate Park.  Free pizza, soda, and deck/t-shirt raffle tickets for all skaters.  Spectators are welcome.  The concession stand will be available.  For more information call 305-731-0771.

Sunday, December 19
Handel’s Messiah Performance

The numerous church choirs of Marathon invite the community to join and participate in singing selections from Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, Dec. 19 at St. Columba Episcopal Church beginning at 7 pm.

Lesley Aaron is directing the community-wide performance; Bonnie Cucci is serving as producer and organist; and Linda Lee Miska of Sarasota is accompanying.

St. Columba Episcopal Church, located at 451 52nd Street, gulf side in Marathon, invites everyone to attend and enjoy this heart-warming, Christmas season gift to the community.

Free Family Fun at The Kirk this Christmas
The Kirk of the Keys Church is honoring our local teachers, firefighters, and military personnel this Christmas by offering FREE tickets for the Conch Train Holiday Lights Tour on December 19th!  We want to say thank you for all that you do in our community.  With valid ID, you and your family are welcome to join us for a special evening together.  We will experience some of Key West’s most elaborately decorated homes, buildings, and neighborhoods while caroling and enjoying time with friends and family.  Seating is limited—Tickets will be given out on a “First come, first served” basis.  For details, please contact our church office at 305.743.4256 or via email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Kirk of the Keys Church is located at mm 51.5 (directly across from the Marathon Fire Station).

Friday, December 24
KCB Kids Wait for Santa
The Children’s Christmas Party on Key Colony Beach will begin at 6 pm. Everyone will be waiting for Santa to arrive on the Fire Truck with plenty of cookies and milk at KCB City Hall.

Marathon Christmas Eve Parade
City of Marathon’s Fireman’s Christmas Eve Parade with Santa & Mrs. Claus riding atop the antique American Lafrance hook & ladder truck. This starts from the city firehouse and covers the whole community from Old Town to Key Colony Beach & even Grassy Key as well as the Sombrero Beach area. It runs from approximately 5:30pm until 10pm with candy canes, music and excitement for all. It ends with Santa & Mrs. Claus being whisked away by the Marathon Lions Club to get them back on their Sleigh by midnight.

If you need more information, call Randy Mearns at 305-743-5805

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