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What are your plans for the next few weeks in Key West and the Lower Keys? Check our weekly Save the Date feature to mark your calendars and plan ahead for concerts, plays, fundraisers, Earth Day events, lectures and more.

Monday, April 15

  • Congregation Bnai Zion hosts the final free movie Monday of the season, “The Man in the Basement.” A former history teacher moves into a basement space in Paris, where his false and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories tell an important story about today’s issues. Doors open at 7 p.m. Film starts at 7:30 p.m. followed by dessert. Admission is free and all are welcome.  

Wednesday, April 17

  • The College of the Florida Keys invites employers and job seekers to join CFK students and alumni at their annual Career Connections Job Fair and Networking events from noon to 3 p.m. in the Tennessee Williams Theatre on the Key West campus

April 19-28

  • Key West and the Conch Republic celebrate the offbeat “nation’s” 42nd birthday April 19-28 in Key West, offering more than 20 colorful activities, ranging from a pirate bash and quirky races to a “sea-to-sea” parade. Visit conchrepublic.com for a complete schedule.

Saturday, April 20

  • The 3rd annual Stock Island Earth Day Cleanup, 8 a.m. to noon. All supplies will be provided. Meet at Bernstein Park. Come for an hour or more. All are welcome and families with children are encouraged. A workshop on “Creating musical Instruments from recycled materials” will also take place. For more information, contact Jo Anne at 917-680-2079 or joanneellis242@aol.com.

Friday, April 26

  • Shop at Lilly Pulitzer, 600 Front St., Key West, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the store will donate 10% of all sales to A Positive Step of Monroe County’s Idle Hands Summer Jobs program that puts at-risk kids to work throughout Key West. 

Saturday, April 27

  • Leadership Monroe County celebrates its Class XXXI graduation with Leadership Spring GradFest, a community festival and alumni reunion, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Marathon Community Park, MM49. The family-friendly event will feature food trucks, games, a bounce house, artist booths, the KWPD Mounted Patrol Unit, music, vendors,non-profit booths, a Class XXXI raffle and graduation ceremony and more. Admission is $10; children 12 and under are admitted free. For more information, visit leadershipmonroecounty.org or call 305-394-3804. 
  • Frita’s Cuban Burger Cafe presents the 3rd annual Cuban Sandwich Throwdown, starting at noon at the Green Parrot Bar. All proceeds benefit the Learning Center of Key West, and the Keys Weekly’s editor Mandy Miles will be one of the “celebrity judges.” To enter, or for advance tickets, email fritascubanburgers@gmail.com.

Wednesday, May 1Deadline to apply and register for College of the Florida Keys’ summer terms. CFK is offering three summer term schedules: Accelerated, 6-week term May 14- June 25;
Online, 12-week term May 14 – Aug. 6; New student Summer Kickstart program, June 3- Aug. 8. Visit cfk.edu/futurestudents.