Equality Florida to Honor Aaron Huntsman and William “Lee” Jones at 2015 Equality Florida Key West Gala

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Equality Florida, the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, will present the Voice for Equality award to Aaron Huntsman and William “Lee” Jones at the 2015 Equality Florida Key West Gala.

The gala takes place on Saturday, March 28 at The Gardens Hotel.

Past recipients include Constance Gilbert, Jon Allen, Jimmy Weekley, Rudy Molinet, Judge David Audlin, Heather Carruthers, Wayne LaRue Smith and Daniel Skahen.

Aaron and Lee are plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to overturn Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage.  They made history on July 17, 2014 when Judge Luis Garcia ruled in their favor; the first judge to declare Florida’s ban on marriage equality unconstitutional.  Their case has been consolidated with one in Miami-Dade County, where Equality Florida Institute and six plaintiff couples are plaintiffs in a similar lawsuit to overturn the discriminatory ban.  The consolidated case is now pending in the Third District Court of Appeals in Miami. Continue reading

Candlelight Memorial For Charles Eimers: A Message From Son, Joshua Eimers

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Gweko Phlocker has organized a Candlelight Memorial to honor Charles Eimers and his family on the one year anniversary of his death [Thanksgiving Day].  The event will begin at 6:00 pm at South Beach [at the foot of Duval Street] where Mr. Eimers died.  Here is a link to the facebook event.

On Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 9:02 AM, Joshua Eimers wrote to Gwecko Phlocker:

“I’m the youngest son of Charles Eimers. I wanted to reach out to you to say thank you for organizing this. Although my family and I won’t be there in person we’ll be there in spirit. As will Charles John. I myself am just not ready emotionally to attend. I’m welling up as I type this to you. My father was a great man who impacted countless lives. One of the most selfless and caring people that I had the pleasure of calling dad. He’s dearly missed by many. Thanks again for doing this it means a lot to us that our father’s death hasn’t been simply forgotten. Our wounds are still fresh. Thanks and God Bless.”  ~ Joshua Eimers [from Facebook Event page]  ……………….  click ‘full article’ to comment [or view comments] Continue reading

Key West Chalk Festival Amps up for 3rd Annual Event

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Renowned Italy-based artist Cuboliquido is one of several high-profile street artists signed on to participate in the 3rd Annual Key West Chalk Festival, set for November 19-23 along the promenade at the Truman Waterfront. Pictured here is Cuboliquido’s 2012 Sarasota Chalk Festival creation.
Photo by David Taylor

Registration is now open for Chalk artists and artisan vendors for the 3rd Annual Key West Chalk Festival, presented by the Key West Art in Public Places Board and set for November 19-23 along the Truman Waterfront promenade, adjacent to the USCGC Ingham Museum.

Chalk artists may download a registration form from the AIPP website at artinpublicplaceskw.com. Artists of all mediums interested in participating in a limited Chalk Festival artisan market may email sean@dailyplan-it.com.

Chalkers of all ages and calibers are invited to participate. Registration is free and prizes will be awarded in student and adult categories. Continue reading

Key West Film Festival Gives Back To The Community With Free Film At The Tropic Cinema

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“No Impact Man” Is Open To The Public Through Partnership With
Green Living & Energy Education’s “Got Your Bags? Florida Keys” Program

For a second year, Key West Film Festival (KWFF) partners with Green Living & Energy Education (GLEE), utilizing the nonprofit’s event greening guidelines and inviting the public to enjoy a slice of the festival with a film that can help them “go greener” too. “No Impact Man” – free and open to the public – will be shown Sunday, November 16, 2014 at noon, at the Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street in Key West. Continue reading

5K to Benefit For Montessori Children’s School, Supports Family Fun

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Emma Bradshaw high-fives pal Alice O’Connor after the Montessori Children’s School 5K Fun Run.

The 5K season is upon us, with The Montessori Children’s School of Key West’s annual 5K set for Sunday, November 16 at 8am. The scenic, measured course begins and finishes at Higgs Beach and trails fast and flat along the Atlantic Ocean on Atlantic and South Roosevelt Boulevards.

The fundraiser event, organized by Amy Bradshaw of TRIKW, is particularly family-friendly, with additional races for children that include walk options during the 5K and a half mile and mile “Fun Runs” that follow the 5K at 9am.  The stroller division of the race begins at 8:10 am, allowing for greater safety and comfort of participants.

Bradshaw has also organized volunteers from the Montessori Children’s School to assist with childcare to help support participants who want to run the 5K.  Interested participants can make arrangements for the $ 10 childcare at Higgs Beach Park during check-in or at the 6:30 am registration.  Continue reading

Equality Florida to Introduce “Another Business for Equality” Wednesday, November 19 at noon at Aqua in Key West

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Equality Florida, the largest organization in Florida dedicated to securing full equality for the state’s LGBT community, will introduce the Key West business community to Another Business for Equality (www.AB4E.org) at a luncheon on Wednesday, November 19 at Aqua, 711 Duval Street.

Another Business for Equality spotlights businesses that have taken a stand for policies of LGBT inclusion.  Not only does the project demonstrate the strong and rapidly growing support for LGBT equality among business leaders, it also allows Floridians to connect with those pro-equality companies via a free, searchable online directory that is open to the public, reaching more than 200,000 supporters of Equality Florida.

Michael Reedy, AB4E Statewide Organizer, will provide details to attendees at the luncheon. “Although Key West is the southernmost point in the U.S. it is the guiding light, the North Star, of inclusive communities,” said Reedy.  “Residents, tourists and those who will flock to Key West when marriage equality comes to Florida will all view the AB4E directory as a valuable resource.” Continue reading

Candlelight Memorial For Charles Eimers Announced

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Gweko Phlocker has organized a Candlelight Memorial to honor Charles Eimers and his family on the one year anniversary of his death [Thanksgiving Day].  The event will begin at 6:00 pm at South Beach [at the foot of Duval Street] where Mr. Eimers died.  Here is a link to the facebook event.

“I don’t want people to forget him. My Girlfriend saw it go down from The Southernmost Point Guest House… So did everyone else there, and on the pier. When I showed up for Thanksgiving Dinner – that was All I heard about…

“Who was the man the cops killed on the beach after their slow speed Chase?”

When I went Live on The X 104.9 Radio that night to do my show, I asked, and reported what I had heard. No one knew nothing, No Police reports on the logs or anything, twelve officers and paramedics there and —Nothing. Seemed Odd.

A week later, it came out, and only The Blue Paper was on the same page….

Now a year later, after a bogus Grand Jury Investigation, I don’t think he should be forgotten.

RIP Charles Eimers”

~~ Gweko Phlocker

Southernmost Car Club Holds Its Monthly SHOW & SHINE CAR SHOW

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The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) holds its monthly SHOW & SHINE- CAR SHOW this Sunday, November 16th, Noon to 4pm in the evening when its cool.This event is for the lovers of classic, custom, and street rod automobiles of all years and makes. Fords, Chevys, trucks, sports cars, and chrome loaded motorcycles. If it cool and on wheels it will be here.

This fun evening event  at  at our great location at the Sugarloaf Lodge, MM17, on Sugarloaf Key. Prizes, 50/50,  and cold beverages are available for purchase at the Tiki Bar. Bring the kids to enjoy these beautiful relics of the auto world. Vote for the Peoples Choice and that classic will take home a beautiful Plaque! This is a FREE event.

Club members are seeking new members for a full schedule of Club events. For more information contact Dick Moody 305- 942-1758.