Friends of the Key West Library monthly book sale is on Saturday, Feb. 3, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, in the Palm Garden next to the library, 700 Fleming Street. Lots of art, biography, history, hobbies, pet care, nature, geography, novels and non-fiction by favorite authors. CDs will be 4 for $1.00, cookbooks half price. Baked goods supplied by KWHS’s Keys to be the Change Club. Proceeds go to the library’s programs, books and equipment. Future sales are on first Saturdays, March and April. Also, [continue reading…]
In this 2010 oil painting, Key West artist, Stephen LaPierre, captured Edith Amsterdam’s beloved Curry Mansion, along with her ’67 four-door Lincoln Continental convertible. A Key West icon, Mrs. Amsterdam died in February of 2016, at the beginning of her 93rd year. That once-in-a-lifetime Continental of hers had been put to rest a few years earlier. And when Irma blew through town this past September, the category four hurricane took down Mrs. Amsterdam’s huge and gorgeous sacred fig tree, out front on Caroline. Thankfully, Stephen [continue reading…]
Nationally-known comedian Gene Merola is coming to Key West and the Florida Keys Democrats are hosting him on February 1st, from 6:00- 10:00 PM, at the Side Bar, 504 Angela Street. Andy Griffith, local comedian and politician, is the opening act and will add a Key West tone to the evening’s entertainment. Whether opening for performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Hall & Oates, and Paula Poundstone or taking his own shows to many of the major cruise lines, Mr. Merola brings high energy and comedy that features audience [continue reading…]
SASSY MAMAS January 18- February 4, 2018 Wednesday – Saturday 8:00 pm | Sunday Matinee 3:00 pm BUY TICKETS Dear Blue Paper Patrons: Within our midst is a thriving and homegrown theater company that has been serving South Florida for more than 45 years, with their magnificent performances and brilliantly directed theatrical productions. The M Ensemble Theater Company is one of the oldest African-American theater companies’ in the United States. It may be the longest running company in the State of Florida. On this MLK [continue reading…]
To support area families with young children in exploring the wealth of learning opportunities provided by the island’s museums, Key West Art & Historical Society has partnered with other area museums to present an expanded new season of “Museums & Me” early childhood education sessions, led by early childhood educator Natalie Robinson. Children aged 0-6 and their parents can enjoy social interaction with music and play in a stimulating learning environment on the first and third Saturday of each month through May, with first Saturday’s held on the grounds [continue reading…]
On Tuesday December 19th, the Southernmost Homeless Assistance League hosted an “Elf Day” at the homeless shelter on Stock Island. Deputy Executive Director Elicia Pintabona partnered with Hervé Thomas of the Monroe County Firefighters Benevolent Association to wrap donated toys that were collected for Operation Irma Big Pine Key Santa Claus. The idea originated from the Irma Big Pine Key Facebook page which was created on September 10th of this year by Monroe County Firefighter Hervé Thomas. This page was created strictly for hurricane and recovery efforts related to Big Pine Key and [continue reading…]
MONROE COUNTY, Fla. – Prize checks from <Monroe /> COMPUTE$ are being received by 24 Monroe County students this week. The first students completed their industry certifications in Computer Science in the 2017-2018 school year; two students completed Microsoft Office certifications, one completed Adobe Illustrator, and 21 earned IC3 certifications. Prizes ranged from $50 to $500, with Coral Shores senior, Tyler Arnold, getting $500 for achieving first place ranking in the county for Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS). Katrina Nikiforova, a Marathan 9th grader, runner-up in [continue reading…]
December 14, 2017 Stock Island Marina Village threw a party for the dockers, staff and participants of the Stock Island Lighted Boat Parade catered by DeLuna’s Bar & Grill. The Boat Parade winners were announced: Honorable mention: Kayak Kings of Key West “Santa’s Sleigh”; Our top finishers got a handsome trophy made by Koz’s Green World Gallery. 3rd place: Lost Reef Adventures “DreamCat” 2nd place: Sunset Sail Key West “When and If” & “Free Spirit”; 1st place: Calico Jack Ventures “Calico Jack” who won a [continue reading…]
Key West Mayor Craig Cates and City Commissioners Jimmy Weekley and Sam Kaufman proclaimed Dec. 21st National Homeless Persons Memorial Day during the December City Commission meeting. For the past 18 years, the community has gathered to remember those men, women and children who have died homeless in Monroe County with this proclamation designating the longest night of the year in their honor. At 3 p.m. on December 21st, the Florida Keys Outreach Coalition and Monroe County social services will coordinate a prayer service at the Key West [continue reading…]
This week, the Sheriff’s Office is remembering Deputy Robin Tanner who was killed in the line of duty on December 13th, 2007. Deputy Tanner was killed at 7 a.m. in a single vehicle automobile accident as she was on her way to a medical call. She was responding to a report of a woman not breathing in the vicinity of 119th Street in Marathon. The accident took place near 90th Street. Deputy Tanner was assigned to the Marathon area as a patrol officer. She was 47 years [continue reading…]
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the Key West Police Athletic League (PAL) is offering a fun and reliable place to bring your kids during the holiday break. The PAL holiday camp runs from December 26th to the 29th and January 2nd to the 5th. The cost is $110 per child per week. The kids will participate in games, crafts, fun activities and field trips. Camp runs daily from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. There will be no camp on Christmas and New Year’s Days. [continue reading…]
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary honored two longtime members of its Advisory Council at its December meeting. Martin “Skip” Moe, of Islamorada, and David Hawtof, of Key West, served for more than a decade offering advice and recommendations on managing the sanctuary. Superintendent Sarah Fangman and Sanctuary Advisory Council chairman Bruce Popham recognized them with a plaque and a standing ovation. Serving in a voluntary capacity, council members represent a variety of local user groups, as well as the general public. Moe represented education and [continue reading…]
Key West NOW is holding a #MeToo event on Tuesday, December 19th at at the Elks Club on Whitehead Street at 6pm. #MeTooKeyWest offers women the opportunity to share their stories of sexual harassment anonymously, without the fear of retaliation, and listen to others’ local experiences as well. Anyone may just show up (participation is free) to contribute or listen. Also, women are invited to send their anonymous sexual harassment stories to MeTooKeyWest@gmail.com. Key West NOW will print out the stories, protecting anonymity, and display them for others to read. [continue reading…]
Noted Key West-based author, photographer and sports fisherman Jeffrey Cardenas, 61, embraces the wind as he sails out of the Stock Island marina on Saturday, to embark on a three-year voyage around the world. Cardenas noted that the 46-foot cutter-rigged vessel, “Flying Fish” is “built like a rock” and “strong enough to take me through any ocean.” Cardenas’ wife Ginny Stones, sister Susan Cardenas, and other family and friends gathered on the dock to wish bon voyage to the sailor, who is joined by brother Bob and [continue reading…]
Mayor Craig Cates on Tuesday recognized the 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation in Key West, proclaiming December 18th be set aside to honor this important milestone. Through booms and busts, the presence of the Navy has, throughout Key West’s history, has provided stability that has kept the community going strong. The nation’s southernmost naval base, established in 1823, proved to be an ideal training facility for the Navy’s fledgling aviation force. Naval Air Station Key West was established as a small coastal air patrol station on July 13, 1917, [continue reading…]
“First We Marched. Now We Act.” Women’s March Florida to host four regional events across the state on January 21st, 2018. On January 21, 2018, the one-year anniversary of the largest political protest in recent U.S. history, Women’s March Florida will lead a statewide “Day of Action” to bring awareness, support and donations to our nearby sister island communities that were affected this hurricane season; Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Florida Keys. The event will also focus on expanding voter access and registration, [continue reading…]
The Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden will re-open on December 1st with a Grand Re-Opening Event on Saturday, December 2nd, 10 – 4. Come help celebrate the survival of the 81-year-old Garden after the assault by Irma. Music, snacks (including backed goods by Robin Guieb) and children’s activities (featuring a leaf print workshop sponsored by the Florida Keys Council of the Arts). Admission is FREE all weekend. Call 305-296-1504 for details or visit www.keywest.garden.
An exhibit memorializing iconic playwright Tennessee Williams, who called Key West home from the late 1940s until his death in 1983, has expanded to become the Tennessee Williams Museum under new dual leadership. The museum evolved from the popular Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit following its merger with the Key West Art & Historical Society, and is to debut Friday, Dec. 15, at 513 Truman Ave. Williams lived in Key West as an openly gay man with his partner Frank Merlo, and had a pivotal influence on [continue reading…]
The Florida Department of Health is partnering with Bayshore Financial Services, PLC in a weight loss competition. Join the Upper Keys Biggest Loser New Year Challenge, which runs from January 12 through March 9. Participants weigh in every Friday morning at the Roth Building (50 High Point Rd, Tavernier) anytime between 7 to 9am. Registration is $30 per person; all proceeds collected from this challenge will go to the top three male and female winners in separate categories. Last day to sign up is January 19th. Call 305-853-7394 or email Hannah.Padgett@flhealth.gov to join.
Key West Transit is proud to announce that long-time employee Jean Willy has been selected as Operator of the Year. Willy has been with the Transportation Department for almost 13 years. He began his career as a fleet helper, quickly advancing to apprentice mechanic and then becoming a City bus operator. “Willy’s dedication to his passengers and the department make him truly an asset to the City,” said Transit Director Rod Delostrinos.
Chris Bergh, The Nature Conservancy’s Director of Conservation for South Florida, will present “Marine Zoning Works for Me” on Wednesday December 6th beginning at 6 PM at the Bottle Cap Lounge, 1128 Simonton Street. Learn how zoning protects and sustains resources in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The meeting is sponsored by Last Stand, admission is free. The Nature Conservancy and Last Stand have joined a group of environmental organizations to better educate the public about the upcoming revisions to the management plans for the sanctuary and [continue reading…]
Key West National Organization for Women will meet at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 29. The meeting is open to anyone interested in supporting gender equality issues. A social hour follows the meeting. KWNOW gathers on the fourth Wednesday of every month in the back dining room of Shanna Key Irish Pub, 1900 Flagler Ave., Key West. For more information, or to join, email: email@example.com.
Wednesday’s ceremonial lighting of the Seaport’s Christmas trees, palm trees, ships, shops, restaurants and watering holes, which extend from Lazy Way Lane at the Green Street Plaza to the Ferry Terminal at Grinnell Street, marks the beginning of Key West Holiday Fest, an annual island-wide celebration presented in part by the Lodging Association of the Florida Keys & Key West and the Monroe Country Tourist Development Council that continues through December 31. Other Fest highlights include fabulously romantic Holiday Historic Inn Tours, the annual Schooner Wharf Lighted Boat Parade and an [continue reading…]