8th Annual Gingerbread Making Party at The Oldest House, December 20th

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On Saturday, December 20, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Old Island Restoration Foundation and Key West Collegiate Academy will host the eighth annual community gingerbread house making party in the garden of The Oldest House at 322 Duval Street in Key West. Kids of all ages are invited to attend this fun and free event. Each person attending is encouraged to bring edible items for house building and decorations, like gumdrops, candy canes or cookies to share. There will be tables full of house building and decorating supplies to create any gingerbread house that can be imagined. Every one attending will take home their gingerbread creations for a festive addition to holiday celebrations. Continue reading

Pet Pictures with Santa this Friday

Oakleigh Waits, son Cormac and dog Lennon enjoy quality time with Father Christmas at last year’s annual Pet Pictures with Santa.
Oakleigh Waits, son Cormac and dog Lennon enjoy quality time with Father Christmas at last year’s annual Pet Pictures with Santa.

Oakleigh Waits, son Cormac and dog Lennon enjoy quality time with Father Christmas at last year’s annual Pet Pictures with Santa.

This Friday, December 19, 5:30-8 pm, bring the critters and the kids for Pet Pictures with Santa, at the Historic Seaport Christmas tree at the foot of William Street. Sponsored by All Animal Clinic, a $20 (cash only) donation gets a professional high-resolution photo with Santa, plus goodies and treats including pet bandanas, dog treats, gift cards for free nail trims and candy for the kids. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Keys. Island 107 FM will broadcast live onsite. For more information, visit KeyWestChristmas.org.

Intuitive Arts Fair on Big Pine Key Dec 27th

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The Intuitive Arts Co-op of the Lower Keys presents an Intuitive Arts and Psychic Fair on Saturday, December 27th from 10-4 at Good Food Conspiracy Health Food Store at mile marker 30.2 Oceanside on Big Pine Key.

The Co-op is a local group of intuitive readers, body therapists, artists and vendors. The fair features intuitive insights offered by experienced practitioners and vendors. Tarot, life path readings, jewelry, metaphysical gifts, crystals, and more will be available. Come enjoy the delicious homemade soups, sandwiches and healthy smoothies in the tropical backyard garden. Bring a friend and enjoy a day filled with insights and delights.

“The Intuitive Arts Fair welcomes in the New Year and is an annual event for the community. Start 2015 with fresh insight, inspiration, intention and imagination at the Intuitive Arts Fair” said Rev. Marney Brown, one of the Fair’s organizers and owner of Good Food Conspiracy.

Admission is free. For more information call Rev. Marney Brown, at 305- 872-9119.

Big Pine Winn-Dixie Is First National Chain To Partner With “Got Your Bags? Florida Keys” Program

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Big Pine Key Grocery Hosts a Special Event With Significant Environmental Benefits To Help Reduce The Impact Of Single Use Plastic Bags

Big Pine Key, FL, December 9, 2014 ~ Winn-Dixie will partner with nonprofit Green Living and Energy Education’s “Got Your Bags? Florida Keys” program by holding a reusable bag giveaway and sale event on Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 10am – 2pm at the store on Big Pine Key.

Green Living and Energy Education (GLEE) volunteers will set up a “Got Your Bags? Florida Keys” (GYB) station outside the Winn-Dixie, and provide a free reusable shopping bag to anyone who signs a pledge to do their best to avoid using plastic bags when they shop. The reusable bags have been donated by local businesses and individuals who support the program. Continue reading

Miami VA Leadership hosting Veteran Town Hall in Key West

Veterans and their family members are invited to a Miami VA Healthcare System Veteran Town Hall meeting designed to answer questions about VA services and solicit suggestions from Veterans.

The Veteran Town Hall is scheduled for Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. at The Harvey Government Center, BOCC Meeting Room, at 1200 Truman Avenue in Key West. This meeting is open to the public. Congressional staffs, Veteran Service Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations and other community partners are encouraged to attend as well. Miami VA Leadership will be hosting the listening session. Continue reading

“Purple Heart Trail” Signs To Be Unveiled December 15th

Honorable & Distinguished Guests…

State Rep. Holly Raschein’s “Purple Heart Trail” Bill was recently signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott. A section of US 1 running from Mile Marker 106 to Florida City will be designated as the “Purple Heart Trail”. Beautifully crafted highway signs running North and South on US 1 will depict this designation.

At presents these signs are masked. On Monday (December 15) at 5:30 PM on or about MM 106 Northbound–US 1, a brief dedication will take place unveiling these signs.
Following this dedication a reception will take place at our VFW Post 10211 in Key Largo. It is scheduled to begin at approximately 6 PM.
You are cordially invited to participate in both events. We would be honored and privileged by your attendance.

Blessings& Respect,
John Donnelly

FOL Book Sale Saturday

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Friends of the Key West Library will sponsor their first book sale of the season on Saturday, December 6, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, in the Palm Garden next to the library, 700 Fleming Street.

This first sale is bursting with books. Art, biography, food, history, hobbies/pets, mysteries, nature/geography are overflowing categories. Children’s and coffee-table books are at super low prices. DVDs and CDs abound. As always, most fiction is a buck a book.

Proceeds go to the library’s programs, books and equipment. Future sales are on first Saturdays, Jan-Apr. Also, check out the ongoing in-library book sales.

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.
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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