“Trick or Treat?” – Saturday, October 25, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

Children under 12 can celebrate a safe and fun Halloween far (enough) from the maddening crowd at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden on College Road.  The 6th Annual ‘Screaming Green Halloween’  features separate costume competitions for ages 6-12 and those under 6, bounce house, games, candy, crafts, food and more  – spiced with a “green” theme.  Admission $ 5 a Child or $ 10 a Family; $ 5 for KWBGS member family. More at www.kwbgs.org; call (305) 296-1504 or email kwbgs@kwbgs.org.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB EVENT: Celebrate the 15th Annual Lights On Afterschool

Once again, The Southernmost & Big Pine Boys & Girls Clubs will celebrate Lights On Afterschool. On the afternoon of October 23rd from 4-7 PM in Bayview Park, children and their families will join in the carnival-like atmosphere of the 15th annual celebration. Face-painting, a giant bounce house with slides, cookie-decorating, games and prizes, popcorn, Centennial Bank’s hamburgers and hot dogs, with sodas and water, the Fire Department, the Wildlife Center, Bahama Village Music Program, US 1 radio with Steve Miller and much more. Continue reading

ZOMBIE BIKE RIDE 2014

Sunday, October 19th, the Zombie Ride.  This year the event will begin at East Martello Tower, 3501 S Roosevelt Blvd.  Gathering will be from 2-4 p.m. at East Martello with face painting, etc. prior to the ride.
The ride will depart East Martello Tower at 6:00 p.m. going west on S Roosevelt Blvd to Bertha Street, north on Bertha Street to Atlantic Blvd.  west on Atlantic Blvd to Reynolds Street, north on Reynolds Street to South Street, west on South Street to Duval Street, north on Duval Street toward Front Street.  The 100, 200, and 300 blocks of Duval Street will be closed from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. for these revelers.
There will still be access to the airport, if necessary, from Flagler Avenue onto S Roosevelt Blvd.
There will be running street closures during this event, but keep in mind that there will be stragglers along this route.

Monthly SHOW & SHINE This Saturday October 19th

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The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) holds its monthly SHOW & SHINE- CAR SHOW this Saturday, October, 19th. 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 Free Ice Cream 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.

Conch Poet J.M. Varela Featured Oct. 5 at Blue Heaven

The wit and wisdom of popular Conch poet J.M. Varela takes the stage upstairs at Blue Heaven during the first Sunday monthly meeting of the Key West Poetry Guild on Oct. 5, beginning at 7 p.m. There is no admission fee and all are welcome.

Varela, author of the eclectic collection “Inside the Head of a Conch Women,” turns her sometimes jaundiced and often hilarious eye toward Key West history, customs and characters. The Guild looks forward to premiering some of her more recent work, written, she said, “as a wrap up of four days of Conch Reunions in August and a backlash for so many negative comments about raising children in Key West.” Continue reading

Crown Jules, This is Your Life; ‘Criss Cross’ Screens Oct. 8

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In this year’s heating up and always hilarious race for the honor of being Fantasy Fest’s top royalty is a woman who first came to Key West in 1976 and had a brush, of sorts, with Hollywood (the one in California), the motion picture industry and Goldie Hawn.

Julie Hanson, born in Montgomery, Alabama, has worked mostly in restaurant management or hairdressing; in the late 1970s, after a stint at the Esquire Lounge, she “worked parttime at the Eden House, at Rich’s Cafe in the back,” she said. During this time a “writer, Scott Somer, was a guest at the Eden House for a few months. He became a friend to all of us” staffers, she remembered. Somer, it turned out, wrote a book based on Julie as the main character which eventually became a screenplay and finally the motion picture “Criss Cross.” Continue reading

4th Annual Habitat for Humanity’s Votes for Notes Musical Competition!

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Mark your calendar for Habitat for Humanity’s 4th Annual Votes for Notes fundraiser! Local musician Ray West is lining up musical talent for yet another season of this ever-growing, three-night event. New musical talent and popular pros are invited to compete in order to win $ 250 cash and other prizes at the Grand Finale.  At three competitions audience members “vote” for their favorite performers by dropping cash donations in the Habitat vote bucket. Habitat tracks each performer’s total with the winner being announced at the Grand Finale.  Performers are invited to play any or all three nights. Past performers and winners include Phoenix, Moondogs, Billy Brown, The Doerfels, Paul “Shanty” Elliot, Shastina Chiles and so many more! Continue reading

HOMETOWN! PAC Final Forum is September 29th at 5:00 pm. Don’t Miss it!

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A QUESTION AND ANSWER FORUM FOR

JUDICIAL CANDIDATES, GROUP 4; MONROE COUNTY COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT 2; MOSQUITO CONTROL BOARD, DISTRICTS 2 AND 5; AND CANDIDATES  FOR U.S. REPRESENTATIVE

WHERE:  LOBBY, TENNESSEE WILLIAMS FINE ARTS CENTER ON THE LEFT OF THE FLORIDA KEYS COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAMPUS STOCK ISLAND/KEY WEST

WHEN:  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, FROM 5:00 – 7:30 PM

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LIGHTS! ACTION! CAMERA! FORT LAUDERDALE GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES UNPRECEDENTED WHIRLWIND OF FILMS AND EVENTS

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FLGLFF 2014 has expanded to seven days, includes more award-winning and diverse films, and features special events and parties that elevate this Festival to a new level, making it one of the most highly regarded LGBT film festivals in the nation.

FLGLFF takes place Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12 and resumes Thursday, October 16 through Sunday, October 19. Continue reading

Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden on Agenda for the 16th Annual Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival

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Every year, the natural habitats of the KWTF&BG serve as a rest and refuel stop on the Autumnal migration route of birds returning from their summer roosts to the warmth of southern latitudes.   The Stock Island site and its staff also host birders and butterfly enthusiasts participating in the annual Birding and Wildlife Festival.  Scheduled are:

  • Friday, 26th, 10 – noon:  “Birds in the Forest” – a guided tour lead by Phillip Hughes of U.S. Fish and Wildlife.
  • Saturday, 27th, 1 – 3pm: “Butterflies in the Forest” – guided by Leigh Williams and Amy Grimm, butterfly enthusiasts and photographers.  Don’t forget your camera!
  • Saturday, 27th, 4:30 – 6pm:  “Birds in the Forest” – lead by Dr. Mark Whiteside, our renown Key West bird expert.
  • Saturday, 27th, 5:30 – 8pm: “Garden Evening Extravaganza”.  Reception at the Nature Chapel sponsored by Florida Keys Audubon Society and Key West Wildlife Center, featuring a special presentation by Peggy Coontz and feathered friends.

Visit www.kwbgs.org or keysbirdingfest.org for details; reservations required.

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Conch Poet J.M. Varela Featured Oct. 5 at Blue Heaven

The wit and wisdom of popular Conch poet J.M. Varela takes the stage upstairs at Blue Heaven during the first Sunday monthly meeting of the Key West Poetry Guild on Oct. 5, beginning at 7 p.m. There is no admission fee and all are welcome.

Varela, author of the eclectic collection “Inside the Head of a Conch Women,” turns her sometimes jaundiced and often hilarious eye toward Key West history, customs and characters. The Guild looks forward to premiering some of her more recent work, written, she said, “as a wrap up of four days of Conch Reunions in August and a backlash for so many negative comments about raising children in Key West.” Continue reading

The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) Holds its Monthly Ice Cream Social and Car Show

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ICE CREAM SOCIAL AND CAR SHOW this Saturday, September 20th, 5 to 8pm 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’s 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 Free Ice Cream 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 942-1758.

Don’t Get Your Criss Crossed: Save the Date, Oct. 8

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Star power comes to the quest for election as Fantasy Fest royalty, even if once removed. Jules for Queen was in fact the person upon whom the Goldie Hawn character in “Criss Cross” was based. Share a look at Key West in the 70s at a screening of the near-iconic film on Wednesday, October 8 at the Eaton Street Theater (behind St. Paul’s).

VIP tickets are $ 50 and include hors d’ourves and cocktails at 6 p.m. and  advance viewing of memoribilia and documents, some of which are for sale. General admission is $25 and doors open at 7 p.m. There will also be a Q&A after the show with Jules and Bud Brewer, who was the owner of the Esquire Lounge, where part of the movie was filmed.

For additional details, please phone Campaign Manager and former FF Queen Ginger King at            (305) 849-0991.

Mangia Mangia Hosts Key West Botanical Garden Fundraiser

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Key West Botanical Garden is excited for the 2014-2015 school year and needs your help to make it a success and continue to offer our programs to as many students as possible.  Mangia Mangia Restaurant is generously hosting a fundraiser for us in which they will donate 25% of food sales to the KWBG Education Department. Please come out and enjoy your favorite homemade pasta dishes and support our program. Take-out orders are also included in the donation!

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Mangia Mangia

900 Southard St * Key West, FL * 294-2469

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 5:30pm-9:00pm

The KWBG Education Department provides unique, hands–on, environmental education experiences for students pre-kindergarten through high school.  Our program makes learning come alive! Please help us continue to offer these educational opportunities to the youth of our community.

To learn more about the KWBG Education Department or for additional information visit us at

www.kwbgs.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kwbgseducation

Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition Holds Quarterly Meeting

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The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition (FKHSC) will hold a quarterly board meeting on Wednesday, September 24 from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm at the Marathon Shores IberiaBank, 12640 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL.

Baby_in_Hands_245_177_s_c1Our mission is to unite people and resources to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, children, and their families in Monroe County.  As the only non-profit in Monroe County, Florida, serving pregnant women and the unborn, we are dedicated to uniting people and resources to improve the health and well-being of our clients.  We believe every baby deserves a Healthy Start in life and a safe, productive, and happy future.  More information is available at KeysHealthyStart.org.

The meeting is open to the public and free of charge.  If you are a person with a disability who needs special accommodations in order to participate in this proceeding, including requesting materials in an accessible format, information, or other assistance, please contact fkhsc@yahoo.com or 305-293-8424 (5 days advance notice requested). Please RSVP to the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition at (305)293-8424.

Join Reef Relief for the September 21st Shoreline Clean-up

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Past Clean-Up: Reef Relief, The Lost bus, and a group of local students teamed up and collected 600 lbs of marine debris from the mangroves off Key West

LOCAL ACTION TO CREATE GLOBAL CHANGE

Reef Relief will be celebrating International Coastal Cleanup with a community shoreline cleanup on Sunday, September 21, 2014. We invite locals and visitors interested in protecting our ocean and wildlife to this weekend event.

Meet us at the Lazy Dog kayak stand located at Hurricane Hole Marina, look for the Reef Relief sign. The event will start at 10:00 am and finish up at 1:00pm. Thanks to Lazy Dog for generously providing kayaks.

To attend or for directions contact Reef Relief at (305) 294-3100, reefrelief@gmail.com

Reef Relief is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving and protecting our coral reef ecosystems. Find out more at http://reefrelief.org Continue reading

Mangia Mangia To Donate 25% Of Total Sales To Habitat For Humanity

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WHAT:             Mangia Mangia donates 25% of total sales (food, alcohol, and take-    out orders) to Habitat for Humanity of Key West & Lower Florida Keys 

WHEN:            Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm,

WHERE:          Mangia Mangia 900 Southard Street in Key West

Mangia Mangia and Habitat for Humanity – food and shelter – two necessities of life!  Mark your calendar and make your reservations! In honor of their 25th Anniversary Mangia Mangia, 900 Southard St. in Key West, is donating 25% of total sales (food, alcohol, and take-out orders) to Habitat for Humanity of Key West & Lower Florida Keys on Wednesday, September 17th from 5:30 pm -10:00 pm.

Habitat staff and board members will be present to answer any questions you might have about our mission and programs.

This will also be the first opportunity to donate for a chance to win a newly painted bike by local renowned artist Rick Worth!

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Mangia Mangia pasta cafeFor more information, make reservations or call in your take-out order contact

Mangia Mangia (305) 294-2469

www.mangia-mangia.com

 

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Habitat for Humanity of Key West & Lower FL Keys 

(305) 294-9006

www.habitatlowerkeys.org

 

facebook.com/habitatkeywest

Monroe County Same Sex Couple Requests Case to be Moved to Florida Supreme Court

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SAVE (Safeguarding American Values for Everyone, formerly SAVE Dade) and State Representative David Richardson will help host Upper Keys MEET & GREET Fundraiser Announced In ISLAMORADA Florida

This Meet & Greet fundraising event will be held from 5:30pm to 7:30pm Monday September 15th 2014.

SAVE and Representative David Richardson invite you and the Upper Keys and South Florida public to join Aaron Huntsman and William ‘Lee’ Jones and the Legal team of Restivo, Reilly & Vigil-Farinas in attending the SAVE & LoveisloveKW Upper Keys Meet & Greet fundraiser at the S.A.L.T. Fusion Cuisine & Cana Lounge, 82779 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada Fl. 33036.

“I’m proud to lend SAVE’s support to Aaron and Lee’s fight for their marriage,” said SAVE Executive Director Tony Lima. “By standing together with them, I am confident we can help notch yet another win in court for marriage equality in Florida.”

Funds are needed to defray legal costs. The attorneys filed a Motion in the Third District Court of appeal to move the case directly to the Florida State Supreme Court on behalf of Aaron Huntsman and William ‘Lee’ Jones.  This motion, if granted, will move the case quickly to the Florida Supreme Court, and will decide this issue of marriage equality for all Floridians, not just those in Monroe County.

Fundraisers are being planned countywide in anticipation of a vigorous appeal and challenges from the State and other anti-LGBT groups.

Key West Breast Cancer Prevention Advocate Named to National Cancer Summit

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Susan Wadia-Ells, breast cancer prevention educator and Key West resident will speak at the 2nd Annual Cure to Cancer Summit next week.

The September 3-19 on-line, international conference headlines: Bernie Siegel, M.D., The Art of Healing;  Kelly Turner,  Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds; Thomas Seyfried, The Metabolic Theory of Cancer; Bill Henderson, Cancer Free: Your Guide to Gentle non Toxic Healing; Dr Francisco Contreras; Oasis of Hope; Dr Brian Clement, Hippocrates Institute; Wadia-Ells, Busting Breast Cancer: 7 Simple Steps to Stop Breast Cancer before it Starts and 20 other leaders  in alternative or natural cancer prevention and treatment, along with  cancer survivors who chose natural protocols over mainstream treatments.

Considered a pioneering leader in teaching women how to stop breast cancer before it starts, Wadia-Ells is founding director of the National Breast Cancer Prevention Project/Busting Breast Cancer.

“The Summit offers everyone a chance to learn cutting edge information on how nutrition, detoxification, vitamin D3, low-hormone lifestyles, and mind/body practices, are preventing cancer  and successfully treating people who have developed all types of cancers.” said Wadia-Ells.

“It is a great honor to be included in this group of leading clinicians, researchers, and educators.”

To obtain free tickets to this week’s on-line event visit:  www.bustingbreastcancer.org

Fantasy Fest Entry Deadline Approaching

Lay off the snooze button; it’s time to turn your dreams into reality!

The 3Wishes.com Fantasy Fest parade application deadline is quickly approaching and there is no time to waste.

Entry applications must be received by the Fantasy Fest office by 5pm, Friday September 5th. Don’t let your anime-zing parade dreams end in a nightmare, turn in your application today!

Applications are available online at Fantasy Fest.com.

Attention Non-Profits: Fantasy Fest Street Fair Liquor Lottery, Sept 11th

Attention Not-for-Profits: Fantasy Fest offers an excellent source of revenue available through alcohol sales booths at the Street Fair and Promenade, October 24 & 25.  Ten alcohol sales opportunities are offered to Monroe County not-for-profits only. Booth selection via the lottery system will be held on Thursday, September 11 beginning at 5pm at Dante’s, 951 Caroline St. For details and application information, call 296-1817.

Fantasy Fest Street Fair Food Vendor Lottery Coming up / Food Vendors to meet at Grand Key August 26

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The lottery at which food vendors select booth spaces for the Fantasy Fest 2014 Street Fair will be held at the DoubleTree Grand Key Resort on August 26 starting at 10 am.  The lottery consists of each vendor drawing a number which will determine the order they will follow in choosing their space(s).

Food Vendors wanting booth spaces in the Friday October 24th Street Fair on Duval St. and/or for the Saturday October 25 th Promenade on the side streets up to and including Southard must be present in person on Tuesday, August 26, promptly at 10 AM in the Mangrove Room at the DoubleTree Grand Key.  Representatives of State licensing agencies and local safety and security agencies will be present to give setup information.  Important sign-up information is available on the festival website, www.fantasyfest.com. Vendors must be prepared to pay for their booths at the lottery.

For additional information please call the Fantasy Fest office at 296-1817 or email streetfair@marketsharecompany.com

3Wishes.com Fantasy Fest Parade Design Workshop Scheduled for August 18, 2014

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Don’t let a lack of inspiration rain on your parade! Come to the design workshop, and get some great advice on how to create a fabulously over-the-top entry for this year’s 3Wishes.com Fantasy Fest Parade featuring “Animeted Dreams & Adventures”.This workshop is a chance for interested entrants, new and experienced, to make their dreams a reality. Come and get resourceful tips from seasoned pros on designing and building a creative entry that is both safe and dazzling!

Presenters will include legendary local float designer Rick Worth who continuously creates awe-inspiring works of parade art. Perennial award winner Sue D’Antonio, who has mastered the small-scale float design, will also be presenting. This is your chance to learn from the experts and get their advice on how to make your entry memorable and cash in on some of those fabulous Fantasy Fest Parade prizes!

The annual Design Workshop is scheduled for Monday, August 18, 5:30p.m., at the Pier House Resort and Caribbean Spa’s Grand Cayman Room.

Visit FantasyFest.com for additional information or to download a parade application. This year’s parade will be held on Saturday, October 25, at 7 p.m.

For more information about the free workshop, call the Fantasy Fest office at 305.296.1817 or email parade@marketsharecompany.com.

Fantasy Fest Recruiting Parade Ambassadors

fantasy festFantasy Fest is accepting applications for Parade Ambassadors for the 2014 3Wishes.com Fantasy Fest Parade. Volunteers will have a front-row view of the fun and chaos during one of the most incredible spectacles in the nation!

Parade Ambassadors are a group of nearly 150 anime-zing volunteers who are stationed along the parade route. These very important people help keep the parade moving and make sure partygoers are safe and out of harm’s way. Volunteers are entrusted with great responsibility and must remain sober during the parade.

These trustworthy-yet-fun-loving people will receive an exclusive, specially-designed 2014 Fantasy Fest t-shirt and the honor of wearing an Ambassador emblem. They will also be invited to attend social events with other entrants, team members, and parade staff.

To join the Parade Ambassadors and earn your official “Animeted Dreams & Adventures” swag, call the Fantasy Fest office at 305-296-1817, email the team at parade@marketsharecompany.com, or apply online at FantasyFest.com.

Parade entrants and partygoers will be forever grateful for your service and you’ll create memories that will last a lifetime!

Key Largo to Key West Motorcade This Sunday / Meet Candidate for Re-election Circuit Judge Mark Jones

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Circuit Judge Mark Jones is working hard on the bench and on the campaign trail and wants to meet you.  This Sunday, August 10, 2014 Judge Jones will be in Key Largo in the morning walking and working his way down the Keys with stops that include Islamorada, Plantation, Marathon, Big Pine Key, Summerland Key, Sugarloaf, and Key West.  There will be a motorcade with RV’s, trucks and motorcycles.  Come on out to meet the Judge and enjoy a lemonade, water, tea or other cold beverage.

Find us on facebook.  Search for:   The Committee to Re-Elect Judge Mark Jones, or join the campaign at www.reelectmarkjones.com.

Senator Bullard Guest of Honor at LWV Social July 29th

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State Senator Dwight Bullard will be guest of honor at the Lower Keys League of Women Voters‘ Fifth Tuesday social on July 29, 5 till 7 p.m. at the New York Pasta Garden in Duval Square.

Senator Bullard is a professional educator and serves as the ranking Democrat on the Senate Education Committee. In his tenure in the legislature, he has also been very active on issues of health care and justice.

LKLWV’s Fifth Tuesdays are an informal opportunity for league members and other interested constituents to get to know an elected official or community leader. “These gatherings have generated quite a bit of local interest and we know the Senator’s constituents down here in the Lower Keys will be thrilled to have the chance to hear his thoughts on the many issues affecting us, especially in this informal setting,“ said Joy Brown Taylor, the chapter’s founding vice president and current Voter Services Committee chair.

Duval Square is located at the corner of Duval and Virginia streets; there is customer parking off Simonton. The event will be held in the patio restaurant’s air conditioned party room. Appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available throughout, Brown Taylor said, noting that Bullard would speak informally at about 5:30 p.m. and a question and answer session would follow.

For additional details, please phone her at (305) 587-7833.

Key West Mayoral Candidates Q&A Forum Scheduled for July 29th

The Key West Golf Course Homeowners Association will be hosting a Mayoral Candidates Question and Answer Forum on Tuesday, July 29th at 6:30 pm.  This event is open to all citizens of Key West.

The Forum will be held at the Key West Golf Course’s clubhouse.  There will be a cash bar available and the event is anticipated to last approximately 90 minutes.

Jenna Stauffer of WEYW-TV, the co-host and co-producer of “Good Morning Florida Keys with Rick and Jenna”, will act as moderator for the Forum.  She will field questions from the floor. All the Candidates will answer each question.  This will be a great way for the people of Key West to learn where each candidate stands on a particular issue and their views for the future of Key West.

All three candidates had been invited to participate.   Candidates Sloan Bashinsky and Margaret Romero have accepted the invitation to participate. The Homeowners Association was disappointed to learn that Mayor Cates declined the invitation, citing a conflict with “previous engagements”.

For further information please contact the Key West Golf Club HOA at info@kwgchoa.com.

Light The Way For Mr. Chapman At The Gecko! July 31st 5-8 pm

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Thursday, July 31st during happy hour 5-8p, the Lazy Gecko will be hosting a fundraiser for Key West’s Mr. Chapman.

Mr. Chapman has had some housing issues arise and he and his family need Key West’s support!

We will have a fundraising raffle & many places around town have donated silent auction items. Items include gift certificates from Hot Tin Roof – Key West, Blackfin Bistro, Antonia’s Restaurant, Vinos on Duval, Santiago’s Bodega Key West, Michael’s, Paradise Tattoo, a private chef dinner for up to 8 guests from Great Events, 2 night stay at Gateway Canyons in Colorado, wine from Flora Springs Winery in Napa, artwork & more is coming every day!

There will also be a Lighted bike parade at sundown with Mr. Chapman himself! 20 lighted fat-tire bikes will be raffled for use during the parade, donated by KeyWestBicycles.com. Anyone & everyone is welcome to bring their lights & join the parade!

For those that can’t make it, we have a GoFundMe set up.

3Wishes.com Fantasy Fest Parade Design Workshop Scheduled for August 18, 2014

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Photo Fantasyfest.com

Don’t have your dream bubble burst!  Come to the design workshop and get some good advice on how to create a fabulously over-the-top entry for this year’s 3Wishes.com Fantasy Fest Parade featuring “Animeted Dreams & Adventures”

The annual Design Workshop is scheduled for Monday, August 18, 5:30p.m., at the Pier House Resort and Caribbean Spa’s Grand Cayman Room.

This workshop is a chance for interested entrants, new and experienced, to make their dreams a reality, by getting resourceful tips from previous award winners on designing and building a creative entry that is both safe and dazzling.

Presenters will include legendary local float designer Rick Worth who continues to create awe-inspiring works of parade art. Multiple-award winner Sue D’Antonio who designed and mastered walking groups which will give any large float a run for it’s money. This is your chance to learn from the experts and get their advice on how to make your entry memorable and potentially award winning!

Download a parade application at FantasyFest.com. It includes the basic rules, regulations and the fees. This year’s parade will be Saturday, October 25, at 7 p.m. For more information about the free workshop, call the Fantasy Fest office at 305.296.1817 or email parade@marketsharecompany.com.

Important Fantasy Fest® Street Fair Vendor Information

The organizers of  Fantasy Fest have announced that Early Selection of vendor spots as well as discounted fees are being offered to Key West restaurants and related businesses and festival Sponsors.  Applications for vendor space are available on the festival website, www.fantasyfest.com. Applications for early sign-up must indicate this preference and should be received by the festival office by August 1.

All other vendors wishing to participate should note the following: the Food Vendor Lottery will be held Tuesday, August 26, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort. Arts & Crafts booths are available through the festival office. The selection process for the not-for-profit Liquor Booths will be announced in August..

For information and guidelines, please contact the Street Fair Coordinator Betsy Dietz at 296-1817 streetfair@marketsharecompany.com.

Islamorada Author, PJ Royal, Celebrates New Book Release: Roostica Restaurant, Tuesday July 22, 2014

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Join Author P.J. Royal in celebrating the release of her new novel, “Killing the Bee King” at Roostica Restuarant on Tuesday July 22, 2014 from 5-8 PM.

The new novel is a wonderful piece of historical fiction:

Against a backdrop of escalating tension, in an England mismanaged by inept leadership, Napoleon Bonaparte is silently massing battle-hardened troops along the French coast in anticipation of a cross-Channel invasion. While Ireland violently protests English oppression, an unlikely hero emerges in the form of an Irish bare-knuckle boxer by the name of Wolfe Trant. Recruited from the depths of Newgate Prison by William Pitt, an ex-prime minister who now operates a covert spy ring, Wolfe’s agenda is to infiltrate Napoleon’s inner circle to determine the intended point of invasion. Wolfe is forced to partner with the enigmatic leader of the French Resistance, a woman known only as Primrose, as the two are pursued through the streets of Paris by the sinister minister of police. Hounded by larger political and economic forces that have a vested interest in their failure, Wolfe and Primrose are forced to redefine their ideas of trust and loyalty as they race against time to defeat the strategically brilliant plans of Bonaparte.

Please join us for a brief reading and celebration of the release of this novel. If you are unable to make it, the book is available via Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com, but why not come out, meet the author and get your copy signed.

Key West Mayoral Candidates Q&A Forum Scheduled for July 29th

The Key West Golf Course Homeowners Association will be hosting a Mayoral Candidates Question and Answer Forum on Tuesday, July 29th at 6:30 pm.  This event is open to all citizens of Key West.

The Forum will be held at the Key West Golf Course’s clubhouse.  There will be a cash bar available and the event is anticipated to last approximately 90 minutes.

Jenna Stauffer of WEYW-TV, the co-host and co-producer of “Good Morning Florida Keys with Rick and Jenna”, will act as moderator for the Forum.  She will field questions from the floor. All the Candidates will answer each question.  This will be a great way for the people of Key West to learn where each candidate stands on a particular issue and their views for the future of Key West.

All three candidates have been invited to participate.   Candidates Sloan Bashinsky and Margaret Romero have accepted the invitation to participate. The Homeowners Association was disappointed to learn today that Mayor Cates declined the invitation, citing a conflict with “previous engagements”.

For further information please contact the Key West Golf Club HOA at info@kwgchoa.com.

Senator Bullard Guest of Honor at LWV Social July 29th

State Senator Dwight Bullard will be guest of honor at the Lower Keys League of Women Voters‘ Fifth Tuesday social on July 29, 5 till 7 p.m. at the New York Pasta Garden in Duval Square.

Senator Bullard is a professional educator and serves as the ranking Democrat on the Senate Education Committee. In his tenure in the legislature, he has also been very active on issues of health care and justice.

LKLWV’s Fifth Tuesdays are an informal opportunity for league members and other interested constituents to get to know an elected official or community leader. “These gatherings have generated quite a bit of local interest and we know the Senator’s constituents down here in the Lower Keys will be thrilled to have the chance to hear his thoughts on the many issues affecting us, especially in this informal setting,“ said Joy Brown Taylor, the chapter’s founding vice president and current Voter Services Committee chair.

Duval Square is located at the corner of Duval and Virginia streets; there is customer parking off Simonton. The event will be held in the patio restaurant’s air conditioned party room. Appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available throughout, Brown Taylor said, noting that Bullard would speak informally at about 5:30 p.m. and a question and answer session would follow.

For additional details, please phone her at (305) 587-7833.

Southernmost Car Club Holds Monthly Ice-Cream Social and Car Show, July 19th

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The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) holds its monthly ICE CREAM SOCIAL AND CAR SHOW this Saturday, July 19th. 5 to 8pm 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 Free Ice Cream 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 People’s Choice and that classic will take home a beautiful Plaque! This is a FREE event. NEW Tshirt design is here.

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

COMMUNITY SUPPORT NEEDED FOR FLORIDA FOOD BANKS

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Winn-Dixie launches donation program to help hungry children thrive in school

Local food banks, including Feeding South Florida, are preparing for the upcoming school year and the fight against childhood hunger. Winn-Dixie has launched the Summer Backpack Hunger Relief Program in all stores to help the one out of five children in Florida who don’t know from where their next meal will come. Customers are encouraged to donate at any store register July 16 through August 19 to help provide meals for healthy minds and bodies to thrive in the classroom. Every dollar donated will go directly to regional food banks to help fill backpacks with nutritious, fresh foods. Give a dollar. Help fill a backpack.

“As a community food provider, no issue touches the heart of our customers and associates more than childhood hunger,” said Rondel Hartwell, Winn-Dixie’s director of community involvement and charitable giving. “It’s our belief that no child should ever go hungry and that every child deserves nutritious meals and a healthy start to life.”

Added Hartwell, “the Winn-Dixie Summer Backpack Hunger Relief Program provides a quick and easy way for our communities to help give hungry children a nutritious meal.” Continue reading

Important Fantasy Fest® Street Fair Dates and Discount for Locals

The organizers of Fantasy Fest have announced the important dates for food and arts and crafts vendor booth sign-up for the 2014 Street Fair and Promenade, to be held on Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25.  Early selection of vendor spots as well as discounted fees are being offered to Key West restaurants and related businesses and festival Sponsors.  Applications for vendor space are available on the festival website, www.fantasyfest.com. Applications for early sign-up must indicate this preference and should be received by the festival office by August 1. Booth space will be assigned in early August according to the product the booth will be selling and availability of space.  Continue reading

Leadership Monroe County Class XXIII Recruitment and Reception July 24 at the New Islamorada Resort

Leadership Monroe County invites the public to the next and last of three social receptions to introduce the program for the upcoming Class XXIII which begins in October and meet alumni and Board, Thursday, July 24, at The Islamorada Resort, 80001 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, at 5:30-7:30. 

Applying Class members will learn about the 2014-15 sessions, and the scope, mission and benefits of becoming part of this county-wide program which seeks to build relationships for constructive alliances among Florida Keys leaders in the public and private sectors. Continue reading

State Recognizes Green Parrot and Blue Heaven For Outstanding Recycling Rates

Two local businesses are showing up the state when it comes to recycle rates. On Tuesday, Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard, Jr. will be presenting awards to The Green Parrot and to Blue Heaven for their outstanding efforts at recycling. Secretary Vinyard will present the awards on Tuesday, July 22 at 1 p.m. at Old City Hall, 510 Greene Street, during the City Commission budget workshop.

FDEP has a program that recognizes businesses whose recycle rate tops 40 percent. The Green Parrot is the first bar in the state to achieve that goal with a rate of 59 percent. Blue Heaven is the first restaurant in the state to achieve that goal with a rate of 61 percent.

The state program is aimed at encouraging private businesses, institutions, schools, public organizations and citizens to increase recycling in order to reach Florida’s recycling goal of 75 percent by 2020.

Bravo Green Parrot and Blue Heaven!!

Key West Mayoral Candidates Q&A Forum Scheduled for July 29th

The Key West Golf Course Homeowners Association will be hosting a Mayoral Candidates Question and Answer Forum on Tuesday, July 29th at 6:30pm.  This event is open to all citizens of Key West.

The Forum will be held at the Key West Golf Course’s clubhouse.  There will be a cash bar available and the event is anticipated to last approximately 90 minutes.

Jenna Stauffer of WEYW-TV, the co-host and co-producer of “Good Morning Florida Keys with Rick and Jenna”, will act as moderator for the Forum.  She will field questions from the floor. All the Candidates will answer each question.  This will be a great way for the people of Key West to learn where each candidate stands on a particular issue and their views for the future of Key West.

All three candidates have been invited to participate.   Candidates Sloan Bashinsky and Margaret Romero have accepted the invitation to participate. The Homeowners Association was disappointed to learn today that Mayor Cates declined the invitation, citing a conflict with “previous engagements”.

For further information please contact the Key West Golf Club HOA at info@kwgchoa.com.

Malibu Rum Hemingway 5K Sunset Run/Walk & Paddleboard Race / Set for this July 19th

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Runners and paddleboard enthusiasts can test their skills and celebrate Ernest Hemingway’s sporting lifestyle during the Malibu Rum Hemingway 5K Sunset Run/Walk and Paddleboard Race set for Saturday evening, July 19. Come and participate in what Competitor Magazine called “One of the Must-Do Races” in their February 2014 issue!

This popular 5K Run/Walk & Paddleboard Race is the oldest ongoing race in Key West! It’s also a part of the annual Hemingway Days celebration commemorating the author, who lived in Key West during the 1930s.

Key Largo Bike & Adventure Tours is also organizing the 3rd Annual Hemingway Century Tour — a 100-mile bike ride to Key West on Saturday morning at 7:30. The ride begins at Key Largo Bike Shop, 91946 Overseas Highway, in Tavernier. Call 305-395-1551 for more information, or entrants can register at KeyLargoBike.com/Hemingway-Century-Ride.  Continue reading

27th Annual Reef Relief Membership Meeting: A Coral Reef celebration

Reef Relief’s 27th Annual membership Meeting is July 15th,  from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, at the Casa Marina Resort located at 1500 Reynolds Street in Key West. This year, we highlight water quality in the Florida Keys. Join us as we celebrate our marine environment together!

This year’s speakers include Dr. David Vaughan, Executive Director of M.O.T.E.’s Tropical Research Lab; Chris Costello, with the Floridians’ Clean Water Declaration and the Sierra Club. Representative Holly Raschein will be speaking about water quality and the Florida legislature. Please join us this evening as we recognize Reef Relief’s accomplishments over the past year. Enjoy free food and a cash bar.

Join or renew at the door for a 15-dollar minimum tax-deductible donation. This meeting is open to Reef Relief members. Join or renew today by visiting reefrelief.org/act/donate. Come show your support for the Florida Keys National Barrier Reef and help Reef Relief in our mission to preserve our beautiful coral reef ecosystem.

For more information: email: reefrelief@gmail.com, call (305) 294-3100 or visit reefrelief.org/act/events.

Reef Relief is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving and protecting our coral reef ecosystem. Check us out at reefrelief.org 

STONE SOUP PARTY AND BIKE PARADE, Sunday August 17th

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A Stone Soup party and bike parade to support our friend and neighbor, Mr. Chapman will be held on Sunday, August 17th.

The event will begin with a bike parade starting at Eaton Bikes on Simonton St. and ending at Cowboy Bills and Seadog Tavern. The Bike Parade will be open to anyone who wishes to participate and decorations are encouraged. Entry fee for the parade is $ 10 and all proceeds go to Mr. Chapman.

The Stone Soup Party will start at 3:00 and run until 8:30 at both Cowboy Bill’s and Seadog Tavern on Duval and Angela Streets. The event will include concerts on two stages, a pool tournament, bull riding, a giant  silent auction; raffles, and much more. To top off the day an incredible  “Stone Soup” dish prepared by Jenny Robinson of Seadog Tavern and consisting of delectable ingredients donated by our favorite restaurants will be served to all.

For more information or to donate silent auction items call Jeff Salzman at 305-896-0961 or Stacy Thomason at 305-433-1283.

If you can’t make it you can still help out by donating to ‘Light the Way for Mr. Chapman’:  GoFundMe

Important Fantasy Fest® Street Fair Vendor Information

The organizers of  Fantasy Fest have announced that Early Selection of vendor spots as well as discounted fees are being offered to Key West restaurants and related businesses and festival Sponsors.  Applications for vendor space are available on the festival website, www.fantasyfest.com. Applications for early sign-up must indicate this preference and should be received by the festival office by August 1.

All other vendors wishing to participate should note the following: the Food Vendor Lottery will be held Tuesday, August 26, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort. Arts & Crafts booths are available through the festival office. The selection process for the not-for-profit Liquor Booths will be announced in August..

For information and guidelines, please contact the Street Fair Coordinator Betsy Dietz at 296-1817 streetfair@marketsharecompany.com.

STONE SOUP PARTY AND BIKE PARADE, Sunday August 17th

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A Stone Soup party and bike parade to support our friend and neighbor, Mr. Chapman will be held on Sunday, August 17th.

The event will begin with a bike parade starting at Eaton Bikes on Simonton St. and ending at Cowboy Bills and Seadog Tavern. The Bike Parade will be open to anyone who wishes to participate and decorations are encouraged. Entry fee for the parade is $ 10 and all proceeds go to Mr. Chapman.

The Stone Soup Party will start at 3:00 and run until 8:30 at both Cowboy Bill’s and Seadog Tavern on Duval and Angela Streets. The event will include concerts on two stages, a pool tournament, bull riding, a giant  silent auction; raffles, and much more. To top off the day an incredible  “Stone Soup” dish prepared by Jenny Robinson of Seadog Tavern and consisting of delectable ingredients donated by our favorite restaurants will be served to all.

For more information or to donate silent auction items call Jeff Salzman at 305-896-0961 or Stacy Thomason at 305-433-1283.

If you can’t make it you can still help out by donating to ‘Light the Way for Mr. Chapman’:  GoFundMe

3Wishes.com Fantasy Fest Parade Design Workshop Scheduled for August 18, 2014

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Don’t have your dream bubble burst!  Come to the design workshop and get some good advice on how to create a fabulously over-the-top entry for this year’s 3Wishes.com Fantasy Fest Parade featuring “Animeted Dreams & Adventures”

The annual Design Workshop is scheduled for Monday, August 18, 5:30p.m., at the Pier House Resort and Caribbean Spa’s Grand Cayman Room.

This workshop is a chance for interested entrants, new and experienced, to make their dreams a reality, by getting resourceful tips from previous award winners on designing and building a creative entry that is both safe and dazzling.

Presenters will include legendary local float designer Rick Worth who continues to create awe-inspiring works of parade art. Multiple-award winner Sue D’Antonio who designed and mastered walking groups which will give any large float a run for it’s money. This is your chance to learn from the experts and get their advice on how to make your entry memorable and potentially award winning!

Download a parade application at FantasyFest.com. It includes the basic rules, regulations and the fees. This year’s parade will be Saturday, October 25, at 7 p.m. For more information about the free workshop, call the Fantasy Fest office at 305.296.1817 or email parade@marketsharecompany.com.

Announcing Fantasy Fest Meeting for Non-Profits, August 14th, 5 pm

Fantasy Fest will again offer 10 vendor booth spaces to local non-profits for the lucrative sale of alcoholic beverages during the Street Fair and Promenade on October 24 and 25.  Festival organizers will hold a short meeting on Thursday, August 14, to review policy and procedures for obtaining a booth and for required licensing and insurance for liquor sales.

This informational meeting will take place at 5pm in the Market Share Company offices, Suite 211, at 1111 Twelfth St. (behind Kmart).  Space is limited, so please send only one representative. The lottery for liquor booth space selection with be held at Dante’s, on Thursday, September 11 at 5pm.

For additional information and guidelines, please contact the Street Fair Coordinator Betsy Dietz at 305-296-1817 or streetfair@marketsharecompany.com.

Hometown! PAC’s MEET THE CANDIDATES RALLY [TONIGHT JUNE 20TH]

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Date and Time:  Friday, June 20, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Place: The Studios of Key West (TSKW)
Dear Voters and Declared Candidates:
Please join us on Friday, June 20, 2014, when Hometown! presents its second event of the 2014 election cycle: the Meet the Candidates Rally!
This will be a timely event, since all candidates must qualify not later than noon June 20th.  Hometown! will present declared candidates for the upcoming primary and general elections.  The event will be held at The Studios of Key West, located at the corner of White Street and Southard. The social portion of the event begins at 5:30 pm.  Voters will have time to meet and greet declared candidates. Continue reading

Hometown! PAC’s MEET THE CANDIDATES RALLY

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Date and Time:  Friday, June 20, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Place: The Studios of Key West (TSKW)
Dear Voters and Declared Candidates:
Please join us on Friday, June 20, 2014, when Hometown! presents its second event of the 2014 election cycle: the Meet the Candidates Rally!
This will be a timely event, since all candidates must qualify not later than noon June 20th.  Hometown! will present declared candidates for the upcoming primary and general elections.  The event will be held at The Studios of Key West, located at the corner of White Street and Southard. The social portion of the event begins at 5:30 pm.  Voters will have time to meet and greet declared candidates. Continue reading

Hometown! PAC’s MEET THE CANDIDATES RALLY [June 20, 2014]

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Date and Time:  Friday, June 20, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Place: The Studios of Key West (TSKW)
Dear Voters and Declared Candidates:
Please join us on Friday, June 20, 2014, when Hometown! presents its second event of the 2014 election cycle: the Meet the Candidates Rally!
This will be a timely event, since all candidates must qualify not later than noon June 20th.  Hometown! will present declared candidates for the upcoming primary and general elections.  The event will be held at The Studios of Key West, located at the corner of White Street and Southard. The social portion of the event begins at 5:30 pm.  Voters will have time to meet and greet declared candidates. Continue reading

PROTECTING THE COMMUNITY FROM NATURAL DISASTERS A Guide to Flood Insurance, Flood Mitigation and Wind Mitigation Programs

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Monroe County and the Florida Association of Counties are offering a FREE Wind and Flood Mitigation Workshop on Thursday, June 12th in Key West and Friday, June 13th in Key Largo. The workshops have been designed for homeowners, utilities, governments, developers and contractors, realtors, insurance agents, businesses, and homeowner & condo associations.

The workshop includes how recent changes to the National Flood Insurance Program will affect flood insurance rates in our cities and County, steps to lower flood insurance rates as well as wind and flood grant programs for residents, governments, commercial properties and homeowner developments. Continue reading

One Will Nab Cameo Role in New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Heather Graham’s Next Book

One mystery fiction fan will win a walk-on cameo appearance in New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Heather Graham’s next novel.

One mystery fiction fan will win a walk-on cameo appearance in New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Heather Graham’s next novel.

Organizers of the upcoming Mystery Writers Key West Fest have announced that one Fest guest will walk into the pages of New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham’s next story.

All fans of mystery fiction who have registered for the inaugural Mystery Writers Key West by midnight June 6 are eligible to win a walk-on role in the prolific author’s next work. Graham, who has more than seventy-five million books in print, is slated to be a panelist at the upcoming “Murder & Mayhem in Paradise” themed Fest, a gathering of premier South Florida based true crime, mystery and suspense writers, to be held in Key West June 13-15.

Her most recent book, The Cursed, released in late May, is set in Key West and involves a haunted B&B, a murder, salvagers, a sunken ship and a curse.

For registration, hotel room booking link and a full event schedule, visit www.mysterywriterskeywestfest.com.

Southernmost Car Club Holds Monthly Ice Cream Social and Car Show This Saturday, June 14th

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The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) holds its monthly ICE CREAM SOCIAL AND CAR SHOW this Saturday, June 14th. 5 to 8pm 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 is at our great location at the Sugarloaf Lodge, MM17, on Sugarloaf Key. Prizes, 50/50 Free Ice Cream 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 942-1758.

PROTECTING THE COMMUNITY FROM NATURAL DISASTERS A Guide to Flood Insurance, Flood Mitigation and Wind Mitigation Programs

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Monroe County and the Florida Association of Counties are offering a FREE Wind and Flood Mitigation Workshop on Thursday, June 12th in Key West and Friday, June 13th in Key Largo. The workshops have been designed for homeowners, utilities, governments, developers and contractors, realtors, insurance agents, businesses, and homeowner & condo associations.

The workshop includes how recent changes to the National Flood Insurance Program will affect flood insurance rates in our cities and County, steps to lower flood insurance rates as well as wind and flood grant programs for residents, governments, commercial properties and homeowner developments. Continue reading

One Will Nab Cameo Role in New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Heather Graham’s Next Book

One mystery fiction fan will win a walk-on cameo appearance in New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Heather Graham’s next novel.

One mystery fiction fan will win a walk-on cameo appearance in New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Heather Graham’s next novel.

Organizers of the upcoming Mystery Writers Key West Fest have announced that one Fest guest will walk into the pages of New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham’s next story.

All fans of mystery fiction who have registered for the inaugural Mystery Writers Key West by midnight June 6 are eligible to win a walk-on role in the prolific author’s next work. Graham, who has more than seventy-five million books in print, is slated to be a panelist at the upcoming “Murder & Mayhem in Paradise” themed Fest, a gathering of premier South Florida based true crime, mystery and suspense writers, to be held in Key West June 13-15.

Her most recent book, The Cursed, released in late May, is set in Key West and involves a haunted B&B, a murder, salvagers, a sunken ship and a curse.

For registration, hotel room booking link and a full event schedule, visit www.mysterywriterskeywestfest.com.

WORKING CLASS APPRECIATION DAY! Sunday 2:00 pm

Daddy Bones BBQ is hosting a Working Class Appreciation Day. They are providing FREE food to thank all the blue collar workers of Key West! Starts this Sunday June 8th at 2 p.m. and ends when the food runs out!

Ok, if you work three jobs, you live on a boat, your van, hell even KOTS, as long as you work and put into this little island home of ours. If you’re just a little tired of everything city government does hurting us the ones that feed the city, turn on the lights, make the beds! WELL DADDY BONES WANTS TO SAY THANK YOU! COME EAT SOME LOCAL BBQ, LISTEN TO LOCAL MUSIC, and blow off some steam!

Hometown! PAC’s MEET THE CANDIDATES RALLY [June 20, 2014]

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Date and Time:  Friday, June 20, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Place: The Studios of Key West (TSKW)
Dear Voters and Declared Candidates:
Please join us on Friday, June 20, 2014, when Hometown! presents its second event of the 2014 election cycle: the Meet the Candidates Rally!
This will be a timely event, since all candidates must qualify not later than noon June 20th.  Hometown! will present declared candidates for the upcoming primary and general elections.  The event will be held at The Studios of Key West, located at the corner of White Street and Southard. The social portion of the event begins at 5:30 pm.  Voters will have time to meet and greet declared candidates. Continue reading

Mystery Writers Key West Fest Announces Novel Walk-On Role Winner

Rebecca Swope of Boca Raton has won a cameo walk-on appearance in award-winning author Sandra Balzo’s next Maggy Thorsen coffeehouse novel.

Rebecca Swope of Boca Raton has won a cameo walk-on appearance in award-winning author Sandra Balzo’s next Maggy Thorsen coffeehouse novel.

Rebecca Swope of Boca Raton, Florida, has won a walk-on cameo appearance in award-winning author Sandra Balzo’s next Maggy Thorsen coffeehouse novel, ninth in the mystery series that has just been optioned for possible development as a television series.

The walk-on prize contest was an early registration promotion for the Mystery Writers Key West Fest, which is launching its inaugural event June 13-15. A writer herself, who specializes in romantic suspense, sci-fi/fantasy and Southern memoir stories, Swope commented that she is “looking forward to causing mayhem in Sandra Balzo’s fictional world,” and would prefer the role of a criminal.

Balzo is one of nearly two-dozen premier South Florida based crime-fiction and true crime authors who will appear at the inaugural Mystery Writers Key West Fest. Open to authors, aspiring authors, and non-writing mystery-buffs alike, Fest registration is open until June 6. For further information, visit www.mysterywriterskeywestfest.com.

NAS Key West to Participate in Local Memorial Day Ceremonies

Naval Air Station Key West and area veterans will mark the nation’s Memorial Day at two ceremonies Monday morning.

At 9 a.m., the Navy League Key West Council will hold their annual ceremony at the Maine Memorial in the Key West City Cemetery.  NAS Key West Commanding Officer Capt. Steve McAlearney will be the guest speaker and the air station Honor Guard will render a 21-gun rifle salute.

At 11 a.m., American Legion Post 28 will host their annual Memorial Day service at the Southern Keys Cemetery on Big Coppitt Key.  McAlearney will be the featured speaker and the NAS Key West Honor Guard will also participate in a traditional ceremony.

Memorial Day observances are free and open to the public.

Discover “After Life” at The Little Red on Memorial Day

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A striking image from the U.S.S. Maine Memorial is one of Roberta DePeiro’s contributions to the recently published book “After Life – Images from the Key West Cemetery.” The public is invited to meet the authors at The Little Red general store, 4-6 p.m. on Memorial Day.

Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, 4-6 p.m., The Little Red general store at Flagler Station, 901 Caroline Street, will present a book signing and author meet and greet for “After Life – Images from the Key West Cemetery.”

Published by The New Atlantian Library, with photography by Carol Tedesco and Roberta DePiero and prose by Jane Newhagen, “After Life” captures the island’s famous final resting place in all its unique character and eccentricity.

For more information, visit KeyWestAuthors.com.

TONIGHT FRIDAY MAY 16TH: Wines of South Africa “From BBQ to Braai” Road Trip Series Comes to Key West!

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Savor the bold flavors of South Africa at the 2014 “From BBQ To Braai” Key West Road Trip Event with Wines of South Africa (WOSA). Enjoy a South African wine tasting complemented by a full Key West inspired Braai menu from Chef Hugo Uys and Master-Class by wine expert Jim Clarke.

Who:  Food lovers, travel junkies, BBQ fanatics and anyone else interested in celebrating traditional South African braai (BBQ) cuisine and live DJ music.

What: Home to world-renowned wines and a unique cooking scene combining cross-currents of European, African and Asian traditions, South Africa is one of the world’s culinary capitals. And now you can taste the best of this exotic destination at the Key West installation of the 2014 “From BBQ to Braai” tour on Friday, May 16 (7-10 pm). Hosted at the Key West Garden Club, join famed South African chef, Hugo Uys, and sponsor, Wines of South Africa, for a culinary collaboration showcasing how traditional braai food compares with America’s own smoke-tinged masterpiece, BBQ. Plus enjoy live DJ music by acclaimed South African multi-media artist, Xander Ferreira – all for only $ 25 per person. All proceeds from the event will benefit The Monroe Association for reMARCable Citizens (MARC House). Continue reading

Wines of South Africa “From BBQ to Braai” Road Trip Series Comes to Key West!

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Savor the bold flavors of South Africa at the 2014 “From BBQ To Braai” Key West Road Trip Event with Wines of South Africa (WOSA). Enjoy a South African wine tasting complemented by a full Key West inspired Braai menu from Chef Hugo Uys and Master-Class by wine expert Jim Clarke.

Who:  Food lovers, travel junkies, BBQ fanatics and anyone else interested in celebrating traditional South African braai (BBQ) cuisine and live DJ music.

What: Home to world-renowned wines and a unique cooking scene combining cross-currents of European, African and Asian traditions, South Africa is one of the world’s culinary capitals. And now you can taste the best of this exotic destination at the Key West installation of the 2014 “From BBQ to Braai” tour on Friday, May 16 (7-10 pm). Hosted at the Key West Garden Club, join famed South African chef, Hugo Uys, and sponsor, Wines of South Africa, for a culinary collaboration showcasing how traditional braai food compares with America’s own smoke-tinged masterpiece, BBQ. Plus enjoy live DJ music by acclaimed South African multi-media artist, Xander Ferreira – all for only $ 25 per person. All proceeds from the event will benefit The Monroe Association for reMARCable Citizens (MARC House). Continue reading

Sponsors and Volunteers Sought for Mystery Writers Key West Fest

Popular Florida Keys TV host Jenna Stauffer dives in to the works of some of her favorite authors in anticipation of the inaugural Mystery Writers Key West Fest, a gathering of premier South Florida based true crime, mystery and suspense writers to be held in the island city this coming June 13-15.

Popular Florida Keys TV host Jenna Stauffer dives in to the works of some of her favorite authors in anticipation of the inaugural Mystery Writers Key West Fest, a gathering of premier South Florida based true crime, mystery and suspense writers to be held in the island city this coming June 13-15.

Sponsors, volunteers, and a volunteer coordinator are sought for the inaugural Mystery Writers Key West Fest, a gathering of premier South Florida based mystery writers and local storytellers set for June 13-15, 2014.

Open to writers and non-writing mystery-buffs alike, registration includes panel events with acclaimed crime fiction and true crime authors, a drawing for a “walk-on” cameo appearance in an upcoming mystery tale, buffet luncheon with best-selling mystery and detective fiction author William E. Butterworth IV (aka W.E.B. Griffin), a group book signing event, one-on-one consultations with publishing and editing experts, a Key West night-life stroll, and a noir movie night at the award winning Tropic Cinema, hosted by author Mike Dennis.

To become a much-appreciated sponsor and/or volunteer, email info@mysterywriterskeywestfest.com. Registration and lodging information for the sleuthfest is available at www.mysterywriterskeywestfest.com

TONIGHT! Key West Zonta Club’s 22nd Radio Day Event

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The Zonta Club of Key West will hold its 22nd Annual Radio Day on Friday, May 9th, 2014, from 5-8 p.m., at the BottleCap Lounge, 1128 Simonton Street. A live Remote Broadcast on WEOW 92.7 with Bill Bravo will showcase pre-recorded radio spots by local businesses that support the Club’s mission. The event includes Live Music, Celebrity Bartenders, an Outdoor Block Party with grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, Carnival Games, a Silent Auction, a Chance Drawing with a $ 4,500 Grand Prize, and more. Need not be present to win! Proceeds from the event support the Zonta KWHS Scholarships, Heart Health Initiative,  Annual Skin Cancer Screenings and Keys Center Academy Mentoring and Speaker Programs.

At 5:30 pm on Radio Day, Singer-Songwriter Liz Sharpe and her band Little Feather will perform. Celebrity Bartenders and Game Hosts for the event include Fantasy Fest Reigning Queen Diane May, King Stephen “Sunshine” Sunday, Rick Lopez, Headlines Flower and Nancy Campbell, Steve “Odie” McAlearney, Heather Caruthers, Kimberly Denny, Dr. Mark Whiteside, Dan Courtney, Dr. Jerome Covington, and Inga from Aqua.

Only 250 of the $ 50 Chance Drawing tickets will be sold, awarding $ 100 prizes for the 1st, 100th, 150th, 200th and 249th tickets drawn, $ 4,500 to the final ticket drawn, or a chance to win a two night stay in Key West, generously contributed by the Southernmost Point Guest House. Continue reading

V.C. WEEKS BOOK SIGNING, FRIDAY MAY 9th

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Come join the Grand Vin gang for a very different evening! Long term Keys resident Vicki Weeks will be reading from her new novel, “Code of Honor”.  Come and enjoy some wine, light refreshments and listen to Vicki read passages. A question and answer session will follow.

Our wine tasting will be hosted by James Braun from Republic National. Special prices will be available on the night.

Grand Vin, 1107 Duval St., 6 PM

Key West Zonta Club’s 22nd Radio Day Event / Annual Event Supports Zonta Club’s Community Programs for Women and Girls

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The Zonta Club of Key West will hold its 22nd Annual Radio Day on Friday, May 9th, 2014, from 5-8 p.m., at the BottleCap Lounge, 1128 Simonton Street. A live Remote Broadcast on WEOW 92.7 with Bill Bravo will showcase pre-recorded radio spots by local businesses that support the Club’s mission. The event includes Live Music, Celebrity Bartenders, an Outdoor Block Party with grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, Carnival Games, a Silent Auction, a Chance Drawing with a $ 4,500 Grand Prize, and more. Need not be present to win! Proceeds from the event support the Zonta KWHS Scholarships, Heart Health Initiative,  Annual Skin Cancer Screenings and Keys Center Academy Mentoring and Speaker Programs.

At 5:30 pm on Radio Day, Singer-Songwriter Liz Sharpe and her band Little Feather will perform. Celebrity Bartenders and Game Hosts for the event include Fantasy Fest Reigning Queen Diane May, King Stephen “Sunshine” Sunday, Rick Lopez, Headlines Flower and Nancy Campbell, Steve “Odie” McAlearney, Heather Caruthers, Kimberly Denny, Dr. Mark Whiteside, Dan Courtney, Dr. Jerome Covington, and Inga from Aqua.

Only 250 of the $ 50 Chance Drawing tickets will be sold, awarding $ 100 prizes for the 1st, 100th, 150th, 200th and 249th tickets drawn, $ 4,500 to the final ticket drawn, or a chance to win a two night stay in Key West, generously contributed by the Southernmost Point Guest House. Continue reading

Wines of South Africa “From BBQ to Braai” Road Trip Series Comes to Key West!

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Savor the bold flavors of South Africa at the 2014 “From BBQ To Braai” Key West Road Trip Event with Wines of South Africa (WOSA). Enjoy a South African wine tasting complemented by a full Key West inspired Braai menu from Chef Hugo Uys and Master-Class by wine expert Jim Clarke.

Who:  Food lovers, travel junkies, BBQ fanatics and anyone else interested in celebrating traditional South African braai (BBQ) cuisine and live DJ music.

What: Home to world-renowned wines and a unique cooking scene combining cross-currents of European, African and Asian traditions, South Africa is one of the world’s culinary capitals. And now you can taste the best of this exotic destination at the Key West installation of the 2014 “From BBQ to Braai” tour on Friday, May 16 (7-10 pm). Hosted at the Key West Garden Club, join famed South African chef, Hugo Uys, and sponsor, Wines of South Africa, for a culinary collaboration showcasing how traditional braai food compares with America’s own smoke-tinged masterpiece, BBQ. Plus enjoy live DJ music by acclaimed South African multi-media artist, Xander Ferreira – all for only $ 25 per person. All proceeds from the event will benefit The Monroe Association for reMARCable Citizens (MARC House). Continue reading