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 Salzmann 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

Senator Bullard Guest of Honor at LWV Social July 29th

State Senator Dwight Bullard

State Senator Dwight Bullard

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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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 

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

One Will Claim Walk-On Role in Award-Winning Crime-Fiction Author’s Latest Mystery

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One mystery fiction fan will win a walk-on cameo appearance in award-winning author Sandra’s Balzo’s next Maggy Thorsen coffeehouse novel, ninth in the popular mystery series that has just been optioned for possible development as a television series.

Many have fantasized about authoring the perfect crime fiction story; now, in an unexpected plot twist, organizers of the upcoming Mystery Writers Key West Fest have announced that one Fest guest will claim a walk-on cameo appearance in award-winning author Sandra’s Balzo’s next Maggy Thorsen coffeehouse novel, ninth in the mystery series that has just been optioned for possible development as a television series.

Balzo, a popular and prolific author who has penned a total of eleven books, 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 this coming June 13-15.

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Key West Navy League Commissioning Committee Celebrates “Women of the Lighthouses” at the Key West Lighthouse Museum

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The Key West Navy League Commissioning Committee invites you to celebrate “The Women of the Lighthouses” on Friday, 2 May, 5:30-8PM at the Key West Lighthouse Museum, 938 Whitehead Street.  Join us as we honor Ms. Kathleen Moore, the namesake of the next Coast Guard Fast Response Cutter being commissioned on 10 May in Key West, and all the Women of the Key West Lighthouse.   Continue reading

BottleCap Lounge Fundraiser Benefits the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition

The BottleCap Lounge will host a happy hour benefit for the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition on Friday, May 2 from 5 to 8 pm. The event will feature ‘celebrity’ bartenders, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and a 50/50 raffle, as well as the 7 pm drawing for our two Stay-cation fundraisers. Tickets for the Stay-cation drawing will be on sale from 5-7 pm that evening. They are also available beforehand by calling Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition at 305-293-8424. Details about the drawing packages are available at the FKHSC web site.

The generous donation of the bartenders’ tips, the proceeds from the silent auction and the drawing will support programs and services for healthy babies in the Keys. Items for the Silent Auction are valued at over $ 1,000 and include a photo canvas by Peter Green, jewelry from ZEN by Karen Moore, gift certificates for shopping, massages, water sport activities and more. The event is open to the public and free of charge. The Bottle Cap Lounge is located at 1128 Simonton Street Key West.

The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition is the only organization in Monroe County that specifically helps families before, during and after pregnancy. The Healthy Babies program works in partnership with local obstetricians to assist uninsured or underinsured pregnant women in obtaining prenatal care. Healthy Start is a free program of services, provided in partnership with the Monroe County Health Department, available to at-risk babies and their families including care coordination, breastfeeding assistance, smoking cessation, nutritional guidance and more. The Keys for Kids’ Safety program provides community outreach initiatives and child safety resources including the well-known child safety seat events in the Keys, bicycle helmets and information on child safety at home. For more information, go to www.KeysHealthyStart.org.

The video of the April 21, “Call for Candidates’ is now available for viewing on YOU TUBE

Dear Members and Supporters of Hometown,

Whether you attended the April 21, Forum or just want to hear the candidates again, please see and hear what went on by watching the video on You Tube. If you subscribe to the Hometown KeyWest Channel, You Tube will send you an e-mail each time there is something new posted.

To view the April 21, video, please go to www.hometownkeywest.com and you will be on the Home Page. On the right side of the computer screen as you are viewing that page, you will see the icon “You Tube” just below the words “Join Hometown.” Click on that You Tube icon and you will be taken to the Hometown Key West channel on You Tube. Continue reading

Second in Series of Pop Up Art Shows Hosted By Paradise Tattoo / APRIL 26

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Paradise Tattoo Pop Up Art Show: Steve Martin Jr. edition will be held Saturday April 26th, from 6pm-10pm at Paradise Tattoo, Located at 627 Duval St. This Year Paradise Tattoo is ushering in a new era, full of art shows, community events, specials, raffles and much more! This year, we want to connect more with our clients, and with our community. The Pop Up Art Show Series will be a quarterly event; the next show in the series will take place Saturday August 30th.

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JOIN GLEE FOR ITS ANNUAL MEETING, APRIL 26 IN KEY WEST

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Green Living & Energy Education’s annual meeting is set for 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Old Town Manor guesthouse in Key West.

GLEE invites past, present and potential members to attend to learn what’s next for the Keyswide nonprofit. It’s a great opportunity to meet other residents interested in environmental issues and hear from some of the Keys’ green leaders.

Speakers include Patrick Garvey of the Growing Hope Initiative and Grimal Grove on Big Pine Key; Dolly Garlo and Robert Keeley, co-founders of the Got Your Bags? Florida Keys program; Jennifer DeMaria and Harry Appel of Deer Run Bed & Breakfast on Big Pine; Alicia Betancourt, Monroe County Extension Service director; members of the Key West High School solar go-kart team; and Runi Goyal of Old Town Manor.

“I would encourage all past and present GLEE members, as well as all those with an interest in the sustainability of our island chain, to attend,” said Sara Hamilton of Key Largo, president of the 8-year-old 501(c)3 organization. Continue reading

“The Rarest Plant Habitat In Florida” 7:00 PM, April 26th

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Stephen Hodges (Field Botanist; Tropical Science Institute at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden) will present Keys Cactus Barrens – a unique plant community that only exists in the Florida Keys. For the last several years, the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden Conservation Program has partnered with the Florida Department of Transportation, various other state and federal agencies to map, monitor and restore this highly endangered plant habitat. Data is shared with the Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) to assist their mission of identifying and tracking the remaining natural areas of Florida.

Hodges, formerly the resident botanist at KWTF&BG, has worked on field studies with the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of Environmental Resource Protection in Southern Florida. Currently, he is responsible for overseeing the endangered and threatened flora of South Florida program at Fairchild Botanic Garden. Among his area of exploration is the endangered Florida Keys tree cactus, species of the Keys pine rocklands, plus a wide array of other native plants threatened by sea level rise.

THE PUBLIC IS INVITED AND WELCOME to the Nature Chapel, just off U.S. 1 on College Road: Members of KWGBS and students are FREE. Non-members $ 5.00, or the opportunity to join. For more, visit www.KWBGS.org or call 305-296-1504

GLEE Finger Food Cook-Off Open to Home Chefs and Pros

The GLEE Community Garden will host a “Healthy Finger Food Cook-Off” on Friday April 25 from 5:30-8 pm at the Bottle Cap Lounge. The competition is open to all and everyone is invited to come taste the entries.

  • Entries in the competition will be judged on their nutritional benefits, originality and taste.
  • The competition encourages use of local, organic and seasonal foods.
  • Finger food entries should include at least 25 pieces or small servings that can be eaten without utensils.
  • Categories include: Sweet or Savory.
  • Judges will select from two groups of participants: Professional Chefs and Home Chefs.

Prizes will be awarded for both Sweet and Savory categories in each group. A panel of celebrity judges will select the winners.

The public is invited to join in the tasting for a donation of $ 10 per plate. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Be the Change of the Florida Keys – Farm to Fork program.

A silent auction will also be held offering unique items and gift certificates.

For entry guidelines or to register for the Finger Food Cook-Off, please contact kwbridget@ymail.com or call 305-600-4344.

Key West Navy League Commissioning Committee Celebrates “Women of the Lighthouses” at the Key West Lighthouse Museum

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The Key West Navy League Commissioning Committee invites you to celebrate “The Women of the Lighthouses” on Friday, 2 May, 5:30-8PM at the Key West Lighthouse Museum, 938 Whitehead Street.  Join us as we honor Ms. Kathleen Moore, the namesake of the next Coast Guard Fast Response Cutter being commissioned on 10 May in Key West, and all the Women of the Key West Lighthouse.   Continue reading

Meet Mayor Murphy at LWV Fifth Tuesday Social, April 29th

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Monroe County Mayor Sylvia Murphy

Monroe County Mayor Sylvia Murphy will be guest of honor at the April 29 Fifth Tuesday social hosted by the Lower Keys League of Women Voters at the Pasta Garden in Duval Square from 5 until 7 p.m.

The meet and greet event continues the League’s practice of holding  an informal gathering in any month that contains a fifth Tuesday. Previous guests of honor have included Lower Keys liaison to Congressman Joe Garcia, Jennifer George-Nichol (now assigned to Washington) and Florida State Representitive Holly Raschein.

Fifth Tuesday socials are open to the community and anyone interested in meeting the plain-spoken and sometimes controversial Mayor Murphy and/or learning about the activities of the local LWV chapter is warmly invited to attend. There will be hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Looking ahead, State Senator Dwight Bullard has confirmed his attendance on July 29. Subsequent Fifth Tuesday socials are scheduled for September 30 and December 30.

Details are available at lowerkeyslwv.org or by phoning LWV President Joan Wallin at (305) 304-9530.

Flooring Experts Donate Time to Re-Finish Museum Floors and Conduct Public Demonstration of Finishing Techniques

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A team of the nations most esteemed wood flooring experts will be heading to Key West next week to donate their time and expertise to re-finish the Key West Custom House Museum floors. George and Carol Goodwin of Goodwin Company and Howard Brickman of Brickman Consulting will lead the effort in partnership with Bona®, who is donating all of the finishing supplies and equipment.  The public is invited to meet the team and view an enlightening demonstration of the latest techniques in museum wood floor finishing:

Key West Custom House Museum Floor Refinish

Public Demonstration

Saturday, May 3rd

10:00am – 12:00 noon

381 Front Street

Key West, FL 33040

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Last Monthly Artisan Market of the Season Celebrates our Conch Heritage

 

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The Key West Artisan Market Conch Republic Days Edition will be held Sunday, April 27th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Restaurant Store parking lot to help celebrate all things Key West. This will be the last monthly Market of the season.

The event gives residents and visitors alike a chance to shop fresh and local. The parking lot at 1111 Eaton is transformed into a showcase of art, photography and unique local handicrafts made exclusively in the Keys in one convenient location. There will be entertainment, demonstrations, sampling and kid’s activities including information about Reef Relief’s Coral Camp.

Guests will be able to taste and buy local specialties including fresh Cole’s Peace bakery items, farmer’s market fruits and vegetables, shrimp, smoked meats, cheeses, wine, honey, salt and spices, olive oil, honey, bacon jam and other culinary delights.

Concessions, wine and a broad craft beer selection will be onsite. At least four brews from Old Island Brewing, located within the Restaurant Store, will be featured as well as wines from Transatlantic.

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SAMUELS HOUSE FUNDRAISER / Monday April 28th

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104.9 THE X FM, Radio Personality Ben Solove – Key West’s Most Eligible Bachelor, and artist Jason Covington from Southernmost Tattoo, have successfully raised over $ 1000 for The Samuels House. In less than one week. A check will be presented to The Samuels House, The Contestants from the “INK MY ASS” Contest hoped to get their name or business logo tattooed on Ben’s Ass, During last Mondays’s show.

They will all be there with the top three donors being #1. Capt. Jaimie with “Gulfstream 4 Fishing Charters”, #2. Michelle and Connie Graham from “Key West Where the Weird Go Pro”, and #3. Nancy Mayhew from “Salsa Loca and JDL Sports pub”…..  And The SOUNDMAN from HELL will be there  LIVE – During The X 104,9′s “LIVE AND DEAD SHOW” on Monday April 28, 2014 at 8pm at Southernmost Tattoo 717 Duval Street.

The Media and general public are invited to take part in the ceremony.

SAVE THE DATE: May 12th / 31st Annual Queen Mother Pageant is “One Night Only”

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Get your stilettos ready for the wildest beauty pageant in all the land!  The 31st Annual Queen Mother Pageant, presented by John “Ma” Evans and LaTeDa and hosted by Christopher Peterson and Randy Roberts will be Monday, May 12, 2014.

This annual fundraiser for the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys and One Human Family is a riotous good time!  Duval Street – in front of LaTeDa (1125 Duval Street) – will be taken over as contestants compete in ever-entertaining categories such as “evening gown,” “talent,” and “interview” to decide who will be crowned the new Queen Mother.

“One Night Only” is this year’s theme and the event will be dedicated to Ma’s mother and favorite gal, Eileen Evans.

“The Key West Queen Mother Pageant is not about a crown and a title, it is a job,” stated Queen Mother 30 Gassy Winds a.k.a. J.B. McLendon.  “And to steal a quote from the US Navy, ‘It’s not just a job, it’s an adventure’; and what a humbling and rewarding adventure it has been.”

The doors will open at 7pm with the show starting promptly at 8pm. Tables are $ 500, $ 300 and $ 200 (tables seat eight), $ 30 for individual seats, and $ 25 at the door for standing room only. For advance tickets, visit www.vnahospicekeys.org or call 305-295-9741.  Food can be pre-ordered for the event by contacting LaTeDa directly.  No outside food or beverages will be allowed.

Queen Mother 31 is sponsored by Design Group Key West, Goldman’s Deli, Gourmet Nibbles & Flowers (courtesy of Queen Mother 19 Ms. D) and Home Depot.

The Queen Mother’s Royal Tea will be held the Sunday before the pageant (May 11th) from 4pm until 6:30pm at LaTeDa and will be hosted by Queen Mother 30 Gassy Winds.

Second in Series of Pop Up Art Shows Hosted By Paradise Tattoo / APRIL 26

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Paradise Tattoo Pop Up Art Show: Steve Martin Jr. edition will be held Saturday April 26th, from 6pm-10pm at Paradise Tattoo, Located at 627 Duval St. This Year Paradise Tattoo is ushering in a new era, full of art shows, community events, specials, raffles and much more! This year, we want to connect more with our clients, and with our community. The Pop Up Art Show Series will be a quarterly event; the next show in the series will take place Saturday August 30th.

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Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club holds its monthly SHOW & SHINE, Saturday

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Photo courtesy of Dick Moody

The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) holds its monthly SHOW & SHINE this Saturday, April 19th, 5 pm till 8 pm. This event is for the lovers of classic, custom, and street rod automobiles and trucks of all years and makes. If it’s cool and on wheels it will be here.

The fun early evening event as always is at the Sugarloaf Lodge, on Sugarloaf Key. MM17. Prizes, 50/50 and cold beverages at the Tiki Bar are available. The Club’s sound system will provide 50′s and 60′s music. Bring the kids to enjoy these beautiful relics of the auto world. This is a FREE event.

Club members are seeking new members for a full schedule shows events. Join Saturday and get the new Club HAT! For more information contact Dick Moody at 305-942-1758.

Key West Zonta Club Seeks Radio Day Participants Opportunity for Local Businesses and Individuals to Support Lower Keys Women and Girls

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Zonta Club of Key West is an international service organization of executive women in business and the professions working to improve the status of women. Their programs include Heart Health and Skin Cancer screenings for under- and uninsured women in the Lower Florida Keys. Zonta supports the girls at Keys Center Academy through a one-to-one Mentorship program and monthly Speaker Series in the classroom. Zonta also funds and administers five scholarships – four for young women at Key West High School in their senior year who are headed to college, and one for women’s career advancement. They are:

 ·         The Merili McCoy Leadership Scholarship named for previous Zonta president and long-time member, who served as a City Commissioner, to encourage young women to follow in her footsteps

·         The Math and Science Scholarship to improve women’s status and gender equality by supporting studies that will advance economic development and scientific discovery

·         The Z Club Scholarship, which honors a local member of Zonta International’s young women’s organization who has achieved excellence in Community, School, and International projects

·         The Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship given to encourage greater  participation in public and political life by recognizing volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to the advancement of the status of women, and

·         The Marina Thurmond Scholarship awarded to women reentering the workforce or changing a profession.

Visit www.zontakeywest.com/radioday for more information.

JOIN GLEE FOR ITS ANNUAL MEETING, APRIL 26 IN KEY WEST

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Green Living & Energy Education’s annual meeting is set for 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Old Town Manor guesthouse in Key West.

GLEE invites past, present and potential members to attend to learn what’s next for the Keyswide nonprofit. It’s a great opportunity to meet other residents interested in environmental issues and hear from some of the Keys’ green leaders.

Speakers include Patrick Garvey of the Growing Hope Initiative and Grimal Grove on Big Pine Key; Dolly Garlo and Robert Keeley, co-founders of the Got Your Bags? Florida Keys program; Jennifer DeMaria and Harry Appel of Deer Run Bed & Breakfast on Big Pine; Alicia Betancourt, Monroe County Extension Service director; members of the Key West High School solar go-kart team; and Runi Goyal of Old Town Manor.

“I would encourage all past and present GLEE members, as well as all those with an interest in the sustainability of our island chain, to attend,” said Sara Hamilton of Key Largo, president of the 8-year-old 501(c)3 organization. Continue reading

Hometown! PAC Announces Call for Candidates Event

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Key West, 21 April 2014:  Hometown! ‘s “Call for Candidates” Event at Salute Restaurant, Higgs Beach at 5 p.m.

Dear Members, Prospective Members of Hometown PAC, and all Candidates, Prospective Candidates and Those Merely Testing the Waters:

Please join us on Monday, April 21, 2014, when Key West’s Hometown! will present declared and potential candidates for the upcoming elections. The event will be held at Salute Restaurant, Higgs Beach, starting with a social portion at 5:00 p.m. Candidates, declared or potential, will introduce themselves and make short presentations, beginning at 5:30 pm. All candidates are encouraged to come early and bring with them petitions for voters to sign, campaign literature, buttons, T-shirts and other items relating to their campaign. Please bring your own tables for your campaign items.

For those who cannot attend the Call for Candidates, FloridaKeys.com will be streaming the event live as well as recording the event for later viewing.   You can watch the live event by going to www.hometownkeywest.com.  After the event, the recorded video will be posted to the Hometown Key West YouTube channel and will remain available on the same YouTube channel throughout the campaign” season. Continue reading

GLEE Finger Food Cook-Off Open to Home Chefs and Pros

The GLEE Community Garden will host a “Healthy Finger Food Cook-Off” on Friday April 25 from 5:30-8 pm at the Bottle Cap Lounge. The competition is open to all and everyone is invited to come taste the entries.

  • Entries in the competition will be judged on their nutritional benefits, originality and taste.
  • The competition encourages use of local, organic and seasonal foods.
  • Finger food entries should include at least 25 pieces or small servings that can be eaten without utensils.
  • Categories include: Sweet or Savory.
  • Judges will select from two groups of participants: Professional Chefs and Home Chefs.

Prizes will be awarded for both Sweet and Savory categories in each group. A panel of celebrity judges will select the winners.

The public is invited to join in the tasting for a donation of $ 10 per plate. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Be the Change of the Florida Keys – Farm to Fork program.

A silent auction will also be held offering unique items and gift certificates.

For entry guidelines or to register for the Finger Food Cook-Off, please contact kwbridget@ymail.com or call 305-600-4344.

“The Rarest Plant Habitat In Florida” 7:00 PM, April 26th

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Stephen Hodges (Field Botanist; Tropical Science Institute at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden) will present Keys Cactus Barrens – a unique plant community that only exists in the Florida Keys. For the last several years, the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden Conservation Program has partnered with the Florida Department of Transportation, various other state and federal agencies to map, monitor and restore this highly endangered plant habitat. Data is shared with the Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) to assist their mission of identifying and tracking the remaining natural areas of Florida.

Hodges, formerly the resident botanist at KWTF&BG, has worked on field studies with the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of Environmental Resource Protection in Southern Florida. Currently, he is responsible for overseeing the endangered and threatened flora of South Florida program at Fairchild Botanic Garden. Among his area of exploration is the endangered Florida Keys tree cactus, species of the Keys pine rocklands, plus a wide array of other native plants threatened by sea level rise.

THE PUBLIC IS INVITED AND WELCOME to the Nature Chapel, just off U.S. 1 on College Road: Members of KWGBS and students are FREE. Non-members $ 5.00, or the opportunity to join. For more, visit www.KWBGS.org or call 305-296-1504

Key West Zonta Club Seeks Radio Day Participants Opportunity for Local Businesses and Individuals to Support Lower Keys Women and Girls

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Zonta Club of Key West is an international service organization of executive women in business and the professions working to improve the status of women. Their programs include Heart Health and Skin Cancer screenings for under- and uninsured women in the Lower Florida Keys. Zonta supports the girls at Keys Center Academy through a one-to-one Mentorship program and monthly Speaker Series in the classroom. Zonta also funds and administers five scholarships – four for young women at Key West High School in their senior year who are headed to college, and one for women’s career advancement. They are:

 ·         The Merili McCoy Leadership Scholarship named for previous Zonta president and long-time member, who served as a City Commissioner, to encourage young women to follow in her footsteps

·         The Math and Science Scholarship to improve women’s status and gender equality by supporting studies that will advance economic development and scientific discovery

·         The Z Club Scholarship, which honors a local member of Zonta International’s young women’s organization who has achieved excellence in Community, School, and International projects

·         The Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship given to encourage greater  participation in public and political life by recognizing volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to the advancement of the status of women, and

·         The Marina Thurmond Scholarship awarded to women reentering the workforce or changing a profession.

Visit www.zontakeywest.com/radioday for more information.

Community Craft & Yard Sale on Saturday, April 12 at Montessori Children’s School

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Montessori Children’s School of Key West will host a Community Craft and Yard Sale on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its campus located at 1221 Varela St. in Key West.

Local vendors will be set up to sell beautiful art, handmade crafts and yard sale items. Fun activities on our playground such as face painting, games and crafts will be available to keep the children busy while you shop. Bring the whole family!

Booth space to sell your own items is available for $ 30. For more information, call 305-294-5302.

Proceeds benefit Montessori Children’s School of Key West, a local non-profit school serving children from 18 months through kindergarten.

About Montessori Children’s School of Key West

Montessori Children’s School of Key West, founded in 1972, is a non-profit, parent-based corporation serving children ages 18 months through kindergarten located at 1221 Varela Street in Key West. LIC# C16MO0028

Tedesco, DePiero and Newhagen to Debut “After Life” on Saturday April 12th

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Join the authors of After Life – Images from the Key West Cemetery for a book launch and signing, Saturday, April 12, 4-6 pm at Salute on the Beach in Key West.

Saturday, April 12, 4-6 pm Carol Tedesco, Roberta DePiero and Jane Newhagen will present their new release, After Life – Images from the Key West Cemetery at a book launch and signing event at Salute on the Beach in Key West. Published by The New Atlantian Library, with photography by Tedesco and DePiero and prose by Newhagen, After Life captures the island’s final resting place in all its poignance, unique character and eccentricity.

After Life – Images from the Key West Cemetery was funded in part by an Anne McKee Artists Fund grant to Tedesco, a Key West based photographer, publicist and historic shipwreck professional with a penchant for photographing cemeteries.

Project collaborator DePiero specializes in local theatre photography and is a Findagrave.com volunteer photographer. As co-owner of Cocograms Enterprises, she is also the organizing force behind many Key West fundraising events. Continue reading

ACLU hosts April 15 Banned Books Forum

A Banned Books Forum on Tuesday, April 15 at the Harvey Government Center from 7 until 9 p.m. was announced this week by the Florida Keys chapter of the Florida American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The forum is free and open to the public.

“Do you read banned books?” asked chapter President Kimberly Sloan rhetorically. “Chances are you do. For example, did you know that local Judy Blume, whose young adult fiction has been internationally acclaimed, is said to be the most banned author in American history?”

Blume will be part of the evening’s panel discussion, along with Kerri McLean, an English teacher at Key West High School and ReLeah Lent, chair of the National Council of Teachers of English Anti-Censorship committee. The topic is “Current Trends in Censorship.” Anne Rice, Monroe County Library administrator, will serve as moderator.

Lent was an English and journalism teacher before becoming a founding member of a statewide literacy project at the University of Central Florida. She is now an international consultant, writing and speaking about adolescent literacy, school leadership, and censorship. As chair of the National Council of Teachers of English’s Committee against Censorship, she continues to advocate for intellectual freedom for both teachers and students. For additional details, please visit www.releahlent.com.

The Harvey Government Center at the Old Truman School is located at 1200 Truman in Key West and is totally accessible.

For additional information, please phone Sloan at 352.870.8809.

Hometown! PAC Announces Call for Candidates Event

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Key West, 21 April 2014:  Hometown! ‘s “Call for Candidates” Event at Salute Restaurant, Higgs Beach at 5 p.m.

Dear Members, Prospective Members of Hometown PAC, and all Candidates, Prospective Candidates and Those Merely Testing the Waters:

Please join us on Monday, April 21, 2014, when Key West’s Hometown! will present declared and potential candidates for the upcoming elections. The event will be held at Salute Restaurant, Higgs Beach, starting with a social portion at 5:00 p.m. Candidates, declared or potential, will introduce themselves and make short presentations, beginning at 5:30 pm. All candidates are encouraged to come early and bring with them petitions for voters to sign, campaign literature, buttons, T-shirts and other items relating to their campaign. Please bring your own tables for your campaign items.

For those who cannot attend the Call for Candidates, FloridaKeys.com will be streaming the event live as well as recording the event for later viewing.   You can watch the live event by going to www.hometownkeywest.com.  After the event, the recorded video will be posted to the Hometown Key West YouTube channel and will remain available on the same YouTube channel throughout the campaign” season. Continue reading

HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT JOINING THE PEACE CORPS?

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Have you ever thought about joining the Peace Corps– not only to experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, but also to help others in need in less-developed countries? Well, if you have, you have a unique opportunity to get inside information about service in the Peace Corps at a special event scheduled here next Thursday afternoon, April 17, 1-2pm, at the Key West Public Library at 700 Fleming Street. Steve Hunsicker, the Peace Corps recruiter for South Florida, will host the event. Steve served as a Peace Corp volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga for two years 2007-09. He will talk about some of his experiences as a volunteer in Tonga, as well as answer questions about serving in the Peace Corps and the application process.

Since the Peace Corps was created, more than 215,000 Americans of all ages have served in 139 countries worldwide. Thirty-six of those volunteers have been from Key West, including Richard Hatch, owner of the popular Blue Heaven Restaurant here. He served in Gabon, in central Africa, 1983-85, teaching math and English– in French. Key Wester Kate Ahern is a brand new Peace Corps volunteer. Within a few months, she will be leaving to serve in Panama.

Actually, I can tell you something about the application process. I have applied to serve and I am well into the year-long application process. Yeah, yeah, if you know me, I know what you must be thinking. Continue reading

Second in Series of Pop Up Art Shows Hosted By Paradise Tattoo

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Paradise Tattoo Pop Up Art Show: Steve Martin Jr. edition will be held Saturday April 26th, from 6pm-10pm at Paradise Tattoo, Located at 627 Duval St. This Year Paradise Tattoo is ushering in a new era, full of art shows, community events, specials, raffles and much more! This year, we want to connect more with our clients, and with our community. The Pop Up Art Show Series will be a quarterly event; the next show in the series will take place Saturday August 30th.

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Community Craft & Yard Sale on Saturday, April 12 at Montessori Children’s School

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Montessori Children’s School of Key West will host a Community Craft and Yard Sale on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its campus located at 1221 Varela St. in Key West.

Local vendors will be set up to sell beautiful art, handmade crafts and yard sale items. Fun activities on our playground such as face painting, games and crafts will be available to keep the children busy while you shop. Bring the whole family!

Booth space to sell your own items is available for $ 30. For more information, call 305-294-5302.

Proceeds benefit Montessori Children’s School of Key West, a local non-profit school serving children from 18 months through kindergarten.

About Montessori Children’s School of Key West

Montessori Children’s School of Key West, founded in 1972, is a non-profit, parent-based corporation serving children ages 18 months through kindergarten located at 1221 Varela Street in Key West. LIC# C16MO0028

SAVE THE DATE! APRIL 21, 2014: Hometown!’s “Call for Candidates” Event at Salute Restaurant, Higgs Beach at 5 p.m.

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Hometown! PAC Announces Call for Candidates Event

Dear Members, Prospective Members of Hometown PAC, and all Candidates, Prospective Candidates and Those Merely Testing the Waters:

Please join us on Monday, April 21, 2014, when Key West’s Hometown! will present declared and potential candidates for the upcoming elections. The event will be held at Salute Restaurant, Higgs Beach, starting with a social portion at 5:00 p.m. Candidates, declared or potential, will introduce themselves and make short presentations, beginning at 5:30 pm. All candidates are encouraged to come early and bring with them petitions for voters to sign, campaign literature, buttons, T-shirts and other items relating to their campaign. Please bring your own tables for your campaign items. Continue reading

FOL Book Sale Saturday April 5th

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Friends of the Key West Library will hold this season’s last book sale on Saturday, April 5, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, in the Palm Garden next to the library, 700 Fleming Street.

It is the last chance to grab this summer’s reading at a mere $1.00 per book.  There are loads of fiction, mysteries, biographies, children’s books and DVD TV series ($ 1.00 per disk)—plus excellent buys in numerous other categories.  And as in past years, this last sale of the season will conclude with a special books-by-the-bag sale.

Proceeds go to the library’s programs, books and equipment.  To become a Friends of the Library volunteer, visit http://friendsofthekeywestlibrary.org/volunteer.cfm.

Tedesco, DePiero and Newhagen to Debut “After Life” on Saturday April 12th

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Join the authors of After Life – Images from the Key West Cemetery for a book launch and signing, Saturday, April 12, 4-6 pm at Salute on the Beach in Key West.

Saturday, April 12, 4-6 pm Carol Tedesco, Roberta DePiero and Jane Newhagen will present their new release, After Life – Images from the Key West Cemetery at a book launch and signing event at Salute on the Beach in Key West. Published by The New Atlantian Library, with photography by Tedesco and DePiero and prose by Newhagen, After Life captures the island’s final resting place in all its poignance, unique character and eccentricity.

After Life – Images from the Key West Cemetery was funded in part by an Anne McKee Artists Fund grant to Tedesco, a Key West based photographer, publicist and historic shipwreck professional with a penchant for photographing cemeteries.

Project collaborator DePiero specializes in local theatre photography and is a Findagrave.com volunteer photographer. As co-owner of Cocograms Enterprises, she is also the organizing force behind many Key West fundraising events. Continue reading

SAVE THE DATE! Keys Water Quality: The Buck Stops Here

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Everyone acknowledges that the interaction between water quality and coral reefs, seagrasses, and marine creatures in the Florida Keys is a complicated issue. Climate-change, land-based sources of pollution, habitat loss and destruction, and overfishing all contribute to the health of local waters.

Recognizing the importance of water quality, Last Stand and Everglades Law Center are scheduling free forums in April, bringing together a panel of water quality, hydrology, and coral reef experts to examine the science behind what is occurring and what is being planned to improve water quality in the Keys.

The Upper Keys forum, on Wednesday, April 16 in Key Largo, features the director of South Florida Natural Resources Center for Everglades National Park, Bob Johnson, and the director of science and policy for the Everglades Foundation, Tom Van Lent, Ph.D.

Also on the program are Andrew Baker, Ph.D., associate professor at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami, Jerry Lorenz, director of research for Audubon Florida, and Billy Causey, Ph.D., Southeast Regional Director for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

“We know how critically important water quality is to the Keys,” said Last Stand president Naja Girard. “That’s why we’re having two sessions. The people we’ve invited to speak are all renowned experts on the issue of Everglades’ water flow and near- and off-shore water quality.”

The April 16 forum will be held at the Key Largo Public Library, 101485 Overseas Hwy. in Key Largo, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The informational session is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

A second session takes place in Key West on Tuesday, April 22, also from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Eco-Discovery Center. 

For more information, contact Julie Dick at 312-399-4057.

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Monthly Artisan Market Celebrates Ocean Awareness

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The Key West Artisan Market: Ocean Awareness Edition will be held Sunday, March 30 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Restaurant Store parking lot in support the Mote Marine’s Oceanfest Key West on Saturday. The Market is a new monthly attraction with only one more date set for April 27 in conjunction with Conch Republic Days.

The event gives residents and visitors alike a chance to shop fresh and local. The parking lot at 1111 Eaton is transformed into a showcase of art, photography and unique local handicrafts made exclusively in the Keys in one convenient location. There will be entertainment, chef demonstrations, and kid’s activities. Marianne van den Broek from Sandisle will be demonstrating sand carving and Durf Durffee will be using various magnifying glasses to burn images on to wood. Continue reading

SAVE THE DATE! APRIL 21, 2014: Hometown!’s “Call for Candidates” Event at Salute Restaurant, Higgs Beach at 5 p.m.

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Photo: Hometown PAC event Salute 2010

Hometown! PAC Announces Call for Candidates Event

Dear Members, Prospective Members of Hometown PAC, and all Candidates, Prospective Candidates and Those Merely Testing the Waters:

Please join us on Monday, April 21, 2014, when Key West’s Hometown! will present declared and potential candidates for the upcoming elections. The event will be held at Salute Restaurant, Higgs Beach, starting with a social portion at 5:00 p.m. Candidates, declared or potential, will introduce themselves and make short presentations, beginning at 5:30 pm. All candidates are encouraged to come early and bring with them petitions for voters to sign, campaign literature, buttons, T-shirts and other items relating to their campaign. Please bring your own tables for your campaign items. Continue reading

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday April 12th / Salute on the Beach to Present After Life Book Signing Event

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Join the authors of After Life – Images from the Key West Cemetery for a book launch and signing, Saturday, April 12, 4-6 pm at Salute on the Beach in Key West.

Saturday, April 12, 4-6 pm, at Salute on the Beach in Key West, Carol Tedesco, Roberta DePiero and Jane Newhagen will present  After Life – Images from the Key West Cemetery at a public book launch and signing event. Published by the New Atlantian Library,with photography by Tedesco and DePiero and prose by Newhagen, After Life captures the island’s final resting place in all its poignance, unique character and eccentricity.

Join friends, enjoy half-price specials on well drinks, house wine, Budweiser, Bud Lite, and Miller light, and be among the first to explore After Life.

After Life – Images from the Key West Cemetery was funded in part by a grant to Carol Tedesco from the Anne McKee Artists Fund of the Florida Keys.

For more information, visit KeyWestAuthors.com.

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(Left to right) Jane Newhagen, Carol Tedesco and Roberta DePiero will present After Life – Images from the Key West Cemetery at a book launch and signing event Saturday, April 12, 4-6 pm at Salute on the Beach, 1000 Atlantic Blvd, Key West. Photo by Quincy Perkins

Celebration Set for Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit, Wednesday March 26th

In support of the 103rd anniversary celebration of the birth of Key West’s most famous playwright, Tennessee Williams, Mayor Sylvia Murphy and the Board of Monroe County Commissioners recently presented Producer Dennis Beaver with a proclamation declaring the writer’s March 26 birthday as Tennessee Williams Day in Monroe County.

A reception honoring the occasion, and his life in Key West, will be held at the Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit, 513 Truman Ave. just off Duval St. on Wednesday, March 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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The entire month of March has been a celebration of Williams’ life and work in Key West. Born in Columbus, Mississippi on March 26, 1911, he maintained a local residence from the 1940s until his death in 1982. The celebration has included screenings of classic films based on William’s award-winning plays and local competitions in both poetry and painting, arts in which the playwright was also accomplished. The Key West Art and Historical Society has featured an exhibit of his paintings throughout the month. Also on display are copies of his published work, including books of poetry, and a video of him reading his poetry.

Wednesday’s celebration will offer, in addition to the awards presentations, a birthday cake, wine and other light refreshments. A suggested donation of $10 from attendees will be appreciated, organizers said.

For additional information phone Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit at (305) 842-1666 or visit twkw.org.

SAVE THE DATE! APRIL 21, 2014: Hometown!’s “Call for Candidates” Event at Salute Restaurant, Higgs Beach at 5 p.m

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Photo: Hometown PAC event Salute 2010

Hometown! PAC Announces Call for Candidates Event

Dear Members, Prospective Members of Hometown PAC, and all Candidates, Prospective Candidates and Those Merely Testing the Waters:

Please join us on Monday, April 21, 2014, when Key West’s Hometown! will present declared and potential candidates for the upcoming elections. The event will be held at Salute Restaurant, Higgs Beach, starting with a social portion at 5:00 p.m. Candidates, declared or potential, will introduce themselves and make short presentations, beginning at 5:30 pm. All candidates are encouraged to come early and bring with them petitions for voters to sign, campaign literature, buttons, T-shirts and other items relating to their campaign. Please bring your own tables for your campaign items. Continue reading

FLOOD INSURANCE FORUM: Options and Solutions, Saturday March 22nd

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A forum on Flood Insurance: Options and Solutions, organized by the Lower Keys League of Women Voters, will be held on Saturday, March 22 from 10 a.m. until noon at Harvey Government Center at the Old Truman School.

“Quickly rising flood insurance rates affect everyone in the Keys,” said  LWV chapter President Joan Wallin. “Whether you are a property owner, potential buyer, or renter working in the service sector, the cost of flood insurance threatens to make living in the Florida Keys cost prohibitive.  We will hear about current law, possible legislative solutions, efforts by Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) to solve the problem and the impact on local real estate transactions and the economy,” she said.

Participants in the forum will be: US Congressman Joe Garcia; Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers, who is FIRM president and co-founder: FIRM Executive Director Chic Wagner; and Michael Larson, past president of the Key West Realtors Association. League Vice President Linda Grist Cunningham will moderate.

The forum is free and open to the public. For additional information about the program or the organization, please contact League Treasurer Sandra Bergin at (305) 872-0365.

EQUALITY FLORIDA TO HONOR CONNIE GILBERT AT ANNUAL KEY WEST GALA: MARCH 29

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On Saturday, March 29, Equality Florida Institute will present the Voice for Equality Award to Constance (Connie) Gilbert, a resident of Key West who has been a steadfast advocate for LGBT equality.  The award will be presented at the Equality Florida Key West Gala at the beautiful Gardens Hotel, 526 Angela Street in Key West.

In a year that has seen many landmark milestones and victories, the Key West gala has garnered unprecedented support by elected officials and community leaders.  This “must attend” event brings together more than 350 of Key West and Monroe County residents, providing the LGBT community and its allies a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the momentum that is building throughout the state and throughout the nation.

“Key West has always provided Equality Florida with enormous support, and Connie’s activism within the community is legendary,” said Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida.  “Connie is not only the longest-serving member of the event’s Host Committee, but she has also given tirelessly of her time and of herself as a champion for women’s and LGBT rights.” Continue reading

FLOOD INSURANCE FORUM: Options and Solutions next Saturday

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A forum on Flood Insurance: Options and Solutions, organized by the Lower Keys League of Women Voters, will be held on Saturday, March 22 from 10 a.m. until noon at Harvey Government Center at the Old Truman School.

“Quickly rising flood insurance rates affect everyone in the Keys,” said  LWV chapter President Joan Wallin. “Whether you are a property owner, potential buyer, or renter working in the service sector, the cost of flood insurance threatens to make living in the Florida Keys cost prohibitive.  We will hear about current law, possible legislative solutions, efforts by Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) to solve the problem and the impact on local real estate transactions and the economy,” she said.

Participants in the forum will be: US Congressman Joe Garcia; Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers, who is FIRM president and co-founder: FIRM Executive Director Chic Wagner; and Michael Larson, past president of the Key West Realtors Association. League Vice President Linda Grist Cunningham will moderate.

The forum is free and open to the public. For additional information about the program or the organization, please contact League Treasurer Sandra Bergin at (305) 872-0365.

Impromptu Classical Concerts Welcomes Cellist Gabriel Cabezas

Unknown-3The sixth and final Impromptu Classical Concerts subscription presentation will be a Rising Star performance by gifted 21 year old cellist Gabriel Cabezas at Saint Paul’s Church, 4:00 pm, Sunday, March 16th. He will be accompanied on piano by Andrew Tyson, a recipient of an Avery Fisher Grant. The Rising Star Concert Series, in honor of arts patron Gail Williams Munder, spotlights the talents of a new generation of classical musicians.

Unknown-4Mr. Cabezas has performed with the New York Philharmonic, The Chicago Symphony, The New World Symphony, and the Cleveland Orchestra. His television appearances include performances with Yo-Yo Ma on “The Tavis Smiley Show” and “Good Morning America”, and with Béla Fleck in “From The Top – Carnegie Hall.” This is a young man who is clearly well on his way.

UnknownWhile Mr. Cabezas’ concert is the last of the season’s subscription series, Impromptu Classical Concerts will present a special, non-subscription performance by the acclaimed Chamber Orchestra Kremlin at Tennessee Williams Fine Art Center, on Sunday March 30, 4:00 pm. The special concert is in commemoration of the 100th birthday of well-loved arts patron Florence Fox-Loeb, and is sure to be a highlight of the 2014 season.

Tickets for Gabriel Cabezas Concert are $ 20 at the door one hour before the performance, by calling: 305.743.2283, or online: Keystix.com. All students free.

Bicycle Master Plan Talk, Wednesday March 19th

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March is Transportation Month in Key West; what better time to share ideas for an island-wide bicycle master plan?

Anthony-Garcia1On Wednesday, March 19th, the Key West Green Drinks meeting will feature Anthony Garcia, the chairman of South Florida’s Green Mobility Network. Garcia is heavily involved with the Bicycle Master Plans in City of Miami, Coral Gables and Miami Beach.  He is the principal of the Street Plans Collaborative, specializing in urban design, smart growth, and active transport planning. Garcia received his B.A. in urban planning and architecture studies from New York University and his Masters from the University of Miami School of Architecture. He is vice-president of the Urban Environment League and a member of the Dade Heritage Trust and of the Congress for the New Urbanism.

Key West Green Drinks is a monthly gathering where locals and visitors can learn more about the green goings on in our community. The meetings are on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the upstairs Muse Bar at Kelly’s Caribbean Grill & Brewery at 301 Whitehead St. and they’re open to everyone.

These community gatherings collaborate with the City of Key West’s Preserve Island Life program, exploring a new green topic each month.