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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Schools announce graduation dates

The Monroe County School District has announced graduation dates for its three high schools.

In the Upper Keys, Coral Shores High School will honor the 2015 graduating class on June 3 at 7 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium. The school has yet to announce who will deliver the commencement address to the 167 students expected to graduate.

In the Middle Keys, Marathon High School will follow the next day, holding its graduation on June 4 at 8 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. Jamie Buhyoff, the class sponsor, will give the commencement address to the graduating class of 68 students.

In the Lower Keys, Key West rounds out the county’s calendar of high school graduations on June 5 at 7 p.m. at Tommy Roberts Memorial Stadium on Kennedy Drive. Michael Halpern, a local lawyer and school supporter, will give the commencement address to the graduating class of 276 students.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Africana cultural heritage festival set for June 18-21

Discover the Africana cultural heritage of America’s southernmost city, including a unique African refugee cemetery, at the Key West Africana Festival, set for June 18-21 at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval St.

The event features explorations of African and Cuban influences that helped shape Key West and island-style recreational activities

Other festival events include a film screening in Key West’s historic Bahama Village neighborhood; workshops on community, relationship and physical wellness; watersport excursions; and late-night gatherings with live music.

Registration is $125 a person and special accommodations rates are available at the host hotel, Crowne Plaza La Concha, at 430 Duval St.

For information, visit

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Free admission for military at Botanical Garden

The Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden is offering free admission to active duty military — including Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, National Guard, and Reserve members — and up to five family members through Sept. 6.

More than 2,000 museums across the United States are participating in the Blue Star Museums program.

The garden, at 5210 College Road, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dogs are welcome.

For information, call 305-296-1504 or visit