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Florida Keys Business Briefs
Sunday, September 30, 2012

KEY WEST

Free health fair, lecture this week

Dr. Anesa Ahamad from 21st Century Oncology and the Marta A. Gonzalez Cancer Center will give a free lecture about cancer and cancer prevention during the free health fair on Thursday.

Ahamad will speak at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The health fair takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the DoubleTree Grand Key Resort in Key West.

The event will include free tests and screenings, including cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, osteoporosis, weight and body fat analysis, breast exams, HIV tests and other screenings.

The fair is being coordinated by Lower Keys Medical Center, Florida Keys Area Health Education Center, state and local health agencies and 30 other local health and fitness businesses. Anyone planning to participate in blood tests should come to the health fair after fasting for three to four hours; no food or drink except water.

FLORIDA KEYS

Dog trainer returns

Jan Kase, the Florida Keys Dog Trainer, is back in the Keys and offering her specialty in "clicker training," according to a press release. Kase said she is the Keys only mobile dog trainer and works from Key West to Key Largo. She uses positive reinforcement to teach desired behaviors.

Kase begins with a free in-home consultation to assess the dog's temperament, skills and needs. She will offer free clicker training demonstrations at local establishments.

For more information call 305-509-0385 or email: jankase@mac.com.

UPPER KEYS

Key Largo hosts songwriters for Downtown Songfest

A host of elite Nashville songwriters will take the stage in Key Largo Oct. 19 and 20 for the first-ever Downtown Key Largo Songfest.

Admission is free for the weekend festival, which includes an eclectic mix of genres, including jazz, blues, rock, country and contemporary pop.

The entertainers are some of America's leading lyricists including Nashville Hall of Fame songwriter Pat Alger and Marty Dodson, who co-wrote Billy Currington's number-one hit single "Must Be Doing Something Right." Other featured local and national acts include Bud Tower, Mark Stephen Jones, Ralph Murphy, Billy Livesay and more.

Many of the featured songwriters have written hits for stars such as Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Toby Keith, Lyle Lovett and Lynyrd Skynyrd, according to an event press release.

Venues include establishments along Key Largo's "Happy Hour Trail," such as Bayside Grille, Sharkey's Pub & Galley and the Pilot House Restaurant & Marina.

Island Time Shuttle will provide complimentary transportation among the three venues during the event.

The event is co-sponsored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, or ASCAP, in partnership with the Key Largo Downtown Association.