New early-voting hours adopted
Monroe County will hold early voting hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 27 through Nov. 3 in advance of the Nov. 6 general election, the assistant supervisor of elections announced.
The county will offer the following early voting sites starting Saturday, Oct. 27: The Supervisor of Elections Offices in Key West, Marathon and Key Largo; and the public libraries in Big Pine Key and Islamorada.
County Supervisor of Elections Harry Sawyer was the last hold-out in Florida to adopt the new schedule, which as the same number of hours in fewer than 12 days. Sawyer, a Republican, conceded only after the U.S. Justice Department approved the new plan but believes 12 days is better for voters.
BIG PINE KEY
Botanical group meets
Please join the Big Pine Key Botanical Society on Oct.18 for a showing of the movie "The Vanishing Bees."
The screening will be followed by a presentation by David Lewis of Florida Keys Honey and Bees. A tasting and sale of his local natural honey will be available.
The Big Pine Key Botanical Society meets the third Thursday of every month at The Lord of the Seas Church, 1250 Key Deer Blvd. A plant auction also will be held. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served. For questions, call Deb at 305-849-2986.
Yappy Hour benefits Samuel's House
The Florida Keys Chapter of Hospitality Sales and Marketing International (HSMAI) will hold the fourth annual Yappy Hour from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 11 at Aqua nightclub, 711 Duval St., to support Samuel's House and HSMAI.
Furry friends are welcome as long as they're on a leash. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children and dogs drink free. Admission includes a buffet, soft drinks and one house special cocktail per adult. The event also features a silent auction and a Best of the Best dog show with prizes for best costume, cutest and best trick.
Samuel's House provides housing and supportive services for homeless women and intact families to aid them in becoming self-sufficient.
Contact Mindy McKenzie at 305-296-0240, ext. 11, for more information.