Be careful on Halloween
The Sheriff's Office advises parents of the following safety tips for Halloween:
Children's costumes should be light-colored, with reflective tape; trick or treat before dark; kids should always be accompanied by an adult; they shouldn't enter a stranger's house, even if invited; they shouldn't sample candy until an adult can ensure its safety; area hospitals may offer X-raying of treats; notify authorities if a suspicious item is found; avoid homes with dogs loose in yard. Having a Halloween party is a good alternative to trick or treating, the office noted.
Animal Farm open Sunday
The Sheriff's Animal Farm will be open to the public from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Bring the family and come visit the animals at the farm for free. They include horses, a cow, pigs, goats, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, a kinkajou, sloths, a lemur, Kramer the Emu, a family of Patagonian cavies, tortoises and turtles, snakes and many more. Donations to help with upkeep are welcome.
The farm is just off College Road at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters complex. Groups may schedule special tours at the farm by calling Farmer Jeanne Selander at 305-293-7300. Visit www.facebook.com/KeysAnimalFarm.
Parade entrants sought
Key West Coast Guard organizers of the annual Veterans Day Parade seek military units, veterans' groups and other participants to march in Old Town at 4 p.m. Nov. 11, to pay tribute to U.S. veterans.
The route goes down Duval Street, with a reviewing stand near Fleming Street. All are welcome to come cheer on the marchers. Organizations are encouraged to sign up to participate.