Monday, November 19, 2012
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Child trafficking to be discussed

A presentation about how to tell if a child is involved in human trafficking will be held at noon Nov. 28 at the Key Largo Holiday Inn, 99701 Overseas Highway.

"What are the Indicators of Child Trafficking?" will be led by Greg Feldman, of the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), and Benjamin Guerrero, the new human trafficking investigations coordinator for DCF's Southern Region.

The presentation will be hosted by the Upper Keys Coalition.

U.S. State Department statistics say 800,000 to 900,000 men, women and children in the world are victims of modern-day slavery; up to 20,000 of them in the United States.

For more information, call Vicky at 305-451-5517.


'Got Your Bags?' launches

A campaign to reduce single-use plastic bags and encourage reusable shopping bags will kick off Saturday at the Big Pine & Lower Keys Island Art Festival, held at the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, 31020 Overseas Highway.

The hope is to reduce litter on and around the area's fragile ecosystem -- especially in the Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Sign a pledge at the group's booth that day to get a free reusable bag and a "Got Your Bags?" window decal for vehicles and businesses.

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Celebrate storm season's end

The official end to storm season will be celebrated by burning a hurricane flag at 4 p.m. Nov. 29 at El Meson de Pepe, at Mallory Square in Old Town.

That part is free; for a buffet there afterward, it's $20 for adults and $15 for kids under 12.

Adm. Finbar and the High Command of the Conch Republic Military, along with the Propeller Club of the United States -- Port of Key West, the Key West Maritime Historical Society and the Pirates in Paradise Crewe will all be represented.

To make dinner reservations, RSVP by Nov. 28 to or 305-296-9694.