Bar hosts local artists, collects toys
The public is invited to share holiday cheer when Schooner Wharf Bar becomes Santa's Workshop during its annual Tree-Trimming Party and toy drive at 5 p.m. today.
The community is invited to hang a nautically themed ornament on the Schooner Christmas tree and then shop locally in Santa's Workshop, where familiar faces will offer signed copies of their work for sale to holiday shoppers.
Citizen photographer Rob O'Neal, "Tan Lines" columnist Mandy Miles and reporter Terry Schmida will personalize copies of their Key West-themed calendars and books.
Harry Bowman will have his narrated "Florida Keys Road Trip" CD and artist Rob Santagate will sell his work.
Live music, holiday hot toddies, prizes for handmade ornaments and free drinks for anyone who donates a gift to the annual toy drive. For information, call 305-292-3302.
24 Cubans taken back
The Coast Guard cutter Key Biscayne took 24 Cuban migrants back the island nation on Thursday, taking them to Bahia de Cabañas.
A private boat had rescued them from a sinking rustic vessel Nov. 25 south of Boca Chica, the agency said.
The cutter Ocracoke arrived and embarked the group.
Once aboard a cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention.
The Key Biscayne is a 110-foot patrol boat based in Key West.
For information on how to legally immigrate to the United States, call U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at 1-800-375-5283 or visit www.uscis.gov.
Forum on the arts Monday
The Community Foundation of the Florida Keys (CFFK) will hold a free public discussion, called "Future Forum on the Arts," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at The Studios of Key West, 600 White St.
City and nonprofit leaders, donors, artists, arts patrons, and the public are invited to participate.
Jon Allen will facilitate the forum, which will include presentations by City Commissioner Teri Johnston, Florida Keys Council of the Arts Executive Director Liz Young; Studios of Key West Chairwoman Rosi Ware; Art in Public Places board Chairman Michael Shields; and Key West Literary Seminar Associate Director Arlo Haskell. City Manager Bob Vitas will also participate.
To register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.