Friday, December 7, 2012
Mile Markers


Food drive this, next Sat.

The Hard Rock Cafe and Winn-Dixie's Rock Out Hunger Food Drive is this Saturday and Dec. 15.

Shoppers at the grocery store may buy a prepackaged bag of nonperishable foods to make a holiday meal. In exchange for the donations, shoppers will receive a coupon for Hark Rock.

The food collected in the drive will be given to needy locals. It will directly benefit the Florida Keys Outreach Coalition's Loaves & Fish Food Pantry and the residents of Samuel's House, a shelter for women and children. For more information, call 305-294-0304 or 305-296-0240.


Talk about poinsettias Dec. 21

Horticulturist and master gardener Linnea Cunningham will talk about poinsettias at the Marathon Garden Club's next meeting, 1 p.m. Dec. 21 at 5270 Overseas Highway, Mile Marker 50, bay side.

She'll discuss the history of the plant and how to create simple floral designs for the holidays. Examples will be available for raffle and refreshments will be served. Also, a plant clinic sponsored by University of Florida Monroe County Extension Master Gardeners will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15 at the club.

For more information, call 305-743-4971 or visit


A Positive Step 5K on Dec. 22

A Positive Step of Monroe County (APSMC) will hold its fifth annual 5K run at 8 a.m. Dec. 22, beginning at the Southernmost Beach Cafe, at the southern end of Duval Street.

The event will include post-race refreshments, a raffle, awards, and T-shirts for the first 150 entrants. Registration is $25, or $15 for runners under 15. Race-day entrants pay $5 extra. Kids 9 and under may enter a 9 a.m. free, half-mile Fun Run. Raffle tickets are $25 each, or five for 100. To buy them, call 305-304-1969. Winners will be announced on race day. To register, visit

All proceeds go to the Idle Hands Summer Jobs Program of APSMC, a nonprofit that helps high-risk youth and their families.