Sunday, December 9, 2012
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KEY WEST

Hemingway Home and Museum hosts book-signing for novelist

Author Erika Robuck will sign copies of her newest novel, "Hemingway's Girl," at the house that inspired the whole thing.

The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum will host a book-signing for Robuck from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday in front of the Hemingway Home Book Store, which is located on the same property as Hemingway's former home at 907 Whitehead St.

Robuck toured the Hemingway Home several years ago during a visit to Key West and knew it would figure prominently into her next novel. Her subsequent research turned up a dockside photo of Hemingway with a trophy fish in Havana, Cuba. The photo also shows the dark-eyed stare of a nearby Cuban girl that captured Robuck's attention. The girl in the photo became Mariella Bennet, Robuck's main character who meets the turbulent, alluring -- and married -- Ernest Hemingway while living in Depression-era Key West.

"Hemingway's Girl" is a work of historical fiction set in Key West in the 1930s.

For more information, call 305-294-1575 or visit hemingwayhome.com or erikarobuck.com.

KEY WEST

Duval Square hosts Christmas benefit

The restaurants and merchants of Duval Square shopping center will host the annual Red Ribbon Christmas Dinner from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 17 in the courtyard of Duval Square, 1075 Duval St.

The event is a fundraiser for AIDS Help, Inc. and will include live music by Debra and Patrick and the Fabulous Spectrelles.

Admission is $5, or reservations are available for a buffet dinner from several Duval Square restaurants. Advance tickets are $35 until Saturday and $40 at the door.

For reservations or more information, call Pam DeMala at 305-296-6196.

The annual event is held to both support AIDS Help and thank the community for their support of the organization, according to a press release.

KEY WEST

Ambassador applications available

Registration has begun for Class 20 of the Key West Ambassador Academy.

Applications are posted on the city's Web site at www.keywestcity.com. Interested parties may also call city spokeswoman Alyson Crean at 305-809-1058 for an application. The class that meets from 1-4 p.m. Thursdays from Jan. 10 through April 11 usually at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center at Truman Waterfront. The sessions also include many field trips.

During weekly sessions, representatives of various city departments meet with the group and provide an in-depth understanding of the workings of city government. In addition, participants will hear from a judge, the State Attorney's Office, the Monroe County School District and other entities that serve the Key West community.

"The ambassador program works under the concept that an educated citizenry is the bedrock of a well-functioning democracy," according to a press release.