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Sunday, January 27, 2013
Mile Markers

UPPER KEYS

Writers group meets every month

The monthly Latitude 25 Writers meeting offers honest feedback to writers who have created a poem, short story, novel or other literary work. The next one will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the community room of the Key Largo library.

It's the oldest literary group in the Upper Keys, and goes by the motto "Leave your ego at the door."

More than 35 years ago, a group of friends gathered in Fred and Frieda Feldman's living room and read their works. Many members of the Latitude 25 Writers have been published, including Frieda Feldman, the official poet laureate of Key Largo. With Vanna McDonnough, Feldman has published several books of poetry.

Writers who wish to read all or part of their creations will receive gentle but candid feedback. There are no dues or fees and all are welcome. For more information, call Steve Gibbs at 305-451-4164.

MARATHON

AARP: Estate law expert to speak

Richard E. Warner, Marathon attorney and estate law expert, will be the guest speaker at the 5 p.m. American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) local chapter meeting on Feb. 11 at the Marathon Senior Center. Get there by turning toward the bay at the light by Fishermen's hospital; it's the second building on the left.

Wills, estates, probate and trusts will be discussed. Warner will address any changes in estate planning, taxes and laws and explain what not to do, and update the audience on necessary documents.

He will repeat the lecture at the Upper Keys AARP meeting, from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Key Largo Civic Club, Mile Marker 100 Oceanside, across the street from the Lions Club.

The meetings are free and open to the public, AARP membership is not required. For more information, call 305-853-0907.

MARATHON

Free film offered Feb. 5

Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys will feature the documentary "Chemerical" on Feb. 5 at the Marathon Power Squadron Building, 52nd St. Gulf on Loggerhead Lane.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the free monthly film series.

The movie follows a family addicted to chemical household cleaners and hygiene products that switches to an all-natural cleaning lifestyle. It proves that "thanks to our clean obsession, we are drowning in sea of toxicity," according to an online synopsis. Free popcorn is offered, with drinks available for a small donation. For more information on upcoming events, visit http://keysenvironmentalcalendar.org/wp/.