Monday, January 28, 2013
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Boating safety class offered

A three-week Boating Skills and Seamanship class will be offered starting Feb. 25 at the Sugarloaf Fire Department, 17175 Overseas Hwy., bayside. It will be held 7 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in the second-floor conference room.

Topics will include nautical highway signs, rules of the road, weather, navigation, course charting, equipment and other safe boating skills. Graduates are qualified for a Florida Boating Safety Education ID card. Cost is $55 per person, materials included, or $80 per couple with shared materials. Scholarships available for local students 14 to 18 years old. For more information, contact Bob Eichholtz, 305-872-7505,; or Jan Kittsmiller, 305-744-0043 (home), 305-393-5303 (cell),


Poetry Guild features love

In honor of Valentine's Day, the venerable Key West Poetry Guild will feature love poems, love poems and more love poems at its monthly meeting, at 7 p.m. Feb. 3 upstairs at Blue Heaven, Petronia at Thomas streets.

J.M. Varela, among the guild's earliest members in the early 1970s, will moderate.

The first part of the meeting will present original selections from "Key West, I Love You," the guild-produced anthology launched last year. Then attendees may read their favorite love poems -- their own or another's.

Meetings are open to all; there is no fee and may be refreshments. For more information, call Juana Maria at 305-292-0902.


FKCC input due this week

Florida Keys Community College wants input on its new strategic plan, which will guide the institution over the next several years. Suggestions or opinions are welcome via an online forum linked on the college's home page, at The forum has been active for the past few months, and will accept comments until Thursday. Comments will be moderated and should appear within 48 hours of submission, the college says.

It follows FKCC President Jonathan Gueverra's Keyswide "listening tour."

As one of 28 colleges in the Florida College System, FKCC must create goals and objectives that align with the four goals in the system's strategic plan, called the "Florida First" plan.