Presidents Day cleanup
Reef Relief invites all to help clean up Little Hamaca Park, which is a preserve of mangroves and hardwoods bordering the Salt Ponds, on Monday, which is Presidents Day.
Participants will meet at the park gate, off Flagler Avenue, at 10 a.m.
Marine debris is not just ugly, it is dangerous, Reef Relief says. The most graphic impact is entanglement of wildlife such as seabirds, whales and turtles, resulting in injury, illness, suffocation, starvation and death.
Lowe lecture on ocean liners
Historian David Garrard Lowe will talk about the great ocean liners at the next Friends of the Key West Library lecture, at 6 p.m. Monday at The Studios of Key West, 600 White St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
A leading authority on architectural history, Lowe will present an illustrated lecture titled "The Great Ocean Liners: From Early Packets to the Glories of the Queen Mary and Normandie."
His teaching and research experience includes 20 years as professor of architectural history at the New York School of Interior Design. The weekly lecture series is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. See future lecturers at http://friendsofthekeywestlibrary.org.
BIG PINE KEY
Rollins to talk about fruit
The Big Pine Key Botanical Society will welcome Chris Rollins, manager of The Fruit and Spice Park in Homestead, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at The Lord of the Seas Church on Key Deer Boulevard.
The lecture is titled "Fruit Trees for the Florida Keys."
Rollins has been with the park for more than 20 years and is also the founder of The South Florida Tropical Fruit Growers Group, organizers say. He has led groups on numerous trips to many countries to collect fruit and plant specimens for research. A plant auction also will be held. All are welcome and refreshments will be served. For more information, call Deb at 305-849-2986.