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Sunday, July 28, 2013
Mile Markers

KEY WEST

Help plant trees Aug. 3 at HOB

Thanks to a grant, more than 500 native trees and shrubs will be installed islandwide over the coming months, starting with a community tree planting 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Horace O'Bryant School, 1105 Leon St.

The school will become the first U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-certified Schoolyard Habitat in the Florida Keys.

Next, more trees will be planted on the streets of Old Town, said city Sustainability Coordinator Alison Higgins.

It's all due to a grant from TogetherGreen, a partnership between Toyota and the National Audubon Society, according to city spokeswoman Alyson Crean. On Saturday, the trees will be 1-gallon sized, and holes will be pre-dug, so the event is suitable for all ages. Noontime Rotary will serve hot dogs once the last tree is planted.

For more information, contact Higgins at 305-809-3726 or ahiggins@keywestcity.com.

MARATHON

Mader to talk about pythons

Veteranarian Dr. Doug Mader will be the featured presenteer at the the next Save-A-Turtle meeting, at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at The Turtle Hospital, Mile Marker 48.5.

He will be accompanied by a live Florida python, the species about which he will speak.

Mader, an internationally acclaimed expert in exotic animal medicine, is the consulting veterinarian of the Key West Aquarium, Turtle Hospital, Key West Butterfly Conservancy, Theatre of the Sea, and Monroe County Sheriff's Office Animal Farm.

Save-A-Turtle Inc. of the Florida Keys is a volunteer nonprofit dedicated to preserving and protecting rare and endangered marine turtles and to enhancing their habitat in the Keys, as well as and partnering with like-minded organizations throughout the world.

HOMESTEAD

New hours at Flamingo

Everglades National Park has made additional changes to marina hours in Flamingo due to decreased visitation in the summer.

It was previously announced that the marina store hours and services for the summer would be 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekends.

But starting this month, the weekend hours were changed to match weekdays: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Buttonwood Café is closed for summer.

Flamingo is at the extreme southern tip of the park, about 38 miles south of the park's main entrance near Homestead.

For more information, call 239-695-3101 or 305-242-7762.