Model Railroad Show Nov. 2
The Key West Model Railroad Club will host its 4th annual show and sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at the DoubleTree resort, 3990 S. Roosevelt Blvd.
Admission and parking are both free. The day includes locomotive drag races, vendor displays, giveaways and train layouts. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Formed in December 2009, the club meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. upstairs in Guild Hall, 614 Duval St.
Members range from age 8 to 80. Guests and visitors are welcome.
Model railroad enthusiasts in Key West and throughout the Lower Keys are encouraged to attend. All skill levels are invited, and all scales are welcome.
DUI checkpoint on Oct. 24
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office will operate a sobriety checkpoint Friday, Oct. 24 in the area of mile marker 103 of U.S. 1.
The checkpoint will start at 9 p.m. and run for several hours, said spokeswoman Deputy Becky Herrin.
Officers at the scene will pull over vehicles to the side of the road to check drivers for possible impairment and intoxication.
They will also check motorists for outstanding arrest warrants and make sure that vehicles have proper safety equipment in running order.
Florida is one of 38 states that conduct sobriety checkpoints. Information about DUI laws is on the website of the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, www.flhsmv.gov.
Oct. is "Pit Bull Awareness" month
City Commissioner Tony Yaniz is having local government declare October "Pit Bull Awareness Month," with a specific proclamation on the agenda for the panel's 6 p.m. Wednesday meeting at Old City Hall, 510 Greene St.
Yaniz, who owns two pit bulls himself, will have the proclamation read into the record, acknowledging that pit bulls "have endured an unfair reputation as a dangerous breed for years and been stereotyped and demonized by the media and been exploited, victimized, and abused by humans and comprise 33% of all shelter intakes nationally."
Pit bulls are also the largest group of abandoned dogs that Florida Keys animal shelters due to laws in neighboring counties that ban them, the proclamation says.
Yaniz adds that Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt owned pit bulls, as did screen legend Humphrey Bogart, and that the 1930s "Our Gang/Little Rascals" dog, Petey, was a pit bull.