BIG Pine Key
Wastewater meeting Nov. 4
Kirk Zuelch, executive director of the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority, will provide an update on the outer islands plan for the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at the Lower Keys Property Owners Association Clubhouse, 1668 Bogie Rd.
Tom Walker, manager of the FKAA engineering department, will also speak. Coffee and cookies will be served.
For more information, visit lowerkeyspoa.org. The LKPOA is a nonprofit whose members are property owners, tenants and seasonal renters in the Lower Florida Keys, from the Seven Mile Bridge to Key West.
Members pay annual dues of $20 each or $30 per couple. The LKPOA first met in 1951.
Book takes a dog's eye view
"The Art of Racing in the Rain," a 2008 novel by Garth Stein is the featured book selection for the Nov. 1 discussion, which starts at 10 a.m. at the Marathon Library's conference room, 3251 Overseas Hwy.
Seen through the eyes of a dog, Enzo takes stock of his life as he nears his end. This is a heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, reviewers have said.
There are several copies available at the meeting.
In December, the group will discuss "The American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House" by Jon Meachum.
For details contact, Ann Lynch 305-743-7513.
Fest's 2014 theme announced
Fantasy Fest 2013 wrapped up Sunday but next year's theme and party dates were released: "Animéted Dreams & Adventures" is the theme for 2014, set for Oct. 17-26.
Some 60,000 revelers turned out Saturday night for the parade, which included about 40 entries of floats and marching groups under the theme "Super Heroes, Villains & Beyond." Grand Marshal was world record marathon swimmer Diana Nyad. The 10-day festival is filled with events for adults, but on Sunday the "Children's Day" party in Bayview Park focused on family fun.
Fantasy Fest began in 1979 to beef up tourism during a traditionally slow fall. Today the festival brings in some $30 million in annual revenues, tourism officials said.