Sunday, December 1, 2013
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KEY WEST

Help victim of houseboat fire

A Casino Night benefit will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Schooner Wharf Bar, 202 William St., for Sheree Ruf, who lost everything in a Nov. 8 houseboat fire.

Her friends are hosting the event, also a birthday party, to help her recover from the loss of her home and belongings.

The bar will be converted into a "casino," where participants can buy "Sheree dollars" and spend them at a roulette wheel, poker, blackjack, a reverse silent auction, 50/50 raffle and a birthday surprise box.

Those who can't attend but would like to help, may donate to a PayPal account through Laura Fox, 305-304-9949.

For more information, email ShereeRufFund@gmail.com, or call 305-879-3460.

KEY WEST

Book sale set for Saturday

Friends of the Key West Library will hold its first book sale of the season 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, in the Palm Garden next to the library, 700 Fleming St.

Sale inventory is the largest in many years, due to unusually high summer acquisitions, according to organizers, who add that the book quality is the "finest seen in recent years." Tables will be loaded with hardback novels, mysteries, biographies and history. Coffee table books and usually high-priced books will be available for a few dollars; another offering is 30 years of National Geographic in matching shelf boxes. Proceeds go to the library's programs.

FLORIDA KEYS

Helpline offers call service

The nonprofit Helpline provides free daily "reassurance" calls to anyone living in Monroe County.

In place since 1985, Helpline's Reassurance Program consists of daily phone calls to anyone who could benefit from a regular check-in, including the elderly, disabled, homebound or someone on a strict medication regimen.

"Anyone who would need a wellness call, a daily check," said Helpline CEO Kristen Wheeler. "This is totally free to clients." To take part in the program, call Helpline's office at 305-292-8445.

Helpline is a 24-hour confidential crisis intervention, information and referral service. The hotline number is 305-296-HELP (4357).