Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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Free holiday concert today

Tropical Shell and Gift will hold a free concert at 6 p.m. today in Mallory Square that will include a performance by the Gerald Adams Elementary Steel Your Heart Pan Band.

Nora Revlin directs the student band, which has been featured on "Good Morning America," at half-time in a Miami Dolphin's game, and on MTV.

Also, the Lighted Bike Parade will be welcomed as participants bring gifts to kids of the Florida Keys Outreach Coalition. For more information on the event, call Leah Brenner at 305-292-7581.


Helpline offers daily 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).


Mosquito spray schedules online

A schedule of planned times, dates and locations of mosquito spraying are available online at, says the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District.

Helicopter, plane or truck spraying is covered. The site also allows readers to put in a request for an inspector to visit an address, and find the answer to commonly asked questions.

"We encourage everyone to take a look at their own neighborhood maps online at to have a better understanding of spray routes and schedules," says the district's press release. The district also can be followed on Facebook and Twitter at Fl Keys Mosquito.