Monday, December 23, 2013
Mile Markers


Art program hosts party

The Just4Kids art program based in Bahama Village will hold its 11th annual holiday party at 5 p.m. today at the Frederick Douglass Gym, 111 Olivia St.

The nonprofit, which offers free art sessions for kids, plans to provide toys and refreshments for some 300 children and is still accepting donations.

Call the program's director, Mary Parmley, at 305-432-7402 for more information. The Just4Kids center is located at the corner of Fort and Petronia streets.


Key West represented in time capsule

With the end of 2013 in sight, 70 Historic Key West street light banners have been removed from Duval and surrounding streets to make room for holiday decorations. The banners were part of the statewide Viva Florida 500 celebration marking the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon's discovery of Florida.

As a final gesture for the year, state officials will seal a time capsule representing the entire state and showing "life in 2013," said Bruce Neff, executive director of Historic Markers, Inc., which operates a tour via phone and Internet of historic sites in Key West.

The group will submit a copy of songwriter Howard Livingston's music video of "Magic in Key West," which shows current footage of the island. Neff will also submit a copy of the new History Walking Map of Key West to be sealed in the time capsule.


'Cocoa and the Cosmos'

Amateur astronomers Elizabeth Moore and Jay Elliott will present "Cocoa and the Cosmos" from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Crane Point Hammock in Marathon.

Participants will observe the winter sky and its constellations, along with Jupiter, the Great Orion Nebula, Herschel's Garnet Star, the double cluster, the Andromeda galaxy and more with 8- and 12-inch telescopes and binoculars.

Admission is $6. Kids under 6 are free.

All participants must arrive by 5:15 p.m. as gates will close at 5:30 p.m. No pets allowed due to the use of telescopes and other equipment.

For more information call 305-743-8889 or email