Event features Wyland, new film
Marine life artist and environmentalist Wyland will appear at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Tennessee Williams Theatre, on the campus of Florida Keys Community College, 5901 College Road.
The event, which includes the screening of the artist's new documentary, will raise funds for the Wyland Marine Science Scholarship. Attendees may meet Wyland; a cash bar and gourmet popcorn will be offered before "Blues Planet: Sounds" is shown. Wyland also will create "sumi-e brush art" live and then auction off the original pieces.
General admission is $10, $5 for students, and free for kids under 12. To learn more about FKCC's marine science programs, visit fkcc.edu.
Headdress Ball set for Oct. 23
The 30th annual Headdress Ball is set for 8 p.m. Oct. 23 at Southernmost on the Beach, 508 South St. Doors will open at 7 p.m.
Part of Fantasy Fest, the ball takes place under a gigantic tent and this year is themed "Salacious Unveiling: The End of Time." Entrants wearing elaborately decorated masks and other headgear vie for cash prizes; first place wins $1,500.
The competition has "celebrity" judges and entertainment including a nightclub-style talent revue featuring top local performers and female impersonators between headdress presentations.
Proceeds benefit the Key West Business Guild. Tickets available at keystix.com.
Monofilament, hooks perilous for pelicans
To prevent monofilament fishing line and fishing hooks from entangling and killing marine life, especially pelicans, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) offers these tips:
• Do not feed pelicans or other wildlife.
• Properly dispose of monofilament line. Securely store unwanted line until it can be recycled.
• Don't leave fishing lines unattended.
• Avoid casting near trees, utility lines and other areas where line may get caught.
• Check tackle frequently for frayed line that may break.
• Avoid cutting the line if a pelican is hooked. Gently remove the hook if possible, otherwise call a local wildlife rehabilitator; find one at wildliferehabinfo.org.
• Use fish-scrap repositories if available; if not, discard fish scraps in a garbage can or at home.
For more information, visit http://mrrp.myfwc.com.