Raschein holds open house
Newly elected state Rep. Holly Raschein, R-District 120, will hold an open house at her new Key Largo office on Monday.
The event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 99198 Overseas Highway.
Raschein was elected to office in November.
She held a town hall forum last month in Marathon to hear from the public on their priorities for the upcoming legislative session, which starts in March.
The freshman legislator served as aide to the late Rep. Ken Sorensen, a fellow Republican, but stayed on to work with his Democratic successor, former Rep. Ron Saunders, before running herself.
District meeting set for Thursday
The January District 6 meeting is set for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 300 Catherine St.
Commissioner Clayton Lopez will host and update residents on the planned repairs of the Frederick Douglass Gym and the ongoing work at Willie Ward and Nelson English parks.
The monthly meetings are part of the Police Department's community policing initiative.
The city recently promised to reserve $1 million from the sale of its Pier House property for repairs to the Olivia Street gym.
The Bahama Village Redevelopment Advisory Committee also recently recommended funding for the gym. The panel doles out Tax Increment Financing, property taxes collected and reinvested in the neighborhood.
Educator hosts 'values' series
A discussion series on personal values will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the One Island Family church, the Southernmost Unitarian Universalist Congregation, at 801 Georgia St., on the corner of Petronia Street.
Local educator John Gish will lead the 10-week series, which is free and open to the public.
Each hourlong session stands on its own, so people are welcome to come to an individual session, or a few or all, said the Rev. Randy Becker of One Island Family.
The series takes insights from the theories of Maslow, Bloom, Kohlberg and Gilligan, said Becker, and asks attendees to "expose, explore and expound on our values."