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Local teen’s acting career takes off

UPPER KEYS — A Coral Shores High School student stepped out of the Florida Keys last summer and onto the set of a feature film shooting in Oklahoma’s Cherokee Nation. Harmony Holmquist, 15, was cast as a member of the Mean Girls Posse in the family-friendly movie “Wildfire,” planned for[…]

Holiday traditions on bay to continue

KEY LARGO — Blackwater Sound will host two Key Largo holiday traditions despite a turnover in one of the events’ organizers. The annual holiday boat parade and New Year’s Eve fireworks are set to take place along mile marker 104, bayside. A fleet of lighted boats will depart from Dusenbury[…]

91-year-old hosting human nature talks

MARATHON — While there are many good qualities that make us human, there are a lot of flawed human characteristics, according to David Spaulding, who plans to lead a discussion next month called “Understanding the Nature of Human Nature.” “Human nature is an exquisitely complex thing, but we can appreciate[…]

Whet your appetite for annual cooking contest

KEY LARGO — The 38th Annual Key Largo Cook Off is a chance for kitchen whizzes to flex their culinary muscles and for local foodies to dig in. The creative dishes will be offered to the audience after each is carefully tasted and evaluated by a judging panel. Whet your[…]

‘Yappy Hour’ mixes cocktails, dog tales

UPPER KEYS — Pet lovers can get happy by getting yappy. “It’s all about dog tales and cocktails,” said Ann Sanderlin of the Marr-Velous Pet Rescue organization, who described the group’s popular “Yappy Hour” social. Pet owners and those who just need a doggie fix can stop by the 6[…]

Ghosts in the … camera?

I have ghosts in my life. There’s little Daisy Williams of Sweet Briar College circa 1974 and Pansy Grist, my grandmother, about 10 years later. There’s the Key West one in the corner of my bedroom closet, a benign haint that makes the Cat 5s crazy, but pays no attention[…]

Arts council seeks grant proposals

The Florida Keys Council of the Arts is inviting Monroe County artists of all genres (visual, music, dance, literary, etc.) to apply for two grant opportunities. The deadline for Artist in Schools and Special Project grants is 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. Applications are accepted online and can be found[…]

Pioneering photographer focuses on elkhorn field

KEY LARGO — Amid a sea of troubles menacing the Florida Keys reef tract, renowned photographer Jerry Greenberg plans to use his time in the spotlight to reveal some hopeful signs. Branching elkhorn coral (acropora palmata) is growing at the North Key Largo Dry Rocks dive spot all on its[…]

I Spy Laughter: Stumbling CIA agent splits sides in farce

KEY LARGO — A good play director casts the actor or actress best suited for a particular role, according to Russ Holmes, who plays the lead character in the Key Players’ next farce filled with twists and double entendres, “Sin, Sex & the CIA.” “Jonelle [Kop], who is producing and[…]

Islamorada nature walks focus on boomers

ISLAMORADA — New programs being launched for the winter season aim to give the over-55 set a chance to explore Islamorada parks in depth. “I’m really interested in doing the bird-identification class myself,” said Maria Bagiotti, director of Founders Park. A concept created to appeal to the baby-boomer generation, “What’s[…]