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Master Gardeners host plant clinics through summer

The Monroe County Master Gardeners are holding numerous plant clinics at various locations this summer to help with plant problems and insect identification. The Master Gardeners are part of the University of Florida/ IFAS/Monroe County Extension Service. All plant clinics run from 9 a.m. to noon. • In Key West, clinics will be held on[…]

Foster care classes to begin Sept. 19

Wesley House Family Services is actively seeking nurturing families in the community interested in providing a loving home to children who are in the foster care system. Classes start Sept. 19. The program, to be led by Foster Care Licensing Coordinator Megan Burgess, is designed to aid those who are interested in opening their homes[…]

Fort-building on tap at Eco-Discovery Center

Why do the Florida Keys have Civil War-era forts? Children attending Discovery Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 to 11 a.m., will learn about the garrisons through activities hosted by Fort Zachary Taylor State Park rangers. The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, operated by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, hosts Discovery Saturday for children in kindergarten through[…]

Assistance sought identifying graves at Key West Cemetery

Historic Key West Cemetery Sexton Russell Brittain, as part of an ongoing mapping project, is asking the help of people who might have family buried in unmarked graves. The city is nearing completion of a Geographical Information System (GIS) project that will identify burial locations. When the project is complete, gravesite locations will be accessible[…]

Annual Kids Show seeks vendors serving families

The 22nd annual Kids Show will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Horace O’Bryant School cafetorium. The fun-filled event converts the school’s cafetorium into a large, indoor playground that features interactive booths, exhibits and games. It is geared toward children up to 10 years old. Cost is $2[…]

Clear the Shelters pet adoption drive on Saturday

The Key West and Marathon campuses of the Florida Keys SPCA will waive pet adoption fees during the fourth annual Clear the Shelters pet adoption drive Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Standard adoption procedures and policies are still applicable. The Key West campus is located at 5230 College Road, while the[…]

Sanctuary seeks advisory council applicants

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for 12 seats on its advisory council. The council ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent. The sanctuary is accepting applications for members and alternates representing the following seats: conservation and environment; education and outreach (alternate only); fishing/charter flats fishing guide[…]

Native plant sale at the tropical forest

The nursery at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden will be offering native trees, shrubs and vines for sale Saturday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon. Choose from more than 1,500 plants and 150 species of butterfly- and bird-attracting plants propagated by volunteers in sizes from 1- to 30-gallon pots. Key West[…]

Fishing regulations workshop set

Did you know in the Florida Keys fishing regulations can be very different if you are fishing in the Gulf of Mexico/Florida Bay or the Atlantic Ocean? Florida Sea Grant and UF/IFAS Extension will hold a free workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 12, in Marathon that is focused on marine fisheries management and regulations. The workshop,[…]

Back-to-school shots urged

As students get ready for a new school year, the Florida Department of Health reminds parents and caregivers to review their child’s immunization record and make sure they have the required vaccinations. There are vaccination requirements at the kindergarten and seventh-grade levels, and as directed by your healthcare provider. To learn which immunizations are required[…]