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Islamorada /
January 20
December 21
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Celebrate the museum's 10th anniversary by attending a free lecture series held at the museum, located at MM 82.9, every third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Adventurers from treasure hunters to aquanauts help tell the story of mankind's attempts to explore, understand and venture under the sea. The evening lectures are informal, informative and provide a valuable educational resource at the museum, an acclaimed facility dedicated to the collection, preservation and display of relics and artifacts related to diving and its heritage.

Contact: 305-664-9737
Key West /
April 8
June 7
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"Roberta Marks: a Retrospective," a cohesive exhibition of nearly thirty years of her mixed media work, is to be on display at the Custom House Museum. Marks, whose work has won many awards and is widely collected and featured at numerous museums and galleries throughout the country, creates mixed media pieces via photographs, paintings, collages and constructions that investigate the mystery of being. Her constructions, fabricated using found, bought or gifted objects and materials, are portrayed as stage sets, representing the artist's existence and personal landscape. The exhibit will open on Friday, April 8 from 6:00-7:30, with special member VIP entry at 5:30 pm.

Contact: 305.295.6616 x 112
Key West /
April 9
November 30
More than 40 species of fish are targeted during these months, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). The Key West Fishing Tournament strongly encourages the release of game fish. All participating anglers receive certificates noting their catches and qualify for a variety of prizes.

Contact: Rob Harris 305-587-6718
Email: director@keywestfishingtournament.com
Key West /
April 13
30
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When two frustrated London housewives decide to rent a villa in Italy for a holiday away from their bleak marriages, they recruit two very different English women to share the cost and the experience. There, among the wisteria blossoms and Mediterranean sunshine, all four bloom again—rediscovering themselves in ways that they could never have expected. Tickets available online.

Contact: 305-294-5015 Box Office
Key West /
April 15
July 31
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Florida Keys artists and sculptors are featured in this open-air exhibit at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden. Exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; an opening reception is planned April 23 from 12-3 p.m., to meet the artists, enjoy a self-guided tour of the Art Garden, light refreshments. Entrance is free.

Contact: 305-296-1504
Email: kwbgs@kwbgs.org
Key West /
April 22
May 1
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With activities ranging from wacky bed race to a lighthearted sea battle featuring tall ships, the Conch Republic's 10-day birthday party showcases the independent and eccentric spirit that characterizes the Florida Keys.

Contact: 305-296-0213
Key West /
April 26
May 14
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The people of Inishmann learn that a Hollywood director is coming to a neighboring island to film a documentary. No one is more excited than Cripple Billy, an unloved boy whose chief occupation has been gazing at cows and yearning for a girl who wants no part of him.

Contact: 305-296-9911
Marathon /
April 28
May 8
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Taking My Turn is the award-winning, critically acclaimed musical by the same team that collaborated on the hit show The Me Nobody Knows. Taking My Turn was one of the first musicals to deal with aging. The spoken words were collected from interviews with people "in their prime," which became the basis for the non-linear book. Visit website for show times and matinees.

Contact: 305-743-0994
Email: gm@marathontheater.org
Key West /
April 28
May 1
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Presented by Lazy Dog Adventures, the challenge includes a 12-mile Elite Race around the island and a 4-mile open race. Other events include a kick-off registration party, paddleboard clinics and races for kids.

Contact: Sue Cooper 305-304-4259
Email: sue@lazydog.com
Islamorada /
April 29
Enjoy a few belly laughs during the show at the Old Road Gallery (88888 Old Highway. All of the ticket sales go directly to supporting Equality Florida.The $50 ticket includes show, cocktails and theater snacks.

Islamorada /
April 30
May 1
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"Testing the Waters: My Career as an Underwater Research Subject" will be presented and will focus on Croft's career as a test subject and collaborative investigator for the US Navy. Croft, who is considered to be the father of American freediving, was the first person to dive beyond 200 feet while breath holding. He is credited with perfecting "air-packing," a technique that is commonly used by modern free divers. Presentation April 30 is 2-3 p.m., with a 3-5 p.m. book signing; Sunday, all-day book signing. Museum is located at 82990 Overseas Highway, mile marker (MM) 83.

Contact: 305-664-9737
Marathon /
April 30
May 1
Over $30,000 is cash and prizes awaits the top anglers with the largest bull and cow combined, while other prizes are awarded to anglers catching the largest dolphin, wahoo, tuna and tripletail.

Contact: Jack Carlson 305-481-0495
Email: bigtimetackle@comcast.net

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