Hello, everyone. There's so much going on this week here in Martin County, I am hoping for clear skies and cool days.
I know I am looking forward to the Stuart Art Festival in downtown on Saturday and Sunday. It's so much fun looking at artist's work, and this festival draws in more than 200 participants from all over the country. Better wear my walking shoes for this one.
The week is shaping up to an informative one, as well.
On Tuesday, Dr. Gary Small will be making his only stop in this area to talk about Alzheimer's disease. He's the director of the UCLA Longevity Center, and the author of the book, "The Alzheimer's Prevention Program." So his presentation at the Charles and Rae Kane Center in Stuart should be interesting.
If you want to know all the issues the Martin County government faced last year, and more importantly, what it is planning to do this year, take some time for the State of the County Address. It will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday in the Martin County Administration Center Commission Chambers in Stuart. It's an opportunity to see your local government in action.
If volunteering is something you enjoy, the Relay for Life of Central Martin County is holding a team meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at Carson's Tavern in Stuart.
Finally, a big congratulations goes out this week to the seven students named National Merit Finalists from the Martin County School District: Anthony Beltran and Alessandra Pineiro of Jensen Beach High School; Andrew Bartuska, Rebeca De La Espriella and Holly Hunter of Martin County High School; and Vishalakshi Lakshmann and Emily Sachs of South Fork High School.
These students are just a small representation of the quality schools in Martin County.
Speaking of schools, take a moment on Saturday, Feb. 23 to see the dedication of the newly restored New Monrovia one-room schoolhouse. It's located at 4455 S.E. Murray St. at the Costella Williams Learning Center in New Monrovia Park, and the dedication takes place at 11 a.m. This is one of the first schools built in Martin County, and it's exciting to see historic places like this preserved for future generation.
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