Local artists can participate in the Naples SketchCrawl on Saturday, July 23, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Collier County Museum in Naples.
Artists will be touring the museum and expressing what they see and experience in their art. The museum features many sources of inspiration including a native plant garden, historic cottages, a steam locomotive from the logging days, a recreated Seminole village and war fort, inside displays and more.
The Naples SketchCrawl is part of the 32nd Worldwide SketchCrawl.
Elizabeth Smith, an artist and organizer for the event, said, “I think once you do it, you realize it’s more about the process and it’s more about putting aside your expectations and just enjoying the art part.”
Participants should consider bringing portable art supplies, water, snacks, hats, chairs, insect repellent and sunscreen to this free event.
For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The museum is located at 3331 U.S. 41 East.
Enjoy the beach, breeze and brass music
Come out to the July installment of Summer Jazz on the Gulf this Saturday, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club.
Late Night Brass, a 10-piece horn cover band, will be playing.
“The locals come in droves,” said Jason Parsons, general manager of the hotel. “It’s great because it could be an event where you take your significant other or an event where you take your whole family.”
The concert is free. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets but food and beverages should be left at home. There will be a free trolley service for those who park at Lowdermilk Park.
For more information, call (239) 261-2222. Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club is located at 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. North.
Learn about sharks at Rookery Bay
Children and parents are welcome to Rookery Bay for Kids Free Friday on July 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free for children ages 12 and younger with paid $5 adult admission.
This week’s event, which is part of the Summer of Sharks programming, focuses on the nurse shark. Story time takes place from 10:15 to 11 a.m. There will be a shark dissection demonstration from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. in the auditorium. Children can engage in crafts and activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
According to Sarah Falkowski, education coordinator at Rookery Bay, the sharks that are featured during the 11-week summer program are chosen so that children can learn more about local shark species in the Gulf of Mexico.
For more information, call (239) 417-6310 or log onto www.rookerybay.org. The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is located at 300 Tower Road.