1. Wednesday: Man-O-Manatee

That gentle, slow moving giant of the sea, the Florida Manatee, is the subject of Master Naturalist Robert McConville’s next lecture at Rose History Auditorium.

McConville will share the stage with Captain Nancy Anderson, a master naturalist who specializes in studying manatees. Did you know, for example, these endangered creatures may weigh between 800 and 1,200 pounds but are not fat as commonly believed? Like other mammals, their organs and bone structure take up most of their body weight. In fact, they have very little body fat and, depending on water temperature, can easily be the victims of hypothermia.

The lecture, which is sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society, will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 22 and is open to the public.

McConville will share the stage with Captain Nancy Anderson, a master naturalist who specializes in studying manatees. This lecture is free to members of the Historical Society and $10 for nonmembers. Rose History Auditorium is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive across from the library. Information: 239-389-6447 or themihs.com.

2. Friday: Coffee with the Chiefs

Police Chief Al Schettino and Fire Chief Mike Murphy invite Marco Island residents to attend “Coffee with the Chiefs” from 7:30 until 9 a.m., Friday, March 24, at First Florida Integrity Bank, 690 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island.

This is an opportunity for residents to personally meet with the chiefs and to voice any questions or concerns they may have.

Information: 239-389-3914.

3. This weekend: Seafood and Music Festival

The Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival is from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Veterans Community Park.

The festival will feature live music, food vendors and more than 60 local artisans. Parking is available at the festival grounds, but there will also be free bus transportation Friday and Saturday. Regular tickets are $10 for one day and $16 for two days; VIP tickets are $60 and include all three days, a Maine lobster meal from Bill’s Steak and Seafood, four drink tickets and seating in a reserved tent.

To purchase tickets, call the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce at: 239-394-7549. For more information about the festival, including the bus route, visit: marcoislandseafoodandmusicfestival.com

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