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OCTOBER

Science Saturdays

Science Saturdays provide an opportunity for families to spend the day at the Environmental Learning Center enjoying programs, labs and activities centered on a different science theme. From 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., the last Saturday of each month at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Registration is not required. Regular admission fees are $5 for adults, $3 for kids 6 to 12 and free for Friends of Rookery Bay members and children under age 6. A food truck will be on site. Monthly themes for 2017 are as follows, Oct. 28: Manatees; Nov. 25: Plankton; Dec. 30: Marine Debris. Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center’s new, year-round hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. To learn more about our upcoming kids and family events, visit rookerybay.org/calendar. 

NOVEMBER

Post-IRMA conditions on Marco waterways

At 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGAux), Flotilla 95, Marco Island, will conduct a seminar on “Post-IRMA Conditions on the Marco Waterways.” The seminar will be held at the Rose Hall, Marco Island Public Library, 210 South Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. The seminar lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Learn first-hand how the destructive winds and tidal surge of Hurricane Irma affected and altered the waters and which Aids to Navigation (AToNs) in and around Marco Island were damaged or destroyed on that memorable day. Obtain valuable local knowledge of the current conditions before you head out for your next boating experience. No pre-registration is required and all are welcome to attend. Information: 239-394-5911 or USCGAuxMarco.org.

Homeschool Day at Rookery Bay 

Homeschool Day at Rookery Bay is 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1. Homeschool students will use microscopes to view and identify different types of plankton and will learn about the key roles they play at the base of our estuarine ecosystems. Learn more and register for tours and events at rookerybay.org/calendar.

Juried exhibition

The Marco Island Historical Museum presents “Florida Artists Group, Inc. Juried Exhibition.” The exhibition will be on display from now until Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the Marco Island Historical Museum, 180 South Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. “Florida Artists Group, Inc. Juried Exhibition” features Southwest Florida artists whose work has attained national or state-wide recognition. The works included in this show range from acrylic paintings, etchings, mixed media to sculptures. A reception will be held from 4 until 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2, and is open to the public. Information: 239-642-1440 or colliermuseums.com.

Fakahatchee tram tour

The Friends of Fakahatchee will kick off their fall season of adventures with a moonlit tram tour of the park at 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3. The two-hour naturalist-led tour is on the “Ghost Rider” tram, named in honor of the famous Ghost Orchid found in the park. The tours starts as the sun is setting, prime time for photography and spotting the park's mammals and birds settling in for the evening. The 24-passenger tram is high and dry and provides an excellent platform for viewing park features illuminated by moonlight. City-dwellers will be amazed at how their vision changes as their eyes adapt to the light the moon provides. An experienced naturalist leads each tram tour and will demonstrate communication with denizens of the night, including fireflies, bats and owls. The tram leaves from the ranger station at 137 Coastline Drive, Copeland, off Janes Scenic Drive, Janes Scenic drive is only accessible via SR 29 (between I-75 and US 41). Information: orchidswamp.org.

Breakfast and Birds: ‘Magnificent Migraters’

Friends of Tigertail will host its 13th ‘Breakfast and Birds’ from 8:30 until 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 4, at Tigertail Beach.

Bring your own breakfast and meet other interested birders to learn about the amazing birds which travel every year from their summer nesting grounds to their winter homes here on Marco. Binoculars are recommended. Birding ID cards, hats, and T shirts will be available. FOT memberships are tax deductible and benefit our scholarship program. This is a free program. Parking is free with a Collier County Beach Parking sticker. No reservations necessary.

Shred Party

Collier County Honor Flight is the beneficiary for the next shred party, slated for 9 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Nov. 4 at Iberia Bank Marco Island. There is a limit of 10 boxes/bags of paper to be shredded and the $3 per box/bag collected goes to Honor Flight.

Treasures in the Trunk sale 

On Saturday, Nov. 4, the San Marco Columbiettes will host a Treasures in the Trunk Sale Fundraiser from 8 a.m. until noon in the parking lot of the San Marco Church Parish Center. Vendors must be set up by 7:30 a.m. Don't miss this opportunity to sell your new, used or antique treasures from the trunk of your vehicle. The cost will be $20 per vehicle parking spot and $10 additional if you wish to rent a table to place at the rear of your vehicle. Vendors may purchase more than one spot if they wish to do so. All merchandise not sold must be removed by the vendor. Refreshments and home baked items will be available for purchase; 50/50 drawing will take place at 11 a.m. You do not need to be present for drawing. Information: Anne Batte, 239-394-3563; Mary Cay Moll, 239-394-1016; or Barbara DeRosa, 239-272-0158.

'Painting Annual Exhibit' at Rookery Bay

From Nov. 6 until Feb. 1 and is hosted by the Friends of Rookery Bay and the United Arts Council of Collier County, this year’s exhibit will be juried by Morgan Paine, painting professor at Florida Gulf Coast University. Learn more and register for tours and events at rookerybay.org/calendar.

Patriot’s event: Fun, food and fashion

A benefit is being held for the Marco Patriots at 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 10, at the Hilton Marco Island. Tickets are $20 (at the door; cash only) and there will be a cash bar, with two-for-one drinks. Even though part of the show is fashion, the event is not for women only. Gentlemen are encouraged to attend.

Veterans Day ceremony

“Welcome Home to Korean War-era Veterans” will be the theme of the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Community Park, which will be sponsored by American Legion Post 404 and the City of Marco Island. Set for 11 a.m., Nov. 11, the ceremony honoring America’s service men and women will include a special tribute to Korean War-era veterans highlighted by a special City of Marco Island proclamation recognizing all Korean War-era veterans. The ceremony will again be a blended affair involving all four of the island’s military organizations: American Legion Post 404, VFW Post 6370, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla #95 and Marco Island’s Civil Air Patrol squadron.

Birds of the Beach workshop at Rookery Bay

From 8 until 10 a.m., Nov. 11. In this class, Adam DiNuovo of Audubon Florida will discuss the life history of these birds and the amazing journeys many of them make annually. Classroom session followed by field trip to practice identification skills. Learn more and register for tours and events at rookerybay.org/calendar.

Exhibit with the Friends of Rookery Bay

Every year the United Arts Council of Collier County (UAC) and the Friends of Rookery Bay (FORB) put on their Annual Juried Painting Exhibit showcasing some of your favorite local artists as well as local up-and-comers. For art appreciators, the opening reception that will be held from 5:30-7 p.m., Nov. 11. 

Essentials of Digital Photography at Rookery Bay

If you want to get the best pictures possible, and truly understanding your camera’s features, the “Essentials of Digital Photography: How to get the most from your digital camera” workshop is for you. The workshop is from 9 until 11:30 a.m., Nov. 13. Sonny Saunders has over 35 years of experience in photography and instruction and is renowned for his ability to communicate to a wide variety of students. Learn more and register for tours and events at rookerybay.org/calendar.

Lunch with Friends

Facilitated monthly by Our Daily Bread Food Pantry and Togetherhood Projects at the Greater Family YMCA of Marco Island on the third Thursday of each month. Gather at 11 a.m. for lunch provided by various Marco Island restaurants. All adults over 60 in Marco, Goodland and Isles of Capri are welcome. Need a ride and RSVP by calling Nancy at 706-566-8532. At Greater Marco Y on Nov. 16, Dec. 14.               

Lunch & Learn at Rookery Bay

Hear from expert speakers and enjoy a meal during the Lunch & Learn Lecture Series. Registration fee is $15 (includes lunch).  Friends of Rookery Bay members receive a 10-percent discount. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited. This month’s lecture is with Rick Smith (Patrick D. Smith, Jr.), creator and host of "Patrick Smith’s Florida Is a Land Remembered," with stories and excerpts from his father’s book. The event is from noon until 1 p.m., Nov. 21. Learn more and register for tours and events at rookerybay.org/calendar.

Friends of Rookery Bay Adventure Race and Fun Run

Enjoy a 3k kayak along Henderson Creek and a 5k trail run at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center to benefit the Friends of Rookery Bay from 9 until 10:30 a.m., Nov. 25. All participants will receive a t-shirt, giveaways, post-race refreshments, and free admission to the Environmental Learning Center. Awards will be presented to the top finishers in each category: men, women, relays, tandem-teams, surf-skis. Learn more and register for tours and events at rookerybay.org/calendar.

ONGOING

Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, with special “Science Saturdays” on the last Saturday of every month. Enjoy the two-story visitor center, art gallery, gift shop, nature trail with viewing platform and more. Themed naturalist programs are offered daily on topics such as manatees, sharks, sea turtles, Estuary Encounter marine life exhibit and more. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids 6-12, and free for kids under 6 and Friends of Rookery Bay members. Located at 300 Tower Road, one mile south of the intersection of US41 and Collier Boulevard. Learn more and register for tours and events at rookerybay.org/calendar.

Guided boat and kayak tours

Two-hour guided kayak tours let you explore backwater bays and mangrove tunnels while learning about your surroundings from an experienced guide and naturalist. Tours provide opportunities to see wildlife such as wading birds, osprey, fish and dolphins. Tours include free admission to the Environmental Learning Center on day of trip and proceeds support the non-profit Friends of Rookery Bay, Inc. Kayak and boat tours are offered Tuesdays through Fridays from November through April. Learn more and register for tours and events at rookerybay.org/calendar.

Art at the Marco Library

The Marco Island Public Library and the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) work cooperatively to provide monthly art shows at the Marco Island Library branch on Heathwood Drive. From now through November the work of Marco Island artist Karen Swanker will be both exhibited and for sale. Creating with “Found Objects” is defined by Wikipedia as: “originating from the French objet trouvé, describing art created from undisguised, but often modified, objects or products that are not normally considered materials from which art is made.” Swanker’s found objects are picked up off the ground around Marco Island in parking lots and side streets. While walking or biking, she picks up bits of metal, plastic or paper and paints them either in a monochromatic scheme or with a three-color metallic paint. Interested buyers can pick up her business card at the library and contact the artist with any questions or visit karens.fineartstudioonline.com.

Road Trips and Big Adventures

Marco Island Center for the Arts invites the public to experience the visual travel log of the artists from the current exhibition called “Oh the Places You Have Been” from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday through Oct. 31. This judged exhibition is taking place in the Lauritzen and Rush galleries. 

In the La Petite Gallery: Artist Barry Howe displays his photographs of stadiums throughout the country.  His photographs include Major League Ballparks, as well as college and pro football stadiums. If you have a favorite home stadium there may be a photo of it in the La Petite Galerie. Information: marcoislandart.org.

Monday Night Bingo 

Monday Night Bingo is back at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and bonanza is posted at 6:15 and the game is called at 7. The Bingo Committee serves a complimentary supper of a kosher hot dog on a special roll, sauerkraut, relish, pickles, chips, fruit, coffee, tea, ice cream and pastries. Gift certificates are available, perfect for all occasions. The game is open to the public. Information: 239-642-0880.

Marco Players seeks volunteers

The Marco Players theater group seeking volunteers for our 2017-2018 production season. Positions include
director, stage manager, backstage manager, stage hand, designer/master carpenter, actors, costume designer, lighting and sound booth technicians, costume dress assistants, and many other areas, and we can always use help in script reading and helping our actor volunteers memorize their lines and cues. The Marco Players theater group is the oldest non-profit community theater on Marco Island. Information: themarcoplayers.com.

Mah jongg

Mah Jongg every Thursday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive. Call Shirley at 239-389-7872.

Play mah jongg from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. each Thursday at The Family Church, 1450 Winterberry Drive. Come join the fun and make new friends. Walk-ins welcomed; free. Information: 239-642-0575 or cityofmarcoisland.com.

Duplicate bridge

Play bridge from 12:30 to 4 p.m. each Friday at The Family Church, 1450 Winterberry Drive. Duplicate Bridge is another way to meet new friends on Marco. Reservations are required. Information: 239-642-0575 or cityofmarcoisland.com.

Canasta

Come meld with us from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoons at The Family Church, 1450 Winterberry Drive. This is a free, social program where you can enjoy the game of canasta and make new Island friends. Information: 239-642-0575 or cityofmarcoisland.com.

Sabbath services

JCMI, The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 911 Winterberry Avenue, offers Sabbath services at 8 p.m., Fridays. Dessert follows. Information: 642-0800.

Round Robin Tennis

Round Robin Tennis is available at various times and days for men and women at the Greater Marco Family YMCA, 101 Sand Hill Street, Marco Island. Eight clay courts are available. Round Robins are free to Marco YMCA members and $15 for community participants. Players must register to play in Round Robins. Registration or information: 239-394-3144, ext. 224.

Avow support groups 

Caregiver and grief support groups offered by Avow in Marco Island will be held at 5/3 Bank conference room, 650 E. Elkcam Circle, Marco Island. The grief support group is held on the third Friday of each month from 2:30 until 3:30 p.m. The caregiver support group is held from 1 to 2 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. Avow support groups are open to anyone in the community and are offered free of charge. Weekly support groups are also available at Avow’s Naples campus. Information: 239-261-4404 or avowcares.org.

Cancer support

Cancer support group for patients and families is from noon until 1:30 p.m., the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Meetings are at Marco Lutheran Church, 525 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island.

Marco/Naples Lupus Support Group

Meetings on the third Saturday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Physicians Regional Medical Center, Palm Dining Room, 8300 Collier Blvd., Naples. Meeting are open to Lupus patients, families, care givers and interested people. Information: Marilyn 398-4800 or Jan 389-2749.

Al-Anon 

Al-Anon meeting at 7 p.m. every Thursday, at the Marco Island United Church, 320 N. Barfield. Information: Laurene at 239-776-5235.

Al-Anon family groups

Help and hope are just a phone call away. For a meeting schedule 239-263-5907 and southfloridaal-anon.org.

Volunteers needed

Happiness is created for those giving and receiving through volunteer service. That is why the NCH Marco Heathcare Center Auxiliary would like to invite you to join their volunteer program. Whether you prefer patient contact, or assisting staff members we have the perfect volunteer position waiting just for you. Visit nchmd.org/volunteer or call the volunteer office at 239-624-8596 to learn how you can give back to the Marco community.

Meditation on Marco

Always wanted to learn how to meditate, to relax and stop all that internal chatter? Come join our friendly group looking to find more peace and meaning in our lives. Based on Buddhist teachings, yet nonsectarian, we focus on deep breathing techniques and the practice of mindfulness in everyday life. At 6:30 p.m. every Thursday, in the small Chapel, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, corner of Collier Boulevard and Elkcam Circle. By donation only. Information: patty@bloodhound.net.

Be Fit Over 50

Be Fit Over 50 continues at 7:40 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at The Family Church.  1450 Winterberry Drive. The fee is $60 for the month or $6 per class. Participants will enjoy the benefits of increased strength, muscle tone and flexibility. This weight-bearing exercise program will help combat osteoporosis and improve bone density. Information: 239-642-0575 or cityofmarcoisland.com.

Group fitness classes

More than 60 different group fitness classes offered each week at the Greater Marco Family YMCA, 101 Sand Hill Street, Marco Island, starting at 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday/ Classes include Zumba, Tai-Chi, Yoga, Aqua Zumba, Boot Camp, Drums and more. Information: marcoymca.org.

Swim team program

Swim Team at the Greater Marco Family YMCA is a year-round program offered to children in grades K-8 at the Greater Marco Family YMCA Dottie Weiner Aquatic Center. Participants can register as a beginner from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or advanced, 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: marcoymca.org.

Seibukan Karate/Matayoshi Kobudo 

Seibukan Karate and Matayoshi Kobudo are offered to students aged 6 and up for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels at various times throughout the week. Established in 2010, the Shima Dojo teaches the Okinawan Style of Karate called Seibukan Shorin-Ryu. The Dojo is located in Studio B at the Greater Marco Family YMCA, 101 Sand Hill Street, Marco Island. Information: marcoymca.org.

Pet loss support group

Arleen Harris has started a Pet Loss Group for those who have lost their special friend or are dealing with an ill pet and wish to talk with other animal lovers. Call Arleen for details, 239-394-5576 or arleenperrotti@aol.com.

PFLAG

The Naples chapter of PFLAG (Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), a family based support, education and advocacy group for families with gay or transgender members, meets on the third Thursday of each month. Information: 239-963-4670 or visit pflagnaples.org.

Healthy living program at Fleischmann Park

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, Fleischmann Park Community Center, 1600 Fleischmann Blvd., Naples. Nora Van Houten will teach a “Sit, Stretch & Restore” yoga class. Drop-in fee is $5. Nora is a registered nurse, certified Kripula yoga and meditation teacher. She specializes in leading active adults (over 50 years old) safely and effectively to practice physical yoga postures, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques for integrating body, mind and spirit. noravanh@gmail.com

Lo’s Beach Yoga Naples

9:35 a.m. every Wednesday and Friday at Vanderbilt Beach, 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. This is a multi-level class allowing everyone to work at their comfort level. Bring your own towel/mat. Cost $10 or 6 classes $40. 239-877-1293.

Chair yoga

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Monday at the Open Mind Zen Center, 1250 U.S. 41 N, Suite 205, Naples. Familiar and easy movements coordinated with breath. All exercises done is a chair. For anyone recovering from injury or surgery or anyone not wanting to get up off the floor. All chairs and other props provided. $8. Information: Linda@LindaMundt.com or 239-405-7330.

DECEMBER

Festival of Birds

Festival of Birds registration opens Dec. 1. Mark your calendar for field trips and lectures during the Festival of Birds, Jan. 12-14. Formerly known as the Southwest Florida Nature Festival, this event still invites you to explore the local environment through almost 40 guided field trips to 20 wildlife hot spots around Southwest Florida and lectures at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. This year we have a new emphasis on birds. Field trips, including birding walks, buggy rides and boat tours, are still being offered in conjunction with local partners. Field trip prices range from $20 - $140, and registration is required. This year, field trip registration includes admission to the Environmental Learning Center on Saturday. A special keynote presentation and fundraiser reception is planned for Jan. 13. Learn more and register for tours and events at rookerybay.org/calendar.

Birds of the Beach workshop

Birds of the Beach workshop I from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m., Dec. 9. In this class, Adam DiNuovo of Audubon Florida will discuss the life history of these birds and the amazing journeys many of them make annually. Classroom session followed by field trip to practice identification skills. Learn more and register for tours and events at rookerybay.org/calendar.

Essentials of Digital Photography

If you want to get the best pictures possible, and truly understand your camera’s features, the “Essentials of Digital Photography: How to get the most from your digital camera workshop” is for you. The workshop is from 9 until 11:30 a.m., Dec. 11. Sonny Saunders has over 35 years of experience in photography and instruction and is renowned for his ability to communicate to a wide variety of students. Learn more and register for tours and events at rookerybay.org/calendar.

Lunch & Learn

Hear from expert speakers and enjoy a meal during the Lunch & Learn Lecture Series from noon until 1 pm., Dec. 12. Registration fee is $15 (includes lunch). Friends of Rookery Bay members receive a 10-percent discount. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited. This month’s lecture is with Gary Mormino, scholar in residence at the Florida Humanities Council and a professor emeritus of history, who will present The Florida Dream, with stories and historical information about Florida’s tremendous growth spurt following WWII. Learn more and register for tours and events at rookerybay.org/calendar.

Calendar items must be submitted to mail@marcoeagle.com.

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