1. This week: Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival

The Museum of the Everglades will host the 13th Annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival, celebrating the life and work of the author, journalist and environmental activist. Douglas (1890-1998) was best known for her work “Everglades: River of Grass” which was published in 1947. It drew attention to the water as the key to the Everglades and presented the concept of the Everglades being a vital part of south Florida’s ecosystem.

The five-day festival, taking place from February 21-25, is filled with assorted educational and adventurous happenings related to the history, preservation and appreciation of the Everglades. Museum of the Everglades will host the official Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival Luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Reservations are required for the luncheon as well as for some of the excursions with limited space.

Located in historic Everglades City, three miles south of U.S. 41 and SR 29, the museum explores an in-depth look at over 2,000 years of human history in the area and tells the story of adventurers stubborn enough to settle southwest Florida’s lush “River of Grass.” The museum is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free.

Information: 239-695-0008 or stop by 105 West Broadway Everglades City.

2. Thursday: Kelley at Sunshine Booksellers

Twenty-four of Craig Kelley’s 29 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts were spent as the chief publicist for players and coaches, including 13 years for one of history’s finest players – Peyton Manning.

Kelley, now a Naples resident and Realtor with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, used his front-row seat to co-author a book entitled, “Peyton Manning – A Quarterback for the Ages.”

Kelley will conduct a book signing from 3:30 until 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23 at Sunshine Booksellers, 677 South Collier Blvd., Marco Island.

3. Friday fish fry

On Friday, Feb. 24, the Knights of Columbus San Marco Council #6344 will host a fish fry dinner fundraiser in the San Marco Parish Center from 4:30 until 7 p.m.

The Council will hold these dinners every Friday through April 6.

The cost will be $13 per person with $5 for children under 12. Dinner includes fresh north Pacific cod baked or fried, French fries or baked potato, yummy coleslaw, rolls and butter, coffee and ice cream for dessert with beverages and cash bar. Take out is also available. This event is open to the public and everyone is invited.

Information: 239-389-5633 or

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