3 To Do: Mutts & Martinis, Relay for Life

Marco Eagle

1. Wednesday: Mutts & Martinis at the Esplanade

The Greater Marco Family YMCA presents Marco Mutts & Martinis from 5 until 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 29, at the Esplanade. There will be a “Pooch Parade” with prizes to the various category winners including best costume and most resembles the dog’s owner.

There will be a silent auction that includes various sports and movie star memorabilia with a special “Buy Now” feature and a 50/50 raffle. Have your pets photo taken at the Pooch Photo Booth and find out what your dog has on his/her mind from a Pet Physic. No pooch, no problem, come and enjoy the fun!

Conrad, a Yorkie owned by Kim Whittemore, contemplates a drink - water, of course, in this "Mutts and Martinis" file photo. Lance Shearer/Correspondent

Admission is $5 per person with kids 12 and under free with paid adult. All dogs must be leashed at all times, comfort stations provided. All proceeds benefit the Greater Marco Family YMCA Summer Camp programs at various locations and the Y Reads Program.

Information: 239-394-3144, ext. 0.

2. Mark your calendar: Relay for Life is Saturday

A community event to fight cancer; an evening full of food, fun and entertainment, from 4 until 10 p.m., Saturday, April 1 at Veterans Community Park, 901 Park Avenue, Marco Island.

The opening ceremony is at 4 p.m.; followed by the survivor lap at 4:30; the survivor dinner at 5 p.m. and entertainment from DJ Steve Reynolds, Island Dance Studio, Celtic Spirit Dancers and the Shane Totten Band. The luminaria ceremony will be at 9 p.m.

Information: 239-642-8800, ext. 3894.

3. Last chance: ‘Art Brazil Marco Island’

The Marco Island Center for the Arts opens “Art Brazil Marco Island” presented in partnership with the award-winning non-profit arts incubator ArtServe, through March 30.

Recognized with three Brazilian International Press Awards over the last two years for “Best Cultural Event” in South Florida, the Art Brazil exhibition now travels to Marco Island where it will feature a range of painting, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics and other forms of art which incorporate Brazilian tradition and culture in a modern, contemporary context.

The Marco Island Center for the Arts opens “Art Brazil Marco Island” presented in partnership with the award-winning non-profit arts incubator ArtServe

“This collective of artists present a new perspective, and offer a fresh dimension to the Marco Island art scene,” said Hyla da Crane, executive director, Marco Island Center for the Arts.

“Participating artists have won awards for their art had work featured in high end retail campaigns for Tag Heuer, Macys and West Elm and are highly sought after for commissioned work.”

Marco Island Center for the Arts is located at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island and is open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.