1. This weekend: Saturday: Relay for Life

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.

Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 27 countries. Volunteers give of their time and effort because they believe it's time to take action against cancer.

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.

2. In the Round: VA aid and benefits

Iberia Bank presents Veterans Affairs (VA) accredited attorney Daniel Burzynski, J.D., who will help local veterans better understand the benefits available to them for serving our country.

Dr. Deborah Lux will also join the presentation to talk about Collier County Honor Flight, an organization that was created to help transport America’s war veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at the memorials that are dedicated to honor their sacrifices.

The presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, April 5, at the Marco Island branch, 605 Bald Eagle Drive. The event will begin with a welcome reception at 5:30 p.m. and the formal presentation will start at 6.

Seating is limited. Call 239-393-2400 to make a reservation. Admission is $3 per person.

Information: 239-403-5105.

3. Starts Monday: Stone sculpture show

The Marco Island Center for the Arts’ annual Stone Sculpture Show will be April 3 through April 7. This one week show will feature works of instructors Jerry Leeman and Johanna Petropoulos in addition to exhibiting artists Irene Finnegan, Judy Nolan, Adelaide Pence, Steve Roberts, Mary Ruggiero and Karen Sutton. The Stone Sculpture Show is open to the public and may be visited between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. while the show is open. The show will be hosted in the Art Center’s Atrium. The Center will also have art in its Rush and La Petite Galeries for view and sale.

The Center will hold a reception honoring the artists and their works from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, April  5. The reception is open to the public, but non-members of the Center are asked to make a minimum donation of $10 to help defray expense.


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