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Stone sculpture show

The Marco Island Center for the Arts’ annual Stone Sculpture Show will be now 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.

Information: marcoislandart.org.

Business Expo

The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Business Expo is 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 5, at the Marco Island Charter Middle School gymnasium, 1404 Trinidad Avenue. The event will feature more than 40 tables with information from local businesses, nonprofits, clubs and organizations. There will also be raffles, giveaways and hor d’oeuvres from Pinchers. “We’re very excited that Pinchers is providing the food this year,” Katie O’Hara of the Chamber of Commerce said, “and there’s a grand prize of a $500 gift card to Sunshine Ace Hardware, which one of the event’s sponsors, so it’s going to be a great event.”

Tickets are free if picked up in advance at the Chamber Information Center or $5 at the door. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. Information: 239-394-7549.

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.

Left Bank Art Fest

This event, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Sunday, April 9, showcases juried fine art, including paintings, jewelry, pottery, photography, glass, sculptures, wood, bronze, stone and more. Free admission and parking. Held on the walkways of The Esplanade Shoppes, 760 N Collier Blvd., Marco Island.

Death: Loss, grief and recovery

From 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., April 11, at Rose Hall, Marco Island Library, 210 S. Heathwood Drive, presented by Alzheimer’s Association, Florida Gulf Chapter; sponsored by The Marco Island Civitan Club.

Information or RSVP: 317-345-8832 or jstuglik8587@hotmail.com.

Shred event

Iberia Bank will host a community shred event from 9 a.m. until noon, Saturday, April 15, at the Marco Island branch, 605 Bald Eagle Drive. Residents and small business owners are invited to dispose of outdated bank statements, checks, contracts, junk mail and other documents in a safe and secure manner. Shredding services will be conducted by Shred-It, a global leader in secure document destruction services. Limit 10 boxes per person.  A $3 box voluntary donation will be collected for Step Smart Collier. Step Smart Collier, Inc. is a nonprofit that was created to increase awareness of the fall risks that seniors face and how to mitigate those risks as falls are, by far, the leading cause of injury and death to Seniors in Florida, and in particular, Collier County.

Information: 239-393-2400.

Easter sunrise service

The 29th Annual Easter sunrise service on the beach will be held at 7 a.m., Sunday, April 16, on the beach at the JW Marriott, 400 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island.

Information: 239-394-8186.

Emergency pet care

Join the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department at 9 a.m., April 17, at the dog park for the launch of the Department’s emergency pet care program. This program will be the first of its kind and will soon be offered to the residents and visitors of Marco Island. The event will include presentations, guest speakers, snacks, and much more. Help us prepare to effectively facilitate the care of your pets in the event of a medical or fire emergency in the future. Learn how to become a pet foster guardian for this program and help care for the pets of a transported patient.

Lunch and Learn

Jim Fourqurean, director of the Marine Education and Research Initiative at Florida International University and professor at large for the University of Western Australia in Perth, will discuss “Green Turtles in South Florida” from noon until 1 p.m., April 18. He will outline the negative effects of bay green sea turtles eating seagrasses in the shallow coastal areas of Bermuda where they grow up before returning to south Florida 10 to 20 years later. The lecture is at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 tower Road, Naples. Admission is $15 and includes a hot lunch from Carrabba’s. Reservations are strongly encouraged by purchasing a ticket at rookerybay.org or calling 239-530-5972.

‘Men Are Dogs’

In playwright Joe Simonelli’s “Men Are Dogs,” Cecelia, played by Diana Back, is a successful psychologist who, among many sessions, runs a support group for single and divorced women. She’s got troubles of her own, but it’s her ensemble of neurotic patients who provide the action when a “volunteer” role-player becomes the hapless victim of their not-inconsiderable ire. Back was recently seen in “Second Time Around” at the Marco Players. The show will be performed April 19-23 at the Rose History Auditorium, 180 S. Heathwood, Marco Island. Shows at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and matinees on Sunday. Doors open half-hour prior to performances. Tickets are $25. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Centennial Bank, 615 E. Elkcam Circle, Monday through Friday. They can also be purchased online at theateronmarco.com, by calling the ticket office at 239-394-0080 the, or at door 30 minutes prior to each performance.

‘Heaven Help Me’

“Heaven Help Me” by Joseph Simonelli; directed by Richard Joyce. On stage April 19 through May 7, Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Reserved seating on sale at TheMarcoPlayers.com or by calling the box office at 239-642-7270. The Marco Players, Marco Town Center Mall, 1089 N. Collier Blvd, Marco Island.

Taste of Marco

The Greater Marco Family YMCA is excited to announce the 27th Annual Taste of Marco to be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 23 at the Esplanade. Enjoy tasty treats offered by the area’s finest restaurants and  dance to the music of vocalist Marc Kircher and featured act, the ever popular Greg Miller Band, with a mix of R&B and Motown hits. There also will be 2 50/50 raffles and awards to restaurants participating including People’s Choice, Best Decorated and Best Theme. Beer, wine and beverage sales will also be available. Admission is $5 for adults and kids 12 and under free with paid adult admission. All purchases at event will be by tickets which can be purchased in $1 increments. Restaurant spaces are still available. If you would like your restaurant to participate contact Steve Reynolds at 239-285-6785 or 239-394-3144, ext. 0, or 105 by Monday, April 10. Proceeds benefit the Greater Marco Family YMCA financial assistance programs.

MIHS humanities speaker series

Mark your calendars for the upcoming 2016-2017 Florida humanities speaker series, presented by the Florida Humanities Council in partnership with the Marco Island Historical Society. The series features four fascinating lectures about Florida’s history, culture and people. Each speaker is a well-known and award-winning expert in his/her field; each lecture is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation with an opportunity to ask questions at the end.  All of the lectures will be given at Rose History Auditorium starting at 7 p.m.

April 27: “Florida Environmental History.”  Master lecturer and award-winning author Dr. Steve Noll examines the relationship of people to the land throughout Florida, starting with Native American settlements. He concentrates on how Floridians have worked to turn water into land and land into water; how Floridians have gone from concerns of too much water to too little in less than a century; and how hurricanes have played a role in shaping Florida as both a state and a society.

Support for the Speaker Series is provided by the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs. All are invited to attend. Historical Society members are admitted free of charge; nonmembers are asked to pay $10. Rose History Auditorium is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island.

Information, call 239-642-1440 or visit themihs.com.

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Marco Island Farmers Market

Every Wednesday through April, at Veterans Community Park, local Southwest Florida vendors will be selling home good items and crafts including: fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, salsa, sauces, fresh flowers, seafood, soaps, and much more. Information: 239-642-0575 or cityofmarcoisland.com.

What’s wrong with my plant?

The Master Gardener Walk-In Plant Clinic has returned to Lowe's, ready again to offer advice and answer all your gardening questions. If you are having trouble with your plants, they can diagnose the problem for you. It could be bugs, fungus or overwatering. It could be just the cold weather. Come and visit. Master Gardeners Donna Kay, Renee Jones and Virginia Williams will be there waiting to help you. Master Gardeners have been trained by the University of Florida on many correct horticultural practices and problems. Pruning, pesticides, fertilizers, bug identification, grass problems, just to name a few. Please bring bugs or infected plants in a sealed plastic bag. Pictures on your phone or tablet will help in diagnosing. The clinic is from noon until 3 p.m., every Tuesday, through April 18.

Artists in action

If you have ever been interested in how an artist works and hoped to see the process they use to create, then, at The Local Color Art Gallery (located above the shops of Olde Marco), the resident artists will be doing free demonstrations at 1 p.m. every Saturday during April. Each week, a different artist will be talking about their work. Scheduled are Donald Sunshine (April 1), Karen Swanker (April 8), Lindy Kowalczyk (April 15), Betty Newman (April 22), and Lindy Kowalczyk (April 29).

Art at the Marco Library

The Marco Island Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the Arts work cooperatively to provide monthly art shows at the Marco Library branch on Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. All artwork is for sale with a percentage going to the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The months of April and May 2017 will feature the works of photographer Ed Cohen. Ed Cohen was born in Philadelphia, where his education led to medical school and specialty training in dermatology. He practiced for over 45 years, the last 24 years on Marco Island. He developed an interest in photography at a very early age.

Nature walks

Free nature, birding walks, guided by trained naturalists through April 21, Monday through Friday, 8:30 until 10:30 a.m. Meet at the Tigertail Beach kiosk to begin your discovery of shore birds, wading birds, fiddler crabs, mangroves, shells and more at this pristine site on the Great Florida Birding trail. No reservations necessary. Binoculars and wading shoes recommended.

Information: 262-0304 or conservancy.org.

Rookery Bay Guided Kayak and Boat Tours

Through April 30: Two-hour guided kayak tours let you explore backwater bays and mangrove forests while you paddle lazily through the shallows and mazelike mangrove tunnels while learning about your surroundings from an experienced guide and naturalist. These tours, the only ones provided by an actual Rookery Bay Research Reserve staff member, provide opportunities to see wildlife such as wading birds, osprey, fish and dolphins. Boat tours aboard our small, six-passenger vessel are also available. Tours are offered every Tuesday through Friday. Pre-registration at rookerybay.org/calendar is required. Tours include same day admission to the Environmental Learning Center. All proceeds support the non-profit Friends of Rookery Bay.

Windows & Doors to History

The Marco Island Historical Society presents Windows & Doors to History at the Marco Island Historical Museum.  The exhibit extends Marco Island Historical Museum exhibitions to the outside of the Museum with 20 faux windows, three faux doors, and a three-panel column that depict vivid scenes from Marco Island’s rich history.

The Marco Island Historical Museum is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and the site is handicapped accessible.

Reservations are not required and there is no admission charge.

Information: themihs.org or 239-642-1440.

Author’s hour

The Museum of the Everglades presents “Author’s Hour” from noon until 1 p.m., the first Friday of the month during season to enjoy this new lecture series and book signing. This series will take place at the Museum of the Everglades, 105 West Broadway Avenue, Everglades City. Refreshments to be served.

Information: 239-695-0008.

K of C Bingo 

Knights of Columbus San Marco Council #6344 hosts a Bingo fundraiser in the San Marco Parish Center every Thursday through April 6, doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and Bingo starting at 7.  This event is open to the public.

JCMI Bingo

Monday Night Bingo is in its 18th season. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; Bonanza is posted at 6:15 and the game is called at 7 p.m. The Bingo committee will continue to round off winnings, when there are multiple winners, which awards the players additional money. The highlights of the evening are a complimentary supper-kosher hot dog; ice cream, pastries, fruit, coffee and tea. The game is open to the public.

Information call the Synagogue office 642-0800.

JCMI 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.

JCMI ACBL-sanctioned bridge

ACBL-sanctioned bridge at 1 p.m. each Tuesday starting Dec. 6 through April at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive.  Wayne Goodrich director. Information:  Jean or Abe Brown, 239-394-4272.

Mackle Park 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.

Mackle Park mah jongg

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.

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.

English as a Second Language

Marco Presbyterian Church will be offering free English classes on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m.

through April 19.  There is no cost to attend.  Classes will be held in the Fellowship Hall.

Information, información: 239-394-8186

Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Enjoy two-story visitor center, film, art gallery, gift shop, and nature trail with viewing platform. Naturalist programs offered each morning and afternoon on topics such as manatees, sharks, sea turtles, plant walks, and marine life in the touch tank. $5 adults, $3 children, free for members. 300 Tower Road, one mile south of the intersection of U.S. 41 and Collier Boulevard; 239-530-5977; rookerybay.org.

Art at the Marco Library

The Marco Island Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the Arts work cooperatively to provide monthly art shows at the Marco Library branch on Heathwood Drive, Marco Island.

Free English classes

The Pelican Community Center, located at 5800 Golden Gate Parkway, is offering free English classes Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 until 8 p.m.

Information: Pastor Mark Eisold at 239-307-7336.

Essentrics by Judy

At the Marco Island Library, 210 S. Heathwood Drive, every Wednesday 10 a.m., 11am and every Friday, 9 a.m., through April 14. For all ages; 8 classes $100 or walk-ins $15.

Volunteer opportunities available

The Bargain Basket Thrift shop is seeking volunteers year round, Monday through Saturday. The Bargain Basket, a mission of United Church of Marco Island, is the oldest and only nonprofit mission on the island. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. If you are interested in helping out kindly contact our store manager, Sue Woods at 394-6640. Bargain Basket is located at 750 Bald Eagle Drive (next to Progressive Auto).

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.

2.0 Bible study

Enjoy a meal and some fellowship at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, then move into the sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. for a few moments of worship before children are dismissed to the Kid’s Ministry. This week, teens and adults will stay in the sanctuary to meet our missionaries to the Middle East. New Life Community Church, 489 West Elkcam Circle. Information: 239-394-3469 or newlifemarco.org.

UCMI men’s group

United Church of Marco Island’s Men’s group meets at 9 a.m. every third Wednesday at Mango’s Bistro on the Esplanade. Join this lively group as they discuss the economy and other world affairs or any other subject that suits your fancy. Information: ucmarco.org.

UCMI women’s group

United Church of Marco Island’s women’s group meets at 1 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Mango’s Bistro. All are welcome to join this lively group of women for lively discussion and fun. Information: ucmarco.org.

Wednesday night Bible studies

New Life Community Church, 489 W. Elkcam Circle, holds weekly Wednesday night bible studies. A free supper begins at 5:30 p.m. to fellowship with others and two bible studies begin at 6:30 p.m. No reservations needed. Just bring your bible and come hungry. Information: 239-394-3469 or newlifemarco.org.

New Life choir

If you love to sing and would like to be a part of the adult choir at New Life Community Church, 489 West Elkcam Circle, contact Pastor Greg Barrett at gbarrett@newlifemarco.org. Information: 239-394-3469 or newlifemarco.org.

Martial Arts

Traditional Muay Thai, Boxing and Self-defense every Tuesday and Thursday 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; 13 years old and older. No experience necessary.

Information: 239-642-0575.

Open studio

Open Studio and Gallery with Betty Newman at The Local Color Gallery in the Old Shops of Marco across from Café de’ Marco.

Winter Hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Sunday. By appointment 239-784-4436.

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.

Intermediate adult tennis clinics

Intermediate Adult Tennis Clinics will be held at the Greater Marco Family YMCA Tennis Facility from 9 to 10 a.m. each Tuesday at the Greater Marco Family YMCA, 101 Sand Hill Street. Sign up in the Tennis office or call 239-394-3144, ext. 224.

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

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