Speaker series: Florida Environmental History

On Thursday, April 27, 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.

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

Yoga Fest

Revival Yoga Fitness Studio’s Marco Yoga Fest will be 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, April 29 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1101 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. The fest has one goal: bringing people together who have a love for yoga, meditation, mindfulness and learning. Crystal bowls, hula hoop and belly dancing, tarot card readings, chakra exploration with Tibetan healing bowls, and meditation are just a few of the things planned in addition to chair, vinyasa and gentle yoga sessions.

Information: 239-393-3400 or

Eagle Open

The Eagle Open is Marco Island’s oldest running golf tournament; celebrating its 44th year of charity. Over the years more than $500,000 has been raised through the event. All proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise and the Rotary Club of Marco Island Noontime.

This year’s Eagle Open will be April 29 at Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club, 1370 Borghese Lane, Naples. Registration is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast and 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $125 per person; $500 per foursome.  
All proceeds benefits local charities on Marco Island, including Marco Island Charter Middle School.

Arts extravaganza

Award-winning artist Tara O’Neill, is hosting her 14th Annual Art Extravaganza at the historic Little Bar Restaurant, 205 Harbor Place, Goodland. This year the oil painter will be joined by guest artist, Karen Swanker. A two-day reception, with creative refreshments, will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, from 1 until 4 p.m.

Information: 642-0528, or email


‘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 now through April 23 at 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, 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 now through May 7, Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

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

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

‘The Wonderful World of Snyder’ 

The latest exhibit at the Marco Island Historical Museum features several three-dimensional sculptures and canvases by internationally acclaimed artist George Snyder. A visit to Snyder’s world is like a visit to a land of imagination, full of bold colors, oversized shapes and designs and the wild and wacky. The exhibit is open now through May 2. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. The Marco Island Historical Museum is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island, across from the library

Information: 239-389-6447 or

Artists in action continues

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 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 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

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 is required. Tours include same day admission to the Environmental Learning Center. All proceeds support the non-profit Friends of Rookery Bay.

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.

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

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


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

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;

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 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.

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.


Lunch with the Chief

The Marco Police Foundation will host Lunch with the Chief, 11:30 a.m., Thursday, May 4, at Hideaway Beach Club, 250 South Beach Drive; $25 per person. The guest speaker will be retired Lt. Commander Vernon J. Gaberth, of the New York Police Department. He will discuss the history of DNA testing.

For resservations, call 389-2823 or 389-4511.

CAP open house

You are cordially invited to attend the United States Air Force Auxiliary’s Civil Air Patrol annual open house,

11 a.m. until 3 p.m., May 6, at the Marco Island Executive Airport, 2003 Mainsail Drive, Naples. Join the members of Marco Island’s Black Sheep Squadron for an informal, informative afternoon touring the Civil Air Patrol’s facilities. See one of the latest high-tech aircraft in CAP’s fleet up close. Bring your family, friends and neighbors.

‘The Florida Fiddler Show’

J. Robert presents “The Florida Fiddler Show” at 7 p.m., May 10, at Rose History Auditorium. A musical monologue about Fiddles, Florida History Heritage and Hope. Florida born J. Robert narrates a journey to “Way Back When”  … way down yonder in “Faraway, Florida” – Home of the Florida Fiddler. He sings, plays guitars, fiddles, and exotic steel pan with fun songs from “Orange Blossom Special” to “Margaritaville!” This program is free to members of the Society and $10 for nonmembers.

Information, call 239-642-1440 or visit

Mad Hatter Tea Party

The City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department invites parents and children to the annual Mad Hatter Tea Party, 10 a.m., until 1 p.m., Saturday, May 13, at The Family Church, 1450 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. The Mad Hatter and all the usual characters will celebrate Mother’s Day. Delightful delicacies, tea sandwiches, scones and various teas will be served. There will be games and crafts. The price is $20 per person and the registration deadline is Friday, May 12.

Information: 239-642-0575.

‘Extraordinary Tales of Old Florida’

Caren Neile presents “Short Takes – Extraordinary Tales of Old Florida” at 7 p.m., May 18 at Rose History Auditorium. Over its long and lively history, Florida has played host to all kinds of criminals and capers, heroes and hauntings. Come enjoy a professional storyteller’s entertaining and illuminating renditions of some of our state’s most memorable tales.

Dr. Caren Neile is a performance storyteller and affiliate professor at Florida Atlantic University, where she teaches storytelling studies. She has appeared throughout the country and abroad, including as a university instructor in Warsaw and a Fulbright Senior Specialist in universities in Jerusalem and Vienna.  This program is free to members of the Society and $10 for nonmembers.

Information, call 239-642-1440 or visit


Everglades City Independence Day celebration

Historic Everglades City is always first -- the first Collier County seat and the first in the area to celebrate Independence Day. The annual family-fun festival to commemorate America’s founding will be on Saturday, July 1. The opening ceremony is at 10 a.m. on the steps of City Hall (the former county courthouse). That is followed at 10:30 a.m. by the patriotic parade. There are prizes for the best floats which may be anything from golf carts to swamp buggies. The fun continues in McLeod Park when booths open at 11 a.m. featuring hotdogs and sodas, bake sale, face painting, arts and crafts vendors, raffles, kiddies’ best dressed contest, and playground games. In the evening the grand  finale is the dramatic musical fireworks display at 9 p.m.

Information: Dottie at 239-695-3781 or

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