WOW To Do List: Kids’ fishing clinic, Trail celebration

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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  and gentle yoga sessions.

Information: 239-393-3400 or

Kids’ fishing clinic

Walker's Coon Key Marina, 604 East Palm Ave., Goodland, is hosting a free kids’ fishing clinic from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 29. Children will be provided with free lunch and fishing activities for the day. The goal is to improve the fishing skills of children and give them an activity in a fun and safe environment.

All families and children 15 and under are welcome to join.

Information: 239-642-6764.

Tamiami Trail celebration

The Museum of the Everglades announces the celebration of the 89th Anniversary of the opening of the Tamiami Trail and 19th birthday celebration of the opening of the Museum of the Everglades. A full day full of festivities in and on the grounds of the Museum of the Everglades, including lectures, antique cars, and live music, will be held Saturday, April 29.

Opening day ceremonies for the Tamiami Trail at Everglades City (then known as Everglade) on April 27, 1928.

  • 10 a.m. -- Arrival of the Naples/Marco Island Antique Automobile Club of America and the Cool Cruisers of Southwest Florida.
  • 10 to 11a.m. -- Historic Walking Tour of Everglades City by museum assistant Martha Hutcheson
  • 11 a.m. to noon – “The Walking Dredge and the Building of the Tamiami Trail” by Collier-Seminole State Park Ranger Henry Gonzalez.
  • Noon -- Lunch with birthday cake and live music by Happy Jazzband sponsored by the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades.
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. -- Old Timers Talk: Ron Echols, Arita Parker, and Jimmy Brewer. Panel discussion in the Carol Moseman Lecture Hall featuring personal accounts of the old laundry building and living in Everglades City during its heyday. 

Information: 239-695-0008 or


‘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.

‘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. This series wraps April 29 with Lindy Kowalczyk.

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.

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.


Jazzy cabaret night with the arts

The Marco Island Center for the Arts invites lovers of jazz music and The Great American Song Book, to listen to trumpet and flugel horn player Bob Zottola and his ensemble, Jazz Simpatico from 5:30 until 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 3. Dancing will be encouraged. Toe tapping is a must. The ticket price is $25 and seating is limited.

RSVP: 239-394-4221 or visit the website at

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

Caxambas Republican kickoff

Join the Caxambas Republican Club for the kickoff party for a “Winning 2018.”  Join the club for an evening of free pizza and refreshments; meet the new board members and hear what is in store for the future, 5:30 until 7 p.m., May 10,

United Church of Marco, 320 N. Barfield Drive. Space is limited, RSVP to Dave Rice, President at

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

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