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MAY

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.

Breakfast with the birds

“Breakfast with the Birds: Beach Nesters” will be 9 until 10:30 a.m., May 9. Learn about birds at this new summer lecture series. Adam DiNuovo has been working with shorebirds and seabirds across the US and beyond for more than 15 years. He is currently the Shorebird Stewardship Program Manager for Audubon Florida. Event begins with a light breakfast and mingling. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session.

Register for events at rookerybay.org/calendar.

Register for events at rookerybay.org/calendar.

‘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 themihs.com.

Fine art by Lee Hammond

“Art Gallery Opening Reception: Fine Art by Lee Hammond” will be from 5:30 until 7 p.m., May 10. The Friends of Rookery Bay present the Fine Art of Lee Hammond in the gallery from May 8 through September 15. The exhibit will feature a selection of works in graphite, watercolor and acrylic by Rookery Bay’s “artist-in-residence,” who offers full- and half-day art classes throughout the summer. The Opening Reception will feature wine and light hors d’oeuvres. Admission is $3 for the public and free to Friends of Rookery Bay members.

Register for events at rookerybay.org/calendar.

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 marcodave@comcast.net.

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.

Essentials of digital photography workshop

Essentials of digital photography workshop from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., May 15. If you want to get the best pictures possible, and truly understanding your camera’s features, the Essentials of Digital Photography: How to get the most from your digital camera workshop is for you. This class covers the essentials of your digital camera. You will learn how to use your camera's shutter, aperture, ISO control and the drive modes to create images with impact and creativity. No previous camera or photography experience is necessary, just a desire to learn. Sonny Saunders has over 35 years of experience in photography and instruction and is renowned for his ability to communicate to a wide variety of students.

Register for events at rookerybay.org/calendar.

‘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 themihs.com.

ONGOING

Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center: Summer hours

Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center summer hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. It offers a two-story visitor center, art gallery, gift shop and nature trail with viewing platform. Themed naturalist programs offered daily on topics such as manatees, sharks, sea turtles, marine life touch tank and more. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids 6- 12, and free for kids under 6 and Friends of Rookery Bay members. Located at 300 Tower Road, one mile south of the intersection of U.S. 41 and Collier Boulevard.

Register for events at rookerybay.org/calendar.

‘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 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.

Art at the Marco Players Theater gallery

The romantic paintings of Patti Perrotti and Gail Risner will be showing at the Marco Player Theater Gallery during the run of “Heaven Help Us,” the last play of the season (which ends Sunday, May 7).

Patti Perrotti: Impressionistic in style, Patricia’s bold brush strokes and vivid palette bring to life colorful florals and graceful figures by the sea.

Gail Risner: Gail’s lifetime interest in art began in grade school, painting portraits of her classmates. Her earlier paintings were large surrealistic or abstract images highlighting contrasting colors and textures.

A move to Naples 12 years ago changed the focus of her art, and she is now almost exclusively a plein air painter when weather permits.

‘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 theMIHS.com.

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 month of 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.

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 cityofmarcoisland.com.

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.

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.

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.

JUNE

Breakfast with the birds

“Breakfast with the Birds: Migration” will be 9 until 10:30 a.m., June 1. Learn about birds at this new summer lecture series. Adam DiNuovo has been working with shorebirds and seabirds across the US and beyond for more than 15 years.  He is currently the Shorebird Stewardship Program Manager for Audubon Florida. Event begins with a light breakfast and mingling. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session.

Register for events at rookerybay.org/calendar.

Summer Institute for marine science

The summer Institute for marine science  will be 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., June 5. Budding scientists are invited to discover our unique coastal environment with Rookery Bay staff and local researchers!  This week-long camp brings students into the field to experience concept in ecology, marine biology, sustainability, and citizen science. Program is designed for students who have completed 7th or 8th grade with an interest in marine science.

Space is limited, contact Jeannine Windsor at 239-530-5989.

Essentials of digital photography workshop

Essentials of digital photography workshop, 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., June 12. If you want to get the best pictures possible, and truly understanding your camera’s features, the Essentials of Digital Photography: How to get the most from your digital camera workshop is for you. This class covers the essentials of your digital camera. You will learn how to use your camera's shutter, aperture, ISO control and the drive modes to create images with impact and creativity. No previous camera or photography experience is necessary, just a desire to learn. Sonny Saunders has over 35 years of experience in photography and instruction and is renowned for his ability to communicate to a wide variety of students.

Register for events at rookerybay.org/calendar.

Teachers on the Estuary

Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) workshop, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., June 13. This workshop is open to all teachers around the country: any school, any subject, grades 6-8. The content of the workshop will be based on NOAA's Estuaries 101 Middle School curriculum and will likely focus on topics such as: sharks, birds, plankton, invasive species, and water quality. We will spend each morning in the field, getting our feet wet exploring the Reserve.  Afternoons will be inside, meeting staff and learning about activities you can adapt for your classroom.

Register for events at rookerybay.org/calendar.


JULY

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 evergladeshistorical.org.

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

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