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MAY

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.

Gift Gallery

One Day Only! Mother’s Day and Spring Shopping Sale in the Gift Gallery at Marco Island Art Center

To help you express your love and gratitude this Mother’s Day the non-profit Marco Island Center for the Arts is having a one day, first-time ever sale from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., May 10.

Marco Island Center for the Arts is located at 1010 Winterberry Drive just off of Collier Boulevard.

Information: 239-394-4221 or marcoislandart.org.

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.

Left Bank Art Fest

This event, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Sunday, May 14, 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.

Meals of Hope Happy Hour

Marco Island Meals of Hope’s May “Happy Hour for Hope” will be from 5 until 7 p.m., Monday, May 15, at Old Marco Pub and Restaurant, 1105 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island. Live entertainment will be provided by guitarist JoeRey and accompanied by Heidi Berge. Happy Hours for Hope are fundraisers for Marco Island’s Meals of Hope. The $10 admission fee helps the organization buy food for its packaging event in November. Marco Meals of Hope is a joint effort of Kiwanis, Noontime Rotary and Sunrise Rotary Clubs.

Information: 239-642-6020 or mohmi.org.

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.

Catherine Chantilly workshop and lecture

Marco Island Center for the Arts invites students, artists, the art loving public and all Francophiles to two separate opportunities to experience artist and lecturer Catherine Chantilly. The artist lives and works between France and Brazil creating paintings that have been described as an opportunity to “open one’s soul to the immediate purity of a laugh, without trying to assess the reasons for it.”

From 9 a.m. until noon, Wednesday, May 24, she will offer a workshop for students entitled “Create and Explore Your Own Painting Style.” The charge for this workshop is $75. In this workshop you will develop your original style of painting based on psychological aspects, practical advice and theoretical considerations. Enrollment is limited.

From 1 until 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 24, Chantilly will give a lecture for students, artists and all art lovers; speaking on “The Square of Painting Representation.” This lecture explores the theme of art and representation using the square of opposition originated by Aristotle.

The charge for this lecture is $25. The workshop and lecture is $95.

Marco Island Center for the Arts is located at 1010 Winterberry Drive just off of Collier Boulevard.

Information: 239-394-4221 or marcoislandart.org.

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.

Kids Free Fridays

From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., June 16 through Aug. 4: This popular summer education at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center program provides free admission for children ages 12 and younger who are accompanied by a paying adult. We recommend a ratio of no more than 3 kids per adult to ensure a safe and pleasurable experience. Pre-registration is not necessary. Adults must pay at door ($5, free for members). This summer’s theme is Animals of the Reserve! Scheduled activities include: story time, naturalist presentation, crafts and activities, face painting, and films. A food truck will be onsite from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

Weeki Wachee

The Marco Island Historical Society presents Lu Vickers “Weeki Wachee: City of Mermaids” at 7 p.m., June 6, at Rose History Auditorium. The program is free to members of the Society and $10 for non-members. The presentation will cover the history of Weeki Wachee from its very beginnings and will show how Newt Perry developed his dream of underwater performances at Silver Springs and Wakulla before heading to the east coast of Florida to found his own attraction.

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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