1. Starts this week: 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.

The Rookery recommends 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.

2. Caxambas Republican Club’s evening of discussions

Caxambas Republican Club of Southwest Florida will host an evening of discussions on Marco Island’s “Hot Potato Issues.” To enhance your taste of politics, a “Hot Potato Snack Bar” be available for you to create your own dressed bake potato with refreshments. Guest Speaker: Bob Brown, city councilor. The event is from 5:30 until 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 14, at United Church of Marco Island, 320 N. Barfield Drive.

Cost is $10 per person for members; $15 for others. Space is limited. RSVP to Dave Rice, president, at

The club meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 5:30-7 p.m., with a featured speaker, at United Church of Marco Island, 320 N. Barfield Drive. The club also meets the second Wednesday for informal social meeting at CJ’s on the Bay, from 5:30-7 p.m.

Information: Litha S. Berger, 239-954-5994 or

3. ‘Whimsy’ at the Center for the Arts

The Marco Island Center for the Arts invites the public to enjoy a bit of whimsy with its newest exhibition “Whimsy,” on display from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, through June 27.

This fanciful mixed-media exhibition will take you to “a smiley place.” It is meant to be odd, fun and fantastic.

In the La Petite Galerie, artist Mary P. Kane is exhibiting work that highlights her artistic expertise across many mediums. She began her studies in Miami, then continued in Malibu and finally returned back to Florida. Kane is currently a resident of Marco Island.

The opening “Second Tuesday” reception is from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m., June 13. No reservations are required. There is a suggested $10 donation for non-members.

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