WOW To Do List: Socials, fundraisers and summer fun
June After 5
Experience Sale e Pepe at Marco Island Beach Ocean Resort from 5 until 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 21. Hors d'oevres, cash bar, networking and complimentary valet parking. Information: marcoislandchamber.org.
Meals of Hope happy hour
Marco Island Meals of Hope’s June “Happy Hour for Hope” will be from 5 until 7 p.m., Monday, June 26, at Mango’s Dockside Bistro at the Esplanade, 760 N. Collier Blvd., #109, Marco Island. Live entertainment will be provided by Rosetta Stone. 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. Admission is $10. Information: 239-642-6020 or mohmi.org.
Ladies’ Bible Study
The Summer Ladies’ Bible Study “When God Doesn’t Fix It.” (approximately five weeks long) 9 a.m., Fridays, beginning June 23 and also on Tuesday evenings at 6:30, beginning June 27. Both will be held in the Fellowship Hall Marco Presbyterian Church 875 W. Elkcam Circle. Information: Jo-Ann at 239-293-9651.
New Life VBS
New Life Community Church is inviting all children, ages 5 to 12, to attend a free Vacation Bible School (VBS). The dates are June 26-30, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. This VBS is a partnership between New Life Community Church and Child Evangelism Fellowship, a Bible-centered ministry serving in every region of the world. All teachers and helpers have been trained and screened to ensure your child’s protection. Parents are welcome to attend. Information or registration: 239-537-3404 or firstname.lastname@example.org. New Life Community Church is located at 489 W. Elkcam Circle, Marco Island.
‘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.
YMCA summer camp
Counting down to the start of its summer camp sessions, Marco’s YMCA promises a healthy blend of educational, social and physical activities for kids. And, while the Y, of course, caters for the local student community, it also embraces nearby East Naples by running camps for youngsters from lesser-privileged families. The camps runs through Aug. 15 at the Y; and until July 25 at Manatee and Parkside elementary schools, Everglades City School and the Marco Island Charter Middle School. Cost: $80 per student per week ($90 non-Y members). Siblings $70. Discounts for early payment. Subsidies available by application. Prospective camp councilors, email Garcia at email@example.com. Information: greatermarcoymca.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 Island Library branch on Heathwood Drive. From now through August the photographs of Marco Island artist Joseph Parisi will be both exhibited and for sale. For more than 30 years, Joe has been a practicing veterinarian, which has fostered a passion for photographing Southwestern Florida’s unique wildlife. His other interests include scuba diving and travel, which are reflected in original underwater photography, street portraiture and landscape. He incorporates both color and black and white in his prints. He has received numerous photographic awards at both local and state levels. He has exhibited at the Marco Island Center for the Arts and has participated in the Marco Island Farmers Market and the Goodland Arts and Music and Mullet Festivals.
Interested buyers can pick up his business card at the library and contact the artist with any questions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
VBS 2017: ‘SonQuest Rainforest’
VBS 2017: ‘SonQuest Rainforest’ will be July 31 through Aug. 4 at Marco Presbyterian Church, 875 W. Elkcam Circle, Marco Island. Register today at marcochurch.com, or call 394-8186.
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