WOW To Do List: Songwriters, boat safety, more
J.Robert Florida Songwriter Showcase
The J.Robert Florida Songwriter Showcase is on stage every Monday, from 7 until 10 p.m., now through Aug. 28 at The Marco Players Theater, Marco Town Center Mall, 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Advance tickets are $30 each for reserved seating and $35 at the door. Buy individual tickets or a package at TheMarcoPlayers.com or call the box office at 239-642-7270. Each show includes a performance, intermission, Q & A with the musician, and jam session. During the shows, the musicians will share personal stories about Florida heritage that inspired their songwriting and their musical talents.
Performers are Rita Youngman (July 3), Roy Schneider (July 10), Nate Martin (July 17), Ray Cerbone (July 24), Captn Jac (July 31), Pete Gallagher and Pat Barmore (Aug. 7), Andy Wahlberg (Aug. 14), “Sawgrass” Cindy Hackney (Aug. 21) and Joerey Ortiz (Aug. 28).
Boating safety course
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCG Aux), Flotilla 95, Marco Island announces a summer session of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) approved Boating Skills and Seamanship (BS&S) the most comprehensive basic boating instruction offered. The class begins on July 10 and is taught over four weeks, on Mondays and Thursdays from 7 until 9:30 p.m., and includes a section on Florida specific boating laws and regulations. Upon satisfactory completion of the course, the student will qualify to receive a Florida issued Boater Safety Identification Card (FBSIC). Classes are taught at the USCG Aux Station, Caxambas Park, 905 Collier Court, Marco Island. Information: 239-394-5911 or USCGAuxMarco.org.
Be a part of ITC’s ‘Annie’
The Island Theater Company celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Broadway hit show “Annie.” Calling all actors for this year’s ITC summer camp and show that includes all your favorite characters. If you have a “performer” in your family this is an opportunity to get them off the phones and onto the stage for a great summer camp and the iconic show. There are parts available for both male and females ages 8-18. If acting isn’t their thing there are many other opportunities to be a part of the show, including backstage and technical help. Internships are available for high school students looking to fulfill volunteer hours. This show will be casting 5-6 adult roles including: Ms. Hannigan, Daddy Warbucks, Grace (secretary), Rooster (Hannigan’s brother) and Lily (Rooster’s girlfriend) along with the kids from the summer camp. Anyone interested in an adult role can call for a private audition. The Island Theater Company Summer Camp is set to run July 10-28. The camp will be held Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The cost of the theater summer camp is $90 per week with discounts for siblings. All classes, rehearsals and performances take place at the Marco Lutheran Church, 525 N. Collier Blvd, Marco Island. Information: 239-394-0080 or email firstname.lastname@example.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.
‘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.
Ladies’ Bible Study
The Summer Ladies’ Bible Study “When God Doesn’t Fix It” (approximately five weeks long), 9 a.m., Fridays, currently underway, and also on Tuesday evenings at 6:30. Both will be held in the Fellowship Hall Marco Presbyterian Church 875 W. Elkcam Circle. Information: Jo-Ann at 239-293-9651.
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.
Avow support groups
Caregiver and grief support groups offered by Avow in Marco Island will be held at 5/3 Bank conference room, 650 E. Elkcam Circle, Marco Island. The grief support group is held on the third Friday of each month from 2:30 until 3:30 p.m. The caregiver support group is held from 1 to 2 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. Avow support groups are open to anyone in the community and are offered free of charge. Weekly support groups are also available at Avow’s Naples campus. Information: 239-261-4404 or avowcares.org.
Cancer support group for patients and families is from noon until 1:30 p.m., the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Meetings are at Marco Lutheran Church, 525 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island.
Marco/Naples Lupus Support Group
Meetings on the third Saturday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Physicians Regional Medical Center, Palm Dining Room, 8300 Collier Blvd., Naples. Meeting are open to Lupus patients, families, care givers and interested people.
Information: Marilyn 398-4800 or Jan 389-2749.
Al-Anon meeting at 7 p.m. every Thursday, at the Marco Island United Church, 320 N. Barfield. Information: Laurene at 239-776-5235.
Al-Anon family groups
Help and hope are just a phone call away. For a meeting schedule 239-263-5907 and southfloridaal-anon.org.
Happiness is created for those giving and receiving through volunteer service. That is why the NCH Marco Heathcare Center Auxiliary would like to invite you to join their volunteer program. Whether you prefer patient contact, or assisting staff members we have the perfect volunteer position waiting just for you. Visit nchmd.org/volunteer or call the volunteer office at 239-624-8596 to learn how you can give back to the Marco community.
ASPIRE at the Marco Y
Help your children stay active with the gift of ASPIRE (After School Program for Inspiration, Recreation and Education). Components of the after school program include homework assistance, recreation, health enhancement programs, arts and humanities programs and nutritional snacks. Students in the program gather at the Charter School veranda and are then escorted to the YMCA. Parent pick up is at the YMCA clubhouse. Program hours are after school until 6 p.m. There is a $45 registration fee and a weekly fee of $35 for members and $45 for community participants. The fee includes eight early release days, five teacher planning days and five school holidays. Information: 239-394-YMCA (9622), ext. 200.
Meditation on Marco
Always wanted to learn how to meditate, to relax and stop all that internal chatter? Come join our friendly group looking to find more peace and meaning in our lives. Based on Buddhist teachings, yet nonsectarian, we focus on deep breathing techniques and the practice of mindfulness in everyday life. At 6:30 p.m. every Thursday, in the small Chapel, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, corner of Collier Boulevard and Elkcam Circle. By donation only. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be Fit Over 50
Be Fit Over 50 continues at 7:40 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at The Family Church. 1450 Winterberry Drive. The fee is $60 for the month or $6 per class. Participants will enjoy the benefits of increased strength, muscle tone and flexibility. This weight-bearing exercise program will help combat osteoporosis and improve bone density. Information: 239-642-0575 or cityofmarcoisland.com.
Group fitness classes
More than 60 different group fitness classes offered each week at the Greater Marco Family YMCA, 101 Sand Hill Street, Marco Island, starting at 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday/ Classes include Zumba, Tai-Chi, Yoga, Aqua Zumba, Boot Camp, Drums and more. Information: marcoislandymca.org.
Swim team program
Swim Team at the Greater Marco Family YMCA is a year-round program offered to children in grades K-8 at the Greater Marco Family YMCA Dottie Weiner Aquatic Center. Participants can register as a beginner from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or advanced, 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: marcoislandymca.org.
Seibukan Karate/Matayoshi Kobudo
Seibukan Karate and Matayoshi Kobudo are offered to students aged 6 and up for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels at various times throughout the week. Established in 2010, the Shima Dojo teaches the Okinawan Style of Karate called Seibukan Shorin-Ryu. The Dojo is located in Studio B at the Greater Marco Family YMCA, 101 Sand Hill Street, Marco Island. Information: marcoislandymca.org.
Register Nurse Group
Retired or active Registered Nurses meet the first Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. at Marco Lutheran Church, 525 N. Collier Blvd. The goal is to explore ways we might use our professional skills as well as to explore how our faith impacts our practice. Information, call Gail at 239 394-0332
Pet loss support group
Arleen Harris has started a Pet Loss Group for those who have lost their special friend or are dealing with an ill pet and wish to talk with other animal lovers. Call Arleen for details, 239-394-5576 or email@example.com.
The Naples chapter of PFLAG (Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), a family based support, education and advocacy group for families with gay or transgender members, meets on the third Thursday of each month. Information: 239-963-4670 or visit pflagnaples.org.
Healthy living program at Fleischmann Park
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, Fleischmann Park Community Center, 1600 Fleischmann Blvd., Naples. Nora Van Houten will teach a “Sit, Stretch & Restore” yoga class. Drop-in fee is $5. Nora is a registered nurse, certified Kripula yoga and meditation teacher. She specializes in leading active adults (over 50 years old) safely and effectively to practice physical yoga postures, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques for integrating body, mind and spirit. firstname.lastname@example.org
Lo’s Beach Yoga Naples
Every Wednesday and Friday, 9:35 a.m., at Vanderbilt Beach, 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. This is a multi-level class allowing everyone to work at their comfort level. Bring your own towel/mat. Cost $10 or 6 classes $40. 239-877-1293.
9:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Monday at the Open Mind Zen Center, 1250 U.S. 41 N, Suite 205, Naples. Familiar and easy movements coordinated with breath. All exercises done is a chair. For anyone recovering from injury or surgery or anyone not wanting to get up off the floor. All chairs and other props provided. $8. Information: Linda@LindaMundt.com or 239-405-7330.
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