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AUGUST

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 Pete Gallagher and Pat Barmore (Aug. 7), Andy Wahlberg (Aug. 14), “Sawgrass” Cindy Hackney (Aug. 21) and Joerey Ortiz (Aug. 28).

Breakfast with the Birds lecture series

Learn all about birds at this new summer lecture series, hosted by Adam DiNuovo, who has been working with shorebirds and seabirds across the U.S. and beyond for more than 15 years. He is currently the Shorebird Stewardship Program Manager for Audubon Florida with his office at Rookery Bay Research Reserve.

Remaining topics in the series include stewardship and citizen science (Aug. 15). Each event begins with a light breakfast and mingling. The lecture, which begins at 9 a.m., will be followed by a question and answer session. Lecture attendees may enjoy admittance to the Environmental Learning Center for the day. The center is located at 300 Tower Road, Naples. Preregister at rookerybay.org/calendar Cost is $15, or $10 for Friends of Rookery Bay members, and includes breakfast.

Free luncheon

luncheon for “our friends over 60” who live in Marco, Isle of Capri and Goodland, 11 a.m., the third Thursday of each month (Aug. 17) at Family Church, Winterberry Drive. Free rides for those who might need them, door prizes and fun activity. This is a collaboration between the Marco YMCA and Our Daily Bread Food Pantry. All are welcome to join. RSVP to Nancy at 706-566-8532.

Small businesses – big issues seminar

Attorney William G. Morris recently announced a series of small business seminars designed to educate business owners and those thinking about starting a business. Small businesses – big issues will explore issues of concern and how to deal with them. The series will be free to participants, but due to limited seating, reservations are encouraged. The seminars will focus on issues of concern to business owners, many of which are over looked or handled on a “catch as catch can” basis. Morris explained “there is a real need for information by small business owners. They often come to me with a problem that could have been avoided if they had knowledge and opportunity ahead of time. We hope to fill that gap in knowledge and opportunity by providing these seminars.” The series will be held at Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island, Florida and each seminar will be from 5:30 until 7 p.m.

Aug. 22: Basic concerns with Scott Shepard, CPA, William G. Morris, attorney and Vip Grover of Advanced Insurance Underwriters.

Aug. 29: Business operation with Paul Tateo, realtor, Marco Island Police Department and Keith Dameron of Iberia Bank.

Sept. 19: Business Operation II with Tania Mustachi of Business Matters Now; Alan Ciurzynski of Network Minds and William G. Morris, attorney.

Sept. 26: Employees and benefits with Bridget Escobar, payroll expert; Vip Grover of Advanced Insurance Underwriters and Kevin O’Fee of Edward Jones.

Oct. 3: Employees and Policies with Tania Mustachi of Business Matters Now and William G. Morris, attorney.

Oct. 17: Marketing and promotion with Val Simon; Heidi Berge of WAVV, Tim Philbrick of The Print Shop and EZTOUse.com.

Oct. 24: Exit and Retirement with William G. Morris, attorney & Kevin O’Fee of Edward Jones.

Information: 239-285-2760 or wgmorrislaw.com.

Science Saturdays

Science Saturdays provide an opportunity for families to spend the day at the Environmental Learning Center enjoying programs, labs and activities centered on a different science theme. From 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., the last Saturday of each month at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Registration is not required. Regular admission fees are $5 for adults, $3 for kids 6 to 12 and free for Friends of Rookery Bay members and children under age 6. A food truck will be on site. Monthly themes for 2017 are as follows, Aug. 26: Fish; Sept. 30: National Estuaries Day; Oct. 28: Manatees; Nov. 25: Plankton; Dec. 30: Marine Debris. Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center’s new, year-round hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. To learn more about our upcoming kids and family events, visit rookerybay.org/calendar.

‘Happy Hour for Hope’

Marco Island Meals of Hope’s August “Happy Hour for Hope” will be from 5 until 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 28, at Pinchers Crab Shack, 591 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Live entertainment will be provided by Rosetta Stone as she has done for many years. Marco Meals of Hope is a joint effort of Kiwanis, Noontime Rotary and Sunrise Rotary Clubs. It is a hands-on approach to combating hunger in our community. Information: mohmi.org.

ONGOING

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.Camp runs through Aug. 15. 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 schoolage@marcoy.org. Information: marcoymca.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., 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.

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.

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

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.

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

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