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WOW To Do List: ‘Marco Island’ book signing

Marco Eagle

OCTOBER

Marco Police Foundation golf tournament

The Marco Police Foundation hosts its annual Golf Tournament at the JW Marriott’s Hammock Bay Country Club on Saturday, Oct. 7. The event will begin with golfer registration at 7:30 a.m. and a “scramble” start at 8:30. Golfers will gather after the competition for lunch and prizes around 1 p.m. This year’s Tournament takes on added significance because it is now named after Dick Shanahan, who was one of the founders of the Police Foundation. Shanahan passed away last year and was known for his volunteer work and philanthropy throughout Marco Island. Organizers also announced that a portion of tournament proceeds would be dedicated to Hurricane Irma recovery efforts. Those wishing to play in the tournament or purchase hole sponsorships can contact Joe Granda at 389-2823, Curt Koon at 389-4511, or e-mail CofCJs@PalsPlaces.com.

Road Trips and Big Adventures

Marco Island Center for the Arts invites the public to experience the visual travel log of the artists from the current exhibition called “Oh the Places You Have Been” from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday through Oct. 31. This judged exhibition is taking place in the Lauritzen and Rush galleries. The opening reception called “2nd Tuesday” is from 5:30 until 7 p.m., Oct. 10. No reservations are required. There is a suggested $10 donation for non-members.

In the La Petite Gallery: Artist Barry Howe displays his photographs of stadiums throughout the country.  His photographs include Major League Ballparks, as well as college and pro football stadiums. If you have a favorite home stadium there may be a photo of it in the La Petite Galerie. Information: marcoislandart.org.

Marco Boat Show

The Marco Boat Show is owned and managed by the Marine Industries Association of Collier County and is one of the largest in-water recreational shows in the Naples-Marco Island area. The show will feature displays by Marinas, Boat dealers, and other marine related businesses. The show will be 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13; Saturday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 15 at Rose Marina, 951 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island. One-day general admission $5 for adults; children under 12 are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Free onsite parking for patrons. Information and advance tickets, MIACC.org.

‘Marco Island’ book signing

The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) recently announced the release of “Images of America: Marco Island,” a pictorial chronicle of this area’s fascinating history by MIHS Curator of Collections Austin J. Bell. A book signing reception will be held at the Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) gift shop from 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 18.

“Images of America: Marco Island” author Austin J. Bell, Marco Island Historical Society curator of collections.
“Images of America: Marco Island” by Austin J. Bell, Marco Island Historical Society curator of collections

According to MIHS Executive Director Patricia Rutledge, “In recognition of the hardships so many are experiencing because of Hurricane Irma, we are sharing a portion of proceeds earned by Marco Island Historical Society from museum gift shop sales of Marco Island from Oct. 9 through 31 to aid in recovery efforts in Collier County. The book signing event also will be a post-hurricane coming together of the community to celebrate Marco Island history as well as Marco Island today.” The Marco Island Historical Museum is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and the site is handicapped accessible. Information, call 239.389.6447 or visit theMIHS.org.

Musical Interludes presents Sandra Rose

Vocalist Sandra Rose Rommel will perform from 5:30 until 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 18 at the Marco Island Center for the Arts as part of the Musical Interludes series. Rose has been entertaining audiences for over three decades. She has been a backup singer for Bruce Springsteen, done studio work for Celine Dion’s producers and has appeared in Las Vegas with David Foster after winning the “Born to Sing” contest. This musical journey will include the music of Michael Buble, Patsy Cline, Celine Dion, Fleetwood Mac, Barbara Streisand, and from the Great American songbook. Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for non-members. To reserve your seat, call 239-394-4221 or visit marcoislandart.org/musicalinterludes.

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, 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. 

ONGOING

Marco Players seeks volunteers

The Marco Players theater group seeking volunteers for our 2017-2018 production season. Positions include
director, stage manager, backstage manager, stage hand, designer/master carpenter, actors, costume designer, lighting and sound booth technicians, costume dress assistants, and many other areas, and we can always use help in script reading and helping our actor volunteers memorize their lines and cues. The Marco Players theater group is the oldest non-profit community theater on Marco Island. Information: themarcoplayers.com.

Calling all artists: Exhibit with the Friends of Rookery Bay

Every year the United Arts Council of Collier County (UAC) and the Friends of Rookery Bay (FORB) put on their Annual Juried Painting Exhibit showcasing some of your favorite local artists as well as local up-and-comers. For art appreciators, the opening reception that will be held from 5:30-7 p.m., Nov 11. For artists, this is an opportunity to expand your audience and possibly win one of three cash awards. The UAC is currently accepting submissions for the exhibition. This exhibit is open to artists residing in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties. Both full-time and seasonal artists are welcome to apply. The deadline for submissions is 4 p.m., Oct. 11. Artists may request an application and more information from Kristen Donovan via email: KDonovan@UACCollier.org.

Juried exhibition

The Marco Island Historical Museum presents “Florida Artists Group, Inc. Juried Exhibition.” The exhibition will be on display from now until Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the Marco Island Historical Museum, 180 South Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. “Florida Artists Group, Inc. Juried Exhibition” features Southwest Florida artists whose work has attained national or state-wide recognition. The works included in this show range from acrylic paintings, etchings, mixed media to sculptures. Information: 239-642-1440 or colliermuseums.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.

Volunteers needed

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.

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