WOW To Do List: Honor Flight benefits from next shred party
The Marco Players presents a saucy, senior scandal
The Marco Players’ production of “Sex Please We’re Sixty” is an American farce of charming and funny explorations into the secret desires of men and women of a certain age who are determined to find what they seem to have lost – their libidos. “Sex Please We’re Sixty” is on stage now through Nov. 12 at The Marco Players Theater, Marco Town Center Mall, 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Shows are 8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, and 3 p.m., Sundays. Tickets are on sale at TheMarcoPlayers.com or by calling the box office at 239-642-7270.
Fakahatchee tram tour
The Friends of Fakahatchee will kick off their fall season of adventures with a moonlit tram tour of the park at 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3. The two-hour naturalist-led tour is on the “Ghost Rider” tram, named in honor of the famous Ghost Orchid found in the park. The tours starts as the sun is setting, prime time for photography and spotting the park's mammals and birds settling in for the evening. The tram leaves from the ranger station at 137 Coastline Drive, Copeland, off Janes Scenic Drive, Janes Scenic drive is only accessible via SR 29 (between I-75 and US 41). Information: orchidswamp.org.
Breakfast and Birds: ‘Magnificent Migraters’
Friends of Tigertail will host its 13th ‘Breakfast and Birds’ from 8:30 until 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 4, at Tigertail Beach. Bring your own breakfast and meet other interested birders to learn about the amazing birds which travel every year from their summer nesting grounds to their winter homes here on Marco. Binoculars are recommended. Birding ID cards, hats, and T shirts will be available. This is a free program. Parking is free with a Collier County Beach Parking sticker. No reservations necessary.
Collier County Honor Flight is the beneficiary for the next shred party, slated for 9 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Nov. 4 at Iberia Bank Marco Island. There is a limit of 10 boxes/bags of paper to be shredded and the $3 per box/bag collected goes to Honor Flight.
Treasures in the Trunk sale
On Saturday, Nov. 4, the San Marco Columbiettes will host a Treasures in the Trunk Sale Fundraiser from 8 a.m. until noon in the parking lot of the San Marco Church Parish Center. Vendors must be set up by 7:30 a.m. Don't miss this opportunity to sell your new, used or antique treasures from the trunk of your vehicle. The cost will be $20 per vehicle parking spot and $10 additional if you wish to rent a table to place at the rear of your vehicle. Refreshments and home baked items will be available for purchase; 50/50 drawing will take place at 11 a.m. You do not need to be present for drawing. Information: Anne Batte, 239-394-3563; Mary Cay Moll, 239-394-1016; or Barbara DeRosa, 239-272-0158.
3rd Annual Marco Craft Beer and Fine Food Festival
From 1 until 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 5 at the Esplanade, Marco Island. Six Florida brewers will be providing more than 15 craft beers along with food pairings from local restaurants specifically created to match selected brews. Admission: $50. Tickets on sale now. Information: marcoislandchamber.org.
Marianne Oehler exhibit
Marco Island Center for the Arts invites the public to view the work of Swiss artist Marianne Oehler. Her work is on display from Nov. 6 through 28; 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m., Saturday (through Nov. 18). The opening reception called “Second Tuesday” is from 5:30 until 7 p.m., Nov. 14. No reservations are required. There is a suggested $10 donation for non-members.
In La Petite Galerie: Marco Island Academy will be on display.
Painting Annual Exhibit at Rookery Bay
From Nov. 6 until Feb. 1 and is hosted by the Friends of Rookery Bay and the United Arts Council of Collier County, this year’s exhibit will be juried by Morgan Paine, painting professor at Florida Gulf Coast University. Learn more and register for tours and events at rookerybay.org/calendar.
Small businesses – big issues seminar
A series of small business seminars designed to educate business owners and those thinking about starting a business. The series will be free to participants, but due to limited seating, reservations are encouraged. 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. Information: 239-285-2760 or wgmorrislaw.com.
- Nov. 7: Tania Mustachi of Business Matters Now will explain business bookkeeping and record keeping. Mustachi will offer tips gained from her years of experience as office administrator for one of the largest law firms in Florida, including experience in opening a number of new offices for the firm. Alan Ciurzynski of Network Minds will explore computer equipment, software and internet security. Ciurzynski and his company provide computer equipment, software, internet security, training and other computer related services. Kevin O’Fee of Edward Jones will draw upon his years of experience in the financial planning industry to address 401k, IRA, Roth and other financial benefits that employers may offer or obtain.
- Nov: 21: The series will address employees and benefits. Bridget Escobar, payroll expert, will discuss payroll issues and requirements. Escobar’s presentation will address deductions, withholding and overtime. David Taber, of Taber Financial Services will address employee related insurance issues. And attorney William G. Morris, who will address business contracts.
Patriot’s event: Fun, food and fashion
A benefit is being held for the Marco Patriots at 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 10, at the Hilton Marco Island. Tickets are $20 (at the door; cash only) and there will be a cash bar, with two-for-one drinks. Even though part of the show is fashion, the event is not for women only. Gentlemen are encouraged to attend. Half of the ticket sale proceeds benefit the Patriots.
Veterans Day ceremony
“Welcome Home to Korean War-era Veterans” will be the theme of the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Community Park, which will be sponsored by American Legion Post 404 and the City of Marco Island. Set for 11 a.m., Nov. 11, the ceremony honoring America’s service men and women will include a special tribute to Korean War-era veterans highlighted by a special City of Marco Island proclamation recognizing all Korean War-era veterans. The ceremony will again be a blended affair involving all four of the island’s military organizations: American Legion Post 404, VFW Post 6370, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla #95 and Marco Island’s Civil Air Patrol squadron.
Birds of the Beach workshop at Rookery Bay
From 8 until 10 a.m., Nov. 11. In this class, Adam DiNuovo of Audubon Florida will discuss the life history of these birds and the amazing journeys many of them make annually. Classroom session followed by field trip to practice identification skills. Learn more and register for tours and events at rookerybay.org/calendar.
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.
Essentials of Digital Photography at Rookery Bay
If you want to get the best pictures possible, and truly understanding your camera’s features, the “Essentials of Digital Photography: How to get the most from your digital camera” workshop is for you. The workshop is from 9 until 11:30 a.m., Nov. 13. Sonny Saunders has over 35 years of experience in photography and instruction and is renowned for his ability to communicate to a wide variety of students. Learn more and register for tours and events at rookerybay.org/calendar.
Latin Jazz Trumpeter Fernando Ferrarone
Marco Island Center for the Arts presents award winner and Grammy jazz trumpeter and alto saxophonist Fernando Ferrarone from 5:30 until 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16, in the Lauritzen & Rush Galleries.The ticket price is $25 for members of the Marco Island Center for the Arts and $30 for non-members. To reserve your seat, call the Art Center at 239-394-4221 or visit marcoislandart.org/musicalinterludes.
Lunch with Friends
Facilitated monthly by Our Daily Bread Food Pantry and Togetherhood Projects at the Greater Family YMCA of Marco Island on the third Thursday of each month. Gather at 11 a.m. for lunch provided by various Marco Island restaurants. All adults over 60 in Marco, Goodland and Isles of Capri are welcome. Need a ride and RSVP by calling Nancy at 706-566-8532. At Greater Marco Y on Nov. 16, Dec. 14.
Lunch & Learn at Rookery Bay
Hear from expert speakers and enjoy a meal during the Lunch & Learn Lecture Series. Registration fee is $15 (includes lunch). Friends of Rookery Bay members receive a 10-percent discount. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited. This month’s lecture is with Rick Smith (Patrick D. Smith, Jr.), creator and host of "Patrick Smith’s Florida Is a Land Remembered," with stories and excerpts from his father’s book. The event is from noon until 1 p.m., Nov. 21. Learn more and register for tours and events at rookerybay.org/calendar.
Friends of Rookery Bay Adventure Race and Fun Run
Enjoy a 3k kayak along Henderson Creek and a 5k trail run at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center to benefit the Friends of Rookery Bay from 9 until 10:30 a.m., Nov. 25. All participants will receive a t-shirt, giveaways, post-race refreshments, and free admission to the Environmental Learning Center. Awards will be presented to the top finishers in each category: men, women, relays, tandem-teams, surf-skis. Learn more and register for tours and events atrookerybay.org/calendar.
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, 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.
Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, with special “Science Saturdays” on the last Saturday of every month. Enjoy the two-story visitor center, art gallery, gift shop, nature trail with viewing platform and more. Themed naturalist programs are offered daily on topics such as manatees, sharks, sea turtles, Estuary Encounter marine life exhibit 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 US41 and Collier Boulevard. Learn more and register for tours and events at rookerybay.org/calendar.
Guided boat and kayak tours
Two-hour guided kayak tours let you explore backwater bays and mangrove tunnels while learning about your surroundings from an experienced guide and naturalist. Tours provide opportunities to see wildlife such as wading birds, osprey, fish and dolphins. Tours include free admission to the Environmental Learning Center on day of trip and proceeds support the non-profit Friends of Rookery Bay, Inc. Kayak and boat tours are offered Tuesdays through Fridays from November through April. Learn more and register for tours and events at rookerybay.org/calendar.
Art at the Marco Library
The Marco Island Public Library and the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) work cooperatively to provide monthly art shows at the Marco Island Library branch on Heathwood Drive. From now through November the work of Marco Island artist Karen Swanker will be both exhibited and for sale. Creating with “Found Objects” is defined by Wikipedia as: “originating from the French objet trouvé, describing art created from undisguised, but often modified, objects or products that are not normally considered materials from which art is made.” Swanker’s found objects are picked up off the ground around Marco Island in parking lots and side streets. While walking or biking, she picks up bits of metal, plastic or paper and paints them either in a monochromatic scheme or with a three-color metallic paint. Interested buyers can pick up her business card at the library and contact the artist with any questions or visit karens.fineartstudioonline.com.
Monday Night Bingo
Monday Night Bingo is back at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and bonanza is posted at 6:15 and the game is called at 7. The Bingo Committee serves a complimentary supper of a kosher hot dog on a special roll, sauerkraut, relish, pickles, chips, fruit, coffee, tea, ice cream and pastries. Gift certificates are available, perfect for all occasions. The game is open to the public. Information: 239-642-0880.
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.
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. Reserve spot by calling Shirley at 239-389-7872.
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.
Festival of Birds
Festival of Birds registration opens Dec. 1. Mark your calendar for field trips and lectures during the Festival of Birds, Jan. 12-14. Formerly known as the Southwest Florida Nature Festival, this event still invites you to explore the local environment through almost 40 guided field trips to 20 wildlife hot spots around Southwest Florida and lectures at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. This year we have a new emphasis on birds. Field trips, including birding walks, buggy rides and boat tours, are still being offered in conjunction with local partners. Field trip prices range from $20 - $140, and registration is required. This year, field trip registration includes admission to the Environmental Learning Center on Saturday. A special keynote presentation and fundraiser reception is planned for Jan. 13. Learn more and register for tours and events at rookerybay.org/calendar.
Birds of the Beach workshop
Birds of the Beach workshop I from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m., Dec. 9. In this class, Adam DiNuovo of Audubon Florida will discuss the life history of these birds and the amazing journeys many of them make annually. Classroom session followed by field trip to practice identification skills. Learn more and register for tours and events at rookerybay.org/calendar.
Essentials of Digital Photography
If you want to get the best pictures possible, and truly understand your camera’s features, the “Essentials of Digital Photography: How to get the most from your digital camera workshop” is for you. The workshop is from 9 until 11:30 a.m., Dec. 11. Sonny Saunders has over 35 years of experience in photography and instruction and is renowned for his ability to communicate to a wide variety of students. Learn more and register for tours and events at rookerybay.org/calendar.
Lunch & Learn
Hear from expert speakers and enjoy a meal during the Lunch & Learn Lecture Series from noon until 1 pm., Dec. 12. Registration fee is $15 (includes lunch). Friends of Rookery Bay members receive a 10-percent discount. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited. This month’s lecture is with Gary Mormino, scholar in residence at the Florida Humanities Council and a professor emeritus of history, who will present The Florida Dream, with stories and historical information about Florida’s tremendous growth spurt following WWII. Learn more and register for tours and events at rookerybay.org/calendar.
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