WOW To Do List: Science Saturdays
Christmas shell art sale
The Marco Island Shell Club will be having its annual Christmas Shell Art sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 25, at the United Church of Marco, 320 N. Barfield Drive. Proceeds are used to fund marine science scholarships and local educational activities. Information: email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit marcoshellclub.com.
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.
‘Broadway on the Beach’
The JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort will host the world premiere of "Broadway on the Beach," a concert review of Broadway songs. The show will star Broadway’s Patrick Mulvey ("Billy Elliot") with additional performances by Conner Meinhart ("First Date the Musical") and Rachel Meinhart ("Chicago"), with Million Dollar Quartet’s Colte Julian on piano and Jeremy Gentry (NBC's "The Voice") on drums. The show will feature stories and songs from the stage and offer a unique glimpse into show business from this family of performers. The show is 6 p.m., Nov. 29, Dec. 1 and 3 at the JW Marriott Marco Island’s beachfront pavilion, 400 S. Collier Blvd. Cost: $125-150. Information: broadwayonthebeachmarcoisland.eventbrite.com
‘Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End’
“Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End” is on stage Nov. 29-Dec. 17 at The Marco Players Theater, Marco Town Center Mall, 1089 N. Collier Blvd. Shows are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Attend the first week of the show and automatically be entered in a drawing to win a dinner cruise for two on The Marco Island Princess. Tickets are on sale at TheMarcoPlayers.com or by calling the box office at 239-642-7270.
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 through Nov. 28; 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m., Saturday (through Nov. 18).
In La Petite Galerie: Marco Island Academy will be on display.
Annual painting exhibit at Rookery Bay
The 12th annual painting exhibit is happening now through 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.
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.
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.
Holiday Season Ideas for Container Gardening
IFAS and Collier County Extension Services/Florida Master Gardener are beginning the holiday season with container gardening ideas from 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at Mackle Park Community Center, 1361 Andalusia Terrace. This program discusses design principles, container and plant selection, planting tips and maintaining your planted containers. The program is free of charge and open to adults ages 18 and older. Pre-registration is required by Nov. 29. Information: 239-642-0575 or cityofmarcoisland.com
Parents Night Out
There will be a Parents Night Out from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Dec. 1 at Mackle Park Community Center, 1361 Andalusia Terrace. Children in grades first through fifth will have fun with outdoor/indoor games and crafts; dinner will also be provided. Cost is $15/child and $10/second child. Pre-registration is required by Nov. 29. Information: 239-642-0575 or cityofmarcoisland.com
Youth Beginner Dance Technique
Students ages four through seven will learn basic skills in all areas of dance from 4 to 5 p.m. Mondays in December at Mackle Park Community Center, 1361 Andalusia Terrace. Cost is $60 for the four-week session. Attire: leotard, tights, tap and ballet or jazz shoes. Information: 239-642-0575 or cityofmarcoisland.com
Youth Intermediate Dance Technique
Students ages eight and older will develop a strong foundation in ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical dance techniques from 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays in December at Mackle Park Community Center, 1361 Andalusia Terrace. Cost is $60 for the four-week session. Information: 239-642-0575 or cityofmarcoisland.com
Teen Jazz/Tap Technique
Students ages 13 and older will develop a strong foundation in tap and jazz dance techniques from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays in December at Mackle Park Community Center, 1361 Andalusia Terrace. Cost is $60 for the four-week session. Information: 239-642-0575 or cityofmarcoisland.com
Teen Lyrical/Ballet Technique
Students ages 13 and older will develop a strong foundation in tap and jazz dance techniques from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays in December at Mackle Park Community Center, 1361 Andalusia Terrace. Cost is $60 for the four-week session. Information: 239-642-0575 or cityofmarcoisland.com
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.
Calling artists, patrons: Holiday arts festival
The festival is from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2.This is an outreach program for the community sponsored by the Wesley United Methodist Church. The festival brings professional artists with a wide variety of art and a free lunch for all visitors to enjoy. Music will be provided by the church choir as they sing outdoors among the displays. Artists interested in participating in the show should contact Carolyn Burger, chairman, at email@example.com or 239-389-0280. Photographers, visual artists, sculptors, jewelers, ceramics, etc. are all welcome.
Children ages three through six will work on tumbling skills using the floor, spotting blocks and tumbling mats from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays starting Dec. 6 at Mackle Park Community Center, 1361 Andalusia Terrace. Cost is $10/walk-in or $40 for a punch card. Information: 239-642-0575 or cityofmarcoisland.com
Children ages six and older will learn gymnastics within a safe environment from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays starting Dec. 6 at Mackle Park Community Center, 1361 Andalusia Terrace. Information: 239-642-0575 or cityofmarcoisland.com
YMCA Golf Tournament
The Greater Marco Family YMCA is hosting its annual golf tournament beginning at 7 a.m. Dec. 9. Cost is $135 per player and includes breakfast and lunch, door prizes and hole-in-one Lexus paid lease. The format of the event is four-person scramble, assorted flights. To sign up, visit marcoymca.org
Birds of the Beach Workshop
Birds of the Beach workshop will be 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.
Children in grades K through five can decorate gingerbread houses, create ornaments and make other holiday crafts from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 9 at Mackle Park Community Center, 1361 Andalusia Terrace. Cost is $20/child. Information: 239-642-0575 or cityofmarcoisland.com
The Marco Island Historical Museum is hosting its fifth annual Pirate Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m on Dec. 9 at the museum, 180 S Heathwood Drive. Pirate Day features family-friendly activities including pirate-themed arts and crafts, face painting, treasure hunts and more. Admission is free. For more information, contact the museum at 239-642-1440 or visit colliermuseums.com.
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.
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 Dec. 14.
MIPD coffee and conversation
Join the Marco Island Police Department and your neighbors for coffee and conversation from 8 until 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 15 at Empire Bagel Factory, 277 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Information: 239-389-5050.
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