WOW To Do List: East meets West (and Second Tuesday)
East meets West at Center for the Arts
Marco Island Center for the Arts invites the public to view the countries of Cambodia, India and Vietnam interpreted thru three different mediums – fiber, photography and Raku-fired clay during the month of January. Ancient traditions of people, breathtaking places, iconic images and sacred ceremonies will be illuminated and interpreted by artists Muffy Clark Gill (fiber), Joseph C. Parisi, DVM (photography) and Richard Rosen (Raku-fired clay). The exhibition will be on display in the Lauritzen & Rush Galleries. Marco Island Center for the Arts is open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and is located at 010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. There is a suggested $10 donation for non-members. Information: marcoislandart.org.
Opening reception: “Second Tuesday” is from 5:30 until 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 9. No reservations are required.
In La Petite Galerie: Artist Vera Ripley’s work will be exhibited.
History comes alive
The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) presents “History Comes Alive With Marco Island Pioneers” at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 9, in the Rose History Auditorium. Members are admitted free, non-members are asked to pay $10. Take a trip back in time with the talented Marco Island Historical Society re-enactors as they bring colorful characters from our island’s pioneer past to life. Meet Molly Hamilton portrayed by Cindi Kramer. Molly is the mail-order bride who came to the Ten Thousand Islands in 1917 after answering an advertisement in a magazine placed by John Louis Hamilton. You’ll also meet Nurse Hazel Pettit Griffin, portrayed by Evelyn Case. She attended the University of Florida at Gainesville in 1924. Through her eyes you will have a window into life in the Doxsee Cannery built and opened in 1911. Tommie Barfield, Queen of Marco Island brought to life by Betsy Perdichizzi will be joined on stage by Deaconess Bedell, missionary to the Everglades played by Marion Nicolay as they share the momentous story of the dedication of the Everglades National Park by President Harry Truman.
Lunch & Learn
From noon until 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 9, hear from expert speakers and enjoy a meal during the Lunch & Learn Lecture Series sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council and the Friends of Rookery Bay. Registration fee is $15 (includes lunch). This month’s lecture is entitled "Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida's Environment.” The program blends Florida, women’s and environmental history into one story of conservation, given by Peggy MacDonald, author and executive director of the Matheson History Museum in Gainesville. Information: rookerybay.org/calendar.
Florida residency workshops
The Law Offices of William G. Morris, P.A. will conduct a series on the potential benefits of Florida residency including establishing and maintaining Florida residency, taxes and related Issues, homestead exemption, qualifying for in-state tuition rates and creditor protection. As attorney William G. Morris explained, “There’s more to becoming a Florida resident and maintaining that status than living in the state six months and one day out of the year.” These free, one-hour workshops will spotlight those issues and more. Kevin O’Fee of Edward Jones, also on Marco Island will serve as moderator. The sessions are Jan. 10, Feb. 21, March 14 and April 11. The Wednesday sessions will start at 5:30 p.m. at Keller Williams Realty, 830 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island. RSVP: Kathy Ansted, 239-394-2412.
MICMS celebrates 20
Marco Island Charter Middle School is celebrating their 20th anniversary from 5:30 until 9:30 p.m., Jan. 14 at the Island Country Club. Wear your best country western attire. The event features the Ben Allen Band and line dancing with Betty Newman. Tickets are $100 per person. Table sponsorships are also available. Information: Allyson Richards, email email@example.com or call 770-366-0653.
Left Bank Art Fest
The Left Bank Art Fest is from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 14, at the Esplanade. Juried artist include photographers, jewelers, painters, wood, stained glass, bronze, pottery and metal. Free admission and free parking. Information: 239-290-7927.
Free English classes
Free English classes will be held every Tuesday from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m., from Jan. 16 until March 27, at Marco Presbyterian Church, 875 W. Elkcam Circle, Marco Island. Information: 239-394-8186 or email firstname.lastname@example.org; visit MarcoChurch.com.
Jewelry by Linda Osika
Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island, presents jewelry artist Linda Osika at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 16, for an Artist Talk and Trunk Show. There is no charge to attend. Reservations are required. Trunk Show items are available to be purchased. As a child Linda was fascinated with the Asian culture and as an adult lived in China for 10 years. While there Osika would visit the carved stone and pearl markets on her bicycle. These merchants provided the material that would become her original signature Asian jewelry. Contact Marco Island Center for the Arts to reserve your space at 239-394-4221 or visit marcoislandart.org.
Adult and child beginner sewing
Learn basic sewing skills and create a pair of reversible aprons fit to your size. Enthusiasm needed, prior experience not required. Bring a sewing machine and manual if you have one. Ages 10 and older. Students purchase their own supplies. Classes from 6 until 8 p.m., Jan. 16, Feb. 6. Make it on Marco Classes at Frank E. Mackle Community Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island. Information on cost of class, material fee and to sign up call 239-642-0575, cityofmarcoisland.com.
Lunch with the Chief
The Marco Island Police Foundation kicks off its first of the season “Lunch with the Chief” on Thursday, at 11:30 a.m., Jan. 16, at the Hideaway Beach Club on Marco Island. The featured speaker will be Marco Island’s own Police Chief Al Schettino, who will talk about Hurricane Irma, the Marco Island Police response and future disaster responses. The Foundation will also award its annual Marco Island Police Officer of the Year. This award goes to the Marco Island Police officer that has demonstrated outstanding achievement over the last year and honors those heroes who work tirelessly every day to make our community safer. Those wishing to attend the luncheon can call Joe Granda at 389-2823 or Curt Koon at 389-4511 for tickets. The cost is $25 per person.
United Church celebrates 50
The United Church of Marco Island will celebrate their 50th year anniversary breakfast at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 17 at Disseler Hall, 320 N. Barfield Drive, Marco Island. Special Guest: Donna Fiala, county commissioner. Tickets are $15 before the event; $20 at the door. Information: 239-642-6572.
MIFA winter film series
Movies include “The Agony and the Ecstasy” (1965) on Jan. 17, “The Mill & The Cross” (2011) on Jan. 31; “Loving Vincent” (2017) on Feb. 14 and “Frida” (2002) on Feb. 28. All movies shown at 10 a.m. at Marco Movies, Marco Walk Plaza, 599 S. Collier Blvd, Marco Island. For tickets, call Lindy at 239-389-1333 or Clara at 239-404-0657 or Claire at 239-642-9481. Cost is $20 for all four shows. Information: marcoarts.org.
Marco Island Center for the Arts is introducing its new “fun-raising” event, ARTini on Marco. This artful evening is where martini tastings meet art in the galleries of the Art Center. These carefully crafted mini cocktails will be shaken, stirred, poured and served by guest “Martini-tenders” who in their work life are known for their cheerful, captivating and cool vibes. ARTini on Marco Party takes place from 5:30 until 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 18. The price is $50 for members and $55 for non-members. Wine and a non-alcoholic beverage will also be served. Hors d’oeuvres and chocolate will balance your palate. Information: marcoislandart.org.
Lunch with friends
Lunch with Our Friends Over 60 is scheduled for 11 a.m., Jan. 18, at the Family Church, 1450 Winterberry Drive. Lunch will be provided by Bistro Soleil. There will be door prizes and entertainment. Information: Allyson Richards, email email@example.com or call 770-366-0653.
On Jan. 19, faith communities will gather along Collier Boulevard between the Esplanade and Walgreens from noon until 1 p.m. to silently and prayerfully show their support for the right to life of all human beings from conception to natural death. Non-graphic pro-life signs will be available at 11:30 a.m. at the San Marco R.C. Church parking lot at 851 San Marco Road and along the route.
Saul I. Stern Cultural Series
The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Collier County, announces the opening of the 24th continuous season of the Saul I. Stern Cultural Series. Patrons tickets are $75 for the series which includes preferred seating. The series for members of JCMI are $50. The series for non-members is $60. Individual tickets are $20 for JCMI members and $25 for non-members. Information: 239-642-0800.
- At 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 20: Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger’s story is fascinating and his presentation spell-blinding. The son of a Nazi Wehrmacht Colonel, the doctor chose to convert to Judaism. He and his family are devoted to the religion. He continued his medical training in Israel and after completing his training, enrolled in the Israel military service. He now practices medicine in N. Miami Beach. His topic: “My father was a Nazi-against all odds, change is possible.”
- At 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10: Rabbi Tokayer is the retired Rabbi to the Jewish Community of Japan. He served for eight years. In addition, he attended life events in Hong Kong, China, India and Korea. Rabbi is a noted scholar and historian. He has written over 20 books in Japanese. His translation of the Talmud into Japanese sold over 20,00 copies. Rabbi has made it his life work to study the history of the Jews in the Far East. His Information is unknown to many and his presentation holds the audience's attention.
- At 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 3: Naples Brass Quintet - These outstanding musicians combine a program of classic and modern music. The musicians' presentation is brilliant as is their charming introduction of the melodies. The evening concludes with a Viennese table and Starbucks tasting.
Winter Wonderland Dinner/Dance
The annual Winter Wonderland Dinner/Dance will be hosted by the San Marco Columbiettes from 6:30 until 10 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 20, at the San Marco Parish Center, 851 San Marco Rd., Marco Island. Dinner menu will include salad, prime rib dinner with all the trimmings, dessert and coffee with cash bar. Substitution for beef will be available upon request at time of ticket purchase. There will be a 50/50 drawing, fabulous raffle prizes and beautiful baskets of cheer to be auctioned. Entertainment for your listening and dancing pleasure will be provided by the duo, “Cahlua & Cream.” Tickets are on sale at the Parish Office at $55 per person. Information: Anne Batte at 239-394-3563, Mary Cay Moll at 239-394-1016 or Barbara DeRosa at 239-272-0158.
Birds of the Beach Workshop
From 8 a.m. until noon, Jan. 20: 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. The classroom session is followed by a field trip to practice identification skills. Information: rookerybay.org/calendar.
Essentials of Digital Photography Workshop
From 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Jan. 22: 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. This class covers the essentials of your digital camera. You will learn how to use your camera's shutter, aperture, ISO control and the drive modes to create images with impact and creativity. No previous camera or photography experience is necessary, just a desire to learn. 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. Information: rookerybay.org/calendar.
No knit yarn and ribbon scarf
Create a lovely scarf from ribbon and yarn for warmer weather. Using dissolvable interface, yarn and ribbons, you will layout your own personalized scarf. The instructor will sew the scarf together and the scarf may be picked up the next day at the Community Center. From 1 until 3 p.m., Monday, Jan. 22 1and Feb. 26. Make it on Marco Classes at Frank E. Mackle Community Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island. Information on cost of class, material fee and to sign up call 239-642-0575, cityofmarcoisland.com.
Marco Island Center for the Arts presents a free demonstration of Ikebana, the Japanese art of arranging flowers from 5:30 until 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 23. Registration is required. The presenter is Internationally certified instructor Loris Dallal, who has taught this ancient art for over 30 years in venues all across the United States, Europe and South Africa. Ikebana represents the elements of heaven, earth and “man” working in harmony. It is not merely flower arranging. The Ikebana demonstration will be held at the Art Center, 1010 Winterberry Drive in the Lauritzen & Rush Galleries. Contact Marco Island Center for the Arts to reserve your space at 239-394-4221 or visit marcoislandart.org.
Marco Island Center for the Arts presents the first of the 2018 Art Flicks movie series – “America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age” at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 23. There is no charge to view the film but donations are collected for the non-profit Art Center. The films are shown at Marco Movies, 599 South Collier Boulevard, #103, in the Marco Walk Shopping Center. Reservations are not taken and seating is on a first to arrive basis. This brilliantly conceived film uses a creative combination of sounds, images and stunning highlights that propels the narrative. Artists such as Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, John Singer Sargent, sculpture Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and composer Charles Ives’ work is highlighted. Other Art Flicks movies will be shown on Feb. 6, 20 and March 6. Information: marcoislandart.org.
Tales from the Coast
From 6 until 8 p.m., Jan. 24: Join the Friends of Rookery Bay for the first lecture in the 2018 Tales from the Coast lecture series. This month’s featured speaker is David E. Guggenheim, Ph.D., marine scientist, conservation policy specialist, ocean explorer, submarine pilot and educator. Dr. Guggenheim will share his recent coral reef and ocean conservation work in Cuba and the Caribbean. Information: rookerybay.org/calendar.
In The Round
Iberia Bank is hosting a lecture featuring Barbara Bonn Powell, Federal Security Director at Southwest Florida International Airport and Punta Gorda Airport, at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 605 Bald Eagle Drive in Marco Island. The evening will begin with a welcome reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by the presentation at 6. Americans are traveling more than ever before and airline safety remains a top concern. The TSA continues to evolve security measures and technology to keep travelers safe. The event is open to the public, however, seating is limited. Call 239-393-2400 to make a reservation; $3 admission per person.
Black & White Gala
The Greater Marco Family YMCA’s major traditional fundraiser is 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 25 at the JW Marriott, Marco Island. Cost is $250 per person, assorted block partnerships ranging from $1,500 through $25,000 also available. Funds raised benefit area children in early learning, afterschool, summer camps; and assorted services for the entire Marco, East Naples, and Everglades City communities. Information: marcoymca.org.
Goodland Arts & Crafts Fair
The 5th Annual Goodland Arts Alliance Members’ Arts & Crafts Fair will be from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 28, at MarGood Harbor Park, 321 Pear Tree Avenue, Goodland. Brought to you by the Goodland Arts Alliance, 501 (c) 3, and Collier County Parks and Recreation. Fine arts and crafts, live music, and lots of local flavor. Information: goodlandartsalliance.org.
Happy Hour of Hope
The first “Happy Hour for Hope” of 2018 will be from 5 until 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 29, at CJ’s on the Bay in the Esplanade, 740 North Collier Boulevard, Marco Island. There will be hors d'oeuvres and appetizers and drinks are available at reduced or happy hour prices. There are also 50/50 raffles. Rosetta Stone, accompanied by her spouse and musical partner Tom, volunteers her time and provides musical entertainment at every happy hour. Information: mohmi.org or meals-of-hope.org.
Marco Island Center for the Arts presents a critiques corner with master artist Regis Brodie from 12:15 until 2:45 p.m., Monday, Jan. 29, for beginners/intermediate critiques; and 3 until 5:30 p.m. for advanced/professional critiques. Cost is $40. Regis Brodie is an emeritus professor of art from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. He taught for 41 years in the art department and for 35 years he directed the prestigious “Summer SIX Art Program.” Information: marcoislandart.org.
Come and learn how to turn a hardcover book into a purse. You may bring your own book with at least a 1” spine and book jacket removed. You may also bring your own beads for the handle. From 12:30 until 3:30 p.m., Jan. 29 and March 5. Make it on Marco Classes at Frank E. Mackle Community Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island. Information on cost of class, material fee and to sign up call 239-642-0575, cityofmarcoisland.com.
Jazz Wizards at the Center for the Arts
Marco Island Center for the Arts presents, as part of the Musical Interludes series, the return of Peter and Will Anderson Jazz Trio. Direct from NYC these Juilliard trained musicians will bring traditional jazz to the Art Center again. The concert will be from 5:30 until 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 30, in the Lauritzen & Rush Galleries. Hailing from Washington, DC, these remarkable brothers are known for their unique renditions of classic jazz songs and innovative original music. Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for non-members. For reservations call the Art Center at 239-394-4221 or visit marcoislandart.org/musicalinterludes.
Marco Players: ‘Flamingo Court’
The Marco Players embrace the emotions, the humor and the lifestyle of what it’s like to grow older while condo living in South Florida with “Flamingo Court – Life in Three Condos;” on stage through Jan. 21 at the Marco Players Theater, Marco Town Center Mall, 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. 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.
Bounty, Booty, and Boats
The Marco Island Historical Museum is presents “Coastal Trade — Bounty, Booty, And Boats of the Gulf and Glades from Naples to Key West” from artist Paul Arsenault. The exhibition will be on display from now through March 2, at the Marco Island Historical Museum, 180 South Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. Paul Arsenault’s exhibit includes not only paintings that represent the pioneer days of Southwest Florida’s maritime trading networks, but folk art, posters, and artifacts that relate to this heritage. Information: 239-642-1440 or colliermuseums.com.
Marco Island Farmers Market
Every Wednesday through April local southwest Florida vendors will be selling home good items and crafts from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Veterans Community Park, 901 Park Avenue. Items include: fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, salsa, sauces, fresh flowers, seafood, soaps, and much more.
The Master Gardener Walk-In Plant Clinic has returned to Lowe's, ready again to offer advice and answer all your gardening questions. If you are having trouble with your plants, they can diagnose the problem for you. It could be bugs, fungus or overwatering. It could just be the cold weather. Come and visit. Master Gardeners will be there from 12:30 until 3:30 p.m., Tuesdays (through April) waiting to help you. You can find us in the garden area. Master Gardeners have been trained by the University of Florida on many correct horticultural practices and problems. Pruning, fertilizers, bug identification, grass problems, just to name a few. please bring bugs or infected material in a sealed plastic bag. Pictures on your phone or tablet will help in diagnosing. Lowes is located on the corner of 951 (Collier Boulevard) and U.S. 41.
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.
Knights of Columbus Bingo fundraiser
The Knights of Columbus San Marco Council #6344 host a Bingo fundraisers in the San Marco Parish Center with the doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and the game starting at 7. Bingo is every Thursday from through April 5. This event is open to the public and everyone is invited. Information: 239-389-5633 or marcoknights.com.
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.
Marco Lutheran grief support
Are you grieving the loss of a loved one through death? Marco Lutheran Church is offering a Christ Centered support group. This is a DVD led program presented by experts in the field of grief. They address all aspects of grief and give useful suggestions in coping and recovering from grief. If you know of someone who is experiencing grief, please make them aware of our program. Thursdays, through March 8, the group will meet from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., at Marco Lutheran Church, 525 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Information: 239-394-0332.
Marco Presbyterian grief support
Grief Share is a special weekly video seminar featuring leading experts, and designed to help you rebuild your life. Marco Presbyterian Church welcomes all who are hurting after the death of a loved one to receive help and encouragement. Classes begin at 10 a.m., Wednesday Jan. and run for 13 weeks (through April 4). The church is located at 875 West Elkcam Circle, Marco Island. Information: 239-394-8186 or marcochurch.com.
A full body workout. Be rejuvenated and stay healthy and flexible by stretching and strengthening using your own body. This class will help create a youthful feeling body, relieve pain, unlock tight muscles and joints, increase flexibility and mobility, treat and prevent back pain, strengthen the spine and core, and improve your posture. Cost is $15/class on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 until 10 a.m. at Mackle Community Center.
Gentle stretch yoga
This class is designed to increase flexibility, improve strength and enhance balance. Breathing techniques are used to promote equanimity and each session concludes with a rejuvenating guided relaxation. Classes are from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Mackle Park Community Center, 1361 Andalusia Terrace. Cost is $10 per class or $50 for eight classes. Open to adults ages 18 and older.
Interval Inferno is a complete body workout that builds lean muscle and cardiovascular endurance at the same time. The workout includes high intensity interval segments, alternating between cardio, functional movements, and body weight exercises. Exercises are done for a time period instead of repetitions, giving every person the ability to move through the work period at their own pace. Classes are 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mackle Park Community Center, 1361 Andalusia Terrace. The classes costs $10 per person and are open to adults ages 18 and older.
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.
ACBL-sanctioned bridge at 1 p.m. each Tuesday at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive. Wayne Goodrich, director. Information: Jean or Abe Brown, 239-394-4272.
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.
Mackle Park mah jongg
Mah Jongg is held from m 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays at Mackle Park Community Center, 1361 Andalusia Terrace. There is a $10 yearly fee. Information: 239-642-0575 or cityofmarcoisland.com
Canasta is held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Mackle Park Community Center, 1361 Andalusia Terrace. There is a $10 yearly fee. Information: 239-642-0575 or cityofmarcoisland.com
A group of knitters meets from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Mackle Park Community Center, 1361 Andalusia Terrace. There is a $10 yearly fee. Information: 239-642-0575 or cityofmarcoisland.com
Bridge is held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Fridays at Mackle Park Community Center, 1361 Andalusia Terrace. There is a $10 yearly fee. Call Gwen at 394-0675 for available spaces.
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.
Atlantic City Boys
The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) brings to Marco Island the Atlantic City Boys on at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 1, at 991 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. You won't believe your ears! The Atlantic City Boys are four dynamic lead singers who have wowed audiences at Las Vegas, Walt Disney World, Atlantic City, as well as cruise ships around the world. Their show is an exciting mix of world class vocals and interactive comedy -featuring the rock-n-roll harmonies of the Beach Boys, Drifters, the Bee Gees, and of course, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The boys have performed with many greats, from Jay Leno to Huey Lewis, Pattie Labelle and the Temptations. Tickets are $25 and available through the JCMI office, 239-642-0800.
From 8 a.m. until 12 p.m., Feb. 2: Enjoy this informative class with Randy McCormick designed to help novice birders identify birds. The classroom session explores how to use birds’ plumage, shape, behavior and habitat to recognize various species as well as effective use of binoculars and field guides. Attendees will then learn more tricks of the trade during a field trip to a nearby park to practice new skills. Information: rookerybay.org/calendar.
No sew beach tote
Come create a no sew beach tote - approximately 25” x 15” x 9.” Use the fabric provided by the instructor or bring your own - 1 yard cotton canvas. From 12:30 until 3:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 5. Make it on Marco Classes at Frank E. Mackle Community Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island. Information on cost of class, material fee and to sign up call 239-642-0575, cityofmarcoisland.com.
Art Gallery Opening Reception: Annual Photography Exhibit
From 5:30 until 7 p.m., Feb. 8: Photography exhibit opening reception: enjoy wine and cheese and mingle with the artists, supported by the Friends of Rookery Bay and United Arts Council of Collier County. Information: rookerybay.org/calendar.
The Marco Island office of the American Cancer Society’s 2018 Imagination Ball, “Reach For the Stars to Find a Cure,” presented by Corrie Grado, and chaired by Debra Shanahan, will be held on Feb. 10, at the JW Marriott Marco Island. Featuring fine food, music by the Stacey Allison Band, and both live and silent auctions, this will be a community event you will not want to miss. Each year at the ball, the prestigious Grado award is presented to individuals who have contributed significantly in the fight against cancer. The 2018 honorees are Marco Island residents Ray and Louise Jean. The 2018 event will celebrate 35 years of fighting cancer with funds raised by this annual gala. Information: 239-642-6217 or Sue.Olszak@cancer.org.
Guitarist Glenn Roth
Marco Island Center for the Arts presents fingerstyle guitarist Glenn Roth from 4 until 5:30 p.m., Feb. 11, at Marco Island Center for the Arts. The concert will take place in the Art Center’s Lauritizen and Rush galleries. The ticket price is $25 for members of the Marco Island Center for the Arts and $30 for non-members. For reservations call the Art Center at 239-394-4221 or visit the website at marcoislandart.org/musicalinterludes. His compositions suggest multiple guitars, but it is really just one guy, 10 flying fingers, and one instrument. Roth is a licensed performer of the MTA’s “Music Under New York” program. His concert hall is the vaulted splendor of Grand Central Terminal or the tunnels and platforms of the New York City subway system. When he is not “underground” he plays concerts throughout the northeast and tours nationally and internationally.
Essentials of Digital Photography Workshop
From 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Feb. 12: 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. This class covers the essentials of your digital camera. You will learn how to use your camera's shutter, aperture, ISO control and the drive modes to create images with impact and creativity. No previous camera or photography experience is necessary, just a desire to learn. 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. Information: rookerybay.org/calendar.
Make a T-shirt bag
Come make a sturdy t-shirt bags with a bit of yarn to take to the Farmers’ Market. No sewing needed. Bring a t-shirt. From 1 until 3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 12. Make it on Marco Classes at Frank E. Mackle Community Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island. Information on cost of class, material fee and to sign up call 239-642-0575, cityofmarcoisland.com.
Feb. 12: In celebration of the birthday of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers “buy one, get one free admission.” Cannot be combined with other offers. Information: rookerybay.org/calendar.
On Feb. 15, the NCH Marco Healthcare Auxiliary will be hosting an annual fashion show/luncheon and silent auction to be held Hideaway Beach Club. We invite you to join us in support of our efforts in raising funds which will directly benefit the Marco Island Healthcare Center and the delivery of quality healthcare available to all residents and visitors. Ticket prices for the Lunch and Fashion Show are $55. Information: 239-393-4058.
Birds of the Beach Workshop
8 a.m. until 12 p.m., Feb. 17: 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. The classroom session is followed by a field trip to practice identification skills. Information: rookerybay.org/calendar.
Kiwanis car show
The Marco Island Car Show hosted by Kiwanis will be held at the Marco Healthcare Center from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Feb. 18. Drivers of show cars will be asked to pay a $20 entrance fee. This money will be used to help the Marco Academy in their rebuilding from the hurricane. Trophies will be awarded in 15 categories. Refreshments will be available for purchase. A vendor will display miniature autos capable of transporting adults. A 1963 original Indianapolis Race Car will be on display. Performing are the Celtic Spirit Irish dancers, Marco Academy cheerleaders, and the Judo club from the YMCA. Steve Reynolds will be playing hits from the 50s and 60s. Spectator fee is $5 per person. Information: John DeRosa at 239-272-0816.
Lunch & Learn: Doc Anna: Swamp Doctor of Florida
From noon until 1 p.m., Feb. 20: Hear from expert speakers and enjoy a meal during the Lunch & Learn Lecture Series sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council and the Friends of Rookery Bay. Registration fee is $15 (includes lunch). This month’s lecture, "Doc Anna: Swamp Doctor of Florida" recounts the life of Dr. Anna Darrow who, in 1909, became only the second woman doctor licensed in Florida. Portrayed by Florida Humanities Council Chautauqua Scholar Carrie Sue Ayvar. Information: rookerybay.org/calendar.
Feb. 24: Science Saturdays provide an opportunity for families to spend the day at the Environmental Learning Center enjoying programs, labs and activities centered around a different science theme, on the last Saturday of every month. This month's theme is The Wonders of Water. Information: rookerybay.org/calendar.
Spring Appraisal Faire
Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) presents the Spring Appraisal Faire 2018 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, March 3, at Frank E. Mackle Community Park Community Center, 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island. Nationally renowned appraisers Wes Cowan, Nan Chisholm and Ken Farmer — featured on the PBS program “Antiques Road Show” — will evaluate items brought in by the public. Admission is exclusively for those bringing items to be appraised. Admission is $40 per item for non-members, and $25 per item for MIHS members. There is a limit of three hand carried items per person. On March 2, the guest appraisers will present “State of the Antiques World,” from 2-3:30 p.m., at the MIHS Rose History Auditorium on Marco Island. Admission for this presentation is $40 per person for non-members, and $25 for MIHS members. Information: theMIHS.org.
Batfish Bash for the Bay
From 6 until 10:30 p.m., March 16: The Friends of Rookery Bay invites you to save the date for a relaxed evening of Old Florida hospitality. Enjoy sunset views, cocktails, dinner and dancing and Southern Charm, of course. Advance registrations can be made at rookerybay.org/bash or by calling 239-530-5971. Information: rookerybay.org/calendar.
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