WOW To Do List: Mullet Fest, Chalk Art, more
January 26-28 (Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday): Be here for one of our area’s quirkiest and fun festivals. Enjoy fried and smoked mullet and lots of other fresh seafood and "good eats" from a variety of food vendors along with arts and crafts. Great live music and of course, the annual Buzzard Lope dance contest, culminating with the crowning of the new Buzzard Lope Queen. The Mullet Festival celebrates Old Florida at its finest, and carries on the traditions established by the late Stan Gober whose offbeat music was the inspiration for the Buzzard Lope Dance and Queen Contest. Live entertainment: Kick-off party, Friday, 6-10 p.m. by Shane Duncan Band; Saturday, noon until 6:30 p.m., Hot Damn; Sunday, noon until 6:30 p.m., Joel Fry Band; Saturday, 3 p.m., fish cleaning contest and 4 p.m., Princess Buzzard Lope; Sunday 4 p.m., Queen Buzzard Lope best costume award dance contest. Marco Island Fire Department will be serving Hot Dogs on Saturday and Sunday. Mullet Fest T-Shirts, Souvenirs, Stan’s CD & Book available at Fia’s Island Woman 239-642-6116, stansidlehour.net. Stan's Idle Hour Bar is located at 221 W. Goodland Drive, Goodland.
The Marco Island Center for the Arts will hold its annual outdoor sidewalk Chalk Art event from 3 until 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 27. The event is free, and everyone who is young or young at heart is invited.
‘Wind Across the Everglades’
The film "Wind Across the Everglades" will be shown at 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 27,. by the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades, 105 W. Broadway, on a big screen outside. The event is free but you should bring a chair. Hotdogs and soft drinks will be available. Information: 239-695-0008.
Ghostrider Tram Tours
From 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. are offered by Friends of Fakahatchee for $25 per person Saturday, Jan. 27. The tours are named for the famous ghost orchid found in the park. For required reservations and additional dates through March, visit orchidswamp.org and click on tours and events. The park entrance is on State Route 29 in Copeland, FL.
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.
MIFA winter film series
Movies include “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.
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.
In La Petite Galerie: Artist Vera Ripley’s work will be exhibited.
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.
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.
Bingo at the Y
Every Tuesday at 1 p.m. through March 27 in the Youth Development Center, The Greater Marco Family YMCA, 101 Sand Hill Street. Join the only afternoon Bingo on Marco Island. Come and socialize, play and win! Fees: $14 for a small packet; $22 for a large packet. Complimentary coffee, tea and snacks provided. Doors open at 12:15 p.m. Call the Y Membership Desk for more details, 239-394-YMCA (9622).
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.
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.
Free English classes
Free English classes will be held every Tuesday from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m., through 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.
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.
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 - one-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.
Tea By Design II
Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island’s fundraiser “Tea by Design II” will be held at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Marco Island Yacht Club. Featured speaker and floral designer is Janice Hamlin. The event includes lunch, tea, a floral design demonstration by Hamlin, a live auction of Hamlin floral designs, as well as a silent auction of jewelry, wine selections and floral arrangements. Ticket price is $60. For tickets, contact Dale DeFeo, 239-394-2737 or any Calusa Garden Club member. Contact the Garden Club at email@example.com, or on the Garden Club’s website, calusa.org, or visit the Club’s Facebook page Calusa Garden Club.
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., 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.
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.
Naturalist led Swamp Walks
Scheduled for Saturdays Feb. 10 and Feb. 25. The Feb. 10 walk will be led by park biologist Mike Owen. On these five-hour adventures, naturalists lead participants deep into the swamp in knee high water. Swamp walks, by Friends of Fakahatchee, are $75 and begin at 9:30 a.m. For required reservations and additional dates through March, visit orchidswamp.org and click on tours and events. The park entrance is on State Route 29 in Copeland, FL.
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.
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, 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.
Kids’ putting contest
A kids’ putting contest will be held from noon until 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Marco Golf & Garden, 971 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. Admission is $25 and allows two adults and up to 3 children age 12 and under; includes 18 holes, hot dog, chips, beverage, face painting, DJ musical entertainment, prizes for contest winners, and free T-shirts for kids while supplies last. Purchase tickets at the door or on line at MarcoIslandNaturePreserve.org. This is a benefit for the Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary. Information: 239-394-9285.
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.
Lion’s Club pancake breakfast
From 8 until 11 a.m., Feb. 17 at United Church of Marco Island. Tickets: $7 each in advance: $8 at the door. To purchase call Lee Pershing at 239-293-2700
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.
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 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.
Bargain Basket fashion show
Doors open at 2 p.m.; show starts at 2:30, Thursday, Feb. 22, at the United Church of Marco Island. There are 200 tickets available at $30 each; tables of eight may be reserved. Tickets can be purchased at The Bargain Basket Thrift Store. Hors' d oeuvres and desserts will be served and a raffle will take place at the event. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased at the event. The theme is "Fifty Years of Fashion," chosen because it is the 50-year anniversary of the United Church of Marco Island.
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.
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., 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.
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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