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FEBRUARY

Birding Basics 

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. 

Museum of the Everglades dual exhibits 

Museum of the Everglades is proud to present a unique dual exhibit: “Wind Across the Everglades – Celebrating 60 Years” in tandem with “Plume Hunting – From the Forefront of Fashion to the Brink of Extinction” in the Pauline Reeves Gallery. The exhibit will be on display from now until Feb. 17, at Museum of the Everglades, 105 W Broadway, Everglades City. “Wind Across the Everglades” is the dramatic story of Audubon Warden Walt Murdoch, played by Christopher Plummer in his first starring role, fighting to protect endangered birds from a cutthroat gang of plume hunting poachers led by the ruthless “Cottonmouth” - played by a surprisingly sinister Burl Ives. The “Plume Hunting” portion of the exhibit provides the history of the illegal trade on which the story of the film is based. At the turn of the last century, the demand for fancy feathers for ladies’ hats was so great that the plumes were worth more than their weight in gold. 

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.

Marco Island Shell Club Seminar

A group of artistic, yet non-scientific, Marco Island Shell Club members were recently exposed to underwater life in Rookery Bay by the staff of the education department. In turn, these nine members will share with the club members and community their excitement and newfound knowledge at a Feb. 8 seminar with assistance from Rookery Bay staff. The public is invited to attend at 6 p.m at the United Church of Marco, 320 N Barfield Drive. Light refreshments will follow.

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.

Imagination Ball

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. 

Left Bank Art Fest 

The Left Bank Art Fest is from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 11, 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. 

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.

Darwin Day

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.

Palms, Trees & Storms

The City of Marco Island's Beautification Advisory Committee is hosting a free community presentation from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 13 in the community room, 51 Bald Eagle Drive. Dr. Doug Caldwell, UF|IFAS Extension Collier County and certified arborist, will share hurricane and landscape practices and concepts to minimize high wind damage. He will also talk abut the best trees and plants to use on Marco Island after Hurricane Irma. Dr. A.D. Ali, regional technical advisor for Davey Tree Expert Co. and certified arborist, will discuss tree restoration and arborists' role in managing an urban forest. Finally, Jessica McIntosh, coastal training program coordinator at Rookery Bay, will explain how to fertilize appropriately. Information: Laura Litzan, 239-389-5010.

Fashion show/luncheon

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.  

Science Saturday

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.

Art-in-the-Glades

There will be an arts & crafts fair in Everglades City on Saturday, Feb.24, to coincide with the last day of the annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival at the Museum. Art-in-the-Glades takes place under the pavilion in McLeod Park across from the museum from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local artists and crafters will offer photos, prints, handmade soaps, jewelry, and other items for sale. And, if you feel hungry, delicious baked goods will be available for a donation to benefit a local charity. For a festival program or to download an Art-in-the-Glades poster, visit evergladesmuseum.org. For information, call Marya at (239) 695-2905.

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.

ONGOING

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.

Master Gardeners

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 office@marcochurch.com; visit MarcoChurch.com.

ACBL-sanctioned bridge

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

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

Island Knitters

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

Duplicate bridge

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.

MARCH

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.

An Affaire to Remember Gala

The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) presents An Affaire to Remember Gala, co-chaired by Jim and Allyson Richards, on Saturday, March 3, at 6 p.m., at the Island Country Club on Marco Island. Cost to attend the gala is $225 per person. Proceeds benefit MIHS for the preservation of our community’s treasures. The evening will feature fine dining, dancing, silent auction and a live auction conducted by nationally-renowned appraisers Wes Cowan and Ken Farmer — who appear regularly on the popular PBS program "Antiques Roadshow." Music for dancing will be provided by Winslow & the Rockefellers. For reservations and information on the gala and other Spring Appraisal Faire events, call 239.389.6447 or visit www.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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