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‘Members Only’ show highlights talent, passion and technique

Marco Island Center for the Arts invites the public to view the mixed media “Members Only” show from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., now through Feb. 23. This exhibition was judged by Laura Burns, executive director of the United Arts Council of Collier County. The winners are Ann E. Vreeland, first, for her non-functional clay composition “Pod Structure,” Betty Newman, second, for a mixed-media painting titled “Sizzling Sunset”; and Karen Swanker, third, for her acrylic artwork “Mangrove Sunset.”  Honorable mention goes to fiber artist Cheryl Costley for “Walking Rainbow.” Honorable mention for “Sleeping Cowboy” goes to Joseph C. Parisi, DVM for his color photography. The exhibition will be on display in the Lauritzen & Rush Galleries.

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In the La Petite Galerie: Artist Rick Granneman’s pen/watercolor work is being exhibited. His style is realistic with heavy influence from Vermeer, Turner, as well as Impressionism and the Hudson River School Movement. He most often depicts landscapes and seascapes.  Rick Granneman also produces “romantic/nostalgic” art illustrating life of bygone eras and portrayals of the people of Southwest Florida.

Live at Tigertail Beach Café

Penn Johnson: folksinger and storyteller, live at Tigertail Beach Café, 490 Hernando Drive, Marco Island, from 2 until 6 p.m., Feb. 19-25. Information:

‘Gypsy Jazz’ at Center for the Arts

Marco Island Center for the Arts presents classical and crossover violinist Jeff Leigh and master guitarist Richard Battaglia appearing together as Gypsy Sojourn. “Hot Club” jazz or gypsy swing is a type of jazz music started by a Romanian guitarist called “Django” in 1930’s Paris. The style known today as gypsy jazz became popular in the United States post 1973 as French violinist Stephane Grappelli began to tour.

Jeff Leigh, PhD teaches at the Village School in Naples and has played with the Naples Philharmonic for the past 10 years. Richard Battaglia has traveled the world playing gypsy jazz, blues, traditional jazz and Brazilian music. The concert is 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Marco Island Center for the Arts. The ticket price is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. For reservations call 239-394-4221 or

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival

The 14th annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival is Feb. 20-24. The festival features seminars, discussions and demonstrations celebrating the heritage, history and environmental science of the Everglades. Named for the pioneering conservationist who made the preservation and protection of the Everglades her life’s work, this year’s event will explore the past, present and future of the region known as the River of Grass, with presentations by scientists, rangers, historians, authors, artists, and local Native American leaders addressing a wide variety of topics. For the full schedule of events or for more information, visit or call 239-695-0008

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:

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.

File: Clouds of birds enjoy the early morning air at the end of the Tigertail spit.

Discover Tigertail

From 9 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Feb. 24, free and open to the public. Come to Discover Tigertail, a program for all ages, and learn about marine and other wildlife that inhabit the Tigertail Beach Lagoon at eight interactive information stations. Learn about the birds, animals, plants, and seashells that are found here. Feel the shell of a loggerhead turtle, spot wading birds with a telescope, view ospreys in their nest from the wildlife viewing tower, learn about gopher tortoises, butterflies, and plants that attract them, and hear about wildlife rehabilitation. Meet specialists from Collier County Sea Turtle program, Conservancy of Southwest Florida, and the Marco Island Shell Club.
Enjoy our popular scavenger hunt, pail decorating, and other activities for children and adults. Parking is free with a Collier County beach pass sticker.

Brushes & Paint outdoor art show

The unique Brushes & Paint Outdoor Art Show is returning to the Marco Island Historical Museum on Saturday, Feb. 24. This event is sponsored by the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts. Each year local artists gather at the front of the Historical Museum, 180 Heathwood Dr., Marco Island, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., to show and sell their artwork. Participating artists include Carolyn Burger, Judy Chinski, Berto Gillespie, Rick Granneman, Eugene Mandarino, Tara O’Neill, Pat Perrotti, Sonny Ken Rutledge, JoAnn Sanborn, Betty Sheridan, Donald Sunshine, Karen Swanker. Come meet each artist, enjoy their work. A silent auction will also be available with proceeds to benefit the Marco Island Historical Society. Visitors are invited to participate in a scavenger hunt concerning the history displayed inside the museum.

Treasures in the Trunk

From 8 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Feb. 24, the San Marco Columbiettes will host a Treasures in the Trunk sale fundraiser in the parking lot of the San Marco Parish Center. Vendors must be set up by 7:30 a.m.  Don’t miss this opportunity to sell your new, used or antique treasures from the trunk of your vehicle.  The cost will be $20 per vehicle parking spot and $10 additional if you wish to rent a table to place at the rear of your vehicle. Vendors may purchase more than one spot if they wish to do so. All merchandise not sold must be removed by the vendor. Refreshments and home baked items will be available for purchase. 50/50 Drawing will take place at 11 a.m.  You do not need to be present for drawing. Come join us for a morning of fun and the opportunity to shop or sell. For more information, Anne Batte at 239-394-3563, Mary Cay Moll at 239-394-1016 or Barbara DeRosa at 239-272-0158.

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:


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 Information: Marya at 239-695-2905.

Naturalist led Swamp Walks

Scheduled for Saturday, 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 and click on tours and events. The park entrance is on State Route 29 in Copeland, FL.

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,

Happy Hour for Hope

Marco Island Meals of Hope's next “Happy Hour for Hope” is 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 26 on the Marco Island Princess, 951 Bald Eagle Drive. The Princess will not be leaving port for this event. Admission is $20 and everyone is invited. Information: Bill Morris at 239-642-6020,


Fish fry dinner fundraiser

On Fridays, now through March 23, the Knights of Columbus San Marco Council #6344 will host a fish fry dinner fundraiser in the San Marco Parish Center from 4:30 until 7 p.m. The cost will be $13 per person with $5 for children under 12. Dinner includes fresh north Pacific cod baked or fried, French fries or baked potato, coleslaw, rolls and butter, coffee and ice cream with beverages and cash bar. Also, for the kids there will be macaroni and cheese. Take out is also available. This event is open to the public and everyone is invited. Attendees are asked to bring a baby item (diapers, bottles etc.,) to fill our play pen for the Pregnancy Center in Naples. Come join us for an evening of fun. Information: 239-389-5633 or

File: Bill Lewis, right, dishes up the chow with his fellow volunteers at San Marco Catholic Church's Knights of Columbus Friday fish fry at the parish hall in 2014.

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

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 fundraiser 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

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

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; visit

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


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

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

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.


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, 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.

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:

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

Knights of Columbus Comedy Night

The San Marco Knights of Columbus Assembly 2514 are having a Comedy Night Dinner from 6:30 until 10:30 p.m., Saturday, March 10, at the Parish Center. Bob Kelton who has appeared on “The Tonight Show” 21 times will perform. The dinner will be catered by Frisco’s and includes beef tenderloin (chicken or salmon substitute if ordered in advance); dinner includes salad, potato, vegetable and desert. The event also includes a cash bar. Tickets cost $55 per person and are available by calling the following K of C members: Dan Moll, 773-368-7200; Tom O’Brien, 631-848-6211; San Sciarrino, 239-394-8578 or San Marco Church Office, 239-394-5181 

Laura Drake to speak

Marco Island Writers present RITA award winner Laura Drake at their March 14 meeting. Drake will share her “Tortoise’s Story” – how to keep writing no matter what. Drakesays that being published is more of a full marathon than a sprint. It was 15 years and 417 rejections before her first contract resulted in success. Drake will tell her story, and give tips to help survive the race, and keep writing. She will also lead the group in a Query Letter workshop after her talk. Marco Island Writers meet on the second Wednesday of every month at the Marco Center for The Arts, Winterberry Drive. Meetings start at 6 and end at 8. Visitors are welcomed. February’s meeting was changed to the third Wednesday due to Valentine’s Day. Information:

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 or by calling 239-530-5971. Information:

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