WOW To DO List: 'Lunch & Learn' about lighthouses of Florida

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In the Round: ‘Beyond 911: Tips to Assist First Responders’

Calling 911 can be a scary situation, but there are steps you can take to assist first responders in providing on-site care that can have a significant impact on the care of the injured individual. Mark Tesoro, Injury Prevention analyst and educator with Lee Health, will provide insight into our local emergency response system. He’ll answer commonly asked questions such as: What type of emergencies warrant a call to 911? What should I do before first responders arrive? What should I expect once first responders are on scene? The steps you take to educate yourself before you are in an emergency situation could be the difference between life and death. A welcome reception at 5:30 followed by the presentation at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 20 at Iberia Bank, 605 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island. Reservations: 239-393-2400.

Dine for a Cause

March 20: Texas Roadhouse, 6815 Collier Blvd., Naples will be donating 10 percent of their sales to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Marco Island. Just remember to mention the American Cancer Society or Relay for Life for credit. 

Lunch & Learn

Lighthouses of the Sunshine State: Sentinels of History along Florida’s Coast, from noon until 1 p.m., March 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. Join Maritime Historian Brendan Burke to journey through time and across Florida’s coasts in search of stories from our unique lighthouses. From the Dry Tortugas to the First Coast, light stations are not only beacons for navigation but stand as silent witnesses to the history of the Sunshine State. Cost is $15 (includes lunch). Information: rookerybay.org.

The lighthouse at the Cae viewed from under an umbrella on a rainy day.
The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse was originally built in the 1800s to reduce the number of shipwrecks because of the treacherous offshore reef. Today, visitors can climb the 203-step lighthouse for a 360-degree view of the Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal Waterway and surrounding area.

World Water Day

In celebration of World Water Day, March 22, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers “buy one, get one free admission.” Cannot be combined with other offers. Information: rookerybay.org.

ACS events, Relay For Life

Mark your calendars now for the Relay For Life of Marco Island. This community event and celebration of life will be held from 3 to 9 p.m., Saturday, April 7 at Veterans Community Park, Marco Island. The Relay For Life is a global movement and signature fundraiser of the American Cancer Society that began in 1985. Saxophone sensation Eirinn Abu will perform at the Luminaria Ceremony April 7. The Grammy-nominated artist’s renditions of “Hallelujah,” “Amazing Grace,” and other songs soar above the realm of music, lifting the audience on a spiritual journey of emotion and hope.

Pre-event concert: The American Cancer Society of Marco Island and the Wesley United Methodist Church invite you to attend a pre-Relay concert at the church, located at 350 S. Barfield Drive on at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 22. Admission is free. The concert will be a preview of the Relay For Life, featuring a Luminaria Ceremony with beacons of light to symbolically honor survivors and remember those who have passed.

Survivor’s Dinner: All cancer survivors, along with their families and caregivers, are invited to attend a Survivor’s Dinner at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, at the New Life Community Church, 489 W. Elkcam Circle. 

ITC presents ‘Nana's Naughty Knickers’

The Island Theater Company's upcoming comedy “Nana's Naughty Knickers” opens March 23. Written by Katherine DiSavino, the show features is about Bridget and her grandmother, who are about to become roommates in Nana's rent controlled Upper East Side New York apartment. However, grandma is running an illegal boutique from her apartment, selling hand-made naughty knickers to every senior citizen in the five-borough area. “Nana's Naughty Knickers” will be performed at the Rose History Auditorium, 180 S. Heathwood, Marco Island. Dates and are March 23-25, April 6-8 and 12-14. Showtimes are at 7:30 with the matinees at 2:30 p.m., March 25 and April 8 at 2:30. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at theateronmarco.com, at Centennial Bank, 615 Elkcam Circle, at the Gift Shop at the Historical Museum, 180 S Heathwood, by calling 239-394-0080, or at the door a half hour prior to the show. Group discounts are available.  To reserve seats for a group of 10 or more, please call the Box Office at 239-394-0080 to make your reservations and receive a $2 discount per ticket and reserved seating.

Barron Collier at Calusa Days

Happy Birthday, Barron Gift Collier! Join us on Saturday, March 24, to learn about the amazing man who was born in Memphis 145 years ago and changed the face of Southwest Florida. Hear how he had a ounty named for him and forged a road through the Everglades as well as owning a chain of hotels and several newspapers. Local historian Marya Repko will give a free talk about her new book “The Story of Barron Collier” at 1 p.m. in the Chickee Hut at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center of Everglades National Park during "Calusa Days." Information: nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/ or 239-695-3311.

JCMI to celebrate passover

The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island announces its 35th Annual Family Passover Seider will be held at the synagogue at 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 30. Passover celebrates the freedom from slavery and the exodus from Egypt, by the Israelites, led by Moses, and the wandering in the wilderness for 40 years before entering the promised land. At the Seider, guests will tell the story of slavery and the exodus by reading from the Haggadah, and the youngest guest will ask the four questions. The Seider will be led by Rabbi Mark Gross and Cantorial Soloist Hari Jacobsen. A complete holiday meal will be served at each table with all of the traditional foods. The meal and service is priced at $45 for each JCMI member or $55 for guests or visitors. Call the JCMI office at 239-642-0800 for reservations no later than March, 23.

Cars as Art

Marco Island Center for the presents the 5th Annual “Cars as Art” from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, March 31, featuring pre-1978 unmodified antique and classic automobiles. Each of the cars will be judged by qualified art professionals. The event will be held in the Art Center’s parking lot, 1010 Winterberry Drive. There is a suggested $5 per person donation for visitors. Food and refreshments will be available to purchase. Visitor parking is available across the street at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. Car entry is $25 and registration forms are available at the Art Center or marcoislandart.org/event/cars-as-art/. Contact for questions is Keith Pershing at 239-394-1889 or carshows@islandautomotiveinc.com.

Science Saturday

Science Saturdays, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., March 31, 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 Critter Photography. Scheduled activities include: Estuary Encounter, Activity Lab, Show & Tell, and Nature on the Silver Screen.  Cost is $5 for adults. $3 for children 6 – 12, under 6 is free. Information: rookerybay.org.


Marco Players: ‘A Bench in the Sun’

The Marco Players’ production of “A Bench in the Sun” radiates humor and is full of insight about life’s successes and failures. Longtime comedy writer, Ron Clark’s play is full of charming one-liners about the seasons and sacrifices of one’s life. “Bench” on stage now through March 31 at The Marco Players Theater, Marco Town Center Mall, 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Shows are 8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, and 3 p.m., Sundays. 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. 

‘Trailblazers:  The Perilous Story of the Tamiami Trail’

The Collier Museum at Government Center will present “Trailblazers:  The Perilous Story of the Tamiami Trail,” a travelling exhibition originally presented by the Coral Gables Museum. This exhibit will explore the Tamiami Trail’s history, culture, devastating impact on the Everglades and plans to mitigate that extensive damage. This multi-media interactive exhibit will feature photographs, historic documents, artifacts and film. Curated by Jon Ullman, the exhibition will be on display until Saturday, April 28 at the Collier Museum at Government Center, 3331 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, Florida. Information: CollierMuseums.com.

Opening day ceremonies for the Tamiami Trail at Everglades City (then known as Everglade) on April 27, 1928.

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 marcoknights.com.

Cancer support group 

Marco Island’s cancer support group has been helping people for over 25 years. Join the group on the first and third Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m., 40 Heathwood Drive (NCH) and see if we help you. All are welcome. Information: baron.marbelle@gmail.com.

Lupus support

The Marco/Naples lupus support group meets the third Saturday of each month at Physicians Regional Medical Center, 8300 Collier Blvd, Naples. Meetings are held from 10:30 a.m. until noon in the Palm Dining Room.  Open to all patients, families and interested parties. Learn to live and cope with Lupus, get current information. Contact Marilyn, 239-398-4800 or Jan, 239-389-2749

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.

Essentrics classes

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’

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.

Chair yoga

Open to all fitness levels. Come as you are, use what you have, do what you can. Chair Yoga is a gentle form of Yoga that is practiced sitting in a chair for seated poses and using the chair as a balance point for standing poses. It is excellent for stretching and strengthening the body. This class also provides a unique opportunity to find deeper well-being through breath work, meditation and deep relaxation. At 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays, at the Mackle Park Community Center. Information: 239-642-0575.  

Meditation and mindfulness

At 10 a.m., Wednesdays, at the Mackle Park Community Center. Information: 239-642-0575.  

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 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.


30th Annual Easter Sunrise Service

The 30th Annual Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach will be held at 7 a.m., Sunday, April 1, on the beach at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, 400 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Pastor Casey Nowlin, The Family Church, will lead the opening prayer, Rev. Kirk Dreiser, Wesley United Methodist Church, will lead the prayer prior to the preaching of the Word and Rev. Thomas McCulley, New Life Community Church, will lead the closing moments and prayer. The Rev. Dr. Steven Schoof, Senior Pastor at Marco Presbyterian Church, will give the Easter message titled, ‘Can You See Through Your Tears?’

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 next session is April 11, and will start at 5:30 p.m. at Keller Williams Realty, 830 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island. RSVP: Kathy Ansted, 239-394-2412.

Violin concert

United Church of Marco Island presents a violin concert at 4 p.m., Sunday, April 22, featuring Glenn Basham, concert master of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra; accompanied by Jodie DeSalvo, pianist lecturer and performer. The church is located at 320 N Barfield Drive, Marco Island. Information: 239-394-6572 .

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