WOW To DO List: 'Bay Days' approaches
Learn to Play Chess
The Marco Library is launching “Learn to Play Chess.” The program is offered free at in Rose Hall on Saturdays from 10 until 11 a.m., Saturdays. The program begins on April 7. The instructors are Wade Keller and some members of the local club Chess K-12. Information: Library, 394-3272 or Wade Keller, 389-2525.
Calling all volunteers: Tigertail Beach cleanup
From 8 a.m. until noon, Saturday, April 14, Friends of Tigertail is hosting their quarterly beach clean-up, partnering with Collier County's annual "Keep Collier Beautiful/Bay Days" initiative. The last two clean-ups in September and December had to be cancelled due to weather, so the beach needs your attention. Volunteers will gather at the park kiosk. Gloves, bags, and water bottles will be provided though participants are encouraged to bring their own reusable water containers and buckets for trash to cut down on plastic bottle and bag waste. Free T-shirts are provided for participants by the county, and youth volunteers will be awarded certificates for community service hours. Hats, sunscreen, and beach shoes that can get wet are advised. This is a family friendly event, and groups are welcome. Information: www.FriendsofTigertail.com.
Collier Talk at Preserve
Learn about the amazing man who changed the face of Southwest Florida at a free talk on Tuesday, April 17, at Naples Preserve. Local historian Marya Repko will give an illustrated lecture at 10 a.m. about how Barron Collier “got sand in his shoes” and bought over a million acres before having a county named after him and forging a road through the Everglades. But, that was not all Collier did. He owned a chain of hotels, a shipping line, a fleet of buses, and several newspapers. And, we forget that he was an important public figure in New York City during the “Roaring 20s.” The Hedges Family Eco Center in Naples Preserve is at the corner of Fleischmann Boulevard and Tamiami Trail (US-41). Information: www.ecity-publishing.com or 239-695-2905.
Left Bank Art Fest
Last show of the season, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Sunday, April 15 at the Esplanade on Marco Island. Juried artists include photographers, jewelers, painters, bronze, wood, pottery, metal and more. Free admission and free parking.
Iberia Bank to host two paper shredding events
Iberia Bank will host two paper shredding events in Collier County. Residents and small business owners are invited to dispose of outdated bank statements, checks, contracts, junk mail and other documents in a safe and secure manner. The first event will be held on Marco Island on from 9 a.m. until noon, Saturday, April 14 at the bank branch, 605 Bald Eagle Drive. The second event will be held from 9 a.m. until noon, Saturday, April 21, at the bank branch, 1905 Pine Ridge Road. A $3 voluntary donation will be collected per box or bag of shred for two local non-profit organizations. Donations collected at the Marco Island shred event will be donated to the Marco Island Post 404 American Legion. In Naples, donations collected will benefit Books for Collier Kids. Information: Marco branch at 239-393-2400 or the Pine Ridge Road office at 239-403-5170.
15th Annual arts extravaganza
Award-winning artist Tara O’Neill, is hosting her 15th Annual Art Extravaganza at the historic Little Bar Restaurant, 205 Harbor Place, Goodland, from 1 until 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22. This year O’Neill will be joined by nationally recognized guest artist, Popo Flanigan, of Naples. Their combined coastal interpretations will cover a spectrum from the dramatic to the whimsical. The two-day reception promises great art, live music, and creative refreshments creatively served. Information: 642-0528, or email email@example.com.
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 .
‘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.
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).
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.
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.
6th Annual Rib Cook-Off
The Marco Police Foundation will be having their 6th Annual Rib Cook-Off from noon until 6 p.m., Saturday, May 12 at the Marco Island Brewery, 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. There will be food, fun, music, raffles and each ticket includes a fully served meal. The MPF supports the Marco Island Police Department. All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the foundation.
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