WOW To Do List: 6th Annual Rib Cook-Off
'Island Rocks' concert
From 4:30 until 9 p.m., Saturday, April 28, at Veterans Community Park, 901 Park Avenue, Marco Island.
Celebrating the Tamiami Trail
Where would we be without the Tamiami Trail? It transformed the face of Southwest Florida all those years ago when locals could only travel by boat to Naples or Miami. On Saturday, April 28, we are marking the 90th Anniversary of the Trail’s completion across the swamp and sawgrass with a grand celebration in Everglades City where it all began, thanks to Barron Gift Collier. The star of this event is Barron Collier III reading his grandfather’s speech in the opening ceremony before he rides in the grand parade of new and old vehicles around this rural outpost which was once the seat of Collier County. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. in McLeod Park with coffee, baked goods, and Art-in-the-Glades booths. The day continues with a guided walking tour of historic places, a performance by the Naples Dixieland Jazz Band, delicious BBQ lunch sold by the Sons of the Confederacy, a show from the Marco Island Historical Re-Enactors, and storytelling by local old-timers. To put it all in context, Jonathan Ullman will speak about “Trailblazers: The Perilous Story of the Tamiami Trail.” And, to end this festive day, there will be a formal tea with real China cups and birthday cake at the historic Rod & Gun Club, Collier’s exclusive hide-away on the bank of the Barron River. The event is hosted by Friends of the Museum of the Everglades and there is no charge except for food. For information, see evergladesmuseum.org or 239-695-2397.
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 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults. $3 for children 6-12, under 6 is free. Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and is located at 300 Tower Road, one mile south of the intersection of US41 and Collier Boulevard. Learn more and register for tours and events at rookerybay.org/calendar. Friends of Rookery Bay member discounts apply to most events.
Exhibition: ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’
Marco Island Center for the Arts invites the public to Rock Paper Scissors, an exhibition of work by three artists that will be on view at the Lauritzen and Rush galleries from May 4 through May 29. The exhibition will include work by Lucrezia Bieler, Angelika Kade and Joanna Sunshine. The show’s title refers to the ancient hand game of Chinese origin and is a popular recreation enjoyed by children and adults the world over. The show is divided into three sections. Rock or stone has been used since early times for sculpture. Paper is known for its flexible nature for 2D and 3D art. Scissors are used for the cutting and folding of various materials. Marco Island Center for the Arts is located at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. Information: marcoislandart.org.
- In the La Petite Galerie: Billie Granneman showcases her art of book making design.
- Second Tuesday: The exhibition reception is from 5:30 until 7 p.m., May 8. There is a suggested $10 donation for non-members.
Gift Gallery Sale
There will be a Gift Gallery Sale from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 9, and features an innovative mix of handcrafted and artful, cutting-edge one of a kind items by local and regional artists. Part of the proceeds from the purchase of a handcrafted item supports the artist that created the piece, as well as the Art Center. In all cases, your purchases are supporting and endorsing the arts. The Gift Gallery maintains a popular selection of unique house wares, jewelry, accessories, greeting cards, toys, ceramics, original art, books and more. Shop Local. Inventory is changed frequently. Marco Island Center for the Arts is located at 1010 Winterberry Drive just off of Collier Boulevard. Contact the Art Center at 239-394-4221 or online at www.marcoislandart.org.
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.
Essentials of Digital Photography Workshop
From 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., May 14, 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. Cost is $55. Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and is located at 300 Tower Road, one mile south of the intersection of US41 and Collier Boulevard. Learn more and register for tours and events at rookerybay.org/calendar. Friends of Rookery Bay member discounts apply to most events.
Breakfast with the Birds: Connecting the Globe through Bird Migration
Learn about birds at this summer lecture series. Adam DiNuovo has been working with shorebirds and seabirds across the U.S. and beyond for more than 15 years. He is currently the Shorebird Stewardship Program Manager for Audubon Florida. Cost is $15. May 15: Doors open at 9 a.m. Lecture begins at 9:30 a.m. Enjoy pastries, coffee and juice. Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and is located at 300 Tower Road, one mile south of the intersection of US41 and Collier Boulevard. Learn more and register for tours and events at rookerybay.org/calendar. Friends of Rookery Bay member discounts apply to most events.
Alex Weitz Jazz Ensemble
The Marco Island Center for the Arts presents saxophonist and composer Alex Weitz and his jazz ensemble for the first time on Marco Island. The concert will take place on Thursday, May 17, from 5:30 until 7 p.m., in the Art Center. Alex Weitz began his career in Arizona as a member of the award-winning Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Band. Here he received his foundation in swing and the classic repertoire of Count Basie. While in school he was a member of the Henry Mancini Institute Jazz Septet under famed trumpeter Terence Blanchard. Mr. Weitz has been recognized by DownBeat and ASCAP as an outstanding young soloist and jazz composer. He is a graduate of the prestigious University of Miami Frost School of Music. The ticket price is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Call the Art Center at 239-394-4221 or visit www.marcoislandart.org/musicalinterludes.
- Upcoming Musical Interludes for June and July: All concerts from 5:30 until 7 p.m. Enjoy a musical cabaret evening with singer Abby Yetter on June 14. Jazz returns on July 18 with the Brennen Yetter Jazz Trio bringing a fresh take to an old art form.
Ready, Set, Wear It! Life jacket event
Marco Island Commanders Group, supporting the National Safe Boating Council, will host the ninth annual Ready, Set, Wear It! Life Jacket Event on May 19. This one-day event is part of the North American Safe Boating Campaign – simply known as Wear It! – a yearlong effort which brings together boating safety partners across the U.S. to promote safe and responsible boating, including voluntary, consistent wear of life jackets. To make this event a success, we need your help. Prepare to participate in the boating safety awareness event of the year. As a kickoff for this year’s National Safe Boating Week (May 19–25, 2018), Wear your life jacket and come to Marco Island Yacht Club, 1400 N Collier Blvd., Marco Island, by 9:30 a.m., May 19. We will be taking a picture to demonstrate our support to safe boating with other sites around the world.
‘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.
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 instructors are Wade Keller and some members of the local club Chess K-12. Information: Library, 394-3272 or Wade Keller, 389-2525.
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. Through May 7.
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.
Kids Free Friday: Mammals
From 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., June 15, in celebration of the Reserve’s 40th anniversary, this popular summer education program provides free admission with programming geared towards children ages 12 and younger who are accompanied by an adult. We recommend a ratio of no more than 3 kids per adult to ensure a safe and pleasurable experience. Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and is located at 300 Tower Road, one mile south of the intersection of US41 and Collier Boulevard. Learn more and register for tours and events at rookerybay.org/calendar. Friends of Rookery Bay member discounts apply to most events.
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