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MAY

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.

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Royal Wedding Celebration

10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Brambles English Tea Room, 340 Fifth Avenue S., Naples. $25 per person, includes traditional afternoon tea along with life-size standup of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, raffle drawings for royal wedding mugs, Mikkelsen’s European Bakery banana wedding cake and live music by pianist Marc Meyers. Price does not include alcohol, tax and gratuity. RSVP between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. 239-262-7894.

Royal Wedding Brunch

7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at The Pub, 9118 Strada Place, Naples. Opening at 7 a.m. for ceremony and televised events. $3.25 Old Speckled Hen, wedding cake cocktail, wedding cake, coffee and tea bar, brunch, bottomless mimosas, bloody mary bar, festivities, raffles and giveaways.

Happy Hour for Hope

5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at Old Marco Pub and Restaurant, 1105 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island. Admission is $20. Happy Hours for Hope are fundraisers for Marco Island’s Meals of Hope. The $20.00 admission fee helps the organization buy food for its packaging event in November. 239-642-6020.

ONGOING

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 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.

Kid’s dolphin watch sightseeing cruise

10 a.m. Saturdays, Pure Florida Naples at Tin City, 1200 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. The 1.5-hour children’s cruise provides an entertaining environment for young ones to learn about the Southwest Florida environment and to observe the variety of wildlife present on the waters, such as dolphins, pelicans, eagles and many other animals. While registration for the children’s cruise is free for youth 12-years-old and younger, all children must be accompanied by an adult. Adult tickets are $35 per person. 239-494-5595.

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.

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

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.

Meditation and mindfulness

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

JUNE

Conservancy of Southwest Florida Environmental Summer Camps

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekly, June 11 through Aug. 3, at the Conservancy, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. The Conservancy offers three types of camps throughout the summer for children completing kindergarten through sixth grade, and a separate Junior Naturalist program for students finishing grades seven through nine. $255-$285 per week for Conservancy Members, $305-$335 for non-members. Info: conservancy.org/summer camp or 239-262-0304 ext. 266.

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.

Everglades City Parade

10 a.m. Saturday, June 30, at City Hall, 102 Copeland Ave., Everglades City. Opening ceremony at 10 a.m., dedication of the restored firehouse at 10:30 a.m., parade at 10:45 a.m., grand finale musical firewroks display at 9 p.m.  Booths open at 11 a.m. in McLeod Park and include hotdogs and sodas, bake sales, face painting, arts and crafts vendors, kiddies’ best dressed contest and playground games. Evergladeshistorical.org.

JULY

Kids Free Fridays: Mammals

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 15, at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. In celebration of the Reserve’s 40th anniversary, this summer education program provides free admission with programming geared towards children ages 12 and younger who are accompanied by an adult. 239-530-5940.

Kids Free Fridays: Birds

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 20, at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. In celebration of the Reserve’s 40th anniversary, this summer education program provides free admission with programming geared towards children ages 12 and younger who are accompanied by an adult. 239-530-5940.

Kids Free Fridays: Reptiles

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 27, at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. In celebration of the Reserve’s 40th anniversary, this summer education program provides free admission with programming geared towards children ages 12 and younger who are accompanied by an adult. 239-530-5940.

AUGUST

Kids Free Fridays: Fish

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. In celebration of the Reserve’s 40th anniversary, this summer education program provides free admission with programming geared towards children ages 12 and younger who are accompanied by an adult. 239-530-5940.

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