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JUNE

'Sea Life' at Center for Arts

Marco Island Center for the Arts invites the public to “Sea Life” an eye opening all mediums judged exhibition of unique artwork. The judge for this exhibition is Jack O’Brien, curator at the Naples Art Association. The winning works and artists are: First, “Smile” by Vera Ripley; second, “Mother Manatee” by Marie Senechal; and third, “Sandbar Solutions” by Tara O’Neill; with honorable mentions to “Sea Pod” by Cheryl Costley and “Tropical Fantasy” by Margo Kostecka. The exhibition will be on display from through June 26 and the center is open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The opening reception, called Second Tuesday, is from 5:30 until 7 p.m., June 12. No reservations are required. There is a suggested $10 donation for non-members. In the La Petite Galerie, Naples Artist Peter Sottong displays his award winning cold casted sculptures of egrets, ibis, snook and local fauna. Information: marcoislandart.org.

Naples Sugden Stride 5k

From 7 to 10 a.m,. Saturday, June 9, at Sugden Regional Park, 4284 Avalon Drive, Naples. Runners will have scenic views as they wind around Lake Avalon on a closed path inside the park. Post-race festivities include music, refreshments and a variety of snacks. $35. Eliteevents.org/sugden-stride-5k.html.

Athena the Panther Birthday Celebration at Naples Zoo

Saturday, June 9 at Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples. Participate in birthday activities for Athena the Panther, including card making, a Florida Panther keeper talk and a panther education station. 239-262-5409.

PADI Seal Team camp

Join Scuba Marco and the Greater Marco Family YMCA for an underwater adventure Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until noon. The PADI Seal Team is for 8- to 10-year olds looking for action-packed fun while completing exciting aqua missions. There are two different sessions, June 11-15 and July 9-13.  This week-long summer camp is a great way to introduce young divers to the world of scuba diving. Cost: $299 includes everything needed to begin your adventure. Maximum six campers. Information:  Scuba Marco at 239-389-7889.

Conservancy of Southwest Florida Environmental Summer Camps

From 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.

Essentials of Digital Photography Workshop

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, June 11, at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. This class covers the essentials of digital cameras. Learn how to use a 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. Rookerybay.org/calendar. 239-530-5940.

Free Kids Summer Movies Series

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 12 through Aug. 9, at Paragon Pavilion, 833 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. Paragontheaters.com/promotions.

Collier Sheriff's’ Hot Summer Nights at Corkscrew Middle School

From 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at Corkscrew Middle School, 1165 County Road 858, Naples. This free family event will feature bounce houses, music, free popcorn, snow cones, hotdogs, a human foosball arena, rock climbing wall and Wii games on a large blow-up screen. 239-252-0144.

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.

Estero Chamber of Commerce 20th Anniversary Luncheon

From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 15, in the Estero Ballroom at Hyatt Coconut Point Resort and Spa, 5001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs. $75 per person. esterochamber.org. 239-948-7900.

SWFL SpaceCon

Saturday, June 16, through Sunday, June 17, at the Lee County Civic Center, 11831 Bayshore Road, North Fort Myers. This event will feature science fiction authors, guests from the comic book and film industry, vendors, presentations, game demos, gaming, game tournaments, cosplayers and costume contests. $10 per day per adult, $5 children 12 and under, $2 discount with costume or SWFL SpaceCon shirt. $5 for parking. Nexus9swfl@gmail.com.

2018 Artist of the Year/Scholarship Luncheon

Come and celebrate Gina Sisbarro-Penzo as the 2018 Artist of the Year, and Student Scholarship Winners, Logan Fischer, Joseph Byrne, Brenda Perez and Anastasia Baran on Saturday, June 16, 11:30 a.m., at the Fellowship Hall, Wesley United Methodist Church, 350 S. Barfield Dr., Marco Island.  Delicious lunch. $20/person. Sponsored by Marco Island Foundation for the Arts. Send check to “MIFA”, c/o Carolyn Burger, 282 Sand Hill St., Marco Island. Information: Carolyn at 239-389-0280.

Breakfast with the Birds: Amazing Lives of Beach Nesting Birds

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Learn about birds at this summer lecture series. Doors open at 9 a.m. Enjoy pastries, coffee and juice. $15. 239-530-5940.

Collier County Sheriff K-9 Demonstration

From 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at The Colllier County Library – Estates, 1266 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples. Children will be able to meet an actual working dog and see how K-9s impact our community and assist the sheriff's office. Preferred ages 11 to 17. Free.

Naples Hurricane Awareness Picnic in the Park

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at Sugden Regional Park, 4284 Avalon Drive, Naples. Event includes free hurricane supply kits, guest speakers, swimming, horseshoes, fishing and volleyball. Bring blankets or chairs to sit on and a covered dish to share. Napleswingsofhope.org.

Urban Lake and Pond Management Workshop

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. This half-day course will provide landscape professionals with knowledge and skills related to lakes and ponds management. Rookerybay.org/calendar. 239-530-5940.

Everglades City Parade

At 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 fireworks 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.

ONGOING

Interactive exhibit opens

The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) announces a new interactive exhibit, “I Remember Marco,” at the Marco Island Historical Museum. The exhibit is open to the public until Oct. 4, and admission is free. Visitors are invited to share stories and recollections about Marco Island and its history by participating in photo opportunities to share via social media, interactive question stations, and recording responses to the exhibit’s memory-inspiring Marco Island artifacts and images. Prizes will be awarded to selected participants.  The Marco Island Historical Museum is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive, and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and the site is handicapped accessible. For general information visit www.themihs.org or call 239-389-6447.

‘Chicago’

Through July 29, in Blackburn Hall at Sugden Theater, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. $20 general admission, $10 students and educators. Naplesplayers.org. 239-263-7990.

Heritage and Harvest

Through June 24 in the Canizaro Exhibit Gallery at Ave Maria University, 5050 Ave Maria Blvd., Ave Maria. “Heritage and Harvest” depicts the natural resources that attracted and helped sustain early Native Americans and 19th century settlers and the architecture of that time, including early homes, stores and schools, and particularly the waterfronts. The exhibit ranges geographically from the Everglades to Naples to Boca Grande and Pine Island Sound and inland to Immokalee, LaBelle and the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation. Info: 239-348-4710.

Camp Mackle

The City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department is taking registration currently, for Camp Mackle 2018. Camp Mackle is a summer camp program for children entering first grade through fifth grade. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Camp Mackle is underway now and ends on Aug. 14. Camp Stellar is the summer camp for youth 6th through 8th grades. 

Parallel Harmonies: Art and Nature

This collection of work by Cesar Aguilera, Paul Arsenault, Juan Diaz, and Katia Miranda celebrates the relationship between the artist and the natural world that inspires him or her. Through Oct. 31 at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Closing reception: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26.

Ten Thousand Island Waverunner Guided Excursions

Daily Tours at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Marco Island Watersports, with three locations, JW Marriott Marco Island, Hilton Marco Island and Marriott’s Crystal Shores Marco Island. 90-minute tours. Experience the native wildlife that resides in the mangrove forests while expert tour guides teach about the nature and geography of the region. $225 plus tax, singles or doubles. Please check in a half-hour before departure. 239-642-2359.

Kid’s dolphin watch sightseeing cruise

At 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.

Free Kids Cruise

At 10 a.m. Saturdays during the summer from Pure Florida in Tin City, 1200 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Kids cruise free when accompanied by a full-fare paid adult. Each Pure Florida summer cruise option gives children and their families the opportunity to enjoy a one-and-a-half-hour cruise where children can learn about the ecology in Southwest Florida and observe the variety of wildlife present on the waters. The captain will alert passengers to dolphins, eagles, manatee, native birds and more. $39 for adults, $19.50 for additional children. RSVP. 239-263-4949 or purefl.com.  

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

JULY

Essentials of Digital Photography Workshop

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, July 9, at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. This class covers the essentials of digital cameras. Learn how to use a 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. Rookerybay.org/calendar. 239-530-5940.

Breakfast with the Birds: Save Our Seabirds


At 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Learn about birds at this summer lecture series. Doors open at 9 a.m. Enjoy pastries, coffee and juice. $15. 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.

Essentials of Digital Photography Workshop

At 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. This class covers the essentials of digital cameras. Learn how to use a 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. Rookerybay.org/calendar. 239-530-5940.

SEPTEMBER

Advanced Planning – Getting Your Affairs in Order

From 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at the South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. Experts from the legal, medical, financial, and real estate professions will help attendees get a better perspective on advanced panning. Free. 239-687-3156.

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