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1. Next week: ‘Big, Bold & Beautiful’

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 2-31, at Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island.

Large and powerful pieces, stunning murals, and massive canvases will envelop our Lauritzen & Rush Galleries with gallant colors and imaginative scenes.  Artists Alyssa Baladad, Susan M. Gross, Betty Newman, Timothy M. Parker and Eric Walton express the “three B’s” in their artwork and outlook. Their creations will be four feet or larger showcasing a strong sense of design and an evocative use of color and light. All artwork is for sale unless otherwise noted.

Second Tuesday: The opening reception called Second Tuesday is from 5:30 until 7 p.m., July 10. No reservations are required. There is a suggested $10 donation for non-members.

More: WOW To Do List: Celebrate at Sugden Regional Park

In La Petite Galerie: Sarasota Artist Gail Coppock explores the smaller scale of art in different mediums. In “Facets” her focus is to bring the viewer closer to each piece to see the details. Coppock believes that the wonders of the universe can be experienced just as profoundly in the little things as in the grand conceptions.

Information: Marcoislandart.org, 239-394-4221.

2. Saturday: Everglades City Parade

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.

Information: Evergladeshistorical.org.

3. Wednesday: Marco’s Fourth celebration

Festivities begin at noon and run through fireworks at approximately 9 p.m.

MICA members, take part in the Sandcastle contest – prizes will be awarded; face painting and crafts, including patriotic rock painting. Games begin at 2 p.m. Don’t miss the limbo, egg toss, patriotic costume contest and other exciting games. Paradise Grill will be selling everyone’s grilled favorites on the beach, as well as serving cold drinks, including soda, water, beer and wine.

This is a MICA member event. Bring your Residents’ Beach ID for parking and/or to gain entrance at Residents’ Beach. Fireworks are presented by the City of Marco Island, with assistance from funds raised through the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce.

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