WOW To Do List: Celebrate at Sugden Regional Park
Marvel Super Heroes at the Naples Zoo
Saturday, June 30, through Monday, July 2, at the Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples. Free with admission. Meet Black Panther from 10 a.m. to noon daily, Spider-Man from 1 to 3 pm Saturday and Monday and Captain America 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday only.
Celebrate at Sugden Regional Park
The Collier County Parks and Recreation Division and the Veterans Services Division will host a free Fourth of July Celebration from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday, July 4, at Sugden Regional Park, 4284 Avalon Drive, Naples. A free ice cream social will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Food and beverages will be available to purchase. A disc jockey will keep everyone entertained throughout the entire event. The evening will end with a fireworks display beginning at 9:15 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, friends and family for a night of good old-fashioned fun. No parking will be available at Sugden Regional Park, except for handicapped parking. Parking will be available at local establishments near the park. No pets or outside fireworks will be permitted into the park on July 4. Information: Peg Ruby at 239-252-4045, or visit collierparks.com.
Clean Beaches Week BOGO
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 5, at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. In celebration of Clean Beaches Week, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers “buy one, get one free admission.” Higher price prevails. Cannot be combined with other offers. Must pay at door. Rookerybay.org/calendar. 239-530-5940.
‘Boating Skills & Seamanship’
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is holding a summer session of our safe boating course ‘Boating Skills & Seamanship’ beginning on July 9. The session is a four-week course which is held on Monday and Thursday evenings from 7 until 9:30 p.m. Participants get educated on many boating topics and get a 400-page boating text. The sessions include navigation, rules of the road, weather, handling your Boat, etc. Information: Joe Riccio, email@example.com or 239-384-7416.
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.
Collier Sheriffs’ Hot Summer Nights at Mackle Park
6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at Frank E. Mackle Community Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island. 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.
Friends of Tigertail quarterly beach cleanup
From 8 until 10 a.m., Saturday, July 14, garbage bags, work gloves and water provided; wear shoes that may get wet, wear sunscreen and/or a hat. All youth volunteers will receive a certificate for participation. Information: www.FriendsofTigertail.com.
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.
Breakfast with the Birds: Save Our Seabirds
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.
Brennan Yetter and his Jazz Trio
The Marco Island Center for the Arts presents a “young, high energy fiery jazz player” and Marco Island resident, Brennan Yetter. This passionate player of jazz is also a sought after music educator and band director at The Community School of Naples. He is a woodwind specialist – saxophones, flute and clarinet – and believes in the importance of music as an art and as a tool for life-long success. Brennan Yetter performs with big bands, jazz groups and pit orchestras throughout Southwest Florida. His jazz band has a wide-ranging repertoire developed from the early sounds of ragtime and blues with a heated tempo of improvisation. This jazz performance takes place from 5:30 until 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 18, in the Art Center. The ticket price is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Call the Art Center at 239-394-4221 or visit the website at www.marcoislandart.org/musicalinterludes.
East Naples Civic Association candidate forum luncheon
The East Naples Civic Association will host a candidate forum for Collier County Commission Districts 2 and 4. Incumbents Solis (District 2), Taylor (District 4) and candidate Steve Jaron (District 4) have all confirmed attendance. The East Naples Civic Association’s Board of Directors has pre-screened and written questions which have been distributed to the candidates and will be asked during the forum by moderator Bob Harden. The Luncheon will take place at the Player’s Club and Spa, 8060 Grand Lely Dr, Naples, FL 34113, in Lely Resort at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, July 19. Reservations are required by visiting www.eastnaplescivic.com/luncheon-reservations. Costs are $25 for non-members and $22 for members.
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.
Lebanese Vegan Fest
Noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at 21 Spices, 4270 Tamiami Trail E., Naples. Indo-Lebanese buffet. This event will benefit aPlantBasedDiet.org whose mission is to increase awareness of vegan diets and its positive health aspects. $21 per person. Space is limited. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-919-8830.
Kids Got Talent
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 23, at the Headquarters of the Collier County Public Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples. Free. Registration Required. Ages 6 to 11 only. Come and participate in the first-ever "Collier County Kids Got Talent" show at the Collier County Public Library Sugden Theater. Prizes for all participants. 239-593-0870.
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.
Marco Presbyterian VBS
Taking reservations now. Marco Presbyterian Church’s vacation Bible school is 6 until 8 p.m., July 30 through Aug. 3. Dinner is served at 5:30. Special guests: Sports World Ministries, retired NFL players Steve Grant (Indianapolis Colts & Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Jimmy Bell (New York Giants, San Diego Chargers). Reservations at marcochurch.com, visiting the church at 875 W. Elkcam Circle, Marco Island or by contacting Dena Hatt, children’s director, at 239-394-8186 or email@example.com.
Mommy and Me Music Class
9 to 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through Aug. 2, at the Naples Art Association, 585 Park St., Naples. Monday classes are for 6- to 9-month-olds. Wednesday classes are for 9- to 24-month-olds. $30 per class, $200 for entire session. Register at 239-451-0918 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interactive exhibit I Remember Marco’
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.
‘Agnes of God’
Through July 1. Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Golden Gate. Murder mystery involving a young nun and the dead child to whom she has just given birth. thestudioplayers.org or 239-398-9192.
Free Kids Summer Movies Series
10 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, through Aug. 9, at Paragon Pavilion, 833 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. Paragontheaters.com/promotions.
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.
Conservancy of Southwest Florida Environmental Summer Camps
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekly, now 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 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
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.
Advanced Planning – Getting Your Affairs in Order
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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