WOW To Do List: Cirque Du Soleil ‘Crystal’

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‘Big, Bold & Beautiful’

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., now through July 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. Information: Marcoislandart.org. 239-394-4221.

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.

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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.

Bourbon Onboard Sunset Cruise

6:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, at the Naples Princess, 550 Port O Call Way, Naples. Carving stations and heavy hors d’oeuvres from Shula’s Steak House Naples will be paired with some of the finest bourbons available during the cruise. Will benefit Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. $175 per person. naplesprincesscruises.com. Information: 239-659-3176.

A scene from Cirque du Soleil's new ice-skating show, 'Crystal."

Cirque Du Soleil ‘Crystal’

Thursday, July 12, through Sunday, July 15, at Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero. $48 to $160 depending on seat location. Information: Germainarena.com.

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.

Collier Sheriffs’ Hot Summer Nights at McLeod Park

6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at McLeod Park, 208 S. Copeland Avenue, Everglades City. 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.

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: michel@21spicesdining.com 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.


‘Boating Skills & Seamanship’

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is holding a summer session of our safe boating course ‘Boating Skills & Seamanship’ through July. 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, cgauxcourses@gmail.com or 239-384-7416.

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 dena@marcochurch.com.


Through July 29, in Blackburn Hall at Sugden Theater, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. $45 adults, $35 subscribers, $10 students and educators. Naplesplayers.org. 239-263-7990.

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 soarmusictherapy@gmail.com.

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.

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.

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. 

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; 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.

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.

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.

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