WOW To Do: Birds, drinks and a vegan fest

Marco Eagle


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.

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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.

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.

Executive Chef Asif R. Syed tops his Gold Leaf Shahi Tukda dessert with 23 KT gold leaf in his restaurant 21 Spices on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016.

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.

Happy Hour for Hope

Marco Island Meals of Hope’s July “Happy Hour for Hope” will be from 5 until 7 p.m., Monday, July 30, at Stonewalls, 551 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Happy Hours for Hope are fundraisers for Marco Island’s Meals of Hope. The $20 admission fee helps the organization buy food for its packaging event in November. A 50/50 drawing is always offered. Meals of Hope will also have a cumulative 50/50 drawing to build until the winner is selected at the packaging event on Nov. 17. Marco Meals of Hope is a joint effort of Kiwanis, Noontime Rotary and Sunrise Rotary Clubs. Information: 239-642-6020; www.mohmi.org. 

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.


‘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.

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.

‘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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Naples Zoo August First Responders Appreciation Month

Aug. 1 through 31 at the Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples. In appreciation of the police, sheriffs, paramedics, firefighters, and TSA agents who help keep everyone safe, Naples Zoo is once again offering FREE admission to active and retired professional emergency workers. Guests with first responder will receive $2 off admission. A workplace ID must be presented at admission. Napleszoo.org.

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.

Open Mic Night

7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the United Arts Council, 953 Fourth Avenue N., Naples. We are welcoming actors, writers, poets, spoken word artists, standup comedians, dancers, singers, musicians and visual artists to perform in five-minute segments. RSVP. Free. Doors open at 6:15 p.m./ Performer sign-up list opens at 6:30 p.m. info@uaccollier.org. 239-254-8242. Information: Uaccollier.com.

Equine Rescue Fundraiser

From 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Pelican Larry’s, 8855 Immokalee Road, Naples. 50/50 raffle and additional prizes. All profit goes to horses of Chief’s Old Cypress Preserve Equine Rescue. Information: 239-994-6245.

Vacation Bible School at Marco Lutheran Church

From 9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 6 to 10, at Marco Lutheran Church, 525 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Free. Features songs, crafts, science experiments, Bible lessons and snacks. Register at church or online. For children who have finished kindergarten through children who have finished fifth grade. Marcolutheran.org. 239-394-0332.

Naples Antique and Classic Boat Show

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, August 11, at the Naples City Dock, 880 12th Avenue S., Naples. This event showcases product from Marine & Boat, Travel & Tourism industries.

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.


6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at La Colmar Bakery and Bistro, 80 U.S. 41 N., Naples. $75. Eurofest features a French theme with a three-course dinner and performances by Opera Naples. Information: Operanaples.org.


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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