WOW To Do List: Florida fishing, more

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‘The Lure of Florida Fishing’

Through Sept. 29 in the Collier Museum at Government Center, 3331 U.S. 41 E., Naples. Exhibit celebrates the history of Florida sport fishing. Information: 239-252-8476.

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‘The Lure of Florida Fishing’: Through Sept. 29 in the Collier Museum at Government Center, 3331 U.S. 41 E., Naples. Exhibit celebrates the history of Florida sport fishing. Information: 239-252-8476. File

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. Information: 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. 


‘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.

Mommy and Me Music Class

From 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.

Free Kids Summer Movies Series

At 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.

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 $39 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.


Family sand sculpting competition

From 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 1, at La Playa Beach and Golf Resort, 9891 Gulf Shore Drive, Naples. Team fee: $75 for C’MON members, $100 for general public. Registration includes lunch for five people, a bucket and shovel for each person, live entertainment, prizes and awards. Register online at Cmon.org/events.

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.

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.

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.

VBS 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.

Craftsman Lunch at The Continental

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at The Continental, 1205 Third St. S., Naples. $45 per person includes the four-course cocktail and food paring event and a presentation on shrubs (what they are, how they’re made, ingredients, uses, etc.) led by craftsman Olivia McKelvey and recipe cards that attendees can use to make one of the featured shrubs on their own. Information: 239-659-0007.

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.

National Estuaries Day Rookery Bay 40th Anniversary event

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. This annual event includes staff-narrated boat tours introductory 30-minute kayaking trips and stand-up paddle boarding demos on Henderson Creek, Estuary Encounter interactive marine life exhibit, kids' crafts, Junior Scientist activities, behind-the-scenes tours of the science labs, films, a food truck and more. Free. VIP passes available, skip lines and get front-row seating, $25. Information: Rookerybay.org/calendar. 239-530-5940.

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