WOW To Do List: Power up and Craftsman Lunch

Marco Eagle


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.

More:3 To Do: Pets and treats; seniors and falls

More:3 To Know: Back-to-school sales tax holiday to begin Friday

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. 239-254-8242. Information:

Power It Up: The Energy of Art

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Aug. 6 to 28, at Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. This “Call to Artists” show is full of artistic possibilities, interpretations and potentials. The following artists will exhibit: Hope Atwood Dayhoff, July Chinski, Ginny Mueller, Betty Newman, Joe Parisi, Vera Ripley, Jo-Ann Sanborn and Karen Swanker. Suggested $10 donation for non-members. Information: 239-294-4221;

The White Grapefruit Cosmo, made by Olivia McKelvey at Café Lurcat on July 13, 2016.

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.

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. 239-530-5940.

Your Choice 2018 Exhibition

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Aug. 13 through Sept. 19, at the Naples Art Association in the Frederick O. Watson, Elizabeth & William Barrick, John H. & Lucile Harris, and Minnesota Lobby Galleries, 585 Park St., Naples. Free. Information: 

Dog Dayz and Cat Napz of Summer

Gift gallery sale 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. Items will be 10 percent off. 239-294-4221.

Informational pizza party

From 5 until 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Doreen’s Cup of Joe located at 267 N. Collier Blvd. on Marco Island. Calling all citizens for your questions, concerns, and opinions regarding ambulance service on Marco Island. Families are welcome. Sponsored by Joey’s Pizza and Pasta House. Information: 239 207-9115. 

'Laugh for a Change'

From 6 to 7:15 p.m. and 8:30 to 9:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at Sugden Community Theater, 701 Fifth Avenue S., Naples. Cocktail hour 7 to 8:30 p.m. $45 includes a seat to one of the two show times and a cocktail networking hour featuring live entertainment by Chariot, 50/50 raffle, photo booth and prize raffle. Information: 239-434-7340.


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:

Biker’s Brunch to benefit abuse counseling and treatment

From 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, Aug. 26, at HeadPinz Entertainment Center, 14513 Global Parkway, Fort Myers. Event will conclude at Keylime Bistro, 11509 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva. $20 includes buffet-style lunch, raffle prizes and more. 239-939-2553.


Naples Zoo August first responder’s appreciation month

Through Aug. 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.

‘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.

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 or call 239-389-6447.

Third Street South Farmers Market

From 7:30-11:30 a.m. The Third Street Farmers Market is directly on Third Street South from Broad Avenue South to 13th Avenue South.

Golden Gate Farmers Market

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples. 239-206-4339.

Koreshan Farmers Market

From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday, year round, 3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero. $1 park entry fee to Koreshan State Park. 239-992-0311.

Free Kids Summer Movies Series

10 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, through Aug. 9, at Paragon Pavilion, 833 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples.

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. 

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 $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.


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: 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’ starting Oct. 8. 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, or 239-384-7416.

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