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1. The artwork of Cheryl Costley

The Marco Island Public Library and the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) work together to bring the work of local artists to public view during monthly exhibits at the library.

The fiber art of Cheryl Costley will be on exhibit for the months of September and October at the Marco Island Library branch on Heathwood Drive.

“I started to learn to sew from my mother, aunts and neighbors at about age 5. It was so exciting to me — mostly the feel and tactile quality of fabrics, oh, and of course the colors and not to forget the hum and speed of a sewing machine," said Costley.

"Unfortunately, while raising a family and working as first an educator and then as a business woman I had little time to sew and certainly no time to be creative with my sewing skills.”

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“So, it was not until I was in the process of retiring that I had this ache to do something creative.  At that time, I was living in Minneapolis and there was a group at a local art center called “Fiber Art Study Group”.  I begged my way into that group.  They were so supportive of my efforts.  In fact, sometimes they were darn pushy.  I am still thankful for the gift that they gave to me.  That was about 15 years ago.” 
“Now I spend at least 30 hours a week in my studio above my garage or in my wet studio in the garage here on Marco where I lose myself and time”.

To see more of Cheryl’s work, visit her website at www.cherylcostley.com. 

2. 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. Check in a half-hour before departure. 239-642-2359.

3. Happy Hour for Hope

Marco Island Meals of Hope’s “Happy Hour for Hope” will be from 5 until 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Joey D’s Italian Restaurant and Bar, 701 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island.

Live entertainment will be provided by Rosetta Stone as she has done for many years. 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. Admission is $20 and everyone is invited. The event includes reduced price drinks, free food and live entertainment.

Information: Bill Morris at 239-642-6020 or www.mohmi.org.   

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