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OCTOBER

Corkscrew Swamptober Fest

From 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, 375 Sanctuary Road W., Naples. Experience the Corkscrew boardwalk in the evening light and participate in educational programs and interpretive exhibits during Corkscrew’s After Hours nights when the Sanctuary’s Blair Audubon Center and 2.25 mile boardwalk stay open until 9 p.m. $14 adult admission for all-day admission and after-hours event. Information: corkscrew.audubon.org/programs/corkscrew-after-hours.

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‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ outdoor movie

From 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Mercato, 9132 Strada Place, Naples. Free. Please bring your own seating including chairs or blankets. All are welcome to attend including well-behaved pets. Naples Flatbread Kitchen & Bar will have popcorn, food and drinks available for purchase on the lawn. Please no coolers. Information: Mercato.com.

K of C Bingo

On Thursday, Oct. 18, the Knights of Columbus San Marco Council #6344 will host a Bingo night fundraiser in the San Marco Parish Center with the doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and Bingo starts at 7. Bingo will run every Thursday from Oct. 18 through Nov. 15. Bingo will resume on Jan. 3. This event is open to the public and everyone is invited. Come join us for an evening of fun and games and celebrate the 41th anniversary of K of C Bingo. Information: 239-389-5633 or visit our website at www.marcoknights.com.

Naples Boo at the Zoo

Friday through Sunday, Oct. 19 to 21, at the Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road N., Naples. This family event features trick-or-treating, education stations, a game garden and a costume contest with three categories with prizes each day. The highlight of this event is watching rare animals going wild “carving” pumpkins and other treats with tooth, horn and claw. Costume contests will be held every day at 1 p.m. Information: napleszoo.org/visitor-information.

Naples Family Halloween event

From 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples. Come in your best Halloween costume and walk through Halloween-themed rooms, enjoy Halloween music, arts and crafts and candy. Bring a trick-or-treat bag. Information: 239-252-4180.

Left Bank Art Fest

From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. Photography, oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings, ceramics, glass, jewelry and more. Free admission and free parking. Information: 239-537-5921.

Happy Hour for Hope

Marco Island Meals of Hope’s last Happy Hour for Hope of 2018 will be from 5 until 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22, at The SpeakEasy, 1106 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Admission is $20 and everyone is invited. Marco Island Meals of Hope’s annual packaging event will be 8:30 a.m., Nov. 17, at Marco Island Charter Middle School. The packaging event draws together over 500 volunteers as part of Team Hope, packaging over 200,000 meals for those in need. To volunteer, www.mohmi.org and register.

‘Rehearsal for Murder’

8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24 through Nov. 11 at the Marco Players theater, 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. Tickets range $32 to $34. Themarcoplayers.com.

‘June and Jason’s Survival Guide to Divorce’

Oct. 24 through Nov. 18, in the Tobye Studio at The Naples Players Sugden Community Theater, 701 Fifth Avenue S., Naples. Talk Backs with the cast, director and playwright are scheduled every Sunday after the performance. This production includes adult language. $40 for adults, $35 for subscribers. Naplesplayers.org. 239-263-7990.

Drive for Hope Golf Tournament

At 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Vineyard’s Country Club, 400 Vineyards Blvd., Naples.  Players will enjoy a continental breakfast and silent auction before a 9 a.m. shotgun start. $250 per player includes 18 holes of golf, cart fees and awards luncheon. Proceeds from the Drive for Hope Golf Tournament will help Place of Hope in Haiti provide critical medical care, shelter and a quality education complete with vocational training to help the children achieve their highest potential. RSVP. Information: PlaceofHopeinHaiti.org.

Movie in the Park

Movie in the Park begins on Oct. 26 on the football field. Each Friday through March. First movie of the season we will showcase “Hotel Transylvania 3.” Nov. 16, “Wonder” will be presented; Dec. 14, “The Man Who Invented Christmas.” Bring your chairs and blankets for seating. Information: 239-642-0575.

Fall Walk

6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26 through 27, at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples. This seasonal experience will feature lights, live music, a pumpkin patch and more. Children and adults may both wear costumes. Adults are asked not to wear masks. Member pricing: $10 per adult, $5 per child. Non-member pricing: $20 per adult, $10 per child. Children 3 and younger are free. 239-643-7275. Naplesgarden.org.

Mangrove trimming and regulations

At 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. This half day course will provide landscape professionals with knowledge and skills related to mangrove maintenance, and will consist of a combination of demonstrations, hands-on learning, discussion and lecture. Rookerybay.org/calendar. Information: 239-530-5940.

ONGOING

Calling all friends over 60

Join the Marco YMCA and Our Daily Bread Food Pantry for a free lunch the third Thursday of each month at the Family Church on Winterberry.  With the support of local restaurants, businesses and sponsors, a luncheon (free of charge) is open to all area residents “60 or better.” Each monthly event includes a time for networking, lunch, a program, and door prizes.  Rides are also offered. The next luncheon is 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 18 beginning at 11 a.m. at the Family Church on Winterberry. Information: 706-566-8532.  

English as a Second Language

Through Dec. 18. Free English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Marco Presbyterian, in the church Fellowship Hall. There are classes from beginner through advanced. Each evening begins with a group gathering including snacks, songs, and a brief sharing time and then the students will head off to their respective classes. There will be no class on Nov. 6, due to the church being an election site. Information: Jean Rowles, at 239-394-8186 or email office@marcochurch.com.

Monday night Bingo

Monday Night Bingo is back at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Road, for its 20th year. A complimentary supper is served to each player-kosher hot dog, pickles, sauerkraut, relish, and onions served on a special roll. In addition, pastry, ice-cream, fruit, coffee and tea are served free of charge. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Bonanza is posted at 6:15 and the game is called at 7. Hot ball brings additional prize money. The game is open to the public. Information: 239-642-0800.

Safe boat operation

America’s Boating Course, covering basic skills for boat handling and safe boat operation, is being offered by the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron (MISPS) is now underway. This course qualifies those who successfully complete the material for Florida Boating Education Certification. The cost per registrant is $40, which covers the course materials. America’s Boating Course includes 10 hours of instruction in five evening sessions – Oct. 15, 18 and 22 – from 6 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. The training will be given at the Squadron’s headquarters classroom at 1114 North Collier Blvd. Information: Tom Ryan at TomRyan@ATT.net or call 908/432-8767.

‘Peter and the Starcatcher’

Through Oct. 28, in Blackburn Hall at Sugden Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. $40 for adults, $35 for subscribers. Naplesplayers.org. 239-263-7990.

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

East Naples Chair Yoga Class

10:30 to 11:15 a.m. select Fridays, Oct. through Dec., at the East Naples Library, 8787 U.S. 41 E., Naples. Classes offer stretches and strengthening for muscles, moves for bone strength and balance, release for the joints, relaxation and yoga breathing. Folks in wheelchairs, people who have had joint replacement and beginners are welcome. $7 per session. All yoga props are provided. 413-230-1518. Jean.erlbaum@verizon.net. Yogaforrelaxation.org.

Morris Herstein: A Fusion of Fotos

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Nov. 3, at The Naples Art Association, 585 Park St., Naples. a Meet Photographer event featuring Morris Herstein at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 for “An Illustrated Walk-Through - Morris Herstein: A Fusion of Fotos.” Free. Naplesart.org. 239-262-6517.

Daytime Pickle Ball at the Marco YMCA

The daytime pickle ball courts are now available. Players can enjoy the advanced round robins on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and those who are beginners or intermediates can play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Time frame for all is 9:30 until 11:30 a.m. The program is free to members and only $15 for others. Instructional clinics are slated to begin in October 2018. www.marcoymca.org.

English classes

6-8 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday at the Pelican Community Center, 5800 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples. Free. Themes include: transportation, a day at the beach, summer vacation, Independence Day, etc. Coffee and iced tea will be provided. Information: call/text 239-307-7336.

Healthy living program

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, Zen Center, 1250 U.S. 41 N., Suite 205, Naples. Nora Van Houten will teach a “Sit, Stretch & Restore” yoga class. Drop-in fee is $7. Nora is a registered nurse, certified Kripula yoga and meditation teacher. She specializes in leading active adults safely and effectively to practice physical yoga postures, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques for integrating body, mind and spirit. Information: noravanh@gmail.com.

Reflections on Glass: Fräbel in the Garden

Through March 31 at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples. This whimsical show brings a collection of glass sculptures and installations by flamework glass artist Hans Godo Fräbel to meet the Garden. Included with regular admission. One-of-a-kind pieces of Fräbel glass will be available for purchase in the Berger Shop in the Garden. Information: 239-315-7289; SGeroy@naplesgarden.org.

Dog’s Night Out

From 6 to 8 p.m. the first Thursday of every month from September to April in the courtyard near Haagen-Dazs at Coconut Point Mall, 23106 Fashion Drive, Estero. Bring your pet to play and enjoy activities, vendors, exclusive offers and more. Shopcoconutpoint.com. 239-992-9966.

Group show: Resident artists

Through Nov. 5 at Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, North Line Plaza, 2172 J & C Blvd., Naples. Features recent works in collage, mixed media, painting and sculpture from  Rosita Gilsenan, Tracy Magen Rosen and Richard Rosen. Free. Information: 239-821-1061.

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.

Christian Motorcyclists Association

At 11 a.m. the second Saturday of every month in the upstairs meeting room at the Naples Harley Davidson, 3645 Gateway Lane, Naples. All are welcome to monthly meeting and rides 239-267-9070; CMAser6.org/FL/SouthernServants.

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.

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. Information: 239-494-5595.

Summer Foreign Film Series by Renaissance Academy

At 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 23, at the FGCU Naples Center, 1010 Fifth Avenue S., Naples. $8. Tickets: 239-434-4737 or fgcu.edu/racademy.

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.

NOVEMBER

Knights of Columbus car show

On Saturday, Nov. 3, the Knights of Columbus San Marco Council #6344 will host their first car show fundraiser in the parking lot of the San Marco Parish Center from 9:30 am until 3 p.m. If you own a vintage, sports, hot rod, muscle car or other vehicle you feel is show quality bring it to the show. The car entry fee is $20 and includes lunch. The spectator fee is $5. Trophies will be awarded in 10 categories. The Knights of Columbus “chefs” will be cooking hamburgers and hot dogs for purchase. Soda and water will also be available. There will be two 50/50 drawings during the day. Steve Reynolds will be the guest MC and will be playing ‘50s and ‘60s music. A special treat for the show will be the Celtic Spirit Irish dancers. This group is always a crowd favorite and will keep you cheering and applauding. This event is open to the public and promises to be a great show. Information: John De Rosa at 239-272-0816 or visit www.marcoknights.com.

Diabetes and Wellness Conference

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Collier Campus of Florida Southwestern State College, 7505 Grand Lely Drive, Naples. This conference brings together doctors, researchers, medical experts, patients, parents and caregivers whose lives have been affected by diabetes. Top experts provide an educational and professional forum to further public knowledge on diabetes education, wellness, prevention and research. Tickets start at $12. 239-821-5051.

Florida Domicile seminars

Attorney William G. Morris announced a series of seminars designed to educate those thinking about making Florida their domicile. Morris will explore issues of concern and how to deal with them. The seminars will be free to participants, but due to limited seating, reservations are encouraged. The seminars will be moderated by financial adviser Kevin O’Fee of Edward Jones. The series will be held at Keller Williams Realty, 830 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island, Florida from 5:30p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the following dates: Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 13 and April 10. These seminars are free but reservations are required due to limited capacity of the meeting room. Information: Kathy Ansted at 239-394-2412.

Four One-Act Comedies

8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28 through Dec. 16, at the Marco Players theater, 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. Tickets range $32 to $34. Themarcoplayers.com.

Marco Island Christmas home tour

Members of Marco Island Nature Preserve & Bird Sanctuary and the Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island have been meeting for several months, collaboratively planning the Marco Island Christmas Home Tour.  A tour of four homes beautifully decorated for the holidays will take place from 12:30 until 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30. Each home will feature its own bites and beverages for the guests to enjoy. Christmas centerpieces created by blue ribbon designers will be on display and available to take home by purchasing raffle tickets.  Red and white poinsettias and garden calendars will also be available for purchase. All purchases are to be made by cash or check. Limited tickets are currently available on Eventbrite.com. The ticket price includes deluxe motor coach transportation, departing promptly from the United Church of Marco parking lot at 12:45 p.m., and returning at 5. Proceeds from the Christmas Home Tour will benefit the Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island and the Marco Island Nature Preserve & Bird Sanctuary; both are non-profit organizations. Information: 239 207-9116.

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