WOW To Do List: City Hall Open House, more
City Hall Open House
As part of the statewide Florida City Government Week, proclaimed by Gov. Rick Scott, the City of Marco Island is hosting a week’s worth of activities aimed at helping the citizens of Marco Island get to know their government. Activities will be held all week, from Monday, Oct. 22 through Sunday, Oct. 28, but the principal focus is when the city staff opens their doors for all visitors. That comes on Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m. at City Hall. Residents are welcomed to come to the open parking lot area between City Hall itself, the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department at the corner of Bald Eagle Drive and San Marco Blvd., and the MIPD, which also holds the Fay Biles meeting room.
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 at Mackle Park. 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.
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.
9 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Oct. 27, at Iberia Bank, 605 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island. Limit 10 boxes. Information: 239-393-2400.
Swamp Walk in the Big Cypress
Oct. 27 and 28 at Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery to take a walk on the wild side – South Florida style – and support environmental education programs for local school kids. Celebrated photographer Clyde Butcher and his wife Niki host a fall festival each year at their Big Cypress Gallery. As part of the fun this year, SFNPT volunteers will lead swamp walks behind the gallery (located on US 41 at MM 55 between Miami and Naples). Walks are $50 per person (kids under 18 are free) with all proceeds supporting the Swamp Water and Me Program (SWAMP) at Big Cypress National Preserve. Information: 239-695-2428 or 305-665-4769.
Celebrate our Jewish pioneers
On Sunday, Oct. 28, the Jewish Historical Society of Southwest Florida and JCMI will co-host a special unveiling of documentaries about three of the many extraordinary Marco Island people involved with the foundation of the synagogue. The documentaries are “Elena Rosner, When Destiny Calls” and “The Greenstein’s of Marco Island.” The history of the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island began in 1982, when Elena Rosner and Marjorie Seltzer invited a few people to attend a meeting for the purpose of discussing the possible formation of a Jewish house of worship. Elena Rosner, together with Marjorie Seltzer, obtained the donation of the synagogue land from the Deltona Corporation. Rabbi Howard Greenstein was the first ordained rabbi of the congregation, serving from 1996 to 2006. Other contributors to be acknowledged are Hari Jacobsen, Charles Koffman, Isabel Price, Marjorie Seltzer, Saul Stern and Janet Whitebook. The program, starting at 2 p.m., is free and open to the public. Information: www.marcojcmi.com or call 239-642-0800.
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.
11:30 a.m. through Oct. 25 at various restaurant locations in Naples. Each class is $50 and includes a chef demonstration, a tasting of two to three courses, a glass of wine, takeaway folder for recipe notes, and the chance to win a raffle prize comprising a chef-autographed Foodie Camp logo apron and a $50 dining certificate for a Naples Originals restaurant. For locations, registration and information: foodiecampnaples.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.
K of C Bingo
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 starting at 7; it runs every Thursday through Nov. 15. Bingo will resume on Jan. 3. This event is open to the public and everyone is nvited. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘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 month of 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, October through December, 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.email@example.com. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Presentation: Captain John Horr, Marco Pioneer
The Southwest Florida Archaeological Society (SWFAS) will have a presentation on Captain John Horr, Marco Pioneer, 7 p.m., Nov. 14, at the Collier County Museum 3331 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. This is a free public program. Union Civil War veteran and successful businessman, John F. Horr purchased a "shell mound island" near Caxambas in 1877 to grow pineapples for his wholesale grocery business. A residence was built for him on the island, along with a school for the children of island workers, a packing house and a wharf. All that remains today of that small community is the crumbling tabby ruins of Captain Horr's two story house. The speaker, David Southall, is a graduate of Paul Smiths College of Forestry and the State University of New York at Buffalo with degrees in Science and Education. Following a tour of duty in Vietnam, he obtained his MS in Plant Biology from Cornell University. In his early career Southall was founder/CEO of a nursery, landscape, greenhouse operation and a natural areas management company specializing in wetlands restoration and mitigation, wildlife management, and invasive species control. He retired after 14 years with the Collier County Museums where he was responsible for museum programs and living history events.
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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