WOW To Do List: Senior fall prevention, more

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Veteran’s Day on Marco Island honors women in the military

‘Women in the Military’ will be the theme of the annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Marco Island Veterans Community Park, which will be sponsored by American Legion Post #404. Set for 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 12, the ceremony honoring America’s service men and women will include a special tribute to female veterans, highlighted by a special City of Marco Island Proclamation recognizing their service, as well as a keynote speech by State Sen. Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples), who represents Collier and Hendry counties, and part of Lee County. The ceremony will be a blended affair involving the three island military organizations. A large crowd is expected, so please arrive early. Bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited. Veterans Community Park is located at 901 Park Ave, Marco Island.

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Senior fall prevention

From 1 until 3 p.m., Nov. 13 at the Marco Island YMCA Youth Development Center, 101 Sandhill Street, Marco Island. Step Smart Collier and the Marco Island YMCA will host a free injury prevention lecture and exhibit for seniors focusing on fall prevention, the leading cause of injury and death to seniors.

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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 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. 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.  

Sip & Sample to Benefit Friends of Foster Children Forever

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at The Village on Venetian Bay, 4200 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples. The merchants at the Village Shops on Venetian Bay collaborate each year to raise money to benefit foster children in our community. Attendees are asked to purchase a “passport” for the annual event which will allow them to travel from shop to shop, and restaurant to restaurant enjoying special offers and free tastings. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 night of event.

Island Players visit ‘Oz’

The Island Theater Company's kicks off 2018-2019 season by celebrating the upcoming 80th anniversary of the iconic film “The Wizard of Oz.” The young performers edition by L. Frank Baum, music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg opens Nov. 16 with four performances at 7:30 p.m., Friday through Sunday (with 2:30 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday) at the Marco Lutheran Church great room, 525 N. Collier Blvd., Marco. Doors open half-hour prior to performances. Tickets for The Wizard of Oz are $15 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased in person at the Centennial Bank, 615 E. Elkcam Circle, Monday through Friday. Tickets can also be purchased online at, by calling the ticket office at 239-394-0080, or at the door 30 minutes prior to each performance.

‘Meals of Hope’ packaging event

Marco Island Meals of Hope confirmed today its 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 as part of the packaging event please visit and register. This year’s event will feature the music of Kevin Fitzgerald. Information: Bill “Captain Happy Hope” Morris at 239-642-6020 or visit  

'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum'

3 p.m. and 8 p.m. select dates, Nov. 17 through Dec. 30, at Gulfshore Playhouse, 755 Eighth Avenue S., Naples. Tickets range $20 to $73; all tickets are $35 two hours before performance. Free pre-show discussions take place Nov. 18 and 21 and Dec. 9, 16, and 19, where Gulfshore Playhouse artistic staff lead conversations about themes and topics related to the production. Audience members can also dig deeper following the show with a “Curtain Conversation” on Nov. 25. 866-811-4111.

‘American Jukebox’

Join the JW Marriott Marco Island on Nov. 21 for a concert celebrating the great American songbook. “American Jukebox,” is a journey through time of some of the most beloved hits of our era. All shows will be performed in the new Lanai tower and are accompanied by a menu prepared by chef Eric Vasta.

The show will star Broadway’s Patrick Mulvey (“Billy Elliot”), Conner Meinhart (“First Date: The Musical”) and Rachel Meinhart (“Chicago”).  All evening shows begin with doors open at 6:15 p.m. for dinner, with musical performance beginning at 7. Matinee show doors open at 1:15 p.m. for beverages and light hors d'oeuvres, with musical performance beginning at 2.

Lunch & Learn Lecture

Rookery Bay through the Eyes of the Historian Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Steve Bertone, Rookery Bay’s Cultural Resources Specialist, will present a talk on the indigenous people who inhabited the coastal lands of Rookery Bay. Lunch will be provided. $15, includes lunch. Registration is required. 239-530-5940.

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.

‘Irving Berlin’s White Christmas’

7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 28 through Dec. 23, in Blackburn Hall at the Sugden Community Theater, 701 Fifth Avenue S., Naples. $45 for adults, $40 for subscribers, $10 for students and educators. 239-263-7990.

Parents Night Out

6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30., at Mackle Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island. Parents can enjoy a night out while children are entertained with games and crafts. Dinner is provided. 239-642-0575.

Marco Island Christmas home tour

Marco Island Christmas Home Tour be held from 12:30 to 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30. Participants will visit four beautiful and distinctive homes on Marco Island, all of which have been lavishly decorated for Christmas. Transportation to the homes will be provided by motor coach. At each home, two extravagant Christmas-themed centerpieces will be raffled to attendees. In addition, Christmas bites and beverages will be served at each home, and attendees may purchase poinsettias and the Marco Island Month-by-Month Gardening Guide at the homes. Tickets are $75 and can be obtained at (search for Marco Island events). Meet at United Church of Marco on Barfield Drive for motor coach transportation. The event is sponsored by two non-profit organizations: Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island and Marco Island Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary. Information:


‘Rehearsal for Murder’

8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, 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. Adapted by D.D. Brooke; From the teleplay by Richard Levinson and William Link. This is a thrilling theatrical murder mystery in which the stage is used to solve the mystery of a surprise murder. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m.

‘June and Jason’s Survival Guide to Divorce’

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. 239-263-7990.

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 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

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

East Naples Chair Yoga Class

10:30 to 11:15 a.m. select Fridays, 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.

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.

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:

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;

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. 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.

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;

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

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.


Cultural Conversation - Seminole Influence in Southwest Florida

6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at the Collier Museum at Government Center, 3331 U.S. 41 E., Naples. Event features Dr. Andrew Frank, an ethnohistorian who specializes on the history of the Florida Seminoles and the Native South. $10 per person. Free for members of the Friends of the Collier County Museums. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP/ colliermuseums,com/events. 239-252-8242.

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