WOW To Do List: Four One-Act Comedies, more

Marco Eagle


      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  ww.theateronmarco.com, by calling the ticket office at 239-394-0080, or at the door 30 minutes prior to each performance.

      Movie in the Park

      Mackle Park, on the football field. Each Friday through March. Nov. 16, the movie “Wonder” will be presented. Dec. 14: “The Man Who Invented Christmas.” Bring your chairs and blankets for seating. Information: 239-642-0575.

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

      3 p.m. and 8 p.m., now 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. GulfshorePlayhouse.org. 866-811-4111.

      Vegan Festival and Competition

      11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at Venue Naples, 13240 U.S. 41 N., Suite 205, Naples. Local restaurants come together to celebrate veganism in this culinary event. Listen to music from Mix 104.7 and taste and vote on a variety of foods from local restaurants. $ in advance, $6 at the door. Children 10 and younger are free. 239-292-1529.

      Thanksgiving Bash

      From 3:30 until 4:30 p.m., Nov. 20, at Mackle Park. Free food and drinks; inflatable obstacle course, a Thanksgiving Hoopshoot. Information: 239-642-0575.

      ‘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. Rookerybay.org/calendar. 239-530-5940.

      Medicare annual enrollment meeting

      Join others to learn more about the different parts and how to choose a plan that meets your needs. Make your changes – don’t delay as Annual Enrollment is now through Dec 7. RSVP to Michele at 239-682-8567. Meetings are free; and are 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

      • Nov. 27: Perkins, 4335 Tamiami Trail E., Naples.
      • Nov. 29: S. Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy., Naples.
      • Dec. 4: Perkins, 4335 Tamiami Trail E., Naples.
      Jay Terzis, Jodee Bennett, Cindy Hile, Jim Corsica, Marilyn Hilbert and Kevin Kenneally star in the Marco Players Theater's "Four One-Act Comedies."

      Four One-Act Comedies

      The Marco Players Theater is bringing you more of Bruce Kane’s one-act comedies. This season’s four one-act productions include the light-hearted farces ‘Cindy & Julie’; ‘Clark & Bruce’; ‘Loneliness, Pain & Rejection’; and ‘The Big Snooze’ and are on stage Nov. 28-Dec. 16 at The Marco Players Theater, Marco Town Center Mall, 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Shows are Wednesday through Saturday  at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $32 or $34 each and are on sale at www.TheMarcoPlayers.com or by calling the box office at 239-642-7270. 

      ‘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. Naplesplayers.org. 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 Eventbrite.com (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: calusa.org.


      November at the Center for the Arts

      Marco Island Center for the Arts invites the public to the November “By Virtue of Place: FSU MFA Alumni Exhibition.” The artwork displayed in Lauritzen & Rush Galleries brings together a diverse group of artists who share a common experience and geography. They each received their Master of Fine Arts Degrees from Florida State University (FSU), an interdisciplinary graduate program with a strong focus on research and practice.  The exhibit will be on display from November 5 -20, Monday – Friday, from 9 am to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Information: marcoislandart.org.

      In La Petite Galerie: Cheryl Sachs, is a former educator and art teacher from Illinois.  Her palette reflects ever changing colors, light and textures and uses the simplicity of children’s art work as a source of joy and inspiration.

      ACBL-sanctioned bridge

      At 1 p.m. each Tuesday at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive – starting Dec. 18. The game will be suspended for the holidays – Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 – and resumes Tuesday, Jan. 8. Information: Richard Perlman at 609-306-9732.

      Andrea Bradley, pictured with Bingo Committee member Marvin Klein. Bradley was the big winner at Monday Night Bingo held every week at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island.

      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.

      On Thursday, Nov. 8, the Knights of Columbus San Marco Council #6344 hosted a Bingo fundraiser in the San Marco Parish Center. Above, the big jackpot winner, Trish Wilcox.

      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 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.  

      Marco Island Farmer’s Market 

      7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesdays, at Veterans Community Park. Information: cityofmarcoisland.com.

      Farmer’s Market at Sugden Park Plaza

      8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays at 4270 U.S. 41 E, Naples. swfloridamarkets.com.

      Third Street South Farmers Market

      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. All year.

      Golden Gate Farmer’s Market

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

      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.

      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. Jean.erlbaum@verizon.net. Yogaforrelaxation.org.


      Adults and children are welcome. Location is the Racquet Center and is on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:45 p.m. The Shima Dojo is taught by Sensei Laurie McCardle. This style of karate is the traditional Okinawan style of Seibukan Shorin-Ryu karate, teaching discipline, builds character and confidence, promotes mental and physical strength and most importantly students learn self-defense. Information: 239-642-0575.

      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.

      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.


      5K Family Fun Run

      Kiwanis Club of Marco Island will have the annual 5K Family Fun Run on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Tigertail Beach, 430 Hernando Drive, Marco Island. The run/walk goes through Hideaway Beach community. Race day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and the event begins at 8. Proceeds from this event will benefit Kiwanis Club of Marco Island service projects for local children. If you would like to become a sponsor, participate or volunteer, up at www.Marco5K.com.  

      Wesley’s Holiday Arts Festival

      Wesley’s Holiday Arts Festival is scheduled for 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, at Wesley United Methodist Church on Marco Island. Artists, photographers, shell art, handmade items, a free lunch for all visitors, plus door prizes. Interested artists and crafters should contact Carolyn Burger at 239-389-0280 or carolynburger2008@comcast.net.

      Craftsman Lunch at The Continental

      11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at The Continental, 1205 Third St. S., Naples. $45 per person includes the four-course cocktail and food paring event to the theme of “Deck the Halls.” Space is limited to 25 people. 239-659-0007.Craftsman Lunch at The Continental 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at The Continental, 1205 Third St. S., Naples. $45 per person includes the four-course cocktail and food paring event to the theme of “Bubbles All Day.” Space is limited to 25 people. 239-659-0007.

      Mini masters silent auction, sale

      Marco Island Center for the Arts invites the public to the December “Mini Masters” silent auction and sale in the Art Center’s atrium from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, Dec. 4-20. A silent auction of these works will begin on Dec. 4 and end at 6:30 p.m. during the Second Tuesday Reception on Dec. 11. No reservations are required to attend the Second Tuesday Exhibition Reception. There is a suggested $10 donation for non-members. Information: www. marcoislandart.org.

      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.

      Christmas Box Angel Memorial Service

      The Annual Christmas Box Angel Memorial Service is 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Marco Island Cemetery. This is a candle light service where we remember children who have passed away. The names of those children who have memorial bricks in place will be read aloud during the candle lighting segment of the service. Information: 239-394-3469 or Sandy Boy at 239-389-5394.

      Santa’s Workshop

      Enter the North Pole with Santa’s Workshop at Mackle Park. From 9 a.m. until noon, Dec. 8. Grades K-5. Mackle Park will provide Santa’s Elves for a morning of fun, crafts and treats. Information: 239-642-0575.

      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: Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 13 and April 10. Information: Kathy Ansted at 239-394-2412.

      Cookies and Milk with Santa

      From 10 a.m. until noon, Dec. 15, at Mackle Park Soccer Field. Free event for all ages. Santa will be flying in on Mackle Park field via helicopter. Afterwards, bring your Christmas list to Santa and enjoy cookies and milk and crafts with Santa’s Elves. Information: 239-642-0575.

      Birds of the Beach Workshop

      8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Dec. 15, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 9 and April 6, at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. This workshop will discuss the history of these birds and the annual journeys many of them make. The class will cover the use of plumage, size and behavior to help with identification. To see the many birds discussed, the second half of class will include a trip Tigertail Beach, one of the most important winter shorebird sites in Florida. $40 per class per person. rookerybay.org/calendar.

      ‘The Night Bash Before Christmas’

      Hosted at Mackle Park from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m., Dec. 21-22. Grades 6-12. Christmas food and fun. Information: 239-642-0575.

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