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DECEMBER

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

3 p.m. and 8 p.m., 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  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.

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JANUARY

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 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the following dates: Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 13 and April 10. Information: Kathy Ansted at 239-394-2412.

Art talk and comic relief

Marco Island Center for the Arts invites the public to a free art talk, “What’s Your Passion: Jewelry and Art” from 5:30 until 6:45 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9. The self-proclaimed geek, GIA graduate gemologist and co-owner of the 35-year old family jewelry business, Ari Kathein, and his sister Avital Kathein will reveal the “comic” journey and beyond to become officially licensed to sell their jewelry inspired by Marvel properties such as Avengers, Black Panther, Captain America, Iron Man and Thor. In the Lauritizen and Rush Galleries the exhibition “Comic Relief” runs through Jan. 29. The opening reception called Second Tuesday is from 5:30 until 7 p.m., Jan. 8. Information: marcoislandart.org.

Birding Basics

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 8 and April 12, at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Oriented toward the beginning birder, the classroom session explores how to use birds’ plumage, shape, behavior and habitat to recognize various species. It also covers the effective use of binoculars and field guides. rookerybay.org/calendar. 239-530-5940.

Birds of the Beach Workshop

8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, 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.

Left Bank art fest

From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 13 at the Esplanade, Marco Island. The event showcases the work of juried artists who will be selling their paintings, jewelry, pottery, glass, sculptures and more. Free admission and parking. Information: 239-537-5921.

Jebry returns to Marco Island Art Center

Marco Island Center for the Arts welcomes back Jebry and friends for an intimate jazz performance at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15. The ticket price is $25 for members of the Marco Island Center for the Arts and $30 for non-members. To reserve your seat, call the Art Center at 239-394-4221 or visit the website at www.marcoislandart.org/musicalinterludes. Go to marcoislandart.org to find the entire schedule.

The Kitchen Tour

8:45 a.m. and noon Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Naples Woman’s Club clubhouse, 570 Park St., Naples. Four homes in Naples will be viewed by guests who are transported in buses to each home with a guide. Each home will feature interesting speakers, chefs presenting a tasting of their signature dishes, and chances to win prize baskets. Proceeds support the Naples Woman’s Club philanthropic and volunteer programs. Kitchentour2019.eventbrite.com.

Brew in the Garden

5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at The Norris Gardens at Historic Palm Cottage, 137 12th Avenue S., Naples. Will Lawson, founder and director of brewery operations at Naples Beach Brewery, will set up a bar under the chickee in The Norris Gardens where he will pour a beer that captures the historic spirit of Naples called the Palm Cottage Pilsner and other brews for guests to enjoy. $15 for Naples Historical Society members, $25 for non-members. Napleshistoricalsociety.org.

Baby Basics’ 5K Fun Run/walking challenge

8:45 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Road, Naples. Race supports Baby Basics of Collier County, a volunteer organization that provides free diapers to 468 infants and toddlers from low-income, working families in Collier County and Bonita Springs. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m., opening ceremony at 8:30 a.m. $25 per walker with child and per 5K participant and child. $10 per additional child. Brunch to follow event. Babybasicscollier.org. babybasicsndc@hotmail.com.

Naples Italian American Foundation Casino Night

5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Naples Italian American Foundation, 7035 Airport Pulling Road N., Naples. $75 per person, includes hors d’oeuvres and 2500 free gaming chips for craps, roulette, blackjack, poker and slots. Casual chic dress code. 239-597-5210, ext. 2.

Gopher Tortoises of Koreshan State Park

10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Koreshan State Park, 3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero. Discussion will touch on behaviors, anatomy and fun facts, and the opportunity to hold and see the shells of specimens that lived in Koreshan State Park. There will be time at the end of the talk for questions and clarification. Talk will be in the Art Hall of Koreshan State Park. Reservations requested. Talk is free with park entry fee. 239-992-0311.

Winter Wonderland Dinner/Dance

The annual Winter Wonderland Dinner/Dance will be hosted by the San Marco Columbiettes from 6:30 until 10 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, at the San Marco Parish Center, 851 San Marco Rd., Marco Island. Dinner menu will include salad, prime rib dinner with all the trimmings, dessert and coffee with cash bar. Substitution for beef will be available upon request at time of ticket purchase. There will be a 50/50 drawing, fabulous raffle prizes and beautiful baskets of cheer to be auctioned.  Entertainment for your listening and dancing pleasure will be provided by “Cahlua & Cream.”  Tickets are on sale at the parish office at $55 per person. Information: Vicki Huff at 240-498-6141, Barbara DeRosa at 239-272-0158, Mary Cay Moll at 239-394-1016, or Joan Pidherny at 239-642-1447. 

ONGOING

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.

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.

Mahjong

Weekly mahjong returns to the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive, Thursdays starting Jan. 3. Play begins at 11 a.m. Bring a lunch. $3 to play. Please call Shirley, 239-389-7872, to reserve your spot. 

K of C Bingo

The Knights of Columbus San Marco Council #6344's 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. 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.

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.

Science Saturdays

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The last Saturday of each month at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Registration is not required. Regular admission fees are $5 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12 and free for Friends of Rookery Bay members and children under six. A food truck will be on site. Rookerybay.org.

Karate

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.

Walking tour of Naples Historic District

9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Palm Cottage, 137 12th Ave. S., Chickee Pavilion, Naples. Two-hour tour including alleys and Naples Piers. $16 adults; $10 members; free for children 10 and younger. Reservations required. 239-261-8164.

Historic tours at Koreshan State Park

10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Koreshan State Park, 3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero. Explore the 19th century religious Koreshan settlement, its structures and gardens. Join our guided walking tours and learn about these idealistic pioneers. The walking tour is about an hour and a half. Guided tours are $2 for adults, $1 for children under 6 years of age and can be purchased at the Ranger Station 239-992-0311.

Dog’s Night Out

From 6 to 8 p.m. the first Thursday of every month, now through 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.

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.

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.

FEBRUARY

Gatsby at the Cottage

5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Historic Palm Cottage, 137 12th Avenue S., Naples. Dress to impress in a stylish flapper ensemble or hipster zoot suit. The party includes dancing, jazz music, libations (it’s legal again) and a Charleston dance demonstration. Prizes for the guests who capture the 1920s spirit best. $15 for Naples Historical Society members, $25 for non-members. Napleshistoricalsociety.org.

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