1. Sign up now: Boating Skills & Seamanship

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary is holding a winter session of our safe boating course ‘Boating Skills & Seamanship’ beginning on Jan. 7. 

The four-week course is held on Monday and Thursday evenings from 7 until 9:30 p.m. Students get educated on many boating topics and get a 400 page boating text.

The sessions include navigation, rules of the road, weather, handling your boat, etc. Information: Joe Riccio,, 239-384-7416.

2. Saturday: Jonathan Karl at JCMI

The Saul I. Stern Cultural Series opens its 25th season from 7:30 until 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5 at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. 

ABC News’ Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl will be speaking on “Washington Turned Upside Down.”

Following the presentation there will a question and answer session and coffee.  Tickets are $25.

Information: 239-642-0800. Information:

3. Starts Wednesday: Players: ‘Come Blow Your Horn’

The Marco Players honor the memory of playwright Neil Simon, master of Broadway comedy and a prolific writer for stage and screen with this production of “Come Blow Your Horn” (1963).

Set in the early 60s in New York City, a set of aging parents (Len Becker and Karen Ezrine) watch their sons, Alan (Jesse Heindl), a 30-ish swinging bachelor and eager younger brother Buddy (Elijah Bettencourt) grow into adult life while having access to too much time, money and women (Tracy Lane). What can a parent do but watch and pray?

The show is on stage Jan. 2-20 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. Attend the first week of the show and automatically be entered in a drawing to win a dinner cruise for two on The Marco Island Princess.

Tickets are on sale at or by calling the box office at 239-642-7270. 




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