3 To Do: Birds, crafts and flicks

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1. This weekend: Festival of Birds

Jan. 18 through 20, at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples.

All kinds of wildlife can be seen out on the water. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples offers a two-hour guided kayak tour of Rookery Bay. This tour provides an up-close and personal experience of this irreplaceable national treasure. Paddle through the shallows and maze like mangrove tunnels while learning about  surroundings from an experienced guide and naturalist. Randy McCormick, captain and guide, has worked at the Reserve for many years and knows the area intimately. He is a Certified Interpretive Guide, an instructor in the Florida Master Naturalist program and a fifth generation Floridian.

This annual event allows guests to explore the local environment through guided field trips to wildlife hot spots around Southwest Florida and features programs at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center.

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For full schedule and pricing of events and speakers, visit Rookerybay.org/festival-of-birds.

2. Arts and crafts fair

Visit historic Everglades City on Saturday, Jan. 19, to greet old friends and see what’s new at Art-in-the-Glades in McLeod Park from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. You’ll find everything from handmade soaps to history books offered by local vendors. And, don’t miss the stunning photographs of the area’s unique wildlife. The event is free and informal. Information: Marya at 239-695-2905.

3. Art Flicks start Tuesday

The Marco Island Center for the Arts’ 6th Annual Art Flicks, featuring foreign, independent and “art” films.

To be shown at Marco Movies, 599 S. Collier Blvd at 10 a.m., the series features free theme-based films, refreshments and lively discussions for both residents and island visitors who are interested in the art of film.


There are no reservations for seating. It is on a first come, first seated basis. Nick Campo, owner and operator of the Marco Movie theater, donates his time and the largest theater at the complex for the Art Flicks program.

The theme for 2019 is “Spirit” and will feature the following movies, Jan 22: “Paper Clips”; Feb. 5: “Jean-Michel Basquiat: Radiant Child”; Feb. 19: “The Chorus”; March 5: “Ladies in Lavender.”