WOW To Do List: Karna Bodman at Sunshine Booksellers, more

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Art Flicks

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, Feb. 5: “Jean-Michel Basquiat: Radiant Child”; Feb. 19: “The Chorus”; March 5: “Ladies in Lavender.”

More:3 To Do: From Broadway to the beach

Karna Bodman at Sunshine Booksellers

At 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6, Sunshine Booksellers will be celebrating Ronald Reagan's birthday with jelly beans, wine and Karna Bodman, author of five published thrillers. Her books are inspired by Karna's six years serving on President Reagan's White House staff, first as Deputy Press Secretary, later as senior director and spokesperson for the National Security Council where she was the highest-ranking woman on the White House staff. Bodman will be speaking about her experiences and signing copies of her new book, “Trust But Verify.” This event is free and open to the public. There will be limited seating, so RSVP to or call 239-393-0353. 

Karna Small Bodman

‘Spreading It Around’

A comedy written by Londos D’Arrigo, writer for comedians like Phyllis Diller, Lily Tomlin and Joan Rivers. The play is about a widow, Angie Drayton (Bonnie Knapp), who lives in an upscale, gated retirement community in Florida. When she grows sick and tired of handing out money to her unappreciative, shopaholic children (Alex Costello and Rhonda Davis), she creates a plan with support from Martin Wheeler (Andrew Ciliberto), her friend and neighbor for “spending it now” and sets up the S.I.N. Foundation. “Spreading It Around,” is on stage Feb. 6-24 at The Marco Players Theater, Marco Town Center Mall, 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Shows are 8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. 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.

Pen shell program

When Joyce Matthys began her quest to learn the ancient art of creating sea-silk, she had no idea that it would end with her meeting the world authority on sea-silk at the Museum of Natural History in Basel, Switzerland, or that she would become known as the first person outside the Mediterranean to ever create it. What is sea-silk? It is an extremely fine, rare and valuable antique fabric made from fine hairs produced by pen shells. These hairs help anchor the shells to the ocean floor. Her program is at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7 during the Shell Club meeting at United Church of Marco, 320 N. Barfield Drive, Marco Island. All are welcome.

‘Singin' Broadway’

Back by popular demand, the talent is taking the stage for the 3rd Annual “Singin' Broadway” with all new songs and shows. This concert features some of South Florida's most talented singers, performing songs from your favorite Broadway musicals. “Singin' Broadway” will be performed at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 8 and 9 and 2:30 p.m., Feb. 10, at the Marco Lutheran Church, 525 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Call the box office at 239-394-0080 to make your. Information:

Parents Night Out

From 6 until 10 p.m., Feb. 8, March 22, April 26: Parks and Recreation will be hosting a Parents Night Out where your child can have oodles of fun with crafts, outdoor and indoor games, and dinner is provided. Information: 239-642-0575.

Everglades Seafood Festival

The 2019 Everglades Seafood Festival on the weekend of February 8-10 promises to be full of good entertainment as well as good food, interesting arts and crafts vendors, and plenty of amusement for the kiddies on the carnival rides. Information:

13th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance

The Greater Marco Family YMCA will again be the host of the Daddy Daughter Sweetheart Dance from 6 until 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8. The event is open to girls ages 2-12 and daddy (or adopted dad). Join us for an elegant evening and dance the night away while you make memories with your little princess that will last a lifetime.  Fees are $35 a couple and $5 for each additional daughter. All participants receive a free complimentary photo. Register o line at www. or at Welcome Center.

‘Love of the Y’ tennis tournament

The 29nd Annual Love of the Y Tennis Tournament is scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 8-9-10, at the Greater Marco Family YMCA tennis facility. The events scheduled include women’s and men’s doubles and mixed doubles. Players must play at USTA level or higher. The entry fee is $40 per player, per event. Players may only participate in two events and one of the doubles partners must pay for both at time of registration. All players need to be available to play from 5 p.m., Friday, to 6 p.m., Sunday. The fee includes: Friday Night Players Party, Saturday and Sunday continental breakfast, Saturday lunch, tennis balls for all matches, a tournament gift and awards and prizes. Make your check payable to the Greater Marco Family YMCA and mail to 101 Sand Hill Street, Marco Island, Florida 34145 or register by phone at 239-394-3144 ext. 200 with Visa or MasterCard. The entry deadline is Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at noon.

Greek Fest

Friday through Sunday, Feb. 8 to 10, at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 7100 Airport-Pulling Road, Naples. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for the whole weekend, free for children 12 and under. Event features Greek food and drinks, shopping, bounce house, raffle and performances by musicians and dancers in authentic Greek costumes. Purchase raffle tickets to win a 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class from Mercedes Benz of Naples. Tickets can be purchased in advance from St. Katherine’s parishioners or daily at the festival. Festival proceeds benefit St. Katherine AGAPE charities and Barbara’s Friends, Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Center. 239-591-3430.

Birding Basics

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 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. 239-530-5940.

MIHS celebrates 25th Anniversary

The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) celebrates its 25th anniversary and the return of the Key Marco Cat and other rare Pre-Columbian artifacts to Marco Island at the “Dreams Do Come True” gala on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Island Country Club on Marco Island. The gala includes a reception, silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing to the music of The Bus Stop Band. Chairpersons are Jim and Allyson Richards. Information or gala reservations: 239-389-6447 or

Birds of the Beach Workshop

8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, 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.

Left Bank Art Fest

From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saunday, Feb. 10 at the Esplanade, 740 Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Juried artists include photography, jewelry, oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, ceramics, wood, bronze, glass, and more. Free admission and free parking. Information: 239-537-5921.

Fingerstyle guitarist

Marco Island Center for the Arts presents fingerstyle guitarist Glenn Roth. His compositions suggest multiple guitars, but it is really just one guy, 10 flying fingers, and one instrument. This special musical interludes series concert Is from 4 until 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10, at Marco Island Center for the Arts. Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for non-members. For reservations call the Art Center at 239-394-4221 or visit

Lunch with the Chief

The Marco Island Police Foundation hosts its first “Lunch with the Chief” of the year at 11:30 a.m.,  Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Hideaway Beach Club on Marco Island. The foundation will be awarding its annual “Officer of the Year” to a member of the Marco Island Police Department. In addition, the lunch will feature renowned criminologist, Vernon Geberth, as the keynote speaker. Those wishing to attend the luncheon can call Joe Granda at 389-2823 or Curt Koon at 389-4511 for tickets. The cost is $25 per person.

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

Valentines’ Day family picnic

At Mackle Park from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.; free event. Come and enjoy the day in the park with your significant other, spouse, family or friends for a Valentine’s Day Picnic. We will serve up hotdogs, pulled chicken and all the picnic trimmings. Information: 239-642-0575.

Woman's Club Cards & Games Luncheon

At 11 a.m., Feb. 14, bring your friends to Marco Island Woman's Club Cards & Games Luncheon at Marco Island Yacht Club. Raffle prizes and fun. For reservations call Karen Maxfield 239-450-0823 or Sue Ellen Welch 781-635-5240.

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.

Kiwanis Car Show

The annual Kiwanis Car Show, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Feb. 17, is moving to a new home after 14 years at the NCH site on Heathwood Drive. The new location for the show is Veterans Park located at Park Ave, Marco Island. Steve Reynolds is returning as the guest MC. Also returning will be the Celtic Spirit Irish dancers, this will be there 14th year at the show. The” Kiwanis Chefs” will prepare hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage and peppers and chili. The Italian American Society of Marco Island will be selling homemade cakes and pastries. Come out and taste the Ice Cream Floats prepared by the Marco Island Academy Key Club. The cost for a show car entry is $20 which includes lunch, the spectator fee is a donation of $5 or greater if you wish. All monies collected at the show go towards the many children’s programs supported by Kiwanis. Car owners come on out and support the biggest and best car show on Marco Island and the surrounding area. Contact John DeRosa at 239-272-0816.

Renaissance Academy

Marco Island Center for the Arts announcees that Florida Gulf Coast University’s The Renaissance Academy will be presenting art history classes in January, February and March 2019 at the Art Center. Tickets are $20 for The Renaissance Academy and Art Center members and $25 for non-members. To register for classes call 239-434-4737 or go to The following are the classes being offered from 1:30 until 3 p.m., Feb. 20, “Jacques Louis David, Revolutionary Painter;” March 14, “Music & Art Expressionism – Vincent Van Gogh and Arnold Schoenberg.

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Feb. 16 through March 10, on The Baker Stage at 701 Fifth Avenue S., Naples. Free.

Movie in the Park

Each Friday through March. The next movie is “Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom” (6:24 p.m., Feb. 22); “The Incredibles 2” (7:39 p.m., March 29). Bring your chairs and blankets for seating. Information: 239-642-0575.

Treasures in the Trunk

From 8 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Feb. 23, the San Marco Columbiettes will host a Treasures in the Trunk sale fundraiser in the parking lot of the San Marco Parish Center. Vendors must be set up by 7:30. Don’t miss this opportunity to sell your new, used or antique treasures from the trunk of your vehicle. The cost will be $20 per vehicle parking spot and $10 additional if you wish to rent a table to place at the rear of your vehicle. Vendors may purchase more than one spot if they wish to do so. All merchandise not sold must be removed by the vendor. Refreshments and home baked items will be available for purchase. A 50/50 drawing will take place at 11 a.m.  You do not need to be present for drawing. Information: Barbara DeRosa at 239-272-0158 or Mary Cay Moll at 773-368-7275.


Key Marco Cat returns

The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) celebrates its 25th Anniversary with the culmination of their quest to bring home the enigmatic Key Marco Cat and other rare 500 to 1,500-year-old Pre-Columbian Native American artifacts discovered on Marco Island in 1896. The artifacts return on loan from the Smithsonian Institution and University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. They will be showcased in an exhibit at the Marco Island Historical Museum from January 2019 to April 2021. The Marco Island Historical Museum is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. For information, call 239.389.6447 or visit

Master Gardeners

The Master Gardeners walk-in plant clinic has returned to Lowes, ready again to offer advice and answer gardening questions. If you have trouble with your plants, they can diagnose the problem for you. It could be bugs, fungus or overwatering. It could just be the cold weather. Come and visit. Master Gardeners will be there from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesdays (through April) waiting to help you. You can find us in the garden area. Lowes is located on the corner of 951 (Collier Boulevard) and U. S. 41. Master Gardeners have been trained by The University of Florida on many horticultural practices and problems.

Winter Women’s Bible Study

9 a.m., Fridays, through March 1. The title is “Anointed, Transformed and Redeemed – A Study Of David.” Location is Marco Church, 875 W. Elkcam Circle, Marco Island. Information: 239-394-8186.

‘Don’t Dress for Dinner’

Through Feb.10, at the Sugden Community Theater, 701 Fifth Avenue S., Naples. $40. 239-263-7990.

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.


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 Thursday Bingo 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. Information: 706-566-8532.  

Marco Island Farmer’s Market 

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

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.

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.


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.

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;

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. 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;

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.

Southwest Florida Masquerade benefiting Metavivor

6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Hilton Hotel, 5111 U.S. 41 N., Naples. This is a black-tie gala fundraiser where 100 percent of all donations will go to award research grants for scientists specializing in Metastatic Breast Cancer Research. $175 per person, includes a cocktail hour followed by a three-course dinner and two drink tickets and entertainment, dancing and live and silent auctions. 239.322.2110.


‘The Savannah Sipping Society’

8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Sundays, March 13 through 31, at The Marco Players Theater, Marco Town Center Mall, 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Tickets range $32 to $34. 239-642-7270.

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