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1. Second Tuesday: ‘I See You’ exhibit

Marco Island Center for the Arts invites the public to view the exhibit “I See You.” This show investigates the elements of portraiture by four participating artists that handle their respective subjects quite differently in content and medium.

The artists are Mila Bridger, Karen McEwen, Marjorie Pesek and Veronica Winters. These works will be on display in the Lauritzen & Rush Galleries from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, now through May 28.

The opening reception called “Second Tuesday” is from 5:30 until 7 p.m.,  May 14. No reservations are required. There is a suggested $10 donation for non-members. 

In the La Petite Galerie: Photographer Jim Freeman displays his mesmerizing work. Originally from Texas, he has photographed the deserts and plains of the Southwest United States. Now, he explores the Ten Thousand Islands and Everglades National Park. Information: marcoislandart.org.

2. Open house, safe boating

From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, May 18, at the United States Coast Guard Marco Auxiliary Station, 905 Collier Blvd., Caxambas Park boat ramp will hold an open house to celebrate National Safe Boating Week. Tour the radio room and see the future new station sketches. Required safe boating equipment and handmade ship models will be displayed. Staff officers will be on hand to answer questions on seamanship classes, free vessel inspections and what the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary provides as the leading agency protecting Americas Seaward Frontier in Recreational Boating.

3. Friday: 4th Annual ‘Salute to Veterans’

Marco Island Charter Middle School will be presenting a special concert at 6 p.m., Friday, May 17, at 1401 Trinidad Avenue, Marco Island.

All branches of the military will be honored and each branch’s song will be performed, along with several other patriotic songs, by the school’s 174 band and chorus members.

All veterans, active military, and their families and the public are invited to attend. Extend an invitation to your family and friends who are veterans and currently serving.

This concert is a culmination of efforts throughout the year in which the students and staff engaged to honor veterans and active military.

In November, the students and staff supported the “Jeans for Troops” program by raising $395 and this month, they hope to send another $400 to the same program, which assists veterans with healthcare, employment, and housing concerns.

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