WOW To Do List: ‘Invasive Species of the Everglades,’ more
'Coloring with the Cops’
In an endeavor to make additional or new community connections, the Marco Island Police Department will begin to hold family-friendly events called “Coloring with the Cops,” where it will provide an opportunity for families with school-age children to interact with the department. The events will be held at the police station and feature police vehicle tours, kids activities, cookies and an opportunity to interact with officers. “Coloring with the Cops” will be from 1 until 2 p.m., Aug. 10. Information: cityofmarcoisland.com.
Preschool program: ‘Invasive Species of the Everglades’ (Part I)
At 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Museum of the Everglades, 105 West Broadway, Everglades City. Free. Limited seating. RSVP. Information: Colliermuseums.com/events, 239-252-8242.
Family Field Day
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Collier Museum at Government Center, 3331 U.S. 41 E., Naples. Free. Colliermuseums.com/events.
Golden Gate market
From 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturdays at Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples. Information: 239-206-4339. All year.
Bird Hours in the Garden
At 8 a.m. every Tuesday at the Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples. Whether you choose to paint, take photographs, use the miles of walking trails, or just come out to bird watch, we invite you to join us during these special morning hours. Eco-friendly paints and tarp/canvas are required to be laid down for artists’ work areas. Information: 239-643-7275.
‘Building A Dream’
Entitled “Building A Dream,” the exhibit is the 25 year history of the Marco Island Historical Society. The exhibit will be on display from now through Sept. 26, in the museum’s Sandlin Gallery thanks, in part, to a generous grant from the Island Country Club Charitable Foundation. The exhibit tells the story of what began as a small-but-passionate friends’ group ultimately resulted in the construction of an award-winning institution now staffed by a team of career professionals. This exhibit celebrates the 25th anniversary of the MIHS by looking back at its history, exploring not only how the organization’s role has changed since its establishment, but also asking the visitor where it goes from here. The museum is located at 180 South Heathwood Drive, Marco Island.
‘Collier Has Talent’
Preliminary competition rounds will take place at 7 p.m. on select dates through Aug.14, and the finale event will be held at 7 p.m. on August 24, at Celebration Park Naples, 2880 Becca Avenue, Naples. A community-driven celebration of the diverse talents found throughout Collier County. County residents will compete for a chance to win $5,000, with each night also benefiting a local non-profit. Free. Information: 239-316-7253, celebrationparknaples.com.
Camp Mackle and Camp Stellar
From 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Cost $700 for the entire summer, $80 weekly or $20 per day. Grades one through five only. For grades six through eight, there’s Camp Stellar, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Information: 239-642-0575 or cityofmarcoisland.com.
Be a biologist
At 11:15 a.m. daily through Oct. 31, at The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. Discover the unique ecosystems of Southwest Florida and how the Conservancy works to protect the region’s water, land, wildlife and future. Free with paid admission. Information: Conservancy.org.
The Marco Island Senior Softball League has resumed play at Winterberry Park on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Pick-up games are scheduled each of those days at 8:15 a.m. Anybody interested in a friendly game of softball can participate, with all skill levels welcomed. While the minimum age for regular league games is 55, age limits are not strictly enforced for pick-up games. Information: 239-642-2930.
Seacrest art exhibit
Through Aug. 8, at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Free with regular admission. Rookery Bay Research Reserve partner Seacrest Country Day School will display student art featuring the theme “Water” in the Environmental Learning Center Gallery. Information: Rookerybay.org.
Key Marco Cat
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 now through 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 www.theMIHS.org.
At 1:15 p.m. daily through Oct. 31, at The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. This program features the area’s only loggerhead sea turtle, a moray eel and dozens of fish who call the Conservancy home. Free with paid admission. Information: Conservancy.org.
Calling all friends over 60
Join the Marco YMCA and Our Daily Bread Food Pantry for a free lunch the third Wednesday of each month at Marco Lutheran Church. 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.
From 9 a.m. until 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. Information: Rookerybay.org.
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.
From 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: email@example.com.
Walking tour of Naples Historic District
At 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.
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.
Preschool program: ‘Invasive Species of the Everglades’ (Part II)
10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Museum of the Everglades, 105 West Broadway, Everglades City. Free. Limited seating. RSVP. Information: Colliermuseums.com/events, 239-252-8242.
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