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OCTOBER

‘Opposites attract’ exhibit

Marco Island Center for the Arts invites the public to view the main gallery exhibition “Opposites Attract.” The exhibition runs started Monday and runs through Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. Information: marcoislandart.org.

Beach cleanup

From 8 until 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, at Residents' Beach; sponsored by the Marco Island Civic Association. MICA provides gloves, bags and water. The Marco Chamber provides "trash grabbers" and buckets.

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Haunted Gross House at the Collier Fairgrounds

Enter if you dare. This haunted house is 14,000 square feet of terror, scares and spooks. For those who are less inclined to be scared, enjoy a hay ride and food vendors outside the house. Cost is $15 for gross house ticket, $5 per person for hay ride; 8 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, through Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Collier Fairgrounds, 751 39th Ave. NE, Naples. Visit collierfair.com/haunted-gross-house for more information and other Haunted Gross House dates.

Family Halloween Festival

This Saturday, Koreshan State Park will transform into a Halloween wonderland. Enjoy hay rides, games, story time with a librarian and trick-or-treating with local businesses. $2 park admission fee is required. 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Koreshan State Park, 3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero. Visit friendsofkoreshan.org for more information.

Taco Fest South

Prepare your stomachs for this weekend’s Taco Fest in Bonita Springs. This fiesta will feature restaurants and food trucks from across Southwest Florida serving up their best tacos. Tickets are $10. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. Visit the Taco Fest South Facebook page for more information.

Medicare plan meeting

At 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17; 10 a.m., Oct. 24, Oct. 29, Nov. 5 and Nov. 12. Join others over muffins and coffee to learn about the different parts and how to choose a plan that meets your needs. Make your changes – don’t delay as annual enrollment is Oct 15-Dec 7. RSVP to Michele at 239-682-8567 – Perkins, 4335 Tamiami Trail E, Naples.

‘Old Ringers’ at The Marco Players

On Oct. 18 and 19, meet Joe Simonelli, playwright and author of “Old Ringers” for a talk-back immediately following the show. Critics describe the play as a crowd-pleasing comedy masterpiece! The play is a timely take on how four senior women open a home phone sex service after receiving an unsolicited obscene phone call. This is an adult bawdy comedy that balances obscenity with drier subject like the shrinking economy and social security checks; so, the play is timely and believable with adult humor that is tastefully delivered. “Old Ringers,” produced by special arrangement with Joe Simonelli  is on stage Oct. 16 through Nov. 3, 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., Sundays, and are $32 or $34. 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 TheMarcoPlayers.com or by calling the box office at 239-642-7270. 

Become a better boater

America’s Boating Club – Marco Island (ABClub-MI) recently announced its boating education program for the 2019-20 season. The curse meets for five 2.25 hour sessions over two and a half weeks. It will begin on Oct. 21, and will be offered again beginning on Dec. 2, Jan. 6, Feb. 3 and March 9. Information: Peggy Reiss at 239-213-8686.

Affordable health screenings

Residents living in and around the Marco Island, Florida can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Wesley United Methodist Church, 350 S. Barfield Drive, Marco Island, will host this community event on Oct. 28. Information: 877-237-1287 or www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.

Meals of Hope happy hour, packaging event

Marco Island Meals of Hope confirmed its last “Happy Hour for Hope” of 2019 will be from 5 until 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28, at Mango’s Dockside Bistro, Marco Island.  Mango’s is graciously hosting this event with drinks at reduced prices and hors d'oeuvres. Marco Island Meals of Hope also confirmed its annual packaging event will be 8:30 a.m., Nov. 16, at Marco Island Charter Middle School. Information: 239-642-6020 or www.mohmi.org.         

ONGOING

Rookery Bay

Touch, see and explore Southwest Florida’s coastal environment at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. Experience hands-on, interactive exhibits including marine-life touch tanks and habitat displays. Enjoy trails, naturalist-led programs, nature-viewing bridge over the water and more. Kids and adults alike can explore the center and discover the plants, fish and wildlife that call Rookery Bay Research Reserve’s 110,000 acres home. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids 6-12, and free for kids under 6. Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and is located at 300 Tower Road, Naples. Information rookerybay.org or 239-530-5940.

Science Saturdays

Rookery Bay’s Science Saturdays are now year-round and free for kids 12 and under. Different coastal theme each Saturday. Admission $5 for adults, free for kids 12 and under. Enjoy eco-crafts, a presentation, a featured film and our “Lessons in Laboratories” program from 11-11:45 a.m. Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and is located at 300 Tower Road, Naples. Information rookerybay.org or 239-530-5940.

‘Dames at Sea’

Select dates Wednesday through Sunday, now through Nov. 2, at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Tuesday performances available after October. Tickets range $42 to $62. Broadwaypalm.com. 239-278-4422.

‘The Great Gatsby’

Wednesdays through Sundays through Oct. 27, at the Sugden Community Theater, 701 5th Avenue South, Naples. The Great Gatsby is a contemporary stage adaptation of the classic Jazz-Era American Novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. $40 per person. 239-263-7990. naplesplayers.org.

Senior Softball

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.

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.

Naturalist-Led Kayak Tours

Join Rookery Bay Research Reserve for a kayak adventure into the beautiful back waters of Rookery Bay Reserve with our exclusive ecotour partner, Rising Tide Explorers! All the guides are active local biologists, certified naturalists and certified kayaking instructors making them the most qualified guides in the region. The whole family can enjoy a memorable and educational adventure into the estuary. With our kayak tours, guests paddle through beautiful mangrove tunnels, teeming mudflats and intricate oyster reefs while searching for amazing wildlife like sea stars, large snails, birds, dolphins and manatees! Get out and explore the backwaters Rookery Bay Research Reserve. Visit rookerybay.org to register for tours today. Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and is located at 300 Tower Road, Naples. Information rookerybay.org or 239-530-5940.

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.  

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.

NOVEMBER

Knights' car show

From 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., Nov. 2, the Knights of Columbus Car Show will take place at the San Marco Catholic Church parking lot. The show will have many beautiful cars and a very special vehicle on display, a 2019 Ford GT super car. The show will also have food prepared by the Knights which will include hamburgers, hot dogs and sausage and peppers. The Celtic Spirit Irish dancers will perform and Steve Reynolds will be the guest DJ. Trophies will be awarded in 10 categories. Entry fee for show cars is $20 which includes lunch. Spectator fee is $5. Come out and support the Knights of Columbus who do many things for our community. ALL money collected will be donated to charity

‘Frozen 2’ for Island Theater Company

The box office is open and tickets are currently on sale for the Island Theater Company's production of “Frozen Jr.” and just days before “Frozen 2” comes out in theaters. The cast and crew invites you to join them for a cold trip to the fairytale land of Arendelle, as the story of sisters, Elsa and Anna, unfold in the amazing stage adaptation of "Frozen.” The show will be presented at the Marco Lutheran Church Great Room, 525 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Doors open half-hour prior to performances. Show dates are: November 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Centennial Bank, 615 E. Elkcam Cr. Monday through Friday. They can also be purchased online at www.theateronmarco.com, or at the door 30 minutes prior to each performance. Information: 239-394-0080.

Jerry Adams Chili Cookoff

Calling all chili chefs, the 7th Annual Jerry Adams Chili Cookoff is from noon until 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9. Information: marcofirefoundation.com or 239-595-0488.

Treasures in the Trunk sale

Treasures in the Trunk sale, fundraiser is 8 a.m. until noon, Nov. 9, at San Marco Church, 851 San Marco Rd., Parish Center parking lot. Vendors must be set up by 7:30 a.m. 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. 50/50 Drawing will take place at 11 a.m. You do not need to be present for drawing. Come join us for a morning of fun and the opportunity to shop or sell. For more information contact Vicki Huff at 240-498-6141, or Barbara DeRosa at 239-272-0158 or Mary Cay Moll at 773-368-7275. For the benefit of the San Marco Council’s Columbiettes.

Local Author Book Fair

From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, at the South Regional Public Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples. Authors are provided a table where they can display their books, talk with the public and sell their books. There will also be food trucks and activities for the whole family. Free. Information: 239-252-7542, collierlibrary.org.

LATER

Imagination Ball

The American Cancer Society presents “A Celebration for a Cure,” the 2020 Imagination Ball, March 6, at the JW Marriott Marco Island. This celebration of life will feature both live and silent auctions, fine food, music and so much more. The celebration will burst with hope and good cheer as the prestigious Grado Award is presented to Curt and Jacquie Koon of CJ’s on the Bay in honor of their dedication and support of the American Cancer Society. For more information: 239-642-6217 or Sue.Olszak@cancer.org.

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