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Lunch & Learn

From noon until 1 p.m., Nov. 8. Cost is $15 (includes lunch). The first in a series of five lectures – Rookery Bay & the Next Generation of Scientists: Making a Home at Rookery Bay – Wading Birds Colonies and the Impact of Hurricanes. Anne Mauro, Rookery Bay’s avian ecologist and Gina Cheadle, Florida Gulf Coast University student will co-present on the impact extreme weather has on wading bird colonies in Southwest Florida. Lunch will be provided. Registration is required www.rookerybay.org/calendar.

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Boots for Badges with Little Texas

The Grammy-nominated rocking country band headlines a free concert benefiting The Fallen Officers and The Robert L. Zore Foundation. The event also includes food trucks, a “Blue Light Stick” memorial for fallen police officers (everyone entering the park will get a blue glow stick to take part), and opening acts Sonny Burgess and Jolie Holiday. Little Texas’ hits include “First Time For Everything,” “God Blessed Texas,” “Kick a Little,” “My Love,” “Life Goes On” and “What Might Have Been.” At 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8. Free admission (although donations are welcomed at entry). Bring your own chair. Other seating options start at $25, including $74-$100 VIP tickets. Cambier Park, 755 Eighth Ave. S., downtown Naples. 800-712-0831 or thefallenofficers.com

‘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 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.

BT Hero House Foundation Event

From 5 until 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, at The SpeakEasy, 1106 N Collier Blvd., Marco Island.  Heavy appetizers and happy hour prices. Johnny Fusco Live; drawings and a silent auction. Proceeds will provide active duty returning military and their families a deserving island vacation. Information: btherohouse.org or 239-394-0562.

‘Breakfast and Birds’ 

The Friends of Tigertail host the 17th Annual “Breakfast and Birds” at Tigertail Beach park from 9 a.m. until 11, Nov. 9. Bring your own breakfast and meet other interested birders to learn about the amazing birds which travel every year from their summer nesting grounds to their winter homes here on Marco Island. Binoculars are recommended. Birding ID cards available with a donation. Friends of Tigertail memberships are tax deductible and benefit our scholarship program. No reservations necessary.  

Book Fair

Sixty-three writers from Naples and throughout Collier County will share their inspirations and writing techniques at the Local Author Book Fair on Saturday, Nov. 9, sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Collier County. The 63-author lineup is a huge expansion from the successful 2018 Local Author Book Fair, which drew more than 40 published authors and hundreds of book lovers. Admission to the fair is free to the public. It will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the South Regional public library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway in East Naples. The Sizzle Truck food truck will be selling food and drinks, and there will be crafts and activities for children. Information: Contact Friends of the Library of Collier County at 239-262-8135 or mkern@collier-friends.org.

File: Marco Island Veterans salute during the Pledge of Allegiance.

Veterans Day Ceremony

At 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 11 at Veterans Community Park, 901 Park Ave, Marco Island.

Library closed

The library is closed in observance of Veterans Day (Nov. 11), Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28) and Friday (Nov. 29). The Marco Island Library is located at 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Information: 239-394-3272.

Medicare plan meeting

At 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., 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.  


From 10:30 until 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, 21 at the library. Storytime is followed by crafts. This month's theme: Thanksgiving. The Marco Island Library is located at 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Information: 239-394-3272.

Seminar: Navigating emergency room visits

From 2 until 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14 at the library. From transportation and admissions to discharge and billing, NCH's Betsy Novakovich, RN and Director of Emergency Services at Marco Island's Urgent Care Center, answer your questions. Registration required. The Marco Island Library is located at 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Information: 239-394-3272.

Bryan Dubrow Jazz Trio

Marco Island Center for the Arts presents guitarist, composer and music educator Bryan. Hailing from the Washington, D.C. area, he has played guitar since the age of nine. In 2017, Bryan received a bachelor of music degree in jazz performance and economics from The University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. Always looking to learn and explore Bryan Dubrow has delved into many diverse styles of music. Bryan brings his trio to the Art Center with music that is rooted in the jazz tradition and melded with his own eclectic inspirations. He has been fortunate to have performed in venues both around the country and internationally. Musical Interludes with The Bryan Dubrow Jazz Trio takes place at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, at Marco Island Center for the Arts. Reserve your seat now. The ticket price is $25 for members of the Marco Island Center for the Arts and $30 for non-members. For reservations call the Art Center at 239-394-4221 or visit www.marcoislandart.org.

Who was Barron Collier?

We know that Barron Gift Collier founded the largest County in Florida in 1923 and completed the Tamiami Trail. But, he also owned a chain of luxury resort hotels, a telephone company, a newspaper, a shipping line, and a bus company. That is not all he did! You can learn more at an illustrated presentation “Who Was Barron Collier?” at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, in the Jinkins Fellowship Hall behind Everglades Community Church. Speaker Marya Repko will have copies of her books for sale that she can sign for you. The event is hosted by the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation and admission is free but reservations are requested. To learn more, see www.evergladeshistorical.org or Marya at 239-695-2905.

Classic Car Show

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. The event will feature more than 100 cars, including pre-1930s antiques, classics from the 1940s and 1950s, muscle cars from the 1960s and 1970s, and modern performance cars. Entries are being accepted at rookerybay.org under the Special Events tab. Admission to the car show and Environmental Learning Center is $10 for adults and teens 13 and older, and free for children 12 and younger. Parking and admission sales will be set up in the Walmart parking lot, 6650 Collier Blvd., with free shuttle service to the show. On-site parking at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center will not be available. Information: 239-530-5940 or rookerybay.org.

Meals of Hope packaging event

Marco Island Meals of Hope’s annual packaging event will start at 8:30 a.m., Nov. 16, at Marco Island Charter Middle School. The packaging event draws together over 500 volunteers as part of Team Hope, packaging over 200,000 meals for those in need. To volunteer as part of the packaging event visit www.mohmi.org and register. If registering a group or team, register all volunteers at the same time with designation that those registered are part of a named group. Each station has 12 volunteers. Registering all names of a team at the same time is important so the registrants can be directed to the proper station at the event and avoid check in delays. This year’s event will feature the music of Kevin Fitzgerald. Information: 239-642-6020 or visit www.mohmi.org.


Thanksgiving crafts for ages 5-11, from 2 until 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16 at the library. All materials provided. Registration required. The Marco Island Library is located at 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Information: 239-394-3272.


Come to historic Everglades City for the first Art-in-the-Glades arts and crafts fair of the winter season from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, in McLeod Park on the Circle. Local painters, photographers, and crafters will offer their creations for sale. There will also be authors selling and signing their books. Admission is free and everyone is welcome so have a day out in this rural “olde Florida” town and visit one of the restaurants for stone crabs after you finish shopping. Information: www.evergladeshistorical.org or Marya at 239-695-2905.

Reef talk

At 7 p.m., Nov.18 the Marco Island Historical Society will host a fascinating speaker at Rose History Auditorium, 180 South Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. MIHS members are admitted free and non-members are asked to pay $10. Doors open at 6:30. Join Katie Laakonen, environmental specialist for the city of Naples, on Nov. 18 as she discusses these 26 new reefs constructed of fossilized coral rock, shell and reef balls in the estuarine waters of Naples Bay. For a complete list of all of the exciting happenings at the Marco Island Historical Society and Museum, visit www.themihs.org or call 239-389-6447.

Movie matinee

At 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19 there’s a movie matinee featuring “Yesterday” (2019, rated PG-13) at the library. Snacks and beverages provided. All events are free and open to the public. The Marco Island Library is located at 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Information: 239-394-3272.

Holiday crafts

From 2 until 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20, jump start your holiday decorations. Learn simple tips for creating beautiful holiday centerpieces. Container and flowers provided. Presented by the Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island and sponsored by Friends of the Library. Registration (and your own scissors) required. The Marco Island Library is located at 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. Information: 239-394-3272.    

‘A Doublewide, Texas Christmas’

In this hilarious, fast-paced comedy, the residents of one small trailer park are thrown for a loop when just before the holidays they discover they’re being double-crossed by the county. By the time this full-tilt story climaxes, you’ll have doubled your Christmas spirit. “A Doublewide, Texas Christmas” is on stage Nov. 20-Dec. 8, at The Marco Players Theater, Marco Town Center Mall, 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Shows are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. 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 www.TheMarcoPlayers.com or by calling the box office at 239-642-7270. 


‘Old Ringers’ at The Marco Players

“Old Ringers” 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.The play is on stage 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. 

Monday Night Bingo

Bingo is played every Monday evening at the Synagogue located at 991 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; Bonanza is posted at 6:15 p.m. and the game is called at 7 p.m. A complimentary supper is served to each player consisting of a Kosher hot dog, a special roll, relish, sauerkraut, pickles, chips, coffee, tea, pastry, ice cream and fruit. The cost of a two pack is $17, and a three pack is $24. The game is open to the public. Information: 239-642 0800.

K of C Bingo

The Knights of Columbus San Marco Council #6344 host a Bingo Night in the San Marco Parish Center on Thursdays through Nov. 14. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and Bingo starts at 7. This event was open to the public and everyone was invited for an evening of fun and games.

‘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.

‘Day of the Dead’ exhibit

Marco Island Center for the Arts invites the public to view the Rush Gallery exhibition “Day of the Dead” which was created by the students at the Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) under the direction of Art Teacher Gigi Garraty. MICMS has never before exhibited at the Art Center. The show runs 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, now through Nov. 5. Information: marcoislandart.org.

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 10:15 a.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 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.


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 be offered on Dec. 2, Jan. 6, Feb. 3 and March 9. Information: Peggy Reiss at 239-213-8686.

Left Bank art fest

From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Marco Island YMCA, outdoors in the grassy lot on the corner of San Marco Road and Sandhill Street. Juried artists include photographers, jewelry, paintings, pottery, glass, metal and more. Free admission and parking. Information: 239-290-7927.


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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