WOW To Do List: Meals of Hope packaging event, more

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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.  

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Story time

From 10:30 until 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, 21 at the library. Story time 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.

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 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

Cub Scout leaders Brandi Garwood, left, and Renee Reed fill bags with their team. Marco Island volunteers packed a quarter of a million meals to feed those in need of food at the Meals of Hope packaging event in this file photo.

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 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


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: 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 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 or by calling the box office at 239-642-7270. 


JCMI Bingo winner John Pushic of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, with Herb and Hanita Kern.

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.

On Thursday, Oct. 31, the Knights of Columbus San Marco Council #6344 hosted a special Bingo night with a Halloween theme in the San Marco Parish Center.  Above: Coach bag winner, Kristin Schiller of Marco Island.

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.

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 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 or 239-530-5940.

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

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 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 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

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