WOW To Do List: ‘Marco Nature Night’ and more

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An osprey stands on a dead mangrove branch in Tigertail Beach on Sept. 11, 2019.

‘Marco Nature Night’

The Marco Island Beautification Committee is hosting a night of exploring your environment from 5:30 until 7:30, Feb. 19, at the Marco Island Community Room, 51 Bald Eagle Dr. Exhibits and presentations by Rookery Bay Research Reserve, Audubon Western Everglades, Collier County Pollution Control, Master Gardener, Marco Island Center for the Arts, Dr Stephen Brady "Fruit Hunters," and Marco Island Nature Preserve, Lite Bites by JW Marriott and giveaways. Information: cityofmarcoisland.com.

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Wall that Heals

Marco Island will be the only Florida city in 2020 to host The Wall That Heals, according to a news release from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF). The 25th season of the exhibit will begin on Marco Island on Feb. 20 and will include a three-quarter scale replica of the memorial along with a mobile education center. The American Legion Post 404 is leading the effort that will bring the exhibit to Marco. More than 200 volunteers will be needed to set up and take down the replica wall, staff the exhibit and guide visitors, according to Rubenstein. Fifty additional volunteers are needed to publicly read 1,954 names of Floridians who died serving in Vietnam. Volunteers can contact Ray Rosenberg at 239-877-4206. The exhibit will run through Feb. 23 and will be open 24 hours a day and free to the public, according to Rubenstein. 

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St. Mark's sale 

A unique boutique and jewelry sale from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20. Featured are lightly used upscale women’s clothing, shoes, bags and scarves and a large assortment of jewelry in a wide range of value. In addition, homemade strawberry shortcake, lemonade, coffee and donuts will be on sale for hungry shoppers. This is a new venture for St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Elkcam Circle and N. Collier Blvd. All profits will go to local charities including Our Daily Bread food pantry, Habitat for Humanity, the Good Samaritan Children’s Shelter and Manatee Middle School.

Discover Tigertail 

From 9 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Feb. 22, Friends of Tigertail invites you to ‘Discover Tigertail.’ The program, for all ages, is about the marine and other wildlife that inhabit the Tigertail Beach lagoon. Take part in seining creatures from the lagoon, feel the shell of a loggerhead turtle, spot the wading birds with a telescope, see the ospreys in their nest from the wildlife viewing tower, and hear about wildlife rehabilitation. Learn about the birds, plants, and seashells that are found here. Meet the specialists from Collier County sea Turtle Program, Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Collier County Water Keeper, and the Marco Shell Club. Featured again this year, beach pail decorating and handouts for children, as well as our popular scavenger hunt.

Treasures in the Trunk sale

From 8 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Feb. 22, the San Marco Columbiettes will host a Treasures in the Trunk sale fundraiser in the parking lot of the San Marco Parish Center. Vendors must be set up by 7:30. 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. A 50/50 drawing will take place; you do not need to be present for drawing. Information: Barbara DeRosa at 239-272-0158 or Mary Cay Moll at 773-368-7275 or Vicki Huff, 240-498-6141.

'Singin' Broadway'

Southwest Florida's most talented singers are back on the Marco stage at the Rose History Auditorium.  The 4th Annual Singin' Broadway is a special concert event featuring songs from your favorite musicals. Cast information can be found on the website at theateronmarco.com. This year’s event is at Rose History Auditorium, 180 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. There are two shows, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Feb. 22. Tickets are now on sale at the Museum Gift Shop, 180 S. Heathwood Drive and Make A Memory Gift Shop, 567 E. Elkcam Circle (next door to Hoot's), on their website theateronmarco.com, or at the door. Groups of 10 or more can call the box office 239-394-0080.

Bob Smith Jazz Quinet

The Bob Smith Jazz Quinet will perform from 2 until 4 p.m., Feb. 2, Feb. 23 and March 22 at the Mackle Park covered courts on Marco Island. Bring chairs. Donations accepted. Information: Bob Smith, 650-375-8717.


Visit historic Everglades City from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, to greet old friends and see what’s new at Art-in-the-Glades in McLeod Park. You’ll find everything from handmade soaps to history books offered by local vendors. It is a busy day with a Pancake Fly-In breakfast at Everglades Airpark from 10 a.m. until noon and then a reception for artist Donald Sunshine at 1 p.m. in the new Everglades Area Visitor Center. All the events are free and informal. Information: evergladeshistorical.org or Marya at 239-695-2905.

Left Bank art fest

From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24 in the breeze ways of the Esplanade, 760 North Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Juried artists include photography, oil and acrylic paintings, jewelry, ceramic sculptures, pottery, wood, glass, stone and more. Free admission and parking. Information: 239-537-5921.

‘Science Nites’ at Rookery Bay Reserve

Rookery Bay Research Reserve is launching a monthly “Science Nites” series January through April as an outside-the-box afterwork or dinner option. The evenings include food, drink, hands-on science fun and a presentation by a science expert. Dates and topics are: Jan. 28, “Juvenile Bull Sharks and the Ten Thousand Islands;” Feb. 25, "Current Research on Bottlenose Dolphin Communities in Southwest Florida;" March 31, "Ocean Trivia;" and April 7, "How Citizen Science Can Help Solve the Ocean Plastic Pollution Crisis." The event is from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road. Cost is $15 per evening and registration is required at rookerybay.org or by calling 239-530-5972.

Sea turtle lighting workshop

A sea turtle lighting workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., Feb. 25, at the Marco Island Police Department community room, first floor, 51 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island. Information: cityofmarcoisland.com.


Mah Jongg

Weekly Mah Jongg, 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., Thursdays through April at JCMI, 991 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. Open to the public. RSVP to Shirley at 239-389-7872. 

JCMI Bingo winner Eric Chesser with Dr. Herb 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 Feb. 6, the Knights of Columbus San Marco Council #6344 hosted a Bingo Night in the San Marco Parish Center. The jackpot winner was Jamie Erickson of North Naples, with Knight Joe Swaja, navigator of San Marco Assembly #2514.

K of C Bingo

The Knights of Columbus San Marco Council #6344 hosts a Bingo Night every Thursday through April 2 in the San Marco Parish Center with the doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and Bingo starting at 7. This event was open to the public and everyone was invited for an evening of fun and games. Information: 239-389-5633 or marcoknights.com.

Special day: Farmer’s market at Veterans Community Park

The popular Marco Island Farmer’s Market has returned to Veterans Community Park, held from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday (due to The Wall that Heals visit later in the week), at Veterans Community Park, 901 Park Avenue. Local Southwest Florida vendors will be selling home good items and crafts Items include: fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, salsa, sauces, fresh flowers, seafood, soaps, and much more. Information: cityofmarcoisland.com/calendar.

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.

Friends of Rookery Bay expands eco-tour offerings

Friends of Rookery Bay now offers guided boat trips in addition to guided kayak trips that explore the 110,000-acre Rookery Bay Reserve in Naples. All tours are small groups led by active local biologists, certified naturalists and certified kayaking instructors with Rising Tide Explorers, the Friends of Rookery Bay’s exclusive eco-tour partner. Learn more and book at rookerybay.org or call 239-530-5972.

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.  

Parkinson support

The Marco Island Parkinson care partner support group will resume at 1:30 p.m., each Tuesday during season at United Church of Marco, 320 Barfield Drive, Marco Island. Spouses, parents, children, relatives or friends dealing with Parkinson disease or similar neurological diagnoses are welcome. Marco Island exercise class for persons with Parkinson’s is every Tuesday and Thursday. No need to pre-register. 

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.


Florida domicile seminars

Local attorney William G. Morris announced his 2020 series of seminars to educate those thinking about making Florida their domicile. Morris will explore issues of concern and how to deal with them. The seminars will be free to participants, but due to limited seating, reservations are encouraged. The seminars will be moderated by financial adviser Kevin O’Fee of Edward Jones. The series will be held at Keller Williams Realty, 830 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island, from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. on the following dates: March 3 and April 1. These seminars are free, but reservations are required due to limited capacity of the meeting room and the terrific turn out last year. For reservations or further information, contact Kathy Ansted at 239-394-2412.

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.

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 March 9. Information: Peggy Reiss at 239-213-8686.

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