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Call to artists

The Marco Island Center for the Arts recently announced a new invitation or Call to Artists (CTA) for upcoming months of August and September. The exhibition will accept submissions created while sheltering at home or as we begin to reopen across the country. Art created during this time frame can also reflect local, national, and global events including changes, challenges, and the “New Normal.” This exhibition will replace the previously announced “Celebrating Elements of Art “scheduled for August and “Celebrating Color” scheduled for September. We invite all artists to submit a maximum of three pieces of work that meets the criterion in this CTA. Submission costs are as follows: Members: $20 for one piece; $25 for two pieces or $30 for three pieces; non-members: $25 for one piece; $30 for two pieces or $35 for three pieces. Artists will be able to bring their submissions for intake from 10 a.m. until noon, Aug. 6. Information: marcoislandart.org.

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Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum

Now open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. every day, at 3075 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel with a new exhibit: Beyond Shells: The Mysterious World of Mollusks. The exhibit consists of 11 aquariums home to giant clams, gastropods and a Giant Pacific Octopus. Admission is $23.95 for adults (18 and older), $21.95 for seniors, $14.95 youth (12 to 17) and students with their ID, $8.95 for children (5 to 11) and free to children younger than 5 and active military. Visitors who bike to the museum receive $1 off admission. Information: 239-395-2233, shellmuseum.org. 

Films for Film Lovers Series

At 7 p.m. every Monday evening at Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. This series features award-winning foreign and independent films. Following the film, audience members have the opportunity to join a lively film discussion, led by a Film Society Chairman and a Film Society Member. $10 general admission. Film packs available: $80 for 10 films and $150 for 20 films. Wine, beer and concessions are available. Information: 239-495-8989; artcenterbonita.org.

Jebry's Jazz and Blues Jam Session

From 6 to 9 p.m. every Monday at Dogtooth bar and restaurant, 5310 Shirley Street, Naples. Information: 239-431-7004. 

Walk, bike, paddle

A hidden gem in Naples is the Gordon River Greenway. Walk, ride your bike or kayak on or along the scenic from 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. There's 12-foot wide pathways and 10-foot-wide elevated boardwalks. Restrooms and other amenities available. Located at 1596 Golden Gate Parkway. Information:  239-252-4000 or gordonrivergreenway.org.

Enjoy nature

Did you know the largest state park in Florida is a short drive from Naples? Fakahatchee Strand is a unique spot and a chance to social distance from everyone but not wildlife and wildflowers. Open 8 a.m. to sunset; $3 vehicle fee. Located at 137 Coastline Drive, Copeland. Information floridastateparks.org, 239-695-4953.

Naples Zoo

New hours of operation from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples. Offering timed online tickets to the general public. All guests will be required to reserve a timed ticket online, with reduced ticket prices. Tickets can only be purchased online. Information: 239-262-5409 or napleszoo.org.

Who is your hero?

Join the Marco Island Noontime Rotary in partnership with the YMCA as “we celebrate our Heroes with a spectacular visual display of hundreds of American Flags flying from 7 ft. masts on the open lots along San Marco Road at the corner of Sand Hill.” Flags will be displayed beginning Feb. 14 through 19, including Valentine’s Day and President’s Day. Proceeds from this event will go back to serving our community’s critical needs. Who is your hero? A healthcare worker, food supplier, volunteer, veteran, our military, first responders, police and fire personnel, teachers, mentors, caregivers, a family member, friend, your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, anyone who has had an impact on your life or the community. For only $50 you can sponsor your hero with this spectacular display of American flags. Each flag will have a medallion that states your name as the sponsor and your hero’s name. The medallion will be yours after the event is completed. Contact Linda Sandlin at 239-777-9200 or Linda@MarcoRealtySource.com for your sponsorship application.

Orange Jeep Tour

Head to Ave Maria to enjoy an Orange Jeep Tour to go back in time to historic Florida. There's 90-minute narrated tours from sunrise to sunset. Address: 5076 Annunciation Circle, No. 104, Ave Maria. Information: 239-434-5337; orangejeeptours.com. 

Flea market

If you've never visited Flamingo Island Flea Market, you're in for a treat. Looking for that special 1972 baseball card? A multi-use screwdriver set? A floppy beach hat? You may find it here. Open 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday at 11902 Bonita Beach Road. Information: flamingoisland.com, 239-948-7799.