» The Marco Island VFW Post is again conducting a collection of items of toiletries for homeless veterans. Items include tooth brushes and paste, body lotions, shampoos and soaps, detergent, bugs sprays, hotel soaps, face cloths, towels, body wipes, rain ponchos and small canvases and other items that make the world more comfortable for these homeless persons. All items are to be new and packages unopened. The stores hosting the collection boxes include Sunshine Ace Hardware, San Marco Drive; Snook Inn, North Bald Eagle Drive; Crazy Flamingo, Town Center Mall; Iberia Bank, Bald Eagle Drive; Mutual of Omaha Bank, San Marco Road. Also, the students of the arts class of the Marco Island Academy are decorating collection boxes with appropriate designs for the purpose. Call 289-5862 for more information.

» Tram tours at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park on the Ghost Rider Tram, you don’t have to get your feet wet or drive your car down dusty roads to see the wonders of the park. The tram, named in honor of the famous Ghost Orchid found in the park, offers a naturalist-guided tour of the park that is home to more orchid species than any other place in the North America. Tickets for the 2 1/2 hour tour are $25 per person. The tram leaves at 10 a.m. from the ranger station at 137 Coastline Drive, Copeland, off Janes Scenic Drive. For directions and required advance reservations visit orchidswamp. org and click “tours and events.”

» Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups Thursday noon-1 p.m. United Church of Marco Island, 320 N. Barfield Drive, support for families, friends troubled by someone’s drinking, 239-263-5907 or 888-425-2666 for 24/7 help, go to southfloridaal-anon. org/

» United Church of Marco Island’s women’s group meets first Thursdays of each month at 1 p.m. Check out for venue. All welcome to join this lively group of women for discussion and fun, more information at

» Mindful Meditation Thursdays 6:30 p.m. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1101 N. Collier Blvd. Call 272-1349.

» Sailing Association of Marco Island SAMI meetings third Thursdays of the month, Isles of Capri Community Center, 6 p.m., Robin Singer, membership director, 419-376-1387 or

Saturday, June 11

» “Sweep the Beach” clean-up with the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce, sponsored by city’s beach advisory committee, Saturday, June 11, 8-10 a.m., by forming one long line at South Beach from shore to dunes, picking up only non-organic material like straws, cigarette butts, plastic and paper trash, “trash grabbers” and buckets, gloves and water provided, MICA’s “gator” will collect buckets, call 389-3917.

Monday, June 13

» Meals of Hope Happy Hour for Hope, new date, Monday, June 13, 5-7 p.m., Snook Inn, happy hour drink prices and appetizers, $10 suggested donation, entertaining by Rosetta Stone, public invited, call 642-6020.

» Fishing Camp 101 at Mackle Park Teen Center for ages 8-12 years June 13-17, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., covering the basics of casting, knot tying, tackle gear, ID of fish and how to handle fish; participants should be prepared to fish every day, $85 resident, $102 nonresident, 4-H staff will instruct, preregistration required, call 642-0575.

» Police/fire academy for rising 6th-8th graders June 13-17, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at the police department’s EOC Room, $40 for resident, $48 non-resident, call parks and rec, 642-0575.

» Intermediate sailing at Marco Island Community Sailing Center, session I, June 13-17, 1-4 p.m., for ages 8-13 years, must complete Opti Camp Opti Pram Boating course, at Marco Island Yacht Club Beach, $145 resident per session, call 642-0575.

» Fit over 50 program at Mackle Park Monday, Wednesday and Friday 7:45-8:50 a.m. designed to improve heart and respiratory function, lower blood pressure, combat osteoporosis and improve bone density as well as tone and sculpt, with instructor Susan Branco, $50 per month or $6 walk-in, call 642-0575.

» Collier County Schools kindergarten registration underway. PRE-REGISTER ONLINE – visit now and click on the Kindergarten Registration image. Then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the online registration. Parents/guardians will need an email address to complete the registration. GATHER REQUIRED DOCUMENTS – A list of required documents for enrollment can be found on the District website and will also be provided upon completing the online pre-registration. Parents must have all of these documents in order to complete the registration process. VISIT A CENTRALIZED REGISTRATION LOCATION – After ncompleting the online pre-registration, parents must bring all required documents to one of three registration locations. Parents must meet with a student relations representative to complete the process.

» Chess on Marco Island meets Mondays, 9 a.m.-noon, at Marco Lutheran Church, 525 N. Collier Blvd. Chess in Naples meets Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., in clubhouse at Moorings Park, off Goodlette-Frank Road. Contact Wade Keller, 389-2525, or email WK@KellerPublishing. com.

Tuesday, June 14

» Advanced sailing at Marco Island Community Sailing Center, session I, weeks of June 14-21, Tuesday-Friday, 1-4 p.m., for ages 10-16 years, must complete intermediate course, at Marco Island Yacht Club Beach, $225 resident per session, call 642-0575.

» 2nd Tuesday opening celebration at Marco Island Center for the Arts June 14, 5:30-7 p.m., featuring photo art by KAT and works for artists on the theme “Mountains in the Sky,” free to members, but also open to the public, a $10 donation is requested from non-members, 1010 Winterberry Drive, phone 394-4221.

Wednesday, June 15

» June After 5, Marco chamber’s monthly networking, Classics Country Club at Lely Resort, 7989 Grand Lely Drive, 5:30-7 p.m., members $5.

» Bob Zottola, the renowned trumpet player who performed to a sellout crowd earlier this year, returns to the Marco Island Center for the Arts on June 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15. He has performed with the Maynard Ferguson and Duke Ellington bands and accompanied Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee and Mel Torme. Hyla Crane, the center’s executive director, says Zottola is one of the most exciting entertainers the center has had. Zottola will be performing with his group, Jazz Sympatico. Tickets are $25, available by visiting the Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday to Friday, or calling the center at 394-4221, website is

» Volunteer beach steward training and refresher course, Wednesday, June 15, for returning stewards and those who are interested in becoming a steward, 9-10 a.m., City Hall first-floor conference room, presenters Police Chief Al Schettino, beach steward coordinator Tony Ferrarea, and beach advisory committee member Katherine O’Hara, call 389-3917.

» United Church of Marco Island’s men’s group meets third Wednesdays at 9 a.m. Check out for venue. Join this lively group as they discuss the economy and other world affairs or any other subject that suits your fancy. More information at


» Kids free Fridays at Rookery Bay, summer education program provides free admission for kids ages 12 and younger accompanied by an adult ($5). Each week features different programs and activities and this year’s focus is on fish; starts June 17 with “Invertebrates” as topic, 300 Tower Road Naples, call 239-530-5940.

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