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Marco Island Arts Center joins largest reciprocal museum membership program

Marco Island Center for the Arts recently announced that it has joined NARM (North American Reciprocal Museum) Association.

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NARM is an affiliation of arts and cultural institutions located throughout North America and other participating countries. 

North American Reciprocal Museum

Marco Island Center for the Arts Members at the $135 level or higher will receive reciprocal benefits such as free admission and shop discounts at over 1,000 institutions across North America. These include arts, cultural and historical institutions along with botanical gardens, children’s museums, and science and technology centers. To find the mosaic of opportunities waiting for you just visit

New or renewed 2019-2020 Art Center Members with a dual, family level or above will receive a symbol on their membership card designating the NARM affiliation.

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Membership at Marco Island Center for the Arts can be retained at, by calling 239-394-4221 or visiting the Art Center at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island.

Donations sought

Marco Island Meals of Hope raises funds throughout the year for one big event. On Nov. 16, more than 500 volunteers will meet at the Marco Island Charter Middle School with goal of packaging over 250,000 meals. The meals are distributed to needy families throughout Collier County and, on occasion, to meet emergency needs in other areas. Already, Meals of Hope has sent more than 200,000 meals to the hurricane devastated Bahamas Islands.

Meals of Hope is one of the most cost effective charitable endeavors in the country. All of the money raised, purchases raw materials for packaging and distribution to the needy.

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What are those materials? Marco Island Meals of Hope alternates between packaging fortified macaroni and cheese dinners and pasta with red sauce. These are not just any old macaroni meals but are fortified with soy protein and vitamins so that the end product is a nutritional powerhouse. These meals are a godsend for the needy.

To package 250,000 meals, we need to raise $50,000. It looks like we will be $10,000 short this year. To some, that may not seem like a big deal because we can still pack some meals. But, to those who will not be fed because we missed our goal, it can mean an entire family going to bed without dinner.

Meals of Hope needs your help. To reach the goal, the organization is asking for 100 people to donate $100 each. If you can help, write a check for at least $100 to Meals of Hope and send it to me at 247 N. Collier Blvd., Suite 202, Marco Island, FL 34145. Marco Island Meals of Hope is an IRS Section 501(c)(3) charity, and in addition to our everlasting thanks, we will send you a receipt for your donation.

Knights car show slated

On Nov. 2, the Knights of Columbus Car Show will take place at the San Marco Catholic Church parking lot.

The show will have many beautiful cars and a very special vehicle on display, a 2019 Ford GT super car. This vehicle owned by Marco Island resident John Strobel, is one of 500 produced in the United States. It is the automakers answer to high performance sports cars from companies such as Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche and others.

Tony Costantino of the Corvette Club finds a speck of dust on his 2016 Z 06 in this file photo from the Marco Island Knights of Columbus car show.

In order to purchase the car the potential buyer had to submit a lengthy letter outlining his background in Ford ownership. Strobel has a long history of Ford ownership, including driving a 1964 Thunderbird Landau on his honeymoon.

The selected applicants for this special vehicle then entered into a drawing, the selection took place, and the winners were announced. The vehicle which can reach over 200 MPH will have a sticker price of over $500,000 and is something to see. Come to the show and see this awesome car and many other fine automobiles.

The show will also have food prepared by the Knights which will include hamburgers, hot dogs and sausage and peppers. The Celtic Spirit Irish dancers will perform and Steve Reynolds will be the guest DJ. Trophies will be awarded in 10 categories. Entry fee for show cars is $20 which includes lunch. Spectator fee is $5. The show runs from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Come out and support the Knights of Columbus who do many things for our community. All money collected will be donated to charity.

‘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 features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, with five new songs written for the Broadway production. This young-performers edition, with book by Jennifer Lee, opens their season Nov. 2 with five performances over two weekends. 

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 2, 3, 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, or at the door 30 minutes prior to each performance. Information: 239-394-0080.