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Everglades Seafood Festival

The line-up of entertainers at the 2017 Everglades Seafood Festival on Feb. 10-12 includes big-name groups from Nashville as well as popular local performers. There is definitely a southern flavor with headliners A Thousand Horses, Little Texas, and the Kentucky Head Hunters all visiting here for the first time.

For a full schedule, see evergladesseafoodfestival.org.

Author Tim Dorsey to visit

“Clownfish Blues” is the new book by Tim Dorsey, who will be at Sunshine Booksellers, 677 S Collier Blvd., at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12. He'll be telling a few stories, signing books and thoroughly entertaining all who come. This event is free and open to the public.

Information: 239-394-5343.

Harp concert

At 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12, over 25 harpists of all ages will be presenting a concert at St. Mark’s Episcopal

Church, 1101 N Collier Blvd., Marco Island. The public is invited to this free event.

Left Bank Art Fest

Put on by the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts Sunday, Feb. 12 and 26, hours are from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and is held in the breeze way of the Esplanade on Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Free admission and free parking. Photography, oil and acrylic paintings, jewelry, bronze, stone, ceramics, wood, and more.

Information: 239-537-5921.

Craft event

From 1:30 until 3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 13, come turn a hardcover book into a purse. Instructor Debby Fink.

Information: 239-642-0575.

Understanding how people with dementias react

From 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Feb. 14, at Rose Hall, Marco Island Library, 210 S. Heathwood Drive, presented by Alzheimer’s Association, Florida Gulf Chapter; sponsored by The Marco Island Civitan Club.

Information or RSVP: 317-345-8832 or jstuglik8587@hotmail.com.

Ecumenical Spirituality program

Omega Friends offering an Ecumenical Spirituality program. This year’s program theme is “The Shape of God: Experiencing the Mystery of the Trinity.” The program will feature video teachings by Father Richard Rohr and William Paul Young.  The group will also be discussing Young’s best-selling book, “The Shack.” The program will consist of four sessions on Tuesday afternoons from 3 until 5 p.m., (Feb. 14, 21, and March 7) in the Rose History Auditorium, Marco Island Historical Museum, 180 South Heathwood Drive. All are welcome.

Registration is not required -- simply come to the first meeting on Feb. 14 to learn more and decide if you wish to attend for the complete program.

Information: Phil Robers (610-659-7827) or Kathy O’Renick (816-918-2310).

Jazz at the Center for the Arts

The Marco Island Center for the Arts will host String Theory on Feb. 15. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Glenn Basham and Dan Heck are the core of String Theory, which offers their audience a different approach to jazz. Basham contributes violin and Heck guitar. Basham is well known concert master of the Naples Philharmonic displays both his talent as a musician and a love for jazz in this trio. Dan Heck is a professional jazz guitarist and bassist.

Tickets may be obtained by visiting the Marco Island Center for the Arts at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday or by calling the Center at 239-394-4221.

Information: marcoislandart.org.

Shrink Your Water Bill

The annual community presentation “Shrink Your Water Bill” sponsored by the City of Marco Island Beautification Advisory Committee will be 2 until 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15 in the community room at the Police Department, 51 Bald Eagle Drive. It’s free and open to the public.

Information: Patty Mastronardi, 239-389-5035.

Winter film series

The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts announce their 2017 Winter Film Series of Musicals at Marco Movies, Marco Walk Plaza from 10 a.m. until noon.  Movies will include “Evita” (Feb. 15); “Moulin Rouge” (March 1), “Chicago” (March 15) and “Phantom of the Opera,” (March 29). Tickets for all four movies is $20. Reserve your tickets by calling 239-389-0280 or 239-389-1333.

Bargain Basket Fashion Show

The annual Bargain Basket Fashion Show which will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, at the United Church of Marco, 320 N Barfield Dr. The Theme is French, Couture du Jour with stunning clothes from the Bargain Basket and featuring our own Fanny Frugal. Tickets are $20 available at the Bargain Basket during business hours. All proceeds will benefit Liberty Youth Ranch.

Wet Paint Live

Magnificent Marco Island serves as the setting for this Feb. 16, event with up to 20 local artists capturing the essence of our island community while painting from any of several picturesque islands or nearby locations. After completing their original paintings during the day, artists will bring their pieces to Rose History Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Museum, for display beginning at 5:30 p.m., with the exciting live auction starting promptly at 7.

Wet Paint Live Event attendees will enjoy hors d'oeuvres while deciding which original paintings they will be bidding on during a live auction. Also, everyone will have an opportunity to join the silent auction activities of original artwork.

Information: marcoislandchamber.org.

St. Mark’s Annual Flea Market

Marco’s largest garage sale is Thursday, Feb. 16, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. The annual flea market is the place to find one-of-a-kind treasures and great bargains. It’s bigger than ever this year; our storage shed is bulging. There are lots of surprises in the ladies boutique, electronics, furniture, housewares, kid’s corner, books, linens, men’s wear and the very popular jewelry counter. Come early grab coffee and a donut. Don’t miss the bargains, starts at 8 a.m.

If you would like to volunteer and be a part of the festivities call Cheryl Mueller, co-chair, 239-272-8826.

Beach sketches

Music, stories and in-the-moment inspirations will fill the San Marco Parish Center at 7 p.m., Fri. Feb. 17.  Musician and performer Martha Gallagher will be premiering her “Beach Sketches,” original music from the confluence of sand, sea, sky and spirit, born of creative retreat time on Marco Island. The event takes place the Parish Center of San Marco Catholic Church, located at 851 San Marco Rd., Marco Island. Tickets are $10.

Information: 239-394-5181.

Blessing of the Fleet

All boaters and boating organizations on Marco Island are invited to participate in the 2017 Marco Island Blessing of the Fleet on Feb. 18, sponsored by the Marco Island Yacht Club (MIYC). The Blessing of the Fleet is a traditional invocation of good fortune for boaters. The Marco Island Yacht Club bridge will be in formation as the boats pass in review after Chaplain Richard Blauw has blessed the fleet. The vessels will assemble in the Marco River between Factory Bay and the Jolley Bridge beginning at 10 a.m. and then parade past the Marco Island Yacht Club at 11 a.m. The parade will be led by the Marco Island Fire Dept. vessel, “J.W. Adams,” and the Marco Island Princess. Boating organizations are encouraged to participate and have their vessels grouped together in the presentation.

Participants and spectators are invited to stay for a buffet lunch at the MIYC and enjoy a “Concert in the Courtyard” featuring the Marco Strummers. A reservation is required by calling 239-3940199. The buffet lunch is priced at $28, and non-members may pay by credit card. There is no charge for boats to register and participate in the event. Registration forms can be downloaded from the Marco Island Yacht Club website (marcoislandyachtclub.net) or from Roy Hershberger at drhkch@aol.com, 239-269-3063.

Boaters wishing to participate should register as soon as possible. The Blessing of the Fleet will be limited to 30 boats.

Stone Crab Festival

Stone Crabs served all day, entertainment from 1 until 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 19 at Stan’s Idle Hour.

Marco Island Car Show

The Marco Island Car Show is scheduled for Feb. 19, at the Marco Healthcare Center. The show will be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Over 200 cars will be on display for the public to view and photograph. The Kiwanis Club will be serving hamburgers, hot dogs and homemade chili. The Italian American Club will be serving hot coffee, cakes and homemade Zeppoles.

As in previous years there is no fee to enter your car and trophies will be awarded in 20 categories.  If you own a vehicle that is your pride and joy this is your opportunity to join other car enthusiasts in showing some of the finest cars in Southwest Florida.

Spectators will enjoy the fantastic Celtic Spirit Irish dancers who will return for their 5th year as well as the Marco Island Charter High School band and cheerleaders.

This show has enabled Kiwanis to purchase educational materials such as books and computers for many children in the area. Come out and help Kiwanis help kids.

Information: John DeRosa at 239-272-0816.

No knit yarn and ribbon scarf

From 1:30 until 3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 20, create a lovely scarf from yarn and ribbon for warmer weather using dissolvable interfacing, yarn and ribbons.

Information: 239-642-0575.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival

The Museum of the Everglades will host the 13th Annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival, celebrating the life and work of the author, journalist and environmental activist. Douglas (1890-1998) was best known for her work “Everglades: River of Grass” which was published in 1947. It drew attention to the water as the key to the Everglades and presented the concept of the Everglades being a vital part of south Florida’s ecosystem.

The five-day festival, taking place from February 21-25, is filled with assorted educational and adventurous happenings related to the history, preservation and appreciation of the Everglades. Museum of the Everglades will host the official Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival Luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Reservations are required for the luncheon as well as for some of the excursions with limited space.

Located in historic Everglades City, three miles south of U.S. 41 and SR 29, the museum explores an in-depth look at over 2,000 years of human history in the area and tells the story of adventurers stubborn enough to settle southwest Florida’s lush “River of Grass.” The museum is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free.

Information: 239-695-0008 or stop by 105 West Broadway Everglades City.

Spaghetti dinner

The Knights of Columbus San Marco Council #6344 will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for charity in the San Marco Parish Center from 4:30 until 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21. The cost will be $12 per person with $5 for children under 12. Dinner includes spaghetti with marinara sauce, meatballs, Italian sausage, salad, Italian bread, and dessert with beverages and cash bar. Take out is also available. This event is open to the public and everyone is invited.

Information: 239-389-5633 or marcoknights.com.

Art Flicks

The Marco Island Center for the Arts has announced the launch of its fourth annual “Art Flicks” program, featuring foreign, independent and “art” films.  To be shown at Marco Movies, 599 S. Collier Blvd at 10 a.m. the series features free theme-based films, refreshments and lively discussions for both residents and island visitors who are interested in the art of film. Nick Campo, owner and operator of the Marco Movie theater, donates his time and the largest theater at the complex for the Art Flicks program.

The theme for 2017 is “The Power of Song,” and will feature the following movies:

  • Feb. 21:  “Pete Seeger, The Power of Song”
  • March 7:  “Hear My Song”

Information: marcoislandart.org.

Lunch and Learn lectures

Noted marine scientists will present their research as part of the monthly Lunch and Learn lecture series from February through April at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 tower Road, Naples. All lectures take place from noon to 1 p.m. Admission is $15 and includes a hot lunch from Carrabba’s. Reservations are strongly encouraged by purchasing a ticket at rookerybay.org or calling 239-530-5972.

  • Feb. 21: Dr. Kevin Boswell, assistant professor of marine sciences at Florida International University, will discuss "Acoustics and Fisheries Ecology." He will look at how technologies, including remotely-operated vehicles, measure factors such as habitat quality and prey availability. He has authored and coauthored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, received more than $12 M funding for research in the Gulf of Mexico, sub-Arctic and Arctic ecosystems. 
  • March 21: Dr. Jose Maria Eirin-Lopez, assistant professor of biology in Florida International University's Marine Sciences Program, will discuss "The Epigenetics Revolution Reaches the Ocean." Epigenetics is an exciting and relatively new discipline that studies how biological mechanisms turn genes on and off.  Dr. Eirin-Lopez will discuss how marine organisms adapt to environmental changes and how monitoring pollution can affect ocean conservation efforts.
  • April 18: Dr. Jim Fourqurean, director of the Marine Education and Research Initiative at Florida International University and professor at large for the University of Western Australia in Perth, will discuss "Green Turtles in South Florida." He will outline the negative effects of bay green sea turtles eating seagrasses in the shallow coastal areas of Bermuda where they grow up before returning to south Florida 10 to 20 years later.

Pioneering preservationists

Learn about the wonderful women who struggled in the remote wilderness of South Florida over 100 years ago and started the environmental movement even before they had the vote. Marya Repko will give an illustrated presentation about “Women in the Everglades” at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, during the 13th Annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival at the Museum of the Everglades. After the talk, she will answer questions and sign her local history books.

The 13th Annual MSD Festival is free of charge, except for the opening luncheon on Tuesday, but reservations for some events are required due to limited space. See http://www.colliermuseums.com/events or 239-695-0008.

Fish fry

On Friday, Feb. 24, the Knights of Columbus San Marco Council #6344 will host a fish fry dinner fundraiser in the San Marco Parish Center from 4:30 until 7 p.m.  The Council will hold these dinners every Friday through April 6.  The cost will be $13 per person with $5 for children under 12. Dinner includes fresh north Pacific cod baked or fried, French fries or baked potato, yummy coleslaw, rolls and butter, coffee and ice cream for dessert with beverages and cash bar. Take out is also available. This event is open to the public and everyone is invited.

Information: 239-389-5633 or marcoknights.com.

Island Theater Company’s upcoming season

Feb. 24-26, The Island Theater Company will present “Singin' Broadway,” a special concert event featuring Southwest Florida’s most talented singers performing songs from your favorite Broadway musicals. It will be performed at the Marco Lutheran Church, 525 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island.

Rounding out the season is the crazy comedy written by Joe Simonelli, “Men Are Dogs,” which will be performed at the Rose History Auditorium, 180 S. Heathwood, Marco Island. Show dates are March 16- 20 and April 19- 23.

Shows at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and matinees on Sunday. Doors open half-hour prior to performances.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Centennial Bank, 615 E. Elkcam Circle, Monday through Friday. They can also be purchased online at theateronmarco.com, by calling the ticket office at 239-394-0080, or at the door 30 minutes prior to each performance.

Discover Tigertail

Friends of Tigertail present “Discover Tigertail,” from 9 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Feb. 25.

A program for all ages, about the marine life and other wildlife that inhabit the Tigertail Beach Lagoon. Feel the shell

of a loggerhead turtle, spot the wading birds with a telescope, see the osprey in their nest from the new wildlife viewing

tower, hear about wildlife rehabilitation, complete a half mile walk/run; learn about the birds, plants and seashells that are found here. Meet the specialists from Collier County Sea Turtle program, Rookery Bay Reserve, Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Marco Shell Club & Tommie Barfield PTO.

The event is free and open to the public.

Brushes & Paint

The Brushes & Paint Outdoor Art Shows, sponsored by Marco Island Foundation for the Arts, are scheduled this season on Saturdays, Feb. 25 and March 4. These shows provide local artists with the opportunity to show and sell their artwork. New venues this year include the Marco Island Lutheran Church and the Marco Island Historical Museum. New artists as well as experienced artists who use oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, mixed media and pen and ink are welcome to participate.

Information: 239-389-0280 or marcoarts.org.

Treasures in the Trunk sale, fundraiser

From 8 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Feb. 25, the San Marco Columbiettes will host a Treasures in the Trunk sale and fundraiser in the parking lot of the San Marco Parish Center. Vendors must be set up by 7:30 a.m. Don’t miss this opportunity to sell your new, used or antique treasures from the trunk of your vehicle.  The cost will be $15 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. 50/50 Drawing will take place at 11 a.m.  You do not need to be present for drawing.

Information: Mary Cay at 239-394-1016 or Barbara at 239-272-0158.

Pancake breakfast

The Marco Island Lions Club is hosting its annual pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, at the United Church of Marco Island, 320 Barfield Drive. Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door, and includes a plate of sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee or milk, and all-you-can-eat pancakes.

Information: 239-970-2039

Tour de Marco  

The 7th Annual Tour de Marco is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 26. Check-In is at 7 a.m. for the 30-mile bike ride and 8 a.m. for the 5 and 15 mile riders. The event concludes at the YMCA. All riders must wear a bike helmet, follow all rules of the road and complete a registration application. Free giveaways, goodie bags, refreshments and the first 150 registered will receive a free event t-shirt. Registration fees are $35 individual and $50 families (up to four individuals). Register at the Greater Marco Family YMCA, 101 Sand Hill Street until 9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24 or on day of event.

Arts gala

Since 1978, the Marco Island Center for the Arts has been offering educational art programs and classes in varied and numerous categories, as well as exhibits, featured painters, writers, photographers, sculptors, glass and clay artists and more at their permanent home at 1010 Winterberry Drive on Marco Island. At their 5th Annual Gala, to be held on Feb. 26, at the Island Country Club, the Art Center promises to provide many more opportunities for art lovers and social butterflies alike, to support the Art Center and its programs for children, youth and adults, while also enjoying an exquisite dinner, elegant desserts, surprise entertainment; all accompanied by the music of Billy Dean and Dawn. In addition, a live and silent auction will be held for artwork, gift baskets, trips, and much more on display during the event. The Gala has become the biggest fundraiser for the Art Center fiscal year.

Information: 239-394-4221.

Age-related macular degeneration

Iberia Bank has partnered with Bascom Palmer Eye Institute (BPEI) to host Jaclyn L. Kovach, M.D., who will review the clinical features, risk factors, and treatment options for age-related macular degeneration (AMD).  She will also discuss the AMD clinical trials conducted at BPEI Naples for which she is the principal investigator. The Health Plus Lecture will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the IK branch located at 605 Bald Eagle Drive on Marco Island. The event will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and the formal presentation will start at 6. There is a $3 admission fee.

Reservations are requested by calling 239-393-2400.

ONGOING

Marco Players February shows

“Cookin’ with Gus” by Jim Brochu; directed by Charles Kolmann. On stage through Feb. 26, Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Improv comedy performed by Square One Improv comedians.  On stage at noon, Saturday, Feb. 11.  Doors open at 11:30 a.m. with boxed lunch included.

Reserved seating on sale at TheMarcoPlayers.com or by calling the box office at 239-642-7270. The Marco Players, Marco Town Center Mall, 1089 N. Collier Blvd, Marco Island.

Art at the Library

The Marco Island Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the Arts work cooperatively to provide monthly art shows at the Marco Library branch on Heathwood Drive. The months of February and March 2017 will feature the works Marco Island artist Judy Chinski. “I think of painting as a journey. As I travel to places real or imagined, I strive to record the beauty of the things I see around me. I am drawn to light and shadow, but more so I am visually stimulated by color. My subject matter is chosen by the thinks I like, beaches, children, boats and worn out buildings come to mind. I paint in both transparent watercolor and acrylics. Although my subject matter can be quite diverse my body of work is held together by the use of bright, happy colors.”

Chinski’s paintings may be seen at her home studio, at The Brush & Lens Gallery, Naples, and at jchinskiart.com. Also by appointment: 847-867-8870.

Artists in action

If you have ever been interested in how an artist works and hoped to see the process they use to create, then, at The Local Color Art Gallery (located above the shops of Olde Marco), the resident artists will be doing free demonstrations at 1 p.m. every Saturday during the months of February, March and April. Each week, a different artist will be talking about their work.

Nature walks

Free nature, birding walks, guided by trained naturalists through April 21, Monday through Friday, 8:30 until 10:30 a.m. Meet at the Tigertail Beach kiosk to begin your discovery of shore birds, wading birds, fiddler crabs, mangroves, shells and more at this pristine site on the Great Florida Birding trail. No reservations necessary. Binoculars and wading shoes recommended.

Information: 262-0304 or conservancy.org.

Bible study

Marco Presbyterian Church will have an 8-week women’s winter Bible study, featuring Kathleen Neilson’s book “Rebuild: A Study in Nehemiah.” It will continue every Friday morning from 9:30-11:30 a.m. through March 17.  The cost of the Bible Study is $15. All women are invited.

The church is located at 875 West Elkcam Circle, Marco Island.  Advance registration is available but not required at  marcochurch.com.

Rookery Bay Guided Kayak and Boat Tours

Through April 30: Two-hour guided kayak tours let you explore backwater bays and mangrove forests while you paddle lazily through the shallows and mazelike mangrove tunnels while learning about your surroundings from an experienced guide and naturalist. These tours, the only ones provided by an actual Rookery Bay Research Reserve staff member, provide opportunities to see wildlife such as wading birds, osprey, fish and dolphins. Boat tours aboard our small, six-passenger vessel are also available. Tours are offered every Tuesday through Friday. Pre-registration at rookerybay.org/calendar is required. Tours include same day admission to the Environmental Learning Center. All proceeds support the non-profit Friends of Rookery Bay.

Windows & Doors to History

The Marco Island Historical Society presents Windows & Doors to History at the Marco Island Historical Museum.  Windows & Doors to History extends Marco Island Historical Museum exhibitions to the outside of the Museum with 20 faux windows, three faux doors, and a three-panel column that depict vivid scenes from Marco Island’s rich history.

The Marco Island Historical Museum is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and the site is handicapped accessible.

The exhibition continues through Feb. 18.

Reservations are not required and there is no admission charge.

Information: themihs.org or 239-642-1440.

Author’s hour

The Museum of the Everglades presents “Author’s Hour” from noon until 1 p.m., the first Friday of the month during season (except for February) to enjoy this new lecture series and book signing. This series will take place at the Museum of the Everglades, 105 West Broadway Avenue, Everglades City. Refreshments to be served.

Information: 239-695-0008.

JCMI Bingo

Monday Night Bingo is in its 18th season. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; Bonanza is posted at 6:15 and the game is called at 7 p.m. The Bingo committee will continue to round off winnings, when there are multiple winners, which awards the players additional money. The highlights of the evening are a complimentary supper-kosher hot dog; ice cream, pastries, fruit, coffee and tea. The game is open to the public.

Information call the Synagogue office 642-0800.

JCMI mah jongg

Mah Jongg every Thursday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive. Call Shirley at 239-389-7872.

JCMI ACBL-sanctioned bridge

ACBL-sanctioned bridge at 1 p.m. each Tuesday starting Dec. 6 through April at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive.  Wayne Goodrich director. Information:  Jean or Abe Brown, 239-394-4272.

Mackle Park duplicate bridge

Play bridge from 12:30 to 4 p.m. each Friday at The Family Church, 1450 Winterberry Drive. Duplicate Bridge is another way to meet new friends on Marco. Reservations are required.

Information: 239-642-0575 or cityofmarcoisland.com.

Mackle Park mah jongg

Play mah jongg from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. each Thursday at The Family Church, 1450 Winterberry Drive. Come join the fun and make new friends. Walk-ins welcomed; free. Information: 239-642-0575 or cityofmarcoisland.com.

Canasta

Come meld with us from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoons at The Family Church, 1450 Winterberry Drive. This is a free, social program where you can enjoy the game of canasta and make new Island friends. Information: 239-642-0575 or cityofmarcoisland.com.

English as a Second Language

Marco Presbyterian Church will be offering free English classes on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m.

through April 19.  There is no cost to attend.  Classes will be held in the Fellowship Hall.

Information, información: 239-394-8186

Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Enjoy two-story visitor center, film, art gallery, gift shop, and nature trail with viewing platform. Naturalist programs offered each morning and afternoon on topics such as manatees, sharks, sea turtles, plant walks, and marine life in the touch tank. $5 adults, $3 children, free for members. 300 Tower Road, one mile south of the intersection of U.S. 41 and Collier Boulevard; 239-530-5977; rookerybay.org.

Call to artists

The Goodland Arts Alliance is celebrating its 5th Annual Harbor Arts & Music Festival by way of making it a two-day event, March 11 and 12. Formerly a one-day outdoor arts festival, 2017 promises more great art, more great music, a wider variety of food, and even more widespread advertisements and promotions reaching into art communities throughout the country. Held in picturesque waterfront MarGood Harbor Park, juried by a selection committee of five professional artists, with musical lineups coordinated by JRobert Houghtaling and Tom “Cello Man” Porter, this event has garnered great praise from past participating artists.

Applications are being taken at goodlandartsalliance.org, or you can contact Tara O’Neill at taraogallery@gmail.com.

Art at the Marco Library

The Marco Island Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the Arts work cooperatively to provide monthly art shows at the Marco Library branch on Heathwood Drive, Marco Island.

Free English classes

The Pelican Community Center, located at 5800 Golden Gate Parkway, is offering free English classes Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 until 8 p.m.

Information: Pastor Mark Eisold at 239-307-7336.

Essentrics by Judy

At the Marco Island Library, 210 S. Heathwood Drive, every Wednesday 10 a.m., 11am and every Friday, 9 a.m., through April 14. For all ages; 8 classes $100 or walk-ins $15.

Volunteer opportunities available

The Bargain Basket Thrift shop is seeking volunteers year round, Monday through Saturday. The Bargain Basket, a mission of United Church of Marco Island, is the oldest and only nonprofit mission on the island. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. If you are interested in helping out kindly contact our store manager, Sue Woods at 394-6640. Bargain Basket is located at 750 Bald Eagle Drive (next to Progressive Auto).

Sabbath services

JCMI, The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 911 Winterberry Avenue, offers Sabbath services at 8 p.m., Fridays. Dessert follows. Information: 642-0800.

2.0 Bible study

Enjoy a meal and some fellowship at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, then move into the sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. for a few moments of worship before children are dismissed to the Kid’s Ministry. This week, teens and adults will stay in the sanctuary to meet our missionaries to the Middle East. New Life Community Church, 489 West Elkcam Circle. Information: 239-394-3469 or newlifemarco.org.

UCMI men’s group

United Church of Marco Island’s Men’s group meets at 9 a.m. every third Wednesday at Mango’s Bistro on the Esplanade. Join this lively group as they discuss the economy and other world affairs or any other subject that suits your fancy. Information: ucmarco.org.

UCMI women’s group

United Church of Marco Island’s women’s group meets at 1 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Mango’s Bistro. All are welcome to join this lively group of women for lively discussion and fun. Information: ucmarco.org.

Wednesday night bible studies

New Life Community Church, 489 W. Elkcam Circle, holds weekly Wednesday night bible studies. A free supper begins at 5:30 p.m. to fellowship with others and two bible studies begin at 6:30 p.m. No reservations needed. Just bring your bible and come hungry. Information: 239-394-3469 or newlifemarco.org.

New Life choir

If you love to sing and would like to be a part of the adult choir at New Life Community Church, 489 West Elkcam Circle, contact Pastor Greg Barrett at gbarrett@newlifemarco.org. Information: 239-394-3469 or newlifemarco.org.

Martial Arts

Traditional Muay Thai, Boxing and Self-defense every Tuesday and Thursday 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; 13 years old and older. No experience necessary.

Information: 239-642-0575.

Open studio

Open Studio and Gallery with Betty Newman at The Local Color Gallery in the Old Shops of Marco across from Café de’ Marco.

Winter Hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Sunday. By appointment 239-784-4436.

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.

Intermediate adult tennis clinics

Intermediate Adult Tennis Clinics will be held at the Greater Marco Family YMCA Tennis Facility from 9 to 10 a.m. each Tuesday at the Greater Marco Family YMCA, 101 Sand Hill Street. Sign up in the Tennis office or call 239-394-3144, ext. 224.

MARCH

Dueling pianos

March 2-3, Marco Lutheran’s artist series presents a special concert event, featuring the flying fingers of Lucille Gaita and John Davis, along with guest vocalist Craig Greusel.  Enjoy music from 60s, 70s, sing-alongs, and other crowd favorites.  Shows are at 7:30 p.m. at MLC Great Room, 525 N. Collier Blvd. Tickets are $20 reserved seating and can be purchased in person at MLC’s ticket desk, 525 N. Collier, noon until 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Information: 239-394-5579

MIHS humanities speaker series

Mark your calendars for the upcoming 2016-2017 Florida humanities speaker series, presented by the Florida Humanities Council in partnership with the Marco Island Historical Society. The series features four fascinating lectures about Florida’s history, culture and people. Each speaker is a well-known and award-winning expert in his/her field; each lecture is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation with an opportunity to ask questions at the end.  All of the lectures will be given at Rose History Auditorium starting at 7 p.m.

  • March 7: “Franco-Spanish Struggle in 16th Century Florida: Violence, Lies and Propaganda in the Age of Discovery.” Dr. J. Michael Francis, one of the nation’s leading experts on the Spanish colonial experience in Florida, explores the early history of European settlement efforts during the 16th century, a process that began almost a century before Jamestown. His lecture will focus on the complex interactions among Europeans, Africans and Indians that helped shape modern Florida.
  • April 27: “Florida Environmental History.”  Master lecturer and award-winning author Dr. Steve Noll examines the relationship of people to the land throughout Florida, starting with Native American settlements. He concentrates on how Floridians have worked to turn water into land and land into water; how Floridians have gone from concerns of too much water to too little in less than a century; and how hurricanes have played a role in shaping Florida as both a state and a society.

Support for the Speaker Series is provided by the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs. All are invited to attend. Historical Society members are admitted free of charge; nonmembers are asked to pay $10. Rose History Auditorium is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island.

Information, call 239-642-1440 or visit themihs.com.

Caregiver, caring for yourself

From 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., March 14, at Rose Hall, Marco Island Library, 210 S. Heathwood Drive, presented by Alzheimer’s Association, Florida Gulf Chapter; sponsored by The Marco Island Civitan Club.

Information or RSVP: 317-345-8832 or jstuglik8587@hotmail.com.

Marco Players March shows

“Driving Miss Daisy” by Alfred Uhry; directed by Beverly Dahlstrom. On stage March 15 through April 2, Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

“Florida Fiddler Show” performed by J.Robert. On stage  at noon, Saturday, March 11. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. with boxed lunch included.

Reserved seating on sale at TheMarcoPlayers.com or by calling the box office at 239-642-7270. The Marco Players, Marco Town Center Mall, 1089 N. Collier Blvd, Marco Island.

Maintaining and repairing your kayak

Maintaining and repairing your kayak will be the topic of the 6:30 p.m., March 16, presentation at Capri Community Center, 338 Capri Blvd, Naples. The speaker is Michael Zabre. For 35 years Michael owned and taught classes for Adventure Outfitters, a chain of outdoor sporting goods stores in New England. He has led over 200 kayak trips, and has paddled in Alaska, British Columbia, Newfoundland, Costa Rica, Chile, Hawaii, New Zealand, Baja, California and much of the U.S.

14th Annual CurePSP Memorial and Awareness Walk

The 14th Annual CurePSP Awareness and Memorial Walk will take place on Saturday, March 18, at Mackle Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace.  The walk is a national drawcard that attracts visitors from across the country to raise awareness of neurodegeneration, and support research and programs for progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and related prime of life brain diseases. The length of the walk is less than one mile around Mackle Park, and is wheelchair and family friendly. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and is $25 for adults and $10 for students, and includes a t-shirt and lunch.

Information: Cindy MacDonald at 239-353-3960.

Marco Island Half-Marathon and 5K-Walk/Run

Runners of every level are invited to participate in the Marco Island Half-Marathon and 5K-Walk/Run on Sunday, March 19. In its ninth year, the half-marathon starts at 7:30 a.m., while the 5-KWalk/Run, celebrating its fifth event, starts at 7:45 a.m. The event starts at the Shops of Marco Publix parking lot, heads east on San Marco Road, passes over the Goodland Bridge before winding through Key Marco and finishing at the starting point. The six levels include Platinum ($2,500), Gold ($1,000), Silver ($500), Bronze ($250), Booth Package ($150) and Water Table ($100). Platinum-level participation includes signage on shirts, banners and other race-day items, along with pre-event advertising/marketing materials, event booth space and four complimentary runner registrations.

Participants may register at marcoislandhalfmarathon.com.

Information: Craig Kelley, 239-961-7314.

APRIL

Death: Loss, grief and recovery

From 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., April 11, at Rose Hall, Marco Island Library, 210 S. Heathwood Drive, presented by Alzheimer’s Association, Florida Gulf Chapter; sponsored by The Marco Island Civitan Club.

Information or RSVP: 317-345-8832 or jstuglik8587@hotmail.com.

‘Heaven Help Me’

“Heaven Help Me” by Joseph Simonelli; directed by Richard Joyce. On stage April 19 through May 7, Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Reserved seating on sale at TheMarcoPlayers.com or by calling the box office at 239-642-7270. The Marco Players, Marco Town Center Mall, 1089 N. Collier Blvd, Marco Island.

Calendar items must be submitted to mail@marcoeagle.com.

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