THINGS TO DO: ‘Yuletide Shakespeare’ coming up at Marco Players Theater

Joe Taylor


» Monday night bingo at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island continues through May 6. Doors open 5:30 p.m., Bonanza posted at 6:15 p.m., game is called at 7 p.m. Each Monday, a drawing will be held for a free haircut, shampoo and blow dry or manicure by JUMP Hair and Nails. Each player receives a kosher hot dog, special roll, relish, sauerkraut, pickles, onions, chips, coffee, tea, pastry, ice cream and fruit. Hot Ball, with additional prize money of $250, also will continue. Open to the public, call 642-0800.

» Chess Coastal chess clubs in Naples and Marco Island are active. Chess on Marco Island meets Mondays, 9 a.m.-noon, at the Marco Lutheran Church, 525 N. Collier Blvd. Chess in Naples meets Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., in the clubhouse at Moorings Park, off Goodlette-Frank Road. Call Wade Keller, 389-2525, or email For maps and happenings, visit the website at

» Be Fit Over 50 Wellness program at Mackle Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 7:45 a.m. Call 642-0575.

» The Civil Air Patrol Marco Island Senior Squadron meets the first and third Monday in the CAP Hangar at the Marco Island Executive Airport at the end of Mainsail Drive. Contact Capt Bob Corriveau, squadron commander, at 331-2290. Visit

» The Great Books Discussion Group meets every second and fourth Monday of the month from 3-5 p.m. at the Gulf View Community Room. Excerpts from classical literature are read and discussed. Call Judi, 642-8665.


» Shell Club workshops through March 3, the Marco Island Shell Club invites residents to a workshop every Tuesday at 9 a.m. at United Church of Marco, 320 N. Barfield Drive. Enjoy making shell crafts and exploring the scientific knowledge of shells, visit the club’s website

» Jazz It Up Cardio Fitness Class 8-9 a.m., Mackle Park, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays. 642-0575.


» Island Knitters Wednesdays 12:30-3:30 p.m. Mackle Park, 642-0575.

» The Y offers after-school programs Available for children in grades K-5; all programs provide a range of activities including academic enrichment and homework help; outdoor activities; hands-on indoor activities; healthy snacks and arts and crafts. Registration fee is $45 and weekly rates are $35 ($45 for non-Y members). Call 394-3144.


» Mindful Meditation in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition meets Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the small chapel at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1101 N. Collier Blvd. Call 272-1349.

» Mah-Jongg at Mackle Park, every Thursday, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Call 642-0575.


» “Yuletide Shakespeare” Celebrate the Christmas season with students from the Marco Island Academy who will conclude their acting workshop with The Marco Island Shakespeare Festival by performing some of Shakespeare’s most renowned plays. “Yuletide Shakespeare” is on stage Saturday, Dec. 20, at The Marco Players Theater, located in the Marco Town Center Mall, 1089 N. Collier Blvd., No. 432.

Coming events

» Swamp walks begin in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. In addition to its five-hour biologist-led swamp walk, the group is again offering the 3 1/2-hour tram tour and swamp walk. Both adventures take visitors into the heart of the Fakahatchee Strand, home to more orchid species than any other place on the North American continent. The preserve is a haven for diverse wildlife and migratory birds. The Tram Tour and Swamp Walk begins at 9:30 a.m. and concludes by 1 p.m. It begins with a ride on the group’s Ghost Rider tram to the site of the swamp walk. After about 90 minutes of walking through the swamp, participants board the tram for the return trip. The tour and walk is offered Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. Go to

» Jewish Film Festival The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island’s Jewish Film Festival showcases the newest and best award-winning films on the Jewish circuit. The congregation’s goal is to entertain, educate and provoke dialogue about Jewish history, identity and culture. The public is invited. Call the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island for tickets. Call 642-0800.