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MARCH

Shell Show

The 37th Annual Marco Island Shell Show, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., now through March 11, at United Church of Marco, Disseler Hall, 320 N. Barfield, Marco Island.

Film nostalgia

What do you remember when Joe Pesci, Danny Glover, Willie Nelson, and the gang were all here in the Everglades City area in 1997 to shoot the zany film “Gone Fishin'?” Come along to watch the movie and share your memories at 5:30 p.m., Friday, March 10, in the Jinkins Fellowship Hall behind Everglades Community Church. There will be a parallel slide show of old photos taken during the shooting to jog your memory. The event is hosted by the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation. Admission is free but reservations are requested. To book your places, email ESHP@hotmail.com or 239-695-2905.

Purple Party in the Park

A walk for lupus, 10 a.m., registration starts at 9, Saturday, March 11, at Sugden Park, Naples. Wear purple, walk 1.5 miles around the lake. Donations accepted. Organized by S.W. Florida Lupus Support Group.

Left Bank Art Fest

This event, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Sunday, March 12, showcases juried fine art, including paintings, jewelry, pottery, photography, glass, sculptures, wood, bronze, stone and more. Free admission and parking. Held on the walkways of The Esplanade Shoppes, 760 N Collier Blvd., Marco Island.

Irish Gala

Annual Irish Gala for Charity sponsored by the St. Finbarr Council Knights of Columbus and featuring the popular Cliff Erickson and the acclaimed Celtic Spirit School of Irish Dance will be held at 7 p.m., Sunday, March 12. Erickson has opened for Kenny Rogers and the Beach Boys. Doors open at 6 p.m. at St, Finbarr Parish Center, 13520 Tamiami Trail East (Rte. 41), one mile southeast of Collier Blvd.  Tickets ($15) available at door.  Cash beverages and door prizes available.

Information 775-2876.

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.

Spaghetti dinner fundraiser 

From 4:30 until 70 p.m., Wednesday, March 15, the Knights of Columbus San Marco Council #6344 will host the Sons and Daughters of Erin Spaghetti dinner fundraiser in the Parish Hall, 851 San Marco Rd, Marco Island. 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.

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

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 “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.

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.

Jazz at Center for the Arts

Rebecca Richardson and Dan Heck will be returning to the Marco Island Center for the Arts for an exciting jazz evening at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 16, the husband and wife team are legends on the local jazz scene. Richardson and Heck’s program, “Partners in Music” will share the story of their journey together through a night of epic and timeless jazz melodies. Tickets are $25and may be ordered online at marcoislandart.org or by visiting the Marco Island Center for the Arts at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island.

Information: marcoislandart.org.

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.

‘Men Are Dogs’

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

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

Tickets are $25. 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.

Saving the Swamp

Marjory Stoneman Douglas wrote, “There are no other Everglades in the world.” It is only 100 years in the long history of this special area since preservation started but earlier humans respected it and used its natural resources wisely. Hear how the early Native Americans, the new Seminole tribes, and eventual white settlers regarded the Everglades. Join local historian Marya Repko at 1 p.m., March 18, in the Chickee Hut at the Gulf Coast Ranger Station of Everglades National Park during Calusa Days.

Information: 239-695-3311.

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.

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.

  • 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.

Man-O-Manatee

That gentle, slow moving giant of the sea, the Florida Manatee, is the subject of Master Naturalist Robert McConville’s next lecture at Rose History Auditorium. The lecture, which is sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society, will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 22 and is open to the public. McConville will share the stage with Captain Nancy Anderson, a master naturalist who specializes in studying manatees. This lecture is free to members of the Historical Society and $10 for nonmembers. Rose History Auditorium is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive across from the library. Information: 239-389-6447 or themihs.com.

Women in the Glades

Imagine South Florida without air-conditioning and without roads or automobiles. Local historian and author Marya Repko will give a free illustrated presentation about “Women the Everglades; Pioneers & Early Environmentalists” at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 22, at the Collier County Museum, Government Center, 3331 Tamiami Trail East, Naples.

Information: 239-252-8242.

Coffee with the Chiefs

Police Chief Al Schettino and Fire Chief Mike Murphy invite Marco Island residents to attend “Coffee with the Chiefs” from 7:30 until 9 a.m., Friday, March 24, at First Florida Integrity Bank, 690 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island. This is an opportunity for residents to personally meet with the chiefs and to voice any questions or concerns they may have.

Information: 239-389-3914.

ONGOING

Windows & Doors to History

The Marco Island Historical Society presents Windows & Doors to History at the Marco Island Historical Museum.  The exhibit 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.

Reservations are not required and there is no admission charge.

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

What’s wrong with my plant?

The Master Gardener Walk-In Plant Clinic has returned to Lowe's, ready again to offer advice and answer all your gardening questions. If you are having trouble with your plants, they can diagnose the problem for you. It could be bugs, fungus or overwatering. It could be just the cold weather. Come and visit. Master Gardeners Donna Kay, Renee Jones and Virginia Williams will be there waiting to help you. Master Gardeners have been trained by the University of Florida on many correct horticultural practices and problems. Pruning, pesticides, fertilizers, bug identification, grass problems, just to name a few. Please bring bugs or infected plants in a sealed plastic bag. Pictures on your phone or tablet will help in diagnosing. The clinic is from noon until 3 p.m., every Tuesday, through April 18.

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 month of March 2017 will feature the works of 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. Scheduled are Joanna Sunshine (March 11), Donald Sunshine (March 18) and Betty Newman (March 25), Donald Sunshine (April 1), Karen Swanker (April 8), Lindy Kowalczyk (April 15), Betty Newman (April 22), and Lindy Kowalczyk (April 29).

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.

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.

K of C Bingo 

Knights of Columbus San Marco Council #6344 hosts a Bingo fundraiser in the San Marco Parish Center every Thursday through April 6, doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and Bingo starting at 7.  This event is open to the public.

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.

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.

APRIL

In the Round: VA aid and benefits

Iberia Bank presents Veterans Affairs (VA) accredited attorney Daniel Burzynski, J.D., who will help local veterans better understand the benefits available to them for serving our country. Dr. Deborah Lux will also join the presentation to talk about Collier County Honor Flight, an organization that was created to help transport America’s war veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at the memorials that are dedicated to honor their sacrifices. The presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, April 5, at the Marco Island branch, 605 Bald Eagle Drive. The event will begin with a welcome reception at 5:30 p.m. and the formal presentation will start at 6.

Seating is limited. Call 239-393-2400 to make a reservation. Admission is $3 per person.

Information: 239-403-5105.

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.

Easter sunrise service

The 29th Annual Easter sunrise service on the beach will be held at 7 a.m., Sunday, April 16, on the beach at the JW Marriott, 400 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island.

Information: 239-394-8186.

‘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.

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.

  • 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.

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

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