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1. 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.

Registration for the 5K is $50, and the half marathon is $90.

There will be a post-race celebration from 10 a.m. to noon at The Speakeasy of Marco Island, 1106 N. Collier Blvd.

Information: marcoislandhalfmarathon.com or Craig Kelley, 239-961-7314.

2. JCMI: An evening of music

Thirty-three years ago two important events occurred on Marco Island -- the founding of the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island and the organizing of the Naples Philharmonic. The Saul I. Stern Cultural Series continues its 23rd season with the Naples Philharmonic Brass Quintet, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 18. The performance takes place at the Synagogue, located at 991 Winterberry Drive. The group, appearing for the 11th season at the Cultural Series, will play selections from Copeland to Fats Waller and Duke Ellington. Following the performance guests will taste pastries at the Viennese Table and Starbucks coffee.

Information: 239-642 0800.

3. Saturday: Food drive for needy families and their pets

For the Love of Cats and Our Daily Bread have teamed up for a food drive to help the less fortunate families in the area.

Stop by the Publix in Town Center, 1089 N. Collier Blvd., from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, March 18, to lend your support.

Our Daily Bread, the food pantry located at the Family Church on Marco Island and For the Love of Cats, the no-kill rescue on Marco Island, have collaborated on a food drive for low-income families. Representatives of both organizations will be at Publix collecting food, supplies and pet food for over 100 local families in need.

For the Love of Cats will also be collecting canned and dry cat food and cat litter for several low income families in the Naples area along with collecting food to feed almost 100 feral cats in registered colonies in East Naples, Marco Island and surrounding communities on a daily basis.

Each group will have a list of food and supply needs that shoppers can take into the store. Publix has brought in extra stock of the items on these lists to insure availability.

All donated goods are tax deductible.

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