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MARCH

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.

‘Being Mortal’

Screening of the documentary, “Being Mortal,” based on the highly acclaimed book by Atul Gawande. Tapping into his own experience as a renowned surgeon at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Gawande shares his thoughts on quality of life from a medical perspective, and then asks us to consider what matters most when we or our family are facing serious illness and death. The hour long program, sponsored by Avow Care and Barrington Terrace, will be followed by an open discussion about dying and the choices we make.  The event is 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 21 at the Marco Island library branch. Admission is free.

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.

Gulf Coast Open

The 7th Annual Gulf Coast Open will be held March 24-25, at Pelican Bend in Naples. The tournament kicks off on Friday with the captain’s meeting and raffle to benefit Freedom Waters Foundation whose mission is to improve the lives of individuals with special needs and veterans by providing therapeutic marine related experiences in Florida.  Saturday is the main event: the Kingfish Jackpot, a division 6 tournament of the SKA - $10,000 first place prize.  The entry fee is $350.  There will also be prizes for top small boat, top single engine, top lady angler, top senior angler and the top three junior anglers. This event supports the Freedom Waters Foundation who will receive all the Pelican Bend Gulf Cost Open’s tournament proceeds.

Information: facebook.com/gulfcoastopen or gulfcoastopen.com.

Randy Wayne White at Sunshine Booksellers

“Mangrove Lightning” is the 24th, in the novel series starring marine biologist Marion “Doc” Ford and his trusty Master of Zen sidekick, Tomlinson. Author Randy Wayne White will be at Sunshine Booksellers, 677 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 25 to talk about his writing, his fishing and whatever else he’s in the mood to talk about.  This event is free and open to the public.

Information: 239-393-0353.

Meals of Hope happy hour

Marco Island Meals of Hope’s next “Happy Hour for Hope” will be from 5 until 7 p.m., Monday, March 27, at Gino’s Trattoria, 969 N Collier Blvd, Marco Island. Gino’s will make available drinks at happy hour prices and a delicious spread of hors d'oeuvres. Rosetta Stone will provide entertainment. These are fundraisers for Marco Island’s Meals of Hope. The $10 admission fee helps the organization buy food for its packaging event in November.

Marco Meals of Hope is a joint effort of Kiwanis, Noontime Rotary and Sunrise Rotary Clubs.

Information: mohmi.org.

The Navy and America’s yachtsmen

On March 28, award-winning author and historian Robert N. Macomber is back to tell another remarkable story of naval history — when private yachts went to war. Macomber’s lecture, which will begin at 7 p.m., will be held in Rose History Auditorium; all are welcome to attend. A book signing will immediately follow Macomber’s presentation; this lecture is free to members of the Historical Society and $10 for nonmembers. Rose History Auditorium is located at 180 S. Heathwood, Marco Island.

Information, call 239-3896447 or visit theMIHS.com.

Winter film series

The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts 2017 Winter Film Series concludes with “Phantom of the Opera” at 10 a.m., March 29, at Marco Movies, Marco Walk Plaza. Reserve your tickets by calling 239-389-0280 or 239-389-1333.

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 ‘Art Brazil Marco Island’

The Marco Island Center for the Arts opens “Art Brazil Marco Island” presented in partnership with the award-winning non-profit arts incubator ArtServe, through March 30.

Recognized with three Brazilian International Press Awards over the last two years for “Best Cultural Event” in South Florida, the Art Brazil exhibition now travels to Marco Island where it will feature a range of painting, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics and other forms of art which incorporate Brazilian tradition and culture in a modern, contemporary context.

“This collective of artists present a new perspective, and offer a fresh dimension to the Marco Island art scene,” said Hyla da Crane, executive director, Marco Island Center for the Arts.

“Participating artists have won awards for their art had work featured in high end retail campaigns for Tag Heuer, Macys and West Elm and are highly sought after for commissioned work.”

Marco Island Center for the Arts is located at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island and is open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Information: marcoislandart.org.

‘Men Are Dogs’

In playwright Joe Simonelli’s “Men Are Dogs,” Cecelia, played by Diana Back, is a successful psychologist who, among many sessions, runs a support group for single and divorced women. She’s got troubles of her own, but it’s her ensemble of neurotic patients who provide the action when a “volunteer” role-player becomes the hapless victim of their not-inconsiderable ire. Back was recently seen in “Second Time Around” at the Marco Players. The show will be performed now through March 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.

Marco Players ‘Driving Miss Daisy’

“Driving Miss Daisy” by Alfred Uhry; directed by Beverly Dahlstrom. On stage through April 2, Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Players veterans Don Manley ("Twelve Angry Jurors," "Seascape") and Marilyn Hilbert ("A Christmas Cactus," "Sunset Park") play protagonists Hoke Coleburn and Daisy Werthan. She is tart-tongued traditionalist, as dowager Jewish matriarch of the Werthan family,  to his droll pragmatist as  her chauffeur. Still during an era when civil rights began to redefine race relationships they develop an unlikely, if occasionally prickly, friendship.

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 Marco Players Theater Gallery

The art of local artist Carolyn Burger will be featured at the Marco Players Theater Gallery during the run of the current production of “Driving Miss Daisy” from now until April 2. Carolyn Burger is a professional artist who lives on Marco Island, Florida. She began taking painting classes 15 years ago after retiring as an Elementary Principal and Director of Special Education in northeast Ohio. Visitors are welcome to arrange an appointment to visit her home studio at 282 Sand Hill Street on Marco Island by calling 239-389-0280. You can also find her participating in local art shows and special art events.

Information: carolynburger.com.

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 March and April. Each week, a different artist will be talking about their work. Scheduled are 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.

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.

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.

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

Relay for Life

A community event to fight cancer; an evening full of food, fun and entertainment, from 4 until 10 p.m., Saturday, April 1 at Veterans Community Park, 901 Park Avenue, Marco Island.

The opening ceremony is at 4 p.m.; followed by the survivor lap at 4:30; the survivor dinner at 5 p.m. and entertainment from DJ Steve Reynolds, Island Dance Studio, Celtic Spirit Dancers and the Shane Totten Band. The luminaria ceremony will be at 9 p.m.

Information: 239-642-8800, ext. 3894.

Experience the Everglades

The 10th Annual Everglades Bike Ride will be held on Sunday, April 2, and cyclists will once again have an opportunity of experiencing the ride of their choice, at their own pace. There is a 15-mile route winding through historic Everglades City built in the 1920s, a visit to the Everglades National Park Gulf Coast Visitors Center, and then across the mangrove-dappled causeway to Chokoloskee Island which arguably has the most colorful history and attitude within all of Collier County before returning to McLeod Park. For cyclists wanting a more challenging ride, you can choose from two longer distance routes. The 27-mile off-pavement route includes Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, an intimate encounter with nature through pristine cypress forest famous for its orchids and bromeliads. The 62-mile paved route takes cyclists 17 miles along U.S. 41 in Big Cypress National Preserve through quintessential Everglades with scenes of cypress forests juxtaposed by stunning prairies, then a stretch along CR29 to view the wilds of Fakahatchee, a tour the historic fishing village of Everglades City, all topped off by a stint to Chokoloskee Island with its refreshing sea breeze.

To register and for more information, visit evergladesrogg.org or call Patty Huff at 239-695-2397.

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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