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Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron Means Business

Peggy, Ted, Bill AND Andrea at the 2015 Expo.

Submitted Members of the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron want the community to know more about the many educational and social opportunities available through this organization for interested boaters and to those who may wish to become boaters some day. To spread the word, the Power Squadron recently joined the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce, and participated in the 2015 Business Expo held on April 6th at the Marriott Beach Resort. Attendees at the Business Expo had information available regarding the many boating classes sponsored by the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron, including the popular America’s Boating ... Read More »

Naples Children & Education Foundation presents Conservancy with $80,000 grant

The Naples Children & Education Foundation presented the Conservancy of Southwest Florida with an $80,000 grant on March 9. The grant, awarded through funds raised during the Naples Winter Wine Festival, will provide support for the Conservancy’s work with the Boys and Girls Club of Collier County as well as the Conservancy’s summer camp programs. Naples Winter Wine Festival Grant Committee Chair Jim Dixon and co-chairs Chuck and Sharon Hallberg and Sandi and Tom Moran presented the check to Nicki Dardinger, Director of Education for the Conservancy. Also on hand were two children, Alexander Knapp and Taniya Wright, who have ... Read More »

Authorfest 2015

Kathleen Eichman and her coloring book entitled “Trouble’s Travels,” based on the escapades of “Trouble,” the African Gray Parrot perched over her shoulder.

By Don Manley Sue Strachman’s Marco Island vacation included a discovery that warmed the bibliophile’s heart. The find that brought a smile to her face was the third annual Marco Island Writers Authorfest 2015, held recently at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Authorfest featured 36 local authors promoting and selling their books, as well as readings and discussions by 16 of the authors. Strachman was part of a well-attended gathering, highlighted by spirited conversation as attendees rambled from one display laden author table to the next, sipping wine and snacking on cheese. A resident of Silver Spring, Md., ... Read More »

An Afternoon Around the World Benefits Local Students

O’Hara Leiner enjoys a treat from the African table of delights.

Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Food, music, drink and art from all corners of the globe were brought together to raise money for the Island Montessori Academy (IMA). “We decided to forego our usual gala celebrations in favor of a more family-friendly event,” said Lisa Nguyen, founder of IMA. “We got together and came up with a fun event that would allow all age groups to enjoy and participate in.” The event was held at the Marco Island Historical Museum. Upon entering, everyone is given a passport with information about all the food and drink available representing continents from around the world. ... Read More »

Wet Paint Shows the Love

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By Don Manley Wet Paint Live has been an annual fixture on the Marco Island art scene since 2008. But this year’s installment of the fundraiser is one that stands out for Sandi Riedemann, executive director of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. “It was beyond anybody’s expectations,” said Riedemann of the event, which blends plein (open) air painting with an evening cocktail party and live auction to benefit the chamber’s Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund. At 15 select locations scattered around Marco and Goodland, local artists applied paint to canvas one day last week, capturing what was before their eyes, ... Read More »

Rainbow of Fashions

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The San Marco Catholic Church held its “Rainbow of Fashions” Jan. 28. The Parish Hall was full to the brim with almost 300 ladies of all faiths in attendance. This is truly an “event” of the season with many of the ladies themselves dressed fashionably and ready for fun. You can be sure an annual event has been happening for many years when no one can recall just how long. That was cleared up quickly when the fashion presenters were greeted and Kay from Kay’s on the Beach, who mentioned they would be celebrating their ... Read More »

A Super Day for a Souper Bowl

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The beautiful Southwest Florida winter weather brought the Marco Island community out in droves on Saturday, Jan. 31, to the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce’s Third Annual Souper Bowl-Marco 2015. The event, which raises funds for the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund through the sale of original, hand-painted soup bowls, entertained and fed more than 1,000 islanders. In fact, folks were lined up a half-hour before the 11 AM start, and received a front row seat of the event preparations, which included CJ’s on the Bay Chef Laura Owen testing all of the soups to make ... Read More »

Zoobilee

Join the Naples Zoo for the wildest party of the year! Tickets are now on sale for ZOObilee Feast with the Beasts to be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 right in the heart of the zoo. Attendees will enjoy delicious cuisine from some of Naples best restaurants and caterers, as they journey along the paved paths of the zoo’s historic botanical garden from 7:00pm to 11:00 pm. Evening highlights include exotic animal encounters, silent auction, and a dance party featuring the sounds of Blonde Ambition, a high energy eleven piece dance band. For those who prefer to relax with ... Read More »

Point-Counterpoint Returns

Now in its fifth year, the Point-Counterpoint series is back on Marco Island for four sessions. What is it all about? This popular discussion format is based upon a stimulating but respectful exchange of ideas. Point-Counterpoint’s format allows attendees to volunteer to speak on or state a position — a “point” of view — to the group or speak on a topic of their choosing, but only for five-minutes. When their five-minute timer has sounded the Point speaker must stop speaking. Sorry, no overruns. A new 10-minute timer is set, and during the next ten minutes “counterpoints” are given in ... Read More »

Gala Tickets Almost Sold Out

Submitted Marco Island Center for the Arts has announced that ticket sales for its annual gala have exceeded expectations. Although a few tickets remain available, almost all tables are full, and anyone desiring to attend the gala should contact the Center immediately. This year’s gala will be a “show stopper,” according to Executive Director Hyla Crane. The gala is a Masquerade Ball, with masks available at check-in or attendees may bring their own. The event is set for Feb. 15 at 6 PM. Coming the day after Valentine’s Day, attendees can enjoy an evening of fantasy, intrigue and magic making ... Read More »

Now at the Marco Island Historical Museum

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff History buffs are never at a loss when it comes to things to do and programs to see at the Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) and Rose History Auditorium. After his highly successful Jan. 13 program with John Ruthven, renowned wildlife artist and conservationist John Agnew has generously allowed his work to remain on display at MIHM until mid-February. Agnew’s career began in natural history museums and zoos where he designed amazing exhibits, produced illustrations, and painted murals and dioramas in the US and as far away as Moscow. His paintings now hang in collections ... Read More »

Marco Island Celebrates Arbor Day

Tommie Barfield Elementary School 3rd graders sing for the onlookers.

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Gloomy, overcast skies gave way to beautiful Southwest Florida sunshine on Friday, Jan. 16, just in time for the city of Marco Island’s annual Arbor Day celebration. Sponsored by the city’s Beautification Advisory Committee, this year’s ceremony was held at Mackle Park, and included the planting of a Golden Trumpet tree provided by Affordable Landscaping Services. The brainchild of Julius Sterling Morton, a Nebraska journalist and politician, the first Arbor Day took place on April 10, 1872. According to arbor-day.net, Morton felt that Nebraska’s landscape and economy would benefit from the wide-scale planting of trees, ... Read More »

Pancakes, Planes and Festivals in Everglades City, Oh My!

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By Pat Newman Season has sprung in Everglades City, and the list of upcoming events is growing by the day. Pancakes and Planes You don’t have to be a pilot to fill-up on pancakes Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Everglades Airpark in Everglades City. The season’s first pancake breakfast is free and open to the public 10 AM- 12 PM. Hosted by Wings 10,000 Island Tours, the once-a-month event has been going strong for about 12 years. Chuck Gretzke of Wings 10,000 Island Tours said the breakfasts are held to focus attention on the small airport which has the distinction ... Read More »

Lunch with the Chief’

Curt Koon, Joe Granda, Bill Young

By Pat Newman The new president of the Marco Island Police Foundation, Curt Koon, along with incoming board members, were sworn in Tuesday, Jan. 20, by Marco Island City Council Chairman Larry Sacher at the foundation’s first luncheon of the year at Hideaway Beach. Koon and his wife, Jackie, are eight-year residents of Marco Island and owners of CJ’s on the Bay at the Esplanade. Attendees also gave a standing ovation to Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino, who has assumed the official title of “police chief” after being the “acting” chief since July 25. Since his hiring, the department ... Read More »

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County provides a preview Youth Development Center

The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County recently held a community awareness event at CareerSource SouthWest Florida in Immokalee. The event was held to showcase plans for the Micheal G. Degroote and Gillian Campbell Youth Development Center. Hosted by Lipman Produce, the event drew various members, supporters and organizations from throughout the Immokalee community. Dinner was provided and attendees were introduced to several Immokalee youth from the Boys & Girls Club who presented their heartfelt, personal stories of  how the Club has helped them overcome challenges. Attendees also received a glimpse of the floor plans and design for the ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Announces New Lectures, Workshops

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff With the new year comes new programming at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The organization recently announced a new lecture series, birding workshops and landscape training schedule. Rookery Bay’s 2015 Amazing Adventures lecture schedule will be hosted at the Environmental Learning Center January through March with evening presentations narrated by a local naturalist, researcher or explorer providing destination ideas, natural histories, travel tips and insights. The lecture schedule begins Friday, Jan. 30 at 6 PM with “Westward Found, the American Southwest.” National Park Service Rangers Amy Washuta and Luke Gommerman will take attendees on ... Read More »

‘Up Close and Personal’ with Randall Kenneth Jones

Randall Kenneth Jones and Peter Thomas at work in Thomas’ home recording studio. PHOTO BY KAREN KAYSER BENSON

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Randall Kenneth Jones grew up in Missouri — the Show-Me State — and on Thursday, Jan. 8, he is going to show Marco Island his true colors during the Marco Island Center for the Arts’ first “Up Close and Personal” presentation of 2015. Beginning at 5:30 PM, Jones will regale attendees the wit and wisdom he has gleaned from the many interviews he has conducted while writing his column, “Business Class.” The Naples Press Club, of which Jones is vice president, is a sponsor for the event. “Part of the Naples Press Club’s sponsorship of ... Read More »

Marco Island Historical Museum features “Painting S.W. Florida History”

The Marco Island Historical Museum is delighted to present the “Painting S.W. Florida History” exhibit from Jan. 6 to March 21, 2015.  An opening artist reception will take place on Jan. 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.  During the reception, artwork will be juried by a panel of experts and will include a “Peoples’ Choice Award” for attendees to vote on their favorite piece. The exhibition portrays Southwest Florida as one of the last frontiers of the United States.  Each piece tells the story of settlers like Tommie Barfield, who arrived on Caxambas with her family ... Read More »

Holiday Festivities at BMO Harris

The Marco Island branch of BMO Harris Bank’s Holiday Spectacular attracted about 80 holiday revelers. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Marco Island’s Christmas spirit and its sense of community were in abundance at a recent gathering on a second-floor patio at The Esplanade Shoppes. The occasion was the BMO Harris Bank Holiday Spectacular, which brought together residents, merchants, friends and family members and city officials for a festive evening one floor above the bank’s branch. About 80 people attended the evening affair, where they enjoyed light refreshments, with music provided by D.J. Anthony DeLucia, AKA Steve Reynolds, a personal banker for BMO Harris’ Marco location. “This was our first one, and it looks like a great turnout,” ... Read More »

Sunshine in Goodland

On the opening night of his exhibit, Donald Sunshine and his wife Joanna greeted every visitor. They are pictured here with Marco Island residents, Judy and Ron Hattendorf.

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com It’s no secret that upon my first visit to Goodland, I recognized it to be a very unique place, unmatched in its beauty and rich history. As I left the main road and first arrived on this little island, the feeling of being transported back in time was so overwhelming that it was elemental in my decision to leave Ohio and move here in search of a better life. It’s hard to describe the pride I feel when others get to see my beloved home as I do, but recently I had an opportunity to ... Read More »