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MIFA Awards Scholarships and Artist of the Year

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Carolyn Burger, Tara O’Neill, Sandi Johnson, Allie Ellis. PHOTOS BY STEVE GIMMESTAD

By Steve Gimmestad   It was a great Saturday luncheon on May 23 at Wesley United Methodist Church, as the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts introduced their 2015 scholarship winners and presented their Artist of the Year. The scholarship winners were Joseph Byrne (Theater, Vocal Performance, Writing), Livia Lenhoff (Motion Design, Illustration), Tyler MacDonald (Business, Photography, Art) and Theodor Schimek (Illustration). Tyler was unable to attend due to a photography show in Hilton Head, SC. His mother, Priscilla, was on hand to accept in his stead. Attendees got a chance to view their works during the initial meet and ... Read More »

An Orchid Double Hitter

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Submitted Come one, come all! The orchid-loving public is invited to attend this rare “Orchid Double-Hitter” on May 21, 2015 at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church at 1225 Piper Blvd., Naples, FL 34110 for the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance’s “Third Thursday” Member Event. Attendance is free. The evening begins at 6:30 PM with a sale of rare and exotic orchids flown in from Hawaii just for the event. “I’ll be there when the doors open,” said Carmina Rodriguez Villa, a Naples orchid collector and member of the Alliance. “This is an opportunity to find unusual orchids, so I’ll go early to ... Read More »

5th ANNUAL BLUES, BREWS AND BBQ

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Blues, Brews and BBQ is coming back to Tin City May 9th and 10th in celebration of CityFest. Sponsored by the Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee, Wicked Dolphin Rum, Big C Events, Pinchers, and Texas Tony’s Rib House, festival highlights will include live music and tasty local treats, kid’s activities and vendors. Kicking off at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8th, local band favorite Deb and the Dynamics will play from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. while finger-licking good BBQ is served with fresh, local seafood and icy brews. Saturday the 9th, the fun continues with The Good Bad Kids from ... Read More »

Macro Photography Workshop

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Submitted Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today its first special event with DPI-SIG. This special event will be a 3-hour macro presentation and workshop by Mike Matthews from 1 P.M. to 4 P.M. on May 16, 2015. The full program includes a 90 minute lecture, reception and a 90 minute hands-on macro workshop, photographing a variety of items for only $35. Lecture program alone includes a 90 minute lecture and reception followed by the opportunity to observe (not photograph) the macro workshop for $25. As an added bonus, door prizes from Hunt’s Photo and Video will be awarded. ... Read More »

VITAS and BMO Harris Bank Team Up for Alzheimer’s Education

Pictured at right, Cindy McCue, VITAS volunteer services manager, with Rachel Schenk (right), BMO Harris vice president and
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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com VITAS Healthcare and BMO Harris Bank partnered to bring Alzheimer education to the residents of Marco Island on April 22nd. Guest speaker for the event was Dr. Daniel Kaplan DO, MD. With 35 years of experience, Dr. Daniel Kaplan is board certified in family and geriatric medicine and associate medical director of VITAS Healthcare in Collier County. Attendees received in-depth information about Alzheimer’s disease, from early symptoms through long term care possibilities. Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease that not only affects those diagnosed, but everyone around them. Over five million people in The United States are ... Read More »

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

Pirates say, ‘Arrrrrrrrrrr!’ SUBMITTED photoS

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 »