Tag Archives: children

Mad Hatter Tea Party

By Samantha Husted  Fanciful, mischievous and absolutely mad! A tea party fit for the Mad Hatter herself. On May 13th, the City of Marco Island held its annual Mad Hatter Tea Party at the Family Church. All were invited to attend the Alice in Wonderland themed event in celebration of Mother’s Day. The tea party, now in its seventh year, ... Read More »

Meet the Caxambas Republican Club VP

Submitted  Originally from Michigan, Dr. Swiacki attended St. Leo University Preparatory School near Dade City, Florida. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame, earned his doctorate from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed a general surgical residency and practiced surgery for 40 years in the suburban Detroit area. Certified in general surgery and medical quality/utilization, Dr. Swiacki was ... Read More »

Best Summer Ever at the Y

Submitted The “best summer ever” is right around the corner and the Greater Marco Family is offering day and specialty camps to make sure kids and teens in East Naples and on Marco Island are adventurous, active and healthy this summer. Summer is the ideal time for kids to get up, get out and explore. But, for some kids summer ... Read More »

St. Mark’s Preschool Graduation | Next Stop Kindergarten!

By Jodi Pree  On Wednesday, May 17 at 6 PM, the St. Mark’s sanctuary was filled with excited, camera-ready parents and family members anticipating the graduation march of their five-year-olds. While parents waited anxiously, the dedicated teachers hurried to make sure every graduate had their cap and gown on perfectly and were lined up in their proper places, but with ... Read More »

Hail Mary, Full of Grace

By Maureen Chodaba For Roman Catholics, during the month of May, it is a tradition to honor Mary, the mother of Jesus, by placing a crown of flowers on her statue. This devotional ceremony, known as the May Crowning, is celebrated in many Catholic parishes around the world. On Mother’s Day, this beautiful tradition was presented by the Council of ... Read More »

Safe Boating Saves the Day

Submitted While May is National Safe Boating month, the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron (MISP) believes every day in every month is Safe Boating Day! In this issue, one of the members, Charlie Gentry, tells his story about an incident well offshore on board the Blue Chip, a boat he was delivering. A fire broke out and the training ... Read More »

Art on Marco Island

Submitted  The artists of The Local Color Art Gallery at the Shops of Olde Marco can not only create wonderful works of art for your home or condo, but can also put on a colorful and creative First Friday open house for their guests and patrons. This past May 5th was no exception. The theme was “Run For The Roses” ... Read More »

Summer’s Almost Here!

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala My goodness the county is emptying out…and so is our volunteer corps! I’ve always marveled at the winter residents who arrive and immediately go to work helping our community, like the Fire Rescue Foundation, both hospitals, the sheriff’s office, the police department, the schools, The Shelter for Abused Women, the homeless shelter, the library, the museum, ... Read More »

The Problem of Denial

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway Recently one of my friends stopped me in a parking lot. She needed advice about her mother’s memory loss and subsequent denial of the problem. “It’s so hard,” my friend said, “because my mother won’t go to day care or a support group, and her care is all on me.” I commiserated, sharing a similar ... Read More »

Conservancy Educates & Celebrates on Earth Day

By Coastal Breeze News Staff On April 22 hundreds enjoyed an all day celebration of Earth Day at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Nature Center in Naples. The annual celebration offered visitors a variety of fun and educational eco-friendly activities, including guided nature trail walks, boat tours and animal shows. Live music, puppet shows, book readings, arts and crafts, and ... Read More »

Optimist Club Hosts Lokahi Luau Awards Dinner

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The theme for the Second Annual Marco Island Optimist Club Annual Awards Dinner couldn’t have been more appropriate as members of the community descended on the JW Marriott for an evening of good fun and enjoyment. The Hawaiian phrase “Lokahi” Luau, which signifies unity and family was the theme of this year’s event and featured the ... Read More »

For Now, the Center of the Pickleball Universe

By Don Manley If there is a descriptive phrase that can be overused when considering a multitude of things, situations and events it is “bigger and better.” But where the Minto U.S. Open Pickleball Championships are concerned, it’s difficult to come up with a more apt characterization. The second installment of the week-long tourney has top-echelon players from around the ... Read More »

Mother/Daughter Mad Hatter Tea Party

Submitted The City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department wishes to invite all parents, daughters, all children, grandparents, aunts, nieces, and friends to our annual Mad Hatter Tea Party at The Family Church, 1450 Winterberry Drive. The Mad Hatter and all the usual characters will celebrate Mothers’ Day on Saturday, May 13. Mad Hatter teatime is 10 AM to ... Read More »

Sunrise Rotary Awards, Installs Natalia Armstrong

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise recently held its installation and awards banquet at Hideaway Beach Club. The evening was a celebration, installing Natalia Armstrong as President and recognizing those contributing to the Club’s accomplishments under President Neil Snyder. Incoming Rotary District Governor Bobbi Bird installed President Armstrong along with her incoming board and officers, consisting of President ... Read More »

Happy Hour for Hope on the Marco Island Princess

By Maureen Chodaba The Marco Island Princess was the place to be for the recent Happy Hour for Hope, benefitting the non-profit organization, Meals of Hope. The boat stayed in port, but the spirits of Marco Island seafarers and landlubbers alike set sail in the essence of generosity to feed the hungry children of Collier County. Marco Island’s shining star ... Read More »

National Community Development 

National Community Development Week and Collier County’s Community and Human Services Division (CHS) observed this national event with a dedication ceremony for Hatchers Preserve, a new, 18-unit single family rental community in Immokalee. Hatchers Preserve, which was built by Rural Neighborhoods in partnership with the Big Cypress Housing Corp., was primarily funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development ... Read More »


To keep young children safe in the water, the Collier County Parks & Recreation Division is offering a 20 percent discount for all Collier County children age 5 and under for Level 1 swim lessons at all county aquatic locations. Deaths from drowning for children age 5 or younger in Florida are more than double the national average are higher ... Read More »


By Jesus Calo  Come for the view and stay for a delicious meal, Stilts Beachside Bar & Grill at Marriott’s Crystal Shores is the sunniest beachside restaurant location featuring stunning views of the Gulf. Stilts has been frequented by seasonal visitors and locals looking to clock out and check into island time. No matter where you sit, you have a ... Read More »

Optimist Club to Host Lokahi Luau

Submitted The Optimist Club of Marco Island will host its second annual awards benefit dinner on April 22nd at the JW Marriott on Marco Island. Building on the vision for the organization to unite the families on Marco Island around youth sports, the theme for the dinner is a “Lokahi Luau.” In Polynesian, Lokahi means to “unite families,” and that ... Read More »

Explore the Arts With StayInMay Festival

Guest Commentary By Keith Dameron It has been my pleasure to get to know the StayInMay Festival and all of the wonderful cultural activities it brings to our County. For the past five years this Festival has brought talent from around the world to Southwest Florida; and it is with great pride that I tell you that this year’s Festival ... Read More »