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Marco Writers Welcome SWFL Romance Writers of America

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By Connie Gaertner At the Jan. 14th meeting of the Marco Island Writers Inc., SWFL Romance Writers of America members, Karen Auturi and Sonja Gunter, will talk about romance writing and the differences and similarities it has to other genres. Meetings are held at the Marco Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Dr., on the second Wednesday of every month. Doors open at 5:30 PM, and meetings run from 6-8 pm. First time visitors are always free. Thanks to Susan Block of the Early Learning Coalition for attending our December meeting and promoting the Literacy Buddy Project. We encourage anyone ... Read More »

January Fishing in the Islands

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com January is typically our coolest month of the year. The days when the fronts are absent. The sun is shining, and the thermometer gets up into the mid 70s. This can make for some awesome fishing! The full moon this January falls on the 5th, and the new moon is on the 20th. In January, we typically have some of the most extreme tides of the year around the full and new moon. We will have extreme low tides the mornings of Jan.1-8 and the 17-24. They will still be great days to fish, ... Read More »

Marco Island Area Canadian Club to Meet

left to right are Jim Lonie (Ottawa Canada), Darleen Kramer and Sandy Elliott. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The welcome back party for the Marco Island Area Canadian Club is set for Thursday, Jan. 15, 4-6 PM, at the Marco Island Center for the Arts at 1010 Winterberry Drive. The annual meet-and-greet event will feature street art, refreshments, gift drawings and good fun thanks to club sponsors the Marco Island Center for the Arts, BMO Harris Bank, Costco Wholesale in Naples, Island Title Five Star Agency, Keller Williams Realty and Sandy Elliott Interiors. Rosemary Wick, president of the Board of Directors at the Center for the Arts says, “I’m looking forward to welcoming ... 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 »

SNOWFEST

NEW LOCATION * NEW HOURS * NEW ATTRACTIONS There’s snow in the forecast for Saturday, Dec. 6, as Collier County Parks and recreation hosts the 29th annual Snowfest. The event, which will be held from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., welcomes more than 15,000 people who want to see snow in Florida and celebrate the winter holiday. This year, Snowfest will be held at a new location, the Golden Gate Community Center – 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, with new hours and many new attractions. These include: SNOWGLOBE LIVE:  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in a snowglobe? Here’s ... Read More »

SUN-N-FUN LAGOON Open Through NOVEMBER 30

Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Water Park will open up for the Collier County schools’ Thanksgiving Break from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on through Sunday, Nov. 30. The park is offering a special discount for the winter holiday break for Collier County residents. Residents with a Florida driver’s license showing a Collier County address will receive $2 off any entry for those 48 inches tall or taller (normally $13). Individuals less than 48-inches tall enter for $6, and children 3 and under enter free. Sales tax added to all fees. Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Water Park Facility Attractions: One waterslide drops into the 1,200 foot long ... Read More »

Gifts for the Traveler 2014

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber For this year’s review of gifts for the traveler, I asked some frequent travelers what items they find invaluable and what is on their wish lists. It was interesting to find commonalities concerning what is important to them. What follows are all manner of gift suggestions from stocking stuffers to more expensive purchases. First, I want to mention some gadgets that I like. I recently discovered Travelon’s Bag Bungee ($10-$15) which helps secure a second bag or other item, such as a coat, to the telescoping handle of a carryon. In the past, when I ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY WATER DISTRICT

TEMPORARY MODIFICATION TO DISINFECTION PROCESS The Collier County Water Department will temporarily change the disinfection process for the Collier County Water District potable (drinking) water supply. From Oct. 24 to Nov. 21, the Collier County Water Department will disinfect the water with free chlorine rather than combined chlorine/ammonia (chloramines). This conversion to free chlorine (which is a stronger disinfectant) from chloramines (which is a longer lasting disinfectant) allows the Water Department to perform treatment of the water distribution system as recommended by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for water utilities using chloramines as their primary disinfectant. This temporary change in disinfectant does ... Read More »

This Holiday Season Give Gifts from the Arbor Day Foundation

Celebrate this year’s holiday season with friends and loved ones while supporting conservation and tree planting with the help of the Arbor Day Foundation. Returning for the sixth season in a row, Give-A-Tree cards from the Arbor Day Foundation offer a unique holiday giving opportunity with conservation benefits that will endure for generations. And again this year, Give-A-Tree cards can be purchased individually and with customized text. Purchasing the Arbor Day Foundation’s specialty coffee helps preserve rain forests in Central and South America. The Foundation’s Specialty Coffee is shade-grown under the canopy of Latin American rain forests. Unlike sun-grown coffee ... Read More »

Lunch and Learn Series at Rookery

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has released its monthly “Lunch & Learn Lecture Series” lineup, which kicks off at noon on Nov. 4 with “Florida History Through the Eyes of Florida Authors.” Using costume and character, literary historian Betty Jean Steinshouer will portray three authors in 15-minute segments. First will be Harriet Beecher Stowe, who came to North Florida in 1866 after the Civil War. Act Two will feature Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, who fell in love with Florida after arriving at Cross Creek in 1928, where she wrote “The Yearling.” Finally, the audience will meet Marjory Stoneman Douglas, the first to ... Read More »

“Painting is like a Journey” Naples Depot Museum features the Artwork of Heidi Schmitz

The Naples Depot Museum is delighted to host Painting is like a Journey, paintings by local and international artist Heidi Schmitz, on display from Nov. 5 through Dec. 30, 2014. Sponsored by Friends of the Collier County Museums, the opening wine and cheese reception is free to the public and will be held on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Born in Munich, Germany, Heidi Schmitz teaches in her studio and the Peoples University of Munich, using colors and techniques that reflect a European flair not commonly found in North America. Her paintings show charming landscapes, picturesque views and colorful ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Farmers Market

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By Pat Newman Marco Island’s Farmer’s Market opened for the 2014-2015 season on Wednesday with an updated layout and 100 booths offering fresh produce, food options, art, homemade crafts and a friendly ambiance. Veteran’s Community Park, located at 901 Park Ave, is the market’s home for the next five months. This is the fifth year the traditional gathering of vendors and shoppers will convene at Veteran’s Park. According to Alex Galiana, Administrative and Facilities Manager for Marco Island’s Parks and Recreation, the ongoing market was originally started by a private group and held on the grounds of St. Mark’s Episcopal ... Read More »

Ring in the Holidays with ‘Music Man Jr.’

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Can’t you just hear those 76 trombones on parade right now? You definitely will Nov. 21-23 when The Island Theater Company presents Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man Jr.” as its annual Christmas production. Sponsored by APM Custom Homes, “The Music Man Jr.” is ITC’s Christmas gift to the community. Joining the company to present this gift are several partners: Christmas Island Style, the Marco Lutheran Church and the Island Dance Academy. Performances will be held at the Marco Lutheran Church at 525 N. Collier Blvd. The production will be FREE and open to the public; ... Read More »

You Had Me at Merlot

After tasting the evening’s featured wine just hours before the event, Executive Chef Laura Owen said she spent the afternoon raiding her pantry at CJ’s to come up with the perfect appetizer.

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com On Wednesday, Oct. 29, Marco Island Florist and Gifts partnered with Executive Chef Laura Owen of CJ’s on the Bay to host a wine tasting and food pairing event free to the public. The shop was filled with guests socializing, sipping wine, tasting food and shopping; it was their first Wine Wednesday with hopes of many more to come. “We just wanted to do something different on Marco, and no one else is doing a free wine tasting,” said Tracy Bower, marketing specialist for Marco Island Florist and Gifts. The evening’s featured wine was a Mark ... Read More »

2nd Annual Deck the Doors

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Now that Halloween is past, Christmas festivities are on everyone’s mind. Why not get started by joining in the 2nd Annual “Deck the Doors and More” Wreath and Tree Decorating Contest and Silent Auction? And this year, due to popular demand, the event has been expanded to include original wreaths and small trees. There’s still time to enter your original festive creation, but hurry! The application submission deadline ends Monday, Nov. 17. Just complete and submit the Application to Decorate and deliver your wreath or tree to the Rose History Auditorium on Saturday, Nov. 29, between ... Read More »

Memorial Wall to be Unveiled

On Nov. 11, artist Malenda Trick’s breathtaking Memorial Wall of historical images of our valiant soldiers at war will be unveiled in a ceremony beginning at 5 PM at the Marco Island Historical Museum, in front of veterans, local, state and federal officials and the public. Trick began painting on her third Veterans’ Day project on July 15, and has painted every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at the Marco Island Historical Museum since that day to create dramatic images of Florida’s soldiers at war and our national war efforts. The memorial wall then will travel throughout Florida and by April ... Read More »

Breakfast & Birds

On Saturday, Oct. 25, the Friends of Tigertail will be hosting “Breakfast & Birds” to welcome back the island’s northern nesters to their southern home. Meet at 9 AM at the picnic tables at the Tigertail Beach kiosk, 400 Hernando Drive, to begin the walk with our naturalists. Bring your own coffee, donuts or favorite breakfast sandwich, and meet fellow birders. Binoculars and wading shoes are recommended. Birding ID cards, hats and T-shirts will be available for purchase. FOT memberships will be offered. A special promotion of a free FOT hat will be given for a three-year membership signup. FOT ... Read More »

MIA vs SJN this Friday

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by Roger LaLonde For Marco Island Academy and St. John Neumann it is a must-win situation when they battle at 7 p.m. on Friday at Winterberry Park on Marco Island. This game has strong implications for Class 2A District 10 playoffs. MIA is 2-3 and 0-1 in district games. St. John Neumann is 2-3 and 1-1 in district action. The front runner as expected is First Baptist Academy at 2-0. Evangelical Christian and Moorehaven are 1-1. The top two teams make the playoffs. Should the Manta Rays lose to the Celtics, it will have a tough road ahead with First ... Read More »

Seasoned Real Estate Professionals Form the New DeHanas Team at Affinity Plus

After many successful years serving the Marco Island and Naples communities, seasoned Real Estate professionals A.J. and Rachel DeHanas have joined together to form the DeHanas Team at RE/MAX Affinity Plus.  These dynamic real estate professionals have earned numerous accolades affirming their proven expertise and experience, including the RE/MAX Platinum Club award, the Top 100 RE/MAX International award, and the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.  A.J. and Rachel DeHanas have been following their passion and helping people with their real estate transactions for more than 45 years combined. “Our Team concept means you have a family team of specialists dedicated to ... Read More »

Hodges University Awarded 2015 Military Friendly Schools® Designation

Hodges University announced today that it has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly School® by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting military and civilian worlds.  This is the third consecutive year that the institution has made the list. Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly® provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities. The Military Friendly®  Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing ... Read More »