Tag Archives: learn

Grace Place Launches West Side Challenge

By Maureen Chodaba Grace can be defined as a state of regeneration and betterment bestowed with divine assistance upon those in need. Grace Place for Children and Families is a place where this bestowal of blessings can be witnessed on a daily basis. Started in 2004, this non-profit education center in Golden Gate is dedicated to putting faith into action ... Read More »

An Eco Cruise for Every Interest

Submitted From hidden history to endangered species of the estuaries – the Conservancy of Southwest Florida offers specialty-themed eco cruises of Rookery Bay on select Tuesdays. This relaxing and informative tour is led by a Conservancy-trained Naturalist. This is a perfect way to show your guests a piece of the real Southwest Florida. “The Good Fortune II eco cruise offers ... Read More »

Under the Docks MIA Students Enrich Marco Canals

By Maria Lamb Ocean Habitats, Inc. of Ft. Myers has been hard at work in Marco Island installing artificial reef habitats underneath existing docks. To date, they have installed 108 habitats in Marco Island’s canals with an additional 20-plus scheduled for installation. This is great news for the health of our canals. According to David Wolff, Ocean Habitats’ president, this ... Read More »

Someone Like You by Lauren Layne

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “Tonight, for the first time in a long time, he hadn’t been the odd man out. Tonight he’d been part of a pair. Part of a something.”  If you’re in the mood for laughing, crying, and sighing, then Lauren Layne’s “Someone Like You” is the book for you. This is a contemporary romance novel following ... Read More »

Club Face Alignment

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Making contact with the golf ball, and making the golf ball fly in the air at the target are golfer’s instinctual foundations. Even the least athletic golfer has these two instincts. I believe my job as an instructor is to provide students guidance that enables their instincts to succeed more consistently. It’s what I ... Read More »

Fishing and Boating in the 10,000 Islands

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Looking at a map or marine chart, the 10,000 Islands area of Southwest Florida is essentially located from the south end of Naples, continuing south past Marco Island, Goodland, Everglades City, and several miles past Chokoloskee. The 10,000 Islands is home to many species of fish that can be found throughout the year. The ... Read More »

Learn Do’s and Don’ts of Recycling

Submitted Calusa Garden Club will meet on Monday, February 13 at 1:15 PM to learn about “Do’s and Don’ts of Recycling” from Margie Hapke, Collier County recycling coordinator. Hapke has been with the Department of Solid and Hazardous Waste Management of the Public Utilities Department of Collier County since 2002. As recycling coordinator, one of Ms. Hapke’s goals is to ... Read More »

Explore Everglades City

Submitted Everglades Seafood Festival The famous Everglades Seafood Festival will take place the weekend of February 10-12, 2017, in historic Everglades City. This is a popular traditional event. People come from all over South Florida to hear great live music, eat delicious seafood, and browse among the craft booths while the kiddies enjoy the carnival rides. The festival is organized ... Read More »

Breakfast and Birds

Submitted Friends of Tigertail (FOT) will host the 12th “Breakfast and Birds” on January 28 from 9 AM to 11 AM at Tigertail Beach. Bring your own breakfast and meet other interested birders to learn how to identify the beautiful wading birds and shorebirds that forage in the Tigertail lagoon during the winter. Binoculars are recommended. The program is free ... Read More »

Shrink Your Water Bill

The Beautification Advisory Committee of Marco Island will hold its annual presentation entitled, “Shrink Your Water Bill.” Discover ways to limit your irrigation while still having an attractive landscape. Nic Nikolich of Collier County’s free Urban Mobile Irrigation Lab service and Master Gardener Maria Schoenfelder will enlighten you with new information. Learn about Florida-friendly landscaping, pick up some landscaping tips ... Read More »

Gulfshore Opera Gala to Feature Patricia Racette

By Randall Kenneth Jones While there may not be a resident opera company on Marco Island, thanks to Gulfshore Opera’s General Director Steffanie Pearce, top-notch performances are available to all the communities alongside Southwest Florida’s gulf shore. In fact, the company has brought their personal brand of musical magic to the Marco Island Center for the Arts for the past ... Read More »

Six Reasons To Go Fishing

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Fishing is an activity that has been going on since man first met water. Fishing is a hobby for some people and a way to make a living for others. If you’ve ever thought about learning how to fish, or brushing up on your rusty fishing abilities, there’s never been a better time to ... Read More »

75 Years of Conservation Success 

In 2017, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the wildlife management area system, one of the state’s greatest natural treasures. The FWC oversees this statewide network of remote and scenic lands, managing them for conservation and recreation. To celebrate the milestone and help people discover the opportunities these public lands offer, the FWC is ... Read More »

JCMI Cultural Series Opens

Submitted  The Saul I. Stern Cultural Series opens its 23rd season at 7:30 PM, Saturday, January 21, 2017, with a program entitled “The Dead Sea Scrolls” to be held at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive. What are the scrolls? Who wrote them? What do words written more than 2,000 years ago say today? The speaker, Dr. ... Read More »

Making This Year Even Better

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala 2017 is already here and I feel like I haven’t finished half of 2016! Gosh that year went by quickly. Now I’m sitting back and taking a look at the last year and planning on what I can do better in this coming year. There is always so much room for improvement, and I just have ... Read More »

Humbug to New Year’s Resolutions? Not so fast!

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry My friends and I were comparing our struggles with New Year’s Resolutions, and okay, resolutions in general, because they seem to fizzle out over time…like February. We decided that it could be our wavering memories, lack of progress or real commitment, or the insane insanity of our lives that makes it difficult. ... Read More »

Dolphins of Marco Island

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  Everybody loves dolphins! They always seem ... Read More »

“Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” 

The nonprofit Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Foundation will host their Gulf Coast Fishing University March 11-12,2017 at the Greater Pine Island Elks Lodge, 5630 Pine Island Rd, Bokeelia, FL 33922. Women, men and teens can learn and practice fishing at several hands-on skill stations on Saturday, then have an option to fish inshore from charter boats and kayaks on Sunday. Registration includes networking ... Read More »

Women’s Events at Marco Presbyterian Church

Submitted Marco Presbyterian Church kicks off the Winter Season with a seminar and luncheon on Friday, Jan. 20. Registration begins at 9 AM; the seminar is from 9:30-11:30 AM with lunch immediately following. Keynote speaker Janet Custer will present her personal testimony on how God has led her to her current position as Executive Director of the Pregnancy Resource Center ... Read More »

Growing Number of Panthers Killed by Cars

Submitted  A driver hit and killed the 31st panther of 2016 on Tuesday, breaking the all-time record for the number of Florida panther road kills in one year. This breaks the 2015 record of 25 deaths due to vehicle strikes with more than three weeks left in 2016. Florida panther deaths on our roadways are continuing in this upward trajectory. ... Read More »