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Music, Movies, Art at the Center for the Arts

Bob Chase with Salvador Dali

By Don Manley Officials with the Marco Island Center for the Arts have packed the facility’s schedule with programs sure to please locals and visitors to the island alike. First, on Sunday, Jan. 25, 4:00-5:30 PM, the Center will feature jazz vocalist Rebecca Richardson and The Rebecca Richardson Trio. They will present a program entitled “A Tribute to the Great Jazz Vocalists.” Richardson has been compared to the great female jazz voices of the ages, such as Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. She began her formal training at the age of 13, winning All-State and All Northwest honors ... 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 »

Sponsors Needed

Submitted Leadership Marco and the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce invite local businesses to consider an affordable $50 sponsorship for the Eighth Annual Marco Island Wet Paint Live event, a day of fine art plein-air painting followed by an evening of celebration and live auction to benefit the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund. Marco Island serves as the backdrop for this Feb. 11 event, with up to 20artists capturing the essence of the island community while painting from several picturesque locations. The public is invited to visit the artists as they create their works around the area, and a map of ... Read More »

Goal Setting

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The game of golf in the year of 2014 was exciting. Rory McIlroy became an even bigger superstar. Tiger Woods battled injuries. Rickie Fowler shined in the majors. Patrick Reed made a stir as the USA lost another Ryder Cup, and President Barack Obama made news by playing a lot of golf. How was your 2014 golf year? Did you meet your goals? Did you have golf goals? I challenge all golfers who want to get better in 2015 to set golf goals. A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the ... Read More »

Big Events Kick-off the New Year

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Happy New Year to all and my wishes for a great year filled with joy, happiness, good health and lots of fun! And speaking of fun, the Smallwood Music Festival will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, at the old Rod & Gun Club in Everglades City from 11 AM until dark. General admission is $10 (bring your own chair) or $40 for special seating. All proceeds will benefit the Ted Smallwood Store, a 501(c)3 charity. Among the spectacular array of South Florida musicians who are donating their time and talents for this fundraiser are Wholetones, Raiford ... Read More »

Everglades City Gearing Up for Busy Season

Music and dancing at the main stage during the Everglades City Seafood Festival.

By Pat Newman Everglades City kicks off the New Year with a smorgasbord of events starting Friday, Jan., 9 with the showing of “Everglades Odyssey,” a self-filmed documentary of the 10,000 Islands between 1957 and 1960. The film features extraordinary scenery captured by Barbara Home Stewart, a photojournalist, and her husband, Orin Good Fogle, a naturalist, during their 30-month sojourn. The couple gave up all the creature comforts to camp out in a 12×14-foot hut with no electricity or running water to fulfill their dream of exploring the Everglades. They covered 3,500 miles in a 17-foot canoe over the course ... Read More »

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 »

AMIkids Big Cypress Receives DOL Funding

AMIkids Big Cypress has had much success already with its construction and skilled crafts programs. SUBMITTED photoS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff AMIkids Big Cypress has been awarded funding to develop vocational training and job placement programs. Awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor, the grant will provide AMIkids Big Cypress students the certifications and tools they need to be job-ready when they complete the program, qualifying them for immediate employment. The Vocational Training and Job Placement initiative will focus on four key industries: healthcare, information technology, construction and skilled crafts, and food service. All of the government funding will go towards this initiative. Students at these AMIkids programs will have the opportunity to select the path ... Read More »

Center of the Arts to Host Outdoor Member Art Show

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts will hold its 2015 Member Outdoor Art Show on Saturday, Jan. 17, 10 AM-4 PM, on the grounds of the Center at 1010 Winterberry Drive. The outdoor show will be imbued with a sense of “community,” as all participating artists are members of the Center, and many also have taught classes or provided individual instruction to local residents and visitors. Many of the artists will be creating new works at the show, and if a visitor sees something he or she likes, virtually everything on display will be for sale. All of ... 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 »

Calusa Garden Club Party

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Submitted The Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island met on Monday, Dec. 8, for its annual Christmas party. Connie Lowery and Opi DeFalco presented a program entitled “Easy Christmas Decorations.” A grab bag raffle was held, lunch was served, and a short meeting followed. President Dale DeFeo gave the members an overview of the tea and floral design program that will be held on Jan. 22 at the Marco Island Yacht Club. Noted designer Anthony Swick will present the program, and tickets will be available for the public to attend. The Calusa Garden Club meets on the second Monday of ... Read More »

The Immokalee Foundation students help make holidays brighter

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Students of The Immokalee Foundation recently had a hand in helping make the holidays brighter for children overseas by donating shoeboxes filled with gifts to Operation Christmas Child, a Samaritan’s Purse project designed to deliver good news and great joy to boys and girls around the world. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered more than 113 million shoeboxes in over 150 countries. When donating, students could decide whether they wanted to pack a shoebox for a boy or a girl and then look for gifts appropriate for a specific age range. In addition to toys, practical items such as ... Read More »

ASTON GARDENS RAISES $2,420 FOR LIGHTHOUSE

Thank you to Aston Gardens, their residents and guests for raising $2,420 at their 11th Annual Art Fest on November 20, 2014. Aston Garden’s residents donated their art to be placed in a silent auction with the net proceeds benefiting Lighthouse of Collier. The event was open to the public. Over 100 participated in the fun filled afternoon. Lighthouse of Collier sends a BIG thank you to all the residents and staff for such a fun and successful event. A special Thank You to Peggy Davis. Lighthouse of Collier will use the funds to expand current programs or initiate new ... Read More »

ROOKERY BAY RESERVE VOLUNTEER HONORED FOR HIS CONTRIBUTIONS

Ted Below has logged more than 9,000 hours of volunteer service Ted Below, a long-time volunteer at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, was recognized by the Collier County Commission on Dec. 9 for his dedication to the study of birds and the protection of their habitats in south Florida. Following his tenure as National Audubon Society warden at Rookery Bay, Below continued his efforts to monitor pelicans, wading bird rookeries, osprey nests and beach-bird nest colonies. He conducted his work as both a paid employee of the reserve and also as a volunteer, often regardless of weather conditions. It was this determination that encouraged Gary ... Read More »

Florida black bear

A young Florida black bear triggers an infrared trail camera on a cattle ranch in central Florida. The Florida Wildlife Corridor expedition was inspired by this particular population of black bears and their wide ranging movements throughout a connected network of public conservation and private agricultural lands. Photo by Carlton Ward Jr./ Carlton Ward Photography Wildlife Corridors can Prevent Tragic Car Accidents Highways are an essential part of the infrastructure in developed parts of the world. They connect our human world, enabling commerce and conveying us over, around, and through landscape obstacles like waterways and mountains. While they’re important in our world, to wildlife they introduce many challenges, ... Read More »

RENOWNED ARTIST PROVIDES INSTRUCTION AT ROOKERY BAY RESERVE

~Art classes tailored for participants at all ability levels~ Back by popular demand for the third season, Rookery Bay Reserve offers art enthusiasts the opportunity to learn from master artist, author and instructor Lee Hammond, whose classes cover a variety of modes and styles with a focus on animals and landscapes. Hammond is a police composite artist, holds licenses to paint pictures of NASCAR drivers and has published more than 30 art instruction books that have sold more than 1 million copies. With a home base in the Midwest all summer and fall, Hammond has established her winter teaching home ... Read More »

“Up Close and Personal” at the Center

Submitted Columnist Randall Kenneth Jones will be at the Marco Island Center for the Arts as part of its 2014-15 “Up Close and Personal” Series on Thursday, Jan. 8, 5:30-6:30 PM. A virtual “love letter” to his adopted Naples hometown, Jones’ engaging presentation promises to blend humor and thought-provoking insight with unexpected surprises gleaned from his column, “Business Class.” The column is an exploration of positive business principles selected from interviews with high-level executives, business leaders and business-savvy celebrities including Barbara Corcoran (ABC’s Shark Tank), Erin Brockovich (Consumer Advocate), Jack Hanna (wildlife superstar), Phil Beuth (former President of Good Morning ... Read More »

Wildlife Corridors to Protect our Native Florida Species

Did you know an animal is hit by a car in the United States every 26 seconds? With a month left in 2014, we have already witnessed a record-tying 19 Florida panthers killed on roadways. Though population numbers have improved recently, the major obstacles to the survival of the Florida panther remain unaddressed: our roads and other human infrastructure prevent these animals from expanding their range. As long as this remains the case, panther mortality will pose a serious threat to the population. The Florida Wildlife Corridor encompasses a 15.8 million acre area of minimally developed land that could allow ... Read More »

Conservancy Announces January Nature Experiences

Conservancy of Southwest Florida offers daily electric boat cruises of the Gordon
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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The folks at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida are busy gearing up for the new year and new nature experiences in January. As always, the Conservancy invites the public to take part in all of its events at the Nature Center, its Eco-Cruises of Rookery Bay and its off-site nature walks. At the Nature Center “Boat and Brunch” will be held Sundays in January at 11 AM. Take a guided tour of the Gordon River aboard a Conservancy electric boat, and stopping for brunch at the Naples Harbour Yacht Club. Reservations are recommended, and the ... Read More »

November is Manatee Awareness Month!

Manatees have long been a part of the Florida ecosystem. Scientists have even discovered fossils in Florida from ancient relatives of the manatee dating back more than 45 million years. Unfortunately, manatees are currently an endangered species. Even with laws in place to protect the species, they face threats of accidentally being hit by motorboats or becoming entangled in fishing nets. The best way to help save our gentle giants is to be aware of your surroundings. Boat owners can help reduce the risk of hitting manatees by respecting No Wake Zones and Manatee Zones. Boaters should try to stay in deep water channels and avoid ... Read More »