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Art Flicks Schedule

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts Third Annual Art Flicks program, featuring foreign, independent and “art” films, has begun. All films are shown at 10 AM at Marco Movies, located at 599 South Collier Boulevard in Marco Island. Admission is free, and the program includes lively discussions concerning the films and the art of film. The theme for 2016 is “Food, Glorious Food.” Upcoming films are: February 16, 2016: “Kings of Pastry.” Contenders seek France’s highest honor in the sublime art of patisserie, employing vast amounts of sugar, butter and eggs- not to mention adrenaline- to create gorgeous, ... Read More »

Green Reading – Start Line

If using a line helps, do it. And if it doesn’t, don’t!

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Reading a green correctly can be difficult, especially on a course that we do not play every day. Reading greens can seem hard, even on our home course, if we are a golfer who struggles to visualize the break of the ball. There are green reading professionals and certifications that believe they have the best method to reading greens, such as a system called AimPoint. I am not AimPoint certified, but have learned some through their knowledge, third-hand. They have taken the scientific research of green reading, and turned it into a practical application while ... Read More »

Collier County Cities Ranked Among Best Performing for Job Creation and Retention

Naples, Immokalee and Marco Island have been ranked 15th on the Milken Institute’s Best Performing Cities Report. The area soared 45 spots from 60th in 2014. “Exceptional performance on job and recent wage growth fueled this rise up in the rankings. It ranks third for job gains in 2014, experiencing growth of 10 percent over the past five years,” according to the report. “The region also ranked second for wage increases on the one-year measure.” The nonpartisan economic think tank looks at job creation, wage gains and technology trends that shape current and potential patterns for growth as part of ... Read More »

Come Experience the Everglades

Submitted Join us for a ride in the Everglades! This year the 9th Annual Everglades Bike Ride will be held earlier, on March 13, to accommodate our winter residents. Cyclists will have an opportunity to experience the ride of their choice, at their own pace. In addition to the bicycle ride, all participants will be provided a continental breakfast beginning at 7:30 AM, free bike repairs compliments of Bikes for Tykes of Naples, SAG support for the ride, tour of the historic Smallwood Store Museum in Chokoloskee, and a seafood lunch with a special treat of homemade desserts including calamondin ... Read More »

FIDDLIN’ AROUND

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By Kevin Kubat Conservancy Volunteer It’s a warm, sunny day. You decide to visit Tigertail Beach, and when you get there, it’s low tide. You look to the north, toward Hideaway Beach, and you see what appears to be a red carpet covering the sands. A special sort of carpet, as it’s constantly in motion. As you get closer, the carpet suddenly disappears, and you realize that the illusion of a carpet was created by the massing of hundreds of fiddler crabs which have scurried into their burrows as you approached. If you remain very still, the crabs will eventually ... Read More »

2016 Caregiver’s Award

By Maureen Chodaba Send Us Your Nominee’s Story The American Cancer Society continuously works to raise funds in the fight against cancer. These funds are used to provide medical research in the quest for a cure and support for all those touched by this dreadful disease. Caregivers for those who have been diagnosed with cancer are an integral part of the road to recovery. Caregivers provide love and support at a time when they are needed the most. The Marco Island unit of the American Cancer Society wishes to honor these caregivers. This year they will recognize one such caregiver ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island

Calusa Garden Club centerpieces for the American Cancer Society Annual Fashion Show.

Submitted It is going to be a very busy February for Calusa Garden Club members. The Club meets on the second Monday of each month at 11 AM, starting with a workshop for its members. They meet at the Fellowship Hall of Wesley United Methodist Church, 350 S. Barfield Drive. For February 8th at 11 AM, the topic for the floral workshop will be “Elements of Design” presented by Lindy Kowalczyk. Members come prepared with their containers, soaked oasis, foliage and flowers, ready to be creative and inspired. At 1:15 PM, club members Connie Lowery and Jackie Purvis will continue ... Read More »

Outdoor Chalk Art Event

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts will hold its annual outdoor sidewalk Chalk Art event on January 30, 2016 from 2-5 PM. The event is free, and everyone who is young or young at heart is invited. Participating artists feature their works on the parking area around the Center for the Arts at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. Materials, and even assistance, will be provided by the Center for the Arts. This year, Lee Horton, one of the artists working with the Center, will coordinate, offer assistance and work with the artists to help them create their chalk ... Read More »

Outdoor Chalk Art Event

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts will hold its annual outdoor sidewalk Chalk Art event on January 30, 2016 from 2-5 PM. The event is free, and everyone who is young or young at heart is invited. Participating artists feature their works on the parking area around the Center for the Arts at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. Materials, and even assistance, will be provided by the Center for the Arts. This year, Lee Horton, one of the artists working with the Center, will coordinate, offer assistance and work with the artists to help them create their chalk ... Read More »

United Way and Lighthouse of Collier

Lighthouse of Collier, Inc., Center for Blindness and Vision Loss, is excited to have been selected as a 2016 partner agency member with United Way of Collier County. The United Way of Collier County’s 2016 allocation of $15,000 will allow Lighthouse of Collier to continue to offer monthly Support Group programs for blind and visually impaired clients, expand upon the services currently provided, and support Operational expenses. The mission of the Lighthouse of Collier is to promote the development, implementation and on-going evaluation of programs and services which foster independence and enhance the quality of life for the blind, visually impaired ... Read More »

Gulfshore Playhouse’s “Informed Consent”

Gulfshore Playhouse Southwest Florida’s premier professional theatre – is pleased to announce the cast of its upcoming production of Informed Consent, New York Times Critics Pick for the New York production, scheduled now through January 31 at The Norris Center, located at 755 8th Avenue South in Naples.  Tickets range in price from $20 to $74 per person.  To purchase tickets, please visit www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org or call 239.261.PLAY(7529). Read More »

2016 Python Challenge™ Invasive Species Festival

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The 2016 Python Challenge™ is a conservation effort that includes public outreach on invasive species and a month-long competition to remove Burmese pythons from public lands in Florida. Visit PythonChallenge.org for more information about the 2016 Python Challenge™, including information on the unique Everglades ecosystem, and details about the 2016 Python Challenge™ Python Removal Competition, including competition and area rules, how to register, and training opportunities. Free in-person, hands-on trainings will be offered through Feb. 6. To report nonnative fish and wildlife, call the FWC’s Invasive Species Hotline at 888-IVE-GOT1(888-483-4681), report your sighting online at IveGot1.org or download the IveGot1 smartphone app. For more information ... Read More »

Rescue Monroe Station

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Submitted Before one of the last historical icons on the Tamiami Trail falls down, a local group wants to save it. You can help them… and help yourself to a tax deduction for your charitable donation. Monroe Station is a prime example of the rest stops that Barron Collier built in 1928 to help motorists along the new gravel road across the Everglades. The building at the corner of Loop Road & US41, about 20 miles east of SR29 on the way to Miami, was later expanded and became a popular meeting place for hunters and travelers in this isolated ... Read More »

PAWS Partners With Bestselling Author

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Submitted People often ask how they can help our returning veterans or how they can make a difference. It’s sometimes hard to know exactly what to do as many veterans don’t show outward physical disabilities but rather suffer from invisible wounds like post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injuries. PAWS Assistance Dogs directly impacts the needs of many combat wounded veterans by training and providing assistance dogs free of charge. They do this with the support of donors and sponsors, and with this campaign — through book sales. PAWS has partnered with New York Times best-selling author Captain ... Read More »

Center for the Arts Hosts Renaissance Academy

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts will again host the Renaissance Academy’s Marco Island programs in 2016. The Renaissance Academy is an educational outreach program offered by Florida Gulf Coast University in partnership with other regional organizations sharing the goals of advancing lifelong learning, creativity and social engagement. Renaissance Academy is based on the premise that learning should never cease, a philosophy shared by the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The programs will be presented at the Center. “Beethoven’s Ninth: The Struggle, Despair and Triumph” will be presented January 14, 2016 from 2:00PM to 3:30PM. Famed conductor ... Read More »

Mental Mastery

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I have found the modern sports psychologist like to use the word “mastery” to encompass all that it takes to become really good at something. By studying these masters of performance we can understand the mental makeup it takes to achieve greatness. Personally, I have found the mental side of golf to be a roadblock in my path to improve. I believe for everyone mastering our own mental state while in pressure situation is an ongoing battle, because it has been proven that the brain is ever evolving throughout our entire life. Improving performance comes ... Read More »

Historic Site #13

Marco Island Historical Museum 180 South Heathwood Drive The Marco Island Historical Museum consists of three buildings: the main museum, an administration building, and the Rose History Auditorium for meetings and presentations. The complex is constructed on an artificial shell mound with native plants around it. On the top of the shell mound is a lagoon with a bridge and chickee hut. The buildings have thatch roofs and a faux tabby mortar. The museum has rooms devoted to the Native American Calusa Indian culture, the early pioneers of the Island, and the modern development. The Marco Island Historical Museum is ... Read More »

Putting For Eagles

Submitted A “Kids Putting Contest and Family Event” is being hosted by the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation on Saturday, January 16, 2016. The event will run from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Marco Golf & Gardens located at 971 Winterberry Drive. A ticket includes 18 holes of putt-putt, hotdog, chips, beverage, t-shirts for kids 12 and under (while supplies last), face painting and DJ. Contest prizes will be awarded to winners in age groups 4-7, 8-9 and 10-12. A great family event with the ticket price of $25 admitting one adult and up to three children, 12 and ... Read More »

Master Naturalist and Alligator Visit Rose Auditorium

Master Naturalist  Bob McConville and friend. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted You see them sunning themselves along the highway or hear about them visiting a neighbor’s pool. But what do you really know about our Everglades neighbor—the Florida alligator? Master naturalist Bob McConville continues his series of wildlife lectures on January 13th in Rose History Auditorium, this time focusing on the habits and habitat of this formidable reptile. The lecture, which is sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society, begins at 7:00 PM and is open to the public. Joining McConville will be an expert in alligator behavior, ready to explain how these reptiles function in the wild. Also making ... Read More »

Four Ways to Experience the Fakahatchee

Naturalist Linda Koreny leads the new Big Cypress Bend boardwalk tour. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted This January, you can experience the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve four different ways. Wet or dry, walking or riding, it’s your choice with the Friends of Fakahatchee adventures scheduled throughout the month. Most visitors to the 85,000-acre park east of Naples find the Ghost Rider Tram Tour the best introduction to Florida’s largest and most remote state park. A naturalist leads each 2 1/2 hour tour and points out interesting aspects of the park. The tour includes a 15 minute walk down an old logging path to see air plants, a variety of ferns, and seasonally blooming orchids. Tours begin at ... Read More »