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Fun Summer Camp Options

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Rocky Cale, president of the Marco Island Community Sailing Center, discusses the organization’s youth summer programs with Diana Pagach at the program’s recent open house.

By Don Manley Local summer camp providers are gearing up to make the season informative and fun for the children they serve. With the school year’s end just around the corner, children and parents have a broad assortment of options for making the summer a constructive one. Camp Mackle The City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department’s Camp Mackle is a multi-faceted program for youths in kindergarten through fifth grade. Camp Mackle operates on weekdays, from 7:30 AM to 6 PM, June 8 through August 5. The cost, on a per-child basis, is $20 a day, $80 a week ... Read More »

Boating Safety Saves Lives

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Submitted  Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron wants to remind islanders to always follow safe boating practices, including always wearing life jackets and becoming educated on water safety. Always Wear Your Life Jacket Accidents can happen without warning. There’s rarely time to reach stowed life jackets. It is estimated that approximately 86% of recreational boaters that drowned were not wearing their life jackets. Overall, approximately 400 lives could have been saved if boaters had worn their life jackets. That’s why the United States Power Squadrons® recommend that boaters always wear a properly fitting U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket when ... Read More »

Responsibilities of Player and Coach

The world’s top ranked golfer, Jason Day, with his coach. Submitted Photos

Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org May 4th was National Golf Instruction Day on the Golf Channel. As much as the Golf Channel communicates incorrect information about the golf swing, and despite employee commentators who regularly bash tour player’s golf coaches, I really appreciate the network honoring those who grow golf through instruction. The Golf Channel is a huge factor in the growth of the game, and I appreciate the network educating golfers that instruction is important. However, some golfers have had really bad experiences during and after golf lessons. Guarantee some are my former students. Some golfers have had a ... Read More »

Newcomers Club Honors Jacky Childress

Jacky enjoying a good laugh at her own expense. Submitted Photos

Submitted A select group of Newcomers Club of Marco Island members recently met at the Island Country Club for an Appreciation Luncheon to honor outgoing president, Jacky Childress. Kim King played hostess to this time honored event, a 46-year tradition. The attendees included several past presidents, board members, and Jacky’s Arts and Entertainment (“A&E”) club members. As always, the Island Country Club lunch was delicious and exceeded expectations. The Appreciation Luncheon is also a roast of sorts, where funny stories about the outgoing president are shared. It was an afternoon filled with a few tears, and lots of laughter. For ... Read More »

Auntie Mame Wows Calusa Garden Club

Jackie Purvis and Marsha Riss.

Submitted  Living life to the fullest personified Auntie Mame’s approach to life. “Auntie Mame” was a successful movie and Broadway play about Patrick, a 10-year-old orphan who comes to live with his rich, free-spirited, irreverent, madcap, eccentric aunt in New York City. It was there that Auntie Mame taught her nephew how to live life to the fullest. It was the Calusa Garden Club’s year-end luncheon at the Marco Island Yacht Club and the club wanted something truly creative to mark the end of their season. They invited Kathleen Hawryluk, floral designer extraordinaire, aka Auntie Mame, as their guest presenter. ... Read More »

Golf Nutrition

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Here is a story we have all heard a million times. A golfer is going along nicely in his round, hitting good shots, having a good time, and then all of the sudden in the middle of the back nine the shots start going awry. It keeps getting worse and worse until he comes into the 19th hole after his round, depressed about his finish, and mentally drained from the experience. The usual statement is “I got tired out there.” Even though physical conditioning might be a problem, it usually is not the biggest reason ... Read More »

Summer at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida

Enjoy summer at the Conservancy with electric boat tours, kayak rentals and boat and lunch tours of the Gordon River. Submitted Photos

Submitted  Parents looking for a fun and educational way for kids to spend time over the summer – consider the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is now offering new summer activities, including a Little Explorer pre-K programs, guided kayak tours, Junior Vet Lab, wildlife hospital exhibits and an environmental education lecture series. Led by Conservancy representatives, guests will have the opportunity to come face-to-face with native reptiles, ocean creatures, and occasionally catch a glimpse of rehabilitating wildlife. Daily Education Programs begin May 1 through October 31 at 11 AM at the Wildlife Hospital Nursery Viewing Window. ... Read More »

Two for Boating Safety

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Submitted Education and vessel maintenance are two things that you can do now as a responsible boat owner. Both are key to boating safety. 1- Take a Boating Safety Course From navigation to the “rules of the road,” or boat handling to weather, educated boaters are safe boaters. Approximately 80% of all boating fatalities occurred on boats where the operator had never taken a boating safety course. A wide variety of basic boating courses are available. Leading volunteer organizations such as the United States Power Squadrons® and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, as well as your own state boating ... Read More »

Youth Summer Art Workshops

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Submitted Marco Island area youth will have a special opportunity to develop their art skills and appreciation at the Marco Island Center for the Arts 2016 Youth and Family Summer Workshops. The program also encourages family bonding through family workshops where adults and children spend fun and creative quality time together. Participating young artists will have the chance to not only produce original works of art, but to also display their creations during the Young Artists’ Reception on July 29, 2016. Five workshops are planned: Family Fun with Coil Bowls – June 18 (9:30 AM-12:30 PM). Participants must be a ... Read More »

The Shanks

The dreaded shank!

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I know…sorry. I said the “S” word. It is all in your head, right? You can try all you want to fix mental problems: yoga, meditation, performance experts, etc., but it will not change the fact that your technique is leading to “hosel rockets.” The shanks are a technical problem that make hitting golf shots a mental battle. So the solution should be easy, right? The technical problem becomes so bad that we start hitting shanks, and mental boundaries make the road to recovery a lengthy process. However, we must first solve the technical problems. ... Read More »

All Aboard for Meals of Hope

Submitted Marco Island Meals of Hope will hold a “Happy Hour for Hope” on the Marco Island Princess, April 25, 2016 from 5 to 7 PM. Happy Hour for Hope will feature live entertainment from Rosetta Stone, a buffet of wonderful hors d’oeuvres and reduced price libations. Rosetta Stone will bring her beautiful voice and her performance will grace the happy hour as she has done for years. The event is open to the public with admission donation of only $10. Chairman Bill Morris is especially excited about this month’s Happy Hour for Hope. “Island Princess has really upped its ... Read More »

Black Cat Quartet to Perform

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Submitted The Black Cat Quartet will appear in a classical music concert at the Marco Island Center for the Arts on May 12, 2016 at 5:30 PM. Tickets are $25, and seating is limited. The Black Cat Quartet members have performed with each other in a variety of ensembles for over 10 years. The program at the Center will include J.S. Bach Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1 and Four for Tango by Astor Piazzolla. The group is a string quartet. It chooses repertoire that pushes the ... Read More »

Goodbye, Art Flicks Hello, Classic Movie Nights

Classic Movie Nights begins April 8th

Submitted  The Marco Island Center for the Arts Art Flicks film series has come to an end for the season, with the showing of the Danish film, “Babette’s Feast.” The Art Flicks series features special showings of foreign, independent and art films. This season’s program, themed “Food, Glorious Food!” was a huge success. Although Art Flicks has ended, the Center will be bringing audiences more wonderful movies to enjoy. On April 8 Classic Movie Nights begins with “On the Waterfront,” and the series will continue on the second Friday of each month, through August. For all showings, doors will open ... Read More »

Get ready to RELAY!

Relay For Life teams choose their spots on the track.

By Maureen Chodaba The Relay For Life of Marco Island, presented by Robert J. Flugger, is rapidly approaching. On April 9, Mackle Park, in all its beauty and natural splendor, will be the site of this community festival and celebration of life. A team event, this year’s Relay For Life takes the theme “Relay Road Trip – Destination – END CANCER!” As you take your road trip around the Relay track, you will want to make stops at the tents, each one representing a fundraising team, and each one depicting a state. The teams have been working diligently to raise ... Read More »

MIHS Musical March Entertainment

One night only hear Johnny T sing the oldies we all love.

Submitted The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) brings world-class entertainment to Rose History Auditorium that will delight island music lovers. Oldies but goodies take the stage in two unique, one night only performances. Get your tickets early so you don’t miss this special opportunity to walk down memory lane. March 23 –  Liza and Judy, Together Again  Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli are certainly one of the most famous mother and daughter entertainers the world of show business has ever seen. Unlike the usual tribute show, this spectacular theatrical production brings Liza and Judy together again with the amazing sound-alike ... Read More »

Need to Exercise Your Brain? Try Online Free Learning

By Maggie Gust The internet and talk TV are full of articles exhorting people over age 50 to keep their minds nimble by learning a new language, tackling computer programming, practicing yoga, learning how to make wine at home, or asking their eight-year-old grandson to teach them how to use a smartphone. Did you know that some of the top universities around the world are offering their courses for FREE? There is a wealth of possibilities for neurogenesis (making new brain cells) and just plain fun awaiting you on the internet at www.edx.org. There are other MOOCs (Massive Open Online ... Read More »

Baby Gator Time at Briggs Boardwalk

Two baby alligators right near the boardwalk close to the overlook. Notice the yellow stripes.

By Bob Schulteis Conservancy of Southwest Florida Volunteer   We are enjoying watching (at a distance) seven baby gators born to Smiley, our resident gator, on the big pond at Briggs. Baby alligators, when born, are usually 6–8 inches in length. They grow about one foot a year for the first five or so years, although each year’s growth rate is not exactly the same. At about five years or so, they lose their stripes because they no longer need the camouflage. When small, baby gators eat small prey such as crickets, insects, spiders, lizards, crustaceans, frogs, and fish, if ... Read More »

MIFA Scholarships Help Young Artists

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Submitted Encouraging the next generation of artists, the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) awards student scholarships each spring. MIFA scholarships up to $1,000 are available to local students who major in an area of the arts. Both graduating high school seniors and college students living on Marco Island, Goodland or the Isles of Capri, are eligible to apply. Scholarships are not limited to painters and sculptors.  Students who study any of the vast and varied aspect of the arts – such as visual art, music, dance or the performing arts- are encouraged to apply. Interested students must complete ... Read More »

Cars As Art Show Returns

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Submitted The 3rd Annual Cars as Art Show will be held at the Marco Island Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 26, 2016 from 10 AM to 4 PM. This year promises to be the best show yet. Cars as Art features only unmodified antique and classic automobiles built before 1975. “For some, this is a chance to revisit a favorite car from days gone by. For others, it is a chance to see the beauty of what used to be. And for artists at the Center, it represents a different medium that all can appreciate,” said Hyla Crane, ... Read More »

CurePSP Walk Raises Funds, and Awareness

Approximately three hundred people came to Mackle Park in support of CurePSP .

By Don Manley Al and Heather Geraci have made a pilgrimage to Marco Island at about the same time for three years running to support a cause. The couple has made the trek from their Ft. Lauderdale home to participate in the annual CurePSP Awareness & Memorial Walk, a fundraiser benefitting CurePSP, a national nonprofit that helps fund research, educate healthcare professionals, and provide programs and services to support PSP suffers and their families. Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, PSP, is a progressive, incurable and difficult to diagnose brain disorder, similar to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s diseases, that eventually leaves its ... Read More »