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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 »

SURGE U8 Boys Win Shootout

SURGE U8 boys celebrate their win at the I-75 Shootout Tournament. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The I-75 Shootout, held in North Ft. Myers by Lee County Youth Soccer, hosted 50 youth soccer teams from Southwest Florida. SURGE finished 1st among eight other U8 boys’ teams. “It has been a tough few weeks preparing and practicing for the tournament between the cold, wet weather, and the players and myself being out sick. But it all came together, and the boys played great as a team to win,” said Chadd Chustz, coach and president of SURGE Soccer. “I can’t thank the parents enough for all of their support.” SURGE is a non-profit youth soccer club dedicated to ... Read More »

Putt to the End Point

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Most golfers warm up for their round, and practice, on the greens by hitting 15-20 foot putts. I have a sense that many do this because they believe this is the best way to determine the speed of the greens that day. Practicing mid-range putts has little benefits. If you miss a 15-20 footer do you get feedback? Of course not! Even tour pros miss more 15-20 footers than they make. It is more beneficial to work on speed control without hitting to a hole in the putting green. Set up an alignment stick, or ... Read More »

All Sailors Welcome at SAMI Regatta SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Submitted On April 9th the Sailing Association of Marco Island (SAMI) will host its annual Bud Light Regatta. The race attracts sailors from all over the area in boats of all sizes. Although racers of top standing will be competing, novice racers are invited and encouraged to join in the fun. A $45 entry fee is now being accepted. Registration and check in start at 5:30 PM on Friday, April 8th at the Marco Island Marina (1402 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island) with a skippers meeting starting at 6 PM. Racing will start Saturday at 10 AM and the courses ... Read More »

Who Owns the ATON?

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Submitted Let me start by defining an ATON, which is an aid to navigation. ATONs can be buoys, beacons and lateral aids to navigation (the red even-numbered triangles and the green odd-numbered squares). These ATONs define the safe channels for navigation in and around our Marco Island waterways. ATONs are the responsibility of the United States Coast Guard. Technically, all non-United States Coast Guard ATON’s are called Private ATONs (PATONS). Other signs in the water that alert boaters to a Manatee Zone, No Wake, etc. are PATONs. PATONs have been put up by the county and the city to help ... Read More »

CurePSP Walk Just Around the Corner

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By Don Manley Christina Dean is hoping for another significant turnout for the 12th Annual CurePSP Awareness & Memorial Walk. The Marco Island resident is a member of the Southwest Florida PSP Support Group, which organizes the fundraiser, set for March 12 at Mackle Park from 10:30AM to 1:30 PM. The event benefits CurePSP, a national nonprofit that helps fund research, educate healthcare professionals, and provide programs and services to support PSP suffers and their families. PSP is a progressive and incurable brain disease, similar to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig diseases, that eventually leaves its victims wheelchair bound or ... Read More »

The Kellys Open Rookery’s Amazing Adventures Series

Carl Kelly addresses a group at Rookery Bay, on the screen behind him is a photo of him and his wife Joan on safari.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Once a month, from January to March, the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve holds their Amazing Adventures Lecture Series. The program is narrated by local naturalists, researchers and explorers. These audiovisual presentations provide participants with destination ideas, histories, as well as travel insights and tips. Carl Kelly, local naturalist, as well as Rookery Bay volunteer, kicked off the series earlier this month with a presentation on his experience on a South African safari. Carl, along with his wife Joan, being the adventurous duo that they are, decided to go on the five-day safari because of ... Read More »

Transfer the Energy

Photo 2: The Orange Whip Trainer, a great tool to develop proper energy loading on the backswing, and transfer of energy to the club head on the downswing.

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Athletic ability sets the ceiling for a golfer’s potential. That ceiling can be changed through physical training. However, to get to that ceiling, or potential, a golfer must increase the skills required to play. There is nothing natural about being a good player. Good players work on their athletic ability, and their skills, and “talent,” is all earned. Beyond physical training, golfers need to work on skills, such as, how to hit the ground with the club head (and not any specific physical motion). As players develop skills through practice and playing golf, they become ... Read More »

American Cancer Society Cares

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By Maureen Chodaba Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back. There were games, prizes, music, food, and laughter. The day was filled with the spirit of fun. It was Community Day in 1965 in the small upstate New York town where I was raised. It was a day when all ages came together to celebrate life. The energy and enthusiasm filled my soul, but then I awoke from that wonderful dream. I wasn’t really sleeping. It was 1995 and I was awakening from general anesthesia after surgery. I was a world away from that joyous day in 1965, but somehow, that wonderful memory ... Read More »