MARCO ISLAND, FL - America’s Boating Club-Marco Islandinvites you to a festive evening of Wine & Hors d’oeuvres and fun on Friday, January 31st, 2020 from 5:00pm-7:30 p.m. at San Marco Catholic Church Parish Hall on San Marco Road. 


Tickets may be purchased in advance by contacting Sonya Benson at (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)or 414-617-5718, or at the door.


















































 Texas Hold Em tournament sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island will be held Friday January 24th at the Rose Auditorium 180 South Heathwood Drive on Marco Island. Doors open at 5PM games begin at 6PM. Entry fee is $50 and the grand prize is a week at the Grand Hilton Vacation Club in Las Vegas.

Register today at Seating is limited so reserve your seat today.





 Marco Island Center for the Arts invites the community to join in as it celebrates fifty years of bringing art to Marco and beyond at The Golden Gala on Saturday February 1, 2020 at 5:30PM.  The Golden Gala Chairs are Sue and Russ Darrow and the event will take place at the Hideaway Beach Club.  This year the honoree will be The Island Country Club Foundation for its support of programs for children and youth. There will also be a Special Acknowledgement of former Board President, Rosemary Wick.



The Island Country Club Foundation has sponsored the youth programs at Marco Island Center for the Arts.  President Gary Landis states “Our organization donates money to 8-10 501 C-3 organizations each year.  We have been able to continuously help Marco Island Center for the Arts fund youth programming each year.” The Island Country Club has donated over $78,000 since 2000 as a part of its “Community Matters” effort.















































We have a few openings in Friends of Hope and I need your help.

Please join!

Individuals are $650 and companies $750.

You not only support our service, but also free admission to all events and name prominently displayed on our Friends banner at all events.

We will also thank you when we send emails about our events.

If you will help, please complete the attached form and send to me with a check payable to Meals of Hope.

Note-we are a 501c3 entity.


We are now in the 2020 fundraising year and are lining up venues for Happy Hours .

Dates and locations will be announced soon.

Packaging event is tentatively set at Marco Island Charter Middle School for Nov. 21.

Thank you for all your support in 2019.

























On Tuesday, January 14, 2020, the Knights of Columbus San Marco Council #6344 will sponsor the St. Vincent De Paul Dinner in the San Marco Parish Center.  This event supports the St. Vincent De Paul Society’s charitable work.  Doors open at 5:30 pm with dinner at 6:15 pm.  The barbeque dinner includes pulled pork or fried chicken, baked potato, baked beans, salad, rolls and butter, coffee, tea, and Dessert. 






 Marco Island Center for the Artsis pleased to announce the very silly Mike Russo otherwise known as Mr. Mike and his Big Red Box of Magic. This talented performer has been in the magic business for over 25 years.  His magic act has been seen on big stages, small venues and those lucky enough to walk by him on a sidewalk. Mr. Mike has been a teacher in After School Enrichment Programs for decades.  He teaches magic.  He teaches the art of joy and the need for laughter.

This popular children’s magician will bring his program to the Art Center on Saturday, December 28, 2019, at 2:00 pm. The show is for ages 4 – 10. The price is only $10. To reserve call 239-394-4221 or book online at The Center is located at 1010 Winterberry Drive. Normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. 






 Sailing is BACK! Marco Island Yacht Club Sailing Center will begin sailing lessons for 7th and 8th graders beginning Jan 4th thru May 31st. All classes will be on Saturdays and conducted in 420 's.

Please contact me for more information!

Dwyn von Bereghy 262 719 5570






















































 Soccer registration is OPEN!

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The Census Bureau is looking for many local residents to work in Marco Island.

The Census Bureau is committed to hiring census takers to work in their own communities.

These jobs pay $17-$24 per hour and are flexible in terms of days/hours.

Applicants must be 18 or older, a US citizen, have a SS number and an email account.

 the direct link to apply is  People can apply in Spanish or English.


















































































































November 3

December 8


Left Bank Art Fest

Sunday 10-4

Outside on the green at the Marco Island YMCA

JURIED ARTISTS Including photography, paintings, ceramics, wood, metal, jewelry, sculptures, and more

Free parking and free entry 
































MARCO ISLAND, FLORIDA – America’s Boating Club – Marco Island(ABClub – MI) today announced its boating education program for the 2019-20 Season.

“If you want to be a better, safer boat operator, America’s Boating Club has a course for you,” said Tom Morr, Commander of ABClub – MI.  “We teach the knowledge and skills to make operators, regardless of their watercraft type, confident and capable boaters.”

“America’s Boating Course is the basic building block for safe boating,” according to Patricia Cavanagh, the Boating Club’s Education Officer.  “It is required (for anyone born after January 1, 1988) to obtain a Boating Safety Education Identification Card to operate a vessel of ten horsepower or more in Florida and covers the core concepts important to safe boat operation,” said Cavanagh.


America’s Boating Course meets for five 2.25 hour sessions over two and a half weeks.  It will begin on October 21, 2019 and will be offerred again beginning on December 2nd, January 6th, February 3rd and March 9th.
































































 GIRLS ON THE RUN!!! Tommie Barfield Elementary NEEDS COACHES! YOU DONT HAVE TO BE PARENT- ANY ADULT CAN COACH! TBE didn’t have coaches last season either - -there are so many girls who miss running! – Please help! Email or call Melissa below!

Head and Assistant Coaches mentor our girls twice a week after school from either 3-4:30 or 4-5:30pm. Coaches will attend one Coach training session.
***College and High School Coaches can earn service learning hours for their time Coaching equaling up to 40 hours per season.
Sign up to be a Coach here:
For more information on Substitute Coaching or being a Coach this Fall please contact: Collier/Lee County: Program Coordinator, Melissa Pares at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 239-450-5501.


























































































































 Marco Island Woman’s Club awards scholarships to graduating high school students, who live on Marco Island, and supports various local nonprofit organizations.  The group meets for lunch at 11:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month, For more information call President Sue Ellen Welch at at 781-635-5240 or go to  





Marco Island Center for the Artshas partnered with Logiscool to offer classes for youth in coding, programming languages and technologies this summer in the Art Center’s Digital Media Lab.  Having children learn coding at a young age helps them with communication, creativity, math and writing. Logiscool students learn algorithmic thinking by playing games relevant to their age group, using their new programming skills!  Classes are $200 per student and space is limited.  To register call the Art Center at 239-394-4221 or go to  
































 Stolen Vessel Warning!!

Boater owners can reduce the risk of theft by the following methods include:

·       Move the boat lift’s electrical power shut-off inside your house.

·       Secure the boat to the lift.

·       Secure the lift to the dock.

·       Install an alarm system on your dock.

·       Install a GPS enable alarm system on your boat.

·       Installing covert fuel cut-off or ignition / battery switches.

·       Exterior lighting that shines on your vessel and dock.

·       Remove the keys from your boat when on the lift.

·       Removing all valuables to include GPS, Radar, and Radios.

·       Report all and any suspicious activity. 






America’s Boating Club – Marco Island helps people gain the knowledge, confidence and skills to be better boaters, Burson said.

For more details about the Club’s courses, please visit or call Tom Ryan at 239/887-1556.












Who was Barron Collier?


Read about the amazing man who bought over 1 million acres of South Florida land and had a county named after him.

 Besides completing the Tamiami Trail across the swamp and developing Everglades City, he also owned a group of resort hotels which attracted the rich and famous to Useppa, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Boca Grande, Lakeland, Bradenton, Punta Gorda, Sarasota, and to the most renown one, the Everglades Rod & Gun Club. But that’s not all -- he operated a telephone service, published newspapers, and provided transportation on ships and buses.

 And, he was a big player during the Roaring Twenties in New York City where he hobnobbed with important people and reduced traffic accidents with his “Aunty J. Walker” campaign. He had grown up in Memphis and made his fortune in streetcar advertising which he used to promote charitable causes such as the Boy Scouts.

 A new book EVERGLADES ENTREPRENEUR by local historian Marya Repko summarizes it all in her flowing prose illustrated by a plethora of old photos. To order online, see­ or for more information, call the author at (239) 695-2905.