Visit the Marco Island Historical Museum on Saturday, February 25th from 10-3.
for a unique art show outside and enjoy the new Windows and Doors recently added to the museum. Special activities for children.

The San Marco Knights of Columbus Assembly 2514 will be hosting a Senior Prom Dinner Dance on March 18, 2017 at the San Marco Parish Center 851 San Marco Road Marco Island. The event time will be 6:30PM-10:30PM. This sit down dinner will be catered by Frisco's and includes Caesar Salad, Chateaubriand Seared Beef Tenderloin with Port Wine Glaze, Potatoes and Seared Asparagus and a Godiva Chocolate Bundt Cake for dessert. Cash bar available and Disc Jockey Scott Dean will be spinning the best of the 50's, 60's, Motown and more. King and Queen of the Prom will be selected from the audience during the evening. Tickets are $55.00 per person. Call John at 642-9840,
Joe Granda at 450-4065 or Ben at 201-681-8988 for tickets. Tickets available at the Church Office. Peace and Love to All!!

Join for our MARCH After Five Networking Event on Wednesday, March 15th on the Rooftop deck of Mutual of Omaha Bank. M of O along with Avow will be hosting our March After Five with a St. Patrick's Day theme!

Wear your green, grab your business cards and join us. 5:30 - 7:30 at Mutual of Omaha Bank located at 1770 San Marco Road. Delicious food from Nacho Mama's, beer/wine, networking and FUN!

Members: $5, Non-Members: $15.
See you there!

Dr. Gary Schmelz will be the speaker at Marco Island Shell Club’s March 2nd seminar, Solomon Islands Adventures: Return to Bali Hai, which will focus on his trips to the Solomon Islands and discoveries he made there. The progam will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Disseler Hall at the United Church of Marco, 320 N. Barfield Drive.

Professor Schmelz received his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Delaware. He is the former Director of the Big Cypress Nature Center and Director of Education for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Currently, Dr. Schmelz is a Field Research Associate with the University of Florida where his main investigative interests are in the area of paleomalocology. To date, he has described 35 new species of fossil marine mollusks. He has co-authored a booklet on Mollusca of the Florida Shoal River Formation and has just finished his latest book Fabulous Florida Fossil Shells which will be on sale at the end of the seminar.

March 21, 12 – 1 pm

Marine organisms need to respond very rapidly to sharp environmental changes. While the ability to cope with stress depends largely on the information stored in their genes, the modulation of such information in response to environmental signals is governed by epigenetic regulatory mechanisms. Epigenetics is an exciting and relatively new discipline studying of the inheritance of modifications in the function of genes. The present talk aims to introduce audiences to a) the Epigenetics phenomenon, b) its relevance to study how marine organisms adapt to environmental changes and c) its potential application in pollution biomonitoring and conservation in the ocean. Lecture is $15, or $10 for Friends of Rookery Bay members, includes lunch.

www.rookerybay.org, 239-530-5977, [email protected]

March 20 – 24, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Join renown Lee Hammond, Rookery Bay Reserve’s Artist in Residence, for an art program this summer and explore the magic of drawing and painting. Hammond has been a professional artist and art instructor for more than 30 years. She has published more than 35 art instruction books. Learn more about her amazing talent here. Create beautiful landscape paintings in acrylic with Lee Hammond. Based on her painting books by North Light, she will show you how to achieve beautiful skin tones, hair and clothing. Cost is $395.

www.rookerybay.org, 239-530-5977, [email protected]

March 18, 6 pm – 10:30 pm

More than 200 guests can enjoy cocktail hour and silent auction among the aquariums and art gallery, sunset on the bridge over Henderson Creek, and a wild live auction on the center's back lawn. This year, the Batfish Bash will feature an amazing dining experience with Service By Jordan. Upbeat and catchy music from the Girl Meets Boy band will have you grooving on the outdoor dance floor. Proceeds from the wild live auction will help support research and education for future scientists. Event sponsors include Minto, Arthrex, First Florida Integrity Bank, and many other members of the community.

The Batfish Bash for the Bay is the signature annual fundraiser for the Friends of Rookery Bay. Proceeds from the live and silent auctions directly support the research, stewardship, and education efforts undertaken by the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Cost is $195.
Thank you for your support!

www.rookerybay.org, 239-530-5977, [email protected]

March 13, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Get the best pictures possible and truly understand your digital camera’s features. You will learn how to use your camera's shutter, aperture, ISO control and the drive modes to create images with impact and creativity. No previous camera or photography experience is necessary, just a desire to learn. Sonny Saunders has over 35 years of experience in photography and instruction and is renowned for his ability to communicate to a wide variety of students. Cost is $55.

www.rookerybay.org, 239-530-5977, [email protected]

March 11, 8 am - 12 pm

Enjoy this fun and informative class designed to help you identify birds around you. Oriented toward the beginning birder, the classroom session explores how to use birds’ plumage, shape, behavior and habitat to recognize various species. It also covers the effective use of binoculars and field guides. During the second part of the class you will learn more tricks of the trade during a field trip to a nearby park where you can enjoy practicing new skills. Cost is $40.

www.rookerybay.org, 239-530-5977, [email protected]

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