The 37th Annual Marco Island Shell Club Shell Show and Sale was a great success, thanks to the people who supported the show by attending, viewing the exhibits, and making purchases in the Gift Shop. Proceeds benefit the Club's scholarships and grants program.

The Club would also like to thank the businesses, individuals, and organizations who sponsored trophies for the 2017 Shell Show:

• Delaware Museum of Natural History--The DuPont Trophy
• The Conchologists of America (COA) Award
• Dr. William Reid --The Dr. William Reid Plaque – presented to the display that best combines the aesthetic and scientific aspects of conchology
• Florida Gulf Coast University –Outstanding Self-Collected Marco Island Single Shell
• Florida Gulf Coast University --Natural History Photographic Award for the best photographic display of mollusks taken by the exhibitor
• The Friends of Rookery Bay -- Best Florida/Caribbean Single Shell Trophy
• University of South Florida -- Best World Wide Single Shell

• Bistro Soleil / Denis and Lisa Meurgue - Professional Shell Artist Floral Trophy

On Monday, April 3, 2017, the Knights of Columbus San Marco Council #6344 will sponsor 3rd Annual Men’s Day of Reflection facilitated by Fr. Luis Pacheco in the San Marco Parish Center from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. The cost will be $15 per person to cover Breakfast & Lunch. All men in the Parish are invited to this event. Tickets are available in the Parish Office, or from John Caltabiano, Dan Moll, Joe Granda, and Bill Roché. For more information, contact 239-389-5633 or visit our website at

April 18, 12 – 1pm

Green turtle conservation measures over the last few decades have been successful in increasing the number of bay green sea turtles hatching and entering the ocean. But, the world these turtles will grow up in is very different than the one that existed even a century ago. Young turtles eventually settle in developmental habits in shallow coastal areas and their diet switches to seagrasses as they mature for 10-20 years before they are old enough to return to their breeding grounds. One of these developmental areas is in Bermuda, where the seagrasses that support these young turtles are in rapid decline, driven by the grazing of the developing turtles. And some of the Bermudian turtles return to the home of their parents here in south Florida, where they graze on our seagrasses. Lecture is $15, or $10 for Friends of Rookery Bay members, includes lunch.

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April 10, 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.,

April 8, 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.

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April 3 - 7, 8:30am – 4:30 pm

Join our Artist in Residence, Lee Hammond, and learn how to realistically draw animals in nature in graphite. This class is based on the “Hammond Blended Pencil Technique” from Lee Hammond’s best-selling books. In 5 days, you will learn everything you need to draw anything proficiently in pencil.
Hammond has been a professional artist and art instructor for more than 30 years. She has published more than 35 art instruction books. Supplies are not included. Cost is $395.

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The 37th Annual Marco Island Shell Club Shell Show and Sale will open on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. and run from 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Disseler Hall at the United Church of Marco. You will see juried artistic and scientific exhibits, hundreds of shell art creations and specimen shells for sale in the Gift Shop, a live mollusk(shell) tank, raffle prizes, a VW love bug covered with shells, and more, all for a $2 donation. There will be activities for kids starting at 12 noon on Saturday. Proceeds from the show benefit the Club's Scholarship Fund. Check out our website at

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