In 15,000 BP, indigenous people in Siberia begin a journey that will take them across the land-bridge to North America. They build dugout canoes to carry them down the Pacific Coast of California to the tip of Baja. They cross the Sea of Cortez into Mexico, and then cross Central America by river until reaching the Caribbean Sea. Leaving Colombia, they travel through small islands and eventually come to Cuba. Traders have told them stories of a land north of Cuba where the land is flat and never cold. After crossing they find the Florida Keys and then venture north along the western coast of Florida. After landing in a protected bay, they go ashore and create a village near the bay. In time they become known as Calusa, and dominate Southwest Florida for 2,000 years. Early in the 1,500s the Spaniards arrive in the same area, and a very short time later, the Calusa are threatened with extinction. A few find their way back to Cuba, but it's the end of the Calusa.

"You owe it to yourself to be yourself."--Yogi Bhajan

Guest instructor, Pamela Raymond (aka Mehtab Atma Kaur), will be leading you in the unique blend of physical and spiritual experience of Kundalini that will enlighten you and invite you to deepen your practice in new ways.

Learn the Science of Kundalini yoga, the "Yoga of Awareness", through a guided practice of dynamic physical movements, breathing techniques, mudra, mantra, meditation, and relaxation.
*All levels of experience welcome*

Benefits of Kundalini Yoga:

Open Your heart
Heal yourself and others
Experience inner peace and joy
Relax and attract opportunities
Live in abundance and prosperity
Strengthen your nervous and immune system
Raise your energy level to the vibration of the planet

Sunday, August 28; 1:00-2:30
Enroll by August 21=$25; after August 21=$30

October 28/29

Friends of Rookery Bay and Coastal Conservation Association, Florida team up to host the third annual all-release charity tournament in Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve waters targeting snook, redfish and trout. Cost is $100 per angler, registration is required or 239-530-5972.

September 29
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

The Friends of Rookery Bay and the United Arts Council of Collier County present the exhibition, Summer II: Water, from September 24 through November 9. Enjoy works by local artists Muffy Clark Gill, Lynda Fay Braun, and John Brady. The Opening Reception will feature wine and light hors d’oeuvres. Admission is $3 for the public and free for participating artists and their guest as well as members of the United Arts Council and the Friends of Rookery Bay. or 239-530-5972.

September 24
9 am – 4 pm

Rookery Bay Reserve’s daylong event includes staff-narrated boat tours of the estuary, introductory 30-minute kayaking trips, paddle boarding on Henderson Creek, marine critter touch tank and other live animal presentations. There will be games and crafts for children, as well as behind-the-scenes tours of the science labs, films, food for purchase and more. Admission to the event is free, and tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Express passes will be available for purchase Sept. 1. or 239-530-5972.

"Bully Billy is Back: The Burrowing Owls Are Worried" is a delightful story of Manny, a small Burrowing Owl and Bully Billy, a Great Horned Owl. Manny has difficulty learning new things and Billy is an angry owl who has no friends and acts like a bully. Bully Billy watches Manny struggle and takes the opportunity to be a bully. While bullying Manny, Bully Billy is injured. Later, Manny sees Bully Billy in danger and flies to his teacher Owlivia to ask for help to save him. After he is saved, Bully Billy changes his mind about being a bully and decides it is better to be a friend.

Resources for teachers and parents about bullying are included at the end of the book. The story addresses social learning, the idea that people learn from one another via observation, imitation, and modeling. It includes a gentle message about interpersonal skills using owl characters to help children establish and maintain positive relationships with others.

Marco Island celebrated the 4th of July on the residence beach to the music of Sun DJs. The sun was present most of the day. Clouds and rain danced around us. That is until moments before sunset. We still had a good time and we hope you did too. We were not expecting the number of people that approached us to tell us that they enjoyed the music that was being play. It was indeed our pleasure. Want to know more about us? Visit Please call us for your Marco Island Music needs.

The August 2016 After Five Networking Event was held at the Old Marco Pub & Restaurant on Wednesday, August 17, 2016. More than 100 joined us to enjoy delicious food, drink and networking. Thank you Susan & Tom Ackerson for your hospitality!

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At our August 10th meeting, our focus will be on loglines and pitches. Joanne Tailele, current group secretary and former president, will present information on why these are important and how to do them well. Loglines are one-sentence summaries of a written work that convey its essence. Pitches are written or verbal attempts to get an agent or publisher to read your work. Even if you are not ready to send anything to a publisher, loglines and pitches can help you organize your own goals for your writing. Hope to see you at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, Marco Center for the Arts.

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