Tickets NOW ON SALE for this fabulous annual event!

Leadership Marco and the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce invite you to consider a sponsorship position for the 10th Annual Marco Island Wet Paint Live event, a day of en plein-air painting by fantastic artists, followed by an live auction of their work.

This event is presented by the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce.
Proceeds benefit the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund.

Magnificent Marco Island serves as the setting for this February 16, 2017 event with up to twenty local artists capturing the essence of our island community while painting from any of several picturesque islands or nearby locations with spectacular views of Marco Island. After completing their original paintings during the day, artists will bring their pieces to Rose History Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Museum, for display beginning at 5:30 pm, with the exciting live auction starting promptly at 7:00 pm.

Be sure to stop by this special outdoor art show on Saturday, January 21st, between 10am - 3pm. Held at Marco Lutheran Church, 525 N. Collier Blvd on Marco Island.

Providing educational ecotours in Big Cypress, Stepping Stone Ecotours is happy to offer a "For-ever-glades" discount. Our already great price of $29 for a 2 hour tour gets even better!!! Only $22 for all Chamber members...all the time!!!! Forever!!!
Learn from trained Florida Naturalists how the 'Glades came to be and what's going on to restore this pristine area. Enjoy the wildlife along the way!!! Call Bob for more info at 293-0800 or log on to www.steppingstoneecotours.com

Classic Chamber Concerts is pleased to announce the Amernet String Quartet will be performing at the Rose History Auditorium at MIHS on February 6 at 8 pm.

The Amernet Quartet, which consists of Misha Vitenson, Violin, Franz Felkl, Violin, Michael Klotz, Viola, and Jason Calloway, Cello are praised for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing by the New York Times. Amernet has garnered recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets and are Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami. Their sound has been called “complex” but with an “old world flavor.” Strad Magazine described the Amernet as “…a group of exceptional technical ability.”

In accord with CCC’s commitment to educational outreach, the Amernet Quartet will conduct a clinic with students in the music program at Marco Island Charter Middle School the day after their concert—performing and engaging in an educational Q&A.

For information on tickets for the Classic Chamber Concerts on Marco Island, please visit www.ClassicChamberConcerts.org, or call 239.434.8505. Group Sales Available.

Happy Monday! The start to another sunny week in South Florida and the weather is perfect for a walk in the Everglades. We captured this image of a Great Egret patiently hunting last week. We're excited to see what is in store for us this week on the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk.

Todays trip to the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk was filled with sightings of wading birds and gators of all sizes! Check out our mother alligator taking a snooze in the sunshine. Not too far from mom we saw 3 hatchlings basking in the sun and 5 other gators under two feet long. Adding to the excitement a Great Egret got daringly close to the adult gator while a Wood Stork watched from a high branch. Interested in getting to experience the wildlife for yourself? Tours meet at the boardwalk, just 30 minutes from Marco Island, and start at 9 and 12 daily, book online now http://www.steppingstoneecotours.com

Join us on Wednesday, January 18th for our monthly "After Five Networking" Event at the Marco Island Historical Museum.

Admission for Chamber Members: $5, Non-Members: $15
Doors open at 5:30PM
Hors d'oeuvres provided by PINCHERS
50/50 Raffle, Food, Networking & FUN!

JOIN US to kick off 2017 RIGHT!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From: Alex Parker, III - President,
Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 239-394-7549

January 4, 2017

MARCO ISLAND AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LEADERSHIP CHANGE

Marco Island, FL, January 4, 2017 - After 21 years at the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director Sandi Riedemann-Lazarus has announced her retirement effective January 1, 2017. 2016 and 2017 Chamber President Alex Parker, III stated:

"Sandi has been a great asset to the Chamber, and we wish her
all the best in her transition to retirement. We sincerely appreciate
her years of dedicated service."

The Board of Directors has been working to find the right candidate to take over
this important leadership position and is pleased to announce that we have selected community leader and recent Citizen of the Year award recipient, Dianna G. Dohm as the new Executive Director.

Jan 15, 2017, 08:00 am - 10:00 am

Focus: Birding – This field trip will focus on the identification and biology of birds.

Please bring binoculars and a bird field guide (if you have one).

Field Trip Description: Join avid birder and Rookery Bay Research Reserve Director Keith Laakkonen on a trip to a local birding hotspot. This trip is for everyone from beginning to advanced birders. This is an easy walk with boardwalks through cypress forests and trails that loop around marshes and lakes. This trip will showcase our wintering and year around birds. $15

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

Jan 15, 2017, 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Focus: Science— This trip will focus on the nation-wide citizen science effort to measure mercury levels across our National Parks.

Field Trip Description: Lurking in swamps is an invisible threat more dangerous than any scaly reptile. Join Ranger Amly Washuta in Big Cypress National Preserve to learn about an ambitious effort to measure mercury. First, attend an engaging program highlighting the significance of mercury in the environment, how dragonfly nymphs can be used as an indicator of this heavy metal, and our partnership with a local school to assist sampling. Then travel to a site in the preserve and step into the swamp for a hands-on experience in sampling dragonfly nymphs (and other amazing critters!) using dip nets. $15

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