Marco Island Chamber Member Special
Join Now for only $279/month
Receive 6 Months Free!

The Freedom Boating Plan includes:
• A full membership for you and your spouse
• Unlimited boating at our 14 Florida locations
• Access to our fleet of more than 200 boats ranging from 16’-27’
• Skiffs, flats boats, deck boats, pontoons, bow riders,
center consoles, cuddy cabins, sailboats, & kayaks
• Reciprocal access to over 80 Freedom Boat Club
locations across the country
• Four guaranteed rolling reservations
• All towing and liability insurance
• No vessel cleaning and maintenance hassles
• Unlimited training with our U.S.C.G. licensed instructors
• Area social events with other FBC members

CONTACT US TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS SPECIAL:
Dustin Tidwell, Membership Executive
dtidwell@FreedomBoatClub.com
239.339.7858

Check out my boats by clicking on the link below:
http://fusion.realtourvision.com/m/tour.php?tourid=908438

Jan. 30 (5:30 to 7 p.m.)
The Amazing Adventures monthly lecture series runs from January through March and brings many corners of the world to our auditorium screen. Narrated by a local naturalist, researcher or explorer, these audio/visual presentations provide destination ideas, natural histories, and travel tips and insights to ignite the travel bug in us all. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for refreshments, the speaker's presentation is 6 to 7 p.m. followed by questions and mingling. Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members and includes refreshments. Lecture title: “Westward Found” given by: Amy Washuta and Luke Gommerman, National Park Service Rangers. From the deep, verdant swamps of subtropical Florida to the intricately-carved rock wilderness of the American Southwest, join park rangers Luke and Amy on a journey that has taken them even farther than they imagined. Be inspired to leave behind the comforts of home and lose yourself as never before. Registration required at www.rookerybay.org.

Jan. 26 - 30 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Learn how to draw realistic portraits in colored pencil. This class will have you drawing the special people in your life in full color. You will learn how to draw each of the facial features, hairstyles, clothing, hands and feet. You will also learn how to master colored pencil techniques using a variety of applications, brands and papers. Using her book “Drawing Faces in Color” as a guide, Lee Hammond will demonstrate easy methods for students at all ability levels; no experience required. 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 $375. Maximum class size is 14 people. Registration required at rookerybay.org.

Jan. 17 (5:30 to 7 p.m.)
Pete Frezza, Research Manager- Everglades Region, Audubon Florida’s Everglades Science Center will be on-site giving the lecture: “Roseate Spoonbills in the Everglades: A Look into the Past, Present and Future of the Flame Bird” Lecture description: Frezza will discuss findings from our 75 year history of monitoring roseate spoonbill populations in southern Florida. This will include a look into historical nesting patterns in Florida Bay and factors that have led to changes in their population over time along with results from long term banding and satellite telemetry projects with these birds. He will also give a brief overview of Everglades Restoration projects that are expected to improve conditions for these birds throughout the ecosystem. Cost is $15 to attend the lecture. Cost includes refreshments. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org.

The 11th annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival on Jan. 16-18 offers more than 40 guided field trips to almost two dozen wildlife hot spots and on-the-water adventures around Southwest Florida, along with daytime lectures and a keynote address. Registration opens Nov. 1, 2013. Daytime lectures TBA at rookerybay.org.

Jan. 16 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
In celebration of the 11th Annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers “buy one, get one free admission” from 9am to 4pm. Higher price prevails. Cannot be combined with other offers. Field trip costs are separate fees.

Jan. 10 (8 a.m. - noon)
Learn basics of birding, including how to use field guides, plumage, flight patterns, behavior and field marks in bird identification. This class also provides an overview of binocular styles and functions, including adjusting the diopter and other “tricks of the trade.” The classroom session will be followed by a field trip to a nearby park to practice new skills. Cost is $30 for non-members and $25 for members. The class is limited to 20 people and pre-registration is required online at rookerybay.org.

Jan. 6 (noon to 1 p.m.)
The Everglades Queen and Other Tales of Old Florida
From John Ashley’s gun moll to Carl Tanzler’s not-so-magnificent obsession, the men and women of old Florida are some of the most colorful characters ever to grace the pages of history books. Join master storyteller Caren Neile as she makes history come alive in these dramatic interpretations of Florida folly and fortune. Caren S. Neile, Ph.D., has taught storytelling studies at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton since 2000. As a professional storyteller, she has performed and lectured throughout the country and abroad, including as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Austria and Israel. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org.

Jan. 5 - 9 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Learn how to draw realistic portraits in graphite during this five-day class. Using her book “Lifelike Drawing from Photographs” and “Drawing People and Clothing” as a guide, Lee Hammond will demonstrate easy methods for students at all ability levels; no experience required. You will learn how to draw each of the facial features, hairstyles, clothing, hands and feet. 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 $375. Maximum class size is 14 people. Registration required at rookerybay.org.

Although people buying a Marco Island condo this year range in age from 22 to 92, the average age of a condo buyer is 57 and the median age is 60. Thankfully, Collier County is where women can expect to live the longest in the United States – 86. Men living here have a life expectancy of 80. These life expectancies will only increase as NCH Healthcare Systems initiates its Blue Zones Project in Southwest Florida in support of its 10-year vision to make the region an even healthier, happier and more vibrant place to live.
Given these demographics, interior design concepts like Aging in Place and Universal Design assure a happy and healthy lifestyle for those condo owners lucky enough to have found Marco Island and own a condo here.
The idea of an accessible condo has evolved beyond grab bars and ramps to one where accessibility is built into the design, making living in a condo easier for people of all ages and abilities. “Accessible” can be both beautiful and functional and with our aging population, the issue of accessibility in our homes is growing even more important and urgent.
To make your condo more accessible and to create a “forever home” try some of these fixes:

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