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MAY1 - 31 "Gallery of the Endangered" and Color photography show depicting Oman - Marco Island Center for the Arts. Reception - May 15th4-6,11-13,18-19 "Queen of Bingo" - Island Players, Rose History Auditorium, 7pm5 Cinco de Mayo - Margarita's - Marco Town Center, Nacho Mama's - Marco Walk The Shops and Restaurants of Olde Marco28 Memorial Day Observance, Island Strummers, Veterans' Memorial 11amJUNE5 "Historical changes to the waterfronts of Naples & Marco"- Rose History Auditorium, 7pm30 Spammy Jammy - Little Bar, Goodland. Spam art and party to ward off hurricanes30 4th of July celebrations - Everglades City, "Honoring our Veterans" parade 10am, Fireworks at sunsetJULY 4 4th of July celebrations, Marco beach, fi rework display after sunset14 Beach clean-up - Tigertail Beach Kiosk, 8am-12 noon (call Susan on 394.1470)AUGUST 7 "The Tamiami Trail - A ribbon of asphalt and an engineering feat"- Rose History Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Museum on Heathwood Drive, 7pmSEPTEMBER 15 27th Annual Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup event at Tigertail Beach, 8am-12 noon (call Susan on 394.1470)NOVEMBER 3 Island Paddle Board Challenge, Smokehouse Bay REGULAR EVENTSThursdays: Live Outside Music - The Esplanade, 6-9pmLast Wednesday of each month: ArtWalk with music and refreshments - The Esplanade, 5-8pm For more information on local cultural events visit For area late-night entertainment visit

Marco has a wide range of restaurants, some new and some nearly 30 years in the same location, and in this edition of Tasty Bites we cover the spectrum from breakfast to ice cream and everything in between. But remember, as Julia Childs once said "You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces - just good food from fresh ingredients" but this Robert Orben quote may be more appropriate... "Older people shouldn't eat health food, they need all the preservatives they can get". Whichever one best applies to you, follow it - but enjoy eating out!Playing with Fire at TOKYO INNOur kids were fi rst entertained at Tokyo Inn 20 years ago, now our grandkids sit in awe of the onion volcano or the not so traditional "egg roll". The food is fresh and cooked hibachi style in front of you, with enough choices to please everyone in your party - chicken, steak, shrimp, tuna are the stars. Consistently good and the chance to make new friends around the table. If you prefer your fi sh raw, the sushi bar has always been a personal favorite, with the Marco roll unusual and tasty. Of course you can always mix it up and have sushi appetizer before the hibachi... Mr Ben, the owner, makes some great sushi rolls!CAFE DE MARCO for Jumbo ShrimpThis quaint award winning restaurant has been serving the freshest of seafood and other continental specialties in Olde Marco for almost 30 years. Try the jumbo prawns which are the house trademark.... the absolutely huge shrimp are seasoned with fresh herbs and spices, broiled in garlic butter and served over rice pilaf. If fi sh isn't your thing they have plenty on the menu for meatlovers and, if you have room, don't miss the cake puff, but be warned... you'll need someone to share it with! 244 Palm Street, Olde Marco, 239-394-6262, www.cafedemarco.comSTONEWALLS outside - Great Flavors insideMarco's newest fast casual restaurant is open seven days for breakfast, lunch and dinner with most everything fresh and healthy. But it's their casual lunches that seem to be getting the biggest thumbs up. If we are working to a tight deadline and want a quick lunch we often get a quart of the seafood chowder to go. Tasty and homemade and right around the corner. Don't let the building fool you. Looks like it will be really expensive but everything is reasonably priced with fast, friendly service.551 S. Collier Blvd., 239-389-1995, www.marcostonewalls.comContinued on page 36Shops of Marco, 1825 San Marco Road, 239-642-3999 35