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These events occur on a periodic basis throughout the year. 

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Tours and Trips

    • November 14, 2023
    • April 30, 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • Various Places in Greater Naples
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    The MCA Birding Group

    Led by Alan Gordon



    Led by MCA member Alan Gordon, MCA Birding will involve field trips to local parks including Sugden Regional Park, Eagle Lakes Community Park and Freedom Park in Collier County and Lakes Park in Lee County. 

    This birding group is open to all MCA members who are interested in bird watching or nature photography or who just want to go to interesting natural habitats for an outdoor stroll. Birding sites are chosen for convenience and for number of bird species available for viewing and hearing. With the exception of the trip to Ding Darling, expect easy 1 1/2 hour walks of approximately one mile. In the case of Ding Darling, we will travel through the Refuge by car, stopping to get out at various observation points.

    Binoculars are necessary to see many of the birds, so you should be sure to bring a decent pair with you.

    Any questions? Please reply to this email.


    • December 12, 2023
    • April 09, 2024
    • 5 sessions
    • Zoom
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    MCA Travelogue Series

    with 

    Jim Sernovitz 


    Travel the world through the exquisite photography of Jim Sernovitz.  

    Zoom Only.

    Your itinerary is: 

    February WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN - SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO

    Climb the Rock of Gibraltar, see the splendor of Granada and the Alhambra, visit the mysterious Kasbah of Casablanca and the beautiful cities of Lisbon and Barcelona.

    March - AUSTRALIA - NEW ZEALAND

    The "Down Under” countries of Australia and New Zealand are in a league of their own. From the sandy tropical beaches of Cairns to the snowy mountains of Queenstown in the Southern Alps, these two countries in the Pacific Ocean are often similar yet very different. We will experience majestic fjords, bubbling geysers, jungles, glaciers, rainforests, empty deserts, and bustling cities.  

         We will visit the world class cities of Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne, experience the emptiness of the Outback, dive the Great Barrier Reef, see the sunrise at Uluru the world’s largest rock monolith, and visit the boiling springs and geysers of Rotorua.  Many other amazing sights await on this journey of exploration. 

    April - THE PERSIAN GULF-LANDS OF OIL AND MONEY

    Everyone has heard of the wealth of Dubai, come join us as we visit Dubai’s even richer, but lesser known, neighbors of Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, and Qatar. With ancient ruins, burning desert wastes, beautiful oasis, and ultra-modern cities, this part of the world has it all. From ancient bazaars to the tallest building in the world; from racetracks for camels to hospitals for falcons, we will visit places and see sights that until very recently were shut off from the rest of the world

    So get your passport ready and register today. 

    Please Note:  You only have to register once for all sessions.  You will receive reminders (with the zoom link) one week and 1 day before each session.  

    • February 27, 2024
    • 9:45 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 311 9th St. N. Naples, FL
    • 0
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    Tour of the

    NCH Simulation Center



    Join your MCA friends to tour the new simulation center at NCH's downtown campus. The Judith and Marvin Herb Family Simulation Center is a state-of-the-art facility that provides realistic training scenarios for physicians, medical residents, nurses, 1st responders, and other clinical staff to improve patient safety and outcomes.

    See the DaVinci robot (pictured above) in the fully equipped operating room, the computerized mannequin giving birth in the obstetrical suite, the realistic critically ill "patient" in the ICU, and many other realistic computerized training stations.

    For more information, contact Michael Sobol

    • February 28, 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota Fl 34243
    • 7
    Register


    Trip to Ringling Museum
    in Sarasota 


    In 1925, circus impresario John Ringling decided to build an art museum, both as a legacy meant to outlast his business interests and as a memorial to his wife and himself.

    The Ringling is home to one of the preeminent art and cultural collections in the United States. Explore the 66 acre estate of John and Mable Ringling which also includes the Museum of Art, Circus Museum, the Ringling’s winter home: Ca' d'Zan, The Historic Asolo Theater, Bayfront Gardens and more.Museum of Art: From the Rubens' Galleries to the Turrell Skyspace, view the permanent collection's treasures, the fascinating exhibitions from around the world and the classical sculptures that fill the grand courtyard. 

    1. Circus Museum: Thrill to it all: the parade wagons, the posters, the glittering costumes, the Ringling's fully-restored private railcar and the cannon that shot daring performers through the air. Wonder at the must-be-seen-to-be-believed 44,000-piece Howard Bros. Circus Model celebrating the entertainment that has delighted America for generations.
    2. Ca' d'Zan: The home of the circus entrepreneur and his wife, Ca' d'Zan stands as a testament to the American Dream of the Roaring Twenties. Designed in the Mediterranean Revival style, this dazzling palatial mansion perfectly captures the splendor and romance of the Italy the Ringlings so loved.

    The trip will be one day in length, leaving Naples on a chartered bus in the morning and returning in the  late afternoon.

    This is a coed program.

    For further details contact Jay Leib

      

    • March 06, 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 16668 winners Circle Drive, Delray Beach, Florida
    • 0
    Registration is closed


    Sunshine Meadows Standardbred Training Facility


    Come visit the Sunshine Meadows standardbred training facility of fellow MCA member Mark Wasserman.  Mark and his trainer Travis Alexander's horses have been among successful standardbred horses in the country.  Mark and his horses have received horse of year honors in the harness racing industry and have been fortunate to have won some of the major races including back-to-back Messengers at Yonkers Raceway in 2021 and 22. (first leg of standardbreds triple crown).

    https://www.sunshinemeadowsdelray.com/sunshine-meadows

    During this visit you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the horses.  You will be able to help the horses prepare for training and help the trainer remove the gear from the horses after their training session.  if you are willing to get wet, you may be able to help wash the horses after their workout.Not only will you interact with the horses, you will also meet with Mark, the trainer, as well as riders and grooms.  Mark will discuss the life of an owner.  Among the topics will be horse breeding, what to look for in a horse to purchase yearlings, deciding what races to enter and when to sell a horse that is not a good fit with his stable.  The trainer will explain what goes into training a standardbred horse as well as what he plans to accomplish in the exercises you will be watching.  Riders will also be available to discuss how the horses performed that day. 
    After the unique training experience, we will head to Ben’s Kosher Deli for an enjoyable lunch. 
    The training facility is in Delray Beach, Florida.  Carpooling is encouraged.  Those wanting help finding others to carpool with can contact David Feldman for help davmarf@aol.com.  
    There is no charge for the visit to the training facility.   However lunch will be your responsibility.

    This coed program is limited to 16 attendees.



    • March 07, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples
    • 0
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    Behind the Scenes Tour of the
    Naples Botanical Gardens


    Join Naples Botanical Garden staff for a look at the behind-the-scenes activity that visitors never see: the nursery and orchid house, labs, and daily operations that are invisible to guests but are critical to keep the Garden beautiful. In addition, see some of our carts, trucks, unique tools, heavy equipment and safety gear pulled out and have staff demonstrate using them. Take a guided tour of the 90-acre Preserve, full of birds and wildlife, and learn how (and why) the Garden is getting more involved locally and internationally in conservation efforts.

    An optional lunch in the Fogg Cafe located at the gardens, follows the tour. 


    • March 18, 2024
    • 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 20
    Register

    Raisin' Cane Tour

    VIP Tour for the Men's Cultural Alliance and their Partners

    Join your MCA friends as we experience Florida farming communities, view the latest in farming techniques, dive into sugarcane farmer's Best Management Practices, watch the harvesting and burning of sugarcane (not always possible) and journey to the Clewiston sugar mill and refinery. Q & A to follow.

    We will travel by luxury coach and lunch is included at no cost.

    Meeting point for bus and schedule will be provided in reminders sent in March.

    • March 19, 2024
    • 8:45 AM - 10:30 AM
    • 311 9th St. N. Naples, FL
    • 0
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    Tour of the

    NCH Simulation Center



    Join your MCA friends to tour the new simulation center at NCH's downtown campus. The Judith and Marvin Herb Family Simulation Center is a state-of-the-art facility that provides realistic training scenarios for physicians, medical residents, nurses, 1st responders, and other clinical staff to improve patient safety and outcomes.

    See the DaVinci robot (pictured above) in the fully equipped operating room, the computerized mannequin giving birth in the obstetrical suite, the realistic critically ill "patient" in the ICU, and many other realistic computerized training stations.

    For more information, contact Michael Sobol

    • March 22, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 11000 FGCU Blv'd North Fort Myers Fl 33965
    • 10
    Register


    Tour of WGCU at FCGU



    WGCU Public Media is Southwest Florida's source for PBS and NPR. WGCU provides quality programming 24-hours a day and is a trusted storyteller, teacher, theater, library and traveling companion.

    As a member-supported service of Florida Gulf Coast University, WGCU's mission is to provide educational programming that inspires, informs and engages our community.

    Serving all or part of 12 counties in south and Southwest Florida with five distinct digital TV channels, three radio services, and multiple digital media platforms, WGCU delivers national and international programming, as well as develops and produces award-winning informative and educational local content.

    Join us for this special tour of the WGCU broadcasting station on the campus of FGCU. 

    Carpooling will be arranged

    There will be an optional lunch following the tour at Duffy's .

    • March 28, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 8075 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    EMT/911 Collier County Call Center Tour


    Join us for an exciting tour of The Collier County 911 Call Center.  We will see the control room where all the calls for emergency services are received and dispatched from.  

    We will learn about the Collier County EMS program and how calls are handled.  This up close tour will provide us with the inter workings of this highly important first response organization.  

    Meeting at the guard house at the EMS center building.

    8075 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples

    Questions? Contact Neil Chessin


    • April 08, 2024
    • 9:45 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Meet at Bayfront Marina (453 Bayfront Place, Naples
    Register

     

    Keewaydin 

    Island Adventure



    We travel by boat to Keewaydin Island – a beautiful barrier island between Naples and Marco Island – accessible only by boat. There you will be able to take that long romantic walk on the beach that you’ve dreamed about; lounge in the sun;  play beach games; or even bring your fishing gear. Or, you can simply relax under a beach umbrella with a refreshing beverage and watch the waves. Our route takes us past the inlets of Port Royal, which could be a side trip if desired.

    We get to Keewaydin Island by rental boats and private boats. In prior years, several dozen MCA members and spouses participated, so this is a real beachapalooza! It’s a terrific outing! Boating experience is not required... nor is beach experience.

     For those who do not have access to a private boat, we rent 12 person pontoon boats at the Naples Marina at Bayfront (Goodlette and 41)The cost of the rental boats is $50/person.  Boat rental fees are refundable only up to March 29th, or on April 7th due to inclement weather. If you have no boating experience, we have enough MCA members with boat captain experience, so you can just relax as a passenger and enjoy the trip.

    Please note: We will be monitoring Red Tide and we may need to cancel if levels are high in the area on the day of the trip.

    For more information, contact Bob Blank


    • April 10, 2024
    • 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM
    • The Naples Airport
    • 0
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    Tour of the Naples Airport


    Come see behind the scenes at the Naples Airport, one of the top 10 busiest airports for jet activity in the US. 


    Home to fight schools and public services including the Collier Sheriff’s Office, Collier Mosquito Control, Aircraft Rescue Fire station and EMS MedFlight, the airport supports countless public and private users every day. 


    Come learn how an airport built for training WW II pilots has become an essential part of our local economy.


    Optional lunch will follow tour.


    Question? Email Harvey Cohen

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