CALENDAR

25: SATURDAY

25: SATURDAY

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B/Bonita Springs E/Estero FM/Fort Myers FMB/Fort Myers Beach N/Naples

December

17: FRIDAY

Candlelight Christmas Carols at Cambier Park [5:30 to 8 p.m.] Bring the family for a joyful and fun evening of caroling. A food truck will be onsite, and refreshments, beer, and wine will be available for purchase. Lyric sheets and electric candles will be provided. Where: Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave. S. Cost: Free. For more information visit carolsatcambier.com./N

18: SATURDAY

Bonita Holiday Lights [6:30 to 8:30 p.m.] Take an evening walk through our beautiful lighted downtown parks to see the city’s decorations. Visit the historic 1915 McSwain House, learn about our town’s history, and hear stories along the way. Start/End at Liles Hotel History Center in Riverside Park. Total walk distance is about 1 mile and tour duration of 1.5 to 2 hours. Where: Liles Hotel in Riverside Park, 27300 Old 41 Road. Cost: $20 in advance, $30 the day of. For tickets and more information visit bonitaspringshistoricalsociety.org./B

Essentials of Digital Photography Workshop [9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.] If you want to get the best pictures possible, and truly understanding your camera’s features, this camera workshop is for you. The class covers the essentials of your digital camera. You will learn how to use your camera’s shutter, aperture, ISO control and the drive modes to create images with impact and creativity. Sonny Saunders has over 35 years of experience in photography and instruction and is renowned for his ability to communicate to a wide variety of students. No experience necessary. Where: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road. Cost: $55. For more information and to register visit rookerybay.org/events./N

Movie in Estero Park:Elf” [6 to 9 p.m.] Bring your blankets, chairs, snacks and enjoy a movie in the park. Guests will be able to purchase Kona Ice and take photos with Santa during this event. Where: Estero Park, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd. Cost: Free. For more information call 239-533-1470./E

19: SUNDAY

Jazz Concert Series [2 p.m.] Enjoy live music by Naples Dixieland Jazz Band. Bring a chair and a friend. Where: Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave. S. Cost: Free to the public, however donations are greatly appreciated./N

WeekEND Hike the Loop at CREW Bird Rookery Swamp [7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.] Join two CREW Land & Water Trust volunteers for an endurance testing 12-mile guided walk around the “loop” at CREW Bird Rookery Swamp Trail. The CREW Bird Rookery Swamp trail is part of the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (owned by the South Florida Water Management District). It includes a 1500 ft. boardwalk and nearly 12-miles of raised trails on old railroad trams. The cypress/maple swamp is home to wading birds, owls, deer, bear, panther, bobcat, limpkins and much more. Be sure to wear comfortable hiking shoes and clothing. Bring water and snacks. Sunscreen and a hat are advisable. Cameras and binoculars are optional. Limited to 12 hikers. Only service animals allowed. Where: Bird Rookery Swamp, 1295 Hollow Blvd. W. Cost: $5. For tickets and more information visit crewtrust.org./N

20: MONDAY

Films for Film Lovers:Go Back to China” [7 p.m.] Films on Monday nights in the Center for Performing Arts Moe Auditorium & Film Center, furnished with a large movie screen and comfortable chairs to watch the best foreign and independent films. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Where: 10150 Bonita Beach Road SE. Cost: $10 per person. Visit artcenterbonita.org for more information./B

21: TUESDAY

December Jazz and Holiday Jam [4 p.m.] Join us for the Bonita Springs Library’s first Jazz and Holiday Jam. A chance to listen to some jazz and a few favorite holiday tunes during the holiday season. Featuring the Ricky Howard trio. Ricky Howard on guitar and vocals, Don Mopsick on bass, and Ken Levinsky on piano. Where: Bonita Springs Library, 10560 Reynolds St. Cost: Free./B

Movies on the Lawn:Elf” [5:45 p.m.] Bring your chair and blanket and enjoy a movie on the lawn. Where: Mercato, 9132 Strada Place (on the lawn). Cost: Free. All events are weather permitting. For more information visit mercatoshops.com./N

Roving Experience: Butterflies [10 to 11:30 a.m.] An Advanced Florida Master Naturalist will share information on butterflies of Koreshan State Park and Southwest Florida. Topics will touch on differences between moths and butterflies, butterfly development, plants that support butterflies, netting techniques and more. The session is informal and attendees may come and go

to suit their schedules. Where: Koreshan State Park, 3800 Corkscrew Road. Cost: Free with park entry fee. For more information visit friendsofkoreshan.org/E

22: WEDNESDAY

Knit and Stitch [2 to 3 p.m.] A casual, self-guided group of knitters and crocheters that join together to share projects, ideas and techniques. Participants are encouraged to bring their own projects and tools. Where: Bonita Springs Library, 10560 Reynolds St. Cost: Free. For more information visit leelibrary.librarymarket.com/events/knit-andstitch 44./B

Wreath-Making Workshop [11 a.m. to noon] Join a park ranger to craft your very own holiday wreath using natural materials from Lovers Key. We provide the wreath skeleton along with shells, leaves and other materials for decorating. Make a wreath to last for years, or one that can be recycled after the holidays. Holiday-card making supplies will also be available. Feel free to bring your own materials to add to your creation. Space is limited. Reservations are required.

Where: Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd. Cost: $10, includes park entry fee. For tickets and more information visit floridastateparks.org/events/wreathmakingworkshop./B

22 & 29: WEDNESDAY

Mangroves by Kayak Guided Tour [9 a.m.] This guided kayak tour explores the winding mangrove creeks and hidden backwaters of the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve as only a kayaker can. Join Mound House Educators as you experience the abundant natural beauty of the ancient realm of the Calusa. Search for birds, fish, manatees and dolphins as you paddle through the Estero and Hell Peckney Bays in a tandem kayak. Mound House kayak tours are conducted in accordance with Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism guidelines. All paddling & safety equipment provided. Reservations required; private group tours available. CDC and social distancing guideline in place. Ages 12 & up. Where: 451 Connecticut St. Cost: $45 per person; MH members $15. For a complete schedule and to register visit moundhouse.org./FMB

23: THURSDAY

All About Sea Turtles [10 to 11 a.m.] Join a park ranger to learn about the fascinating life cycles and journeys of the marine turtles that visit Lovers Key each summer. Learn about their nesting behavior at the park, what Turtle Patrol is all about and how you can help protect sea turtles. Space is limited. Reservations are required. Where: Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd. Cost: Free with paid park entry. To register or for more information call 239-463-4588./B

27: MONDAY

Raku & You [5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.] Raku is a centuries-old pottery glazing and firing process. The technique produces a lustrous, often metallic, finish. Attendees choose their own pieces to plunge into the kiln and let their creativity flow while enjoying a picnic-style meal. Where: Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Road. Cost: $70 per person. For more information and to register, call 239-495-8989 or visit artcenterbonita.org./B

31: FRIDAY

New Year’s Eve Fireworks [7 p.m.] Welcome 2022 with family and friends at this annual fireworks show. Be sure to bring a chair or blanket. Where: Near Naples Pier, 137 12th Ave. S. Cost: Free. For more information, call 239-213-7120 or visit naplesgov.com./N

New Year’s Eve Hike [10 to 11:30 a.m.] Join a park ranger for a special New Year’s Eve guided hike along our Black Island Trail. Learn about the fascinating vegetation and wildlife that reside in our maritime hammock ecosystem, explore our native butterfly garden, and learn a little local history as we say goodbye to 2021. Closed toe shoes, bug spray, and water bottles are highly recommended. Space is limited; reservations are required. Where: Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd. Cost: Free with paid park entry. To register or for more information call 239-463-4588./B

ONGOING

Bonita Lions Wednesday Fresh Market [8 a.m. to noon] Locally grown produce and much more. Where: Old US 41 Rd./B

Christmas at the Historic Palm Cottage [through December 31, Tuesday

& Wednesday noon to 4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday noon to 7 p.m.] Bring the family and celebrate a wonderful time of the year at the Historic Palm Cottage. If you love the sound of sleigh bells and the site of twinkling lights as much as you enjoy learning about the history of Naples, then you won’t want to miss this year’s Christmas at Palm Cottage. Historic Palm Cottage will be appropriately dressed for the occasion, showcasing elegant holiday decor to warm the hearts of visitors. Where: Historic Palm Cottage, 137 12th Ave. S. Cost: $13 per person during daytime hours (12-4 p.m.) and free to all during evening hours (4-7 a.m.p.m.). For more information and tickets visit napleshistoricalsociety.org./N

Holiday Stroll in Downtown Bonita Springs Riverside Park [through Jan. 3] Riverside Park will sparkle with holiday lights. Holiday themed photo opportunities will be available throughout the park for the public to take pictures and holiday music will play from dusk to 9 p.m. nightly, unless there is another event scheduled. To find out what events are scheduled, visit cityofbonitasprings.org/calendar. Where: Riverside Park on Old 41. Cost: Free. For more information

regarding the Holiday Stroll, call 239-949-6262./B

Koreshan State Park Historic Settlement Tours [Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 10 to 11:30 a.m.] Explore the 19th century religious Koreshan Unity Settlement, its structures, and gardens. Join our guided walking tours and learn about these idealistic pioneers. The walking tour is about an hour and a half. Tours start at the Historic Settlement Entrance. Where: Koreshan State Park, Corkscrew Road. Cost: Guided Tours are $10 plus park entry fee. For tickets and more information visit friendsofkoreshan.org/E

Koreshan Sunday Farmers Market [8 a.m. to 1 p.m.] Enjoy local produce, honey, fresh guacamole and salsas, sea glass, jewelry, art & crafts, tie-dye and more. Where: Koreshan State Park, 3800 Corkscrew Road. Cost: Park entrance fee. Contact the Ranger Station at 239-992-0311 for more information./E

Local Roots Farmer’s Market at Coconut Point [Every Thursday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through April] Fresh produce, seafood, meats, cut flowers, locally harvested honey, and

baked goods. You can also find a colorful assortment of handcrafts, non-foods for sale such as soaps, candles, hand woven baskets and hats. Where: Parking lot near Panera Bread./E

Music in the Garden [2nd Saturday of every month through June, 2 to 4 p.m.] Waterlilies bloom, palms sway, and music floats on the air at Naples Botanical Garden. Guest can soak in the sounds of local musicians as they perform on the Water Garden Stage. Blankets and chairs are welcome for guests seeking vantage points on the Performance Lawn. Cost: Free with Garden admission. Where: Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive. For more information visit naplesgarden.org./N

Naples Art District: Art Alive [1st Wednesday, Thursday and 3rd Saturday of the month, Wednesday 3 to 7 p.m., Thursday & Saturday 1 to 5 p.m.] “ART ALIVE” evening consists of over 70 professional artists, who will be showcasing their recent works of art and demonstrating their medium. Meet the artist, celebrate the art and bring home unique treasures for your home. Look for the NAD Art Studio signs. For directions and more information visit NaplesArtDistrict.com./N

Naples ArtCrafters Fine Art & Craft Show [2nd Saturday of the month through April, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.] The event showcases the work of juried local artists and craftsmen who will be selling their paintings, jewelry, pottery, art glass, sculptures and more. Where: Cambier Park. For more information visit naplesartcrafters.com./N

Needles & Pins Exhibit at Estero Historical Society [Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m. until the end of year] Calling all quilters, seamstresses, needle pointers, cross stitchers, crocheters and other fabric and thread crafters. The exhibit contains a variety of historic pieces ranging from an 1869 crazy quilt to a range of needlepoint and cross stitch pieces, and even historic wedding gowns. Interested in planning an outing for your quilting group? Private tours by appointment for up to six people can be reserved in advance. Where: Estero Historical Society, 9285 Corkscrew Palms Blvd. (inside Estero Park). For more information call 239-272-1911./E

Pedaling for Parkinson’s [Every Tuesday 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.] The Bonita Springs YMCA is offering free cycling classes for people with Parkinson’s disease. Physician referral and consent form required. Participants must wear a heart rate monitor to class. Where: Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Road. Cost: Free for the first 8 classes. For more information contact the YMCA at 239-221-7560./B

Shangri-La Springs Organic Garden Tours [Every Tuesday & Wednesday, 10 to 11 a.m.]

The one-hour tours are led by Cecelia Morales, organic garden manager, and include a sensory-based walking tour around the garden’s subtropical, tropical, annual and perennial crops and orchard with information on “what makes a garden” including organic garden methods and permaculture principles. Tours must be scheduled in advance and are limited to 20 people. Closed-toe shoes, masks, sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen), and refillable water bottles are recommended. Cost: $15 per person. Where: Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Road. For more information call 239-949-0749./B

Table Tennis Program [Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday, Tues. 6 to 8 p.m.; Sat. noon to 2 p.m.] All ages and levels welcome. Cost: $64 per month; $15 drop-in. Youth Lessons Tues. & Wed. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $56 per month. Ping Pong Parkinson’s Sat. 2 to 3 p.m. Cost: Free. Where Estero Recreation Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd. Table Tennis Therapy available for those with disabilities, Alzheimer’s, dementia. Contact USATT Certified Instructor Purvi Naik 239-272-8941./E

Trees and Teas Festival [through December 19] Kick-off the holiday season. Enjoy our collection of Christmas trees fabulously decorated by professional designers while you sip delicious tea by The Naples Spice and Tea Exchange. Trees and Teas has returned by popular demand and will be filled with holiday cheer for the whole family. Where: the lobby of The Naples Players, 701 5th Avenue South. Cost: $18 adult; $12 child; free admission for children 4 years and under. Get tickets at NaplesPlayers.org. Guests are encouraged to purchase timed entry tickets in advance and tickets will also be available at the Box Office for time slots that have not yet reached capacity./N

Vanderbilt Farmers Market [Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.] Fresh fruits & vegetables, seafood, honey, prepared foods, specialty foods & more. Where: Shoppes at Vanderbilt, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road./N

Yoga on the Gazebo at Lovers Key State Park [Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.] Join instructors from the FMB Yoga Project for an hour of Open Vinyasa Flow (multilevel) and experience the magic of yoga on the spectacular Lovers Key gazebo on the beach. Bring your yoga mat, water, and any props you may need, as no equipment will be provided by the instructors this season. This class will be limited in size due to Covid restrictions and pre-registration is encouraged. Where: Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd. Cost: $10 per class plus park entry fee. For more information and to register visit fmbyogaproject.com./B

All dates, times and prices are subject to change.