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‘The Art of Stickwork’

Through Jan. 9 Naples Botanical Garden 4820 Bayshore Drive. Naples. Photographs and original sketches of sculptor Patrick Dougherty’s one-of-a-kind interactive sculptures, woven from tree saplings, enhanced with multimedia displays preceding an installation to be built on the Caribbean Garden lawn. Garden admission. For ages 4-17, it costs $20 The cost is $10. Information: or 239-643-7275.

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STARability Foundation’s Fourth Annual 3K Fun Run, Walk & Roll

Family-friendly event is an inclusive event for all ages and abilities, Saturday, Oct. 16, at Paradise Coast Sports Complex, 3940 City Gate Blvd., Naples. Day-of registration begins at 7 a.m. and the event begins at 8 a.m. Pre-event registration strongly encouraged. For adults, registration costs are $30. Children 12 years and under are not charged. Register at

Casting Crowns perform

At 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 22, at Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero. Parking $20, tickets from $30.50 For more information, visit Or call 239-948-7825.


From 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday Oct. 27 at Mercato (9118 Strada Place), Naples The Naples Gulf Shore Rotary Club’s annual Hallowine Wine Walk through Mercato. You will enjoy a spooky, festive evening with food and wine from selected Mercato restaurant, a costume contest as well as raffle drawings, photo booth, and raffle draws. You will also receive a special commemorative wine glass. Pre-event ticket price: $60 per person or buy 4 for $200; event day ticket prices: $75 per person at the door. Buy tickets at

Jason Aldean performs

At 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28, at Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero. Tickets starting from $74.25, parking $20. For more information, visit Or call 239-948-7825.

Everglades Bank exclusive tour

What’s upstairs? Everglades City visitors will have seen the Bank Building, and may have even walked through it if there was someone working. On Saturday, October 30, the owner will offer an exclusive tour that allows you to visit the entire historical edifice. The event is a gala and will only be open to 10 persons. This event will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Everglades City’s Rod & Gun Club. It includes drinks and an illustrated history lecture. The lecture is followed by lunch at the covered porch with views of the Barron River. After descending to the banks, participants are accompanied by an Everglades Society of Historic Preservation Member (ESHP). To make the day memorable, souvenirs are included in the tour: A limited-edition photograph of the building by Donald Sunshine and a signed copy of the new “Brief History”Marya Repko has written a book and included a bag with more goodies from Everglades City. Register for the exclusive tour on For information, phone Marya at 239-695-2905.

Trunk of or Treat at Koreshan State Park

Many games and treats are provided by local businesses. Street food, art, crafts and many other activities are available. Saturday Oct. 30, 2013, 12-5 p.m. All park admissions are free. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero. Information: 239-992-0311 or

Halloween on 5th Spooktacular

From noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 31 at Park Street, Fifth Avenue South in Naples Events for families include street dancing, live music and costume contests. 239-692-8436 and


‘Boeing Boeing’

From now until Oct. 28, at 7:30 pm weeknights to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. 2 p.m. on Sundays. Blackburn Hall Sugden Community Theatre at 701 Fifth Ave. S. Naples. Naples Players’ production of the ’60s farce of a man who woos three international flight attendants on layovers separately in his Paris flat. Then, one day all their flights converge in Paris. $42. Information at, 239-263-7990.

Needles & Pins

Saturdays, 1-4pm, until Jan. Estero Historical Society, Estero Park, 9285 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero. 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. Call 239-272-1911 to reserve a private tour for up six people. Donations accepted.

Home-grown Talent

From 6-9 p.m., Monday nights at Seed to Table, 4835 Immokalee Road, Naples. Three hometown musicians will perform a full set of music or dance. Voting will be open for those who attend to vote on their favourite. The semi-finals begin on Monday, Sept. 27.

Third Street South Famers market

From 7:30-11:30 a.m. every Saturday. Parking lot located behind Tommy Bahama on Third Street South, Old Naples. Entrance is at 13th Avenue South. Fresh produce, flowers, pastas, seafood, baked goods, prepared foods, jams, relishes, fresh-roasted coffee, more. Music, dog treats.

Project Mailboxes for Marco:

The Second Annual “Art is Everywhere” Mailboxes of Marco calendar is soliciting art from mailbox owners on Marco Island. Submit a high resolution jpeg of the mailbox and a completed waiver, found on the Marco Island Center for the Arts webpage under the About menu. Email to

Pictures of Marco Island on Postcards

Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS), announces opening of new exhibit at Marco Island Historical Museum, (MIHM). “Picture Perfect: Marco Island in Postcards.”Open to all visitors from October 12-Jan 22. On Oct. 14, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., there will be an opening reception “Picture Perfect: Marco Island in Postcards”This postcard captures Marco Island’s history and parallels how it evolved over the years. Marco Island Historical Museum can be found at 180 S. Heathwood Drive. From 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., the Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday. Accessible for handicapped persons, admission to the Museum is free. Visit for more information or phone 239-642-1440.

Naples Art Private Collection

Naples Art, 585 Park St., Naples. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays-Fridays through Oct. 31. The local art organization is showing some of the more than 250 works of art it has amassed since its founding. These range from local works to pieces from artists such as Purvis Young and James Rosenquist and were either donated by artists or supporters engaged with the organization’s educational mission. Information: or 239-262-6517.

‘Rediscover Rookery Bay’

Friends of Rookery Bay will present a “Rediscover Rookery Bay”The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is hosting an art exhibition from now to Oct. 29, 300 Tower Road in Naples. There will be three pieces by Dennis Goodman (photographer), Jean Hall (photographer), Martin Strasmore (painting artist), and Muffy Clark Gil (painting artist). Many of the pieces are available for purchase, and a portion of profits will go to Friends of Rookery Bay. From Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center Adult admission is $8, children aged 6-12 are free, as well as members of Friends of Rookery Bay, Association of Nature Center administrators, active military personnel, their families, and participants in the reciprocal programs. On the day of the visit, guests can apply their admission fees towards Friends of Rookery Bay membership. Visit for more information or to call 239-5305972.

Koreshan State Park Farmers Market

From 8 am to 1 pm, every Sunday Koreshan State Park hosts a Sunday Farmers Market. It features local produce and honey as well fresh guacamole, salsas and sea glass. There will also be jewelry, street food and arts, tie dye, and other goodies. Paid park admission is $4 per person, $5 for eight persons in a vehicle. Vendor applications @ Volunteers are needed to help with the farmers market as well as other events in Koreshan State park. If interested:

Cat gets more Key Marco artifacts

Thanks to an unprecedented five-year loan extension by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, the world-famous Key Marco Cat will continue on exhibit at the Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) through 2026. The MIHM will host 13 Key Marco artifacts, which were donated by the PENN museum. Marco Island Historical Museum can be found at 180 S. Heathwood Drive. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Information is available at the or by calling 239.389.6447

Marco Island Writers

All levels of writers are welcome. The group meets at 6 pm every Tuesday except September, at Mackle Park Community Center at 1361 Andalusia Terrace in Marco Island. Call 239-784 2637 for more information.

Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

The attraction at 300 Tower Road in Naples has reopened after being closed for the past year during the height of the pandemic. It is surrounded by nature and has aquariums. There are also natural history exhibits, an art gallery, gift shop as well picnic areas. You can visit the center Monday to Friday between 9 AM and 4 PM. Independence Day will see the center close July 5. Admission of $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12 benefits the Friends of Rookery Bay, a nonprofit that supports the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. On the day of their visit, guests can apply their admission fees towards Friends of Rookery Bay membership. Family members and military personnel are welcome to visit all year. More at or call 239-530-5972.

Koreshan Unity Settlement

The 19th century Koreshan Unity Settlement is worth exploring, along with its buildings and gardens. Take guided walks in Koreshan State Park to learn more about the idealistic pioneers. Guided Tours are $10, non-refundable, and may be purchased online only at

Revs Institute

Do you know that Naples has one of the most prestigious car museums on the planet? Check out the amazing collection of cars that has been assembled over decades if you haven’t already. 2500 Horseshoe Drive, S. You can reserve tickets online to book specific times and dates in advance. There are no walkups. Information: or 239-687-REVS.

Fakahatchee State Park Preserve Fakahatchee Strand

The largest state park is located in Collier County, Florida. This is a wonderful way to travel back in time and observe wildlife as it happens. Security protocols are in place. Hours: Open from 8 AM to Sunset; $3 per vehicle. 137 Coastline Drive, Copeland. Information:; 239-695-4953.

Rookery Bay Eco Kayak & Boat Tours

Rookery Bay Research reserve offers guided kayak tours and boat tours through the gorgeous waters. Our kayak tours allow guests to paddle through mangrove tunnels, intricate oyster reefs, and teeming, sandy mudflats. They also search for wildlife such as sea stars, manatees, large snails, birds and dolphins. Our boat tours are small 6-passenger boats and offer a comfortable and informative ride. There are many tours available, such as a trip to the deserted island of a barrier or sunset. Find out more at or call 239-530-5972. 

Paradise Chess Club

Every Saturday at Paradise Found Restaurant (401 Papaya Street), Goodland, between 12:30 and 3:30. All levels and ages are welcome. There are chess pieces and boards available. Outdoor seating area. Information:; 954-918-2302.

Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum

Now open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. every day, at 3075 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel. Admission is $23.95 for adults (18 and older), $21.95 for seniors, $14.95 youth (12 to 17) and students with their ID, $8.95 for children (5 to 11) and free to children younger than 5 and active military. Visitor who bikes to the museum get $1 off Information: 239-395-2233, 

IMAG History & Science Center

The museum is open from 10 am to 4 pm at 2000 Cranford Ave. in Fort Myers. To limit guests according to CDC guidelines, tickets can be purchased online. Information from

Gordon River Greenway

The Gordon River Greenway is a hidden treasure in Naples. Walk, ride your bike or kayak on or along the scenic from 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. There’s 12-foot wide pathways and 10-foot-wide elevated boardwalks. You will find restrooms, and other amenities. (1596 Golden Gate Parkway; 239-252-4000 or

‘Cars and Coffee’

Cars and Coffee @ Mercato (9132 Strada Place), Naples, is an informal and friendly event that draws a wide variety of vehicles every Sunday. Narrative Coffee Roasters will serve you a coffee and let you check out the vehicles from 9-11 AM on Sunday, September 19. The parking lot is available for first-come, first served. There is no registration required. It is strongly recommended that spectators park in the garage. For updates visit here. Information: or 866-900-6699.

Naples Zoo

New hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples. Timed online tickets available to all. All guests will be required to reserve a timed ticket online, with reduced ticket prices. Online ticket purchase is only possible. Information: 239-262-5409,

Naples Jazzmasters Dixieland Band

From Saturday to September, the Norris Center is open from 1-3 p.m. at 755 Eighth Ave. S. Naples. All are welcome to donate, however donations will not be accepted. 239-254-9674 or

Golden Gate Community Farmers Market

Open year-round, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Golden Gate; Sundays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at 11725 Collier Blvd., Golden Gate. Visit for more. 

Farmers Mike’s U.Pick

Open 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Wednesdays to Sundays, year-round at 26031 Morton Ave., Bonita Springs with an onsite market and cafe, as well as U-pick produce and flowers. Call 239-498-4576 or click for more. 

Immokalee State Farmers Market

Open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily year-round at 424 New Market Road E., Immokalee. For more, call 239-658-3505 or visit 


Music Fest at Historic ECity

On Saturday, November 6, the outdoor Music Festival will kick off winter. History is the main theme. To raise funds for the renovation of the Bank of Everglades Building, Florida’s favorite performers will perform at the Rod & Gun Club. The line-up of musicians includes Cottondale Swamp, Raiford Starke, Fiddlin’  J.Robert, Val Wisecracker & Zip Robertson, The Florida Boys, Marie Nofsinger, and more who are all donating their time and talents to the SaveBOE fund in this remote rural little City. It starts at noon, but you can still visit the Arts & Crafts tables and see the objects that will be up for auction during the day. Reserving a seat costs $50, $40 for a large group, and $20 for bicycles/pedestrians. Visit to book your place or call Marya at 239-695-2900 for more details.

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