100-plus things to do in April: Easter is this weekend, plus 'Sunshine' singer, Jay Leno

EASTER EGG HUNTS, MORE EVENTS

Fiber Arts Now: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily (8 a.m. members) Friday, April 8-June 26. Kapnick Hall, Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples. Public fiber art creation experience 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 8-9.  An exhibition of fiber art, including natural fibers such as silk and cotton and materials such as pine needles and reeds. Some artists whose works are in the exhibition will be at the garden, working on select dates so visitors may see their techniques: Cheryl Costley, Mary Day (May 14 and 28), Muffy Clark Gill (April 23 and June 18), Dusty Holmes (April 30, May 7 and June 25) and  Roseline Young. Garden admission $25, $10 ages 4-7. naplesgarden.org or 239-643-7275

Bunny Breakfast: Visit BrickTop's, 5555 U.S. 41 N., at Waterside Shops in Naples on Saturday, April 16, to enjoy meal that supports the STARability Foundation. Reservations required by calling 239-596-9112. $40 per person. More at watersideshops.com/blog/bunny-breakfast/

PCSC second annual Eggstravaganza: From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, April 17, at Paradise Coast Sports Complex, 3940 City Gate Blvd N., Naples. Kids of all ages can hunt for prizes in eggs, enjoy various bounce houses and inflatables, egg and placemat decorating, face-painting and more. Pre-register at eventbrite.com/e/pcsc-eggstravaganza-egg-hunt-tickets-311628688797

Bonita Springs Short Film Festival: 6 p.m. Thursday, April 14. Prado Stadium 12, Bonita Springs. This year’s competition theme is "Eat, Love, Play, Bonita," and over 24 films have been submitted. All films are “PG” rating and range from one to 10 minutes in length. Awards presented as well. Stroll in on the red carpet, and a picture will be taken. Complimentary refreshments, courtesy of Prado 12. Tickets at www.bonitaspringsfilmfestival.com. $10. 

"Purple Evening on Fifth": 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, enjoy activities in downtown Naples along Fifth Avenue South with the focus on Sudgen Plaza, with live music, a raffle and more. The business district is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, to host the Second Annual Purple Evening on Fifth. Last year’s event raised more than $150,000 for research toward a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia, as well as caregiver support. fifthavenuesouth.com

More things to do:Gulfshore Playhouse brings Pulitzer winner's 'Invisible Hand' to Naples

And:'Barefoot in the Park' brings one of Neil Simon's best from The Studio Players

Afternoon with the Authors: 3-6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14. Naples Womans Club, 570 Park St., Naples. New York Times best-selling authors Kate Quinn and Patti Callahan Henry, along with award-winning author Weina Dai Randel, discuss their latest books: "The Rose Code," "The Diamond Eye," "Surviving Savannah," and "The Last Rose of Shanghai." Net proceeds will benefit the rescue and rehabilitation, via Path2Freedom, of victims of human trafficking. Book signing, silent auction, cocktails and appetizers with authors. $150. napleswomansclub.org

Nathan Chen (USA) competes in the team figure skating men’s short program event during the Beijing Olympics. His score of 111.71 points was an international season best.

2022 Stars on Ice:  7 p.m. Thursday, April 14. Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero. 2022 U.S. Olympic medalists including 2022 Olympic gold and silver medalist and three-time World Champion Nathan Chen; plus three-time world medalists and three-time U.S. champions Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue; 2022; n7umerou8s others. Tickets $30-$150; parking, $25. www.starsonice.com, www.ticketmaster.com or at the Hertz Arena box office.

Roberts Ranch Easter Egg Roundup: 10 a.m.-noon. April 16. Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch. 1215 Roberts Ave., Immokalee. Eggsperience Easter with your little ones hunting eggs and meeting the Easter bunny for a photo op. Free. colliercountymuseums.com or 239-252-2611

Collier County Women's Health Forum: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 23. McSpadden Hall, Naples United Church of Christ,  5200 Crayton Road, Naples. breakout sessions on women’s health topics from 24 local physicians, an exhibit hall with vendors that offer services for women and light refreshments. Topics include breast health, cardiology, COVID, vein health, bone health, varegiving, dermatology and cosmetics, sleep apnea, pain management, mental health, cognitive diseases, urological care, more. Register online at ccmsonline.org/events, or call 239-435-7727. A

$5 donation to CCMS foundation for medical scholarships and health care programs in need.

94th Birthday Party, Tamiami Trail: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Museum of the Everglades, 105 Broadway Ave. W., Everglades City. This annual celebration of the completion of the iconic Tamiami Trail features a dedication speech at City Hall, Laundry Cart Races in front of the museum, live music, lunch served at the park, and birthday cake. It also celebrates the opening of the museum on the same day, 70 years later. Free. colliercountymuseums.com or 239-252-5026

Retro Game Night: 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 29. Naples Depot Museum 1051 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Bring your own blanket and revisit your childhood game closet with the following retro games: Twister, Monopoly, Trouble, Sorry!, Uno, Simon, Yahtzee, Chutes & Ladders, Battleship. Free.

Hibiscus blooms of "In Love Again" ready for a category judging at the annual hibiscus show and sale in Fort Myers; this year's show is April 30.

Hibiscus Show: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 30. First Assembly of God, 4701 Summerlin Road (near Colonial), Fort Myers. Regional show, the largest in Florida, sponsored by James E. Hendry Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society, showcasing hundreds of different hybrid hibiscus blooms in a variety of colors and forms and with intriguing names like Midnight Tryst or Rim of Fire.  A market of 500 plants for sale, plus free raffle tickets.  Free admission, parking. hendrychapterhibiscus.com 

Harlem Globetrotters: 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero. Tickets from $23, parking $15. hertzarena.com

Key Marco Cat Smithsonian Exhibition: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through March 7, 2023, at Marco Island Historical Museum, 180 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. Free. The pre-Columbian era Key Marco Cat was part of the 1896 excavation led by Frank Hamilton Cushing, an American anthropologist and ethnologist. He recovered more than 1,000 wooden artifacts — including the Key Marco Cat — and are considered among some of the finest prehistoric Native American art in North America. Visit themihs.info/ to learn more.

SEE JAY LENO, OTHER COMEDIANS

Ricky Gore: The comedian performs at 7 p.m. April 12 at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901

K-Von: The comedian performs at 7 p.m. April 13 at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901

Rocky Laporte: The comedian performs at 7 p.m. April 14 at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901

Comedian Brad Upton performs April 15-16, 2022, at Off The Hook Comedy Club in Naples, Florida.

Brad Upton: The comedian performs April 15-16 at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. 6 and 8 p.m. each night. offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901

Jay Leno: The former "Tonight Show" host performs standup comedy at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 18. Tickets from $99. artisnaples.org

RIP Micheals: The comedian performs April 21-24 at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21; 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, April 22; 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 23; and 6:45 p.m. Sunday, April 24. offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901

Ben Palmer: The comedian performs at 7 p.m. April 27 at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901

David Nihill: The comedian performs at 7 p.m. April 28 at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901

William Lee Martin: The comedian performs April 29-May 1 at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, April 29; 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30; and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1. offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901

'SUNSHINE' SINGER JONATHAN EDWARDS, PLUS MORE MUSIC  

​​​​​​​Jonathan Edwards, best known for his upbeat, anthemic 1971 hit “Sunshine," performs April 15, 2022, in Bonita Springs, Florida.

Jonathan Edwards: The country and folk singer-songwriter is best known for his upbeat, anthemic 1971 hit “Sunshine.” 8 p.m. Friday, April 15. $32-$42. Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 239-495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org

Dan Miller-Lew Del Gatto Quintet: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16. Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. Celebrate the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn with favorites such as "Take the A Train," "Caravan," "Do Nothing ‘til You Hear From Me," more.Headed by veteran jazzmen with chops from the bands of Harry Connick Jr., Winton Marsalis, Frank Sinatra and "Saturday Night Live." Pianist Roy Gerson, bassist Paul Shewchuk and drummer Tony Vigilante. $29. 239-495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org

Happy Hour Serenade: 5-6:30 p.m. Monday, April 18. UAC Gallery, 967 Fourth Ave. N., Naples. Fearturing soloists in music from classical to jazz and folk. Outdoor bar with cava, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and charcuterie by Bodega Olé. Meet the UAC artists and view their exhibit before the concert. $25. artsplanetnaples.org 

“The Gambler Returns Ultimate Kenny Rogers Tribute”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21. Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. Tribute artist Alan Turner recreates the look and sound of country legend Kenny Rogers.$35-$49.  239-495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org

Uptown Express: 7 p.m. Friday April 22. Norris Community Center, 755 Eighth Ave. S., Naples. And evening of Fifties and Sixties rock 'n' roll favorites. $25 reserved seats. 239-213-3049 

Sunset Saturdays: Live music from 4-10 p.m. in Paradise Coast Sports Complex at The Cove Beer & Wine Bar, 3940 City Gate Blvd N., Naples, featuring Sunset Sangrias and Coronas for $3. Upcoming shows are April 16, April 23 and April 30. More at playparadisecoast.com/the-cove/

Naples Philharmonic Masterworks: Professional orchestra performs Prokofiev’s “Symphony No. 5” and more. Carlos Izcaray conducts. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 22-23. $44-$74 ($15 for students). Negative COVID test or proof of vaccination required. Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. 597-1900 or artisnaples.org

"Tosca": 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers ($27-$77) ;7 p.m. Friday,  April 29, Artis—Naples, Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples ($59-$99). Puccini's fast-paced tale of love, lust and politics 1800s Rome, one of the top five in most every opera reviewer's list. gulfshoreopera.org and artisnaples.org

LIVE MUSIC AT SOUTH STREET, OTHER RESTAURANTS, BARS

Live music at Ave Maria: From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. every Tuesday and Saturday through April 30 along Annunciation Circle. Enjoy live entertainment while shopping and dining in the Town Center. Bands rotate weekly. avemaria.com/news-and-events/events/

Katie Dietz: Acoustic guitarist performs 7-10 p.m. every Friday at South Street Naples, 1410 Pine Ridge Road, Naples. southstreetnaples.com or 239-435-9333

Jebry's Jazz and Blues Jam Session: 6 to 9 p.m. every Monday at Dogtooth bar and restaurant, 5310 Shirley St., Naples. 239-431-7004. 

Karaoke: 10:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at Sneaky Pete's, 3465 Bonita Beach Road SW, No. 120, Bonita Springs. 239-498-8887. sneakypetesbonita.com

Karaoke: 7 p.m. Thursdays at Naples Flatbread, 9118 Strada Place, No. 8170, Naples; 239-431-8259; naplesflatbread.com

Karaoke: 7-10 p.m. Tuesdays at Z's Music Kitchen, 12655 U.S. 41 E., Naples. Visit Z's Music Kittchen on Facebook.

Twisted Bingo: 7:30 p.m. Mondays at Dylan's Drafthouse, 1258 Airport-Pulling Road, Naples. 239-300-0192. dylansdrafthouse.com

Trivia: Wednesdays at Dylan's Drafthouse, 1258 Airport-Pulling Road, Naples, and Naples Flatbread, 9118 Strada Place Suite, No. 8170, Naples. 

Twisted Trivia: Thursdays at Tavern on the Bay Naples, 489 Bayfront Place, Naples. 239-530-2225. tavernonthebay.net

SEE GULFSHORE PLAYHOUSE LATEST

Nick Bright, played by Kohler McKenzie, left, and Bashir, played by Aby Moongamackel, right, act during a dress rehearsal of the “The Invisible Hand” by Ayad Akhtar, Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at the Norris Community Center in Naples, Fla.

"The Invisible Hand": Various times March 26-April 16; previews March 24-25. Norris Community Center, 755 Eighth Ave. S., Naples. Gulfshore Playhouse production of Ayad Akhtar's drama of a kidnapped investment banker who bargains for his own ransom by teaching his kidnappers how to game the stock market. $45-$80. gulfshoreplayhouse.org or 239-261-7529

"When We Were Young and Unafraid": March 30-April 14; 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays and Tuesday, April 19; 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays April 3, 10. 24. Tobye Studio, Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Drama from Sara Treem ("House of Cards") about a pioneering women's shelter before violence legislation and Roe v. Wade and the dangers it faces. $42. naplesplayers.org or 239-263-7990

"My Fair Lady": Various times April 12-17 at Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Considered among the greatest musical of all time, it's the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor determined to transform her into his idea of “a proper lady.” From $85. artisnaples.org

Four O'Clock at the Movies: Elaine Newton, Ph.D., professor emeritus of humanities at York University, Toronto, offers insight on a film shown at 4 p.m. April 18 and April 19. $45. artisnaples.org 

"The Bridges of Madison County": TheatreZone play runs April 21-May 1 at various times, 13275 Livingston Road. It follows the story of an Italian woman who married an American soldier. Set it 1965 Iowa, she looks forward to her four rare days home alone when a National Geographic photographer stops by asking for directions and changes her life. From $50. 7:30 p.m. April 21-24, 28-30, May 1; 2 p.m. April 23, 24, May 1. More at theatre.zone.

Stage IT! Ten-Minute Play Festival: 7 p.m. April 22-23 and 2 p.m. April 23-24. Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs.Ten curated 10-minute plays from 400 submitted from all over the world portrayed by local actors. In its sixth growing year. $30. artcenterbonita.org or 239-495-8989

"Miwa Matreyek — Myth & Infrastructure": 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 29. Subtitled "This World Made Itself, and Infinitely You." Los Angeles-based Miwa Matreyek is an animator, director, designer, and performer who creates interdisciplinary shadow performances all around the world. She has been featured at animation/film festivals, theater/performance festivals, art museums, science museums, and tech conferences.  $32-$45. artcenterbonita.org or 239-495-8989

REVS INSTITUTE COOL CARS AND MORE EXHIBITS 

Toulouse-Lautrec, Master of the Belle Époque: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.Mondays-Saturdays (Thursdays until 9 p.m.), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays now through June 12. Naples Art, 585 Park St., Naples. 150 prints, drawings, lithographs and other works, including books illustrated by the artist who brought graphic arts to the level of high art and immortalized the characters of  Moulin Rouge. Docent tours available, free with admission, 11 a.m. April 13, 20; May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 26 and June 1, 8, 9; $15. naplesart.org or 239-262-6517

The Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec piece, "Eldorado, Aristide Bruant dans son Cabaret," on display on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at Naples Art in Naples, Fla. The "Toulouse-Lautrec: Master of the Belle Époque" exhibit runs from March 19 - June 12 2022.

"Natural Selections" Photography Annual Exhibition: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays through April 27. Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Photos from some 15 photographers juried by Dennis Goodman of Dennis Goodman Photography.

Art Studios and Galleries Open House: 1-5 p.m. Thursdays through April. Naples Art District, Artisans Plaza, 5760 Shirley St., Naples. Thursdays through April. Tour more than over 20 professional studios/galleries working in a variety of mediums, including paintings, pottery, jewelry, and glass, in one convenient location. 239-572-3386 or 401-527-6554

"Jewels of the Road": Unique exhibit of glass, Lucite and other rare car mascots (hood ornaments) at the Revs Institute, 2500 Horseshoe Drive S., Naples. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays through May 31; by reservation only — walkups cannot be accommodated. $20, $15 for students, educators and the military, free for ages 11 and younger with adult. revsinstitute.org or 239-687-7387

Baker Museum: Hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays. Docent tours 11 a.m. and 2  p.m.; 1 p.m. only on Sundays. The Baker Museum, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples:

  • Through May 15. "Baseball Heroes" and "Love in All Forms — Selections from the Art Collection of Patty and Jay Baker." Baseball memorabilia from great moments in the sport and works from the singular collections of collectors/philanthropists Patty and Jay Baker, including selections from Monet to Henry Moore.
  • Through July 24. "Ocean Gleanings." Debris art from Pam Longobardi, artist, art professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta and winner of the 2013 Hudgens Prize.  

Tickets, $10, $5 active military and full-time students 18 and older; SNAP EBT card entry, $1. 239-597-1900 or artisnaples.org

“The Everglades: A World Worth Keeping”: Rosen Gallery, 2172 J&C Blvd., Naples. Julie Kimball’s abstract landscape show. Information: 239-405-2826.

Batik/rozome or shibori dyeing of silk scarfs or paintings: Classes at Inspirations Gallery, 5450B Shirley Street, Naples. All levels welcome. $150 plus $50 supplies for four afternoons. Call or email for days: 603-686-2187 or leighherndon@comcast.net. 

New classes: Naples Art Studios, North Line Plaza, 2172 J&C Blvd., 

Naples. Clay hand building and raku techniques; palette knife oil painting; beginners macramé workshop. 239-821-1061

LET'S TALK ABOUT IT

The Allure of Immortality: 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 12. Collier Museum at Government Center, 3331 U.S. 41 E., Naples. FGCU Associate Professor Lyn Millner will be discussing her book , "The Allure of Immortality: An American Cult, a Florida Swamp, and a Renegade Prophet," about the19th-century  Koreshan utopian commune  in Estero. Named one of the five best books about cults by the Wall Street Journal, it details the story of Cyrus Teed and his followers who settled in swampy, mosquito-infested Southwest Florida to build their “New Jerusalem.” Free. (239) 252-8476

Alejandro Rodriguez opened his Lucha Libre stall at the Third Street South Farmer's Market on Dec. 4, with plans to expand to a permanent spot in the near future.

FARMERS MARKETS OFFER FOOD, CRAFTS, GREAT DEALS

Ave Maria Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday from November through April. More than 20 vendors offer locally grown produce, citrus, fresh seafood, breads, pastries, local honey, soaps, candles, oils, beauty products, crafts, flowers, plants, jewelry, accessories, clothing and more. Market is on Annunciation Circle, near the welcome center, 5076 Annunciation Circle, No. 104, Ave Maria.

Third Street South Famers Market: 7:30-11:30 a.m. every Saturday, on Third Street South, from Broad Ave South to 13th Ave South, in Old Naples; Entry is from 13th Avenue South. Fresh produce, flowers, pastas, seafood, baked goods, prepared foods, jams, relishes, fresh-roasted coffee, more. Music, dog treats.

Sunday Farmers Market: 8 a.m-1 p.m. every Sunday. Koreshan State Park, 800 Corkscrew Road, Estero. Local produce, honey, fresh guacamole and salsas, sea glass, jewelry, street food, arts and crafts, tie-dye and more. Free with paid park admission — $5 for up to 8 in vehicle, $4 for single occupancy vehicle, $2 for bikes and pedestrians. Information at floridastateparks.org.

Farmer Mike's U-Pick: Open 9 a.m.-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 farmermikesupick.com for more. 

Farmers Market at Miromar Outlets: Open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays in front of Ford's Garage; 10801 Corkscrew Road, Estero. Find it on Facebook for more. 

Golden Gate Community Farmers Market: Open year-round, Saturdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays at 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Golden Gate; Sundays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays at 11725 Collier Blvd., Golden Gate. Visit farmermarket2.com 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 fdacs.gov.

Inyoni Organic Farm: This 6-acre all-organic farm offers online ordering with Saturday pickup on the farm. Learn more at facebook.com/inyoniorganicfarm.

Pine Ridge Road Farmers Market: Open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays at 3370 Pine Ridge Road, North Naples. Find it on Facebook for more. 

Marco Island Farmers Market: 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays through April 20. New location — Mackle Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island. Prepared foods from vegan dishes to baked goods, produce, cheeses and fish, along with jewelry, flowers and artisan goods. No plastic bags available; please bring recyclable shopping bags. cityofmarcoisland.com

South Collier Farmers Market: Open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays (note the new day) through April, 6060 Collier Blvd., Naples. Located in the Naples Outlet Center near Collier and Manatee Road, two miles south of U.S. 41. southcollierfarmersmarket.com and also see Facebook page.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, through April 9, at the church, 3901 Davis Blvd., Naples.

An American flamingo hangs out with a flock of American white pelicans in the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in the 10,000 Islands on Friday, Jan.14, 2022. It is was discovered earlier this week. It is believed to be the first American flamingo documented by photo in Collier County. Trip to photograph the flamingo was courtesy of Keith Laakkonen, director of the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Collier County.

EXPLORE NATURE AT ROOKERY BAY, MORE FAMILY-FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO

Free Family Day: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 9. Center for Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. International creation stations; artists' demonstrations in painting, pottery, drawing and sculpture;face painting; music and dance peformances. Free. Food and snacks available in the food court.  artcenterbonita.org or 239-495-8989​​​​​​​

"Drums of Destiny": 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, April 15. Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch, 1215 Roberts Ave, Immokalee. One of the first movies dubbed “Florida Westerns”. Set in the years following the War of 1812, it  features Captain Jerry Crawford (Tom Keene) who inadvertently crosses into Spanish territory to protect settlers from attacks. Join museum staff for information about the movie, its place in the western genre and its representation of cultures. Outdoors unless there's inclement weather. Bring chairs/blankets/bug spray. Free popcorn and lemonade

Pinhole Cameras: A Kids and Teens Activity: 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 16. Marco Island Historical Museum 180 S Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. Build your own camera and make photos! Taking photos used to be a very manual process that involved many steps. Learn how photographers, like Saloma Old in the museum's current exhibit, made their photos. Well-suited for older kids and teens, ages 8-18. Free. 239) 252-1440

Preschool Program — Pioneer Playtime: 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, April 19. Collier Museum at Government Center 3331 U.S. 41 E., Naples. Poneer children of early Florida made the most of the limited resources they had around them with fun games and crafts. Learn how kids of other times had fun and sample some of their games. Reservations required at colliermuseums.com. Information at 239-252-8476. Free.

Preschool Program — Anchors Aweigh: 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, April 20. Naples Depot Museum, 1051 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Little ones will earn their sea legs while they learn about different kinds of boats with fun crafts and STEM-based experiments, complete with a boat-themed story time and pirate dance party. Free. Reservations required  at colliermuseums.com. Information at 239- 252-8419

Preschool Program — Earth Day Exploration: Collier Museum at Government Center, 3331 U.S. 41 E., Naples. Crafts and activities related to the planet we call home! A themed story time will teach them about the importance of caring for our environment. Free. Reservations required at colliermuseums.com. Information at 239-252-8476

ROOKERY BAY ACTIVITIES, NAPLES ZOO AND MORE

"Rediscover Rookery Bay”: The attraction at 300 Tower Road in Naples features aquariums, a touch tank with marine critters, natural history exhibits, art gallery, gift shop, butterfly garden, picnic areas and walking trails. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 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. Guests may apply their admission fee toward Friends of Rookery Bay membership on the day of their visit. Active and retired military personnel and family members are free year-round, as are guests on kayak and boat ecotours booked through Friends of Rookery Bay. More at rookerybay.org or call 239-530-5972.

Naples Zoo: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples. Guests may buy tickets at the admission counter. For express entry, guests can still purchase online. 239-262-5409 and napleszoo.org.

Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum: Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, at 3075 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel. New exhibit: Beyond Shells: The Mysterious World of Mollusks. The exhibit consists of 11 aquariums home to giant clams, gastropods and a Giant Pacific Octopus. 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 also active military. Visitors who bike to the museum receive $1 off admission. 239-395-2233 and shellmuseum.org.

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