SWFLA To Do List: Ben Allen Band performs, more
Felipe Esparza at Off the Hook
The comedian performs through Aug. 29 at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. At 7 and 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 27; 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28; 6:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29. Information: offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901.
Northern Trust Holiday Card Competition
Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. Through Aug. 26. Artists were invited to submit 2D works to this competition; the best in show will be featured on its 2021 holiday card & in the public areas of the bank. Information: 239-495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org.
The Naples Art Private Collection
Naples Art, 585 Park St., Naples. 10 a.m. -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: naplesart.org or 239-262-6517.
Romance of the Railroad
From 4:30 until 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 2. Naples Depot Museum, 1051 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. An immersion in the heyday of glamorous rail travel, with a glimpse of the hard work and ingenuity it took to make it that way. Learn how the arrival of the train to Naples and the technology that followed suit transformed the Gulf coast into a bustling destination. Includes a signature mocktail and tunes from the Golden Oldies while visitors tour the retro charm of the museum at twilight. $35; includes gift and mocktails. Comfortable shoes recommended. Requires registration. Information: 239-252-8419.
Chico Bean at Off the Hook
The comedian performs Sept. 2-3 and Sept. 5 at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $30 general admission, plus a fee. 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2; and 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept. 5. Information: offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901.
Ben Allen Band performs
At 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, at Whiskey Park, 3380 Mercantile Ave, Naples. Information: benallendband.com.
Jim Breuer performs
The comedian performs Saturday, Sept. 4, at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $30 general admission, plus a fee. 6 and 8 p.m. are show times. Information: offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901
Steve Tobin's nature-based sculptures
Time is running out to take an exhibit at Naples Botanical Garden. Philadelphia native Steve Tobin's nature-based sculptures are on display through Monday, Sept. 6, at 4820 Bayshore Drive. Summer hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. daily. Free for members. Non-members: $20 adults, $10 children 4-17 and free for children 3 and younger. Collier, Lee and Charlotte county residents enjoy discounted admission through Sept. 30. Information: naplesgarden.org and 239-643-7275.
‘Florida Fiddler Show’
At 7:30 p.m., Sept. 8 and 10; 3 p.m., and Sept. 12 – Live Music by J.Robert at The Marco Players Theater, 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Tickets, $38.50. Information: TheMarcoPlayers.com or 239-642-7270.
At 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 19, at Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero. Tickets from $36, parking $25. Information: hertzarena.com or 239-948-7825.
Warm, Cool, Complementary Colors
From 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Mondays-Fridays, through Oct. 5. Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. Exhibition with summer relaxation in mind, juxtaposing cool and warm. La Petite – Terry Carter works through Sept 7. Gift shop of local, regional art and artisan works. Information: 239-394-4221 or www.marcoislandart.org.
‘Rediscover Rookery Bay’
Friends of Rookery Bay is presenting a “Rediscover Rookery Bay” art exhibit now through Oct. 29 at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. The show features three works each by local photographers Dennis Goodman, Jean Hall and Martin Strasmore, and painters Paul Arsenault, Muffy Clark Gill and Dora Knuteson. Most of the works are for sale, with a portion of proceeds benefitting Friends of Rookery Bay. The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, and free for Friends of Rookery Bay members, Association of Nature Center Administrators reciprocal program participants, and active and retired military personnel and their families. Guests may apply their admission fee toward Friends of Rookery Bay membership on the day of their visit. Learn more at rookerybay.org or call 239-530-5972.
Koreshan State Park Farmers Market
The Sunday Farmers Market at Koreshan State Park continues every Sunday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Local produce, honey, fresh guacamole and salsas, sea glass, jewelry, street food, arts and crafts, tie-dye and more. Free with park admission ($5 for up to 8 in vehicle, $4 for single occupancy vehicle, $2 for bikes and pedestrians). Vendor applications @ http://friendsofkoreshan.org/farmers-market-application-2/.
More Key Marco artifacts join Cat
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. Through April 30, 2024, 13 additional Key Marco artifacts from the PENN Museum will be on exhibit at MIHM. Marco Island Historical Museum is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. For information, call 239.389.6447 or visit theMIHS.org.
Marco Island Writers
Writers of all skill levels welcome. Meets at 6 p.m., the second Tuesday of every month except September at Mackle Park Community Center, 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island. Information: 239-784-2637.
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. The wooded property along Henderson Creek features aquariums, a touch tank with marine critters, natural history exhibits, art gallery, gift shop, picnic areas and walking trails. Hours are 9 a.m-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. The center will be closed July 5for Independence Day. 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. More at rookerybay.org or call 239-530-5972.
Koreshan Unity Settlement
Explore the 19th century religious Koreshan Unity Settlement, its structures, and gardens. Join guided walking tours in Koreshan State Park and learn about these idealistic pioneers. Guided Tours are $10, non-refundable, and may be purchased online only at http://friendsofkoreshan.org/shop/guided-tours/historic-settlement-tours/.
Did you know Naples is home to one of the top 10 car museums in the world? If you haven't done so yet, check out this amazing collection of vehicles assembled over decades. 2500 Horseshoe Drive S. Visitors must observe COVID-19 protocols. Reserve tickets online for specific dates and times in advance. No walkups. Information: revinstitute.org or 239-687-REVS.
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
Did you know Collier County is home to the largest state park in Florida? Explore this mesmerizing trip back to yesteryear and see wildlife in the wild. Safety protocols in place. Open 8 a.m. to sunset; $3 vehicle fee. 137 Coastline Drive, Copeland. Information: floridastateparks.org; 239-695-4953.
Rookery Bay Eco Kayak & Boat Tours
Join Rookery Bay Research Reserve for a guided boat tour or kayak adventure into the beautiful waters of Rookery Bay Reserve. With our kayak tours, guests paddle through beautiful mangrove tunnels, teeming mudflats and intricate oyster reefs while searching for amazing wildlife like sea stars, large snails, birds, dolphins and manatees. Our boat tours are small 6-passenger boats and offer a comfortable and informative ride. Guests can choose from different tours including a shelling trip to a deserted a barrier island or a sunset tour. Find out more at RookeryBay.org or call 239-530-5972.
Paradise Chess Club
Every Saturday from 12:30 until 3:30 p.m. at Paradise Found Restaurant, 401 Papaya Street, Goodland. All ages and levels welcome. Chess boards and pieces available. Outdoor seating area. Information: email@example.com; 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. Visitors who bike to the museum receive $1 off admission. Information: 239-395-2233, shellmuseum.org.
IMAG History & Science Center
Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2000 Cranford Ave., Fort Myers. Tickets are available online, and advance ticket purchases are necessary currently to limit the number of guests in accordance with CDC recommendations. Information: theimag.org.
Gordon River Greenway
A hidden gem in Naples is the Gordon River Greenway. 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. Restrooms and other amenities available. (1596 Golden Gate Parkway; 239-252-4000 or gordonrivergreenway.org)
New hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples. Offering timed online tickets to the general public. All guests will be required to reserve a timed ticket online, with reduced ticket prices. Tickets can only be purchased online. Information: 239-262-5409, napleszoo.org.
Naples Jazzmasters Dixieland Band
Performs 1-3 p.m. every Saturday through September inside the Norris Center, 755 Eighth Ave. S., Naples. Free but donations accepted. 239-254-9674 or naplesjazzsociety.com.
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 farmermarket2.com for more.
Farmer 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 farmermikesupick.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.
Trevor Noah performs
At 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero. Tickets from $31, parking $25. Information: hertzarena.com or 239-948-7825.
Art & Soul event
The Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida has partnered with the Collier Museum to host the second such event, which celebrates the intersection of creativity, arts, mental health and wellness. It’s from noon-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Collier Museum at Government Center, 3331 U.S. 41 E., Naples. Free. Family activities planned including art demonstrations, interactive games, art studio tour, dance show and more. Food and drink available for purchase.
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. Registration fees are $30 for adults, and children 12 and younger are free. Register at https://starability.org/3k/.
Casting Crowns perform
At 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 22, at Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero. Tickets from $30.50, parking $20. Information: hertzarena.com or 239-948-7825.
Jason Aldean performs
At 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28, at Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero. Tickets from $74.25, parking $20. Information: hertzarena.com or 239-948-7825.
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