SWFL To Do List: Veterans Day ceremonies, more



JP Sears at Off the Hook

The comedian performs through Nov. 7 at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. 7 p.m. Thursday Nov. 4; 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5; and 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6; and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7. Information: offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901.

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6th Annual Artisan Marketplace

From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 5-6. Naples Woman’s Club, 570 Park St., Naples. More than 18 artists with jewelry, art, accessories, food, ceramics and more. A “Think Outside the Box,” a special group of original works of art, will be offered through a silent auction table. Free admission. An artisan cocktail party with appetizers and private show tour is at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5; reservations, $50, at Napleswomansclub.org, and includes a donation to the NWC Scholarship Fund.

Legends Concert Series

Begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at Sugden Regional Park, 4284 Avalon Drive, East Naples. Tribute musicians will perform to benefit fallen officers and first responders. Tickets from $20 to $50 available at legendsconcertseries.com. 

Music Fest in Historic ECity

Kick off the winter season with an outdoor Music Festival on Saturday, Nov. 6, where history is the theme. Favorite Florida performers will entertain us at the historic Rod & Gun Club in historic Everglades City to raise money to renovate the historic Bank of Everglades Building. 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. The event starts at noon but get there early to browse the Arts & Crafts booths and examine the items that will be auctioned during the afternoon. Admission is $50 for a reserved seat, $40 for a car full of people, or $20 for a bike/pedestrian. To book your places, see www.SaveBOE.com or phone Marya at 239-695-2905 for info.

A Joyful Celebration

At 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, at Covenant Church of Naples, 6926 Trail Blvd., Naples. A local mass gospel choir; concert pianist Tamra Richardt; Kevin Mauldin, principal bassist, Naples Philharmonic; vocalists Christi Cole, Amy Bright and Bill Barnett; author, pastor and storyteller Bob Petterson; Jeff Faux, musician and conductor; violinist Jeff Leigh, more. Proceeds to Storytellers Creative Arts, working with mental health groups, children, outreach programs with arts therapy. Freewill donation. Ticket required at scanaples.org; information at 239-287-7331.

Eddie Ifft at Off the Hook

The comedian performs Nov. 9-10 at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, and Wednesday, Nov. 10. offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901.

Get Involved Collier! Volunteer Expo

From 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10. Coastland Center, 1900 U.S. 41 N., Naples. Over 50 non-profit and government agencies in Collier County seeking board or committee members, or general volunteer needs will have exhibitor tables. Visitors can learn about their needs and missions, and possibly find one they may be interested in working with. Lead sponsor is Leadership Collier Foundation. Free, but registration is requested at napleschamber.org/events.

Veterans Day

Bonita Springs Veterans Day

The City of Bonita Springs and the Veterans Advisory Committee invite the public to attend the annual Veterans Day ceremony, 11 a.m., Nov. 11, at Riverside Park in Downtown Bonita Springs (10450 Reynolds St. Bonita Springs). Guest speaker will be Specialist Five James C. McCloughan. The ceremony will also include traditional commemorations such as the Aisle of Flags, 21-gun salute, posting of the Colors, presentation of the Blue/Gold Star Banners, and musical tributes. For information, call 239-949-6262 or visit the City Hall website located at http://cityofbonitasprings.org/.

Marco Island American Legion Post 404 Veterans Day Ceremony

Marco Island’s American Legion Post 404 will be hosting a Veterans Day Ceremony at the Marco Island Lutheran Church at 525 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island at 11 a.m., Nov. 11 to honor all veterans of America’s Armed Forces.  All are welcome to participate in this celebration of our brave men and women past and present who willing served to defend our freedoms. The ceremony will be held in the Lutheran Church sanctuary which has a capacity for 400. Seating will be on a first come basis with Veterans having priority. The ceremony will include a presentation on the Tomb of the unknown Soldier by Post Chaplin Bill Duncan as well as a flag ceremony and music. Lee Rubenstein, Post 404 Commander, will be the Master of Ceremony (MC).

Veterans Day in Naples

At 10 a.m., with preludes at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11. Cambier Park, 755 Eighth Ave. S., Naples. Dedication of the “Missing Man” chair at the park with POW-MIA logo; music by Pine Ridge Middle School Symphonic Band, drill team demonstration by Barron Collier High JROTC and Steve Smith vocal;  welcome, invocation and address by Lt. Col. Chris Walters, USMC (Ret.), a 25-year Marine Corps veteran with multiple Middle East deployments; laying of wreaths; 21 bell tolls; and flyover by USAF Major Jessica Stearns in a 1945 Piper L4/J3. Visitors are asked to bring seating.

Bryan Callen at Off the Hook

The comedian performs Nov. 11-14 at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. 7 p.m. Thursday Nov. 11; 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12; and 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13; and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14. offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901.

Veterans Day in Estero

From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13. Estero Community Park, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd, Estero. Patriotic concert by singer Lindsey Graham; address by former Nayt Blue Angel pilot and Lee County Commissioner Ray Sandelli; tributes to all veterans and active military personnel, first responders and Gold Star Parents; the military songs medley and presentation of all military branches’ flags; a riderless horse representing those who gave their lives; and a 21-gun salute to deceased veterans. Kids' attractions, car show. Food trucks will be available for refreshments and food. Visitors are asked to bring seating.

12th Annual Goodland Holiday Bazaar

The Goodland Civic Association announces the 12th Annual Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, November 13 and 14, at picturesque MarGood Harbor Park in the Village of Goodland. The Bazaar promises fine art, unique crafts, holiday gifts, fun food, and a team of volunteer golf-cart drivers ferrying folks around Village venues. The venue, MarGood Harbor Park, holds well-documented historic and environmental significance. Today native landscaping and lovely walkways wrap around a charming harbor-front. The park also features a museum/interpretive center, 2 open-air pavilions, and kayak launch. For more information contact Tara O’Neill, 239-330-7543, taraogallery@gmail.com.


Annual event is 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, for Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education & Experience Center is at the Paradise Coast Sports Complex, 3940 City Gate Blvd. N., Naples. Enjoy music of tribute band The U.S. Stones, while savoring local craft breweries and a wide selection of food trucks. Visit ShyWolfSanctuary.org/WolfStock2021 for more.

Treasures in the Trunk

Columbiettes Treasures in the Trunk Sale and Fundraiser will be 8 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Nov. 13, at San Marco Church Parish Center parking lot, 851 San Marco Rd., Marco Island. Vendors must be set up by 7:30. Shoppers are welcome free of charge starting at 8. Don’t miss this opportunity to sell your new, used or antique treasures from the trunk of your vehicle. The cost will be $20 per vehicle parking spot and $10 additional if you wish to rent a table to place at the rear of your vehicle. Vendors may purchase more than one spot if they wish to do so.  All merchandise not sold must be removed by the vendor. Refreshments and home baked items will be available for purchase. 50/50 Drawing will take place at 11. You do not need to be present for drawing. For more information contact Kathleen Reynolds at 239-404-6733, or Barbara DeRosa at 239-272-0158 or Mary Cay Moll at 239-394-1016.

Kelsey Cook at Off the Hook

The comedian performs Nov. 16-17 at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, and Wednesday, Nov. 17. offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901

Singin’ Christmas

Do you need a little Christmas spirit? Then you won’t want to miss this holiday show! The ITC cast is back with a special show to kick off the holiday season. Singin’ Christmas includes all your ITC favorites who continue to go above and beyond, while entertaining Marco Island audiences. The cast will perform many classics with a few surprises that will have you laughing in your seat but will also warm your heart and get you ready for the holiday season. Singin' Christmas will be held at the Marco Presbyterian Church, 875 W, Elkcam Circle, in the Fellowship Hall. There will be four performances. Dates and times are 7:30 p.m., Nov. 18, 19, 20, with an additional matinee performance at 2:30 on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased online at theateronmarco.com at the door prior to each show. We will be following the Church mask rules. Call the box office 239-394-0080 for additional ticket information. Tickets, can be found at theateronmarco.com.

Dave Landau at Off the Hook

The comedian performs Nov. 19-20 at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19; and 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20. offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901

Meals of Hope outdoor packaging event; volunteers needed

Marco Island Meals of Hope will hold its annual packaging event from 9 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Nov. 20. This year’s event will be outdoors. Chairman Bill “Captain Happy Hope” Morris explained, “to maximize safety for all of our volunteers, we will hold the event at the YMCA airnasium. Staging for the packaging event will keep stations and volunteers separated, unless they are part of a family or similar. All packaging volunteers will be required to wear masks and food preparation gloves. Masks and gloves will be provided on site. To sign up or for more information, go to mohmi.org or contact Bill “Captain Happy Hope” Morris at 239-642-6020.

Calusa Garden Club Plant and Fresh Flower Sale

Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island will hold a plant and Thanksgiving centerpiece sale from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 23 outdoors in the parking lot at Marco Lutheran Church.  The sale includes potted plants for indoors and outdoors, beautiful Thanksgiving centerpieces with fresh flowers, orchids, and unusual vases. Club members will be available to answer your questions. Proceeds of the sale benefit Calusa Garden Club's scholarship and community beautification sites.


'NUTS by Tom Topor'

The new Studio Players offering will make you think during and after you see it. "NUTS by Tom Topor" is directed by Anna Segreto runs through Sunday, Nov. 21. The play deals with a sanity hearing and is set in a courtroom in the psychiatric wing of New York's Bellevue Hospital. See it at Joan Jenks Auditorium in Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway. From $30, with a fee ($15 for students, plus fee). thestudioplayers.org or 239-398-9192.

Marco Players presents ‘Good People’

“Good People,” a tough and tender play about the insurmountable class divide between those who make it out of this blue-collar Irish neighborhood and those who find themselves left behind. Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire pays his respects to his old South Boston neighborhood with scrappy characters who have tremendous appeal, and the moral dilemma they grapple with—is it strength of character or just a few lucky breaks that determines a person’s fate? “Good People” is on stage now through Nov. 14, at The Marco Players Theater, Marco Town Center Mall, 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island.  Shows are 8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday and 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $39.50 or $34 each with the purchase of a theater membership. Tickets are on sale at TheMarcoPlayers.com or by calling the box office at 239-642-7270. 

Bonita Springs-Estero Christian Women’s Connection

Open to all area women! Enjoy a program, lunch and guest speaker. Location, time and detail can be found on our website: cwcflorida.org. Reserve 10 days in advance by calling Jan: 815-545-5056.

‘The Art of Stickwork’

Now 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. Cost: $20, ages 4-17. Cost: $10. Information: naplesgarden.org or 239-643-7275.

Needles & Pins

From 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, through Jan. 1. 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. Private tours by appointment for up to six people also can be reserved in advance by calling 239-272-1911. Free; donations accepted.

‘Love in All Forms — Selections from the Art Collection of Patty and Jay Baker’

From 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and noon–4 p.m. Sundays, through May 15. The Baker Museum, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Works from the singular collection of collectors and philanthropists Patty and Jay Baker including selections from Monet to   Henry Moore. By timed reservation only $10; military or student with ID, $5; ages 17 and younger, free. Information: artisnaples.org or 239-597-1900.

Talkin’ baseball

Opening this Sunday, “Baseball Heroes —Works from the Jay H. Baker Collection” features a treasure of history from the national pastime. It’s open from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and noon–4 p.m. Sundays, through May 15 at The Baker Museum, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Objects and original documents from Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Derek Jeter and more. By timed reservation only $10; military or student with ID, $5; ages 17 and younger, free. artisnaples.orghttps://www.artisnaples.org or 239-597-1900.

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. Those attending choose their favorite and vote. Monday, Sept. 27, is start of the semifinals. oakesfarms.com/services/retail-stores/seed-to-table-market/.

Third Street South Famers Market

From 7:30-11:30 a.m. every Saturday. Parking lot behind Tommy Bahama off Third Street 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.

Picture Perfect: Marco Island in Postcards

The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) announces the opening of a new exhibit at the Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM), “Picture Perfect: Marco Island in Postcards.” The exhibit is open to the public through Jan. 22. “Picture Perfect: Marco Island in Postcards” captures the history of Marco Island as it parallels the evolution of postcards since the early 1900s. The Marco Island Historical Museum is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, and the site is handicapped accessible. For general information visit themihs.org or call 239-642-1440.

Needles & Pins

From 1-4 p.m. Saturdays through Jan. 1. 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. Private tours by appointment for up to six people also can be reserved in advance by calling 239-272-1911. Free; donations accepted.

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 paid park admission $4 for single occupancy or $5 for up to eight people in vehicle). Vendor applications @ http://friendsofkoreshan.org/farmers-market-application-2/. Volunteers needed for the farmers market and other Koreshan State Park Events. If interested: friendsofkoreshan@gmail.com.

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/.

Revs Institute

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: yanabcc@gmail.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)

‘Cars and Coffee’

Every third Sunday of the month, Cars and Coffee at Mercato, 9132 Strada Place, Naples, draws an array of vehicles for an informal and friendly gathering. Grab a cup of coffee at Narrative Coffee Roasters and check out the cars 9-11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 19. Parking is first come, first serve. No registration is required. Spectators urged to park in the parking garage. For updates visit here. Information: mercatoshops.com or 866-900-6699.

Naples Zoo

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. 


Estero Christian Women’s Connection

Bonita Springs – Estero Christian Women’s Connection invites you and your friends to their Christmas luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 10 at The Club at Grandezza, 11481 Grande Oak Blvd., Estero. Grandezza requires wearing a face covering unless seated at your table. Luncheon cost: $30 inclusive. Reservations and cancellations must be received by Friday, Dec. 3. If you wish to be seated with others, submit all names and checks together with any food allergies and a contact name and number. Tables will be assigned in the order checks are received. Reserve early with a check payable to BSECWC. Mail to: BSECWC, 20151 Torch Key Way, Estero, FL 33928. Call Jan with questions at 815-545-5056.

American Cancer Society Imagination Ball

The American Cancer Society cordially invites you to the Imagination Ball, Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, at the JW Marriott Marco Island. Presented by Bill and Karen Young, and Jim and Christine Walker, the 2022 event will mark the 10-year anniversary of this spectacular gala. Please join us for an enchanted evening in the fight against cancer as we honor 10-year Gala Chair, Debra Shanahan with the prestigious and well deserved Grado Award. To learn more about the Imagination Ball and other ways that you can join us in the fight against cancer, please contact your American Cancer Society at Sue.Olszak@cancer.org or 239-610-3032.

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