SWFLA To Do List: Matt Rife at Off the Hook, SWFL Peace Day, more
Free day at Rookery Bay
Celebrate National Estuaries Day on Saturday at Rookery Bay Research Reserve, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Free admission and it's from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Rookery will celebrate the importance of estuaries with fun activities including kayaking, kids crafts and face painting, a scavenger hunt and more. Food trucks and live music. Information: rookerybay.org.
Exhibit highlights Great Lakes to Sunshine State connection
A new exhibit explores the connection between the Midwest and Florida. Enjoy "From the Great Lakes to the Sunshine State — Exploring U.S. 41" from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Jan. 21 at Collier Museum at Government Center, 3331 U.S. 41 E., Naples. The roots of U.S. 41 go back to the dawn of the automobile age, bridging the Midwest and the South. More at 239-252-8476 or colliermuseums.com.
Matt Rife at Off the Hook
The comedian performs Sept. 23-25 at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $30 general admission, plus a fee. 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23; 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24; and 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901.
The annual convention features local steampunk- and fantasy-themed authors and artists, vendors, cosplayers, musicians, storytelling, splendid teapot racing and more — all in a new Cape Coral location. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. $10. One free entry with each paid adult for ages 11 and younger, $5 for additional children. German American Social Club, 2101 S.W. Pine Island Road, Cape Coral. swflsteamcon.com or facebook.com/swflsteamcon.
SWFL Peace Day
The 15th annual festival promotes the ideas of peace, love and unity in Southwest Florida. Part of the International Day of Peace. This year’s Peace Day offers meditation, yoga, massages, live music and entertainment, deejays, food trucks, vendors, a dog park, food drives, live “mermaids,” a blood drive, face painting, bounce houses, rides, a butterfly tent and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. Free. Wa-Ke-Hatchee Park, 16760 Bass Road, south Fort Myers. facebook.com/peacedayinthepark.
Brandon T. Jackson at Off the Hook
The comedian performs standup at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, and Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. Information: offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901.
Sept. 28-Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. weekdays, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. The Naples Players recreate the witty Noel Coward comedy of a man who is visited by his dead wife's ghost, back and ready to be his — but with no one else able to see or hear her. $47. Information: thenaplesplayers.
Carlos Mencia at Off the Hook
The comedian performs Sept. 29-30, Oct. 1-2 at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29; 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30; 6:15 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1; and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. Information: offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901.
Jimmie 'J.J.' Walker
The “Good Times” star returns for more stand-up comedy. Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 29-Oct. 1. $16 general admission, $21 for VIP seating. Snappers Laugh In Comedy Café, 8595 College Parkway, Unit 270, south Fort Myers. 479-5233 or laughincomedycafe.com.
All five members of energetic Journey cover band Odyssey Road sing the classic-rock group’s many hits, from “Separate Ways” to “Don’t Stop Believin’.” At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. $43-$57. Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org.
Free Saturday at Naples Zoo
It’s Free Saturday for Collier County residents. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. On the first Saturday of every month, Collier residents receive free zoo admission all day long. Enter any time, all day long, up until 3:30 p.m. with no coupon required. Proof of residency required for all adults. Visitors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age. State-issued photo ID with Collier address, like driver's license. If you have an out-of-area photo ID, but own property in Collier, bring a utility or tax bill for a property in Collier County with a matching name photo ID. Information: napleszoo.org.
Comedy at the Arts Center Theatre
The Arts Center Theatre, the recently acquired venue at the Marco town Center, will present a series of stand-up comedy nights beginning Saturday, Oct. 15. The series will kick off with shows at 7 p.m. and 9:30 pm. Al Ernst, who has appeared on Comedy Central, Carnival Cruise Lines and MTV will headline both shows. Appearing with Al will be comedians Larry Venturino and George Gilbert. On Nov. 18, comedian RC Smith (Rachel Ray and Stephen Colbert Show) will headline along with William “Rock the House” Lewis and host Larry Venturino. Other dates include – Dec. 18: Larry Venturino, with Aniria Turney, Seetha and Christopher Cowles; Jan. 27: Ken Miller with Sean Harper and Larry Venturino; Feb. 3: Alex Elkin with Ginger Kelly and Larry Venturino; March 10: Jim Florentine with RC Smith and Larry Venturino. Tickets for the nights of standup comedy are $20 for Marco Island Center for the Arts Members and $25 for non-members with the exception of the evening with Jim Florentine where tickets will be $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Tickets for the comedy series will go on sale at noon, Friday, Sept. 16.
ITC presents ‘37 Postcards’
The Island Theater Company (ITC) kicks off its season with some comedy, staging “37 Postcards” written by Michael McKeever and directed by Kay Mayr, ITC’s upcoming season. The play tells the story of Avery Sutton and his eccentric, dysfunctional family. Evening performances are 7:30, and there’s also a Sunday 2:30 matinee. The show will be Fridays through Sundays, Oct. 21-23, 28-30 and Nov. 4-6. Advance tickets can be purchased at Make A Memory Gift Shop, 567 E. Elkcam Circle (next door to Hoots) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday or online at islandtheatercompany.com. They can also be purchased at the door prior to each show. Tickets are $30. Group tickets are available. To reserve seats for a group of 10 or more, call the Box Office at 239-394-0080 to make a reservation and receive a discount off per ticket and reserved seating.
‘Beer for Breakfast’
At 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m., Sundays, Sept. 23-Oct. 9. Joan Jenks Auditorium, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples. The Studio Players production of a comedy that turns the guys' fishing cabin weekend on its head when, instead of their buddy,his wife shows up. $30, $15 student with ID. thestudioplayers.org. Information: 239-398-9192.
‘CTA – Art Done With or About Technology’
Through Oct. 4, Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. Technologically assisted or inspired works of art. In La Petite Galerie, works by Stacie Krupa through Sept. 6; Skelfish Metals handcrafted metal art Sept. 12 through Oct. 4. Free. Information: marcoislandart.org or 239-394-4221.
Touring art exhibit in Bonita Springs
Touring exhibit “Nature’s Blueprint: Biomimicry in Art and Design” runs through Oct. 20 at Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. Exhibit shows how nature inspires the design of everything from raincoats to skyscrapers. Free. 495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org.
Summer Opera Series
At 3 p.m. first and third Wednesdays through October. Wang Opera Center; 2408 Linwood Ave., Naples. Famous operas from Europe's best known theaters — La Scala, Baden Baden, Salzburg, more — with stars like "Falstaff"; Sept. 21, "Der Rosenkavalier; Oct. 5, "Rusalka"; and Oct. 19, "Elektra." Refreshments available, including popcorn. $22; $10 students. See operanaples.org for details.
Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Daily, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (last ticket). 375 Sanctuary Road, Naples. Residents of Lee and Collier counties half-price through Sept. 30. Stroll the 2.25-mile boardwalk through pine flatwoods, wet prairie, freshwater marsh and the largest old-growth bald cypress forest in North America. This month, see the rare "Super" ghost orchid. Night walk is 8-10:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22 ($40 for its special guided tours in the dark). Discounted daily admission of $8 adults, $3 youth and free ages 5 and under. Regular admission (for non-Lee and Collier residents) is $17 adults, $6 kids 6-14, free ages 5 and younger. Online tickets at Corkscrew, Audubon.org/Visit.
Love The Arts Festival – Call to Artists
The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts is announcing a new art festival, Love The Arts Festival, on Marco Island. This special event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Marco Island Historical Museum. The festival will highlight fine arts of exceptional photographers, painters, jewelers, potters, and crafters. Music will be scheduled during the festival and food vendors are invited to apply. Local students will also be invited to show their artwork. This is a juried show, so artists who have already been juried for other art shows sponsored by Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) are welcome to sign up for the festival. If you have not been previously juried by MIFA, you may send an email to Karen Swanker at firstname.lastname@example.org with a minimum of three photos of your artwork, requesting to be juried for the Love the Arts Festival. If you have any questions, you may call Karen at 239-331-0987. Cost of participating in the festival is $90 if you are a MIFA member, or $140 for non-members. Complete the Love the Arts Festival registration form found on MIFA’s website, marcoislandfoundation.org and mail it to Carolyn Burger, 282 Sand Hill St., Marco Island. Information: marcoislandfoundation.org.
Call to artists, crafters and market vendors
The Goodland Civic Association is readying for two shows that have enjoyed great success over the years: 13th Annual Goodland Holiday Bazaar and 11th Annual Goodland Harbor Arts & Music Festival. All shows will require mail-in applications. The 13th Annual Goodland Holiday Bazaar, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12-13, this pre-holiday celebration is held at picturesque MarGood Harbor Park; the Bazaar will feature arts, crafts and other unique market items, holiday music, a bake sale and other delicious food. Fees for 10' x 10' booth are $90 for GCA members, and $110 for non-members. The deadline to apply is Oct. 29. The 11th annual Goodland Harbor Arts & Music Festival, Saturday & Sunday, March 11-12, is a juried event also held at waterfront MarGood Harbor Park showcasing fine arts and hand crafts, live music organized by JRobert of Mangrove Music Studio, and a variety of food vendors. Artists will be juried by a selection committee of five professional artists. Fee for a 10’x10’ booth, which include a non-refundable $20 application fee, is $160. The deadline to apply is Dec. 18. There will be a limited number of single-day booths available for both events at reduced rates on a first come, first served basis, for both shows. For details & applications contact Tara O'Neill at email@example.com.
Chess at the JCMI
Each Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon, 991 Winterberry Dr., at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. Chess players from beginners to competitors are invited. More chess sets needed. There are no costs or fees. RSVP: Contact co-founders for info: Irvin Povlow – 215-694-2029 or irvinpovlow1@Gmail.com; Wade Keller – 239-389-2525 or wadekeller2045@Gmail.com.
Birds of Paradise: Historical Museum presents the feathered friends of South Florida
The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) is hosting a new exhibit, “Birds of Paradise: The Birds of South Florida and the Everglades,” featuring oil paintings and mixed media works by artist Inez Hudson. The exhibit runs through Oct. 1, at the Marco Island Historical Museum. The exhibit is free and open to the public. 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 accessible for those who need it. For information, visit themihs.org or call 239-252-1440.
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.
The Factory Run Club
At 6.30 p.m., Tuesdays. Paradise Coast Sports Complex, 3940 City Gate Blvd. N., Naples. The Factory Run Club is a fun social run around the lake loop — just under 1 mile — adjacent to The Cove at the Paradise Coast Sports Complex. Your skill level is the right one. Jog a single lap or run as many as you choose. Drinks at The Cove afterward are discounted for participants. And you’ll be ready to cool off after that virtuous workout. You get a R.I.O.T. shirt after completing eight runs. And it’s free, free, free.
Rookery staff, volunteer art show
Friends of Rookery Bay presents “The Land They Love: Rookery Bay Reserve Staff and Volunteer Art Show,” now through Oct. 28 in the art gallery at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Two staff members and 10 volunteers share their insights of the 110,000-acre reserve by showcasing their photography and paintings. Most of the items are for sale. The artists are Paul Allen, Geoffrey Britt, Terri Caton, Ann D’Allesandro, Sarah Falkowski, Jean Hall, Keith Laakkonen, Kathleen Lunday, Terry Lumb, Macy Noll, Evan Sherer and Martin Strasmore. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, free for active and retired military personnel and their families, and free on the second Saturday each month for Collier County residents. Learn more at rookerybay.org or call 239-530-5972.
Koreshan walking tour
Discover the various botanical specimens collected by the Utopian pioneer Koreshans and their specific purpose on this walking tour. Guests will tour the late 18th/early 20th century settlement and learn the history of this progressive society which promoted women's right to vote, equality of the sexes and education for all. Cost: $10 and $4 park admission. Purchase tickets online at friendsofkoreshan.org/page-7741.
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/.
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/. Park entrance fee required. $4 single occupancy or $5 for up to eight in vehicle. Please bring exact change, no change provided. Credit card payment can only be made online @ https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/koreshan-state-park. No additional cost for the event. Volunteers needed for the farmers market and other Koreshan State Park Events. If interested: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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. 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.
Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
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.
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.
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.
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.
Columbiettes Treasures in the Trunk sale and fundraiser
On Saturday, Nov. 12, the San Marco Columbiettes will host a Treasures in the Trunk Sale Fundraiser in the parking lot of the San Marco Parish Center, 851 San Marco Rd., Marco Island. Vendors must be set up by 7:30 am. Shoppers are welcome free of charge starting at 8 a.m. 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 a.m. You do not need to be present for drawing. Come join us for a morning of fun and the opportunity to shop or sell. For more information contact Kathleen Reynolds at 239-404-6733, or Barbara DeRosa at 239-272-0158.
4th annual Rookery Bay Classic Car Show set in new location
The 4th Annual Rookery Bay Classic Car Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19 at Florida SouthWestern State College, 7505 Grand Lely Drive, Naples. Hosted by Island Automotive to support Friends of Rookery Bay, the event will have over 140 cars representing everything from pre-1930s antiques, icons from the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s, muscle cars from the ‘60s and ‘70s, and exotic/high performance race cars from yesterday and today. The day will include venders, activities, entertainment, and food trucks. Car show attendees will receive a free pass to visit the nearby Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center by Dec. 31, 2022. The center has aquariums, a touch tank, interactive exhibits, walking trails, an art gallery, picnic areas, a gift shop and more. Cash-only admission to the car show is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12 and free for children five and younger. Proceeds help support education, conservation and research within the 110,000-acre Rookery Bay Research Reserve, which encompasses 40 percent of Collier County’s coastline. For more information or to register a classic car for $25, visit rookerybay.org or call Island automotive at 239-394-3458.
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