2017-12-01 / Arts & Entertainment

CALENDAR

B/Bonita Springs E/Estero FM/Fort Myers N/Naples

December

2: SATURDAY

Jingle Bell 5k [8 a.m.] Jingle your way to the finish line. Dress like an elf or in your favorite red and green outfit for this fun family event. Join us for our first annual Jingle Bell Run and meet Santa at the finish line. This year includes a 1-mile Fun Run. Where: Bonita Springs Family YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Cost: $30/5k run, $15/Fun run per person. Please register at: swflymca.org/main/jingle-bell-5k./B

Light up Estero Christmas program [4 to 7 p.m.] The 4th annual “Light up Estero” Christmas program will be held at the Estero Community Park. Music will be provided by the Estero High School Jazz Band and the New Horizons of Southwest Florida Children’s Choir. Naples Smoked BBQ will be on hand to sell their famous barbecue while children will enjoy playing in bounce houses. To complete the evening, Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by the Estero Fire Rescue fire truck. The event is free. Residents are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to sit on to enjoy the festivities./E

3: SUNDAY

1st Annual Old-Fashioned Holiday Bazaar [10 a.m. to 4 p.m.] Stop by Koreshan State Historic Site for the 1st annual Old-Fashioned Holiday Bazaar. Enjoy shopping for unique gifts and crafts in the decorated Koreshan settlement. Get your family’s & pet’s picture with Santa. Enjoy a free ride on Santa’s carriage in the Historic Settlement. Eat and be merry. Where: Koreshan State Park, 3800 Corkscrew Rd. Cost: Regular park admission, $4 for a vehicle with one person and motorcycles, $5 for a vehicle with 2-8 people, $2 for bicycles and walkers./E

4: MONDAY

Films for Film LoversGettin’ Square” [7 p.m.] Films on Monday nights in the Center for Performing Arts Moe Auditorium & Film Center, furnished with a large movie screen and comfortable chairs to watch the best foreign and independent films. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Where: 10150 Bonita Beach Road. Cost: $10 per person. Visit www.artcenterbonita.org for more information./B

Watercolors with Les Smith [12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.] Estero Art League will be featuring a watercolor demonstration by Les Smith. Join us and learn different watercolor techniques. Where: Estero Recreation Center (art studio), 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd. Cost: Free./E

5: TUESDAY

We Are Rocking and Rolling [2 p.m. to 3 p.m.] Listen to David Hunter performing popular hits from the 50’s to today (Paul Simon, Tom Petty, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones), in the Library Garden. Bring a chair or blanket. Where: South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy. Cost: Free. For more information call 239- 533-4400 or visit leegov.com/library./E

Holiday in the Park [4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.] The City of Bonita Springs will kick off the holiday season with a blizzard in the park, the annual tree lighting, live entertainment from local bands and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Children will enjoy a snow slide, snow pile, train rides, free holiday cookies, apple cider and other family activities. Where: Riverside Park on Old 41. Cost: Free./B

6: WEDNESDAY

Ancient Forest Walking Tours at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary [9 a.m. to noon] Corkscrew’s ancient bald cypress forest is the world’s largest remaining old growth bald cypress forest. Enjoy a 2.25-mile tour on our boardwalk highlighting Corkscrew history, ecology, storytelling and landmark cypress trees. Where: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, 375 Sanctuary Rd. W. Cost: $25 per person, includes Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary admission for non-members; $20 per person, includes Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary admission for National Audubon members; $10 per person for Friends of Corkscrew members. For more info and to register please visit corkscrew.audubon.org./N

7: THURSDAY

Songwriters at Sunset at Lovers Key State Park [3:30 p.m. to sunset] The concert will feature local artists who write and sing their own original songs. These songwriters will share original Americana music in Bluebird Cafe style. Snacks and beverages will be available by donation. Where: Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd. (in large gazebo). Cost: Free with park entry fee./B

9: SATURDAY

Book Fair Fundraiser [10 a.m. to 10 p.m.] Come and support the Summer Reading Program of the Lee Library system. Make a purchase at Barnes & Noble at Coconut Point or at their Fort Myers store, mention the Friends of the Library or use Book Fair ID # 12244950 and a percentage of your purchase will go to the reading program. Online

purchases from Dec. 9 to the 14th also count. Activities at the store will include storytelling, face painting and a visit from Santa. Where: Barnes & Noble, 23130 Fashion Dr. Cost: Free./E

Santa on the Sand at Lovers Key State Park [1 p.m. to 4 p.m.] Bring your kids, grandkids, and friends for an afternoon of games and prizes with Santa. Toys will be collected for the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs to distribute to local children, and each child who donates a toy will receive a small gift from Santa. Families in attendance will have a chance to win a fully-decorated Christmas tree from the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs. Lunch will be provided for children, snacks for adults. Event is sponsored by FOLKS and Rotary Club of Bonita Springs. Where: Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd. Cost: Park entry fees are $8 for 2-8-person vehicles, $4 for single person vehicles, $2 for pedestrian/ bicyclist. Space is limited to 100 children, pre-registration required. For more information or to RSVP please call Judy Greenwood at 708-359-0466 or email fjgreenwood@gmail.com/B

Winter Crafts for Kids and Teens [2 p.m. to 4 p.m.] Drop in anytime between 2-4 p.m. for a variety of winter and holiday themed crafts. Attendees must be at least 4 years old up through 17 years old. Where: South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy.

Cost: Free. For more information call 239- 533-4400 or visit leegov.com/library./E

10: SUNDAY

Piano and Strings to be featured at Estero Concert Series [4 p.m.] The Piano Trio by Russian composer Anton Stepanovich Arensky and String Quartet No. 8 by Czech composer Antonin Dvorak. Where: Koreshan Art Hall, 3800 Corkscrew Rd. Tickets: $42 per person; Reservations call 239-596-8404./E

ONGOING

Bonita Lions Wednesday Fresh Market [8 a.m. to 1 p.m.] Locally grown produce, breads, fish, flowers and much more. Where: 10441 Childers St./B

Farmers at Coconut Point [Thursdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.] Locally grown and produced vegetables, baked goods, flowers, fish, crafted products, honey and jams and more. Where: Between Panera Bread and Olive Garden./E

MEETINGS

Estero Village Council [Wed., Dec. 6, 9:30 a.m.] Come watch local government in action. Where: Village Council Chambers, 9401 Corkscrew Palms Circle./E

All dates, times and prices are subject to change.

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