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Dec. 10, 2019

Florida Everblades Teddy Bear Toss | 346/365 Things to Do

Everblades Teddy Bear Toss

Florida Everblades Teddy Bear Toss | 346/365 Things to Do

The Florida Everblades hold one of the most fun events call the Teddy Bear Toss. This December the Florida Teddy Bear Toss is the 14th.  Get your tickets to the Florida Everblades Teddy Bear Toss game and bring a Teddy Bear to the game. Here’s how it works: When the Everblades score their first goal  throw a Teddy Bear or Stuffed Animal onto the ice!

The ice is totally covered with Teddy Bears and the bears get collected for local charities. It’s is amazing to see hundreds and hundreds of Teddy’s being thrown in the air and it’s for a good cause!  If you are looking for fun things to do, especially with kids, this would fit the bill!

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Dec. 8, 2019

Lover’s Key Boat Show & Seafood Fest | 345/365 Things to Do

Lover's Key Boat Show Seafood Festival

Lover’s Key Boat Show & Seafood Fest | 345/365 Things to Do

The Lover’s Key Boat Show and Seafood Festival is an annual event taking place on Lover’s Key which is midway between Bonita Springs and Fort Myers Beach, Florida.  If you’ve ever been to Dog Beach it’s not far from that location.

The star attraction is an over 60 feet display of broiled, steamed, and fried grouper, snapper, crab, lobster, and more - and prepared plates such as paella, and hot dogs, hamburgers/French fries, homemade ice cream and waffles. Also there is a beer tent and market place filled with nautical themed wares along with some of the finest boats local dealers have to offer at show prices!

If you’d like to cruise the latest in boats or just have a bite to eat the Lover’s Key Boat Show and Seafood Fest is one of the fun things to do in Southwest Florida to pass time.  January 24, 2020 and typically in January every year so tune into their Facebook page to learn more about future events at Lover's Key Boat Show.

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Dec. 8, 2019

Yappy Hour at Bell Tower Fort Myers | 344/365 Things to Do

Yappy Hour at Bell Tower Fort Myers | 344/365 Things to Do

Yappy Hour Bell Tower Fort MyersYappy Hour at the Bell Tower Shops runs from 6 to 8 p.m. the second Friday of EVERY month (weather pending) in center court. Pet friendly! Hello?  Could there be anything better? There are many themed events for Yappy Hour.  Upcoming is a super hero costume contest. For a $5 donation to the Gulf Coast Humane Society, pet owners can enter their dog into a costume contest reflecting the event theme!

Bell Tower, Southwest Florida’s dog-friendly shopping, dining and entertainment destination, holds Yappy Hour on the second Friday of each month. Yappy Hour is the area's largest pet-friendly social hour, providing an evening of fun for pet lovers and their four-legged friends. Yappy Hour is weather permitting.  If you are looking for fun things to do in Fort Myers keep Yappy Hour in mind. It’s even fun just to watch the dogs so those without pets are also welcome.

Follow Bell Tower Shops social media and website to keep track of the latest Yappy Hour and other events at the mall www.thebelltowershops.com or www.facebook.com/BellTowerShops

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Dec. 8, 2019

Follow Deb & The Dynamics in SWFL | 343/365 Things to Do

Deb & The Dynamics

Follow Deb & The Dynamics in SWFL  | 343/365 Things to Do

The Fort Myers, Florida based, live entertainment band called Deb & The Dynamics are a local SWFL favorite entertainment machine. They’re a go to band for great live entertainment and have a huge following in Southwest Florida.

The band was originated on Pine Island Fl. in 2003 and they have rocking all of Florida and on occasion other parts of the country with their power house sound that cant help but make you want to get up and dance. They really do bring the dance party.  The band plays multiple styles of music, rock & roll ,70’s dance, blues, jazz, funk & popular dance music.

Deb & The Dynamics is a seven piece band with a strong rhythm section with powerful vocals along with a 3 piece horn section.  They play over 250 shows a year for nearly two decades, to date.

You may see them even play at local festivals but they book for many local clubs and restaurants in SWFL. I saw them at Doc Ford’s on Fort Myers Beach, once, and they were so great. Everyone was up dancing. My favorite part was when someone in our group kept requesting a song they said that they would play it if the request maker sang it … and he did.  The crowd went wild!

If you’re looking for fun things to do and a great time find Deb & The Dynamics on the music scene.  You can follow their events at their Facebook page: Deb & The Dynamics

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Dec. 7, 2019

Off The Walls Art Event Bonita Springs | 342/365 Things to Do

Off The Walls Art Bonita Springs

Off The Walls Art Event Bonita Springs | 342/365 Things to Do

How fun is this event? It’s a one of a kind event for the Bonita Springs area. Besides the delicious catered food, refreshments, and the astounding selection of art and collectibles you have a chance to win one! Here’s how it works, there is no auction, no bidding, just purchase a $150 ticket to attend.

With your purchased ticket it enters you into a random drawing for beautiful artworks and collectibles valued from $275.00 to $6,000.00. Doors of the Art Center usually open at 6:00pm. At 6:30 we begin randomly calling numbers drawn from the purchased tickets. Your ticket has two parts each marked with your unique number and name. One part is placed in a large container with all other attendees’ tickets. The other half is yours to claim your special item when your number is called.  When your number is called you literally get to choose a piece of art right Off the Walls!  It’s an amazing experience and you also can go home with great original art!  To learn more visit the official website of the Art Center of Bonita Springs or follow this link:

https://www.artcenterbonita.org/events/otw.html

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Dec. 6, 2019

Marco Island Seafood & Music Festival | 341/365 Things to Do

Marco Island Seafood Music Festival

Marco Island Seafood & Music Festival | 341/365 Things to Do

Marco Island Seafood & Music Festival is an annual event held on Marco Island, just south of Naples, Florida.  It has been 12 years since Stan Niemczyk, a Rotarian at the Marco Island Sunrise Rotary club, realized his dream for a major fund raiser and created the Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival. Like his fellow Rotarians, Stan was always looking for new projects to raise money for charities and the less fortunate in our community.

Attending the Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival is supporting local community outreach programs.  Marco Island is only a short drive from Bonita Springs and it’s easy access to get onto and off of Marco Island.  There are no bridge tolls.

To learn more about the Marco Island Seafood & Music Festival and future events follow them on social media at www.facebook.com/MarcoIslandSeafoodFestival

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Dec. 6, 2019

Hunsader Farms Country Christmas | 340/365 Things to Do

Hunsader Farms Country Christmas | 340/365 Things to Do

Hunsader Farms Christmas Festival

We just love Hunsader Farms at Halloween so we thought we’d share that they also have Christmas at the Farm. The event is called Hunsader Farms Country Christmas.

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Dec 13-22 in 2019 is the length of the Farm Festival. There are tons of events and fun things to do and it’s all family friendly.  Hunsader Farms is about ninety minutes north of Bonita Springs/Estero and a great day trip.  Here’s a list of details and how to track down future events at Hunsader Farms:

6pm-10pm
Parking - Free | Admission - $10 | Kids 5 and under - Free
*CASH ONLY*
Included with Admission:
Over 300,000 lights
Hayrides
Train Rides
Kiddie Train Rides
Pictures with Santa
Campfires
Live Music
Display Christmas Village
Petting Zoo
Christmas Movies on Big Screen

Also Enjoy:
Dinner
Kettle Corn
Warm Pretzels
Ice Cream
S'mores Station
Hot Chocolate
Pony Rides
Produce Market
Craft & Antique Store
Charity Games
& More!
https://www.hunsaderfarms.com/country-christmas

You can also follow events at:

https://www.facebook.com/HunsaderFarms/

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Dec. 6, 2019

Toojays & Mercato Tree Lighting | 339/365 Things to Do

Toojays & Mercato Tree Lighting | 339/365 Things to Do

Mercato Christmas Tree Naples

Tis the season to be jolly! Last night a group of friends and I went to see the Mercato Christmas Tree Lighting in Naples, Florida. This was our second year in a row, so we decided to go early and eat dinner first. We choose to try the TooJay’s Deli. It is a relatively new restaurant in Mercato and it was new to us. Since it was still early we got seated right away. When it was time to order, three of my friends ordered stuffed cabbage. The portions were so huge that everybody had to get a box to take some food home. Additionally, we ordered a tuna melt and I decided on the roasted vegetable wrap. Everybody was happy and enjoyed their food. After having a full belly, it was finally time to walk over to see the tree.

The Christmas tree was stunning even without the lights. In addition to the tree, Mercato had setup a stage. By the time we arrived a duo performed live music on stage. After the live music, we watched a group of young girls performing several dances. The atmosphere was magical! Numerous vendors were on the road and offered hot chocolate, coffee, teas, coupons, free tooth paste, floss, and tooth brushes, etc. Whole Foods had a booth and gave out samples of pomegranate cider, it was very delicious and not too sweet.

A lot of people were attending the tree lighting, so it was a great place to “people watch”. Usually, you could tell buy their clothes who was visiting Florida and who was living in Florida. Many visitors were wearing shorts and tea shirts and Floridians wore boots and jackets due to the temperature drop. It was a great time, everybody seemed to be happy. Channel 7 was at Mercato and was planning to go live for the Christmas Tree Lighting. Channel 7’s anchor, Krista Fogelsong, was on and off the stage to make announcements during the festivities. Earlier, she told us about the origination of the tree. We were told that the tree was specially cut down for the Mercato Christmas Tree Lighting and that it was brought down from Michigan. Krista explained further that the tree weighs 1000 pounds, and that it will be lit at 7:05pm.

Later on, we were told that we had to wait a little bit longer due to technical difficulties. And finally it was time. There was a loud countdown from ten to zero and the tree was lit! It was magnificent! After the tree was lit, several attendees tried to move close to the tree to take pictures in front of the tree. It was definitely a fun thing to do during the Christmas Season. I will go back next year. This is what Christmas is all about!

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About the author.  Gisela Chamberlin is a Bonita Springs resident and an art enthusiast.

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Dec. 4, 2019

Annual Light Up Estero | 338/365 Things to Do

Annual Light Up Estero | 338/365 Things to Do

Light Up EsteroIt’s the most wonderful time of the year!  The Christmas holiday events are rolling out all over the place. If you’re looking for fun, Christmasy things to do they are easy to find. Just a few years old, the village of Estero is in it’s first few years of annual “Light Up Estero’.  

This year Estero hosts "Unity in the Community" as the theme for Light Up Estero.  It’s hosted by the Rotary Club of Estero on Saturday, December 7th, 2019 @ 4:30 pm! 

Admission to Light Up Estero is free!  Activities include a wreath raffle; non-perishable food drive; tree lighting; caroling; and more! Proceeds from the wreath raffle and sponsorships will be used to fund Estero High School Scholarships.

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Dec. 4, 2019

Fort Myers Festival of Trees | 337/365 Things to Do

Fort Myers Festival of Trees

Fort Myers Festival of Trees | 337/365 Things to Do

The annual Fort Myers Festival of Trees is held at Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. At the Festival of Trees 7 and 9-foot decorated trees are raffled, along with gift baskets and wreaths for holiday decorating and gift giving. A new activity in 2019 is skating on synthetic ice among the trees! Held at Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Downtown Fort Myers River District.

If you go be sure to visit Centennial Park and have a slice of Pizza at DHOP.

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