5 Things To Do This Weekend in SWFL (Nov 26 – 28)

5 Things To Do This Weekend in SWFL (Nov 26 – 28)

Art, Christmas decorations and lights, food drive, military relics, and more.

Making weekend plans?  Check out these 5 things to do this weekend in SWFL:

Tween Waters Annual Tree Lighting Celebration

This Friday night, come out between 5 – 9 pm and enjoy more than 200,000 holiday lights in musical synchronicity at the annual ‘Tween Waters Annual Tree Lighting Celebration. The colorful lighting of a majestic, 30-foot Christmas tree at the threshold to the Gulf of Mexico. Live holiday music. Spectacular fireworks show on the beach. Laser lights. Even real snow falling from the palm trees. All attended by a thousand or more holiday-loving folks — grandparents, parents, children, and grandkids. And get this: it’s all yours to enjoy FREE at ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa on Captiva Island. The Official Beach Resort of Captiva Island — and its parent corporation, Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts — extends a hearty and heartfelt thank you to all of our guests, past and present, local and from around the world. This annual event is FREE and open to the public.

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2nd Annual South Cape Business Gift-or-Treat & Canned Food Drive

Parents, bring your kids to have their stockings filled with goodies at South Cape Businesses on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Holiday attire – even pjs – are encouraged! Visit during The South Cape Business Gift-or-Treat to get candy, trinkets, OR one of the many great treats of higher value – like gift cards to awesome local places. A free, family-friendly event!  Please bring a canned good when you visit the official photo booth, located at South Cape Hub. Donations will benefit the Cape Coral Caring Center. Limo bus transport for kids & their parents will be provided by Zak’s Jewelry. Snap pics of your kids at the official Photo Booth for a unique holiday picture with Santa!

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Naples Uptown Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival!

Join us both Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm at the Naples Uptown Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival! Festival is on 10th St S from Central Ave to 5th Ave South (Tamiami Trail.) The location is in the visually stunning setting of The Naples Design District. The Naples Design District is a destination in the heart of Naples featuring high-end shopping, restaurants, and emerging businesses. Juried artists hailing from across the country will showcase their fine art, transforming The Naples Design District into a spectacular art festival experience. The Festival is proudly presented by United Arts Council.

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Boca Grande Christmas Walk

Come Celebrate the Holiday’s with us on Saturday night from 5 – 8 pm and get a jump on your Christmas list at the annual Boca Grande Chamber Christmas Walk. Our mission is to bring the community “safely” together and support the local shops and artists. Just follow the luminary lit sidewalks of Historic Downtown Boca Grande and visit the wonderful shops staying open late with great sales. We will have ourselves a Merry Time with a visit from Santa Claus, live Music by Obe Gonzalez, along with hand-selected complimentary Wine and Beer and delicious light hors d’oeuvres by Scarpa’s Coastal! SO COME ON OUT TO BOCA GRANDE TO KICK-OFF THE HOLIDAYS WITH YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS. We are also collecting new, unwrapped toys to benefit Kids Needs, a local charity making sure all the kids have a great Christmas.

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Military Relics Show

Enjoy the Sarasota Military Relics Show on Sunday from 8 am – 3 pm at the Sarasota County Farm Bureau Pavilion. FREE admission. Antique Firearms World War 2 or earlier will be allowed. LIVE AMMUNITION OF ANY KIND WILL NOT BE ALLOWED. A snack bar will be open with Hot Dogs and drinks. This is a smoke free facility. A smoking area and bathroom facilities will be available just outside the Pavilion.

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ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND!

Lee County Domestic Animal Services to host annual Pet Fest and photos with Santa

Lee County Domestic Animal Services to host annual Pet Fest and photos with Santa

Join Lee County Domestic Animal Services for its annual Pet Fest event 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27.

Pet Fest will be held at the Animal Services location at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers.

This fun-filled event will feature “Rescue Row” with area shelters and rescues, a craft fair, garage sale and silent auction.

Santa will be available for Pet Photos from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will receive two digital photos and one animated photo with a $10 donation to the Animal Care Trust Fund.

The county will reduce adoption fees for the event. People can visit www.leelostpets.com to complete an adoption application prior to the event to save time.

All adoptions are $10 with an approved application on event day.

The adoption package includes spay or neuter, microchip, up-to-date vaccinations, county license and a 10-day health guarantee. This is a $500 package.

Can’t attend Pet Fest? Animal Services’ adoption center is open 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers.

Lee County operations adjust schedules for Thanksgiving

Lee County operations adjust schedules for Thanksgiving

Most Lee County administrative operations will be closed Thursday, Nov. 25, and Friday, Nov. 26, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Other schedules will be adjusted. The adjustments include:

Solid Waste

  • Thursday, Nov. 25: All county facilities are closed and no garbage, yard waste or recycling will be collected. Collections will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.
  • Friday, Nov. 26: Thursday collections will be picked up. The Waste-to-Energy Facility in Buckingham will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to accept waste. All other Solid Waste facilities will be closed.
  • Saturday, Nov. 27: Friday collections will be picked up. The Buckingham facility will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to accept waste. All other Solid Waste facilities will be closed.

Parks & Recreation

  • Thursday, Nov. 25, Friday, Nov. 26, and through the holiday weekend: Beaches, boat ramps, parks and preserves will be open.
  • Administration offices, pools and recreation centers are closed Thursday, Nov. 25, and Friday, Nov. 26. Recreation centers and pools resume normal operating hours Saturday, Nov. 27. Administration offices resume normal operating hours Monday, Nov. 29.

LeeTran

  • Thursday, Nov. 25: No bus, trolley or Passport service.
  • Friday, Nov. 26: Normal service resumes.

Library System

  • Thursday, Nov. 25, and Friday, Nov. 26: All libraries will be closed. The online library is available at www.leegov.com/library.
  • Saturday, Nov. 27: Normal library hours resume.

Domestic Animal Services

  • Thursday, Nov. 25, and Friday, Nov. 26: The shelter, 5600 Banner Drive in south Fort Myers, will be closed.
  • Saturday, Nov. 27: The Lost & Found Pet Center will reopen for regular hours at 8 a.m. The adoption center will open at 10:30 a.m.

Utilities

  • The Call Center and the drive-thru window at 7391 College Parkway are closed Thursday, Nov. 25, and Friday, Nov. 26, and will reopen Monday, Nov. 29.
  • A drop-box is on-site at the front door and another accessible via the drive-thru for payments by check.
  • A drop-box is also available at the Lee County Community Development/Public Works Center located at 1500 Monroe Street, Fort Myers (near the Eastern entrance on Monroe Street).
AAA PREDICTS THANKSGIVING TRAVEL TO REBOUND NEAR PRE-PANDEMIC LEVELS

AAA PREDICTS THANKSGIVING TRAVEL TO REBOUND NEAR PRE-PANDEMIC LEVELS

AAA forecasts a strong rebound in holiday travelers this Thanksgiving.

The Auto Club Group predicts 53.4 million Americans will travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, up 13% from 2020. This brings travel volumes within 5% of pre-pandemic levels for the 2019 holiday. 

The gap is closing even faster in Florida, as total travel figures are only 2% below pre-pandemic levels. AAA predicts nearly 2.9 million Floridians will travel for Thanksgiving, a 13% rebound from the total number of travelers during the 2020 holiday.

The travel forecast is reported in-person trips. In particular, AAA and IHS Markit forecast the total U.S. holiday travel volume and expected mode of transportation.

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