Mark your calendar now for the Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve’s celebrating their 20th Anniversary with a “Sloughbration.”
The fun will happen at Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, 7751 Penzance Road, Fort Myers, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4.
This free event that celebrates 20 years of protecting the slough offers educational opportunities for all ages. Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is a Lee County Parks & Recreation site.
Free parking is available at the nearby Lee County Sports Complex, 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway. A free continuous shuttle will take attendees to and from the slough. No public parking will be available at the Slough on the event day. A Spanish translator will be available at the Welcome Area throughout the event.
Activities, displays and presenters include:
Interactive demonstrations including butterflies, birds, reptiles, insects, mammals, skulls, plants, basket weaving and sensory exploration
Adam’s Animal Encounters
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Panther Outreach
Florida Gulf Coast University Water School
Lee County Mosquito Control District
Lee County School District Environmental Education
Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve
CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation Of Wildlife)
Randell Research Center
En plein air artists from Fort Myers Beach Art Alliance
Children’s scavenger hunt
Silent auction, including items donated by photographer Clyde Butcher
Music by The Florida Keys from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Great Blue Heron pavilion
Food vendors include:
Brew Box Coffee Company
Red Roc Cravings
Belgian Yummies Ice Cream
A commemorative t-shirt will be available for purchase. It features the “Sloughbration” logo by a 2021 summer camp attendee. The image depicts a pond in the slough with an alligator and a turtle sunning themselves. All proceeds from the sale of t-shirts go to the Friends’ mission to protect, preserve and promote the slough.
The Cape Coral Yacht Club Community Park hosts a Sunset Celebration the first Wednesday of each month (October to March). The free event starts at 3:00 p.m. and goes to sunset.
December’s family-friendly event will feature Santa Claus! Wednesday, December 1, Santa will cruise into the Yacht Club in style on a boat around 4:00 p.m. Kids can enjoy cookies, hot chocolate, crafts and write letters to Santa.
There will be live music on the beach, food, crafts and vendors selling unique art, jewelry, gift items and more.
The Cape Coral Fire Department is collecting toys and gifts at all 11 Cape Coral fire stations and in the lobby of City Hall
Until December 13, the Cape Coral Fire Department will be collecting toys and gifts for children in our community who have special needs, suffer from chronic illnesses such as cancer, are in foster care, or have families struggling with financial difficulties.
Donations for boys and girls of all ages (newborn to 17 years) are needed. Gifts for teens are often in short supply. Please consider donating gift cards, makeup, body soaps and lotions, perfume or cologne, arts and crafts supplies, sport equipment, or entertainment items for this age group.
Collection boxes for the toy drive are located at each of the 11 fire stations throughout Cape Coral:
Station 1 – 4610 Coronado Parkway
Station 2 – 521 Nicholas Parkway
Station 3 – 1627 Everest Parkway
Station 4 – 2007 Santa Barbara Boulevard
Station 5 – 1029 Diplomat Parkway
Station 6 – 4540 Chiquita Parkway
Station 7 – 3942 Burnt Store Road N
Station 8 – 707 SW 1st Street
Station 9 – 4107 Pelican Boulevard
Station 10 – 3623 Gator Circle West
Station 11 –1038 Burnt Store Road
City Hall lobby, 1015 Cultural Park Blvd.
“Last year, over 500 children received toys,” says Fire Chief Ryan W. Lamb, “As many families are still suffering from the impact of COVID-19, we expect the need this year to continue or be even greater. We are grateful that through the continued support and generosity of the Cape Coral community, we are able to help our neighbors enjoy the holiday season, which they may not otherwise be able to do.”
For more information on the toy drive, such as specific gift needs/requests, please visit the Cape Coral Fire Department’s Facebook page (CapeCoralFD) or website www.capecoralfire.com). For further information on how to become a business partner or to make or request a donation, please contact Andrea Schuch, Public Affairs Specialist, at (239) 242-3303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family-friendly daytime event happens on November 27th
South Cape businesses are getting in the holiday spirit, gearing up for kids to visit participating locations in their pajamas!
The South Cape Business Gift-or-Treat will take place from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, November 27th. Hosted by the South Cape Hospitality & Entertainment Association (SCHEA), this free event was created to provide a fun and safe way for kids to kick off the holiday season.
“The event gives families the opportunity to scope out South Cape in holiday attire and pajamas while visiting participating locations,” says SCHEA Board Member, Alison Polo.
“As we all know, shipping delays have become normal. Our goal is to build awareness of local businesses. Why not shop local this holiday season, and future seasons?”
More than 15 businesses have pledged to be open, handing out gifts, candy & trinkets to children dressed for the occasion. There will also be larger gift giveaways and gift cards for the parents.
SCHEA will be providing transportation via limo bus, sponsored by Zak’s Jewelry.
There will be a photo booth with Santa hosted at South Cape Hub (909 SE 47th Terrace, #105). Parents can visit the SCHEA Facebook Event for full details, including a Google Map of all participating locations.
“On the day of the event, businesses will have designated event signage, so it will be easy to spot who is participating,” explains Polo.
The South Cape Business Gift-or-Treat is just one of the daytime events SCHEA runs during the fall. The organization also hosts the annual Easter Egg Hunt, Trick-or-Treat & Halloween Fall Festival.
“South Cape has a lot to offer,” says Polo. “Most of the hundreds of businesses here are locally owned and help build the local economy.”
Cape Coral presents the Big Ol’ Bonfire concert for a night of music, food and fun. The outdoor country music event is this Saturday, November 20. The City has arranged for some of the best country music talent including Russell Dickerson, Ben Gallaher and Caroline Jones to make this Big Ol’ Bonfire the premier musical event in Cape Coral.
General admission tickets start at $20 – and BOGO tickets are available for first responders, medical personnel, Veterans and Active Duty Military.
BOGO tickets apply to general admission tickets only, and can only be purchased at the gates on the date of the event, or at the City Hall Offices from the Parks & Recreation Department on the second floor.
BOGO applies to general admission tickets only, with a limit of one BOGO per person.
Where: SunSplash Festival Grounds at 400 Santa Barbara Boulevard.
When: Saturday, November 20
Time: Gates open at 6:00 p.m.; The concert starts at 6:30 (above is a list of start times for each artist) and the bonfire starts at 8:15 p.m.