“Sloughbration” event to celebrate 20 years with free activities

“Sloughbration” event to celebrate 20 years with free activities

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:

  • Guided walks
  • Bird walks
  • 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
  • Nelson’s Port-a-Pit
  • 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.

For more information about the event, email friendssloughbration@yahoo.com. For more information about Lee County Parks & Recreation locations, amenities and events, visit www.leeparks.org, call 239-533-7275 or email leeparks@leegov.com.

Sunset Celebration Featuring Santa

Sunset Celebration Featuring Santa

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. 

Cape Coral Fire Department Annual Toy Drive

Cape Coral Fire Department Annual Toy Drive

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.
Firefighters delivering toys in 2020

“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 aschuch@capecoral.gov.

Toys collected in 2020 thanks to all the support from the community!
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.



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.”

For full details, including a Google Map of all locations, visit SCHEA’s Facebook event.

Cape Coral Presents Big Ol’ Bonfire Concert

Cape Coral Presents Big Ol’ Bonfire Concert

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. 

Tickets can be purchased online at www.capeconcerts.com and at the gates on Saturday. 

  • 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.   

For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, please visit:  www.capeconcerts.com    

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