Guardian Angels for Special Populations Fashion Show 2023

Guardian Angels for Special Populations Fashion Show 2023

Guardian Angels for Special Populations will hold the 14th Annual Fashion Show & Auction, Saturday, March 11, at 10 a.m., at The Westin Resort, Marina Village.

The show benefits the Special Populations Center in Cape Coral and features its participants, who will strut the runway donning outfits of their choice and professional hair and makeup. 

For the past five years, tickets have sold out. The deadline to buy tickets this year is March 6, and they can be purchased online or by calling 239-574-0574.

The event features a gourmet luncheon, live auction, silent auction, lottery tree, diamond drop, and games. Guardian Angles for Special Populations is seeking sponsors and donors of items for auction. Models will also be available for a red-carpet meet and greet with pictures. 

All proceeds help pay for participant scholarships, free and healthy lunches, wheelchair-accessible vehicles and facilities, daily program needs, art and garden therapy, and much more. 

The Special Populations Center offers a variety of programs for adults and children with intellectual and physical disabilities. Its mission is to promote independence through exposure, education, experience and encouragement in a safe, caring environment.

Twentieth Annual Burrowing Owl Festival 

Twentieth Annual Burrowing Owl Festival 

The City of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation teams up with Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife (CCFW) to host the 20th Annual Burrowing Owl Festival Saturday, February 25.

The festival will be held at Rotary Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will offer educational programs, a live animal exhibit, guided walking tours, food offerings, access to the butterfly house, and bus tours to nearby owl burrows. Parks and Recreation will host a FUN-Mobile at the festival, offering free activities for children.

Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 12.

The Burrowing Owl Festival, sponsored by CCFW and Cape Coral Parks and Recreation, takes place each year to educate residents on Cape Coral’s official City bird.

Cape Coral Celebrates Fifth Annual Ground Owl Day

Cape Coral Celebrates Fifth Annual Ground Owl Day

Cape Coral residents are invited to join the City in support of Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife’s (CCFW) fifth annual Ground Owl Day. 

The event will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 2, at Pelican Baseball Complex, 4128 Pelican Boulevard. Ground Owl Day pays homage to the burrowing owl and, just like the groundhog in Punxsutawney, PA, each year, we look to the owl for guidance on what kind of weather to expect in the next six weeks.

“This event is our way of localizing the classic Groundhog Day and making it our own,” said CCFW Ground Owl Day Event Coordinator Pascha Donaldson. “It’s also an excellent opportunity to spread awareness and provide education on Cape Coral’s burrowing owls.”

This year’s event will feature Mayor John Gunter reading the Ground Owl Day Proclamation and NBC2 Meteorologist Rob Dunns as the Master of Ceremonies. The event will conclude with a determination of whether Southwest Florida’s “winter weather” will continue for another six weeks or end sooner. 

For more information on CCFW, visit

Bulk, Household Chemical Waste Collection Event

Bulk, Household Chemical Waste Collection Event

The City of Cape Coral is partnering with the Lee County Solid Waste Division to collect bulk items and household chemical waste (HCW) on Saturday, February 4, 2022, from 7 – 11 a.m., in the City Hall parking lot,1015 Cultural Park Boulevard. 

This quarterly event is another way for residents to dispose of bulk and household chemical waste safely and responsibly. Residents should use the main entrance to City Hall on Cultural Park Blvd. to drop off items. Materials will be collected from vehicle trunks and truck beds.  

Proof of residency may be required to drop off items. Photo IDs with a Cape Coral address and utility bills from an active Cape Coral account are acceptable items to prove your residency. Items accepted at the event include:

  • Drain cleaners and pool chemicals
  • Pesticides/herbicides
  • Liquid paint and thinners
  • Polishes and strippers
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Electronics
  • Car and boat batteries
  • Automotive oil
  • Gas propane tanks

No white goods (ex: refrigerators, washing machines, etc.) will be accepted.

32nd Annual Tour de Cape Event January 20-22

32nd Annual Tour de Cape Event January 20-22

The City of Cape Coral’s Special Events is hosting the 32nd Tour de Cape bike ride.

Bikers participating in the Tour de Cape will be utilizing roadways across Cape Coral (marked in yellow on the map) on Sunday, January 22, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists are urged to use caution and be aware of bicyclists.

The weekend’s festivities begin with a kick-off celebration at Rotary Park, 5505 Rose Garden Road, on Friday, January 20, from 4-7 p.m. Participants can pick up race packets, maps & t-shirts.

The Tour de Cape includes a 5K and 3-mile Kids Ride on Saturday, January 21, and on Sunday, January 22, riders have a choice of 15, 30, 62, or 100-mile bike tours in the northwest and southwest regions of Cape Coral.

For more information, visit

Youth Center Hosting 9th Annual Classic Car Show

Youth Center Hosting 9th Annual Classic Car Show

The William Austen Youth Center is hosting its 9th Annual Classic Car Show on Saturday, January 21, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The show will be held at the Youth Center, 315 SW 2nd Ave, and is free for spectators.

The car entry fee is $25 with proceeds benefitting the William Austen Youth Center Scholarship Program.

Those who wish to enter a car in the show can choose from six classes:

  • 1900-1940
  • 1941-1953
  • 1954-1964
  • 1965-1969
  • 1970-1987

The first 50 cars to register will receive a dash plaque.

For more information, please call the Youth Center at 239-242-3950.

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