B: Bonita Springs E: Estero FM: Fort Myers N: Naples
Irish Songs, Stories, and Fiddle — 2 to 3:30 p.m. Kate Danaher celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with traditional Celtic music and Irish stories. She is an award-winning musician, storyteller, screenwriter, and actor, and is a founding member of Philadelphia’s Irish Heritage Theater. Seating is limited. Registration required. Where: Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave. B. Cost: Free. For more information and to register, call 239-533-4860 or visit leegov.com/library.
Films for Film Lovers — “Closely Watched Trains,” 7 p.m. Films on Monday nights in the Center for Performing Arts Moe Auditorium & Film Center, furnished with a large movie screen and comfortable chairs to watch the best foreign and independent films. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Where: 10150 Bonita Beach Road, B. Cost: $10 per person. Visit www.artcenterbonita.org for more information.
Mound Key Boat Tours — 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Board the Estero Bay Express with fellow mariners and explore Mound House and Mound Key. Learn about the history of the Calusa and new findings scientists are discovering about the natives’ ancient society. This trip requires walking and hiking over rough terrain. Reservations required. Where: Boat disembarks from Fish Tale Marina, 7225 Estero Blvd. FMB. For more information and to make reservations, call 239-765-0865 or visit moundhouse.org.
Celebration of Poetry — 7 p.m. Nationally recognized poets Dr. Catalina Monterrosa and Abbott Ikeler will read selections from their published works, followed by an open mic and discussion hour offering attendees the opportunity to read their own work or that of other poets. Drinks and snacks will be available. Where: Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Road. B. Cost: Free. For more information, call 239-495-8989 or visit artcenterbonita.org.
Charles Sobczak at the Everglades Wonder Gardens — 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Guest Speaker and author Charles Sobczak from Sanibel Island will visit for a meet and greet and lecture about his books and works. His works range from fiction to nonfiction and nature guides. Sobczak is currently working on his next novel. Organic wine and snacks will be served. Where: Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Road. B. Cost: $25 per person, $15 for members. For more information, call 239-992- 2591 or visit evergladeswondergardens.com.
A Walk on the Wild Side—10 a.m. to noon This mile-long guided hike along the Black Island Trail with a park ranger will instruct participants about the flora and fauna found in their natural habitat. Space is limited. Reservations are required. Where: Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd. B. Cost: Free. For more information and to reserve your space, call 239-463-4588 or visit friendsofloverskey.org.
Celebrate Bonita! 2017 — 2 to 9 p.m. Stop by downtown Bonita Springs to wish the city a Happy Birthday. The celebrations will include a large kids’ activity area, community activities and booths, and a large array of food and beverages. The historic Liles Hotel and Artists’ Cottages will be open, and Bonita Springs Fire Department and Lee County Sherriff’s Office will have displays. Four-time Grammy nominee Joe Nichols will headline a full day of musical entertainment. Proceeds from beverage sales will benefit the Bonita Springs Assistance Office. Be sure to bring a blanket or chair and plenty of friends. Where: Riverside Park off Old 41 Road. B. Cost: Free. For more information, call City Hall at 239- 949-6262 or visit cityofbonitasprings.org.
GoldenFest VIII — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Golden Retriever Rescue of Southwest Florida will be hosting a festival to celebrate canine friends and family. Pet vendors will be on site, and there will be activities available for attendants, including dog dock diving, pet portraits, a grooming booth, prizes and raffles, and more. All breeds are welcome. Dog-related vendors are welcome. Where: Doggy Heaven at the Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, FM. Cost: Free. For more information, visit grrswfl.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 239-369-0415.
Bonita Springs Concert Band — 2 p.m. The Bonita Springs Concert Band will play classics and hits under the direction of Gary E. Smith. Bring a few friends to enjoy the music. Where: Estero High School, 21900 River Ranch Road. E. Cost: $10 donation. For more information, visit bonitaspringsconcertband.com.
Films for Film Lovers — “Angel’s Share,” 7 p.m. Films on Monday nights in the Center for Performing Arts Moe Auditorium & Film Center, furnished with a large movie screen and comfortable chairs to watch the best foreign and independent films. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Where: 10150 Bonita Beach Road, B. Cost: $10 per person. Visit www.artcenterbonita.org for more information.
31 Friday – 2 Sunday
Lovers Key Nautical Flea Market & Boat Show — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nautical exhibitors and boat dealers return to Lovers Key this year, selling arts and crafts, clothing, fishing and cruising equipment, and other items relating to Florida and boating lifestyles. Food will be available for sale by Fitzgerald’s, ice cream by Royal Scoop, and a Beer Garden will be available by the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs. Funds raised will go to the Friends of Lovers Key and the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs. Where: Boat ramp between Bonita Springs and Ft. Myers Beach, 8700 Estero Blvd. B. Cost: $5 donation suggested. For more information, visit loverskeynauticalmarket.com or call 239-463-4588.
Edible Landscaping Class: First Wednesday of the month — 7 to 8:30 p.m. Don’t think that you have to ruin the beauty of your yard to add a veggie patch or a monster fruit tree, instead learn how easy it is to incorporate edible flowers, shrubs, hedges and small trees into your existing landscape. Where: MW Horticulture, 6250 Thomas Road., FM. Cost: Free. Seating is limited, RSVP by calling 239-332-1188.
Pedaling for Parkinson’s — Every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, 12:30 to 2 p.m. The Bonita Springs YMCA is offering free cycling classes for people with Parkinson’s disease. Physician referral and consent form required. Participants must wear a heart rate monitor to class. Where: Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Road. B. Cost: Free for the first 8 classes. For more info please contact the YMCA at 239-221-7560 or abramlett@ bonitaspringsYMCA.org.
Guided Walks at Crew Marsh Trails — 1st & 3rd Tuesday and every 2nd Saturday (Nov. – Apr.) Join CREW Land & Water Trust volunteer and FL Master Naturalist, Dr. David Cooper, for a humorous and informative 2.5 to 3-hour guided walk at the CREW Marsh Hiking Trails. Where: CREW Marsh hiking trails, 4600 Corkscrew Rd., Immokalee. Visit: crewtrust.eventbrite.com or call 239-657-2253 to register as space is limited.
Lion’s Club Farm Fresh Market at Rodes Fresh and Fancy — Every Sat., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Locally grown produce, local cuisine, arts and crafts and much more. Where: Rodes Fresh and Fancy, 3756 Bonita Beach Road. SW, B.
Rodes Fresh and Fancy Farmers Market — Every Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy this summer market with award winning Jonsez BBQ, Cubamerica Empanadas, local seafood, local honey, key lime pie, fresh produce and juices and more. Where: 3756 Bonita Beach Road. SW, B.
Yoga in Nature Experience the healing effects of yoga in nature. Where: Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd., E. Cost: $10. For a complete schedule please visit happehatchee.org.
Find it Fridays! Kids stop by and enjoy an all-day scavenger hunt. Where: Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Road., B. Cost: Regular admission fees. For more information, call 239-992-2591 or visit evergladeswondergardens.com.
Bonita Springs City Council — Wed., March 15, 9 a.m. Come watch local government in action. Where: City Council Chambers, 9101 Bonita Beach Road.
All dates, times and prices are subject to change.