2017-12-01 / Arts & Entertainment

CALENDAR

B/Bonita Springs E/Estero FM/Fort Myers N/Naples

December

3: SUNDAY

Naples Concert Band [2 p.m.] Come and enjoy tunes played by the Naples concert band. Bring a chair or blanket and a friend. Where: Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102. Cost: Free./N

6: WEDNESDAY

Healthy Cooking Made Easy [4 p.m. to 5 p.m.] Carol Fitzgerald will demonstrate how to prepare a healthy recipe that’s easy and delicious. Where: Vanderbilt Beach Branch Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd. Cost: Free. Registration required please visit: collierlibrary.org/programs or call 239-597-8444./N

Ancient Forest Walking Tours at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary [9 a.m. to noon] Enjoy a 2.25-mile tour on our boardwalk highlighting Corkscrew history, ecology, storytelling and landmark cypress trees. Where: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, 375 Sanctuary Rd. W. For more info and to register please visit corkscrew.audubon.org./N

7: THURSDAY

44th Annual Christmas Walk & Tree Lighting Ceremony [5 p.m. to 8 p.m.] Don’t miss this Naples’ tradition as choral groups, dance troupes, theatre troupe, bands and more come together to bring this annual extravaganza to the Avenue. Join Mayor Bill Barnett and ABC 7 Anchor Krista Fogelsong as they light the tree and kick of the holidays on the Avenue. Where: 5th Ave. S. Cost: Free./N

Concert on the Lawn Ben Allen Band [6 to 9 p.m.] Nothing says America like good old-fashioned country music. We are thrilled to

bring Ben Allen Band back to the Mercato concert lawn for a second time. Bring your dancing boots. Food and outdoor bar will be provided by Naples Flatbread. Where: Mercato, 9115 Strada Place (on the lawn). Cost: Free, food and beverages are separate. For more information, visit mercatoshops.com./N

Songwriters at Sunset at Lover’s Key State Park [3:30 p.m. to sunset] The concert will feature local artists who write and sing their own original songs. These songwriters will share original Americana music in Bluebird Cafe style. Snacks and beverages will be available by donation. Where: Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd. (in large gazebo). Cost: Free with park entry fee./B

9: SATURDAY

Naples Bay Christmas Boat Parade [6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.] Enjoy the colorful annual Naples Bay Christmas Boat Parade. The parade may be viewed from: Pinchers Crab Shack, Riverwalk Restaurant, Kelly’s Fish House, The Boat House Restaurant and Naples Landings Park. Sponsored by the Marine Industries Association of Collier County. All proceeds benefit the Ricky King Foundation. Where: 800 12th Ave. Cost: Free./N

Autism Speaks Walk [9 a.m. registration, 10:30 a.m. walk] Start a team, join a team or come on your own. Walk and fundraise together to enhance the lives of people living with autism. Where: North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Rd. For more information please visit act.autismspeaks.org./N

Naples is Rockin’ Concert with Sugar Ray [5 p.m.] Benefits Hurricane Irma victims. Where: corner of Goodlette-Frank Rd. and Fifth Avenue S. Details at paradisecoast.com/ articles/naplesisrockin./N

10: SUNDAY

Gulf Coast Big Band [2 p.m.] Come and enjoy big band and jazz tunes in the beautiful outdoors. Bring a chair or blanket and a friend. Where: Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave S. Cost: Free./N

Pilot Holiday 5K Run/Walk [7 a.m., Kids fun run 8 a.m.] The Pilot Club would like to invite you and the entire family to a fun run. There will also be a free Kiddie run for children under 10, starting at 8:30 a.m. Every participant will receive a finisher medal. This event benefits projects locally relative to brain health and brain injury Where: North Collier Park, 15000 Livingston Rd. For pricing and more information please visit: rundurance.org./N

Santa on the Sand at Lover’s Key State Park [1 p.m. to 4 p.m.] Bring your kids, grandkids, and friends for an afternoon of games and prizes with Santa. Toys will be collected for the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs to distribute to local children, and each child who donates a toy will receive a small gift from Santa. Event is sponsored by FOLKS and Rotary Club of Bonita Springs. Where: Lover’s Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd. Space is limited to 100 children, pre-registration required. For more information or to RSVP please call Judy Greenwood at 708-359-0466 or email fjgreenwood@gmail.com/B

11: MONDAY

Naples Big Band Concert [7 p.m.] Enjoy holiday music by Naples Big Band. Grab your cooler, your comfy chairs and a friend. Where: Cambier Park, 6th Ave. S. and 8th St. S. Cost: Free./N

12: TUESDAY

Naples Christmas Parade [6 p.m. – 8 p.m.] Start the holidays right with the annual Christmas Parade. Watch as beautifully decorated floats and dressed-up marchers make their way down 5th Avenue South, spreading holiday cheer. Be sure to bring a chair and some friends. Where: 5th Avenue S. Cost: Free./N

13: WEDNESDAY

Cookies with Santa 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Put on your favorite holiday attire and come tell Santa what you want for Christmas. Make some ornaments while you’re waiting. Parents, bring your cameras for some memorable moments. Cookies will be

provided while supplies last. All ages. Registration is not required. Where: Vanderbilt Beach Branch Library, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Rd. Cost: Free./N

Chanukah Celebration [5:00 p.m.] Greetings from community leaders, candle lighting, live music, latke eating contest and children’s activities. Presented by the Jewish Federation of Collier County. Where: Mercato, 9115 Strada Place (on the lawn). Cost: Free./N

ONGOING

Art in the Park First Saturday of the month [10 a.m. to 4 p.m. thru April] Features Naples Art Assoc. members showcasing a variety of original painting, photography, unique d├ęcor, wearables, collectibles and gifts. Cost: Free. Where: Park St., east of von Liebig Art Center./N

Let’s Paint [Every Wednesday 10:15 a.m.] Learn to paint with acrylic paint. Supplies are furnished. Where: Fleischmann Park Community Center, 1600 Fleischmann Blvd. Cost: $135/4 weeks. For more info please call 239-213-3020 or visit theartexpress.net./N

St. Johns Farmers Market [9 a.m. to 2 p.m.] Produce, seafood, specialty foods, BBQ, art and crafts. Where: St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 625 111th St. N./N

Naples Art District Studio Art Alive [1st Wednesday of the month 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.] Evening consists of 40 plus professional artists, who will be showcasing their recent works of art and demonstrating their medium. Naples Art District, 6240 Shirley St. Look for the magenta and white art flags. For more info, please call 239-289- 5070 or go to NaplesArtDistrict.com./N

MEETINGS

Naples City Council [Wed., Dec. 6, 8:30 a.m.] Come watch local government in action. Where: City Council Chambers, 735 8th St. S./N

All dates, times and prices are subject to change.

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