Reasons for the Season: Bonita & Estero
Ice hockey, short films, art and other fun
CHEER ON THE EVERBLADES
Take the family to Germain Arena to cheer on the Florida Everblades ice hockey team during its 2172018 season. The home schedule is comprised of nine Wednesday games, 13 Friday night games, and 14 Saturday games. To find out more, go to floridaeverblades.com.
The 4th Bonita Springs Annual Short Film Fest Competition takes place this year on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. at Prado Stadium 12 Theaters. This year, the organizers have asked filmmakers to go back in time and create their magic around the topic “Historic Bonita Springs.” Get tickets at bonitaspringsfilmfestival.com/gala/.
ART IN THE PARK
Palmira Golf Club and lifestyle community hold its Art in the Park arts and crafts show annually at the Renaissance Center Club in Bonita Springs. This year, the event will be take place on Friday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come see what the residents of Palmira have created, including items such as hand-knitted wraps, wine bottle candles, hand-painted glass jewelry and so much more! Call 239-444-1185 for details.
SHOP ’TIL YOU DROP
Get all your holiday shopping finished by checking out the more than 140 top designer and brand-name outlet shops at Miromar Outlets mall in Estero. Savings can be as high as 70% off retail prices. Shops are listed on the website: miromaroutlets.com/.
HOLIDAY IN THE PARK
City of Bonita Springs officials remind families that a “blizzard in the park marks a sunny December day each year in Bonita!” At press time, this year’s date had not been set; it’s always in the first week in December. Organizers note the “magical event includes a blizzard, a giant slow slide, snowfall area for kids, live holiday music, free holiday train and horse-drawn carriage rides, apple cider, cookies and more. All children ages 14 and younger receive a toy and a chance to meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus!” For info, call 239-949-6262.
Take in an Everblades games (below) at Germain Arena. At right, Holiday in the Park is an annual magical event for all ages in Bonita Springs. Miromar Outlets (below right) is where you’ll find gifts for everyone on your list.