Rea­sons for the Sea­son: Bonita & Es­tero

Ice hockey, short films, art and other fun

Bonita & Estero Magazine - - DEPARTMENTS - BY MANDY CAR TER Mandy Carter is a lo­cal mom with a pas­sion for fam­ily travel, a pop­u­lar travel blog­ger in­clud­ing her own fam­ily blog at Acup­ful. com and the Dig­i­tal Con­tent & En­gage­ment Edi­tor for TOTI Me­dia.

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.

FILM FES­TI­VAL

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.

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