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Green­Mar­ket ( Satur­day, 9am), On the Lee County Al­liance for the Arts 10acre cam­pus ven­dors present lo­cally grown, caught and cul­ti­vated foods along with other prod­ucts for sam­pling and pur­chase. Live en­ter­tain­ment by mu­si­cians, fun ac­tiv­i­ties for kids, gar­den­ing classes and cook­ing demos by lo­cal chefs round out the fun. Fort My­ers. 239- 939- 2787, artin­lee. org

Guided Na­ture Walk ( Daily, 9: 3011am; 1: 30- 3pm), Join park staff on a stroll through nat­u­ral plant com­mu­ni­ties. See first­hand South­west Florida’s flora and wildlife. Six Mile Slough, Fort My­ers. 239- 694- 0398, leeparks.org

His­tor­i­cal Walk­ing Tours ( Wed­nes­day, Satur­day and Sun­day, 10: 30am), Learn about Fort My­ers’ past on a 90- minute walk through the his­toric down­town district. 239- 945- 0405, true­tours.net

Haunted His­tory Tour ( ev­ery 2nd and 4th Fri­day, 8pm), A 90- minute walk through down­town Fort My­ers re­veals a darker side to its lo­cal his­tory. 239- 945- 0405, true­tours.net

Bonita Farm­ers Mar­ket ( Wed­nes­day, 8am), Find fresh pro­duce and other good­ies at this open- air mar­ket. River­side Park, Bonita Springs. 239992- 2556, city­of­boni­tasprings.org

Oxbow Kayak Clinic ( March 6, 9am), Learn the ba­sics of kayak­ing. This class in­tro­duces pad­dling tech­niques and pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to use the new skills. Ex­plore the oxbow is­lands of the Caloosa­hatchee River on a two- hour guided in­struc­tional tour. Caloosa­hatchee Re­gional Park, Fort My­ers. 239- 533- 7440, leeparks.org

Sani­bel Shell Fes­ti­val ( March 6 and 7, 9am), In cel­e­bra­tion of this world- renowned shelling is­land, the 77th an­nual Shell Fes­ti­val fea­tures seashell dis­plays and crafts, food, en­ter­tain­ment, and a raf­fle for more than $ 8,000 in prizes. Sani­bel Com­mu­nity House, Sani­bel. 239- 4722155, sani­bel­com­mu­ni­ty­house.net

Bi­cy­cle Club ( March 10 and April 14, 6pm), Meet with other bi­cy­cle en­thu­si­asts at Sani­bel Com­mu­nity House, Sani­bel. 239- 472- 2155, sani­bel­com­mu­ni­ty­house.net

Gar­den Club ( March 11, 11am), Meet fel­low gar­den­ers and watch friend­ships grow. Sani­bel Com­mu­nity House, Sani­bel. 239- 472- 2155, sani­bel­com­mu­ni­ty­house.net

Fish­ing Club ( March 11, 6: 30pm), Catch up with fel­low fish­er­men. Sani­bel Com­mu­nity House, Sani­bel. 239- 4722155, sani­bel­com­mu­ni­ty­house. net

Cy­press Creek Kayak Tour ( March 20 and April 10, 9am), This slow- paced pad­dle is great for all ex­pe­ri­ence lev­els. Kayak equip­ment is pro­vided; bring wa­ter, binoc­u­lars, ap­pro­pri­ate cloth­ing and shoes you don’t mind get­ting wet. Caloosa­hatchee Re­gional Park, Fort My­ers. 239- 533- 7440, leeparks.org

Caloosa­hatchee to Hickey’s Creek

Kayak Trip ( March 27, 9am), A six­hour kayak trip which be­gins and ends at Caloosa­hatchee Re­gional Park camp­ground. Pad­dlers should be ex­pe­ri­enced and/ or in good phys­i­cal con­di­tion for this 5- mile round- trip pad­dle on the Great Calusa Blue­way and Hickey’s Creek. 239- 533- 7440, leeparks.org Oxbow Kayak Clinic, Earth Day Event ( April 22, 9am), Learn the ba­sics of kayak­ing. This class in­tro­duces pad­dling tech­niques and pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to use the new skills. Ex­plore the beau­ti­ful oxbow is­lands of the Caloosa­hatchee River on a two- hour guided in­struc­tional tour. Caloosa­hatchee Re­gional Park, Fort My­ers. 239- 533- 7440, leeparks.org Ding Dar­ling Up­cy­cle! Art Fes­ti­val ( April 26 and 27, 9am), In the spirit of car­toon­ist Jay Nor­wood “Ding” Dar­ling, this in­au­gu­ral event pro­vides an artis­tic venue and mar­ket­place for show­cas­ing high- qual­ity arts and crafts made from re­cy­cled and re­pur­posed ma­te­ri­als. The fes­ti­val aims to ed­u­cate

the pub­lic on re­cy­cling and pro­tect­ing our wildlife. “Ding” Dar­ling Vis­i­tor & Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter, Sani­bel. 239- 4722155, ding­dar­ling­so­ci­ety.org

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