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CONTENTS September 2022

FEATURES Fall Classes

6 Party Options

10 On The Cover Dining Deals

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NEW FALL CLASSES AND PROGRAMS

Alliance for the Arts

The Alliance for the Arts upcoming youth classes include Hula Dance Sept. 2 - Oct. 7 (ages 3-9 and ages 10 an older), Zentangle for the Seasons Sept. 7 - 28 (ages 13 and up), Recycle into Art Sept. 10 - Oct. 1 (adult and child), Belly Dance Sept. 14 - Oct. 12 (age 14 and up), Step by Step Batik Sea Turtle Sept. 22, Neurographica Workshop Sept. 22 (ages 13 and up), Snapshot Sketches Sept. 29 Nov. 3 (age 12 and up) and Mango and Pizza Sept. 29 (age 12 - 18). 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 239-939-2787 www.artinlee.org 6 - September 2022

Cape Coral Parks and Recreation

Tigers Club: Children ages 5-14 will have the opportunity to socialize and hangout in a premium afterschool club filled with card trading, video games, air hockey, table tennis, and more! Members will receive a snack daily and complimentary access to "Game Night," every Friday! This program is only available to children in grades K-8. Call today for more details. Game Night: Are you looking for an activity your child will enjoy? Wm. Bill Austen Youth Center is offering Game Night from 6:15pm-8:45pm on Friday’s! Kids will enjoy video gaming, nerf battles, air hockey, pizza and more! $10/Child. Ages 5-14. Call for additional details. Wm. Bill Austen Youth Center 315 SW 2nd Ave., Cape Coral 239-242-3950 Family News


Coast Elite: Parent & Child Sign up for our recreational gymnastics pro-

gram, ninja classes, parent and child and many more we offer! We have classes for all ages Monday- Saturday! All new members get a free trial class and can sign up at anytime! Gymnastics benefits all ages of children in many many including fitness, flexibility, coordination, building new friendships, raise self-esteem, skills translate to other sports, and of course builds muscle! Give us a call today! Coast Elite Gymnastics Academy 6360 Arc Way, Fort Myers 239-936-8467 www.coastelite.com

Cultural Park Theater Cultural Park Theater Company announces

musical theater and dance class. It will be held every Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. for 10 weeks. Cost is $175 per person. Session dates run Sept. 29 through Nov. 29 with instructors Shaelyn Crabtree, Reese Thurmer and others. Call today to register. 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral 239-772-5862 www.CulturalParkTheater.com

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Curtain Call Studios Curtain Call Studios is SWFL's premier performing arts studio.

CCS offers lessons and classes in voice, acting, piano, and dance for ages 4-adult. We are proud to offer quality training to students while building confidence, cultivating relationships, and providing a fun, nurturing environment where students feel comfortable to develop their own unique talents. Training is key! You can't skip the training if you want to get the role. Join the CCS family today! Enrollment is open for the Fall 2022 season! Located off US 41 in the Regal Plaza, 15250 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers www.curtaincallstudios.com 239-208-9138

Florida Repertory Theatre

Have some musical fun with Annie, get an introduction to acting, or get tips for auditioning at Florida Rep Education’s fall programming. Three different, six-week sessions will be offered on Saturdays, Sept. 17 through Oct. 22. Musical Fun with “Annie” for students ages 8 - 12 runs 10 – 11:15 a.m. Introduction to Acting for students ages 8 – 12 runs 10 – 11:30 a.m. Audition workshop series for students ages 12-16 runs 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. All classes are held at Florida Repertory Theatre. Visit online for more information or call to register. 2268 Bay St., Fort Myers 239-219-1551 www.floridarepeducation.org

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FALLCLASSES

Southern Starz Jump into fall at Southern Starz Gymnastics. Our

Little Starz gymnastics program is geared toward gymnasts 1-5 years. These Starz will focus on beginning gymnastics skills while having fun in our 11,000 square foot facility. We offer gymnastic classes, tumbling classes, boys gymnastics and competitive gymnastics. 915 SE 11th Place, Cape Coral 239-574-0034 www.southernstarzgymnastics.org

Swimtastic Swimtastic swimming lessons are dedicated to

providing a safe and attentive environment focusing on teaching lifelong swim skills for all ability levels! Don't Fall Back, jump into Swimtastic Swim School. It is important to swim all year long to keep your swim skills strong. At Swimtastic we provide group and private lessons indoors all year long. Register online at www.swimtastic.com (or our mobile app) and we will see you at the pool. 239-471-3035

Wallace Music World Music Lessons for all ages. Piano, Guitar, Ukulele

with Chet Wallace in Person or Zoom! Mr. Chet was born into a diverse artistic background in Morgan City, Louisiana. His mother was an accomplished dancer and his father a multi-dimensional artist. This laid the foundation for Mr. Wallace’s future music career, and he began studying piano at the age of seven. Wallace received a Music Education degree from the University of Central Florida in Orlando and specializes in ragtime and jazz piano. Mr. Chet is also an author of historical non-fiction. www.wallacemusicworld.com 404-513-3266 • Email wallacelesson@yahoo.com

YMCA Bonita Springs Sports & Swim Lessons

Youth sports programs at the Y teach skills and build character, with an emphasis on good sportsmanship. Practices and games are fun learning opportunities and all Y coaches and referees are expected to be positive role models who develop a fun, healthy atmosphere. Check our website registration for Winter, Fall and Spring signups. Youth Sports and Swim Lessons start at age 3 through 13. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Road 239-221-7560 www.ymcaswfl.org

YMCA Fort Myers-Basketball & Soccer Youth sports programs at the Y teach skills and

build character, with an emphasis on good sportsmanship. Practices and games are fun learning opportunities and all Y coaches and referees are expected to be positive role models who develop a fun, healthy atmosphere. Check our website registration for Winter, Fall and Spring signups. Fort Myers YMCA, 1360 Royal Palm Square Blvd. 239-275-9622 www.ymcaswfl.org

Juggling and Magic Show SP ECI AL R ATE S F O R FA LL F E S T S High Energy • Interactive Musical • Light Effects

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The New Pinterest Party Trend

Pancakes & Pajamas aka.... The late-over! All the craziness of a sleepover but without the ‘sleeping over’ part! ALL kids back home by 9 p.m.

“Mom can I have a sleepover?” It is going to happen. . . your child asks the question you've been dreading for years.... "Mom, can I have a sleepover?” Now what? Pinterest to the rescue! Lately the site has been exploding with creative ideas for a new party trend, the Un-slumber Party. This concept is actually ideal for younger kids or kids that aren’t ready to “party” all night. Also, for those parents that feel uncomfortable sending their kids to another house to spend the night. This party theme is basically organized the same as the traditional slumber party but just in a shorter time frame. Invite your child’s friends over around dinner time, and plan fun “night time” activities like karaoke, a dance party, glow-in-the-dark games and the ever popular outdoor scavenger hunt. Don’t forget, pajamas are a must!

The ultimate party spread:

The Breakfast Bar Half the fun is personalizing the pancakes & doughnuts! Give plenty of topping choices! Fruits, sprinkles, whipped cream & more! 10 - September 2022

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LOCAL PARTY SPECIALISTS Coast Elite Gymnastics

Enjoy a 1 1/2 or 2 hour party of fun and exciting play at our facility Saturday or Sunday. 12,000 sq. feet of air-conditioned playspace becomes your child's personal birthday playground as they explore places to hang, swing, climb, jump and roll. Our parties feature a bounce house with slide, 30ft. long trampoline and a foam block pit! All parties get the entire facility private to their own party. 6360 Arc Way, Fort Myers www.Coastelite.com 239-936-8467

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Alliance for the Arts

The Alliance for the Arts offers a variety of rental space. For birthday parties, they tailor it to each little artist. They can do parties based around painting, crafts, manga, etc. as well as movie nights, karaoke and dance. Parents should reach out to events@artinlee.org. 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 239-939-2787 www.artinlee.org

Four Freedoms Park

Royal Party for 2-6 year olds, child must be accompanied by an adult and pre-registration required. Held Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. till noon. $20 per child. Children should come dressed in their favorite royal garment and make believe they are walking through a royal courtyard. Crafts, activities, music and dancing can be enjoyed by all. Parents are invited to share in the fun, wear your costume, and take lots of pictures to capture this memorable event. To register over the phone, call 239-574-0804. Four Freedoms Park, 4818 Tarpon Ct., Cape Coral

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IMAG History and Science Center

Ignite the imagination of your birthday child and guests and celebrate with excitement, discovery, and fun at the IMAG. IMAG Birthday Parties start off at $150 (IMAG members save $50 off the flat fee). In addition, all party guests are $8 for admission. This includes: Private Birthday Party Room: Available for 1 Hour and 30 Minutes; Science-Themed Decor; All Day Admission to the IMAG; One Slice of Pizza Per Guest; and Lemonade and water stations: Also included are paper plates, cups, utensils, and napkins. 2000 Cranford Ave., Fort Myers 239-243-0043 www.theIMAG.org

The Shell Factory & Nature Park Itty Bitty Birthday Party Celebrations at the Shell Factory Nature Park. The Nature Park at the Shell Factory offers the perfect birthday party venue for children 5 years old & younger. We offer an exciting environment where your child can play, explore and enjoy safely while spending a memorable day with family and friends. You will enjoy a day at our Nature Park. We have over 400 animals living here from alligators to a zebra! Inside the Eco Lab, you will find native and exotic snakes and reptiles. Dwarf Goats, Alpacas, Guinea Pigs and a Miniature Zebu find their home in the petting farm. We also have a Dinosaur Park, Playground and Picnic Area. Contact Mary or Ashley for our ackages. 239-995-2141 x110 • 16554 N. Cleveland Ave., North Fort Myers • www.shellfactory.com

Southern Starz Have your next party at Southern Starz! You supply the cake

and we’ll supply the fun! Have fun jumping on our trampolines, swinging on the bars and playing in the foam pit. Separate room for your cake or snack! 915 SE 14th Place, Cape Coral 239-574-0034 • www.southernstarzgymnastics.org

William “Bill” Austen Youth Center

William “Bill” Austen Youth Center The Youth Center offers party packages starting at just $199. Choose from Basic Party, Sweet 16, Prom/Graduation party, Sports Banquets. Some parties include D.J., pizza, drinks, party assistance and more. Call today for more details. 315 SW 2nd Ave., Cape Coral • 239-242-3950

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Sizzle Dining specials Sept. 8 -28 The tastiest 21-day event in Southwest Florida is back for another year (founded in 2016). The 2022 Sizzle Dining (Restaurant Week) event will take place from Sept. 8 – 28 with 40 plus participating restaurants from Cape Coral down to Marco Island and everywhere tasty in-between. Now only held once a year, Sizzle Dining is now a three-week long, annual, community-driven event that celebrates the culinary landscape in both Lee and Collier counties by offering three-course, prix-fixe meals to local residents and visitors. Showing support has never been so delicious! Our growing food scene has a lot to celebrate, and this event encourages people to check out new-to-them restaurants, including some of the smaller, independent restaurants we need for our food culture to thrive. Each of the participating restaurants will offer a delicious three-course prix fixe dinner menu for either $32 or $42

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(depending on location) some with special upgrades. Some restaurants may also offer a 2-course prix fixe lunch menu for just $19 or $24. For every Sizzle Dining meal purchased during the three-week event, each participating restaurant will donate $1 directly to Blessings in a Backpack SWFL, a local 501c3 charity that feeds food insecure elementary students every weekend during the school year. #DineWithPurpose Sizzle Dining highlights and strengthens our local destination’s brand and culinary reputation. Attracting tourists to the area increases business for hotels, shopping centers, entertainment, and other local businesses. Everyone benefits from this impact, and all the restaurants that participate see increased traffic and many new faces during the event. For more information about Sizzle Dining and to view the participating restaurant menus, visit www.SizzleDining.com. Participating restaurants and menus will be updated as they are received.

Participating Restaurants:

The 239 Naples Bar Tulia Mercato Barbatella BHA! BHA! Persian Bistro Bistro 821 Bleu Provence The Boathouse on Naples Bay Bodega Ole Campiello Chez Guy Parisian Bistro The Claw Bar at Bellaserra Resort The Continental Cote DʼAzur Dorona Steakhouse Flemingʼs Prime Steakhouse The French Brasserie Rustique Grappino The Hampton Social K-Rico Mexican Grill Latitude 26 at Hyatt House The Med Nosh on Naples Bay Osteria Tulia Real Seafood Company Sea Salt Seasons 52 Shulaʼs Steak House Southern Kitchen & Raw Bar Stoneyʼs Steakhouse Swan River Seafood Veranda E at Escalante Hotel Watermark Grille Ziggy D'Amico's Whiskey Bar & Diner

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TrendingBookstoGoogle Publisher’s top picks

Ricky, the Rock That Couldn't Roll Get ready to meet a new rock group! From zippy, little pebbles to big strong boulders, the rocks (and their ladybug friend) get together to play and roll around their favorite hill, only to find that one of their friends, Ricky, can't roll with them. Unlike all of the others, who are all round, Ricky can't roll because he's flat on one side. Determined not to leave their friend behind, the rocks and the ladybug set out to help Ricky roll around - one way or another.

Stay Wild My Child

Splashing in puddles, climbing trees, and shouting at the top of your voice-this playful picture book echoes with all the timeless joys of childhood. Even good boys and girls need to go wild every now and then!

Where the Sidewalk Ends: Pœms and Drawings

Hey Awesome A book for kids about anxiety, courage, and being already awesome. Family News

A masterful collection of poems and drawings that is outrageously funny and deeply profound stretching the bounds of imagination and will be cherished by readers of all ages. September 2022 - 15


Ice cream is great on its own, but Nintendo-themed ice cream? Cold Stone Creamery locations are now serving ice cream treats inspired by Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Mario Party Superstars, and Kirby and the Forgotten Land.

Cold Stone Creamery Nintendo-inspired flavors www.coldstonecreamery.com

GIDGETS, GADGETS AND GIZMOS!!

Take photos and selfies using the color screen and instantly print up to 80 black and white images using the included paper—that’s a pennies-per-print value. Three video games are included for playtime between photo shoots.

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This smart vacuum toy picks up ten play dust pieces as kids roll the vacuum over them, encouraging motor skills as they easily maneuver the pretend vacuum around the room. Three play modes teach colors, numbers and counting with six learning games.

LeapFrog Pick Up and Count Vacuum www.walmart.com

The Laugh & Learn Lil’ Gamer musical toy lets infants and toddlers get in on the “gaming” fun. As they press the buttons and push down on the cartridge, they’ll hear fun songs, sounds and phrases about colors, shapes, directions, counting and letters of the alphabet.

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This TOBBI Mercedes-Benz Licensed Kids Ride on Push Car t's a Potato Head celebration of families! With 45 accessories to mix and mash, your little one can imagine different Potato Head families with up to 2 parents and 1 baby.

Potato Head Family www.amazon.com

Create your own pretend play flower garden in an ultimate sensory play experience! Engage the senses with a unique play space bin filled with easy to mold sensory sand in 2 colors, faux flowers and critters, shovel, tongs and more!

Creativity for Kids Sensory Bin: Garden and Critters www.amazon.com

Hit the beach with a crew of adorable sea animal toys! Their flocked white coats make them easy to decorate however you please. All Crayola Scribble Scrubbie figures are washable so you can color & customize with the included washable markers, then wash them and start again.

The Elefun Flyers game is an exciting fluttering frenzy as kids try to catch as many butterfly flyers as they can in their nets. Catch them as they flutter in the air or grab them up when they land. The player with the most discs wins the game.

Scribble Scrubbie Seashell Splash

Elefun Flyers Butterfly Chasing Game

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September Things to do

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Family Fun Storytime Bonita Springs Public Library 10560 Reynolds Street, Bonita Springs Thursday, September 1 • 10:30 a.m. Join our storytime for fun for the whole family. We'll be singing, rhyming and playing together and enjoying some great books too. For all ages. Drop-in. 239-479-4636 Bookmark and Pencil Case Craft Captiva Memorial Library 11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva September 1 - 10 Check out our back to school book display and decorate your own pencil case and fancy bookmark. For all ages while supplies last. 239-479-4636 Teen Trivia Thursday Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral Thursday, September 1 • 4:30 p.m. Are you smarter than a librarian? Come join us in the Teen Zone for trivia, snacks and prizes. For grades 6-12. 239-479-4636

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Indoor Obstacle Course Four Freedoms Park 4818 Tarpon Ct, Cape Coral Friday, September 2 • 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Children can enjoy playtime with a fun obstacle course. Pre-registration is required. Ages: 4-6. $10. 239-574-0804 18 - September 2022

12th Annual Friends & Family Charity Weekend Port Charlotte Golf Course 22400 Gleneagles Terrace, Port Charlotte September 2 - 4 • 6 - 11 p.m. www.friendsandfamilycharityweekend.even tbrite.com

Storytime Barnes & Noble Marketplace SC 13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers Saturday, September 3 • 11 a.m. Join us as we read stories to your little ones every Saturday morning! 239-437-0654

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LIVE! Science Shows Miromar Outlets 10801 Corkscrew Road, Estero Saturday & Sunday • 1:30 p.m. Live Science Shows are 15-20 minutes long and will touch on topics like the principles of flight, Newton's laws of motion, chemical reactions, density, the fire triangle, and more. Experiments in the shows will change each time & some experiments call for audience participation! 239-948-3766

STEAM Storytime East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres Saturday, September 3 • 1 p.m. Children ages 5-11 are invited to join us for a STEAM Storytime that will feature a story and an activity based on the aspects of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. This is a great opportunity for parents and kids to learn and get creative together. 239-479-4636 GreenMarket Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Every Saturday • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Fresh air and fresh finds make Saturday mornings worth rising for. Uncover a fresh backyard experience with a locally rooted vibe at our weekly GreenMarket! Our outdoor farmer’s market is loaded with local produce, artisanal foods, edible and landscape plants, yoga on the lawn, live music, art, one-of-a-kind gifts, backyard farming workshops and all the good flavors and good vibes you can fit into your morning. Our weekly market is open every Saturday, rain or shine. 239-939-2787

In-Store Kids Workshops - Pencil Desk Organizer Home Depot - Local Home Depot locations Saturday, September 3 • 9 a.m. to noon Time to pull out your apron! Kids Workshops are back in-store. Join us on the first Saturday of every month for this fun, free event. www.homedepot.com STEAM Saturday North Fort Myers Public Library 2001 N. Tamiami Trail NE, N. Fort Myers Saturday, September 3 • 1 p.m. Each month will feature a different activity based on the aspects of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. This is a great opportunity for parents and kids to build, learn and play together. 239-479-4636 Family News


Kids Fishing Event Bass Pro Shops 10040 Gulf Center Dr Fort Myers Saturday, September 3 • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Come out to Bass Pro Shops the first Saturday of every month from 10am to 1pm and fish on the back lake (catch and release)! Earn your First Fish Award if this is your first time fishing with us! And Check back with us on Facebook as we like to post pictures of the fish the Kid's catch! Looking forward to having you come out and visit us. Inspiring everyone to enjoy, love and conserve the outdoors! 239-461-7800

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Young Eagles Rally & Pancake Breakfast EAA Chapter 66 House at Page Field 5200 Captain Channing Page Dr., Fort Myers Sunday, September 4 • 8:15 a.m. The Young Eagles program is designed to introduce youth, ages 1117 to general aviation. The Young Eagles first flight program is free of charge thanks to the generosity of our pilots and ground crew. The minimum age to fly is 11 years old. A parent or legal guardian must be present to sign the waiver and be on-site during the flight. Children younger than 11 may participate in the instruction class and walk around the aircraft but they cannot fly. A pancake breakfast is also available for $6 per person – Cash only. Questions, email youngeagles66@gmail.com. Sensory Sundays in the Planetarium-The Great Planet Adventures Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium 3450 Ortiz Avenue, Fort Myers September 4 • 10:30 am Our sensory-friendly planetarium shows are for guests with Autism spectrum disorder, sensory sensitivities, or young children. Everyone is welcome, even if you don’t have sensory needs. The Great Planet Adventures is about a vision of potential space colonies on various solar system bodies. The show is 25 minutes long, and guests are welcome to come in and out of the planetarium as they wish. Sensory items will be available to use in the planetarium lobby. $5 per per person. Space is limited. Register early! 239-275-3435

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PAWS to Read with K-9 Caring Angels Therapy Dogs Bonita Springs Public Library 10560 Reynolds Street, Bonita Springs Tuesday, September 6 • 6:30 p.m. Read with a four-legged friend from K9 Caring Angels. Dogs are the perfect reading companions because they create a relaxed, comfortable and safe environment for sharing books. For ages 5-11. 239-479-4636

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Things to do Intro to Paper Quilling for Teens Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers Tuesday, September 6 • 4:30 p.m. For teens ages 12-18. Paper quilling is a craft that involves curling, rolling and shaping strips of paper into shapes. Participants will learn how to create basic quilling shapes and combine them to create a bigger design. 239-479-4636

Wed - 7 Charlotte County Fair Grounds, 2333 El Jobean Rd, Port Charlotte Friday September 2 • 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday September 3 • 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday September 4 • 9 a.m.-8 p.m. The largest bounce house, and water slide extravaganza in SW Florida!!! There will be vendors galore for the KIDZ. Big trucks, tractors, race cars, pony rides, a petting zoo, Friday night kidz movie on the huge theater screen, food trucks, Saturday Night Dance/foam party with DJ, and so much more! Parents bring your kids and let them bounce and slide while you enjoy a cocktail at our many relaxation stations throughout the property! www.thecharlottecountyfair.com Tuesday, September 6 continued Library Teen Talk East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres Tuesdays, September 6, 13, 27 • 2 p.m. High school teens are invited to the library for a weekly discussion about current events, everyday life, library resources and more. Teens will be encouraged to post an answer to a weekly question while socializing and making new friends. 239-479-4636 Teen Gaming Night: Mario Party Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers Tuesday, September 6 • 5:30 p.m. It's Mario night at the library. Whether you're a pro gamer or just like to play for fun, join us to test your skills playing Mario Party 8. 239-479-4636 Emerging Inventors Edison and Ford Winter Estates 2350 McGregor Blvd, Ft. Myers Tuesday, September 6 • 9 a.m. Edison and Ford Winter Estates Emerging Inventors programs are designed for children ages 18 months to 5 years old. These sessions include opportunities to socialize with other children, educational activities, science experiments, and exploration of the property. Edison Ford members: $10; nonmembers: $15. Advance registration is required. Register online at edisonford.org.

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Teen Advisory Group Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers Tuesdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27 • 6:30 p.m. Be the change you want to see in the world. Learn about issues that affect our community and inspire change through monthly community service projects at the library. Guest speakers, materials for the service projects and snacks provided. For teens in grades 6-12. 239-479-4636 Middle School Homeschool Connection Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers Tuesday, September 6 • 2 p.m. Mondays, September 12, 19, 26 • 2 p.m. For ages 12-18. Come and participate in Project Success. In this four week series, the Hanley Foundation will present health and personal development skills in an informal educational class. 239-479-4636 Tuesday Edition: Code a Quest Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral Tuesday, September 6 • 4:30 p.m. Accompany us on a fantastic quest. Block code your way through amazing destinations during this dice-rolling game that combines chance with strategy. All supplies provided. For children ages 6-11. Registration begins Aug. 2 and is guaranteed until the start of the program. 239-479-4636

Crafternoons Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28 • 3:30 p.m. For ages 6-11. Beat the heat & craft with others at this open-crafting event. 239-479-4636 Bark in the Park Hammond Stadium 14100 6 Mile Cypress Pkwy, Fort Myers Wednesday, September 7 • 7 p.m. Mighty Mussels vs St. Lucie Mets Bring your dog to the game as all dogs get in free! All fans can get $1 hot dogs all game long. www.milb.com Karaoke for Teens Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers Wednesday, September 7 • 4 p.m. Make new friends as we sing along to our favorite songs. Sing solo, in a duet with a friend or just listen to others. All skill levels welcomed. 239-479-4636 Let’s Paint Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral Wednesday, September 7, High School • 2:15 p.m. & Middle School • 4:30 p.m Come find your inner artist in the Teen Zone. No talent required. 239-479-4636

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Spanish Time for Kids Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers Thursdays, September 8, 15, 22, 29 • 3:30 p.m. For ages 6-11. Learn how to speak basic Spanish through games, projects, songs and more. Every week introduces new vocabulary through crafts and games with an additional activity to take home. 239-479-4636 Craft Day: Zentangle Inspired Art North Fort Myers Public Library 2001 N. Tamiami Trail NE, N. Fort Myers Thursday, September 8 • 2 p.m. Join us for a fun-filled line drawing craft using the Zentangle Method. Registration is required. Supplies will be provided. Teens & adults are welcome. 239-479-4636 Family News


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Elementary Homeschool Connection Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers Friday, September 9 • 11 a.m. Homeschoolers ages 5-11 and their caregivers are welcome to join this fun and educational activity. We will engage in science experiments, technology, building, crafting and making of all types. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Noche de Carnaval Hammond Stadium 14100 6 Mile Cypress Pkwy, Fort Myers Saturday, September 10 • 7 p.m. Mighty Mussels vs St. Lucie Mets. This outdoor family event, hosted at Hammond Stadium, will showcase Hispanic culture, music, and dance. Noche de Carnaval will also include local businesses and nonprofit organizations. First 500 fans will get a Mussels T-Shirt Hoodie! www.milb.com

Playdough Playtime Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers Friday, September 9 • 10:30 a.m. Bend, squish and press. Children build fine motor development, imagination and creativity, language, math and science skills while playing. All supplies provided. 239-479-4636

Post-Game Fireworks Hammond Stadium 14100 6 Mile Cypress Pkwy, Fort Myers Friday, September 9 • 7 p.m. Mighty Mussels vs St. Lucie Mets. Stick around as we light up the night with our post-game fireworks show! www.milb.com

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Birthday Club Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral Saturday, September 10 • 10 a.m. Is it your child's birthday month? Come celebrate it with us at our monthly birthday bash. All supplies and light refreshments provided. For ages 1-5. Registration for the birthday child required. 239-479-4636

Reading is Doggone Fun Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers Saturday, September 10 • 2 p.m. For children ages 4-11. Enjoy a Saturday afternoon reading to registered therapy dogs at the library. Choose to read your own story or we can provide one for you. Space is limited to the first 30 children. 239-479-4636

Talent Show Auditions The William Austen Youth Center 315 SW 2nd Ave, Cape Coral September 10 Do you want to put your special talent to the test? Well look no further! Children ages 5-14 will have the opportunity to show their special talents! Singing, comedy, dancing, and magic are all examples of talents we are judging. The Amazing Cape! Talent Show will held on September 24. To sign up for an audition, call 239-242-3950. Grandparents Day Celebration North Fort Myers Public Library 2001 N. Tamiami Trail NE, N. Fort Myers Saturday, September 10 • 11 a.m. Grandparents and their grandchildren are invited to join us for a special celebration in honor of Grandparents Day. There will be crafts, games and activities. 239-479-4636 Game On! Kids' Edition Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers Saturday, September 10 • 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 13 • 3 p.m. For ages 6-11. Celebrate National Video Games Day during this special edition of Game On! Join in the fun and challenge your friends to a variety of board games and video games that changed the way people play. Light snacks provided. 239-479-4636

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Things to do Saturday, September 10 continued

Read to Dogs North Fort Myers Public Library 2001 N. Tamiami Trail NE, N. Fort Myers Saturday, September 10 • 2 p.m. Join us at the library to read to dogs. The dogs are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their owner/handlers as a team to help improve the literacy skills of children. You can read down fines or just encourage a love of reading in your children with reading to dogs. 239-479-4636 Game On! Teen Edition Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers Saturday, September 10 • 2 p.m. For ages 12-18. Celebrate National Video Games Day during this special edition of Game On! Join in the fun and challenge your friends to a variety of board games and video games that changed the way people play. Light snacks provided. 239-479-4636

Sun - 11

Broadway Karaoke Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Sunday, September 11 • 2 - 5 p.m. Have you always dreamed the Impossible Dream of singing on a Broadway Stage? Now is your chance. No need to worry about Singing in the Rain, this event is indoors in our Foulds Threatre. We will have the Skew U food truck onsite during the event. There will be adult beverages for those 21+. Kids under 5 are free. 239-939-2787 Kids Run the Bases Hammond Stadium 14100 6 Mile Cypress Pkwy, Fort Myers Sunday, September 11 • 1 p.m. Mighty Mussels vs St. Lucie Mets. All kids can run the bases & play catch after each Sunday home game! www.milb.com

Mon - 12

Magic Workshop for Teens Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral Monday, September 12 • 4:30 p.m. For ages 12-17. Learn magic tricks that will amaze your friends and family during this workshop featuring award-winning magician Joey Evans. 239-479-4636 Chess Anyone? East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres Mondays, September 12, 19, 26 • 2 p.m. Rise to the chess challenge and join the fun. Chess enthusiasts of all ages are welcome. Bring your own chess set or use one of ours. 239-479-4636 22 - September 2022

Middle School Movie East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres Tuesday, September 13 • 4:30 p.m. Middle school teens are invited to sit back and enjoy a movie. Bring your friends and some snacks. Call the library for the movie title. Movie ratings range from G to PG-13. 239-479-4636 Make a Kaleidoscope Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers Tuesday, September 13 • 5:30 p.m. Learn how to make a kaleidoscope at this fun STEM/science activity and craft for kids. It's such a fun way to explore light, reflections and symmetry. 239-479-4636

Full Moon Hike

Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium 3450 Ortiz Avenue, Fort Myers Sunday, September 11 • 7:30 p.m. Come walk under the full moon here at CNCP. Watch the sky for bats, listen for owls, and try and find a constellation! This walk starts just after sunset, so wear closed-toed shoes and check the weather. Night Hikes are an educational nighttime experience with minimal flashlight use and can be a wonderful experience for all ages, but it may not be appropriate for very young children. Tickets are available online only. Pre-registration is required. Ages: 6 to Adult $15 per Person. 239-275-3435

Tue - 13

Artify: Rock the Mona Lisa Bonita Springs Public Library 10560 Reynolds Street, Bonita Springs Tuesday, September 13 • 6 p.m. Young artists will recreate the Mona Lisa with mixed media art, making their fun interpretation of the Mona Lisa. Please dress for mess. Registration is required. For ages 6-11. 239-479-4636 Supa-Epic Dog Man Party Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral Tuesday, September 13 • 4:30 p.m. Join us at the library to celebrate our favorite "crime-biting" hero, Dog Man and his sidekicks with games, crafts and other fun activities. For ages 5-11. Registration begins Aug. 30 and is guaranteed until the start of the program. 239-479-4636

Magic Workshop for Teens South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero Tuesday, September 13 • 6 p.m. For ages 12-17. Learn magic tricks that will amaze your friends and family during this workshop featuring award-winning magician Joey Evans. 239-479-4636 Talk Like a Pirate Captiva Memorial Library 11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva September 13 - 17 Celebrate International Pirate Day with pirate crafts & swashbuckling reads from our pirate-themed book display. 239-479-4636

Wed - 14

High School Movie East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres Wednesday, September 14 • 2 p.m. High school teens are invited to sit back and enjoy a movie. Call the library for the movie title. 239-479-4636 Anime Club Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers Wednesday, September 14 • 4 p.m. Show us your anime style. Create your own art while discovering new content, share your creations and connect with others. All supplies will be provided. 239-479-4636 Tabletop Games The Alva Community Center 21471 N River Road, Alva Wednesdays, September 14, 28 • 1 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon of cards or board games for all ages. Try something new from the library's game collection or bring your favorite game to share. Children under 13 must be accompanied by a participating adult. 239-479-4636 Family News


Savvy Sea Turtles Lovers Key State Park 8700 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach Wednesday, September 14 • 10:30 a.m. Program is free with paid park entry. Join a park naturalist for an introduction to sea turtles, our savvy summer residents. Learn what sea turtles like to eat, where they live, and what you can do to help keep them safe on and off the beach. Reservations required. To register, visit www.LoversKey.Eventbrite.com.

Thu - 15

Teen Tech Thursdays: One-on-One Help Pine Island Public Library 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia Thursday, September 15 • 3:30 p.m. Need help with a laptop, tablet or e-reader? Are you looking to gain basic computer skills? We can help. Bring your fully charged device and any passwords for a 15-minute, one-on-one technology session. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Fri - 16

Ants in Your Pants Dance Party Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers Friday, September 16 • 10:30 a.m. Shake your sillies out at the library. Get ready to twist and shout at this special dance party. We’ll boogie down to pop hits and favorite preschool tunes. For ages 2-5. 239-479-4636 Seashell Walk Lovers Key State Park 8700 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach Friday, September 16 • 10:30 a.m. Program is free with paid park entry. Join a park ranger for a relaxing hike along the Lovers Key shoreline. Learn the names of the seashells that wash ashore at the park, fun facts about the creatures who craft them, and the shelling regulations that help protect these iconic Florida treasures. Space is limited; reservations are required. To register, visit www.LoversKey.Eventbrite.com.

Sat - 17

Bat Fun for Kids Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers Saturday, September 17 • 10 a.m. Join us for stories, drawing and crafts celebrating famous bats. Fans of Batman and Batgirl won't want to miss this action-packed program. 239-479-4636 Fiesta Bonita Family Friendly Event Riverside Park 10450 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs Saturday, September 17 • 2 - 6 p.m. Live music, delicious food, bounce houses, inflatable obstacle course, games, job fair and more. www.fiestabonitasprings.com Football Goal Post Kit Fort Myers Lowe's 14960 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers Saturday, September 17 • 9 a.m. - noon Kick off the season with your mini DIYer when you build a Football Goal Post Kit! Score big with this hands-on, kid’s workshop where everyone leaves a winner. See who can hit the game winning field goal! 239-433-9255

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Library Storytimes Registration Required 239-479-4636

Toddler For ages 18 - 36 months and caregivers. Toddlers and caregivers move and groove to stories, music, rhymes and activities during this interactive storytime that builds language and motor skills. Space is limited.

Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28

Lakes Regional Library 11 a.m. Mondays, Sept. 12, 19, 26

East County Regional Library 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27

Northwest Regional Library 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28

Fort Myers Regional Library 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27

Preschool For ages 3 - 5. Preschoolers develop school readiness skills through books, rhymes, songs and movement. While parents wait nearby in the library building. Space is limited.

Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27

Lakes Regional Library 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28

East County Regional Library 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29

Northwest Regional Library 10:45 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29 Fort Myers Regional Library South County Regional Library 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28 10 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29

Family For children through age 5 and caregivers. Families with young children enjoy a variety of stories, songs, rhymes and movement activities designed to promote and reinforce literacy and language development. Registration is required. Space is limited. Bonita Springs Public Library 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29 Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 10 10 a.m. Fridays, Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30

Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 East County Regional Library 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28

Lakes Regional Library 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28 North Fort Myers Public Library 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28 Northwest Regional Library 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 Pine Island Public Library 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27 South County Regional Library 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27

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Things to do ages 7-11. Registration is required and guarantees your spot until the start of the program. Some activities may be messy, so dress for mess. 239-479-4636

Peace Day in the Park

Tue - 20

Wa-Ke-Hatchee Park 16760 Bass Road, Fort Myers Sunday, September 25 10 a.m. - 5 p.m

Campfire Craft Captiva Memorial Library 11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva September 20 - 24 Did you miss out on a camping this summer? You can have the next best thing with our glowing campfire craft. 239-479-4636

Live music, meditation, yoga, food

drive, blood drive, art and artisans, food, crafts, face painting, diverse community events, health and wellness workshops, one of a kind raffle and more. Lots of fun for everyone! Pets welcome. www.peaceday-in-thepark.com Saturday, September 17 continued

Build It: Legos South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero Saturday, September 17 • 2 p.m. Join us for building challenges the whole family will enjoy. All materials are provided; just bring your creativity. 239-479-4636

Harry Potter Potions Lab Pine Island Public Library 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia Saturday, September 17 • 11 a.m. Mix up some magical potions and make some crafty creations at this Harry Potter-inspired program. 239-479-4636

Crafty Saturday North Fort Myers Public Library 2001 N. Tamiami Trail NE, N. Fort Myers Saturday, September 17 • 11 a.m. Children and their families are invited to join us for a crafty Saturday. All supplies will be provided, just bring your creativity. No registration required. 239-479-4636

Free Family Art Lab Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Saturday, September 17 • 10 a.m. - noon Make creativity part of your family routine the 3rd Saturday of each month during Family Art Lab! Drop in for free, hands-on family fun from 10 a.m. to noon. Explore something new every month like art making, gallery activities, games and more – all inspired by artworks on view in the gallery, famous artists, national holidays and artistic traditions around the world. 239-939-2787

Build It at the Library East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres Saturday, September 17 • 1 p.m. Use your imagination to build with Lego bricks, building blocks and more. 239-479-4636 Harry Potter Potions Lab Pine Island Public Library 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia Saturday, September 17 • 11 a.m. Mix up some magical potions and make some crafty creations at this Harry Potter-inspired program. 239-479-4636 Bat Fun for Teens Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers Saturday, September 17 • 1 p.m. Fans of Batman and Batgirl won't want to miss out on this afternoon of video games, trivia, drawing lessons and more. Wear your favorite bat-themed costume and take your picture in the Bat-Booth. 239-479-4636 24 - September 2022

Mon - 19

LEGO at the Library Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral Monday, September 19 • 3:30 p.m. Build at the library with LEGO bricks. LEGO challenges and LEGO building books will be provided for inspiration. Parents may accompany children or remain in the library outside of the room. For ages 5-11. Registration is required. 239-479-4636 Kindness Club South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero Monday, September 19 • 3:30 p.m. Join us at the library to create kindness in our community. Kids can participate in fun activities designed to encourage kindness and help make the world a better place. For

Movie Throwback Tuesday Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral Tuesday, September 20 • 2:15 p.m. We're traveling back in time with totally ancient movies from the 80s and 90s. Join us in the Teen Zone for light snacks and retro reels. For grades 6-12. 239-479-4636 Easy and Fun Zamponas Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers Tuesday, September 20 • 4:30 p.m. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Make your own version of this wonderful wind instrument from straws and decorate it like a real Zamponas from the Andes. With a bit of practice, you'll get the hang of blowing over the edges of the straws to create simple tunes. 239-479-4636 Teen Talk with Lehigh Acres Fire Control & Rescue East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres Tuesday, September 20 • 2 p.m. Join firefighters from the Lehigh Fire Control and Rescue District for an interactive discussion about what it is like to be a firefighter EMT and firefighter paramedic. The program will include a tour of the fire engine and an overview of the tools used daily in fire and rescue services. This is also an opportunity to learn more about the District's Cadet Post, a youth-oriented program focusing on the vocational study of professional firefighting through classroom and hands-on experience. 239-479-4636 Fishing Clinic Lovers Key State Park 8700 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach Tuesday, September 20 •10 a.m. Program is free with paid park entry. Join two park naturalists to learn more about fishing in SW Florida. You’ll discuss a variety of tackle and fresh bait rigs, discover the best places to drop a line at the park, and learn the rules and regulations for fishing in SW Florida. Space is limited; reservations are required. To register, visit www.LoversKey.Eventbrite.com. Family News


Easy and Fun Button Castanets Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers Tuesday, September 20 • 5:30 p.m. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by creating your own castanet. This hand percussion instrument is easy and fun to learn. 239-479-4636 Cursive Writing Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers Tuesday, September 20 • 5 p.m. Have you ever struggled with reading or writing cursive? Our class will help you improve your handwriting with a focus on creating your own signature. Take-home sheets will be provided to encourage the practice of this useful skill. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

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Magic Workshop for Teens Bonita Springs Public Library 10560 Reynolds Street, Bonita Springs Wednesday, September 21 • 4 p.m. For ages 12-17. Learn magic tricks that will amaze your friends and family during this workshop featuring award-winning magician Joey Evans. 239-479-4636 Tween Art Club Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers Wednesday, September 21 • 4 p.m. Design and create a loom project to take home and enjoy. All supplies will be provided. Registration is required. 239-479-4636 Preschool STEAM: Fall Fun South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero Wednesday, September 21 • 10 a.m. Join us as we jump into autumn with hands-on activities based on STEAM. For ages 3-5. Dress for mess. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

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Thu - 22

Preschool Alphabet Fun Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers Thursday, September 22 • 10:30 a.m. Hooray for letters, from A to Z. Discover fun alphabet games and activities. For ages 2-5. 239-479-4636

Fri - 23

Preschool Magnatile Fun Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library , 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers Friday, September 23 • 10:30 a.m. Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy learning the alphabet and numbers with friends while using their imagination to design and build. 239-479-4636

Sat - 24

Family Movie Day North Fort Myers Public Library 2001 N. Tamiami Trail NE, N. Fort Myers Saturday, September 24 • 1 p.m. Children and their families are invited to join us for a fun afternoon at the movies. Call the library for movie title. 239-479-4636 Family News

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Things to do

Disney’s Aladdin KIDS

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Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers September 29 & 30 • 7:30 p.m. Based on the iconic animated film, Disney’s Aladdin KIDS is sure to send audiences soaring on a flying carpet ride filled with romance and adventure. When the street urchin, Aladdin, vies for the attention of the beautiful princess, Jasmine, he uses a genie’s magic power to become a prince in order to marry her. Iago, Jafar, the Genie, and more are here in Disney’s Aladdin KIDS, a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and the power of love. Recommended for 2nd through 6th grade. 239-939-2787

All-Abilities Kids Storytime Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers Saturday, September 24 • 10 a.m. For ages 3-12 and caregivers. This storytime emphasizes books, music and sensory experiences designed for children with adaptive needs and their families. Using visual schedule boards, stories are told through multiple modalities. This creates a positive storytime experience in a quieter environment with reduced sensory stimuli. Class size is limited to 10 children, plus their parents or caregivers. 239-479-4636

Baby Rhyme Time

Saturday, September 24 continued

Key Lime & Tropical Fest Fishermen's Village 1200 W Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Saturday, September 24 • Noon – 8 p.m. Key Lime & tropical specialties by merchants and vendors, island vibes live music, glitter, festival and matte tattoos, Fairy Flair hair tinsel artist, shopping & dining! www.fishermensvillage.com LEGO Club Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral Saturday, September 24 • 2 p.m. Join us for a short story and Lego building activities. Lego bricks provided for use during this program. 239-479-4636 Teen Zany Giant Cardboard Masks Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers Saturday, September 24 • 2 p.m. Teens, transform yourself into a character. Design and build zany, oversized cardboard masks while socializing. For ages 12-18. 239-479-4636 3rd Annual Fall Festival and Haunted Maze Springtime Farms Adventure Park 10761 Aqua Vista Lane, North Fort Myers September 24 - October 1 200 animals that you can hold touch and feed (food to feed the animals is Included) pumpkin patch, 1 free pumpkin per family (while supplies last), petting zoo, 70 foot jumping pillows, 5 large water slides, 2 large 24 foot tall dry slides, new haunted maze, haunted trail, haunted hay ride, butterfly experience, bird aviary, a scavenger hunt and more. Tickets are available at the farm, ages 2 and under are free. No food trucks, vendors, hay ride or water slides during the week. www.springtimeplantfarm.com Royal Party 26 - September 2022

Four Freedoms Park 4818 Tarpon Ct, Cape Coral Saturday, September 24 • 10 a.m. - noon Come dressed in your favorite royal garment and believe that you are walking through a royal courtyard. Crafts, activities, music and dancing can be enjoyed by all. Parents, share in the fun, wear your costume, and take lots of pictures to capture this memorable event. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For ages 2 -6. Pre-registration required. $20. 239-574-0804 SWFL SteamCon: Steampunk & Fantasy Convention German American Social Club of Cape Coral 2101 SW Pine Island Rd, Cape Coral Saturday, September 24 • 10 - 6 p.m. This indoor Steampunk & Fantasy Convention features craftmakers, artists, authors, Splendid Teapot Racing, Costume Contest & more Steampunk themed activities throughout the day! An all ages event, this is a perfect place to dress in your finest victorian steampunked themed outfits but mythical creatures are also welcome! Tickets - only $10/person aged 13+. Kids under 13: 1 free entry per paid adult, $5/additional kids tickets; kids tickets will be available at the door only. For more information and for program schedule, visit: www.swflsteamcon.com Amazing Cape! (Talent Show) William Austen Youth Center 315 SW 2nd Ave, Cape Coral Saturday, September 24 • 4 - 7 p.m. 20 participants have been chosen from previous auditions to perform in front of our special guest judges and live audience. Also, the Youth center will collecting necessities for teens in the system and those aging out. Items such as toothpaste, soap, and other hygienic necessities. $5 per person. 239-242-3950

Bonita Springs Public Library 10560 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28 Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral 10 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29 Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 10 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29 Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 10 a.m. Mondays, Sept. 12, 19, 26 North Fort Myers Public Library 2001 N. Tamiami Trail NE, N. Fort Myers 11 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29 Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Sept. 12, 19, 26

For babies up to 18 months. Babies and caregivers wiggle and giggle to stories, action rhymes, and songs while building early literacy skills in a supportive environment. Space is limited. Arrive early and visit the children's desk to check in. First come, first served.

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Tue - 27

Under the Sea Craft Captiva Memorial Library, 11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva September 27 – Oct. 1 Visit the library and make your own tropical shell sea creature. Check out a book to learn about life under the sea. 239-479-4636

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Books and Blankets Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral Tuesday, Sept. 27 • 6:15 p.m. Join us with your blankies and pajamas for this nighttime edition of storytime. Your whole family is invited to this enjoyable, all-ages storytime that encourages the development of pre-reading skills through songs, rhymes, fingerplays & stories. 239-479-4636

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Who's First? Game Show Buzzers Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers Tuesday, September 27 • 3 p.m. Buzz in as fast as you can, game show style. Join us for snacks, music and fun at this evening loaded with laughs and competition. 239-479-4636 Substance Abuse/Misuse Workshop Fort Myers Regional Library, 2450 First St., Fort Myers Tuesday, September 27 • 6 p.m. Participants will learn to recognize the key differences between the use, misuse and abuse of drugs and their effects on the human body. The presentation will cover the medically accepted uses of drugs and how to recognize the differences between physical and psychological dependence. 239-479-4636

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Wed - 28

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Game Day East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres Wednesday, September 28 High School • 2 p.m. & Middle School • 4:30 p.m. Play board games, video games, card games and more at the library. Teens are invited to join us for fun, games and socializing with friends after school. 239-479-4636

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Thu - 29

Tiny Town Design Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers Thursday, September 29 • 4 p.m. Let's design and build a tiny town. Join us to create and color a tiny community within the library. For ages 6-11. 239-479-4636

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Fri - 30

Bubblemania Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers Friday, September 30 • 10:30 a.m. Soapy bubbles everywhere. Join us for an exciting morning of bubble blowing as we listen to our favorite tunes. 239-479-4636 Family News

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Dental hygiene for babies and toddlers By Kimberly Nicholson, MD, FAAP Baby’s first tooth! Whether it happens at 4 or 14 months (both are normal), there are some common pitfalls to be aware of and some new things that will be added to your day. The recommendations from the American Dental Association (ADA) include beginning to brush teeth from the time the teeth first come in. Use a soft toothbrush and toothpaste. The toothpaste should contain fluoride, but use only a rice-grain size smear of toothpaste. We know that babies will not be able to spit any out, so this tiny amount is safe for them to swallow. Your goal is to give the last feeding of the day, then brush teeth, then nothing more to eat or drink until morning (water is okay). By six months of age healthy babies are big enough to make it 8-10 hours without eating. Once you’ve mastered this bedtime brushing routine, add in brushing in the morning for extra credit. In addition to fluoride in the toothpaste, there should be fluoride in the drinking water and also a topical fluoride treatment applied at your child’s pediatrician or dentist every 3-6 months. Most local communities provide a safe and effective dose of fluoride in the city water. If you have well water, prefer to drink bottled water, or live in an area without fluoridated water (Bonita Springs, Pine Island, Sanibel and Captiva Islands), talk to your child’s pediatrician about how to supplement. 28 - September 2022

Finally, watch out for all of the products at the grocery store that can contribute to cavities and tooth decay. Even diluted 100% fruit juice can cause cavities. If you choose to give juice, no more than four ounces of 100% fruit juice should be given per day for children ages 1-3, and it is best to give it at a single sitting and brush teeth after. As always, ask your pediatrician about these or any other rec-

ommendations. Your child’s pediatrician is ready to partner with you so that those baby teeth are just as healthy when the tooth fairy comes as they were when baby got his first tooth. Kimberly Nicholson, M.D., is a pediatrician in the Fort Myers pediatrics office of Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida at 9350 Camelot Drive, 239-481-5437, and the Cape Coral Pediatrics office at 1261 Viscaya Pkwy, 239-573-7337. Family News


Free autism screening for young children Sept. 16 Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southwest Florida, offers a free monthly autism spectrum disorder screening for toddlers 18 months to five years of age. The next screening will be held on Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pediatric Specialist Office, 15901 Bass Road, Suite 102, Fort Myers. It is estimated that one in every 44 children is diagnosed with some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder, making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. Medical consultants for the project stress that an

early diagnosis can make a vast difference for toddlers and their families. They say early intensive behavioral intervention can make an immense difference not just in the development of the child, but in their families as well. The ASD screening is conducted by the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. The screenings are administered by an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, who has extensive training and experience in typical child development and developmental disorders. A physician referral is not required. To schedule a screening, call 239-3436838.

SW Florida event set for Oct. 8

Making Strides of Southwest Florida will be held Saturday, Oct. 8 at North Collier Regional Park, off Livingston Road in Naples. To sign up and register for this yearʼs event, visit www.cancer.org

STARability Foundation’s annual

run, walk or roll event Oct. 22 STARability Foundation announce SurgeTrader as the presenting sponsor of its 5th Annual 3K/5K Run, Walk & Roll 2022, on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Paradise Coast Sports Complex in Naples. A number of additional sponsors and underwriters have also stepped up to show their support for one of STARability's top events — a family- and pet-friendly inclusive event for all ages and abilities. Family News

Funds from events such as this ensure STARability can preserve and expand our innovative programs and services that shine light on ability, not disability and meet increasing community needs. The 3K/5K will begin at 8 a.m. Tickets are $35; ages 12 and younger are free. Register today at www.starability.org/run-walkroll/. For questions, contact events@STARability.org or call 239-594-9007 x102. Setember 2022 - 29


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Registration deadline Sept. 30

for Scarecrows in the Park

The Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation invites the Southwest Florida community to participate in its 13th annual “Scarecrows in the Park” competition. Entries will be exhibited Oct. 14 through Oct. 30 in the Children’s Garden at Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers, and will be part of the of the Lakes Park Fall Festival. This year’s competition is easier, simpler, safer and just as much fun. It has been re-imagined to incorporate improvements. All entries will consist of a single scarecrow figure attached securely to a pole or post, dressed as a favorite movie character. They will be displayed along the Children’s Garden pathways. Businesses, organizations, school and youth groups and individuals are encouraged to participate. The deadline for registration and naming your scarecrow is Sept. 30. Entries must

be brought to the park fully assembled. A team of celebrity judges will select the winners opening night from 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, and People’s Choice voting will continue throughout the festival. Proceeds will benefit park-enhancing projects and programs funded and managed by the Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation. “Scarecrows in the Park has been a highlight of the fall season for the past 12 years,” said Marsha Asp, foundation director and event chairperson. “We are all eager to celebrate the fall season outdoors in a safe, open environment, and the 2022 Fall Festival will include a pumpkin patch, bounce houses, hayrides, the very popular Halloween Express train and concessions.” Attendance in past years has exceeded 50,000 and this year is expected

The Castellanos won the 2021 People’s Choice.

to be just as popular. Registration is open now, and full details and registration forms are at www.LakesPark.org. Call 239-533- 7578 or email Info@LakesPark.org with questions.

Tutankhamun: Return of the King at IMAG The IMAG History and Science Center, in association with The Origins Museum Institute, invites you to its Tutankhamun: Return of the King Exhibition opening Oct. 1. Thirty-four centuries ago, a young pharaoh, worshiped as a god, was laid to eternal rest in all his splendor, his rule mysteriously cut short by an unknown tragedy. An innocent puppet-ruler, he had been caught in the middle of a dangerous and profound political, spiritual, and artistic revolution against the entire pantheon of ancient Egyptian gods by the first monotheistic religious cult in history. Hidden in darkness beneath the desert sand for over 3 millennia, his spectacular golden treasures were finally brought to light with their discovery by Howard Carter in 1922, to begin fulfilling their ancient magical task of ensuring that the name of Tutankhamun, the long-forgotten boy pharaoh, would live forever. While the experience of seeing the original artifacts is unsurpassable, there are enormous benefits to viewing the reproductions in this exhibit. The sheer number of replicas in the Tutankhamun exhibit collection far exceeds the number of original objects from the tomb which have been allowed to leave the Egyptian Museum for view abroad. 30 - September 2022

Many of the more impressive artifacts will never be seen in the United States but for these replicas, including such spectacles as

the golden Canopic Shrine, the golden State Chariot, the iconic golden Mummy Case, and the Bejeweled Mummy of the pharaoh himself. Superbly reproduced, this magnificent collection of legendary artifacts faithfully preserves the grandeur and mystery of the most astonishing archaeological treasure ever discovered. Because all pharaohs were buried with the same sacred artifacts, more or less, Tutankhamun’s own treasures were replicas in their day. Crafted from the same ancient, traditional designs, the riches in this awesome collection of 130 artifacts are presented as a portrait of an ancient individual and the remote times in which he lived. Instead of traditionally focusing on the chambers of the tomb, the artifacts in the exhibit are grouped according to aspects of the pharaoh’s life: the Introductory Hall, the Hall of the Discovery, the Private Pharaoh, the Public Pharaoh, and the Sacred Burial. The pharaoh’s much overlooked African heritage is explored, along with the religious magic of the sacred objects, and the infamous curse of Tutankhamun. The IMAG History and Science Center is located at 2000 Cranford Ave., Fort Myers. For more information, visit theIMAG.org or call 239-243-0043.¬¬ Family News