Sunday, September 24, 2017

6 Things to do in SWFL This Week

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“naplesNo. 1 August Dash & Dine

When: Tuesday Aug 9

Start Time: 6:00 p.m.

Where: Naples On The Run – 2116 Tamiami Trl N, Naples

Admission: Free for GCR members. Guests are $25.00 & receive a FREE 1 year membership.

Website: Buy tickets (join GCR) HERE

What to Expect: Join the Gulf Coast Runners (GCR) for a 2-3 mile easy run starting at 6 pm through Freedom Park then enjoy food and beverages for all GCR members after the run!

This is a free event for members. Guests are $25.00 and receive a FREE 1 year membership.

Please arrive early to sign in and receive your wristband and raffle ticket.

See you Tuesday at the GCR Dash n Dine!

More Info: Not a member? Gulf Coast Runners is the best membership deal in town and easy to sign up! Go HERE and click on the membership link. You’ll enjoy terrific GCR benefits and discounts at area shops, restaurants and service providers and you’ll also make new friends who are athletes, too!

No. 2 Free Art & Nature Night at Shangri La Springs

When: Wednesday Aug 10

Start Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Where: Shangri-La Springs – 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs

Admission: Free to attend



a piece of artFeaturing the original works of David Acevedo and Ignacio Alperin. Meet the artists and view their work. Enjoy these multi-media performances celebrating Rhythm & Rhyme on the lush botanical grounds of Shangri-La Springs in Bonita Springs – Rain or Shine!

—Live Painting by David Acevedo

—Interactive Food as ART by Chef Pyro and Pierre

—Live music by Alchymie

—Live Street Painting by Jane Portaluppi-Durand

—Live Dulcimer Music by Debo Sylla

As always Shangri-La uses these art reception nights to share the unique and Historic grounds of its Vitality Center with all who attend. They offer Live Music in the Great House, free butterfly card making, free mini treatments in the Spa, free yoga, live painting by David Acevedo and Jane Portaluppi Durand, Organic Dinner Served in the dining room from 5:00pm-8:00pm, beer and wine bar and a trunk jewelry show. This array of opportunities is supported by the lush acres of rare trees and meandering creek which make Shangri-La Springs a place like no other.

More Info:  For more information call 239-949-0749

No. 3 Gun & Hoses Pipes & Drums at Mission BBQ!

When: Thursday Aug 11

Start Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Mission BBQ in Fort Myers – 12984 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers

Admission: Free to attend

Website: HERE

guns and hoses pipes and drumsWhat to Expect:  Guns & Hoses Pipes & Drums will be playing at MISSION BBQ!
Come watch these real American heroes play drums and bagpipes to kick off the American Hero cup sales benefiting local first responder charities. MISSION BBQ launched the national cup campaign to help support veterans across America. The band is all patriots and current and former first responders and/or military service members.

MISSION BBQ first opened its doors on September 11, 2011, the tenth anniversary of the day that changed the world forever. Founders Bill Kraus and Steve Newton, two best friends hoped to open a restaurant with a MISSION to honor, support and give back to Our American Heroes, in Our Community and Our Country, who Protect, Serve and Save.

Guns n Hoses Pipes n Drums was created in September 2011 by a few members who had performed at Fire and Police Funerals and wanted to organize a volunteer group here in SW Florida to attend such events.  The members came from several local bands as well as individual players.  They came from all over the US, Canada, England, Scotland, and Ireland.  There are active and retired Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers, Military Veterans, EMS, and Patriots who wish to put their support behind these organizations.

More Info:  Local charities supported by Red Cups: Guns & Hoses, IAFF Local 1826 Good & Welfare Fund and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Fallen Officer Memorial Fund.

No. 4 Sky Zone – Back 2 School Glow Bash

When: Friday Aug 12

Start Time: 8:00 p.m. and 11:55 p.m.

Where: Sky Zone Fort Myers – 14181 S Tamiami Trl, Ste 140, Fort Myers

glow in the dark sky zone posterAdmission: $19.99 for 2 hours

Website: HERE

What to Expect: Brings the kids for the end of summer GLOW BASH! It’s back-to-school soon so let the kids get rid of all that summer energy!! Be sure to wear your brightest neon shirts and clothing that illuminates under UV (black light) lighting is required. Lights Off, Neon On, Lets Glow!!

No. 5 Volunteer at St. Matthew’s House

When: Saturday Aug 13

Start Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Where: St. Matthew’s House – 2001 Airport Rd S, Naples

Admission: Free to attend

st matthews house posterWebsite:

What to Expect: Livewire Church is providing and preparing dinner for the residents of St. Matthew’s House Homeless Shelter and they are looking for volunteers. Come be a blessing to these amazing people and bring a smile to their faces. Volunteers will be preparing, serving and cleaning up after dinner. Please RSVP if you are able to be a part of this outreach!

More Info: Relentlessly seeking to reach our city one random act of kindness at a time! For more info contact (239) 324-9833 –

No. 6 Harry Chapin Food Bank Comedy Fundraiser

When: Sunday Aug 14

Start Time: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Laugh-In Comedy Café – 8595 College Pkwy, Fort Myers

Admission: $15 each HERE


harry chapin food bank logoWhat to Expect: Enjoy a night of laughter along with supporting a great cause! All proceeds will be donated to the Harry Chapin Food Bank of SW FL. With each donated dollar, the food bank can provide its partner agencies $6 worth of food. So a $5 gift translates to $30 in food, etc. They are able to get this kind of leverage because of the way they acquire food.

The majority of the food they distribute to partner agencies—about 150 in Southwest Florida–that feed families, children and others through their soup kitchens, pantries and other programs is donated from: *food retailers like Publix, Walmart, Target, directly from the food industry and from farmers locally, regionally, statewide and nationally. They also acquire food through their national affiliate, Feeding America, which is based in Chicago. Feeding America has forged relationships with food manufacturers (Kraft, Cargill, for example) and businesses (Walmart, Target, for example). Their donations, in turn, trickle down to Feeding America’s 200-member network of food banks.

We also acquire food through government commodities (U.S. Department of Agriculture) and private donations. These two sources, however, are the smallest sources of food compared to the others mentioned above.

More Info: The Harry Chapin Food Bank of SW FL has two convenient locations. Their warehouse in Fort Myers, 3760 Fowler Street, is open Monday through Friday, between 8 am and 4 pm. Their warehouse in Naples, at 2221 Corporation Blvd, is open Monday and Friday 8 am and 3 pm and Tuesday and Thursday 8 and 11:30.

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