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Bonita Springs Holiday Events for the Week of December 8th

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From news-press.com

Are you in the holiday spirit? Are you gearing up for another fun-filled Christmas season? If so, you’re in luck – Bonita Springs and the surrounding area has tons of awesome events coming up that you’re sure to enjoy, starting this week!

Naples Christmas Parade

You have to travel a bit for this one, but it’s worth it. The Naples Christmas Parade takes place at night and features floats, costumes, bands, and more. It lasts from 6pm to 8pm tonight in downtown Naples (starting on Broad Avenue) and is absolutely free. If you have kids, this is a great place to take them to enjoy a festive holiday experience.

John Patti’s “A Calyp-soul Christmas”

Most of us love Christmas music. The familiar jingles and tunes lift up our spirits and bring back sweet nostalgia.

But sometimes, a little variety is nice. That’s exactly what you’ll discover if you go and see John Patti’s “A Calyp-soul Christmas”.

Musician John Patti takes traditional Christmas melodies and infuses them with a tropical island beat to create a thrilling sound. With his percussion and steel drums, he transforms your favorite Christmas sounds into something new and fresh.

Want to attend? The show will be hosted tonight, December 9th, at 8pm at the Center for Performing Arts in Bonita Springs. Tickets are just $30 for non-members ($35 at the door) and can be bought by calling 239-495-8989 or visiting http://artcenterbonita.org.

Flesher Family Holiday Light Show

This week also gives you the chance to treat your family to a special Bonita Springs tradition: the holiday light show presented by the Flesher family.

Each year, the Fleshers deck out their five-acre Bonita Springs farm with 4.5 million lights, including a lighted archway, miniature village, candy cane lane, and hundreds of decorations spread out over the property. They’ve been doing this for over 15 years, and this year’s show will surely be one of the best.

You can find the Flesher farm at 27865 Bonita Grande Drive in Bonita Springs. The show is open from 6pm to 9pm Sunday through Thursday, and 6pm to 10pm on Friday and Saturday. The cost is free, but they do accept donations on behalf of a local charity.

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What’s Happening with Bonita Springs – March 24th Edition

What’s happening with Bonita Springs? A lot! Bonita Springs, along with Southwest Florida as a whole, is always full of news and events. Here’s a rundown of what’s going on in the Bonita Springs area.

Bonita Spring’s Pirate Ship Up for Sale

If you live in Bonita Springs, you may have driven by our pirate ship – a property shaped like a pirate ship that has been appraised for $1.35 million but has sat vacant for nine years.

An auction was supposed to occur to sell The Ship, as it is known, but it was cancelled because numerous offers were placed for the property. The current plans – who is buying it and what they will do with it – are as of yet undisclosed, but are definitely excited to see what comes of it.

Local Leaders Continue Push for Slots at Nearby Racing Track

If local leaders have their way, the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track could have slot machines.

Local leaders have been trying to find a way to allow slot machine gambling at local properties – namely the track – as a way to increase local revenue and offer an additional draw for tourism. Currently, the Seminole Tribe of Florida is the sole entity that is allowed to have gambling, but if recent efforts succeed at the state level, that could change.

For those interested, hearing a yes or no on the proposal could take another year for a proposal that has been in the works since 2012. If it happens, though, tourists and locals alike could have another entertainment option at their disposal.

Bonita Springs Continues to Grow

We talked previously about how some residents of Pelican Landing declined to join Bonita Springs. That doesn’t mean the city isn’t growing. In fact, the city has received numerous requests for annexation, including some from Pelican Landing and other nearby communities.

Voluntary annexations are signs that the city is attractive to area residents and is a preferred destination for many.

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What to Do and See: Bonita Springs Events in March

March is here, and with it comes the beginnings of spring – and the beginnings of the 2014 event season in Bonita Springs.

Here is a sampling of several key Bonita Springs events that you can enjoy by yourself or with your family in March.


There are several great options for theater-goers, beginning with War Horse. This play will be performed from March 11th through the 16th at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. You can also catch the classic Les Miserables through April 12th at the Broadway Palm Theatre or see Romance/Romance at the Herb Strauss Theatre through April 5th.


If you like the classics, there’s nothing better than a performance from the Southwest Florida Symphony. On March 7th and 8th, they’ll perform “The Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein” at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall.

There is also the A Walk in the Grass 2014 Fundraiser Concert from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday, March 8th at the Alliance for the Arts. Also, you can get a free concert from the Lee County Community Band at the Cape Coral High School at 3pm on Sunday, March 9th and listen to an assortment of music, from Broadway hits to Irish melodies – and even sing-alongs!


If you enjoy movies, the BIG ARTS Film Society has a Monday Night Film Series each week at the BIG ARTS Phillips Gallery in Sanibel, starting at 7pm.

For more information as to what you can do and see in March, check out the Florida Weekly website. Be sure to take some time to enjoy what Southwest Florida has to offer this year, starting with March’s slate of events.

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Bonita Springs’ Newest Attraction – the Center for Performing Arts – Is Now Open!

If there is one thing that draws countless visitors to Bonita Springs each year, it’s our attractions. Now, residents and visitors alike have yet another attraction: the much-anticipated Center for Performing Arts.

Yesterday, the Center for Performing Arts opened its doors for the first time with a fantastic show performed by jazz guitarist Dan Heck and his ensemble. The show, “The Legends of Jazz”, premiered at the Hinman Auditorium to a crowd of 400 and kicked off the first of what will be many entertaining shows and spectacles at the new center.

The Center consists of 29,000 square feet of space containing not only the Hinman Auditorium but also the Moe Auditorium & Film Center, space for theatre performances, and space for dance and music instruction and performances.

Next week, the Center is poised to offer “An Evening with Maxine Carter” on the 14th, followed by “Plaza Suite by Neil Simon” January 23-26, and the city’s first improv festival, “Improviganzapalooza Fest 2014”.

If you weren’t at the Center last night for the show, you definitely have plenty of chances to stop by and pay a visit to Bonita’s newest jewel. If you like movies, you also can stop by each Monday evening for the “Films for Film Lovers” series – which gives you a stellar selection from the world of cinema each Monday night at 7pm for $9 per person, followed by a discussion about the film.

Bonita Springs is definitely a lively and festive place to live, with plenty of things to do and see throughout the entire year. As the Center for Performing Arts shows, it’s not just about our white-sand beaches – it’s also about the arts! Stop by and pay a visit to take in the latest our city has to offer.