Looking Ahead



2017 Florida International Air Show
Punta Gorda Airport
28000 Airport Rd, Punta Gorda
October 13 – 15, 2017
Family fun for all ages of aviation enthusiasts! Kid Zone, helicopter rides, aerobatic performances, military jets, jet truck racing an airplane, military training demonstrations, parachute team, Friday night fireworks, food vendors, etc. This year will be the first FIAS 5k on Saturday morning. Friday 5-9 p.m. (gates open at 4 p.m.); Sat noon – 4pm (gates open at 9 a.m.); Sun noon-4 p.m. (gates open at 9 a.m.) $20 adults / $5 kids / $10 a day for parking www.floridaairshow.com


Family Fun Day
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel
Sunday, October 15 • 10 a.m.
the refuge will debut its new #LearningLav exhibit, which is turning the Visitor & Education Center restrooms into marine life exhibits. The “toilet paper-cutting” ceremony takes place at 10 a.m., followed by a free goodie bag giveaway. Also on Sunday, the schedule includes two new programs: Kids Animal Yoga by Ambu Yoga and Ranger Toni, and CROW live animal presentations. The Sanibel School Steel Drumming Band will perform for the first time from 1:30 to 3 p.m., plus the 97.7 Latino Hits Van returns to entertain from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to the day’s all-free refuge tours, archery clinics, hot dogs, butterfly house, and kids’ nature crafts, this year the Florida WaterVentures Traveling Lab will make an appearance. The 53-foot traveling science center features enriching and engaging activities for a hands-on look at Florida’s diverse watersheds, water conservation, and recycling. www.dingdarlingdays.com


Second Annual Fort Myers Comic Fest
Fort Myers Regional Library and Cornog Plaza,
2450 First St., downtown Fort Myers
Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21
Teens and adults are invited to get into costume and spend the day doing all things related to science fiction, fantasy and popular arts at the second annual Fort Myers Comic Fest. This is a free event. Registration is required for some programs. Register at www.leegov.com/library/comicfest.

Programs (registration may be required)

3D Printer Technology & 3D Pens
Noon – 1:45 p.m., Library Building, Teen Program Room
Ages 10 and up. Guest speaker Chris Presnell will discuss 3D printing technology. Watch the 3D printer in action and learn about its uses. Afterward you can make a small 3D pen project to take home. Sponsored by the Southwest Florida Library Network. Registration required; space is limited. Please arrive on time, as there is a waiting list.

Board Games & More
Noon – 3 p.m., Meeting Room B
Ages 10 and up. Come join us as we play different tabletop games together. Space is limited.

Japanese Culture Class
Noon – 1:15 p.m., Meeting Room CD
Ages 12 and up. Learn fun facts about Japanese culture and language from Ian Verhine. No supplies are required. Registration required; space is limited. Please arrive on time, as there is a waiting list.

Noon – 3:15 p.m., Amphitheater
Ages 10 and up. Come sing karaoke, with a list of more than 12,000 songs.

Video Game Tournament
Noon – 2 p.m., Teen Scene
Ages 13 and up. Compete in our video game tournament using the Wii. Registration required; space is limited. Please arrive on time, as there is a waiting list.

Young Adult Story Time
Noon – 1:15 p.m., Meeting Room A
Ages 12 and up. The Laboratory Theater of Florida presents, “Princess Bride.” There will be an informational session on theater and theater production afterward. Registration required; space is limited. Please arrive on time, as there is a waiting list.

Geek Knits
1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Library Building, Conference Room C
Ages 16 and up. Learn how to crochet geek-themed coasters. Supplies provided. Registration required; space is limited. Please arrive on time, as there is a waiting list.

Cosplay 101
2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m., Meeting Room A
Ages 10 and up. FGCU’s Cosplay and Costuming presents “Cosplay 101.” This presentation provides a beginner’s introduction to cosplay. Registration required; space is limited. Please arrive on time, as there is a waiting list.

Graphic Novels & Manga
2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m., Meeting Room CD
Ages 12 and up. Ian Verhine presents “Graphic Novels and Manga.” Learn about the history of this literature and its influence on our culture and Japanese culture. Find out more about your favorite series and how publication companies choose what stays or what goes. Registration required; space is limited. Please arrive on time, as there is a waiting list.

Costume Parade
3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m., Amphitheater
Do you have a fun costume and want to show it off? Be a part of the Costume Parade. The top finalists will receive a prize. Register in person before the event at the Information Booth on the Plaza.

Activities (No registration required.)
· Life-size games (all ages)
· Graffiti art (all ages)
· Games, puzzles, crafts, and coloring opportunities (all ages)
· Selfie opportunities (all ages)
· Scavenger hunt for children, teens and adults

Comic Fest Rules & Regulations
To ensure everyone’s enjoyment of this event, attendees must observe the following rules:
· No real or realistic looking weapons allowed.
· Lack of clothing is not a costume. Shirt, shoes and pants/shorts/skirts must be worn at all times.
· Fort Myers Comic Fest representatives, library staff members, or security personnel reserve the right to inspect costumes and/or accessories.
· Attendees will abide by the Lee County Library System Patron Code of Conduct. Attendees who do not comply with the rules and regulations will be asked to leave the property.
Backyard Family Bash
Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers
11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22
Hometown pride is the theme of the inaugural Backyard Family Bash, presented by Rotary Club of Fort Myers. Bring your kids, neighbors, dog, chair and blankets, and enjoy hometown food, music and fun. Proceeds benefit local nonprofits through the Fort Myers Rotary Trust Fund. Donations will be accepted at the gate, and parking is free. Food trucks will serve up an eclectic array of dishes to feast on. Beer and wine will be served for the adults while local bands take a turn on stage. Kids of all ages will enjoy a close-up look at Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Nationwide stock car and simulator. Try your luck at games and a pie-eating contest. For more information on The Rotary Club of Fort Myers or how you can support service projects in the local community, go to www.rotaryfortmyers.org, call (239) 332-8158


1st Annual “Tails & Tailgating Kids” Catch & Release Fishing Tournament, presented by Stokes Marine, Inc.
Marine MAX, 14030 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers
Saturday, October 28th at 2 p.m.
The kid’s tournament will start at first safe light and weigh in at 2 p.m. The Tailgating portion of this event will begin at 1 p.m. with a Chili Cook-Off, bounce house, college football and a shrimp boil. To register, please complete the entry form online at www.fortmyers.org or for more information please contact Landen Drake at Landen@fortmyers.org or (239) 332-2930 ext. 213.