Craft Fairs & Plant Sales & Annual Shows

Botanica Lakes Craft Fair

Botanica Lakes community located off Treeline and Daniels is having a Unique Crafts Fair on Saturday, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests are invited to come and shop as well as enjoy lunch at one of the food trucks that will be on site. Brookshire residents and outside vendors will be selling homemade sewn goods and quilts, home decor items as well as personalized gift items. For more information find Botanica Lakes Homeowners on Facebook.

Bonsai Society Annual Show

The Bonsai Society of Southwest Florida, Inc. will hold its 35th annual Show and Sale on Saturday and Sunday, November 5-6, at the home of the Berne Davis Botanical Garden, 2166 Virginia Avenue, Fort Myers, adjacent to the Edison Home. This is the home of the Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council. The show is open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The show will include an exhibit of bonsai trees created by society members, demonstrations of bonsai techniques, sales of bonsai and related materials, and raffles. Experienced members will also be available to answer questions about any trees that are brought in.

Admission and parking are both free; handicap parking is on Virginia Avenue only. The garden is the home of the Lorelei statue that was recently part of the old Fort Myers Library. For more information visit bonsaiswfl.org or call 239-560-3275.

Craftie Ladies Annual Fall Show

The Craftie Ladies of the St.John xxiii Villas meet every Monday to work on various projects as a group. Over the years, they have become a family, helping those in the community that are less fortunate. Last year, the group made over 170 comfort blankets for Gulf Coast Medical Center, 200 heart pillows for those patients having heart surgery, and over 200 hats for adults and children having chemo to help them stay warm.

This year, once again, they will be holding their annual fall craft show to benefit those in need. In addition to their usual “staple” of quilts and crocheted items, other items will be for sale: tooth fairy pillows, reindeer food, jewelry, Barbie theme dolls, children’s crayon bags and pillowcases, flag banners, dish towels, Christmas decorations and more.

Sale and date times are: Saturday, Nov.19, 3 to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 20, 8 to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, 3 to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 4., 8 to 1:30 p.m. St. John xxiii Catholic Church is on Palomino Drive, just off Daniels.

Orchid Society Auction

The Southwest Florida Orchid Society is hosting an auction and fundraiser at 7 p.m., Tuesday, November 15, at Faith United Methodist Church, 15690 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Orchids, garden plants and miscellaneous supplies will be available for preview at 6:30 p.m. Contact bmurza@comcast.net or 305-298-2670 for additional information.

Brookshire Holiday Boutique

The 2016 Brookshire Holiday Boutique will take place on November 12. The annual favorite features a wide variety of unique holiday decorations and handmade gifts created by local artists and crafters. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Brookshire development inside the clubhouse, just off Daniels at 6670 Southwell Drive, Fort Myers. Please call JJ at 239-287-3271 with any questions.

Bromeliad Annual Plant Sale Expands

The annual plant sale of the Caloosahatchee Bromeliad Society is moving to a new, larger facility in Fort Myers. The popular 2-day event will be Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4, at the SW Florida Masonic Center, 10868 Metro Parkway, just one mile south of Colonial Boulevard.

Local growers will offer thousands of colorful bromeliad plant species and unique hybrids. The sale allows gardeners to buy directly from the growers and learn firsthand how to grow, propagate, and landscape with the versatile plants. Driftwood, baskets and other garden items will also be on sale.

The new facility is air-conditioned with ample, convenient parking. The sale is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.

The Caloosahatchee Bromeliad Society welcomes all interested persons to attend monthly workshops and meetings on the third Sunday of each month. For more info, contact Betsy Burdette, 239-694-4738 or betsy@burdetteinc.com.

Brushstrokes from the Soul

Alzheimer’s Art Show Awareness Event

In recognition of National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center will present an art auction featuring paintings by individuals experiencing the various stages of Alzheimer’s disease or other memory impairment.

This is the twentieth annual Brushstrokes from the Soul event held by the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center. A reception will be held at FineMark National Bank & Trust, 12681 Creekside Lane, Fort Myers on Thursday, November 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend this reception to view and bid on the artwork on display.

The artwork that will be displayed was created by individuals who receive services from area assisted living facilities, skilled nursing centers, and day stay respite programs. All of the artwork has been professionally matted and framed. Framed art will be available for purchase via silent auction at the art show event. The silent auction will be held during the reception on November 10. Proceeds benefit the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center.

The Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center’s office is located at 12468 Brantley Commons Court in Fort Myers. For more information about the art show or reception, or to find out more about the services offered by the Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center, please call 239-437-3007.

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