Here is a new beer celebrating the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge

Cans of Wild Daze Ale feature artwork by Miami Latina artist Emily Alvarez. COURTESY IMAGE

Mark your calendars for the deployment of the Wild Daze Ale Limited Edition “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society Friends of the Refuge, as part of DDWS 40th anniversary celebration. The launch event begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 4 at Fort Myers Brewing Co. in Fort Myers. The interactive mobile experience of the Wildlife on Wheels refuge will be on site for the occasion, as well as food trucks and other special events.

“We have a lot to celebrate in 2021 and 2022, and Wild Daze Ale promises to add a fun touch to the celebration,” said Birgie Miller, executive director of DDWS. “We thank Fort Myers Brewing for this lively collaboration, with the hope that it will become an annual tradition.”

JJ Taylor Companies will be distributing canned Wild Daze Ale only on the Sanibel and Captiva Islands this first year. The exclusive brew will be available with a limited window of approximately six months after deployment.

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grill and Bailey’s General Store on Sanibel and ‘Tween Waters Island Resort on Captiva will sell beer, part of the proceeds benefiting conservation, research, education and land acquisition efforts at JN “Ding “Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. DDWS is planning deployment events on the island in partnership with Bailey’s and Doc Ford’s, with dates to be announced.

The Wild Daze committee, chaired by April Boehnen of DDWS, asked Miami Latin American artist Emily Alvarez to design an exclusive label for canned beer.

“Coming from a bustling city where fruits grow all year round, I try to incorporate the abundance of energy and life that I grew up in my work,” said the artist, who has grew up near the Florida Everglades. “This manifests itself in a dynamic composition, brilliant colors and larger-than-life figures. The Wild Daze beer label will be directly inspired by my experiences with the wetlands of South Florida, ”she added.

Fort Myers Brewing founder Rob Whyte said community involvement has always been important to his brewery.

“The past year has proven just how important getting out into the wild can be for everyone’s mental and physical health,” said Whyte. “So when the ‘Ding’ Darling Wildlife Society contacted this collaboration, the decision was easy. Encouraging people to get out, to conserve our wild spaces, and to enjoy a nice cold drink the way they do, is a great opportunity.

For more information on Wild Daze Ale, call Ms. Boehnen at the shelter at 239-472-1100, Ext. 4, or visit ??

Blues music – Blues and Bloodys Sunday runs from noon to 7 p.m. at the Center Bar de la Promenade in Bonita Bay. 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs. To free.

Jazz Brunch – Barrel Hall hosts a Sunday Jazz Brunch with Roy Gerson and Don Mopsick from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 2210-2214 Bay St., Fort Myers. 239-226-1687 or

At Miromar – Guitarist and singer David Tecce performs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. near the Ford garage at Miromar outlets. Tommie D & Dee perform oldies from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Restaurant Piazza. 10801 Corkscrew Road, Estero. 239-948-3766 or

One man show – Yard Dog Charlie performs at 3 p.m. at the Three Fishermen. 13021 N. Cleveland Ave., North Fort Myers. 239-599-8568 or

New bazaar – The East Palm Locals Bazaar, featuring creations by SWFL artists, runs from noon to 4 p.m. every Sunday at Neenie’s House. 481 Marsh Avenue, Fort Myers. Text 224-678-4901, #EastPalmMercado or #NeeniesHouse.

MONDAY 10.11

Jazz show – Pianist and jazz singer Danny Sinoff returns to Shell Factory’s Players Circle Theater at 7 p.m. The theme is “An Evening of Duke Ellington”. $ 25 general admission; $ 35 VIP. 64554 N. Cleveland Ave., North Fort Myers. 239-800-3292 or

Film series – The Bonita Springs Centers for the Arts’ film series for film lovers screens “In the Mood for Love” (2000 / Hong Kong / China) at 7 pm at the Moe Auditorium & Film Center. Refreshments are available and a discussion ensues. $ 10. 10150 Bonita Beach Road. 239-495-8989 or

Free entertainment – Brother Love’s Musical Extravaganza performs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Froggy’s. 3620 Stringfellow Road, Town of Saint James. 239-283-3773.

At Miromar – Kenny Giordano performs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. near COACH at the Miromar Outlets. 10801 Corkscrew Road, Estero. 239-948-3766 or


Digital Chat – Edison and Ford Winter Estates Host Digital Discussion “How Edsel Ford and Ford Motor Company Helped Win WWII” at 10:30 am Holly Shaffer, Site Program Manager, discusses Ford Motor Company’s role in WWII World War. To free. Register on

Nature Program – An advanced master naturalist from Florida hosts a traveling experience with the gopher turtles in Koreshan State Park from 10 am to 11:30 am Participants learn fascinating facts about this ancient species. The session is informal and participants can come and go according to their schedule. Free with park entrance fee: $ 5 per vehicle with 2 to 8 occupants, $ 4 per single occupant vehicle and $ 2 for pedestrians and cyclists. 3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero. koreshan-state-park or 239-992-0311.

American Music – The Americana Community Music Association welcomes songwriters to the Plaza from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Cornog Plaza at the Fort Myers Library. The show stars Ricky Baker Cegelis, Peter Golbitz and Bud Michaels. Free entry. 2450 First Street, Fort Myers. or [email protected]

String ensemble – The Reiko & Friends String Ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. $ 25. 2301 First Street, Fort Myers. 239-333-1933 or

Historical site – Mound House is open to visitors, with tours to Calusa shell mounds, guided beach walks in Newton Beach Park, kayaking tours and more. Explore the historic house, attend exhibitions and stroll through the picturesque gardens. Mound House is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks required. Admission is $ 10 for 13 years old and over; $ 8 for students with ID; $ 5 for 6-12 year olds; and free for children 5 and under. 451 Connecticut Street, Fort Myers Beach. or 239-765-0865.

Live music Wonderama performs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Zig Zag Lounge at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee. 506 S. First Street, Immokalee. 800-218-0007, Where SeminoleCasinoHotel /.

Singles Group – Fort Myers Sunshine Singles meets at 4:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Shoeless Joe’s at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The group is open to anyone over 50. 13051 Bell Tower Dr., Fort Myers. 239-985-0188.

Jam time – Neenie’s House hosts JellyJam, a free jam session for local musicians, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Tuesday. Everyone is welcome. 481 Marsh Avenue, Fort Myers. Text 224-678-4901, # East-PalmMercado or #NeeniesHouse.

At Miromar – Joey Fiato performs timeless hits from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. near Saks OFF 5th at Miromar outlets. 10801 Corkscrew Road, Estero. 239-948-3766 or


Jazzy Nights – The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center Jazz Nights Series features Grammy Award-winning Cecile McLorin Salvant performing with award-winning artist Sullivan Fortner at the piano at 7:30 p.m. Cocktails are at 6:30 p.m. $ 45 in advance ; $ 50 at the door. 2301 First Street, Fort Myers. 239-333-1933 or

Live music – Live music with Tommy Lee Cook & The Buckingham Blues Band with Rex Bongo runs from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays at the Buckingham Blues Bar. Free entry; no smoking. All musicians are welcome. 5641 Buckingham Road, Fort Myers. 239-693-7111 or

Live music – Tat-2 Trio performs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Zig Zag Lounge at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee. 506 S. First Street, Immokalee. 800-218-0007, Where SeminoleCasinoHotel /.

Open mic РThe Laugh In Comedy Caf̩ has an open mic at 7:30 p.m. Register before 7:00 p.m. to reserve a place to play. $ 5 general admission; $ 10 VIP. 8595 College Parkway. 239-479-LAFF or www.laugh

One man show – Yard Dog Charlie performs at 6:30 p.m. at Bert’s Bar. 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha. 239- 282-3232 or

Live Jazz – The Gerald Augustin Trio, with Dan Hack and James Kerwin, performs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays at Barrel Hall. 2214 Bay Street 239-333-2225 or

At Miromar – Jeff Bradford performs rock classics from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. near Oakley at the Miromar Outlets. 10801 Corkscrew Road, Estero. 239-948-3766 or


Blues music – Blues guitar superstar

Albert Cummings performs at 7:30 p.m. on October 14 at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs Performing Arts Center, Hinman Auditorium. With spellbinding extended guitar jams, he takes audiences on a twisted and spinning roller coaster of blues. $ 31-44. 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 239-495-8989 or

Benefit event – The “GO GREEN” Golf Tournament is scheduled for October 15 at Plantation Golf & Country Club, with a shotgun tee off at 7:30 am The event raises funds for Keep Lee County Beautiful Inc. The event includes golf, course contests, food and an auction. $ 500 per quartet; $ 125 per golfer. 10500 Dartington Drive, Fort Myers. events / go-green-golf-tournament /.

Salsa Artist – La Nueva Playa 99.3 features successful salsa recording artist Rey Ruiz in concert at the Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee at 8 p.m. on October 16. $ 69. 506 S. First Street, Immokalee. 1-800-514-ETIX or


October Art – The Harbor View Gallery is showcasing the work of watercolor artist JoAnn LaPadula and jewelry designer Gay Cable through October 31. Discover their work throughout the month as well as the art of over 30 local member artists. The gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 5789 Cape Harbor Dr., Suite 104, Cape Coral.

DAAS Art – DAAS CO-OP Art Gallery & Gifts presents an exhibition by artist Cecilia Valadez until October 31. His work is influenced by his native Mexico, as well as the environment of the SWFL. 1815 Fowler Street, Fort Myers. or 239-590-8645. ??

Corina C. Butler

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