Through Oct. 4: Oktoberfest 2020 at Fort Myers Brewing will feature specialty beer releases, sneak peeks of new swag and an extensive lineup of food trucks. To properly social distance, Oktoberfest is a to-go festival. The taproom will follow its regular operating hours during the six-day event. LINK: Oktoberfest 2020  

Through Oct. 31Spirit Halloween stores will be raising money all month to support Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida’s Child Life Program, which is designed to help children understand and cope with medical treatment. LINK: Spirit of Children 

Oct. 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 22, 23 & 28: Healthy Minds is offering educational events and complimentary mental health screenings at locations across Southwest Florida. Screenings are designed to assist with those experiencing new or increased feelings of anxiety, depression, stress, substance use and more. LINK: Healthy Minds 

Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26Kids’ Minds Matter’s Mental Health Mondays series continues into October and includes a variety of engaging topics that address pediatric behavioral and mental health. LINK: Mental Health Mondays 

Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27Kids’ Minds Matter, Golisano Children’s Hospital and Children’s Advocacy Collier are offering free Partners in Parenting virtual classes outlining positive disciplinary techniques and ideas like nurturing routines, effective communications skills and managing child behavior without yelling or spanking. LINK: Partners in Parenting 

Oct. 6, 15 & 20: Senior Choice at Home will host a complimentary three-part webinar series to help prospective residents plan their housing and health care needs throughout retirement. Sessions cover program benefits, membership contracts and determining the perfect fit. LINK: Three-Part Series 

Oct. 6 & 20: Better Together is hosting Coffee and Conversations, a virtual event to learn more about the organization and its volunteer opportunities. The nonprofit’s focus is empowering people through better families and better jobs. LINK: Coffee and Conversations  

Oct. 7: The Women in Business Committee of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce is hosting a virtual program that features a panel of female entrepreneurs who will discuss the trials and tribulations they have faced during their professional careers. LINK: Women in Business 

Oct. 9 & 23: Kids’ Minds Matter will host free parent workshops, Dignified Discipline, that shows how parents can manage their children’s behavior in a way that maintains healthy relationships while changing inappropriate behaviors. The goal is to bring joy back to parenting. LINK: Dignified Discipline 

Oct. 13: Leadership NEXT, a group of rising professionals coordinated through the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, will host a virtual event in which young professionals in Southwest Florida will review their experiences running for political offices and working on political campaigns. LINK: Leadership NEXT 

Oct. 13: Senior Choice at Home will host morning and afternoon sessions at Wyvern Hotel in Punta Gorda to review Life Plan at Home options and membership contracts. Guests will also enjoy complimentary lite bites. LINK: Taste the Good Life 

Oct. 15: Dress for Success SW Florida will host REcycled Night in Black & White, a virtual galafashion show and auction to generate awareness and proceeds for programs that promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women in Southwest Florida. LINK: Night in Black & White 

Oct. 15: NAMI Collier County’s virtual expert panel discussion will cover the effects of COVID-19 on mental health, offering a unique look at how the pandemic has impacted those affected by mental illnesses from various perspectives, ranging from law enforcement officials and addiction professionals to children and adult mental health professionals. LINK: Effects of COVID-19 

Oct. 21: Senior Choice at Home will host morning and afternoon sessions at Tarpon Lodge in Bokeelia to review Life Plan at Home options and membership contracts. Attendees will be entered to win a free night’s stay at Tarpon Lodge. LINK: Love Where You Live 

Oct. 23: Gulf Coast Village is hosting three Oktoberfest events featuring traditional German food, beer, fun and information about Cape Coral’s premier Continuing Care Retirement Community. LINK: Oktoberfest 

Oct. 24: Child Care of Southwest Florida is hosting its annual Focus on Four conference for pre-school and kindergarten teacher. Presentations and discussions will focus on creating child-centered learning environments in which all students can thrive academically and socially. LINK: Focus on Four  

Oct. 24-25: The Conservancy of Southwest Florida will hold the 27th annual RedSnook Catch & Release Charity Fishing Tournament to benefit its commitment to water quality protection, as well as preservation and enhancement of local fisheries. LINK: RedSnook Tournament 

Oct. 28: Guardian ad Litem Foundation is celebrating its sponsors, supporters, team and friends with an online appreciation event featuring a “spooktacular” Halloween twist. LINK: Spooktacular Appreciation 

Oct. 30: Better Together’s “Getting to Know You” informational webinar will focus on the nonprofit’s Better Jobs Program, which equips local churches to host community job fairs that connect jobseekers with employers. LINK: Getting to Know You