2014-12-17 / What to Do, Where to Go

WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO


Adventures In Paradise offers Santa’s Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise at 10 a.m. Dec. 24 aboard the 45-foot Corinthian Power Catamaran. Cruise among the dolphins to visit with Santa on Picnic Island, where he will have gifts for all the kids. $35. The cruise departs from G dock at Port Sanibel Marina. For tickets: 472-8443 or AdventuresInParadise.com. Adventures In Paradise offers Santa’s Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise at 10 a.m. Dec. 24 aboard the 45-foot Corinthian Power Catamaran. Cruise among the dolphins to visit with Santa on Picnic Island, where he will have gifts for all the kids. $35. The cruise departs from G dock at Port Sanibel Marina. For tickets: 472-8443 or AdventuresInParadise.com. THEATER

Murder at the Howard Johnson’s - By Florida Rep through Dec. 21. 332-4488 or floridarep.org.

Scrooge TV: A Modern Christmas Carol - By Laboratory Theater of Florida through Dec. 20. 1634 Woodford Ave. 218- 0481 or laboratorytheaterflorida.com.

The Santaland Diaries - By Florida Rep through Dec. 28. 332-4488 or floridarep.org.

Guys and Dolls - At Artis—Naples Dec. 26-28. 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. 597-1900.

A Christmas Carol - By Broadway Palm Theatre through Dec. 27. 278-4422 or BroadwayPalm.com.

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical - By Off Broadway Palm Theatre through Dec. 27. 1380 Colonial Blvd. 278-4422.

The Nutcracker - At Broadway Palm Theatre through Dec. 23. 1380 Colonial Blvd. 278-4422.

SYMPHONY

Deck the Halls - Gulf Coast Symphony presents “Deck the Halls,” featuring Mark Sanders, the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers and the Kellyn Irish Dancers, at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 Edison Pkwy. Tickets start at $22. 481-4849, info@gulfcoastsymphony.org or gulfcoastsymphony.org.

Holiday Pops - By the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, and featuring the von Trapps, Dec. 18-21 at Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. 597-1900.


The Southwest Florida Community Foundation presents its 2014-2015 Art & Community exhibition series, featuring more than 100 pieces of work from the Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild, through Dec. 29. Pictured: “Be Funky” by Jay Lana. 871 College Pkwy., Building 2, Suite 201. 274- 5900 or jehlers@floridacommunity.com. The Southwest Florida Community Foundation presents its 2014-2015 Art & Community exhibition series, featuring more than 100 pieces of work from the Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild, through Dec. 29. Pictured: “Be Funky” by Jay Lana. 871 College Pkwy., Building 2, Suite 201. 274- 5900 or jehlers@floridacommunity.com. THURSDAY12.18

Art & Gifts - The French Press, a European-style bakery café in Cape Harbour, hosts artist Deborah Kerr-Conley of the neighboring Harbour View Gallery in an artistic gift-making session from 9-10 a.m. Space is limited and reservations are required: 542-0212. $15. 5789 Cape Harbour Dr., #101, Cape Coral. thefrenchpressfl.com.

Paint Session - Join Vino’s Picasso at the Butterfly Estates, inside the ZCrepes Café, at 6 p.m. for a guided paint session with a holiday twist. Dine in, drink wine and get creative while painting “The Holiday Egret.” No experience needed. $36, includes all art supplies! 1815 Fowler St. RSVP at vinospicasso.com. 288-6953.

Flute & Piano - The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs presents “American Tapestry,” featuring flutist Donna Wissinger and pianist Joy Myers, at 8 p.m. at the Center for Performing Arts – Hinman Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Road. $25-$35. 495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org.

Art Event - The Sanibel-Captiva Art League presents a painting demonstration by artist Sue Pink at 1:30 p.m. at the Sanibel Community Center, House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Free. sancapart.com.

Holiday Event - Six Bends Harley- Davidson holds a Christmas event from 5-9 p.m. tonight and Friday. Enjoy family friendly, live music and carols, a giant decorated, Santa visits and photos, holiday food and beverages. 9501 Thunder Road. 275-4647 or sixbends.com.

Fresh Market - The McGregor Fresh Market runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursdays at Faith United Methodist Church, 15690 McGregor Blvd. Shop for produce, bread, honey, baked good, arts and crafts, plants and more. 443-8810.

Comedy Club - Philly Plowden performs tonight through Sunday at the Off the Hook Comedy Club at House of Brewz in Gulf Coast Town Center. $10- $20. Times vary. 389-6901 or offthehookcomedy.com.

Live Music - Jerry Dycke performs from 6-9 p.m. on the main stage at The Hut at Peace Tropical Gardens. Free admission. 5150 Buckingham Road. 225- 0907 or hutrestaurant.com.

Farmers Market - The River District Farmers Market runs from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. every Thursday year round under the Caloosahatchee bridge in the Centennial Park parking lot 2000 W. First St. 321-7100.

FRIDAY12.19

Caroling Fundraiser - A quartet of women from the Symphonic Chorale of SWF sings Christmas carols from noon- 9 p.m. at Matanzas on the Bay. Matanzas donates 5 percent of all sales to the Chorale. Diners can also place bids on several silent auction prizes. 416 Crescent St., Fort Myers Beach. 560-5695 or symphonicchorale.org.

Music Event - Music Walk runs from 7-10 p.m. in downtown Fort Myers. Enjoy live music at participating galleries, restaurants, bars and shops. fortmyersmusicwalk.com or 645-6457.

Holiday ‘Toons - Edison Ford Holiday Nights presents Clydesdale horse and wagon rides from 6-8 p.m. tonight and Jan. 2. Enjoy cartooning with Doug McGregor as Santa Claus from 7-9 p.m. 334-7419 or edisonfordwinterestates.org.

Fun Yoga - Meg Scott teaches Laughter Yoga from 8-9 a.m. on Fridays through April 24 at Lynn Hall Park on Estero Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach. Bring a beach towel; no yoga experience needed. Parking is $2. (614) 216-9371 or laughteryogawithmegscott.com.

Christmas Show - Holiday Spectacular 2014 runs from today through Dec. 31 at the BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Theater, 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. 472-6862 or bigarts.org.

SATURDAY12.20

Dog Park Grows - The Shell Factory & Nature Park dedicates the Richard Dunmire Dog Park at 2 p.m. with Lee County Commissioner Brian Hamman. The expansion includes an enlarged dog park and a new playground for the kids. Enjoy 50-cent hot dogs and drinks plus demos by the Suncoast Dock Dog Jumping Club. 2787 N. Tamiami Trl. shellfactory.com or 995-2141.

Nature Walk - Join a Lee County volunteer naturalist on a 1.4-mile nature and history walk at Wild Turkey Strand Preserve at 9 a.m. at 11901 Rod and Gun Club Road. The preserve sits atop portions of the former Buckingham Army Airfield, the state’s largest airfield training base during WW II. Bring sunscreen, cameras, binoculars, water, sturdy shoes, etc. 707-3325.

Coin Show - The Fort Myers Coin Club holds its Coin and Paper Money Show from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 10868 Metro Pkwy. Assessments and trade opportunities are available. ICG, one of the leading authentication and grading companies, is on site accepting coins for submission.

Art & Music - The French Press, a European-style bakery café in Cape Harbour, launches its “Evenings at TFP” series from 6-8 p.m. Enjoy wine, cheese, charcuterie and music. Meet local artist Gretchen Kish Serrano and chat about the inspiration, materials and process behind her work. 5789 Cape Harbour Dr., #101, Cape Coral. thefrenchpressfl.com.

Paint Session - Paint “St. Nick” with Vino’s Picasso at 7 p.m. at Suzanne’s Dance Fitness Studio, 1400 Colonial Blvd, #27. BYO beer/wine and snacks. No experience needed. $36, RSVP to vinospicasso.com.

Boat Parade - The Cape Coral Holiday Boat A Long starts at Four Freedoms Park, 4818 Tarpon Ct., Cape Coral. Watch from the Bimini Basin at Four Freedoms Park as more than 100 decorated boats parade around in true holiday spirit. Festivities starts at 4 p.m. and include live holiday music, decorated trees, Christmas crafts, food and beverages. CapeParks.com or 573-3128.

Blues Rock - Joe Bonamassa takes the stage at 8 p.m. at Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy. ticketmaster.com.

Art Event - The Saturday Art Fair runs from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on the sidewalks of First Street in downtown Fort Myers. 337-5050.

Holiday Soiree - Ghostbird Holiday holds the Frosty Swamp Stomp, its second annual holiday cabaret soiree, at 7 p.m. at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St. The event is hosted by Pearly Mea and the Crawdaddy Boys and includes a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction fundraiser. $25. 333- 1933 or sbdac.com.

Winter Fun - The Bell Tower Shops hosts its annual KIDding Around Winter Wonderland from 5-7 p.m. Experience the magical snowfall and receive free Santa photos with a donation of an unwrapped toy to benefit the Salvation Army. Other activities include a bounce house, free candy canes, face painting, balloon animals, a rock wall, a therapy horse and more. TheBellTowerShops.com.

Holiday Sounds - The 45-member BIG ARTS Concert Band presents its Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. at Schein Hall at BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. The program includes a mix of music of the season, vocals, Sousa marches, audience sing-alongs and the narrated “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” $7. 395-0900 or bigarts.org.

Blues Tunes - The Betty Fox Band performs from 9 p.m.-midnight at the Buckingham Blues Bar. $10. 5641 Buckingham Road. 693-7111 or buckinghambar.com.

Produce & More - The GreenMarket at the Alliance for the Arts is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at 10091 McGregor Blvd. 939-2787 or artinlee.org.

SUNDAY12.21

Author Event - Renowned chocolatier Norman Love introduces and signs copies of his new book “Artistry in Chocolate, A Story of Love,” from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Norman Love Confections Miromar Outlets location. The first 50 people to buy the book, priced at $40, receive a complimentary two-piece box of ultra-premium chocolates. normanloveconfections.com.

Children’s Opera - Gulfshore Opera performs “Hansel & Gretel” at the Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd. Gulfshoreopera.org or 529-3925.

Doggy Church - The Shell Factory and Nature Park offers Doggy Church at 12:30 p.m. every Sunday. Bring your pooch for a half-hour of non-denominational inspiration. 2787 N. Tamiami Trl. Shellfactory.com or 995-2141.

Farmers Market - Koreshan State Historic Site has a farmers market from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Sunday. Vendors offers items including fresh produce, bread, dog treats and toys, food, beverages, flowers, plants and more. Park entrance fees are waived if only attending the market; must vacate by 1:30 p.m. 3800 Corkscrew Road. 992-0311.

Drumming & Dancing - The Fort Myers Drum & Dance Circle meets to celebrate the sunset from 6-10 p.m. every Sunday at Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers. Join in or just listen. Bring a seat and a drum/dance/ song/poems. 600-9844 or ac2be@outlook.com.

Jam Session - A jam session featuring Mike Glean takes place from 2-5 p.m. at the Swamp Bar at the Shell Factory. 2787 N. Tamiami Trl. Shellfactory.com or 995-2141.

Music Event - The Americana Community Music Association and HBS host a Singer/Songwriter Circle from 2-5 p.m. on Sundays at All Faiths Unitarian Congregation, 2756 McGregor Blvd. Join local singer/ songwriters in an open, creative atmosphere. Free; donations welcome. 910-5657.

Blues Tunes - The Buckingham Blues Bar hosts an Open Stage Blues Jam from 3-6 p.m. on Sundays and from 8-11 p.m. Wednesdays. 5641 Buckingham Rd. 693-7111.

Dog Walk - The Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium offers Dog Day Sundays at 3 p.m. every Sunday. $5 per dog. 3450 Ortiz Ave. 275-3435 or calusanature.org/.

Live Music - Father Al & The Jazz Congregation performs from 2-6 p.m. on the waterfall stage at The Hut at the Peace Tropical Gardens. Free. 5150 Buckingham Road. 225-0907 or hutrestaurant.com.

MONDAY12.22

Meditation Classes - JoAnn Lawrence teaches meditation classes from 7-8 p.m. on Mondays at Shangri-La Springs. $10 to pre-register; four-week series. 27750 Old 41. shangrilasprings.com or 949-0749.

Painting Session - The Estero Art League holds an open paint session from 9 a.m.-noon every Monday through June 2015 at the Estero Community Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd. Sessions are open to all members; bring your own supplies. 415-0791 or esteroartleague.com.

TUESDAY12.23

Paint Session - Join Vino’s Picasso at 6:30 p.m. at The Dublin Ale House Pub for a guided paint session. Paint the popular “Holiday Palm” and enjoy food and drinks from a full bar. No experience needed. $36, includes all art supplies. 1708 Cape Coral Pkwy. RSVP to vinospicasso.com. 288-6953.

Fresh Market - The Santini Sunrise Tuesday Fresh Market runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Tuesday from today through Easter at 7225 Estero Blvd. Shop for fresh produce, plants, baked goods, artwork and more while enjoying live music. Donations of pet food are welcome. 443-8810 or bgrsgs@gmail.com.

WEDNESDAY12.24

Santa Cruise - Adventures In Paradise offers Santa’s Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise at 10 a.m. aboard the 45-foot Corinthian Power Catamaran. Cruise among the dolphins to visit with Santa where he’ll be waiting on Picnic Island with gifts for all the kids. $35. The cruise departs from G dock at Port Sanibel Marina. For tickets: 472-8443 or AdventuresInParadise.com.

Beach Service - Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ hosts the annual Christmas Eve Beach Service at 5 p.m. at Lighthouse Beach. The service features candle lighting, carol singing and more led by senior pastor, the Rev. Dr. John H. Danner. Trolley service is available via the Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce. Love offerings welcome. A Candlelight Service starts at 9 p.m. at the church, 2050 Periwinkle Way. 472-0497 or sanibellucc.org.

Fighting Hunger - Meals of Hope hosts the second annual Holidays Without Hunger event from 9-11 a.m. at Harborside Event Center. The food-packaging event aims to package 500,000 meals in just two hours. Individuals, families and groups are invited to come take action against hunger. Each station is sponsored by a business, organization or family, with sponsorships starting at $500. 1375 Monroe St. 537-7775, steve@mealsofhope.org or HolidaysWithout- Hunger.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Art Fest - The fourth annual Coconut Point New Year’s Weekend Art Festival is set for 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 27-28. Artwork includes original paintings, life-size sculptures, photography, glass, wood, jewelry, collage and mixed media. Free. artfestival.com or (561) 746-6615.

Cool Cars - A Car Cruise-In runs from 4-8 p.m. Dec. 27 in downtown Fort Myers. Enjoy classic and show cars plus classic rock and trivia. (855) 732-3836.

Say B-I-N-G-O - Drag Queen Bingo starts at 6 p.m. Dec. 27 at the Cape Coral Italian American Club, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral. 542-6515.

Holiday Classic - Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker starts at 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 29 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 Edison Pkwy. 481-4849 or bbmannpah.com.

Crazy For You - By Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre Dec. 30- Feb. 14. 1380 Colonial Blvd. 278-4422.

FMB New Year’s - The 19th annual Fort Myers Beach Birthday Party & New Year’s Eve Celebration kicks off with birthday festivities from 1-3 p.m. Enjoy free live music, brownies, and cupcakes. More live music kicks in at 7 p.m. to start the celebration, which culminates with fireworks from the pier as well as the ball drop.

Downtown Fun - The annual New Year’s Eve Downtown Countdown starts at 8 p.m. in the Fort Myers River District. Enjoy live music on multiple stages, food, vendors, fireworks, a street party and a ball drop at midnight. (855) 732-3836.

Cape Celebration - A New Year’s Eve celebration runs from 5 p.m. -1 a.m. at Cape Harbour in Cape Coral. Enjoy a gala midnight fireworks display and ball drop from high above the promenade overlooking the marina. 470-2746.

ONGOING EVENTS

Holiday Sights - Holiday House runs from 5-9 p.m. through Dec. 23 at the Burroughs and Langford Kingston Homes in downtown Fort Myers. Thousands of lights illuminate the inside and outside of the historic homes as part of this traditional holiday event. Enjoy nightly Santa Claus visits. $5 adults; free for 10 and under. 738-3710.

Big Art - The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center presents the “Abstract 9” exhibit, featuring large scale abstract paintings from Florida SouthWestern State College visual art students, through Dec. 22. 2301 First St. 333-1933 or sbdac.com.

Art Event - The Southwest Florida Community Foundation presents its 2014-2015 Art & Community exhibition series featuring work from the Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild through Dec. 29. 871 College Pkwy., Building 2, Suite 201. 274-5900 or jehlers@floridacommunity.com.

Featured Artist - Josh Martinez Jr. is the featured artist for the month of December at Lehigh Regional Medical Center cafeteria, 1500 Lee Blvd, Lehigh Acres. Diagnosed with autism and epilepsy, he is a member of Arts of the Inland and is a student from Clewiston. See his artwork from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday Friday through Jan. 3 at the Lehigh Regional Medical Center cafeteria at 1500 Lee Blvd., Lehigh Acres. artsinland@gmail.com or 303-5849.

Holiday Fun - The South Seas Holiday Stroll starts at 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 27. Attendees can access the resort grounds and marina that will be aglow with lights, entertainment, arts and crafts, and visits with Santa. Enjoy a ride on the Jolly Trolley from 6-9 p.m. to transport visitors from South Seas’ South Village to North Pointe, where they will exit at Harbourside Bar & Grill and walk along the marina, where all the events, activities and entertainment will take place. $10 adults; free for children with a can of food. 472-5300.

Glass Art - The Alliance for the Arts presents “Works in Glass,” featuring works by Brian Cast, Susan Gott, Richard Mueller and Andy Owen, until Dec. 29. ArtInLee.org or 939-2787.

Holiday Nights - The 39th annual Edison & Ford Winter Estates runs through Jan. 2 at the Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd. The Estates are closed Christmas and Christmas Eve. 334-7419.

Rauschenberg Exhibit – The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida South- Western State College presents the “Rauschenberg: China/America Mix” exhibit through Dec. 17. Rauschenberg- Gallery.com or 489-9313. ¦

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