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Sani­bel Shell Crafters

(Mon­days 10am3pm) Year-round Mon­days to watch craft­ing, or class that be­gins promptly. Free lessons, you pay for sup­plies. Lim­ited space. Adults are en­cour­aged, chil­dren must be ac­com­pa­nied if craft­ing. Sani­bel Com­mu­nity House, 2173 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel. 239-472-2155, sani­bel­com­mu­ni­ty­house.net

The Painted Conch

(Mon­days-Thurs­days and Satur­days, 6:30pm; Fri­days,7pm; Sun­days, 12pm) In one evening com­plete orig­i­nal art­work while en­joy­ing friends, mu­sic and fa­vorite bev­er­ages. Ma­te­ri­als pro­vided, avail­able on-site artist. 1242 SW Pine Is­land Road, Cape Coral. 239673-6660, the­p­aint­ed­conch.com

Paint Es­cape

(Open paint­ing: Tues­days-Satur­days, 10am-6pm; ladies’ night: Fri­days, 6-9pm) Ce­ramic paint­ing for chil­dren and adults, dec­o­ra­tive items for the home or as a gift. Ladies’ night Fri­days with mu­sic, wine and cheese. 808 SE 47th St., Cape Coral. 239-9452006, paintescape­on­line.net

Open Mic Night at The French Press

(Wed­nes­days, 6:30pm) Open Mic Night Wed­nes­days, 6:30-9:30pm. The French Press, 5789 Cape Har­bour Drive, No. 101, Cape Coral. 239-542-0212, the­french­pressfl.com

Im­prov Cafe

(July 8, 4pm) First Satur­days youth groups per­form short­form and long-form im­prov that in­cludes au­di­ence sug­ges­tions. Moe Au­di­to­rium, Cen­ter for Per­form­ing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 239-4958989, art­cen­ter­bonita.org

SoCo Sec­ond Satur­day

(July 8 and Aug. 12, 5pm) SoCo (South of Colo­nial Boule­vard) is a fam­ily event with art gallery re­cep­tions, ven­dors, live mu­sic, artist demon­stra­tions and talks, mu­si­cal and theater per­for­mances, art ex­hi­bi­tion re­cep­tions and wine tast­ings. Self­guided walk­ing tour, park­ing at Al­liance for the Arts cam­pus and Royal Palm Square. Af­ter-party at Broad­way Palm Din­ner Theater at 10pm. 1400 Colo­nial Blvd., Suite 84, Fort My­ers. 239-590-8645, so­coswfl.com

A Night of Nutty Sci­ence at Cape Coral Yacht Club!

(July 12, 6pm) Join

the Nutty Sci­en­tists to par­tic­i­pate in six hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to STEM (sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math). Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude two projects that chil­dren take home. Avail­able snacks and drinks, par­ents or guardians must stay with chil­dren. Cape Coral Yacht Club, 5819 Drift­wood Park­way, Cape Coral. 239-5740806, capec­o­ral.net

Mus­cle Car City’s Monthly Car and Bike Show

(July 15 and Aug. 19, 9am-1pm) Third Satur­days, Tom’s Trav­el­ing Tunes, trivia and door prizes. Tro­phies, free to reg­is­trants and spec­ta­tors. Break­fast and lunch 8am-4pm. Mus­cle Car City, 3811 Tami­ami Trail, Punta Gorda. 941-575-5959, mus­cle­carcity.net

Happy Birth­day, Henry Ford!

(July 30, 9am) Henry Ford and the Edi­son & Ford Win­ter Es­tates cel­e­brate Ford’s 154th birth­day with pro­grams, pre­sen­ta­tions and cake. Check for fur­ther event de­tails. Edi­son & Ford Win­ter Es­tates, 2350 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers. 239-334-741, edis­on­ford­win­ter­estates.org

South­west Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter Presents: Grind, A Trib­ute to Alice in Chains

(July 8, 9pm) The trib­ute has head­lined at Club La Vela Panama City Beach and at mul­ti­ple House of Blues lo­ca­tions. Ex­pe­ri­ence this

band at SanJan Theater at South­west Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs. 239-389-6901, swflpac.com

South­west Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter Presents: Ted Nu­gent Rockin’ Amer­ica Again!

(July 11-12, 8pm) The gui­tarshred­ding show­man has also been in­ducted into the Na­tional Bowhunters Hall of Fame, and read­ers of Out­doors

Mag­a­zine named him their fa­vorite “Hunt­ing Per­son­al­ity.” SanJan Theater at South­west Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs. 239-389-6901, swflpac.com

Steve Miller Band With Peter Frampton

(July 15, 7:30 pm.) Steve Miller Band with spe­cial guest Peter Frampton. Ger­main Arena, 11000 Everblades Park­way, Es­tero. 239-948-7825, ger­mainarena.com

Fort My­ers Mu­sic Walk

(July 21 and Aug. 18, 7pm) Third Fri­days, a dozen par­tic­i­pat­ing venues fea­ture mu­sic by lo­cal and re­gional tal­ent. 855-732-3836, fort­my­ersmu­sicwalk.com

Mary Pop­pins

(July 1-Aug. 12, Wed­nes­days-Sun­days, evening and mati­nee shows avail­able) Ev­ery­one’s fa­vorite nanny! Ir­re­sistible story, un­for­get­table songs, breath­tak­ing dance num­bers and as­ton­ish­ing stage­craft. Broad­way Palm Din­ner Theatre, 1380 Colo­nial Blvd., Fort My­ers. 239-278-4422, broad­way­palm.com

Right Bed, Wrong Hus­band

(July 1-29, Wed­nes­days-Sun­days, evening and mati­nee shows avail­able) To in­crease his al­lowance, young bach­e­lor Ted writes his tight-fisted un­cle to tell him he has mar­ried. When the un­cle un­ex­pect­edly vis­its and mis­takes Ted’s best friend’s wife as Ted’s wife, things get a bit com­pli­cated. Broad­way Palm Din­ner Theater, 1380 Colo­nial Blvd., Fort My­ers., 239-278-4422, broad­way­palm.com

Three Strikes, You’re Dead!

(July 1, 6:30pm) All aboard for this clas­sic Mur­der Mys­tery Din­ner Train 1920s-themed show, part one of the Dixie Flyer

Chron­i­cles. Write down the clues you dis­cover. Clue sheets will be col­lected be­fore the fi­nal act, when ev­ery­one will dis­cover who has com­mit­ted this heinous crime. A prize to the one su­per sleuth in each din­ing car. Price in­cludes a five­course din­ner, mur­der-mys­tery show and train ride. Semi­nole Gulf Rail­way, 2805 Colo­nial Blvd., Fort My­ers, 239-275-8487, semgulf.com

It’s My Fu­neral

(July 2-Sept. 3, Sun­days, 5:30pm; Wed­nes­days and Thurs­days, 6:30pm) Noir-style gumshoe has to solve his own mur­der. Write down the clues you dis­cover. Clue sheets will be col­lected be­fore the fi­nal act, when ev­ery­one will dis­cover who has com­mit­ted this heinous crime. A prize to the one su­per sleuth in each din­ing car. Price in­cludes a five­course din­ner, mur­der-mys­tery show and train ride. Semi­nole Gulf Rail­way, 2805 Colo­nial Blvd., Fort My­ers, 239-275-8487, semgulf.com

Mur­der on the Scot­tish Line

(July 7-Nov. 18, Fri­days and Satur­days, 6:30pm) Con­sult­ing de­tec­tive Sher­wood Elmes is back to solve a mur­der and he’s the prime suspect! Write down the clues you dis­cover. Clue sheets will be col­lected be­fore the fi­nal act, when ev­ery­one will dis­cover who has com­mit­ted this heinous crime. A prize to the one su­per sleuth in each din­ing car. Price in­cludes a five­course din­ner, mur­der-mys­tery show and train ride. Semi­nole Gulf Rail­way, 2805 Colo­nial Blvd., Fort My­ers, 239-275-8487, semgulf.com

Im­prov Tonight!

(July 8, 8pm) First Satur­days lo­cal groups per­form short­form and long-form im­prov that in­cludes au­di­ence sug­ges­tions. Wine, beer, so­das and light snacks. Moe Au­di­to­rium Cen­ter for Per­form­ing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 239-495-8989, art­cen­ter­bonita.org

PAW Pa­trol Live! Race to the Res­cue

(July 18 and 19, 6 pm; July 19, 2pm) It’s the day of the Great Ad­ven­ture Bay Race be­tween Ad­ven­ture Bay’s Mayor Good­way and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Good­way’s nowhere to be found. PAW Pa­trol to the res­cue! Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239481-4849, bb­man­npah.com

My Sky

(July 7-July 29) The Al­liance for the Arts in­vited art teach­ers to work with stu­dents to cre­ate art­works fol­low­ing the theme “My Sky,” in­spired by the won­ders of the uni­verse. Al­liance for the Arts, 10091 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers. 239939-2787, artin­lee.org

Cen­ter for Per­form­ing Arts Ex­hi­bi­tion: It Comes Nat­u­rally

(July 7-July 27) All things nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring are fair game for this ex­hibit, from sand to glacial ice, mono­lithic rock to leaves. Mon­day-Fri­day, July 7 open­ing re­cep­tion from 6-8pm. Cen­ters for the Arts Bonita Springs, Cen­ter for Vis­ual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. 239-495-8989, art­cen­ter­bonita.org

Art Af­ter Hours at Ar­tis-Naples

(July 19 and Aug. 30, 6 pm.) Free ad­mis­sion to The Baker Mu­seum last Wed­nes­days, 6-9pm. Mu­sic, all ages wel­come, do­cents. The Baker Mu­seum, Ar­tis-Naples, 5833 Pel­i­can Bay Blvd., Naples. 239-597-1900, ar­tis­naples.org

El­e­va­tion: The Next Level (Mem­bers’ ex­hibit)

(Aug. 4-31) Cur­rent mem­bers in­vited to sub­mit one work themed “El­e­va­tion: The Next Level,” dis­played in Au­gust group ex­hi­bi­tion. Be­come a mem­ber! Al­liance for the Arts, 10091 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers. 239-9392787, artin­lee.org

Cen­ter for Per­form­ing Arts Ex­hi­bi­tion: Sur­re­al­ist Sum­mer

(Aug. 4-25) What’s real? What’s imag­i­nary? Sur­re­al­ism at its core is sur­prise by con­trast­ing el­e­ments. Open­ing re­cep­tion Aug. 4, 6-8pm. Gallery open Mon­day-Fri­day. Cen­ters for the Arts

Bonita Springs, Cen­ter for Vis­ual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. 239495-8989, art­cen­ter­bonita.org

Early Bird Eco-Tour

(Tues­days, Thurs­days and Satur­days, 7:30am) Wit­ness Mat­lacha Pass Aquatic Pre­serve and the coastal and wet­land birds and sea crea­tures that make the es­tu­ary their home. ACAcer­ti­fied kayak/SUP in­struc­tors and Florida mas­ter nat­u­ral­ists versed on Florida’s ecol­ogy and nat­u­ral his­tory and skilled at spot­ting lo­cal wildlife. 4120 Pine Is­land Road, Mat­lacha. 239-2831125, gulf­coastkayak.com

Ad­ven­tures in Par­adise Shelling & Lunch Cruise

(Tues­days, Thurs­days and Satur­days, 8:30am) A pow­ered cata­ma­ran cruise to Sani­bel and Cap­tiva—dol­phins and shells! Take a pic­nic lunch or dine at Bar­na­cle’s restau­rant. Bring a swim­suit, beach shoes and shelling bag. Com­pli­men­tary beach chairs, umbrellas, soft drinks and wa­ter. Reser­va­tions. Ad­ven­tures in Par­adise, 14341 Port Com­fort Road, Fort My­ers. 239-472-8443, ad­ven­turein­par­adi­s­einc.com

Punta Gorda Down­town Farmer’s Mar­ket

(Satur­days, 8am) Voted best small mar­ket in Florida and 15th in the na­tion; fruits and veg­eta­bles to fresh home­made pasta and or­ganic pro­duce. Tay­lor Street, Punta Gorda, across from His­toric Char­lotte County Court­house. 941-391-4856, pun­tagor­dacham­ber.com

River District His­tory Tour

(Thurs­days, 6:30pm; Satur­days, 10:30am) A 90-minute his­tor­i­cal walk­ing tour of down­town Fort My­ers, lo­cal his­tory and in­for­ma­tion about city founders. Franklin Shops, 2200 First St., Fort My­ers. 239-945-0405, true­tours.net

Caloosa­hatchee River Cruise

(Mon­days, Wed­nes­days, Fri­days and Satur­days, 11:30am and 2pm) Cap­tains Lance and Harry Ju­lian draw on five gen­er­a­tions of mar­itime busi­ness and 40 years of mar­itime tourism. A 90-minute tour, dol­phins, man­grove forests, bald ea­gles, bird rook­eries and man­a­tees. Also learn about the Caloosa­hatchee River, Thomas Edi­son and Henry Ford—all from the deck of the M/V Edi­son Ex­plorer. 2360 W. 1st St., Fort My­ers. 239-919-2965, pure­fort­my­ers.com

Fort My­ers Sun­set Cruise

(Mon­days, Wed­nes­days, Fri­days and Satur­days, July 1-Aug. 2, 7:15pm; Aug. 4-19, 6:45pm) Re­lax­ing river cruis­ing, a dif­fer­ent hue with the glow of the sun­set, wildlife com­ing home to roost and na­ture be­gin­ning its rit­ual of set­tling down for the night. All from the deck of the M/V Edi­son Ex­plorer. 2360 W. 1st Street, Fort My­ers. 239-919-2965, pure­fort­my­ers.com

Ad­ven­tures in Par­adise Sun­set Dol­phin & Wildlife Cruise

(Daily, 7:15pm) Wild dol­phins in a mag­i­cal set­ting and one of Florida’s largest pop­u­la­tions of wad­ing birds, man­a­tees and sea­sonal birds such as the white pel­i­can and bald ea­gle. Nar­rated by a knowl­edge­able cap­tain and first mate. Com­pli­men­tary soft drinks, bot­tled wa­ter and snacks. Reser­va­tions. Ad­ven­tures in Par­adise, 14341 Port Com­fort Road, Fort My­ers. 239-472-8443, ad­ven­turein­par­adi­s­einc.com

Haunted His­tory Tour

(Wed­nes­days and Satur­days, 8pm) A 90-minute down­town Fort My­ers walk re­veals a darker side, sto­ries of res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial buildings re­puted to have para­nor­mal ac­tiv­ity. Franklin Shops, 2200 First St., Fort My­ers. 239-945-0405, true­tours.net

His­tory Park Farm­ers and Ar­ti­sans Mar­ket

(Sun­days, 9am) Op­er­ated by Punta Gorda His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety; pro­duce, meat, fish and ad­di­tional food items, plus many other ven­dors. Most mar­ket days fea­ture live mu­sic by Dave Heveron. Tour the gar­den af­ter 1pm. His­tory Park, 501 Shreve St., Punta Gorda. 941-380-6814, farm­ers­mar­ke­ton­line.com

Man­grove Maze Eco-Tour

(Mon­days, Wed­nes­days and Fri­days, 10am) Ex­plore man­grove wilder­ness, part of the Great Calusa Blue­way Pad­dling Trail. Mas­ter nat­u­ral­ists teach the his­tory, ecol­ogy and sus­tain­abil­ity of Pine Is­land Sound, Calusa her­itage. About 2.5 hours. 4120 Pine Is­land Road, Mat­lacha. 239-2831125, gulf­coastkayak.com

Sun­set Kayak Eco-Tour

(Mon­days, Wed­nes­days and Fri­days, 3:30pm) Pad­dle Mat­lacha Pass through shrouded man­grove trails, dis­cover crea­tures roam­ing the pre­serve at dusk. ACAcer­ti­fied kayak/SUP in­struc­tors and Florida mas­ter nat­u­ral­ists versed on ecol­ogy and nat­u­ral his­tory and skilled at spot­ting lo­cal wildlife. Ap­prox­i­mately 2.5 hours. 4120 Pine Is­land Road, Mat­lacha. 239-283-1125, gulf­coastkayak.com

Fort My­ers Art Walk

(July 7 and Aug. 4, 6pm; July 8 and Aug. 5, 11am) First Fri­days, 10 art gal­leries, self-guided walk­ing tour of the River District core and Gard­ner’s Park. 239-337-5050, fort­my­er­sart­walk.com

Punta Gorda Down­town Farmer’s Mar­ket

(Satur­days, 8am) Voted best small mar­ket in Florida and 15th in the na­tion; of­fer­ing fruits and veg­eta­bles to fresh home­made pasta and or­ganic pro­duce. Tay­lor Street, Punta Gorda, across from His­toric Char­lotte County Court­house. 941-3914856, pun­tagor­dacham­ber.com

Bike Night

(July 8, 6pm) Sec­ond Satur­days, hun­dreds of mo­tor­cy­cles along Fort My­ers’ down­town streets; live bands, 6-10pm. Free; many venues fea­tur­ing spe­cials. 855-732-3836, fort­my­er­sriverdis­tric­tal­liance.com

Mys­tery Walk

(July 14 and Aug. 11, 6pm) Sec­ond Fri­days, a new theme for each event. Check in at Ibe­ria Bank,

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