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The Painted Conch (Mon­days-Thurs­days and Satur­days, 6:30pm; Fri­days,7pm; Sun­days, 12pm) In just one evening com­plete an orig­i­nal work of art while en­joy­ing friends, mu­sic and fa­vorite bev­er­ages. Ma­te­ri­als pro­vided, on-site artist avail­able. 1242 SW Pine Is­land Road, Cape Coral. 239-673-6660, the­p­aint­ed­conch.com

Paint Es­cape (Open paint­ing: Tues­daysSatur­days, 10am-6pm; ladies night: Fri­day, 6-9pm) Ce­ramic paint­ing for chil­dren and adults, the chance to cre­ate a dec­o­ra­tive item for the home or as a gift. Fri­day night of­fers ladies a re­lax­ing at­mos­phere with mu­sic, wine and cheese to en­hance the artis­tic ex­pe­ri­ence. 808 SE 47th St., Cape Coral. 239-945-2006, paintescape­on­line.net

Open Mic Night at The French Press (Wed­nes­days, 6:30pm) Grab your in­stru­ment, warm up your voice, gather your friends on Wed­nes­days from 6:30- 9:30pm for Open Mic Night. The French Press, 5789 Cape Har­bour Drive, No. 101, Cape Coral. 239-542-0212, the­french­pressfl.com

St. An­drew’s 26th an­nual fes­ti­val (Jan. 12, 6-10pm; Jan. 13, 6-11pm; Jan. 14, 1211pm; Jan. 15, 12-10pm) Mid­way-style car­ni­val rides, in­clud­ing a gi­ant Fer­ris wheel. Food, the an­nual Ms. Cape Coral Pageant and a tal­ent show. Pro­ceeds help keep tuition costs down. Fes­ti­val raf­fle is $10,000. St. An­drew Catholic Par­ish/ School, 2628 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral. 239-772-3922, sain­tan­drews­fes­ti­val.com

Cape Coral Fes­ti­val of the Arts (Jan. 14 and 15, 10am-5pm) Hosted by the Ro­tary Club of Cape Coral, more than 300 artists present paint­ings, sculp­tures, jew­elry, pho­tog­ra­phy and more. Food ven­dors, a rock-climb­ing wall and other kid ac­tiv­i­ties. Cape Coral Park­way be­tween Vin­cennes and Del Prado, Cape Coral. 239-699-7942, capec­o­ralfes­ti­val.com

Fam­ily Movie Night: Alvin and the Chip­munks, The Road Chip (Jan. 20, 6:30pm) Through a se­ries of mis­un­der­stand­ings, Alvin, Si­mon and Theodore come to be­lieve that Dave is go­ing to pro­pose to his new girl­friend in Mi­ami … and dump them. Starts at dusk, sug­gested $5 fam­ily do­na­tion. Lee County Al­liance for the Arts, 10091 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers. 239-9392787, artin­lee.org

Third Fri­day Drive-In (Jan. 20 and Feb. 17 at sun­set, weather per­mit­ting) Third Fri­days, Cross­roads, a non­profit home and char­ter school for fos­ter boys, hosts a drive-in movie in down­town Punta Gorda, across from River City Grill. Ad­mis­sion is free, and the con­ces­sion stand asks for dona­tions. Be­gins at sun­set. Each movie costs about $1,000, and this event is funded by spon­sors. Those in­ter­ested in spon­sor­ships, email cross­roads-ed@ amikids.org. 121 Mar­ion Ave., Punta Gorda. amikid­scross­roads.org

The 26th an­nual Tour De Cape (Jan. 21-22, 8am.) Four cy­cling cour­ses, a 5K run and a “mini-tour” that the whole fam­ily can en­joy. Still time to reg­is­ter, par­tic­i­pants can pick up pack­ets, maps and T-shirts on Jan. 20, be­tween 5-8pm, 5848 Cape Har­bour Drive, Cape Coral. 239-573-3128, tour­de­cape.net

Mus­cle Car City’s Monthly Car and Bike Show (Jan. 21 and Feb. 18, 9am) Third Satur­days from 9am-1pm. Tom’s Trav­el­ing Tunes, trivia and door prizes. Tro­phies, free to reg­is­trants and spec­ta­tors. Serv­ing breakfast and lunch from 8am-4pm. Mus­cle Car City, 3811 Tami­ami Trail, Punta Gorda. 941-5755959, mus­cle­carcity.net

Cape Bike Night (Feb. 11, 5pm) Mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­asts gather for great food and the best in live mu­sic. Slow Bike Race to win a $100 Har­ley-David­son gift card. Reg­is­tra­tion is at 5:30pm, the race at 7:30pm. 239-573-3128, ccbikenight.com

Fam­ily Movie Night: Ice Age, Col­li­sion Course (Feb. 17, 7pm) Manny the mam­moth starts to worry when his daugh­ter, Peaches, an­nounces her en­gage­ment. Still un­lucky in love, Sid the sloth vol­un­teers to plan the cou­ple’s wedding. Starts at dusk, sug­gested $5 fam­ily do­na­tion. Lee County Al­liance for the Arts, 10091 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers. 239-939-2787, artin­lee.org

Cape Coral Parks and Re­cre­ation Movie in the Park (Feb. 18, 7:30pm) On a gi­ant in­flat­able screen, starts at dusk. Jim Jef­fers Park, 2817 SW 3rd Lane, Cape Coral. 239-573-3128, capeparks.com Blue­grass in the Theatre (Jan. 8, 2pm) Three hours of great live mu­sic by bands from South­west Florida and be­yond. Pre­sented in part­ner­ship with palm­grass.org, the Acous­tic Mu­sic So­ci­ety of SWFL. Doors open at 1pm. Lee County Al­liance for the Arts, 10091 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers. 239-9392787, artin­lee.org

Scream­ing Or­phans, pre­sented by the Ro­tary Club of Fort My­ers (Jan. 14, 6pm) A Celtic band com­bin­ing orig­i­nal melodic old-school pop songs with a modern twist on tra­di­tional Ir­ish mu­sic. Joan, An­gela, Gràinne and Marie Thérèse Diver are sis­ters, Ir­ish-born and in­cred­i­ble mu­si­cians. In­cludes Pop the Cork Wine Game and a 50/50 draw­ing. Lee County Al­liance for the Arts, 10091 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers. 239-9392787, artin­lee.org

Chris MacDon­ald’s Mem­o­ries of Elvis Rockin’ Birth­day Bash (Jan. 19, 7:30pm) Full pro­duc­tion trib­ute that shares, through high­lights of Pres­ley’s iconic ca­reer, the in­cred­i­ble story of the shy and hum­ble coun­try boy who be­came the “king of rock ’n’ roll.” Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239-481-4849, bb­man­npah.com

Fort My­ers Mu­sic Walk (Jan. 20 and Feb. 17, 7pm) Third Fri­days, more than a dozen par­tic­i­pat­ing venues fea­ture mu­sic by lo­cal and re­gional tal­ent. 855732-3836, fort­my­ersmu­sicwalk.com

Pink Mar­tini at Bar­bara B. Mann (Jan. 20, 8pm) Draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from mu­sic from clas­si­cal, jazz and old-fash­ioned pop, and hop­ing to ap­peal to con­ser­va­tives and lib­er­als alike, Thomas Laud­erdale founded the “lit­tle or­ches­tra” Pink Mar­tini in 1994. It pro­vides “more beau­ti­ful and in­clu­sive mu­si­cal sound­tracks” for po­lit­i­cal fundrais­ers aid­ing causes such as civil rights, affordable hous­ing, the en­vi­ron­ment, li­braries, pub­lic broad­cast­ing, ed­u­ca­tion and parks. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239-4814849, bb­man­npah.com

Master­works 2: Cel­lobra­tion, with Zuill Bai­ley (Jan. 21, 8pm) Zuill Bai­ley, con­sid­ered one of the premier cel­lists, is a dis­tin­guished soloist, recital­ist, artis­tic di­rec­tor and teacher. Bai­ley will per­form Ed­ward El­gar’s “Cello Con­certo,” ac­com­pa­nied by the South­west Florida Sym­phony. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239-481-4849, bb­man­npah.com

Si­na­tra: The Ul­ti­mate Trib­ute (Jan. 22, 7pm) While other shows fea­ture just an­other singer in a tuxedo, Brian Duprey’s flaw­less act­ing chan­nels Si­na­tra’s en­ergy and spirit. Un­canny man­ner­isms and note-for-note ren­di­tions cre­ate a sus­pen­sion of dis­be­lief. 239-481-4849, bb­man­npah.com

\Vocalos­ity at Bar­bara B. Mann (Feb. 1, 7:30pm) Vocalos­ity is the all-new live con­cert event from the cre­ative mind of artis­tic pro­ducer Deke Sharon (Pitch PER­FECT, THE SING-Off) that takes a cap­pella to a new level. This fast-paced pro­duc­tion fea­tures an all-star ensem­ble of di­verse young vo­cal­ists sing­ing chart-top­ping hits in in­no­va­tive ar­range­ments that set a new stan­dard for 12-part har­mony. Bar­bara

B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239-481-4849, bb­man­npah.com

Stars of the Six­ties at Bar­bara B. Mann (Feb. 2, 7:30pm) Stars of the 1960s in­clude The As­so­ci­a­tion, Gary Lewis & The Play­boys, and Lou Christie. The Clas­sics open the show. Orig­i­nal mem­bers. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239-481-4849, bb­man­npah.com

South­west Florida Sym­phony pre­sents Pops I: A Big Band Spec­tac­u­lar (Feb. 3-4, 8pm) Take a trip back through time with some of the best of Big Band mu­sic. The South­west Florida Sym­phony is joined by Steve Moretti on drums, with guest con­duc­tor Matt Catin­gub. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239-481-4849, bb­man­npah.com

Jodie DeSalvo’s Pi­ano Mu­sic Se­ries: All Beethoven (Feb. 13, 7pm) Jodie DeSalvo’s beau­ti­ful in­ter­pre­ta­tions of the “Ap­pas­sion­ata Sonata,” the mon­u­men­tal “Ham­merklavier Sonata,” the “Moon­light Sonata” and the al­ways charm­ing “Für Elise.” A grad­u­ate of the Hartt and Man­hat­tan schools of mu­sic, DeSalvo has per­formed at Carnegie Hall and Lin­coln Cen­ter. Daniels Pavil­ion, Ar­tis-Naples, 5833 Pel­i­can Bay Blvd., Naples. 239-597-1900, ar­tis­naples.org

Master­works 3: Let’s Dance (Feb. 18, 8pm) The South­west Florida Sym­phony, con­ducted by Nir Kabaretti with Gi­lad Karni play­ing vi­ola, will per­form Han­del’s “Water Mu­sic,” Suite No. 2 in D ma­jor; Rozsa’s Con­certo for Vi­ola and Or­ches­tra, op. 37; Stravin­sky’s “The Fire­bird” and Ravel’s “Bolero.” Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239481-4849, bb­man­npah.com The Porch (Jan. 13-22, Thurs­daysSun­days, evening and mati­nee shows avail­able) Play­wright Jack Neary mines what is near and dear to us in a trio of el­derly ladies who hi­lar­i­ously parse top­ics of sex, im­po­tency and death with

wide-eyed sur­prise. Au­di­ences are sure to laugh at rec­og­niz­able ref­er­ences to long mar­riages and fam­ily dy­nam­ics. Cultural Park Theatre, 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral. 239-772-5862, cul­tur­al­park­the­ater.com

Gulf­shore Opera pre­sents Splen­did Opera Scenes (Jan. 19, 7pm) Great mo­ments of La Bo­heme, La Traviata, Rigo­letto and other fa­mous op­eras, with each ex­tended scene pre­sented staged and in cos­tume. Char­lotte Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, 701 Car­malita St., Punta Gorda. 239-529-3925, gulf­shore­opera.org

Gulf­shore Opera pre­sents Splen­did Opera Scenes (Jan. 28, 8pm) Gulf­shore Opera pre­sents great mo­ments of La Bo­heme, La Traviata, Rigo­letto and other fa­mous op­eras, with each ex­tended scene pre­sented staged and in cos­tume. Sid­ney & Berne Davis Art Cen­ter, 2301 First St., Fort My­ers. 239-529-3925, gulf­shore­opera.org

All Shook Up (Feb. 3-12, Thurs­daysSun­days, evening and mati­nee shows avail­able) In­spired by and fea­tur­ing the songs of Elvis Pres­ley. It was just a square lit­tle town in a square lit­tle state un­til a gui­tar-play­ing roustabout showed up, chang­ing ev­ery­thing and ev­ery­one in this hip-swivel­ing, lip-curl­ing mu­si­cal fan­tasy. Cultural Park Theatre, 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral. 239-7725862, cul­tur­al­park­the­ater.com

The Im­por­tance of Be­ing Earnest (Feb. 24-March 5, Thurs­days-Sun­days, evening and mati­nee shows avail­able) Os­car Wilde com­edy about bach­e­lors John Wor­thing and Al­ger­non Mon­crieff, who cre­ate al­ter egos named Earnest to es­cape their tire­some lives. Their at­tempts to win the hearts of two women fail, as the women claim to only love men called Earnest. Cultural Park Theatre, 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral. 239-772-5862, cul­tur­al­park­the­ater.com

20th an­nual Punta Gorda Sul­li­van Street Craft Fes­ti­val (Jan. 21-22, 10AM-5PM) PuNtA GOrDA CrAft FAIr HAs CON­tIN­uED tO GrOw AND HIGH­LIGHt tHE tAL­ENts OF MANy uNIquE CrAftErs, PrO­vID­ING tHE ArEA wItH ONE OF Its MOst EN­JOy­ABLE wIN­tEr trA­DI­tIONs. 331 SuL­LI­vAN St., PuNtA GOrDA. 561-746-6615, ArtFEstIvAL.COM

Cape Coral Art League (Jan. 2829, 10AM-5PM) 7tH AN­NuAL CAPE Art LEAGuE Art FAIr, IN­DOOr AND Out­DOOr vEN­DOrs. OrIG­I­NAL Art­wOrK, PHO­tOG­rA­PHy, CrAfts, JEw­ELry, POt­tEry AND MOrE. DEMON­strA­tIONs, sNACKs, rAf­fLEs AND KID AC­tIv­I­tIEs. FrEE AD­MIs­sION. PrO­CEEDs BEN­E­fit tHE CAPE Art LEAGuE. 516 CuLturAL PArK BLvD., CAPE COrAL. 239-772-5657, CAPECOrALArtLEAGuE.COM 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. 941-3806814, PuNtAGOrDAHIstOry.COM

Early Bird Eco-Tour (TuEs­DAys, THurs­DAys AND SAtur­DAys, 7:30AM) WIt­NEss MAtLACHA PAss AquAtIC PrE­sErvE AND sHArE IN­FOr­MA­tION ABOut COAstAL AND wEt­LAND BIrDs AND sEA CrEA­turEs tHAt MAKE tHE Es­tu­Ary tHEIr HOME. GuIDEs ArE ACA-CEr­tI­fiED KAyAK/ SUP IN­struC­tOrs AND FLOrIDA MAs­tEr NAt­u­rAL­Ists wELL-vErsED ON FLOrIDA’s ECOL­OGy AND NAt­u­rAL HIs­tOry, AND sKILLED At sPOt­tING LO­CAL wILDLIFE. 4120 PINE Is­LAND ROAD, MAtLACHA. 239-283-1125, GuLFCOAstKAyAK.COM

Fla­vors of Matlacha Is­land Tour (Satur­days, Oc­to­ber-June, 10am) Matlacha’s salty his­tory, with the sig­na­ture tastes of a lit­tle is­land that was once an ob­scure fish­ing vil­lage, now is an ec­cen­tric and flam­boy­ant artists’ colony. Af­ter the tour, ex­plore shops and gal­leries right up un­til “Happy Hour” with live mu­sic at any of Matlacha’s wa­ter­side bars/restau­rants. Tour starts at Leoma Love­grove’s Gallery & Gar­dens, 4637 Pine Is­land Road NW, Matlacha. Park­ing be­hind the Olde Fish House & Ma­rina, 4530 Pine Is­land Road NW. 239-945-0405, true­tours.net

Fort My­ers Art Walk (Jan. 6 and Feb. 3, 6 pm; Jan. 7 and Feb. 4, 11am) First Fri­day from 6-10pm, first Satur­days from 11am-4pm, more than 10 art gal­leries in­vite lo­cals and vis­i­tors to a self-guided walk­ing tour through­out the Down­town Fort My­ers River Dis­trict core and the Gard­ner’s Park area. 239-337-5050, fort­my­er­sart­walk.com

Cape Coral Farm­ers Mar­ket-Down­town (Satur­days, 8am) Lo­cal pro­duce, Gulf seafood (in­clud­ing Pine Is­land clams), fresh breads/pas­tries, pick­les/olive mixes, cer­ti­fied or­ganic pro­duce, hy­dro­pon­i­cally grown greens, sprouts, cheeses, na­tive plants/trees, home­made jel­lies/ jams, or­ganic pet treats, made-on-site gua­camole/salsa. Dave La­pio on steel drum, Trop-Rock from John Fri­day and Yard Dog Char­lie, who blends Ca­jun, zy­deco, blue grass, coun­try, folk and rock ’n’ roll. Also crafts, art pieces, hand­made jew­elry, an­tiques and col­lectibles. Club Square, SE 47th Ter­race and SE 10th Place, Cape Coral. capec­o­ral­farm­ers­mar­ket.com

Punta Gorda Down­town Farm­ers 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. 941-391-4856, pun­tagor­dacham­ber.com

Bike Night (Jan. 14, 6pm) Sec­ond Satur­days to see hun­dreds of mo­tor­cy­cles dis­played along the down­town streets in Fort My­ers while lis­ten­ing to live bands from 6-10pm. Free, with many

venues fea­tur­ing spe­cials. 855-732-3836, fort­my­er­sriverdis­tric­tal­liance.com

Pet Walk (Jan. 27 and Feb. 24, 6pm) Fourth Fri­days at Hendry Street me­dian. Pets leashed and own­ers to pick up “sou­venirs.” Free, no reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired. 855-732-3836, fort­my­er­sriverdis­tric­tal­liance.com

Car Cruise-In (Jan. 28 and Feb. 25, 4pm) From clas­sic to cool, down­town streets in Fort My­ers are lined with show cars on fourth Satur­days from 4-8pm. Mu­sic, food, drinks and more are avail­able. Free, with many venues fea­tur­ing ad­di­tional spe­cials. 855-732-3836, fort­my­er­sriverdis­tric­tal­liance.com

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