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Cape Coral Living - - Publisher's Letter -

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. 239-673-6660, the­p­aint­ed­conch.com

Paint Es­cape (Open paint­ing: Tues­daysSatur­days, 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. 239-945-2006, 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

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. Self-guided walk­ing tour, park­ing at Al­liance for the Arts cam­pus and Royal Palm Square. Af­ter­party 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. 239-574-0806, 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. 941575-5959, 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

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. ACA-cer­ti­fied 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. 239-283-1125, gulf­coastkayak.com

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

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

Bat Kayak Tour (July 27 and Aug. 24, 6pm) Tour de­parts from North Fort

My­ers with GAEA Guides-Guided Kayak Na­ture Tours; meet­ing lo­ca­tion given upon reg­is­tra­tion. Visit a lovely creek in the wilder­ness of North Fort My­ers, part of our es­tu­ary sys­tem, with many plants and an­i­mals. Ro­tary Park En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter, 5505 Rose Gar­den Road, Cape Co­ral. 239-549-4606, capec­o­ral.net Cape Co­ral Free­dom 5K Run (July 4, 7:30am) The 4th of July fun starts at 7:30am with the Free­dom 5K run, start­ing at the foot of the Cape Co­ral Bridge. Post-race party re­fresh­ments and mu­sic. Cham­ber of Com­merce of Cape Co­ral, 2051 Cape Co­ral Park­way East (lower bridge), Cape Co­ral. free­dom5kcc.com, free­dom5kcc.com

Red White & Boom (July 4, 5pm) Cape Co­ral Parks and Recre­ation Depart­ment hosts the largest sin­gle­day event in South­west Florida. Be­gins at 5pm, Cape Co­ral Bridge. Live mu­sic, food from lo­cal es­tab­lish­ments, in prepa­ra­tion for the big event: The Storm Smart Amer­i­can Fire­works Spec­tac­u­lar be­gins at 9:30pm, syn­chro­nized to a se­lec­tion of pa­tri­otic mu­sic broad­cast on Cat Coun­try 107.1. 239-573-3128, cape­boom.com

Fort My­ers River District Free­dom Fest (July 4, 4pm) First time in down­town Fort My­ers, Pa­tri­otic Auto Show on July 4. From tricked-out rides to daily driv­ers, adorn your ve­hi­cle in red, white and blue flair for the motor show or swing by for an af­ter­noon and evening of free­dom, fam­ily fun and fire­works in Fort My­ers’ historic down­town River District. 1-855-732-3836, fort­my­er­sriverdis­tric­tal­liance.com

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