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Sani­bel In­de­pen­dence Day Cel­e­bra­tion (July 4, 9:30am) En­joy a home­town pa­rade on Peri­win­kle Way start­ing at 9:30am, fol­lowed by com­mu­nity pic­nics with free food and bev­er­ages at Bai­ley’s and Jerry’s shop­ping cen­ters. Then join is­landers for the noon­time Op­ti­mist Club Road Rally, a scav­enger hunt at Tim­bers on Tar­pon Bay Road. Fire­works over the Sani­bel Cause­way. 239-472-1080, sani­bel-cap­tiva.org

Red, White and Boom (July 4, 5pm) Cel­e­brate In­de­pen­dence Day in style at Red, White and Boom! Cape Coral Park­way Bridge, live mu­sic, craft booths and a va­ri­ety of tasty foods, rock climb, 300-foot zip line and ob­sta­cle course, face paint­ing and balloon art. Fin­ish the day with a mas­sive fire­works dis­play over the bridge. 239-573-3128, cape­boom.com

Naples July 4th Pa­rade and Fire­works (July 4, 10am) Pa­rade be­gins on Broad Av­enue South at 10am. A wide va­ri­ety of col­or­ful floats and cos­tumed per­form­ers make up this trav­el­ing party wind­ing its way to the fin­ish at 8th Av­enue South. Fire­works dis­play at Naples Pier. Low­der­milk Park to south of the pier is good view­ing. Simul­cast mu­sic on WAVV 101.1 FM. Sight­see­ing boats of­fer cruises to watch fire­works from the Gulf. Naples Pier, Naples, 239-213-7120, naples­gov.com

Fort My­ers Beach In­de­pen­dence Day Pa­rade and Fire­works Dis­play (July 4, 10am) Fes­tiv­i­ties kick off with a 10am pa­rade on Es­tero Boule­vard. The big show be­gins 15 min­utes af­ter sun­set from the Fort My­ers Beach Fish­ing Pier. Restau­rants, lounges and oth­ers lo­cal busi­nesses also join the fes­tiv­i­ties with mu­sic and ac­tiv­i­ties in the Times Square area and along the beach. Es­tero Boule­vard, Fort My­ers Beach. 239-454-7500

4th Fest at Laish­ley Park, Punta Gorda (July 4, 11am) Live mu­sic, great food, rides for the kids and one of the best fire­works dis­plays around. Laish­ley Park, 100 Nes­bit St., Punta Gorda. 941-6375953, pun­tagordafire­works.com

Fort My­ers River Dis­trict Free­dom Fest (July 4, 12pm) The an­nual July 4 cel­e­bra­tion in the River Dis­trict, this fest of­fers great ac­tiv­i­ties for the fam­ily. From chil­dren’s games to live mu­sic and per­form­ers through­out, the event cul­mi­nates with fire­works over the river af­ter sun­set. 855-732-3836, fort­my­er­sriverdis­tric­tal­liance.com

Fish­er­men’s Vil­lage An­nual July 4th Cel­e­bra­tion (July 4, 12pm) In­cludes

chil­dren’s games and craft ac­tiv­i­ties, con­certs, food and ven­dor booths. All­day live mu­sic fea­tures Jim Mor­ris from 12-3pm, with “trop-rock” vibes; Jimi Pap­pas from 3-6pm, with trop­i­cal and va­ri­ety mu­sic; and Paul Roush from 6-9pm, with blues, rock and trop­i­cal sounds. The day’s fes­tiv­i­ties end with a fire­works dis­play over the har­bor at 9pm. Fish­er­men’s Vil­lage, 1200 West Retta Es­planade, Punta Gorda. 941-639-8721, fishville.com

Ad­ven­tures in Paradise Fourth of July Cruise (July 4, 7:30pm) Cruise the tran­quil wa­ters of San Car­los Bay to watch the sun­set and then catch a great view of the Sani­bel fire­works. Com­pli­men­tary soft drinks, bot­tled wa­ter and snacks will be pro­vided. Reser­va­tions re­quired. Ad­ven­tures in Paradise, 14341 Port Com­fort Road, Fort My­ers. 239-472-8443, ad­ven­turein­par­adi­s­einc.com

ABWA Sani­bel-Cap­tiva (July 12, 5:30pm) The Sani­bel-Cap­tiva Chap­ter of the Amer­i­can Busi­ness Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion in­vites all mem­bers and guests to the monthly meet­ing. Sun­dial Beach Re­sort & Spa, 1451 Mid­dle Gulf Drive, Sani­bel. ab­wasani­bel­cap­tiva.org

Kids Free Fri­days at Rook­ery Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal Learn­ing Cen­ter (Fri­days, July 1-Aug. 5, 10am) Ad­mis­sion is free on Fri­days for chil­dren ages 12 and younger ac­com­pa­nied by a pay­ing adult. No more than three kids per adult to en­sure a safe and plea­sur­able ex­pe­ri­ence. Sched­uled ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude story time, fea­ture film, crafts and ac­tiv­i­ties, face

paint­ing and a touch tank. The Siz­zle Truck will be on­site from 11am-2pm serv­ing sand­wiches, sal­ads and snacks. Rook­ery Bay Na­tional Es­tu­ar­ine Re­search Re­serve, 300 Tower Road, Naples. 239-530-5940, rook­ery­bay.org

Paint Es­cape (Open paint­ing: Tues­days-Satur­days, 10am-6pm; Ladies Night: Fri­day, 6-9pm) Ce­ramic paint­ing is a fun ac­tiv­ity for both chil­dren and adults. Fri­day night of­fers ladies a re­lax­ing at­mos­phere with mu­sic, wine and cheese. 808 SE 47th St., Cape Coral. 239945-2006, paintescape­on­line.net

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

Man­goMa­nia 2016 (July 16-17, 10am) A cel­e­bra­tion of Pine Is­land’s man­gos and other trop­i­cal fruits, and food and recipe con­tests, cre­ative mango games and con­tests for kids of all ages, along with mu­sic, great food and drinks. Sam­ple mango and trop­i­cal fruit spe­cialty food and bev­er­ages, and take ad­van­tage of the free mango tast­ing ta­ble. Spon­sored by the Greater Pine Is­land Cham­ber of Com­merce. Ger­man Amer­i­can So­cial Club, 2101 Pine Is­land Road, Cape Coral. 239-283-0888, man­go­ma­ni­afl.net

Sun­set Mu­sic Cruise (July 22, 7:15pm) Pure Florida of­fers a chance to cruise the Caloosa­hatchee and lis­ten to the mu­sic of Jon Dun­ni­cliff while watch­ing a beau­ti­ful sun­set. De­parts from the Ma­rina at Edi­son Ford, 2360 W. First St., Fort My­ers. 239-919-2965, purefl.com

PBR Pro Tour­ing Di­vi­sion (July 2930, 8pm) Ger­main Arena hosts the Pro­fes­sional Bull Rid­ers Pro Tour­ing Di­vi­sion. Top rid­ers in the coun­try test

their skill and risk their bones against 2,000 pounds of rag­ing bull for an end­less eight sec­onds. 11000 Everblades Park­way, Es­tero. 239-948-7825, ger­mainarena.com

Open Mic Night at The French

Press (Wed­nes­days, 6:30 pm) Ev­ery Wed­nes­day, The French Press in­vites lo­cal per­form­ers to step up and be heard, in a re­laxed and friendly en­vi­ron­ment. Af­ter­ward, hang out, have a spe­cialty cof­fee, pas­try or gelato, and en­joy the tal­ents of other artists. 5789 Cape Har­bour Drive, Cape Coral. 239542-0212, the­french­pressfl.com

Fort My­ers Mu­sic Walk (July 15 and Aug. 19, 6pm) The River Dis­trict comes alive with mu­sic on the third Fri­day of each month. More than a dozen par­tic­i­pat­ing venues fea­ture live mu­sic by lo­cal and re­gional tal­ent. 855-732-3836, fort­my­ersmu­sicwalk.com

Sum­mer Jazz on the Gulf: Vod­ka­nauts

(July 16, 6:30pm) The Naples Beach Ho­tel and Golf Club presents the 31st an­nual Sum­mer Jazz on the Gulf con­cert se­ries, fea­tur­ing mu­sic by the Vod­ka­nauts on July 16. This fun, free con­cert se­ries com­bines an ap­peal­ing and di­verse se­lec­tion of jazz en­ter­tain­ment with pic­turesque views of the Gulf, gor­geous sun­sets, re­fresh­ing breezes and a re­lax­ing at­mos­phere. The Naples Beach Ho­tel and Golf Club, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd., North, Naples. 844-7352022, naples­beach­ho­tel.com

Sum­mer Jazz on the Gulf: Betty Fox

(Aug. 20, 6:30pm) The 31st an­nual Sum­mer Jazz on the Gulf con­cert se­ries fea­tures mu­sic by Betty Fox on Aug. 20. Fun and free, the con­cert se­ries com­bines an ap­peal­ing and di­verse se­lec­tion of jazz en­ter­tain­ment with pic­turesque views of the Gulf, gor­geous sun­sets, re­fresh­ing breezes and a re­lax­ing at­mos­phere. The Naples Beach Ho­tel and Golf Club, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. North, Naples. 844-735-2022, naples­beach­ho­tel.com

Last of the Red Hot Lovers (July 1-30, Wed­nes­days-Sun­days, evening and matinee shows avail­able) Story of Bar­ney Cash­man, a mid­dle-aged restau­ra­teur who mar­ried his high school sweet­heart. Bar­ney yearns for an ex­tra­mar­i­tal af­fair in his faith­ful mar­riage be­fore his life is over. Re­al­iz­ing his mother’s apart­ment is va­cant all af­ter­noon, he uses it to make at­tempts at se­duc­ing women—only to learn that he just can’t suc­ceed in sin­ning. Broad­way Palm Din­ner Theatre, 1380 Colo­nial Blvd., Fort My­ers. 239-278-4422, broad­way­palm.com

Menopause the Mu­si­cal (July 1 and 2, evening and matinee shows avail­able) Four women at a lin­gerie sale have noth­ing in com­mon ex­cept a black lace bra … AND mem­ory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more. The Hi­lar­i­ous Cel­e­bra­tion of

Women and The Change! ® is set to classic tunes from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s that will have you laugh­ing and danc­ing in the aisles. Broad­way Palm Din­ner Theatre, 1380 Colo­nial Blvd., Fort My­ers. 239-2784422, broad­way­palm.com

The Wizard of Oz (July 7-Aug. 13, evening and matinee shows avail­able) Fol­low the yel­low brick road as one of Amer­ica’s most beloved movies, The

Wizard of Oz, comes to life on stage with Dorothy, the Scare­crow, Tin Man, Cow­ardly Lion and Toto, too. Broad­way Palm Din­ner Theatre, 1380 Colo­nial Blvd., Fort My­ers. 239-278-4422, broad­way­palm.com

Art in Flight 10-Year An­niver­sary (July 8-July 30, 5pm) Open­ing re­cep­tion: July 8, 5-7pm at Lee County Al­liance for the Arts, 10091 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers. 239-939-2787, artin­lee.org

Habi­tats: Al­liance Mem­bers Ex­hibit

(Aug. 5-Sept. 3, 5pm) Open­ing re­cep­tion:

Aug. 5, 5-7pm at Lee County Al­liance for the Arts, 10091 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers. 239-939-2787, artin­lee.org

Mound Key Kayak Tour (Daily, 9:30am) Join a 4-mile, round-trip kayak­ing ex­cur­sion across Es­tero Bay to the 125acre is­land of Mound Key. Once home to Calusa In­di­ans, the is­land is now pre­served and man­aged by Kore­shan State His­toric Site staff. Guided hikes in­clude a 32-foot climb to the sum­mit, the high­est point in Lee County. Es­tero Bay is rich with wildlife and wad­ing birds, in­clud­ing man­a­tee, bot­tlenose dol­phin, st­ingray, roseate spoon­bill, cor­morant, an­hinga and much more. Tour guides are cer­ti­fied in­struc­tors with the Amer­i­can Ca­noe As­so­ci­a­tion. Reser­va­tions re­quired, equip­ment in­cluded. Col­lege of Life Foun­da­tion, 10600 Chevro­let Way, #302, Es­tero. 239992-2184, col­le­ge­oflife­foun­da­tion.org

Es­tero River Kayak Tour (Daily, 2pm) Es­tero River runs east to west into Es­tero Bay and is a des­ig­nated Florida Paddling Trail. Home to an oc­ca­sional al­li­ga­tor, you are more likely to see an abun­dance of birds feed­ing and nest­ing in the lush veg­e­ta­tion along the shore­line. This is a great pad­dle for a be­gin­ner, as there is no boat traf­fic run­ning east from the launch site. For the ad­ven­tur­ous, the pad­dle can in­clude a visit to Kore­shan State His­toric Site or Mound Key. Reser­va­tions re­quired, equip­ment in­cluded. Guides are Amer­i­can Ca­noe As­so­ci­a­tion cer­ti­fied kayak­ing in­struc­tors. Col­lege of Life Foun­da­tion, 10600 Chevro­let Way, #302, Es­tero. 239992-2184, col­le­ge­oflife­foun­da­tion.org

Fort My­ers Art Walk (July 1 and Aug. 5, 6pm) On the First Fri­day of each month from 6-10 pm, at least 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. Art en­thu­si­asts can “Meet the Artists” at most gal­leries; live art demon­stra­tions through­out the River Dis­trict. 239-337-5050, fort­my­er­sart­walk.com

Ad­ven­tures in Paradise Sun­set

Dol­phin and Wildlife Cruise (Daily, call for de­par­ture time) Ex­pe­ri­ence wild dol­phins and Florida’s largest pop­u­la­tions of wad­ing birds. Mana­tees fre­quent th­ese wa­ters, as well as sea­sonal birds such as the white pel­i­can and bald ea­gle. Nar­rated by a knowl­edge­able cap­tain and first mate. Soft drinks, bot­tled wa­ter and snacks pro­vided. Reser­va­tions re­quired. Ad­ven­tures in Paradise, 14341 Port Com­fort Road, Fort My­ers. 239-472-8443, ad­ven­turein­par­adi­s­einc.com

Early Bird Eco-Tour (Tues­days, Thurs­days and Satur­days, 7:30am) Wit­ness Mat­lacha Pass Aquatic Pre­serve come to life: Learn about the coastal and wet­land birds and sea crea­tures that make the es­tu­ary their home. Ex­pe­ri­enced and knowl­edge­able guides are Amer­i­can Ca­noe As­so­ci­a­tion Cer­ti­fied kayak and stand up pad­dle­board in­struc­tors, and Florida master nat­u­ral­ists. They are well versed on Florida’s ecol­ogy and nat­u­ral his­tory, and skilled at spot­ting lo­cal wildlife. 4120 Pine Is­land Road, Mat­lacha. 239283-1125, gulf­coastkayak.com

Ad­ven­tures in Paradise Shelling and

Lunch Cruise (Tues­days, Thurs­days, and Satur­days, 8:30am) Climb aboard a powered cata­ma­ran for a South­west Florida cruise that fea­tures dol­phins at play and shell col­lect­ing. Take along a pic­nic lunch or dine at Bar­na­cle’s restau­rant on North Cap­tiva. Also take along a swim­suit, beach shoes and shelling bag. Beach chairs, um­brel­las, soft drinks and wa­ter are pro­vided. Reser­va­tions re­quired. Ad­ven­tures in Paradise, 14341 Port Com­fort Road, Fort My­ers. 239-472-8443, ad­ven­turein­par­adi­s­einc.com

GreenMar­ket (Satur­days, 9am) On Lee County Al­liance for the Arts’ 9-acre

cam­pus, ven­dors present lo­cally grown, caught and cul­ti­vated foods—along with other prod­ucts for sam­pling and pur­chase. Live mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment, ac­tiv­i­ties for kids, gar­den­ing classes and cook­ing demos by lo­cal chefs round out the fun. Barter is en­cour­aged: If you have fruit from back­yard trees, a good tomato crop from the kitchen gar­den, or berries gath­ered in an out­ing, trade them for mar­ket items you may need. 10091 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers. 239939-2787, artin­lee.org

Bike Night (July 9, 6pm) Come to down­town Fort My­ers on the sec­ond Satur­day of ev­ery other month to see hun­dreds of mo­tor­cy­cles dis­played along the down­town streets—while lis­ten­ing to live bands from 6-10pm. This event, spon­sored by Bud­weiser, is free to the pub­lic. 855-732-3836, fort­my­er­sriverdis­tric­tal­liance.com

Pet Walk (July 22 and Aug. 26, 6pm) This pet-friendly gath­er­ing takes place on the fourth Fri­day of each month, be­gin­ning at Hendry Street. Pet own­ers are ex­pected to have pets leashed and are re­spon­si­ble to pick up any pet “sou­venirs.” Free; no reg­is­tra­tion re­quired. Hendry Street, Fort My­ers. 855-732-3836, fort­my­er­sriverdis­tric­tal­liance.com

Car Cruise-In (July 23 and Aug. 27, 4pm) From classic to cool, the streets of down­town Fort My­ers are lined with the sight of show cars on the fourth Satur­day of each month from 4-8pm. Mu­sic, food, drinks and more are avail­able. This event, spon­sored by Bud­weiser, is free to the pub­lic. 855-732-3836, fort­my­er­sriverdis­tric­tal­liance.com

TOTI Me­dia, Inc. does its best to en­sure that in­for­ma­tion in this cal­en­dar is up to date. How­ever, we still en­cour­age our read­ers to call ahead for de­tailed in­for­ma­tion be­fore at­tend­ing th­ese lo­cal events.

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