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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: 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. 239-9452006, 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 short-form and long-form im­prov that in­cludes au­di­ence sug­ges­tions. Moe Au­di­to­rium, Cen­ter for Per­form­ing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 239-495-8989, 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. 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 hand­son 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. 941-5755959, 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. 239389-6901, 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

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. 239-939-2787, artin­lee.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

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

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

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. 239919-2965, 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. 239-4728443, ad­ven­turein­par­adi­s­einc.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. 941-380-6814, 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. 239-283-1125, 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

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, 2247 First St., Fort My­ers, be­gin­ning at 6pm, have un­til 10pm to com­plete all clues for cash prizes. 855-732-3836, fort­my­er­sriverdis­tric­tal­liance.com

Car Cruise-In Fort My­ers (July 22 and Aug. 26, 4pm) From clas­sic to cool, Fort My­ers’ down­town streets lined with show cars, fourth Satur­days, 4-8pm. Mu­sic, food, drinks and more. Free; many venues fea­tur­ing ad­di­tional spe­cials. 855-732-3836, fort­my­er­sriverdis­tric­tal­liance.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. 239-5494606, capec­o­ral.net

Pet Walk (July 28 and Aug. 25, 6pm) Fourth Fri­days at Hendry Street me­dian. Pets leashed; own­ers must pick up “sou­venirs.” Free, no reg­is­tra­tion. 855-7323836, fort­my­er­sriverdis­tric­tal­liance.com

In­de­pen­dence Day Cel­e­bra­tion on

Sani­bel (July 4, 7am) Free pan­cake break­fast at Sani­bel Com­mu­nity Church, 1740 Peri­win­kle Way, 7-9am; home­town pa­rade along Peri­win­kle at 9:30am. Then en­joy com­mu­nity pic­nics at Bai­ley’s and Jerry’s; free food and bev­er­ages. The Op­ti­mist Club’s 37th an­nual 4th of July Road Rally, a scav­enger-type hunt, starts in Tim­bers park­ing lot at noon. Fire­works over Sani­bel Cause­way, 9pm. 239-472-1080, sani­bel-captiva.org

Fourth of July Cruise (July 4, 7:30pm) Sani­bel puts on an awe-in­spir­ing July 4th fire­works dis­play, so join us as we cruise San Car­los Bay, pass by “Bird Is­land,” watch the sun­set and then catch a great view of the fire­works. Com­pli­men­tary soft drinks, bot­tled wa­ter and snacks. Ad­ven­tures in Par­adise, 14341 Port Com­fort Road, Fort My­ers. 239-472-8443, ad­ven­turein­par­adi­s­einc.com

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 sin­gle-day 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 Beach In­de­pen­dence Day

Pa­rade & Fire­works Dis­play (July 4, 9:30am) Fes­tiv­i­ties kick off at 9:30am with the pa­rade on Es­tero Boule­vard, be­tween School Street and the Times Square area. When sun­set ap­proaches, take your spot near the Fort My­ers Beach Fish­ing Pier to ex­pe­ri­ence a spec­tac­u­lar fire­works shows. 239-454-7500., fort­my­ers­beach.org

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

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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