SPE­CIAL EVENTS

Times of the Islands - - Calendar -

Cape Co­ral Vet­er­ans Day Pa­rade (Nov. 11, 11am) Join the community as it pays trib­ute to vet­er­ans who have lost their lives and to ac­tive-duty mem­bers who are proudly serv­ing. A co­op­er­a­tive ef­fort of the Parks and Re­cre­ation Depart­ment and lo­cal sup­port­ers, the pa­rade runs east­bound from 8th Court to 15th Av­enue on SE 47th Ter­race. 239-246-1157, capec­o­ral.net

36th An­nual CROW Taste of the

Is­lands (Nov. 12, 12pm) Sam­ple a wide va­ri­ety of lo­cal fare from more than 20 par­tic­i­pat­ing is­land restau­rants, en­joy live mu­sic and other entertainment. The event sup­ports the Clinic for the Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of Wildlife, Inc. Sanibel Community House, 2173 Peri­win­kle Way, Sanibel, 239-472-2155, sani­bel­com­mu­ni­ty­house.net

The 31st An­nual Amer­i­can Sand

Sculpt­ing Cham­pi­onship (Nov. 17-26) One of Fort My­ers Beach’s most pop­u­lar events, of­fer­ing live mu­sic, am­a­teur com­pe­ti­tions, demon­stra­tions and lessons. The kids’ zone is where young artists can prac­tice build­ing sand sculp­tures and take part in nu­mer­ous ac­tiv­i­ties. Wyn­d­ham Gar­den Ho­tel, 6890 Es­tero Blvd, Fort My­ers Beach, 239-4547500, fmb­sand­sculpt­ing.com

11th An­nual Fes­ti­val of Trees (Nov. 28-Dec. 3) Beau­ti­ful trees dec­o­rated by busi­nesses, in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions to ben­e­fit Good­will In­dus­tries of South­west Florida, Inc. En­joy pre­view party/wine tast­ing 6-9pm Tues­day, com­pete in the Ugly Sweater Con­test 6:30-8:30pm Wed­nes­day, or Paint With a Pur­pose on Thurs­day 6:30-

8:30pm. River Dis­trict Art Walk/Hol­i­day Stroll is Friday night, capped off by a con­cert by the Nowhere Band. Satur­day fea­tures Chil­dren’s Hol­i­day Work­shop at Santa’s Block Party 10am-2pm. Sid­ney and Berne Davis Art Cen­ter, 2301 First Street, Fort My­ers. 855-732-3836, fort­my­er­sriverdis­tric­tal­liance.com

Hol­i­day Stroll and Tree Light­ing (Dec. 1, 6pm) Hol­i­day lights of down­town Fort My­ers and the River Dis­trict come alive! Tree and street light­ings, live mu­si­cal per­for­mances and a horse and car­riage kick off the hol­i­day sea­son. 855-7323836, fort­my­er­sriverdis­tric­tal­liance.com

Gulf Coast Sym­phony Hol­i­day Pops:

The Nutcracker (Dec. 2, 2 and 7pm) The Com­pany of Gulf­shore Bal­let per­forms with full sym­phony orches­tra, con­ducted by Andrew M. Kurtz, and for­mer Mi­ami City Bal­let prin­ci­pal dancers Mary Car­men Ca­toya and Re­nato Pen­teado. Two-act bal­let was com­posed by Tchaikovsky and is based on a story by E.T.A. Hoff­mann. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239-4814849, bb­man­npah.com

29th An­nual Fort My­ers Beach

Christ­mas Boat Pa­rade (Dec. 2, 6pm) More than 30 boats will pa­rade past Boot­leg­gers Water­front Bar­beque, Par­rot Key Caribbean Grill, Matan­zas on the Bay, Ner­vous Nel­lies, Doc Ford’s and Bonita Bills. Kick back and en­joy the fun! 239454-7500, cham­ber.fort­my­ers­beach.org

Hol­i­day Pops: Jim Martinez’s The Mu­sic

From a Char­lie Brown Christ­mas (Dec. 12, 7:30pm) Fea­tures Stein­way artist Jim Martinez and his jazz quar­tet, along with the Sym­phonic Chorale of South­west Florida un­der the di­rec­tion of Dr. Trent Brown. The Vil­lage Church at Shell Point, 15100 Shell Point Blvd., Fort My­ers. 239418-0996, swflso.org Hol­i­day Pops: Jim Martinez’s The Mu­sic from a Char­lie Brown Christ­mas (Dec. 14, 7:30pm). Fea­tures Stein­way artist Jim Martinez and his jazz quar­tet, along with the Sym­phonic Chorale of South­west Florida un­der the di­rec­tion of Dr. Trent Brown. St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 28290 Beau­mont Road,

Bonita Springs. 239-418-0996, swflso.org

Hol­i­day Pops: Jim Martinez’s The Mu­sic

from a Char­lie Brown Christ­mas (Dec. 15, 7:30pm) Fea­tures Stein­way artist Jim Martinez and his jazz quar­tet, along with the Sym­phonic Chorale of South­west Florida un­der the di­rec­tion of Dr. Trent Brown. BIG ARTS, Schein Hall, 900 Dun­lop Road, Sanibel. 239-418-0996, swflso.org

Hol­i­day Boat-A-Long (Dec. 16, 4pm) A Cape Co­ral tra­di­tion that cel­e­brates the sea­son in South­west Florida style! See dozens of boats lit up in hol­i­day fash­ion as they make their way across Bimini Basin at Four Free­doms Park. Also fea­tures Santa, per­for­mances by lo­cal stu­dents, food, drinks and crafts for kids. Af­ter­ward, there’ll be a free show­ing of

How the Grinch Stole Christ­mas. Four Free­doms Park, 4818 Tar­pon Court, Cape Co­ral. 239-573-3128, capeparks.com

Hol­i­day Pops: Jim Martinez’s The Mu­sic

from a Char­lie Brown Christ­mas (Dec. 16, 7:30pm) Fea­tures Stein­way artist Jim Martinez and his jazz quar­tet, along with the Sym­phonic Chorale of South­west Florida un­der the di­rec­tion of Dr. Trent Brown. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239-481-4849, bb­man­npah.com

Deck the Halls (Dec. 17, 7pm) The evening starts with strolling car­ol­ers in the lobby, then the per­for­mance in­cludes hol­i­day fa­vorites, Irish danc­ing, light­ing of the Meno­rah—and a visit from Santa! Fea­tur­ing Kel­lyn Irish Dancers, Fort My­ers Sym­phonic Mastersingers con­ducted by Jef­frey Faux, and Gulf Coast Sym­phony con­ducted by Andrew M. Kurtz. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239-481-4849, bb­man­npah.com

Ethan Bort­nick Hol­i­day Con­cert at

Bar­bara B. Mann (Dec. 20, 7pm) Ethan Bort­nick, 16, has per­formed around the world for many years and raised more

than $50 mil­lion for char­ity. Cel­e­brate the hol­i­days and sup­port pub­lic media in South­west Florida. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239-481-4849, bb­man­npah.com

Cirque Dreams Hol­i­daze at Bar­bara B.

Mann (Dec. 22, 8pm; Dec. 23, 2 and 8pm) Cirque Dreams lights up the 2017 sea­son with its 10th An­niver­sary Na­tional Tour cre­ated by Cirque Dreams founder and Broad­way direc­tor Neil Gold­berg. This crit­i­cally-ac­claimed hol­i­day stage ex­trav­a­ganza is a cirque spec­ta­cle, Broad­way mu­si­cal and fam­ily show all in one! Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239-481-4849, bb­man­npah.com

Moscow Bal­let’s Great Rus­sian

Nutcracker (Dec. 28, 3 and 7pm) Direct from Rus­sia! En­chant the whole fam­ily with mag­i­cal props, a 60-foot grow­ing Christ­mas tree and spec­tac­u­lar cos­tumes and sets. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers, 239-481-4849, bb­man­npah.com

New Year’s Eve at Times Square (Dec. 31, 12pm) Join the fun as Fort My­ers Beach cel­e­brates its birth­day! Fes­tiv­i­ties kick off at noon, with live mu­sic all day and free cup­cakes un­til 3:30pm. Stick around for the ball drop at mid­night, fol­lowed by fire­works off the pier. Ring in 2018 in style! Fort My­ers Beach, 239454-7500, fort­my­ers­beach.org

New Year’s Eve Down­town Count­down

(Dec. 31, 8pm) Take the fam­ily to the Ju­nior Ball Drop at 9pm at First and Hendry streets; great give­aways for kids. Live bands through­out the night in­clude Elec­tric Mudd, Ever Rock, Raz­ing Cape and the fea­tured U2 Trib­ute Band. Ven­dors, food and fam­ily fun con­tinue all evening, end­ing with fire­works over the river and the Ball Drop at mid­night! 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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