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Paint Es­cape ( open painting: Tues­daysSatur­days, 10am-6pm; ladies night: Fri­day, 6-9pm) 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

Fuse It at BIG ARTS (May 4, 11, 18, and 25, 9:30am-12:30pm) Creat­ing beau­ti­ful col­ored glass jew­elry, bowls, vases or sculp­tures may seem an im­pos­si­ble task, but Pe­tra Kaiser will bring out the artist. In four (three-hour) ses­sions, learn glass fus­ing, kiln fir­ing, mold mak­ing and designing. Us­ing the “Kaiser Glass Flow Sys­tem,” make stringers―thin pieces of glass that look like spaghetti―and glass molds. Pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence not re­quired. BIG ARTS Cen­ter, 900 Dun­lop Road, Sani­bel. 239-540-1137, kaiser­lee.com

Third Fri­day Drive-In (May 20 and June 17, at sun­set, weather per­mit­ting) Ev­ery third Fri­day, Cross­roads, a non-profit 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. Each movie costs about $1,000 and is funded by spon­sors. Those in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a spon­sor (vary­ing lev­els), please email cross­[email protected] 121 Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. amikid­scross­roads.org

James and the Giant Peach (May 3-13, mati­nee shows avail­able) Bring the kids to see Roald Dahl’s fan­tas­ti­cal tale about a boy, his in­sect friends and their

mar­velous jour­ney across the ocean on a giant peach brought to life on stage in a mu­si­cal ad­ven­ture. Broad­way Palm Din­ner Theatre, 1380 Colo­nial Blvd., Fort My­ers. 239-278-4422, broad­way­palm.com

The Punta Gorda Hi­bis­cus Festival

(May 13-15, Fri­day, 6-10pm; Satur­day, 9am-4pm; Sun­day, 10am-3pm) Great mu­sic, de­li­cious food, ex­otic plants and vin­tage cars―a beauty pageant, too. From Fri­day night’s Mu­sic Fest, fea­tur­ing four dif­fer­ent bands and King Harry’s Gazebo Bar, to Satur­day’s Lil’ Miss Hi­bis­cus Pageant, Hi­bis­cus Cup Re­gatta on the har­bor and the col­or­ful ex­otic plant sale to Sun­day’s con­tin­u­a­tion of the ex­otic plant sale, sur­rounded by in­spi­ra­tional mu­sic on stage. You are sure to find some­thing to love! Craft ven­dors and plein-air artists of­fer orig­i­nal art­work. Pro­ceeds sup­port the Viet­nam Me­mo­rial Wall, Char­lotte County His­tor­i­cal Cen­ter and The Hunger Bus. Gilchrist Park, Punta Gorda, 514 E. Grace St., Punta Gorda. 941-457-3659, char­lot­te­har­bor­travel.com

Daniel Tiger’s Neigh­bor­hood Live! (May

20, 6pm) The legacy of the beloved Mis­ter

Rogers Neigh­bor­hood lives on with the award-win­ning tele­vi­sion se­ries Daniel

Tiger’s Neigh­bor­hood from The Fred Rogers Com­pany and PBS KIDS. Don­ning his iconic red sweater, Daniel in­vites the au­di­ence on an in­ter­ac­tive mu­si­cal ad­ven­ture as he and his friends ex­plore their much-loved Neigh­bor­hood of Make-Be­lieve. Through the show’s familiar themes and mu­sic, the neigh­bors share sto­ries of friend­ship, help­ing oth­ers and cel­e­brat­ing new ex­pe­ri­ences in this live the­atri­cal pro­duc­tion filled with singing, danc­ing, laugh­ter and “grr-ific” sur­prises that will warm the hearts of mul­ti­ple gen­er­a­tions. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239-481-4849, bb­man­npah.com

Fam­ily Bingo & Pizza Night (May 20, 6pm) Square bingo cards! Pizza in the round! Soda in cups! The fam­ily that spells to­gether yells (bingo!) to­gether. Join us for a night of fam­ily fun, with prizes and treats ga­lore. The $10 fam­ily

do­na­tion in­cludes pizza, soda and bingo cards. Al­liance for the Arts, 10091 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers. 239-9392787, artin­lee.org

101 Dal­ma­tians (June 10-July 1, Fri­days, Satur­days and Tues­days, 1pm; Wed­nes­day, June 15, 1pm) Based on the Disne y an­i­mated film, this fun-filled mu­si­cal is a fur-rais­ing ad­ven­ture fea­tur­ing Cruella de Vil and 101 of the most adorable heroes to set their paws on stage. Broad­way Palm Din­ner Theatre, 1380 Colo­nial Blvd., Fort My­ers. 239-278-4422, broad­way­palm.com

Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket (May 6, 8pm) Glen Phillips, lead singer of the 1990s in­die rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket, per­forms the band’s great­est hits; ar­range­ments com­mis­sioned by the South­west Florida Sym­phony. World-pre­miere sym­phonic rock 'n' roll event fea­tures Gen­er­a­tion X and Y’s rock an­thems. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239-481-4849, bb­man­npah.com

Styx (May 10, 7pm) Come Sail Away for an evening with Styx. The leg­endary rock band from the 1970s and '80s blasts into Fort My­ers for a night of hard-rock­ing mu­sic, tak­ing us back to bet­ter days with songs like Rene­gade and Too Much Time

on my Hands, and stir­ring our emo­tions with the ever-pop­u­lar Babe and The Best

of Times. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239481-4849, bb­man­npah.com The Mu­sic of ABBA: AR­RIVAL from

Swe­den (May 11, 7:30pm) With sold-out venues world­wide since 1995, AR­RIVAL from Swe­den is the premier ABBA show band. Per­form­ing hits like Danc­ing Queen, Mamma Mia, Fernando and Su­per Trouper, brings a show so con­vinc­ing that au­di­ences might be­lieve they are watch­ing the real ABBA. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW

Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239-481-4849, bb­man­npah.com Gulf Coast Sym­phony Presents

Puc­cini’s La Bo­heme (May 14, 7pm) Gulf Coast Sym­phony presents Puc­cini’s

La Bo­heme, fea­tur­ing renowned opera singers, cos­tumes and chore­og­ra­phy. Soloists Marco Panuc­cio, Branch Fields, Gabriel Preisser and Ja­son Switzer. Stage di­rec­tion by Bob Neu. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239-481-4849, bb­man­npah.com

The Mon­kees 50th An­niver­sary Tour

(May 18, 7:30pm) Dur­ing their time to­gether, The Mon­kees amassed a dozen Top 40 hits, in­clud­ing a trio of tunes that soared to No. 1. From their be­gin­nings on a tele­vi­sion com­edy, their mu­sic gained un­ex­pected pop­u­lar­ity, sell­ing 16 mil­lion al­bums and 7.5 mil­lion sin­gles. Now Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork are bring­ing The Mon­kees 50th An­niver­sary Tour to Fort My­ers, with fa­vorites like

Day­dream Be­liever and Last Train to Clarksville. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239-481-4849, bb­man­npah.com

Fort My­ers Mu­sic Walk (May 20, June 17, 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

Festival of Great Or­gan Mu­sic (June 5, 3pm) Hear the finest or­gan­ists in South­west Florida play the mag­nif­i­cent 3,604-pipe Casa­vant or­gan. Hayes Hall, Ar­tis-Naples, 5833 Pel­i­can Bay Blvd., Naples. 239-597-1900, ar­tis­naples.org Brit Floyd-Space and Time CON­TIN­UUM

World Tour 2016 (June 23, 8pm)

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