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30th an­nual Amer­i­can Sand Sculpt­ing Cham­pi­onship (Nov. 18-27, 10am) This is a huge event on Fort My­ers Beach of com­pe­ti­tions, demon­stra­tions, lessons and ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren. The event at­tracts thou­sands of vis­i­tors, sculp­tors from around the world. Wyn­d­ham Gar­den Ho­tel, 6890 Es­tero Blvd., Fort My­ers Beach. 239-454-7500, fmb­sand­sculpt­ing.com

Mannheim Steam­roller Christ­mas, at Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall (Nov. 19, 8pm) Fa­vorite hol­i­day tra­di­tion for more than 30 years. A Grammy win­ner, Chip Davis has cre­ated a show that fea­tures the beloved Christ­mas mu­sic of Mannheim Steam­roller along with daz­zling mul­ti­me­dia ef­fects per­formed in an in­ti­mate set­ting. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239-481-4849, bb­man­npah.com

8th an­nual Fort My­ers Beach Christ­mas Boat Pa­rade (Dec. 3, 6pm) Last year, more than 30 boats par­tic­i­pated and this year prom­ises to be even more ex­cit­ing, pass­ing such es­tab­lish­ments as Boot­leg­gers Wa­ter­front Bar­beque, Par­rot Key Caribbean Grill, Matan­zas on the Bay, Ner­vous Nel­lies, Doc Ford’s and Bonita Bills. 239-454-7500, cham­ber. fort­my­ers­beach.org

Laud to the Na­tiv­ity in Fort My­ers (Dec. 9, 8pm) Cel­e­brate the Christ­mas sea­son with a Re­nais­sance-style pageant, fea­tur­ing Laud to the Na­tiv­ity by Ot­torino Re­spighi, and Cer­e­mony of Car­ols by Ben­jamin Brit­ten. Sid­ney and Berne Davis Art Cen­ter, 2301 First St., Fort My­ers. 239-529-3925, gulf­shore­opera.org

Hol­i­days in Par­adise at Bar­bara B. Mann (Dec. 17, 8pm) Nir Kabaretti con­ducts the Southwest Florida Sym­phony Orches­tra in an eclec­tic mix of hol­i­day fa­vorites. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239-418-0996, swflso.org

Gulf Coast Sym­phony presents Deck the Halls (Dec. 18, 7pm) In­cludes hol­i­day fa­vorites per­formed by the Fort My­ers Sym­phonic Mastersing­ers, the Kel­lyn Ir­ish Dancers, a carol sin­ga­long and a visit from Santa. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239-481-4849, bb­man­npah.com

An­gela Pierre and the Mo­town 4 Christ­mas Spe­cial (Dec. 22-23, 8pm) An­gela Pierre and her backup singers per­form Mo­town-style hol­i­day clas­sics. Foulds The­atre, Lee County Al­liance for the Arts, 10091 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers. 239-939-2787, artin­lee.org

Moscow Bal­let’s Great Rus­sian Nutcracker (Dec. 28, 3pm and 7pm) Di­rect from Rus­sia, mag­i­cal props, a 60foot grow­ing Christ­mas tree, spec­tac­u­lar Rus­sian-made cos­tumes and sets. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers, 239-4814849, bb­man­npah.com

Salute to Vi­enna New Year’s Con­cert (Dec. 30, 8pm) Stun­ning waltzes and sweep­ing melodies from op­erettas per­formed by a full orches­tra, ac­claimed Euro­pean singers, bal­let and ball­room dancers. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers, 239-481-4849, bb­man­npah.com

Odd Squad Live at Bar­bara B. Mann (Nov. 9, 2pm and 6pm) Team up with brand-new agents Owen and Ophe­lia in this in­ter­ac­tive ad­ven­ture. With help from Ms. O back at HQ, kids will put STEM skills to the test and de­code, de­ci­pher and un­ravel clues to stop vil­lains like Fa­ther Time and Lady Ter­ri­ble. Fea­tur­ing an orig­i­nal script by the cre­ators of Odd Squad and new mu­sic, in­clud­ing songs by Sound­check. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239-4814849, bb­man­npah.com

Cape Co­ral Co­conut Fes­ti­val (Nov.1013) Car­ni­val rides and your fa­vorite car­ni­val food. Fri­day or Satur­day nights for live bands and a fire­works show. Sun Splash fes­ti­val grounds, 500 Santa Bar­bara Blvd., Cape Co­ral. 239-573-3128, co­cofest.com

Artists @ Work Se­ries: Sketch­ing with Leo John­son (Nov. 19, 1-3pm) Third Satur­days in the Macy’s Court near Claire’s at Edi­son Mall, artists in dis­ci­plines that in­clude palm-frond and per­for­mance art, paint­ing and mixed­me­dia. Novem­ber’s artist is Leo John­son, dis­cussing and demon­strat­ing ba­sic points to be­gin paint­ing. He will also be sketch­ing and dis­cussing the ba­sics of draw­ing, anatomy, land­scape and abstracts. 4125 Cleve­land Ave., Fort My­ers. 239-939-2787, shope­dis­on­mall.com

The Oc­to­nauts and the Deep Sea Vol­cano Ad­ven­ture (Dec. 1, 6pm) Fea­tures new and fan-fa­vorite songs from the crew of beloved un­der­wa­ter ex­plor­ers, led by the in­trepid Cap­tain Bar­na­cles, Lieu­tenant Kwazii and Medic Peso. Join them as they em­bark on an ex­cit­ing new quest through an aquatic world full of ad­ven­ture, in­ter­ac­tive op­por­tu­nity and “must-sea” sur­prises. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239-4814849, bb­man­npah.com

Artists @ Work Se­ries: Mu­sic with Peter McGrain (Dec. 17, 1-3pm) Third Satur­days at the Macy’s Court near Claire’s at Edi­son Mall, artists in dis­ci­plines in­clud­ing palm-frond and per­for­mance art, paint­ing and mixed­me­dia. De­cem­ber’s artist is Peter McGrain, an ac­com­plished ac­cor­dion and mu­si­cal saw player. Vis­i­tors ac­com­pany him with a va­ri­ety of per­cus­sion in­stru­ments as they sing along and dance to their fa­vorite tunes. 4125

Cleve­land Ave., Fort My­ers. 239-9392787, shope­dis­on­mall.com

Gavin DeGraw and Andy Gram­mer Live at Bar­bara B. Mann (Nov. 7, 7:30pm) Sing along as Gavin DeGraw per­forms clas­sics like “I Don’t Wanna Be” and “Char­iot,” and Andy Gram­mer per­forms his smash hit “Honey, I’m Good.” Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239481-4849, bb­man­npah.com

The An­nie Moses Band at Bar­bara B. Mann (Nov. 11, 7:30pm) The An­nie Moses Band has been in­spir­ing and en­ter­tain­ing au­di­ences for more than a decade, from Carnegie Hall to the Grand Ole Opry. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239-481-4849, bb­man­npah.com

Master­works I: Cel­e­brat­ing 30 Years of The Sym­phony at Bar­bara B. Mann (Nov. 12, 8pm) The Southwest Florida Sym­phony Orches­tra is pleased to open its 2016-2017 sea­son with Master­works I, led by con­duc­tor Nir Kabaretti, with pi­anist David Fung. This evening’s selec­tions in­clude Shostakovi­ch: Fes­tive Over­ture, op.96; Rach­mani­noff: Rhap­sody on a Theme by Pa­ganini, op.45; and Saint Saéns: Sym­phony No. 3, op.78 C mi­nor (Or­gan Sym­phony). Kabaretti will present a pre-con­cert lec­ture at 7pm. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239-418-0996, swflso.org,

Fort My­ers Mu­sic Walk (Nov. 18 and Dec. 16, 7 pm) Third Fri­days, more than a dozen par­tic­i­pat­ing venues fea­ture live mu­sic by lo­cal and re­gional tal­ent. 855732-3836, fort­my­ersmu­sicwalk.com

Blue­grass in the The­atre (Nov. 20 and Dec. 11, 2pm) Join fel­low acous­tic mu­sic lovers in the Foulds The­atre for three hours of great live mu­sic by bands from Southwest Florida and be­yond. Pre­sented in part­ner­ship with palm­grass.org/the Acous­tic Mu­sic

So­ci­ety of SWFL. First-come seat­ing. Doors open at 1pm. Lee County Al­liance for the Arts, 10091 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers. 239-939-2787, artin­lee.org

Bob Dy­lan and His Band, at Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall (Nov. 20, 8pm) For al­most 50 years, Bob Dy­lan has re­mained one of the most in­flu­en­tial Amer­i­can mu­si­cians. In­scrutable and un­pre­dictable, Dy­lan has been both de­i­fied and de­nounced for his shifts of in­ter­est, while whole schools of mu­si­cians took up his ideas. His lyrics― the first in rock to be se­ri­ously re­garded as lit­er­a­ture― be­came so well known that politi­cians from Jimmy Carter to Va­clav Havel have cited them as an in­flu­ence. 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239-481-4849, bb­man­npah.com

Gulf Coast Sym­phony presents Shostakovi­ch V (Dec. 3, 7pm) From soar­ing melodies to the sounds of des­per­ate op­pres­sion—and fi­nally to the tri­umph of the hu­man spirit—Shostakovi­ch bril­liantly cap­tures the con­flict­ing moods of a time, place and peo­ple in Sym­phony No. 5. Also on the pro­gram is Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Bal­let Suite and a world-pre­miere or­ches­tral work from com­poser Jeff My­ers. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239-4814849, bb­man­npah.com

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