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CUL­TURAL SCENE Nov. 1-30 Cel­e­brate the Arts, Naples

For the en­tire month of Novem­ber, Naples cel­e­brates the arts with con­certs, fes­ti­vals, dance per­for­mances and more at var­i­ous venues. High­lights in­clude an art ex­hi­bi­tion by South­west Florida artist Muffy Clark Gill, who blends pho­tog­ra­phy with the an­cient art of batik to pro­duce paint­ings on fab­rics. The show at the United Arts Coun­cil Gallery opens Nov. 4. Visit the web­site for more events. uaccol­lier.com

HOIST THE SAILS Nov. 1-16 Ho­bie 16 World Cham­pi­onship, Cap­tiva

Don’t miss the ac­tion when top sailors from around the world come to Cap­tiva Is­land to com­pete in the 22nd Ho­bie 16 World Cham­pi­onship. To en­sure a level play­ing field, the Ho­bie Cat Com­pany pro­vides all com­peti­tors with brand-new iden­ti­cal Ho­bie sig­na­ture 16-foot cata­ma­ran sail­boats. Spec­ta­tors can watch the race from South Seas Is­land Re­sort’s Sun­set Beach. Tick­ets to spe­cial events and gen­eral ad­mis­sion are avail­able through the web­site. ho­bieworlds.com

FAM­ILY FUN DAYS Nov. 7-10 Co­conut Fes­ti­val, Cape Coral

Con­sid­ered Cape Coral’s big­gest event, the Co­conut Fes­ti­val prom­ises four days of fun at the Sun Splash Fes­ti­val Grounds. A main stage plays host to coun­try mu­si­cians on Fri­day, Nov. 8, and rock bands on Satur­day, Nov. 9, fol­lowed by fire­works. In the mid­way, Poly­ne­sian dancers and dar­ing ac­ro­bats per­form on stage, and car­ni­val rides en­ter­tain the kids. A gi­ant tent serves as a craft beer gar­den and foot­ball cen­tral, with col­lege and NFL games on an LED screen. co­cofest.com

SAVORING FLORIDA FLA­VORS Nov. 10 Taste of the Is­lands, Sani­bel

Get ready to sam­ple the culi­nary of­fer­ings of Sani­bel and Cap­tiva restau­rants. Food tents at the Sani­bel Com­mu­nity Park of­fer bites of seafood dishes, trop­i­cal sweets and more. The event fea­tures mu­sic by Pri­vate Stock, and am­bas­sadors from the Clinic for the Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of Wildlife (CROW) are on hand to an­swer ques­tions about the is­lands’ animals. crow­clinic.org

PHO­TOG­RA­PHER EXTRAORDIN­AIRE Nov. 13-Feb. 5 Clyde Butcher Pho­tog­ra­phy 75th An­niver­sary Ex­hi­bi­tion, Sani­bel

Be awed by the mag­nif­i­cent work of na­ture pho­tog­ra­pher Clyde Butcher at this spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion held at J.N. “Ding” Dar­ling Na­tional Wildlife Refuge on Sani­bel. For decades Butcher has waded deep into the Ever­glades to cap­ture the swamp’s beauty in black-and-white photos. He’s known for mount­ing his large-for­mat cam­era on a tri­pod and wait­ing for hours, even days, in an ef­fort to cre­ate stun­ning im­ages of the wilder­ness and the rare ghost orchid. A lec­ture by Butcher is sched­uled for Jan. 24. ding­dar­ling­so­ci­ety.org

ART ON THE BEACH Nov. 22-Dec. 1 Amer­i­can Sand­sculpt­ing Cham­pi­onship, Fort Myers Beach

Fort Myers Beach’s sands are trans­formed into an open-air art stu­dio dur­ing the Amer­i­can Sand­sculpt­ing Cham­pi­onship. The event is con­sid­ered one of the largest

in the world for the art form. Some 30 sculp­tors craft elab­o­rate sand cas­tles, curvy mer­maids, scaly dragons and more. Watch and marvel as they shape the sands, then shop the event’s ven­dors and en­joy live mu­sic, food and drinks. New this year is Sand Un­der the Stars, an il­lu­mi­nated dis­play of the sculp­tures un­der the night sky, on Nov. 30, 6-9 p.m. fmb­sand­sculpt­ing.com

THE LIVIN’ IS EASY Nov. 23 Boni­taFest, Bonita Springs

Cooler fall tem­per­a­tures make it the ideal time to kick back at an out­door con­cert. The Foun­da­tion of Bonita Naples Ro­tary presents Boni­taFest at River­side Park in Bonita Springs. The free mu­sic fes­ti­val fea­tures the clas­sic rock band Iconic, fol­lowed by The Caribbean Chillers who put a trop­i­cal spin on the evening with Jimmy Buf­fett-style mu­sic. Grab a mar­garita and min­gle with the crowd. Bring lawn chairs and blan­kets. bonitafest­s.com

HOOPS HYPE Nov. 25-Dec. 1 Gulf Coast Show­case, Es­tero

The Hertz Arena is bas­ket­ball cen­tral for a se­ries of col­lege bas­ket­ball tour­na­ments. See men’s teams from Drake, Mi­ami (Ohio), North­east­ern, South Alabama, We­ber State and Wright State com­pete on the court Nov. 25-27 and Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Women’s bas­ket­ball teams from Auburn, Day­ton, Mid­dle Ten­nessee State and Gongaza Univer­sity take over Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Check the web­site for sched­ules. hertzarena.com

DECK THE HALLS & GAR­DENS Nov. 29-Dec. 30 Hol­i­day Nights at the Edi­son and Ford Win­ter Es­tates, Fort Myers

Fes­tiv­i­ties kick off with the an­nual tree light­ing cer­e­mony on Nov. 29. The very large his­toric Mysore Fig is draped with lights chore­ographed to hol­i­day mu­sic. Tours of the il­lu­mi­nated grounds (nightly at 6 and 7 p.m.) and the in­te­ri­ors of the homes (Wed­nes­day at 6:30 p.m.) are of­fered. Santa and Mrs. Claus visit on se­lect evenings. edis­on­ford.org

TWIN­KLING LIGHTS Dec. 6-7 Lu­mi­nary Hol­i­day Stroll, Sani­bel and Cap­tiva

Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel Is­land’s main thor­ough­fare, is all dressed up for the sea­son, as is Cap­tiva Is­land’s Andy Ross Lane and Cap­tiva Drive. You’ll find lights ga­lore as you me­an­der these streets, pok­ing into bou­tiques ra­di­at­ing with hol­i­day cheer. The Lu­mi­nary Hol­i­day Stroll takes place on Sani­bel Dec. 6 and on Cap­tiva Dec. 7, 5:30-9 p.m. sani­bel-cap­tiva.org

GOOD TIDINGS Dec. 10 & 16 BIG ARTS Hol­i­day Shows, Sani­bel

An an­nual tra­di­tion on Sani­bel Is­land, the BIG ARTS Cho­rus Hol­i­day Con­cert, Dec. 10, ush­ers in the joy­ful sea­son with clas­sic songs we love. Then on Dec. 16 the BIG ARTS Band Hol­i­day Con­cert once again fills Per­for­mance Hall with mu­sic that cel­e­brates the sea­son. Both the cho­rus and band are com­posed of singers and mu­si­cians from the area, many of them sea­sonal res­i­dents and some pro­fes­sion­als. Al­ways sell-out events, the fes­tive shows won’t dis­ap­point. bi­garts.org

LIGHT UP THE WA­TER­WAYS Dec. 21 Hol­i­day Boat-A-Long, Cape Coral

Liv­ing near the wa­ter has its ad­van­tages dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son and that means lots of boat pa­rades. Cape Coral’s Hol­i­day Boat-A-Long makes its way across the Bimini Basin at Four Free­doms Park. See wa­ter­craft decked out in hol­i­day lights then meet Santa Claus at the park. The event also fea­tures mu­si­cal per­for­mances, food, drinks, and crafts for the young­sters. The fun con­tin­ues with a free movie, Christ­mas

Va­ca­tion, in the park. capec­o­ral.net

SAVE THE DATE Jan. 4-5, 2020 Es­tero Fine Art Show, Fort Myers

Look­ing for that per­fect piece of art to show­case in your home or gar­den? The Es­tero Fine Art Show, held at Jetblue Park in Fort Myers, is a ju­ried show fea­tur­ing an ex­clu­sive col­lec­tion of high-qual­ity art­work. Paint­ings, sculp­tures, pho­tog­ra­phy, jew­elry, glass art and more are on dis­play. There’s also a youth com­pe­ti­tion that show­cases art from lo­cal stu­dents. hot­works.org

Hol­i­day Nights at the Edi­son and Ford Win­ter Es­tates, Nov. 29-Dec. 30

Rock and coun­try bands per­form at Boni­taFest, Nov. 23

Clyde Butcher’s photos on dis­play at “Ding” Dar­ling, Nov. 13-Feb. 5

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