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SAM­PLE & SA­VOR Nov. 11 Taste of the Is­lands, Sani­bel

Get ac­quainted with the of­fer­ings of Sani­bel’s restau­rants by spend­ing a Sun­day af­ter­noon sam­pling ev­ery­thing from pasta and seafood spe­cial­ties to cock­tails and desserts. The out­door Taste of the Is­lands is held at the Sani­bel Com­mu­nity Park. You can also en­joy live mu­sic and meet the an­i­mal am­bas­sadors from the Clinic for the Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of Wildlife (CROW), which ben­e­fits from the event’s proceeds, to learn about care for the is­land’s in­jured and or­phaned wildlife. crow­

ON THE WILD SIDE Nov. 2-29 Ed Takacs Ex­hi­bi­tion, Bonita Springs

Big cats, elu­sive al­li­ga­tors and ma­jes­tic ele­phants are Ed Takacs’ sub­jects. The Bonita Springs artist cap­tures the nat­u­ral beauty of the an­i­mal king­dom us­ing wa­ter­color, oil and acrylic—choos­ing which­ever medium best cap­tures the essence of his com­po­si­tion. Whether his sub­ject is a bird of­ten spot­ted in South­west Florida or a ze­bra roam­ing Africa’s grass­lands, his wildlife paint­ings have an emo­tional qual­ity that will move you. See them on dis­play in the Tra­novich Gallery at the Cen­ters for the Arts Bonita Springs. The open­ing re­cep­tion is Nov. 2. art­cen­ter­

GO LO­CAL Nov. 3 Wink Taste of Lee, Fort My­ers

The sea­son’s cooler tem­per­a­tures are per­fect for at­tend­ing out­door street fairs. So head to Cen­ten­nial Park in down­town Fort My­ers for the Wink Taste of Lee. The event pro­moted by Busi­nesses Sup­port­ing Com­mu­ni­ties is an op­por­tu­nity to get ac­quainted with your lo­cal restau­rants and busi­nesses. Sam­ple culi­nary of­fer­ings from some 50 eater­ies and visit booths where lo­cal busi­nesses show­case their goods and ser­vices. En­ter­tain­ment and a chil­dren’s ac­tiv­ity area make it a great out­ing for the en­tire fam­ily.

COCO LOCO Nov. 8-11 Co­conut Fes­ti­val, Cape Coral

Con­sider this four-day event a cel­e­bra­tion of the City of Cape Coral—

and a rea­son to have lots of fun. At the Sun Splash Fes­ti­val Grounds, two stages host rock and coun­try bands and from the mid­way’s Fer­ris wheel and Tilt-A-Whirl come screams and laugh­ter. Car­ni­val eats in­clude fun­nel cakes and cot­ton candy, plus co­conut-in­spired sweets. A craft beer gar­den is planned, along with a 5K and kids run on Nov. 10. co­

LATINO ART Nov. 16 Saint Ann Latino Con­tem­po­rary Art Auc­tion, Naples

Min­gle with lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional Latin artists at the Saint Ann Latino Con­tem­po­rary Art Auc­tion held at Ar­tis-Naples. The evening fundraiser fea­tures hors d’oeu­vres and live Latin en­ter­tain­ment, plus a silent auc­tion where you can bid on your fa­vorite piece of art­work. The money raised goes to a schol­ar­ship fund for un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren of Latino back­ground. Tick­ets are $250 per per­son. sal­

SAND ARTISTS Nov. 16-25 Amer­i­can Sand­sculpt­ing Cham­pi­onship, Fort My­ers Beach

Fort My­ers Beach’s sands are trans­formed into works of art dur­ing the Amer­i­can Sand­sculpt­ing Cham­pi­onship. Now in its 31st year, the event is con­sid­ered one of the largest in the world for the art form. Whether elab­o­rate sand cas­tles as one would ex­pect on a beach or some­thing to­tally un­ex­pected like Nep­tune ris­ing from the sea, the works by these tal­ented sculp­tors are crafted from na­ture. Watch and mar­vel as they shape the sands, then shop the event’s ven­dors or just en­joy a day on the shore. fmb­sand­sculpt­

BOU­TIQUE ART SHOW Nov. 23-24 Masters Art Fes­ti­val, Sani­bel

Smaller and more in­ti­mate than most art shows, the Masters Art Fes­ti­val is an op­por­tu­nity to min­gle with artists work­ing in var­i­ous me­dia—paint­ing, sculp­ture, jew­elry, photography, draw­ing and more. It hap­pens at the Sani­bel Com­mu­nity House, the hub for so­cial gath­er­ings on the is­land. No doubt you’ll find a great piece of art or you might even find your­self com­mis­sion­ing a paint­ing by a newly dis­cov­ered artist. sani­bel­com­mu­ni­ty­

HOL­I­DAY TRA­DI­TION Nov. 27-Dec. 19 Fort My­ers A Christ­mas Carol,

What is the hol­i­day sea­son with­out a view­ing of A Christ­mas Carol to make you ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­thing you have? See Ebenezer Scrooge on the big stage at the Florida Reper­tory The­ater in Fort My­ers. Veer­ing from tra­di­tion, this brand-new adap­ta­tion prom­ises orig­i­nal mu­sic, mag­i­cal stage­craft, a chil­dren’s cho­rus and a fresh ap­proach to an old Charles Dick­ens fa­vorite. It’s a Christ­mas show the whole fam­ily can en­joy. flori­

JIN­GLE BELLS AHOY Dec. 1 Fort My­ers Beach Christ­mas Boat Pa­rade

Whether you watch from a lawn chair or a bar stool, this Christ­mas boat pa­rade will light up your night. Some 30 wa­ter­craft all aglow with hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions, fea­tur­ing ev­ery­one from Frosty to Ru­dolph to Santa Claus, glide through Matan­zas Har­bor. The show be­gins at Salty Sam’s Ma­rina and passes by Par­rot Key Caribbean Grill, Matan­zas on the Bay, Ner­vous Nel­lie’s, Doc Ford’s, Dixie Fish Co., Orig­i­nal Shrimp Dock Bar & Grill and Bonita Bill’s. Be sure to note your fa­vorite and vote on­line for best dec­o­rated boat. fort­my­ers­

MUNCHKINLAND Dec. 5-6 The Wiz­ard of Oz, Fort My­ers

No doubt af­ter watch­ing The Wiz­ard of Oz, you find your­self singing “Ding dong! The witch is dead” for hours. But it’s so worth it. This clas­sic movie turned into a stage pro­duc­tion is as en­ter­tain­ing to­day as it was the first time you saw it. The beloved tale about a Kansas farm girl trav­el­ing over the rain­bow comes to the stage at the Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall. Ex­pect all the usual songs—“Over the Rain­bow” and “We’re Off to See the Wiz­ard”—along with dazzling new spe­cial ef­fects. bb­man­

TWIN­KLING LIGHTS Dec. 7-8 Lu­mi­nary Hol­i­day Stroll, Sani­bel & 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. Along with the rib­bons and bows and strands of lights and gar­land, Florida-style pink plas­tic flamin­gos wear­ing Santa hats and il­lu­mi­nated crèches are tucked in lush gar­dens. Let the sea­son’s fes­tive glow and mer­ri­ment put you in the hol­i­day mood— then open your pock­et­book and start shop­ping! The Lu­mi­nary Hol­i­day Stroll takes place on Sani­bel Dec. 7 and on Cap­tiva Dec. 8 from 5:30-9 p.m. sani­bel-cap­

TRICK SHOTS Dec. 9 Har­lem Glo­be­trot­ters, Es­tero

The Har­lem Glo­be­trot­ters are basketball play­ers who pride them­selves in break­ing Guin­ness World Records. The 6-foot-9inch show­man Big Easy Lofton holds the record for the long­est basketball hook shot, mea­sur­ing 72 feet and 6.25 inches. Han­dles Franklin is cred­ited with the far­thest kneel­ing basketball shot made back­wards at 60 feet and 7.5 inches. Adding to the mix are fe­male play­ers with nick­names like Swish, Hoops and TNT. The tal­ented masters of the basketball bring their World Tour 2018, the ul­ti­mate in fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment, to the Ger­main Arena in Es­tero. ger­

GOOD TID­INGS Dec. 8 & 12 BIG Arts Hol­i­day Shows, Sani­bel

Not only does the BIG Arts Con­cert Band play the re­quired mu­sic to usher in the joy­ful sea­son, but the band’s Hol­i­day Con­cert (Dec. 8) is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate with neigh­bors and friends. Or you can at­tend the BIG Arts Cho­rus Hol­i­day Con­cert (Dec. 12). Both the band and cho­rus are com­prised of mu­si­cians and singers from the area, many of them sea­sonal res­i­dents and some pro­fes­sion­als. Al­ways a sell-out, the per­for­mance at Schein Hall won’t dis­ap­point.

Sani­bel’s BIG Arts hol­i­day shows in­clude the con­cert band per­form­ing on Dec. 8 and the cho­rus on Dec. 1 2.

The tour­ing stage pro­duc­tion of The Wiz­ard of Oz comes to the Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall in Fort My­ers, Dec. 5-6.

Bonita Springs artist Ed Takacs presents his strik­ing wildlife paint­ings at the Cen­ters for the Arts Bonita Springs, Nov. 2-29.

Artists com­pete at the Amer­i­can Sand­sculpt­ing Cham­pi­onship on Fort My­ers Beach, Nov. 1625. One of the big­gest events of its kind, the com­pe­ti­tion draws nearly 50,000 at­ten­dees.

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