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Writers Conference
Returns to Sanibel

Florida Gulf Coast University is hosting the 13th annual Sanibel Writers Conference, November 8-11 at BIG ARTS on Sanibel Island.

Working and aspiring writers can learn from and mingle with published authors, editors and literary agents at a variety of workshops, panels, lectures and readings presented by acclaimed and experienced writers and teachers.

Bestselling authors Ann Hood and Joyce Maynard, and celebrated singer-songwriter Alastair Moock headline the conference. Registration is required for workshops, but some free events are also scheduled.

There will be workshops in fiction, poetry, songwriting, children’s literature, journalism, screenwriting, and creative nonfiction; as well as panels on publishing and editing; and readings, keynote addresses, and concerts.

Keynote speaker, Ann Hood is the author of 14 novels, including the bestsellers The Knitting Circle, The Obituary Writer and The Book That Matters Most. She has published three memoirs, most recently Morningstar: Growing Up with Books. Hood’s address is free and open to the public and begins at 6pm on November 10 in Schein Hall. Authors Jill Bialosky and John Dufresne also will do readings.

Joyce Maynard’s most recent memoir is The Best of Us. She also wrote the darkly comic novel To Die For, which was adapted as a film starring Nicole Kidman. Maynard will give a free public reading along with award-winning poet, January Gill O’Neil and bestselling travel writer, Stephanie Elizondo Griest at 6pm on November 9pm in Schein Hall.

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Alastair Moock has made a name for himself on the folk and Americana circuit, touring throughout the U.S. and Europe. and playing at the Newport Folk Festival. When Moock’s twin daughters were born, he turned his focus to children’s music, releasing four award-winning albums for kids and families. This spring, he returned to his singer-songwriter roots with his first ‘grownup’ album release in ten years. Poet Major Jackson and bestselling author Steve Almond will give readings before the show, which is free and open to the public.

The extensive list of presenters includes: Annemarie Ní Churreáin, Mark Evan Schwartz, Lynne Barrett, Emily Black, Brock Clarke, Julianna Baggott, Jane Roper, Tom McAllister, and Christopher Schelling, among others.

Days at the conference begin with writing exercises at 7:30am, followed by workshops at 9am, November 8-10 and 1:15pm on November 8 & 9.

Readings are scheduled for November 8-10 at 2:45pm and 6:15pm on November 9.

There is a panel with agents and editors November 10 at 1:15pm, and a panel with authors Steve Kistulentz, Tom McAllister and Alistair Mook on November 8 at 6:15pm.

The Sanibel Writers Conference events are at BIG ARTS, located at 900 Dunlop Rd. on Sanibel. For information, call 590-7421.


Arts for ACT’s
Gala Offers
‘A Night At Studio 54’

Arts for ACT’s 30th annual Gala & Fine Art Auction to aid victims of domestic violence and their children and survivors of sexual assault and human trafficking will be held on November 10, 5-10pm at the Hyatt Regency at Coconut Point in Bonita Springs.

This year’s event will feature the one-of-a-kind fine art and luxury item auction and, back by popular demand, live entertainment by Flashbacks.

The auction includes luxury excursions, hotel stays, and art donated by local, national and international artists.

About Abuse Counseling and Treatment (ACT) is a nonprofit social service agency providing support for victims and their families in Lee, Hendry, and Glades Counties since 1978. ACT provides critical services to those in crisis through a 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling, forensic examinations, medical, legal and personal advocacy, violence prevention programs, children’s programs and more.

The Hyatt Regency at Coconut Point is located at 5001 Coconut Drive, Bonita Springs. For more information, call 939-2553.


Shrimping Tours

The shrimp fleet of San Carlos Island offloads more Florida shrimp than anywhere else in Florida, and now you can get up-close and personal with the local shrimping industry with the Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center's Working Waterfront Guided Tours.

The award-winning tours are offered every Wednesday from 9am-12pm, weather permitting.

The tour includes a 1 1/2 hour guided visit at the Marine Science Center Museum, which contains numerous hands-on exhibits, touch tank, beach exhibit and estuarine aquariums.

The 3-hour tour continues with a walking tour of the commercial fishing industry working waterfront, where you can see how the boats are unloaded, the trawl doors are built, the shrimp nets are hand-sewn, the seafood is off-loaded, and other important factors used in this unique multi-million dollar industry. Reservations are required.

Founded in 1991, the Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center is a nonprofit educational organization. The Center is located at 718 Fisherman’s Wharf in Fort Myers Beach. Call 765-8101 for information.


Blues & Jazz Fest
on Sanibel

In November 2016 the Sanibel-Captiva Optimists Club pioneered a new fundraising event, the Sanibel Blues & Jazz Fest. That and last year’s Fest were successes and provided funding for the Optimists’ many charitable endeavors including their six college scholarships and Sanibel Recreation Center summer programs for kids.

This year’s Festival will again be held at the Backyard at Bailey’s General Store on Sanibel on November 4. The festival begins at noon and the music stops at 7pm.

Performers include:

Florida Gulf Coast University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz combo.

Johnny Jensen: Popular blues guitarist and Captiva teenager.

Marty Stokes Band: Acclaimed local blues band popular at clubs and festivals throughout Florida.

J.P. Soars: Blues guitarist returns for an encore performance from the 2016 Festival.

Kenny Neal: Award-winning and Grammy Award nominated guitarist headlines the concert, playing modern swamp-blues.

A closing jam will end the show.

VIP Admissions include reserved seating, reserved parking, a Festival T-shirt, a meet & greet with performers, free raw bar, champagne bar, food, and beverages.

General admission attendees should bring their own lawn/beach chairs or blankets. Food and beverages, including beer and wine, will be available.

Parking is available at the Sanibel Community House, the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, and SunTrust Bank on Periwinkle Way, and at the Sanibel Post Office on Tarpon Bay Rd. with shuttle service to the Festival grounds. Special Valet Bicycle Parking is offered directly at the Festival grounds.

Bailey’s General Store is located at 2477 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel. For information, call 472-0836.


Love Your Rebellion
Rocks for Equality

Love Your Rebellion’s party with a purpose is back! The Second annual Rock for Equality features live music, food and beers on November 2 at Point Ybel Brewing Company and Beach Records. Beginning at 8pm, some of Southwest Florida’s most exciting bands will perform at the benefit concerts for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Love Your Rebellion.

The duel-venue event features music from The Young Dead, Cobress, the Kimberlys, Roxx Revolt, Demigod Duo, Duke Stamina, Bargain Bin Heroes, XNVIX, and Kiki Lane. Music begins at 8pm and ends after midnight.Attendees can walk a few steps between both venues to catch 30-minute sets from each act, and enjoy food trucks and vendors along the way.

Point Ybel Brewing Company will be creating a specialty sour beer for the event called Fruits of Labor. 50% of all alcohol sales will be donated to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Love Your Rebellion. In addition, Beach Records will donate all the evening’s product sales to both organizations.

Love Your Rebellion’s founder, Angela Page and local musician, Frankie Colt developed Rock for Equality in 2017, seeing a need to bring the community together to support marginalized groups. Love Your Rebellion's mission is to empower at-risk populations through the visual and performing arts, literature, and education.

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers is a worker-based human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in the fields of social responsibility, human trafficking, and gender-based violence at work.

Point Ybel Brewing and Beach Records are located at 16120 San Carlos Blvd. in Fort Myers. Call 603-6535 or 878-7806 for information.


Corkscrew Swamp
Sanctuary Cafe
Showcases Local Artists

The Audubon Society’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary has announced its Gallery Café Artists series for the 2018-19 season. The works of four artists and a special traveling Audubon Photography Awards exhibit will be displayed in five separate shows through July in the Gallery Café located inside the Sanctuary’s Blair Visitor Center.

“Most of the artists we choose have visited Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and part of their work was inspired by its beauty,” said Roswitha Maroldr, the sanctuary’s Manager.

“You don’t have to be a hiker or a bird-watcher to fall in love with Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary,” added Tabitha Stadler, the Sanctuary’s Assistant director. “Many of our biggest fans come here to paint, photograph, or simply enjoy the visually stunning views of our nation’s largest stand of old growth bald cypress trees. The artists featured in these shows share their love of nature with our visitors through the expression of art. It’s truly inspirational.”

The public will have an opportunity to ‘Meet the Artist’ during each exhibit.

Painter Tim Parker will be the featured artist in November. Parker is best known for figurative abstracts in oil, acrylic and mixed media. He is the principal artist and owner of Art2D Gallery in Naples. You can meet Parker on November 23, 11am-2pm.

The featured artist in December & January is Tara Funk Grim. Her paintings use a variety of materials including acrylic and collage. You can meet Grim on January 11, 11am-2pm.

The featured artist for February & March is Leigh Herndon. Herndon, who studied Japanese rozome painting, utilizes brushed dyeing and hot-wax resist. Recent paintings were inspired by kayaking trips in the Everglades. You can meet Herndon on March 1, 10am-2pm.

Leslie Peebles is the featured artist in April, May & June. Her primary medium is wood block prints, depicting the wildlife and landscapes of Florida. You can meet Peebles on June 28, 10am-2pm.

Capping off the Gallery Café Artists series will be a special touring Audubon Photography Awards exhibit. The exhibit, on display July 1-31, features 12 photographs of birds from the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards.

Protected by the National Audubon Society since 1954, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary comprises more than 13,000 acres of rare, undeveloped wildlife habitat. A 2.25-mile boardwalk winds through pine flatwoods, wet prairie, around a marsh, and into the largest old-growth bald cypress forest in North America. Birdwatchers from around the globe celebrate the Sanctuary as one of the premier destinations on the Great Florida Birding Trail.

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is located at 375 Sanctuary Rd. in Naples, about 15 miles east of Interstate 75 off Immokalee Rd. The Sanctuary is open daily 7am- 5:30pm. For information, call 348-1260 office.

Boat Show
on the River

The 2018 Fort Myers Boat Show expects to be the largest display of boats and boating products in its 46 year history. The show is November 15-18 along the Caloosahatchee River, City Yacht Basin and Centennial Park.

A number of changes made last year have been refined. More exhibits have been added on the west side of Centennial Park and the main entrance has been shifted to the corner of 1st St & Carson St., west of the US 41 bridge.

Visitors can stroll through displays of boats and accessories in the park and then along the river, bypassing the construction area to the east side of the show and the boats in-water.

There are more on-land exhibits than ever and additional temporary docks are being added to accommodate boats in-water. Nearly 500 boats, more than 125 boat lines and hundreds of accessory booths will be represented.

A free shuttle is available to bring visitors to and from the show from downtown parking garages.

The Boat Show will be open 10am-6pm, November 15-17 and 10am-5pm on November 18. Call 656-7083 for information.


Benefit Celebrates
Healing Power
of the Arts

Storytellers Creative Arts is hosting Kaleidoscope of the Arts, a benefit celebrating the healing power of the arts on November 15. The event’s theme is ‘Turning Broken Lives Around’ and it features silent and live auctions of art and other valuables, dinner, stories of transformation, and live entertainment.

The evening’s host is Bill Barnett. Special guests include: NBC2 News Anchor Stacey Deffenbaugh , Paul Joachim (The Chocolate Genius), author Bob Petterson, painter Marcus Zotter, and musicians Dan Miller and Lew Del Gatto.

Storytellers Creative Arts is a faith-based non-profit organization serving Southwest Florida, focusing on healing and transforming lives through the arts with arts outreach groups for local artists as well as arts programs and partnerships with local community organizations,
Kaleidoscope of the Arts is November 15, beginning at 5:30pm at Hilton Naples, located at 5111 Tamiami Trail N. in Naples. Casual dress. For more information, call 591-6649.


The Budd Tavern Car
Story at Naples
Depot Museum

The Naples Depot Museum presents ‘End of the Line: the Budd Tavern Car Story,’ through December 15. An opening reception on November 1, 5-7pm is free and open to the public.

Since its arrival to the historic Naples Depot property in 1978, the Budd Tavern Observation Car #6601 has fascinated both locals and visitors. Originally built for the Seaboard Airline Railroad (SAL) in 1947 by the Edward G. Budd Manufacturing Co., this observation car was one of six built for SAL that year. Through its long service history in the SAL to its final journeys on Amtrak, this symbol of American ingenuity has traveled hundreds of thousands of miles across the United States.

After its retirement in 1978, it began a new life as an attraction to the newly opened Naples Depot Cultural Center.

For nearly two decades the Budd Car offered Naples Depot visitors a unique glimpse into the glory days of the railroads, but as the years wore on, the car began to show its age and the effects of the harsh Southwest Florida weather. In 2015, the car began an extensive three-year restoration that would stabilize the car and bring it back to its 1947 roots.

This exhibition will examine the history and journey of the Budd Tavern Observation Car #6601, the origins of the Budd Manufacturing Company and its innovative stainless-steel design, the rise of the streamliners, and the exacting standards used to bring this railroading icon back to life. Now seen in its original glory, Observation Car #6601 will continue telling the story of the railroad and its history, here, at the End of the Line.

The Naples Depot Museum is located at 1051 5th Avenue S. in Naples. For more information, call 262-6525 or visit.


Collier Museum
Celebrates Our Stories

Southwest Florida’s hidden treasure of local stories that reveal the depth of culture and breadth of diversity inherent in the community will be celebrated with two days of family fun, November 17 & 18 at the Collier Museum at Government Center.

The weekend event, Stories of the Paradise Coast, will feature local storytellers, authors, artists, and long-time community members sharing their stories from the main stage, then remaining available throughout the festival to continue the conversation one-on-one. The two-day events will also feature local artists and artisans, and kids’ activities, as well as special exhibits.

Children and their families can explore Storyland, an area with free children’s activities, crafts, interactive storytelling with The Naples Players, and story time with the Collier County Public Library.

Stories of the Paradise Coast is November 17 & 18, from 11am-5pm at the Collier Museum at Government Center, located at 3331 Tamiami Trail E. in Naples. Admission and all children’s activities are free. For information, call 252-8476.


Birding at
Rookery Bay

Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center will host two birding workshops each month, November-April. One workshop is Birding Basics and the other is Birds of the Beach.

Birding Basics is a fun and informative class designed to help participants identify the birds in everyday life. The workshop is geared toward the beginning birder and explores the use of a birds’ plumage, shape, behavior and habitat to recognize various species. Workshops are scheduled for 8:30am-12:30pm on November 9, December 21, January 11, February 8, March 8, and April 12.

Birds of the Beach discusses the history of the region’s migratory birds and the annual journeys many of them make. The workshop will cover the use of plumage, size and behavior to help with identification. To see the many birds discussed, the second half of the workshop will include a trip to Tigertail Beach, one of the most important winter shorebird sites in Florida. Workshops are November 10, December 15, January 12, February 9, March 9, and April 6, from 8am- 12pm.

Preregistration is required.

Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is located at 300 Tower Rd. in Naples. Call 530-5959 for information.


Naples Botanical Garden
Lights Up
for the Holidays

Rediscover the natural beauty of plants from the tropics and subtropics as thousands of lights illuminate the Naples Botanical Garden. Night Lights in the Garden is on display 6-9pm each evening, December 7-23, 26-30, and January 1-3.

Families will be entertained with music from various local musicians and gourmet treats will be available. On select nights there will be special holiday performances by Opera Naples and Naples Ballet. Fogg Café will be open during hours of Night Lights serving light fare and beverages.

Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre world-class garden paradise that features the plants and cultures of the tropics and subtropics between the latitudes of 26o North and 26o South including Brazil, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and Florida. It also features a hands-on interactive Children’s Garden, 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitats, walking trails, and a Butterfly Garden

Naples Botanical Garden is open 9am-5pm daily and 8am-5pm Tuesdays. The Garden is located at 4820 Bayshore Drive in Naples. For information, call 643-7275.


Tale Tellers
Telling Tales

The Tamiami Tale Tellers will present ‘Tellabration 2018!’ on November 17, 2-4pm at Lakes Regional Library in Fort Myers. The program will include about 10 Tellers who will perform a variety of stories including folk tales, fractured fables, funny stories and personal accounts. The program is for adults and children alike. It is free and open to the public.

‘Tellabration!’ is an annual event held in communities across the nation and in many other countries around the world.

The Tamiami Tale Tellers, an informal group of storytellers in Lee County who meet monthly to share stories, have been presenting Tellabration for over 25 years in Southwest Florida.

This year’s event will include favorite Tellers from previous Tellabrations including Marilyn Graham, Lisa Leonhardt, Pamela Minton, Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, Mary Lou Williams, Donna Wilson, and Joel Ying. The Master of Ceremonies is Howard Silverman, a long time favorite of Southwest Florida storytelling audiences.

The Tamiami Tale Tellers hold monthly meetings on the third Thursday of the month at 7pm at the Brookdale Retirement Community on College Parkway. The meetings are free and the public is welcome.

Lakes Regional Library is, located at 15290 Bass Rd. in Fort Myers. Call 481-0552 for more information.




The Naples Players are holding their auditions for their winter and spring productions.

Auditions for Marjorie Prime are November 17. Shows are February 6-March 3.

Auditions for Don’t Dress for Dinner are November 17. Shows are January 16-February 10.

Auditions for Guys & Dolls are December 15. Shows are March 6-April 7.

Auditions for Lost in Yonkers are January 26. Shows are May 1-26.

Auditions for The Naples Players’ KidzAct’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is January 12. Shows are April 13 & 14.

Auditions for KidzAct’s You Can’t Take it With You are January 12. Shows are May 11-13.

Auditions for KidzAct’s Always a Bridesmaid are January 26. Shows are March 27-April 20.

All auditions are 12-4pm, free and open to everyone. Auditions are at the Sugden Community Theatre, located at 701 5th Avenue S. in Naples. For information, call 434-7340.


The Sanibel Historical Village & Museum needs volunteers to staff the museum in a variety of ways. There are opportunities to lead tours, staff a building or work in the museum store. There are also opportunities to help with event planning, decorating and administrative tasks. Training takes place November 5 & 12.

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is open Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10am-4pm. Full guided tours take place at 10:30am & 1:30pm. The Village is located at 950 Dunlop Rd. For information, call 472-4648.

Jeff Jensen performs at
Buckingham Blues Bar in
Fort Myers on November 2.

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Author Ann Hood gives the
Keynote Address at FGCU’s
Sanibel Writers Conference
on November 10.

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The 46th annual
Fort Myers Boat Show
returns November 15-18
along the riverfront and
in Centennial Park.

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Dan Miller and Lew Del Gatto
are special guests at
Storytellers Creative Arts’
benefit on November 12
at the Hilton Naples.

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The newly restored Budd Tavern
Observation Car has been part
of the Naples Depot Museum
since 1978.

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Rookery Bay Environmental
Learning Center in Naples is
offering two Birding workshops
each month November-April.

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J.P. Soars is performing at the
Sanibel Blues & Jazz Festival
November 4.

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The Naples Botanical Garden
features their annual
Night Lights in the Garden,
December 7-January 3.

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Roxx Revolt performs at
Love Your Rebellion’s
Rock for Equality benefit,
November 2 at Point Ybel
Brewing and Beach Records
in Fort Myers.

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Tim Parker is the featured artist
in November as part of the
Corkscrew Swamp Cafe
Artists Series.

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Germain Arena
11000 Everblades Pkwy

Nov 9: vs Jacksonville IceMen
Nov 10: vs Jacksonville IceMen
Nov 28: vs S Carolina Stingrays
Nov 30: vs S Carolina Stingrays
Dec 1: vs S Carolina Stingrays
Dec 5: vs Jacksonville IceMen
Dec 7: vs Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Dec 8: vs Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Dec 22: vs Orlando Solar Bears
Jan 2: vs Atlanta Gladiators
Jan 4: vs Atlanta Gladiators
Jan 5: vs Atlanta Gladiators
Jan 9: vs Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Jan 11: vs Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Jan 12: vs Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Jan 25: vs Jacksonville IceMen
Jan 29: vs Jacksonville IceMen
Feb 6: vs Adirondack Thunder
Feb 8: vs Adirondack Thunder
Feb 9: vs Adirondack Thunder
Feb 15: vs Manchester Monarchs
Feb 16: vs Manchester Monarchs
Mar 1: vs Orlando Solar Bears
Mar 6: vs Atlanta Gladiators
Mar 8: vs Atlanta Gladiators
Mar 9: vs Atlanta Gladiators
Mar 23: vs Orlando Solar Bears
Mar 27: vs Norfolk Admirals
Mar 29: vs Norfolk Admirals
Mar 30: vs Norfolk Admirals
Apr 6: vs Jacksonville IceMen