What’s Happening In Naples: April 20-23 Weekend Edition

Thursday, April 20

Michael Monroe Art Show and Live Painting Performance

Abstract Artist, Michael Monroe, will host an art show at his studio/gallery. He will paint live to music at 7:00.

Cost:  Free
Location:  Michael Monroe Art
Address: 5405 Taylor Road Suite 20, Naples FL


STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show. As the Boston Globe says, “If you haven’t seen STOMP, GO! If you have seen it, take someone and share the pleasure!” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.
Location: Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall
Address: 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers FL

Friday, April 21

Reynier Llanes Solo Exhibition

The final solo exhibition of the Harmon-Meek Gallery’s 54th Season welcomes Reynier Llanes to the Harmon-Meek Gallery. Llanes was born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba in 1985.  He attended the city’s school of art for four years and completed his studies in 2004.  In Havana, Reynier Llanes was tutored by one of the country’s most recognized realist artists, Juan Miguel Suarez. In 2007 Llanes grabbed an opportunity to emigrate from Cuba and moved to the United States.

In 2011 Llanes was awarded a “first purchase award” for a work now in the art collection of the city of Charleston, South Carolina.  His art is on permanent exhibition in the museum collection of Franklin G. Burroughs- Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC.  He is in the collection of the Snite Museum of Art in South Bend, Indiana and the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL.

Reynier Llanes moved with his family to Miami in 2015 and has had solo exhibitions at Miami-Dade College West in Doral and will have an exhibition at Northwestern State University in Louisiana in May.

Llanes states “I am drawn to rural environments that afford a sense of space and silence and an opportunity to unobtrusively observe daily functions of others as we all pursue life’s mission of work, love, and belonging.  Agrarian life allows me to experience how we work in harmony with the mysterious and changing fabric of nature.  It is the small, but critical tasks of daily life that I find most stimulating and reflective of the quality of essential, personal, community and social values.”

Cost: Free
Location: Harmon-Meek Gallery
Address: 599 9th ST N Suite 309, Naples FL

Dancing Classrooms

Celebrate for a good cause with live entertainment, dancing, drinks and appetizers. Proceeds benefit the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools Dancing Classrooms program for 5th graders.
Cost: Free
Location: Miromar Outlets
Address: 10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero FL

Saturday, April 22

Colors of the Rainbow

Finalists from the Dancing Classrooms Exhibitions at Miromar Outlets will compete in this culminating event at Miromar Design Center.

Cost: Free
Location: Miromar Outlets
Address: 10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero FL

Olivia Newton-John

Sunny 106.3 FM presents internationally recognized four-time Grammy Award-winning singer, actress, community activist and breast cancer “thriver” Olivia Newton-John live in concert at Seminole Casino Hotel, April 22 at 8 p.m. Advanced Tickets are on sale now for $39 or $50 day of show.  A limited number of $125 VIP tickets are available,  with private section directly in front of the stage with seating, private bar, complimentary appetizers and two beverages.

With a career spanning over five decades and more than 100 million albums sold, Newton-John’s successes include four Grammys, numerous Country Music, American Music, Billboard and People’s Choice Awards, an Emmy Award, 10 #1 hits and more than 15 top 10 singles. She recently scored another #1 hit, this time on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart with her daughter Chloe Lattanzi – becoming the first mother/daughter duo to top this chart. In 1978, her co-starring role with John Travolta in “Grease” catapulted her into super-stardom and to date remains the most successful movie musical of all time.

Throughout her career, the much-loved star has held many humanitarian and environmental causes close to her heart. Newton-John served as Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Environment Programme, was the co-founder of Children’s Health Environmental Coalition (now Healthy Child, Healthy World) and, in 1992 she created National Tree Day in Australia, which is responsible for planting more than 10 million trees since its beginning. Most recently she co-founded One Tree Per Child, an international school initiative with the goal of having every child under the age of 10 plant at least one tree.

In 1992, Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her personal triumph against cancer led her to announce her partnership with the Austin Health and the creation of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre (ONJCWRC) in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia, which opened its doors in 2012. The Centre provides a comprehensive range of services and facilities for cancer treatment, education, training and research as well as a dedicated wellness center (oliviaappeal.com).

Newton-John’s timeless appeal was on display during her recently concluded three-year Las Vegas residency “Summer Nights” at the Flamingo. A portion of every ticket sold benefited the Wellness Programs at the ONJCWRC.

Her latest recording, “LIV ON,” a collaborative, inspiring new CD intended for those who wish to transcend loss while walking a journey toward new-found meaning and hope, was recently released to critical acclaim. For more information visit OliviaNewton-John.com or follow her on Twitter @OliviaNJ or Instagram @TheRealONJ.

This show is an outside event, and attendees are welcome to bring their own chairs.  However, no coolers or pets will be permitted.  This is a rain or shine event.

Cost: $39
Location: Seminole Casino Hotel
Address: 506 South 1st St, Immokalee FL

Local Small Business Expo

Priceless Events Presents: The first Masterpiece Vendors Expo of the season: Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 11:00 – 2:00 T Michaels, 4050 Gulf Shore Blvd. Naples, FL 34103 This event is open to the public, and there is no charge. T Michaels will serve delicious complimentary hors d’oeurves with “bubbly”. Who can resist? Meet, mingle & network with other’s while meeting and supporting our local Vendors. This promises to be THE event of the spring! Vendors table are still available at $70.00 ea. For more information please call Josie at 239 465 8455. Sponsorship package available. Don’t miss out! https://vendorexpo1.eventbrite.com

Cost: Free
Location: T-Michaels
Address: T Michaels, 4050 Gulf Shore Blvd, Naples FL

Sunday, April 23

Orchard Supply Hardware Invites Neighbors

Orchard Supply Hardware invites Naples neighbors to the ‘Happiest Grand Opening Ever!’ The Grand Opening is a three-day celebration that welcomes the neighborhood to the new store with free goodies including totes and custom t-shirts, projects and product demos and thousands of dollars in giveaways, gift cards and prizes.

Starting at 10 a.m. on Friday morning, customers of all ages can delight in great music, fantastic food and hands-on fun. Familiar voices from local radio stations WXXL XL 106.7 and WMGF Magic 107.7 will be on-hand to keep everyone moving, hosting their afternoon shows live in-store and greeting fans!

Every day of the Grand Opening weekend features special entertainment and activities.  From complimentary pics at a photo station to locally loved restaurants, there is a lot to do and see.

  • Noisiest Ribbon Cutting: We kick the weekend off with the “Noisiest Ribbon Cutting Ever” at 10 a.m. on Friday. All neighbors are welcome to the kick-off reception with food and fun!
  • Mystery Gift Card Drawing: Starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the first 400 customers enter for a chance to win an Orchard gift card worth up to $100.
  • Register to Win Services: Make your home repairs a reality with handyman services for the year and a $500 OSH gift card.
  • Store Passport: Explore the store and participate in activities for a special surprise.
  • Free Canvas Totes: Shopping totes will be given to the first 500 customers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Free Custom T-Shirts: Fresh pressed shirts starting at 10 a.m.
  • Adopt a Plant: Spring into the season with a free potted plant starting at 10 a.m. Our garden experts will be on site to give tips and tricks on how to keep your plant healthy and growing.
  • Free Food: Local vendors will be on-site each day to provide free treats to customers.
  • Live Acoustic Guitar Player: Enjoy local music to keep everyone moving all weekend long.
  • Project of the Day: Participate in hands-on projects Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Orchard 1954 Chevy: The custom Orchard truck will make a special appearance at the store throughout the weekend. Photos are encouraged!

About Orchard Supply Hardware
Orchard Supply Hardware is in the home enjoyment business. Focused on paint, repair and the backyard, Orchard helps customers express their personal style and keep their homes humming. Orchard takes a fresh, human-sized approach to small-scale home projects, believing that not every upgrade needs to be an undertaking with the right tools and advice. Founded in 1931 and based in San Jose, California, the lifestyle hardware and garden supply retailer has built a reputation for convenience and great customer service. Today, Orchard operates nationwide with neighborhood stores in California, Oregon and Florida. Find us on Twitter and Instagram at @orchardsupply, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/orchardsupplyhardware.

Cost: Free
Location: Orchard Supply Hardware
Address: 3790 Tamiami Trail, Naples FL

Bonita Springs Concert Band at Riverside Park

Under the direction of Gary Smith, the band will present a free concert on Sunday, April 23, at 2:00 pm in Riverside Park on Old US 41 in Bonita Springs.

This is a joint concert with the Naples Concert Band, which is directed by Harris Lanzel.  On Saturday, April 22, at 2 pm, both bands will perform at Cambier Park in Naples and then together again on Sunday, April 23, at Riverside Park.  This is a great opportunity to hear both community bands in the same afternoon!

Cost: Free
Location: Riverside Park, downtown Bonita Springs
Address: Bonita Springs, FL