What’s Happening In Naples: March 30 – April 2 Weekend Edition

Thursday, March 30

History & Heritage On The Water With Robert N. Macomber & Island Girl Charters

Join Maritime Historian, Robert Macomber for his narrated voyage titled “The President And The Devilfish” celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt’s visit to SW FL. Come aboard for tales featuring one of the coast’s most unusual visiting fishermen & conservationists: Theodore Roosevelt.

Learn about his expedition to these islands, and his lingering legacy on this coast. Enjoy the incredible array of wildlife, relax in the tranquility of the islands, and feel refreshed by the tropical breeze. This is definitely the very best way to learn history!

The adventure awaits at Pineland Marina on Island Girl 1, a custom built 45 ft. Corinthian Catamaran. Reservations are required. For this voyage, call Island Girl Charters tel # 239-633-8142.

Tickets are $100 per person [include 3 hour boat trip, lunch, water, soft drinks & parking]. To learn more about your guide, visit www.RobertMacomber.com and to learn more about Island Girl Charters, visit IslandGirlCharters.com.

Cost: $100 per person
Location: Pineland Marina
Address: 13921 Waterfront Drive, Bokeelia FL

Free Screening of “Persona Non Grata”

Join the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami, Florida Gulf Coast University, and FGCU’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies for a special film screening of “Persona Non Grata” on Thursday, March 30 at FGCU’s Cohen Center in room 214.  The screening is free and open to the public.

“Persona Non Grata” tells the story of Chiune Sugihara, commonly referred to as “Japan’s Schindler.” Sugihara served as a Japanese Consul in Lithuania during World War II and saved the lives of thousands of Jews by issuing them transit visas, helping them flee from danger.

“Persona Non Grata” is 139 minutes in length. The film is in Japanese with English subtitles. Seating is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cost: Free
Location:  Florida Gulf Coast University Cohen Center
Address:  10501 FGCU Blvd. N., Fort Myers FL

2017 Benefit Dinner with God’s Not Dead Actor- Producer, David A.R. White

David A. R. White, the producer and actor in God’s Not Dead and nearly 20 other faith-based films, will be the guest speaker at the 21st Annual Benefit Dinner for Lifeline Family Center Thursday, March 30.

God’s Not Dead is the most successful independent faith-based film of all time, making White’s studio, Pure Flix, the most successful Christian film production company in the industry.

About 500 community leaders are expected to attend the annual benefit dinner at McGregor Baptist Church on Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $70 each or $400 for a table of eight. Sponsorships, which include a VIP reception with White, are available from $1,000 to $10,000. Tickets may be purchased at www.lifelinefamilycenter.org/benefit-dinner or by calling 239-242-7238.

Lifeline Family Center provides a home in Cape Coral for homeless young women in crisis pregnancies to help them become self-supporting through education, job training, parenting classes, professional counseling and spiritual guidance. It is the only residential program in Lee County for homeless young women in crisis pregnancies who are not part of the foster care program.

Cost: $70/person or $400/table of 8
Location: McGregor Baptist Church – Hope Building
Address: 3750 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers FL

Friday, March 31

2017 Women of Initiative

Each spring, the Women’s Foundation of Collier County honors local women leaders who, through their leadership styles, are an inspiration to all women seeking to make a difference through philanthropy and civic engagement. The 2017 Women of Initiative will be recognized for their achievements during the annual Women of Initiative Luncheon. Net proceeds from this event to help meet the needs of at-risk women and girls in our community through grants from the Women’s Foundation of Collier County.

This event is sponsored by BMO Private Bank, è Bella Magazine, the Women’s Foundation of Collier County, Waterside Shops and Naples Yacht Club.
Cost: Individual Ticket $210, Patron Table $2,500
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Naples Beach Resort
Address: 280 Vanderbilt Beach Rd, Naples FL

The Cave by Jeff Lindsay

The Cave by Jeff Lindsay: A World Premiere.

The Cave is set during the Civil War in a hidden cavern, where an escaped slave, a blind Confederate soldier and a Union deserter hide out to seek freedom and survival. The production is a drama with themes of race, belief and mortality.

Marie Baptiste as Cassie
Jordan Wilson as Brandon
Michael Pineda as Timothy

Jeff Lindsay is the award-winning author of the New York Times bestselling Dexter novels upon which the international hit TV show Dexter is based. Although a full-time writer now, he has worked as an actor, comic, director, bounder, singer, songwriter, voice-over artist, teacher and sailing instructor.

Lindsay has written twenty-two plays which have been produced in New York, New Haven, Key West, Pittsburgh, London and California. For 5 years, Lindsay wrote “Fatherhood,” a semi-syndicated weekly column on parenting from the male perspective. He hosted several local PBS-TV shows and a documentary. Hemingway In Cuba, which was seen nationally on PBS.

Mar 24-25, 30-31 & Apr 1, 6- 8 at 8pm; Apr 2 at 2pm.
Cost: $11 – $24
Location: Alliance for the Arts
Address: 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers FL

Saturday, April 1

14th Annual Macomber Book Bash @ Woody’s Waterside Pub


Fans & friends are invited to the 14th Annual Pine Island Reader Rendezvous to help author Robert N. Macomber celebrate his newest Peter Wake thriller, An Honorable War, the 13th in the award-winning Honor Series.

Don’t be an April’s Fool and miss this event: Saturday, April 1st from 12-5pm.

Eat, drink, dance and bring your sense of humor for best book bash ever! Woody’s Waterside menu has fresh seafood, slow-roasted pig, and your favorite tropical drinks. The special, live island music features The Cuban Duo and a rare reunion of The Yard Dogs.

Partial proceeds of the sales at this event supports Home For Our Troops


Cost: Free
Location: Woody’s Waterside Pub
Address: 3051 Stringfellow Rd. on Monroe Canal St., James City FL

Madisen’s Match

In its 9th year, the world-class celebrity tennis experience Madisen’s Match will take place on March 31 and April 1 at The Landings Yacht, Golf and Tennis Club. Event attendees will get to meet this year’s all-star line-up including Mardy Fish, Robby Ginepri, Tom Gullikson, Mikael Pernfors, Luke and Murphy Jensen and Kathy Rinaldi. Developed to benefit individuals suffering with brain tumors, the 2017 event expects to raise $150,000.

“Madisen’s Match gives the every-day amateur the rare opportunity to spend the day with the world’s best tennis players. During the weekend event, participants have improved their tennis games and helped brain tumor patients and their families,” expressed Madisen’s Match founder Duane Chaney.

The two-day event will kick off on Friday, March 31 with a gala with live entertainment, a silent and live auction and a four-course dinner where attendees will get to meet-and-greet with celebrity tennis players. On Saturday, April 1 participants can enjoy a full day of activities including the Legends Tennis Fantasy Camp, lunch with the legends and the celebrity tennis pro-am rounds out with the pro tennis exhibition. To register, visit MadisensMatch.com/register.

Duane Chaney established Madisen’s Match in 2008 after his 3-year-old niece Madisen Abramson was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Inspired by Madisen and determined to help others, Chaney created Madisen’s Match to use tennis as a way to raise funds for brain tumor related charities. To date, the event has raised more than $500,000 to benefit national and Southwest Florida based pediatric and adult cancer treatment charities like Barbara’s Friends – The Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Center Fund, the Brain Tumor Navigator Program at the Regional Cancer Center, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, and the Tim and Tom Gullikson Foundation. For more information, visit MadisensMatch.com.

Cost: Varies per event, starts at $35
Location: The Landings Yacht, Golf and Tennis Club
Address: 4425 S. Landings Drive, Suite 100, Fort Myers FL

6th Annual Art Walks the Runway

Art & fashion collide when the 6th annual Art Walks the Runway fashion show returns to the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center! Join us Thursday, March 30th for a beautiful evening of opening night celebrations. On Friday, March 31st, experience the best in local fashion as local & regional boutiques present their hottest looks. Then, on Saturday night watch haute couture take the stage with incredible artful creations by Couture designers. Proceeds go towards benefitting the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center.

Art Walks the Runway 2017

Cost: Varies
Location: Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
Address: 2301 1st Street, Fort Myers FL