What’s Happening In Naples: March 9-12 Weekend Edition

Thursday, March 9

Small-Stage Concert Series: Concierto de Aranjuez

Shell Point is proud to partner with the Southwest Florida Symphony to offer a performance of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, with conductor Nir Kabaretti and guest artist Tim Berens on guitar. Following this exquisite, slow Spanish composition, the symphony will perform Haydn’s Symphony No. 101, nicknamed the “Clock” symphony for the tick-tock rhythms of its second movement. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at www.shellpoint.org/concerts, or by calling (239) 454-2067.

Cost: $25
Location: Shell Point Retirement Community-Village Church
Address: 15100 Shell Point Blvd, Fort Myers

Tom Jones Dinner Tribute Show

Door open at 6pm for Dinner buffet served in theater till 715pm.

Dave La Fame is an award winning Tom Jones impersonator. Tom Jones tribute act. With full orchestra, 4 – 10 piece band or track show. Corporate, theatre, casino or pivate bookings. Dave has been a professional entertainer for 20 years. His incredible show is a must see for any Tom Jones fan. Capturing the energy & glamour of the late 1970’s early 1980’s era live Tom Jones Shows.

Cost: $44-$65
Location: Southwest Performing Arts Center
Address: 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs

Friday, March 10

Friends of the Library Nick Linn Lecture Series

2017 Friends of the Library Nick Linn Lecture Series
Cost: $250-$500
Location: Ritz Carlton Tiburon, Grand Lawn Pavillion
Address: 2600 Tiburon Drive, Naples

Friday Night Concert Series

Enjoy the sounds of Brittany Russell Band, an American high energy blues, rock, and soul band in the Restaurant Piazza.
Cost: Free
Location: Miromar Outlets

Play On!

The Laboratory Theater of Florida is thrilled to present PLAY ON! by Rick Abbot. This hilarious representation of local show business features a group of community theater actors trying to put on a show as the playwright continues to interrupt rehearsal with countless revisions. Beginning with rehearsals and continuing right through to the performance, the show is full of mishaps, mistakes, mayhem, and anything else that could possibly go wrong in a production.

“Play On!” opens on March 10 with an opening night reception at 7:15pm. Performances are on March 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, and April 1 at 8 p.m. and on March 19, 26, and April 1 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available through laboratorytheaterflorida.com.

Individual Show Ticket Pricing
$21 for Adults and $10 and for students at the door. All tickets are available at http://LaboratoryTheaterFlorida.com.

 Cost: $10-$25
Location: The Laboratory Theater
Address: 1634 Woodford Ave, Fort Myers

An Evening with John Sebastian

For over four decades John Sebastian has been a part of the American music scene starting when he burst onto the 60’s scene with The Lovin’ Spoonful.  Come relive the iconic songs of a great era!
Cost: $44 Loge/$39 General Admissions/$5 Students
Location: BIG ARTS Schein Hall
Address: 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel

Saturday, March 11

Birding Basics

Enjoy this fun and informative class designed to help you identify birds around you. Oriented toward the beginning birder, the classroom session explores how to use birds’ plumage, shape, behavior and habitat to recognize various species. It also covers the effective use of binoculars and field guides. During the second part of the class you will learn more tricks of the trade during a field trip to a nearby park where you can enjoy practicing new skills. Cost is $40.

Cost: $40
Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Address: 300 Tower Rd, Naples

Dancing Classrooms

Fifth grade students from three Lee county public schools exhibit their ballroom dancing skills near the Restaurant Piazza.
Cost: Free
Location: Miromar Outlets

Science Saturday

Join Mr. Glen and his Science & Engineering team and the Sylvan Learning Center for interactive science projects in WINK Playland.
Cost: Free
Location: Miromar Outlets

41st Annual Naples St Patrick Parade

A little over 40 years ago a group of fun-loving Neapolitans got together and decided to have a parade to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The Parade is now the largest privately-funded Parade in the state. It draws over 40,000 people to Old Naples each year to celebrate Irish heritage and Irish culture in America. The Naples St Patrick Foundation, Inc 501(c)3 who puts on the Parade each year has donated over $200,000 to local high school bands and scholarships in the last five years.

Cost: Free
Location: Old Naples
Address: Naples, FL

Cat Country’s Big Ol’ Bonfire

Cat Country 107.1 Presents The Third Annual Big Ol’ Bonfire! Starring Rodney Atkins, Trent Harmon, & Adam Craig on March 11th at the Sun Splash Festival Grounds in Cape Coral! Tickets are available on CatCountry1071.com | $15 GA, $25 Reserved Seating.

Cost: $25-$40
Location: Sunsplash Family Water Park
Address: 400 Santa Barbara Blvd

Stepping Out for Scholarships

On Saturday, March 11, 2017, Hodges University will host its annual “Stepping Out for Scholarships” event benefiting Hodges University’s Friends of the University Scholarship Fund. The event will be held from 6:00-10:00 p.m. at the Grey Oaks Country Club in Naples.

Guests will enjoy:

  • Elegant Dinner
  • Treats for Tuition Dessert Dash
  • Wine Pull (spend $20 to select a covered bottle of wine)
  • Wall of Boxes (spend $20 to select a box containing one of many prizes)

The presenting sponsor for this year’s event is CenturyLink. Additional sponsors include Stock Development and Stilwell Enterprises.

Tickets for the event are $250 per person or $2,000 for a table of eight. To register online, visit https://hu.formstack.com/forms/stepping_out. For more information regarding the event or sponsorship opportunities, contact April May at (239) 598-6153 or email amay@hodges.edu.

Cost: $250 per person or $2,000 for a table of 8
Location: Grey Oaks Country Club
Address: 2400 Grey Oaks Drive N., Naples

Sunday, March 12

Florida Camera Club Council 2017 Photography Conference

Speaker Sessions
Some of the best photographers in the world will be present to share their knowledge and skills with you! Sessions include technical information as well as inspirational sessions to help get your creativity flowing as we tackle the topic of Photography: The Art & The Science!

Come a day early to enjoy a variety of workshops! Workshops include excursions to local photographic destinations and on campus, hands-on learning. These sessions are limited in size to ensure you get plenty of interaction with the subjects and workshop leaders!

See the latest and greatest that the photography industry has to offer at the Conference Tradeshow! Browse booths featuring photographic equipment, publications, and more!

Go to www.f3c.org/2017-conference for more information and registration!

Cost: $75-$189
Location: Florida Gulf Coast University
Address: 11094 FGCU Blvd N, Fort Myers FL

93x Taco Fest

Outdoor Food, Drink & Music Festival
Come out and enjoy $2.00 tacos from a wide range of food vendors, enjoy your favorite beverages while watching your favorite local bands. $5.00 entrance fee, 12 and under free.

Cost: $5 entry
Location: Centennial Park
Address: 2000 W First St, Fort Myers

Ken Cowan, Organist – Marjorie Sterritte Memorial Organ Concert

One of North America’s finest organists, Ken Cowan is praised by audiences and critics alike for his dazzling artistry, impeccable techniques, and imaginative programming.  A review in ‘The American Organist’ reads, “Mr. Cowan’s technical mastery, expressivity, musicality, and sheer brilliance thrilled the convention audience.”

He performs in major concert venues and churches in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia.  He recently was featured at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA, Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, Spivey Hall, and Walt Disney Concert Hall.  Mr. Cowan has performed at many regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, and the Royal Canadian College of Organists.

Mr. Cowan received the MM degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music/Institute of Sacred Music, where he studied organ with Thomas Murray.  He received a BM degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with John Weaver.

In 2012, Mr. Cowan joined the keyboard faculty of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University as Associate Professor and head of the organ program.  Previously, he held positions at Westminster Choir College, and as the Associate Organist and Artist in Residence at St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City.  This concert is presented to the public without charge.

Cost: An offering will be received
Location: Moorings Presbyterian Church
Address: 791 Harbour Dr., Naples

Earth, Wind, & Fire

Earth, Wind & Fire formed in the Windy City in 1969. One of the most important, innovative, and commercially invincible contemporary forces of the 20th century, Earth, Wind & Fire has released a total of 23 albums. The band has recorded eight No. 1 R&B singles and eight Double Platinum Top 10 Pop Albums. EWF has earned more than 50 Gold and Platinum albums and sold over 90 million albums worldwide, earning them a solid spot on the list of all-time best selling music artists.
Cost: $73.49 – $137.09
Location: Barbara B. Mann
Address: 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Fort Myers