What to Do This Week in Fort Myers and Sanibel
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Written by Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel   
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 12:28 PM

Take a look at all of the exciting events taking place on the Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel this week in October, with some events happening through the end of the year!

‘Becoming Dr. Ruth’ at Florida Rep, downtown Fort Myers
Oct. 16-21, 23-28 – Everyone knows Dr. Ruth Westheimer as a pioneering radio and TV sex therapist, but few know the incredible journey that came before. From fleeing the Nazis and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper, to her struggles to succeed as a single mother coming to America, “Becoming Dr. Ruth” is filled with the humor, honesty, and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel.
Times and ticket prices vary, Florida Repertory Theatre, 2268 Bay St., downtown Fort Myers, 239-332-4488, floridarep.org

Distillery free tours, tastings
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday – Wicked Dolphin Distillery offers free tours and tastings. Tours last about 45 minutes. This award-winning family distillery produces rum and vodka.
To reserve a spot, call or register online, Wicked Dolphin Distillery, 131 SW 3rd Place, Cape Coral, 239-242-5244, wickeddolphin.com

Free crafts for kids at Miromar Outlets, Estero
Wednesdays – From 10 a.m. to noon in WINK Playland every Wednesday, toddlers to age 12 can participate in fun activities.
Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Roads, Estero, 239-948-3766, miromaroutlets.com

Haunted History Tour and River District History Tour in downtown Fort Myers
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – The Haunted History Tour is a paranormal tour of historic downtown Fort Myers. The River District History Tour acquaints visitors with the colorful personalities of the founders of Fort Myers. Reservations required.
$14, Haunted History Tour, 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays; $13, River District History Tour, 6 p.m. Thursdays and 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. All True Tours Historical Walking Tours begin and end at the Franklin Shops, 2200 First St., downtown Fort Myers, 239-945-0405, truetours.net

‘42nd Street’ at Broadway Palm
Oct. 17-21, 23-28, 30-Nov. 4, 6-11, 13-17 – Aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer heads to the Big Apple and quickly lands her first big gig in the ensemble of a glitzy new Broadway show. Just before opening night, the leading lady breaks her ankle which might give Peggy a chance to step in and become a star. “We’re in the Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” and “42nd Street” are favorites from the score.
Ticket prices vary, Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, 239-278-4422, broadwaypalm.com

Haunted walk, Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, Fort Myers
Oct. 18-31 - Visitors ages 16 and older can expect the fright of their life as they try and make their way through the swampy woods, taken over by strange, mutant half-human-half-animals and even eerier creatures prowling the grounds.
7-10 p.m., Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, 3450 Ortiz Ave., Fort Myers, 239-275-3435 www.calusanature.org

Alligator program at Lovers Key State Park, Fort Myers Beach
Oct. 19
– Learn why alligators are an important part of Southwest Florida’s ecosystem, what makes them so incredible and why they are so misunderstood. Learn what you can do to safely coexist with them and help protect them.
10 a.m., reservations required, Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, 239-463-4588

Mr. Pumpkinhead’s Pumpkin Patch, Lee Civic Center, North Fort Myers
Oct. 19-21, 26-31 – Have fun at the bounce house, slide, see the Clydesdales, enjoy refreshments, face painting, hay maze and haunted house.
$2, 7-11 p.m., Lee Civic Center, 11831 Bayshore Road, North Fort Myers, 239-543-8368

Oktoberfest 2018, German American Social Club, Cape Coral
Oct. 19-20, & 26-27 – Celebrate Oktoberfest under a festival tent and hoist a brew at the two-acre Bavarian Biergarten. Carnival rides, games, arts and crafts, along with live music.
$6 gate, free for ages 11 and younger, 4 p.m.-midnight Fridays, noon-midnight Saturdays and noon-8 p.m. Sundays, German-American Social Club of Cape Coral, 2101 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral, 239-283-1400, capecoraloktoberfest.com

Music Walk in downtown Fort Myers
Oct. 19 – The River District comes alive on the third Friday of the month as local and regional musicians line the streets. Free with many venues featuring additional attractions and specials.  
6-10 p.m., myriverdistrict.com

‘Hand of God’ at The Laboratory Theater of Florida
Oct. 19-21, 25-28, Nov. 1-4
– Robert Askins’ irreverent dark comedy involves a church youth group assigned to create original hand puppets. Things go awry when one of the puppets appears to become possessed by Satan.
Ticket prices and times vary, The Laboratory Theater of Florida, 1634 Woodford Ave., Fort Myers, 239-218-0481, laboratorytheaterflorida.com

Free guided nature walk at Wild Turkey Strand Preserve, Fort Myers
Oct. 20
– This free walk around a 1.8-mile trail will be led by trained volunteers and interpretive naturalists. Meeting location is the preserve parking area. Suggested items to bring include water, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and camera. Please wear closed-toe shoes.
8-9:30 a.m., Turkey Strand Preserve, 11901 Rod & Gun Club Road, Fort Myers, 239-204-1125, Conservation2020.org

Wet walks at the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, Fort Myers
Oct. 20 – Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve hosts off-the-boardwalk strolls along the wet walk trail that is usually closed to the public. The immersed path goes through the watery heart of the slough. Group size is limited to 16. You must be at least age 10 or older to participate because of the possible water depth. The walk will be in fresh, clean rainwater, usually waist-high. You will exit wet but not muddy; there is a hose to rinse off.
Reservations required, contact Charles O’Connor at [email protected]. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. walks, donations ($10 suggested) are used to support educational programs. Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, 7751 Penzance Blvd, Fort Myers, 239-533-7550

Pumpkin Patch, Alva
Oct. 20-21, 27-28 – Vendors, food trucks, pumpkin patch, hay rides, petting zoo, face painting, balloon twisting and more.
Free, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, 31 Produce, 18672 State Road 31, Alva, 239-313-8213

Snores & roars overnight camping, Shell Factory, North Fort Myers
Oct. 20
– Spend the night at the Shell Factory & Nature Center. Dinner, snacks, breakfast, guided tour of the park with close encounters with the animals and much more included.
$39, 6 p.m., Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers, 239-995-2141, Ext. 110 ask for Sandy to make a reservation

‘Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art,’ Center for Visual Arts, Bonita Springs
Through Oct. 20 – The exhibit features 35 works by artists who answered a challenge to reclaim rusted car hubcaps and transform them into their own statements.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, 239-495-8989, artcenterbonita.org

Scarecrows in the Park and Halloween Express Train, Lakes Park, Fort Myers
Through Oct. 28 – This fall festival features scarecrows, hayrides, spooky train rides, Halloween-themed bounce houses and more. The Halloween Express Train runs through Oct. 30.
6-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers, 239-533-7575

Babcock Ranch Pumpkin Patch
Through Oct. 31 –  Enjoy fall fun, photo opportunities and pick the perfect pumpkins for carving.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Babcock Ranch, 42850 Crescent Loop, Babcock Ranch

‘The Art of Peter Greenaway & Jack Kerouac’ exhibit at FSW
Through Dec. 8 – A new Rauschenberg Gallery exhibit includes 72 paintings and drawings by Jack Kerouac from the 1940s through the 1960s. The show also features four “On the Road”-inspired art pieces by British filmmaker Peter Greenaway.
Free, gallery hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida SouthWestern State College, 8099 College Parkway S.W., Building L, south Fort Myers, 239-489-9313, rauschenberggallery.com


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