What to do the week of Jan. 14-20, 2019
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019 03:05 PM

January Happenings in Lee County:

  • 'Great Bowls of Fire' art class
  • Distillery tours and tastings
  • 'Saturday Night Fever' 
  • 'Fences' and 'Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical'
  • Haunted History Tour and River District History Tour
  • Sing Out! Latina America choral festival

...and so much more!

 ‘Great Bowls of Fire’ art class, Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs
Jan. 14
– At “Great Bowls of Fire” art class, use glazes, stamp or slip trail designs on a ceramic bowl while enjoying food and drink.
$60, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, 239-495-8989, artcenterbonita.org

Distillery tours and tastings, Cape Coral
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
– Wicked Dolphin Distillery offers free tours and tastings. Tours last about 45 minutes. This award-winning family distillery produces rum and vodka. Reservations required.
Free, times vary, Wicked Dolphin Distillery, 131 SW 3rd Place, Cape Coral, 239-242-5244, wickeddolphin.com

‘Saturday Night Fever,’ Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Fort Myers
Jan. 15-20, 22-26, 29-31, Feb. 1-3, 5-9
– Based on the 1977 film, a young man from Brooklyn tries to escape his problems and dance his way to a better life. He hits the dance floor every weekend at the discotheque, where he tries to win the admiration of the crowd, and his crush.
Ticket prices and times vary, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, 239-278-4422, broadwaypalm.com

‘Fences‘ and ‘Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical,’ Florida Repertory Theatre, downtown Fort Myers
‘Fences’ Jan. 15-20, 22-27, 29-30
– August Wilson’s modern American classic follows a former baseball star of the Negro leagues who works as a garbage man in 1957 Pittsburgh. Excluded from the major leagues during his prime, his bitterness takes its toll on his relationships with his wife and son, who now has his own chance to become a star athlete.

‘Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical’ Jan. 15-20, 22-27, 29-31, Feb. 1-3, 5-10, 12-15, 17, 19-24 – This new musical follows Rosemary Clooney’s rise to Hollywood stardom and a breakdown that nearly ended her career. The show features over 20 tunes, including “Come On-A My House,” “Hey There,” “Sisters,” “Mambo Italiano” and more.
Ticket prices and times vary, Florida Repertory Theatre, 2268 Bay St., Fort Myers, 239-332-4488, floridarep.org

Crafts for kids, Miromar Outlets, Estero
– Toddlers to age 12 can participate in fun activities at WINK Playland.
Free, 10 a.m.-noon, Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Road, Estero, 239-948-3766, miromaroutlets.com

Working Waterfront Tour, Ostego Bay Marine Science Center, Fort Myers Beach
Wednesdays through March 6
– Learn about Florida's "Pink Gold" and the largest shrimping fleet in Florida. Visit commercial fishing docks, see how shrimp are processed and visit the museum with hands-on exhibits, touch tank and estuarine aquariums. Reservations required.
$20 ages 18 and older, $10 ages 6-18, free ages 6 and under, 9 a.m.-noon, Ostego Bay Marine Science Center, 718 Fisherman’s Wharf, Fort Myers Beach, ostegobay.org, 239-765-8101

Haunted History Tour and River District History Tour, 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

Music Walk, downtown Fort Myers
Jan. 18
– 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. 
Free, 6-10 p.m., myriverdistrict.com

Sing Out! Latin America choral festival, Fort Myers
Jan. 18-19
– Sing Out! Southwest Florida-Latin American Choral Festival features Vox Populi Project from Veracruz, Mexico. Singers ages 15 and older are invited to join the festival chorus. Rehearsal from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and from 1:30-4 p.m. Saturday at address below.
Free, 7:30 p.m. concert Saturday at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 10051 Plantation Road, Fort Myers, 239-560-5695, symphonicchorale.org

Flavors of Matlacha Island Tour, Matlacha
Saturdays through April 6
– This adventure combines Matlacha’s commercial fishing history with its colorful artistic charm. Enjoy samples of local fish and other tastes of Matlacha. Bring water, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Reservations required.
$18, 10-11:30 a.m., Leoma Studio, 4547 Pine Island Road NW, Matlacha, 239-945-0405, truetours.net

Movies Under the Stars, Coconut Point, Estero
Jan. 19
– See “Incredibles 2” at Movies Under the Stars on the lawn by Florida Blue at Coconut Point. Bring a blanket, lawn chair and pets are welcome. Movies begin at dusk.
6-8 p.m., Coconut Point, 23106 Fashion Drive, Estero, 239-992-9966, simon.com/mall/coconut-point/news-and-events

Legends of the past tour, Captain Bubby’s Island Tours
– This tour of Sanibel and Captiva islands includes a visit to the Sanibel Lighthouse, a history of the Calusa Indians and more. Other tours are offered, including a create-your-own-tour option.  
Prices vary, Captain Bubby’s Island Tours, 239-245-7383, captainbubbys.com