What to do the week of Feb. 11-17, 2019
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Written by Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel   
Friday, February 15, 2019 03:53 PM

Looking for something to do this week at the Beaches of Fort. Myers and Sanibel? Check out this list!

  • Farmers Markets
  • Drink Local
  • Shell crafting
  • Nature & sealife cruise
  • 'Guerilla Girls: Rattling Cages Since 1985'
  • Cruise to Tarpon Lodge and Calusa Indian Mounds
  • 'Midlife 2!'
  • 'Hay Fever' & 'Tenderly'

...and so much more!

Shell crafting, Sanibel Community House, Sanibel
– Shell crafting lessons are held for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. Shell crafters are on site for visitors to spend as much time as they want to learn, view and purchase.
10 a.m.-1p.m., Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, 239-472-2155, sanibelcommunityhouse.net

Thomas Edison birthday celebration, Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers
Feb. 11
– Celebrate Thomas Edison's 172nd birthday with cake and a performance by students from the Edison Park Creative and Expressive Arts School. The celebration is part of the Edison Festival of Light, honoring Edison, his achievements and his contributions to Fort Myers.
Free birthday party (does not include tours), 10 a.m., 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, 239-334-7419, edisonfordwinterestates.org

Nature & sealife cruise, Tarpon Bay Explorers, Sanibel
– Enjoy a naturalist-led excursion through the tranquil waters of Tarpon Bay, located in the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Look for manatees, dolphins birds and more. Touch tanks also included.
$23 adults, $15 children, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily, reservations recommended, Tarpon Bay Explorers, 900 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel, 239-472-8900, tarponbayexplorers.com

‘Guerilla Girls: Rattling Cages Since 1985,’ Rauschenberg Gallery, FSW campus, Fort Myers
Through March 23 –
  Attacking art institutions for discriminatory and inequitable practices on their own gallery walls, the Guerrilla Girls, a feminist advocacy and art collective, have designed a participatory chalkboard installation for visitor “complaints” and covered the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery floor-to-ceiling with an immersive selection of the group’s most notable public art/protest poster campaigns.
Free, Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida SouthWestern State College, 8099 College Parkway S.W., Building L, Fort Myers, 239-489-9313, rauschenberggallery.com

Garden tours, Berne Davis Gardens, downtown Fort Myers
Tuesdays through May 21
– A project of the Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council that features council member-led tours through areas of bromeliads, hibiscus, rare and tropical fruit, native plants and a bonsai display.
Free admission and parking, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Berne Davis Gardens, 2166 Virginia Ave., Fort Myers, 239-332-4942, fmlcgardencouncil.com

Cruise to Tarpon Lodge and Calusa Indian Mounds, Pine Island
– Cruise to Pine Island for lunch at the historic Tarpon Lodge, then take a guided walking tour of the Calusa Indian Mound Trail. While on Pine Island Sound, get an up-close look at the fish shacks and observe fish and marine life during the trawling net segment of this cruise experience. Reservations required.
$35 child, $45 adult, lunch is additional, 10 a.m. cruise departs from McCarthy’s Marina, 11401 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva and returns at 3 p.m., 239-472-5300, captivacruises.com

Songwriters on the Plaza, downtown Fort Myers
Feb. 12
– Held on the second Tuesday of the month, sponsored by the Lee County Library System and the Americana Community Music Association, this songwriter showcase features performances by Joe Virga, Bill Metts and Bruce Gallant. Concerts take place at the outdoor amphitheater on Cornog Plaza. Bring a chair or a blanket.
Free, 6-7:30 p.m., Cornog Plaza, 1651 Lee St., Fort Myers, 239-533-4600, leegov.com/library/events/FortMyers

‘Midlife 2!,’ Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Fort Myers
‘Midlife 2’ Feb. 14-17, 19-23
– The follow up to “Mid-Life The Crisis Musical,” “Midlife 2!” is a hilarious look at the aches, pains and joys of getting older.
Ticket prices and times vary, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, 239-278-4422, broadwaypalm.com

‘Hay Fever’ and ‘Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical,’ Florida Repertory Theatre, downtown Fort Myers
‘Hay Fever’ Feb. 12-17, 19-24, 26-28, March 1-3, 5-9
– Set in the glamour of the 1920s, this classic Noel Coward comedy of bad manners is full of razor-sharp wit.
‘Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical’ Feb. 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

‘Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood,’ Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers
Feb. 14-17
– A gender-bending, patriarchy-smashing and hilarious take on the classic tale of Robin Hood and his/her Merry Men.
Ticket prices and times vary, Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, 239-939-2787, artinlee.org

Music Walk, downtown Fort Myers
Feb. 15
– 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

Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve nature walk, North Fort Myers
Feb. 16
– The walk around this one-mile loop trail will be led by a trained volunteer and interpretive naturalist. Meeting location is in the preserve parking area. Suggested items to bring include water, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and camera. Please wear closed-toe shoes, no sandals.
Free, 9 a.m., Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve, 10130 Bayshore Road, North Fort Myers (east side entrance), 239-204-1125, conservation202.org

Cape Coral Charity Car Show, Cape Coral
Feb. 16
– See more than 200 cars of various makes and models at this fundraiser for Cape Coral Caring Center. Anyone can enter a vehicle; just show up Saturday with $20 for the registration. The event also features a deejay playing ‘50s and ‘60s music, food vendors, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing.
Free, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Jaycee Park, 4125 S.E. 20th Place, Cape Coral, 239-549-5592,  CapeCoralCharityCar-Show.com

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

Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade, Fort Myers
Feb. 16
– The gigantic, two-hour night parade returns with more marching bands, elaborate floats, government officials, law enforcement officials, clowns and other sights.
Free, 7-10 p.m., parade travels from Fort Myers High School to Cleveland Avenue and then north to downtown Fort Myers, 239-334-2999, edisonfestival.org