What to do the week of Feb. 25-March 3, 2019
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Written by Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel   
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 07:31 PM

March Happenings in Lee County:

  • Boston Red Sox home games
  • Minnesota Twins homes games
  • Southwest Florida Reading Festival
  • 'Guys and Dolls'
  • Working Waterfront Tour
  • Haunted History Tour and River District History Tour

...and so much more!

Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins spring training in Lee County
Boston Red Sox home games
1:05 p.m., JetBlue Fenway South, 11500 Fenway South Drive; tickets, 877-733-7699, mlb.com/redsox/tickets/spring

  • Feb. 27Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox
  • Feb. 28Washington Nationals vs. Boston Red Sox
  • March 2Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox
  • March 3 – Minnesota Twins vs. Boston Red Sox

Minnesota Twins home games
1:05 p.m., CenturyLink Sports Complex, 14100 6 Mile Cypress Parkway; tickets, 800-338-9467, mlb.com/twins/tickets/spring

  • Feb. 25 – Baltimore Orioles vs. Minnesota Twins
  • Feb. 26 – Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Minnesota Twins
  • March 1 – Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins
  • March 3 – Philadelphia Phillies vs. Minnesota Twins

Shell crafting, Sanibel Community House, Sanibel
Mondays – 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

Nature & sealife cruise, Tarpon Bay Explorers, Sanibel
Daily – 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.

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
Tuesdays – 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

Hay Fever’ and ‘Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical,’ Florida Repertory Theatre, downtown Fort Myers
‘Hay Fever’ Feb. 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. 26-28, March 1-3, 5-9 – 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

‘Guys and Dolls,’ Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Fort Myers
Feb. 26-28, March 1-3, 5-9, 13-17, 19-23, 26-30 – The story of the unlikely romance between Miss Sarah Brown, a pure-at-heart urban missionary, and a slick Broadway gambler, Sky Masterson. The score features classic songs such as “Luck be a Lady,” “I’ve Never Been in Love Before” and “A Bushel and a Peck.”
Ticket prices and times vary, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, 239-278-4422, broadwaypalm.com

Crafts for kids, Miromar Outlets, Estero
Wednesdays – 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

Pine Island Flatwoods Preserve nature walk, Fort Myers
Feb. 27 – The 1.1-mile walk is one of the few places in Lee County that has naturalized longleaf pines. This habitat supports the gopher tortoise, a threatened species. The walk is led by an 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, 9-10:30 a.m., Pine Island Flatwoods Preserve, 6351 Stringfellow Road, St. James City, 239-204-1125, conservation2020.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

Southwest Florida Reading Festival, downtown Fort Myers
March 2 – The 20th annual Southwest Florida Reading features nationally acclaimed, best-selling authors for adults, teens and children. Find the latest and greatest in books, technology, accessories and attend storytelling programs, youth writing sessions and coloring contests, and a free book for every child and teen.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., free, Fort Myers Regional Library, 2450 First St., Fort Myers, 239-533-4832, readfest.org

Art Walk, downtown Fort Myers
March 1 – A must-do in the River District social scene happening the first Friday of every month. Visit the many exciting galleries, exhibits and demos plus music, dining and shopping.
Free, 6-10 p.m. Art Walk in downtown Fort Myers, fortmyersartwalk.com


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