SWFLA To Do List: Last chance to see ‘One Slight Hitch,’ more



‘By Sea and By Air’ and ‘I Explore’

June 11-July 1. Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. The first exhibition, in the main gallery, asks artists to make their own interpretations of the theme. The second exhibition, in the Tranovich Gallery, features the plein air landscapes of local painter, photographer and graphic artist Christopher Tuscan. Free. 

Studio Players Rosie Deleon, Sharon Isern and Len Becker rehearse a scene for "One Slight Hitch", May 24, 2021, at the Golden Gate Community Center's Joan Jenks auditorium.

Last chance: ‘One Slight Hitch’

At 7:30 Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m., Sundays, through June 13. Joan Jenks Auditorium, Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples. An ex-boyfriend shows up at her parents' home before a bride's wedding and upends everything. $32.50. Information: thestudioplayers.org.

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Pauly Shore at Off the Hook

The comedian performs June 14-16 at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $25 general admission, plus a fee. 8 p.m. each night. Information: offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901

Bonita Summer Camps registration

June 14-Aug. 6. Center for the Arts Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Rd and 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. For ages 4-18 — fresh, new activities in art, music, film, dance, theater, science & technology, cooking and more. Before-, lunch and after-care available. Information: artcenterbonita.org or 239-495-8989.

Leanne Morgan at Off the Hook

The comedian performs June 17-20 at Off The Hook Comedy Club, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, No. 1100. $30 general admission, plus a fee. 7 p.m. Thursday, June 17; 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, June 18; 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 19; and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 20, Information: offthehookcomedy.com or 239-389-6901.

ArtSmart Summer Camps

Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Grades 2-5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 14–18. Young artists explore new techniques, tour exhibitions and  new artistic skills. $300. Grades 4-8, two-week session grades 4-8 June 21–25 and June 28–July 2 Develop artistic skills through interaction with art educators, exhibition tours and a variety of exciting projects.$600. Registration, artisnaples.org.

Music Makers Youth Symphonia concert

7 p.m., Friday, June 18. Hayes Hall, Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Free, with reservations; artisnaples.org.

Ben Allen at the 23rd Annual Estero Chamber Luncheon

Awards Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., Friday, June 18, at Spring Run Country Club. This year’s theme is the “Greatest Chamber on Earth.” There will be a special guest performance from local Estero resident and “The Voice” contestant. Each year the Chamber recognizes its members and community leaders who have made a difference in the greater Estero area. Ticket price is $85 and sponsorships are available. For more information, visit esterochamber.org or contact the Estero Chamber at 239-948-7990.

Vocal performance camp for teens

From 10 a.m.-noon three days a week June 21-July 2 at Legacy Church, 21115 Design Parc Lane, Estero. Gulfshore Opera teaches teens classical and/or classic musical theater solos and ensemble scenes for performance and competition, with a final performance. $100. Email Marie Talley at production@gulfshoreopera.org.

KidzAct and KidzAct for Teens summer camps

Three sessions beginning June 21, July 5 and July 19: Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Naples Players' summer classes for ages 4-6, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14 and advanced conservatory for teens. Both skills classes to learn basics and performance classes with stage work. $200-$500. Scholarships available. Information: naplesplayers.org or 239-434-7340.

STAR Academy

Applications being accepted now. Three sets of workshops for different age groups are being offered by Gulfshore Playhouse for students this summer. Ages 6-8, half-day theater camp June 14-18 ($250); ages 8-13, production of "Junie B. Jones – the Musical," June 21-July 9 ($750); and ages 13-18, the musical "Grease" July 12-Aug. 8 ($1,000). Scholarships available. Information, registration at gulshoreplayhouse.org or  239-261-7529


Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

The attraction at 300 Tower Road in Naples has reopened after being closed for the past year during the height of the pandemic. The wooded property along Henderson Creek features aquariums, a touch tank with marine critters, natural history exhibits, art gallery, gift shop, picnic areas and walking trails. Hours are 9 a.m-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. The center will be closed July 5for Independence Day. Admission of $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12 benefits the Friends of Rookery Bay, a nonprofit that supports the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Guests may apply their admission fee toward Friends of Rookery Bay membership on the day of their visit. Active and retired military personnel and family members are free year-round. More at rookerybay.org or call 239-530-5972.

Key Marco Cat on exhibit through 2026

Thanks to an unprecedented five-year loan extension by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, the world-famous Key Marco Cat will continue on exhibit at the Marco Island Historical Museum through 2026. The enigmatic half cat/half human figure — created by Southwest Florida’s early Calusa people or their Muspa ancestors — is considered one of the finest pieces of pre-Columbian Native American art ever discovered in North America. It is exhibited with other rare 500 to 1,500-year-old Pre-Columbian Native American artifacts that were discovered in the same archaeological dig on Marco Island in 1896. The additional artifacts are on loan from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. They are showcased in the award-winning exhibit, Paradise Found: 6,000 Years of People on Marco Island. The Marco Island Historical Museum is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is free. For information, call 239-389-6447 or visit theMIHS.org.

‘Out of the Ordinary’

From 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Friday, through July 6. Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive, Art Quilters Unlimited. Quilting subjects and techniques that are innovative for members of the Art Quilts Unlimited, a Southwest Florida group. In La Petite Gallery, works by Sasha Singh, through June 1. Information: marcoislandart.org or 239-394-4221.

‘The Everglades: A World Worth Keeping’

Rosen Gallery, 2172 J&C Blvd., Naples. Julie Kimball’s abstract landscape show. Information: 239-405-2826.

‘Blurring Boundaries: The Women of American Abstract Artists, 1936-Present’ and ‘Making a Mark: American Women Artists’

From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; noon-4 p.m. Sundays. The Baker Museum, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Through July 25. Plus selections from the permanent collection and a continuing exhibition of Magritte. Timed ticket only for COVID-19 safety. $10; student, $5. artisnaples.org or 239-597-1900. Face masks required and bag size limits, 14-by-6-by-4 inches.

‘Marcus Jansen: Examine and Report’

Baker Museum Signature Space, Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. Jansen’s work is at the museum in a solo exhibition, "Marcus Jansen: Two Decades of Relevance," through July 25. Cost: $15; includes same-day museum admission. Tickets at artisnaples.org, 239-597-1900 or the box office.

‘Florida Girls & Boys & Their Toys’

From 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and one hour before performances through July 28. Center for Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. This traveling exhibition from the Museum of Florida History features photographs of Florida children at play, plus a selection of memorable toys and videos. Free. Information: 239-495-8989

Koreshan Unity Settlement

Explore the 19th century religious Koreshan Unity Settlement, its structures, and gardens. Join guided walking tours in Koreshan State Park and learn about these idealistic pioneers. Guided Tours are $10, non-refundable, and may be purchased online only at http://friendsofkoreshan.org/shop/guided-tours/historic-settlement-tours/.

‘American Everglades: Through the Lens of Clyde Butcher’

Photo exhibit of the world-renowned photographer runs through June 15 inside Kapnick Hall at Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples. Enjoy collection of large-format black-and-white photographs that capture untouched parts of the nation’s largest subtropical wilderness. Ticket required. Information: naplesgarden.org or 239-643-7275.

‘Fish, Fruit & Fine Dining: Marco Island’s Food Culture’

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, now through July 10. Marco Island Historical Museum,180 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. In addition to its fishing, Marco Island was once a major supplier of pineapples, mangoes, and other citrus fruits to the rest of the United States. Art and historic photographs of the foods grown, caught and prepared here are in the exhibition. Information: themihs.org or 239-389-6447.

COCO Gallery

From 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Sundays, 8074 Mediterranean Drive, Coconut Point Mall, Estero, adjacent to Panera. Artists of Shellpoint Village now through April 28. Information: cocoartgallery.com.

Revs Institute

Did you know Naples is home to one of the top 10 car museums in the world? If you haven't done so yet, check out this amazing collection of vehicles assembled over decades. 2500 Horseshoe Drive S. Visitors must observe COVID-19 protocols. Reserve tickets online for specific dates and times in advance. No walkups. Information: revinstitute.org or 239-687-REVS.

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Did you know Collier County is home to the largest state park in Florida? Explore this mesmerizing trip back to yesteryear and see wildlife in the wild. Safety protocols in place. Open 8 a.m. to sunset; $3 vehicle fee. 137 Coastline Drive, Copeland. Information: floridastateparks.org; 239-695-4953.

Rookery Bay Eco Kayak & Boat Tours

Join Rookery Bay Research Reserve for a guided boat tour or kayak adventure into the beautiful waters of Rookery Bay Reserve. With our kayak tours, guests paddle through beautiful mangrove tunnels, teeming mudflats and intricate oyster reefs while searching for amazing wildlife like sea stars, large snails, birds, dolphins and manatees. Our boat tours are small 6-passenger boats and offer a comfortable and informative ride. Guests can choose from different tours including a shelling trip to a deserted a barrier island or a sunset tour. Find out more at RookeryBay.org or call 239-530-5972. 

Paradise Chess Club

Every Saturday from 12:30 until 3:30 p.m. at Paradise Found Restaurant, 401 Papaya Street, Goodland. All ages and levels welcome. Chess boards and pieces available. Outdoor seating area. Information: yanabcc@gmail.com; 954-918-2302.

Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum

Now open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. every day, at 3075 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel. Admission is $23.95 for adults (18 and older), $21.95 for seniors, $14.95 youth (12 to 17) and students with their ID, $8.95 for children (5 to 11) and free to children younger than 5 and active military. Visitors who bike to the museum receive $1 off admission. 239-395-2233. shellmuseum.org. 

IMAG History & Science Center

Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2000 Cranford Ave., Fort Myers. Tickets are available online, and advance ticket purchases are necessary currently to limit the number of guests in accordance with CDC recommendations. 239-243-0043. Information: theimag.org.

Gordon River Greenway

A hidden gem in Naples is the Gordon River Greenway. Walk, ride your bike or kayak on or along the scenic from 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. There's 12-foot wide pathways and 10-foot-wide elevated boardwalks. Restrooms and other amenities available. (1596 Golden Gate Parkway; 239-252-4000 or gordonrivergreenway.org)

Naples Zoo

New hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples. Offering timed online tickets to the general public. All guests will be required to reserve a timed ticket online, with reduced ticket prices. Tickets can only be purchased online. Information: 239-262-5409, napleszoo.org.

Naples Jazzmasters Dixieland Band

Performs 1-3 p.m. every Saturday from June through September inside the Norris Center, 755 Eighth Ave. S., Naples. Free but donations accepted. 239-254-9674 or naplesjazzsociety.com.

Golden Gate Community Farmers Market

Open year-round, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Golden Gate; Sundays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at 11725 Collier Blvd., Golden Gate. Visit farmermarket2.com for more. 

Bonita Shores Club Farmers Market

Open 3-6 p.m., Wednesdays, through June in the parking lot of the Bonita Shores Club, 315 West Ave., Bonita Springs, featuring local produce from Inyoni Organic Farm in Naples. 

Farmer Mike's U-Pick

Open 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Wednesdays to Sundays, year-round at 26031 Morton Ave., Bonita Springs with an onsite market and cafe, as well as U-pick produce and flowers. Call 239-498-4576 or click farmermikesupick.com for more. 

Immokalee State Farmers Market

Open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily year-round at 424 New Market Road E., Immokalee. For more, call 239-658-3505 or visit fdacs.gov. 


Ben Allen Band

8 p.m. Saturday, July 3, at the Paradise Coast Sports Complex, 3940 City Gate Blvd. N, Naples. Tickets from $10 and available at sfparks.na.ticketsearch.com/sales/salesevent/574.

Summer Youth Opera Workshop

Opera Naples’ Summer Youth program creates an operetta, "Pirates of Penzance," production July 12–July 23, with classes 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and performances July 23-25. Participants learn all aspects of opera: vocal technique, acting and improvisation, set and prop construction, costume design. All applicants accepted. Scholarships available for the $300 tuition. 239-963-9050 or operanaples.org.

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