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Newsletter May 29 - June 4

List of Memorial Day activities this weekend

By Posted May 25, 2011


List events related to Memorial Day

Mercato First Fridays

Friday, June 03, 2011

For a great time on Friday, June 3 from 6-9pm, head out to Mercato First Fridays for a star-filled evening with the talents of Tim Poindexter and Vanilla Crosby Band.

South Florida's smoothest horn man, Tim Poindexter, who plays alto, tenor and soprano sax has lived in Naples for over 25 years and entertained for decades. Growing up in Raleigh, N.C., Poindexter says he was influenced by the Motown sound and other musicians of the era. His style of "contemporary and smooth jazz," along with his stylish originals will have jazz aficionados in an ultimate groove pattern. Joining Tim is vocalist, Mary Grace who contributes her signature energetic style.

Vanilla Crosby Band will be rocking the hits from the 80s to today. Self-described as organic, neo-soulful songwriters, Mike Rogers and Heather Brooks entertain with new versions of old stories, sweet, grooving and funky. Next to Swim 'n Sport, The Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Naples, co-founded by the legendary, Fred Astaire, will demonstrate ballroom dances to inspire the crowd and share some dance tips. The studio offers a variety of classes at their facility including Salsa, Tango, Country Western, Swing and many others.

1st Friday’s Wine Tasting & Live Music

Friday, June 03, 2011

Whole Foods 1st Friday’s Wine Tasting & Live Music, $10Fri. June 3, 6 - 8 pm

Join us this month on the back on the patio by the Lifestyle Center as we celebrate the Mercato Wine & Concert Series the first Friday of every month. Featuring up to 25 wines from around the world with tasty cheeseparings, this is a wine lover’s event! Please Pre-register online or pay in the Café upon arrival.

Florida 10-year-old drags live, 6-foot alligator home from canal

Associated Press Posted May 26, 2011


ROCKLEDGE, Fla. (AP) — Florida wildlife officials say a 10-year-old boy dragged a nearly 6-foot alligator home from a nearby canal.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers were called to the Rockledge home of Michael Dasher on Wednesday after the boy's grandfather saw the alligator in the front yard.

Michael told the officers he had been fishing with friends when something big caught the hook and snapped the line. The boy said the alligator ran at him, so he started hitting it with sticks and jumped on its back.

Michael dragged the alligator home and suffered only minor scratches on his hands and arms. Wildlife officers measured the alligator at 5 feet 9 inches long.

The officers let Michael off with a stern talk but no charges. They'll release the alligator back into the St. John's River.

Man Accused Of Attacking Florida Woman With Pool Noodle Over Watermelon Dispute

First Posted: 05/24/11


Florida Noodle Attack

East Naples, Fla. resident Karl Ludwig Eichner is allegedly harassed a woman with a pool noodle and punched her in the face, all over a watermelon tiff at the beach.

No matter how old you are, there's no horseplay allowed at the beach.

Police arrested a Florida man at Lowdermilk Park on Thursday after he allegedly harassed a woman with a pool noodle before punching her in the face, the Naples Daily News reports.

East Naples resident Karl Ludwig Eichner, 68, is accused of attacking the woman after she allegedly threw his watermelon into the ocean.

Swamp vacation

Walk through water, muck reveals real Everglades

swamp vacation

Wading in the water

Wading in the waterBy Colleen Mastony,Tribune Newspapers

3:53 p.m. CDT, May 17, 2011

Stabbing my walking stick into the muck and sliding my feet forward, I waded into the swamp, one eye on the lookout for alligators, the other trying to spot the elusive orchids that draw so many people to South Florida's Fakahatchee Strand Preserve, a 100-square-mile state park that is home to one of the largest concentrations of native orchids in North America.

Towering trees formed a dense tropical canopy. Sunlight filtered through the branches. The vegetation was so thick and uniform — a crosshatch of vines and palms — that it seemed to barely part before closing in behind us.

My first thought when wading into the cool, clear water: Was this a mistake? I had persuaded my husband to spend a weekend in the Everglades, arguing that we could have a nice vacation in what is, effectively, a swamp.

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New technology reveals widespread mislabeling of Fish

By ELISABETH ROSENTHALPublished: May 26, 2011

 iStockphoto/Illustration by The New York Times

Scientists aiming their gene sequencers at commercial seafood are discovering rampant labeling fraud in supermarket coolers and restaurant tables: cheap fish is often substituted for expensive fillets, and overfished species are passed off as fish whose numbers are plentiful.Green

A mako shark fillet is often passed off as swordfish. Yellowtail stands in for mahi-mahi. Nile perch is labeled as shark, and tilapia may be the Meryl Streep of seafood, capable of playing almost any role.

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Former seafood exec sentenced in mislabeling case

The Associated Press

MOBILE, Ala. -- A federal judge in Mobile sentenced a former seafood company executive to 13 months in prison for his role in a fraud involving mislabeled fish.

John J. Popa of Lisbon, Conn., was the last of three defendants to be sentenced in U.S. District Court.

Popa was vice president of a Pensacola, Fla. wholesale operation which sold fish to restaurants and stores along the Gulf Coast. He pleaded guilty in September, admitting that he passed off imports of sutchi, swai and basa as grouper and other more expensive seafood.

Popa also admitted the he instructed employees to change the harvest dates of expired oysters purchased from suppliers.

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The Social Critic by Eddie Filer

By Eddie Filer Posted May 30, 201

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is suing the U.S. government over deceptive dietary guidelines.

The federal government is issuing a new Dietary Guidelines for Americans. PCRM is accusing the government of using deliberately obscure language regarding foods Americans should avoid.

PCRM, in March 2010, petitioned the government to withdraw its confusing MyPyramid food diagram. In January, PCRM doctors took a 6 foot high "Power Plate" to the White House and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) headquarters. The new guidelines, advocated by PCRM, are for people to eat a variety of foods from 4 food groups: fruits, grains, legumes, and vegetables. There are no confusing portion sizes.

Every 5 years the new Dietary Guidelines are issued by the USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services as a blueprint for all federal nutrition programs, including school meals.

In 2000, PCRM sued the government because the Dietary Guidelines were prepared mostly in secret by a committee that included individuals with links to the meat, dairy and egg industries. The court ruled in PCRM's favor, and subsequently Guidelines have been prepared through a more transparent process with fewer industry ties.

The 2005 Guidelines were better, and the 2010 Guidelines were even better. They praised a plant-based diet:

"Vegarian-style patterns have been associated with improved health outcomes - lower levels of obesity, a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, and lower total mortality. Several clinical trials have documented that vegetarian eating patterns lower blood pressure."

In 2000, PCRM sued the government because the Dietary Guidelines were prepared mostly in secret by a committee that included individuals with links to the meat, dairy and egg industries. The court ruled in PCRM's favor, and subsequently Guidelines have been prepared through a more transparent process with fewer industry ties.

The 2005 Guidelines were better, and the 2010 Guidelines were even better. They praised a plant-based diet:

"Vegarian-style patterns have been associated with improved health outcomes - lower levels of obesity, a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, and lower total mortality. Several clinical trials have documented that vegetarian eating patterns lower blood pressure."

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Goodbye Food Pyramid, Hello Dinner Plate

By WILLIAM NEUMANPublished: May 27, 2011
Whatever you do, don’t call it a pie chart.

The Obama administration is about to ditch the food pyramid, that symbol of healthy eating for the last two decades. In its place officials are dishing up a simple, plate-shaped symbol, sliced into wedges for the basic food groups and half-filled with fruits and vegetables.

The circular plate is meant to give consumers a fast easily grasped reminder of the basics of a healthy diet. It consists of four colored sections, for fruits, vegetables, grains and protein, according to several people who have been briefed on the change. Beside the plate is a smaller circle for dairy, suggesting a glass of low-fat milk or perhaps a yogurt cup.

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Study Questions Treatment Used in Heart Disease

By GARDINER HARRISPublished: May 26, 2011

WASHINGTON — Lowering bad cholesterol levels reduces heart attack risks, and researchers have long hoped that raising good cholesterol would help, too. Surprising results from a large government study announced on Thursday suggest that this hope may be misplaced.Related

The study could change the way doctors treat millions of patients with heart disease. Common wisdom has been that such patients should take a statin drug like Lipitor or Zocor to lower bad cholesterol and, in many cases, the vitamin niacin to raise their good cholesterol. But in the trial, niacin provided no benefit over simple statin therapy.

The results are part of a string of studies that suggest that what doctors thought they knew about cholesterol may be wrong. Studies that track patients over time have for decades shown that patients with higher levels of high-density lipoproteins (H.D.L., or good cholesterol) tend to live longer and have fewer heart problems than those with lower levels of this cholesterol.

Not surprisingly, doctors thought that if they could raise H.D.L. levels, their patients would benefit. So far, that assumption is not panning out. Nobody knows why.

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Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park all abuzz with a family of ospreys

BY MARCIA BYRD Special to Florida Weekly

a family of ospreys


Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park has been buzzing with excitement over its latest inhabitants: a family of ospreys. Recent visitors to the park were treated to scenes of the adult ospreys flying to the nest with fish for their young, and within days after they were hatched, three little chicks’ heads could be seen above the nest.

At times the area around the nest was roped off, but the nest was still in full view and even the casual beachcomber could not miss the beauty of these birds in flight overhead. Only two of the young hatchlings have been seen most recently, and both were nicely filled out with downy feathering. Soon they will be on their own, thanks to the tenacity of their parents who painstakingly built a sturdy nest near the water to provide them with daily meals of fresh fish.

One day I had the good fortune to see one of the adults plunge into the water feet first from about 50 feet in the air and grab a fish with its talons. The fish was positioned head first into the wind as the osprey flew to the nest with its catch. I marveled at the work required of the parents to keep the hatchlings and themselves fed.

In a few weeks the young ospreys will have enough plumage for flight, but they will stick around their parents until fall migration. Then we will have to bid farewell to our incredible family.

We all hope that the osprey pair, who usually mate for life, will return next year to raise another family. Their nest will be waiting, and park visitors will have their binoculars and cameras ready for another spectacular show presented by Mother Nature. ¦

n Marcia Byrd is president of the Friends of Delnor- Wiggins Pass State Park. For more information about the park, visit To find out how to become a Friend of Delnor- Wiggins Pass State Park, call 597- 6196.

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Laid back Captiva

SNUGGLE IN A HISTORIC COTTAGE WITH A SEA VIEW OR WAKE up in a breezy condo looking over the bustling marina . . .both ends of the spectrum are choices at Captiva’s ‘Tween Waters Inn. But it’s the setting of this legendary island resort that makes it a top contender for a staycation.

For starters, Captiva Island offers that "end of the world" feeling that comes from driving across four bridges. It’s a commitment to get there, but once you arrive, reminders to chill are so plentiful that anyone too serious is going to get laughed at. Seriously.

There’s a gigantic pool — the islands’ best, many would say — which is home to The Oasis Pool Bar. Grab a stool any day at about 4 p.m. and you’re likely to wind up chatting with a local tennis pro, fishing guide or recreational specialist . . . someone living the dream. Order a margarita, turn off your cell phone (after you snap an enviable pic for Facebook, of course), and then let the island vibe start to wash over you. If you don’t feel it here, you may be a lost cause.

COURTESY PHOTO COURTESY PHOTO "Tweenies," as the locals call it, has been responsible for so much harmless debauchery through the years that it should probably qualify as a therapy center. It’s impossible not to let loose here. The resort’s Crow’s Nest lounge has also moved many an islander to happily forfeit a small fortune over many years of (very) happy hours. Like the pool bar, it’s an island version of Cheers.

Never mind that the Crow’s Nest is dark and plays down an amazing gulf view. This legendary lounge happily offers a flip-flop-and-shorts dress code as well as a laissez faire attitude. You’ll have a blast watching the dynamics of who pops in. Odds are that atypical brides and grooms will be part of the mix, as will bronzed anglers decked out in Columbia gear.

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Buddy Valastro of TLC's Cake Boss will be at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall on Saturday (481-4849). Starting at 7:30 p.m., The Cake Boss will divulge cake decorating techniques and colorful stories about his Italian family and their famous Hoboken, N.J., bakery. (Read our interview with Buddy in the June issue of Gulfshore Life.)

Venture to downtown Naples for Thursdays on Third, when high-end shopping and gourmet eats meet free entertainment. The plazas and courtyards of the Third Street South shopping district feature different musical styles every Thursday from 6–9 p.m. (649-6707,

The history and mystery of Black Island await you. Come Friday to Lover’s Key State Park, where a park naturalist will lead you on a narrated, one-mile kayak tour. Experience the wildlife at 10 a.m. for $8 per vehicle, with your own kayak or one rented from the park. For a required reservation, call 463-4588.

If outrageous hilarity is your cup of tea, come See How They Run at Theatre Conspiracy in Fort Myers. The classic British farce by Phillip King plays at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (936-3239,

Reel in the excitement Saturday at the Naples Pier with the Boy Scouts Fishing Derby. The competition starts at 9 a.m., and admission is free (206-7082).


Enjoy a guided walk through the beautiful gardens of the Edison and Ford Winter Estates on Tuesday. Learn the historical and cultural significance of the grounds’ plants, like the impressive, word-famous banyan tree. The botanical tour starts at 10 a.m. and will include a behind-the-scenes look at the Estates nursery (334-7419,

Spice up your Tuesday with the "Maestro of Mambo." At 10 a.m. the Southwest Florida Museum of History will debut an exhibit in tribute to the life of Pedro "Cuban Pete" Aguilar, the world-famous dancer credited with changing the Latin dance world forever. The exhibit will feature lively music as well as fantastic costumes and memorabilia from the hit film Mambo Kings, which Aguilar choreographed (321-7430,

Celebrate World Oceans Day on Wednesday with some fishy fun. For the kids, Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center has a touch tank program at 11 a.m. and IMAX ocean films in the afternoon, $5 for adults and $3 for children ages six to 12. At 5:30 p.m. the center will host the University of Florida’s George Burgess, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History, for a lecture titled Smalltooth Sawfish: America’s First Endangered Marine Fish. Register to see the expert for $10 or $5 for Rookery Bay members (417-6310,

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens also has special fun and educational events focused on healthy oceans, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., $19.95 for adults and $11.95 for children ages three to 12 (262-5409,


Buzz's Lighthouse - Casual Waterfront Restaurant | in Naples that offers seafood, sandwiches, salads, and more. Located just steps from the beach . Buzz's is tucked among some of North Naples' priciest real estate. It's a Frisbee toss from the Ritz-Carlton. Buzz's Lighthouse Restaurant on Gulfshore Drive has the virtue of a water view, in this case Vanderbilt Lagoon.

The Boathouse on Naples Bay | Naples, FL | Naples only "Over the Water" Waterfront RestaurantOffering the most spectacular view of Naples Bay. Casual dining with a spectacular view. - Can you imagine relaxing with good food and the wonderful panorama of Naples Bay spreading out before you?

Riverwalk Restaurant | at Tin City - A Naples favorite since 1979, the Riverwalk Restaurant menu features a value-oriented array of ... 1200 5th Avenue South,

The Dock | (Naples, FL) Bay views, great food and a laid-back attitude have made the Dock a Naples tradition for locals and visitors since 1976.

Kellys Fish House | - Dining Room - Naples, Florida Kelly's Fish House Dining Room has been a tradition since 1952 and is proud to be the oldest, most respected seafood restaurant in Naples. ... This family-owned establishment is directly on the Gordon River, cozily nestled by the bridge on the east bank, an easy drive from anywhere in town.

The Turtle Club Restaurant is Naples’ most charming & intimate beachfront restaurant, where guests experience gracious hospitality & great coastal cuisine in an upscale casual atmosphere. The setting is spectacular – the restaurant is located on the grounds of the Vanderbilt Beach Resort directly on the beach.

Baleen at La Playa Baleen is a high end beachfront restaurant you visit for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Located at La Playa Beach & Golf Resort with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico. This is the only fine dining restaurant in Naples where you can dine on the sand.

The World Famous
Snook Inn Restaurant and Chickee Bar!
Originally, the "Snook Hole," named for the abundance of Snook right off the dock, the Snook Inn has been a landmark on Marco Island for over 30 years, an island far different than that you see today.

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Buck Key Mangrove Tunnel Exploring Paddle - Saturday, June 4, 2011 8:00 AM at Buck Key in Captiva, FL
How to find us: Park in the lots on either side of the pass-look for the kayaks

This will be an exploring paddle...I have never done it so be prepared for an adventure!

We'll go through Blind Pass to Buck Key and paddle the mangrove tunnels before exploring the surrounding area. Lunch and swimming at Tween Waters is a possibility so don't forget your swim suits. Saturday, June 4, 2011 8:00 AM at Buck Key in Captiva, FLThis will be an exploring paddle...I have never done it so be prepared for an adventure!...Who's coming? The Fort Myers Area Kayaking Group

Paddle through the Wulfert Keys - Sunday, May 29, 2011 9:00 AM

This 8 mile trip is at least intermediate level due to distance, heavy current, and possible surf. Meetup, park, and launch on Wildlife Drive at mile 2.5. The entry fee is $5 per vehicle for the day. Paddle through the mangroves to Pine Island Sound, through the no motor zone along the Wulfert Keys into Blind Pass then under the bridge to the beach. Sunday, May 29, 2011 9:00 AMat J.N. Ding Darling NWR in Sanibel, FL12 kayakers

A day at the beach - Sunday, May 29, 2011 1:00 PM

Come out and spend the day at the beach to get to know everyone. Have some food, cool yourself down with a tasty drink, and play in the sand. Let's get together and get active! :) All are invited so bring a few friends, kids, or loved ones if you would like. Volleyball, horse shoes, and ladder ball plus more..........Sunday, May 29, 2011 1:00 PMat City of Naples Pier in Naples, FL

Roller Derby! ~Fort Myers Palm City Punishers vs. Tampa Bay Bruise Crew~ Sunday, May 29, 2011 5:30 PM

~IMPORTANT~Please be sure and bring your own chair for the best seats around the rink!. Home games are the last Sunday of every month thru Oct unless it's a holiday.

Let's go cheer on the Ft. Myers Derby Girls "Palm City Punishers" as they have an indoor roller derby bout against the "Tampa Bay Bruise Crew"! Meet by the entrance at 5:30-5:45.Sunday, May 29, 2011 5:30 PM

Memorial Day Celebration - Monday, May 30, 2011 9:30 AM

In remembrance of those who have sacrificed and given their lives to protect and preserve our freedoms and our way of life... Monday, May 30, 2011 9:30 AMat North Naples Memorial Gardens in North Naples, FL

Volleyball at Naples Pier - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 6:00 PM

Not to be rude or exclude anyone but this night of volleyball is for those with the PHYSICAL ABILITY and DESIRE to take their game to the next level. We will be working on fundamentals and trying to adhere to beach volleyball rules of play. There are other local meet up groups with more casual and less aggressive games a few other nights per week for those not looking to play as structured.Tuesday, May 31, 2011 6:00 PMat City of Naples Pier in Naples, FL

Free Yoga Class - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 6:00 PM

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 6:00 PMat Fitness for Life of Naples in Bonita Springs, FLCome join use at a gathering of Free Yoga, this is a geat way to work your core and mind. Why not take advantage of a free class!!!

Mid-Week Sunset Volleyball at the Naples Pier - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 6:30 PM

at The Naples Pier in Naples, FLThe plan is to meet at the sand volleyball courts to the left of the Naples Pier for a fun friendly co-ed game of volleyball and watch the sunset. If you're not into playing volley ball then just bring a beach chair or towel to sit on and take in all the beach has to offer. Sunset will be around 8:10 PM so let's start the games at 6:30PM!!!

Pizza, drinks, and karaoke! - Thursday, June 2, 2011 10:00 PM

The Pizza is amazing, and Karaoke, is a great way to bring friends together for fun and socializing, so come out, try it yourself, or just cheer your friends on!at New York Pizza and Pasta (formerly Capri) in Naples, FL

Let's get together and shoot some pool - Friday, June 3, 2011 9:00 PM

Champion Billiard Inc Co - 2348 Pineland Avenue Naples, FLLets all get together and be social. Come shoot pool, throw darts, or just relax and be social. There are about 16 hourly regulation tables and 4 quarter bar tables plus 2 dart boards. Dj for music to move to and the kitchen stays open to 1 a.m.

NAPLES ZOO - Saturday, June 4, 2011 11:00 AM





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    ¦ May 27-29: Photography of Clyde Butcher. Marco Island Historical Museum. 642-1440 or

    ¦ May 27-29: Camera USA exhibit. The von Liebig Art Center. 262-6517 or

    ¦ May 26-28: Patriotic Pops. Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. 597-1900 or

    ¦ May 27-29: Naples Zoo Celebrates Memorial Day weekend. 262-5409 or

    ¦ May 28-29: Storytime in the Children’s Garden. Naples Botanical Garden. 643-7275 or

    ¦ May 28-29: Coppelia. Naples Ballet. 732-1000 or

    ¦ May 29: Opera Scenes for Teens. Opera Naples. 514-7464 or

    ¦ May 29: The Impact of the Normandy Invasion. Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida. 263-9200 or


    ¦ Pinkalicious – By The Naples Players at the Sugden Community Theatre May 28-June 26. 263-7990 or See story on page C1.

    ¦ See How They Run – By Theatre Conspiracy, Fort Myers, May 27-June 11. 936-3239 or

    ¦ Smoke on the Mountain – At Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Fort Myers, through July 2. 278-4422 or

    Sunday, May 29

    ¦ Young Voices – Opera Naples presents "Opera Scenes for Teens" at 3 p.m. in Beverly Hall at the United Church of Christ. Young singers will be in costume as they perform songs from "The Magic Flute," "Hansel and Gretel," "The Mikado" and "Les Miserable." $10 per person. 5200 Crayton Road. 592-9698 or

    ¦ Roller Derby – The Fort Myers Derby Girls present "Wreckfest of Champions" at Bamboozles Skating & Event Center, 2095 Andrea Lane, Fort Myers. In their third bout of the 2011 home season, the Derby Girls go up against the Tampa Bay Bruise Crew. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. $8 in advance; $10 at the door.

    Wednesday, June 1

    ¦ Go Underground – The North Naples Art Alliance holds Underground Art Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. Tour more than a dozen studios and galleries in the Pine Ridge Industrial Park. 821-1061.

    ¦ Open Mic – Fred’s Food, Fun & Spirits hosts open mic/singer/songwriter night from 7-10 p.m. 2700 Immokalee Road. 431-7928.


    ¦ June 3: ¦ Camera USA exhibit. The Naples Art Association. 262-6517 or

    ¦ June 3-5:

    ¦ Collier County Museum & Naples Depot self-guided tours. 252- 8476 or

    ¦ June 3-5:

    ¦ Tuscany: Wandering the Back Roads. Naples Museum of Art. 597- 1900 or

    ¦ June 3-5: ¦ Sharkabet Art Exhibition. Rookery Bay. 417-6310 or

    ¦ June 3-5:

    ¦ Historic Palm Cottage tours. Naples Historical Society. 261-8164 or

    ¦ June 3-5: ¦ Group Exhibition: Naples Studio Artists. Rosen Gallery & Studios. 821-1061 or

    ¦ June 3-5: ¦ Heidi Saletko: Frond Zoo. UAC exhibit at North Collier Regional Park. 252-4000 or

    ¦ Theater

    ¦ See How They Run –

    ¦ By Theatre Conspiracy, Fort Myers, through June 11. 936-3239 or

    ¦ Smoke on the Mountain – At Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Fort Myers, through July 2. 278-4422 or

    Sweet Art Gallery hosts an opening reception for “Shell Seekers,” an exhibit of works celebrating the beauty of coastal Florida, from 6-8 p.m. June 10. Included in the show is “Look Papa,” a watercolor by Chris Vernier, above. The gallery is at 2054 Trade Center Way. 597-2110 or COURTESY PHOTO Sweet Art Gallery hosts an opening reception for "Shell Seekers," an exhibit of works celebrating the beauty of coastal Florida, from 6-8 p.m. June 10. Included in the show is "Look Papa," a watercolor by Chris Vernier, above. The gallery is at 2054 Trade Center Way. 597-2110 or COURTESY PHOTO Thursday, June 2

    ¦ Village Nights –

    ¦ The Village on Venetian Bay presents the Island Breeze Band from 6-9 p.m.

    ¦ Comedy Duo –

    ¦ The Off the Hook Comedy Club presents Al Jackson and Theo Von tonight through Sunday. 599 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. 389-6900.

    ¦ Art Lesson –

    ¦ The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs presents "Alla Prima, Alla Fun" from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at 26100 Old 41 Road. Learn to paint in one setting; $42 includes canvas, paint, brushes, wine dinner and guidance. 495- 8989 or

    ¦ Friday, June 3

    First Friday – Mercato presents the Vanilla Crosby Band and Tim Poindexter and Mary Grace from 6-9 p.m. Whole Foods holds a wine tasting as part of the First Friday fun. 594-9400 or

    ¦ Saturday, June 4

    ¦ Dixieland Jazz – The Naples Jazz Masters perform from 1-3 p.m. at The Norris Center. $15 per person, $25 for two, $10 per person for groups of 10 or more. 213-3049.

    ¦ Sing Along –

    ¦ Join the karaoke fun from noon to 4 p.m. at Bahama Momma’s Tiki Bar at Flamingo Island Flea Market in Bonita Springs. 948-7799 or

    ¦ Cake Boss –

    ¦ America’s favorite baker, Buddy Valastro, brings his "Bakin’ with the Boss Tour" to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Myers, at 7:30 p.m. 481-4849 or See story page C1.

    ¦ Outdoor Music – ¦ Gulf Coast Town Center presents blues and Motown sounds by The Chicago Mob in Market Plaza from 8-10 p.m. 267-0783 or

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