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Footloose the Musical is at the Phil this weekend.

Footloose the Musical is dancing into Naples this weekend. Based on the 1984 Kevin Bacon hit about a teen who brings rhythm to an anti-dancing town, the musical has performances at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. For tickets, call 597-1900 or visit

Lee and Collier counties' Heart Balls have united to form the area's largest black-tie fundraising event of the season, and it's happening Saturday night. The 2009 Southwest Florida Heart Ball is from 6-11:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, 5001 Coconut Road in Estero. Themed "Heart of Rock and Roll," the $400-per-person event benefits the American Heart Association. For tickets, call 498-9288.

Head to the islands for great food this weekend. At Sanibel and Captiva's Taste of the Islands on Sunday, you'll sample from some of their best loved restaurants and enjoy live music at Sanibel Community Park from noon to 6 p.m. Proceeds benefit Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (395-0050). Or head to Marco Island for Taste of Marco on Sunday to try dishes by the island's top chefs at The Esplanade to benefit YMCA of Marco Island (394-3144, ext. 205).

Don't miss the eastern U.S. premiere of the boy-meets-girl comedy-with a senior citizen twist-The Last Romance, on Friday at the Florida Repertory Theatre in Fort Myers. The play runs through May 17. For tickets, call 332-4488 or visit

It's time for the 13th Annual Naples Kids' Fishing Clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Naples Municipal Pier, 12th Avenue South, Naples. The free photo catch-and-release event for kids (accompanied by adults) will provide participants younger than 16 with free Shakespeare fishing combos upon completion of the clinic, while supplies last. Call 949-4634 or (850) 488-6058 for details. Anglers with experience should check out the Gene Doyle Backcountry Catch and Release Fishing Tournament. Its participants will target redfish, snook and trout, competing for 20 top prizes at this annual tournament to benefit the Gene Doyle Memorial Foundation, Friday through Sunday at various Southwest Florida locations. Call 261-4313 for details.

The Naples Players presents the offbeat story of romance, murder and alien abduction, Sugar Bean Sisters, at 8 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through May 16, on the main stage at Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Call 263-7990 or visit for tickets.
The exhibition Simplemente Peru is the art and soul of Latin America, with works ranging from paintings and sculpture to incredible handmade Peruvian jewelry by Marcelo Wong, Hernan Sosa, Eduardo Tokeshi, Joseph Firbas, Miguel Wetzell, Rosa Tello and Victor Cadillo. Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, La Casa Del Arte Gallery, 1803 Hough St., Fort Myers. Call 313-5607 or visit for details.
The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra presents Hollywood Epics, featuring themes from familiar Hollywood blockbusters, Tuesday through Sunday, May 3. Performances are 8 p.m. in Hayes Hall, with 2 p.m. weekend matinees. Join Maestro Jack Everly, the NPO and the Philharmonic Center Chorale for familiar melodies from Ben-Hur, Titanic, Around the World in 80 Days, Schindler's List, Harry Potter and more.


Gulfshore Life invites you to an evening of art, champagne and inspiration featuring acclaimed artist Gretchen Kish Serrano at Posh Paws & City Claws from 4-9 p.m. Saturday, with a portion of proceeds benefiting The Humane Society Naples. For more information, call 417-3263. Posh Paws & City Claws, 1500 Fifth Ave. S., Naples.

Visit Marissa Collections for the Wolford Fall 2009 Trunk Show today through Saturday and the Shalini Personal Appearance Wednesday and next Thursday. Visit or call 263-4333. Marissa Collections, 1167 Third St. S., Naples.
Come to a Party for the Planet at the Naples Zoo on Saturday, part of the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America.
Conservation-based groups from around Southwest Florida and green-focused local businesses will share ways to be more Earth-friendly. Enjoy a conservation-focused scavenger hunt and more. Guests bringing an old cell phone to recycle will receive one free child admission. Call 262-5409 for details. The Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples.
Celebrate 20 years with the Village on Venetian Bay at its Venetian Carnivale this weekend. Experience a free feast of gift-giving and the entertainment of magicians, mask decorating, face painting, comedy, acrobats, stilt walkers and a sidewalk sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Village on Venetian Bay, 4200 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples.
Enjoy Miromar Outlets' Concert Series and Earth Day Event this weekend. Watch Renata perform from 6-8 p.m. Friday, and celebrate Earth Day with family-friendly activities from 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Road, Estero.
Come to the exclusive Love Earth Event at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Robb & Stucky Interiors in Naples. Meet Doug Allan and Sue Flood, renowned filmmakers from Planet Earth and the new Disney Earth movie. Seating is limited, and reservations are a must. Please call 261-3969, ext. 7000.
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