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Upcoming events in May 2009 in Naples via Gulfshore Life Magazine

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v The 26th annual Taste of Collier is at Bayfront this Sunday.

Great food is just one of the reasons we love the Gulfshore, but it never hurts to reinforce that love. Visit Taste of Collier this Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at Bayfront, where 30 local restaurants will offer the best of their menus at the 26th annual event. Also, look for performances by local entertainment, an ice-carving contest, chef's competition and more. Call 272-1907 for details.

Mingle with your favorite soap opera stars at the Southwest Florida SoapFest in Marco Island this Saturday and Sunday. There will be a celebrity bartender bash, golf and a cruise on the Marco Island Princess, all to support several children's charities. Visit for information and tickets.

Anthony Kearns, one of the famed Irish Tenors trio, will be at the Big Cypress Market Place on Friday beginning at 7 p.m. Stop by for a meet-and-greet and performance with pianist Patrick Healy. Call 774-1690, ext. 103, to order tickets, or purchase them at Erin's Isle in the market place.

Get some exercise and raise money for a good cause at Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society's signature 18-hour fundraiser celebration and walk. It's this Friday and Saturday in downtown Fort Myers' Centennial Park. Call 936-1113, ext. 113, to sign up or donate.

Fleets of sailboats take to the Caloosahatchee River for the Fort Myers Sailing Club's River District Regatta and Boat of the Year event. The first race begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday. For information, call 349-5168 or visit

Richard W. Rosen: Spontaneous Abstraction, an exhibition featuring 2-D and 3-D raku-fired ceramic and mixed-medium sculptural and wall works, opens Wednesday at Rosen Gallery & Studios in Naples. Call 821-1061 for details.
The annual spring Philharmonic Youth Chorale Recital features the 85-voice ensemble performing a variety of music including Broadway hits, folk songs and standard choral works, Monday at 7 p.m. at the Phil. 597-1900.
It's nearly Cinco de Mayo! Celebrate with a Fun and Healthy Cinco de Mayo Party Alternative, a Zumba-style Latin and international dance fitness class at Fort Myers Skatium, Tuesday from 5:30-6:15 p.m. (791-6538). Lakes Regional Library also hosts a Cinco de Mayo celebration for kids in grades K through 5. Hear stories of Mexican-American culture and play games, beginning at 4 p.m. on Tuesday (533-4000).
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Upcoming events in May 2009 in Naples via Gulfshore Life Magazine