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Oct 23 - 25: GULFSHORE LIFE "weekend insider"

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avatarUdut, Kenneth -- on Oct. 23 2009, from Golden Gate Estates, Naples, FL
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“Witch” costume should your pooch wear this weekend?

Dress your four-legged friend in his most creative duds for the Petco Pet Halloween Costume Contest Friday night at Gulf Coast Town Center in south Lee County. Register from 5-7:30 p.m.; contest from 8-10 p.m. (267-5107 or ). Go for the prize again at The Humane Society Naples’ Strut Your Mutt from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Germain BMW in North Naples. Pet costume contests, local pet-related vendors and more (643-1880).

Don’t bother with the car wash—the muddier the better at the World Famous Swamp Buggy Races! Time trials are Saturday and the Budweiser Fall Classic race is Sunday at Florida Sports Park. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. and the action begins at 12:30 p.m. both days. For tickets and more information, visit

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the musical comedy based on the 1988 movie about two con men living on the French Riviera, is playing through Nov. 14 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Visit or call 278-4422 for tickets and details.

Join in canoe and kayak races, a fishing tournament, photo contest and other activities along the Gulf coast Friday through Nov. 1 as part of the Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival ( ). It starts with Bonita Springs Riverfest at Riverside Park on Friday and Saturday, featuring the Imperial River Challenge, live music, refreshments, exhibits and displays, tours of the Historic Liles Hotel and Artist Cottages, and the Florida Quacker Race.

Enjoy a free art lecture at 2 p.m. Friday at the Norris Center, 755 Eighth Ave. S., Naples. Daniel Stetson, executive director and chief curator of the Polk Museum of Art, has a 33-year career in the arts and is a juror of the Naples Art Association’s 48th Founders Juried Awards Exhibition. He will present a one-hour program, followed by a Q&A session. Call 262-6517 for details.

The Fort Myers Beach Art Association’s Fall Member Show is on exhibit through Nov. 12, showcasing the multi-talented bunch of artists on the beach. The gallery is at the corner of Donora and Shell Mound boulevards. Call 463-3909 or visit
The Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest 2010 Kickoff & Signature Vintner Dinner includes a reception at 6 p.m. and four-course dinner at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Angelina’s Ristorante in Bonita Springs with special guest Juelle Fisher of Fisher Vineyards. $89 per person, includes chance to win a magnum of wine autographed by Fisher and two tickets to the Grand Tasting and Auction on Feb. 27. Call 390-3187 for reservations. Visit for more information.
Rock out for a good cause during the John Entwistle Foundation Charity Event from 5-10 p.m. Tuesday at the Eastside Firepit City Grill in Gulf Coast Town Center. Ten percent of proceeds benefit the Foundation. Buy art and memorabilia from music, sports and movies, and listen to the TJ Kelly Band from 7:30-10 p.m. outside. Call 482-6880 for information or visit

Celebrate Glitter & Gifts’ First Anniversary Sale now through Sat., Oct. 31. Take advantage of the savings—up to 50 percent off! Refreshments will be served. 25987 Tamiami Trail S., Bonita Springs, 390-7100.
Don’t miss the First Annual Flea Market for the Children benefiting homeless children of Collier County, sponsored by Judith Liegeois Designs and Blue Pear. This special fundraising event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot behind Judith Liegeois Designs, 851 Fourth Ave. S., Naples. Call 434-8822 for more information.
Come to Dr. Andrew Turk’s Open House at Naples Cosmetic Surgery Center from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday. Receive a free makeup consultation and gift bag, participate in raffles and door prizes, and witness a live injection demonstration. But most important: Don’t miss the one-night-only specials! 6101 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 15, Naples. Call 348-4357.
Gardner Colby Gallery is sponsoring Paintings for Pink, an evening of food, wine, style and art from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Garden of Hope & Courage. Featuring paintings and a raffle with items donated by Philip Douglas Salon and Sweet Charity event planners. 386 Broad Ave. S., Naples. For more information, call 403-7787.
It’s time for the Gulin Fall Beauty Bash from 4-6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9. Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres while learning more about Juvederm, Evolence, Dysport, Laser Hair Removal and Permanent Cosmetics, and receive a skin care consult and facial. Dr. Stanley P. Gulin, 6610 Willow Park Drive, Suite 104, Naples. Call 596-8000.
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