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Gulfshore Life Weekend of Oct 29 '09

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The Gulfshore is full of Halloween celebrations this weekend.In the mood for tricks or treats this Halloween weekend? A sampling includes

Adult costume parties Saturday night at ’Tween Waters Inn on Captiva (800-223-5865) and Fifth Avenue South in Naples (435-3742).

For the kiddies, head to Gulf Coast Town Center (267-5107) tonight for trick-or-treating from 6-9 p.m. and a children’s costume contest at 7 p.m. ( ).

Want a fright instead? Check out the 18th Annual Haunted Hike at Greenwells Family Fun Park in Cape Coral (574-4386) or Fright Night at Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers (543-8368 or ), both open tonight through Saturday night.

Get ready to bid on fabulous bags during the Seventh Annual Handbag Happy Hour at 6 p.m. Friday at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Estero. The event includes live and silent auctions of coveted designer, celebrity and one-of-a-kind handbags to benefit Island Coast AIDS Network Inc. The $85 admission includes open bar, hors d’oeuvres, cigar terrace and hundreds of handbags for auction. Call 337-2391 or visit to register.

It’s an exciting weekend for symphonies along the Gulfshore. Renowned British pianist Howard Shelley plays Gershwin with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra at 8 p.m. today at the Phil (597-1900 or And the Southwest Florida Symphony celebrates its first event of the season by hosting an interactive murder mystery event, Murder at the Mansion, at 7 p.m. Friday at the Burroughs Home in downtown Fort Myers, featuring food, wine, an auction and entertainment (418-0996 or ).

A preview reception for The von Liebig Art Center’s 48th Founders Juried Awards Exhibition will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday. The juried awards exhibition, featuring work in all media by Naples Art Association members, opens Saturday and runs through Nov. 29. Call 262-6517 or visit for more information.

Witness the hijinks of an American in Paris and his three fiancée stewardesses in the Florida Repertory Theatre’s season opener, Boeing-Boeing, opening Friday night (but with a discounted preview tonight) and running through Nov. 21. Call 332-4488 or visit for details.

Grease, the popular musical starring American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, is coming to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers Tuesday through Sunday, Nov. 8. Call 481-4849 or visit for tickets.
See and sample the five makeup looks translated from some of Chanel’s iconic codes—the star, camellia, lion, shaft of wheat and the number “five”— during Les Codes de Chanel Monday and Tuesday at Saks Fifth Avenue in Waterside Shops, Naples. For an appointment, call 592-5900, ext. 367.
Enjoy a two-hour paddle through the estuary and back bays of Lovers Key State Park during the Moonlight Kayak Tour from 5-8 p.m. Monday. Space is limited. Call 463-4588.

Eden Autism Services Florida is hosting a Benefit Fashion Show at Carrabba’s Italian Grill at noon on Monday, Nov. 9. Single tickets are $40, or sponsor a table for $250. Fashions will be provided by the Waterside Shops, with hair and makeup courtesy of DéMarlo Salon of Naples. 4320 N. Tamiami Trail. Call Frank at 440-3534 or Patty at 293-4244 for more information.
Philip Douglas, the area’s exclusive source for Borghese Cosmetics, invites you to experience Wonderful Autumn in Florida, a special collection of luxurious restorative treatments for the face, lips and body. A $125 value, free with any Borghese skin care purchase at Philip Douglas. 378 13th Ave. S., Naples, 643-0233.

Throughout November, charm your ears at Pandora’s Fashion Event and receive a free sterling Mix & Match post set (a $20 retail value) with your purchase of $75 or more of Pandora Mix & Match Charms. 9123 Strada Place in Mercato, Naples, 431-5520.

Come to Saks Fifth Avenue at Waterside Shops for exciting in-store fashion events. Meet Coomi Bhasin, the woman behind the ornate, yet delicate Coomi jewelry collection. Her trunk shows are noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, meet fashion designer Zac Posen and view his 2010 Spring/Resort collection. For details, call 592-5900 (ext. 360 about Coomi Bhasin; ext. 322 about Zac Posen).

Bell Tower Shops is hosting its annual “World Wine Tour” from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, to benefit Ronald McDonald House. Located at Daniels Parkway and U.S. 41 in Fort Myers, 489-1221.

Gulfshore Life Weekend Insider is edited by Denise Scott and Jennifer Freihofer.
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Gulfshore Life Weekend of Oct 29 '09