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Gulfshore life weekend of jan 29th '10

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The 72nd Edison Festival of Light starts Saturday. The 72nd Edison Festival of Light kicks off Saturday with science and inventors fairs, a Day of Discovery at Centennial Park and Harborside Event Center, and an Illuminating Bed Race in downtown Fort Myers. The celebration of Thomas Edison and Fort Myers continues for three weeks, culminating in the Grand Parade Feb. 20. For details, visit or call 334-2999.

Rock out Friday with the Screaming Orphans Irish rock band at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in Fort Myers. Proceeds go to the Rotary Foundation of Fort Myers to eradicate polio and to the PACE Center for Girls. Tickets, $45, are available at the Art Center, University Grill, Southwest Capital Bank or La-Te-Da Salon & Spa. A live auction will take place during intermission. For more information, see or call the Art Center, 337-1933.

Get ready for big wheels and big mud at the Swamp Buggy Winter Classicat Florida Sports Park in Naples. The action gears up Saturday with time trials. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. and the trials begin at 12:30 p.m., followed by a dance from 8 p.m. to midnight. On Sunday, drivers are introduced at noon, and the races take off at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the gate or in advance at Call 774-2701 for more information.

More than 100 of the country’s finest artists and artisans will showcase their paintings, jewelry, sculpture and more this weekend at the 13th Annual Naples Invitational Art Fest, to benefit Eden Autism Services Florida. The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Fleishmann Park, and a silent auction will be held. For more information, visit

It’s a multicultural weekend in Southwest Florida, with opportunities to indulge in the flavors of both Italy and Greece. At St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Naples, enjoy Greek food, music, dancing, crafts and more at a Greek Festival from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday ( or 591-3430.)

For a taste of Italy, head to the Italian American Festival of Cape Coral, serving up Italian food, music and fun on Saturday and Sunday at the German American Society Club on Pine Island Road (542-6515).

• Florida Repertory Theatre brings the classic comedy You Can’t Take It With You to the Arcade Theatre, opening Friday and running through Feb. 26. Check 332-4488 or for tickets and information. 

• Teatro Lirico D’Europa stages G. Verdi’s tragic opera La Traviata Monday at the Phil. Call 597-1900 or visit for tickets. •

Learn about the birds and the … frogs, at two programs Tuesday. Head to Rookery Bay from 8 a.m. to noon for Wing It: A Beginning Birder’s Workshop, followed by a field trip. Space is limited; call 417-6310, ext. 401, for reservations. $20; $15 for members. Then, at 7:30 p.m., Win Everham of Florida Gulf Coast University will speak about the local frog population and its importance as an environmental indicator species to the Collier County Audubon Society at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Reservations are not required. Donations (suggested $3 for nonmembers) are welcome. For more information, call 643-7822.


Gulfshore Life invites you to join Americans nationwide in wearing red on Feb. 5 to show your support for women’s heart disease awareness on National Wear Red Day. This observance promotes the Red Dress symbol and provides an opportunity for everyone to unite in this life-saving awareness movement. Also, join the American Heart Association for the 2010 Fashion Obsession from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Miromar Design Center. Tickets are $50. For more information, visit or call 390-8207.

• Bay Design Store is hosting an open house from 2–5:30 p.m. today featuring the amazing work of Judith Aucliar. For more information, visit or call 649-0906.

• The Art League of Bonita Springs will host an Art Walk from 4–7 p.m. this evening at The Promenade featuring an array of artworks and entertainment. For more information, visit or call 261-6161.

• The 24th annual Luxury Parade of Homes will showcase premier builders in the area and the very latest in architectural design and construction technology, cabinetry, lighting, landscaping and pool design. Parade dates are Feb. 4–7; Feb. 11–14; Feb. 18–21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Free admission to all models. For more information, visit

• After the light of day fades, use a combination of red lights and night-vision scopes to reveal the nocturnal activities of some of the world’s rarest animals in the tropical jungle of Naples Zoo. Night Eyes Tours are limited to 20 people, each with a scope. Remaining tour dates are Feb. 12, Feb. 17, March 12 and March 15. Tickets are $59.95 for zoo members, $69 for others. For more information, visit

• Marking its 20th year, the Education Foundation of Collier County works to engage the community and schools in pursuit of a quality education for every child. On Feb. 8, the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club is hosting The Education Foundation’s Heart of the Apple 20th Anniversary Luncheon. Come and help celebrate the past, present and especially the future of The Education Foundation. Tables of 10 are available for $500 and individual tickets for $60. For more information, call 643-4755.

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Gulfshore life weekend of jan 29th '10