MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
Alliance for the Arts. The 24th annual 2D/3D All Florida Juried Exhibition opens with a reception June 11 from 5–7:30 p.m. The exhibit continues through Aug. 7. 939-2787.
Art League of Bonita Springs. A summer-themed exhibit, Summer Solstice, opens with a reception June 11 from 6–8 p.m. and remains on display through July 15 at the Center for the Arts. On the 24th, stop by the Promenade at Bonita Bay to see a new group of artists and exhibitions in an evening Studio Walk from 4–7 p.m. 495-4849.
Art Walk. A free downtown Fort Myers arts celebration, encompassing several art galleries and venues, on the first Friday of the month, June 4, from 6–10 p.m. For more information on participating galleries, visit www.fortmyersartwalk.com.
Broadway Palm Art Gallery. The Art League of Fort Myers’ juried, members-only exhibition of two-dimensional works is on display through June 6. 543-7149.
Marco Island Historical Museum. The exhibit Florida Cowboys: Keepers of the Last Frontier, featuring photographs from the book by Carlton Ward, June 21 through Aug. 31. Call 389-6447 or visit www.themihs.org for details on an opening reception.
Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art. Continuing through June 30: French Twist: Masterworks of Photography from Atget to Man Ray, featuring 90 rare vintage prints; Associated American Artists, Art by Subscription, which includes more than 70 etchings, wood engravings, aquatints and mezzotints; the museum’s second Florida Contemporary; The Saint John’s Bible and the Art of the Book; American Modernism; and Modern Mexican Masters. 597-1900.
Underground Art Wednesday. Visit as many as 20 artists’ studios and galleries and see them at work, June 2 at Pine Ridge Industrial Park. 821-1061.
The von Liebig Art Center. Diana: Dresses of Inspiration celebrates the life and legacy of Princess Diana and continues through June 27. 262-6517.
Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. The best organists in Southwest Florida perform a wide range of music on the Philharmonic Center’s 3,604-pipe Casavant organ during the Festival of Great Organ Music, June 6 at 3 p.m. 597-1900.
SummerJazz on the Gulf. The 25th annual free concert series kicks off June 26 at 7 p.m. on the Watkins Lawn of the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. 261-2222.
THEATER & SHOWS
Footloose. The Oscar-nominated musical about a mother and son who move from Chicago to a small, religious, farming town opens June 10 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. 278-4422.
I Love My Wife. TheatreZone performs Cy Coleman’s musical comedy about a would-be ménage à quatre, June 10–20 at the G&L Theatre in Naples. (888) 966-3352.
Patsy Cline and Friends in Sweet Dreams at the Opry. Patsy plans to throw a “celebration of music” with her legendary country artist friends. June 18–20 and 24–27 at the Cultural Park Theater in Cape Coral. 772-5862.
Ring of Fire. The Broadway hit that celebrates the songs of Johnny Cash continues at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre through June 5. 278-4422.
Zoo Story. Edward Albee’s one-act play explores themes of isolation and dehumanization in a commercial world, on stage June 17–26 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. 337-1933.
FOR THE KIDS
Conservancy of Southwest Florida Summer Camp 2010. Two new camps this year for kindergarten through eighth grades—including field trips to eco-destinations, hands-on exploration and encounters with wildlife—begin June 14 at the Conservancy. 262-0304, ext. 266.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. A comedy based on the favorite children’s book about the havoc that can result from one innocent gesture. June 11–27 at Sugden Community Theatre. 263-7990.
STAR Summer Intensives. Gulfshore Playhouse offers two-week programs for actors and actresses ages eight to 18, complete with acting workshops, theater games, interactive sessions with professionals and more, June 14–25. 213-3058.
Summer Arts Camp. Students in first to sixth grades participate in visual arts projects and performing arts activities, culminating in a weekly show for friends and family. June 21 to Aug. 13 at the Alliance for the Arts. 939-2787.
Triple Threat Musical Theatre Camp. Students in seventh to ninth grade learn various forms of dance, basic music theory, acting technique, vocal performance and audition skills, June 28 to July 23 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. 939-2787.
SPORTS & OUTDOORS
Naples Zoo. Drop by the zoo June 8 to celebrate World Oceans Day with Dr. Seuss characters; and June 18–20 for Father’s Day, when dads can trade a bottle of cologne for free admission all weekend. (We hear the lions are fond of cologne.) 262-5409.
Rookery Bay. Celebrate World Oceans Day with environmental movies and interactive presentations, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. 417-6310.
LECTURES & LEARNING
Interactive Chocolate Cooking Classes. Make your own scrumptious goodies with Norman Love at his Chocolate Salon in Fort Myers. Register by calling 561-7215.
PARTIES & FUNDRAISERS
All Women Charity Pro Am. June 11–12 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort to benefit Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA), Naples Chapter. 595-9876.
First Annual Birthday Bash. June 18 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort to benefit the Little Black Dress Club. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hooked on Helping Charity Fishing Tournament. June 4–6 at Cedar Bay Yacht Club to benefit iWannaHelp.net. 776-9850.
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Now We Wine and Shine
Gulfshore Life is proud to be a sponsor of many, many worthy fundraisers each year. We didn’t always have so many opportunities. When we premiered our very first issue in 1970, the little town of Naples wasn’t even a stop on the interstate. As recently as 1997, there were so few charity fundraisers here that our “Gatherings for Good Causes” section included events as far north as Bradenton (the annual Snooty Gala at the South Florida Museum) and our socially prominent big sister, Sarasota (the prestigious Florida Wine Fest and Auction). Snooty, by the way, was—and is—the name of the oldest manatee in captivity. Not to be snooty ourselves, but well, we can’t help but smile over our multi-page feature on Sarasota’s wine event. In 1996, our article says, the “delightful, delicious and diverting” celebration raised an impressive $500,000 for children’s charities. Four short years later, in 2001, Naples unveiled its own wine event, which is now rated No. 1 in its class in the world. The crème of wine society around the globe attends. This year, the Naples Winter Wine Festival raised $8 million for the children of Southwest Florida. In three days. Sarasota’s Florida Wine Fest and Auction has raised $7.1 million. In 19 years. Move over, big sister. Naples has arrived. —Nathalie Lecoeur