2017-03-23 / What to Do, Where to Go

WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO


The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band takes the stage at 8 p.m. March 27 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the band includes two members who live in the Sarasota/Bradenton area: drummer Jimmie Fadden and instrumentalist John McEuen. $16- $66. 777 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota. — VanWezel.org The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band takes the stage at 8 p.m. March 27 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the band includes two members who live in the Sarasota/Bradenton area: drummer Jimmie Fadden and instrumentalist John McEuen. $16- $66. 777 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota. — VanWezel.org THEATER

Farce of Nature - By the Charlotte Players at 7:30 p.m. March 30, 31 and April 1 and at 2 p.m. April 2 at the Cultural Center Theater. $20 adults; $10 students. 2280 Aaron St. 625-4175, ext. 220, or www.CharlottePlayers.org.

BO-NITA - By Urbanite Theatre March 31-April 30. Show times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. 1487 Second St., Sarasota. www.urbanitetheatre.com or 321-1397.

Blood Brothers - By Venice Theatre March 30-April 23. Performances start at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. $32 adults; $15- $17 students. 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. www.venicestage.com or 488-1115.


Popular SWFL author Randy Wayne White signs his newest book, “Mangrove Lightning,” a Doc Ford novel, at noon March 26 at Bookstore1Sarasota. The book is the 24th in the series. Only books purchased at Bookstore1 are eligible for signing. 12 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. www.sarasotabooks.com or 365-7900. Popular SWFL author Randy Wayne White signs his newest book, “Mangrove Lightning,” a Doc Ford novel, at noon March 26 at Bookstore1Sarasota. The book is the 24th in the series. Only books purchased at Bookstore1 are eligible for signing. 12 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. www.sarasotabooks.com or 365-7900. Theater Auditions - Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe holds auditions for its 2017-2018 season from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 25 and 26 at the WBTT Binz Building. Actors are asked to prepare two contrasting monologues, one comedic and one dramatic, of three minutes or less. Singers are asked to be ready with 16 bars of one song, up-tempo or ballad, and one monologue, comedic or dramatic, of three minutes or less. Callbacks are the same day. 1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota. To audition: 404-7801 or tray@westcoastblacktheatre.org.


Golden Retriever Rescue of Southwest Florida hosts GoldenFest VIII from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 26 at Doggy Heaven at the Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers. Events include pet vendors, dog dock diving, pet portraits, a grooming booth, raffles, auctions, a GRRSWF Korean dog reunion tent and more. All breeds of well-mannered, leashed dogs are welcome. Admission and parking are free. Dog-related vendors are welcome. info@grrswf.org or (239) 369-0415. Golden Retriever Rescue of Southwest Florida hosts GoldenFest VIII from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 26 at Doggy Heaven at the Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers. Events include pet vendors, dog dock diving, pet portraits, a grooming booth, raffles, auctions, a GRRSWF Korean dog reunion tent and more. All breeds of well-mannered, leashed dogs are welcome. Admission and parking are free. Dog-related vendors are welcome. info@grrswf.org or (239) 369-0415. The Little Foxes - At Asolo Repertory Theatre through April 15 in the Mertz Theatre. Tickets start at $26. 5555 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota. 351-8000, (800) 361-8388 or www.asolorep.org.

Girl Groups: The ’60s Explosion - By Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe through April 8. 1646 10th Way, Sarasota. 366-1505) or westcoastblacktheatre.org.

Born Yesterday - By Asolo Repertory Theatre through April 15. 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 351-8000, (800) 361-8388 or www.asolorep.org. The Great Society - By Asolo Repertory Theatre through April 2. 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 351-8000, (800) 361-8388 or www.asolorep.org.

Shear Madness - By Florida Repertory Theatre through April 2 in the ArtStage Studio Theatre. 2267 Bay St., Fort Myers. (239) 332-4488 or www.floridarep.org.

Anything Goes - By Broadway Palm Theatre through April 1. 1380 Colonial Blvd. , Fort Myers. (239) 278-4422 or www.BroadwayPalm.com.

Jersey Boys - At the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall March 29-April 2. 13350 FSW Pkwy., Fort Myers. (239) 481- 4849 or www.bbmannpah.com.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - By Florida Repertory Theatre through April 12. 2267 Bay St., Fort Myers. (239) 332-4488 or www.floridarep.org.

Hairspray - At Cultural Park Theater March 24-April 2. 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral. (239) 772-5862 or http://culturalparktheater.com.

The Cave - Theatre Conspiracy presents the world premiere of the play by Jeff Lindsay March 24-April 2 at the Alliance for the Arts. 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. $11-$22. (239) 939- 2787, theatre@artinlee.org or www.Art- InLee.org/Theatre.

Play On! - By the Laboratory Theater of Florida through April 1 at the Kiwanis Hall. Performances are March 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 and April 1 at 8 p.m. and at 2 p.m. March 26 and April 1. $25 adults; $12 students. 1634 Woodford Ave., Fort Myers. laboratorytheaterflorida.com or (239) 218-0481.

Things My Mother Taught Me - At Broadway Palm Theatre through April 29. 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. (239) 278-4422 or www.BroadwayPalm.com.

SYMPHONY

Masterworks IV: A Night at the Opera - By the Southwest Florida Symphony at 8 p.m. March 25 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. A pre-concert lecture is set for 7-7:30 p.m. Conducted by Maestro Nir Kabaretti, the show features two rising opera stars, soprano Anna Skibinski and tenor Harold Meers, plus narration by opera and classical music enthusiast NBC-2’s chief meteorologist, Robert Van Winkle. $27-$87. 1330 FSW Pkwy., Fort Myers. (239) 418-1500, http://www.swflso.org or www.bbmannpah.com.

Mahler Symphony II: Resurrection - By Gulf Coast Symphony at 7 p.m. March 26 at the Barbara Mann Performing Arts Hall. 13350 FSW Pkwy., Fort Myers. $22-$50. (239) 481-4849 or www.bbmannpah.com.

THURSDAY 3.23

Comedy Show - “America’s Got Talent” runner up Drew Lynch performs tonight through Saturday at The Comedy Zone at Visani. Tickets start at $12. 2400 Kings Hwy. 629-9191 or www.visani.net.

Food Pantry - The Harry Chapin Mobile Food Pantry comes to the St. Vincent de Paul, Sacred Heart Conference, from 10 a.m.-noon in the Sacred Heart Church parking lot. Bring a bag or box to carry food. 211 W. Charlotte Ave.

Dance Show - Famed dance company Pilobolus brings its groundbreaking show “Shadowland” to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall at 8 p.m. The show is part shadow act, part dance, part circus and part concert. $16-$66. 777 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota. www.VanWezel.org or 953-3368.

Nature Walk - The Greater Charlotte Harbor Sierra Club hosts a nature walk in Charlotte Flatwoods Preserve from 8:30 -11 a.m. with Florida Master Naturalists Les and Mary Caraher. Voluntary donations are welcome. For reservations: (304) 642-8851.

Poetry Event - Award-winning Florida poet Lola Haskins discusses and reads from two of her books of poetry and prose at 6 p.m. at Copperfish Books. 103 W. Marion Ave. RSVP to 205-2560 or copperfishbooks@comcast.net. www.copperfishbooks.com.

Art Reception - Charlotte Arts celebrates the amazing photography of Antonio Suares with a reception from 5-7 p.m. at Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery. The theme is vintage early 1900s and the color palate is black and white. The event includes food, wine, beer and music by saxophonist Leslie DaCosta. 9400 Indian Springs Cemetery Road, Punta Gorda.

Spring Lunch - The GFWC Punta Gorda Woman’s Club Spring Luncheon starts at noon at the clubhouse. The event features a presentation on “The Ladies Remembered” mural depicting seven woman who made lasting contributions to the community, a wine and cheese social, salad bar lunch, raffle, and door prizes. $15. 118 Sullivan St. 639-5081.

Live Music - Latitude performs from 6-9 p.m. at the Nav-A-Gator. No cover charge, but donations of canned goods and nonperishable food items are welcome for the food bank. 9700 SW Riverview Cir., Lake Suzy. 627-3474.

Muddin’ - Redneck Mud Park hosts Trucks Gone Wild Spring Break Today through Sunday. The event includes Mega Mud Truck Races, truck tugs, airboat races, mud bogs, trail riding, camping, live music, contests, vendors and more. 44570 Bermont Road, Punta Gorda. 691-8557 or http://www.redneckmudpark.com/home-1.html.

Music & Comedy - Jimmy Mazz presents a brand new music, comedy and impressions show hot off the stage from engagements in Las Vegas and Atlantic City at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center Theater. $15 members; $17 nonmembers. 2280 Aaron St. www.theculturalcenter.com or 625-4175.

Meditative Art - Spiritual psychic medium Lorenzo Marion presents “Meditative Art: Realization of Essence” from 10-11:30 a.m. at The Souls Journey. Meditative art involves applying a meditative state of mind while expressing creativity. $25 non-members; $12.50 members. Paint, brushes and art paper are included. 4456 Tamiami Trl., Ste. A-9. To RSVP: 875-8224.

Free Concerts - Leslie DaCosta performs from noon-3 p.m. near Good Ole Days Coffee at Fishermen’s Village. Singer Paul Nagel performs from 1-4 p.m. in the Village Courtyard. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

Wine Tasting - D’Vines hosts a Green Drinks Networking Event with organic wine tastings. 701 JC Center Court. 627-WINE (9463).

FRIDAY 3.24

British Invasion - Celebrate the music of the British invasion, rock ‘n roll and Motown with Frankie & Donna at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center Theater. The show features the greatest hits of the mid ’60s, ’70s and beyond. $17. 2280 Aaron St. www.theculturalcenter.com or 625-4175, ext. 221.

Vocal Ensemble - Bion Cantorum, Charlotte County’s premier vocal chamber ensemble, present a concert of “Fauré and More” at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Port Charlotte. Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. in MacDonald Hall. 2230 Hariet St. $25 for dinner and the concert; $15 show only. www.bioncantorum.com or 625-4945.

Free Movie - Women Against Racism & Discrimination screens “The Danish Girl” at 1 p.m. at FGCU’s Renaissance Academy. A discussion with snacks and beverages follows. 117 Herald Court, Punta Gorda. Free admission 380-2408 or justmarilyndc@gmail.com.

Musical Entertainment - Shoji Tabuchi performs at 6 and 8:30 p.m. at the Englewood Event Center. The performer and his daughter Christina play, sing and dance. $290$39. 3069 S. McCall Road, Englewood. 270-3324 or www.englewoodeventcenter.com.

Bluegrass Music - The Heartland Bluegrass Music Association presents the Heartland Bluegrass Bash today and Saturday at Craig’s RV Resort. This month’s event features Southwind Bluegrass Band, Gulf Breeze Bluegrass and the Heartland Jam Band. A potluck supper starts at 5 p.m. Saturday. Free for HBA members; $7 non-members. Camping is $20 per night with electric and water hookups. 7895 NE Cubitis Ave., Arcadia. 467-2051, www.heartlandbluegrass.org or heartlandbluegrass@gmail.com.

Jazz Night - Daniel Klimoski performs smooth instrumentals and popular favorites from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at The Gilded Grape Winery & Wine Bar. 4069 Tamiami Trl., Port Charlotte. 235-9463 or www.gildedgrape.com.

Wine & Music - D’Vines hosts a European Classics Wine Tasting from 7-9 p.m. Peg and Em of Home Grown Sounds perform at 7 p.m. The best Irish T-shirt wins a bottle of house wine. 701 JC Center Court. 627-WINE (9463).

Angel Program - Spiritual psychic medium Lorenzo Marion presents “The Power of Angels” from 6-7:30 p.m. at The Souls Journey. Learn the truth about angels and their powers. $10 members; $20 non-members. 4456 Tamiami Trl., Ste. A-9. To RSVP: 875-8224.

Book Group - The Rereading Our Youth Book Club, led by Georgia Court, meets at 11 a.m. at Bookstore1Sarasota. This month’s book is Joseph Heller’s “Catch 22.” Purchase of the book at Bookstore1 is required for participation. 12 South Palm Ave., Sarasota. www.sarasotabooks.com or 365-7900.

Quilt Group - The Peace River Quilters meet from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Friday at Faith Lutheran Church. Due to room size, visitors are welcome December through April only. 4005 Palm Dr., Punta Gorda. www.peaceriverquilters.org or 833-4477.

Live Music - John Middlebrook performs from 6-9 p.m. at the Nav-A-Gator. No cover charge, but donations of canned goods and nonperishable food items are welcome for the food bank. 9700 SW Riverview Cir., Lake Suzy. 627-3474.

Live Music - Michael Hirst performs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. near Good Ole Days Coffee at Fishermen’s Village. Danny Beach performs from noon-3 p.m. Center Court. Paul Roush performs from 5-9 p.m. Center Court. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

Art Event - An artist reception for Diane Boone and Ruth Miner is set for 5-8 p.m. at Creations at the Village. The event includes live music by Dave Heveron and refreshments. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, #C46. 639-6363.

SATURDAY 3.25

Story Time - Sandman Books hosts Fairy Princess Story Time at 11:30 a.m. Costumed characters visit the bookshop for a free, interactive storytime event. Photos follow; cameras and costumes are welcome (remember to tag the shop when you post). https://www.facebook.com/events/405614736448746/.

Free Concert - A free concert to benefit the Charlotte Players and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library starts at 7 p.m. at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds. Pat Travers performs in concert, with guest performances by Apollo and Tucci. 2333 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte. VIP tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2874570.

Peace & Love - “Peace of Woodstock” starts at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. The show conjures memories from the festival of 1969, featuring the music of Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Arlo Guthrie, Santana and more. $17-$19. 2280 Aaron St. 625-4175 or www.theculturalcenter.com.

Barbershop Harmony - Big Band Barbershop: Lemon Bay Chord Company performs at 2 p.m. at the Englewood Event Center. The group, a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, performs four-part harmony. $34.95 for dinner and the show. 3069 S. McCall Road, Englewood. 270-3324 or www.englewoodeventcenter.com.

Paddle Trip - The Greater Charlotte Harbor Sierra Club hosts a paddle trip to Myakka State Forest from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The trip launches from the North Port boat ramp and takes a break at the primitive campsite in the MSF. Must provide your own watercraft, PFD and be able to swim. Voluntary donations are welcome. For reservations: 423-2713.

Live Music - Bruce & Tiki D perform from 2-5 p.m. at the Nav-A-Gator. No cover charge, but donations of canned goods and nonperishable food items are welcome for the food bank. 9700 SW Riverview Cir., Lake Suzy. 627-3474.

Farmers Market - A farmers market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m.- noon at Taylor Street and West Olympia Avenue in front of the old Charlotte County Courthouse. Shop for fresh and organic produce, seafood, baked goods and more. 391-4856.

Live Music - Chris G. performs from noon-3 p.m. Center Court at Fishermen’s Village. Dan Meadows performs from 5-9 p.m. Center Court. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

Wine & Music - D’Vines hosts a Washington State Wine Tasting from 7-9 p.m. Entertainment by Chris Beck starts at 7 p.m. 701 JC Center Court. 627-WINE (9463).

Live Music - Steve Widmeyer: “One Voice, One Guitar” performs from 6-8 p.m. at The Gilded Grape Winery & Wine Bar. 4069 Tamiami Trl., Port Charlotte. 235-9463 or www.gildedgrape.com.

SUNDAY 3.26

Pet Party - Golden Retriever Rescue of Southwest Florida hosts GoldenFest VIII from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Doggy Heaven at the Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers. Events include pet vendors, dog dock diving, pet portraits, a grooming booth, raffles, auctions, a GRRSWF Korean dog reunion tent and more. All breeds of well-mannered, leashed dogs are welcome. Admission and parking are free. Dog-related vendors are welcome. info@grrswf.org or (239) 369-0415.

Nature Walk - The Greater Charlotte Harbor Sierra Club hosts a nature walk in Shell Creek Preserve from 8:30 -11:30 a.m. with Florida Master Naturalists John Phillips and Jamie Reynolds. Voluntary donations are welcome. For reservations: (304) 642-8851.

Author Event - Popular SWFL author Randy Wayne White signs his newest book, “Mangrove Lightning,” a Doc Ford novel, at noon at Bookstore1Sarasota. The book is the 24th in the series. Only books purchased at Bookstore1 are eligible for signing. 12 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. www.sarasotabooks.com or 365-7900.

Jazz Sounds - The Charlotte County Jazz Society hosts a Jazz Jam from 1-4 p.m. at Kingsway Country Club. The show features Mac Chrupcala on piano, Dominic Mancini on bass and Dave Morgan on drums. $5. 13625 SW Kingsway Cir., Lake Suzy. 766-9422, ntunejazz@gmail.com or www.ccjazz.org.

Farmers Market - The Punta Gorda Historical Society’s Farmers Market runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at History Park, 501 Shreve St. Shop for vegetables, bakery, meats, seafood, plants, gifts and antiques. When the market closes, guided tours by Miss Starr of the gardens are available. $5 suggested donation includes a plant to take home. 639-1887.

Live Music - Sunny Jim performs from 2-5 p.m. at the Nav-A-Gator. No cover charge, but donations of canned goods and nonperishable food items are welcome for the food bank. 9700 SW Riverview Cir., Lake Suzy. 627-3474.

Rock Out - American Made performs from 2-5 p.m. at the Lighthouse Grill, 260 Maryland, Englewood. 828-1368.

Free Concert - Michael Hirst performs from noon-3 p.m. Center Court at Fishermen’s Village. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

Solo Act - Robert Garcia plays acoustic versions of music from the 1970s decade from 2-5 p.m. at Waterside Grill. No cover charge. 15001 Gasparilla Rd, Placida.

MONDAY 3.27

Iconic Band - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band takes the stage at 8 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the band includes two members who live in the Sarasota/ Bradenton area: drummer Jimmie Fadden and instrumentalist John McEuen. $16-$66. 777 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota. www.VanWezel.org or 953-3368.

Plein Air Painting - The Peace River Painters meet at 8:30 a.m. at Oaks of Devonaire, 1423 SE County Road 760- A, Arcadia. A painting review begins at 11:45 a.m. No fees; no instruction. www.Peaceriverpainters.com or peaceriverpainters@gmail.com.

On the Air - North Port Community Radio WKDW-97.5 hosts an open mic for poets, fiction writers, playwrights, storytellers and original practitioners of the written word from 7-9 p.m. on Mondays at the Common Grounds Meeting Hall. Area writing groups, school and college writers and teachers are invited. The format is flexible. Performances are broadcast live. 12735 Tamiami Trl., North Port. www.KDWRadio.com or 564-8739.

Kayak Trip - GAEA guides lead a Shell Creek Kayak Tour from 3-6 p.m. $40, includes all supplies. For reservations: www.gaeaguides.com or (239) 694-5513.

Free Concert - George Voss performs from 1-4 p.m. near Good Ole Days Coffee at Fishermen’s Village. Waterhigh plays from 4-7 p.m. Center Court. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

Tribute Show - The Edwards Twins presents an Evening with Cher, Elton John, Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Tuesday at Visani. $52.95 for dinner and the show. Doors open at 5 p.m. 2400 Kings Hwy. 629-9191 or www.visani.net.

TUESDAY 3.28

Film Series - The FGCU Foreign Film Series presents “Pan’s Labyrinth” (Spain/ Mexico 2006) from 1-3 p.m. at FGCU’s Renaissance Academy, 117 Herald Court, Ste. 211, Punta Gorda. $5. 505-0130.

Tarot Program - “A Taste of Tarot” with Pamela Jones starts at 6 p.m. at Copperfish Books. Learn what tarot is all about in this “Tarot 101” class that includes reading basics, tips about shuffling, spreads, deck selection and storage, and more. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. 103 W. Marion Ave. For reservations: 205-2560. www.copperfishbooks.com.

Nature Walk - The Greater Charlotte Harbor Sierra Club hosts a nature walk of the Lake Placid Unit of the Lake Wales Ridge from 9-11:30 a.m. with Florida Master Naturalists John Phillips and Jamie Reynolds. Voluntary donations are welcome. For reservations: 639-7468.

Dancer Illusionists - Internationally celebrated dancer-illusionists Momix bring the show “Opus Cactus” to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall at 8 p.m. Momix combines athletic dance, riveting music, outrageous costumes and props in a show featuring images of cactuses, slithering lizards and fire dancers. $16-$66. 777 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota. www.VanWezel.org or 953- 3368.

Free Concerts - Danny Beach performs from noon-2 p.m. Center Court at Fishermen’s Village. Guitar Army performs from 5-9 p.m. Center Court. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

Parks Program - Penny Musco, author of “Life Lessons from the National Parks: Meeting God in America’s Most Glorious Places,” discusses America’s national parks at 6 p.m. at the Mid-County Library. The power point presentation covers facts and stories about this great American resource. 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd. Free and open to the public. 613-3192.

WEDNESDAY 3.29

Open Mic - An open mic night starts at 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday at Common Grounds. Music, stand-up comedy and poetry are welcome. 12735 Tamiami Trail, North Port. 564-8739.

Meditation Program - Spiritual psychic medium Lorenzo Marion presents “Meditation for the Soul” from 6-7 p.m. every Wednesday at The Souls Journey. Learn to live a balanced life and share a beautiful guided meditation. Love donations accepted. 4456 Tamiami Trl., Ste. A-9. To RSVP: 875-8224.

Live Music - Michael Hirst performs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Village Courtyard at Fishermen’s Village and Vladimir Gorodkin performs on the tsimbaly from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the third section of the mall. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639- 8721 or www.fishville.com.

Comedy Show - Al Romas performs tonight through Saturday at The Comedy Zone at Visani. Tickets start at $8. 2400 Kings Hwy. 629-9191 or www.visani.net.

UPCOMING

Author Event - New York Times bestselling author B. A. Shapiro discusses her latest book, “The Muralist,” at 6 p.m. March 30 at to Copperfish Books. 103 W. Marion Ave. To reserve a seat: 205-2560 or copperfishbooks@comcast.net. www.copperfishbooks.com.

Silver Foxes - The Silver Foxes 25th Anniversary Show, “Seasons of Love,” begins at 7 p.m. on March 30, 31 and April 1 at Venice Theatre. The show includes singing, dancing and skits. $29. 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. www.venicestage.com or 488-1115.

Earth Event - An “Early” Earth Day Celebration starts at 8 a.m. April 1 at Wildflower Preserve. The event includes guided nature walks, a hands-on planting demonstration, a native plant give-away and a rain barrel installation demo. 3120 Gasparilla Pines Blvd., Englewood. 830-8922 or www.lemonbayconservancy.org.

Benefit Event - A “Darts for Parts” steel tip dart tournament to benefit A&E Autos 4 the Needy is set for April 1 at The IceHouse Pub. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Food and drink are available for purchase. To pre-register: aandeautos4theneedy.com. 840-0063.

ONGOING

VAC Exhibit - The Visual Arts Center presents the “Primavera” exhibit through April. The spring exhibit features lively, floral and fresh two-dimensional pieces on display through April. 210 Maud St. 639-8810 or www.visualartcenter.org.

March Exhibit - Work by painter Kitt Moran and potter Georgia Donnelly, a mother-daughter team, is on display through March at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation. 1532 Forrest Nelson Blvd. 627-4303.

New Exhibit - A new interactive exhibit tells the history of the Boca Grande bridge and demonstrates the original bridge mechanics as well as the state of the art electronics of the recently opened new bridge. The exhibit can be viewed at the Boca Grande Historical Society, 170 Park Ave., Boca Grande, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call for Saturday hours: 964-1600.

Featured Artists - Sea Grape Gallery features work by oil painter Kitt Moran and Nantucket basket and shaker box artist Nancy Giffin through April 6. 113 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. 575- 1718 or www.seagrapegallery.com.

Ringling Exhibit - The “Territories: Photography, Space, and Power” exhibit is on display through May 14 at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. The exhibit explores the myriad ways in which spaces are claimed through cultural forces and political power. $25 general admission includes the museum, special exhibitions, Circus Museum and bayfront gardens. 5401 Bayshore Rd., Sarasota. 359-5700 or www.ringling.org.

Wine Tasting - Catania’s Winery LLC holds wine tastings from noon-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. 524 Paul Morris Dr., Englewood. www.cataniaswinery@yahoo.com or 475-7553.

VAC Exhibit - The multimedia exhibit “Painters, Potters & Jewelers” is on display through March 30 in the Visual Arts Center’s Goff Gallery. The exhibit features the work of Jane Dickinson, Harriett Hazlett, Andrea Piedmonte and Mary Russell, as well as a selection of work by VAC pottery and jewelry students. 210 Maud St. 639-8810 or www.visualartcenter.org.

Art Classes - The Painted Cabana offers art classes in Mermaids, Seahorses, Palm Pod Fish, Best CocoNuts, Painted Glasses, Mixed Media, Painted Bottles and more. 16500 Burnt Store Rd., Ste. 110, Punta Gorda www.thepaintedcabana.com or (239) 986-2273.

Public Events - Lion’s Den Restaurant at Kingsgate Golf & Country Club offers 2-for-1 happy hour from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. An all-you-can-eat fish fry is held on Fridays for $9.95. 24000 Rampart Blvd., Port Charlotte. 625-0680.

Wine Bar - The Gilded Grape Winery & Wine Bar offers “It’s 5:00 Somewhere!” Wine Tastings from noon-6 p.m. Tuesday- Saturday. Tastings are $15 per person; $25 per couple. Wine Flight is $15 per person, with four wines. 4069 Tamiami Trl., Port Charlotte. 235-9463 or www.gildedgrape.com. ¦

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