5. Get fit at Streets Alive! Lee
Fitness and fun go together — at least that’s what this event is trying to prove.
For some, that coupling is a no-brainer. For others, Streets Alive! Lee could be a lifestyle reboot. Sunday, Nov. 10, certain Fort Myers River District streets will close to traffic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. During that time, pedestrians, bicyclists, runners and skaters will own the roads. There will be fitness activities to join, including Zumba, yoga and jump roping sessions. Admission is free.
Remember to wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
For more information: http://www.streetsalivelee.org/
4. Celebrate coconuts in Cape Coral
Cape Coral's coconut extravaganza will include carnival rides, games, food, contests and live music.
The city is hosting its annual Coconut Festival at Sun Splash Family Waterpark, 400 Santa Barbara Blvd. Each day is themed. “Coco Country” is Friday, Nov. 8, from 5 p.m. to midnight. Country singer Travis Tritt is expected to headline the main stage at 9:30 p.m. “Coco Rock” takes place Saturday, Nov. 9, from noon to midnight. Brian Howe, former lead singer of Bad Company, will be on the main stage at 7:30 p.m. followed by Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, who was the lead singer of Jefferson Starship, at 9:30 p.m. Closing out the festival is “Coco Family” on Sunday, Nov. 10, from noon to 10 p.m.
Admission to Cocofest is free for children 5 years of age and younger. For everyone else, tickets cost $7 per day.
3. Make fun of a pop culture phenomenon.
"CUFF ME," a "Fifty Shades of Grey" unauthorized musical parody is hitting the stage at Barbara B. Mann, 8099 College Pkwy, Saturday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. Given the explicit material the musical aims to mock, this show is guaranteed to be risqué, but it also promises to make you laugh. Mature language and content is expected, so leave the kids at home.
Tickets prices range from $32 to $56. To purchase, call (239) 481-4849 or go to bbmannpah.com.
For more information: http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2013/nov/06/preview-cuff-me-fifty-shades-of-grey-musical/
2. See an internationally-renowned poet at the Sanibel Island Writers Conference
For eight years, the Sanibel Island Writers Conference has lured talented, contemporary authors to Southwest Florida. Events take place this year from Thursday, Nov. 7, to Sunday, Nov. 10. There are writing workshops and book signings during the day for conference attendees. Non-student registration is $400. Students with current photo IDs pay $250. For $75, you can meet privately with a writer, agent, or editor to discuss a manuscript.
In the evenings, events open to the public at no cost. The conference's keynote speaker is Richard Blanco, President Barack Obama’s 2013 inaugural poet. Before he takes the stage, prize-winning Poet Emma Trelle will read. Get to Shein Hall at Big Arts, 900 Dunlop Road, Saturday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. to participate. Admission for that event is free.
Richard Blanco discusses the 2013 inaugural poem
For more information: http://www.fgcu.edu/siwc/
1. Get indie at the Naples International Film Festival
Cannes. Sundance. Naples.
This weekend, the annual Naples International Film Festival will again allow audiences to explore fresh independent movies at Silverspot Cinemas, 9118 Strada Place. Tickets are $13 per film. Friday, Nov. 8, and Saturday, Nov. 9, the first film plays at 11:45 a.m. and the last one begins at 8:30 p.m. On the festival’s closing night, Sunday, Nov. 10, the first movie plays at 11:45 a.m. The final film, “The Girl from Nagasaki,” a 3D retelling of “Madame Butterfly,” begins at 6 p.m. The movie’s director, Michel Comte, is expected to attend.
After the movie, join the 8:30 p.m. wrap party. Tickets for the closing film and wrap party cost $75. Suggested attire is “Hollywood chic.”
For more information: http://www.naplesfilmfest.com/