¦ Annie – By Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre through Aug. 13. (239) 278-4422 or www.BroadwayPalm.com. ¦ Disney’s Aladdin Jr. – By Broadway Palm Children’s Theatre on select dates July 15-Aug. 12. (239) 278- 4422 or www.BroadwayPalm.com. ¦ Family Jukebox – At Cultural Park Theater, Cape Coral, July 15-24. (239) 772-5862.

Wednesday, July 20

¦ Book Chat – A Book Discussion of Nora Ephron’s “I Feel Bad About My Neck” starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Port Charlotte Library, 2280 Aaron St. 764- 5562. ¦ Hiaasen Novel – A Book Discussion about Carl Hiaasen’s “Star Island” starts at 6 p.m. at the Englewood Library, 3450 North Access Rd. 681-3736. ¦ Trop Rock – Punta […]

Tuesday, July 19

¦ Tribute Show – Diva and the Italian Guy presents Legends Showcase at 7:30 p.m. at the Visani Dinner Theater, 2400 Kings Highway. Marcy Downey and Buddy Sebastian perform tributes to diva legends Shania Twain, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston and more. 629-9191. ¦ Summer Reading – Adventures @ Your Library starts at 1 p.m. at the Port Charlotte Library, 2280 […]

Sunday, July 17

¦ More Music – Island Time performs from 2-5 p.m. at the Nav-A-Gator, 9700 SW Riverview Cir., Lake Suzy. 627-FISH. ¦ Farmers Market – The Punta Gorda Historical Society has a farmers market from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Sunday in History Park, 501 Shreve Street. Vendors can call 380-6814 or e-mail Ldesguin@hotmail.com.

Saturday, July 16

¦ Golden Party – Golden Retriever Rescue of Southwest Florida has a Meet & Greet from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Petco, 9380 Dynasty Dr., Fort Myers. Meet goldens available for adoption and learn about the nonprofit organization. www.grrswf.org. ¦ Music Night – Music Walk takes place from 7-10 p.m. in downtown Fort Myers. Enjoy music, art, shopping and dining. 332-0161. […]

Friday, July 15

¦ Open Mic – The Peace River Center for Writes hosts an open mic from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Hava Java, 2711 Tamiami Trail. Share original works or just listen. 637-3514. ¦ Piano Man – Pianist Joe Delaney performs tonight and Saturday at The Perfect Caper, 121 E. Marion Ave. 505- 9009. ¦ Friday Fun – FridayFest at the Van Wezel […]

Tuesday, July 14

¦ Art Parties – The Visual Arts Center hosts two open receptions tonight. At 6:30 p.m., the Portrait Artists group remembers colleague Frank Miles, who passed away June 17, by sharing “Frank” stories. At 7 p.m., the Summer Sizzler Awards are presented. 210 Maud St. 639- 8810 or www.visualartcenter.org. ¦ Comedy Night – Joey G takes the stage at 7:30 […]

Couples massage: Here’s the rub

Love is patient and kind. It does not envy and is not proud. Love protects, trusts and perseveres. At least that’s what the wedding planner favorite — 1 Corinthians — tells us. But love is also fiercely jealous. That one rarely makes the ceremony. On a recent weekend afternoon, the Captain surprised me with a romantic treat: couples massages. They’re […]



WHAT’S THE BOOK EVERYONE USES BUT NO ONE READS? The phone book. Ammon Shea calls it a “non-book book.” He has a passion for reading books that lack narratives — atlases, almanacs, catalogs, etc. — books not typically read straight through, cover-to-cover. But then again, Mr. Shea isn’t your typical reader. He’s read a few dictionaries from front to back […]

The summer is for stories

Florida Weekly’s writing challenge returns

Here at Florida Weekly we enjoy telling stories. We love to find people and situations that speak to us. When we write, we strive to capture the essence of life in Southwest Florida as honestly as we know how. Once again, we’re asking you to tell us a story. Last year, we received more than 100 submissions from readers who […]