What’s Happening Around Town Southwest September 2016

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Sat’s Farmer’s Market. Dozens of vendors offering fruits and vegetables, bakery items, homemade pasta, seafood, jewelry and more. 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free admission. Taylor St. at West Olympia, Punta Gorda. (941) 391-4856.

9 Big Orange Sunset Celebration. Free live entertainment. 5 – 9 p.m. Fishermen’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, 33950. (941) 639-8721. Bigorangemusicfestival.com

10 “The Sociopath Next Door.” Sociopaths are all around us; they charm us, con us, manipulate us, take advantage of us, and can destroy us. Learn how to recognize and protect yourself from these people. 10 – 11:30 a.m. First Congregational Church, 6630 Immokalee Rd, Naples, 34119. (239) 353 – 3154.

13 Elder Abuse Prevention. Learn the warning of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. Scams, fraud and identity theft are an ever-increasing dilemma for older adults. Discussion centers on how to prevent becoming a victim and how to get help if you have already been victimized. Free. 1 – 2 p.m. Cape Coral Library Meet Room, 921 SW 39th Cape Coral, 33914. (239) 533 – 2111.  Leegov.com

14 Power Networking Lunch Series – Blount Law. We start with speed networking and arrange seating at this unique networking event to ensure you make new professional connections, while learning about emerging business trends and educational topics happening in the presenter’s industry. Register in advanced and select your lunch entrée when you sign up. Advanced member registration is $35, walk-in member registration is $40. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Artichoke and Company, 11920 Saradrienne Lane, Bonita Springs, 34135. (239) 992 – 2943. bonitaspringschamber.com

17 & 18. 14th Annual Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival. From shopping leather good, paintings, photography, personalized products, glassworks, to live entertainment, and dining, and much more! Free. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 331 Sullivan Street, Punta Gorda, 33950. (541) 746 – 6615. Artfestival.com

17 Salad in a Jar Party. Discover how much fun healthy eating can be! Members of the South West Florida Co-op bring nutritious “Salad in a Jar” recipes as well as locally grown produce to this discussion of healthy eating. Tickets will be provided for a free giveaway of three “Salad in a Jar” variations. 1 – 2 p.m. Free admission. Cape Coral Library meeting room, 921 SW 39th Cape Coral, 33914. (239) 533 – 2111. Leegov.com

23 – 25 Fishermen’s Village Pirate Fest. Enjoy three full days of piratical entertainment! Flotilla and invasion, pirate encampment, pirate parade. live music, contests, and, of course, PIRATES! Free admission. 12-6 p.m. Fri. 10am-8pm Sat. 11am-6pm Sun. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, #57A, Punta Gorda, 33950. (941) 639-8721.

28 An Evening of Family Friendly Storytelling for Adults. Join us to hear this national star of the storytelling world delight us with his famous stories of everybody’s favorite character, Aunt Marguerite. $15. The Office of Dr. Joel Ying. 7 – 8 p.m. with Andy Offut Irwin. 2335 Tamiami Trail N., Suite, Naples, 34103. (239) 267- 6480.

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