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79 Friday, December 2 Gulf Coast Board Institute 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Boca Grande Community Center Woman’s Club Room New this season, Friends of Boca Grande has partnered with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation to offer an educational program for nonprofit board members. Topics covered will include legal duties; responsibilities of nonprofit boards; best governance practices; effective fundraising strategies for board members; and more. Light breakfast and lunch is included. There is no cost for this workshop, however you must pre-register to assure your spot. Call (941) 964-0827 for more information. Wednesday, December 7 American Presidents & Politics: Matt Bai 4:30 to 6 p.m., Boca Grande Community Center As a National political columnist for Yahoo News and former chief political correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, Matt Bai is one of the most respected political journalists in the country. In his book, “All the Truth is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid” Bai brings us back to the first modern political scandal and its reverberating effect on our politics and journalism in the decades since. Sponsored by Friends of the Boca Grande Community Center. General admission is $35; reserved tickets are $60. Call (941) 964-0827 for more information. Saturday, Dec. 10 Lighting of the Lighthouse 6 to 8 p.m., Port Boca Grande Lighthouse, Gasparilla Island State Park Ring in the holidays at the annual Lighting of the Lighthouse! This is a complimentary event serving appetizers, punch and cookies. Gates open at 6 p.m. and lighting takes place at 6:15 p.m. Call (941) 964-0060 for more information. Tuesday, December 15 Boca Grande Sleuths: The Empty Copper Sea 4 to 5:30 p.m., Boca Grande Community Center A discussion of “The Empty Copper Sea” by John D. MacDonald. Van Harder, once a hard drinker, has found religion. But that doesn’t keep folks from saying he murdered his employer, Hub Lawless, a very valuable man whose body hasn’t been found. Presented by Jean Meanwell. There is no charge. Call Friends of the Boca Grande Community Center at (941) 964-0827 for more information. Sunday, December 18 Bolshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker 1 to 3:30 p.m., Boca Grande Community Center Christmas wouldn’t be complete without the enchanting tale of young Marie and her handsome Nutcracker prince, and of course Tchaikovsky’s timeless score! The cost is $15. Call the Friends of the Boca Grande Community Center at (941) 964-0827 for more information. Monday, December 19 National Theatre Live: War Horse 5 to 7:30 p.m., Boca Grande Community Center War Horse takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of World War I France. Filled with stirring music and songs, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage. The cost is $20. Call the Friends of the Boca Grande Community Center at (941) 964-0827 for more information. Saturday, December 24 Happy Chanukah! The holiday begins at sundown Sunday, December 25 Merry Christmas!


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