Annual Strawberry Festival Saturday March 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Boca Grande Community Center Grounds The annual Strawberry Festival, one of Boca Grande’s most popular community events, draws hundreds of bargain seekers and lovers of homemade strawberry shortcake each year. All proceeds support programs to improve the lives of women and children locally and internationally through worldwide mission programs. Contact the Boca Grande United Methodist Church for more information. (941) 964-2479. RPP Presents – The Perfect Musical Comedy: Guys & Dolls Wednesday, March 8 through Sunday, March 12 Show times 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 5 p.m. Boca Grande Community Center Auditorium The Tony Award winning musical comedy GUYS & DOLLS is a sure bet that soars with the spirit of Broadway! Set in vivid, mid-20th Century New York City and buoyed by a Frank Loesser score that is among the most immortal works in theater history, this American classic has been called “the perfect musical comedy.” Featuring an eclectic ensemble of high-rolling gamble “guys,” well-meaning missionary “dolls” and brassy-voiced showgirls, GUYS AND DOLLS is a toetappingly fun and romantic fable about gambling men and the strong-willed women who love them. Call the Royal Palm Players office at (941) 964-2670 to purchase tickets. Photography As Art Show Boca Grande Camera Club Opening Reception on Friday, March 10 at 5 p.m Show on Saturday, March 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Boca Grande Art Center, 236 Banyan St., Boca Grande The mission of the Boca Grande Club is two-fold: to educate and inform its members on photography and photographic techniques, and to provide an outlet for the talents of Boca Grande photographers. This show will surely delight. St. Patrick’s Day Friday, March 17 Free Concert On The Green! - West of Galway Sunday, March 19, 5 p.m. Boca Grande Community Center Lawn Known as Florida’s premier Irish band, West of Galway beat 50 other bands across an international competition. As a result, the band travelled to Castlewellan, Ireland, for a once-in-a-lifetime performance at the Celtic Fusion Music Arts Festival in 2010. With a mixture of vocals, guitar, fiddle, bodhran, whistles, concertina and even bones, the upbeat tempos of these traditional Irish tunes will make you want to join in, clap your hands and dance a jig! Bring your golf carts, or chairs and blankets. Beverages and food are permitted. Come early to get a good spot as a large crowd is expected on the green. The JF Library Foundation’s Spring Book Sale Monday, March 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 from 9:30 a.m. to noon Johann Fust Community Library, 1040 W 10th Street, Boca Grande There will be hundreds of almost new and used hardback and trade paperback books, DVDs, CDs and rare books. Come get your supply of summer reading material. BIPS Green Gala “Kickin’ It Island Style” Monday, March 20, 6 to 11p.m. Boca Bay Pass Club, 770 Gulf Boulevard, Boca Grande Purchase tickets now and don’t miss the fun. “Kickin’ It Island Style” is the Country & Western theme. Enjoy BBQ cuisine, dancing, auctions,, a cash bar and the band Neon Summer. All proceeds support the Barrier Island Parks Society, Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum and local state parks including Cayo Costa, Don Pedro, Gasparilla and Stump Pass. Tickets are $135 and can be purchased by calling BIPS at (941) 964-0060 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Annual Bike Path Parade & Woman’s Club Fair Saturday, March 25 5th Street & The Boca Grande Community Center This annual event is one of the highlights of living in Boca Grande. It’s a Spring Break tradition for families to decorate their golf carts and parade along the path. The start of the parade is located at 5th Street, lineup is at 9:50 a.m. and the parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Registration ends Wednesday, March 22. Gas powered vehicles are not allowed on the Bike Path. The parade route ends at the Boca Grande Community Center where the Woman’s Club Fair will be held starting at 11 a.m.
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