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People fish from the Naples Pier before it closed for renovations in July.
People fish from the Naples Pier before it closed for renovations in July. Miami Herald Staff

▪ The Naples Pier, which has been closed since early July for renovations, reopened on Friday. The city spent about $2.5 million on the pier, fixing the deck and railings and expanding the restrooms. The pier is one of the city’s most popular attractions, visited by about a million people a year, who fish (no license required), look out for dolphins or watch the sunset.

▪ Colortopia, a three-part exhibit sponsored by the Glidden paint brand, opened Friday at Epcot’s Innoventions complex. The three areas are The Power of Color theater show that explores the psychology of color; a Color Lab featuring hands-on exhibits that teaches guests about color; and an interactive experience called “Color Our World” where guests bring a black and white mural to life with magical paintbrushes.

▪ A sand sculpting competition will be held over the Thanksgiving holiday on the Atlantic Ocean beach at the Casa Marina resort in Key West, with six artists building sculptures out of 15,000 pounds of sand each. The sculptures will be life-size and can be built of sand and water only, using hard tools such as trowels and brushes — no electric tools, molds or glue allowed. The public can watch the artists at work starting Nov. 25, with judging set for the afternoon of Nov. 28. Viewing is free, and kids and adults can make their own sand creations. Finished sculptures will remain on display through Nov. 29. Details: www.sandartkeywest.com.

▪ An exhibition of fine art photography by Clyde Butcher will open at the Marco Island Historical Museum Dec. 1. Although Butcher is best known for his photography of the Everglades, the exhibition, Nature’s Places of Spiritual Sanctuary, will feature images he captured across the United States. A release from the museum says “Through this exhibition, Butcher hopes to reorient the way we view nature, not as detached bystanders but an intricate tapestry into which we are equally woven.” An opening-night reception will be open to the public. The exhibition runs through Feb. 10. Details: 239-642-1440, www.colliermuseums.com.

▪ Universal Orlando has announced the line-up of film stars who will participate in “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Jan. 29-31. Harry Potter film stars will include Rupert Grint, Bonnie Wright, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch and Katie Leung. Creative talent will include Pierre Bohanna, head prop maker; Paul Harris, the world’s only Wand Combat choreographer, and designers Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina of MinaLima. Among special events: the Sorting Hat experience, an interactive mini tour from Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Q&A sessions, special panels and demonstrations, and the Harry Potter Expo . Access to the celebration, with events at both of Universal’s Orlando parks, is included in regular theme park admission. Details: www.universalorlando.com/celebration.

— MIAMI HERALD STAFF AND WIRE SERVICES

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