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VOL. 9, No.10 From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort Myers MARCH 12,2010
A Musical Night With Nature Fort Myers Beach
Shrimp Festival Is This Saturday
The 52nd Fort Myers Beach
Shrimp Festival kicks into high
gear with the Fort Myers Beach
Lions Shrimp Festival Parade at 10
a.m. Saturday, March 13. Matanzas
Pass Bridge will close at 9 a.m.
and the parade will march north
from School Street along Estero -
Boulevard, about 1.5 miles, to the
festival grounds at Lynn Hall Park ,
Beach, in the heart of town.
Other festivities will include more
than 100 craft and food vendors, plus
live entertainment. As always, Lions
Club members will cook up their world
famous shrimp dinners for thousands
of hungry festival-goers.
At 1 p.m. the final judging and
crowning of the Shrimp Festival
Kat Epple and DL Turner from the group Katalyst Queen takes place beach style at the
pavilion. Collectible festival T-shirts,
S smooth celestial jazz, contemporary folk, and Mayan music will be featured tank tops and hats will be on sale.
at the annual concert to benefit CREW (Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem One hundred percent of the profits
Watershed) Land Trust, which is one of Southwest Florida's most successful envi- from Lions efforts go to local Lions
ronmental programs. The concert will begin at 6 p.m. on March 27. charities including the Florida Lions Camp, local scholarships, local eyesight care and
A wide variety of musical styles will float through The Bonita Springs Riverside treatment for those in need, guide dog training, and placement. For information about
Park, as four different musical ensembles perform a concert in the bandshell, featuring Lions charities and efforts visit www.fmblions.com. For festival information visit www.
continued on page 5 beachshrimpfestival.com.
Fantasy & Fairytales In Books And Art
In partnership with
the Southwest Florida -
Reading Festival, the _
Alliance for the Arts
will celebrate Fantasy &
Fairytales in Books and
Art with a fun-filled day
of themed children's F
activities. Sponsored by
Train with Shane, this
free family event on I
March 18 from 4 to 6 [ '
p.m. promotes literary I
arts with storytellers,
cartooning, music and
hands-on art projects.
This year children will
be treated to an expanded
line-up of interactive ... "
activities and entertain- i.
ers. Doug McGregor, The
News Press cartoonist,
will work with kids to cre- Children dress up at Fantasy & Fairytales 2009
ate their own cartoon
and guided instruction. Jason Edwards, children's author, brings his unique concept
of StoryPlay, in which kids don't just watch the show they join in. Professional sto-
ryteller, Mary Lou Williams, is back for the second year to engage the children in her
animated adventures of myth and fantasy.
The whole family is invited to discover a magical place where old tales have much
to teach about heroism and how one finds the courage to fight and prevail against
For more information contact the Alliance for the Arts, McGregor adn Colonial
Boulevards, at 939-ARTS or www.ArtInLee.org.4
For St. Pat's Day
he River District Alliance, a com-
mittee of downtown Fort Myers
businesses and entertainment cen-
ters, has joined with the United Irish of
Southwest Florida to host a Downtown
St. Pat's Celebration on Wednesday,
March 17 beginning at 6 p.m.
Parts of downtown streets including
In Top 10 Markets
by Anne Mitchell
he Wall Street Journal reported
Monday that there's a revival in
the market for luxury real estate
- and that Sanibel/Captiva is in the top
10 best locations for second homes.
Ranked No. 1 is Maui and others
include The Hamptons, Kiawah Island,
South Carolina, Pebble Beach, California,
and Aspen Colorado. Sanibel/Captiva is
in 8th place.
continued on page 38
First, Hendry and Dean will be closed off
for a festive block party that will include
live bands, drink specials, Irish food, and
celebrations at local bars and restaurants
throughout the evening.
Party-goers will also have a chance to
win round trip airline tickets to Ireland
with raffle tickets being sold for $1 each
or six for $5 for the United Irish of SW
Florida. The winner will be chosen that
night and need not be present to win.
"This is truly a collaborative effort on
the past of all the downtown merchants,"
continued on page 9
2. Kiawah Island, SC
3. The Hamptons
4. Park City, UT
5. Aspen, CO
6. Pebble Beach, CA
7. Palm Beach, FL
9. Asheville, NC
10. Gasparilla Island
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Historic Downtown Fort Myers,
Then And Now: Donuts And
Orange Juice On First Street
by Gerri Reaves
In the late 1950s, Anne's Donut Shop served hot donuts,
I. orange juice, and other delights in downtown Fort Myers just
West of First and Hendry Streets.
Anne's Donut Shop was located in a building dating to about
1914. Peter Tonnelier, a wealthy developer from Michigan,
V / bought the 1905 Leon Building (Stone Block) on the corner in
1912 from Dr. Benjamin P Matheson.
'He proceeded to re-build and renovate the block, expanding
and remodeling the Leon Hotel and creating Tonnelier Court
(now Patio de Leon) between 1913 and 1915.
The "El Leon Hotel" sign painted on the wall in the historic
photo connects the narrow building to its original use as part of
Peter Tonnelier's new hotel annex.
In this circa 1958 photo, other "vintage" items mark the decade when a different
aesthetic ruled urban sidewalks.
Notice the bubblegum machine on the left, by Wimberly's Drug Store on the corner
at Hendry Street.
Note too the convenient mailbox perched on a post between the donut shop and
Brown's photography studio on the right.
And that air-conditioning unit protruding from the window over Wimberly's... well,
that isn't something one is likely to see on First Street today.
In fact, this photo of more than a half-century ago illustrates well what everyone
seems to be saying lately: Downtown Fort Myers is more beautiful now than it has
been in many years maybe in living memory.
Today, the former donut and orange juice shop is the entrance to the Patio de Leon
Condominiums. The historic buildings remain, but downtown redevelopment has much
improved the look of more than 50 years ago.
Today, the same buildings have been restored to architectural integrity. Vanished
are the hodge-podge of hanging signs, painted signs, and general added-on ticky-
The improved look extends right down to the ground, thanks to the newly finished
In the late 1950s, Anne's Donut Shop was located on First Street, just west of Hendry. Wimberley's Drug Store was
in the corner spot (left) and Brown's Studio occupied the building to Anne's west side (right).
photo courtesy of the Southwest Florida Historical Society
However, although the look of today's business district might
be preferable to that of the late 1950s, who would argue that it
would be nice to ratchet-up the business activity a notch or two to
rival that of the Fort Myers of 50 years ago?
This section of First Street is certainly doing its part to do just
The former Anne's Donuts Shop is now the attractive
entrance to the Patio de Leon Condominiums. Cafe Matisse now
occupies the Wimberly's Drug Store spot, and La Trattoria serves
up Italian cuisine in the former Brown's Studio.
Walk down to First Street to the site where Anne's Donut
Shop served countless customers in a busy downtown decades
Then walk a few block to the Southwest Florida Museum of
History at 2031 Jackson Street. Along the way, you can appre-
ciate downtown's new retro look. And when you get to the
museum, you can travel to ancient times by seeing Tutankhamun:
Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh's Tomb.
For information, call 321-7430 or go to swflmuseumofhis-
tory.com. The museum's hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Don't forget to check out the Southwest Florida Historical
Society at 10091 McGregor Boulevard. It's an invaluable resource
for local history and genealogical research. Call 939-4044 or
drop by on Wednesday or Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.
Sources: The Story of Fort Myers by Karl H. Grismer and the
archives of the Southwest Florida Historical Society.4
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and Ken Rasi
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To Sing At Church
Korsakoff under the direction of Maestro
Eugene Svetlanov. She also sang at the
Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg as
Violetta in La Traviata under the direc-
tion of Eugene Colobov. In addition to
her very busy schedule at the Moldova
Opera she also sang leading roles with
touring opera companies and solo
recitals in Baltimore, Boston, Brussels,
Bucharest, Chicago, Helsinki, Miami,
Milan, New York, Rome, St. Petersburg,
St. Louis, Tallin, Odessa and many other
cities throughout the world.
She has been praised as "the great
Russian nightingale" by Russia's St.
Petersburg press. Now residing in the
United States with her family, her career
is flourishing in recitals, as well as soloist
with symphony orchestras.
Michael Melnikov is the music direc-
tor at Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian
Church and a renowned pianist and
organist who did his professional stud-
ies in choral and orchestra conducting
and piano performance at Voronezh
Music Academy and later at Moscow
Conservatory of Music. He has studied
the organ in Riga, Latvia and Vilnius,
He had performed countless concerts
as a child and young adult in Russia and
then later in the USA He has been
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praised by the Old Colony Memorial
News, Massachusetts as "Best Bet" for
his Grand Concerts.
Melnikov has performed piano duets
on TV shows in Boston with his wife
Elena, as well as favorites by Beethoven,
Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff and
Scriabin. He loves to perform his favorite
organ works by Bach and Handel and
Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian
Church is in the 2500 Block of Estero
Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, on Sunday,
March 21, at 4 p.m. The concert is free,
no tickets are required.4
The fourth of the concerts in the
2009/10 Chapel by the Sea
Presbyterian Church Concert
Series on Fort Myers Beach will be
held on Sunday, March 21. Svetlana
Strezeva, soprano, with Michael
Melnikov, pianist, will perform at 4 p.m.
A free will offering will be taken. No
tickets are required.
This concert will feature selections
from the classical, sacred, and popu-
lar repertoire. Russian classical music
and folksongs will be included as will
American classical and popular tunes.
Strezeva is a prominent Russian-
born American soprano. She is a laure-
ate of the P. Tchaikovsky International
Competition in Moscow and M. Glinka
Vocal International Competition in Minsk.
She did her professional studies at La
Scala in Milan, Italy, under the guidance
of Opera Diva G. Simionato.
Strezeva was prima donna of the
Moldova National Opera Company. She
made her debut at the Bolshoi Theater as
Shemakha in Le Coq D'Or by Rimsky-
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Greater Fort Myers to learn about
the selection and care of orchids.
Lee Behrhorst from Sundance
Orchards will be the guest speaker for
the Thursday, April 15 luncheon which
begins with registration at 11:30 a.m.
The luncheon meetings are held at
Crown Colony Country Club, 16021
Winkler Road, Fort Myers.
Cost is $18 and reservations are
required. Contact Patricia Spotts at 432-
9498 to reserve a space.4
Club To Meet
The monthly meeting of the Fort
Myers Beach Yacht Club will be
held Wednesday, March 24 at
the American Legion Post 274, 899
Buttonwood Drive, on San Carlos
Dinner will be catered and is available
for $14 per person. Social hour begins at
6 p.m., dinner at 7, and the membership
meeting is from 8 to 9 p.m.
Potential new members wishing to
attend any or all portions of the meeting
may call Commodore Tom Swanbeck for
reservations and additional information at
To learn more about the club log onto
Classic Car Show In Cape Coral
Variety of classic cars from the 1950s to present day will be on display at the
Cape Coral Yacht Club Community Park on Sunday, March 14 from 11 a.m.
to 3 p.m. The show will also feature raffles/prizes for participants and food
and music throughout the day.
Admission is free. For those showing cars, the pre-registration fee is $15 and $20
for day of show. For more information call 574-0806 or visit www.capeparks.com.
Cape Coral Yacht Club is located at 5819 Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral.4
Antiques And Collectibles Fair
the Tony Rotino Senior Center will hold an Antique and Collectibles Fair on
Saturday March 20. Appraisals will be offered on-site for $5 per item with
a limit of three items per person. Items that can be appraised include paper
and artwork, toys and furniture, jewelry, dolls, decorator items, glassware, china
and crystal, coins, watches, nautical and military. Free coffee and cookies will be
Call 574-0807 for more information. Tony Rotino Center is at 5817 Driftwood
Parkway, Cape Coral.4
Republican Club Luncheon
And Fashion Show Fundraiser
ll Things Green is the theme for the annual fashion show fundraiser being
held by the Fort Myers Republican Women's Club Federated on Tuesday,
March 16 at The Helm Club at The Landings in South Fort Myers. Fashions
by Anthony's will be featured, with club members serving as the models. The event
replaces the regular monthly business meeting.
The public is invited to attend. The day's activities include a card party and silent
auction beginning at 10 a.m. Donations for door prizes, raffle items, and the silent
auction are being accepted. Information on these items may be obtained by contacting
the past president, Marilyn Stout, at 549-5629.
A social hour and silent auction begin at 11 a.m. The fashion show and luncheon
are at noon. Tickets are $30. Reservations are required by Thursday, March 11 and
may be made by contacting Tina Laurie at 489-4701.0
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From page 1
Night With Nature
Las Mayas de Huehueten6ngo
flute, harp, guitar, mandolin, vocals, and native instruments. Performers include: the
sensational new band Katalyst, plus Roy Schneider, Susie Hulcher Jennings, and Las
Mayas de HuehuetenAngo.
Other performers include Wonerwhirl Hoops, and, as usual, the event will also
include special surprise guest performers.
Bonita Springs Riverside Park is located on old U.S. 41 Road at 26740 Pine
Avenue, Bonita Springs.
Tickets are $20 (children 12 and under free) and can be purchased at the gate or in
advance by calling Brenda Brooks at 239-657-2253 or mailing crewtrust@earthlink.
net. To learn more about CREW visit www.crewtrust.org.
Bring lawn chairs, blankets, no pets. Food, beer and wine will be available.
Katalyst will be performing their own unique blend of original smooth celestial jazz,
Celtic, new age, and world music. The innovative sound is rich in colors, rhythms, and
timbres, and consists of: Kat Epple on flute, DL Turner on harp, Darrell Nutt on per-
cussion, and David Johnson on bass.
Roy Schneider is a contemporary songwriter with strong roots in folk, delta blues,
'60s rock, bluegrass, reggae, gypsy jazz and soul. Performing on guitar, vocals and
mandolin, his songs are from the heart, and span the gamut from soulful to silly to
bluesy and gritty. Schneider carries over a decade of solid performance experience, is
featured on many radio stations, and has three CDs to his credit.
Susie Hulcher Jennings is a versatile vocalist, compelling songwriter, and fine guitar-
ist. Her vast array of sonic influences is especially apparent in her original music. As
she interprets other artists' songs, this chanteuse will wrap her vocal cords around jazz,
Author Lecture At
Author of The Florida Life
of Thomas Edison, Michele
Wehrwein Albion, will be at
Collier County Museum on Saturday,
March 20 at 1 p.m. for a lecture and
book signing of her biography of
America's most famous inventor. Books
will be sold for $30 (cash or check only).
Using a wide range of little-known
resources, including photographs, manu-
scripts, maps and newspaper accounts,
Albion explores an important facet of
Edison's life that is largely unknown. In
doing so, she presents the full story of his
professional and leisure life in Florida.
Few people realize the extent to which
Thomas Edison called Florida home.
From 1885 until his death in 1931,
Edison wintered in the sleepy gulf coast
town of Fort Myers. There he was the
pride of the small town, which eagerly
watched to see what the wizard would
conjure up next.
Edison's presence encouraged Henry
Ford to buy the Florida estate next door.
Edison's experiments with rubber from
local plants intrigued Ford and Harvey
Firestone, who funded Edison's research.
Albion was former assistant cura-
tor and registrar at the United States
Holocaust Museum and curator of
the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in
Fort Myers. She lives in Dover, New
The museum is located just five
minutes east of downtown Naples at
3301 Tamiami Trail East in Naples. The
museum's five-acre plot includes a native
plant garden, orchid house, two early
Naples cottages, a logging locomotive,
swamp buggies and a WWII Sherman
tank. The main facility is open Monday
through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission is free and the site is handi-
capped accessible. For more information,
visit www.colliermuseums.com or call
pop, soul, whatever the decade, to serve
the song. Hulcher Jennings describes her
show as: "A girl... a guitar... and a warped
The rhythms, chants and dance of Las
Mayas de HuehuetenAngo emerge from the
northwestern mountains of Guatemala. The
Mayan women and girls wear their villages'
traditional blouses (huipiles) and skirts (cor-
tes) while they perform on flutes, vocals,
dance, and the bamboo drums tunss) which
they created and painted.&
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Nervous Nellie's Crazy Waterfront Eatery opens March 12 at the former Snug Harbor
Restaurant on Fort Myers Beach
The wait is over! Nervous Nellie's Crazy Waterfront Eatery on Fort Myers
Beach will open on Friday, March 12. Rob DeGennaro and his crew are
offering boaters and landlubbers alike a wide variety of overstuffed sandwich-
es, fresh seafood and casual favorites, all in a family-fun atmosphere. Listen to live
music at Ugly's Waterside Bar, the place "where everybody gets prettier," upstairs
from the main dining area. Marina dockage is free with dock attendant's assistance.
Nervous Nellie's Crazy Waterfront Eatery is located at 1131 First Street, Fort
Myers Beach and is open for Sunday Brunch, lunch, dinner and snacks in between.
Call 463-8077 or go to www.nervousnellies.net.
Put on something green (or you may be pinched!) and head downtown for The
Bar Association Bistro and Lounge's all-day St. Patrick's Day party. From 11
a.m. to close on Wednesday, March 17, owners Ron Kopko and Mark Solomon are
serving up traditional Irish food and Irish music from the jukebox in their beautiful
The Bar Association is located at 1609 Hendry Street in historic downtown Fort
Myers. For more information, call 334-8080.
While downtown, stop by Fancy Flamingo Antiques and browse through the
seemingly endless selection of antiques, vintage clothes, decorative art and one-of-a-
kind collectibles. Jesse Williams, owner, has stocked her large shop with unique trea-
sures from the past and present.
Fancy Flamingo Antiques is located at 2259 Widman Way and is open Tuesday
through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
On Monday, March 29, The Sandy Butler Restaurant gives guests the oppor-
tunity to taste some of Napa Valley's finest wines. The Napa Wine Dinner starts at 7
p.m. and reservations are required. The
price of $100 per person includes a four-
course gourmet meal and wine tasting.
The Sandy Butler Restaurant is located
at 17650 San Carlos Boulevard, Fort
Myers. For reservations, call 482-6765
Artist Greg Biolchini announces
openings for his remaining March work- Please visit our River Weekly News
shops. All workshops run from 9 a.m. online advertisers at
to 4 p.m. and are held at his spacious, www.islandsunnews.com.
riverfront studio located at 81 West North You can click through to their
Shore Avenue, North Fort Myers. Web sites for more information
March 15-19: The Classic Portrait From about real estate, shopping,
Life Pastel, Model Fee Included ($350) restaurants and services.
Participants can expect to learn this Just click on the logos surrounding
direct approach to portrait painting from the front page.
a model with pastel as both a dry and wet
medium. The motivation will be on getting
a likeness, color and flesh tone mixing,
backgrounds, and composition. Each day
will begin with a two to three hour dem-
onstration, focusing on the principles of
portrait painting in pastel. Participants are
encouraged to ask questions at all times
including during the demos. After lunch,
participants will paint from the model.
During this time, Biolchini will go around
to each painter offering suggestions focus-
ing on their individual needs.
March 22- 24, $180: Painting From
Photos You Love Oil
Each day will start with a stimulating
two-hour demonstration. During the dem-
onstrations, Biolchini will share how he
paints in oil quickly, wet-into-wet, from
photography. Participants are encouraged
to ask questions during the demonstrations.
After each day's demo, Biolchini will go to
each person offering individual instruction
during the painting sessions. Size 8" x 12" Fancy Flamingo Antiques in the historic
photo references will be available if you do downtown Fort Myers River District
not have your own photo to work from.
March 27: ew: Are You Stuck? ($90)
Every artist gets that feeling that there is something wrong with their painting. They
stare at it and stare at it, but just cannot figure it out. That is when a fresh perspective
can really pay off. This workshop is designed to give intensive help to move past the
hurdles to complete (or even start) your painting. Biolchini will come around the room
offering suggestions focusing on your individual needs. He will share everything about
his highly successful, award winning techniques, in all mediums. Optional open critique
starts at 3:30 p.m. At this time, artists wishing to participate will receive an overall cri-
tique of their work at whatever stage of completion, from first Biolchini, and then their
fellow workshop attendees.
For more information, call 910-6088 or email Biolchini at biolchinistudio@yahoo.
Franklin Shops To
he Franklin Shops on First Street
will be opening October 2010 in
the River District of Downtown
Fort Myers. This business offers retailers
the solution to the escalating overhead
cost of operating a retail business.
The concept is the answer for bou-
tique-level retail business to survive and
once again compete in the mass mer-
chandising retail arena, say the owners.
The expected opening date is October.
The Franklin Shops will be located
on First Street and Broadway in a build-
ing originally known as The Franklin
Hardware store. This 9,650-square-foot
building offers the opportunity for up to
70 businesses to call the River District
The building will function as an all-
inclusive Shop Space management firm.
Leasing offers entrepreneurs services that
include: facility management; personnel
management; customer service manage-
ment; and daily operation services.
By leasing space to different entrepre-
neurs with unique visions and ideas, The
Franklin Shops on First Street has the
ability to offer a wide variety of merchan-
dise to customers and a unique shopping
experience. It will provide entrepreneurs
the opportunity to start small; identify and
modify merchandise being sold; and grow
their passion into a real business in the
Southwest Florida area.
Its strategy is to provide boutique level
retail stores the ability to recapture their
customer base and once again compete
in the mass-merchandising retail arena.
By joining together, the start-up costs and
the daily operating costs is part of the
investment The Franklin Shops on First
The owners are currently interviewing
prospective retailers. For more informa-
tion contact Rene Miville at 395-1666,
and/or Allison Campbell at-595-6256.0
Fancy Flamingo Antiques
Hours: Tues-Sat 11-5:30
2259 Widman Way
Historic Downtown Fort Myers
For The Kids
The Junior League of Fort Myers
announces its fourth annual Kids
in the Kitchen event to be held
Saturday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to
1 p.m. at Heights Community Park.
Check-in is from 9:30 to 10 a.m. The
event will promote nutrition, healthy
eating and fun fitness activities. The
first 200 registered children ages five to
10 will receive a gift bag, lunch and be
able to participate in scheduled activi-
ties. Parents or guardians must stay with
their children during the event and
The Junior League's Kids in the
Kitchen is a national program designed to
help our communities address the urgent
issues surrounding childhood obesity and
poor nutrition. Since the early 1970s
the number of overweight children in
our country has increased dramatically,
substantially increasing children's risks for
health problems such as type 2 diabetes,
high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Over 200 million people throughout the
nation have been reached with messages
about the Kids in the Kitchen program
and ways to fight the spread of child-
hood obesity through public service
Announcements and media coverage.
The Junior League of Fort Myers has
been joining in this national fight against
childhood obesity and poor nutrition since
Ryan Scharlau enjoyed the fitness activi-
ties at the 2009 Junior League of Fort Myers
Kids in the Kitchen event
2006. This year, the event is being held
in Harlem Heights, where it will benefit
some of Lee County's neediest children.
In addition to learning about nutrition and
healthy snacks, children will be participat-
ing in fitness activities including a rock
climbing wall and obstacle course, a bike
safety demonstration, Zumba, basket-
ball and tennis. A Family Fun Run, with
medals awarded to participants, starts
promptly at 10 a.m. Appropriate shoes
must be worn to participate in the run.
Heights Community Park is located
at 7340 Concourse Drive in Fort Myers.
Registration is available online at http://
For information call 277-1197.0
parents now can sign up their
children for Lee County Parks &
Recreation Summer Camp, which
offers teen camps, specialty camps and
traditional camps like those you remem-
ber growing up.
Register online at www.leeparks.org
or by calling 533-7440. Camp begins
June 28 and runs seven weeks. Prices
range from $57 to $75 per week. A 10
percent discount is given to those who
Registration for swimming lessons and
summer aquatics programs begins April
"We are going to continue to offer
all of our programs they are not going
away, despite challenging economic
times," said Barbara Manzo, director of
Lee County Parks & Recreation.
To ensure campers' safety, each camp
counselor has passed a background check
and has undergone training in CPR/first
aid, behavior management, camp stan-
dards and health and safety, Manzo said.
Registration continues until ses-
sions fill. Each year, the spots at Wa-Ke
Hatchee Recreation Center, Lakes
Regional Park and Estero Recreation
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Center fill up before school ends. Wa-Ke
Hatchee currently has a waiting list.
If you plan to register for camp at one
of the three mega-recreation centers,
you need to obtain a family membership
first. This applies to the centers at Wa-Ke
Hatchee, Estero or Veterans Park in
Lehigh Acres. You need to have a house-
hold account at www.leeparks.org if you
want to register online.
Call 533-7440 for more details.4
here will be two meetings in
March of the Lee Genealogical
Society. Both are free and open to
the public. Refreshments will be served.
Saturday, March 13 is the quarterly
meeting at 10 a.m. at Wesley Memorial
United Methodist Church, 4141 Deleon
Street, Fort Myers.
The program will be presented by Carl
Meier, second vice president, on Health
Issues in the Early 20th Century and the
Records they Produced.
The monthly meeting will be held on
Thursday, March 18 at 1 p.m. at Wesley
Memorial United Methodist Church. The
program will be presented by Professor
Emeritus of History David T. Childress,
Ph.D. on How Our Ancestors Survived
the Great Depression (1929-1946).
For more information, email
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Zonta Foundation Of Southwest Florida Awards Grant To SWFAS
Joanne Mariott (center) shows SWFAS residents Lona
SWFAS residents Christina Nicotra and Susan Perwerton
Harding (left) and Denise Gonzalez how to apply make-up share tips they have learned
for everyday living
Joanne Mariott and Sandi Hutchings of the Zonta Club of
Sanibel-Captiva teach make-up techniques to SWFAS resi-
dent Christina Nicotra
The Zonta Foundation of Southwest
Florida has awarded a $10,000
grant to Southwest Florida
Addiction Services (SWFAS) to provide
educational needs for women recover-
ing from substance abuse at SWFAS'
Transitional Living Center on Dixie
Parkway in Fort Myers.
The money will be used to help about
20 women pursue an education by
providing tuition, educational materials,
books and transportation. About $3,300
of the grant will be use to purchase two
new computers and software to enable
the women to complete coursework and
file job applications.
The overall goal is to help women
in recovery obtain the skills they need
to earn a living wage and become self-
sufficient in the workplace.
"We are so excited about this oppor-
tunity for our ladies in recovery," said
Transitional Living Center Director
Rosemary Boisvert. "Our goal is to
remove the barriers that prevent them
from being successful. If they need finan-
cial assistance for tuition, we can help
with that. If they need help with supplies
or transportation to get to school or train-
ing, we can assist with that as well.
"While at SWFAS' Transitional Living
Center, the women work very hard at
learning skills for the job of living in sobri-
ety, this grant will help them build on
their newfound skills and give them some-
thing more to enhance their chances of
maintaining their sobriety and self-suffi-
ciency," Boisvert said.
"We have been very fortunate to have
this long lasting relationship with the
Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva. The Zonta
Club gives our women far more than
dollars. They also give of themselves,"
For example, last November Zonta
members hosted a nurse practitioner to
discuss women's health issues and con-
cerns. In December, they organized a visit
to the JN "Ding" Darling Refuge Center
with a park moderator providing a tour.
In January, they hosted an Expressive Art
session on the TLC campus. In February,
the Zontans gave a session on make-up
application for everyday living.
SWFAS opened the newl6-bed wom-
en's halfway house last year. It provides
treatment for 40 to 50 women per year
who have completed the residential treat-
ment program and moved into the half-
way house for extended treatment.
SWFAS serves 6,000 people a year
and has outpatient and residential pro-
grams for adults and youngsters from
five locations in Lee County and two in
Hendry County, plus detoxification ser-
vices for adults. For more information,
contact Boisvert at 338-2977 or visit
Show At Shell Point
T uck that little black dress
back into the closet as Shell
Point presents Confetti, the
Colors of Spring Fashion Show
& Tea on Thursday, March 18, at
2 p.m. Tickets are $35 and will
benefit the community's skilled
nursing facility, which provides
services to seniors throughout
The show will feature spring
and summer fashions from Bell
Tower Shops, provided by Talbots,
Cache, Draper's & Damon's,
White House Black Market, Trader
Rick's, Wallaby Trading Co., and
More than 30 women of all
ages will be modeling the fashions,
which will include a variety of
spring and summer wear, cruise
and resort styles, casual day and
evening wear, plus updated looks
for the office.
There will be door prizes and
each guest will be receiving a free
The fashion show will be held
in the Shell Point Auditorium
located on The Island at Shell
Point. Tickets must be purchased
in advance by calling Mary Franklin
A spring ensemble
ate Music Group Artist Toni
Rackard will give a performance
on March 13 at 7 p.m. the City
Community Church, 940 Tarpon Street,
Rackard will be performing songs
from her contemporary gospel album,
Are You Ready for War?
For more information, contact Chris
Rutherford at 888-361-9473 or cruther-
A Fashion Show
For The Thrifty
Come to the Pink Bazaar Fashion
Show and see a sample of the
delightful styles available to you
for as little as $2. The show is Monday,
March 15 at 10 a.m. in Rooms 1A
and 1B (in the cafeteria) at HealthPark,
9981 S. HealthPark Drive in Fort
The show is part of the Spring
General Meeting of the Lee Memorial
Auxiliary, which will also feature presenta-
tions on new technology the auxiliary has
purchased. Over 20 outfits from the Pink
Bazaar Thrift Shop will be modeled by
both women and men who work at the
shop as volunteers.
The Pink Bazaar Thrift Shop is part
of the Lee Memorial Health System and
operated by the Lee Memorial Auxiliary.
Proceeds help fund programs and tech-
nology to benefit patients and the citizens
of Southwest Florida. By shopping at the
Pink Bazaar or donating your unwanted
furniture, housewares, books, cloth-
ing and other items there, you are also
uniquely serving the health care needs of
your community. Please call 939-0808 if
you have items to be picked up.
There is no charge, and refreshments
will be served. Reservations are required.
Edison State College Student
Recognized For Heroic Service
James Leavor, Edison State College nursing student, is recognized by the Lee County
Commissioners Brian Bigelow, Ray Judah, Tammy Hall, Bob Janes and Frank Mann
J ames Leavor is the kind of guy
you'd want to have around in a cri-
sis. He's a true hero. The Board of
Lee County Commissioners recently rec-
ognized Leavor for meritous, exemplary
and heroic service.
How did he earn such high praise?
Leavor was driving home from work one
evening when he saw a woman lying in
the street. He immediately positioned his
car to block oncoming traffic and went to
assist her. He assessed the woman's vital
signs and stabilized her until emergency
personnel arrived. In the meantime he
found the woman's identification and
contacted her husband to notify him
of his wife's accident and condition.
Because the man did not have a working
car, Leavor drove to the couple's home,
picked up the husband and drove him to
the hospital to be with his severely injured
wife. The patient is recovering from
severe trauma injuries, including a broken
neck, broken jaw, broken vertebrae, bro-
ken arm, broken leg, broken ribs, and a
"I would like to think that many
people would help out if they knew how.
I was raised as an Eagle Scout and have
always been taught to "be prepared"
and to "help other people at all times,"
Leavor is in the Evening Nursing pro-
gram at Edison State College and will be
graduating in May 2010 with an ASN/
RN degree. He already holds a BA in
biology and a BS in clinical lab science.
His quick application of procedures he
had recently learned in a nursing class,
coupled with a profound sense of com-
passion and integrity played into his reac-
tion to the situation.
"I am honored that so many people
are recognizing me for this," said Leavor.
"I hope that others will do the right thing
to help someone in need if the situation
ever presents itself. It can really make a
The Lizbeth Benacquisto for State
Senate District 27 campaign will
hold a fundraiser on Thursday,
March 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Old
Corkscrew Golf Club, 17320 Corkscrew
For more information, visit www.
VoteLizbeth.com; to RSVP call Richard
Friday at 239-560-4535 or emial rfri-
Senate District 27 covers parts of
Lee, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry and Palm
Club To Meet
The monthly meeting of the Fort
Myers Beach Yacht Club will be
held Wednesday, March 24 at
the American Legion Post 274 on San
Carlos Island. The club is located at 899
Buttonwood Drive, Fort Myers Beach.
Dinner will be catered and is available
for $14 per person. Social hour begins at
6 p.m., dinner at 7 and the membership
meeting is from 8 to 9 p.m.
Potential new members wishing to
attend any or all portions of the meet-
ing are invited to call Commodore Tom
Swanbeck for required reservations and
additional information, at 292-6284.
To learn more about the club log onto
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At Estero Park
he Estero Recreation Center and
Community Park will be holding a
Flea Market on Saturday, March
Vendors parking is $5 per space and
a total of 80 first come first serve spaces
are available. The flea market will run
from 7 a.m. through noon with set-up
starting at 5:30 a.m.
The park is at 9200 Corkscrew Palms
Boulevard, behind Estero Urgent Care.
Call Becca at (239)-498-0415 for
more information, or go to www.
leeparks.org, or stop to register.0
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For St. Pat's Day
said Suzy Lewis co-chair of the event.
"Now that the streets are done and no
one has to avoid construction we are
ready to celebrate and invite as many
people as possible to downtown Fort
Myers to see the beautiful job the cit has
done with the River District."
Music from four live bands Anne
Feeney, Ocean Roads, Low Rent and
Both Hands, will be staged on various
corners of downtown Fort Myers.
Both admission and parking are free.0
Beauty Queens Compete
Miss Teen Sarasota-World Krista Rose, Miss Teen Harborside-World Nicole Tollitson, State
Director Suzi Hosfeld, Miss Sun Coast Lorena Placencia, Miss Teen Sun Set-World Shannon
Wilson, Miss Teen SW Florida-World Allison Scott and Little Miss Florida Rylie Spicker
It was standing room only as contestants vied for the titles of Miss Sun Coast,
Miss Teen Sun Coast-World, Miss Teen SW Florida-World and Miss Teen
Harborside-World at the new AmericInn in Fort Myers.
Contestants from Sarasota to Naples competed for the titles and the opportunity
to represent the area at the Miss Florida US International or Miss Teen Florida-World
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ALL FAITHS UNITARIAN CONGREGATION
Crestwell School, 1901 Park Meadows
Drive, between US 41 and Summerlin
Road, V2 mile north of College.
Minister: The Rev. Dr. Wayne Robinson
Minister's cell phone: 218-3918.
Mailing address: P.O. Box 07477,
Fort Myers, FL 33919
Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.
We believe in the benefits of diversity in
gender, age, political affiliation, sexual
orientation, race and religion.
Web site: allfaiths-uc.org.
Minister's e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
8210 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers
Rev. Dr. Elias Bouboutsis
Orthros Service Sunday 9 a.m.
Divine Liturgy Sunday 10 a.m.
Fellowship Programs, Greek School,
Sunday School, Bible Study
BETH SHILOH MESSIANIC
15675 McGregor Boulevard. 437-3171
Rabbi: Judah Hungerman
Friday Service, 8 p.m.
Saturday Service, 11 a.m.
Shabbat School Saturday Morning
Adult Hebrew Classes
Please call for information on full program.
BREAD OF LIFE MINISTRIES
CHURCH OF GOD:
16581 McGregor Boulevard, 267-3166
(Just past the Tanger Outlet Mall)
Pastor: Barry Lentz, 281-3063
Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday Bible Study, 7 p.m.
CHURCH OF THE CROSS:
13500 Freshman Lane; 768-2188
Pastors: Jeff Moran and Michael Bulter;
A nondenominational church emphasizing
a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Sunday Service: 9 a.m. Contemporary
10:45 a.m. Traditional.
CHRIST THE KING
1188 Lake McGregor Drive, Fort Myers,
432-1724. Rev. N. Everett Keith III;
An Old Catholic Community; Liturgy
in English; Sunday Mass at 9:30 a.m.
COVENANT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH:
2439 McGregor Boulevard, 334-8937
Rev. Dan Hagmaier, pastor
Traditional Sunday service 10 a.m.
CYPRESS LAKE BAPTIST CHURCH:
8400 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers,
Danny Harvey, pastor
Sunday Services: Bible study, 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship, 11 a.m.
Evening Worship, 7 p.m.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting, 7 p.m.
8260 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, 481 -
3233; Clint Cottrell, pastor
Traditional, 8 and 11 a.m.;
Contemporary, 9:30 a.m.
Children's Church K4J (Kids for Jesus)
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH:
8570 Cypress Lake Drive,
Fort Myers, 482-1250
Sunday Traditional Service: 8 and
11 a.m., Praise Service: 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School: All times
FAITH FELLOWSHIP WORLD
6111 South Pointe Boulevard, Fort Myers,
278-3638. Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m.;
"Voice of Faith," WCRN 13.50 AM Radio,
Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
Thursday Service, 7:30 p.m.
Friday Youth Service, 7:30 p.m.
Nursery care for pre-school children and
Children's Church for ages 5-12 available
at each service.
FAITH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH:
15690 McGregor Boulevard
Fort Myers, 482-2030
Pastor: David Stauffer.
Traditional services 9:00 a.m.;
Contemporary, 10:30 a.m.
Go south on McGregor Boulevard. The
church is 1/2 mile past the intersection of
Gladiolus and San Carlos Boulevard on the
way to Sanibel.
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST:
2390 West First Street, next door to Edison
Sunday Morning Service and Sunday
School, 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday Evening Testimony Meeting,
Child care provided at all services.
Visit our Reading Room for quiet study at:
2281 W. First Street, River District
www.spirituality.com and www.christian-
FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE:
13545 American Colony Boulevard (off
Daniels Parkway in the Colony), Fort
Pastor: Rev. Joey Brummett
Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.; Morning
Worship, 10:30 a.m.; Sunday Evening, 6
p.m.; Wednesday Family Night, 7 p.m.
FORT MYERS CHRISTIAN CHURCH
(DISCIPLES OF CHRIST) A STEPHEN
5916 Winkler Road, Fort Myers,
437-4330. Rev. Mark Condrey, Pastor
Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m.
Church School: 9:15 a.m.
FORT MYERS CONGREGATIONAL
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST:
8210 College Parkway, Fort Myers,
482-3133. Philip White, pastor
Morning Worship: 10 a.m.
Church School: 10:15 a.m.
Adult Forum: 9 a.m.
HOLY THEOTOKOS MONASTERY:
111 Evergreen Road, North Fort Myers,
Eastern Orthodox men's monastery.
Liturgical services conducted in the
English, Greek and Church Slavonic lan-
guages, following the Julian (Old) Calendar.
Liturgical Services: Sundays and Holy
Days: The Third and Sixth Hours at 8:30
Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m.
9650 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers,
The Rev. Dr. John S. Adler, pastor
Saturday 5 p.m., Eucharist with Healing
Sunday 8 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite One;
9:30 a.m., Family Eucharist with Healing
and Church School
Tuesday 9:30 a.m., Morning Prayer (in
Spanish); Wednesday 9:30 a.m., Eucharist
Child care available at Saturday 5 p.m. and
Sunday 9:30 a.m. services.
JESUS THE WORKER
881 Nuna Avenue, Fort Myers, 481-1143
Masses Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.;
Sunday, 8 and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
KINGDOM LIFE CHURCH:
2154 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers,
Pastor Randy and Anita Thurman
Sunday Service, 10:30 a.m.
All are welcome.
LAMB OF GOD LUTHERANIEPISCOPAL
Corner Cypress View Drive and Koreshan
Boulevard, Three Oaks area, Fort Myers,
Walter Fohs, pastor; Becky Robbins-
Penniman, associate pastor
Sunday worship services:
Early Grace Traditional, 8 a.m.
Awesome Grace Contemporary, 9 a.m.
Classic Grace Traditional, 10:30 a.m.
Sunday School God's Group, 8:45 and
MESSIAH REFORMED CHURCH
Worship Gathering Sunday 10 a.m.
Pastor Alan Bondar
Fort Myers Villas Civic Association Bldg.
2306 Sunrise Blvd. Fort Myers, 33907
Bible Study Wednesday 6:30 p.m.
Fellowship Lunch Sunday noon
Teen Events Monthly
c/website for podcasts, special events, min-
istries, calendar, blogs, etc.
NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH
OF FORT MYERS
16120 San Carlos Boulevard, Unit 10B
Tom Richards, Pastor
Sunday School for all ages 9:45 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship 11 a.m.
Sunday Evening 6 p.m.
Wednesday Evening Bible Study 7 p.m.
Special Monday Community Group service
at 7 p.m. for those who can not attend
NEW HOPE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
3825 McGregor Boulevard. Fort Myers
Pastors: Bill Stephens, Stu Austin and
Howard Biddulph, Associate Pastor
Traditional Worship at 8:00 and 9:30 am,
Contemporary Worship at 11:00am
Sunday School at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00am
Youth and Children's programming runs
concurrent to Sunday services.
Nursery care provided at all services
For more information visit: www.newhope-
PEACE COMMUNITY CHURCH:
(Meets at Ft. Myers Beach Masonic Lodge)
17625 Pine Ridge Road, Fort Myers Beach
Pastors: Bruce Merton, Gail and RC
Traditional Worship 9:45 a.m.
Contemporary Worship 11:15 a.m.
Phone: 267-7400 Fax: 267-7407
Web site: peacecommunitychurch.com
PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH:
15840 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers
Walter Still, Senior Pastor,
Sunday Worship: 8 and 9:30 a.m.
3/4 mile south from the intersection of
McGregor, San Carlos and Gladiolus.
A congregation of the ELCA.
REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH
3950 Winkler Extension, Fort Myers
Daily early learning center/day care
Sunday Services, 8:15 and 10:15 a.m.
Meditation classes. All are welcome.
Guided meditations offering many meth-
ods for relaxing the body and focusing
the mind on virtuous objects to bring
increasing peace and happiness into
daily activity. For information, class times
and locations call 567-9739 or visit www.
SOUTHWEST BAPTIST CHURCH:
16940 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers,
Robert G. Kasten, Pastor
Sunday Worship Service 11 a.m.
9:45 a.m. Sunday School for all ages
Junior Church grades one to five
Wee Church Pre-K to K
Evening Service 6 p.m.
Wednesday Service 6 p.m.
12171 lona Road, Fort Myers, off
McGregor and north of Gladiolus.
Father Joseph Clifford.
Monday through Saturday 8 a.m.
Weekend masses: Saturday 3 and 5 p.m.;
Sunday: 7, 9,11, and 5:30 p.m.
Reconciliation is available at the church on
Saturday at noon and by appointment
SAINT JOHN THE APOSTLE
METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH
3049 Mcgregor Boulevard, Fort Myers,
Pastor Rev. Steve Filizzi
An Affirming & Inclusive Congregation
Sunday Services, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Service, Wednesday 6:30 p.m.
ST. MICHAEL LUTHERAN
CHURCH & SCHOOL (LCMS)
3595 Broadway, Fort Myers
Wednesday Fellowship: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner $5, 6:15 p.m. bible studies
Worship: Saturday, 5:30 p.m.,
Sunday 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. with 9:15
a.m. adult and children's Bible Study, plus
marriage enrichment studies. Divorce Care
on Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
During Lent: Wednesday worship
noon and 6:15 p.m.
TEMPLE BETHEL SYNAGOGUE:
16225 Winkler Rd. 433-0018.
Rabbi Jeremy Barras
Cantorial Soloists Joseph/Lynn Goldovitz
Shabbat Services, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Torah Study, Saturday, 9:15 a.m.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Services, Saturday,
Religious Education Classes, Midweek,
Grades 2-7, Wednesday, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Preschool Classes, Monday through Friday
Confirmation Classes, Wednesday,
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. to noon
TEMPLE JUDEA (CONSERVATIVE):
14486 A & W Bulb Road,
Fort Myers, 433-0201.
Rabbi: Benjamin S. Sendrow,
Cantor: I. Victor Geigner.
Weekly services: Monday and Thursday, 9
a.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.
Religious school Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon,
and Wednesday, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Family Midrash services on the first and
third Fridays of the month at 7 p.m.
Pre bar/bat mitzvah class Monday, 5:30 to
7 p.m., followed by confirmation class from
7:30 to 9 p.m.
For information on early childhood educa-
tion/preschool, phone 482-1121.
THE NEW CHURCH
The New Church of SWFL is located at
10811 Sunset Plaza Circle, by Summerlin
and Pine Ridge Roads, behind Zoomers
and the ponds.
Spiritual Recovery, Wednesdays 10 a.m.
Healing Service, Wednesdays 11 a.m. and
Friday 6:30 p.m.
Sunday Worship Services, 11 a.m.
Call for information 481-5535.
CHURCH FORT MYERS:
13411 Shire Lane (off Daniels Parkway one
mile west of 1-75)
Minister: The Rev. Allison Farnum
Sunday services and religious education at
For information on all church events call
561-2700 or visit www.uucfm.org.
UNITY OF BONITA SPRINGS:
Family Service 10 to 11 a.m.
Healing Circle 11 a.m.
Hospitality and Fellowship, 11 a.m.
Inspiring lesson, uplifting and dynamic
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music, meditation in a loving environment.
Service held at 28285 Imperial Street,
Bonita Springs. Call 947-3100.
9065 Ligon Court, Fort Myers, across
from HealthPark Hospital, 481-2125
Pastor: Interim Pastor Dr. Luder Whitlock
9:30 a.m., Contemporary;
Worship and Adult Classes
11 a.m., Blended Worship
WORD OF LIFE CHURCH:
2120 Collier Ave, Fort Myers, 274-8881;
Services: Sunday 10 a.m.;
Wednesday 7 p.m.
Bishop Gaspar and Michele Anastasi
ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH:
7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers,
481-4040, Pastor, Steve Hess
Sunday Services: 8 a.m. traditional;
9:30 a.m. contemporary; 11 a.m. blendings.
Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.0:
Words Of Christ
choral Lenten presentation, The
Seven Last Words of Christ by
Theodore Dubois, will be given
at Peace Lutheran Church, 15840
McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, on
March 14 at 3 p.m. with a post-concert
The Peace Festival Choir and solo-
ists Michelle Giesel, David Hamblin and
Richard Howel will perform under the
direction of Director of Music Richard D.
A freewill offering will be collected
Call Susan at 437-2599 for morein-
About the music: Throughout the
Gospel accounts of the crucifixion there
are seven words or utterances that are
recorded from the lips of Christ as he was
hanging on the cross (i.e., Luke 23:34-
46, John 19:26-30, Matthew 27:46).
These have come to be known as The
Seven Last Words of Christ from the
Cross and have been the inspiration for
a number of composers over the years,
including Handel and Gounod.
Theodore Dubois (1837-1924) was a
French organist and composer who stud-
ied at the Paris Conservatory. Following
a time of study in Italy, he became choir-
master at St. Clotilde Church in Paris. He
later taught at the Paris Conservatory and
was director for a brief period. Dubois
composed his oratorio setting of The
Seven Last Words of Christ in 1867 for
a Good Friday Service at the St. Clotilde
Church. In typical oratorio style, the
soloists convey the story while the choir
comments on the passing events -- first
as an angry crowd demanding retribution
and later echoing the agonizing words
emanating from the cross. As in its first
performance, Dubois' setting once again
serves as a vehicle to express the suffer-
ing and grief of the event we recall
at Shell Point
The public is invited and many
of these events are FREE!
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Ensemble Qalilei Along uithl Neal Conan
Friday, March 12 7:30 p.m. The Island at Shell Point
First Person: Stories from the Edge of the World is a remarkable collaboration be-
tween the National Geographic Society, NPR's Neal Conan (host of Talk of the Na-
tion), and Ensemble Galilei. Spectacular photographs, Conan's compelling
narration, and evocative music, work seamlessly to take the audience along on
some of the world's most extraordinary expeditions. Ensemble Galilei performs
Irish, Scottish, Early and Original music. Tickets are $35, call 454-2067.
Informational Presentations & Tours
I Tuesdays, March 16, 23, and 30 at 9:15 a.m.
NT i Wednesdays, March 17, 24, and 31 at 1:30 p.m.
Join us for one of these group presentations about the Lifestyle and Lifecare
available at Shell Point followed by a narrated bus tour of the community.
Light refreshments. Space is limited, so call 466-1131 to reserve your place.
A Brief History of Ireland N '
Wednesday, March 17 10 11:30 a.m.
To celebrate St Patrick's Day, Professor Adrian Kerr of Edison State College will
take us on a whirlwind tour of Ireland's history. Tickets are $10, call 454-2054.
SFashion Show & Tea
SThursday, March 18 at 2 p.m. The Island at Shell Point
Tuck that little black dress back into your closet as we preview the
Colors of Spring! Enjoy sweet refreshments and door prizes while pre-
viewing fashions from several of your favorite Bell Tower Shops. Proceeds
benefit the Larsen Pavilion.Tickets are $35. Call 489-8415 for information.
%E' David Kim with Ron Matthews
Sunday, March 21 6:15 p.m.
World-renowned violinist and concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, David Kim
is accompanied by acclaimed pianist, Ron Matthews. Tickets $10, call 454-2147.
Gubernatorial Candidate Alex Sink Public Forum
Monday, March 22, at 10:00 am. The Island at Shell Point
Sink was elected as Florida's CFO in 2006, and has led the charge to cut wasteful government
spending and stand up for Florida's consumers with programs such as 'Safeguard Our Seniors.'
This event is free and open to the public. Follow signs to parking. Call 454-2071 for information.
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To Tag Permit
Permit are often referred to as one
of the most elusive game fish in
the Atlantic Ocean, captivating salt
water flats anglers for years in their quest
to catch them. And yet little is known
about this mysterious species. What are
their spawning and migration patterns?
How healthy is the fish population? What
regulations are needed to ensure ade-
quate stock for future generations?
Sunglasses maker Costa and the
Bonefish Tarpon Trust (BTT), a non-
profit organization dedicated to scientific
research and policy support to ensure
healthy populations of bonefish, tarpon
and permit for future generations, have
teamed together to launch the first known
extensive permit tagging program in
Working with anglers and conservation
partners statewide, the group hopes to
tag and monitor data of more than 6,000
permit over the next five years, with
hopes to expand Caribbean-wide.
"There's never been a stock assess-
ment of permit in Florida," said Aaron
Adams, president of the Bonefish Tarpon
Trust. "The research results we receive
from this tagging project will allow scien-
tists to uncover never-seen-before data,
and help us form policy recommenda-
tions with the Florida Fish & Wildlife
Commission to ensure we protect permit
and allow them to thrive in their natural
The success of
the tagging pro-
gram relies heavily
on angler participa-
tion. Currently, it's
not known whether
permit caught in
the Florida Keys
are from the same
or different popula-
tions than those
caught as far north
as Tampa. And if
from tarpon and
bonefish are any
indication, it's not
to be assumed that
permit are home- --
bodies; tarpon tag-
ging research has A permit
as far north as the
Chesapeake Bay in the Mid-Atlantic, and
bonefish tagged in the Florida Keys have
been recaptured 150 miles away in the
Bahamas much farther than ever antici-
"Anyone who has permit-fished before
can tell you about the art and skill needed
to catch them," said Al Perkinson, vice
president of marketing for Costa. "It's
something we want to make sure future
anglers have a chance to try, which is
why the data from this tagging program
are so important. We want to help form
policy that protects and conserves permit
for our children and grandchildren to
Costa is supporting the program
through a grant to the BTT, and is donat-
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ing a portion of proceeds of its new sun-
glass style Bomba to the permit tagging
All recreational and sport anglers may
participate in the permit tagging pro-
gram. The initiative officially kicks off at
the March Merkin Permit Tournament in
the Florida Keys, March 15-18. There,
anglers will be able to pick up tags and
learn more about the BTT's initiatives.
Anglers can also request permit tags
by e-mailing the Bonefish Tarpon Trust
at email@example.com, or call 283-1622.
Learn more about the program at www.
At Boat Show
ower Squadrons from the Fort
Myers Area will be present at the
upcoming Spring Boat Show at the
Lee County Civic Center March 11-14.
Power Squadron members will be avail-
able to answer questions concerning
boating safety activities and public boat-
ing classes available in the Fort Myers
At the show will be:
Cape Coral Sail and Power
Squadron, 549-9754 or www.ccps.org
Fort Myers Sail and Power
Squadron, 334-6650 or www.fmps.org
San Carlos Bay (serving South Fort
Myers and the Beach) 466-4040 or
Sanibel-Captiva Sail and Power
Squadron, 395-0681 or www.scsps.
S he San Carlos Bay Sail &
I Power Squadron will be offer-
ing America's Boating Course on
Saturday, March 20 from 8:15 a.m. to
I This course is recognized by the
National Association of State Boating
Law Administrators. The State of Florida
recently passed legislation requiring any-
one born after January 1, 1988 to have
passed a safe boating course and obtain a
Boating Safety Education ID card, which
ri-Town Construction will hold the
second annual Tri-Town Classic
Fishing Tournament on Saturday,
May 1, with all proceeds to benefit the
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern
The tournament begins at 7 a.m.,
with teams competing for recognition
and cash prizes of $1,500, $2,500,
and $4,000, respectively, which will
be awarded to the top three winners.
Immediately following the tournament,
the Weigh-In Luau Party will begin, fea-
turing live music, a pig roast, games,
raffle tickets, and a silent auction. The
Weigh-In Luau Party will be at Hickory
Bait and Tackle at 23149 Weeks Fish
Camp Road in Bonita Springs from 4 to
7 p.m. The party is open to all, including
those who did not participate in the tour-
nament, for a $10 donation.
The captain's meeting will be held on
April 30 at 6:30 p.m. at TGI Friday's at
Coconut Point. A member of each team
must be present.
For more information on participat-
ing in or sponsoring this event, contact
Tri-Town Construction at 895-2058 or
To find out more about volunteering,
fundraising, or becoming a wish spon-
sor for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of
Southern Florida call 992-9474 or visit
the Web site at www.sfla.wish.org.0
is valid for life, in order to operate a boat
with more than 10 hp.
Each student will receive a card/cer-
tificate from the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Commission upon completion of the
class. The course consists of two sessions
on consecutive Saturdays. The second
session will be on March 27 also from
8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Topics covered include hull design,
docking, anchoring, handling boating
emergencies and reading channel markers
to make each boating experience safer
and more enjoyable.
The cost of the course is $40 and $20
for a second person sharing the instruc-
The squadron classroom is at 16048
San Carlos Boulevard at the corner of
Kelly Road (across from ACE Hardware).
Students can register online at www.
scbps.com or call the office 466-4040.0
Fishing Cabbage Key
THERIVER MARCH 12,2010
N, rT fishing this
1 week sure got
S.\ 1 a lot better
: than it has been.
. really had the fish
more fired up than
they have been in
weeks. No trophies
this week but day in day out consistent
Sheepshead and trout were the major-
ity of the fish caught on my boat last
week along with a few reds and the first
few snook I have caught since the big fish
kill. I was not targeting snook but they
sure were a welcome surprise.
One mangrove channel I have been
fishing in St. James City had hundreds
of 18- to 24-inch snook in it along with
a few real bruisers too. This is the first
large concentration of snook I have seen
in months. With the water still cold at 58
degrees the snook were not moving really
fast but it sure is a good sign to see so
many after thousands died less than two
Large schools of ladyfish could also be
found in these deep water, sheltered man-
grove creeks. They were packed tight and
made for some non-stop action on both
live shrimp and plastic jigs. This time of
year these ladyfish will stay put in these
same creeks and canals just waiting for
the water to warm up before they move
out. They are a great way to start a char-
ter or a day's fishing, getting everyone in
on the action often with double and triple
hook-ups. Mixed in were also a few trout
even though the ratio is about 10 ladyfish
to every trout caught.
The sheepshead spawn is really in
full swing with the majority of of the
bigger fish caught being filled with roe.
There are plenty of them out there,
many over the 15-inch mark. Scouting
around before a charter this week I saw
thousands of good size sheepshead in
the clear water from the tower. The most
productive time I have found to catch
these fish is on the higher water
with a slow moving tide. One
good hole will often produce a
dozen or so decent size sheep.
Chunks of shrimp double-hooked
on a jig head with a sharp hook
catch more than live whole
shrimp. I also like to sharpen the
hook on my jig head after a few
fish; keeping it razor sharp will
hook these hard-mouthed bait
stealers If you're looking for a fish
dinner, sheepshead are hard to
As temperatures slowly
warmed, trout could be not only
found in mangrove channels but
also out on the flats. Drop-offs
around Picnic Island were some
of the hottest action around for
big trout. Shrimp and soft plastic
shrimp fished under a popping
cork caught trout almost every
cast. All of these trout were over
the 15-inch minimum along with
four or five a trip over the 20-inch
max. I did best working the sand Molly
holes and drop-offs. With the
water so clear, work your baits right on
the edge of the flat where it falls off into
to five to six feet of water.
Fishing this week with long time cli-
ent Nick Basilio from Pennsylvania, we
had a great day of non-stop action and a
cooler full of fish at the end of the day.
Nick's son and grandchildren were in
town and they just love to fish. Despite a
cold windy afternoon and never ventur-
ing far from the sheltered warm creeks
around St. James city, Molly Basilio,
Basilio with her big sheepshead of the day
Nick's granddaughter, caught everything
that swims along with some of the bigger
sheepshead of the trip. It's great to see
children really enjoy fishing and all the
nature out on the water that we start to
take for granted. .
Capt. Matt Mitchell moved to Sanibel
in 1980 and has fished local waters for
more than 25 years. He now lives in St.
James City and has worked as a back
country fishing guide for more than 10
years. If you have comments or ques-
tions email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Send Us Your Fish Tales
The River Weekly would like to hear from anglers about their catches.
Send us details including tackle, bait and weather conditions, date of
catch, species and weight, and include photographs with identification.
Drop them at the River Weekly, 16450 San Carlos Boulevard, Suite 2, Fort
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by Gerri Reaves
Sea lavender (Argusia gnaphalodes)
is a multi-branched evergreen
shrub listed as endangered by the
state of Florida.
Other common names include sea
rosemary and bay lavender.
Ecologically, this perennial is valuable
for preventing beach erosion; however,
the rampant development of its native
coastal habitat has placed it in peril,
despite its hardiness.
That hardiness is partly attributable to
dense tiny hairs on the leaves that slow
the loss of moisture and protect the plant
from intense sun.
Resilience and erosion prevention are
not all sea lavender has to offer, however.
It's a strikingly beautiful native plant
- and all the more eye-catching because
it is seldom seen in the residential land-
The silvery leaves look beautiful in a
mass planting, as a tall low-maintenance
ground cover, or as a border.
Fleshy with a velvety texture, the
leaves are shaped like a very narrow
spoon. They can be more than five inch-
es long, clumping near the branch ends.
Five-petaled small white flowers with
rosy throats appear in the center of the
leaf whorls. Flowering occurs throughout
the year in South Florida.
The plant prefers well-drained sandy
soil and full sun and can grow well in low-
nutrient soil. In fact, too much moisture
can encourage root rot, so avoid placing
it where it will be subjected to regular
Fishing Fleet Tour
O stego Bay Foundation Marine
Science Center is offering com-
mercial fishing fleet tours on San
The three-hour tour, which is held
every Wednesday morning, includes
a one-and-one-half-hour tour of the
Marine Science Center and a one-and-
one-half-hour guided tour of the $100
million commercial fishing industry,
mhe velvety, silvery leaves and emerging flowers of sea lavender, listed
as endangered by the state of Florida
Once established in the landscape,
lavender is highly drought tolerant anc
requires no maintenance.
In South Florida, the species can re
up to six feet in height, taking the for
of a small tree with woody limbs.
Usually, though, it takes on a lowei
sprawling form, spreading via limbs th
develop roots and mounds when they
touch the ground and accumulate san
Therefore, sea lavender is usually wide
than it is tall.
Salt-spray resistance makes it ideal
Propagate this endangered beauty
seeds or cuttings.
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Experience firsthand how the boats
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the shrimp nets are hand-sewn, the se
food is processed and other important
factors used in this unique industry. TI
cost is a donation of $15 per adult, $
per child and children under the age o
five are free.
Reservations are required by calling
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Talk On Birding
Wraps Up "Ding"
Rick Bonney, director of program
development and evaluation at
the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
apply in New York State, will make a special
guest appearance to speak about Birds
of the Florida Gulf Coast: What Does
the Future Hold? on Thursday, March
18, at 1 p.m. in the "Ding" Darling
a- Education Center.
Florida's Gulf Coast is home to many
he species of birds and is a favored birding
10 location for many birdwatchers. Much
)f of what we know about the distribution
of birds in the gulf and throughout the
rest of Florida comes from information
contributed by birders participating in a
variety of citizen science projects.
What can citizen science tell us about
the status of Florida's birds, past, present,
I and future? And how can birdwatchers
help us learn more?
Bonney, co-founder of the lab's
Citizen Science Program and co-editor of
the Cornell Handbook of Bird Biology,
will explain how ordinary citizens can
become involved in research projects such
as backyard bird counts, NestWatch, and
The latter is an online, nationwide bird
checklist where birders can enter their
In addition to offering home com-
puter listing opportunities, Cornell places
eBird reporting kiosks in prime birding
locations, including JN "Ding" Darling
National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel. That
education center kiosk became opera-
tional last year.
Plant Smart explores sustainable
gardening practices that will help you
create a low-maintenance, drought-
tolerant, hurricane- and pest-resistant
South Florida landscape.
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A father and son learn about recent refuge
bird sightings on the education center's
eBird Trail Tracker computer
Admission is free to the event, which
is sponsored by the "Ding" Darling
Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge, as
part of its Thursday Afternoon Lecture
Series. Seating is limited and available on
a first-come basis.
DDWS is a non-profit, friends-of-the-
refuge organization that supports the
"Ding" Darling Education Center, "Ding"
Darling Days, and other educational pro-
grams at the refuge.
For more information on the lecture
series, call 472-1100 ext. 241 or log on
CROW Case Of The Week:
by Brian Johnson
X youngster Lindsey Mullin, 13, with the help of Tom Allen,
rescued a red-shouldered hawk from a retention pond in
the Sanctuary Estates in Cape Coral on January 23, sav-
ing the bird from a near certain death.
The problem with this bird is that his head was upside down.
"I'm not sure I can do justice to this case," said Dr. PJ
Deitschel, calling it one of the odder cases she's seen in her
j- 11-plus years as the head veterinarian at CROW. "He was
extremely ataxic and uncoordinated. He had a dramatic head tilt
Sto the left and staggered off-balance when stressed."
Staff admitted the bird, and he was given subcutaneous fluids,
the Chinese herb Body Sore, homeopathic remedies, and detoxi-
The bird's symptoms were somewhat enigmatic. Did he have head trauma? A toxi-
cosis? An inner ear infection/disorder? Some combination of the above?
"It was a complex presentation," said Dr. PJ. "The next day his ataxia was worse,
and we noticed a head tremor for the first time. He did a flip in the cage when we
opened the door. There was a yellow coloration to his mucous membranes."
CROW staff added Vitmain B-complex to his medicines and started a program of
supportive care. The treatment strategy was to keep the bird warm, fed and in a non-
threatening environment and monitor his condition. "He was hand-fed mice, which he
took quite well, which was a blessing," said Dr. PJ. "He was hyper-reactive, which is
unusual for a red-shouldered hawk and may have been caused by a toxin."
Most toxicosis cases at the clinic involve a pelican or shorebird who arrives in a
state of near paralysis. The hawk was bright, alert and responsive and could stand and
walk around; Dr. PJ said if a toxin was the cause of the hawk's problem, it was a type
not frequently seen at CROW, though many varieties exist.
The bird was able to perch on Day 3 and was eating on his own by Day 4. Dr.
Amber McNamara noted around this time that his ataxia was improving.
But the bird became frantic when touched and so they decided to place him in a
double wide cage and cease all handling. "The animal could 'foot' very well," said Dr.
PJ, meaning that he was aggressive with his talons.
Staff transferred the hawk to the outdoor burrowing owl complex for more privacy
on Day 23, but it turned into a bit of a disaster. "He was flailing all over the cage,"
said Dr. PJ.
THERIVER MARCH 12,2010 15
They gave him 48 hours to adjust to the outside, but he didn't calm down.
Staff brought him back inside, and to their astonishment he made immediate and
Now the hawk started maneuvering smartly around his cage, and his appetite
picked up. His neurological symptoms continued to resolve, and by Day 32 he was
vocalizing in his cage, asking for another shot at the outdoors.
This time, when they moved him to the burrowing owl complex, they opened up
both sides to give him a 20x10-foot enclosure. He flew with a slight head tilt, but that
faded over the next few days.
The hawk, with his weight up to 615 grams from 555, was released on March 3
back to Cape Coral.
"The bottom line is that we don't know exactly what happened to him, but we pro-
vided him with the time and the healing environment he needed to get better," said Dr.
CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc.) is a non-profit wildlife
hospital providing veterinary care for native and migratory wildlife from the Gulf
Coast of Florida. The hospital accepts patients seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. Mail donations to PO Box 150, Sanibel, FL 33957. Call 472-3644 or visit:
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Past clothesline sale
Art Bazaar Is A Scholarship Fundraiser
ort Myers Beach Art Association will hold its annual Art Bazaar on March 14
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fort Myers Beach Library on Estero Boulevard.
Original unframed artwork will be hung on clotheslines strung on the library
site for the public to peruse and purchase. Member artists have gathered up some
beautiful pieces, many of them done by the outdoor painters at familiar locations in the
Fort Myers area. Funds generated by the sale of these items goes directly to the schol-
arship program for art students locally.
Each year in April the Fort Myers Beach Art Association awards scholarships to
senior art students from local high schools going on to study art at a secondary educa-
tion level. This show and award is funded in part by a grant from the Town of Fort
Myers Beach. Art from high school, middle school and elementary students is hung at
the gallery from April 14 to 28 and will be available for viewing during regular gallery
hours. Awards will be given on Sunday April 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. and all are welcome
to attend the event.
Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery will also be open during the sale for visi-
tors to see the Spring Juried Members Show juried by Karlyn Holman. The gallery is on
Donora Street at the blinking light off Estero Boulevard. It is open Monday to Saturday
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday noon to 3 p.m. For more information on any FMBAA
activity log onto www.fortmyersbeachart.com or call the gallery at 463-3909.4
Opens All The Great Books
Over the past several years Theatre Conspiracy has produced The Complete
Works of Wm Shakespeare (abridged), and The Bible: The Complete
Word of God (abridged). Beginning March 12, Theatre Conspiracy will tack-
le the titans of literature with All the Great Books (abridged) at the Foulds Theatre
in Fort Myers.
Following the comic format of the other "abridged" plays, All the Great Books
purports to reduce all of Western literature into a single evening's entertainment per-
formed by three actors. No classic from Beowulf to War and Peace remains safe from
the slings and arrows of outrageous parody.
The New York Times calls the play an "intellectual vaudeville." You could call it
Great Lit's Greatest Hits. It covers book you should have read in high school, but prob-
A trio of actors will take the audience through 83 great books. The Iliad and The
Odyssey are combined as a joint sketch called The Oddity. Little Women is explained
in terms of football plays on a blackboard. And Dickens' A Christmas Carol becomes
a steamy episode of the television soap opera, Port Charles. Along the way there are
arguments about political correctness, censorship, "the literary canon," that are inter-
spersed with lots of props and silly costumes.
All the Great Books stars Theatre Conspiracy's original "abridged" actors Jordan
Wilson, Jesse St. Louis and Christopher Brent and is directed by Rachael Endrizzi.
Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with one Saturday mati-
nee on March 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22, $10 for students. Opening night March
12 is "pay what you will" where you name the ticket price. Thursday performances
are buy one get the second half off.
For more information or to make a reservation, call the box office at 936-3239.0
Take a photo along the Calusa
Blueway canoe and kayak trail
and enter the third annual contest,
Shooting the Blueway. Lee County
Parks & Recreation is now accepting
entries, and prizes will be awarded at
the Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival in
November in these three categories:
Paddlers on the trail: people enjoy-
ing the trail, waterways and outdoors
along the 190-mile Calusa Blueway,
which meanders throughout Lee County
along the Beaches of Fort Myers &
Nature photography: Flora, fauna,
landscapes and more.
Signs on the Blueway: Calusa
Blueway markers, access points, fun
spots and more.
Prizes for top category winners will
come from ABC Framing, a mobile-fram-
ing business that is the contest's sponsor.
Winners will receive an enlarged, matted
and framed version of their photo.
Winning entries might be published in
magazines, newspapers and online publi-
Selected entries may be featured on
several Web sites, including www.calus-
ablueway.com, the festival site, www.
calusabluewaypaddlingfestival.com or Lee
County Parks & Recreation's site, www.
Winners and runners-up will be recog-
nized on the final Saturday of the Calusa
Blueway Paddling Festival, which runs
October 29 to November 7.
There is no entry fee. Submissions
must be photographed along a Lee
County waterway and include photog-
rapher's name, address, phone number,
e-mail address and title and location of
Three entries are permitted per pho-
tographer; amateur photographers only.
E-mail entries as one high-resolution
photo jpg attachment at a time to bclay-
email@example.com by October 1.
Winners will be selected by a panel of
judges, including Cape Coral artist and
kayaker Jeannette Chupack and also Fort
Myers native Mark Renz, a photo art-
ist and author. Rounding out the judges'
panel will be award-winning newspaper
photographer Andrew West of The
News-Press in Fort Myers.
The Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail
is 190 miles long and is marked by eas-
ily identifiable trail signs. The trail also
is mapped out with Global Positioning
System coordinates. The waterways are
shallow and stay relatively free from pow-
erboat traffic. Order free maps online at
Call 433-3855 with questions or
Art On Sanibel
Ren6e Rey's Wind Ensenble
rtist Renee Rey's painting The
Trio will be featured at the
Sanibel-Captiva Art League exhib-
it and opening reception on Saturday,
March 13 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at BIG
ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. It
runs through March 28.
The artwork of Rey will also be fea-
tured at the SW Florida Symphony's 50th
Anniversary: Framing the Past Inspiring
the Future Through Music, a juried
competition at the Alliance for the Arts,
10091 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers.
The exhibition runs through March 26
and will be on display at the Barbara
B. Mann Performing Arts Center, Fort
Myers on March 27.0
he Make-A-Wish Foundation of
Southern Florida's Wishmaker's
Ball, Dancing with the Stars, will
be held on Saturday, May 15 at 6 p.m.
at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in
Local celebrities and socialites will per-
form spectacular dances that showcase
famous dance moments in cinematic his-
tory. The gala will also feature cocktails,
hors d'oeuvres, dinner and many added
twists and twirls. In the silent and live auc-
tions there will be items, experiences and
packages. Before the event, guests can
also perfect their dance skills with lessons
from dancers who will also perform later
in the evening.
Individual tickets are $175 and tables
of 10 are $1,600. Opportunities for
sponsorships, auction donations and
volunteering are also available. For more
information or to get tickets, contact
Connie Martin at 992-9474 or martin@
An Irish Evening
At BIG ARTS
BIG ARTS is celebrating the luck
of the Irish at this season's annual
benefit, when Boler Garden will
turn into a wee bit of Ireland. Dublin's
Traditional Irish Cabaret performs
Monday, March 15. Tickets start at
$125 for general admission; call BIG
ARTS Marks Box Office at 395-0900
for other ticket offers.
Dublin's Traditional Irish Cabaret is a
celebration of Irish ballads, laughter, song,
and dance. The evening includes Irish
fare before the cabaret, and Irish coffee
and desserts after the show.
Known as Ireland's funniest man, Noel
V. Ginnity is the star of the show. He
has been delighting audiences at his own
show in Dublin for 30 years.
Dublin's Traditional Irish Dancers
include All Ireland Champions, with sev-
eral dancers coming directly from such
prestigious shows as Riverdance, Lord of
the Dance, and Gael Force. The danc-
ers twirl and tap with exuberance to the
accompaniment of the accordion, uileann
pipes, guitar, and piano.
Tenor Paul Hennessy, was a member
of the original three Irish Tenors with
whom he performed at several concerts.
Soprano Emer Hartnett's broad training
and diverse talents have enabled her to
work in all fields of music from opera to
rock, musicals to cabaret. They sing old
favorites such as Danny Boy, Galway
Bay, I'll Take you Home again Kathleen
and also some modern day classics.
Dublin's Traditional Irish Cabaret
Benefactor sponsors are John M.
and Mary Jo Boler; Patron sponsors are
FineMark National Bank & Trust, and
Chico's FAS Inc., with support from
sponsors 'Tween Waters Inn, Henderson,
Franklin, Starnes and Holt, P. A., Oswald
Trippe and Company, Inc., The L.A.T.
Foundation, Deborah and John La
Gorce, Patricia and Davis Thurber, and
supporter The Sandy Butler.4
Friends Of Opera
Aall opera lovers are invited to
the next Friends of the Opera
meeting scheduled for Sunday,
April 11, from 2:45 p.m. to approx. 5
p.m. at Gulf Coast Village, 1333 Santa
Barbara Boulevard, Cape Coral. The
program will be Rossini's Armida, which
the Met will be performing live in HD on
Saturday, May 1.
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& 70s Dancing
eace, Love & Ballroom, an eve-
ning of Dancing Under the Stars,
is scheduled for Saturday, March
20, at 5 p.m. at The Edison Restaurant,
This event will benefit the Make-A-
Wish Foundation of Southern Florida. It
will pay tribute to the 60s and 70s with
dance performances that include the fox-
trot, rumba, cha-cha, samba, salsa, paso
double and tango.
The show is choreographed by
Warren and Babette Brown, 11-time
Scottish champions and three time world
finalists, and coached by Elena Grinenko,
a two-time world champion and star on
Dancing with the Stars seasons three
and four, and Doreen Scheinpflug, a two-
time East German champion. The staff
and students of Fred Astaire are the stars
of the show.
Tickets are $40 per person and
include a gourmet buffet dinner, cocktail
and VIP seating. Dinner will be served
from 5 to 6:30 p.m. with the perfor-
mance starting at 7 p.m. Hippie-tinis
will be available for $5, with $3 going to
Make-A-Wish Foundation per drink sold.
Guests can bring an item to tie dye at the
Tie Dye Station.
The recommended attire is 70s casual.
For tickets call 939-1517 or go to Fred
Astaire Dance Studio, 12123 South
Cleveland Avenue, or at The Edison
Restaurant, 3583 McGregor Boulevard.
18 THERIVER MARCH12,2010
One Rare Session
Of Jazz You Will
Not Want To Miss
Jazz greats Roger Kellaway, Russell
Malone and Jay Leonhart will
perform at BIG ARTS Schein
Performance Hall at 8 p.m. Friday,
March 26. The three came together
in 2006 at the New York club, The
Jazz Standard, to record an album that
has become a classic. Reunited at BIG
ARTS, the trio will recreate that album
in a night reminiscent of Ellington and
Monk, Peterson, Davis, Rollins, and
other bebop greats.
Roger Kellaway has been described
as "a musical chameleon" and "the most
awesome jazz pianist quite possibly any-
where on earth." His discography runs to
more than 250 albums. He's performed
with everyone from Elvis to Ellington,
Dizzy Gillespie to Yo Yo Ma, Joni
Mitchell to Mancini and Quincy Jones.
Throughout his career, Kellaway has
composed a wide variety of music, from
his Academy Award-nominated film score
for A Star Is Born to his best-known
tune, Remembering You which accom-
panied the closing credits to '70s sitcom
All in the Family. He also orchestrated
the music for Clint Eastwood's 2009
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Guitarist Russell Malone started play-
ing music when he was five and has often
toured with Harry Connick, Jr. In the
Janis Ian To
On Friday, March 19 singer-song-
writer Janis Ian will perform at
BIG ARTS Schein Performance
Hall at 8 p.m.
One of the great songwriters in
America today, lan penned Jesse, a song
recorded by so many others that few
remember Ian wrote it; Stars, recorded
by artists as diverse as Mel Torme and
Cher; and the highly original and influen-
tial At Seventeen, a song that brought
her five Grammy nominations in 1975,
and which is now reaching its third gen-
eration of listeners.
With her Stars album in 1973, she
went on to cover the decade with num-
ber one records worldwide. In 1980s,
lan took a hiatus from the visible music
world, studying acting with the legend-
ary Stella Adler. During that period, she
married and divorced, suffered two emer-
gency surgeries, lost all her savings and
home to an unscrupulous business man-
ager, and moved to Nashville, Tennessee
in 1988 "penniless, in debt, and hungry
to write." She returned to the music
business with 1992's Breaking Silence,
which immediately garnered her ninth
She recently released her autobiogra-
phy, Society's Child, with an accompa-
nying double CD, The Autobiography
Collection, which contains all plan's
best-loved songs. She encourages fans to
bring their "old vinyl" to the concert for
After the concert she will be available
to sign autographs, and her CDs and
autobiography will be available for pur-
chase. Oprah's 0 Magazine said of the
book, "It's a hugely readable autobiog-
raphy of an artist who has lived through
success and crushing hardship but knows
that you can't sing and cry at the same
time.' Sing on!"
Many people have contacted lan to tell
her how they were touched by her autobi-
ography on a very personal level. "People
1990s he became part of the Diana Krall
Trio, participating in multiple Grammy-
nominated albums. Malone's influences
range from swing to R&B and he has an
appealing bop-oriented approach that
often pays tribute to earlier styles.
A superior bassist, Jay Leonhart
has also had a parallel and sometimes
overlapping career as a witty lyricist and
occasional singer. He played with Buddy
Morrow and Mike Longo and is a busy
freelance musician in New York.
Of their album, Live at The Jazz
Standard, Terry Teachout, culture critic
for The Wall Street Journal, stated at
the time: "Everybody in the band was
smoking. Kellaway, though, wa ... well,
I really don't have words to describe the
proliferating creativity and rhythmic force
of his piano playing."
Tickets are $46 loge, $41 floor, and
student $15. Schein Hall is located at
900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel.
The concert is supported by patron
sponsors John M. and Mary Jo Boler.
For tickets call 395-0900.5
Singer-songwriter Janis lan
relate to what happened to me in my life,
and they tell me about their own similar
experiences. It is a cathartic experience,
when you hear someone else's story, you
can verbalize your own story."
lan and her partner Pat love Sanibel
and Captiva and are looking forward to
returning. "When we were on vacation,
we were there during a time that a comet
was visible," she said. "We went outside
at 2 a.m. to see the comet and enjoy the
many visible stars; it was a lovely time."
In her recent concerts she performs a
mixture of new music and old favorites.
Her new music has been compared to
Enya and Sarah McLaughlin, two art-
ists who have said that lan is one of
their musical influences. She will also
take requests from the audience. She
encourages concertgoers to leave a note
on stage before the concert with song
Tickets are $46 loge, $41 floor, and
student $15. Schein Hall is located at
900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel.
The concert sponsor is The Sanibel
Captiva Trust Company.
To purchase tickets call 395-0900.4
Cypress Lake Center for the Arts
will present Sweet Charity, a
story about a girl employed as a
hostess at a New York dance hall in the
late 1960s, on March 31 at Barbara B.
Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Myers.
The show, which originally ran
November 19-22, 2009, is being revived
for two special performances. The show
has been selected for the Florida State
Thespian Festival on April 9. It will play
in Morsani Hall at the David A. Straz, Jr.,
Center for the Performing Arts (formerly
the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center)
for a full house of 2,600 conference
In order to raise money to take the
show to Tampa and to prepare the cast
and crew for working in a large hall,
Sweet Charity will play this one night
only engagement at Barbara B. Mann.
Cypress Lake Center for the Arts is a
public Lee County high school. Students
have the opportunity to major in vocal
music, theatre, dance, band, orchestra,
visual arts and media. With over 100
students involved in the production of
Sweet Charity, it is the largest Cypress
Lake Center for the Arts production of
the year. The musicals at Cypress Lake
Visiting dancers and musicians from
Broadway and the New York City
Ballet (NYCB) will teach local
children through lecture demonstra-
tions and master classes. The guest art-
ists are visiting the area to perform in
BRAVO! Ballet, the annual fundraiser
for Southwest Florida's only nonprofit
classical ballet school, Gulfshore Ballet.
Several guest artists from the eighth
annual BRAVO! Ballet will visit Edison
Park Creative and Expressive Arts
Elementary School and PACE Center
for Girls to teach students through lec-
ture demonstrations and master classes,
March 12 through 17.
Guest dance teachers include:
Stephen Hanna, principal dancer
with NYCB, originated the role of the
older Billy in the Tony-award winning
musical Billy Elliot.
Amar Ramasar, principal dancer
and recipient of the Mae L. Wien Award
(2000), has danced in dozens of produc-
tions with NYCB.
Ashley Bouder, principal dancer, has
appeared in the nationally televised Live
from Lincoln Center broadcast New
York City Ballet's Diamond Project:
Ten Years of New Choreography on
Chad Schiro choreographs for
films and stage and has performed on
Broadway, at the Kennedy Center,
Carnegie Hall, and Radio City Music Hall.
His film and television credits include the
Rhythm of life scene from Sweet Charity
have been honored by the Lee County
High School Musical Awards. Cypress
has been honored with the best overall
musical in each year that the High School
Musical Awards have been in existence:
2008 for All Shook Up and 2009 for
VIP seating is $20, general seating
$15. Tickets can be purchased at the
Barbara B. Mann box office or at www.
bbmannpah.com or call 481-4849.^
producers, sex and the city, and several
episodes of Saturday Night Live.
Jock Soto, faculty of The School of
American Ballet (SAB) in Manhattan, is
a graduate of SAB and former principal
dancer for the NYCB. He received the
Casita Maria Award for Hispanics and
The First Americans in the Arts Trustee
Joining the dancers is the acclaimed
Arturo Delmoni, one of the most cel-
ebrated artists of his generation. Yo-Yo
Ma describes Delmoni as "an enormously
gifted musician and an impeccable vio-
linist. His playing style is unique, and
his gorgeous sound is reminiscent of
that of great violinists from a bygone
era." Delmoni is a violinist in the NYCB
orchestra and has played for audiences
around the world.
Gulfshore Ballet directors will also
participate in the outreach. Melinda Roy,
artistic director, is a Tony-nominated
Broadway choreographer and former
principal dancer with NYCB. Roberto
Munoz, executive director, co-founded
Saratoga Springs Summer Dance
Intensive and is a world-renowned dance
For more information, contact Audrea
Anderson at 334-2905.
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THERIVER MARCH12,2010 19
& More Concert
he Southwest Florida Symphony
will perform a concert called Bach
& More on Friday, March 19,
C at 7:30pm as part of the third annual
Concert Series hosted by Shell Point
Rich in soaring strings, this concert
features two celebrated Bach works
-- (from father and son), a dazzling oboe
solo and Schubert's Mass in G with the
angelic voices of the Symphony Chamber
Chorus. The concert will also feature
Dione Chandler, principle oboe.
Tickets are on sale for $20 by calling
The concerts are held in The Village
Church auditorium on the Island at Shell
Estero Festival Premier Family Event
stero Festival of the Arts will be a fun-filled musical art festival appealing to
everyone in the family.
There will be continuous live musical entertainment, art exhibits and demon-
strations, arts and crafts sales, raffle prizes, food and drink booths, bounce houses and
face painting for the children.
The event runs from noon to 6 p.m. at the Estero Community Park, 9200
Corkscrew Palms Boulevard
Local and regional artists, photographers, wood carvers and crafts people will be
showcasing their works. In addition, Lee County Commissioner Ray Judah will pres-
ent awards to Esteroelementary, middle and high school art students for their winning
poster art submissions for this year's and next year's event.
The musical entertainment begins at noon with the Estero High School Drummers,
followed by the Estero High School Jazz Band. Night Train, featuring '30's through
'60's music, will perform throughout the afternoon, along with The Brooks Brothers.
The Gulf Coast Symphony will perform a full concert, highlighting Estero High School
students, starting at 5 p.m.
Demonstrations will be given by students and representatives of Florida Gulf Coast
University, Estero Art League, Alliance for the Arts, Wood Carvers and Estero schools.
The Bookmobile, Classroom on Wheels and bounce houses will be available for
education and recreation. A special parking area will be available for those who ride
motorcycles to the event for a "show and tell" social gathering.
The Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL) is presenting this special event
in partnership with the Estero Art League, Estero Historical Society; Friends of South
County Regional Library.; Gulf Coast Symphony; Estero Community Improvement
Foundation; Estero Community Planning Panel and The Brooks Concerned Citizens.4
20 THERIVER MARCH 12, 2010
Art Council Spring Art Show & Sale
Spoonbill painting by Cape Coral artist Clare Candelori
The Art Council of Southwest Florida Spring Art Show and Sale will be held at
Coconut Point, Estero from Saturday, March 13 to Sunday, March 21. This
juried bi-annual show will include original paintings and photography by the
artist members of the 13 art leagues that hug the Southwest Coast of Florida from
Punta Gorda to Marco Island.
Watercolors, acrylic, pastel, oil paintings and photography created here, where the
natural light and brilliant colors intensify the landscapes, seascapes, wildlife, and flora
of this special part of the world, will be on display. This is artwork most appropriate
for Florida homes and offices. The gallery is located in the former Zales Jewelry store,
between TJ Maxx and Old Navy at Coconut Point from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Art Council of SW Florida member leagues include Alliance of the Arts, Art
League of Bonita Springs, Cape Coral Art League, Visual Art Center of Charlotte
County in Punta Gorda, Estero Art League, Art League of Fort Myers, Fort Myers
Beach Art Association, Lehigh Acres Art League, Art League of Marco Island,
Naples Art Association, Pine Island Art Association, Sanibel-Captiva Art League and
Southwest Florida Pastel Society. They are independent art leagues with a combined
membership of more than 4,200 artists and patrons. For additional information visit
A scene from And Then They Came For Me
Forida Repertory Theatre announc-
es the opening of its popular
Lunchbox Theatre Series with And
Then They Came for Me by James
Still, a multimedia journey into the life
and world of Anne Frank.
Sponsored by Pamela Templeton
and Fort Myers Toyota, the theater
series for children and families opens
this Saturday, March 13 at the Sidney
& Berne Davis Art Center in the Fort
Myers River District. And Then They
Came for Me: Remembering the World
of Anne Frank is a drama that combines
interview footage with live theater to take
audiences into the life of Anne Frank and
two Holocaust survivors whose lives she
changed forever. This gripping and infor-
mative play is a groundbreaking retelling
of Anne Frank's famous story, and is
designed for students in grades 5 through
Sponsored by Florida Rep's Alliance
for Holocaust Studies, the show is one of
two exciting and educational offerings in
the Lunchbox Theatre Series this season,
and plays on March 13, April 3 and April
17. Tickets are $12. Admission includes
the performance, a boxed lunch provided
by Jason's Deli and an interactive work-
shop with the cast. Call the box office at
Art In The Park
F riday, March 12 and Friday, April
9 are the last two dates for Evening
in the Park.
The six artists in each of the six
historic cottages at Riverside Park invite
the public to an evening under the stars
from 5 to 8 p.m. on the plaza behind
the historic Liles Hotel, Bonita Springs.
As you stroll on the plaza you will meet
the artists as they showcase their current
original artwork, be entertained by live
music and have complimentary wine and
For more information, call Kathleen
Leave a song request on the
stage before the concert and bring
your old vinylfor Janis to sign
March 19 8 PM
$41/46 Student $15
The Sanibel Coptiva Trust Company
BIG ARTS900 Dunlop Road
Sanibel, FL 33957
PH: (239) 395-0900 FAX: (239) 395-0330
BIG ARTS m -e-& Gallery & Gift Shop
2244 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957
PH: (239) 472-9700
SUSTAINABLE LIVING SEMINAR:
A Practical Guide to Living
March 20 9 AM $15
. RUSSELL MALONE &
Friday, March 26 8 PM
$41/46 Student $15
Sponsor Iohn M. & Mary to Boler
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Wednesday, March 17 0 1 PM
Movie Makers Showcase: Weaving the
Future throughArt & TheArt of Mary Keogh
-Satrdy Mac 8- 3P
Friday, March 19 8 PM
In Concert: Janis Ian
Winners Of Art League Juried Show
by Dana Roes, show judge
It was an absolute pleasure to jury this well-skilled, diverse show. I enjoyed the
range of mediums and their manipulation. It was difficult to select the winners
based on the exceptionally high level of work from all of the artists. My criteria
for evaluating the work were based on technical and aesthetic success, and mostly a
new or refreshing take on the familiar or potentially the mundane.
First place: Tropical Sky 3, graphite drawing by Celeste Borah
Judge's comment: Beautifully executed, consciously simplified, emphasizing the
complexity of our existence under the "big" sky. This is evident in the decision to com-
positionally illustrate the grandeur of the sky relative to the shrinking landscape. One
cannot help but be reminded of our insignificant in the greater world.
Second place: Peaches, oil painting by Ellie Schneider
Judge's comment: Is much more then seemingly traditional take on a familiar sub-
ject. The artist's ability to translate form from color is exquisitely accurate and beauti-
fully recorded. I was particularly impressed with the artist awareness of light and form.
Third place: Out of Rock Comes Life, watercolor painting by Susanne Brown
Judge's comment: Is a successful abstraction, though objective in origin it manages
to operate on its own terms. A wonderful use of space and texture, creating an intrigu-
Merit awards: Joan Grathwohl, Lay Back Spin #1, pastel; James Leese, Sanibel
Goes Retail IV, digital collage; Carl Schwartz, Koi and Water Iris, acrylic.
Honorable mentions: Maizie Argondizza, Winter Chill, mMixed media; Tracy
Owen Cullimore, Piazza San Marco, mixed media; John Swank, Diner Shores, pho-
Dana Roes has a Master of Fine Art degree from the University of Pennsylvania
and a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Moore College of Art. She exhibits
nationally and internationally and is the recipient of several awards including a
Fulbright Fellowship and New Jersey Council of the Arts Grant. Roes, a profes-
sor of art, has taught painting and conceptual art at Savannah College of Art and
Design, painting at Carnegie Mellon University and currently teaches painting and
drawing at Edison State College.
The Art League of Fort Myers Web site is www.artleagueoffortmyers.org.0
First Place: Tropical Sky 3,
graphite drawing by Celeste Borah
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THERIVER MARCH 12,2010
22 THERIVER MARCH 12, 2010
Day At Collier
Inside a 'dig'
Collier County Museum will host
Archaeology Day on Saturday,
March 20 in conjunction with
the Florida Public Archaeology Network
(FPAN) and the Southwest Florida
Archaeological Society (SWFAS).
Attendees will hear from a line-up of
speakers and have access to explore
the museum's Craighead Archaeology
10 am: Theresa Schober of Mound
House at Fort Myers Beach, speaking on
Making Mound House, Preserving and
interpreting a Shell Mound
11 am: John Beriault of the
Rare Shell Found
On Sanibel Beach
Sifting through dirt in search of artifacts
Archaeological and Historical
Conservancy will discuss early archaeolo-
gists and the northern Ten Thousand
Noon: Steve Archer of the Florida
Public Archaeology Network will intro-
duce the new regional FPAN center
located in Fort Myers Beach
The museum's Craighead Archaeology
Laboratory will be open throughout
the day for visitation, and FPAN will
have information and activities avail-
able. Additional permanent exhibits on
Southwest Florida's prehistory and history
are also on display at the museum.
For further information on Florida
Public Archaeology Network, visit www.
flpublicarchaeology.org and visit www.
index.html for more information on the
Southwest Florida Archaeological Socie
More than 10,000 years of Southwest
Florida History is on display at Collier
County Museums' four locations the
main museum location in Naples, two
additional museum facilities in Everglades
City and Immokalee, and the historic
Naples Depot, a former train station and
local favorite in downtown Naples. For
more information, visit www.colliermuse-
ums.com or call (239) 252-8476.0
Tea By The Sea
For Ostego Bay
On Saturday, March 20, Ostego
Bay Foundation will host the
elegant and fun Tea by the Sea
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event,
featuring great food, a fashion show
and a Chinese auction, will be held at
700 Fisherman's Wharf, San Carlos
Island right next door to Bonita Bill's
Restaurant. All proceeds will benefit the
Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science
Tickets are $20 for one or $70 for
a table of four and can be purchased in
advance by calling 765-8101.4
Free Bus Tour
hose interested in learning more
about The Immokalee Foundation
are invited to join the TIF bus tour,
Monday, March 22. The tour includes a
stop at Immokalee High School to meet
community members and learn more
about the ways the foundation is making
The bus will depart Bay Colony Golf
Club at 9 a.m. after a light breakfast at
8:30 a.m. The morning will include a
driving tour of Immokalee including the
Immokalee Farm Worker's Village, PACE
Center for Girls, Redlands Christian
Migrant Academy and Immokalee
Housing & Family Services.
TIF program managers for College
Success: Take Stock in Children, Direct
Scholarships, Vocational Success: Future
Builders of America, Out of School
Program: The First Tee of Naples/Collier,
Immokalee Readers and Community
Grants will be on hand to discuss their
During lunch, TIF students will give a
brief presentation followed by questions
The bus will depart Immokalee at
approximately 1:30 p.m. returning to
Bay Colony Golf Club.
The free tour is open to the public. To
register, call 239-430-9122.
For more information visit www.
Alva Yard Sale
T he Alva Community Center is hav-
ing a community yard sale and
invites you to clean out your closets
and turn your junk into someone else's
Tables are available for $10 each
or you can reserve a spot for $5 if you
provide the table. Call 239-728-2882 to
reserve a place.
The sale will be held at the tennis
court from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March
The Alva Community Center is at
21471 N. River Road in Alva.4
Harlan Wittkopf with the rare giant tun shell
Arare giant Atlantic tun shell turned
up on Sanibel last week while the
island was filled with shell enthusi-
asts and exhibitors.
Noted international shell authors
Harlan E. Wittkopf and S. Peter Dance
arranged to lead a group of avid shell-
ers and shell show exhibitors on a
night beach excursion, complete with
flashlights and other gear, at Sandalfoot
Condominium last week.
Wittkopf, the only one who waded
into the chilly water, was rewarded by
the sight of the shell sticking out of the
mud. It was a giant Atlantic tun or Tonna
The tun shell
Last year a broken portion of a giant
Atlantic tun was found on the beach in
front of Sandalfoot by a guest, but the
one that Wittkopf found is intact.
he NARFE (National Active
and Retired Federal Employees
Association) South Lee County
Chapter #1263 will meet on March 18
at 11:30 a.m. at the International King
Buffet, 9061 College Parkway, Fort
Myers. For more information, call 482-
ECHO Shows How To Grow Food
CHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization) hosts its annual Farm
Day on March 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors will be given unique tours,
hands-on gardening workshops and various demonstrationsas they learn how
subsistence farmers live around the world.
Discount admission tickets for this 19th annual event are on sale now at the ECHO
bookstore and gift shop at 17391 Durrance Road in North Fort Myers at $3 per per-
son, free for ages 12 and under.. You may also purchase tickets the day of the event
for $5 per person, 12 and under free.
The 50-acre Global Farm and has a tropical rainforest, a 300+ variety seed bank,
a bamboo courtyard of over 35 varieties. Visitors can also learn about alternative ener-
gies as they are demonstrated in the appropriate technology area.
Stan Doerr, ECHO president/CEO states, "One of the workshops, Food Plants in
the Landscape, will demonstrate how you can easily substitute nutritious plants into
your porch or backyard. Whether you have a large yard or a small patio, growing your
own food is easy, affordable and almost necessary, especially in this economy."
For more information, contact ECHO at 239-543-3246.0
Road Tour To
Fr the third consecutive year, the
Lee County Visitor & Convention
Bureau (VCB), representing The
Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel on
Southwest Florida's Gulf Coast, is con-
ducting a year-long promotional road
show to bring the popular vacation
destination to prospective visitors in key
feeder markets throughout the U.S.
The Island Treasures Tour features
a 40-foot-long recreational vehicle (RV)
wrapped in dramatic destination images
designed to help position the destination
as "Florida's authentic island sanctuary."
In its first two years, the RV was on the
road more than 400 days stopping at
more than 200 consumer events and
reaching more than 1.5 million con-
sumers. Its 2008 and 2009 tour stops
included consumer events, travel agen-
cies, meeting planners' offices and the
state's legislative session in Tallahassee
- much of which will continue in 2010
with appearances at travel and outdoor-
themed consumer shows, art festivals,
boat shows, and spring training games
throughout Florida and in key feeder mar-
kets such as Boston and New York.
The primary objective of the continu-
ing tour is to increase visitation to the
destination among targeted consumers
with a special emphasis on first-time
visitors, but it also is designed to entice
increased business from meeting plan-
ners, travel agents and tour operators and
to help build relationships with key legisla-
tors to further the destination's political
"We're very pleased with how the tour
performed for us these past two years, so
we're taking our show on the road again
this year," said Tamara Pigott, VCB exec-
utive director. "Consumers are so bom-
barded with advertising messages that it
takes something way out of the ordinary
like this to capture their attention and
entice their interest. Dramatically posi-
tioning our destination front and center
at a variety of special events throughout
our key in-state and out-of-state feeder
markets gives consumers a unique oppor-
tunity to experience the magic of our
destination in a non-intrusive, customer
This year, the VCB is adding co-op
partners to the tour and will distribute
promotional literature from six program
participants during its 2010 tour stops,
in addition to the destination literature
and premiums that already are popular
with RV guests. Coming on board with
the co-op program are: Royal Shell
Vacations, Sanibel; 'Tween Waters Inn
Beach Resort, Captiva; Pointe Estero
Beach Resort, DiamondHead Beach
Resort, The Resort At MarinaVillage,
and GullWing Beach Resort, Fort Myers
The Island Treasures Tour RV is fully
equipped with a patio sales/display area,
meeting area, VIP reception area, large
flat-screen television monitors and sur-
round sound. In addition, the RV has a
solar charger for its battery; and the crew
uses eco-friendly cleaning supplies and
recycles as much as possible. Plus they
promote recycling to consumers at all
events by providing bins.
Similarly, in keeping with its mission
of preserving the destination for future
visitors, The Beaches of Fort Myers &
Sanibel has offset the carbon footprint of
its energy use and travel for the RV tour
by donating funds to Go Zero, a program
to combat global warming launched by
The Conservation Fund. Go Zero has
helped the destination measure its carbon
dioxide emissions, including those for the
RV tour; and The Conservation Fund has
offset that impact by planting native trees
that absorb carbon dioxide as they grow.
The Island Treasures Tour RV is
driven by Gordon and Elaine Waeckerle,
who have traveled throughout Florida
providing a wide array of services for
trade shows and conventions. Originally
from St. Louis, Missouri, Gordon spent
36 years working for Ralston Purina
and then Ameren UE before retiring to
Florida to work in the hospitality and
convention business. Also from St. Louis,
Elaine worked for Maritz Motivation
Company for 17 years before retiring to
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ECHO Shows How To Grow Food
Low est Price In Com m unity! E CHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization) hosts its annual Farm
Day on March 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors will be given unique tours,
.hands-on gardening workshops and various demonstrationsas they learn how
07 d *-=H subsistence farmers live around the world.
S Discount admission tickets for this 19th annual event are on sale now at the ECHO
bookstore and gift shop at 17391 Durrance Road in North Fort Myers at $3 per per-
son, free for ages 12 and under.. You may also purchase tickets the day of the event
for $5 per person, 12 and under free.
The 50-acre Global Farm and has a tropical rainforest, a 300+ variety seed bank,
"Iiu *a bamboo courtyard of over 35 varieties. Visitors can also learn about alternative ener-
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Stan Doerr, ECHO president/CEO states, "One of the workshops, Food Plants in
S, the Landscape, will demonstrate how you can easily substitute nutritious plants into
your porch or backyard. Whether you have a large yard or a small patio, growing your
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Southwest Florida Herb Day 2010
S. ,'. .... earn how to grow herbs in Southwest Florida from the experts and from your
-. ... I neighbors on Saturday, April 10 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. at the Lee County
[UI0 A ic C. J 01E C Ile For many herbs there is a season while others prefer year-round exposure.
01 leco 10' Cl [0 boh -- Popular and and lesser-known herbs will be for sale.
Sanibel and Foit Nlei% Beaclh. Schedule:
8:15 a.m. Registration and shopping
Nec\ paint. (al pe. Dili\. ahel 9 a.m. Session opening, Bobbi Robertson, Lee County Master Gardener
hicio\a\e, Lanai Tile, Badhioon 9:10a.m. Growing & Using Herbs in Florida, Dennis Gretton
10 a.m. Prize Giveaway
Vanities and much more. $95,000 10:10 a.m. Break and Tasting Table sample food made from fresh herbs from the
10:45 a.m. Herbs for Florida Gardeners, Monica Brandies
Q&A will follow each presentation
Call Chris Potter at 239-233-2413 to see this Property The Lee County Extension Services office is at 3406 Palm Beach Boulevard, Fort
Myers. Cost is $8 per person in advance, $10 at the door.
SanCap one Source Realty For more information contact Claudia Piotrowicz at 533-7514 or email: cpiotrow-
Ladies Win Pinewood Derby
THERIVER MARCH 12,2010 25
the local community. This year first place went to Heather Doll, second place to Leslie
Davidson and third place was Grace Lawson. The ladies attributed their success to
attention to detail. The men vow revenge next year. One of the cars that caught atten-
tion was the tribute to Carl Edwards' NASCAR made by AFLAC agent Allison Collins.
The cry of "AFLAC!" could be heard from every corner of the building as she stepped
up to the starting line with her car boasting not only a picture of Edwards but also the
famous AFLAC duck.0
Alex Sink Forum At Shell Point
The winners: Leslie Davidson, Grace Lawson and Heather Doll
T notts Plastering, Inc. teamed up with a local Cub Scout Troop for the fourth
annual Knotts Pinewood Derby on Friday, February 12. Once again, the
Seventh was a sellout and raised hundreds of dollars for the troop. Part of the
success can also be attributed to this year's sponsor, Bubba Burger, whose head
chef Patrick Patti served up dinner with a smile and a hardy "You will never bite
a burger better than a Bubba!" The outcome was feminine dominance as the top
three winners were all of the female persuasion, squashing all thoughts of this being
a male sport.
Feelings of joy and anticipation swept over the crowd that consisted of presidents,
project managers and crew alike, as they began to get caught up in re-living their
childhood. The lineup was impressive with all types of cars, trucks and even animals
made from the Pinewood Derby kits. One could see a battleship, a dog, a hammer, a
fire truck and even a watermelon slice complete with seeds. This event allows for the
participants' fun, creative and competitive sides to come together to do some good for
Apollo 13 Crew
Reunites For 40th
Apollo 13... you've seen
Hollywood's version on the
big screen, now hear the story
straight from the astronauts during
an exclusive insider's event at launch
headquarters, Kennedy Space Center.
On April 9, Apollo 13 astronauts Fred
Haise, James Lovell and famed NASA
Flight Director Gene Kranz will join an
elite line-up of astronauts and space
icons to commemorate this legendary
voyage's 40th anniversary during a spe-
cial celebration hosted by the Astronaut
Scholarship Foundation (ASF). Event-
goers will re-live the adventure of
NASA's most "successful failure" mis-
sion with a behind-the-scenes journey
through the venue where only the crew
and few others have been.
The event promises guests a drive-
by of the actual launch pad where the
Apollo 13 crew took flight, a look into a
mock Firing Room for a private briefing
by Kranz, and a fun-flared dinner under
a restored, massive Saturn V rocket -
the same vehicle used on this mission
- alongside the crew, Kranz and key mis-
sion contributors. The evening will con-
clude with a panel discussion, as the team
shares their stories of what it took to
safely return the ill-fated mission to earth.
"Everyone has read the Apollo
13 book or seen the film, but very
few people have had the opportunity
to see where it all started," said Linn
LeBlanc, executive director of Astronaut
Scholarship Foundation for which the
event will benefit. "This event offers
guests a rare glimpse of the mission
through the eyes of the men who lived it,
and in the place where it all began."
Tickets are $250 each; VIP tickets are
$500 (limited number available), which
includes an exclusive Apollo 13 crew
photo-op and more.
Tickets may be secured at www.
by calling 321-455-7014 and will be sold
on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket
price, over fair-market value, should be
considered a tax-deductible donation.
Sponsorships are also available.
The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation
(ASF), a 501(c)3, non-profit organization
established by the Mercury Astronauts.
Its goal is to aid the United States in
retaining its world leadership in science
and technology by providing scholarships
for exceptional college students pursu-
ing degrees in these fields. ASF funds
19 $10,000 scholarships annually and
has awarded over $2.8 million to stu-
dents nationwide. For more information,
call 321-455-7015 or log on to www.
The public is invited to a forum with
Democratic Florida Gubernatorial
Candidate Alex Sink on Monday,
March 22, at 10 a.m. at Shell Point
Retirement Community inside the Shell
Point Church Auditorium on the Island.
Sink was elected as Florida's CFO in
2006 and has led the charge to cut waste-
ful government spending and stand up
for Florida's consumers. She has created
programs such as Safeguard Our Seniors,
aimed at protecting Florida's seniors from
financial fraud. Her Safeguard our Seniors
workshops have helped Florida seniors
recover nearly $9 million and put senior
scammers behind bars.
This event is free and open to the pub-
lic. Visitors must follow the directional park-
ing signs to the proper parking lots where
a bus will be waiting to transport them to
the auditorium. For more information call
Florida Gulf Coast University invites
prospective students to attend the
Graduate Studies Spring Expo
Open House to learn about post-bacca-
laureate study opportunities at FGCU.
The open house will run from 5 p.m. to
7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31 in the
Student Union ballroom.
Throughout the evening, faculty, staff
and students will discuss FGCU's 32 grad-
uate degree programs in business, coun-
seling, criminal forensic studies, criminal
justice, education, English, history, envi-
ronmental science, health professions,
public administration and social work.
Representatives are available from
FGCU's testing center, financial aid and
scholarship office and campus recreation.
The Office of Graduate Studies provides
Prospective students are encouraged
to RSVP to the Graduate Studies Spring
Expo by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Jewish Federation's SAT Prep Class
he Jewish Federation of Lee & Charlotte Counties is offering a special prep
class series to help get local students ready for upcoming 2010 SAT tests.
The SAT test, a critical measure of scholarship, is the benchmark used by
most colleges and universities for admission decisions. As such, they are crucial to a
student's success in higher education and a long-term focus of learning for high-
Small class sizes and affordable tuition make the federation's classes stand out.
According to Naomi Rubin, the federation's programming director, "We are a
nonprofit organization, not a business. We provide the SAT classes in a professional
manner, affordable to the whole community. Your child will enjoy the course as well as
benefit from it."
The classes are led by local residents Professor Joan Lewin and Connie Kelley, two
professional educators with years of experience in SAT preparation.
Class fee is $355 and includes all course materials. A minimum of six students is
necessary for this class to be held, and a maximum of 12 students will be accepted.
The 14-session classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays starting March 17
for the June 5 SAT test. Classes will be held on March 17, 24, April 12, 14, 19, 21,
26, 28, May 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 26.
Math classes are held Mondays, and classes for the verbal section are held
Wednesday. Sessions, which begin promptly at 6:30 and conclude by 9 p.m., are
held at the Federation office at 9701 Commerce Center Court, Fort Myers (off Bass
Road and Summerlin Road opposite Lexington County Club).
Call 481-4449 or log onot www.JewishFederationLCC.org.
26 THERIVER MARCH 12, 2010
The 17-Year-Old Son Of Two
Professional Ballet Dancers Is Prized
Rookie Of The Minnesota Twins
by Ed Frank
he "United Nations" arrived this week at the Lee County
Sports Complex in Fort Myers 150 Minor League
ballplayers from 18 countries in the farm system of the
Behind nearly every one from 16-year-olds to veteran minor
leaguers is a story of its own, all chasing the same dream of
making it to the Big Leagues.
V- One most interesting is that of Maximilian Kepler-Rozycki, a
strapping 17-year-old outfielder from Berlin, Germany, who goes
simply by the name of Max Kepler.
Standing six-foot-four and weighing 180 pounds, the young-
ster speaks three languages (perfect English) and already has been tagged as the 10th
best prospect in the vast Twins organization by Baseball America. That is the reason
why the Twins gave him an $800,000 signing bonus last July.
This was a stunning sum for a teenager out of Europe and a record for an ama-
teur position player outside the U.S. and Latin America. Officials from a dozen Major
League teams, including the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs, came to Berlin to
check out the versatile outfielder. They compare his compact, graceful swing to that
of Shawn Green, who retired in 2007 with 328 home runs. Scouts say he possesses
baseball's five "tools" speed, arm strength, glovework and the ability to hit for both
power and average.
He came to the United States last summer with his mother, played in the
Instructional League and also enrolled in Fort Myers South High School where he has
already received his GED.
"He was just 16 when he came over here and he sure held his own in the
Instructional League," said Jim Rantz, the long-time senior director of the Twins Minor
Kepler's family background provides strong clues to the teenager's talent and prized
His mother, born in Texas, and his father of Polish descent, are both professional
ballet dancers. Although his mother has retired from ballet, his father still teaches at a
ballet school in Germany.
Baseball is not as popular in Germany as soccer, but young Max started playing
baseball at the age of seven. He later competed in several public leagues until signed
by Twins scout Mike Ratcliff.
Coach To Speak
The Southwest Florida Christian
Couples Club will hold its annual
dinner on March 13 at Pelican
Preserve at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35 and
may be purchased by phone at 242-
7238 or email, helpline4teens@mind-
The event honors The Lifeline Family
Center which since 1996 has been pro-
viding young women in crisis pregnancy
a safe home and learning environment
along with educational training, job train-
ing, professional counseling, parenting
classes and spiritual direction during this
important time in their lives. .
Lifeline will be the recipient of dona-
tions taken at the event.
The motivational keynote speaker t
will be renowned Head Coach Bobby
Ross, discussing life's many victories.
After graduating from Benedictine High
School, Ross attended the Virginia
Military Institute, where he started at
quarterback and defensive back for two
seasons and was captain of the football
team as a senior.
Following a tour of duty in the
U.S. Army as a first lieutenant, Ross
coached football at Colonial Heights
High School and at his own alma mater
of Benedictine. He then moved on to
coaching at the college level, starting with
assistant coaching stints at William &
Mary, Rice, and Maryland before accept-
ing his first head coaching position at The
Citadel. After five seasons his coaching
record was 24 wins, 31 losses, and 0
ties, ranking him seventh at The Citadel
in total wins and 16th in winning percent-
Ross then spent four years as an
assistant coach with the Kansas City
Chiefs before returning to the collegiate
arena as head coach at Maryland. He
won three Atlantic Coast Conference
Championships while at Maryland. After
four years, he left to coach Georgia Tech
where as head coach he led the Jackets
to an 11-0-1 record and the ACC cham-
pionship -- the school's first conference
title since 1952. They also won the
national championship by finishing first
in the final Coaches' Poll. Ross won the
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award and the Bobby
Dodd Coach of the Year Award.
He went on to become the head
coach of the San Diego Chargers, win-
ning an AFC Championship and San
Diego's first trip to the Super Bowl. In his
five seasons with the Chargers, they won
two division titles and made the playoffs
In 1996 Ross left the Chargers to
become the head coach of the Detroit
Lions, a position he held until the middle
of the 2000 season when he resigned
due to a medical condition.4
Not surprising, when he enrolled in
South Fort Myers High School he was |
recruited to play baseball. Already under
contract with the Twins, he was told he
could not. But the high school is directly
across from the Lee County Sports
Complex so Max would cross the street
after school to work out in the Twins train-
Rantz has been with the Twins orga-
nization for 50 years, 24 as head of their
farm system, so he knows talent when he -. -
sees it. There is a gleam in his eyes when
he talks about this German-American
youngster who both bats and throws left -
Rantz said that it is likely that Kepler
will start his professional career right here
with the rookie Gulf Coast League Twins
who begin their season in June at the Lee
County Sports Complex.
Asked whether he has other athletic sib-
lings, Max said his 14-year-old sister plays
golf to a 13 handicap.
With poise and talent far beyond his
years, Max Kepler is a name no doubt you
will hear more about in the years to come.
The Minnesota Twins through the years
have built their success by the development Jim Rantz, left, senior director of the
of young players in their farm system. Minor Leagues for the Minnesota Twins,
Don't be surprised if Kepler becomes part with promising rookie Max Kepler from
of that lore. Germany
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Minnesota Twins Hammond Stadium
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ay Oaks Recreation Campus on
Fort Myers Beach will be hosting
its 17th annual tennis tournament
beginning March 19 and continuing
through March 21. This year there will
be five different classifications; Men's
3.5 Doubles, Men's 3.0 Doubles, Mixed
Open, Women's 3.5 Doubles, and
Women's 3.0 Doubles. The tourna-
ments will be held on the courts at Bay
Oaks Recreation Campus. The cost to
enter is $20 per team. Call Ed Frazier
THERIVER MARCH 12, 2010 27
a in SFriday, March 12 and another begin-
Beginner's ning Tuesday, April 6. Both run from
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Attendees will learn
Fencing C lasses all the skills it takes to begin the art of
fencing such as basic fencing techniques
and form. Equipment will be provided,
with the exception of fencing pants and
cechest protectors. Upon graduation from
the class you will receive your own foil
and glove. Class space is limited so sign
The cost is $150 for the 12-week ses-
Southwest Florida Fencing Academy
is located at 4210 Fowler Street, Unit 9,
Fort Myers. For more information call
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28 THERIVER MARCH 12, 2010
Volunteers Creates 13,000 Hearts
Susan Crowe, director, Volunteer Resources & Auxiliary Development for Gulf Coast
Medical Center; Nancy Stanfield, volunteer president, Gulf Coast Medical Center
Auxiliary; Judy Bolton, Shell Point resident, and June Schneider, nursing director, Gulf
Coast Medical Center
The Huggie Hearts volunteer group of Shell Point residents who hand-sew pillows
for cardiac patients in Southwest Florida, recently, created their 13,000th pillow
which will be on display in the Gulf Coast Medical Center to honor the many
years and pillows that have been given to cardiac patients.
The pillows allow patients to have something to hug as they recuperate from heart
surgery. Coughing to expel fluid is very important and hugging the pillow to the chest
is very helpful. The fact that the pillow displays the shape of a heart is a bonus as the
volunteers send loving wishes on to patients with each pillow.
"The patients who receive pillows are so excited to know that volunteers work dili-
gently to give them a thoughtful gift to help them through a tough ordeal," said Judy
Bolton, Shell Point resident and current Huggie Hearts Group leader. "I recently met a
resident at Shell Point who still has her Huggie Heart pillow from 20 years ago. It has
meant so much to her, and she still remembers the great feeling she had in receiving
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Shell Point resident Hebe Henderson
started Huggie Hearts at Shell Point in
1989. Reaching the 13,000th heart pil-
low has been a very rewarding process
for the resident volunteers as well as the
heart patients of Lee County. Shell Point
residents Janet Plume, Martha Ryckman,
Winona Whitehead, Virginia Brown and
Betty Muench assisted Judy Bolton with
the stuffing of this memorable pillow.
Resident Peg Glosser also participates
regularly with the group, but was not
available when this group met to create
the 13,000th pillow.
"Volunteering is a gift to the com-
munity, and the rewards are profound,"
said Susan Crowe, director of Volunteer
Resources & Auxiliary Development for
Gulf Coast Medical Center.0
Huggie Heart pillow
March For Babies Coming To Lee,
Collier And Charlotte Counties
he March for Babies, coordinated
by the March of Dimes, is the
biggest fundraiser and combines
corporate sponsorship, walker fundrais-
ing, vendor campaigns and personal
commitments to raise money for March
of Dimes research and community pro-
grams. Their work helps moms have
full-term pregnancies and babies begin
healthy lives. This will be a tri-county
event taking place in Lee, Charlotte,
and Collier counties.
The Lee County walk will be held on
Saturday, April 24. The evening walk
will be held at Centennial Park, with
registration at 6 p.m. and the march
beginning at 7. Lee County is estimated
to have 1,500 walkers with hopes of rais-
ing $270,000 to support the March of
Dimes efforts. Centennial Park is located
at 2100 Edwards Drive in Fort Myers.
Charlotte County's walk will also be
held on Saturday, April 24. This walk
will be held at Bayshore Live Oak Park,
with registration at 8 a.m. and the march
beginning at 9. Charlotte County is esti-
mated to have 350 participants and has
a fundraising goal of $65,000. Bayshore
Live Oak Park is located at 23157
Bayshore Road in Port Charlotte.
The Collier County walk is scheduled
for May 1 and will be held at Cambier
Park. Another evening walk, registration
will begin at 6 p.m. and the march will
start at 7 p.m. Collier County estimates
having 500 walkers and hopes to raise
$120,000. Cambier Park is located at
755 8th Avenue South in Naples.
To register as a walker or to create a
team visit www.marchforbabies.org. For
details on the tri-county events visit the
Cholestcheck Health Screening
Services is offering free diabetes
Kmart, 3853 Cleveland Avenue in
South Fort Myers on March 15 and 16
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointment
event listing page. Visit the Facebook
pages for updated information and details
on contests, sponsors, etc.
A concert in the park will follow
the Lee and Collier county walks. The
Charlotte County walk will include a pic-
nic in the park after the walk. Following
all three walks, awards and celebration
ceremonies will take place.
John J. lacuone, MD, executive
director for The Children's Hospital of
Southwest Florida/Lee Memorial Health
System, is the chair for March for Babies
in Fort Myers and Naples. He is board
certified in pediatrics and pediatric hema-
tology/oncology and is a fellow of the
American Academy of Pediatrics.
Sponsors for the Lee County march
include Presenting Sponsor Wells
Fargo/Wachovia, Family Sponsor The
Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida,
ABC-7, 93.3 WOLZ, Florida Weekly
and MetroPCS. Charlotte County's
Presenting Sponsor is Peace River
Regional Medical Center and sponsors
for Collier include Presenting Sponsor
Physicians Regional Medical Center and
other sponsor Wells Fargo/Wachovia.
The most urgent infant health problem
in the United States today is premature
birth. It affects more than half a million
babies each year, with the number grow-
ing every day. The March of Dimes is
committed to reducing this toll by funding
research to find the answers to premature
birth and providing comfort and informa-
tion to families who are affected.
For the latest resources and informa-
tion, visit www.marchofdimes.com or
For up-to-date information
on local beaches
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Get Moving For
The Health Of It
A day of community fitness with
activities for every member of the
. family will be held on Saturday,
March 13 at Centennial Park, Fort
Myers from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Centennial Park is located in
downtown Fort Myers along the
Caloosahatchee River. For more infor-
mation call the Fort Myers Recreation
Division at 321-7530.#
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ORGAN TRANSPLANT RECIPIENTS OF SW FLORIDA, INC.
BJ & JOEY: THE KINGS OF MAGIC
"MEMORIES OF GOLD SHOW"
Also: Silent, Chinese & Live Auctions
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre Fort Myers
March 15,2010 Y1 Tickets $35 or $50 for VIP
Doors open at 5pm + Buffet at 5:30pm
FOR TICKETS & INFO. CALL 239-574-8822
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SOUTHWEST FLORIDA DENTAL GROUP
15650 San Carlos Boulevard
David G. Carlton D.D.S. Eric Baxmann D.D.S.
SNew Patients and Emergencies Welcome [
Form a team of friends, co-workers,
family or just yourself and get moving
* for the health of it. Registration begins
at 9 a.m. From aerobics to Zumba,
there will be plenty of activities in the
Family Fitness Zone, Baby Boot Camp
or marked routes to run, walk, bike and
rollerblade through the park.
There will be a farmers market on
the Caloosahatchee River, free health
care information booths and door prizes.
Trophies will be awarded for best team
T-shirt and team with the most partici-
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A Show For Car Enthusiasts
All month long adopters will receive
$20 off the regular adoption fee
for all pets plus a complimentary
green T-shirt. The reduced adoption fee
will still include the complete package of
For information about this week's
pets, call 533-7387 (LEE-PETS) or log
on to Animal Services' Web site at www.
LeeLostPets.com. When calling, refer to
the animal's ID number. The shelter is
open for adoptions from 11:30 am to
3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday at
5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, next to
the Lee County Sheriff's Office, off Six
Mile Cypress Pkwy.
gentle and sweet. And by the way, did
you notice how handsome I am? That's
just superficial though, it's personality
that counts. The reason I need a special
owner is because I am deaf. Do you
have some patience and a home without
other dogs or small children? Because of
my special needs I would do well in an
adult home with someone who needs to
On Saturday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Royal Shell Companies
(www.RoyalShellIslands.com) and Performance Plus will host the second
annual Tahitian Gardens Car Show at 1975 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.
The show is open to all vehicle types; cars, trucks, motorcycles. Entrant's fee is $20
and includes a commemorative T-shirt, goodie bag and the chance to enter the 50/50
raffle. Proceeds will benefit PURRE (People United to Restore our Rivers & Estuaries).
The R+L Carriers Racing hauler and show car will be there. There are numerous
raffle and silent auction items, food and beverages available.
A best of show trophy will be awarded.
Call 472-2783 or e-mail barb.harrrington@RLRLLC.com for additional informa-
For Health Care
Whether you're getting ready
to do your spring cleaning or
preparing to go back up North,
it's time to dig into your cabinets, go
through your closets and house, and
clean out your garage. Just call the Lee
Memorial Health System's Pink Bazaar
Thrift Shop to pick up your "unwanta-
Furniture, clothing, jewelry, linens,
sporting goods, books, housewares,
home decor, and children's items in sale-
able condition are always needed. By
donating, you are also connecting to your
community. Your merchandise is needed
to help fund health care technology and
programs to benefit the patients and citi-
zens of Southwest Florida.
The Pink Bazaar has been part of
Southwest Florida for three generations
and your assistance helps keep the legacy
alive. The shop provides a medley of
merchandise and delivers value and ser-
vice to its customers.
Call 939-0808 for more informa-
tion. Donations can be dropped off at
the shop: 12135 Cleveland Avenue in
Sherwin Williams Plaza, near Crystal
Drive or call for pick-up. The thrift shop
is open Monday through Saturday, 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers are also need-
ed for only four hours a week.
Foster A Pet,
Save A Life
Lee County Domestic Animal
Services (LCDAS) is seeking foster
homes for many of its shelter pets.
Foster homes for cats and dogs are
needed year-round but more are needed
as kitten season and warmer weather
"The foster program is absolutely
essential in saving lives when shelter
overcrowding reaches critical levels,"
said Ria Brown, spokeswoman. In 2009
Diesel ID #465819
Sex: Neutered male
Age: Two years
Color: White and brindle
Comments: I'm a special dog look-
ing for a special owner. The staff and
volunteers at Animal Services say I am
cat intake increased by 72 percent and
dog intake by 40 percent during peak
LCDAS provides all necessary supplies
including food, medications and veteri-
nary care. In addition to alleviating shelter
overcrowding, foster families provide a
temporary home and whatever type of
care is needed. Fostering can last from
one to eight weeks depending on the ani-
mal's needs. Foster families are needed
for nursing mother cats with kittens,
kittens and puppies not old enough for
adoption, and adult dogs that need social-
ization or recovery time from a treatable
"Please open your heart and your
home to these animals and assist us in
saving lives," said Donna Ward, LCDAS
director. "The rewards of fostering are
tremendous," she adds.
Jennifer Galloway of Fort Myers has
fostered pets for several years and com-
pletely agrees. "I love being part of a
process that helps save the lives of aban-
doned pets. The Animal Services staff is
Cinderella ID# 466338
Breed: Domestic short hair
Age: One year
Color: Gray tiger
Comments: If I were human my
dream job would be a super model. After
all I'm beautiful, sophisticated and love
to strike a pose. I'm also quite affection-
ate and friendly, in other words, a real
charmer. So if you want to find your
lucky charm come on over to Animal
Services and let's get acquainted.:
always available to answer any question
and I enjoy seeing them as happy as I am
when a pet goes to its new home."
Galloway also enjoys the friendships
she has made with some of the families
that adopted her foster pets. "I love see-
ing their pictures and hearing stories
about their new lives."
Anyone interested may download
a foster application online at www.
LeeLostPets.com or call 533-7387 (LEE-
PETS) for more information. To view a
gallery of photos of foster pets that have
been saved through the program go to
www.LeeLostPets.com and click on Pet
To advertise in The River
Weekly Call 415-7732
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Servlg Lee, Hendry and6/ades Countes...
211 is a free three-digit phone number people can call for
information and referral on health & social services.
211 is for non-emergency assistance only.
You can always reach the 211 service by dialing
(239) 433-3900 in Lee and
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CONSTRUCTION ` ..
Custom Homes & Remodeling Specialists
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you can dream up.
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CONTRACTING & CONSULTING
New Construction / Remodel / Consulting
P.O. Box 494, Sanibel, FL 33957
Email: blbissl email@example.com
Lee County Resident Since 1970
TREE & LAWN CARE
*Jesus Hernandez *
LAWN CARE &
Licensed & Insured Free Estimates
Landscaping Tree Service Stump Grinding
Landscape Design Ponds Waterfall Installations
Landscape Refurbishing Pepper Clearing
12 years serving San-Cap & Ft. Myers
LET'S GO FISHING'
Fishing Charters Shelling Sightseeing
Captain Lamar Williams
LICENSED & INSURED
904 Lindgren Blvd.
Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Ph: 239-395-0978 / 1-800-473-6019
New Mineral Powder Line!
Career information available
Gift ideas available
MONIQUE KENWORTHY i
HOME: (239) 433-0668 CELL: (239) 247-1237
LICENSE NO. 0803040
SSANIBEL CREATIVE TILE CO.
Celebrating our 30th year
on Sanibel & Captiva
Aerial Photography Digital Imaging -Videography
IMPACT WINDOWS & DOORS/GLASS
"SWFL Window and Door Specialist"
Licensed & Insured
Windows Plus SCC131150832
PGT Windows & Doors Phone: 239-267-5858
10831 Sunset Plaza Circle, Unit 107: 239-267-785
Fort Myers, FL 33908 Fax: 239-267-7855
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 239-872-0709
DRAPERY/WINDOW BLIND CLEANING & REPAIR
WINDOW BLIND CLEANING & REPAIR
We Come To You!
License # 0707041
Phone (239) 267-8405
SPECIALIZING IN THE 3 "R"S OF HOME IMPROVEMENT..
"REMODELING, RENOVATING & REPAIRING
YOUR PIECE OF PARADISE"
(239) 472-0828 OR (239) 458-0828
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For the top nutritional,
weight loss & skin care products got to:
Brenda Biddle Independent Distributor
email@example.com or 239-849-9593
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Business and individual nominees for the six Chrysalis
Awards will be judged on their innovation in their
respective category, how they have distinguished them-
selves in the community, the results of their efforts to
promote the destination, their contributions to business
and tourism partnerships for the overall benefit of the
county, and their work to foster growth and sustainabil-
"Destination visitors often spark future leisure visits,
conventions, relocations and other business opportuni-
ties. The Chrysalis Awards signify an ongoing partner-
ship between the business and tourism communities to
ensure that continues to happen," said Tamara Pigott,
While the VCB has always pooled its resources with
those of local chambers for the common good of the
destination, this is the first such alliance between the
VCB and a local chamber. In addition, all local chambers
are involved with the new program.
The Celebration of Business & Tourism event will fea-
ture a trade show from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the
awards luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Costs
are $25 for a single admission and $250 for a reserved
table for eight. Trade show exhibitors will pay $120 for
a booth, which includes two admission tickets. The event
is projected to attract about 300 attendees.
To nominate a business or individual visit the
Upcoming Events section of www.LeeVCB.com, where
you can also register to attend the event and participate
in the trade show through a link to the Greater Fort
Myers Chamber of Commerce Web site at www.fortmy-
For further details, contact Christine Davlin at the
VCB at firstname.lastname@example.org or 338-3500; Glee Ann
Agius at the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce
at GleeAnn@fortmyers.org or 332-2930, ext. 211;
or Colleen DePasquale, event chairperson, at Colleen.
DePasquale@hilton.com or 790-3500.0
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Lawn Care Landscape Trimming & Pruning
* Fertilization Weed Maintenance Mulch Applications
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Call us today for a free estimate 239-896-6789 7T
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We Are Affordable and We Barter
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"Since 1986 Ron is still on the job
satisfying his Sanibel and Captiva customers."
Visit our gallery of pictures at
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License #PT 000286 Sanibel #02-07916
Light Tackle Sport Fishing
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We are currently seeking applicants
for several volunteer positions,
Cage Cleaner, Gopher Tortoise Grazer, Patient
Driver, Emergency Response Transporter, &
Gift Shop/ Education Center Volunteers. Other
positions are available throughout the year. Call for
a full listing. If you're interested in hard work and
would like to become a volunteer call Marguerite
Jordan at 472-3644 ext 5.
A tme-senstrve training is invoked in all of our patient-care. We do
ask our volunteers to make a service commitment of 3 consecutive
months per year with a minimum of 3-5 hours per week
SR 9/5 N TFN
BP Station on Sanibel. Full-time manager.
Must have mechanical and computer
knowledge and enjoy dealing with the
public. Sales experience a plus. Salary
$35,000. Fax resume to 239-472-1878.
SR 2/26 B 3/12
BEACH HOUSE SWIMWEAR on Captiva
now hiring PT sales. 10-15 hrs per week.
Seasonal ok. Energetic and interested
in learning how to sell swimwear?
Call Peggy 239-395-5383 or apply online
SR 3/5 B TFN
West Wind Inn
NightAuditor 11 pm to 7 am Shift.
P/T position available.
Call Bob or David @ 239-472-1541.
RS 3/5 V 3/12
Host for lunch and dinner at The Mucky
Duck. Meals and toll compensation.
Call 239-472-3434 or apply in person
mornings before 11 a.m., ask for Joy or Ellen.
SR 3/5 B 3/12
Sr. Software Engineers, Applications in
Cape Coral, FL area. Analyze & perform
app & system design, development
(Coding & Testing), deployment & imple-
mentation of ERR Coordinate w/ ERP
implementation group for setups, monitor
Oracle database, & integrate ERP apps
w/ ECommerce apps. Req: MS/equiv +3
yr. rel exp. OR BS/equiv + 5 yr. rel. exp.
Travel/reloc as reqd. Send res. to:
Ospro Systems LLC., 909 Del Prado Blvd
S. Ste. 201, Cape Coral, FL 33990
RS 3/12 M 3/12
(Carpentry, maintenance toilets, faucets, ceiling fans, sIding doors, etc.)
768-0569 or Cell 464-6460
B & B CONDO PROS
Property Management & Care.
Home Watch Pool Service
SR 9/11 B TFN
Sanibel-Captiva Care and Companion Service,
LLC Medical appointments, general transportation,
shopping, light meal preparations, and light
cleaning. Our services are customized to meet
ur clients needs. Call 239-395-3591, or
for an emergency call 239-472-0556.
SR 10/3 BTFN
Computer repair, setup, file recovery & troubleshoot-
ing for home or office. 15 year Island resident.
Guaranteed work & low rates. Call Justin at
677-0226 or email email@example.com
SR 1/11 VTFN
Trouble shooting your computer
Both Hardware and Software
Services in many languages
English, Scandinavian, German and even
in Polish. Repairing PC & MAC/Apple.
When was the last time you
backed up your data?
Contact Thomas Figura 239-297-9746
RS 3/5 V 3/12
MURALIST/ARTIST FRANK RAO
Unique Faux/Old World Designs for home/
office. Free hand themed Murals Finshes-
woods/marbel/brick/stone for walls/
www.muralsbyfrank.com or 239-634-5410
RS 2/26 V 4/2
NEED COMPUTER HELP?
Sanibel Resident. 20 Years pc
Experience. Pc Troubleshooting, Data
Backup & Restoration, Networks, Virus
Detection & Removal. Free Initial
Consultation. Call Fred 472-3873
RS 3/12 V 4/2
Join other "news junkies" every Monday,
10 a.m. to noon, Phillips Gallery, BIG
ARTS, to discuss current events. Donation
$3. Refreshments during break. Tell your
friends. For more information call 395-0900.
SR 4/28 N TFN
MISC. F-OR SALE
JVC I'Art 32" TV
Silver case, good looking, good working
order, w/remote and manual. $150
472-6837 (leave msg)
SR 11/20 NTFN
SONY TRINITRON TV
36" in 7' cabinet, extra speakers
VHS & DISC Players
SR 2/5 N TFN
SCHWINN AIRDYNE UPRIGHT EXERCISE Bike.
Heart Rate Monitor, Time, Distance, Calories. $200.
SR 1 / NTFN
AI TI -) Fk SAI F-
MISC. FOR SAL F
2 brand new table lamps -
crystal with white shade $50
Gray office chair $15
RS 2/5 N TFN
On Island Free Estimates.
Over 15 Years Experience.
Offering Professional Upholstery Services,
Custom Art and Hand Painted Furniture.
Lacy@LacyMcClary.com or 918-740-4972
SR 10/23 V TFN
PERSONAL HOME CARE
Assist with transportation, meals,cleaning,
home/car maintenance. Excellent organiza-
tional skills. Island Resident.
Call Lisa 239-472-8875
RS 10/23 B TFN
HELLE'S CLEANING SERVICES
Residential Cleaning to Satisfaction
Sanibel & Captiva 239-565-0471
Sanibel Lic. #11412 Lee Co. Lic. #051047
SR 11/13 BTFN
Interior Windows Carpet Cleaning
SR11/13 N TFN
While you are away by
retired architect, Sanibel resident.
SR 9/30 DTFN
Retired Police Captain
Lives on Sanibel
SR 3/5 B TFN
2001 SATURN LS2 FOR SALE
Over 120k miles, runs great.
New battery, tires and brakes. Must see.
$1,800 or B/O.
Call 781-293-0035 or Write me:
RS 3/12 M 3/12
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Campbell Hausfeld 20 gal. air compressor and
attachments, Craftsman 12" table saw, Stihl
weed whacker, Craftsman impact hammer,
Craftsman auto scroller saw, finishing nailer, roll
around tool box, sockets, various electric drills
and saws, many hand tools. 395-2375.
RS 3/12 A 3/19
1985 14' outboard with trailer &
1990 9.9hp Suzuki motor with less than
20 hours. Take away for $600. Boat and
trailer are servicable but need work.
Call Tom on Sanibel 472-4882.
SR 3/12 V 3/19
KITCHEN/DINING SET Table 40". Leaf 18". 4 Chairs.
Excellent Condition. $400. 489-2094
F-URNI I URE F-OR SALE -
Set of Hand Weights
SR 3/5 M 3/12
BOATS CANOFS KAYAKS
Hourly, Daily, Weekly
Captiva Island 472-5800
SR 1/30 BTFN
BOAT STORAGE FOR RENT
10x12x30 GROUND LEVEL Dry Dock
at Sanibel Harbor Yacht Club
(Next to Sanibel Bridges)
Unlimited In/Out Privileges 7 days/week
Complete Boat Wash/Engine flush after each use
Total use of club facilities (no dues)
(Restaurant, Marina Supplies & Boat Shop
& Certified Mechanics & Repair Shop); showers,
Fuel at Wholesale (gas & Diesel) Slip #157
Call Chad 239-222-4848
Call Phil 239-395-0407
SR 11/13 VTFN
ESTATE SAL ES
ISLAND ESTATE SALES
Unique Silver, Jewelry, Art, Coins, Wicker,
More. Pick-Up & Donations can benefit lo-
cal charities. Lee County residents get 25%
off most items w/ad! Cash item only! 2431
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RELAY FOR LIFE
3/12 & 3/13 from 8 am- noon
Donations wanted & accepted until 3/12
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*BLIND PASS. 2/2 POOLSIDE. GORGEOUS
UPDATED KITCHEN & BATHS $525,000
*SUNDIAL RESORT 2/2 BEACH VIEW.
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*CAPTIVA BEACH FRONT HOME. 2/2 +
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3BR/2BA Dunes duplex
Great golf course views
Beautiful wood floors
3BR/3BA remodeled duplex in
Dunes with sweeping gof course
views and granite, marble, tile,
pavers, 3rd floor office, 1763 sq.ft.
SR 8/6 N TFN
CONDO FOR SALE
Two bed/two bath unfurnished ground
floor condo, close to Sanibel and
Fort Myers Beach, $95,000.
Tarpon Beach 204
Wake up every morning to
a view of the Gulf!
REDUCED to $710,000
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Thinking of Selling?
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Monday, 4 PM
Bank of the Islands
1599 Periwinkle, Sanibel
Robyn & Robb
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Work with a
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to buy or sell better
SR 12/11 BTFN
Pfeifer Realty Group
Sanibel Island, FL
Single wide unit number 30
in Adult Periwinkle Park on Sanibel
Island. One bedroom one bath with
central air. Located on quiet street with
great view overlooking the pond.
Has a large finished lanai including
washer and dryer. All in great condition.
Willing to pay monthly lease fees
for first six months.
Reduced price 84,900.
For more information
SR 1/29 M TFN
HOME FOR SALE
Live inexpensively on Sanibel.
Charming, unique unit in Periwinkle Park.
SR 3/12 NTFN
CAPTIVA PLANTATION BEACH CLUB at SSIR.
Lovely fully equipped 2BR 2BA units (3) available on
the beach 5/21 to 5/28. Call 901-604-6224.
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Lake Glenville *Sapphire Valley
Sanibel Waterfront 2BR/2BA home fur-
nished. Manatees & otters are neighbors.
4 months- $9,600, 6 months- $13,600.
2010 2011 Season.
Please call 973-398-6315.
ANNUAl /SE-ASONAl RENTAl
2 BR 2 BA 1st floor corner unit on canal. Free boat
dock. Fishing, lanai, pool, steps to beach. Interior
& furnishings new Jan 2006. Weekly/monthly/sea-
sonal. Call owner 419-566-8670.
SR 4/13 V TFN
ANNUAL OR SEASONAL RENTAL
Sanibel 2BR/2BA Furnished, Central A/C,
Wet Bar, Vaulted Ceilings, Direct TV, Internet,
Pool, Screened Lanai, Garage. Call 954-605-
3325 or 800-618-3325 for details.
SR 7/17 M TFN
COTTAGE W/DOCK ON
WEST-END SUNSET BAY!
Cute 2BR/2BA on Coconut Dr., direct
gulf access. Enclosed garage, laundry room,
furnished. Email for pics & terms.
$1,750 p/m for 12 mo lease,
varies for shorter periods. Avail now!
or call 800-526-7339 & leave message.
RS 3/12 M 4/2
Call @ 415-7732
Fax @ 415-7702
Send an email:
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Lots of ways to get it done!
TURN KEY OFFICE SPACE
Central location -1630 Periwinkle Way Furnished
office including a Reception area and kitchen facil-
ity. Recently designer decorated. Suite B-1072.6
sq.ft. @$15 per sq.ft. Plus CAM.
Call 239-985-0033 or 940-7823.
SR 11/21 BTFN
Architecturally designed real estate office
on Periwinkle with 7-12 private offices
depending on configuration. Freshly
painted, new floor covering, reasonably
priced. Call 239-940-7823 for showing
SR 12/14 BTFN
OFFICE SPACES FOR LEASE
lona Schoolhouse Professional Center
Great Location at McGregor Blvd & Kelly Road.
685 sq feet & 1350 sq feet units available. Will
negotiate year lease! Call Lisa at 239-472-2792
RS 1/4 B TFN
800 Sq. ft. Doc Ford's Center. New large white
tiles on floor. New bathroom. Raised ceiling
and new windows. Motivated owner some
FREE RENT. Call Nancy 239-246-4075.
SR8/7 B TFN
RETAIL SPACE FOR RENT
Retail space available on Periwinkle Way.
Frontage 2,100 sq. ft.
RS 8/14 B TFN
OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE
Convenient location on Periwinkle Way, Island
Tower Plaza, Sanibel. 1st Floor availability with
700 sq. ft. of space. Leasehold improvements
negotiable. Call Joe at 516-972-2883 or toll free
at 800-592-0009. Fax is 212-371-2290
SR 10/12 BTFN
RETAIL OR OFFICE SPACE
East End of Sanibel
Call 239-472-0121 or 239-410-2553
SR 12/11 PTFN
PRIME COMMERCIAL/OFFICE SPACE
For sublease on Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.
Excellent exposure and convenient location,
flexible square footage available to suit your
needs. Call 239-472-2183 for more information.
SR 12/3 BTFN
PRIME PERIWINKLE FRONTAGE! 1,000 sq ft
perfect for retail, office, other. Hardwood floors -
beautiful! Ample parking, no cam fees!
RS 7/31 ATFN
EAST END COTTAGE
Steps from the beach. 1 bdrm/1 1/2 bath,
AC/heat, full kitchen, laundry.
$3,500/mo + tax Jan-Mar,
neg.off-season. Call for availability.
SR 1/9B TFN
SANIBEL ARMS 2/2
First floor condo, completely redone -
November 2005. TVs/DVDs, internet, pool/
clubhouse. Just a few steps to beach.
Call owners: 401-253-2511
SR 1/26 M TFN
Rent absolutely gorgeous 3BR/3BA remod-
eled duplex in Dunes with sweeping golf
course views and granite, marble, tile, pav-
ers, 3rd floor office, 1763 sq.ft. $4,000 for
March, $3,000 for April. Call Jean Johnson
at 703-548-0545. Time frame negotiable.
NEAR BEACH PRIVATE HOME
3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH
bedroom, 2bath Home with heated pool,
in quiet Sanibel neighborhood. Seasonal
and monthly rentals. 239-472-0692 or
SR 12/25 P 10/1
East End. 1/2 Duplex.
Walk to beach near Causeway.
2-1 completely remodeled.
Deck, new kitchen, bath and tile.
Lovely 3BD/2BA ground level pool home
on Dunes golf course now available
April, May or June. Pet friendly.
Discounted rate. Call now, 1-877-307-7467
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SR 2/12 V 3/19
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SR 2/12 BTFN
DIRECT BAYFRONT COTTAGES
Popular west end where Sanibel/Captiva
meet. 1 BR-3+BR, single story, furnished,
full kitchens, 3 docks, direct access, heated
pools, pet friendly, beach across street.
Best spot on island. 239-848-0906
RS 3/12 MTFN
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RS 10/9 BTFN
LOVELY SANIBEL CANAL HOME
Watershadows, direct gulf access, new
dock, 3-bd/2-bath, walk to Bay.
Available May 1. $2,195/month.
email@example.com or 603-356-5646
RS 2/5 V 3/19
Two bed/ two bath unfurnished ground
floor condo off Kelly Road. Close to Sanibel
and Fort Myers Beach. Annual lease
$875/mo. Six month lease also avail.
Pets under 25 Ilbs. OK. Call 851-3506.
SR 1/29 NTFN
LEASE OR LEASE/
PURCHASE ON SANIBEL
Three bedroom, two bath piling home
with a convenient east end location.
Very low utility costs, two car enclosed
garage, bright and airy with vaulted
ceilings, unfurnished and immediate
occupancy. Asking $1,850
plus utilities for an annual lease.
Lease purchase terms are negotiable.
Call Charles Sobczak, Realtor
with VIP Realty, at 239-850-0710.
Davis Road area, closest to Sanibel,
2BD/1-1/2 BA townhouse with pool.
New appliances, completed redecorated.
$600/mo. plus utilities. 239-472-3071.
SR 3/5 M 3/5
SANIBEL EAST END HOME
Heated pool, Gulf access
Grd. level 2BR/2BA
SR 3/12 ATFN
SANIBEL 2BR/2BA, w/large office, LR/DR, UF
ground level home in quiet neighborhood w/ large
one car garage. Renovated, corian counters and ter-
razzo floors, large back yard deck. Pets welcome.
Available May. $1,450 plus utilities. 239-472-2464
SR 12/25 BTFN
CUSTOM HOME, PRIVATE, river view, guest loft with
sun porch, pool, tennis, beach. No smoking or pets.
Available monthly beginning April. 405-210-2341 or
LOVELY HOME OFF SO. McGregor. $1,200/mo.
2br/2ba/den/2car. Granite, wood cabinets, tile,
screened lanai, eat-in kitchen. No pets. Security
RS 2/19V 3/12
BEAUTIFUL GATED TOWNHOUSE $625. 2br/1.5ba
off College Parkway Close to shopping, beaches,
Sanibel. New tile throughout. W/D. Screened patio.
New a/c. No pets. Security $625. 239-357-1700
RS 3/12 N 3/12
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38 THE RIVER MARCH 12, 2010
From page 1
In Top 10
This is the description given for Sanibel/
Captiva: "Sitting off the coast of Fort Myers, a
nerve center of America's foreclosure crisis, the
barrier islands of Captiva and Sanibel are the very
picture of laid-back living. Linked by a bridge at
Sanibel's northern point, the islands are renowned
for their pristine beaches and abundant seashells.
Then there are the hiking trails; half the island is a
nature preserve. The late Robert Rauschenberg is,
even in death, one of the largest landowners. His
35-acre spread, complete with studio, is intact on
Captiva's northern end."
The article states that newsman Ted Koppel
makes his home here.
Also making the list at No. 10 is Gasparilla
Island, to the north of Sanibel/Captiva, where
actor Harrison Ford is said to be a frequent visitor.
WSJ writer Steven M. Sears noted, "We scoped
out dozens of deluxe enclaves across the country,
speaking with brokers, homeowners and others."
He said prices are down 40 percent off the peak
in some locations, adding, "There's nothing like a
stabilized economy and a huge rebound in stocks
to send folks looking for the perfect manse. The
return of hefty Wall Street bonuses hasn't hurt,
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Lee County Sheriff's Office.........................477-1 200
Florida M arine Patrol...................................332-6966
Florida Highway Patrol................................278-7100
Poison Control................................. 1-800-282-31 71
HealthPark Medical Center...............1-800-936-5321
Ft. Myers Chamber of Commerce................332-3624
Foundation for Quality Childcare.................425-2685
Ft. Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce...........454-7500
Fort Myers Beach Library.............................463-9691
Lakes Regional Library....................................533-4000
Lee County Chamber of Commerce...........931-0931
Post Office.................................. 1-800-275-8777
Visitor & Convention Bureau.......................338-3500
Alliance for the Arts.................................... 939-2787
Arts For ACT Gallery & Studio..................... 337-5050
Art League Of Fort Myers...........................275-3970
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall.........481-4849
B IG A R TS .............................. ....................395-0900
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre...................278-4422
Cultural Park Theatre................................. 772-5862
Florida Repertory Theatre at the Arcade..........332-4488
Florida W est Arts........................................ 948-4427
Fort Myers/Estero Island Barbershop
Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers.........472-01 68
Gulf Coast Symphony.................................489-1800
Harmony Chorus, Charles Sutter, Pres.............481 -8059
Naples Philharmonic.........................(239) 597-1111
The Schoolhouse Theater............................472-6862
S.W. Florida Symphony...............................418-0996
Young Artists Awards................................ 574-9321
CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS
Animal Refuge Center.................................731-3535
American Business Women Association...........463-1 221
Audubon of SW FL.................. ....................339-8046
Audubon Society.................... ................... 472-3156
Caloosahatchee Folk Society.....................677-9509
duPont Company Retirees .........................454-1083
Edison Porcelain Artists...............................415-2484
The Horticulture and Tea Society................472-8334
Horticultural Society.................................... 472-6940
Lee County Genealogical Society................549-9625
N A R F E (National Aclve & Retired Federal Empoyees).......................... 482 -671 3
Navy Seabees Veterans of America...........731-1901
Paradise Iowa Club of SWFL......................667-1354
Southwest Florida Fencing Academy...........939-1 338
Southwest Florida Music Association..........561-2118
Fort Myers Beach...................765-4254 or 454-8090
Fort M years Edison..................... .....................694-1056
Fort M years South.................... ................. 691-1405
Gateway to the Islands...............................415-3100
lona-M cG regor....................... ................... 482-0869
Fort M years Beach................... ...................463-9738
Fort Myers High Noon.................................466-4228
Estero/South Fort Myers.............................898-1921
Notre Dame Club of Lee County.................768-0417
POLO Club of Lee County............................477-4906
Rotary Club of Fort Myers............................332-81 58
Sanibel-Captiva Orchid Society...................472-6940
United Way of Lee County...............................433-2000
United Way 211 Helpline (24 hour).......211 or 433-3900
Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum..................395-2233
Burrough's Hom e....................................... 337-9505
Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium ..........275-3435
Edison & Ford Winter Estates......................334-3614
Fort Myers Skate Park................................321-7558
Imaginarium Hands-On Museum & Aquarium........321-7420
JN "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge.........472-1100
Koreshan State Historic Site..............(239) 992-0311
Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center.........765-8101
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Southwest Florida Museum of History.........321-7430
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