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FREETake Me Home VOL. 10, NO. 47 DECEMBER 2, 2011From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort MyersRead Us Online at IslandSunNews.com Estates Holiday Nights Opens December 2The 36th annual Edison & Ford Holiday Nights at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates opens December 2 at 5:30 p.m. with discounts to Lee County residents. December 2, 3, 4, and 5 the Estates will offer $5 off self-guided tours during Holiday Nights to Lee County residents. The resident discounts can be used from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Those seeking the discount need proof of residency. During the holidays the homes and gardens of Thomas and Mina Edison and Henry and Clara Ford are seasonally decorated, the Edison Ford Inventors Museum and Edison Botanic Research Lab are open and nightly entertainment at 7 p.m. continued on page 16 Edison & Ford Estates, Holiday Nights 2010 photo by Mike ShapiroBromeliad Sale At Terry ParkThe Caloosahatchee Bromeliad Societys Bromeliad Sale is scheduled for Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, December 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. behind the main building at Terry Park, 3410 Palm Beach Boulevard in Fort Myers. Thousands of bromeliads for use as yard and patio plants, house and gift plants, decorations and arrangements will be there. Email Larry Giroux at DrLarry@comcast. net for more information. Bromeliads make great gifts Thousands of bromeliads will be for sale December 4 and 5 at Terry Park, Fort MyersSoups And Bowls Plentiful At Empty Bowls EventWho doesnt like a good bowl of hot soup? And who doesnt like beautiful handmade ceramic bowls? Both are available at the 4th annual Empty Bowls event at the Alliance for the Arts on Saturday, December 3. Those attending, for a $10 donation, will be able to select a handmade ceramic bowl created and donated from 700 made by Lee County students. The popular event will be held between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. All proceeds will go to the Harry Chapin Food Bank. The $10 donation entitles the individual to select a bowl and choose from a variety of soup selections from at least a dozen local restaurants. Celebrities will be assisting with serving. The purchase of an additional bowl would make an excellent gift. In addition, those attending will be able to participate in a silent auction of special bowls provided by artisans. Panera Bread continued on page 30Let It Snow! At Art Of The OlympiansArt of the Olympians (AOTO) predicts snow flurries in downtown Fort Myers during the Holiday Stroll from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m on Friday, December 2. Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson will ride down First Street in a horsedrawn carriage as holiday lights illuminate the streetscape. From there the procession will travel down Hendry Street to a Christmas tree in the median at the corner of Edwards and Hendry, and continue to AOTO where snow machines will be blowing snow from atop the building onto the visitors below. AOTO will also host a snowball throwing competition. Get in the winter spirit and stroll through the museums two galleries to discover memorabilia from Winter Olympic icons such as Shaun White, Peggy Fleming and Cameron Myler. Guests are encouraged to visit both the Olympic Sport and Olympic Art Galleries to view the Legends of exhibit and continued on page 19 Holiday Carol Sing To Help Community Ministries Feed Hungry; Need For Food Called CriticalResidents young and old can celebrate the holidays by singing together to help feed the hungry at the 21st Annual Holiday Carol Sing presented by First Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers and sponsored by the Galloway Family of Dealerships. The Holiday Carol Sing will be Tuesday, December 13, at First Presbyterian Church, 2438 Second Street in downtown Fort Myers, between Lee Street and Royal Palm Avenue. Admission is at least two cans of non-perishable food for the Everyday Caf and Marketplace (formerly known as The Soup Kitchen), operated by Community Cooperative Ministries Inc. (CCMI), and a voluntary cash donation when possible. We certainly need to raise all of the money we can to feed the hungry, but in the continued on page 31 Dorothy Shofran of Fort Myers tells Santa what she wants for Christmas at last years Holiday Carol Sing

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Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And NowFort Myers Concert Band Plays The Courthouseby Gerri ReavesSo enthusiastic was young attorney and cornet player Peter O. Knight that he organized the towns first brass band in 1885 even before the musicians had instruments to play. The band led by Knight sold subscriptions to raise money for sheet music and instruments. Original members included JL Cutler, PC Gaines, WM Jameson, Edward L. Evans, EP Kantz, CJ Huelsenkamp, WR Perkins, WR Washburn, Dan C. Kantz, CL Oliver, John Jeffcott, and William Jeffcott. One of their first gigs was serenading the honeymooning Thomas and Mina Edison at the Keystone Hotel. Mrs. Edison complimented their efforts by saying she had never before heard such ethereal music. The size and make-up of the band varied over the decades, but their performances were a staple in town celebrations, parades, and park concerts. Even the name altered from time to time brass, concert, or military band -based, its assumed, on the type of instruments and music that predominated. Originally, the musical group practiced at Knights mothers house, but the racket caused complaints evidence that seems to contradict Mina Edisons praise. The town invested in the new community organization by building a band gazebo at Second and Lee Streets. The band went into a lull in the 1890s, but revived in 1896. A public subscription raised money for white duck uniforms and weekly concerts commenced in the new bandstand. On July 4, the band performed for 1,500 people at a celebration on Tournament Street. The leadership of Prof. Francis W. Perry initiated a period of growth and increased professionalism. The well-known composer and teacher, who had trained at the New England Conservatory of Music, reorganized the group and led it for many years. During the 19-teens and s, the band entered its heyday, sporting snappy uniforms and playing a continual round of outdoor concerts at the city park, Pleasure Pier, or in parades and at public events. In this circa 1920 photo, the concert band poses at the east entrance to the Lee County Courthouse. Pictured in the front row from left are: Bert King in the white uniform, George Peterson, George Zweifel, Morris McWilliams (kneeling), Chick Morrow, OS Vaughn, Bob Moger, and Charlie Lienard. In the second row are: DA Page (round glasses), Oscar Sheets, Leslie Sheets, Nick Lienard, Albert Jackson, and Orion White. In the back row are: Ralph McWilliams, HC Willis, Bob Thompson, George Dupuy, Harvey Lutes, and George Haas. Walk down to the Lee County Courthouse, the scene of many historical photoops, and imagine the towns concert band posing for posterity. Then take a short walk to the Southwest Florida Museum of History at 2031 Jackson Street to learn more about the musical scene in pioneer times. Be sure to ask about the schedule of exciting Escorted Day Trips and see the exhibit, Learning from Modernism: A Celebration of Mid-Century Design, co-hosted by the American Institute of Architects, FLASW. For information, call 321-7430 or go to swflmuseumofhistory.com. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Continue your adventure with a visit to one of the areas best historical research centers, the Southwest Florida Historical Society at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, located on the campus of the Lee County Alliance for the Arts. Contact the all-volunteer non-profit organization at 939-4044. Or, drop by on Wednesday or Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon to peruse the fascinating archives. Sources: The archives of the Southwest Florida Historical Society and The Story of Fort Myers by Karl H. Grismer. The River Weekly News will correct factual errors or matters of emphasis and interpretation that appear in news stories. Readers with news, tips, comments or questions, please call (239) 415-7732 or write to: The River Weekly News, 1609 Hendry Street, Suite 15, Fort Myers, FL 33901. Fax number: (239) 415-7702. E-mail: press@riverweekly.com. The River Weekly News reserves the right to refuse, alter or edit any editorial or advertisement.Independently Owned And Operated COPYRIGHT 2011 The River Weekly News LORKEN Publications, Inc.Co-Publishers Lorin Arundel and Ken Rasi Advertising Sales Isabel Rasi Office Coordinator Patricia MolloyGraphic Arts/ProductionAnn Ziehl Sarah Crooks Kris See Photographer Michael Heider Writers Gerri Reaves, Ph D Anne Mitchell Emilie Alfino PRINTED ON RECYCLED PAPER Contributing Writers Read Us Online: www.IslandSunNews.com Click on The River Jennifer Basey Kimberley Berisford Suzy Cohen Ed Frank Max Friedersdorf Priscilla Friedersdorf Jim George Dr. Dave Hepburn Joan Hooper Audrey Krienen Scott Martell Capt. Matt Mitchell Patricia Molloy Laura Zocki Puerto Di Saggau Scott White The Fort Myers Concert Band poses on the steps of the east entrance of the Lee County Courthouse, circa 1920 courtesy of the Southwest Florida Museum of History Few photos are taken on these historic steps today photo by Gerri Reaves THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 20112

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3 THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 2011 Edison & Ford Winter Estates In DecemberThe Edison & Ford Winter Estates is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the month of December with Holiday Nights opening December 2. Other programs include Holiday Hands-On Science Days, Edison Ford Garden Talks and a variety of other special programs and activities throughout the month. The December schedule of programs and events include: Edison & Ford Holiday Nights, December 2 through 31, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Holiday tradition continues with Edison & Ford Holiday Nights, Southwest Floridas 36-year annual event. The winter homes of the Edison and Ford families will be seasonally decorated. Guided Tours at will be offered 6 and 7 p.m. (special ticket) of the homes and gardens including period decorations and Edison and Ford family traditions. The Edison Ford Inventors Museum will be open every evening with special exhibits as well as nightly holiday performances by area students and groups. Special discount nights available to Lee County residents on December 2, 3, 4 and 5. Group rates are available to groups of 20 or more people with advance reservations. Edison & Ford Holiday Nights was chosen one of the top 100 events in the nation by the American Bus Association. Edison Ford Holiday Nights Childrens Tree Trail, December 2 through 31, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Every year the areas students and art teachers create unique ornaments and decorate the special Tree Trail in the Heritage Garden. This year the trees feature recycled materials and light bulbs, of course. The Tree Trail is free to the public, thanks to support from the Lee County Art Teachers Association, and Lee Foundation for the Public Schools. Emerging Inventors Early Learners: Soaring in the Sky, December 1, 9 to 11 a.m. Henry Ford built cars and invented the assembly line in America. Children will learn about Ford antique cars and take apart a replica Model T. Emerging Inventors Early Learners class is a child and parent learning class for children ages one to three years. The class includes immersion into the buildings, museum and gardens. Each program is theme-based and combines early science, invention, storybook reading and handson activities. Edison Ford members $5, non-members $15 (one adult, one child) additional $5 per child. Emerging Inventors Early Learners: See Santa, December 15, 9 to 11 a.m. Get an up-close opportunity to meet and greet Santa this holiday season. Early inventors will have lots of time with Mr. Claus. Emerging Inventors Early Learners class is a child and parent learning class for children ages one to three years. The class includes immersion into the buildings, museum and gardens. Each program is theme-based and combines early science, invention, storybook reading and hands-on activities. Edison Ford members $5, non-members $15 (one adult, one child), additional $5 per child. Edison Ford Garden Talks: Holiday Container Gardening, December 10 at 9 a.m. The Edison and Ford families grew many varieties of plants and herbs on their winter estates and many of them were planted in containers. Edison Ford horticulturists will teach participants the basics of container gardening, which plants complement each other, as well as how to create a holiday gift container for friends and family. Edison Ford members are free, non-members $5; all participants will receive 20 percent off in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe. Monthly Volunteer Meeting and New continued on page page 4 Creative Cottage at Edison Ford; Holiday Nights opens December 2 Holiday Hands-On Science Days at the Edison Ford Estates Creative Cottage opens with new Edison Ford Fruit Tea and other delectable items Restaurant | Catering | Market | Open 7 days a week DINE: 11 a.m. 9 p.m. | SHOP: 11 a.m. 9 p.m.ShoalsWineBar.comFresh Fare, Local air.17650 San Carlos Blvd. Ft. Myers, FL 33931239.482.6765 O l d F a s h i o n e d Old FashionedEdisons Edisons$ 6. 9 5 $6.95Lunches for Lunches forServed 11am-4pm Everyday of the WeekEdisons Famous Happy HourHalf Price House Brand Cocktails, Domestic Draft Beer and Wine Everyday 11am-8pmFree Range Chicken Caesar Salad Moonlight Garden Wedge Salad Fresh Seasonal Vegetable Panini Hot Pressed Havana Cuban Corned Beef on RyeMake it a Reuben add $2.00The Chicken Philly Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich The Edison Black Angus Burger Atlantic Fried Fish Sandwich Chicken Salad Sandwich Minas Homemade Meatloaf Chicken Pot PieAll Sandwiches Served with Your Choice of French Fries or Coleslaw Cup of Soup House Salad Half SandwichYour Choice of Two!

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 20114 House2011 Believe 2011 Holiday Fort Myers Womans Community Club presents December 9 23, 2011 5:00 9:00 p.m.Historic Burroughs & Langford Kingston Homes Downtown Fort Myers Admission $5, Children 10 & under free Tour two festively decorated historic homes See Santa Claus nightly Enjoy seasonal music nightly Military & Veterans visit free with ID!Sb tn: F ort M yers W oman s Community Clu b First United Methodist Church Fort Myers, Florida Holiday House is located at the corner of First & Fowler in Dowtown Fort Myers. Parking is available at First United Methodist Church eld (2466 First Street). F F M M M M M M M W W W W Edison Pa g eant of Lig h t, Inc. O ur g i f t to Southwest Florida f o r 55 years! From page 3December EventsVolunteer Orientation, December 13, 9:30 a.m. Join Edison Ford staff and kick-off the holiday season in the Edison Caretakers House with Curator Alison Giesen. Alison will discuss how holiday traditions originated, as well as the history of a Florida Cracker Christmas. Special guest Robin Gretz from Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida will discuss the Book Buddy Program. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a childs book to donate to the coalition. This is a regular monthly volunteer meeting and mandatory training for all new Edison Ford volunteers but potential volunteers are also welcome. Doug MacGregor, Artist, Cartoon Illustrator and Guest Santa, December 13, 16 and 23, 6 to 8 p.m. Join Santa (Doug MacGregor) in the Edison Caretakers House Education Center to create a personalized holiday drawing to take home. Free with admission. Santa Doug will also sign his latest book available in the Edison Ford Shops, Get Creative, Turn on the Right Side of Your Brain. Homeschool: Seasonal Science Spectacular, December 14, 1 to 3 p.m.; December 16, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. Get ready for holiday hands-on fun including computer card graphics, snow cone making, cloud creation station, dreidels and much more. Students and their parents can enroll in a half-day curriculum that follows the Florida Sunshine Objectives for Learning. The program follows the Lee County mandated program and addresses environmental science, history and reading SOLS. Pre-visit curriculum materials will be mailed to registered families. Registration required. Program recommended for grades one through six. Edison Ford members $5; non-members $15 (one adult, one child), additional $5 per child. Edison Ford Artists & Authors Night, December 18, 6 to 8 p.m. Looking for the perfect gift for the person on your list who has everything? Creative Cottage Artists and Authors will personalize artwork and books for a oneof-a-kind gift and participants can sample the new Edison Ford Fruit Tea. Edison Ford Members are free; shopper passes will be issued at the Edison Ford ticket counter for non-members. Holiday Hands-On Science Days, December 27 through 30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take a trip to the past and learn how the Edison and Ford families celebrated the holidays. Participants will make unique presents, cards, decorations, test toys and invent games as well as prepare for a blizzard while making snow cones, as they engage in holiday science experiments. On December 30, every hour students will enjoy a different cultural New Year celebration from around the world. Registration required. Program recommended for grades kindergarten through six. Four days: Edison Ford members $170, non-members $200; one day: Edison Ford members $50, non-members $55. The Edison Ford is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Edison Ford is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is an official project of Save Americas Treasures at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. For additional information call 334-7419 or visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org. World AIDS Day EventThe Island Coast AIDS Network (ICAN) will hold a World AIDS Day Observance, Concert and Walk on Friday, December 2nd at Centennial Park in Downtown fort Myers. The event will include guest speakers, information and free testing from local health and service organizations and a live concert by local band Strange Arrangement. The event will commence at 4:30 p.m. and conclude with an HIV Awareness walk beginning at 6:30 p.m. along Edwards Drive and First Street. As HIV/AIDS continues to affect millions of people at an increasing rate, organizations like ICAN are dedicated to stopping the spread and increasing awareness of the disease. Please join us in honoring those who have been lost and infected by HIV/AIDS. ICAN has been serving the Southwest continued on page 23

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5 THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 2011 Holiday HouseThe Fort Myers Womans Community Clubs Annual Holiday House will have a Senior Night, Sunday, December 11. A complimentary refreshment pavilion for seniors will be provided by Calusa Harbor. Seniors are encouraged to bring friends to enjoy this 55-year tradition. We consider Holiday House to be our gift to the community each year as members contribute decorations to over 50 areas. said Holiday House Co-Chair Beth Schultz. Hundreds of members and volunteers of the Fort Myers Womans Community Club spend hours embellishing the interior and exteriors of the Burroughs and Langford-Kingston homes, lawns and grounds with holiday decor. The Burroughs Home and Gardens is located on 2.45 acres in downtown Fort Myers and is bounded on the north by the Caloosahatchee River and on the south by First Street. The home boasts turn-of-the-century Georgian Revival architecture and has not been altered considerably since construction was completed in 1901. The Langford-Kingston Home is a 5,000-square-foot Prairie School residence and one of downtown Fort Myers most outstanding houses. Holiday House has something for everyone, added Schultz. In addition to walking through these two festively decorated homes and grounds, children can visit Santa nightly at the Langford-Kingston home. A variety of local music and dance groups will provide entertainment each evening. Holiday House 2011 will run from December 9 through 23. The hours for Holiday House will be nightly from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, and children 10 and under are free. Veterans and military personnel are free with military ID. Free parking is available off Fowler Street behind First United Methodist Church. For more information about Holiday House, contact 738-3710 or visit www. fmwcc.com. Believe is the theme for this years Holiday House Special: Solo Piano Recital Tickets $10. Friday, 12/2/12 at 8pm, location TBDBeethoven Piano Concerto No. 3Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 1Featuring fourteen year-old pianist, Tristan Teo, winner of the Virginia Warring International Piano Competition.Sunday, December 4th, 7:30pm BIGArts on Sanibel Island FOR TICKETS: 239.277.1700 OR WWW.ACCESSCONCERTS.ORG th th th e e e Vi Vi Vi rg rg rg g in in in ia ia ia W W W ar ar ar ri ri ri ng ng g g I I nt nt nt er er er na na na ti ti ti on on on al al al P P P ia ia ia no no no C C C om om om pe pe p p i ti ti ti ti ti on on on Sponsored in part by: Musical Legacy Society & Drs. Peter & Eleanor Blitzer Spo Spo Spo Spo Spo p nso nso nso nso nso red red red red re in in in pa pa pa pa pa p rt rt rt rt rt by: by: by: by: y S Spo nso d red i in part b by: : Mu Mu Mu Mu si si si si ca ca ca ca l l l l Le Le Le ga ga ga ga g g cy cy cy cy y y S S S S oc oc oc ie ie ie ty ty ty ty ty y y & & & & & D D D D rs rs rs P Pe Pe Pe te te te te r r r r & & & & M Mu i si ca l l Le Le ga cy S S oc oc ie ie t ty & D D rs s Pe Pe t te r & & E E E E E E le le le le an an an a or or or B B B B li li li l tz tz t er er e l le an or B B li li tz tz er e $25 for adults, $10 for students, children under 17 are free.Local Businesses Gear Up For The Fort Myers Chamber Of Commerce Christmas Boat ParadeThe Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce and local businesses are gearing up for the annual Christmas Boat Parade to take place on Saturday, December 3. The parade will commence at 6:10 p.m. from Salty Sams Marina. The festive night-time parade will be led by Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus on the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce Boat, sponsored by Adventures in Paradise. This years Christmas Boat Parade will feature the most boats we have had for some time. The excitement this event generates is always a special, joyful night many people always look forward to either watch or participate, said Andrew Cochrane, chairman of the board of directors for the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce. This year is a great opportunity to view the parade from a terrific list of sponsored host sites and celebrate the season. Peoples Choice Viewing Sponsor locations are: Big Game Waterfront Grill, Bonita Bills, Nervous Nellies, Yucatan Bar & Grill, and the Fort Myers Princess. Patrons will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite decorated boat at these locations. The vessels will assemble in front of the docks at Salty Sams Marina at 5:45 p.m. At 6:10 p.m. the boats will begin to leave Salty Sams Marina going past Parrot Key Caribbean Grill and Big Game Waterfront Grill heading northwest, passing by Bonita Bills and under the sky bridge. They will travel in and out of Siesta Isles and go around Bowditch Point turning in front of the Pink Shell Resort. The boats will travel past Nervous Nellies, Sunset Boat Tours Fort Myers Princess and the Yucatan Bar & Grill on the return. The parade will end at Salty Sams Marina for the Winners Circle Party and awards presentation at Big Game Waterfront Grill. Other viewing areas include the fishing piers under Matanzas Pass, Baywalk Fountain Square, and the Siesta Bay canals. Salty Sams Marina is offering free overnight dockage to all participating boats with advance registration. Boats will be required to pay for electricity if needed. Salty Sams Marina is located at 2500 Main Street, Fort Myers Beach. For advance reservations call 463-7333. Awards will go to the first three places in the following categories: power-driven vessels up to 26 feet in length, power vessels 26 feet and over, and sailboats. There is no cost to enter the parade and businesses are encouraged to sponsor a boat. Anyone who would like to participate in the boat parade should contact the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce at 454-7500. Registration forms are available on the Chamber website at http://fortmyersbeachchamber.org. To be a sponsor, contact Nancy Eaton at the Chamber. Annual Boat Parade is December 3

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 20116 Postmaster Rings Campaign BellFort Myers Postmaster Anne Murray and her staff volunteered to ring the bell for the Salvation Army red kettle campaign on Wednesday, November 23. Postmaster Murray challenges all local businesses to adopt a kettle for a day. The red kettle campaign enables the Salvation Army to provide assistance to the needy during the holiday season. Fort Myers Postmaster Anne Murray with Terrell and Kaiya Pickett Hortoons Fort Myers Art Walk Offers Holiday ShoppingDecembers Fort Myers Art Walk and the Saturday Art Fair will offer some great holiday shopping options for local residents and tourists alike. The first weekend of December will see new art exhibits, the official Christmas tree lighting, and a growing art fair in downtown Fort Myers. The next monthly Art Walk will take place on Friday, December 2, with local art galleries and art stops featuring new exhibits and shows. This regular cultural event draws between 1,500 and 2,500 people each month to the downtown River District. Then on Saturday, December 3, the organizers of Art Walk present the seasonal Saturday Art Fair. A new twist this year is a juried event showcasing individual artists at tables along the sidewalks of First Street. The Saturday Art Fair runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to attend. Thirty-nine artists and art vendors are scheduled to be there. The monthly Art Walk runs from 6 to 10 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. The December Art Walk will include a dozen art galleries and art stops and will feature new art shows, live music, and the traditional afterparty. An added bonus December 2 will be the annual Holiday Stroll and Christmas tree lighting starting at 7 p.m. Mayor Randy Henderson (in a horse-drawn carriage) will lead the Holiday Stroll procession along First Street starting at Monroe Street. As the stroll heads east, the lights along First Street will be illuminated for the season. The carriage will head to Hendry Street, turn north and stop just north of Bay Street. The mayor will light the official downtown Christmas tree in the grassy median of Hendry Street. He will then travel to the Art of the Olympians at the rivers edge where fake snow will fall on strollers. The procession will turn around and head south on Hendry Street back to First. Turning east on First, the mayors carriage will proceed to the Goodwill Festival of Trees at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center. First and Hendry streets will be closed temporarily during the stroll and tree lighting. Here are some art highlights of Decembers Art Walk: Art of the Olympians: Showing an exhibition, Legends of featuring artwork from four dynamic USA Olympians from the 1968 Olympic Games (Rink Babka, Bob Beamon, Peggy Fleming, and Al Oerter), and a collection of works by Olympic Artist Steve Allen. Vocalists from the Young Artists Awards program will be performing holiday songs starting at 6:30 p.m. Art League of Fort Myers: Opening reception for Small Packages exhibit. Arts for ACT Gallery: Opening reception for new show featuring artists Cheryl Fausel, Honey Costa, and Ron Evans. Coloring The World: Holiday art sale to include metal sculptures by Mac Worthington, paintings by Stephen Gray Blancett, jewelry by Raven, and pottery by Sandy Pond. daas Gallery: Opening reception for Earth: A Cry for Deliverance, a juried group exhibition. Gallery Showcase and Information Center at IberiaBank (Bayview Court at First Street). Art Walk T-shirts are available at this location as well as buttons, maps and brochures. HOWL Gallery: KashNKarry X-mas Show offers big savings on many art pieces including original art, framed art, T-shirts, and unframed posters and prints, available for immediate take-home. In One Instant: Holiday Salon: Photography and Gifts for the Season, with more than 20 different local and regional photographers represented. Market America Realty & Investments: Reception for exhibit by criscreation photography called Lost in the s. Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center: Final night of Goodwill Festival of Trees. Savvy on First: Featuring artists Bekki Shanklin and Judy Hylant. Space 39 Gallery: Group art show. Held the first Friday of every month from 6 to 10 p.m., Art Walk features local and national artwork in the downtown art galleries and several art stops in the Fort Myers River District. The evening culminates with an after-party at 10 p.m. The December after-party will be held at Spirits of Bacchus on Hendry Street. Always a collectors item, new Art Walk buttons will be available at galleries that night. Art Walk has its own T-shirt (in red or black). Shirts are available for a $12 donation at the IberiaBank gallery showcase during Art Walk. A free shuttle service courtesy of Select Transportation Inc. with stops planned near the art venues and parking at the Harborside Event Center will be available for Art Walk patrons. Shuttle stops include The Oasis Condominiums, Art of the Olympians, and the Patio de Leon entrance at First Street. A map of Art Walk showing transportation and parking will be distributed by participating galleries. Art Walk is a rain or shine event started by a group of art galleries and art enthusiasts; it debuted in October of 2008. Art Walk is a River District Alliance event. For more information on Art Walk, participating galleries and links to gallery websites, visit www.fortmyersartwalk. com. Read us online at IslandSunNews.com To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 20117 In November we will move into the remodeled Arizona Pizza location along with a slightly new name, Sunshine Grille. Chef Tao and Chef Migel will continue to tempt you with their favorate daily specials. Well see you there!Serving 11:00 am 10 pm seven days a week. Happy hour daily with a special bar menu and Live music Reservations accepted. Party rooms for private functions. 239-489-2233. 8700 Gladiolus Drive. (Winkler and Gladiolus) across the street from Sweet Bay. Sunshine Seafood Cafe has a new home...Right next door! Kiwanis Holiday Party For Special Needs ChildrenOn December 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Cape Coral Kiwanis Club will hold its annual holiday party for Lee Countys special needs children at the Cape Coral Yacht Club. The club has invited over 400 children from 21 schools to attend the event, which the group has been sponsoring for over 32 years. At the party each of the schools will be presented grants to support their ESE programs. Activities at the event will include a performance by the Calendar Girls dancers, a puppeteer act and special appearances by Cape Coral Mayor John Sullivan, Kiwanis Lt. Governor Bruce Boyd and Santa Claus. Lunch and gifts will be provided to the students, including a dreidel for Chanukah. The Cape Coral Kiwanis Clubs sponsored programs will also assist with the event including the Cape Coral High and Oasis High School Key Clubs, Builders Club of Providence Christian School and Aktion Club. For more information on the holiday party, email Tina Pegler of the Cape Coral Kiwanis Club at tpegler@lflmail.org or call 936-8072, ext. 107. For more information on the Cape Coral Kiwanis Club, email Samuel Huber at president@ mycapecoralkiwanis.org, call 471-9956 or visit www.mycapecoralkiwanis.org. Teachers from Lee County schools are presented grants to support their ESE programs at the 2010 holiday party The Cape Coral Kiwanis Club hosted area special needs children at the 2010 event held at the Cape Coral Yacht Club photos courtesy of Suzie Dugan, Lady in Pink Photography

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 20118 Along The RiverVets on Wheels is a full-service veterinary clinic providing mobile house call veterinarian services to Sanibel, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, Estero and Lehigh Acres. Veterinary services provided by Vets on Wheels include: vaccinations and examinations, surgical services, spay and neuter, dentistry, radiography, bloodwork; and at-home euthanasia. Vets on Wheels has the ability to offer the same types of quality services, vaccinations, pharmacy, laboratory, surgery, and radiographs as traditional animal hospitals. Vets on Wheels comes to your home which is extremely convenient for multiple pet households, elderly pet owners who cannot drive and elderly or large patients that cannot be easily transported. Call Vets on Wheels at 223-1289 or go to floridavetonwheels.com. Every Wednesday in December, The Edison Restaurant & Bar is hosting a Holiday Wishes Ladies Night. Theres a complimentary vodka bar from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Terrace Bar and from 8 p.m. to close, ladies receive $1 house cocktails. Live music starts at 8 p.m. with the Derek Trenholm Band featuring Derek Trenholm, Darrell Nutt, Tyler Kluesner and Heather Brooks. Everyone is invited to enjoy dollar barbecue and Vendors on the Green from 5 to 7 p.m. on the terrace. If you appreciate a nice cold beer, be sure to try an Edison Light from New Century Brewing. Edison Light is an American original, the first and only independent craft-brewed light beer that is brewed from scratch to be light. There is no regular Edison as it is made it from scratch to be light. It is made with only all natural water, hops, yeast and 100 percent malted barley, with none of the added fillers, adjuncts, enzymes or dextrose found in corporate light beers. The Edison Restaurant & Bar is open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and cocktails. It is located at 3583 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers. Call 936-9348 or go to edisonfl.com. There is a beach party every weekend at Nervous Nellies Crazy Waterfront Eatery in Fort Myers Beach. The casual, family-fun restaurant boasts a large selection of appetizers, fresh seafood, over-stuffed sandwiches and entres. While relaxing on the outdoor patio, swing to the beats of live reggae, rock and island music. Just upstairs from Nellies is Uglys Waterside Bar, the place where everyone gets prettier. Its happy hour all day, every day at Uglys. Free marine dockage with dock attendants assistance is available for patrons at Nellies Snug Harbour Marina. Parking for your car is also free if you dine at the restaurant. Nervous Nellies Crazy Waterfront Eatery is located at 1131 First Street, Fort Myers Beach in the historic Baywalk district. Call 463-8077 or go to nervousnellies.net. Going to Captiva? Enjoy fresh seafood in a casual setting at Sunshine Seafood Caf and Wine Bar Sunshine Seafood Caf specializes in fine dining with a very respectable wine list. For lunch, start with jumbo lump crab cakes that are pan sauted and served with a remoulade sauce and fresh vine ripe tomato salsa. Sunshine Seafood Caf also offers homemade soups, salads (like the pecan-crusted goat cheese salad) and sandwiches, like the wood grilled all-American hamburger and the Sunshine club. Dinner entrees include their world-famous Sunshine paella, yellowfin tuna au poirve and wood grilled spring lamb chops. Reservations suggested. Sunshine Seafood Caf is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is located at 14900 Captiva Drive. Call 472-6200. While in Captiva, take a scenic boat trip with Captiva Cruises. The dolphin watch and wildlife cruise is the perfect family adventure. Captiva Cruises reports seeing dolphins on approximately 95 percent of its cruises. The trip runs from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and is narrated by volunteers from the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. The cost is $24 per adult and $15 per child. Captiva Cruises also offers sailing adventure cruises, sunset cruises and trips to Cayo Costa Beach, Cabbage Key, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Boca Grande. Prices vary and reservations are required. Captiva Cruises is located at 11401 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva. Call 472-5300 or go to captivacruises.com. Leena Plavumkal, DVM with Vets on Wheels Daniel Kerns, owner, The Edison Restaurant & Bar; and Rhonda Kallman, CEO and founder, New Century Brewing Experience The Difference Please visit our River Weekly News online advertisers at www.islandsunnews.com. You can click through to their Web sites for more information about real estate, shopping, restaurants and services. Just click on the logos surrounding the front page. JACARANDAThe Entertainment Nightly in Sanibels Social Scene1223 PERIWINKLE WAY, SANIBEL 472-1771 Happy Apps $5.95Sesame Encrusted Ahi Tuna, Crispy Fried Calamari, Chilled Oysters, Steamed Shrimp, BBQ Beef Satays, Snow Crab Legs, Chicken WingsSanibels Best HAPPY HOUR4 7 p.m. Nightly in the lounge2 for 1 DrinksCall & Well Liquor, Draft Beer Selections, Select House Wine Chinese & Japanese Cuisine Downtown Fort Myers (Post Oce Arcade Hotel Indigo) 1520 Broadway For Takeout & Delivery Tel: 334-6991 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEKMon-urs 11am 10pm Fri-Sat 11am 11pm Sun 12pm 9pm Open Christmas Eve All Day & Christmas Day 4-10Open All Day On New Years Eve & Day

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 20119 Nellie s U p stairs Waters i de B arHappy Hour All Day, Everyday w w w i i i i t t t t h h h h L L L L i i i i v v v e e e m m m u u u s s s i i i i c c c t t t t o o o o o o ! ! L Snacks in Between 11am-10pm, Plus Live Music 10% OFF LUNCH 10% OFF LUNCH BILL ONLY. ONE COUPON PER TABLE Can not be used with any other offer. 18% Gratuity may be added to bill before discount. 11am 3pm, Expires Dec., 9, 2011 w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w . n n n n n e e e e e e r r r r r r r r r r r r v v v v v v v v v v v o o o o o o o o o o o o u u u u u u u u u u u s s s s s s s s s s n n n e e e e e e e e l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l i i i i i i i i i i e e e e e e e e s s s s n n n e e e e t t t t 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 s s s s t t t t t t t t S S S S t t t . , F F F F F F F F F F F t t t t t t t . M M M M y y y y e e e r r r s s s s B B B B e e e a a a c c c h h h FREE MARINA with Dock Attendants Assistance Santa Sunday At The Morgan HouseOn December 11, join jolly Saint Nick and his lively elves for brunch at The Morgan House in downtown Fort Myers. Kids will work-up an appetite playing games while vying for prizes, jumping in the bounce house and visiting Santa Claus himself. Horse-drawn carriage rides are also available around the historic downtown River District. The family brunch buffet is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes breakfast favorites such as scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon and sausage, hash browns/home fries, and pastries. Lunch specialties include deviled eggs, roast turkey and stuffing, Mahi Mahi and rice, glazed ham with pineapple, roast pork with apples, and candied yams. The large assortment of cookies and pies will satisfy any sweet tooth! For those who enjoy having a libation with Sunday brunch, mimosas and Bloody Marys are will cost $3. The price for Santa Sunday is $18 for ages 13 and older, and $7 for kids six to 12. Children five and under are free. Seating is limited and reservations are required. The Morgan House is located at 33 Patio de Leon, Fort Myers. It is open Monday through Saturday for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner downstairs is Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. The Terrace menu is served 3 p.m. to close. Call 337-3377 or go to morganhouserestaurant.com. Christmas 2010 at The Morgan House in the historic Patio de Leon Theres always something festive happening at The Morgan House Have lunch and dinner on the patio

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Churches/TemplesALL FAITHS UNITARIAN CONGREGATIONMember of UUA 2756 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers Six blocks south of the Edison/Ford Winter Estates; two miles north of Colonial Boulevard Minister: Reverend Dr. Wayne Robinson Sunday services: 9 and 11 a.m. Unitarian Summer 2011: 11 a.m. Tapestry of Faith Programs, child care provided Adult workshops: 9:30 a.m. Faith Like a River: Themes from UU History. Phone: 226-0900 Email: allfaithsuc@embarqmail.com Website: www.allfaiths-uc.org ANNUNCIATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH 8210 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers Reverend Fr. Athanasios Michalos Orthros Service Sunday 9am Divine Liturgy Sunday 10am Fellowship Programs, Greek School, Sunday School, Community Night 239-481-2099 BETH SHILOH MESSIANIC SYNAGOGUE 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. CHAPEL OF CYPRESS COVE 10200 Cypress Cove Circle Fort Myers Located at Cypress Cove Retirement Center on HealthPark Campus An ecumenical non-denominational community of believers. Sunday Worship Service, 10 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study, 7 p.m. Rev. Ted Althouse, Pastor revtedalthouse@aol.com 239-850-3943 CHRIST THE KING 1188 Lake McGregor Drive, Fort Myers, 432-1724. Reverend N. Everett Keith II An Old Catholic Community Liturgy in English Sunday Mass at 9:30 a.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. COVENANT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 2439 McGregor Boulevard, 334-8937 Rev. Dr. Kathleen Weller, Temporary Supply Pastor Reverend David Dietzel, Pastor Emeritus Traditional Sunday service 10 a.m. Nursery available CYPRESS LAKE BAPTIST CHURCH 8400 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, 481-5442 Randy A. Alston, Reverend. Sunday Services: Bible study, 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship, 11 a.m. Evening Worship, 7 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting, 6:30 p.m. CYPRESS LAKE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 8260 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, 4813233; Clint Cottrell, pastor Sunday services: 8 and 11 a.m. Traditional; 9:30 a.m. Contemporary; 9:45 a.m. Childrens Church K4J Kids for Jesus CYPRESS LAKE 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 OUTREACH MINISTRIES 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 Childrens 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 8:45 a.m.; Contemporary, 10:30 a.m. Go south on McGregor Boulevard. The church is 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 Estates. Sunday Morning Service and Sunday School, 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday Evening Testimony Meeting, 7:30 p.m. 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.christianscience.com FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE 13545 American Colony Boulevard off Daniels Parkway in the Colony, Fort Myers, 936-2511 Pastor: Reverend 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. FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH in the Downtown Fort Myers River District 2466 First Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901 239-332-1152 www.fumcftmyers.org Sunday: 9 a.m. Contemporary Worship 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Coffee Fellowship 10:30 a.m. Traditional Worship 5 p.m. Youth Program 7 p.m. Spanish Worship FORT MYERS CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST) A STEPHEN MINISTRIES CONGREGATION 5916 Winkler Road, Fort Myers, 437-4330 Reverend 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: 11:30 a.m. HOLY THEOTOKOS MONASTERY 111 Evergreen Road, North Fort Myers, 997-2846 Eastern Orthodox mens monastery. Liturgical services conducted in the English, Greek and Church Slavonic languages, following the Julian (Old) Calendar. Liturgical Services: Sundays and Holy Days: The Third and Sixth Hours at 8:30 a.m.; Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m. IONA-HOPE EPISCOPAL CONGREGATION 9650 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers, 454-4778 The Reverend Dr. John S. Adler, pastor Weekly services: 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 with Healing. Child care available at Saturday 5 p.m. and Sunday 9:30 a.m. services. JESUS THE WORKER CATHOLIC CHURCH: 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, 218-8343 Pastor Randy and Anita Thurman 10:30 a.m. Sunday Service All are welcome. LAMB OF GOD LUTHERAN/EPISCOPAL CHURCH Corner Cypress View Drive and Koreshan Boulevard, Three Oaks area, Fort Myers, 267-3525 Walter Fohs, pastor; Becky RobbinsPenniman, associate pastor Sunday worship services: 8 a.m. Early Grace Traditional 9 a.m. Awesome Grace Contemporary 10:30 a.m. Classic Grace Traditional 8:45 & 10 a.m. Sunday School Gods GroupMESSIAH REFORMED CHURCH Worship Gathering Sunday 10 a.m. Pastor Alan Bondar Fort Myers Villas Civic Association Bldg. 2306 Sunrise Blvd. Fort Myers, 33907 Phone text: 220-8519 website: messiahreformed.com 6:30 p.m Wednesday Bible Study noon Sunday Fellowship Lunch Monthly Teen Events see website for podcasts, special events, ministries, calendar, blogs, etc. NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH OF FORT MYERS 16120 San Carlos Boulevard, Unit 10 239-985-8503 9:45 a.m. Sunday School for all ages 11 a.m Sunday Morning Worship. 7 p.m. Wednesday Evening Bible Study NEW HOPE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 3825 McGregor Boulevard. Fort Myers Pastors: Bill Stephens, Stu Austin and Howard Biddulph, Associate Pastor 8 & 9:30 a.m. Traditional Worship 11 a.m. Contemporary Worship 8, 9:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday School Youth and Childrens programming runs concurrent to Sunday services. Nursery care provided at all services For more information visit: www.newhopefortmyers.org PEACE COMMUNITY CHURCH Meets at Ft. Myers Beach Masonic Lodge 17625 Pine Ridge Road, Fort Myers Beach 267-7400. Pastors Bruce Merton, Gail & RC Fleeman Traditional Worship 9:45 a.m. Contemporary Worship 11:15 a.m. Phone: 267-7400 Fax: 267-7407 Web site: peacecommunitychurch.com e-mail: peace1265@aol.com PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH 15840 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers Walter Still, Senior Pastor, Sunday Worship: 8 and 9:30 a.m. mile south from the intersection of McGregor, San Carlos and Gladiolus. A congregation of the ELCA. REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH 3950 Winkler Extension, Fort Myers, 274-0143 Daily early learning center/day care 8:15 & 10:15 a.m. Sunday Services SAMUDRABADRA BUDDHIST CENTER Meditation classes. All are welcome. Guided meditations offering many methods 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. MeditationInFortMyers.org. SOUTHWEST BAPTIST CHURCH 16940 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, 454-3336 Robert G. Kasten, Pastor Sunday Worship Service 11 a.m. Nursery available 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. Wednsday Service 6 p.m. ST. COLUMBKILLE CATHOLIC CHURCH 12171 Iona Road, Fort Myers, off McGregor and north of Gladiolus. 489-3973 Father Joseph Clifford. Weekly masses: 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 Saturdays at noon and by appointment SAINT JOHN THE APOSTLE METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH 3049 Mcgregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, 344-0012 Pastor Reverend 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 239-939-4711, www.smlcs.org 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 childrens Bible Study, plus marriage enrichment studies. Divorce Care on Thursdays 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, 10:30 a.m. Religious Education Classes, Midweek, Grades 2-7, Wednesday, 5-6:30 p.m. Preschool Classes, Monday through Friday Confirmation Classes, Wednesday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. to noon TEMPLE JUDEA (CONSERVATIVE) 14486 A&W Bulb Road, Fort Myers, 433-0201, Lay Leader Diane Seidenstein and Larry Hershman Weekly Minyan: Monday and Thusday morning at 9 a.m. Services: Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Religious School Sunday morning from 9:30 a.m. to noon and Wednesday night from 4:30 to 6 p.m. For Preschool information call 482-1121 or email templejudeapreschool@gmail.com 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. Reverend Nadine Spiritual Recovery, Wednesdays 10 a.m. Healing Service, Wednesdays 11 a.m. and Fridays 6:30 p.m. Sunday Worship Services, 11 a.m. Call for information 481-5535. THOMAS A. EDISON CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH 1619 Llewellyn Drive Fort Myers Just off McGregor across from the Edison/ Ford Winter Estates 334-4978 Senior Minister: Douglas Kelchner Traditional Worship Sundays 10:15 a.m. Website: www.edisonchurch.orgcontinued on page 11THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 201110

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11 THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 2011 From page 10Churches/TemplesUNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH FORT MYERS 13411 Shire Lane (off Daniels Parkway one mile west of I-75) Minister: The Rev. Allison Farnum Sunday services and religious education at 10:30 a.m. 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 music, meditation in a loving environment. Service held at 28285 Imperial Street, Bonita Springs. Call 947-3100. WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 9065 Ligon Court, Fort Myers, across from HealthPark Hospital, 481-2125 Senior Pastor: Robert Brunson Sunday Service: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages 11 a.m. Blended Worship www.westminsterfortmyers.org 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. Youth Orchestra Season OpensThe Southwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra season opens with a Fall Concert December 4 at 7 p.m. in the Cypress Lake High School Auditorium. The performance will include Sibelius Finlandia and Bernsteins West Side Story. The Sinfonietta, string orchestra and five chamber ensembles will also perform. The Youth Symphony, under the direction of Maestro Michael Hall ,and the Sinfonietta, under the direction of Nanette Grant, will perform a program of captivating classics, featuring the talents of these energetic ensembles. The Symphony Youth Orchestra is a talented group of auditioned area students who are trained and rehearse with professional musicians from the Southwest Florida Symphony. Tickets are $7 and are available at the door or by contacting the box office 4181500 Members of the Youth Symphony will take the stage side by side with the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra for two works by Rimsky-Korsakov on Saturday, December 17 at 8 p.m. at the Holiday Pops Timeless Treasures concert. Christmas PageantHalle Rainey, a 2nd grader at Evangelical Christian School, and James Drye, a 5th grader at Hancock Creek Elementary, will perform as Abby and Dalton in this years SWFL Christmas Pageant, Saving Grace. Performances will be December 2 to 11 at McGregor Baptist Church. Tickets are available http://swflchristmas.com/promote or by calling 2399361754. Christmas Craft FairThere will be a Christmas Craft Fair Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tropicana Co-op Clubhouse, 16711 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers near the intersection with John Morris Road. Handcrafted items only: decorative painting, canvas paintings, handcrafted cards, art glass, wood works including toys, quilts and fiber art, shellcraft, and raffle. Proceeds from the raffle benefit Ronald McDonald House, Fort Myers. For information, call 482-7530. Letter Carrier Toy Drive Is SaturdayIn Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties, letter carriers will feel like Santa on Saturday, December 3 Residents are encouraged to place a new, unwrapped toy in or by their mail receptacle for collection by the letter carrier. This one-day toy drive to benefit the Marine Corps League Toys for Tots program yields the majority of the toys that will be shared with underprivileged children locally. For pick-up of larger items in Lee County call 699-8121. Walgreens stores in Fort Myers and Cape Coral will have a donation container for toys. Monetary donations can be made by credit card at http://fort-myers-fl.toysfortots.org. Checks can be mailed to Toys For Tots, PO Box 150393, Cape Coral, FL 33915. In Collier County, for pickup of larger items e-mail joe.johnston1@comcast. net. Monetary donations can be mailed to Toys for Tots, PO Box 8982, Naples, FL 34101. G R I L LR A W B A RSEAFOOD IF OUR SEAFOOD WERE ANY FRESHER, WE WOULD BE SERVING IT UNDER WATERTHE LAZY FLAMINGOBeautiful Downtown Santiva 6520-C Pine Avenue472-5353 LAZY FLAMINGO 316501 Stringfellow Road Bokeelia283-5959 LAZY FLAMINGO 2Beautiful Downtown Sanibel 1036 Periwinkle Way472-6939 LAZY FLAMINGO 412951 McGregor Boulevard Fort Myers476-9000 Voted BEST OF THE ISLANDSSpecials Every DayShare your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702or email press@riverweekly.com

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 201112 ISLAND MARINE SERVICES, INC. NEW MOTOR SALES REBUILT POWERHEADS FACTORY TRAINED MERCURY MARINER JOHNSON EVINRUDE SUZUKI YAMAHA OMC I/O'S MERCRUISER Courteous Professional Marine Repair Service Dockside Service Serving Sanibel & Captiva For Life472-3380 466-3344 NEW M O T O R S ALE S REB U ILT P O WERH E A D S FA C T O R Y T R A I N E D MER C U RY MARINER JO HN SO N EVINR U D E SUZUKI YAMAHA OMC I / O'S MER C R U I S E R C ourteous Pro f essional Marine Repair S ervice Dockside S ervic e S ervin g Sanibel & Captiva For Lif e Your Bottom Your Bottom Specialist Specialist Call on Paint Prices Call on Paint PricesDave Doane Change Up The Plan As Conditions Varyby Capt. Matt MitchellThe week brought all kinds of conditions, from glassy smooth, perfect days to windy and really rough the next. These quickly changing conditions are typical of winter. They did bring lots of different opportunities to anglers even though I often had to change up the days game plan. One day I would be out running crab pots along the beaches, sight-fishing in crystal clear water for tripletail and enjoying some awesome Southwest Florida winter time conditions, then the next day I would be hunkered down and hiding on the leeward side of the bay from the strong east winds fishing in dirty windblown water with zero visibility. Being flexible and ready to fish anything that the day brings is what keeps the rod bent. During calm periods, fishing out along the beaches produced really good action. Tripletail were caught running crab buoys from Naples to Boca Grande. I was thrilled to see how many smaller tripletail were out there. One day while running pots I counted over 40 small fish. This is a great sign as tripletail are one of the fastest growing fish in the ocean and these fish will be over the 15-inch minimum size soon. Running more than 50 miles of crab pots one day, we ended up with an 11-pounder and a six-pounder in the box. We also saw several bigger fish, one of which was in the 20-pound class, the size of a garbage can lid. With conditions so calm many of the tripletail seemed much more spooky than usual and would quickly vanish when presented with a bait. A few of the many crab buoys we ran also held cobia. Though not big enough to be legal size they are fun to catch and put up a real good fight on light tackle. Acres of Spanish mackerel were easy to spot breaking the surface gulfside too, along with some bonita crashing through the mix. In and around the passes was also a good place to be when conditions were not crazy rough. The edges of Captiva Pass held good numbers of redfish with my best day of redfish action coming there this week. Bouncing shrimp and pinfish on the bottom caught 10-plus redfish on the incoming tide one morning. All were between 22 and 25 inches and were bright silver in color compared to the more copper-colored models we catch in the sound and river. We also caught and released a few snook in Captiva Pass, although they were all on the small side. The sheepshead bite along the wall and on the docks at Redfish Pass is really starting to kick off. The cold front that will arrive this week should really fire off this bite. The pilings of the Sanibel Causeway are also a good spot to catch some bigger sheepshead. Live shrimp and fiddler crabs rigged on a small sliding sinker and light wire hook is the best way to catch these quick biting fish. As we get into our winter time conditions these are one of the few species that are turned on by the cold weather. Though not one of the more glamorous species, these crustacean feeders are one of our winter staples. With trout, snook and grouper seasons all closed, if youre looking for a fish dinner sheepshead are plentiful and seem to feed no matter what the conditions. When the tide has been up high enough during windy days, I have been exploring and spending quite a bit of time fishing from the southern end of Matlacha pass to the causeway. This big area has great tide movement and is loaded with oyster bars, mangrove islands and grass flats. It gets very little fishing pressure as it is slow speed zone and hard to access because it is shallow. Most boats just ride right by it on the way up and down the river to fish somewhere else. This wide open area takes some time to learn but it has been holding some big redfish. They seem to follow the mullet schools, feeding on what the they stir up from the bottom. Setting up and putting out a four-rod spread of cut baits and waiting them out produced redfish up to 31 inches this week. If Im looking for a big redfish as a topper fish for the days trip, its usually worth camping out over there. Although this whole area is pretty much within minutes of my neighborhood, until the last year or two I never really fished or explored it too much. It never hurts to have many places close to home to fish on these windy crazy days of winter.Capt. Matt Mitchell has been fishing local waters since he moved to Sanibel in 1980. He now lives in St. James City and works as a back country fishing guide. If you have comments or questions email captmattmitchell@aol.com. Send Us Your Fish TalesThe 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, 1609 Hendry Street, Suite 15, Fort Myers, Florida 33901, or email to press@riverweekly.com. Sam Mitchell with a 29-inch redfish caught fishing Matlacha Pass with Capt. Matt Mitchell 481-473 3 1 2600 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers www. scuba vi ced iv e r s com Swim with t h e Fi s h es BOAT RENTALSFishing Cabbage KeyDolphin Watching Captains Available472-5800Jensens Marina Captiva Island

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 201113 CROW Case Of The Week: Wood Storkby Emilie AlfinoThis juvenile male wood stork arrived at CROW on October 13 and became CROWs 3,707th case of the year; CROW is currently over 4,030 cases for 2011. He was found standing in one spot for three days straight in a pond in Fort Myers. CROW sent Rehabilitator Colleen Goff and a volunteer to rescue the bird. On the drive back to CROW, it appeared three separate times that the stork had died; his condition was that grave.When he arrived at the clinic, he was incredibly weak and emaciated. He couldnt hold his head up or move at all. Staff found no fractures yet the bird couldnt stand, presenting a very big mystery.The X-rays found nothing suspicious: no hooks, no gunshot, and no broken bones. He had some plaque lesions in his mouth, indicating infection. A plaque lesion is a buildup of some sort of infection it doesnt have to be encased in skin and does not always have to appear tumor-like, but it is possible that they can. Blood work and cytology was done to help solve the mystery. Results showed a severe infection of several types of bacteria. He was put on intensive supportive care: subcutaneous fluids, heat because he couldnt maintain his body temperature on his own, pain medications and an antibiotic called Baytril that works against a wide range of bacteria. He also required antibiotic ointment in his eyes because he was so weak he couldnt blink. Staff had to tube feed him. We all thought that he wasnt going to make it, said CROW Wildlife Rehabilitator Robin Bast. The next day he was still weak and couldnt move his head. We were doing physical therapy three times a day because he couldnt move his legs or wings by himself, Bast explained. If we didnt move them for him, the muscles could atrophy and he wouldnt be able to use them again. Two days after he came in, finger mullet was added to his diet via force feeding. By the 18th he was starting to show signs of getting stronger. He could maybe move a leg or something by himself. At that point he was starting to blink on his own, so we discontinued eye meds but continued everything else plus vitamin injections, said Bast. We started with both subcutaneous and IO (intraosseous, which means in the bone) fluids, then switched to just subcutaneous fluids. The bone catheter stayed in until the 19th. Still, the stork had problems keeping food down. Both with the tube and force feedings, sometimes he would regurgitate because he couldnt handle it. Its a delicate balance between giving them the food they need to maintain weight and the energy needed to heal, while being mindful of what their body can handle and digest in its delicate state, Bast said. Because the bird was down, staff had to clean his vent where feces comes from three times a day. Its not the most pleasant job, Bast said. It highlights the fact that wildlife medicine isnt all fun. It can be a dirty job too. But if you work in this field, you care so much for the creatures in your care that you do everything in your power, glamorous or not, to help them heal. Shortly after the IO catheter was removed, the stork was sitting up on his hocks on his own. At that point we fashioned a sling out of an ordinary fabric reusable grocery bag, Bast explained. We cut out leg holes and taped it to a cage. We would put him in the sling and he was able to be upright for about four hours a day. At that point he had stopped regurgitating fish and was able to hold his food better but still didnt have control of his head. Two days later he was controlling moving his head from side to side. By the 23rd, a little over a week later, he was standing on his own. His head was still drooping slightly and he couldnt stand for very long periods of time, but was able to stand on his own, Bast stated. We continued antibiotics and force feeding but he soon started to eat fish on his own.Two days later, the stork was walking and standing well, so he was put outside in CROWs pelican cage during the day Bast refers to it as day camp and continued with antibiotics and vitamin injections. He spent his days outside for physical therapy and came back in at night.Shortly afterward, he started trying to fly but he wasnt strong enough to get very far, Bast said. He flapped his wings but wasnt flying. He was kept outside in the pelican compound for the rest of his rehabilitation once his medications and force feeding were discontinued.This juvenile wood stork, which came to CROW so near death, was released November 11 on Sanibel. We released him on Sanibel because we suspected the reason he was so ill was that he had some kind of toxin in his system that he picked up where he originally came from, Bast explained. We didnt think it was a good idea to put him back exactly where he came from, and the wood stork flock hed been with was gone. We found a flock on Sanibel and a volunteer and Colleen Goff released him into that flock, since they are social birds.Toxins can do strange things to the body, Bast stated. Its hard to know exactly what he got into but once the body is weakened, secondary infection can take over. Animals usually get into something humans have placed in the environment (chemicals), but red tide (an algal bloom that can have toxic effects on wildlife) can also be a cause. I really like this storks story, because when he came in we thought he was a long shot and it was exciting to see him come back from being so ill. It reminds me why I love my job.CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc.) is a nonprofit 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. Visit www.crowclinic.org or call 472-3644. CROW volunteer Colleen Goff releasing the bird into a flock of wood storks on Sanibel The stork gaining strength in his outdoor day camp Model Train Room Attraction Open For Visitors The Gulf Coast Model Railroad at Shell Point Retirement Community is now open for tours. Last year thousands of visitors toured the train room, and this year many new upgrades have been added. Visitors from all over the Southwest Florida area are welcome to stop by and see this 40' x 40' model train display in the shape of the state of Florida. Some of its features include hundreds of recognizable geographic landmarks such as Tallahassees old Capitol Building, Pensacola freight yards, the Gainesville Gator Bowl, Epcot and Disney World, Kennedy Space Center with an orbiting space shuttle, Miamis famous hotels, the Everglades and even Shell Point Retirement Community. The Train Room, as it is called by the Shell Point residents, is located on The Island at Shell Point. Some of the recent renovations include detailing and upgrades in the scenery, and a city street was added that allows the trains to run down the center of the road; it is completely hand-painted. The annual maintenance was done to make sure the miniature railroad stays in the most efficient operational condition. In addition to the features already mentioned, the display has several hundred buildings, automobiles, trucks, tractors, and people. Originally built in 1971 by a group of residents who enjoyed model railroads as a hobby, the Gulf Coast Model Railroad is operated and maintained by Shell Point resident volunteers. Up to nine trains run around the nearly 1,000 feet of track, and on about 100 turnouts, or switches. The switches and trains are motivated electronically from four console panels, and the self-operated childrens layout features Thomas the Tank engine. Visitors can stop by to see the Gulf Coast Model Railroad for free on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Special group tours larger than 10 people can be scheduled by calling 454-2152. Shell Point Model Train Room

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 201114 Reservations Required for All Cruises All Cruises(239)472-5300Cruises depart from beautiful Captiva Islandwww.captivacruises.com THE BEST WAY TO SEE THE ISLANDS IS FROM THE WATER THE BEST WAY TO SEE THE ISLANDS IS FROM THE WATERCall for departure time 10 a.m. Island Cruise to Useppa Or Cabbage Key Adventure Sailing Cruises 4:00 p.m. Dolphin Watch Cruise Beach & Shelling Cruise Sunset Serenade Cruise with Island Musicians 2 1 2 1 for forUp to $25 ValuePresent this coupon for complimentary admission when a 2nd admission of equal or greater value is purchased. Offer not valid w/ any other discount or promotion. Must present coupon at time of purchase. Discount applies to regular prices. Expires 12/09/11 Plant SmartTo Prune Or Not To Pruneby Gerri ReavesLook around after a tropical storm and youll notice that one tree in particular has weathered conditions unscathed. If theres a hurricane-proof tree, its the cabbage palm (Sabal palmetto), Floridas state tree. Also called sabal palm, it has evolved to withstand the challenges of the subtropical climate winds, drought, pests, and fire and is deeply anchored in the earth by large taproot. The cabbage palms foliage is naturally spherical in shape and the tree is self-pruning. Some gardeners prefer to remove the trees lower fronds for neatness, but green fronds should be left on the tree. Removing green fronds compromises the tree by making it more susceptible to pests and robbing it of the nutrients gained through photosynthesis. Harsh pruning or hurricane cuts definitely are not recommended. Such cuts render the tree more vulnerable to wind damage. To properly prune the tree, maintain the to 3 oclock configuration at a minimum. That means that the bottom fronds spread from the crown horizontal to the ground. Trimming beyond that, say in an to 1 oclock or carrot-top configuration, stresses and damages the tree, making it likely that the top will snap in a gust of wind. Once that happens, the tree will die. Another reason to avoid over-pruning is that if the tree is on a subdivision, commercial, or industrial development site, it violates the Lee County Land Development Codes designed to allow required trees to grow into normal, mature landscape features. Consider leaving the inflorescences on the tree, too. The tiny creamy flowers develop into black berries that wildlife depend upon. A little restraint in palm pruning will save you time and money. It might even save your tree. Sources: leegov.com and fnps.org. Plant Smart explores sustainable gardening practices that will help you create an environmentally responsible, low-maintenance South Florida landscape. Carrot-topping and hurricane cuts not only damage trees, but incur removal and replacement costs for homeowners photos by Gerri Reaves The cabbage palms natural spherical shape withstands hurricanes and protects the heart at the base of the fronds Florida Yards And Neighborhoods Introductory ClassJoin Florida Yards and Neighborhoods for an introductory class and learn the nine principles that guide Florida-friendly landscaping in Lee County. Taught by Lee County Extension Master Gardeners, each principle is explored in class, so students can apply what they learn to their own yards. Plant selection and placement, efficient irrigation, proper mulching, and techniques to obtain a beautiful and healthy yard will be discussed. The class is Wednesday, December 14, from 9 a.m. to noon at the EcoLiving Center at Rutenberg Park, 6490 South Pointe Boulevard, Fort Myers. The cost is $8 per household. To register, go to http://lee.ifas.ufl. edu and scroll down and click on icon WebTRAC. For more information call 533-7514 Sponsored by Lee County Extension and the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program. Cruise Celebrates Winter SolsticeCaptiva Cruises will be hosting a special cruise to celebrate the winter solstice on Tuesday December 21, the shortest day of the year, and to benefit The Randell Research Centers (RRC) Calusa Heritage Trail. The cruise will depart from McCarthys Marina on Captiva and travel the waters of Pine Island Sound. Emmy Awardwinning and Grammy-nominated flutist and composer Kat Epple will be performing during the cruise. Epples music will be interspersed with a narrative defining the winter solstice as well as identifying and discussing planets and stars. Long before people started celebrating Christmas or Hanukah, ancient cultures celebrated the winter solstice and the coming of more daylight. Being out on the water at night is an incredible experience; share in this timeless and universal fascination with the night skies. This Special Winter Solstice Cruise benefiting the Randell Research Center will be on Wednesday December 21 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and cost $65 per person. A full-service cash cocktail bar will be available on Captiva Cruises Lady Chadwick, and light hors doeuvres and wine will be complimentary. The Randell Research Center (RRC), a program of The Florida Museum of Natural History, is dedicated to learning and teaching the archeology, history and ecology of Southwest Florida. The RRC has established and maintains the Calusa Heritage Trail around the internationally significant Pineland archeological site, a massive shell mound site encompassing more than 200 acres along the mangrove coastline of Pine Island. Captiva Cruises offers weekly cruises to the Calusa Heritage Trail focusing on the fishing cultures of Pine Island Sound. Kat Epple uses her music and her work for environmental and humanitarian awareness. She has amassed a large collection of flutes from cultures around the world, which she features in her original compositions and CD albums. Her music has been described as celestial yet earthly, primeval, and innovative. Epple specializes in Calusa-inspired music, and created the music for many Calusa documentaries, including The Domain of the Calusa, and the dance performance Calusa with the David Parsons Dance Company. Reservations are required. Additional information and reservations may be obtained by calling Captiva Cruises at 472-5300. Our email address is press@riverweekly.com

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 201115 Tired Of Your Current Lawn Guys? Is Your Landsca p e In Need Of A New Look ? FRIENDLY EN G LI S HS PEAKIN G S TAF F $ 20 OFF YOUR FIRST MONTHS MAINTENA N $ (239) 560-1422 SeabreezeNurseries.com Professional lawn service & custom N C E From High Salinity To No Salinity For Caloosahatcheeby Rae Ann Wessel, SCCF Natural Resource Policy DirectorWhat a year of water quality challenges it has been! Beginning in October 2010, we were in a critical drought, the driest October in 50 years that was not relieved by the very moderate wet season we experienced this summer. In fact, we were very, very concerned that the drought conditions we suffered last year would pale by comparison to the coming year because of the rainfall deficit. Just in the nick of time, three rain events in October changed all that, providing 264 percent of our average October rainfall over a three-week period, making last month the wettest October in 80 years. In one year we went from the driest October in 50 years to the wettest October in 80 years! This is an excellent example of the flashiness of south Floridas channelized greater Everglades watershed, which was constructed for flood control and where extremes seem to be more normal than normal conditions. This Octobers rain dropped the salinity in the Caloosahatchee precipitously, as you can see in the graph of salinity readings at Fort Myers SCCFs real-time water quality RECON sensor. You can observe real-time water quality and plot graphs of selected sites and parameters on our RECON website at http://recon.sccf.org or from the link on SCCFs website homepage, www.sccf.org. The importance of salinity extremes is the impact they have on native, local wildlife and their habitats. During drought conditions, if water managers cut off all freshwater flow, as they have in the past, the tapegrass habitat is decimated. Tapegrass beds support the endangered manatee in its wintering ground upriver as well as fish and shellfish, snook fry, blue crabs, clams and shrimp. During very wet conditions, excess water is disproportionately dumped down the Caloosahatchee from Lake Okeechobee, bringing nutrient pollution and dark-colored water that cause algal blooms and block light needed by seagrasses. Without light, these plants cant provide oxygen needed by fish and shellfish. We continue to provide weekly data and recommendations to both the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and South Florida Water Management District regarding the management of water. Our objective is to get water from the lake to the Caloosahatchee when it is needed in the dry season, and to prevent huge dumps of water when lake levels are high, in order to support healthy aquatic conditions and habitat in the river, estuary and coastal waters. It is an ongoing battle and we welcome all concerned voices to help make that point. SCCF, working with our west coast stakeholders, sends weekly conditions reports to the water managers and local legislators. You can read these reports and background information on conditions on our website at http://www.sccf.org/content/201/Caloosahatchee-Condition-Reports.aspx. Healthy water conditions would keep salinity at or below 10 psu at Fort Myers. Notice that for nine months the Caloosahatchee was outside of desirable conditions, with salinities too high or too low, which results in serious harm to water quality, fishe ries and habitat. Florida Yards And Neighborhoods Rain Barrel ClassJoin Florida Yards and Neighborhoods (FYN) at a rain barrel workshop and learn how rain barrels can collect water from your roof. Just one-quarter inch of rain on a typical roof will create over 600 gallons of water. FYNs 55-gallon recycled barrels will be transformed into a rain barrel during the class that students can take home to start conserving water, preventing storm water run-off, and saving money! The workshop is Saturday, December 10, from 9 to 11 a.m. at 6940 South Pointe Boulevard, Fort Myers. The cost is $45 per rain barrel Advance registration is required to attend the class and to reserve your barrel. Go to http://lee.ifas.ufl.edu and scroll down and click on icon WebTRAC. For more information call 533-7514.

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 201116 Florida Rep Hosts Winter Arts Camp At AllianceWild Winter Arts Camp is the perfect opportunity for K-12 students to act, sing, dance and create during the upcoming holiday break. This five-day award-winning camp runs from December 26 to 30. Its presented by Florida Rep and hosted by the Alliance for the Arts. Professional performing and visual artists Rachael Endrizzi, Claire Guy and Ray Hernandez will instruct K through 12 students in adapting classic stories and fairy tales, culminating with a performance for family and friends at 3 p.m. on December 30 in the Foulds Theatre at the Alliance. Classes include visual art, acting, storytelling and improvisation. Campers will get a taste of the professional art world and have plenty of time for fun. Wild Winter Arts Camp is $175 for children in grades K to 6th. Stars-InTraining for grades 7 to 12 is $150. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. Drop-off begins at 8:30 a.m. and pick-up is between 4 and 4:15 p.m. Post-camp care is available until 5 p.m. for an additional $25 per week. Contact Rachael Endrizzi at 3324665 for more information or go to www.floridarepeducation.org. The Alliance for the Arts supports artists and arts organizations in our area as the state designated Local Arts Agency for Lee County. The Alliance for the Arts galleries and gift shop are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard just south of Colonial Boulevard. Craft time from last years camp Children work on projects Youngsters perform at the 2010 winter camp First Downtown Walk Of Wine Trail The River District Alliance is presenting its newly discovered WineTrail and Beyond in Downtown Fort Myers, courtesy of Historic River District Fort Myers downtown restaurants, hotels, retailers and galleries. A Walk of Wine Discovery happens on Saturday, December 10. It is a celebration of the great variety and choices of wine now available in Fort Myers hotels and restaurants from wineries all over the world. WineTrail and Beyond continues in participating restaurants, bars, hotels and local galleries with tastings of top quality wines: chosen to showcase hand-picked menus in the best downtown restaurants. Their food selections are specially designed to match their carefully chosen wines from the great regions of the world. WineTrail adds a culinary experience offered by the master chefs of the area. Participants will be able to discover something new about wine varieties and the regions from where they come. Connoisseurs, beginners and everyone in between are welcome. Live music and art will also be featured. WineTrail and Beyond sponsors include OPICI Wine Co. of Florida; Holiday Inn, Downtown Fort Myers; Legacy Harbor Hotel & Suites; Downtown Italy; Spirits of Bacchus; The French Connection Caf; Twisted Vine Bistro; Vino de Notte; Yanos; Space 39; Howl Gallery/Tattoo; Enjewel; The Franklin Shops/Tea and Wine Loft; In One Instant Gallery; and Lush French Bakery For more information about Fort Myers WineTrail and Beyond visit: www. fortmyerswinetrailandbeyond.com or call Craig Colton 561-289-3426, or Tyrone Humbles, 265-1948. From page 1Holiday Nightsis provided by school and community groups. Tickets for a self-guided tour are $15 for adults and $1 for children ages six through 12; guided tours are $20 for adults and $1 for children ages six through 12. Groups may schedule guided or unguided tours from 5 to 7 p.m. and will receive a discounted group rate. Edison & Ford Holiday Nights was chosen one of the top 100 events in the nation by the American Bus Association. The Edison Ford is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information call 334-7419 or visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org. Good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used. William Shakespeare (15641616) Canterbury School Food Drive A SuccessCanterbury School students, parents and employees collected food and money for the Nations Associations Thanksgiving food drive. We filled 77 boxes, each with enough food for an entire week for a family, said Kathy Gilstad, a Lower School teacher and one of the coordinators for the drive. We collected more than 300 pounds of potatoes, 200 pounds of apples, 150 pounds of carrots, 65 pies and an additional 10 boxes of canned food for the Nations pantry. The school also turned over a check for $2,450.90. This is the 25th year Canterbury School has supported the Nations Association Thanksgiving food drive. Canterbury School senior John Badir helps carry one of the decorated boxes of food to the Nations Association truck

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17 THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 2011 New Work Featured In Alliance Member And Theatre GalleriesThe Alliance for the Arts presents paintings by Barbara Fewster and Lydia Fogaras Ljuboja, MD, from November 21 through December 31 with an opening reception on Friday, December 2, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. In the Member Gallery, Fewsters paintings include works of acrylic, watercolor, ink and collage. Shes been a painter for 35 years and has had many one-woman shows in Florida, Ohio, Illinois and Alabama. She says it is important for her to be honest in her paintings and that she hopes viewers will see in her work her love for the earth and our need to care for it. Ten percent of the sales of her work will go to the Ronald McDonald House of Southwest Florida. Painter and retired pathologist Lydia Fogaras Ljuboja, MD, is the featured artist in the Alliance Theatre Gallery. Her series of brightly colored acrylics of classic vehicles represent just one facet of her long artistic adventure, which she says began at boarding school in pre-WWII Romania. She became a physician in France in the 1950s before moving to Hawaii and then Ohio, where she was a pathologist at Mt. Sinai Hospital until retiring in 1991. Ljuboja has been painting and showing her work locally since moving to Fort Myers in 2004. Alicia Schmidt: 40 Years A Retrospective is on display in the Alliance Main Gallery until December 31. Schmidt will lead a gallery walk and talk from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 3. The Alliance for the Arts supports artists and arts organizations in the area as the state-designated Local Arts Agency for Lee County. The Alliance for the Arts galleries are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, at 10091 McGregor Boulevard just south of Colonial Boulevard. Old Red Truck #1 by Lydia Fogaras Ljuboja Pink Cadillac 1960 by Lydia Fogaras Ljuboja Cleveland International Piano Competition Winner To Perform BIG ARTS has announced the lineup for its Sunday classical afternoon series, beginning with the 2011 Cleveland International Piano Competition winner, Alexander Schimpf, who performs at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, December 11. The classical afternoon concerts continue with guitar and cello musicians the Moeller Duo on Sunday, January 15, and the Adaskin String Trio on Sunday, January 29. Individual concert tickets are general admission $32, children admitted free with a paying adult. The Classical Afternoon concert series is $82 for all three concerts. To reserve child ticket, call the Marks Box Office at 3950900. The first German winner of the prestigious Cleveland International Piano Competition, Alexander Schimpf triumphed over finalists from around the world in the August 2011 competition. His performance alongside the Cleveland Orchestra helped him to win the $50,000 cash prize, as well as 50 concert engagements throughout the U.S. over the next two years. Schimpf will perform at New York Citys Carnegie Hall just one week before his BIG ARTS Classical Afternoon debut on Sanibel. His Sanibel program includes Ravels Tombeau de Couperin, Schuberts Sonata No. 21 in B-flat major, D. 960, and a new composition by Adrian Sieber titled Fantaise II und schon verglht ( and already in embers). Since winning first prize at the 2008 German Music Competition in the solo piano category and the 2009 Beethoven Competition in Vienna, Schimpf has made a particular name for himself as a promising young talent in concert appearances, which include performances in France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, England and South America. His first CD, released in 2010, was co-produced by classical music labels Deutschlandradio Kultur and GENUIN. Schimpfs career has already taken him to many concert halls and festivals throughout Germany, including Gasteig, Munichs Allerheiligen-Hofkirche, Musikund Kongresshalle Lbeck, Elmau Castle, and the Beethovenhaus Bonn. He has also performed in France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and England. His concert performances have also been recorded by the German broadcasters BR, NDR and SWR, Austrias ORF and Radio France. Classical Afternoons Grand Patron Series Sponsor is Deborah and John La Gorce. Visit www.BIGARTS.org for more event and performance information including links to performers sites.To purchase tickets, buy online, stop by BIG ARTS at 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel or call the Marks Box Office at 395-0900. 2011 Cleveland International Piano winner Alexander Schimpf photo by Balazs Brcz Florida Hot Rods And Hogs Show Has Entertainment For EveryoneSunday, December 4, will provide fans of a plethora of vehicles at a mega event at the Lee Civic Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. One hundred five acres of show cars and motorcycles and 65,000 square feet of exhibitor space will provide the largest single-day car and bike show in Florida. The Florida Hot Rods & Hogs Car and Bike Shows title sponsor is the Seminole Casino Immokalee. Attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items to be donated to the Harry Chapin Food Bank. With a projected attendance of 20,000, this will be the largest single-day food drive in the tri-county area. Spectator general admission is $12; $10 if you bring two food items. Children under the age of eight are free when accompanied by an adult. The Lee Civic Center charges $5 for spectator parking. Numerous well-known personalities will make appearances at the all-day event: Chip Foose, the youngest person to be inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame. Buddy Baker, the first NASCAR driver to exceed 200 mph on a closed course, and the first driver to win the same race at the same venue as his father. Big Daddy Don Garlits, who perfected the rear-engine top fuel dragster design. Shirley Muldowney, known as the First Lady of Drag Racing, and the first woman to receive a license from the National Hot Rod Association to drive a top fuel dragster.continued on page 28

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 201118 A Ghostly Tale At Lab Theaterby Di SaggauCharles Dickens A Christmas Carol has been delighting audiences during the holidays for many years. Laboratory Theater of Florida is taking a new tack and presenting it as the ghost story they say Dickens meant it to be. The production is the work of Artistic Director Annette Trossbach and Louise Wigglesworth, a resident playwright for Laboratory Theater. Trossbach told me that they had the idea early last summer to develop the play according to some notes and letters Dickens left about the novel. She said, He always referred to it as a ghost story. We met with our director, Mike Carlip, and did some brainstorming on where we wanted to go with the show. Its not something to bring a five-year-old to see because its dark and is about the haunting and judgment of Ebenezer Scrooge. It looks into his soul with the same characters, Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future. She said the play will be performed in the round. The audience will be on the outside edges of the theater and the action will take place in the center. Its very dramatically lit and there are beautifully hand-crafted puppets involved that serve different purposes, along with a surprise element. Trossbach said the appropriate age for those seeing the show would be 12 on up. This is not the Victorian happy-golucky show that is usually shown. Scrooge gets badly haunted. Its spooky for him. She said Laboratory Theater likes to explore and do cutting-edge theater with classic pieces. We are the only teaching theater in Southwest Florida. Anybody young at heart or young in years can audition to be in a show or to work in some capacity for the theater. They will learn elocution and voice, character and text analysis, and many more types of acting methods. Were also starting a Readers Theater Series in January, for people who maybe dont want to perform in front of a crowd, but like to read plays and discuss theater. For more information and for tickets to A Christmas Carol: The Haunting and Judgment of Ebenezer Scrooge, call 218-0481 or visit www.brownpapertickets.com. The show opens December 9 and plays through December 18. Laboratory Theater of Florida is located in its new home, 2428 2nd Street, in downtown Fort Myers. IL TESORO RISTORANTE IL TESORO RISTORANTE Fine Italian Cuisine DOLCE TESORO DOLCE TESOROBAKERY GELATO ESPRESSO Tahitian Gardens Plaza Tahitian Gardens Plaza 2300 Periwinkle Way Sanibel Islan d, FL 33957 239.472.4300 Fax 239.472.4333 Holidays are right around the corner. 10% off all Gift Certificates Now Nov. 15th!New menu items, all organic, free-range, fresh!751 Tarpon Bay Road Sanibel Island, FL 33957 t: 239.395.4022 www.iltesoro.net Southern Fried Mahi-Mahi Sandwiches 2 eggs, large teaspoon salt teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 cup all-purpose flour salt and pepper to taste 1 cup cornmeal 4 five-ounce mahi-mahi fillets 1 cup vegetable oil 8 soft sandwich rolls, split leaf lettuce 2 tomatoes, sliced thin Beat together eggs, salt and cayenne in a shallow dish. Mix flour, salt and pepper in a shallow dish; place cornmeal in separate dish. Coat fillets in seasoned flour; dip in egg wash and then into cornmeal to coat. In a deep fry pan, cook the fillets in oil at 375 degrees F. for 2 to 4 minutes, browning on each side. Drain on absorbent paper. Serve on sandwich rolls with lettuce and sliced tomatoes. Yield four servings Nutritional Value Per Serving Calories 314, Calories From Fat 59, Total Fat 7g, Saturated Fat 3g, Trans Fatty Acid 0, Cholesterol 127mg, Total Carbohydrates 34g, Protein 28g, Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.12g Look for Fresh from Florida ingredients at your grocery store. Southern Fried Mahi-Mahi Sandwiches

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19 THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 2011 Gulf Coast Symphony To Perform Tchaikovsky, Beethoven With 14-Year-Old Pianist At BIG ARTSThe Gulf Coast Symphony comes to BIG ARTS Saturday, December 4, for a special island concert that includes the works of Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. The symphony will feature Tristan Teo, the 14-year-old winner of this years Virginia Waring International Piano Competition. Tickets are $25 General, $10 Student, and Child 17 and under free. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall, 900 Dunlop Road. Visits by the Gulf Coast Symphony are a staple on Sanibel. In this classical access concert under the direction of Dr. Andrew Kurtz, audiences will be treated to performances of Tchaikovskys Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Winter Dreams and Beethovens Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Opus 37, featuring Teo. A native of Canada, Teo has been awarded top prizes in several international piano competitions. At the age of 11, he placed first in both the solo and concerto pre-college divisions of the 2009 Kingsville International Isabel Scionti Piano Competitions, becoming the youngest contestant ever to achieve this honor. Earlier this year, he was awarded first prize at the 5th Bsendorfer and Schimmel USASU International Piano Junior Competition. In April, Teo garnered first prize wins in both the solo and concerto competitions of the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition in California. In his spare time, Teo enjoys reading and creating LEGO masterpieces.To learn more about this concert, as well as information about upcoming events, workshops and membership, stop by BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel; call 395-0900; email info@ BIGARTS.org; or log on to www.BIGARTS.org. Gulf Coast Symphony Tristan TeoSymphonic Chorale Has A Busy ScheduleOn Friday, December 2, a small ensemble will perform traditional holiday carols at the Franklin Shops on First Street in Fort Myers during Art Walk. The evening marks the opening of Leoma Lovegroves Messiah art exhibit. The full symphonic chorale will sing Handels Messiah on December 16 at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at 8 p.m. Lovegrove has created special notecards from her original works. A portion of the proceeds from the notecards will benefit the chorale. The singers travel to Tarpon Lodge on Pine Island on December 3 to perform at the Holiday House of HOPE. This event benefits the Beacon of HOPE, a United Way affiliate, and its many programs and services for island residents. The public may tour the historic lodge for a donation to this charity and view holiday decorations. Shell Point Village will welcome the singers on December 9, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for the Holiday Marketplace. The Singers will hit the beach Fort Myers Beach on December 10 from 2 to 3 p.m.,They will perform at Santini Marina Plaza. Blues, Sweat & Cheers Benefit On Sunday, December 11, a benefit concert for the National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) in honor of local musician Kenny Cox is being held at the Alliance for the Arts. The event runs from noon to 6 p.m. and features live musical performances. There will be an admission as well as food, beverages and raffle items. Contributing musical artists: Dana Paul and his eight-piece tribute band Spinning Wheel. Paul is not only the singers singer, hes the musicians singer. His vocal wizardry and electric personality have made him one of the most talked about performers around. National performing blues artist Seth Walker. The driving delivery and infectious down-home style of Walkers voice and songs resonate with Blues and Roots music. He has honed his skills for the last 10 years in Austin, Texas, playing among the best blues musicians in the world. Captivas own TroubleStarters. NFT patient Cox, age 45, needs a lifesaving kidney transplant. His son will donate one of his kidneys to save his fathers life. Coxs insurance will cover the transplant surgery but not the antirejection medicine which costs $5,000 per month. The surgery cannot be scheduled until $50,000 for the NFT in honor of Kenny Cox has been raised. To date, he has raised $38,000. To raise the remaining $12,000, his friends and family are hosting the benefit concert. To read Coxs story and/or to make a donation, go to transplants.org/donate/ kennycox. To make a donation in honor of Cox, mail a tax-deductible gift to the NFT Florida Kidney Fund, 5350 Poplar Ave., Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Be sure to write In honor of Kenny Cox in the memo line. Secure donations also can be made online at transplants. org/donate/kennycox. For more information about NFT, call 800-489-3863 or visit transplants.org. To become a sponsor, donate or volunteer for Blues, Sweat & Cheers, contact Kelly Pohler at kellypohler@yahoo.com (691-7455) or Kristi Hyde at kristihyde@ msn.com (462-2620). Local musician Kenny Cox needs a new kidney From page 1Let It Snowa collection of works by Olympic Artist Steve Allen. These 1968 Olympic Legends joined AOTO founder Al Oerter in 2005 to help the organization inspire individuals to discover and explore the power of their creative potential through arts, sports and educational programs based on the Olympic values. Their artwork and stories will be on display through January 28. Art of the Olympians Museum and Gallery at the Al Oerter Center for Excellence is at 1300 Hendry Street. Admission to the Let It Snow reception is free of charge. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is closed to on Sundays, Mondays and holidays. For general museum information, visit www.artoftheolympians.com. or call 332-5055. True Tours Expanding Tour ScheduleDue to popular demand, True Tours now offers Historical Walking Tours every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Brunch is also available with the Sunday tour. If youre going to Art Walk, True Tours offers a tour one hour prior to Art Walk at 5 p.m. the first Friday of every month. Private party tours are also available. Call for information and reservations at 9450405 and visit www.truetours.net.

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 201120 A Holiday Treat At Broadway Palm Theaterby Di SaggauIrving Berlins White Christmas: The Musical is now playing at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. The show is packed with all the famous songs from the 1954 film of the same name with added flair and lots of fun. The costumes and choreography are fabulous. If you arent familiar with the story, it follows entertainers Bob Wallace (Ryan William Bailey) and Phil Davis (John Ramsey), who were two buddies from World War II. Fast forward to 1954 and they are now one of Americas leading entertainment acts, which includes appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show. They meet up with the sister act of Betty and Judy Haynes (Kara Farmer and Lisa LeCuyer) and follow them to a snowless Vermont. There they connect with their old general, Henry Waverly (Michael Weaver), who owns a struggling inn. Business is bad, its unseasonable warm, bookings are scarce and the bills are piling up, so Bob and Phil concoct a plan to turn things around. The show has some outstanding musical and dance numbers. Songs include Sisters, The Best Things Happen While Youre Dancing, Love, You Didnt Do Right By Me, and of course, White Christmas. The Blue Skies number with a touch of Fosse, is an absolute standout as is I Love a Piano in sophisticated black and white. The stellar cast includes Pauline Cobrda as the inn concierge Martha Watson, who belts out Let Me Sing and Im Happy. The song is repeated by Susan Waverly, the generals granddaughter, and it was a favorite of the audience. The night I saw the show, Kelly Tackett played the role which is shared with Jessica Daniels. The cast has great stage presence with voices as good as their dancing and that makes for many bright spots in the show. White Christmas is a cozy trip down memory lane and one that should quickly get you in the holiday mood. Its directed and choreographed by award-winning director/choreographer Ann Nieman. The show runs through December 25. For tickets call 278-4422, visit www. BroadwayPalm.com, or stop by the box office at 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. Betty and Judy in their Sisters act The Blue Skies number Ryan William Bailey, Kara Farmer, John Ramsey and Lisa LeCuyerPaul Todd Music Of Lights Show Tickets AvailableTickets are going fast, but still available for the Paul Todd concert Illuminated, the Music of Lights on Monday, December 12 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers. The concert will benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank. This will be the world premiere of the program for entertainer, composer, and musician Paul Todd. The program will feature 1,500 audience participants receiving complimentary hand-held sound activated light bars to use during the performance. The unique program will begin at 7 p.m. In addition to Paul Todd, performers joining him include Amy Van Wyk, Jeff Ramsey, Ellie Vandermuese, Paul Todd, Jr., Christie Cole, Todd Peterson, and a 100-voice choir. Tickets begin at $25 and may be purchased at www.bbmannpah.com or by calling the box office at 481-4849. Special sponsor tickets are available to support the Harry Chapin Food Bank and to attend the grand reception preconcert. Paul Todd has been amazing audiences since he won the prestigious National Yamaha Keyboard Contest at the age of 14. He has performed with a number of great musicians and since beginning his solo career has experienced all facets of the music industry. He has composed the theme songs for many prominent organizations and scores for two musicals. For additional information about or to contribute financially to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, call 334-7007 or go to harrychapinfoodbank.org. Holiday ConcertThe Southwest Florida Gay & Lesbian Chorus presents Here We Come A Caroling, a holiday concert with traditional Christmas music and cabaret style seating. Performances are on Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, December 11 at 4 p.m. will be at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers. UUCFM is located at 13411 Shire Lane, Fort Myers 33912, just off Daniels Parkway. On Saturday, December 17, at 7:30 p.m. it will be performed at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Naples located at 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples 34116. Complimentary desserts and beverages will be served at all performances. Donation for tickets is $15 and tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 410-2025 or at the door the day of the concert.Website: www.gaychorus.org. The Christmas Toy Shop At Firehouse TheatreStart your holiday season as the Firehouse Community Theatre presents The Christmas Toyshop by Michele L. Vacca, directed by Mike Shough and featuring the music of the Firehouse Singers. The Christmas Toyshop is produced by Special Arrangement with CLASSICS ON STAGE! of Chicago. The Firehouse Singers will present several favorite holiday songs under the direction of Nick Fidanza. Showtimes for this Christmas program are December 2, 3, 9, and 10 at 7 p.m. and December 4 and 11 at 2 p.m. For advance ticket sales, call (863) 675-3066 or email infor@firehousecommunitytheatre.com. The Firehouse Community Theatre is located at 241 North Bridge Street in downtown LaBelle. For more information, visit www.firehousecommunitytheatre.com. The Firehouse Singers will be featured in The Christmas Toyshop Our email address is press@riverweekly.com

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21 THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 2011 Theatre Conspiracy To Aid TroopsTheatre Conspiracy is opening the comedy Beckys New Car at the Foulds Theatre on December 2 at 8 p.m. Beckys New Car, by Steven Dietz tells the story of Becky, a housewife, mother and car dealership employee. Her life isnt exactly unhappy but from her desk at a car dealership, she cant help but wonder what else is out there. And then she finds out. When a wealthy suitor presumes she is a widow and she doesnt correct him she finds herself leading a double life until it quickly (and hilariously) accelerates out of her control. This clever and witty new comedy shows an unexpected and inventive way to escape the midlife doldrums. Starring Lauren Drexler as Becky and directed by Stephen Hooper, the show plays December 2 through December 17, Thursdas, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with one Sunday matine at 2 p.m. on December 4. Tickets are $18. Thursday nights are buy one get one half off. Opening night December 2 is pay what you will, with the audience naming the ticket price that night. For more information go to www.theatreconspiracy.org. Opening night of Beckys New Car is a fundraiser for the Stan and Haney DRAFT Fund (Direct Relief and Assistance for Floridas Troops). Fifty percent of ticket sales that night will go to support our troops. Established in 2003, the DRAFT fund provides financial assistance to military personnel who have a family connection to Southwest Florida. Funds will be allocated to immediate family members for care packages and shipping/postage. Stan and Haney have been 96K Rock on-air personalities for the last 15 years. They air on weekday afternoons. Theatre Conspiracy and the Alliance for the Arts have acquired new seats for the Foulds Theatre. These new seats are padded and very comfortable. To offset the cost, seat sponsorships are available! Theatre Conspiracy in conjunction with OnStage Publications has launched a mobile Donation & Review Machine for the 2011-12 season. The mobile app, dubbed ArtsFreePress, allows audience members at a live performance to pledge donations right from their seats, and post instant reviews via a smart phone or similar mobile device. Engaging new, younger audience members especially, and capitalizing on the social networking craze and Twitter, ArtsFreePress gives audience members the opportunity to instantly review the performance they are watching. Reviews and comments are posted to a live Twitter feed, allowing audience members to interact with each other, as well as their social networking friends. Live audience challenges invite patrons at a performance to make small pledges for donations of $5, $10 and $25 to Theatre Conspiracy. As each audience member makes a pledge, the overall goal of the audience challenge for that performance is recalculated and posted on the same live Twitter feed in which reviews are posted. Audience members will be able to connect directly to the app without the need to download or install anything. ArtsFreePress will be accessed through a QR code found in the program books that are passed out free before each Theatre Conspiracy performance or by navigating directly to www.artsfreepress.com through a mobile device. Audience members spend, on average, 33 minutes browsing our program books during a performance, says Norm Orlowski, president of OnStage Publications. Now they can also access our mobile app to make pledges or talk directly to our partner organizations. Performing arts groups make a significant impact on local economies. We think this kind of innovative revenue gathering and cutting-edge communication is critical for their survival in times like these. New seats at The Foulds Theatre $ 99 $ 99 $ 99 $ 99 Under New Ownership $ 5 99 9 Our email address is press@riverweekly.com

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 201122 Book ReviewThe Paris Wifeby Max FriedersdorfReading The Paris Wife is like driving up to a railroad crossing and watching in hypnotic fascination as an inevitable train wreck occurs right before your eyes. You cant turn away. The train wreck is the smash-up of Ernest Hemingways first marriage to a lovely, faithful, intelligent and devoted girl named Hadley Richardson. Swept up in a whirlwind courtship, the red-headed Hadley, in her late twenties, marries the 21-year-old Hemingway and they set sail for Paris where they become part of the roaring twenties Lost Generation. Living in a wretched, walk-up, toiletdown-the-hall, cold water flat, the young couple nevertheless develop friendships with wealthy and successful mentors like Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Pablo Picasso. Hemingway accepts special assignments from the Toronto Star as a foreign correspondent but spends most of the time writing poems and novels while Hadley tends to their new baby boy, Bumby. A vamp soon appears in the form of a chic, slender brunette from St. Louis named Pauline Pfeiffer, a gal with money, a job as Paris correspondent for Vogue, and definite designs on the handsome, macho Hemingway. Pauline soon ingratiates herself with Hadley and helps out with the baby sitting and shopping and joins the couple on a skiing trip to Switzerland and a vacation in Antibes on the French Riveria. Hemingway, by this time, is wrapping up his first great novel, The Sun Also Rises. During their five years of marriage, Hadley has been an honest critic of Ernests work, not always to his appreciation, but Pauline has deduced what he really wants is plenty of unqualified praise and support. Hemingway leaves Hadley and marries Pauline. Thirty-five years later, Hadley is vacationing in Arizona with her new husband, Paul Mowrer, when she receives a call out of the blue from Hemingway who has since married two more times and won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Hemingway, after a long conversation, concludes, We loved each other too much. No, thats not it at all. I ruined it. The Paris Wife by Paula McClain is a terrific novel and has been high on the bestseller lists since publication earlier this year. It captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people. McClain constructed the book by following the very well documented historical record. The true story of the Hemingways marriage is so dramatic and compelling, and has been so beautifully treated by Ernest Hemingway himself in A Moveable Feast, that my intention became to push deeper into the emotional lives of the characters and bring new insight to historical events, while staying faithful to the facts, McClain explained. The. Paris Wife, By Paula McClain. Ballantine Books, New York. Hardback, 320 pages, $25. Book Signing In Cape CoralElaine Myers, a resident of Cape Coral, will be available to sign copies of her childrens book, The Adventures of Lizzy Beth December 10 at 4 p.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 2628 Del Prado Boulevard in Cape Coral. In The Adventures of Lizzy Beth, Lizzy and Joey head into the woods behind Lizzys house to see what nature has in store for them. Lizzy takes care of a baby rabbit with a broken leg, sees some baby deer being born, and makes friends with the animals at a nearby pond. Even when Lizzy is at home, her fun with animals doesnt stop. But Lizzys adventures arent all fun and games. On one of her last walks into the woods, Lizzy gets into trouble when shes caught in a trap for small animals. Hurt and afraid, Lizzy has to rely on her animal friends to find help so she can return home safely. Can Joey and her other new friends do enough to save her? For more information, contact Traci Jones at 888-361-9473 or traci@tatepublishing.com. Cape Coral Book Signing At ShowLaura Allen Nonemaker, a resident of Cape Coral, will be available to sign copies of her childrens book, Bennys Angel: A Gods Secret Garden Adventure on December 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fishers of Men Lutheran Church Gift and Craft Show, 10360 Stringfellow Road in Saint James City. Who stole the flowers in Gods Secret Garden? Find out in this tale, which uses animals, nature, and a visit from an angel to teach the importance of prayer and the value of trusting God. For more information, contact Traci Jones at 888-361-9473 or traci@tatepublishing.com. Book SigningAuthor Joseph F. Giattini, MD will be signing copies of his book, Personal Memoirs book, The Store: The Success of an Immigrant Family in the Face of Personal Tragedy and National Economic Depression, December 10 from 11 .m. to 2 p.m. at the Sandman Book Company, 16500 Burnt Store Road, #110 in Punta Gorda. The Store is a loving look back at a very important part of the authors life. Giattini takes readers back in time to when his parents moved out of the city and started a new life for their family. After Paul opened his barbershop, Mamie got the entrepreneurial bug herself, and thus the store was born. People from all over town visited the store for everything from cigars to candy. Giattini leads readers on a journey through days past in The Store. For more information, contact James Branscum at 888-361-9473 or james@ tatepublishing.com. Fort Myers-Lee County Public Library ProgramsNext months roster of activities at Fort Myers-Lee County Public Library offers topics for all ages. The following activities are free to the public: Adults How to Interview Family Members, Friends & Relatives, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, December 3 Genealogical research involves gathering information from a variety of sources. These sources may include family members, especially elderly parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles. Neighbors and coworkers of ancestors are two additional potential information sources. This seminar will focus on techniques that have a proven track record for obtaining information relevant to genealogical research. The lecture will include a discussion of specific questions that can be especially helpful when dealing with elderly respondents suffering memory-related challenges. Registration is required. Small Business Series: FAQs About Starting a Business, 2 p.m. Monday, December 19 Should I start my own business? Am I an entrepreneur? Do I have what it takes? Learn the answers and what is needed to successfully start your own business. Registration is required. Readers Choice Book Discussion, noon Wednesday, December 21 Take a break from our regular series of assigned books and share a book youve been reading or an author you really enjoy. This is a Readers Choice month. Family Family Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 7. This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes. Registration is required. Baby-Parent Rhyme Time, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, December 8, 15 Be prepared to tickle, jump and fly with your baby! These rhymes and songs are for infants up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. This 20-minute program is filled with songs designed to introduce rhyming and movement to infants. Registration is required. Children Wii for Kids, 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, December 14. Play dodgeball, slot car racing, darts and more with the Wii Playground. Registration is required. Kids Read Down Fines, 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, December 19 Children and teens can earn a $2 coupon for every 15 minutes of reading during the allotted time in the designated area of the library. For ages 18 and younger. Coupons may be applied to cards issued to patrons age 18 and younger only. Registration and library card are required. Teens Creative Writing for Teens!, 5 p.m. Wednesday, December 7 Use writing, poetry and art on paper and place these in a poetry book that you will make today. All materials and snacks provided. For grades six through 12. Registration is required. Kids Read Down Fines, 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, December 19 Children and teens can earn a $2 coupon for every 15 minutes of reading during the allotted time in the designated area of the library. For ages 18 and younger. Coupons may be applied to cards issued to patrons age 18 and younger only. Registration and library card are required. Gift from the Heart, 5 p.m. Wednesday, December 21 Make a special gift from the heart for someone you love. Several different projects will be available for you to choose from. All supplies will be provided. For grades six through 12. Registration is required. The Fort Myers-Lee County Public Library is located at 2050 Central Avenue in Fort Myers. For more information about a program or to register, call the library at 533-4600. A sign language interpreter is available with five business days notice to library staff. Assistive listening system available; request at desk. Check the Lee County Library Systems website at http://library.leegov. com, or pick up an events calendar on your next visit, to find out about programs at other locations. Call the host library, or Telephone Reference at 479INFO (4636), for more information about a specific program.

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23 THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 2011 Lakes Regional Library ProgramsNext months roster of activities at Lakes Regional Library offers topics for adults, families and children. The following activities are free to the public: Adults English Caf, 6 p.m. Mondays, December 5, 12 Practice your English with English Caf, a free conversation session for adult ESOL and ESL students. Each 90-minute session provides adult learners an opportunity to practice speaking English with native speakers. Participants may start at any time. Advanced registration is not necessary. Book Discussion: Erik Larsons In the Garden of Beasts, 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 13 Erik Larsons book takes place in pre-war Nazi Germany and focuses on the lives of the American ambassador, William E. Dodd and his promiscuous daughter, Martha. Dodds frugality and growing concern over Hitlers ambitions as well as his daughters numerous affairs including a member of the Gestapo and a Soviet spy make for a fascinating read. Registration is required. Family Fun with Letters, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 1 Fun with Letters is for parents, grandparents, childcare providers and other caregivers--and their children, ages two to five. Parents and other primary caregivers are childrens first teachers. This workshop presents the five early literacy practices that you can use to learn more about the world. Register both you and your child for this event. Baby-Parent Rhyme Time, 10 a.m. Monday, December 5 Be prepared to tickle, jump and fly with your baby! These rhymes and songs are for infants, up to 24 months accompanied by an adult. This 20-minute program is filled with songs designed to introduce rhyming and movement to infants. Registration is required. Toddler Storytime, 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 7 Children two years old and their caregivers participate in song, fingerplays and short stories. The success of this age group depends on adult participation and encouragement. Toddler storytime lasts approximately 30 minutes. Family Storytime, 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 7 This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes. Registration is required. Fun with Science and Math, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 13 Fun with Science and Math is for parents, grandparents, childcare providers and other caregivers and their children, ages two to five. Parents and other primary caregivers are childrens first teachers. This workshop presents the five early literacy practices along with interactive science and math activities. Register both you and your child for this event. Holiday Centerpieces, 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 20 Start a new family tradition by crafting a beautiful centerpiece to highlight your holiday table. Parents and grandparents are invited to participate with their children. All materials will be provided. For ages three and up. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lakes Regional Library. Registration is requested. Children Preschool Storytime, 11 a.m. Monday, December 5 Preschoolers (ages three to five) attend this storytime independently while parents or caregivers wait nearby in the library building. This storytime includes activities that require more participation and a longer attention span. Each preschool storytime lasts about 30 minutes. Registration is required. Ehlert Excitement, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 8 Lois Ehlert has become one of the most prolific authors and artistic illustrators of childrens books. Rekindle your childs appreciation for her books through stories, activities and a craft. Registration is required. A Sandra Boynton Bash, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 14 This special program will feature all things Sandra Boynton! Join in for some stories all about pigs, sheep, cows, jazz and hippopotami. While Boynton wont be there in person, she will be there in spirit as participants do some cool Boynton-inspired activities. For ages two to five. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lakes Regional Library. Registration is requested. Christmas Centerpieces, 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 20 Start a family tradition by crafting a Christmas centerpiece to highlight your holiday table. Parents and grandparents are invited to participate with their children. All materials will be provided. For ages three and up. Sponsored by Friends of the Lakes Regional Library. Registration is requested. The Lakes Regional Library is located at 15290 Bass Road in Fort Myers. For more information about a program or to register, call the library at 533-4000. A sign language interpreter is available with five business days notice to library staff. Assistive listening system available; request at desk. Check the Lee County Library Systems website at www.lee-county. com/library, or pick up an events calendar on your next visit, to find out about programs at other locations. 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Red Sox 2012 Spring Training Schedule; Tickets For Inaugural Season Go On Sale December 17The Boston Red Sox have released the 2012 Spring Training schedule, which includes 18 games at the teams new Spring Training facility, JetBlue Park at Fenway South. The 33-game exhibition season includes one game against the Washington Nationals in Washington, DC on Tuesday, April 3. Tickets for all 2012 Spring Training games at JetBlue Park are scheduled to go on sale on Saturday, December 17. Ticket prices at JetBlue Park will range from $5 to $46 for the 2012 season with more than 75 percent of tickets available priced at $27 or less. Like City of Palms Park, the Red Sox previous Spring Training home, the majority of seats in the park will be in the shade. Spring Training tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on December 17, and fans can purchase tickets at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, online at redsox.com, and by phone at 888-REDSOX6. Fans who require ADA-accessible seating may also call 877-REDSOX9. Hearing-impaired fans may call the Red Sox TTY line at (617) 2266644. Boston will open the Spring Training season with two college exhibitions on Saturday, March 3: a 2:35 p.m. matinee against the Northeastern University Huskies, followed by a nightcap with the Boston College Eagles at 7:05 p.m. The Red Sox will kick off the 2012 Grapefruit League schedule at home on Sunday, March 4 at 1:35 p.m. against their Mayors Cup rival Minnesota Twins. The Twins host Boston at Hammond Stadium the following night, the second of six total contests between the cross-town foes. Boston will visit the AL East rival New York Yankees on Tuesday, March 13 at 7:05 p.m. in Tampa and will host the club on Thursday, March 22 at 7:05 p.m. The contests are two of nine scheduled night games for the Red Sox this spring, including six at home. On March 17, the Baltimore Orioles will visit JetBlue Park as part of a split-squad St. Patricks Day match-up starting at 1:35 p.m. The team will also play a 1:05 p.m. game against the Orioles in Sarasota. Other division matchups include three additional contests against Baltimore, four versus the Tampa Bay Rays and four with Toronto. The team will also hold the City of Palms Park Yard Sale on December 17, giving fans an opportunity to purchase a selection of items from the Red Sox 20-year history at the ballpark, including memorabilia from former and current players, ballpark furniture, and collectibles. Fans may enter through the Broadway Gate beginning at continued on page 252012 BOSTON RED SOX SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern and Subject to Change) DATE OPPONENT SITE TIME Saturday, March 3 Northeastern JetBlue Park 2:35 p.m. Saturday, March 3 Boston College JetBlue Park 7:05 p.m. Sunday, March 4 Minnesota Twins JetBlue Park 1:35 p.m. Monday, March 5 Minnesota Twins Hammond Stadium7:05 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 Baltimore Orioles JetBlue Park 1:35 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 Toronto Blue Jays Dunedin 1:05 p.m. Thursday, March 8 St. Louis Cardinals Jupiter 1:05 p.m. Friday, March 9 Pittsburgh Pirates JetBlue Park 7:05 p.m. Saturday, March 10 Tampa Bay Rays JetBlue Park 7:05 p.m. Sunday, March 11 Baltimore Orioles Sarasota 1:05 p.m. Monday, March 12 Miami Marlins JetBlue Park 1:35 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 New York Yankees Tampa 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 Off Day Thursday, March 15 St. Louis Cardinals JetBlue Park 2:35 p.m. Friday, March 16 Minnesota Twins JetBlue Park 7:05 p.m. Saturday, March 17 Baltimore Orioles (SS) Sarasota 1:05 p.m. Saturday, March 17 Baltimore Orioles (SS) JetBlue Park 1:35 p.m. Sunday, March 18 Tampa Bay Rays PortC har]otfa 1:05 p.m. Monday, March 19 Minnesota Twins JetBlue Park 1:35 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 Toronto Blue Jays JetBlue Park 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 Pittsburgh Pirates Bradeiton 135 p.m. Thursday, March 22 New York Yankees JetBlue Park 7:05 p.m. Friday, March 23 Baltimore Orioles Sarasota 1:05 p.m. Saturday, March 24 Miami Marlins (SS) Jupiter 1:05 p.m. Saturday, March 24 Philadelphia Phillies (SS)JetBlue Park 1:35 p.m. Sunday, March 25 Toronto Blue Jays Dunedin 1:05 p.m. Monday, March 26 Philadelphia Phillies Clearwater 1:05 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 Tampa Bay Rays JetBlue Park 1:35 p.m. Wednesday, March 28 Off Day Thursday, March 29 Toronto Blue Jays JetBlue Park 1:35 p.m. Friday, March 30 Minnesota Twins Hammond Stadium1:05 p.m. Saturday, March 31 Tampa Bay Rays PortCharlotfe 1:05 p.m. Sunday, April 1 Minnesota Twins JetBlue Park 1:35 p.m. Monday, April 2 Washington Nationals JetBlue Park 1:35 p.m. Tuesday, April3 Washington Nationals Nationals Park 6:05 p m (SS ) SplitSquad Home Games at JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Lee County, Florida

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 201125 CATS & DOGS by Ed FrankA small private prep school in northern Indiana best known as the high school of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is one of about a dozen private boarding schools throughout the nation that are changing the face of high school basketball. Amazingly, this school of 200 students in Indiana, La Lumiere, will have seven graduating seniors that will sign with Division I colleges five already have signed National Letters of Intent two with Purdue, one with Indiana, one with New Mexico and one with Southern Illinois. La Lumiere, and the handful of other top-tier private schools so loaded with talent that most local high schools wont play them, instead compete among themselves traveling nationwide. And these athletes are students, not just basketball players, who must adhere to the rigid academic standards and school policies. In a state where high school basketball is a near religion, La Lumiere sets a far different standard than most public high schools. Here basketball ranks third in importance after academics and student life. Yes, were unique to the area, says La Lumiere coach Alan Huss, a former Creighton University player. We prepare our kids to go to college with a great academic environment. We realize that 75 per cent of all high school students are not capable of doing the work we require. His players, who are recruited nationally and internationally, face the pressure of the classroom and are not treated differently than non-athletes. The teachers dont care who they are. They need to work and I put that on them, Huss said. On any given day, as many as 35 college coaches can be seen in the La Lumiere gym scouting his players. And its understandable when you observe the five seniors who already have signed with major college basketball programs two guards, two forwards and a center. Jay Simpson, a 6-foot-9-inch forward, and Rapheal Davis, a 6-foot-5inch forward, have signed with Purdue. Both transferred to La Lumiere this year: Simpson from Champaign, Illinois, Central High School; and Davis from Fort Wayne, Indiana, South Side. Davis, a 4.0 student, played for three difference coaches in three years and needed the stability and attention to detail that the La Lumiere program provides, according to Huss. Simpson, also a top student, has flourished with the schools set schedule and study hall requirements. Hanna Perea, a 6-foot-9-inch power forward, signed with Indiana. Originally from Columbia, he transferred to La Lumiere a year ago from United Faith Christian Academy in North Carolina. Huss describes Perea as a freak athlete who is taking that athleticism and learning how to be more productive with it. Obij Aget, a towering seven-footer, has signed with Steve Alfords New Mexico; and the fifth Division I signer is Antonio Drummond, a 5-foot-11-inch guard who will play for Southern Illinois and is described as the team leader. Huss said his two remaining seniors, Aarom Emmanuel, a 6-foot-1-inch guard, and Matel Buovac, a 6-foot-7inch forward, are still considering offers from several Division I schools. Because it is a boarding school tuition is $33,370 a year lengthy holiday breaks allow for extended team travel. The players never miss a day of school because of a basketball game. During the current Thanksgiving vacation, they traveled to New Haven, Connecticut, where they went 2-0 in the National Prep Showcase, defeating Lee Academy of Virginia 83-57 and Vermont Academy 102-93. Both Vermont and La Lumiere are nationally ranked top 20 teams by Sports Illustrated magazine. This weekend, La Lumiere seeks to extend its 4-0 season record when it faces the nations No. 2 high school, Findlay Prep of Nevada at the University of Kentuckys Rupp Arena. Huss said all 12 members of Findlay Prep will sign with Division I colleges. In just his second year as La Lumiere coach, Huss said, Were just scratching the surface. Im excited about the future. His sophomore class of three players is very strong, but with seven departing seniors he will probably go young with next years recruiting. La Lumiere will play 35 games this season and hopes in the future to play in the prestigious Fort Myers City of Palms Tournament. The famous movie Hoosiers dramatically portrayed the excitement of Indiana high school basketball. The La Lumiere Lakers are giving a new meaning to Hoosier basketball. Everblades Split Pair against Greenville Last Weekend The Florida Everblades hockey team went 1-1 last weekend at Germain Arena defeating the Greenville Road Warriors 5-0 Saturday night after a 5-2 loss Friday. Florida began the week with a 7-8-1 season record, but just three points out of first place in the ECHL South Division. They travel to the Midwest this week for three games, one against Toledo and two against Kalamazoo. The Everblades return home next week for three games with Gwinnett, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Private Prep Schools Loaded With Star Basketball Talent Are Changing The Face Of High School Basketball Five basketball players from tiny La Lumiere School in Indiana who have signed National Letters of Intent with major Division I colleges are from left, Jay Simpson, Obji Aget, Antonio Drummond, Raphael Davis and Hanna Perea Solar Solutions12995 S. Cleveland #235A Fort Myers, Fl 33919 239-466-8605 www.FLDayLight.com SOLAR SOLUTIONSCelebrating our 10 year anniversary Solatubes Are Solatubes Are Perfect For Perfect For Dark Kitchens, Dark Kitchens, Bathrooms And Bathrooms And Living Rooms Living Rooms $525 10 Watt Fan or 10 Solatube Installed (Shingle roof only) New Solar Powered Attic Fan Helps Lower Electric Bill 10, 20, 25 & 40 Watt Avail. From page 24Spring Traiining8 a.m. All sales are cash only. A portion of the yard sale proceeds will be donated to three local charitable organizations: Police Athletic League of Fort Myers; Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc.; and Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc. All yard sale items are subject to availability and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The annual Spring Training equipment truck departure will take place on Saturday, February 11 from Fenway Park. Prior to the start of the exhibition season, Red Sox will hold workouts at the organizations new Player Development Complex at Fenway South. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on Sunday, February 19, and will hold the first workout on Tuesday, February 21 with the first full squad workout on Saturday, February 25. All workouts are open to the public free of charge. JetBlue Park sits within Fenway South, the Red Sox new Spring Training and Player Development Complex, which will provide a single, state-of-the-art, yearround site where both Major and Minor League teams can train together. The ballpark includes improved features and amenities such as new food options, an HD video board as well as interactive family areas. The Yawkey Way experience at Fenway Park will be recreated on the road positioned immediately south of JetBlue Park during Spring Training and will add to the ballparks concourse with a street festival feel including entertainment, concessions and other activities.

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 201126 Kiwanis Collects Books For Patients Of All Childrens Specialty CareThe Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers South is collecting new or like-new childrens books for the All Childrens Specialty Care of Fort Myers patients and their siblings. The books will be distributed at the annual Breakfast with Santa holiday party that the club helps to organize. Ages of the children range from babies to middle school. Donations can be dropped off at three Fort Myers locations: Priority Marketing (8200 College Parkway, Suite 201); Mills-Price & Associates Inc. (6710 Winkler Road, Suite 1); and Bean, Whitaker, Lutz and Kareh Inc. (13041 McGregor Boulevard). Final donations will be picked up on December 6. The event is planned for December 10, and the club is expecting around 165 children to attend. Businesses committed to donating items or services include: Gulf Shore Bakery, Sun Harvest Citrus, and Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Douglas Fowler of Visually Impaired Persons of Southwest Florida will volunteer his time to play Santa. The Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers South is looking for more service-minded individuals and business professionals who would like to make a direct impact on the community through volunteering. Meetings are held every Tuesday at 7:15 a.m. at Edison State College. For details on joining the Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers South (www.fmskiwanis.com), call Rachel Toomey at 940-3893 or email her at Rachel.Toomey33@gmail.com or on the web at www.fmskiwanis.com. For more information on All Childrens Specialty Care of Fort Myers (www.allkids.org), call 931-5700. Staff from All Childrens Specialty Care with Santa Doug Fowler at the 2010 Breakfast with Santa Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers South at the 2010 Breakfast with Santa Financial FocusManage Money Carefully This Holiday Season by Jennifer BaseyAs you know, the holiday season can be joyous, hectic, celebratory and expensive. And while you certainly enjoy hosting family gatherings and giving presents to your loved ones, youll find these things even more pleasurable if they dont add a lot more weight to your debt load. And thats why youll want to follow some smart moneymanagement techniques over the next few weeks. To begin with, try to establish realistic budgets for both your entertaining and your gift giving. When you host family and friends, dont go overboard on your expenditures. Your guests will still appreciate your efforts, which, with a little creativity, can create a welcoming and fun experience for everyone. As a guiding principal, keep in mind these words attributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the famous German poet and philosopher: What you can do without, do without. Set a budget and stick to it. And the same rule applies to your gift giving. You dont need to find the most expensive presents, or overwhelm recipients with the sheer volume of your gifts. This is especially true if you, like so many people, have been affected by the tough economy. Everyone you know will understand that gifts dont have to be lavish to be meaningful. Furthermore, by sticking to a budget, you wont be tempted to dip into your long-term investments to pay for fabulous parties or mountains of gifts. Its never a good idea to tap long-term investments for short-term needs, but it can be especially bad when your investment prices are down, as they may well be this year. So, if you want to stick to a budget but you dont want to raid your investments, how can you pay for your holiday season expenses? If you can spread out your purchases, you may be able to pay for them from your normal cash flow. But if thats not possible, you might want to consider plastic your credit card. Using your credit card does not, by itself, need to amount to a financial setback, especially if youve chosen a card that offers favorable terms and youve already shown the discipline not to over-use that card. Just try to minimize your credit card usage over the holidays and pay off your card as soon as you can. Of course, you can make your holiday season much easier, financially speaking, if youve set up a holiday fund to cover your various expenses. While its too late to set up such a fund this year, why not get an early start on the 2012 holiday season? All you need to do is put away some money each month into an easily accessible account, separate from your everyday accounts. You dont have to put in a great deal, but you do need to be consistent, which is why you may want to have the money moved automatically, once a month, from your checking or savings account to your holiday fund. When next years holiday season rolls around, you might be pleasantly surprised by how much youve accumulated. For now, following some commonsense money management practices can help you get through the holidays in financial shape and that can get your new year off to a positive start. Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor in Fort Myers. She can be reached at jennifer.basey@edwardjones.com. Drum Circle FlourishingA drum circle is flourishing in Fort Myers. It occurs every Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. under the pavilion at Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers. Everyone is welcome. Enjoy an evening of dancing and drumming. If not at the large pavilion, look for the circle by the small one by the Friends fountain. There will be drummers, dancers, poi spinners and those who just enjoy the rhythm experience. Feel free to bring snacks, drinks (non-alcoholic), chairs, and any percussion instrument (there are always extra drums available to play). For more information about this and future meets go to www.fortmyersdrumcircle.com.

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 201128 Mom And Me by Lizzie and PryceLizzie and Pryce answer your questions and give advice about aging concerns from a two-generational perspective. A mother and daughter team, Lizzie is a retired RN and health educator, and Pryce is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice who specializes in the care of elders and people with chronic illnesses. Dear Mom & Me, I am fed up with older women, the way they treat each other in ways men would never treat other men. I was at a local womens function with a woman that is severely handicapped. She had a stroke 30 years ago when she was in her early 40s and has struggled all of these years and never complains. We were sitting at a designated table and all was fine. Then a woman came over and insisted we move to another location as it would make it easier for the others. She gave this woman no consideration whatsoever. At this point it made no difference what table we sat at and it was closer to the handicapped ladies room. Do you know why women are so cruel to one another? Eva Dear Eva, I do not think all women are mean and cruel, nor do I think that all men are mean and cruel. People are people and regardless of their gender, some can be very thoughtless and mean to others. Just as some men are given to too much testosterone and fight with others, some women are given too much estrogen and fight with other women. Unfortunately mean people are part of our world. I do not give them much of my time or energy. Pryce Dear Eva, People are people regardless of their age. There are miserable children and miserable seniors and many in between. I am very sympathetic to people who are handicapped and try to give them extra concern. However, some handicapped people are unreasonable and expect us all to conform to their needs. The occasion you are questioning sounds a little uncaring as the woman does not seem to be asking for extra special privilege. Lizzie Lizzie and Pryces email address is momandmeaging@hotmail.com. Dr. DaveInterchangeable Toolsby Dr. Dave HepburnHave you considered surgery as a career but feel that slaving away in the roofing department at Home Hardware isnt exactly preparing you for a life of scalpels, sutures and lawsuits? In fact, it may be the perfect place to practice your skills. I recently shingled my roof. I did it all by myself with a little help from my sons, sons-in-law, neighbors, patients, local fire department, Extreme Makeover crew and St. Johns Ambulance. This project involved multiple trips to the local hardware store and a few to the local emergency department. It dawned on me that the two repair shops were practically interchangeable and had I been the least bit resourceful I could have enjoyed one-stop shopping. The hardware store had most of the bandages and plaster I needed and the ER had most of the hardware. Here are some actual tools used by both Ty Pennington and me, albeit for different reasons: Staple/nail gun. While not used with the same pneumatic force as a roofing gun, doctors use staple guns to close many wounds in both the OR and ER. The roofing gun, frankly, is much more entertaining as it can be fired with considerable accuracy at the tyrant neighborhood cat, Edward Scissorclaws. Saw. A century ago a famous country doctor once said, The only two things I have in my black bag that I know that work for sure are morphine and my saw. Things havent changed much. Hammer and chisel. Hip replacements often require rearing back with a hammer and smacking the prosthesis into the leg like a blacksmith hammering a horseshoe, causing the entire body to reverberate. Patients often leave the OR with a new hip but missing dental fillings. Sandpaper. One of the stranger moments I have experienced in the operating room involved assisting in thoracic surgery. The thorax, as you recall, is that part of the grasshopper between the abdomen and the compound eyes. While repairing part of a lung that was weak and tended to pop, known as a pneumothorax, the surgeon wanted to make the lung adhere to the inside of the chest wall so that they no longer separated from each other. During the course of the operation the surgeon reached for a sheet of sandpaper. It actually still had the $0.39 Home Depot price sticker! It had been sterilized and was now about to be used to grate down the chest wall, deliberately inflaming it and hoping for scar tissue. Drill. The Black and Decker cordless drill is recommended by three out of four neurosurgeons for that burr hole needed in the skull to relieve dangerous pressure caused by a bleed on the brain often sustained from falling off a roof. Hydraulic lifts [See plastic surgery]. Nails and screws. Used for nailing and screwing bones and joints back together after, say, falling off the aforementioned roof. So should you come down with a nasty case of shingles, you know the drill. Call Ty or me; wed love to get you hammered. Like the column? Youll LOVE the book the Doctor is In(sane), available at Sanibel Island Bookshop. Contact Dr. Dave or read more at www.wisequacks. org. deaRPharmacistThe Right Hormones Can Make You Happy by Suzy Cohen, RPhDear Pharmacist: I took your column regarding hormone replacement to my doctor. Hes never ordered progesterone, just estrogen because of the hysterectomy. For eight years, Ive suffered with occasional hot flashes, mood swings, insomnia, and I cant lose weight. Anyway, three days later, his nurse called to say he did some research, and wanted to add bio-identical progesterone to my compounded prescription cream. Two weeks later, I feel remarkably better. SH, Boca Raton, Florida Youre lucky your doctor is openminded. This is an important topic so Im revisiting it. Should a woman with a hysterectomy just take estrogen, or estrogen along with progesterone? Its not black and white. Some physicians refuse to recognize the importance of progesterone once the uterus is taken out! Thats unfortunate because women could suffer needlessly. For new readers trying to understand this, let me back up. In early November, my syndicated column informed women with a hysterectomy that taking unopposed estrogen, (meaning estrogen without progesterone) wasnt always a good idea. Many doctors today assume the hormone progesterone has only one use to protect the uterus. But that is wrong. There are progesterone receptors throughout the entire body, and like every other human hormone, it has far-reaching effects. Does it make sense to deprive the body of the benefits of progesterone just because one particular organ that used it was surgically removed? When you deprive a person of progesterone, an insufficiency develops and may lead to chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, brain fog, insomnia, hot flashes, inability to lose weight, dry skin, thinning hair, bone loss, PMS, fibroids or migraines. Progesterone is known to relieve these problems, whether or not a uterus is present. It can benefit men sometimes too. There remains confusion about progestin (drugs) versus progesterone (a natural, bio-identical hormone that humans produce). Progestin drugs have been associated with birth defects, whereas progesterone is the major hormone of pregnancy. Progestins, in some studies, may be associated with higher risk for breast cancer, heart attack and stroke, whereas progesterone is not. Progesterone stimulates production of thyroid hormone, important to every aspect of life, whether or not a uterus is present. Its needed for brain health; progressive doctors administer this poststroke in hospitals. In men (who dont have a uterus) progesterone inhibits 5-alpha reductase, which can help with BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia). Progesterone is incredibly protective to breast tissue. According to two large European studies, women with or without a hysterectomy who use bio-identical hormones have no increased risk of any disease. So even though the current medical standard of practice still says to give unopposed estrogen, and some physicians still adhere to this, me and other health experts completely disagree. For the record, if people didnt disagree with standards of practice wed still blame ulcers on stress and use leeches for blood lettings. We are born with many hormones and they are best kept in balance. Its dangerous to mess with Mother Nature. This information is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose your condition. Suzy Cohen is the author of The 24-Hour Pharmacist and is a registered pharmacist. To contact her, visit www. dearpharmacist.com. From page 17Hot Rods And HogsThe West Coast Chapter of Abate will host a Biker Rodeo. Live entertainment for all ages includes 15 bands that will be spread over three stages. There will be a special free Kids Alley sponsored by the Shriners, Lee County Sheriffs Office, and Home Depot that will include a youth entertainment center, face painting, finger painting, and bounce houses. For more information or to find out how to register your hot rod or bike in the show, visit www.flhrh.com. For more information about or to contribute to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, contact 239334-7007 or go to harrychapinfoodbank. org. Send your editorial copy to:press@riverweekly.com

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Dean W. Larson, M.D. Board Certi ed Eyelid Surgeon since 1990 Diplomat of e American Board of Ophthalmology Over 15,000 surgeries performed successfully Serving Lee, Charlotte & Hendry County patients for over 19 yearsWe are conveniently located on the corner of Summerlin and Winkler. Plastic & Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery Eyelid Surgery Center Fort Myers O ce 239.481.9995www.EyelidsOnly.comWE OFFER One-surgeon practice -you always see the same doctor No assembly-line surgery youre the only one Personalized post-operative attention Specialty-trained nursing sta Catered, accommodating care, tailored to your needs NO DOCTOR REFERRAL NEEDEDOver 65? Think eyelid surgery is not a ordable? Medicare STILL pays!Eyelid QuizCan you see your eyelids? Do you have to raise your eyebrows to see more clearly? Have you hit your head on a cabinet door while open? Is it di cult to see beside you without turning your head left or right? Do your eyelids close while you are reading? When you play tennis, do you have trouble serving? Do your eyelids feel heavy?If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you qualify for a FREE, no obligation eyelid screening performed by Natasha Larson, COA.Screening candidates receive a $50 gift certi cate to your choice of one of ve Prawnbroker Restaurant Group establishments in Ft. Myers and Sanibel. Before Before After After Natasha Larson, COATHE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 201129

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 201130 Uhler & Vertich Employees Take Part In A United Way Day Of Caring Employees of the firm of Uhler and Vertich Financial Planners gave thanks on November 22 by participating in a United Way Day of Caring project in Bonita Springs. The project was a partnership among Uhler and Vertich, United Way 211, Bonita Springs Assistance Office, Interfaith Caregivers of South Lee and Harry Chapin Food Bank. Nearly 400 families a total of over 1,500 individuals received food for the Thanksgiving holiday. Approximately 16,000 pounds of food such as canned goods, non-perishable packaged items and fresh produce were given to families in need to make their Thanksgivings more abundant. Our entire team was gratified to take part in this; it drives home the dramatic need which still exists in our community. Weve already made the decision to do another Day of Caring prior to Christmas, said Tom Uhler, aprincipal in the firm and also the 2011-12 United Way campaign chair. Families who attended the United Way Day of Caring food distribution were also provided other social services and referrals to agencies that could help them with clothing, job search, utilities, and counseling. In addition to all of the employees of Uhler and Vertich, volunteers included those of the Bonita Springs Fire District, CERT, and the agencies involved. The United Ways Days of Caring is a year-round program that connects businesses with nonprofit agencies in need of assistance. Businesses have many choices as they select projects as needed by the agencies, including the type of project, location in our community, degree of physical labor, and time commitment. The volunteer spirit is very much alive in our community, said Cliff Smith, president of United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades. We are very thankful to Uhler and Vertich and our partner agencies for making this wonderful event possible and for helping so many people. The United Way Volunteer Center, the designated Volunteer Center for Lee, Hendry and Glades, creates connections between volunteer opportunities and individuals, families, businesses and groups to help them serve their community. To reach The United Way Volunteer Center call 433-2000. Some of the employees packing boxes Handing out food Wine Fest Angels Rock PartyA good time was had by all at the Wine Fest Angels Rock party at the home of Michele Eddy November 19. The party was an auction item that was bid on by the Cophams and the Vogts. From page 1Empty Bowlsis the presenting sponsor of the event. Lehigh High School art teacher Suzie Somogyi is serving again this year as the chair for the Empty Bowls committee. Entertainment and pottery demonstrations will also be provided. For information about the Harry Chapin Food Bank, contact 334-7007 or go to harrychapinfoodbank.org. Writers WorkshopOrange Glow Music will host its Writers Workshop on Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Nashville chart-topping songwriters Dave Gibson and Gary Hannan presenting. Gibson and Hannan have both published songs with major national recording stars including Reba McEntire and Joe Nichols. The workshop costs $60 to attend and includes lunch. The event will be held at Orange Glow Music, 3880 Via del Ray in Bonita Springs. Interested parties should call 947-4664 to register. Cathy Snyder and Linda Snapp at the Wine Fest Dave and Cheryl Copham, Michele Eddy, Andi and Don Vogt Dan and Heather Creighton, Dana Snyder Nina Paight, Christina Prendiville Terri Lamers, Betsy Alderman, Kathryn Kelly, Pam Beckman, Lucy Costa

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 201131 From page 1Carol Singevent you dont have the money, do not feel embarrassed or let that keep you away. This is a birthday party its Jesus birthday, said Organizer Sam Galloway Jr. Our birthday party is in Gods house and He welcomes everyone regardless of means and so do we. Because of the overwhelming popularity of the event, three birthday parties are planned at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. The doors will open 30 minutes prior to show time. First Presbyterians pastor, Rev. Paul deJong, is urging the community to help with canned goods and cash donations to help those in need. The need for food has become a desperate situation for many families in our community, Rev. deJong said. Continued unemployment and the ongoing downturn in our local economy have caused many of our neighbors to ask for food to feed their families for the first time in their lives. We need our community to come together and help with all the canned goods they can. Galloway said cash donations are especially needed because CCMI can buy five times as much food for the same amount of money that residents spend at local grocery stores. This way, we can take every dollar and make it stretch as far as is humanly possible, he said. The need is greater now than people realize. Please dig as deep as you can. Residents who cannot attend any of the Holiday Carol Sing performances may donate canned goods at either the Galloway Ford dealership on Boy Scout Drive or the Coconut Point Ford dealership on U.S. 41 in Estero or mail donations to CCMI, PO Box 2143, Fort Myers, FL 33902 The Holiday Carol Sing is a festival of holiday music and family fun. This years 90-minute performance will feature the First Presbyterian Church Choir, soloists and other special guests singing favorite holiday carols with audience sing-a-longs. There is a strong rumor that Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman will be making a surprise visit for the children in all of us along with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and other holiday characters. All canned goods and cash will benefit CCMI, which operates two locations of the Everyday Caf and Marketplace in Cape Coral and on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Fort Myers. The Holiday Carol Sing is the third of three hymn sings sponsored annually by the Galloway Family of Dealerships. The other two are Mrs. Edisons Hymn Sing in February and A Midsummer Nights Sing in July. All three events benefit the Everyday Caf and Marketplace of CCMI, which was started in 1984 by First Presbyterian Church as The Soup Kitchen to help alleviate hunger and suffering in Lee County. CCMI is an innovative nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of social service entrepreneurs fighting to end homelessness and hunger in our community. The agency provides more than 14,000 meals each month through their Everyday Caf and Marketplace and Home-Delivered Meals programs. CCMI also educates 40 children in their Community Montessori, offers homeless and comprehensive case management services through the Cape Coral United Way Resource House, oversees an emergency mobile food pantry and supplies weekend backpacks full of food to more than 1,500 children each school year. Last year, CCMI received more than 2,000 pounds of canned goods and other non-perishable items from the Holiday Carol Sing. The food was immediately distributed to those in need. For more information, call First Presbyterian Church at 334-2261. First Presbyterian Church Pastor Paul deJong and Holiday Carol Sing Organizer and Sponsor Sam Galloway Jr. at last years Holiday Carol Sing Carolers in the courtyard of First Presbyterian Church at last years Holiday Carol Sing Tyler Kosecki, Renae Kosecki and Kyle Kosecki collected canned goods for CCMI at last years Holiday Carol Sing Patients, Parents, And Local News Celebrities Show Their Style For The Childrens Hospital Fashion ShowAt only 1 lb. 14 oz., who would have thought Grace Novakovich and her twin brother James, weighing only 2 lbs. 5 oz. at birth, would walk, let alone model in a charity fashion show. But they are modeling in the 2nd Annual Fashion Show benefiting The Childrens Hospital which their mother Jennifer Novakovich credits with saving their lives in 2006. Joining the Novakovich twins will be Julie Briggs, a childhood cancer survivor who was also treated at The Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida along with Fox 4 News Anchor Patrick Nolan; WINK News anchor Lois Thome; and volunteers Rosalie Blakey representing Lexington Country Club; Kathie Shellenbarger representing Bonita Bay; and Joanne Weston representing Pelican Landing. The fashion show, luncheon, and auction is scheduled for Friday, December 9, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, and is sponsored by The Lutgert Companies and Madison Marquette, presented by Trish Williams Productions, and organized by the Pelican Landing Childrens Hospital Support Committee. The auction begins at 11 a.m., lunch at 12:15 p.m., and the fashion show at 1:30 p.m. The cost to attend is $75 per person. Free chance drawing tickets are also available for $10 each or three for $25 to win an 18k gold and sterling silver diamond ring donated by Dufrane Jewelers LTD, $1,000 cash, fresh flowers every month for a year donated by Planned Perfection, or a $500 travel gift certificate donated by Schwinn Tours and Travel LLC. Winners do not need to be present to win. Reservation and drawing tickets are available by calling event Chairperson Patricia Smart at 495-8295, the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation at 343-6950, or online at https://co.clickandpledge.com/advanced/default.aspx?wid=34946. CCMI Receives $21,000 Foulds Foundation GrantThe Claiborne and Ned Foulds Foundation has awarded a $21,000 grant to Community Cooperative Ministries Inc. to help upgrade technology. We will be able to replace a number of very old computers and create a better IT infrastructure for our staff and team leaders, said Dr. Dave Fleming, CCMIs chief of staff. We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve our customers with even greater effectiveness through this amazing grant. CCMI is an innovative nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of social service entrepreneurs fighting to end homelessness and hunger in the community. The agency provides more than 14,000 meals each month through its Everyday Caf and Marketplace and Home Delivered Meals programs. CCMI also educates 40 children in its Community Montessori, offers homeless and comprehensive case management services through its United Way Resource House, oversees an emergency mobile food pantry and supplies weekend backpacks full of food to more than 2,500 children each school year. CCMI serves Fort Myers and the greater Lee County area, including Bonita Springs, Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres. CCMI works in partnership with United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades, Harry Chapin Food Bank and various community foundations as well as collaborating with fellow community and service groups including The School District of Lee County and numerous churches, businesses and community support organizations. The Claiborne and Ned Foulds Foundation was established in 1981 by the late Ned and Claiborne Foster Foulds, who moved to Fort Myers in 1958. Ned Foulds was a graduate of Harvard University and retired as a Junior Executive of the Airtemp Division of the Chrysler Corporation. Mrs. Foulds was a Broadway star during the 1930s known under her maiden name of Claiborne Foster and starred in more than 20 plays. In recognition of their achievements, Mr. and Mrs. Foulds left their estate in trust to be administered by U.S. Trust, as a 50l(c)3 Foundation in perpetuity to benefit charitable causes. For more information, call 332-7687 or visit www.ccmileecounty.com.

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PUZZLE ANSWERS 1. MUSIC: Where would one nd a coda to a piece of music? 2. LANGUAGE: What is a beau geste? 3. INVENTIONS: When was the rst patent issued for the modern zipper? 4. ANATOMY: What organ in the human body produces insulin? 5. MEASUREMENTS: What was the sextant once used for? 6. HISTORY: Who founded the colony of Rhode Island? 7. EOGRAPHY: Where is the famous Watergate building? 8. FAMOUS PEOPLE: How did Andrew Carnegie make his fortune? 9. REVOLUTIONARY FIGURES: What did American patriot Paul Revere do for a living? 10. BIBLE: Where did Cain go to live after slaying Abel? TRIVIA TEST1. The end 2. Noble gesture 3. 1917 4. Pancreas 5. Navigation. The instrument measures the angles between visible objects. 6. Roger Williams 7. Washington, D.C. 8. Steel industry 9. He was an accomplished silversmith 10. The land of Nod. ANSWERS My Stars FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 5, 2011ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your curiosity might not be appreciated by everyone. Expect some resistance in getting answers to your questions. But stay with it. You need facts in order to make important decisions. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Some of the mystery surrounding your recent fiscal situation soon will be dispelled with a clear explanation. Use this new knowledge to help you chart a fresh financial course. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Start your Hanukkah and Christmas gift-buying now. This will help avoid problems caused by possible mid-December delays. A family member has important information. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Use a little more sense in how you plan to spend your end-of-the-year holiday dollars. Meanwhile, you continue to gain support for your stand on a workplace issue. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Wearing that big, loving Lions heart of yours on your sleeve leaves it unprotected. Let things develop a little more before you allow your emotions to spill over. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to September 22) You might feel youre not ready to patch up an unraveled relationship. But the longer you wait, the more difficult it will be for all parties to take the first healing step. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your end-of-the-year holiday plans could be disrupted by something out of your control, but stay the course. Ultimately, things will settle back into a normal pace. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Your honest approach to a workplace project earns you both respect and credit from those in charge. Meanwhile, that personal problem still needs to be dealt with. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Money could be a little tight this month. This means the usually bargainoblivious Sagittarian should look for ways to save on end-of-the-year holidays. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Examine the facts, and you might find that its a wiser move to shift gears and redirect some of your goals before the end of the year. Someone close to you offers good advice. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Be careful that your generosity is not abused. Find out more, both about the special favors you might be asked to grant and who is asking for them. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Youve come through a recent rough time in great shape. Congratulations. Now go out and enjoy your well-earned rewards. More good news comes in mid-December. BORN THIS WEEK: You aim for truth, and you usually find it. Your honesty earns you the friendship and respect of others. On Dec. 7, 1787, in Dover, Del., the U.S. Constitution is unanimously ratified by all 30 delegates to the Delaware Constitutional Convention, making Delaware the first state of the modern United States. Government under the U.S. Constitution took effect on March 4, 1789. On Dec. 10, 1901, the first Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, on the fifth anniversary of the death of Alfred Nobel. Although Nobel offered no public reason for his creation of the prizes, it is believed that he did so out of moral regret over the lethal uses of his invention of dynamite and other explosives. On Dec. 11, 1936, after ruling for less than one year, Edward VIII becomes the first English monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne. The British government, public and the Church of England condemned his decision to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson. Edward claimed it was impossible to discharge his duties without the woman he loved. On Dec. 5, 1945, five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo-bombers take off from the Ft. Lauderdale Naval Air Station in Florida on a three-hour training flight. They never returned, and no trace of the bodies or aircraft was ever found. The story helped cement the legend of the Bermuda Triangle, an area of the Atlantic Ocean where ships and aircraft are said to disappear without a trace. On Dec. 8, 1969, at a news conference, President Richard Nixon says that the Vietnam War is coming to an end. His pronouncements proved premature. In April 1970, he expanded the war by ordering attacks on communist sanctuaries in Cambodia. On Dec. 6, 1976, deaf professional stuntwoman Kitty ONeil sets the landspeed record for female drivers at the Alvord Desert in southeastern Oregon, averaging more than 512 mph. On Dec. 9, 1983, Scarface, starring Al Pacino as a Cuban refugee who becomes a Miami drug lord, opens in theaters. The film, written by Oliver Stone and directed by Brian De Palma, initially received unfavorable reviews but is now considered a classic. It was celebrated Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw who made the following sage observation: The liars punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else. Virginia law prohibits anyone over the age of 15 from wearing a mask in public, unless its part of a traditional holiday costume, for work or for medical reasons. You might be surprised to learn that there are people who study how air quality, humidity, the hardness of the water and pollution affect peoples hair. According to these researchers, the worst American cities for your tresses are Corpus Christi, Texas; Olympia, Wash.; and Pittsburgh. In a survey conducted by the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, it was found that two-thirds of Americans believe they are smarter than the average American. If you happen to be traveling in India and are passing through the town of Deshnoke, you might want to check out the Karni Mata temple -but not if you have an aversion to rodents: Karni Mata is the rat goddess. Visitors can dine at the temple, but they have to watch out for the more than 20,000 rats mingling with the guests. Dont worry, though; if a rat runs across your feet, its considered to be good luck. Ever wonder what the worlds deadliest animal is Its the lowly mosquito. Thanks to the diseases it spreads, it kills more humans than any other animal on the planet. In 2004, a record was set for the worlds farthest pizza delivery when a Dominos Pizza in London delivered a vegetarian supreme pizza to Melbourne, Australia -a distance of 10,532 miles. The world record challenge was conducted as a fundraising event and brought in nearly $50,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Nothing is impossible for the man who doesnt have to do it himself. -A.H. Weiler THIS WEEK IN HISTORY STRANGE BUT TRUE THOUGHT FOR THE DAY SPORTS QUIZ1. Who was the youngest pitcher to toss a complete-game shutout in a World Series game? 2. Name the player who led the American League in home runs twice during the 1950s, but nished his career with fewer than 200 career home runs. 3. In 2010, Auburn and Arkansas set an SEC record for most combined points in a nonovertime game (108). Which two teams had held the mark? 4. Who holds the NBA record for most blocked shots in a seven-game playoff series? 5. When was the last time an ECAC Hockey school won the NCAA mens hockey championship? 6. Bill Elliott had won 44 NASCAR Cup races entering 2011. In what year did he record the most wins, and how many? 7. Who was the rst unseeded player in the Open era of tennis to win the mens singles title at the U.S. Open?1. Baltimores Jim Palmer was 20 years old when he did it in 1966. 2. Al Rosen led the A.L. with 37 home runs in 1950 and 43 in 1953, but nished his 10-year major-league career with 192. 3. South Carolina and Mississippi State combined for 104 points in 1995. 4. Denvers Dikembe Mutombo blocked 38 shots in a series against Utah in 1994. 5. Harvard won the title in 1989. 6. He won 11 races in 1985. 7. Andre Agassi, in 1994. ANSWERSTHE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 201132

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 201133 A Journey To India, Part One by Patty MolnarAt the beginning of November we embarked on a long-anticipated 18-day tour of India. Before I describe the cities and sites we visited, some pertinent facts about the country are indicated. India is the secondmost populous country in the world (after China), with 1.25 billion inhabitants. The religious breakdown is as follows: 80 percent Hindus; 13 percent Muslims (India is the second-most populous Muslim nation after Indonesia); with the remaining being Buddhists (India is the birthplace of Buddhism); Jains (an offshoot of Hinduism), Sikhs; Parsis who practice Zoastrianism; and Christians. India is composed of 30 states, seven of which border China and Tibet. Hindi is the main language of the people; English is the language of the central government and of higher education. There are 20 additional languages, each with its own script. The central government has a parliamentary system with a federal structure. Although India is now the worlds fourth-largest economic power, 70 percent of its citizens live in the countryside working in agriculture. While enough is produced to feed the entire population, a poor distribution system means 50 percent of the production rots before it ever reaches its destination. The literacy rate today stands at 64 percent, an almost 40 percent increase since the British left India in 1947. Twenty-five percent of the populace lives in poverty, down 10 percent from two decades ago owing to economic reforms. These, combined with improvements in the educational system, are producing economic growth and freeing women from their traditional boundaries. Everyone warned us about the poverty for which India is known and is in full view everywhere. However, our Indian guides told us not to give money to beggars (which are omnipresent), as virtually everyone could find some sort of work if he really wanted to. I dont know enough about the situation to either agree or challenge the veracity of this view. Unfortunately, we were repeatedly told that India has huge problems with corruption and bureaucracy. Bribery cuts wide swaths through aspects of Indian life. However, one native lecturer we heard said there are signs that tolerance for such offenses is lessening, citing the fact that six corrupt officials involved with the troubled Commonwealth Games early this fall are now serving prison time, something that was unheard of 10 years ago. First on the itinerary was Indias capital of Delhi, a city of 15 million. Since we arrived two days before the start of our tour, we made two forays with a private guide into the section of the city known as Old Delhi. Driving there (or better said, being driven; you would have to have a strong death wish to drive yourself!) we saw on the side of the road a lot of goats waiting to be sold and sacrificed for an upcoming Muslim holy day. We also got our first taste of the rules of the road in India. These are basically (1) the largest vehicle has the right-ofway; (2) the loudest and most frequently used horn, employed to announce ones presence, prevails; and (3) the most adventurous and aggressive driver gets the farthest. Imagine the following sharing the road: cars (mostly Tatas and Ambassadors, the latter being a British-looking vehicle used principally by government officials); rickshaws, both motorized (called tuktuks) and bicycle and occasionally water buffalo-driven; minitaxis often with 10 or more passengers; buses (we were amused to see dilapidated buses with the improbable slogan of The Worlds Most Eco-friendly Bus System painted on their sides!); and numerous animals all over the roadway, including goats, cows, dogs, pigs and monkeys. Add into this mix the fact that no one stays in his lane and many actually create their own, and you have the most chaotic traffic we have ever witnessed! Incidentally, it was sad to see stray dogs everywhere. Their appearance is such that they all seem to be descended from the same dog, an Australian dingoishlooking canine. The shopping streets of Old Delhi are composed of rows of mostly small shops, many of which sell textiles, fruit, spices and vegetables. In addition, there are lots of stands set up to sell street food. Our experienced tour guide issued dire warnings on the consequences of this. There are the ubiquitous peddlers who approach you selling jewelry, postcards and other trinkets. Some of the jewelry is quite attractive and a fraction of what it would cost stateside. Some of the enterprising business people we saw toiling out in the open were barbers, tailors and typists, the last using the old manual typewriters. As one walks along the street and gazes upwards, one sees a jumble of signs and tangle of electrical wires that would confound the most experienced electrician! In the next installment, you will hear more about the sites we visited. Til then, Namaste. India has 1.25 billion inhabitants Twenty-five percent of the populace lives in poverty, yet beauty abounds Administering to an elderly man The rules of the road are practically non-existent Goats and people live side-by-sideShare your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702or email press@riverweekly.com

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PROFESSIONAL DIRECTORY THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 201135 COMPUTERS FINANCIAL SERVICES THE RIGHT INVESTMENTS IN YOUR IRA CANMAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE. To learn about the bene ts of an Edward Jones IRA, call or visit today.www.edwardjones.com Member SIPC Jennifer L Basey Financial Advisor1952-2 Park Meadows Dr Ft Myers, FL 33907 239-437-5900 MEDICAL McGregor Medical McGregor Medical Family Practice Walk-in Clinic Family Practice Walk-in Clinic Bill Fulk, M.D. Bill Fulk, M.D. 239-437-2121 239-437-2121Open Monday Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm 16731 McGregor Blvd., Ste. 105 Fort Myers, FL 33908 (across from Starz Pizza) FAA Exams Class 1, 2, & 3 Now welcoming new and former patientsMedicare, BCBS, Aetna, Cigna, & United Health Care License # 0707041 09-00014233Phone (239) 267-8405Robert CrawfordDRAPERY CLEANING WINDOW BLIND CLEANING & REPAIRWe Come To You!www.theblindrepairshop.com 10% OFF ANY SERVICEWith is Ad CLEARVIEW CERTIFIED TECHNICIANSDRAPERY/WINDOW BLIND CLEANING & REPAIR CONSTRUCTION/REMODELING IMPACT WINDOWS & DOORS/GLASS Windows PlusPGT Windows & Doors10831 Sunset Plaza Circle, Unit 107 Fort Myers, FL 33908 E-mail: windowsplusllc@earthlink.netLicensed & InsuredSCC131150832Phone: 239-267-5858 Fax: 239-267-7855 SWFL Window and Door SpecialistWindows PlusTREE & LAWN CARE Jesus Hernandez J LAWN CARE & TREE SERVICE482-7350 12 years serving San-Cap & Ft. MyersLandscaping Tree Service Stump Grinding Landscape Design Ponds Landscape Refurbishing Pepper Clearing Lbtn Cbfr Db Licensed & Insured Free Estimateswww.jesuslawncare.comEMAIL: jesuslawncare@gmail.comHOME WATCH Lekan Selective Home Watch Lekan Selective Home Watch Professional Husband and Wife Team Professional Husband and Wife Team Joseph & Mary Joseph & Mary 239-470-1483 239-470-1483 lekan@bellsouth.net lekan@bellsouth.net PUZZLE ANSWERS SUDOKU SCRAMBLERS School Smartby Shelley M. Greggs, NCSPDear Shelley, My children who are now five and seven and in elementary school had lots of ear infections as toddlers. Both of them are having some trouble with reading in school. Could this be from the ear infections? What are some things I can do? Emma J., Bonita Springs, Florida Emma, An ear infection or otitis media is the most frequently diagnosed illness for children in the U.S. and there has been a 150 percent increase in cases since 1975. Frequent ear infections during the first two years of life can have a harmful effect on a childs hearing and may lead to impairment of the childs developing language and speech skills according to an article in the Journal of Speech and Hearing. There are many causes of ear infections including a genetic propensity, and bacterial infections. Treatment varies but often includes a course of antibiotics. For children who have chronic ear infections, an operation called a myringotomy, the insertion of pressure equalization (PE) tubes, may be suggested as well. Research indicates that when children experience ear infections in the initial stages of speech development, they might hear speech sounds in a fluctuating manner. This would make it difficult to hear the sounds consistently and would impede the infants ability to form welldefined speech and sound categories. Consequently, this might lead to difficulties with phonics, language development and could hinder the development of reading. Here are some strategies from experts at the U.S. Department of Education that may help your children. Several basic things parents can do are: 1) promote a healthy environment, 2) promote listening, 3) promote language learning, and 4) promote early literacy learning. A healthy environment is a clean environment. Frequent hand and toy washing is important, especially when a child has an infection. While ear infections are not contagious per se, the fluid that may drain from an ear infection or upper respiratory infection is contagious. Parents and/or family members who smoke need to remember that second-hand cigarette smoke increases a childs prevalence of middle ear infections. Good listening has two main features: it helps children to hear and understand speech and it helps to decrease background noise to minimize distractions for children continued on page 36

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RR 11/25 CC 12/2 From page 35School Smartwhen they need to listen. To ensure good listening, frequently check to make sure children understand what they have been taught, by asking them to retell in their own words, what they have heard. You can decrease background noise by limiting exposure to noisy toys, and by creating quiet, TV/video game free areas at home. The promotion of language learning activities includes asking simple questions, listening to what your child has to say, and talking about things that your child is interested in. To help children expand their language skills you can expand conversations with them by adding to what the child is saying by using more words, praising the child for talking even when speech is unclear, and encouraging children to use their words to talk to one another. Making the language personal, and relevant, to the childs life will increase the chances that they remember what they have just learned. The promotion of literacy learning through interaction with books, songs, and games is also an excellent strategy. Literacy learning means reading stories aloud to children, describing and explaining the pictures, referring to the childs own experiences, giving children books and magazines to look at on their own. Reading aloud from common daily experiences, such as traffic signs, newspaper headlines, labels on packages or other environmental language also helps to promote literacy. A thorough hearing evaluation by a pediatric audiologist is important if you think that your childs hearing has been compromised. Discussion with specialists, your childs doctors, and school personnel should result in identification and intervention for any hearing and learning issues. Ms. Greggs is adjunct faculty at Edison State College where she teaches psychology and education courses. She is also Nationally Certified School Psychologist and consultant for School Consultation Services, a private educational consulting company. Questions for publication may be addressed to smgreggs@gmail.com. Not all questions submitted can be addressed through this publication. THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 201136 From page 35School Smartwhen they need to listen. To ensure good listening, frequently check to make sure children understand what they have been taught, by asking them to retell in their own words, what they have heard. You can decrease background noise by limiting exposure to noisy toys, and by creating quiet, TV/video game free areas at home. The promotion of language learning activities includes asking simple questions, listening to what your child has to say, and talking about things that your child is interested in. To help children expand their language skills you can expand conversations with them by adding to what the child is saying by using more words, praising the child for talking even when speech is unclear, and encouraging children to use their words to talk to one another. Making the language personal, and relevant, to the childs life will increase the chances that they remember what they have just learned. The promotion of literacy learning through interaction with books, songs, and games is also an excellent strategy. Literacy learning means reading stories aloud to children, describing and explaining the pictures, referring to the childs own experiences, giving children books and magazines to look at on their own. Reading aloud from common daily experiences, such as traffic signs, newspaper headlines, labels on packages or other environmental language also helps to promote literacy. A thorough hearing evaluation by a pediatric audiologist is important if you think that your childs hearing has been compromised. Discussion with specialists, your childs doctors, and school personnel should result in identification and intervention for any hearing and learning issues. Ms. Greggs is adjunct faculty at Edison State College where she teaches psychology and education courses. She is also Nationally Certified School Psychologist and consultant for School Consultation Services, a private educational consulting company. Questions for publication may be addressed to smgreggs@gmail. com. Not all questions submitted can be addressed through this publication.

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REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE TIMESHARE VACATION RENTAL VACATION RENTAL ANNUAL RENTAL ANNUAL RENTAL PROPERTIES AVAILABLEFor a complete list visit our Website www.remax-oftheislands.com Call Dustyn Corace, RE/MAX of the Islands 239-472-2311RS 10/9 B TFN SCAN CODE FOR A FREE LIST OF ALL ISLAND PROPERTIESFOR SALEVISITwww.FreeSanibelList.comPfeifer Realty Group Sanibel Island, FL239-472-0004RS 6/17 BM TFNTHE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 201137 WALK TO BEACHAdorable 2 bedroom 1 bath 1/2 of duplex East End of Sanibel Great Monthly rates! Call Bob 410-913-2234RR 9/16 CC TFN The River EMAIL: Ads@RiverWeekly.com NEAR BEACH PRIVATE HOME 3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH3 bedroom, 2 bath Home with heated pool, in quiet Sanibel neighborhood. Seasonal and monthly rentals. 239-472-0692 or www.4sanibel.com. RS 10/14 CC TFN GARAGE MOVING YARDSALES CAUTION FOR SALE BY OWNER 2008 MOBILE HOMEAT PERIWINKLE PARK 1 Bed room new queen bed. LR with sofa bed, kitchen, refrigerator ice maker, dinning area, Bosch washer dryer, dishwasher. Trane A/C with Pro 4000 programmable thermostat. Full tile oors. Full vinyl deck. Pavers. Oodles of space. Hurricane sun & window protection lm. Home in ex. cond. Much more, too numerous to mention. Pr iced at $83,200. Ground rent $5,800/yr. 239-209-1869 or Dorisdavenport@hotmail.com.RR 10/28 CC TFN NS 10/28 BM TFN VISIT:SanibelOpenHouses.com Pfeifer Realty Group Sanibel Island, FL2394720004SANIBELOPEN HOUSES POSTED DAILYWALK TO BEACHPrivate Home with heated pool in a quiet area of Sanibel. Seasonal and monthly rentals. Newly decorated and equipped to a high standard. 2 bed/2 bath house. Contact Carolyn 239-579-0577 or carolyndutton@btinternet.comNR 11/4 CC 12/9 SANIBEL APARTMENT FOR RENT1 bedroom, 1 bath duplex. Washer/dryer; modern kitchen includes dishwasher, microwave. GREAT location walk to shops, bank, restaurants, while on a quiet street. $1,025/month includes all utilities except elec., tel. & cable. Call 395-8774.RS 11/4 CC TFN TO PLACE AN AD LOG ON: IslandSunNews.com MARINER POINTE TOWNHOUSEUnfurnished-ground level; 2 BR 2-1/2 BA; 2 enclosed porches; Bay & Canal views; private shing pier; boat dockage lease available; Cable TV, water, pest control, refuse collection all included in annual lease. 239-395-1786RR 11/11 CC 12/2 REAL ESTATE WATERFRONT Tennisplace Condo, 2 Bed/Bath. Clean and fully furnished. High Amenities, Low Fees. Asking $245,000. Call 239-233-2292NS 11/18 CC 12/9 Duplex, 2/1 remodeled UF ground level, screened porch, walk to beach $900/mo. Canal Home, 3/2/den/pool/dock just off Island $2,300/mo. Bay Front ground level, 3/3 UF + pool $2,500/mo.472-6747Serving The Islands Rental Needs Since 1975Gulf Beach Properties, Inc.Paul H. Zimmerman, Broker/Owner ANNUAL RENTALSSANIBEL RS 11/18 BM TFN CLOSE TO SANIBEL & FM BEACH 2BR/2BA, 2nd oor, end unit w/lanai. Very clean & bright. Pool & tennis. No smoking, no pets. $800 per month 239-851-4921 or 887-0834. RR 11/25 CC 12/2 Isabella RasiIbt Rt En Cbnt Isabella Rasi (239) 246-4716EftIsabellaRasi@aol.com RS 12/2 NC 12/23McGREGOR WOODS GREAT FAMILY HOME IN McGREGOR WOODS! 3/3/2...make an offer!SANIBEL EAST END Elegant, Sanibel East End Canal Front Home with Boat Dock. Like New! ASKING $1,795,000MATLACHA WATERFRONT Unique artists home in midst of art galleries, restaurants & shing community. $550,000EAST END RETAIL CENTER Newly renovated retail center with high visability on Periwinkle toward Lighthouse beach. Great business opportunity. $1,299,000FOR SALE TRAILERPeriwinkle Park 30 Trailer with attached 20x10 screen room, furnished, cozy and clean, appliances, garden area, paver parking. Reduced price. Motivated to sell. 727-207-5787. Paradise!RR 12/2 CC 12/9 SANIBEL COTTAGESWeek 51/unit 113 (12/23/11-12/30/11) for rent $1,2002 bedroom, 2 baths directly on the beach, accommodates 6 nicest timeshare resort on Sanibel. Call 518-364-0130NR 12/2 CC 12/9 CUTE SANIBEL COTTAGEGreat central location! Coral tile w/d new bath front porch back patio $1,200/month start December 1st. Call 239-849-2210 for another Sanibel rental!NR 12/2 CC 12/9 THREE GIRLFRIENDS SALESunday, December 4, 8 am to 2 pm. 3706 West Gulf Drive Furniture, antiques, household, collectables, art, crafts, some inventory from Chicos executive seasonal rental. Something for everyone!NR 12/2 CC 12/2 YARD SALESaturday, Dec. 3. Two families. Antiques, childrens furniture, household goods, Precious Moments collectibles. 501 Lagoon Drive, Sanibel (toward Lighthouse). Early birds welcome. Open all day until dark.NS 12/2 CC 12/2

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Read us online at islandsunnews.com Read us online at islandsunnews.com Read us online at islandsunnews.com Read us online at islandsunnews.com SUDOKUTo play Sudoku: Complete the grid so that every row, column and every 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 through 9 (the same number cannot appear more than once in a row, column or 3x3 box.) There is no guessing and no math involved, just logic.answer on page 35 answer on page 35 If you would like your club/organization listed in The River Calling Card, phone 415-7732 Emergency...................................................911 Lee County Sheriffs Of ce...........................477-1200 Florida Marine Patrol.....................................332-6966 Florida Highway Patrol..................................278-7100 Poison Control....................................1-800-282-3171 HealthPark Medical Center.................1-800-936-5321 Ft. Myers Chamber of Commerce................332-3624 Foundation for Quality Childcare..................425-2685Ft. Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce............454-7500 Fort Myers Beach Library..............................463-9691Lakes Regional Library......................................533-4000 Lee County Chamber of Commerce.............931-0931Post Of ce...........................................1-800-275-8777Visitor & Convention Bureau.........................338-3500 ARTS 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 BIG ARTS.....................................................395-0900 Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre....................278-4422 Cultural Park Theatre....................................772-5862 Edison Festival of Light..................................334-2999Florida Repertory Theatre at the Arcade............332-4488 Florida West Arts..........................................948-4427 Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers..........472-0168 Gulf Coast Symphony...................................489-1800Harmony Chorus, Charles Sutter, Pres..............481-8059 Naples Philharmonic.............................239-597-1111 The Schoolhouse Theater.............................472-6862 S.W. Florida Symphony.................................418-0996 Theatre Conspiracy.......................................936-3239 Young Artists Awards...................................574-9321 CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Angel Flight...................................1-877-4AN-ANGEL Animal Refuge Center...................................731-3535American Business Women Association.............357-6755 Audubon of SWFL.........................................339-8046 Audubon Society...........................................472-3156 Caloosahatchee Folk Society.......................321-4620 Cape Coral Stamp Club................................542-9153 duPont Company Retirees ...........................454-1083 Edison Porcelain Artists................................415-2484 Ft Myers UDC Chapter 2614 (United Daughters of the Confederacy )....728-3743 Friendship Force Of SW FL..........................561-9164 The Horticulture and Tea Society..................472-8334 Horticultural Society......................................472-6940 Lee County Genealogical Society.................549-9625 Lee Trust for Historic Preservation ...............939-7278 NARFE(National Active & Retired Federal Employees)............................482-6713 Navy Seabees Veterans of America.............731-1901 Paradise Iowa Club of SWFL........................667-1354 Southwest Florida Fencing Academy............939-1338 Southwest Florida Music Association...........561-2118 Kiwanis Clubs: Fort Myers Beach.....................765-4254 or 454-8090Fort Myers Edison.............................................694-1056Fort Myers South..........................................691-1405 Gateway to the Islands.................................415-3100 Iona-McGregor..............................................482-0869 Lions Clubs: Fort Myers 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.............................332-8158 Sanibel-Captiva Orchid Society.....................472-6940United Way of Lee County.................................433-2000 United Way 211 Helpline (24 hour).......211 or 433-3900AREA ATTRACTIONS Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum....................395-2233 Burroughs Home..........................................337-9505 Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium............275-3435 Edison & Ford Winter Estates.......................334-3614 Fort Myers Skate Park..................................321-7558Imaginarium Hands-On Museum & Aquarium........321-7420JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge.........472-1100 Koreshan State Historic Site.................239-992-0311Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center..........765-8101 Skatium............................................................321-7510Southwest Florida Museum of History.........321-7430 True Tours....................................................945-0405 THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 201138

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SeriesNewOpportunitiesatShell Point FREE a non-profit ministry of The Christian and Missionary Alliance FoundationShell Point Retirement Community is located in Fort Myers, 2 miles before the Sanibel Causeway.2011 Shell Point. All rights reserved. SLS-1968-11 Dec.5 Yoonie Han, Pianist at 7pm. South KoreanYoonie Han has been widely acclaimed as a rising star. She has received the highest accolades here and abroad. Her stellar performances have been heard at fine venues such as Carnegie Hall, and Peter Jay Sharp Theater at the Julliard School. Space is imited. Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets please call (239) 454-2067. Dec.7,13,21 Discover Shell Point Tour & Presentation at 10am. Join us for a group presentation about the Lifestyle and Lifecare available at Shell Point followed by a narrated bus tour of the community. Light refreshments will be provided. Call (239) 466-1131 to reserve your place.Mon.Wed. &Fri.Shell Point Train Room from 1:30 to 3:30pm. The Gulf Coast Model Railroad is open for tours. Visitors can see this 40 x 40 foot model train layout thats shaped like the state of Florida with Tallahassees old Capitol Building, Epcot and Disney World, and Kennedy Space Center with an orbiting Space Shuttle. Group tours can be scheduled. For information please call (239) 454-2152. Dec.8 Christmas with Boston Brass at 7:30pm. The 25th anniversary tour of Boston Brass will feature music from two holiday recordings, Christmas Bells Are Swingin, and The Stan Kenton Christmas Carols.Tickets are $35. To purchase tickets please call (239) 454-2067. Dec.10,11 A Traditional European Christmas Celebration with Jan Mulder, pianist Dec.10 at 2:15pm and Dec.11 at 6:15pm. The Village Church Choir will join the Festival Orchestra and special guest performer, Dutch pianist Jan Mulder, to present A Traditional European Christmas Celebration. Mulder will perform traditional carols and a few contemporary classics. Tickets are $10. To purchase tickets please call (239) 454-2147 or visit www.shellpoint.org/villagechurch.Dec.19 Holiday Pops by The Southwest Florida Symphonyat 7:30pm.Vocalist Sara DellOmo, the first female featured soloist with the Presidents Own Marine Band, joins Composer/ Conductor Jim Stephenson and the Orchestra in swinging versions of Xpopular holiday favorites. Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets, please call (239) 454-2067.Dec.22,23,26,&27 Home For the Holidays from 10am to 4pm. When family is home for the holidays, there is no better time to plan for your future healthcare needs and discuss assisted living. Shell Point assisted living representatives will be on hand for two days prior and two days following Christmas to tour you and your family around the assisted living buildings and to answer all of your questions. You are encouraged to stop by on the day and time that works best for you! Call 239-454-2077. The public is invited and many of these events are (239) 466-1131 www.shellpoint.orgShell Points Life Enrichment Series offers the opportunity to discover new things about yourself and the world you live in. Concerts, presentations, lectures, shows, special events, and more!Visit www.shellpoint.org/LES for full listings of this months events! FREE FREE Dec. 2011 FREE THE RIVER DECEMBER 2, 201140