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FREETake Me Home VOL. 10, NO. 50 DECEMBER 23, 2011From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort MyersRead Us Online at IslandSunNews.com Merry ChristmasTim Zimmerman & The Kings Brass Part Of The 2011-12 Season Of Praise Concert Series Coming To Shell Point The Village Church at Shell Point Retirement Community will welcome Tim Zimmerman & The Kings Brass for two evening performances in January. Both concerts will be held in the Village Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point, with the first concert on Sunday, January 8 at 6:15 p.m. and the second concert on Monday, January 9 at 7:15 p.m. We love having Tim Zimmerman & The Kings Brass perform every year as part of our Season of Praise concert series, said Pastor Randy Woods, minister of worship and music for The Village Church. All of the musicians in this group are amazingly talented and skilled; their inspirational and entertaining concerts are always enjoyed by everyone. Back by popular demand, Tim Zimmerman & The Kings Brass will perform at Shell Point and audience members will be able to participate in live video recordings of the Kings Brass concerts. Renowned for their presentations of hymn classics with a contemporary flair, the Kings Brass features three trumpets, three trombones, a tuba, percussion and keyboards. Each instrument blends together to create a show of innovative worship for the enjoyment of all generations. Tickets are available at $10 each, and can be purchased online at www.shellpoint. org/villagechurch/events. For more information about the concert series, call 454-2147. The Kings Brass Christmas Cheer For Children Of Harlem HeightsHelping local children experience the joy of Christmas is something that spoke to the hearts of the women in Greeters of Greater Fort Myers. One of the local areas where families are struggling during this difficult economy is Harlem Heights. When it was brought to their attention that they could make a real difference by donating gift bags to children of the Harlem Heights Elementary School, they set the wheels in motion back in October. Everyone was on board and members began collecting goodies to fill up red and green bags of Christmas cheer for the kids of Harlem Heights. Volunteers showed up on collection day at the November monthly meeting to record and load the donated gift bags. Linda Fitzpatrick and Janet Gambuzza delivered the bags on Monday, December 12. A very special thanks goes out to Cheri Hauer, project organizer and fellow Greeter member. You can see by the happy faces that the children were delighted. Donations brought Christmas cheer to the kids of Harlem Heights From the gang at the Island Sun & River Weekly NewsCheers!

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Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And NowA Christmas Tree That Sings In Memoryby Gerri ReavesWhat was Christmastime like in downtown Fort Myers years ago? Ask anyone whose memory goes back a few decades and one thing will certainly be mentioned: The Singing Christmas Tree. Marion Skeet Durrence won a place in history and in the hearts of locals for creating the most famous Christmas tree the city ever had, which was definitely a live one! Thats a considerable legacy for a young woman from Reidsville, Georgia, who discovered Fort Myers by chance in 1920 while on her honeymoon. By the way, she earned her nickname because the mosquitoes used to get to her, as she put it. Her gift to the community was staged by the combined Glee Clubs of Fort Myers Junior-Senior High School. Many students recall their performance perched upon the scaffolding. In the historic photo, Durrence her back to the photographer directs what became one of the citys best-loved traditions. The scene is the band shell, which in 1948 moved to the Yacht Basin at Edwards Drive and Hendry Street. It stood just south of the future site of the Exhibition Hall, which would be built in 1954 (demolished in 2007). Thats where most people remember seeing the holiday spectacle, which was quite an extravaganza, with scores of singers flanked by an elaborate manger scene, all glowing in the night. The singing wonder started in 1945 on the steps of the post office, todays Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. The next year it moved to Lee Street and Edwards Drive and singers perched on a new frame. So impressive was the tree that in 1957, Florida Gov. LeRoy heard The Singing Christmas Tree while visiting Fort Myers and invited Durrence to the governors mansion to perform. The tree had another moment of fame when in 1960, the group sang for the opening of President Dwight D. Eisenhowers Pageant of Peace at the White House. When Durrence retired from teaching in 1975, she had directed the Fort Myers High School Glee Club for 30 years. Until the end of her long life in 1991, the pianist kept busy, accompanying civic groups and directing special events such as the holiday tradition at the Edison Home for the Fort Myers Womens Community Club. Walk down Hendry Street to the former site of the living tree that symbolized Christmas spirit in Fort Myers. Then walk the short distance to the Southwest Florida Museum of History at 2031 Jackson Street to see 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 www.swflmuseumofhistory.com. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Follow-up your exploration of local wonders with a visit to the Southwest Florida Historical Society, one of the areas best research centers for local history. The society is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard on the campus of the Lee County Alliance for the Arts. Also on display is a free special exhibit on World War II. Contact the all-volunteer non-profit organization at 939-4044. Or drop by on Wednesday or Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon to explore the fascinating archives. Sources: The archives of the Southwest Florida Historical Society. Once the scene of a beloved holiday tradition, this parcel awaits the next chapter in history photo by Gerri Reaves Skeet Durrence directs the famous Singing Christmas Tree at the band shell that used to stand near the Caloosahatchee River in downtown Fort Myers courtesy of the Southwest Florida Historical Society 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 RIVER DECEMBER 23, 20112

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3 THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 2011 Nearly New Bikes Go To 20 Children In ImmokaleeThere are many happy children riding new bicycles. New to them, at least. Another shipment of free, refurbished bicycles from the Sanibel Bicycle Club arrived in Immokalee on Friday, December 16, and 20 children from Immokalee Community School benefited. The school is operated by Redlands Christian Migrant Association for lowincome families, and it chose the neediest families in which children lacked bicycles. It was wonderful, said Gloria Padilla, RCMAs coordinator for the Immokalee area. As soon as they saw those bikes, they were so excited. They did not care if they were used or not. Several years ago, the bicycle club began organizing a community drive to collect used bikes for distribution to the needy. Since 2008, the club has brought almost 500 bicycles from Sanibel to impoverished residents of Immokalee. Fridays shipment totaled 40 bicycles. After the schoolchildren chose theirs, 10 bikes were set aside for Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, which ministers to the local poor. Another 10 were given to people who arrived on foot to ask whether any were left, Padilla noted. Mike Miller, president of the bicycle club, noted that many Sanibel residents had contributed in the project. He cited Billy Kirkland, owner of Billys Bikes and Rentals, who contributed supplies for bike repairs and assisted in transportation, and the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, which provided storage space for the bikes while they were being refurbished. Being able to distribute the bicycles during the holidays was especially rewarding for club members, Miller added. Fourth grader Kassandra Garcia of Immokalee Community School poses with the bicycle she received free from the Sanibel Bicycle Club. RCMA photo/Daniel Fell Sonia Domingo, a fourth grader at Immokalee Community School, happily rolls a bike away from the flatbed trailer where members of the Sanibel Bicycle Club unloaded them. RCMA photo/Daniel Fell. 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! Come on in f or some l ast-minute GIF T I T EMS Gi f t Bas k ets an d Gi f t Car d s a l so avai l a bl e ned, fresh and fun! Ma Ma Ma Ma M Ma rk rk rk rk rk et et et et t o o o o o pe pe pe pe e p pe n n n n n n 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 da da da da d a da ys ys ys ys ys y : : : : : : 11 11 11 11 11 1 1 a a a a a a a a .m .m .m .m .m m m m . . to to to to to t to o 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 p p p p p p p p .m m .m .m .m m .m m . Re Re Re Re R R e st st st st s st au au au au au a u u ra ra ra ra a nt nt nt nt n : : : : Su Su Su Su Su n. n. n. n. T T T T T hu hu hu hu h hu hu h h h r. r. r. r. r 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 a. a. a. a. a a a. m. m. m. m. m 9 9 9 9 9 9 p p p p p p .m .m .m .m .m .m m . . | | | | | | Fr Fr Fr Fr Fr Fr r i. i. i. i. i. i. S S S S S S S S S at at at at at at a . . 11 11 11 1 11 11 11 11 a a a a a a .m .m m .m .m m m m . . 10 10 10 10 10 1 10 10 0 p p p p p p p .m .m .m .m .m .m m . . 17 17 17 17 17 7 17 65 65 65 65 5 65 65 0 0 0 0 0 0 Sa Sa Sa Sa Sa Sa n n n n n n Ca Ca C Ca Ca C rl rl rl rl l rl r os os os os os os B B B B B B ou ou ou ou ou o le le le le e e va va va va a va rd rd rd rd rd d rd , , Ft Ft Ft Ft Ft Ft F t . . My My My My My M My My My er er er er er er e s, s, s, s, s, s, s, F F F F F F F L L L L L L 33 33 33 33 33 33 3 93 93 93 93 93 93 93 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 23 23 23 23 23 23 9. 9. 9. 9. 9 9 48 48 48 48 48 48 2. 2. 2. 2 2. 2. 67 67 67 67 67 67 65 65 65 65 65 65 | | | | | | Sa Sa Sa Sa Sa Sa Sa Sa nd nd nd nd nd nd nd yB yB yB yB yB yB yB ut ut ut ut ut ut ut ut le le le le le le r. r. r. r. r. r. r r co co co co co co co co co m m m m m m m m m m Locally ow Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702or email press@riverweekly.com

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 20114 Junior League Joins PACE Center For LunchThe Sustainer Members of the Junior League of Fort Myers created a special holiday celebration for more than 50 female students of the PACE Center for Girls at an annual holiday luncheon hosted at the home of Stephanie Miller, a PACE Advisory Board Member, on Tuesday, December 6. The PACE Center for Girls is a notfor-profit organization that provides education, prevention, intervention and diversion services for at-risk girls and young women ages 12 to 17. The PACE Center is one of many local organizations the Junior League of Fort Myers supports. Using personal and community donations, Sustainer Members of the Junior League of Fort Myers gave PACE students stockings filled with fashion accessories, school and personal care items. (Sustainer Members of the Junior League of Fort Myers have served at least 6 years of active service with the League.) A holiday feast was also provided by the League Sustainers in order to help celebrate the girls successes in 2011. Luncheon speakers included Gail Markham, PACE chair, and Carolyn Baker-McCord, president of Junior League of Fort Myers. The Junior League of Fort Myers, Inc., a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. For more information about Junior League, call 239-277-1197 or visit www. jlfm.org. Radel Speaks At Montage Womens ClubThe Montage Womens Club of Greater Fort Myers recently had radio host and anchorman Trey Radel of Fox News 92.5 speak to the group of more than 60 women at The Landings Restaurant regarding the U.S. Forces Fund that he and his wife, Amy Wegmann, have established to help our military heroes at home and abroad. The U.S. Forces Fund is committed to improving the quality of life of active duty and veteran Armed Forces personnel. The Montage group has contributed to this fund and also sent a multitude of Christmas stockings full of goodies to our local soldiers serving overseas through the Red Cross office on Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers. In addition, the Montage Charities Committee has collected and donated 60 dresses for the Pace Center For Girlscontinued on page 6 Back row from left to right: Shamie Kelly, Lucy Mastej, Lynne Adams, Pam Dorchak, Jeanne Dozier, Sandra Stilwell and Suze Kyle. Front row seated from left to right: Sandra Raak, Karyl Davis, Carolyn Baker-McCord and Kim Hunt D AILY FEAT U RE S $ $ 99 $ $ 99 Under New Ownership Its Back!!! Happy Wednesdays Each & Every Wednesday 4pm til 9pm Grand Seafood Buet $ 1 7 9 9 Adults $ 9 0 0 children under 10 Go b ac k f or 2n d s, 3r d s, 4t h s, 5t h s. Eat a ll y ou want Ma k e me cr y A laskan Snow Crab Le g s, Roast Beef, Baked Ham, Pork Loin, Turkey, Gulf Shrimp, Chicken Specialties, BBQ Spareribs, Fried Shrimp, Steame d C l ams & Musse l s, Beer Batter Fis h Ita l ian Specia l ties, Potato, Fres h Vegeta bl es & Sea f oo d Specia l ties, Raw Bar Oysers, C l ams, Peel-n-Eat Shrimp, Carving Station, Fruit & Salad Bar, Dessert Bar assorted cakes, pies & cheesecakes, and much, much more! Its Great!!! Its Enormous!!! Its Reasonable!!! Its Delicious!!! Trey Radel

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 20115 Residents who attended the Holiday Carol Sing at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers on Tuesday, December 13 contributed plenty of canned goods and cash to help the Everyday Marketplace & Caf (formerly known as The Soup Kitchen) of CCMI feed the hungry in Southwest Florida. Approximately 4,500 pounds of food was donated at the 21st Annual Holiday Carol Sing, which was sponsored and organized by the Galloway Family of Dealerships. The canned goods will be distributed immediately to families in need, according to event organizers. It is so gratifying to see our community coming together to help those less fortunate, especially during these difficult economic times. The need has never been greater, said event founder Sam Galloway, Jr. About 3.000 people attended the three performances, which featured a sing-a-long with the First Presbyterian Church Choir, special guest soloists and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Holiday Carol Sing is the third of three annual community sing-a-longs presented by First Presbyterian Church and sponsored by the Galloway Family of Dealerships. The other two are Mrs. Edisons Hymn Sing in February (planned next for February 7 as part of the Edison Festival of Light) and A Midsummer Nights Sing in July. All three events benefit the Everyday Marketplace & Caf of CCMI, which was founded as The Soup Kitchen by First Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers in 1984. The Holiday Carol Sing and two hymn sings are major sources of support for CCMI, which is an innovative non-profit 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. For more information about CCMI, call 239-332-SOUP or visit www. ccmileecounty.com. Thomas Dougherty, Jr., with his greatgrandmother Theresa Kellum and grandmother Kathy Galloway CCMI Board Member Father Richard Grady enjoys the Holiday Carol Sing with his wife, Ella Louise Ittner of North Fort Myers and Dennis Cloud of South Fort Myers welcomed everyone at the entrance to First Presbyterian Church. Frankie and Jasmin Henriquez tell Santa what they want for Christmas at the Holiday Carol Sing Holiday Carol Sing Collects Food, Raises Money For The Soup Kitchen Susan and Drew Chicone with baby Lucy 2023 ALTAMONT AVE NEXT TO PUBLIX 332-3945FIRST STREETLIQUORS 10% off on purchase over $30. Any liquors & wines with this ad. Mon thru Thu 10am 9pm Jim and Vonzell Franklin of Fort Myers Geoff Hanlon of Orlando and April Barfus of Plantation Sam Galloway, Jr., enjoys the Holiday Carol Sing with Dianne Craig of Ford Motor Company, who was visiting from Atlanta Pastor Paul deJong of First Presbyterian Church with Sam Galloway, Jr Kalyn Hayduk and Gregg Snowden of Fort Lauderdale and Juan Dominguez of Miami

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 20116 Students Receive Early Holiday Gift Children participating in Quality Life Centers youth programs were treated to a fun-filled day at Walt Disney World, courtesy of a generous donor. Fifty-two children and teenagers earned the trip by exhibiting good behavior at school and during after-school activities. Excited children, mostly from low-income families, as well as parents and volunteers were on the road before 5 a.m. last Saturday, heading for the park. The kids loved the rides, danced on stage with Disney characters and enjoyed a new experience. Quality Life Center would like to thank City Councilman Tom Leonardo and all the volunteers who chaperoned the children around the park and our anonymous donor who paid for all tickets, meals and transportation. Since 1992, the non-profit Quality Life Center of Southwest Florida, Inc. has been providing programs to support education, youth enrichment, personal development, community development and social services for youths and their families in the Fort Myers area. Quality Life Center relies on private donations and grant funding to provide these program services. Quality Life Center is located at 3210 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in Fort Myers. Visit us online at www.qualitylifecenter.org. From page 4Radel SpeaksLove That Dress 2011 auction and had enough donations to provide a huge amount of towels, rugs, blankets and food to both the Lee County Animal Shelter and the Gulf Coast Animal Shelter. The group continues to meet once a month on Thursdays at The Landings in Fort Myers. Hortoons JLFM Stuffs Turkeys And Thanksgiving Fixings Into BagsThe Junior League of Fort Myers (JLFM) is pleased to announce that our leagues volunteers assembled 20 bags of Thanksgiving fixings that were donated to CCMI Montessori pre-schoolchildren and their families for the holiday. The meals included mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, cornbread, cranberry sauce, a big frozen turkey and a pumpkin pie. A particular highlight was witnessing the little childrens smiles after they were given a big bag of goodies. The event was de emed a great success. Junior League of Fort Myers members with the turkeys they donated to CCMI On March 3, you will have a chance to take off with the Junior League of Fort Myers at this years Annual Spring Gala, dubbed Passport To Europe. Guests will travel to six European destinations including France, Germany, United Kingdom, Spain, Greece and Italy without packing a single suitcase. Each stop will feature cultural cuisine, entertainment and activities unique to the region. Attendees will be given a passport listing all the activities and destinations to visit while on their journey with the Junior League. A silent auction featuring eclectic and exciting lots will be one stop along the road. Food and cocktail tasting booths will be sprinkled throughout the landscape and live music will top off the evening. Passport To Europe will be hosted at The Atrium, located on the corner of College Parkway and Winkler Avenue, on Saturday, March 3 from 7 to 10 p.m. The Junior League of Fort Myers is currently accepting silent auction items and event sponsorships for Passport To Europe. For more information on this jaunt with the Junior League, contact event organizers Andrea McKiddie at 239-770-5345, Andrea@SimplifyPR.com or Amanda Gavini at Amanda@Chicos. com This event is being organized to raise money to continue with this and all of our community projects which will enable us to help more children and families in need. For more information about Junior League, visit us online at www.jlfm.org. Junior Leagues Annual Spring Gala Features Passport To Europe Fundraiser Read us online at IslandSunNews.com

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7 THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 2011 Goss To Speak At Republican Women LunchThe January Luncheon Meeting of the Lee Republican Women Federated will be held on Monday, January 9. The guest speaker will be Chauncey Goss, candidate for Floridas 14th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives and a resident of Sanibel. Social hour begins at 11:15 a.m., with lunch and program to follow at the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 12601 University Drive in Fort Myers. The all-inclusive cost is $16 per person. To make reservations, call 239-4329389 or send an e-mail to cindylignelli222@gmail.com. Alva Craft ShowThe Alva Community Center is looking for craft vendors for their upcoming Craft Show that will be held on Saturday, February 4. The show will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Alva Community Park, located at 21471 North River Road in Alva. Spaces are available for a nominal fee of $10. (Tables, tents, chairs, etc. are not provided). Public admission will be free. For further information on this event or to become a vendor, contact Sandra Bates by calling 239-728-2882 or sending an e-mail to BatesSW@leegov.com. Girl Scouts In Need Of VolunteersThis year, Girl Scouts is celebrating 100 years of leadership As the scouts celebrates this milestone, more adult volunteers are needed to start new troops and share the Girl Scout Leadership Experience with more girls in the community. Anyone interested in inspiring girls to do great things through becoming a troop leader or volunteering in another capacity, contact Amanda Jacob, director of Volunteer Management at 800-232-4475 ext. 406 or amandaj@gsgcf.org. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Inc. is chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA and serves over 10,500 girls in 10 counties including Manatee, Hardee, Highlands, Sarasota, DeSoto, Charlotte, Glades, Lee, Hendry, and Collier. For more information about the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, visit www.gsgcf.org. SFCA Helps Needy Children In Third World CountriesOne of Southwest Florida Christian Academys second grade classes found a special way to show Gods love this Christmas. Having the desire to bless as many children as they could, the students in Mrs. Fulwiders class started a Christmas Jar back in October. This one small class collected $400.98! Working with World Vision, the students chose to purchase the following items for needy children: Bibles, food, chickens, a goat, fruit trees, care for three orphans, medicine and education for one child. On Christmas Day, as our students open their own Christmas presents, they will smile knowing that they have shared Gods love in a special way. Mrs. Fulwiders second grade class at Southwest Florida Christian Academy N ellie s U p stairs Wat e rsid e BarHappy Hour All Day, Everyday with Live musi c t oo! L Snacks in Between 11am-10pm, Plus Live MusicFREE with Dock Attendants Assistance 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., 30, 2011 MAKE YOUR NEW YEARS EVE PLANS WITH NERVOUS NELLIES! MAKE YOUR NEW YEARS EVE PLANS WITH NERVOUS NELLIES!

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 20118 Along The RiverFor some people, their favorite thing to make for Christmas dinner is... reservations! There are numerous options to answer their collective call. The casual, contemporary Sunshine Grille is open for lunch and dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Chef Tao and Chef Migel have created an exciting menu featuring soups, salads, appetizers, wood-fired flatbreads and a large selection of homemade comfort foods, wood-grilled steaks and fresh seafood. Theres something for every taste, from the all-American cheeseburger to sesame crusted salmon and grilled rack of lamb, each prepared on the wood-fired grill. Delectable holiday favorites are also featured for the special dates. Christmas Eve lunch is served 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with dinner continuing to 8 p.m. Christmas Day lunch and dinner service is 1 to 8 p.m. Sunshine Grille is located at 8700 Gladiolus Drive in Fort Myers. Reservations are accepted. Call 489-2233. Shoals Restaurant & Wine Bar Shoals is serving a special Christmas Eve menu on Saturday, December 24. Choose from 12 ounce prime rib with fresh au jus, mashed potatoes and garden vegetables for $25; rack of lamb with berry reduction, red bliss potatoes and French beans with shallots for $32; or roasted turkey with homemade gravy, mashed potatoes and garden vegetables for $18. Reservations are suggested. Enhance your dining experience with a choice selection from over 500 different wines, offered at retail pricing, to enhance your meal. Selections from the The Sandy Butler Market next door may be purchased and enjoyed in the dining room for a corkage fee of just $5, for a delicious and budget-friendly experience. The Sandy Butler is continuing its popular cheese classes through December, during which time Sally and Carmine demonstrate how to make the perfect cheese platter and what wines to pair with it. The classes are only $10 each and are at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. Each class is 30 minutes. Purchase a ticket for $10 and receive $10 voucher to be used toward your next purchase of $25. Seating is limited seating and reservations are required. The Sandy Butler Market and Shoals Restaurant & Wine Bar are located at 17650 San Carlos Boulevard in Fort Myers. The market is open seven days per week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Restaurant hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. They are both closed on Christmas Day. For more information, call 482-6765 or go to www.sandybutler.com. On Sunday, December 25 from 1 to 8 p.m., The Edison Restaurant & Bar serves its annual Christmas Day buffet. The price is $21.95 per adult, $12.95 for kids age 7 to 12, and $7.95 for ages 6 and under. Main courses include sausage rigatoni, herb roasted chicken, chestnut tilapia, carved roasted sirloin with rich beef gravy and carved honey baked ham with butterscotch glaze. Side cars include glazed carrots, eggplant ratatouille, garlic mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts and bacon, herb roasted Yukon Gold potatoes and a bread display. Dessert selections include apple pie, brownies, sugar cookies, strawberry cheesecake and chocolate turtle cheesecake. The Edison Restaurant & Bar is open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and cocktails. It is located at 3583 McGregor Boulevard. Call 936-9348 or go to www. edisonfl.com. If Fort Myers Beach is more your scene, celebrate the holidays with family and friends at Nervous Nellies Crazy Waterfront Eatery. Nervous Nellies is a casual, family-fun restaurant that boasts a large selection of appetizers, salads, fresh seafood, 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. Enjoy happy hour all day, every day at Uglys. Whether you arrive by land or sea, parking for patrons of Nellies and Uglys is free. If you are traveling by boat, marine dockage is available at the Snug Harbour Marina with dock attendants assistance. The GPS coordinates are 2627.41 N 81.18 W. Nervous Nellies Crazy Waterfront Eatery is located at 1131 First Street in Fort Myers Beach in the historic Baywalk district. Call 463-8077 or go to www.nervousnellies.net. Dont forget your furry friends this holiday season! Island Paws carries only the finest pet products and supplies for your best friend. Special orders are available for that hard-to-find gift or your pets special needs. Island Paws is located at 630 Tarpon Bay Road on Sanibel in the Olde Sanibel Shoppes. Call 395-1464 or go to www. islandpaws.com. Rock in the holiday season with live music at Nervous Nellies on Fort Myers Beach The Sunshine Grille team welcomes you to their new, exciting location 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 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.

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9 THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 2011 Busters Sports Tavern & Family Eatery Offers Great Food, ValueDrop into Busters for great food, drink and value served in a friendly neighborhood atmosphere. The restaurant, which is under new ownership, offers an inspired array of hand-tossed pizza, wings, subs and burgers that are sure to satisfy everyone in your group, every time. In addition to a year-round menu of local favorites, Busters offers lunch daily starting at $5.99 and a full dinner menu highlighted by nightly specials. Happy hour is daily from 2 to 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close. Busters has recently reintroduced its popular Grand Seafood Buffet on Wednesdays. Enjoy all-you-can eat Alaskan Snow Crab legs, roast beef, baked ham, pork loin, turkey, Gulf shrimp, chicken, BBQ spareribs, fried shrimp, steamed clams and mussels, beer-battered fish, potatoes, fresh vegetables, raw oysters, fruit and salad bar, and of large selection of sweet delights. The cost is $17.99 for adults and $9 for children under 10. Stop in for NFL action and take advantage of game day specials, pool tables, shuffleboard and video games. Are you a Pats fan? Busters is home to the New England Patriots Fan Club. The Pats next face the Miami Dolphins on Saturday, December 24. Kick-off is 1 p.m. Busters is located at 16681 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers near the Sanibel Causeway. It is open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Carry-out and gift cards are available. Call 466-4144 or go to www.busterseatery.com. Busters is a perfect place for casual outings of all sizes April and Joe Hendrickson make guests feel like family Lakes ParkFRIDAYS9 am 1 pm 7330 Gladiolus Dr., Ft. Myers, FL Nov 4, 2011 thru April 27, 2012Sanibel Island SUNDAYS8 am 1 pm 800 Dunlop Rd., City Hall Next to Library Nov 6, 2011 thru April 29, 2012GREAT VENDORSThe Best Thing GrowingFruits Vegetables Breads Honey Soaps Jams SeafoodMuch Much More! BtT h Lk Sibl HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM FARMERS MARKET STAFF CLOSED CHRISTMAS HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM FARMERS MARKET STAFF CLOSED CHRISTMAS 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 23, 201110 Treasure! The Exhibition On Display January 14 To May 20 Only At The Imaginarium Science CenterGo on a modern-day treasure hunt at the Imaginarium Science Center! The expedition for treasure begins on January 14 at the Imaginarium, where guests will use modern technology and the tools-of-the-trade to uncover a variety of treasures, as well as the science, history, stories and personalities behind this contemporary quest. For centuries, the appeal of hidden riches, promises of great fortune and caches of untold prizes have lured treasure hunters seeking fame, fortune, and answers. Treasure buried treasure, sunken treasure, attic treasure has an allure that has drawn people in for some amazing adventures throughout history. Now, the Imaginarium brings the hunt to you with an interactive exhibition that puts the gold in your hands. Treasure! The Exhibition explores the history of treasures and treasure hunting, the technology and tools used to find it and the people and personalities that hunt for treasure like you! Guests will discover artifacts of ancient shipwrecks and take the controls of a remote-operated vehicle (ROV) used to uncover underwater treasures. Relive the gold rush and try panning for gold, then experiment with metal detectors or embark on a geocache using GPS navigation, for a modern-day treasure hunting experience. This exhibition explores and answers the questions: What is treasure? Who hunts for treasure? Why do they hunt treasure? How do people hunt for treasure? What do you treasure? Explore these questions and take part in your own treasure hunt when you visit the Imaginarium. Treasure! The Exhibition offers seven thematic areas and hands-on activities that invite visitors to try the tools of treasure hunting, while they investigate and learn how to protect treasures. Special exhibit features also include actual artifacts from shipwrecks and other treasure sites. Visitors embark on their own quest to explore: Underwater Treasure, Buried Treasure, Gold Rushes, Treasures In The Attic, Treasure In Popular Culture, and then move on to The Modern Treasure Hunt and Protecting Treasure. THEMATIC AREAS OF TREASURE! Underwater Treasure Sunken treasure, lost aboard ships that never arrived at their destinations, has long been the object of pursuit for treasure hunters. This part of the exhibit examines who are these hunters, what tools they use to locate treasure, and what they find. Actual shipwreck artifacts are part of this module and its highlight is a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) where guests will go hands on to operate an ROV underwater. Buried Treasure Pirate booty, the Knights Templar and hoards of gold are popular themes in treasure lore, movies, and books, but some of it really exists! This area investigates how people hunt for buried treasure and what they find. As part of uncovering potential hidden items, metal detecting is explored. Here, visitors can experiment with metal detectors and learn how they work in this part of the exhibit that bridges Buried Treasure and the Modern Treasure Hunt. Gold Rushes The gold rushes of the 19th century are slipping further into history but their impact remains in many parts of the North America. However, thanks to the recent resurgence of gold prices in the news and TV shows popularizing its search, the gold rush is back! This part of the exhibit puts the hunt for gold into the hands of visitors with an actual gold panning activity. Then, visitors are invited to be worth their weight in gold with our special scale. Biographical sketches, timelines and maps put the gold rushes in context. Treasures In The Attic Bringing the treasure closer to home, the attic module shows visitors how to find treasures in everyday objects. Family heirlooms and even long-lost toys may hold hidden value. Treasure hunting is often thought of as someone elses activity, but most of us pursue our own version of treasure in one way or another. The attic invites people to consider, what do you treasure? Treasure In Popular Culture A popular theme across cultures, games, books, movies and TV shows are full of treasure stories. Even breakfast cereal and license plates have been touched by our thirst for riches and the adventure of treasure hunting. The Modern Treasure Hunt Contemporary treasure hunting employs exciting technology including metal detectors, but many other tools are also used. In this area, visitors will consider the various ways that people find their way (maps, compasses, landmarks) and other navigation devices, including the Global Positioning System and the meteoric rise of geocaching. A family-friendly outdoor activity, geocaching first appeared in 2001 and now boasts hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts. Using GPS receivers, players hide and seek treasure purely for fun. In this exhibit section, visitors will have an opportunity to explore geocaching and its use for modern-day treasure hunting adventures. Protecting Treasure Once a treasure has been found, how can it be protected? To what extremes will people go to protect treasure or to steal it? Visitors try their hand at opening a safe in this area and learn about the methods used to secure discovered treasure. In addition to this educational and visually impressive interactive exhibition, the Imaginarium offers a supplemental education guide and will hold an exciting supporting event. On Saturday, February 5, the Imaginarium will host an Atocha author multimedia presentation with real-life treasure hunter, Pat Clyne, author of The Atocha Odyssey, who along with Mel Fisher helped discover the Atocha. Discover what it takes to be a treasure hunter and hear the story of one of the greatest discoveries of sunken treasure ever found. The event includes a multi-media presentation, book signing and admission to the Treasure! exhibition for just $15 per person. Reservations are required as seating is limited. Get ready to go on your own quest for Treasure! only at the Imaginarium, located at 2000 Cranford Avenue in Fort Myers, January 14 to May 20. For more information, call 239-321-7420, visit us at www.imaginariumfortmyers. com or Like us on Facebook at imaginariumfortmyers to get the latest updates. Childrens Holiday Treats Cooking CampThe Cape Coral Parks & Recreation Department is conducting a holiday cooking camp, which teaches kitchen safety along with basic nutrition and preparation of several different holiday treats. The hands-on lab will feature take-home treats and more. The camp, open to participants ages 7 to 13 years old, will be held from Monday, December 26 to Friday, December 30 from 9 a.m. until noon daily. It will be conducted at Yacht Club Community Park, located at 5819 Driftwood Parkway in Cape Coral. Cost is $75 for residents or $105 for non-residents. Major credit cards are accepted for your convenience. Call 574-0806 for additional information. FIND US Seafood, Steaks & Pastas Food Atmosphere Service 1/2 10/7/11 OPEN FOR CHRISTMAS EVE RESERVE NOW FOR NEW YEARS EVE5pm, 7pm, 9pm Seatings $50-$75 per person FOUR COURSE DINNER MUSIC & DANCING12984 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers 239-433-4449 EVERY DAY EARLY BIRD 4 pm 6 pmTwo Dinners for $19.99Michael Bratta & Brenda Biddle invite you to Wine, Dine & Relax in our newly renovated dining room.LIVE MUSIC NIGHTLYDance Floor Try Our Chicago Favorite Chicken Vesuvio HAPPY HOUR 4 pm 6:30 pm 1/2 price drinks and discount appetizers SERVING LUNCHMon-Fri 11 am 4 pm Dinner 7 days 4 pm closeBennigans, Biddles & now Brattas has never tasted so good!!! LUNCH COUPONBuy One Lunch Entre Get One FREE Up to $9Not valid with any other coupon or promotion. Not valid on holidays. Exp. 12/30/11Go to our website for additional coupons www.brattasristorante.comIf You Liked Biddles on Summerlin, You will LOVE Brattas on 41 Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email press@riverweekly.com

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 201111 FGCU Students Initiate Program For CCMIFlorida Gulf Coast University students recently introduced a new program to Community Cooperative Ministries, Inc. in an effort to relieve hunger in Lee County. As a part of their Civic Engagement class, FGCU students were asked to create a community-outreach project in which they focused on the issue of hunger and worked with CCMI to establish the Groceries On Wheels program. An outgrowth of CCMIs Meals On Wheels, Groceries On Wheels delivers groceries to approximately 30 senior clients currently in the Meals On Wheels program who cannot get to the grocery store and do not have money to pay for groceries or grocery services. The groceries are packaged at CCMIs Everyday Marketplace in Fort Myers then delivered to seniors in the greater Lee County area, including Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres. FGCU students organized fundraisers and food drives to underwrite to the $500 cost of the first months deliveries. Gulf Coast Village in Cape Coral and The Plantation community in Fort Myers both held fundraisers and food drives to help support the program kickoff. The packaged groceries include peanut butter, oatmeal, fresh bananas and oranges, applesauce, canned chicken, fruit, vegetables and soup, tuna fish, crackers, granola bars and tea. In order to continue this program and its efforts, CCMI is looking for groups, businesses, churches or individuals who would like to fund a month worth of groceries for 30 seniors at $500 or adopt a senior in the program for $20 a month. CCMI is an innovative non-profit 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 their 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. 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, the 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. For more information, visit www. ccmileecounty.com. FGCU students help out with the Groceries On Wheels program Groceries On Wheels team leader Kelly DeBoy, left, with FGCU students participating in the program GulfCoast.DecoratingDen.com

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Churches/TemplesALL FAITHS UNITARIAN CONGREGATION Member of UUA 2756 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers Six blocks south of the Edison/Ford Winter Estates; 2 miles N 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 9 a.m. Divine Liturgy Sunday 10 a.m. 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 239-850-3943, 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 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, 481-3233; 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 BEGINNINGS CENTER New Home Church, 8505 Jenny Cae Lane, North Fort Myers, 239-656-0416 Weekly Friday Meeting Meet & Greet: 6:30 p.m. Kingdom Teaching: 7 p.m. Fellowship & Refreshments after service. nbcministry@embarqmail.com, www.facebook. com/nbcministry. Alex & Patricia Wiggins, Ministers 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 334-4978continued on page 13THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 201112

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 201113 The Sanibel Diamond Store | Jerry's Shopping Center | 1700 Periwinkle Way Sanibel Island, Florida 33957 | 1-800-850-6605 | (239) 472-1454 | SanibelDiamond.comTHE WORLD'S MOST EXQUISITE DIAMOND e Convertible Collection continues to grow. Look for this trademarkMade in the USA Christmas Worship ScheduleSt. Peter Lutheran Church in Fort Myers Beach will offer two Candlelight Christmas Eve worship services, at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. On Christmas Day, there will be one worship service, at 10:30 a.m. On January 1, St. Peter will host one worship service at 10:30 a.m., with special guests Spirited A Visitation from Jonathan and Janet. Daily columnist/ humorist Jonathan Richard Cring and artist/musician Janet Clazzy, who make up Spirited, have scheduled St. Peter as one of many visitations during their 2012: Six Words Tour. This service at St. Peter will be a wonderful way to begin the new year with music, humor and spirit. St. Peter Lutheran Church is located at 3751 Estero Blvd. in Fort Myers Beach. For more information, call the church office at 239-463-4251. From page 12Churches/TemplesSenior Minister: Douglas Kelchner Traditional Worship Sundays 10:15 a.m. Website: www.edisonchurch.org UNITARIAN 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, Interim Pastor Jim Eggert Pastor Peter Weeks Sunday Services: 8:30 a.m. Traditional; 10 a.m. Blended Traditional and Contemporary; 11:30 a.m. Contemporary. Childrens Sunday School, Adult /Teen Bible Classes, 10 a.m. Read us online at IslandSunNews.com

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 201114 ISLAND MARINE SERVICES, INC. NEW MOTOR SALES REBUILT POWERHEADS FACTORY TRAINED MERCURY MARINER JOHNSON EVINRUDE SUZUKI YAMAHA OMC I/O'S MERCRUISER 1Courteous 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 Mullet Mayhemby Capt. Matt MitchellForget all that wishing for a white Christmas stuff and give me these near-perfect days we have had with highs in the low 80s and light winds. I cant think of anything I prefer to do Christmas week than riding 40 miles of crab pot lines along the beaches searching for that 20-pound plus tripletail and all while wearing shorts. My fingers are crossed for a Christmas day in the 80s. Other people having a great Christmas this year are the mullet fishermen, as they are reporting record catches. With all the outdoor TV reality shows like Deadlest Catch, Swamp People and Big Shrimpin, filming our local mullet run and the captains that chase them would make much better TV than any of those. The amount of mullet and boats chasing the mullet as the huge schools of fish make their way from the bay out through the passes and into the gulf was just plain crazy. I do not ever remember seeing so many mullet in at least the last 10 years as Im seeing right now. While fishing in a pass one day this week, I saw mullet so thick they bounced off the underneath of the boat and you could feel them running into your motor as you idled around. This huge amount of spawning mullet our estuaries produced this year is really a gauge of the health of our local waters. While out gulfside about a mile west of Captiva Pass this week, I came across 100-plus mullet boats all bouncing off each other while throwing cast nets to get in on the millions of balled-up fish right before they spawn. Cast nets were so full, it often took two or three guys to pull them in. Boats were filled to the gunnels. Some of these captains load their boats almost to the point of sinking to bring home the cash. With roe mullet selling for a $1.20 per pound, there are thousands of dollars per boat being made every day right now. It is rare this time of year that conditons are calm when this annual mullet run is happening. Traffic in my neighborhood on Pine Island is about as busy as it gets. When there is a police officer directing traffic and letting mullet boats on trailers out onto the main road from the boat ramp at 9 p.m., you know everyone is making mullet money right now. Semi-truck after semi-truck goes on and off the island, leaving loaded with the roe mullet heading for the processing plant up near Tampa. Living on an island where a lot of residents make their income from fishing, and have for many generations, its great to see these guys catch a break. Any kind of commercial fishing is hard work and I have a lot of respect for anyone who can legally make a living doing it. The snook and redfish bite was a little slow for me this week. While out with clients, I ended up doing some other things to keep the rods bent. The best catchand-release snook action I found was right under my boat and around the docks at the marina in St. James City. When dumping my baitwell out at the end of a day, the snook were blowing up. Playing around after work one day, I caught one snook in the 30-inch range and saw a few real monsters in the 40-inch range laid up and feeding on shrimp tidbits. These fish are almost impossible to pull out of the pilings but they sure show how strong they are in such close quarters. Catch-and-release trout action was strong this week, with some bigger trout being caught in the super skinny water. I am also starting to consistently catch more and more flounder with a few keepers in the mix. There was also a lot of good catch-and-release gag grouper action in the bay. Almost every place I tried for snook and redfish produced a few gag grouper. These grouper move into shallower water during the winter and are quite often caught throughout the bay while targeting other species. Gag grouper season remains closed through March 31. The constant changes to the grouper regulations make a lot of honest fisherman poachers. I make my living fishing and find the new rules on grouper confusing at best. Im on the FWC website all the time and just cannot seem to stay up on the constantly changing grouper regs. To close recreational grouper fishing at all just does not make any sense to me as recreational anglers take such a small percentage of the annual catch in comparison to commercial boats. In my opinion, the gag grouper should be made a sport fish and closed to commercial fishing altogether.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 e-mail 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. A 9and 10-pound tripletail caught by Jerry Raffa of New Jersey while fishing with Capt. Matt Mitchell this week BOAT RENTALSFishing Cabbage KeyDolphin Watching Captains Available472-5800Jensens Marina Captiva Island

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15 THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 2011 Ospreyfest!Ospreys on Sanibel and Captiva are currently exhibiting courting and mating behavior (dating and mating) and will start incubating eggs in mid-January. The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) will present Ospreyfest! to celebrate this official beginning of the 2012 osprey breeding season. Ospreyfest! is sponsored by the Sanibel Captiva Trust Company, with Baileys General Store as wine sponsor, and will take place at Traditions on the Beach at 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 15. Prior to a delicious three-course dinner, created and served by the award-winning staff of Traditions, Dave Hortoon Horton will whip up impromptu drawings of ospreys for auction later in the evening. A silent auction will also take place prior to dinner, with osprey-related items including a nest with chicks etched into glass by Luc Century; a framed acrylic by Timothy Parker; a print of a Laura Ball acrylic; installation of a nesting platform by The International Osprey Foundation (TIOF); a Rick Zurbriggen photo on canvas; a signed, numbered print by Ikki Matsumoto; a photo by Terry Baldwin; a canoe adventure for two with Mark Bird Westall; a life-size osprey kite/mobile; and an excursion to a number of active nests with a TIOF Nestwatch team; plus a gift basket including a $500 certificate from Lily & Company Jewelry Gallery. The highlight of the evening will be a live auction of Darryl Pottorfs stunning depiction of a young osprey, which is valued at $22,000 and on display at Bank of the Islands. After the auction, Burns will present The Story of Ospreys, with lifelike osprey calls performed by Bird Westall. All proceeds of the event go toward the care and feeding of wildlife patients at CROW. Additional sponsorships are available for $100 (Hatchling), $250 (Nestling), $500 (Fledgling admits two to the event) and $1,000 (Fish Hawk admits four.) Admission to Ospreyfest! is $75 per person and limited to 175 celebrants. For more information and to reserve your place, contact CROW volunteer Debbie Friedlund at 472-6667 or sanibelfl@hotmail.com. Darryl Pottorfs original osprey artwork Reservations Required for All Cruises All Cruises(239)472-5300Cruises depart from beautiful Captiva Islandwww.captivacruises.com Call for departure time Give a Cruise Give a Cruise for Christmas for Christmas THE BEST WAY TO SEE THE ISLANDS IS FROM THE WATER THE BEST WAY TO SEE THE ISLANDS IS FROM THE WATER 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 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 lounge1/2 Price DrinksCall & Well Liquor, Draft Beer Selections, Select House Wine Boat Ramp Holiday HoursA popular county-owned marina on Pine Island is expanding holiday hours for recreational boaters. The Pine Island Commercial Marina known locally as the former Fishermans Coop will be open to all users including recreational boaters from Friday, December 23 through Monday, January 2. The marina is located at 6001 Maria Drive in St. James City, and is less than two miles south of Pine Islands four-way stop sign. The popular Lee County Parks & Recreation boat ramp gives access to the west side of Pine Island and premier fishing grounds of Pine Island Sound plus access to bridgeless barrier islands such as North Captiva, Cabbage Key and Cayo Costa. It usually is restricted to commercial vessel use on weekdays and typically is only open to recreational boaters and kayakers on weekends and county-recognized holidays. For the 11-day period starting December 23, hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The regular parking fee of $10 still applies, and the yellow Lee County Parks & Recreation parking stickers are honored in lieu of daily payment. For more information about this ramp and boat ramp locations, visit www. leeparks.org, or view the Lee County Boaters Guide by visiting www.lee-county.com and entering boaters guide in the search window. Call 239-229-7367 with questions related to Pine Island Commercial Marina. Free Guided Walk Through TimeDiscover the facts and folklore of years past as you stroll through Matanzas Pass Preserve while visiting the Calusa Indians, Spaniards, pirates, Koreshans, early settlers, and pioneers of Estero Island. Visit traditional craft vendors and demonstration areas and try some of the best jerk chicken and other food items the island has to offer. This guided walk takes place on Saturday, February 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to all ages. It is a great hands-on learning experience for the whole family. Reservations are encouraged but not required; to reserve a timeslot email vlittle@leegov.com. This free event is sponsored by the Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve, Red Coconut RV Resort, Estero Island Historic Society, Calusa Ghost Tours/Paddlesports, Tranquility Cove Massage and Lee County Parks & Recreation. Matanzas Pass Preserve is located at 199 Bay Road on Fort Myers Beach. Visit www.leeparks.org or call 533-7444 for more information. Guided WalksLee County Parks & Recreation invites visitors and residents to explore the ecosystem and wildlife at the beach parks, preserves and shorelines: Barrier Islands Guided Walk Join a Florida Master Naturalist as they lead you through Bowditch Point Park, located at 50 Estero Blvd. in Fort Myers Beach. Learn the importance of the barrier islands, their unique ecosystem, and how they protect the mainland. Explore the beach front tropical hardwoods, coastal scrub and wetland plant communities. Walks are held every Tuesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and every Friday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Parking is $1 per hour or free with a valid Lee County Parks & Recreation parking sticker. Meet on the upper patio for this free walk. Bowditch Point Park is at the north tip of Estero Island. Visit www.leeparks.org or call 239-533-7444 for more information. Low Tide Loafing at Sunset Join a naturalist and leisurely explore the mud flats at Bunche Beach, located at 18201 John Morris Road in Fort Myers Beach, to see what mysteries the low tide uncovers, and enjoy a beautiful Florida sunset as well. Bring a camera, sun protection, shoes that can get wet, bug spray and drinking water. The next walks are scheduled for January 10 and January 24 from 5 to 6 p.m. Parking is $1 per hour or free with a valid Lee County Parks & Recreation parking sticker. Meet at the picnic tables on the beach for this free guided walk. Visit www.leeparks.org or call 239-5337444 for more information. Mangrove Walk Take an educational and inspirational walk through Matanzas Pass Preserve, located at 199 Bay Road in Fort Myers Beach, out to the Estero Bay. Learn about the diverse plant community including a maritime oak hammock, transitional wetlands and a mangrove forest. Walks are held each Thursday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. This is a free walk and parking is free, but space is limited so come early. Meet at the entrance of Matanzas Pass Preserve, behind the Beach Library and School. Visit www. leeparks.org or call 239-533-7444 for more information. Exploring Ethnobotany Learn how indigenous plants can be used for such things as food, shelter, medicine and clothing. Find out about the historical importance of some of Floridas plants to humans. This program is offered the fourth Wednesday of every month from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The next programs are scheduled for December 28 and January 25. This is a free walk and parking is free, but space is limited so come early. Meet at the entrance to Matanzas Pass Preserve, located behind the Beach Library & School. For more information visit our website at www.leeparks.org or call (239) 533-7444.

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 201116 Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Exhibit Series The Northwest Regional Library, in partnership with the Charlotte Harbor National Estuaries Program (CHNEP), is excited to provide an enriching experience at the library. They will kick off the New Year with an outstanding exhibit and series of programs for all ages. Beginning on January 3 and running through February 15, you can view the CHNEPs visually exciting and informative exhibit during normal library hours at the Northwest Regional Library. The CHNEP is a unique community, government and professional partnership that protects estuaries and watersheds from Venice to Bonita Springs and northeast to Winter Haven. This partnership gives citizens, elected officials, resource managers, and commercial and recreational resource users in the area a voice in the management and stewardship of our fish and wildlife habitat, water quality and water flow. CHNEP and our partners are delighted to highlight the condition of our natural environment and how residents can maintain healthy waterways and restore natural habitats, said Lisa Beever, Director of the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program. Northwest Regional Library will also offer informative weekly programs covering Florida friendly landscaping, sea life in the estuaries, and the salt marsh ecosystem. In addition, the City of Cape Coral will present a special program to inform citizens how to get involved in Canal Watch, cleanup efforts and removal of invasive exotics. Families and children may be interested in the programs centered around the book Adventures in the Charlotte Harbor Watershed written by Carol Mahler. The Northwest Regional Library is located at 519 Chiquita Blvd. N. in Cape Coral and is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday from noon to 8 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library is closed on Sundays. The interactive presentation date and times can be found below. All programs are free and open to the public. A sign language interpreter is available with five business days notice to library staff. Assistive listening system available; request at desk. CHNEP Programs At The Northwest Regional Library Partners in Action to Preserve Our Environment Tuesday, January 3 at 4 p.m. Meet Lisa Beever, director of The Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, a partnership working to protect the natural environment. Learn how your neighbors citizens, businesses, agencies and organizations alike are working together on this important partnership. Shell provide both the watershed report and the water atlas; two recent items produced to help everyone understand our valuable natural resources, impacts to them and actions to protect them. Neighbor to Neighbor FloridaFriendly Landscaping Tuesday, January 10 at 4 p.m. Seventeen neighbors in Southwest Florida show how they transformed their diverse properties into beautiful oasis for people and wildlife that conserve precious water resources and reduce pollution but also save time and money. Warren Bush, chair of the CHNEP Citizens Advisory Committee and master gardener, answers questions and guides people to resources available. Sea Life in Southwest Florida Estuaries Tuesday, January 17 at 4 p.m. An estuary is where fresh water from the land mixes with the saltwater from the sea. Charlotte Harbor estuary also includes the tidal portion of the Myakka, Peace and Caloosahatchee rivers as well as the tidal portions of many creeks. Learn about the sea life that lives in the waters of our estuaries. Communications Manager Maran Hilgendorf answers questions and guides people to resources available, including guided wading trips into nearby waters. CHNEP Calendars: Beauty & Diversity through Donated Images Tuesday, January 31 at 4 p.m. Since 2005, CHNEP has created calendars of donated images that depict the beauty of the natural environment of southwest Florida. Communications Manager Maran Hilgendorf showcases select images of more than 2,000 donated images that show the beauty and diversity of the natural environment. Guidance is provided on how to submit images for the 2013 calendar. Understanding the Salt Marsh Ecosystem Tuesday, February 7 at 4 p.m. The salt marshes of southwest Florida are one of the most unique and rare in the United States, offering numerous ecosystem services to the community, including recreational, commercial, and aesthetic values. Learn about this ecosystem from Jim Beever of the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council. The City of Cape Coral & The Environment Monday, February 13 at 4 p.m. Harry Phillips, with the City of Cape Coral Environmental Resources Division discusses practices in the city that help protect the environment and how citizens can get involved in Canal Watch, cleanup efforts, removal of invasive exotics, and events to educate and motivate people to protect the natural environment. Video: Adventures in the Charlotte Harbor Watershed Tuesday, January 24 at 4 p.m. The Lee County School District turned the book, Adventures in the Charlotte Harbor Watershed, into a video with author Carol Mahler, five students from Manatee Elementary School in Lee County and others. Rick Tully, environmental education coordinator with the Lee County School District, guides us through the natural environment of southwest Florida, the eyes of the four animals featured in the book and local school children. Adventures on the Charlotte Harbor Watershed Saturday, January 7 at 11 a.m. (all ages); Saturday, January 28 at 11 a.m. (kids) Carol Mahler, author of Adventures in the Charlotte Harbor Watershed, and a professional storyteller, brings the story alive. Learn about the environment of southwest Florida through the adventures of four animals: a yellow-crowned nightheron on the Caloosahatchee River, an alligator on the Peace River, an otter on the Myakka River and a mullet in the estuaries. For more information on the exhibit, go to www.lee-county.com/library or call Telephone Reference at 239-479-INFO (4636). For more information on the CHNEP, visit www. www.chnep.org. Our E-Mail address is press@RiverWeekly.com An Inside Look At Wildlife Recovery The CROW Picture Show offers an insiders look at why critters come to CROW, and features photos of the wild animals who wind up there. Last year, CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife), Southwest Floridas only wildlife hospital, cared for 4,111 sick, injured, and orphaned animals. Of the more than 200 different species, 54 percent were birds, 38 percent mammals, and eight percent reptiles/amphibians/invertebrates. Due to restrictions imposed by governmental agencies, CROW cannot allow visitors to view patients in person. But in this 30-minute presentation, visitors can see photos of current and past patients, with commentary by Claudia Burns, a veteran clinic volunteer. The CROW Picture Show is on Friday December 23 at 11 a.m. in the CROW Healing Winds Visitor Education Center, located at 3883 Sanibel-Captiva Road, across from The Sanibel School. Admission for adults is $5, teens, $3, and free for members and children 12 and under. Admission includes the presentation, plus the opportunity to explore CROWs hands-on educational facility and become familiar with its efforts to save wildlife through compassion, care and education. For more information, call 472-3644 ext. 231. To learn more about CROW, visit www.crowclinic.org. Baby fawn being fed Baby otter being bottle fed Baby bobcat being fed photos courtesy of CROW Baby squirrel being fed

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 201117 thanks OUR PATIENTS CANT PAY THEIR BILLS BUT YOU CAN HELP INSURE THE ANIMALS AT CROW CROW is holiday season, double your donation to CROW patients contribute to the Boyd Challenge Grant Boyd Challenge GrantFor more information, visit www.crowclinic.org or phone 472-3644 ext. 227 for helping insure the care and feeding of our patientsGo to www.crowclinic.orgClick on Help Insure a CROW Patient Choose your favorite patient Make your pledge with a credit card Receive a certi cate with a photo of your chosen animal by reply e-mailFor more information, phone 472-3644 ext. 231Please thank our Case of the Week ad sponsor for supporting CROW: CROW Case Of The Week: Two Anhingasby Emilie AlfinoTwo anhingas were found near a pond in Fort Myers on October 30. They came in to CROW together they had to, they were attached at the beaks with a large amount of monofilament line keeping them that way. One had already died by the time they arrived at CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife). CROW staff first freed the living bird from the monofilament line and the dead bird. It was really sad because I have a feeling they might have been mates; its hard to tell, said Robin Bast, CROW wildlife rehabilitator. Usually anhingas arent incredibly social. The live anhinga, now free, had some missing tail feathers and a wound on his tail probably from the same fishing material. He was incredibly dehydrated, weak and thin. Staff removed all of the remaining fishing line and gave the bird subcutaneous fluids for his dehydration, as well as vitamin B. Vitamin B helps a little with appetite and strength, Bast explained. We cleaned up the wound on his tail and applied SSD topical antibiotics. He was tube fed and we force fed him some smelt twice a day. We also started him on oral antibiotics to prevent any secondary infections from setting in. A few days later, on November 2, the anhinga was very active when he was put in the tub while staff was cleaning his cage and getting ready for treatment. He wasnt eating well inside. Sometimes patients will do that when theyre stressed, especially anhingas, said Bast. But he next day he was very active again and apparently decided he was going to jump out of the tub on his own. Anhingas are also called snake birds because of their long necks, which enabled Bast to see him peeking his head out of the shower curtain before she heard the splash as the bird jumped out of the tub. If they could speak, he would have said, Im done with this, thank you very much, Bast predicted. The anhinga graduated to the outdoor extended care enclosure, where staff would continue to monitor him closely because he wasnt eating on his own yet. Bast said this might have been due to stress and that being outside could help. Sure enough, that afternoon he started eating on his own. We try to keep the clinic as low stress as possible we use towels, we keep our voices low but its still not natural for a wild animal to be inside a clinic, so once theyre outside it can make a world of difference, Bast explained. Of course, when an animal is getting intense care, he has to be inside. The next day, November 3, the staff discontinued his medications. He was gaining strength and some weight. By the 13th, he was flying really well and was released. We didnt release him to the exact same spot because he had gotten into fishing line there, said Bast. Hopefully he can find another mate; he seemed really happy when we released him. The anhinga could have been going after a fish at the end of the line when the two birds got entangled. No one can say exactly how it happened, but it was lucky CROW could save even one of the birds in this case. And its a good reminder once again to always use proper disposals for fishing line PVC continued on page 18 Anhinga Anhinga

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 201118 Plant SmartChristmas Berry Is No Gift To Floridaby Gerri ReavesThe prettily named Christmas berry is none other than the infamous and aggressive Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius.) This pretty pest plant is near the top of the list for damage to Floridas environment. Also known by the jolly moniker of Florida holly, this invader brings no holiday blessings, despite its physical attractiveness. Dont be deceived by those deep green leaves and bright red berries that make it popular for Christmas decorations in South Florida. A member of the cashew family, it is native to Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. Since being introduced to Florida as an ornamental in the 1840s, it has flourished beyond comprehension and levied a hefty financial and environmental cost on the state. This dense evergreen shrub can reach tree heights and is common in undeveloped parcels and alongside ditches, where it and other highly invasive plants such as melaleuca enjoy free reign. Multi-stemmed and tangled, it dominates a landscape and shades-out other species, including some endangered ones. The paired leaflets are one to two inches long, making up leaves of five to eight inches long. The leaflets emit a pepperor turpentine-like odor when crushed. Clusters of tiny white flowers bloom in summer and fall. In winter, the drupes of red glossy berries appear. Birds and other wildlife eat them, thus aiding the noxious plant to spread. Because of Brazilian peppers destructive potential, it is illegal to cultivate it. In addition to being listed by the Floridas Exotic Pest Plant Council as a category-1 invasive, it is on the states official Noxious Weeds List, which makes it unlawful to introduce, multiply, possess, move or release it without a state permit. Other reasons to shun it? Contact with the plant, as when simply cutting it back, can cause serious dermatological and respiratory irritation no surprise, since its in the same family as poison ivy. The berries, if ingested by humans, induce vomiting. If Brazilian pepper is in your landscape, eliminate it. Contact the Lee County Extension Agency for information on ridding your landscape of this plant. (Sources: plants.ifas.ufl.edu, fleppc.org and floridata.com) Plant Smart explores sustainable gardening practices that will help you create an environmentally responsible, low-maintenance South Florida landscape. Invasive Brazilian pepper, aka Christmas berry and Florida holly, flourishes in undeveloped parcels and along the borders of subdivisions photos by Gerri Reaves Pretty Christmas berries, but noxious From page 17Two Anhingaspipes for this purpose are installed at almost all fishing areas. CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc.) is a non-profit wildlife hospital providing veterinary care for native and migratory wildlife from the Gulf Coast of Florida. The hospital accepts patients seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mail donations to P.O. Box 150, Sanibel, FL 33957. Visit www.crowclinic.org or call 472-3644. Fresh Seafood, Steaks & PastaJoin Us For DINNERCHRISTMAS EVE AND DAY SERVING FROM 4 PM TO 9 PMRESERVATIONS SUGGESTED C C C C C C C C C C C C C Make Your Make Your New Years New Years Reservations Reservations JACARANDATheSophisticated Dining Raw Bar Screened Patio 1223 Periwinkle Way Sanibel Island 239-472-1771 www.JacarandaOnSanibel.com ISLAND INSURANCE SERVICE Kathleen Papaleo President Mark OBrien General Manager Susan Barnes Personal Lines Gina Loeber Agent 703 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel, FL (239) 472-3022 Summer is over and its time to enjoy those beautiful winter days in Paradise. Have an insurance question? Call our office today for a new Auto quote. Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email press@riverweekly.com

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 201120 One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest At Lab TheaterA classic comedy/drama about what happens when a charming rogue disrupts a mental ward will be presented by The Laboratory Theater of Florida. One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest by Dale Wasserman will be presented at the theaters new home on Second Street, located in downtown Fort Myers. This play takes a fascinating look at how society used to view and treat mental illness, as well as how so-called subversive characters are kept in line. To stage this famous play during todays similar climate of social and political uneasiness makes it very relevant to modern audiences, said director Nykkie Rizley. The cast includes mental health professionals and instructors for teens with behavioral issues, so we have a strong background in bringing the characters to life. This isnt theater, its therapy. One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest by Dale Wasserman is based on the book by Ken Kesey that was made into a movie starring Jack Nicholson. The main character, R. P. McMurphy, manages to bring a dreary and harsh mental ward to life, but he threatens the authority there leading to a dramatic showdown with Nurse Ratched. One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest will be presented January 13 through January 28 at 8 p.m. at 1634 Woodford Avenue, on the corner of Second Street and Woodford Avenue in Fort Myers. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinee on January 22. Tickets are $20, and $10 for students. Call 239-218-0481 or visit www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com. In addition, the theaters Speakers Series will feature mental health professionals leading discussions on shock therapy, lobotomies and modern innovations in mental health. The Speakers Series evening will be held at the theater on Tuesday, January 10 at 7 p.m. Delicious snacks will be provided by Lush French Bakery. Admission is free to theater members and $5 to non-members. English Country DancingLearn the social dances of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries at the Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center. Dress is casual; wear flat shoes with non-slip soles. Partners are not necessary at this family-friendly activity, which features live music, and beginners are always welcomed. Dancing is simple, easy, usually elegant and occasionally raucous but is always fun! Instruction will take place on Tuesdays from 6.30 to 8.30 p.m. (year round) at the Wa-ke Hatchee Recreation Center, located at 16760 Bass Road in Fort Myers. The centers phone number is 239-432-2154. Lessons are free after a one-time payment of $10, which covers lifetime membership to Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center. For more information, contact Gillian Carney at 239-603-9828 or send an e-mail to fortmyersdancers@hotmail. com. Youth Dance Class At Bay OaksBay Oaks Recreation Center is excited to announce a change to the youth dance class. The dance class will no longer be drop-in; but instead will be an eight-week session culminating in a performance at the end of the session. Each session will go from 11:30 a.m. through 1 p.m. The dances taught will be a combination of hip hop, jazz and ballet. The instructor for all of these classes is Lydia Frantz, a beach resident who has more than 15 years of formal training. The dance sessions will each cost $50 for non-members and $40 per session for members. If you have any questions, please call Bay Oaks Recreation Center, located at 2731 Oak Street in Fort Myers Beach, at 765-4222. Wishmakers Ball On Way To Being A Sold-Out EventHaving a sold-out event is a good problem to have says the organizers of the Sixth Annual Wishmakers Ball benefiting the MakeA-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida. The Ball, which takes place on Friday, January 20 at the Hilton Naples, only has a few tickets left. We are so pleased with ticket sales and sponsorships this year, said Norm Wedderburn, president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida. However, we have to keep the momentum going in order to raise enough funds to grant the many wishes in Collier County. Everyone is working hard to make the Ball a success and we owe special thanks to our chairs, Sandra and Reg Buxton, and their committee of volunteers and, of course, our staff. The presenting sponsor for this years ball will be BNY Mellon Wealth Management. Other major sponsors include Arthrex, Avow Hospice, Capital Bank, Charlie McDonald Photography, Dr. Laquis, First National Bank of the Gulf Coast, Hilton Naples, Norman Love Confections, Seminole Casino, Soderquist Photography, The Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida, Valpak and Vein Specialists. Community involvement is needed to make the Wishmakers Ball a success. Ball organizers are seeking sponsors, auction items, volunteers and attendees. To inquire about the event, donate an auction item or to fund a wish, please call 239-992-9474 or e-mail Lesley Colantonio at lcolantonio@sflawish.org. Vocal Arts Tribute ConcertLauren Pratt performed in the Belhaven University Vocal Arts Concert, Art of the Spiritual: Moses Hogan Remembered (19572003). Pratt is a freshman from Fort Myers and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in History at Belhaven University. Belhavens Vocal Arts Concert celebrated the life and work of arranger, conductor, and concert pianist, Moses Hogan. Dr. Christopher Shelt, Professor of Voice, Church Music and Choral Activities led the Belhaven University Concert Choir, Chorale and select soloists in a stirring offering of the finest spirituals arranged by the late Moses Hogan. His legendary presence within the art of choral music was truly global in scope largely through his remarkable arrangements of African-American spirituals, said Dr. Shelt. Moses Hogan, a native of New Orleans, met an untimely death at the age of 45 due to a brain tumor, but is remembered as an inspiration and jewel in the music world. This performance was at the Belhaven University Center for the Arts, Concert Hall on November 19. A special Sunday performance on November 20 was held at Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church Sanctuary in Ridgeland. Founded in 1883, Belhaven University now serves more than 3,000 students from campuses in Jackson, Memphis, Orlando, Houston, Chattanooga, Atlanta and online, offering traditional undergraduate degrees, graduate and adult degree programs and online degree programs. Craft Guild The Southwest Florida Craft Guild is included in the new Coconut Point Art Gallery, located at 123101 Fashion Drive in Estero. An opening reception will be held on Friday, January 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. The gallery, sponsored by the Arts Council of Southwest Florida and Simon Malls, features fine craft artwork in wood, clay, glass, stone, fiber arts, mixed media and jewelry created by local Southwest Florida Craft Guild artisans and other ACSWF league members. The reception is free and the public is invited. Hours for the gallery are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (Friday open until 7 p.m.) and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays For more information, send an e-mail to craftguild@cox.net. Spring open Exterior image of the gallery Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email press@riverweekly.com

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 201121 IL TESORO RISTORANTE IL TESORO RISTORANTE Fine Italian CuisineFresh ingredients, simplicity, love the recipe for a treasured dining experience Chef/Owner AJ Black Fresh Winter Menu Fresh Winter Menu Announcing: ILT opened in NYC! Announcing: ILT opened in NYC!751 Tarpon Bay Road Sanibel Island, FL 33957 t: 239.395.4022 www.iltesoro.net OPEN CHRISTMAS EVE OPEN CHRISTMAS EVE & CHRISTMAS DAY & CHRISTMAS DAY REGULAR HOURS REGULAR HOURS DOLCE TESORO DOLCE TESOROBAKERY GELATO ESPRESSO Tahitian Gardens Plaza Tahitian Gardens Plaza 2300 Periwinkle Way Sanibel Island, FL 33957 239.472.4300 Fax 239.472.4333 ORDER YOUR HOLIDAY TRAYS ORDER YOUR HOLIDAY TRAYS AND CHEESECAKES! AND CHEESECAKES! Signature Chamber Concerts Announce Details Of 13th SeasonThe 13th season of Signature Chamber Concerts will present four Sunday afternoon performances, featuring outstanding professional musicians and an appealing variety of programming. Concerts begin at 3 p.m. at the UnitarianUniversalist Church, located at 13411 Shire Lane, off Daniels Parkway west of I-75 in Fort Myers. The Aurore Piano Trio opens the season on Sunday, January 29, marking their fourth appearance of this well-known trio of Geoffrey Day, violin; Lan Lam, piano; and John Marcy, cello, in the Signature series. The second concert on February 12 will offer the chance to hear a jazz vocalist well known throughout the area, Michelle Amato, with the Jazz All-Stars. The third concert, on February 26, will feature Michael Baron and Renato Premezzi, performing piano for four hands. Finally, the Sarasota Wind Quintet will be bringing their distinctive sound to us for the final concert of the season on March 18. Details of the programs will be forthcoming. Each of the four concerts is followed by a reception at which audience members are invited to meet and speak with the performers. Series tickets are $60 per person; single tickets in advance are $18 per concert; and single tickets at the door are $20. One $8 student ticket covers all siblings in a family when accompanied by at least one adult. Tickets are on sale now at the UU Church of Fort Myers or by phone at 239303-9165. Further information may be obtained from www.signaturechamberconcerts.org The concert venue is acclaimed by performers and audiences alike for its excellent acoustics. The facility was designed for public performances with stadium seating, unobstructed views, cushioned seats, and soaring ceilings. Signature Chamber Concerts was established in 1999 to promote the fine and performing arts in the Fort Myers community. The concerts, planned and organized by a volunteer board, feature quality programming, the best Southwest Florida professional musicians, and affordable ticket prices. Aurore Piano Trio Geoffrey Day, Lan Lam, John Marcy Michael Baron and Renato Premezzi Michelle Amato Sarasota Wind Quintet Lee County Band In Concert At Cape Coral High The Lee County Community Band will present a lively mix of folk music, Dixieland, show tunes, marches, polkas, and even some whimsy at 3 p.m. on January 15 at Cape Coral High School. The concert is free (donations accepted) and open to the public. The program includes Folk Song Suite for Military Band by R. Vaughan Williams; The Waltzing Cat, an amusing sound portrait by Leroy Anderson; Camelot Medley; Shoutin Liza Trombone, by Henry Filmore; the spirited Liechtensteiner Polka; a country music sing-along; and a medley of old favorites, including Alexanders Ragtime Band, Peg O My Heart, and 12th Street Rag. Additional concerts this season are set for February 12, March 11, and April 1. The band is directed by Richard Bradstreet, emcee and vocalist is Norman Jones. For more information, visit www. leecountyband.org or phone Norman Jones at 995-2097. Cape Coral High School is at 2300 Santa Barbara Boulevard. Paint Around And AuctionOn January 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. the Southwest Florida Pastel Society will present Alla Prima, at the League of Bonita Springs Center for the Arts, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. Four award-winning artists will create exciting and collaborative works by working from painting to painting in this fast-paced exhibition. The works will be signed by all the artists and auctioned following their completion. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Watching accomplished artists create a painting is inspiring. The fun will begin as the observers watch the artists pass the painting in progress on to another artist who might just have a different vision. During the event there will be refreshments, raffles and a silent auction. Proceeds will support the Sam Platt Scholarship Fund for High School Seniors, and educational programs in the community that will foster professionalism and education in art. SWFPS is a 501(c)3 not for profit. For more information call 239-5962257 or visit www.pastelsociety.org.

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 201122 Fancy Florida Seafood Gumbo 12 ounces oysters, drained 8 ounces blue crab claw meat cup chopped onion cup chopped celery 1 garlic clove, minced 1 tablespoon butter 1 teaspoon anise seeds 1 teaspoon salt teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon crushed red peppers 1 10-ounce package frozen okra 2 20-ounce cans diced tomatoes Remove remaining shell or cartilage from oysters and crab and set aside. Cook onion, celery and garlic in butter until tender. Add anise, salt, sugar, peppers, okra and tomatoes. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add oysters and simmer an additional 15 minutes. Add crab and heat thoroughly. Serve over rice. Yields eight to 10 servings Look for Fresh from Florida ingredients at your grocery store. Fancy Florida Seafood Gumbo The waters, inlets and coves surrounding Floridas coasts have been the refuge of infamous pirates for centuries. From pillaging Spanish galleons carrying gold to Civil War blockade runners disrupting supply lines, the pirates of Florida were once feared and respected. Navigating tempestuous waters from Fort Myers down to Sanibel and Captiva Islands, south to Naples and east to the coveted Keys, these pirates and privateers embodied freedom and adventure. They secured their places in history while fighting the likes of presidents, armadas and international powers. Authors James and Sarah Kaserman recount the swashbuckling tales of Black Caesar, Anne Bonny, Calico Jack Rackham and even the legend of Gasparilla. Brimming with local facts and myths, Florida Pirates: From The Southern Gulf Coast To The Keys And Beyond offers the definitive guide to the scoundrels who plundered the Sunshine States warm coasts throughout history and to the present day. James F. Kaserman first learned of pirates in 1956 and became interested in the truth about pirates while researching studies of government and business organizations. He found that pirate organizations had many similarities to the businesses of today and even served as models for modern-day democracy. Jim earned a bachelors degree from Kent State University and a masters degree from the University of Dayton. He was honorably discharged with the rank of staff sergeant from the U.S. Army. Jim was a teacher, coach and administrator for thirty-six years and spent ten successful years as an elected official. He is a former professional race car driver and still drives stock cars with the Daytona Antique Auto Racing Association. Sarah Jane (Chenot) Kaserman was an educator for more than 35 years and recently retired as a teacher of gifted students in the Lee County School District in Florida. Following graduation from North Canton Hoover High School in North Canton, Ohio, she earned a bachelors and masters degrees from Kent State University. She likes to play old-time, folk and bluegrass music. Sarah Jane and her grandfathers fiddle, Charley, can be found at all pirate book presentations that the Kasermans attend. Together, James and Sarah Jane have written three pirate books and have lived in Fort Myers since moving from their native Ohio in 1985. Florida Pirates, available at local bookstores and retailers, is also available directly through the publisher by calling 866-457-5971 or visiting www.historypress.net. Florida Pirates: From The Southern Gulf Coast To The Keys And Beyond Online Prep Course For Teachers And LibrariansFlorida Gulf Coast Universitys Office of Continuing Education and Off-Campus Programs in collaboration with the College of Education, is offering a public online course to help teachers and librarians understand the role of the media specialist in schools and prepare them for the endorsement exam (6 hours per week, 48 hours total). The course is avialable from January 16 to March 12; or from June 18 to August 6 Available 24/7, the program is convenient and accessible from any computer. Students will obtain feedback from the instructor, an expert in the field, to help strengthen specific skill sets. The course prepares students to successfully pass and receive the State of Florida Media Specialist endorsement. Course fee is $800 (excludes textbook). Deadlines are January 10 and June 11 respectively. The instructor for this program is Sandra K. Agle, EdD, administrator for the Media Services Department through the Curriculum and Emerging Technology Departments, Curriculum Staff Development Center at the Lee County Public Center in Fort Myers. Register online at http://registerce. fgcu.edu or call 239-425-3270 Read us online at IslandSunNews.com To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732

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Jonathan HarbourThis 2 bedroom, 2 bath end unit town home is in excellent condition, 10,000 boat lift, plenty of storage, open floor plan with high ceilings, new kitchen with granite pretty view over looking Mac Bay. 2 car garage can tandem 4 cars or store your flats boat! Community pool, tennis and clubhouse all on a private island. Direct access to the Gulf (approx. 10 min). Beautiful landscaping add to this propertys appeal. Contact Ralph or Cathy Galietti 239/826-5897. 1149 Periwinkle Way Sanibel, FL 33957 239/472-0176 fax 239/472-0350 www.jnaislandrealestate.com Loggerhead Cay #462 Updated, furnished condo with beautiful courtyard views with an East end location. On-site management with amenities including a community pool, tennis courts and shuffleboard. Easy access to the Sanibel Causeway. Offered for $499,000. Contact Sharon Wise 239-849-9121. For The Boater In All Of Us!This amazing property is located in the Iona area subdivision of Catalpa Cove; just at the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River. This open 5 bed, 4 bath home sits surrounded by water on 2 sided. One of a kind location & dockage space for 3 boats behind the home, including the 34k lb lift & boat house as well as an added separate dock & lift within the community. The waterside pool & expansive family, living & game rooms allow for easy carefree entertaining. Upgrades throughout to include granite, hardwoods, marble, faux painting, coffered ceilings, crown molding, custom blinds & window coverings, 2 ovens, 2 dishwashers, fitness area, study & 3 car garage. Offered for $1,050,000. Contact Tracy Walters 239-994-7975 If you are interested in listing your island property, contact the islands oldest and most prominent real estate company. We get results! Announcing Beachwalk of SanibelPreconstruction opportunity in Beachwalk an exciting new subdivision on east end just steps from the beach access. Great 3 bedroom, 2 bath floor plan with metal roof, concrete board siding and impact windows, granite countertops, raised wood panel cabinets on the near beach lot. Our in house designer can customize the floorplan for a small fee. Act soon and pick your own interior and exterior appointments! Priced right at $650,000. Contact Ken Colter 239/851-1357 or Bob Berning 239/699-9597 Punta Rassa #208A valued location that enhances paradise. This end unit features an additional window in Master Bedroom. Brand new top of the line kitchen with granite. Hurricane impact windows new bathrooms & dressing area. Master bath is all tiled, ceiling to floor. Open floor plan from entry to Lanai, no interior sliders. Buildings freshly painted, new amenities including new gas grills, new bathrooms, new pavers throughout entire community. Social Membership to the Sanibel Harbour Yacht Club included in purchase. A true boaters paradise. An idyllic setting with the ever changing magnificance of the sunrises & sunsets. The water views reinforce the serenity of this Par adise by the Sea. Offered for $ 299,900 Contact Marianne Stewart 239/560-6420. Bank Approved Short Sale Bank Approved price of $160,000. Enjoy beautiful lake views from this 3 bedroom 2 bath coach home. 3rd bedroom has an open loft feel with pocket sliders and closet, ideal room for a den as well. This bright and open space with vaulted ceilings is the perfect full time residence or winter retreat. Spacious lanai with built in cabinets and outdoor grill. Separated laundry room and a large 2 car garage attached to your unit. Many amenities to include a beautiful clubhouse, pool and tennis courts. This is a short sale subject to existing lenders approval which could result in delays. Contact the Walters Team: Tracy Mr. Listr 239/994-7975 or Connie Ms Listr 239/841-4540 Almost 3/4 Acre Directly On Clam Bayou!Outstanding Value, priced 30% less than the most recent Vacant Land Sale on the Bayou in Herons Landing. This is Not a Short Sale! Located on a cul-de-sac in this popular community, offering a community boat dock, pristine tennis courts, pool and pool area with outdoor kitchen and deeded beach access. Develop the perfect homesite and create your own Gulf of Mexico views from this Bayou location and enjoy the tranquility of the Sanibel Lifestyle. Its Just Beautiful! Offered for $379,000 Contact Tracy Walters 239/994-7975 Merry Christmas from our Family to Yours! Loggerhead Cay #221This ground level condo is just STEPS AWAY FROM THE BEACH and offers pool and gulf views! Would make a perfect vacation home or investment as it boasts an excellent rental history. Community grills, shuffleboard, tennis courts and top-notch club house are just a few of the many amenities offered at Loggerhead Cay. This condo comes fully furnished and is located on the desirable East End. Offered for $529,000. Contact the Walters Team Tracy 239/994-7975 or Connie 239/841-4540 23 THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 2011

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 201124 Southwest Florida Reading Festival Author LineupThe Lee County Library System is pleased to announce the Best Seller List of authors who will participate at the lucky 13th Annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival on Saturday, March 17 at the Harborside Event Center and Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers. The Southwest Florida Reading Festival brings in nationally known authors from all over the country to stimulate the community with a culture of reading and literacy. The festival is a daylong event filled with fascinating authors, dynamic presentations, cool programs and activities for kids, the latest library technology, contests, booksellers and book signings and good food, rain or shine. The festival draws an average of 18,000 people annually. Some of the award-winning authors scheduled to speak at the festival include Erik Larson, Zane, Iris and Roy Johansen, Michael Palmer, Anna Godbersen and Michael Buckley. The Reading Festival is free to the public and caters to all ages. This is exciting to announce. We hope that folks will shop for these authors books and give the books as gifts then extend that gift by attending the Festival together! says Margie Byers, Reading Festival Coordinator. This is an outstanding event for families and people of all ages. There is an author for all tastes! In addition to the author presentations there will be activities & entertainment, e-library demonstrations, kids and teens programs, a book for every child and a Festival marketplace full of vendors. The Reading Festival is 100 percent community supported through generous donations, sponsorships and grants. To help ensure the continuation of this free community event visit www.readfest. org to make a secure online donation. Complete author information, schedules of festival activities, dates of partner events, directions to the event and more are available for your convenience 24 hours a day at www.readfest.org or call 239-337-READ (7323). Entire author list follows: Adult Diana Abu-Jaber Birds of Paradise (latest release), Origin: The Language of Baklava Lisa Black Defensive Wounds (latest release), Evidence of Murder Deborah Crombie No Mark Upon Her (latest release), Necessary As Blood Jane Green Another Piece Of My Heart (latest release), Jemima J Iris Johansen Eve Duncan series (most recent Bonnie), Shadow Zone Roy Johansen Shadow Zone (latest release), Storm Cycle Alex Kava Maggie ODell series (most recent Hotwire), One False Move Erik Larson In the Garden of Beasts, Devil in the White City Daisy Martinez Daisys Holiday Cooking: Delicious Latin Recipes for Effortless EntertainingDaisy: Morning, Noon and Night: Bringing Your Family Together with Everyday Latin Dishes Michael Palmer Oath of Office, A Heartbeat Away Erica Spindler Watch Me Die, Breakneck Caroline Todd A Lonely Death: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery Thrity Umrigar The World We Found (latest release), The Space Between Us Zane Addicted, The Sex Chronicles: Shattering the Myth Teen Anna Godbersen Beautiful Days (latest release), The Luxe Nancy Holder Crusade series (most recent Crusade), Possessions series Lauren Oliver Before I Fall, Delirium Obert Skye Leven Thumps series, Wonkenstein (latest title) Debbie Viguie Wicked series (most recent W icked: W itch and Curse ), Wolf Springs Chronicles: Unleashed Kids Michael Buckley NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society, The Sisters Grimm series Christopher Paul Curtis The Mighty Miss Malone, Bud, Not Buddy Sara Pennypacker Clementine, Clementine: Friend of the Week Judith Schachner Skippyjon Jones, Class Action (latest release), Skippyjon Jones David Ezra Stein Interrupting Chicken, Love, Mouserella. Canterbury Science Fair StudentsCanterbury School will send 24 projects created by 30 students to the Edison Regional Science Fair on January 13 and 14. The 18 individual and six team projects are: Senior Division Individual: Ahmed Ahad (grade 9) Analyzing the Differences of the Urine Composition of Those With and Without Cancer James Harris (grade 11) Dynamo Analysis Derek Wu (grade 10) Dont Drink the Water: The efficacy of the insecticide Spinisad on Mosquito Larvae Xylo Smith-Pajares (grade 11) Analyzing the Barriers that Limit Participation in Organ Donation and Blood Transfusion Programs Thorin Thosath (grade 12) (F.E.A.R.) An Examination of the Onset of Math Anxiety Suhas Penukonda (grade 10) Xerophthalmia (Dry Eye Syndrom): Comparing Treatment Options in Improving Visual Acuity Tara Kini (grade 11) The Affects of Sodium Nitrite Solutions on Cellular Regeneration of Planaria Cheyenne Reynolds (grade 11) The Effect of BPA on Secondary Sex Characteristics as Studied in Guppies Kelly Fay (grade 9) Le Tour de Wheel Is a Gluten-free Diet Conducive to the Enhancement of Diurnal Activity in Female Feeder Mice (Mus musculus)? Wyatt Smith (grade 11) The Correlation between Sarcoplasmic Muscular Hypertrophy, Myofribrillar Muscular Hypertrophy, Myofribrillar Muscular Hypertrophy and Individual Anatomical Features Senior Division Team: Vaibhav Penukonda and Neil Singh (grade 12) Developing an Application of the Gauss-Ostogradsky Theorem and Flux Operators to Investigate an Architectural Situations of Fluid Dynamics Thomas Quigley, Steven Schwartz and Peri Shamlian (grade 11) The Adaption of the Sea Perch ROV to Collect Data Samples Junior Division Individual: Sophia Ahad (grade 8) Can Saliva Be Useful in the Detection of Cancer in Female Patients? Eve Bailey (grade 8) Does Compliance with Medications Play a Role in Causing Recent Hospitalization for Cardiovascular Patients? Jay Chandar (grade 7) Can Plant Enzymes Accelerate the Digestion of Cooked and Processed Foods? Hannah Fay (grade 8) Which Florida State Trees Are the Most Flammable? Maddie Goldberg (grade 8) Will Polarized Sunglasses Protect Against UV Rays? Manuel Hernandez (grade 8) What Species of Zooplankton Are Found In Sanibel Harbour; and How Will Petroleum Derivatives Affect These Plankton? Ryan Misewiscz (grade 7) Does Gatorade Color Differ In the Amount of Electrolytes? Simon Negin (grade 7) Does the Size of a Plate Affect the Perception of the Amount of Food? Junior Division Team: Michael Burton and Dante Curcione (grade 7) How Do Planaria Survive in Different Environments? Natalie Henning and Madison Noall (grade 8) Will Increasing the Amount of Sea Salt & DC Voltage During the Process of Electrolysis Increase the Production of Hydrogen in Clean and Polluted Salt Water? Makenzie Garner and Evelyn PizzolatoMurray (grade 8) Does Higher SPF level of Sunscreen Protect Against UV Rays? Scott Wheeler and Zan DeBoest (grade 8) What is the Effect of UV Radiation on Human Hair? 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THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 201125 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. Arrest Of Chicago Bears Sam Hurd On Major Drug-Dealing Charges Reverberates Through Sports Worldby Ed FrankWeve become complacent over what seems like the daily disclosures of criminal acts by athletes spousal abuse, drugs, drunken driving, weapon charges the list goes on and on. But the arrest last week of Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd on charges of heading a major drug dealing operation sent shockwaves through the world of sports. Here is a talented 26-year-old professional athlete, a husband and a father, making $2 million a year on the football field, who allegedly needed five to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana a week to supply his customers. These amounts represent a street value of a staggering $700,000. What is extremely puzzling about this tainted episode is the fact that just two days before the Bears signed Hurd to a $4.15 million, three-year deal in July, Dallas police stopped an associate of Hurds driving a car registered to Hurd in which they found $80,000 in cash and a marijuana plant. That is when an undercover investigation of Hurd reportedly began. Were the Bears negligent in background checks on this athlete? And how did they not know he was under federal investigation during the four months he played for the team? These questions, and dozens more, have been raised since the story broke. Hurd was arrested last week in a sting operation outside an upscale Chicago steakhouse, where he had met with what he thought were drug dealers. During that meeting, he told an undercover agent that he and a partner already distributed about four kilograms of cocaine each week in the Chicago area, but that their supplier wasnt able to meet their needs. This information was contained in the criminal complaint against Hurd. When the dinner ended, the informant handed Hurd a bag supposedly with one kilogram of cocaine, according to the charges. He was then arrested as he entered his car with the substance. Hurd has since been released after posting a $100,000 cash bond and is to appear for arraignment in Dallas where federal charges have been filed that could result of up to 40 years in prison if convicted. He also has been cut by the Bears. This obviously is not a minor scuffle with the law as he has been labeled by the feds as a major drug dealer. Two days after Hurds arrest, Bears general manager Jerry Angelo defended the organization, saying they conducted a thorough background investigation of Hurd before signing him to the multi-million dollar deal. I can tell you that we did everything we know to do in terms of our research, and there was nothing that we found that would create a flag or an alert or a real concern in Sam Hurds case, Angelo was quoted. He also said they did, everything we know to do in terms of our research. Obviously, they need to know more of what to do when it comes to background checks on their players. And you can bet that every other professional organization will do the same. Inline Roller Hockey For YouthBeginning on Monday, January 9, Bay Oaks Recreation Center will be offering an introductory Inline Roller Hockey class for kids between the ages of 7 and 13. The program will introduce the participants to the sport of hockey. Classes will be 60 minutes long, with 20 minutes of skating skills, 20 minutes of stick and balls skills and 20 minutes of fun games and scrimmages. Skills taught will include forward stride, backward stride, starting and stopping, balance, transitions, pivoting, turning, edgework, proper use of a hockey stick, stick handling of a hockey ball, passing, receiving and shooting. The cost per class is $10 for non-members and $8 for members. Bay Oaks Recreation Center is located at 2731 Oak Street in Fort Myers Beach. For information, call 765-4222. Senior Cycle/Flexibility/Toning ClassBay Oaks will now be offering a combination class of Spinning (cycling), Flexibility Coordination and Toning Segments designed for seniors. Each class participants will warm up to a 15-minute cycle ride to music followed by a Silver Sneakers class consisting of flexibility coordination and toning segments. The goals of this class will be to keep participants flexible, improve their health and circulation and to socialize and have fun. The class is held every Friday at 10 a.m. at Bay Oaks Recreation Center, located at 2731 Oak Street in Fort Myers Beach. Cost is $6 for members and $8 for nonmembers. For information, call 765-4222. New Tai Chair Senior Yoga ClassSeniors who like beginners yoga stretches, basic tai chi movement while improving muscle tone and balance will enjoy attending a Tai Chair class. The 30-minute session includes using a chair for most exercises. The class will be instructed by Jack Barone. This senior exercise class will cost $6 for members of Bay Oaks and $8 for nonmembers. The class is held every Thursday at 10 a.m. at Bay Oaks Recreation Center, located at 2731 Oak Street in Fort Myers Beach. For information, call 765-4222. JA Brings Back Bowl-A-Thon Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida (JASWFL) is bringing back the JA Bowl-A-Thon after an eightyear absence. The events will take place in Lee County on Saturday, January 28 at Gator Lanes from 1 to 3 p.m. and in Collier County on Saturday, February 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Bowland Beacon Lanes. This is a great team building event for associates of a company or for a team of family and friends that enjoy bowling for a charity such as Junior Achievement. Each team is comprised of six team members, including the team captain, with the goal of raising pledges of $600+ per team. This breaks down to $100 per team member. Team members raise funds by asking co-workers, friends and family for small donations of $10, $5 or $1 increments until they raise the full pledge amount. All donations are tax deductible and all proceeds will stay here in Southwest Florida to benefit the students local schools. JASWFL is currently recruiting team captains to lead their teams. If you or someone within your company would like to be a team captain, call Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida at 225-2590 or contact M J Scarpelli at mjscarpelli@jaswfl.org. If you would like to become more involved with Junior Achievement and increase your companys involvement as well, this is a wonderful opportunity to give back, have fun and build camaraderie amongst your co-workers, with only a few hours dedicated on a Saturday afternoon. For more information about Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, go to www.JASWFL.org. Email your editorial copy to: press@riverweekly.com

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 201126 Scholarship Applications Available NowThe Southwest Florida Community Foundations scholarship application process for the 2012 school year began on December 22. Approximately $400,000 in scholarships are available including scholarships for local high school, undergraduate and graduate students from of Lee, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry and Collier counties. The E-Apply online scholarship application tool can be accessed through the community foundations website at www. floridacommunity.com/scholarships. For the second year, students interested in applying for a community foundation scholarship will now be able to access an application online. Students can review the scholarships available online as well as a tutorial about how to create and submit the online application. Students can apply for multiple scholarships and have the ability to upload transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, letters of recommendation and financial documentation (if required). For need-based scholarships, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form. The deadline for applications is March 1. We have scholarships for vocational students, not just for attendance at colleges and universities, said Anne Douglas, director of programs for the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. In the past we have had some scholarships that were not awarded because students did not apply for them, so we are trying to do our best to educate local students on the various types of funding available. According to Douglas, examples of some of the more unique scholarships not as highly sought after include scholarships for technical schools, students with disabilities, fine or performing arts majors, photography studies, returning students and those wishing to pursue teaching and healthcare professions. The James Bilder Scholarship was established to fund tuition for high school students pursuing higher education in Lee County, with preference given to students attending vocational/technical schools. The Anne Fassett Scholarship was established to fund post high school educational opportunities at the college, community college or technical school level for high school, undergraduate and graduate students from Southwest Florida with a physical disability who use a wheelchair. The George E. Judd Scholarship funds tuition for graduating Lee County seniors pursuing higher education in fine or performing arts. The Bruce T. Gora Scholarship funds a scholarship for a high school senior or a student currently enrolled at an accredited college, university or technical school in Florida to pursue a fine arts major focusing in photography. There are also scholarships for those returning to school. The Chip Johnson Memorial Scholarship was established to fund scholarships for students who have completed 60 hours of college and attend one of the local colleges or universities, including Barry University, Edison State College, Florida Gulf Coast University, Hodges University or Nova Southeastern University. This scholarship was established in 1991 in memory of Chip Johnson who died of cancer at age 44. Chips father Dr. Franklyn A. Johnson said he wanted to leave a legacy for his son who was an Army veteran serving overseas during the Vietnam War. The John and Madeleine Taeni Scholarship was established in November 2002 by Madeleine Taeni for students who graduated from high school at least two years ago and are now pursuing degrees in teaching, nursing, paramedic training or emergency medical technician training. There are even scholarships for students from specific communities served by the community foundation. The Love of Bonita Empowerment Scholarship funds tuition, books and/or course fees for individuals residing in Bonita Springs who have been out of school for at least two years or who have received their G.E.D. Once again the community foundation chose the month of December as the scholarship launch date after receiving numerous calls from students who wanted to be able to work on scholarship application submissions during winter break. In 2011, $404,000 in scholarships were awarded by the community foundation. With the streamlined online application process, students are no longer required to submit paper applications for the scholarships that are available via the website. The Southwest Florida Community Foundation is celebrating its 35th year of supporting the communities of Lee, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry and Collier counties. With assets of more than $60 million, the community foundation has provided more than $49 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves. For more information, call 239-2745900 or visit www.floridacommunity. com. School Smartby Shelley M. Greggs, NCSPDear Shelley, My daughter is in eighth grade and has not been doing very well in her writing. She just writes her essays and papers quickly and hands them in. I think she should be spending more time on writing. How can I help her? Maureen B. Fort Myers, Florida Maureen, Becoming a good writer takes lots of time and is a lengthy and on going process. Perhaps your daughter does not feel secure in her ability to write and just puts anything down to get her assignment completed. There is a set of writing skills that she should have that will provide a strong foundation for writing. Drs. Steve Graham and Dolores Perin, in their report Writing Next, identified Eleven Elements of Effective Adolescent Writing Instruction found to be effective for helping adolescent students learn to write well and to use writing as a tool for learning. Most of the strategies they identified are more applicable to the classroom but I have listed several below that you could work on at home. The most common challenge for middle school writers is choosing a topic. Pre-writing, a part of the general writing process is a very useful skill that can be easily established and practiced both at school and at home and helps students learn how develop a writing topic. Prewriting activities help develop and transform an idea into a successful essay or paper. Mind mapping is one pre-writing strategy that will help students with topic selection and outlining. The purpose of mind mapping is to explore related information and topic ideas. A mind map is a drawing used to represent key words and ideas. A mind map diagram can be similar to a group of word clouds or a tree with branches of words. Students can draw either form with one word in the center. Each adjoining cloud or tree branch should then include a word that is related to the key word. From this drawing, students can choose one or the main words as a topic and then build an outline from their clouds or branches to develop their writing project. Summarization, or being able to condense the main points of a text or program is a very valuable skill. This is important for clear and concise writing and can be easily practiced orally. Have your daughter practice summarization by condensing familiar stories, a movie or TV show and then have her tell you an oral summary of it. By middle school all students should be competent with Word Processing, on computer. Most students will have already taken a class at school to learn this skill but if they still need some help there arecontinued on page 27 FGCU Student Receives ScholarshipThe Presidents Scholarship Luncheon was held in December at the RitzCarlton in Naples. The AAUW (American Association of University Women) was represented by Ellen Schneider, president, and Cathy Tucker, scholarship Chair. This years scholarship recipient was Shannon Caleffe. She attended FGCU and is majoring in Social Services. Shannon is also interning with the Salvation Army and hopes to continue with her education to earn her masters degree. She hopes one day to work with the United Nations. This is Caleffes second scholarship award with AAUW. Shannon is a graduate of Estero High School. Cathy Tucker, Shannon Caleffe and Ellen Schneider Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email press@riverweekly.com

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 201127 From page 26School Smart many programs that can be downloaded and used at home for practice. Word processing programs have many supports built in to them to help with writing including a dictionary, thesaurus, spelling and grammar checker and many more. Students should get into the habit of using these supports for all their work. To be a good writer, students must become proficient with the overall writing process. This involves specific formats for planning, revising, and editing compositions. Ask your daughters teacher about the writing strategies she uses in the classroom and then discuss them with your daughter and help her to use them. 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. Financial FocusHow To Cope With The Threat Of Longevity by Jennifer BaseyYou cant predict how long youll live. Nonetheless, you still need to consider longevity as a key factor in creating, and following, a long-term investment strategy. And your projected lifespan may be longer than you had thought. Men who turned 65 in 2010 can expect to live another 18.6 years, while women who reached 65 that same year can anticipate another 20.7 years, according to the 2011 Social Security Trustees Report. And these figures are just averages; depending on your health and family history of longevity, you could well spend two, or even three, decades in retirement. Possibly because people are now realizing they may have to support themselves for far longer than earlier generations did, they seem to be growing increasingly concerned about running out of money in their later years. In fact, in a poll of people ages 44 to 75, sponsored by Allianz Life Insurance, 61 percent said they fear depleting their assets more than they fear dying. So, if youre concerned about outliving your resources or if you think that you may become one of those people what steps should you take, both now and during your retirement? Here are a few ideas: Keep investing. Put away as much money as you can afford for your retirement. Take advantage of tax-deferred accounts, such as your 401(k) and traditional IRA, or tax-free accounts, such as a Roth IRA. (Roth IRA earnings are taxfree provided youve had your account at least five years and you dont start taking withdrawals until youre at least 59.) And keep investing, year in and year out, despite the inevitable market volatility youll encounter along the way. Re-assess your retirement age. If you enjoy your work, you might consider staying at your job a few years later than originally intended. Those extra years of income, not to mention extra contributions to your 401(k) and potentially bigger Social Security payouts, can make a big difference to your retirement lifestyle. Delay taking Social Security. As the laws now stand, you can start taking Social Security as young as 62, but your monthly checks will be bigger when you reach your full retirement age. Youll get your biggest monthly Social Security checks if you wait until age 70, when they max out, but many people feel that waiting that long may not be worth it, when weighing the lost years of any payments against the unknown variable of life expectancy. Calculate your withdrawal rate. Once you retire, its essential that you know how much can withdraw each year from your investments without running out of money. Your withdrawal rate depends on a variety of factors, including your age, size of portfolio, risk tolerance and retirement lifestyle. A financial professional can help you calculate your initial withdrawal rate and adjust it as time goes on. The possibility of outliving your resources is not a pleasant thought. But by taking the steps described above, as well as others, you can go a long way toward taking the fear out of longevity, leaving you free to fully enjoy an active retirement. Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor in Fort Myers. She can be reached at jennifer.basey@edwardjones.com. 1101 Periwinkle Way #105, Sanibel, FL 239-472-0044 www.engelvoelkers.com/Sanibel ENGEL & VLKERSFor Showings please call Isabella Rasi: 239-246-4716 SOUTH SEAS RESORT MATLACHA WATERFRONT Exquisite 2BR/2BA at Lands End. Waterviews from every room. Brand new contemporary interior.$1,299,000 Unique artists home in midst of art galleries, restaurants community. $550,000 List Local. Sell Global. Franceschini Promoted To Director Of Procurement ManagementBob Franceschini has been promoted to director of the Lee County Division of Procurement Management after serving as interim director for several months. He began his career with Lee County 22 years ago as a purchasing agent and became purchasing manager 10 years ago. Franceschini is a certified purchasing manager, certified professional public buyer, Florida certified purchasing manager and Florida certified negotiator. He oversees 11 professionals in procurement managements purchasing and contracts sections. Bob Franceschini Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email press@riverweekly.com

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 201128 deaRPharmacistTis The Season To Be Healthyby Suzy Cohen, RPhDear Pharmacist: The cold weather is upon us and Im worried about cold and flu. What are some simple steps to keep my immune system healthy? LF, Alexandria, Virginia Preventing the spread of germs is job one. If you feel any symptoms of a cold, please stay home and delegate your errands to a friend or relative. Also, consider the other individuals around you, such as your husband or child, who could potentially fall ill before making close contact with sick people. Being mindful of this could have lasting benefits if you consider the fact that their cold could turn into pneumonia should they have a weak immune system. If you have to cough or sneeze, please do so into the crook of your elbow. Wash your hands with soap and water frequently for 30 seconds. While shopping for bargains at the mall, or waiting in airport security lines, or anywhere for that matter, keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth. Ill tell you to make sure your kids do the same, but I know they put their little fingers in all the wrong places, so I also recommend keeping antibacterial lotion or wipes handy. With that, here are some of my top vitamin recommendations to help support immunity: Probiotics These are beneficial bacteria that naturally help maintain immune system wellness. They also aid in proper digestion. Vitamin C The humans body doesnt make vitamin C, so its important we get it from other sources such as supplements, citrus fruits, or vegetables including bell peppers. Its a strong antioxidant that does housekeeping on your cells and helps support the immune system. Vitamin D Getting your Vitamin D from sunlight isnt always reliable, especially if you use sun block to protect your skin or live in a state with a long winter. Most people dont realize that Vitamin D is mostly obtained from fortified foods. A Vitamin D supplement can provide added support, try 1,000 5,000 IU but ask your doctor to make sure. You want the bio-active form, vitamin D3 and high-quality supplements say that on the label. Zinc This mineral is a strong antioxidant best known for supporting prostate health, but it also happens to neutralize free radicals; it may affect the duration of a cold. Elderberry extract This herb has been revered for centuries and is best known for its anti-viral effects. Two separate studies have found that it can inhibit influenza if taken during the first 48 hours of symptoms. Echinacea Related to daisies, this herbal supplement is thought to rev up the immune system thereby lowering risk of infection. Recommended dosage is usually in cycles, not every single day. When choosing dietary supplements, seek out brands that are committed to science-based protocols for product development and testing. Be sure to ask your health care professional or pharmacist what supplements are best for you, especially if you take medications. 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. Long Term Care Support GroupA support group specifically for families of nursing home and assisted living facility residents will meet on Tuesday, January 17 at 10 a.m. at the Dubin Alzheimers Resource Center, located at 10051 McGregor Blvd., Suite 101 in Fort Myers. The focus of this support group meeting is issues, concerns, and questions families face as they cope with placing a loved one in a long-term care facility. The group is open to all interested families ofcontinued on page 30 Dr. DaveIdea Source by Dr. Dave HepburnEditor: Dr. Dave, when and where in heavens name do you get your ideas from? I get my bestest ideas from two places, primarily. Seldom do I feel creative when Im working at a computer. But when Im working out on my elliptical machine, ideas come like cold sores on a wedding day. I also tend to get a lot of Pulitzer moments when I am soaking in a bubble bath, with the jets blowing Strawberry Shortcakes Sweet Berry Bubbles all around me, while Leo, my intimidating 12-pound dog, shields me from the paparazzi. (Whatever you do EDITOR, do not print that. I mean I wouldnt mind if you printed that when my wife massages my feet for 45 minutes I have an urge to send her to the spa of her choice, but mention the bubble bath thing and, editor or not, I will hunt you down.) Though some folks likely think I work out to maintain my schoolgirl figure... no... I work out to generate thinking thoughts to think about in the thought area of my thinker. Turns out there is some science involved. After birth (best not read together as a noun), our brains start to lose nerve cells, a process that continues as we age to the point where we consider marrying a Kardashian. But the neural stem cells that do remain are very active in the younger, totally awesome portion of our species, active meaning that these stem cells are busy proliferating and making new brain cells all the time. This, of course, is why kids so often ignore us. They cant hear for all the racket them stem cells are making. But as we get older, these nerve stem cells (though actually not much less in number than when we were younger) pack up, buy Bermuda shorts, behemoth sunglasses and a Winnebago and head to Pompano Beach. They persist in a long state of dormancy, known in scientific circles as Torontus mapleleafus. But they can be reactivated! How, you asked? Either through exercise or by actually having a seizure. Your choice. Of course, should you happen to exercise so hard that you have a seizure, your brain will likely produce so many cells that your head will expand and pop off, as expanding heads are wont to do. Most of these newly formed nerve cells hang out in the hippocampus, an area of the brain responsible for memory and learning. This means, in fact, that we can exercise ourselves into learning new tricks right into old age. My friend June, had been very physically active all of her 70 years. She had always wanted to play piano but never did. On her 70th birthday, her delightfully devious husband, David, snuck a piano yes, snuck it into their living room as she slept downstairs, likely having been drugged by him. Almost every day since, shes played for 45 minutes. Ten years later, now in her 80s, June, at our behest played some of her Grade 8 conservatory music like David Foster on Red Bull. She had honed, carved, sculpted the new nerve cells, courtesy of all her exercising, and now could entertain us and annoy her neighbours at the same time. Davids head would nod with the beat, even when he was awake. Our neuronal stem cells do not disappear with age but are kept in reserve. It is up to us to call them out of the reserves into active duty. The precise factors that influence the reactivation of dormant stem cells are not entirely clear and may involve everything from exercising to singing the blues to blueberries, and even tossing in an occasional seizure to impress the dog. But our dormant brain cells can, indeed, be stimulated to divide again. You can compare them to bubbles in a bubble bath. They start off doing very little until you turn the jets on, at which time they rapidly proliferate, enveloping your entire body whilst entertaining you, your dog and Rubby the Duck at the same time. (Actually, EDITOR, best not print that last sentence... please.) Like the column? Youll LOVE the book The Doctor is In(sane), available at Sanibel Island Books & Gifts. Contact Dr. Dave or read more at www. wisequacks.org. 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 in a canasta group with 20 other women. We meet weekly in one anothers homes. We have all retired to this historic town from all different parts of the country. One of our members husbands was an admiral with the U.S. Navy, and they have a dog that is very much a part of their lives. Every time we go to their home, the admiral is constantly saying, Does the admirals doggie want his lunch? or Does the admirals doggie want to go out for a walk? or I think the admirals doggie wants to go out and play. We are all very aware that he had a very successful career, but we are fed up with listening to him. How do you suggest we cope with this type of behavior. Della Dear Della, I think the admiral is having a very difficult time dealing with his loss of status. Many very successful people do and some succeed and others just cannot adjust to being an ordinary person again. Since you only meet at his home about every five months, I would suggest that you just put up with it, for his wifes sake. And, be glad you dont have to live with him. Lizzie Dear Della, Most of us with animals have silly ways of talking with our animals. I am sure if anyone heard how I talk to my dog they would conclude that I am, well, abnormal. I think the man is just talking to his dog. Who knows? Maybe referring to the dog as the admirals doggie is an inside family joke. Pryce Lizzie and Pryces e-mail address is momandmeaging@hotmail.com.

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 201130 Safety Program For Alzheimers CaregiversThe Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimers Resource Center is pleased to offer a safety program for Alzheimers caregivers in Lee County. The Dubin Alzheimers Resource Centers Safety Program was created to provide caregivers with tools to implement an emergency plan to prevent crises. Each safety program packet includes two components: 1) an emergency plan kit and 2) an identification bracelet for the memory impaired person. The emergency plan kit is intended to help eliminate the possibility of a crisis situation if the caregiver of a loved one with Alzheimers disease or a related disorder requires emergency care. The emergency workers who come to rescue the caregiver may not know a memory impaired adult resides in the home, and therefore, may leave the person with Alzheimers alone when they take the caregiver to the hospital. The safety program universal symbol, included with the emergency plan kit, is designed to alert emergency workers that a memory-impaired person resides in the home. The symbol hangs on the front of the homes refrigerator. The corresponding packet of forms, which contain important emergency contacts and care instructions provided by the caregiver, are located inside the refrigerator. Once a trained emergency worker sees the symbol, he or she will automatically know to search for an Alzheimers client in the house and, using the information in the refrigerator, take appropriate measures to see that care for this person is provided. The Dubin Alzheimers Resource Center caring staff works closely with local law enforcement and emergency workers throughout Lee County to help train them on how the safety program can assist them when they respond to an emergency involving the caregiver of an individual with memory loss. The safety program packet is provided at no charge, through grants from the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, Gulf Harbour Memorial Foundation, Lee County Medical Society Alliance, and the Cape Coral Community Foundation, to caregivers caring for a loved one with memory loss in their homes in Lee County. The safety program also stresses the importance of having an identification bracelet for individuals with memory loss to wear at all times. Identification bracelets help local law enforcement identify individuals who are separated from their caregivers and are unable to find their way home or even tell someone where they live due to memory impairment. Each bracelet (or necklace) is engraved with the persons first name or nickname, a code number which matches their application number, the words memoryimpaired and the phone number for the Lee County Sheriffs Office. Both the Dubin Alzheimers Resource Center and the Lee County Sheriffs Office maintain records of enrolled persons application numbers and identifying information. Being able to look at a bracelet, make a phone call, and escort the lost person to his/her home reduces the time memoryimpaired persons are away from their homes and saves police departments valuable effort. A brochure with an application to obtain a bracelet is included in each safety program packet. Bracelets are provided at no charge by Walgreens. For more information about the safety program, or to find out more about the services offered by the Dubin Alzheimers Resource Center, call 239-437-3007. From page 28Long Term Carenursing home or assisted living residents at no charge. The Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimers Resource Center, a United Way partner agency, provides informational, educational, and supportive assistance to individuals with Alzheimers disease and related disorders and their caregivers. For more information, the Dubin Alzheimers Resource Center can be contacted at 239-437-3007. Eden Autism Services Adds Board MemberPaul A. Belfore has been appointed to the advisory board of Eden Autism Services. Eden Autism Services mission is to improve the lives of children and adults with autism and provide support to their families by providing a range of community based services to meet specific needs throughout the lifespan. These services include K-12 schools in Fort Myers and Naples, clinical services, consultations and community training, and adult residential, vocational training and employment services. Belfore is Senior Vice President and Private Banking Manager for Iberia Bank. A resident of Southwest Florida since 2005, Belfore was manager of Fifth Third Private Client Group from 2005 until 2007. He joined TIB Bank in 2008 where he served as Private Banking Manager, Senior Trust Officer and Consumer Banking Executive for Florida. Belfore is a member of the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Advisory Board and volunteers as a youth basketball coach at YMCA of the Palms. He has a degree in Economics from Allegheny College and is a Certified Retirement Services professional. We are honored and privileged to have Paul on our board, said Susan Suarez, Executive Director of Eden Autism Services Florida operations. Not only does he excel in his profession but also in his community activism. For more information about Eden Autism Services, contact Susan Suarez at 239-992-4680 ext. 5010 or Eden. florida@edenautism.org. Paul A. Belfore Lewis Named New Department Head At SWFASKevin B. Lewis, chief executive officer of Southwest Florida Addiction Services (SWFAS), has announced that Steven Hill has been appointed director of the Vince Smith Center, SWFAS residential treatment program for teenagers with substance use disorders. In his new role, Hill will be responsible for all substance abuse treatment and operations at the Vince Smith Center, located at 2450 Prince Street in Fort Myers. The Vince Smith Center opened in 1990 as Lee Countys only residential treatment program for teens with drug and alcohol abuse problems. Since that time, thousands of local young people have started on the road to recovery at the CARFaccredited center. Up to 20 individuals between the ages of 13 and 17 live at the Vince Smith Center for two to three months while participating in treatment for substance use disorders. Patients also receive school services from the Lee County School Board, and families participate in family counseling to help them develop a plan for recovery. Hill had been appointed interim director of the Vince Smith Center after the recent retirement of former Vince Smith Center Director Lydia Neal. Prior to joining SWFAS, Hill worked for the Three Springs Residential Treatment Center of Courtland, Ala., and in clinical positions with the Huntsville/Madison County Mental Health Center and the Decatur General West Behavioral Medicine Center, both in Alabama, and the Mental Health Centers of North Central Alabama. Hill also has experience as a child abuse investigator with the Florida Department of Children & Families. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and his Master of Arts degree in community counseling, both from the University of North Alabama. He is a Certified Addictions Professional (CAP) and is a certified Moral Reconation Therapy Facilitator. SWFAS is Southwest Floridas leader in the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. About 5,000 people per year, from ages 9 to 90, start on the road to recovery with the nationallyacclaimed programs of SWFAS. SWFAS offers state-of-the-art residential and outpatient facilities for both adults and adolescents from five locations in Lee County and two in Hendry County. In addition, SWFAS provides detoxification services for adults, prevention programming, and an Employee Assistance Program for about 60 Southwest Florida businesses. All treatment programs are evidence-based and accredited by CARF. For more information about the adolescent residential treatment program at SWFAS Vince Smith Center, visit www. swfas.org or call 239-338-2306. Steven Hill Our email address is press@riverweekly.com

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 201131 Local Goodwill Wins Award For Excellence In Family StrengtheningGoodwill Industries of Southwest Florida is one of just five Goodwill agencies nationwide selected to receive a 2011 Goodwill Family Strengthening Center of Excellence Award. The agency is being recognized for its corporate philosophy and forward-thinking practices that promote economic self-sufficiency for its employees and program participants. The Family Strengthening Center of Excellence Awards are sponsored by Goodwill Industries International and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. They honor Goodwill agencies that incorporate family financial stability strategies into their organizations mission, vision and program offerings. Since 2001, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has granted more than $1.4 million to stimulate the family strengthening initiatives of a total of 41 local Goodwill agencies that have received family strengthening awards. To be successful at work, everyone needs to be confident that their families are healthy and safe and that their home life is stable, said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. For more than 10 years, Goodwill and the Anne E. Casey Foundation have been partners in family strengthening, enabling local Goodwill agencies to address the unique needs of families by providing career development, financial literacy, certification programs, and charter schools for youth with disabilities and other disadvantages. In Southwest Florida, Goodwill established a family strengthening team of senior managers and front-line staff who were charged with surveying the staff and making recommendations for family strengthening initiatives. The agencys Hows Life survey asked employees about their worries and concerns. Based on this work, Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida has begun offering its employees financial planning seminars through a partnership with SunTrust, and will soon partner with a local agency to provide affordable child care assistance. Goodwill also offers family strengthening benefits to its 600-plus Southwest Florida employees, including a sick leave pool, succession planning and training programs for employees who would like to advance within the organization, and an emergency funds assistance program. To provide family strengthening initiatives to the Southwest Florida community, Goodwill operates nine Job-Link family resource centers, which co-locate a number of human service agencies to provide one-stop shops for people with disabilities and other disadvantages. The agency also operates the Goodwill L.I.F.E. Academy, a Lee County Charter School, which serves students with developmental disabilities. The school aims for 100 percent of graduates to have jobs or additional vocational training opportunities upon graduation. Other Goodwill agencies honored with the 2011 Family Strengthening Center of Excellence Awards include: Goodwill Industries of Lane and South Coast Counties (Eugene, Ore.), Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina (Greenville, S.C.), Goodwill Industries of San Antonio (Tex), Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina (Winston-Salem, N.C.) All five agencies will be honored in June 2012 during Goodwills annual Delegate Assembly in Miami. Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. serves Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties by providing programs and services that help people with disabilities and other disadvantages become more independent and self-sufficient. Vocational trainer Ketinna Gadsden works with one of Goodwills clients A trip to the mall to see Santa is a special event for families, but the holiday hustle and bustle can be overwhelming for kids with autism. Thats why Noerr Programs at Edison Mall in Fort Myers opened The Santa Photo Experience early on Wednesday, December 14, so children from Eden School could enjoy some low-key Sensitive Santa time. A lot of children with autism arent able to have the experience of visiting Santa, said Cari Pusateri, education coordinator for Eden School in Fort Myers. The lines, the noise and crowds can be too much for them to handle. This event allows our kids to be able to have a memorable time with Santa in a less stressful environment. Amanda Berry, manager of The Santa Photo Experience at Edison Mall, has a daughter with autism so has a unique understanding of working with children with autism. She was able to get the kids to smile and look at the camera, and the Santa was especially kind and patient, said Pusateri. Its wonderful to see the joy that this brings to the children and their parents, some of whom thought theyd never see their kids on Santas knee. Eden Autism Services Florida was founded in 1996 to address the states growing need for specialized services for children and adults with autism and their families. Their mission is to improve the lives of children and adults with autism and provide support to their families by providing a range of community based services to meet specific needs throughout the lifespan. These services include K-12 schools in Fort Myers and Naples, clinical services, consultations and community training, and adult residential, vocational training and employment services. For more information, contact Susan Suarez at 239-992-4680 ext. 5010 or Eden.florida@edenautism.org. Support Group For Adult Children Of Alzheimers PatientsA support group specifically for adults who have a parent with Alzheimers disease or a related disorder will meet at the Dubin Alzheimers Resource Center, located at 10051 McGregor Blvd., Suite 101 in Fort Myers. Interested caregivers can attend on Tuesday, January 3 at 6:15 p.m. Meetings are held each month on the first Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. The meetings are sponsored by the Dubin Alzheimers Resource Center. The focus of this support group meeting is issues, concerns and questions adult children face as they provide care to a parent with memory loss or strive to learn more about Alzheimers disease. The group is open to all interested individuals at no charge. The Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimers Resource Center, a United Way partner agency, provides informational, educational, and supportive assistance to individuals with Alzheimers disease and related disorders and their caregivers. For more information, the Dubin Alzheimers Resource Center can be contacted at 239-437-3007. Santa and Gabe Schmitt Santa and Dayshaun Johnson Santa and Cheyenne MuddimanEdison Mall Hosted Holiday Photo Event For Kids With Autism

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DID YOU KNOW PUZZLE ANSWERS 1. LITERATURE: Who wrote the Little House on the Prairie book series? 2. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What is the of cial animal of Oklahoma? 3. HISTORY: By what other name did Southerners refer to the Battle of Bull Run? 4. PERSONALITIES: What was the rst name of pirate Captain Kidd? 5. MOVIES: The lm Schindlers List won how many Oscars? 6. GEOGRAPHY: What is the approximate total square mileage of land in Hong Kong? 7. TELEVISION: Who played the character of Norm on Cheers? 8. INVENTIONS: What did Robert Goddard develop in 1926? 9. U.S. PRESIDENTS: How many years did Franklin Roosevelt serve as president? 10. LANGUAGE: What common vegetables Latin name is Solanum tuberosum? TRIVIA TEST1. Laura Ingalls Wilder 2. Buffalo 3. Manassas 4. William 5. Seven 6. 407 7. George Wendt 8. Liquid-fuel rocket 9. 12 years, 42 days 10. Potato. ANSWERS THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 201132 My Stars FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 26, 2011ARIES (March 21 to April 19) With the new years opportunities almost within reach, the Arians courageous aspects are raring to go. And dont be surprised if a lot of people follow the zodiacs most trusted leader. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Change lies ahead for the brave Bovine who is ready to shuck off the tried and true to try something new. But appearances can be deceptive. Check it all out before you charge into anything. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) This week promises a peek into what the new year holds for the Gemini Twins, both in love and careers. Family matters continue to be a factor in decisions youre going to be facing. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) As you move into the new year, your travel aspects grow stronger, and you might find yourself making decisions about a destination and a traveling companion sooner than youd expected. LEO (July 23 to August 22) The new year holds both glitter and gold. This means Leos and Leonas should begin getting the facts theyll need to separate the real thing from the sham in order to make important decisions next year. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) A good way to start the new year might be to arrange for a visit to someone you havent seen in a long time. You also might want to pick up that project you put off a while back. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) As you contemplate the new years potential, you might want to talk things over with people who are or have been where you want to go. Their experience and advice can be helpful. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Someone close to you might feel you have no more room for him or her in your life. This calls for immediate reassurance of your love so you can start the new year on a high note. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) The coming year will bring more people into your life. Some situations might not work out as well as others. But overall, everyone earns something, and thats always a good thing. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) The new year could find you indulging in one or more of the hobbies youve always wanted to take up. And dont be surprised if they ultimately direct you toward a new career. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) The artistic Aquarian should find more opportunities in the new year. You might even make some potentially helpful contacts as you gather to ring in the year 2012. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) The new year offers challenges for Pisceans who want to make better use of the skills they now have and learn new ones. Personal relationships show stronger positive aspects. BORN THIS WEEK: Although you sometimes tend to be a bit judgmental, nevertheless, you are generous and caring and very much beloved. On Jan. 1, 1876, the first area-wide New Years Day Mummers Parade is held in Philadelphia. Mummers celebrations in America date back to colonial times. Reciting doggerel and receiving in return cakes and ale, groups of five to 20 people, their faces blackened, would march from home to home, shouting and discharging firearms into the air. On Dec. 28, 1895, the worlds first commercial movie screening takes place at the Grand Cafe in Paris. The film was a series of short scenes from everyday French life. Admission was charged for the first time. On Dec. 27, 1900, prohibitionist Carry Nation smashes up the bar at the Carey Hotel in Wichita, Kansas, causing several thousand dollars in damage and landing in jail. Nation became famous for carrying a hatchet and wrecking saloons as part of her anti-alcohol crusade. On Dec. 30, 1922, in post-revolutionary Russia, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is established. In the USSR, all levels of government were controlled by the Communist Party. Soviet industry was owned and managed by the state, and agricultural land was divided into state-run collective farms. On Dec. 31, 1937, Anthony Hopkins is born in Port Talbot, Wales. Hopkins is known for playing one of the greatest villains in movie history, the cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs and its two sequels, Hannibal and Red Dragon. On Dec. 29, 1940, London suffers its most devastating air raid when Germans firebomb the city. The next day, a newspaper photo of St. Pauls Cathedral standing undamaged amid the smoke and flames seemed to symbolize the capitals unconquerable spirit during the Battle of Britain. On Dec. 26, 1966, the first day of the first Kwanzaa is celebrated in Los Angeles. The seven-day holiday is a celebration of African-American family, community and cultural values, which include unity, selfdetermination, collective work and responsibility, economic cooperation, purpose, creativity and faith It was American inventor and businessman Thomas Alva Edison who made the following sage observation: Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work. If youre planning a trip to Peru to ring in the new year, you might want to bring along some yellow underwear. In that country its considered lucky to wear it on the first day of the new year. Another story to add to the file on clueless criminals: In 2010, two men in Portland, Ore., went to a supermarket and started removing price tags from items and filling their backpacks with the loot. However, they didnt even make it out of the store with their ill-gotten gains. It seems that the would-be crooks decided to do their shoplifting during a Shop With a Cop promotion, and there were 60 police officers already in the store -in uniform. You may be surprised to learn that the Statue of Liberty is not located in New York. While it is on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, its technically within the territorial waters of Jersey City, N.J. If youre going to be traveling to California anytime soon, you might want to keep this in mind: In that state, shooting game from a moving vehicle is illegal -unless the animal youre aiming for is a whale. A baseball will travel farther on a hot day than on a cold one. The oldest bakery yet uncovered was found by archaeologists digging in the Egyptian city of Giza in 2002. They say that the baking trays, bread molds and ovens there date back to 2500 B.C., right around the time the pyramids were being built. Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isnt. -Mark Twain THIS WEEK IN HISTORY STRANGE BUT TRUE THOUGHT FOR THE DAY SPORTS QUIZ1. Who is the only second baseman in major-league history to post ve consecutive 30-homer seasons? 2. Seattle pitcher Felix Hernandez was 24 years old when he reached 1,000 career strikeouts in 2010. Name the three younger hurlers to reach 1,000 Ks. 3. In 2010, Indianapolis tied an NFL mark for most consecutive playoff appearances (nine). Who else holds the mark? 4. When was the last time before 2011 that the University of Kentuckys mens basketball team reached the Final Four? 5. In 2010-11, two Vezina Trophy (NHLs top goaltender) nalists (Roberto Luongo, Tim Thomas) met in the Stanley Cup Finals. When was the previous time that happened? 6. Dale Earnhardt holds the Sprint Cup record for most wins at Talladega Superspeedway (10). How many times has Dale Earnhardt Jr. won there? 7. Combined, tennis players Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have won 25 of the past 26 Grand Slam mens singles titles. Who is the only other person to win in that span?1. Dan Uggla (2007-11). 2. Bob Feller (22 years old), Bert Blyleven (23) and Dwight Gooden (23). 3. The Dallas Cowboys, 1975-83. 4. It was 1998, when Kentucky won its last championship in mens basketball. 5. It was 1989 (Calgarys Mike Vernon, Montreals Patrick Roy). 6. Five times. 7. Juan Martin del Potro won the U.S. Open in 2009. ANSWERS

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33 THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 2011 Salon & Spa Receives Its Own MakeoverShell Point Retirement Community offers on-site salon and spa services to its residents, as well as the general public, in The Salon & Spa at Shell Point. They recently completed major renovations that have expanded their services to meet a greater number of clients. We are so excited with the recent improvement and additions to The Salon & Spa at Shell Point, said Robyn Church, salon manager for Shell Point Retirement Community. With the renovations complete, we can now offer more services to more people. We have always had a full service salon, but now we can add new clients while also making sure that our current clientele continues to receive great service. Services that are offered at The Salon & Spa at Shell Point include haircuts for men and women, hair styling, hair coloring, nail care, massage, waxing, facials and more. The services in The Salon & Spa at Shell Point are the same as any full service salon and spa, and base pricing for any of the services listed is extremely competitive to other salons, often offering a savings of up to 25 percent. Two new treatment rooms boast comfortable, quality equipment in a tranquil space. The hair care area has been expanded and a free standing shampoo station has also been added for additional convenience and comfort to customers. Additionally, the private pedicure area offers a place to relax and unwind while being pampered. The Salon & Spa at Shell Point services are available to the general public, and appointments can be made by calling 239-489-8400. Homes Needed For Dozens Of Impounded Cats On December 13, Lee County Domestic Animal Services assisted a local resident with the voluntary surrender of 69 cats. LCDAS is hoping to adopt the cats into permanent loving homes. With the addition of these 69 felines, our shelter is at maximum capacity, said Ria Brown, LCDAS Public Information Manager. We truly need the generosity and support of the community to assist us in re-homing these felines, especially during the holiday season. The public is encouraged to come to the shelter, located at 5600 Banner Drive in Fort Myers, to adopt a feline or two and take advantage of the shelters Home 4 The Holidays adoption promotion now underway through December 31. Select pets may be adopted for just $30 and cats and kittens are two for one. Adoption hours are Monday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Applications may be submitted online or at the shelter. All adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, age appropriate vaccinations, flea treatment, microchip ID, 10-day health guarantee, a bag of Science Diet pet food and more. Pets available for adoption may be viewed at www.LeeLostPets.com. The website updates hourly. Manicure and pedicure services are available at the Salon & Spa at Shell Point The Salon & Spa at Shell Point provids haircuts for men and women Salon manager Robyn Church and staff celebrate the grand opening of the renovated and expanded Salon & Spa at Shell Point by Max FriedersdorfIf you are old enough to remember Riders Of The Purple Sage, Randolph Scott and Buster Crabbe, this book is definitely for you. Riders Of The Purple Sage was written in 1912 by Zane Grey. I recently re-read this classic which holds up quite well, capturing the mystery, romance and spacious landscapes of the American Southwest. Biographer Stephen J. May has written a fascinating life story of Grey, tracing his career as a New York dentist to a best-selling western novelist, a classic case of breaking away from domineering parents and following your hearts desire, supported and encouraged by a loving spouse, in this case a sweet girl named Dolly. A native of Zanesville, Ohio, named for a Revolutionary War ancestor, Zane Grey had always wanted to be a writer. His father tore up his first manuscript as a waste of time, and as a young man his walls were papered with rejection slips. After editors at Harper & Brothers unanimously rejected Riders Of The Purple Sage, Grey hopped on a train to New York and convinced the company vice-president to read the manuscript himself. Within a week the vice-president and his wife had both read the book, and gave fulsome praise. The book burst upon the literary scene in 1912 and was gobbled up by the public, becoming an instant and enduring western classic. Although he had never been further west than Chicago, Grey had an insatiable curiosity about the desert and the mountains. He made repeated trips to Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado, eventually moving to California where by the time he died in 1939, he had written 89 books, 56 of which were western novels. Greys novels are action-packed adventures with themes of morality, heroism, self sacrifice, honor and chivalry. They often involve a beautiful damsel in distress; a laconic, slow-talking, fastdrawing cowboy, and a villain so evil he must die. Greys career peaked in the 20s and 30s as Hollywood switched from silent films to talkies. More than 100 feature films were made from Zane Grey novels. Actors appearing in these westerns included William S. Hart, Richard Dix, Noah Beery, Sr., Tom Mix, George OBrien, Randolph Scott {Scott came west for his health and got his start in Zane Grey westerns), Larry Buster Crabbe, John Wayne and Robert Mitchum. Zane Grey, Romancing The West by Stephen J. May. Ohio University Press, Athens. Paperback, 180 pages, 15 photos, 1 map. Book ReviewZane Grey: Romancing The West Indispensable Advice from Dr. Dave Get your copy of Dr. Daves Book at Sanibel Island Books and Gifts,1571 Periwinkle Way 472-5223

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Pets Of The Week PROFESSIONAL DIRECTORY THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 201134 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 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 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 PlusCOSMETICS MAGGIE BUTCHER 904 Lindgren Blvd. Sanibel Island, FL 33957 Ph: 239-395-0978 / 317-509-6014 mbutcher@marykay.com Products: www.marykay.com/mbutcher Career information available Gift ideas available New Product! Night Restore & Recover ComplexMEDICAL 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 COMPUTERS My name is Lennox (ID # 408930) and Im a 7-year-old brown and while neutered male Boxer. Im a good boy and so is my Boxer buddy, Shorty. We were found by the Cape Coral Police but our owners didnt come to Lee County Animal Services to claim us. We sure would love to be in a new home by Christmas. Whether you adopt one or both of us we promise to be loyal, fun-loving pets and a great addition to your family. Our adoption fee is $25. My name is Bridget (ID # 519966) and Im a 4-year-old black tiger female Domestic Short Hair. Im a very affectionate, playful cat. My favorite thing to do in the whole world is to play with toy mice. When you are home, I can shower you with attention and when youre away I can entertain myself! My adoption fee is $30 during Decembers Home 4The Holidays Adoption Promotion (adopt a second cat or kitten free) For information about this weeks pets, call 533-7387 (LEE-PETS) or log on to Animal Services website at www.LeeLostPets.com. When calling, refer to the animals ID number. The website updates every hour so you will be able to see if these or any other pets are still available. The shelter is open for adoptions from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The shelter is located at 5600 Banner Drive in Fort Myers, next to the Lee County Sheriffs Office, off Six Mile Cypress Parkway. All adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, rabies vaccination and county license if three months or older, flea treatment, worming, heartworm test for dogs six months and over, feline AIDS and leukemia test for cats, training DVD, 10-day health guarantee, and a bag of Science Diet pet food. The adoption package is valued at $500. Bridget Lennox photos by squaredogphoto.com

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PROFESSIONAL DIRECTORY THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 201135 CONSTRUCTIONFROM REMODELING TO NEW CONSTRUCTIONNO JOB TO BIG OR TO SMALLCC Shutters Sales & ServiceAll Types of Hurricane Protection Including Impact Windows From Panels to Remote Roll Downs 239-691-9002 CGC 150-77-08VETERINARY SERVICES Dr. Mark W. Hullstrung House Calls for Dogs and Cats By Appointment:(239) 244-1401 VETERINARY SERVICES FOR SANIBEL, CAPTIVA & FORT MYERS BUILDING CONTRACTOR Helenbrook Homes, Inc.Licensed & InsuredCerti ed Building ContractorCBC026067Serving Sanibel & Captiva for the last 25 yearsNew Homes Remodeling FramingDave Helenbrook 239 / 466-4030 CONTRACTORS 24/7 Rapid Response Line239-472-1888License # CMC056884 Honest Honest * Reliable Reliable * Dependable Dependable Light Tackle Sport Fishing Tarpon Snook Red sh & More CAPT. MAT CAPT. MAT T T MI MI TCHELL TCHELL USCG USCG Licensed Licensed & Insured & InsuredC: (239) 340-8651www.captmattmitchell.com email: captmattmitchell@aol.comFISHING CHARTER CONSTRUCTION/REMODELING TREE & 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 Have A Safe And Happy Holiday Season!

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Classified Ad Deadline Monday At Noon HELP WANTED HELP WANTED SERVICES OFFERED SERVICES OFFERED SERVICES OFFERED SERVICES WANTED BOATS CANOES KAYAKS WANT TO BUY COMMERCIAL SPACETHE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 201136 PROFESSIONAL CLEANING SERVICESResidential Commercial Interior Windows Carpet Cleaning Jennifer Watson 239-810-6293SR 11/13 N TFN Bob AdamsResidential Renewal ServicesHandyman(Carpentry, maintenance toilets, faucets, ceiling fans, sliding doors, etc.)768-0569 or Cell 464-6460RS 11/14 M TFN Licensed & Insured 25+ years experienceCOMPANION SERVICE Sanibel-Captiva Care and Companion Service, LLC Medical appointments, general transportation, shopping, light meal preparations, and light cleaning. Our services are customized to meet our clients needs. Call 239-395-3591, or for an emergency call 239-472-0556.SR 10/3 B TFN HELLE'S CLEANING SERVICES Residential Cleaning to Satisfaction Sanibel & Captiva 239-565-0471 Sanibel Lic. #11412 Lee Co. Lic. #051047SR 11/13 B TFN DORADO PROPERTY MANAGEMENTHOME WATCH/CARE Full Range of Services Excellent Organizational Skills Island Resident Licensed & Insured 24/7 Call Lisa 239-472-8875RS 10/1 BM TFN MUSIC INSTRUCTIONSIn piano, saxophone, ute. On Sanibel/Captiva or South Fort Myers. Quali ed, experienced teacher. Call 239-989-7799RR 10/8 CC TFN HOUSE CARE While you are away by retired architect, Sanibel resident. Call 395-1649.RS 11/12 NC TFN DOCKAGEHourly, Daily, Weekly and Monthly. Captiva Island 472-5800SR 1/30 B TFN DOCK YOUR YACHT ON SANIBELPrime east end direct access dockage. Seawall, electricity, water, parking. Only minutes to the gulf! Call: 470-2866RS 12/17 CC TFN SANIBEL HOME WATCHRetired Police Captain Lives on Sanibel Will Check Your Home Weekly Very Reasonable Rates (239) 728-1971NR 9/2 BM TFN 3883 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel, Fl Phone: 239-472-3644, ext 1 Fax: 239-472-2334 www.crowclinic.orgHELP US PLEASE!!We need volunteers for: Clinic emergency patient admissions desk and baby animal feeders Visitor education center greeters and gift shop cashiers CROW (239) 472-3644, ext. 231 or volunteers@crowclinic.orgRS 10/28 NC TFN TO PLACE AN AD LOG ON: IslandSunNews.com& click on Place Classified HELP WANTEDExp. Interior Designer/Decorator Resume to Cliff@DecDen.netNS 11/25 CC 12/30 MONINO CONSTRUCTION, INC.CBC 1257406 Home Maintenance, Drywall, Tile, Paint, Carpentry. Call Luis 239-209-3979 Licensed & InsuredRR 12/9 CC 12/30 TENNIS LESSONS Tennis Lessons $35. Racquet stringing & regripping; Pick Up & Delivery (24 Hour Service). USPTA certi ed. Tony Fittipaldi 239-896-6385. RS 12/9 PC 12/23 OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE700 square feet. Good Periwinkle location. Call Joe 516-972-2883. NS 12/9 PC 12/30 VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDAt The Sanibel School Call Michelle Wesley 239-910-8000RS 12/16 NC 1/6 HELP WANTEDFull time Clinic Assistant at The Sanibel School, tolls paid. Call Maureen at 472-1617. NS 12/16 NC 1/6 PART TIME (SEASONAL)Sanibel Island Liquor Store. Flexible hours. Good customer service skills, restaurant/ hospitality industry experience a plus. Call Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 472-1682 NS 12/16 NC 1/6 BUSINESS FOR SALEDowntown Fort Myers Business for sale. Owner moving out of state. For information, call 239-689-1660. $54,000RR 12/16 NC 1/6 MUSICIAN(S) WANTEDFemale jazz vocalist looking for a pianist or group of musicians to practice with for Sunday night gigs! Please call 518-796-4239.NR 12/23 CC 1/13 CASH PAID FOR MILITARY ITEMSCash Paid For Old Military Items. Medals, Swords, Uniforms, helmets, old guns, awards & more. Local Toll Free 1-866-440-3280.RR 12/23 CC 1/13

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REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE VACATION RENTAL ROOMMATE WANTED RENTAL WANTED ANNUAL RENTAL ANNUAL RENTAL Classifieds Classifieds Classifieds Classifieds 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 23, 201137 WALK TO BEACHAdorable 2 bedroom 1 bath 1/2 of duplex East End of Sanibel Great Monthly rates! Call Bob 410-913-2234 RR 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 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 DAILYSANIBEL 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 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 BY OWNERSuper, well maintained house, great neighbors, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, adjacent tennis courts and pool, near beach. Negotiable. 239-482-0997 NS 12/9 CC 12/30 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 12/9 CC 12/30 The RiverEMAIL: Ads@RiverWeekly.com ROOMMATE WANTED2BD/2BA Roommate Wanted $500 a month and 1/2 utilities, on Casa Ybel Road, Sanibel. Call 239-691-3892. RS 12/23 CC 12/23 SANIBEL RENTAL WANTEDIsland Family looking for Annual Rental. Please call 239-738-4309NR 12/23 CC 12/23 LOT FOR RVUp to 35 ft. in ve star resort near Bunche Beach at Palmetto Palms. 55 and over. No pets. $600 per month or $3,000 for 6 months Tel. 239-489-2360NR 12/23 CC 12/30 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 12/23 CC 12/30 ANNUAL RENTAL SANIBELCharming old Sanibel style 2 BR 1 BA house. Lighthouse end. Great neighborhood. Beach access. Available in January. 252-341-6222NR 12/23 CC 12/30 Condo. 1/1 F. 2nd Floor $900/mo. Canal Home, 3/2/den/pool/dock just off Island $2,300/mo. Updated 3/3 piling home, Tons of storage/Pool/tennis $2,200/mo.472-6747Making Islanders out of ordinary citizens for over 35 years! Gulf Beach Properties, Inc.Paul H. Zimmerman, Broker/Owner ANNUAL RENTALSSANIBEL RS 12/23 BM TFN

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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 23, 201138

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A Aw Aw Aw a a r r d d winning RC Otter s Island Eats is a p lace for the w wh h h o l l e e family Serving the nest seafood dishes vo od oo s st st eak and c h o p s, creative p asta, and t h e lar gest ve getarian and kid s menu anywhere O v er 1 00 menu items. Happy hour daily T T T T T a a ke-out av ailable. C all-ahe ad se atin g availa b b l l l l e e e e . P l ay t h e r i n g ga me and l i sten to t he i sland sounds o f our talented local musician s. s. You ou g ht to eat at Otter s! MONDAY SUNDAY 8am 10p m Lo Lo ca ca te te e te d d d d in in in t t t he e he he H H ea ea rt rt o o f f Ol Ol Ol d d Ca Ca pt pt iv iv a Vill ag g e e 11 11 50 50 8 Andy Ros se e L L L L an an an e e e, C C C C ap ap ti ti va Island, F L 33 3 9 92 92 9 2 4 4 4 4 (2 (2 (2 (2 39 39 39 39 ) ) ) ) 39 39 39 39 9 5 5555 11 11 11 11 11 42 42 42 42 4 Fresh gourmet pizza salads special treats delectable yogurts and fun gifts 11513 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva Island, FL 33924 239.395.0823 An Island paradise atmosphere for every special occasion. A A As id d e from offering an eclectic, innovativ e and contempo ra a ry m me me m n nu the Keylime Bistro boasts a less formal ambience w it it h an gp y gp u u u un n u co co c mpromisin g l eve l o f cuisine y V V V Vo Vo o V V t te d d Be Be st Island Dini ng b y the News Press Readers Poll, F ir s st P la a ce ce a a a a at at t t he he J J un n ior Leagues 2002 Taste of the Town, First Place Peo pl pl e e s g y C C C C C Ch h oi i c ce e a a t t h e C h e f s Auction t h e Bistro continues g g t t t to o o t b b e a a p o p ular destination. W W We e fea t tu re live music daily during lunch an an an n a a a d d d d i n nn er wit h a Sun d a y Jazz Brunc h. yg yg Monday Sunday 8:00am 10pmBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Sunday Jazz Brunch Late night bar 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 9 9 9 . 3 3 9 9 5 5 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1 11 11 50 0 50 5 5 9 9 9 An An A dy dy dy y R R R os os os se se L L L an n e e, C C C ap ap p p p ti ti va va I I sl sl sl an an d d L u n c h h a a nd Dinn er S ev e e n n D a a ys a W e e k k 11 : 3 3 0am 10 :00 pm E n j oy unique a n nd spicy atmosphere while savo ring t t he ne Mexican and Southwes tern cuisine. To com p lem en n t the e v ening choo se f r ro m an arr ay o f imported and d om es tic beers and wine s, s, not to mention re f r es hi ng mar ga ri ri ta s Din e insid e or out. Ta Ta k e out ava ilabl e for tho se e on th th e run. 1 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! OPEN CHRISTMAS EVE & CHRISTMAS DAY!All of our regular menu items available with additional offering of Christmas Favorites Christmas Eve Christmas Eve Lunch Lunch 11am-4:30pm 11am-4:30pm Dinner Dinner 4:30-8pm 4:30-8pm Open Open Christmas Day Christmas Day 1-8pm 1-8pm Serving Lunch Serving Lunch & Dinner & Dinner Celebrate New Years Eve and New Years Day with us! Celebrate New Years Eve and New Years Day with us!THE RIVER DECEMBER 23, 201140



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FREETake Me Home VOL. 10, NO. 51 DECEMBER 30, 2011From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort MyersRead Us Online at IslandSunNews.com Human-Size Cancer Killing Machine Readyby Jim GeorgeIts been a long time coming, seven years to be exact, but a device large enough to accommodate a human patient has been the latest in a series of new developments in the John Kanzius Cancer Research project. Kanzius radio frequency device works by emitting radio waves that heat and kill cancer cells targeted with nanoparticles, microscopic pieces of gold and other metals that are injected into the bloodstream. The device has proven to kill pancreatic cancer cells in live mice without harming healthy tissue but a larger device was needed before Kanzius invention could be tested on humans. The earlier devices can only accommodate petri dishes and small animals like mice and rabbits. The announcement of the larger device was made in Erie, Pennsylvania last week by Marianne Kanzius, widow of islander John Kanzius who died two years ago of a rare form of leukemia. Marianne Kanzius is managing partner of Thermed LLC, the company formed by John Kanzius to develop the technology. The new machine is a fifth generation model. Development of the larger machine is necessary before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can approve human trials for the device. It can support up to 800 pounds, said Charlie Rutkowski, plant manager at Industrial Sales & Manufacturing, the Millcreek, Pennsylvania company that manufactures the Kanzius devices. Besides being large enough to treat large animals and humans, the newest Kanzius device is also easier to operate. Earlier versions must be fine-tuned continued on page 26 left) Mike Nelson, co-chief executive of Red Wind Innovations; Marianne Kanzius, managing partner, Thermed, LLC; Charles Rutkowski, president, Industrial Sales and Manufacturing, with new RF devicephoto courtesy of Erie TimesAccording to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest gathering of zombies ever was held on October 30, 2010 when 4,093 participants gathered on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, New Jersey. But on October 15 of this year, more than 20,000 zombies descended on downtown Fort Myers for ZOMBICON 2011, unofficially shattering the world record. Convincing Guinness, however, may prove to be more difficult than amassing a horde of zombies which constituted the largest event to take place on the streets of the River District in history. To satisfy the Guinness requirements, ZOMBICON organizers known as The Z-Core collected names and signatures of 5,786 people in zombie makeup on the night of the event. At exactly 9 p.m., First Street (between Broadway and Jackson) was cleared by The ZOMBICON Goon Squad. Using barricades, construction fencing and red caution tape, they created an enclosure referred to as the Red Zone. All registered zombies were called to the Red Zone, while all non-infected survivors (those without the minimum required makeup) were ushered onto the adjoining sidewalks. Once this area was cordoned off and filled with all registered zombies, an air horn sounded from atop the 30-foot tall zombie tower, constructed on the corner of First and Hendry streets just for thecontinued on page 33 First and Dean Streets during ZOMBICON 2011 Photo by Sid GravesDid Fort Myers Break The World Record For The Largest Gathering Of Zombies? Downtown Countdown 2011The streets of downtown Fort Myers come alive to celebrate the beginning of a New Year on Saturday, December 31 as the River District Alliance will host Downtown Countdown 2011. The evening will feature live entertainment on six stages, food and drink specials throughout the local businesses and a midnight ball drop with fireworks. The New Years festivities begin at 8 p.m. Gentry Thomas, the New Years Eve emcee, will lead the countdown to the ball drop and fireworks. Live music will feature Beatlemaniax, Geek Sqwad, Ben Hammond, Brad Connor Longshot Band, Memphis 56, Drunk Monkeys and No Way Jose. Businesses will be ringing in the New Year in style with specials on food and drink throughout the downtown River District. From live entertainment to drink specials to vendors, there will be something for everyone. Downtown Countdown 2011 is presented by the River District Alliance and Fort Myers Community Redelopment Agency, and sponsored by Chicos FAS, Inc. and JetBlue, along with many downtown businesses. For general information, visit www. riverdistrictevents.com.

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Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And NowThe Volunteer Fire Departmentby Gerri ReavesAfter several devastating fires just after the turn of the 20th century, Fort Myers decided it needed to organize a fire-fighting team. No longer would a bucket brigade suffice, when a city block of wooden structures could be destroyed in an afternoon. Thus, the Fort Myers Volunteer Fire Department was organized, with Guy B. Reynolds as president. Donations funded a hand-operated pump and other equipment. In 1905, things took a definite turn toward the professional, when Harry A. Laycock became chief and convinced the town council to buy a Watrous gasoline fire-engine and 1,000 feet of hose for $2,200. Horses or volunteers heaved the cart-mounted engine through the streets. Water was supplied by artesian wells, the river or cisterns. A bell near the corner of Hendry and Oak (now Main) streets summoned firefighters to emergencies. Laycocks background in technology no doubt made him a good candidate for the job. He had come to Fort Myers in 1903 to sell electrical machinery to the Seminole Power & Ice Co., only to become manager of plant. He had studied at the University of Florida and later completed a two-year course in electrical studies. He then worked for the Florida Electric Company of Jacksonville installing telephone systems in cities around the state. Laycock would continue as unpaid chief until 1916 and steadily worked to upgrade fire-fighting equipment. Walk down First Street where fires of a century ago more than devastated the town and consider the valiant efforts of the towns first firefighters who laid the groundwork for todays state-of-the-art fire protection. Then travel a couple of blocks to the Southwest Florida Museum of History at 2031 Jackson Street to see one of the towns first modern fire engines. Be sure to see the exhibit on local Mid-Century Modernist architecture. For information, call 321-7430 or go to www.swflmuseumofhistory.com. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Follow-up with a visit to the Southwest Florida Historical Society, one of the areas best research centers for local history. The society is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, 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 explore 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 Seated in the wagon with the hunting dog is Harry A. Laycock, long-serving chief of the Volunteer Fire Department, circa 1908. Notice the livery stable in the center background and the predominance of fire-vulnerable buildings on First Street courtesy of the Southwest Florida Historical Society By 1914, wooden buildings had vanished from this block and the modern look of today was in place photo by Gerri ReavesTHE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 20112

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3 THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 2011 Edison & Ford Winter Estates January ProgramsJanuary at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is highlighted with the return of the Edison Ford Tropical Florida Bridal Fair, a Thomas Edison, Lewis Latimer & The Light Bulb exhibit opening and a Directors Tour To Palm Beach as well as a variety of other special programs and activities throughout the month. The January schedule of programs and events include: Registration for the Edison Ford Inventors Summer Camp opens on January 2. Week-long camps begin on May 28 and continue through August 3, with a variety of topics in science, art and nature. Camps are separated by grade levels, 1st 3rd and 4th 6th. Cost: Edison Ford Members, $200; non members $230. To register or for more information call the Edison Ford Education Department at 334-7419. May 28 to June 1 Super Solar Scientists June 4 to 8 Space & Rockets June 11 to 15 Kitchen Chemistry June 18 to 22 Animation June 25 to 29 Movie Making Magic July 9 to 13 Eager Engineers July 16 to 20 Time Travelers July 23 to 27 Physics In Motion July 30 to August 3 Smarts In Arts Emerging Inventors Early Learners will be held on January 5 and 19 from 9 to 11 a.m. This class is a child and parent learning activity for children ages 1 to 3 years. The class includes immersion into the buildings, museum and gardens. Each program is theme based and combines early science, invention, story book reading and hands-on activities. Cost for Edison Ford members is $5, nonmembers are $15 (one adult, one child); additional $5 per child. Monthly volunteer meeting and new volunteer orientation will be held on January 10 at 9:30 a.m. Charles LeBuff, author of J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Images of America and Sanybel Light: An Historical Autobiography, has been a resident of Sanibel Island for 47 years. LeBuff is a noted sea turtle conservationist and served as refuge biologist at Ding Darling for 32 years. LeBuff will discuss his books and adventures on the Island. This is a regular monthly volunteer meeting and mandatory training for all new Edison Ford volunteers but potential volunteers are also welcome. Drawing In The Gardens: An Introduction to Botanical Illustrations with artist Megan Kissinger will be held on January 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. and on January 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The two-day workshop begins with a guided botanical tour with the Edison continued on page 4 Annual Edison Ford Tropical Bridal Fair on January 22 Botanical Illustrations with Megan Kissinger begin January 13 Ma Ma Ma a M rk rk rk r r et et et t o o o o pe pe pe p n n n n 7 7 7 7 7 da da da da a ys ys ys ys s y : : : : 11 11 11 1 a a a .m m .m m m . to to to o 9 9 9 9 p p p p p .m .m m .m m m . Re Re Re R st st st t au au au au ra ra ra ra nt n nt nt n : : : : Su Su Su S Su n. n. n n. n T T T T T T hu hu hu hu hu r. r. r. r. 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 a. a. a. a. m. m. m. m. m 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 p p p p p p p .m .m .m m . Fr Fr Fr F i. i i i. S S S S S at at at . 11 11 11 a a .m m .m m m . 10 10 10 10 10 p p p .m .m m .m . 17 17 17 65 65 65 0 0 Sa Sa n n Ca Ca C rl rl l os os s B B B lv lv d. d. d , Ft Ft Ft . My My My M er er er s, s, s F F F L L L L 33 33 3 93 93 3 1 1 1 1 23 23 23 9. 9. 9 48 48 8 2. 2. 2 2 67 67 67 65 65 65 | | | Sh Sh Sh Sh oa oa ls ls Wi Wi W ne ne ne ne Ba Ba Ba r. r. co co co m m m Locally owned, fresh and fun! 1 2 oz. Prime Ri b wit h Fres h Au Ju s Mashed Potatoes & Garden Ve g etables $ 2 5 R ac k o f Lam b wit h Berry Re d uction, Re d B l iss P otatoes & Frenc h Beans wit h S h a ll ots $ 3 2 R oasted Turke y with Home-made Grav y Mashed Potatoes and Garden Vegetables. $ 1 8 NEW YEAR S EV E A T SHOAL S D ec. 31 | 5 p.m. to Midni g ht Please call by Dec. 30 for reservations Dee j a y and dancin g to celebrate the N ew Y ear!

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 20114 Served 6 to 11pm | Reservations SuggestedNew Years Eve DinnerA la Carte Dinner MenuPrepared by Executive Chef Brian McElhineyFeaturing Homemade Soups and Salads, Appetizers, Filet Mignon, Lobster, Red Snapper, Pasta, Surf and Turf and More!Entertainment by Saxophonist Jim Blackburn in The Edison RoomRing in the New Year in the Chandelier Bar, Library, Porch and TerraceNew Years Eve CelebrationLive Music from 8pm-2am with DJ Manny C 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 Myers476-9000From page 3Winter Estates January ProgramsFord horticultural staff to familiarize participants with the blooming fruits and flowers. Day two is instruction with artist Megan Kissinger in the Edison Ford gardens. Cost for Edison Ford members is $50, non-members are $60; as well as $10 for essential supplies. Registration required. Edison Ford Garden Talks: Seasonal Winter Plants will be held on January 14 at 9 a.m. The Edison and Ford families grew many varieties of vegetables, plants and herbs in their gardens when they wintered each year in Southwest Florida. Edison Ford horticulturists will teach participants the basics of seasonal winter plants and which vegetables will thrive during the season. Edison Ford members are admitted free, non-members cost $5; all participants will receive 20 percent off in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe. Thomas Edison, Lewis Latimer & The Light Bulb exhibit opening on January 16 An exhibit celebrating the life and work of African-American inventor and Edison employee Lewis Latimer opens on January 16 in the Edison Ford Inventors Museum and at the Black History Museum in Fort Myers. Homeschool: Matter Matters will be held on January 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. and on January 20 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or from 1 to 3 p.m. Homeschool students will explore the building blocks of the universe as the Edison Fords Wild Wizards discuss atoms, molecules and elements with a focus on solids, liquids and gases. Students and their parents can enroll in a two-hour program with curriculum that follows the Next Generation Florida Sunshine State Standards. Pre-visit curriculum materials will be mailed to registered families. Registration required. Program recommended for grades 1 through 6. Edison Ford members cost $5; non-members are $15 (one adult, one child); additional $5 per child. Directors Tour To Palm Beach will be held on January 21 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Palm Beach in season has been a winter tour destination since Henry Flagler brought the railroad there a century ago. The tour begins at the Flagler Museum and Whitehall Estate, which has recently expanded to include the Henry Flagler railroad car and new gallery areas. After lunch, the tour will move to the historic Society of the Four Arts Gardens and the adjacent Hulitar Sculpture Gardens. Directors Tours include transportation, snacks, tours and lunch. Registration required. Cost for Edison Ford members is $90, Edison Ford volunteers are $85 and non-members are $95. Additional Directors Tours include (February 25) St. Petersburg Dali Museum and Chihuly Gallery; (March 17) Clewiston Museum and behind-thescenes driving tour; and (April 14) Lake Wales Bok Tower Edison Ford Tropical Florida Bridal Fair will be held on January 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. The fourth annual fair will be held on the beautiful grounds of the Ford Estate, Southwest Floridas premier wedding location. With breathtaking water views, historic gardens and romantic sunsets the Edison Ford is a perfect location for your special day. Over 40 wedding professionals will be available to assist you as well as a bridal fashion show, prizes, catering showcase and much more. Cost is $5, or free to brides. Event is sponsored by Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Creative Events/Taylor Rental in Fort Myers. The Edison Ford is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For additional information, call 334-7419 or visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org. City Of Fort Myers Observes New Years DayThe City of Fort Myers will observe the New Years Day holiday on Monday, January 2. All city government offices, including solid waste and utility billing, will be closed on that date. There will be no change in garbage, recycling, horticultural brush, yard waste, junk and appliance collection for residential customers. Disposal of Christmas trees, including those that are flocked, will be available for pickup up to and including January 31. Please remove all tree stands and decorations. Christmas paper is a recyclable material and may be placed in your recycling container. Plastic ribbons are not recyclable and must be disposed in your regular trash receptacle. If you have any questions concerning your service, call the City of Fort Myers solid waste division at 321-8100. Edison Ford Inventors Summer Camp registration begins January 2

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 20115 2023 ALTAMONT AVE NEXT TO PUBLIX 332-3945FIRST STREETLIQUORS 10% off on purchase over $30. Any liquors & wines with this ad. Mon thru Thu 10am 9pm ISLAND INSURANCE SERVICE Kathleen Papaleo President Mark OBrien General Manager Susan Barnes Personal Lines Gina Loeber Agent 703 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel, FL (239) 472-3022 Summer is over and its time to enjoy those beautiful winter days in Paradise. Have an insurance question? Call our office today for a new Auto quote. Call To Artists For BIG ARTS Multiples ExhibitBIG ARTS invites artists to submit entries for its juried Multiples Exhibit, which will run from Thursday, January 19 through Monday, February 27. Entries may be delivered to BIG ARTS on Tuesday, January 17, from 9 a.m. to noon only and cannot be accepted prior to this receiving date and time. Juror is Lynn Loscutoff, author, artist and teacher, from Naples and Gloucester, Massachusetts. More information about this exhibit, including its prospectus, is available at BIG ARTS, located at 900 Dunlop Road, or online at www.BIGARTS.org. There will be a Jurors Talk held on Tuesday, January 17 at 2:30 p.m. A reception and awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, January 21 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. All entries must include multiples of objects, subjects or images in one piece or connected pieces not exceeding 50 inches in any direction. An artist may submit up to two entries for consideration, and all work must be original and may not have been previously shown at BIG ARTS. Mechanically produced reproductions do not qualify. Wall art must be ready for hanging. The fee to enter up to two entries is $25 for BIG ARTS members and $35 for non-members. All work must be for sale. BIG ARTS retains 30 percent of proceeds of each sale, and artists are responsible for all applicable income taxes. No work shall be removed until the close of the show. Multiples Exhibit is supported by Visual Arts Patron Season Sponsors June Rosner and Russ Bilgore. For additional information about this exhibit, BIG ARTS events and membership, or to sign up for workshops, stop by BIG ARTS, e-mail info@BIGARTS.org or log on to www.BIGARTS.org. Out of the Jar VI Loose Change by Janet Mach Dutton Out of the Jar III Olives by Janet Mach Dutton History Of Fort Myers Beach Told Through PhotographsThe newest addition to Arcadia Publishings popular Images of America series is Fort Myers Beach from local author Mary Kaye Stevens, in collaboration with the Estero Island Historic Society. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by. The once sleepy barrier island labeled Estero Island on navigational charts was dubbed Fort Myers Beach in the early part of the 20th century by city folks who spent their weekends on its wide, sandy beaches. Centuries earlier, an abundance of fish and other seafood made the 6.5-mile-long island attractive to its earliest inhabitants, the Calusa, as well as explorers, fisherfolk and a pirate or two. In the late 19th century, early homesteaders were lured by stories of free tillable soil in a balmy climate surrounded by warm waters and ankle-deep shells. When pink shrimp labeled Pink Gold were found in nearby waters, another influx of residents arrived. Today, the island is best known as an energetic resort community, but it retains the influence and charm of its remarkable past. Since its inception in 1993, the Images of America series has preserved and shared the history of hundreds of individual communities throughout the country. Each title records a town or citys unique story through more than two hundred historic images. Due to the popularity of this series, it has expanded over time to include worthy local and regional historical topics including the examination and celebration of transportation, industry, architecture, ethnic groups and more Available at area bookstores, independent retailers and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at www.arcadiapublishing.com or 888-313-2665.

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 20116 Alva Community Center Special Events, ActivitiesThe Alva Community Center announces a number of special events and activities to launch 2012: Club Rec Are you looking for an afterschool program? Participants will learn the benefits of recreation, healthy lifestyles, teamwork, caring for and understanding nature, organized games, activities, clubs, homework time, reading, sports, arts and crafts along with inside/outside activities. Open to ages second grade to 12 years, Club Rec is offered only on days when school is in session that are not county holidays. Session II runs from January 5 to May 24. Cost is $100 per session/participant. Camp runs from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Home School PE Looking for an opportunity for your home school child/children to get out and make new friends, as well enjoy numerous physical activities? Home School PE is an all-around good time in a noncompetitive environment. Open to ages 5 to 15 years old, this session starts on Tuesday, January 17. Registration fee is $10 per five weeks session, which takes place on Tuesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. Participants should bring their own water bottle, wear tennis shoes, sunscreen lotion and hats/shades to protect them from the sun. Participants expect to be outdoors for this program. Dance Gymnastic, Baton & Jazz with Susan Katz Sessions start January 12 and is open to ages 5 to 15 years old. Baton & Jazz Thursdays 6 to 6:45 p.m. Cost is $35. Dance Gymnastic Thursdays 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $35. For more information, call Susan Katz (instructor) at 369-0404. Fun Days Come spend your teacher in-service day having fun with friends. Activities may include games, swimming, crafts, music or a field trip. Open to ages 6 to 13 years old, participants should bring a bagged lunch/ snacks and wear tennis shoes. Fun Days will run Monday and Tuesday, February 20 and 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $15 per day; Price does not include trip cost (when applicable). Call the center for more information. First Annual Craft Show Alva Community Center is looking for craft vendors for our upcoming Craft Show to be held on Saturday, February 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Alva Community Park, located at 21471 North River Road. Spaces are available for a nominal fee of $10. Tables, tents, chairs, etc. are not provided. Public admission for the show will be free. For more information on this event or to become a vendor, contact Sandra Bates at 728-2882 or BatesSW@leegov. com. For additional information, visit www. leeparks.org. AAUW MeetingThe next meeting of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will be held on Saturday, January 21 at 11:30 a.m. at the Royal Palm Yacht Club in Fort Myers. The guest speaker at the monthly luncheon will be Dr. Donna Price Henry, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida Gulf Coast University. Her topic will be STEM: science, technology engineering and math. Tickets are $18 each. To make reservations, call Sondra Marshall at 4374570. Send your editorial copy to:press@riverweekly.com Greeters Club To Host Spring Fashion ShowKick off the new year with a Spring Fashion Show. Attend the next luncheon meeting of The Greeters Club of Greater Fort Myers on Thursday, January 19 at Colonial County Club on 9181 Independence Way in Fort Myers. Call today to join this dynamic group of women of Lee County. Attending the luncheon costs $18, with advance reservations required. For more information, call Janet Gambuzza at 454-5750 or Linda Fitzpatrick at 437-5653, e-mail Greeters. Lunch@comcast.net or check us out on Facebook at Greeters of Fort Myers. Alva Craft ShowAlva Community Center is looking for craft vendors for our upcoming Craft Show that will be held on Saturday, February 4. The show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 pm at Alva Community Park, located at 21471 North River Road in Alva. Vendor spaces are currently available for a nominal fee of $10. (Tables, tents, chairs, etc. are not provided). Public admission to the show will be free. For further information about this event or to become a vendor, contact Sandra Bates at 239-728-2882 or BatesSW@leegov.com. Hortoons Read us online at IslandSunNews.com

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Along The RiverCelebrate the coming of the New Year at Downtown Countdown 2011 in Fort Myers. The historic River District will be transformed into the ultimate party environment featuring great fun, good food and live music on five stages. The event runs from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. and is hosted by the River District Alliance. Admission is free. Entertainment will be provided by Beatlemaniax, Geek Sqwad, Ben Hammond, Brad Connor Longshot Band, Memphis 56, Drunk Monkeys, and No Way Jos. Food and drink specials are offered by downtown businesses along with a midnight ball drop. Master of Ceremonies Gentry Thomas will lead the countdown to the ball drop while fireworks light up the sky. For information, go to riverdistrictevents.com. Prefer to ring in the New Year at the beach? Drive your car or boat to the 16th annual Fort Myers Beach Birthday Party and New Years Eve Celebration. The towns annual birthday celebration takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. and includes live music and free refreshments. For the New Years party, local bands play live music from 7 p.m. to midnight, at which time there is a ball drop and fireworks launched from the pier. Trolley service is provided until 2 a.m. Trolleys run to and from Estero Island, transporting partygoers to off-island parking lots. Parking is free, but the trolleys are 50 cents. The Fort Myers Beach Birthday Party and New Years Eve Celebration is held at Times Square, 1021 Estero Boulevard. For information, call the Town of Fort Myers Beach at 765-0202. Party like a pirate on an exclusive New Years Eve Fireworks Cruise aboard the Pieces of Eight. The 65-foot replica of a Spanish galleon ship departs at 11 p.m. from Salty Sams Marina. Enjoy a swashbuckling pirate show while sailing through Matanzas Pass and around Bowditch Point to the fishing pier. As the clock strikes midnight, toast the New Year with buccaneers young and old as the fireworks erupt over Fort Myers Beach. Tickets for the 90-minute New Years Eve Fireworks Cruise are $20 and there is a full bar on the ship. Parking is free. Reservations are required and coupons will not be accepted for this special cruise. Boarding begins at 10:30 p.m. and Pieces of Eight leaves promptly at 11 p.m. Salty Sams Marina is located at 2500 Main Street, Fort Myers Beach. For reservations, call 765-7272. Take a romantic getaway to exclusive Captiva Island. Have cocktails and watch the sunset on the beach at The Mucky Duck. Afterwards, walk down the street for a bite to eat and listen to the live music at the lounge at Key Lime Bistro. Finally, collapse into a comfortable bed next door at the Captiva Island Inn. Captiva Island Inn is located at 11509 Andy Rosse Lane. For reservations, call 3950882 or go to captivaislandinn.com. If you prefer to spend the evening at home with your own New Years Eve party celebration with friends and loved ones First Street Liquors can help make it fun and creative. Conveniently located near Publix off of McGregor Boulevard, the package store carries a vast array of beer, wine, quality spirits, and of course, champagne. First Street Liquors is located at 2023 Altamont Avenue, Suite 107 in the First Street Village shops, Fort Myers. It is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 pm., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 332-3945. More things to do on New Years Eve: Busters Sports Tavern, Fort Myers: Grand Seafood Buffet from 4 to 9 p.m. New Years Eve party with DJ and happy hour specials from 2 p.m. to close. Call 466-4144. Morgan House, Fort Myers River District: Outdoor dining under the stars. Special VIP packages. Live music. Reservations suggested. Call 337-3377. Nervous Nellies Crazy Waterfront Eatery, Fort Myers Beach: New Years Eve bash on the water. Live music from Bobby ODonnovan. Starts at 7 p.m. Call 463-8077. Shoals Restaurant & Wine Bar Fort Myers: Special New Years Eve menu featuring prime rib, rack of lamb and roasted turkey. Dancing, DJ providing music and a champagne toast, 5 p.m. to midnight. Reservations suggested. Call 482-6765, ext. 1. Nervous Nellies features live music from Bobby ODonnovan of Jimmy Buffett fame Have a jolly Roger of a good time on a New Years Eve fireworks cruise aboard Pieces of Eight pirate ship 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. 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 All Day On New Years Eve & Day 481 4 7 33 12600 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myer s www. scuba vi ced iv e r s com S wim with t h e Fi s h es Republican Womens LunchThe Lee County Republican Womens Club (chartered) will hold its monthly luncheon at the Crown Plaza Holiday Inn, located at 13052 Bell Tower Drive in Fort Myers, on Tuesday, January 10. Social hour will begin at 11:30 a.m., with the luncheon to follow at noon. Featured speakers at the meeting will be Karen Harrington, U.S. House of Representatives candidate for Florida District #20, and Javier Manjarres, editor of the conservative blog The Shark Tank. For more information or to make reservations, call 574-2571. THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 20118

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9 THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 2011 Shell Points Gift Shop Will Be Open Longer For The Public To Shop Residents of Shell Point Retirement Community have many talents, and many of these residents use their talents to create unique items that are sold in the Shell Point Gift Shop. The Gift Shop is open to the public for anyone who is searching for unique handcrafted gifts. The shop is located on The Island at Shell Point next to the Guest House and from October 1 to May 31 the hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The crafts created by the Shell Point resident artisans span the creative continuum from jewelry to woodworking, to fine needlework. Some of the painting and photography is represented in one-ofa-kind greeting cards, said Teri Kollath, manager of The Academy of Lifelong Learning and Volunteer Services for Shell Point. A lot of time and dedication goes into each item sold there, and additionally the entire Gift Shop is operated by resident volunteers. Many items are created in our resident woodshop, pottery studio, stained glass and lapidary studio, painting studio and even books from resident authors are represented. All of the items in the Gift Shop are hand-crafted by the residents of Shell Point, and include holiday wreaths, shell art, handbags, wood carvings, jewelry, pottery, paintings, books, floral arrangements and more. For more information, call 4661111 ext. 7534. Shell Point Retirement Community is located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road and McGregor Boulevard, two miles before the Sanibel Causeway. Some items available at the Shell Point Gift Shop More Gift Shop items Shell Points Gift Shop is filled with hand-crafted items DAILY FEAT U RE S $ $ $ $ Under New Ownership N EW Y W EAR Y Y S E VE E E P ART Y T T H a ppy Hour 2 pm clos e DJ h ats, noisema k ers & m u ch more N EW Y W EAR Y Y S D A Y A A Blood y s & Momosas $2 99 E ye-opener b rea kf ast menu 10 am 2 pm p N EW Y W EAR Y Y S E VE E E G RA ND A A S EAFO O D B UFFE T 4 9 P M $ 1 7. 99 A du lts $ 9 00 chil d ren u n d er 1 0 G o back for 2nds, 3rds, 4ths, 5ths. Eat all y ou want Make me cr y A laskan Snow Crab Legs, Roast Beef, Baked Ham, Pork Loin, Turkey, Gulf Shrimp, Chicken Specialties, BBQ Spareribs, Fried Shrimp, Steamed Clams & Mussels, Beer Batter Fish, Italian Specialties, Potato, Fresh Ve g etables & Seafood Specialties, Raw Bar Oysers, Clams, P eel-n-Eat Shrimp, Carving Station, Fruit & Salad Bar, Dessert Bar assorted cakes, pies & cheesecakes, and much, much more! Its Great!!! Its Enormous!!! Its Reasonable!!! Its Delicious!!! Its G

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 201110 New Years Eve At The EdisonMake your final meal of the year one to remember at The Edison Restaurant & Bar. The restaurant is a tribute to one of Fort Myers most famous past residents, Thomas Edison. It is a majestic relic of a long lost era of glamour and intrigue that marks The Edison as one of Floridas most unique dining experiences. Surround yourself with family and friends while dining from the special la carte menu created by executive chef Brian McElhiney. The New Years Eve dinner is served in the Edison Room from 6 to 11 p.m., The dining room is complemented by dramatic golf course views, hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings and a full private bar. Dinner is highlighted by a performance by saxophonist Jim Blackburn. Begin your dining experience with a butternut bisque with nutmeg crme, arugula fennel salad, lobster and shrimp cocktail or scallops with bacon jam. Featured entres include lobster pappadelle, roasted chicken, pistachio encrusted rack of lamb and Fords filet mignon. Reservations are suggested. After dinner, ring in the new year with live music by DJ Manny C in the Chandelier Bar, library, spacious outdoor porch and terrace. The New Years Eve bash runs from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. and includes a traditional champagne countdown, cash bar, party hats and noise makers. Watch the ball drop from Times Square on The Edisons numerous large screen TVs. Valet parking and taxi services are available.. The Edison Restaurant & Bar is open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and cocktails. It is located at 3583 McGregor Boulevard, overlooking the historic Fort Myers Country Club. Call 936-9348 or go to edisonfl.com. Ring out the old, ring in the new with a champagne toast on the terrace Start with dinner in the elegant Edison Room Il Cielo Brings International Presence To IslandWorld-class chefs Loretta Paganini and Marco Corricelli cook across the globe and soon for island diners From Tuscany and Milan to London and Paris, the culinary team heading up Sanibels newest dining establishment has traveled and cooked around the world. Meaning The Sky in Italian, Il Cielo is a definitive Italian dining experience that will open to the public for dinner in January. Paganini, host of Simply Gourmet on the Discovery Channel and proprietor of the International Culinary Arts & Sciences Institute, and Corricelli are the gourmet masterminds behind Il Cielos Italian offerings. Born in Bologna, Italy, Paganini is director of ICASI, a state-of-the-art teaching center with five professional kitchens, a library, lecture hall and gardens. She is also founder of the Loretta Paganini School of Cooking in Cleveland and the author of Bologna Mia. Paganini is a frequent guest on Clevelands NBC affiliate WKYCs Good Company, the CBS Early Show and other national programs. In addition to regular visits, she resides on Sanibel for one month per year. I was born in Bologna, which is often called The Kitchen of Italy, and my childhood was spent in the professional kitchen of my mother, whose Pasticceria (pastry shop) was renowned, Paganini said. It was from my grandmother that I learned how to make beautiful meals that bring people together. Paganini trained at Cordon Bleu in Paris, where she became involved in teaching and had the opportunity to assist famous chefs including Jack Pepin, Paul Prudhomme and Martin Yan. She believes in sharing her knowledge and recipes, which led her to establish her cooking school in 1989. She also conducts personal tours of her homeland each year for her students, aspiring chefs and passionate foodies. The Gastronomic Tour of Italy, as she calls it, runs from March to September and includes a week of stunning landscapes, architecture, art and of course food. With the opening of Il Cielo, she plans to share some of her delicious recipes for island diners as well as a series of cooking classes throughout the year. Sanibel and Captiva are such special islands, with residents and visitors from all over the world, they will really enjoy our wonderful, Mediterranean cuisine, Paganini added. Corricelli began his career at the Amerigo Vespucci Institute of Culinary Arts in Milan and made his early reputation in renowned kitchens across Amsterdam, London and Paris. He is fluent in Italian, English and Spanish and has served as chef at Las Dunas Palace in Spain, Lenotre Marbella, a crown jewel in the culinary empire of French legend Gaston Lenotre and La Zagaleta Country Club in Andalucia, Spain. He has also served as a private chef for European government leaders and Hollywoods elite. While living in the U.S. from 1999 to 2004, Corricelli worked as chef for a number of upscale restaurants in the west including Ristorante Allegeria in Malibu and Canaletto Ristorante Veneto at the Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino and Panevio Ristorante in Las Vegas. In 2004, he opened his own restaurant in Las Vegas and served as private chef for Las Vegas VIPs and executives. According to Paganini and Corricelli, Il Cielo will use fresh, local products for uniquely flavorful dishes. Menu selections will range from lighter fare, soups, salads and antipasti to main selections including pasta, seafood, meat and poultry specialties. Bar and dessert menus with a selection of cheeses will also be available. In order to keep the menu as fresh as possible, Paganini and Corricelli plan to change entrees and desserts in accordance with the seasons. The Il Cielo experience will include an extensive wine list of perennial favorites and surprising alternatives personally selected by Master Sommelier Ron Edwards. The proprietors also plan to have live music and a full range of cocktails. The restaurant will be open for dinner seven days a week from 5 to 10 p.m., and happy hour will be served daily from 4 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to closing. Il Cielo is located at 1244 Periwinkle Way. According to general manager Chris Carrasco, staffing for the restaurant is underway. Approximately 25 service professionals including kitchen staff, cooks, wait staff and hostesses will be hired to run Il Cielo. For more information, call 472-5555 or visit www.ilcielosanibel.com. 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11 THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 2011 Saturday Art Fair In Downtown Fort Myers All are welcome to downtown Fort Myers on Saturday, January 7 for Saturday Art Fair in The River District. More than 40 local vendors will be set up on the sidewalks of First Street selling their artwork. Painters, potters, weavers, jewelry makers, photographers, stained and fused glass artisans will be selling the works they created. This event, scheduled to take place from aa a.m. to 4 p.m., is free and open to the public. Contact Claudia at 939-2553 or cgoode@actabuse.com for more information on this event. This event is approved by The River District Alliance and the City of Fort Myers. Country Sweet Goode face The Sanibel Diamond Store | Jerry's Shopping Center | 1700 Periwinkle Way Sanibel Island, Florida 33957 | 1-800-850-6605 | (239) 472-1454 | SanibelDiamond.comTHE WORL D'S MOST EXQUISITE DIAMOND e Convertible Collection continues to grow. Look for this trademarkMade in the USA

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Churches/TemplesALL FAITHS UNITARIAN CONGREGATION Member of UUA 2756 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers Six blocks south of the Edison/Ford Winter Estates; 2 miles N 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. 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 9 a.m. Divine Liturgy Sunday 10 a.m. 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 239-850-3943, 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 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, 481-3233; 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 BEGINNINGS CENTER New Home Church, 8505 Jenny Cae Lane, North Fort Myers, 239-656-0416 Weekly Friday Meeting Meet & Greet: 6:30 p.m. Kingdom Teaching: 7 p.m. Fellowship & Refreshments after service. nbcministry@embarqmail.com, www.facebook. com/nbcministry. Alex & Patricia Wiggins, Ministers 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 E-mail: rabbi.barras@templebethel.com Cantorial soloist: Lawrence Dermer Temple educator: Dale Cohen, Ma.Ed., R.J.E Shabbat Services, Friday, 7:30 p.m. Torah Study, Saturday, 9:15 a.m. Religious Education; Sunday School and Midweek classes, Preschool Classes, Monday through Friday Web site: www.templebethel.com Affiliated: Union for Reform Judaism TEMPLE JUDEA (CONSERVATIVE) 14486 A&W Bulb Road, Fort Myers, 433-0201, Rabbi: Rabbi Elyssa Auster President: Keith Grossman Minyan: Monday & Thursday at 9 a.m. Services: Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Religious School Sunday morning Web site: www.tjswfl.org Preschool director: JoAnn Goldman email templejudeapreschool@gmail.com 433-0201, Web site: www.tjswfl.org Affiliated: United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism CHABAD LUBAVITCH OF SW FLORIDA ORTHODOX 5620 Winkler Road, Fort Myers Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz 433-7708, E-mail: rabbi@chabadswf.org Web site: www.chabadswf.org Services: Friday 6:30 p.m.; Saturday Kabbalah class 9 a.m.; Shacharit 10 a.m.; Kiddush at noon Minyan: Monday and Thursday 7 a.m. 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.continued on page 13THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 201112

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 201113 From page 12Churches/TemplesReverend 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.org UNITARIAN 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, Interim Pastor Jim Eggert Pastor Peter Weeks Sunday Services: 8:30 a.m. Traditional; 10 a.m. Blended Traditional and Contemporary; 11:30 a.m. Contemporary. Childrens Sunday School, Adult /Teen Bible Classes, 10 a.m. HOPE Biblical Counseling And Training AvailableHOPE Biblical Counseling & Training Center of Fort Myers is offering a 12-week course entitled Relationships: Keys To Growth on Tuesdays, beginning January 10 and continuing through March 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This course will give students an overview of issues consistently dealt with in singles, individual, marriage and family counseling. Topics to be covered include love, honor, conflict resolution, singles issues, parenting, communication, marriage, divorce and remarriage. It will also prepare students for certification by the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors, the International Association of Biblical Counselors and undergraduate credit through Covenant Life University. HOPE has been ministering in the Fort Myers area for over 21 years, is recommended by the Association of Biblical Counselors, and is a NANC and IABC certified training center. HOPE Biblical Counseling & Training Center is located at 9065 Ligon Court in Fort Myers. For more information or to register, call 481-0777 or e-mail HOPEoffice@ hopebiblicalcounseling.org. Epiphany Service Peace Lutheran Church, St. Columbkille Catholic Parish and Faith United Methodist Church invite the public to an Epiphany Service on January 6 at 7 p.m. The service wil be held at Peace Lutheran Church, 15840 McGregor Boulevard. Epiphany of Our Lord is the 12th day of Christmas. It recalls the visit of the Wise Men; Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar to Bethlehem to worship Jesus. Evening prayer will be sung for the service. There will be a time of fellowship following the service with Kings Cake. For more information call 437-2599 or visit www.peaceftmyers.com. Free Guided Walk Through TimeDiscover the facts and folklore of years past as you stroll through Matanzas Pass Preserve while visiting the Calusa Indians, Spaniards, pirates, Koreshans, early settlers, and pioneers of Estero Island. Visit traditional craft vendors and demonstration areas and try some of the best jerk chicken and other food items the island has to offer. This guided walk takes place on Saturday, February 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to all ages. It is a great hands-on learning experience for the whole family. Reservations are encouraged but not required; to reserve a timeslot email vlittle@leegov.com. This free event is sponsored by the Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve, Red Coconut RV Resort, Estero Island Historic Society, Calusa Ghost Tours/Paddlesports, Tranquility Cove Massage and Lee County Parks & Recreation. Matanzas Pass Preserve is located at 199 Bay Road on Fort Myers Beach. Visit www.leeparks.org or call 533-7444 for more information. Our email address is press@riverweekly.com

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 201114 Fall-Like Weather Brings Plenty Of Actionby Capt. Matt MitchellWith our winter heatwave still going strong as I write this, conditions on the water could not be better this week. Usually by this time of year surface activity in the bay has slowed a little and its all about fishing the bottom in sheltered creeks and deeper channels, finding the fish that are hunkered down for winter. All over the sound this week it felt more like fall out there with schools of ladyfish and mackerel feeding on glass minnows on the deeper flats, making an easy target and quick action. These schools also had good numbers of soonto-be keeper-size trout on them. Fishing one school of surface-feeding fish just north of Chino Island this week I even saw a couple of rolling tarpon in the mix. Trout season finally reopens January 1. Trout are one of the go-to species for us all winter long. For anglers looking for an easy meal, the bag limit of four per angler makes bringing home a fish dinner a no-brainer. Depending on weather conditions, trout can be found all over the sound. On warm sunny days, shallow grass flats in the three-foot range are the place to target these fish. When conditions are cool, deeper channels and basins five feet or deeper are the place to be. The bait that never fails for trout this time of year is live shrimp. The colder the temperatures the slower and closer to the bottom the live shrimp needs to be. On sunny warm days a shrimp rigged on a popping cork is hard to beat. On a cold day a shrimp slow-bounced on a jig head is the way to go. Redfish action remains good with the average size of the fish getting smaller and smaller as it does every winter. Nonstop action on rat reds this week was found in the deeper tidal creeks on the lower stages of the tide, and out around mangrove keys in open water during the higher tides. The south wind we had for a few days pushed the tide up much higher than the tide chart had forecast and really had the redfish fired up. While working mangrove keys on the higher stages of the tide we also caught a few snook. Though most of them were on the small side, we did lose one by the boat around the 30-inch mark. If youre chasing a bigger redfish you can go one of two ways: shallow water or deeper water. Docks around the passes held a few slot-size reds for me this week. During strong tides use enough weight around these docks to hold your bait on the bottom. Small pinfish or live shrimp will get the job done. Bigger slot size redfish can also be located out on the shallow flats sunning themselves. Flats within a mile or so of the passes seem to be the best bet. The shallow water redfish are best fished on the lower stages of the tide and can often be spotted tailing or pushing water. They are often very spooky and need to be approached either in stealth mode by quietly poling or waiting for them to get close enough to you that you can present a bait. The inshore catch-and-release gag grouper bite is still going off and makes for great light tackle action. Any place in the sound where you can find structure, there might be a grouper. I have been fishing some concrete culverts in about five feet of water in the northern sound and its been a blast. Live pinfish either on a jig head or a knocker rig get slammed almost every cast. Pulling these hard-hitting fish away from the structure takes some skill and it is often worth bringing along a larger spinning rod. Gag grouper season is closed until the end of March. Sheepshead fishing has been a little slow with the unseasonably warm weather. Most of the larger fish seem to be still schooled up on near-shore wrecks and reefs and have not made the move to the bay yet. Rock jetties and docks around the passes are holding sheepshead up to around four pounds, although our deeper mangrove creeks are holding very few. Shrimp pieces and fiddler crabs fished with just enough weight to get the bait to the bottom are the rigs of choice.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. Hunter Jolly with a redfish caught in Captiva Pass with Capt. Matt Mitchell ISLAND MARINE SERVICES, INC. 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15 THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 2011 CROW Case Of The Week: Year In Reviewby Patricia MolloyThis year was a very busy one for CROWs staff; they treated more than 4,150 injured wild animals in 2011. Thats up from the 4,111 patients in 2010. With more than 80 percent of patients arriving from off-island locations each year, the wildlife facility has partnered with local domestic veterinarian clinics to offer nine drop-off points in Lee County. CROW volunteers make daily pick-up excursions. Just a few of the 2011 success stories: A baby Coopers hawk arrived in May weighing a mere 200 grams. She had a fracture of the right tibiotarsus, which is between the knee and ankle. After receiving pain medication, the tiny hawk was given some fluids and a splint was put on her leg. Once her leg healed and she was eating seven or eight mice a day, her feathers were developed enough that she began flying. The little hawk was released in Fort Myers in June. An adult female Peninsula cooter arrived in July after being hit by a car near the Southwest Florida International Airport. The cooter was given pain medication right away. The staff cleaned her up with saline solution and applied antibiotic cream and a bandage. After recovering from her injuries, the Peninsula cooter, CROW patient number 2846, was released in one of the ponds in the Bailey Tract. An adult male Virginia opossum was delivered in October to one of CROWs drop-off sites after being shot eight times with a BB gun. A lot of people see opossums as pests theyre going to scavenge and theyre going to dig but people dont understand every animal has a place in the ecosystem and that it has an effect if one is removed, CROW Senior Rehabilitator Robin Bast stressed. He was sedated and most of the BBs were successfully removed. CROWs patient was soon eating solid food on his own soaked kitten chow with fruit and mouse bits. Five days later all of his wounds were starting to scab over properly and were healing well on their own, as the infection had cleared up. On the 12th day, he was finished with his round of antibiotics and was a normal adult opossum again. The opossum was released the next day at a site in Alva. On January 1, 2012, CROW welcomes Dr. Heather Barron as its new clinic director. Happy New Year! CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc.) is a non-profit wildlife hospital providing veterinary care for native and migratory wildlife from the Gulf Coast of Florida. The hospital accepts patients seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mail donations to PO Box 150, Sanibel, FL 33957. Call 472-3644 or visit: www.crowclinic. org. Thirty six percent of patients are mammals, like these orphaned raccoons currently at the clinic Reptiles make up more than six percent of patients treated, like this land-dwelling tortoise Less than one percent are amphibians, like this baby American alligator. The species is only found in the southeastern U.S. Nearly 58 percent are avians, like the double crested cormorant and brown pelican Caloosahatchee Oxbow And Riverlore CruiseJoin the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) Sunday, January 22 for a riverboat adventure on the Oxbow and Riverlore Cruise along the Caloosahatchee. This guided monthly cruise explores the meanders of the historic upriver Caloosahatchee. Follow the river back to a time when a waterfall served as the headwaters of the Caloosahatchee and settlers braved living amongst the wilderness. The two-and-a-half-hour adventure begins at the WP Franklin Lock in Olga. Heading east toward Alva, enter the historic bends of the river and revisit the activities of the pioneers who traveled the same river to find paradise. Stories of the settlers and their adventures are blended with an understanding of the rivers oxbows, the wild creatures that call it home and the challenges the river faces. The tour is guided by Rae Ann Wessel, a river researcher, long-time river advocate, historian and SCCF natural resource policy director. The vessel is the spacious 47-passenger Manatee Rover pontoon boat that runs daily manatee tours. All seats have a great view for photographs and bird watching. Cruises depart at 1 p.m. from the WP Franklin Lock & Dam off SR 80 in Olga. Cruise dates in 2012 are: January 22, February 12, March 11, April 15, and Mothers Day, May 13. Cruises return by 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person, with payment due at time of reservation. Call SCCF at 4722329. Reservations must be made by Friday, January 20 for the January 22 cruise. Space is limited. Bird Patrol At Lakes ParkTake a nature walk with a bird patrol guide on Saturday, January 7 starting at 8:30 a.m. at Lakes Regional Park. This easy walk along clear paths offers an opportunity to see birds in native vegetation with experienced bird patrol guides pointing out the many species in Lakes Park, a Lee County birding hot spot and crucial nesting area for many birds. Please arrive a few minutes after 8 a.m. for a brief introduction and to sign waivers. Tours start promptly at 8:30 a.m. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress to be outside. Bring water, sunscreen and binoculars. Participants will meet at Shelter A7 at Lakes Regional Park, located at 7330 Gladiolus Drive in Fort Myers. Enter Lakes Park gate from Gladiolus and turn right. Drive to the end of the road and continue through the parking lot. Shelter A7 is located near the Train Station. For more information, call 533-7580 or 533-7576 This tour is provided in cooperation with Lee County Parks and Recreation. Admission is free with paid parking. Parking is $1 per hour or $5 for all day. For additional details, visit www.birdpatrol.org. Local Waters/ Local Charts ClassOffered by the San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron Cmdr. Mary Smelter, The San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadrons, will be offering the popular Local Waters/Local Charts class. The class will be held on Saturday, February 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The class is directed towards new boaters and boaters new to the area, as well as those wishing to learn chart reading. It will provide the boater with some of the basics of navigation, oriented to the Fort Myers area. Students will be using chart #11427 and you must bring this chart to class. Optional On-The-Water training is also offered at a later date. Please check with the class instructor for more details. The cost of the class is $40. The class is being taught at the San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron classroom, located at 16048 San Carlos Blvd., at the corner of Kelly Road (across from ACE Hardware). Students can register online at www.scbps.com or call 466-4040. Blue dasher BOAT RENTALSFishing Cabbage KeyDolphin Watching Captains Available472-5800Jensens Marina Captiva Island

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 201116 Wonderettes Sizzle At The Strauss Theaterby Di SaggauTalk about a fun holiday musical revue, Winter Wonderettes is the perfect example. Its showing now at The Herb Strauss Theater on Sanibel, and believe me you dont want to miss it. The cast consists of four dynamic singers with distinct personalities and voices who harmonize like a quartet of angels. They sing and dance and never stop moving for 90 minutes and have the audience laughing out loud as they win our hearts. During intermission, chatting with Artistic Director Justin Cowan, he confirmed that this is a personality driven show. Youre going to love em. Cast members are Cassandra Nuss, Samantha Rotella, Anne Chamberlain and Annie Freres. They play employees of Harpers Hardware putting on a musical holiday happening for the entire staff. Their harmony renditions of Snowfall and Winter Wonderland are absolutely beautiful. Freres seduces with What Are You Doing New Years Eve?, and wins our hearts with Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day. Chamberlain is a scream with Suzy Snowflake and Donde Esta Santa Claus? Rotella lends her rich voice to All Those Christmas Cliches and Nuss has a memorable version of This Christmas. The gals are excellent singers and delightful comics. The cast has fun bringing audience members on stage, including a man they call Bob from the stores plumbing department. Freres shamelessly flirts with him throughout the show. Other unsuspecting theater-goers end up ringing bells and one man sits in for Santa. Its a lot of fun. Winter Wonderettes is a bright, shiny, clever Christmas present that opens to reveal 25 endearing holiday tunes delivered by a sparkling cast. Theres even a snowfall that, in spite of its beauty, reminds everyone why they love sunny Florida.Director Michael Stanek is also the choreographer and he deserves a big hand for a show that is fast paced and fantastic. The colorful sets, costumes and impressive lighting add a great deal of pizzazz. Im sure you have figured out by now that I truly loved this show. If it doesnt get you in the holiday spirit, nothing will.Winter Wonderettes is a joyous experience and it plays through December 31 at BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Theater, 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. For tickets log on to www.BIG ARTS.org or call 472-6862 or 395-0900. Tickets are $42 for adults and $20 for children. If youre wondering what to do New Years Eve, there is a special performance Saturday, December 31, which starts with refreshments on the patio before the show, appetizers during intermission, and a champagne toast and singing of Auld Lang Syne with the cast of the show. Tickets are $75 for this performance and it begins at 9 p.m. Heres a heads up for you. Next at The Strauss is the Tony Award Winning Musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, starting January 13, followed by Das Barbecu, a witty Texas fable based on epic Wagnerian Opera, February 17, and the heartwarming comedy Over The Tavern March 23. Mark your calendars now. Annie Freres, Anne Chamberlain, Samantha Rotella and Cassandra Nuss photo by Nick Adams Sunset Celebration On The PierCome celebrate the sunset Florida style at the Cape Coral Yacht Club on Wednesday, January 4. Listen to live music by Michael Hirst. There will be food and drink specials at KCs Riverstop, a classic car cruise-in with over 25 cars from the s to s, and over 60 vendors selling their arts and crafts, jewelry, and gift items. The sunset celebration is free and open to the public. A free shuttle bus will be available every 15 minutes from Club Square to the yacht club, 5819 Driftwod Parkway. This service will run from 3:45 to 7:15 p.m. For more information call 574-0806. Guided WalksLee County Parks & Recreation invites visitors and residents to explore the ecosystem and wildlife at the beach parks, preserves and shorelines with the following programs and activities: Barrier Islands Guided Walk Bowditch Point Park, 50 Estero Blvd. in Fort Myers Beach Join a Florida Master Naturalist as they lead you through Bowditch Point Park. Learn the importance of the barrier islands, their unique ecosystem and how they protect the mainland. Explore the beachfront tropical hardwoods, coastal scrub and wetland plant communities. Walks are held every Tuesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and every Friday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Parking is $1 per hour or free with a valid Lee County Parks & Recreation parking sticker. Meet on the upper patio for this free walk. Bowditch Point Park is at the north tip of Estero Island. Visit www.leeparks.org or call 533-7444 for more information. Low Tide Loafing at Sunset Bunche Beach, 18201 John Morris Road in Fort Myers Beach Join a naturalist and leisurely explore the mud flats to see what mysteries the low tide uncovers, and enjoy a beautiful Florida sunset as well. Bring a camera, sun protection, shoes that can get wet, bug spray and drinking water. The next walks are scheduled for Tuesday, January 10 and January 24 from 5 to 6 p.m. Parking is $1 per hour or free with a valid Lee County Parks & Recreation parking sticker. Meet at the picnic tables on the beach for this free guided walk. Visit www.leeparks.org or call 533-7444 for more information. Mangrove Walk Matanzas Pass Preserve, 199 Bay Road in Fort Myers Beach Take an educational and inspirational walk through Matanzas Pass Preserve out to the Estero Bay. Learn about the diverse plant community including a maritime oak hammock, transitional wetlands and a mangrove forest. Walks are held each Thursday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. This is a free walk and parking is free, but space is limited so come early. Meet at the entrance of Matanzas Pass Preserve, behind the Beach library and school. Visit www.leeparks.org or call 533-7444 for more information. Exploring Ethnobotany (Matanzas Pass Preserve) Learn how indigenous plants can be used for such things as food, shelter, medicine and clothing. Find out about the historical importance of some of Floridas plants to humans. This program is offered the fourth Wednesday of every month from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The next program is scheduled for January 25. This is a free walk and parking is free, but space is limited so come early. Meet at the entrance to Matanzas Pass Preserve, located behind the Beach library and school. For more information visit our website at www.leeparks.org or call 5337444. 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 lounge1/2 Price DrinksCall & Well Liquor, Draft Beer Selections, Select House Wine Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email press@riverweekly.com

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17 THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 2011 Plant SmartThryallisby Gerri ReavesThryallis (Galphimia gracilis) is a dense evergreen shrub loved for its bright yellow flowers. Another common name, slender goldshower, derives from the term gracilia, which means slender. Although not native to the state, it is deemed Florida-friendly. A member of the Barbados cherry family, thryallis is loved for its bright-yellow star-shaped flowers. They appear in clusters of four to six and are about three-fourths of an inch across. Semi-woody with elliptical leaves, this shrub has compact, twiggy growth. The slender stems are reddish when young. Thryallis prefers full sun but will tolerate some shade. A moderate to fast grower, it usually reaches five to six feet tall. For gardeners who typically flat-top hedges, it is likely not suitable because it grows fairly fast and becomes bare at the base. The shearing will take off all the profusion of flowers that make this a desirable plant in the first place. Plant thryallis where it can assume its natural shape and keep the delicate branches, such as in a mass planting. However, it might require expert pruning to avoid becoming leggy. Adaptable and moderately drought tolerant, thryallis requires welldrained soil, and attracts bees, butterflies, and birds. Propagate with the seeds in the capsule or with softwood cuttings. It can be used as a container plant and blooms almost all year. Sources: Florida, My Eden by Frederic B. Stresau, plantbook.org; floridasnature.com. Plant Smart explores sustainable gardening practices that will help you create an environmentally responsible, low-maintenance South Florida landscape. Thryallis thrives best when allowed to assume a natural form photos by Gerri Reaves This Florida-friendly plant is also called slender goldshower because of clusters of star-like yellow flowers We Proudly Brew 2163 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, Fl 33957 Ph: 239.472.0606 www.SanibelIslandCow.com aij amandasislandjewelswww. .com amandasislandjewelsAmandas Island JewelsAvailable Here & Onlinewww.AmandasIslandJewels.com Always Fresh ...Always! Tropical Outdoor Patio Seating Get Crabby At The Cow Get Crabby At The Cow Get Crabby At The Cow Get Crabby At The Cow with our Famous Stone Crabs1/2 lb & 1 lb. quantities Appetizers & Full Dinners Best Prices On The Planet w w w w w w w w Fun "new" Moo Wear for all ages Fun "new" Moo Wear for all agesSanibels Most Award Winning Restaurant Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week. Snacks In-between Live Music! Outdoor Seating Live MusicAlways Fresh ...Always Fun! SOUTHERN LIVING MAGAZINES TOP 5 BREAKFAST IN FLORIDA Open New Years Eve & Day Regular Hours

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 201118 Winter 2012 Gallery Exhibitions At The AllianceThe Alliance for the Arts announces its lineup of Winter Season exhibitions. A joint exhibit featuring sculptor Jud Nelson and mixed media artist Kevin Costello opens Friday, January 6 at 5 p.m. Mixed media artist Michelle Sales show opens February 3 and then another joint show, Organica, opens on March 2, featuring painter Robert Patrick and Regina Jestrow, whose work takes a fine art approach to quilting. Since the early 1970s, Jud Nelson has been creating impeccably crafted sculptures, described as dazzling in their technical accomplishment. His exactingly carved pieces are life-sized recreations of common objects, like corks, bars of Ivory soap, sunglasses and fishing sinkers. Kevin Costello is a graduate of the Chelsea School of Art and Goldsmiths College, University of London. After emigrating to the U.S. he taught visual arts and art history at the San Francisco Academy of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and worked as a carousel wood carver for the San Francisco Art Commission. Currently, Mr. Costello is an Instructor in Advanced Drawing in the Fine Arts Department at the Ringling College of Art and Design, as well as Ringlings Continuing Studies & Special Programs. Nelson and Costellos opening reception is Friday, January 6 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Their joint exhibit will remain on display in the Alliance Main Gallery through January 28. The Michelle Sales exhibit goes up February 3 with an opening reception on Friday, February 10. Ms. Sales has been expressing herself forcefully with pigment and mixed media since childhood. Her early work was as a painter, but sculpture soon became her main focus. Ms. Sales currently works in twoand three-dimensional media. Her work has won awards and recognition in both national and international exhibitions and was recently featured at The Busan International Art Exhibition in South Korea. Her exhibition runs through February 25. The exhibition Organica: Robert Patrick & Regina Jestrow opens on Friday, March 2 and runs through March 28. Patrick received an MFA in painting from the University of Minnesota in 1979 Patrick and he was awarded continued on page 20 Sunglasses by Jud Nelson Lilies by Regina Jestrow Titania by Michelle Sales Vita by Robert Patrick Symphony At Sunset Concert The Gulf Coast Symphony, Southwest Floridas premier community orchestra, presents its much anticipated free outdoor Symphony At Sunset concert on Sunday, January 8 at Four Freedoms Park, located at 4818 Tarpon Court in Cape Corals CRA District. The Gulf Coast Symphonys performance begins at 4 p.m. This concert is free and open to the public. No tickets or advanced reservations are required. The theme of this years Symphony At Sunset concert is Sounds of the Silver Screen, featuring the music from popular contemporary movies. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring the whole family, lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets and spend the afternoon surrounded by Southwest Floridas beautiful winter weather and the great music that Southwest Florida has to offer. Prior to the performance, we encourage families to stroll through Four Freedoms Park to experience what the Cape Coral CRA arts scene has to offer. Bring picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs, take advantage of the Four Freedoms Park playground and arrive by car or boat, with ample free parking for both. Meet and view the work of local visual artists who work in a variety of media and watch them in action as they offer demonstrations of works in progress. The Gulf Coast Symphony is Southwest Floridas premier community orchestra. Its 17th season features its highly popular Symphonic Sensations concert series at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall (Broadway Heroes on January 22; AMERICA! featuring Chris and Dave Brubecks Ansel Adams: America on February 26; Richard Rodgers Songbook on March 18; Cirque de la Symphonie on April 21), Classical ACCESS concerts at at Bishop Verots Anderson Theater (February 12 and May 6), outdoor pops concerts at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs (April 1) and Cape Corals Four Freedoms Park (January 8), youth concerts on October 30 and June 24 and other Gulf Coast Symphony ensemble performances throughout Southwest Florida. The Gulf Coast Symphony sponsors a comprehensive arts education program, Musical Gateways, dedicated to providing ongoing educational opportunities for adult and youth alike, that includes in depth artist residencies for its partner schools and the entire community. The Gulf Coast Symphony rehearses weekly from October through June. For more information on orchestra membership call the Gulf Coast Symphony office at 277-1700 or e-mail us at info@gulfcoastsymphony.org Dr. Andrew M. Kurtz enters his 17th season as music and executive director and conductor of the Gulf Coast Symphony. He was the winner of the prestigious 2007 Performing Artist of the Year Angel of the Arts Award and the first prize winner of the Accademia DellArte di Firenze International Conducting Competition. Kurtz is also general and artistic director and founder of the Center City Opera Theater, a professional opera company in Philadelphia, where he has led over four dozen productions, including multiple world and regional premieres and has led workshops of a half dozen other new operas currently in development as part of their New Opera Creative Development project. Kurtz is the international tour conductor of Cantors: A Faith In Song featuring three of the worlds leading cantors. The Gulf Coast Symphony will perform at Four Freedoms Park in Cape Coral on January 8 Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702or email press@riverweekly.com

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19 THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 2011Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center Begins Musical Instrument DriveThe Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center (SBDAC) announced the Fort Myers Music Exchange, a new ongoing musical instrument donation drive in partnership with the Quality Life Center, at SBDAC on Tuesday, December 20 with the presentation of a clarinet to Cierra White. Music is a passion for White, 16, who does not go a day without playing an instrument or singing. Since the sixth grade, Cierra has been playing the clarinet. But her musical talent can also be seen when her fingers meet the likes of the bass clarinet, the tenor and alto saxophones, the piano, the guitar and the snare drum. I want to be a well-rounded musician, Cierra says. One day I am going to be able to write and sing my own music. Id like to play my own instruments on my own tracks. Im just waiting for my big break! You can catch Cierra performing at different local events throughout the area. Cierra would like to thank her family, Quality Life Center, the Sidney and Berne Davis Music Center and Cadence Music for her new clarinet. Marty Pulner, of Fort Myers, started this donation drive with the gift of a clarinet to be placed with a child in need. Pulner is a member of the SBDAC Board of Directors. Cadence Music of Fort Myers restored the clarinet. Pulner and his family, Tom Kracmer of Cadence Music, Fort Myers City Councilman Forrest Banks, AbdulHaq Muhammed, executive director of the Quality Life Center, Cierras aunt, and members of the SBDAC Board of Directors looked on as Cierra played the first few notes on her new clarinet. Quality Life Center has been providing educational tutoring and mentoring services to children since 1992. Through a holistic approach they strive to help the children and the family to manage their day-to-day challenges and to help those in need to gain a better quality life. If you would like to donate to the Fort Myers Music Exchange, you can bring your gently used musical instruments to the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901. Monetary donations are also appreciated to support the refurbishment of donated instruments. Volunteers are needed for the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center to assist in the office and with regularly scheduled seasonal events. Contact Sally Joslyn at 333-1933 or sally.sbdac@gmail.com for more information. Marty Pulner, Cierra White, Jim Griffith and Tom Kracmer Jim Griffith and Marty Pulner AbdulHaq Muhammed, Marty Pulner, Cierra White, Jim Griffith, Tom Kracmer and Forrest Banks Marty Pulner Cierra White Cierra tries out her new clarinet IL TESORO RISTORANTE IL TESORO RISTORANTE Fine Italian CuisineFresh ingredients, simplicity, love the recipe for a treasured dining experience Chef/Owner AJ Black Fresh Winter Menu Fresh Winter Menu Announcing: ILT opened in NYC! Announcing: ILT opened in NYC!751 Tarpon Bay Road Sanibel Island, FL 33957 t: 239.395.4022 www.iltesoro.net OPEN NEW YEARS EVE OPEN NEW YEARS EVE & NEW YEARS DAY & NEW YEARS DAY REGULAR HOURS REGULAR HOURS DOLCE TESORO DOLCE TESOROBAKERY GELATO ESPRESSO Tahitian Gardens Plaza Tahitian Gardens Plaza 2300 Periwinkle Way Sanibel Island, FL 33957 239.472.4300 Fax 239.472.4333 ORDER YOUR HOLIDAY TRAYS ORDER YOUR HOLIDAY TRAYS AND CHEESECAKES! AND CHEESECAKES!

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 201120 Navarro Awarded 2011 BIG Arts Classical Music ScholarshipOn Sunday, December 11, the winner of the 2011 BIG Arts/Kenneth L. Nees Classical Music Scholarship Award, Priscila Navarro, was announced. A 17-year-old sophomore studying piano performance at the Florida Gulf Coast University Bower School of Music, Navarro is also the winner of the 2011 International Chopin Competition of South America. Navarro received a full scholarship to study at the Tanglewood Festival in Massachusetts in summer 2011, has performed with the National Orchestra of Per, and has also been selected to perform at the 2012 Corsi Internazionali di Musica in Perugia, Italy. She is a top academic scholar and was valedictorian of her high school graduating class in Per. The major goal of the BIG Arts/Kenneth L. Nees Classical Music Scholarship is to provide scholarships to highly talented high school and college students who plan to continue their classical music training. Students who study any classical musical instrument, composition, conducting or teaching are eligible. Applications for this classical music scholarship are due in September and more information is available online at www.BIGARTS.org. Ken Nees is a BIG Arts volunteer who not only works in the office every day, but is also the chair of the Workshop/Classes Committee. He also has served several terms on the Board of Directors. He is a fan of classical music and is devoted to helping talented young musicians continue to develop their musical talents. If you have benefited from arts education, and are inspired to make these opportunities available for others, BIG Arts has several scholarship programs that are supported by generous donors. To learn more about establishing a scholarship fund to support your passion, and make a difference in the lives of others, contact Development Coordinator Kara Minoui at 472-9700. Priscila Navarro Artwork In Commissioner Halls OfficeCommissioner Tammy Halls office is looking for local artists willing to show their work in her Fort Myers office during 2012. The space can hold 11 or 12 medium to large size pieces. All pieces should be ready to hang. There are some flat surfaces to display ceramic and 3D work. Artwork will be on display for six weeks. Each month will feature a theme. If you are interested in displaying your work, call 533-2226 or e-mail dist4@ leegov.com and include the dates your available and a link or example of your work. Preference will be given to first time displayers. Themes For 2012 January 1 through February 10 Theme pending February 13 through March 30 Black History Month and International Womens Day April 2 through May 11 Earth Day and National Photography Month. May 14 through June 29 Theme pending July 30 through August 31 Dog Days of Summer or local scenes September 3 through October 17 Hispanic Heritage Month. October 19 through November 30 Theme pending December 3 through January 11, 2013 125 Years of Lee County. From page 18Winter Exhibitionsa $25,000 McKnight Foundation Fellowship in 2003-04. His exhibition record includes numerous solo and group shows, and gallery representation at Anderson & Anderson in Minneapolis, Klein Gallery in Chicago, Dietrich Contemporary in New York and Au Temps Qui Passe Galerie in Genolier, Switzerland. He lives and paints in White Bear, Minnesota. Jestrow, originally from Queens, New York, graduated from High School of Art & Design, and attended Fashion Institute of Technology. She started quilting in 2001, and started showing her work at galleries in 2007 and was a resident artist at The Bakehouse Art Complex from 2009 through 2011. For more information on all the upcoming exhibitions coming in the 2012 season, visit www.artinlee.org or call 239-939-2787. The Alliance for the Arts proudly supports artists and arts organizations in Southwest Florida 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. They are located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, just south of Colonial Boulevard, in Fort Myers. A Fools Paradise by Kevin Costello FIND US Seafood, Steaks & Pastas Food Atmosphere Service 1/2 10/7/11 JOIN US FOR NEW YEARS EVE3 & 4 Course Dinners Available(Call for Details) VIEW MENU ONLINEOr Relax in Our Bar Area (A la Carte menu available all night)Seats over 50 people Live Music by Larry OConnor (Chicago Entertainer)12984 S. 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21 THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 2011Costello, Nelson Featured At Next Alliance Exhibition The Alliance for the Arts announces its next gallery exhibition, featuring mixed media artist Kevin Costello and sculptor Jud Nelson, which opens Friday, January 6 with a reception at 5 p.m. Both artists have garnered wide acclaim over many decades for their work and devotion to the arts. Sarasota artist and lecturer Kevin Costello is a graduate of the Chelsea School of Art and Goldsmiths College, University of London. He emigrated to the United States in 1973 and taught visual arts and art history at the San Francisco Academy of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. After moving to Florida in 1981, Costello was the Florida State School Arts Program Manager, administered by the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. He is currently an instructor in landscape painting, figure and conceptual drawing at the Ringling College of Art and Design Continuing Studies & Special Programs Department and lecturer in contemporary art history in the Elderhostel Program at Stetson University. He also spent six years as art correspondent for the Sarasota Herald Tribune and is an active member of the City of Sarasota Public Art Committee. Nelson was the juror for the 2011 All Florida Juried Exhibition, held at the Alliance over the summer and he will teach a drawing class there in November 2012. Fort Myers sculptor Jud Nelson has been creating impeccably crafted pieces since the early 1970s. His work is often described as dazzling in its technical accomplishment and precision. His exactingly carved sculptures are actual-sized recreations of everyday objects, like rolls of toilet paper, bars of soap, aspirin tablets, sunglasses and even light bulbs. Nelsons carved objects reach across time through his use of traditional artistic methods. He received a BA from Bethel College in 1966 and an MFA from the University of Minnesota in 1968. His work is held in numerous public collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan and the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Nelson and Costellos opening reception is Friday, January 6 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Their joint exhibit will remain on display in the Alliance Main Gallery through January 28. Costello will lead a gallery Walk & Talk on Saturday, January 7 from 10 to 11 a.m. Nelsons Walk & Talk is Thursday, January 12 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. An exhibit called Artistic Collaborations, featuring the work of Alliance instructors and their students, will be on display in the Member Gallery. Fort Myers painter Pat Levine will be featured in the Theater Gallery. For more information on upcoming exhibitions during the 2012 season, visit www.artinlee.org or call 239-939-2787. The Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers. Storytime With Darrell HouseCape Coral Yacht Club will host childrens singer-songwriter, musician and storyteller for kids and families Darrell House, who will entertain the entire family on Sunday, January 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. House is the winner of 2010 Parents Choice Gold Award for his CD of original, humorous poetry for kids and families. Doors open at 1 p.m. for free childrens crafts and activities plus hot dogs, snacks and soft drinks for purchase. The show starts at 2 p.m. Call the Cape Coral Parks & Recreation Department at 574-0806 to purchase tickets, priced at $5 each, or for more information about this event. Jud Nelsons Mousetrap Kevin Costellos When Feeling Low, Drive to Tennessee and Park Your Car Jud Nelson Lightbulb Kevin Costellos Rain on the Lake, acrylic on canvas, 2008 Send your editorial copy to:press@riverweekly.com

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 201122 Oysters Rockefeller 36 oysters, shucked, on the half shell Rock salt 2 cups spinach, cooked and drained 1/4 cup onion, chopped 2 fresh bay leaves 2 tablespoons celery, chopped 1 teaspoon parsley, chopped 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce 1/3 cup butter 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs 1 tablespoon lemon juice Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Arrange oysters in shells on rock salt in a baking dish. Process spinach, onion, bay leaves, celery, parsley and seasonings in a food processor until smooth. In a saucepan, cook spinach mixture in butter for 5 minutes. Add breadcrumbs and lemon juice, mixing well. Spoon the spinach mixture on top of oysters and bake at 400 degrees F until oyster edges curl. Yields six servings Nutritional Value Per Serving: Calories 203, Calories From Fat 113, Total Fat 13g, Saturated Fat 8g, Trans Fatty Acid 0, Cholesterol 71mg, Total Carbohydrate 13g, Protein 9g, Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.56g Look for Fresh from Florida ingredients at your grocery store. Oysters Rockefeller Lakes Regional Library ProgramsNext months roster of activities at Lakes Regional Library offers topics for all ages. The following activities are free to the public: Adults English Caf 6 p.m. Mondays, January 9, 23 and 30 Practice your English with English Cafe, 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: Tayari Jones Silver Sparrow 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 17 Read and discuss Tayari Jones breathtaking story about a mans deception, a familys complicity, and two teenage girls caught in the middle. Set in a middleclass neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoons two families the public one and the secret one. When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. It is a relationship destined to explode when secrets are revealed and illusions shattered. Registration is required. Fitness On the Go: Kickoff Party 4 p.m. Tuesday, January 17 Fitness on the Go is a multigenerational initiative to help you get healthy and discover our library resources. Did you make a New Years resolution to get fit? The library is here to help! Find out what Fitness on the Go is all about and kick start your goals. For all ages, from toddlers to seniors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lakes Regional Library. Registration is required. Master Gardener Series: Bromeliads 2 p.m. Thursday, January 19 Master Gardener Kelly Bishop will present a program on bromeliads for the garden and patio. Registration is required. Ida Tarbell: The Mind Must Be Convinced 2 p.m. Thursday, January 26 Janina Birtolo continues her exploration of the lives of fascinating historical women with The Mind Must Be Convinced, an original one-woman play about Ida Tarbell, the investigative journalist whose work helped break up the Standard Oil Company. Sponsored by the Friends of Lakes Regional Library. Registration is required. Family Baby-Parent Rhyme Time 10 a.m. Mondays, January 9, 23 and 30 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. Wednesdays, January 11, 18 and 25 Children 2 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. Wednesdays, January 11, 18 and 25 This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes. Registration is required. Fitness On The Go: Kickoff Party 4 p.m. Tuesday, January 17 Fitness On The Go is a multigenerational initiative to help you get healthy and discover our library resources. Did you make a New Years resolution to get fit? The library is here to help! Find out what Fitness on the Go is all about and kick start your goals. For all ages, from toddlers to seniors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lakes Regional Library. Registration is required. Children Preschool Storytime 11 a.m. Mondays, January 9, 23, 30 Preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) 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. Kids Read Down Fines 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, January 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 under only. Fitness On The Go: Parachute Playtime 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 26 Fitness On The Go is a multigenerational initiative to help you get healthy and discover our library resources. The parachute is one of our favorite activities in storytime! Well explore movement and motion in this special fitness program for little ones ages 2 and up and their loved ones. Registration is required. Teens Fitness On The Go: Kickoff Party 4 p.m. Tuesday, January 17 Fitness On The Go is a multigenerational initiative to help you get healthy and discover our library resources. Did you make a New Years resolution to get fit? The library is here to help! Find out what Fitness On The Go is all about and kick start your goals. For all ages, from toddlers to seniors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lakes Regional Library. Registration is required. Kids Read Down Fines 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, January 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 under. continued on page 24

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23 THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 2011 Opening Exhibit Artists Reception At ACT Gallery Join Arts for ACT Gallery, located at 2265 First Street in downtown Fort Myers, on Friday, January 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. for the opening reception and art walk for January 2012. This month, ACT Gallery will feature 12 artists in its three featured gallery rooms. The Main Gallery will have the Favorite Artists of ACT Gallery, a group show featuring David Acevedo, Todd Babb, David Belling, JoAnne Bedient, Stephen Gray-Blancett, Christina Jarmolinski, Leo Johnson, Mel Meo, George Mitchell and Paul Rodino. Alicia Schmidt will be in the office gallery exhibiting her Shell Series and pop artist Jef Hernandez will exhibit in the middle gallery room. Favorite Artists of ACT Gallery is a group exhibit showcasing the art of 10 professional artists, including David Acevedo, Todd Babb, David Belling, Jo Anne Bedient, Stephen Gray-Blancett, Christine Jarmolinski, Leo Johnson, Mel Meo, George Mitchell and Paul Rodino. These artists will bring a diversity of art styles and mediums to ACT Gallery, including watercolor, painting, mixed media, collage, raku, hand-carved resin on steel armature sculpture, hand-painted furniture, encaustic, photography and more. David Acevedo, born in Puerto Rico now resides in Cape Coral. He is the owner and director of daas gallery in downtown Fort Myers. Acevedo is an accomplished artist, master artisan and designer of custom jewelry, hand-made paper goods and a variety of other fine crafts. His semi-abstract expressionist acrylic paintings have long been a favorite of ACT Gallery. Acevedos use of vibrant colors draws an individual to his paintings. His art is highly valued and sought by collectors. Todd Andrew Babbs natural ability to sculpt and paint has enabled him to be a favorite of ACT Gallery. He is a generous artist, who is always willing to help his community. Since 2007, Babb has focused exclusively on his sculptures, developing a method to create conceptual pieces that portray a deeper understanding of human nature. Using hand carved resin on steel armature, he creates the most delightful sculptures that are unexpectedly light in weight, but with a bronzed effect and wonderful patina. His Tiny Dancers series is an all time favorite of ACT Gallery and all who view them. David Belling went from being a barn painter, to a highly collectible watercolorist. Bellings subjects of fishing shanties, shrimp boats, structures and people are much admired by the art lovers of all who enter ACT Gallery. Belling resides in Cape Coral, where his studio overlooks the Caloosahatchee River. His original watercolors and prints of landmarks decorate homes and businesses in Southwest Florida and beyond. Jo Anne Bedient has been a premier clay artist in Southwest Florida for some time. She is best known for her ceramic and raku shoes, she blends realism and fantasy into her creatively whimsical designs. Bedient has maintained her preference for hand-building pieces and raku firing revolutionized her work. Bedient is a member artist of Sanibels Tower Gallery, we loved that she has agreed to exhibit at ACT Gallery, where she has always been much admired and highly collected in past gallery exhibits. Stephen Gray-Blancett was honored as the 2011 Visual artists of the year by the Lee County Alliance for the Arts. Gray-Blancetts paintings are fun, contemporary, colorful and sometimes sexy. He has the honor of being the artist that made the most money for ACT Gallery in one month at his first solo exhibit several years ago. He is also the owner of Coloring the World gallery in downtown Fort Myers. His paintings are both compelling and mood evoking. He says, Personal feelings, imagination and dreams are the platform for his art. Painting gives me fuel and freedom to express myself, my feelings, and my individuality. ACT Gallery is proud to have the pleasure of exhibiting this highly collectible artist. Christina Jarmolinski returned to Southwest Florida three years ago and resides in Cape Coral, after living in Europe and traveling Asia for many years. She was a co-owner of the recently closed downtown gallery, SyZyGy, which is now an on-line gallery. Art is Christinas life; she is constantly creating a painting, jewelry or decorative item of some type. Jarmolinski has had several exhibits in the past at ACT Gallery and is a long-time supporter of ACT. Her paintings range from abstract to semi-abstract and are expressionist. She enjoys painting everything for tropical to funky pop art. Her paintings make you smile and you will want to bring them home with you. Leo Johnson is a Cuban-Sicilian artist whose paintings reflect the human spirit. The agonies, joys, exuberance, peaks and valleys of everyday life are in his works. This Fort Myers artist is much admired for his techniques and is highly collected in the states and abroad. He is active in the community, gives lectures and teaches painting to many children including the under-privileged, disabled and the at-risk. His style is unique, personal and captivating. Mel Meo, artist and our very dear friend from Pine Island will be joining us. She has had numerous exhibits at ACT continued on page 25 Farmers Market, David Belling Shell Series Strawberry Strombus, Alicia Schmidt Dawn of a New Day, Jef Hernandez 1101 Periwinkle Way #105, Sanibel, FL 239-472-0044 www.engelvoelkers.com/Sanibel ENGEL & VLKERSFor Showings please call Isabella Rasi: 239-246-4716 EAST END RETAIL CENTERNewly renovated retail center with high visability on Periwinkle toward Lighthouse beach. $1,299,000 List Local. Sell Global. 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THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 201124 Very VIP Auction Items Offered At 2012 Hope GalaThe auction items available at the 10th annual Hope Gala bring a whole new meaning to the term red carpet treatment. With backstage passes, personal introductions, behind-the-scenes access and private parties, many of the Hope Gala experiences simply arent available for purchase in any other venue. Individual tickets to the February 11 Hope Gala which benefits Joannes House at Hope Hospice in Bonita Springs are available to the public, so dream vacations and once-in-a-lifetime experiences are just a high-bid away. We know Southwest Florida hosts many events with great auctions, said Hope Gala co-chair and Bonita Bay resident Karen Hartley. We wanted our 10th anniversary event to be truly unique, so our committee members reached out to contacts and friends around the world to help secure experiences that simply cant be bought anywhere else. One of the pivotal contacts for the 2012 Hope Gala is Emmy Award-winning producer and Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame member Geoffrey Mason, also a Bonita Bay resident. Mason has produced sports events across the globe for major broadcast networks and sports juggernaut ESPN, providing unparalleled access to exclusive experiences. Sports: Sidelines, Courtside and Inside the Ropes Go Inside the Ropes at the 2012 Tavistock Cup at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Orlando, where four lucky winners will spend a day with Golf Channel host Rich Lerner as he covers this unique club championship that features many of the top golfers in the world. Tickets are not available to this club tournament; attendance is limited only to club members, their guests and corporate sponsors, making it one of the most private and prestigious events in the world of golf. ESPN Unplugged: A Day in the Life of SportsCenter allows four guests to spend a day behind the scenes at the worldwide leader in sports. Winners will tour the studios in Bristol, Conn. meet broadcast and sports personalities, and observe how shows are conceived, planned, directed and produced. Courtside at the U.S. Open on Opening Day includes VIP access and tour of the Arthur Ashe Tennis Center, Players Lounge and ESPN broadcast center, including a chat with ESPN analyst and former champion Pam Shriver. Two winners will then join New Yorks glitterati in courtside box seats. Very VIP at the 2013 Super Bowl takes two winners to the invitationonly NFL Commissioners Party, NFL Experience, NFL Tailgate Party and behind-the-scenes tours of the CBS and ESPN television broadcast centers plus great seats for kickoff at the Louisiana Superdome. Prime Time at the 2012 NCAA Final Four includes pre-parties and the Final Four concert as well as tickets to the Saturday semi-finals and the prime-time championship game on Monday in New Orleans. Other sports packages to be offered: Red Sox Opening Day at JetBlue Park; PGA Tour Experience at The Players Championship; and 360-Degree View at the Daytona 500 as ESPNs special guest. If Sports Isnt Your Game Connie Lummis, who serves as cochair for the 2012 Hope Gala with Hartley, said that while event organizers from the Womens Committee for Hope Hospice in Bonita Springs know the sports events will be hot sellers, the auction list is full of world-class experiences in travel, pampering, Hollywood, cooking and more. Given that this years event theme is Out of Africa, one might guess at the featured travel item an all-expenses-paid trip to an African Safari. Join in the experience at two of the most popular TV shows in America where the winning bid includes seats at Dancing With The Stars and The X Factor. Pamper yourself and a guest with a luxurious, ultimate spa getaway at The Lodge at Woodloch in the Pocono Mountains, one of the top 10 destination spas in the world. One bidder will spend three hours on the open road in six ultra-exotic luxury vehicles. Bring along a friend as you take in the thrills of all 120 miles. Loops, dives and rolls combine with the adrenaline rush of a lifetime on a Top Gun fighter jet, with pre-flight training and post-flight analysis of your three-hour private thrill ride. Learn from the masters with culinary lessons at the internationally-acclaimed Le Cordon Bleu, with five nights at the fourstar Hotel Ampre in the heart of Paris. Golf enthusiasts, take note: Also available to the highest bidder are two exceptional golf experiences. Enjoy three nights at The Inn Bandon Dunes on the southern Oregon Coast, with three rounds at Golf Digests No. 2 Best Golf Course Resort in North America. Play three rounds on a course that has hosted the PGA Championship and U.S. Senior Open at the Kohler Golf Resort in Kohler, Wisconsin, ranked among the best in the country. The package includes three nights at the Forbes five-star resort hotel, The American Club. And thats not all! Auction committee co-chairs Chris Mason and Tiffany Coletta emphasize that a wide range of additional live and silent auction items will be available at the February 11 event and cater to interests and tastes for bidders of all ages. There is already a buzz about these auction items, and we hope people will come to have a great time in support of our mission, said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services. This event is really a celebration of all the work that has been done, and were very grateful for the hard work and dedication of so many people. The Hope Gala includes a gourmet dinner, entertainment by professional comedienne and auctioneer Cindy Banks and co-host Geoffrey Mason, and dancing with musical guest Shelina. For more information about the Hope Gala, visit www.HopeHospice.org/Gala or call Lummis at 239-289-3543 or Hartley at 724-822-7519. From page 22Library ProgramsThe Lakes Regional Library is located at 15290 Bass Road in Fort Myers. For more information about a program or to register, please call the library at 239533-4000. A sign language interpreter is available with five business days notice to library staff. An assistive listening system is 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. Call the host library, or Telephone Reference at 239479-INFO (4636), for more information about a specific program. Geoffrey Mason Louisiana Superdome, home to the Super Bowl in 2013 and the 2012 NCAA Final Four Tavistock Cup at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email press@riverweekly.com

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25 THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 2011The Future Of Womens Professional Golf Could Ride On The Shoulders Of This Sensational Florida Teenagerby Ed FrankAn amazing young Florida teenager could do for the womens professional golf tour what Tiger Woods once did for the PGA Tour. Lexi Thompson of Coral Springs, who wont turn 17 until next February, became the youngest winner ever on the LPGA Tour when she captured the Navistar Classic last September. And then, just two weeks later, she won the Dubai Ladies Masters to become the youngest to win on the Ladies European Tour. She recorded scores of 70-66-70-67, 15 under par, winning by four strokes over a field that included several Solheim Cup members from both Europe and the United States. Although LPGA rules stipulate that tour members must be 18 years old, Commissioner Michael Whan wisely made an exception to allow her membership. The talented youngster could be just what the LPGA needs to restore its prominence. The homeschooled Thompson comes from a family rich in golf talent. Halfbrother Nicholas Thompson plays on the PGA Tour and Curtis Thompson competes on the Louisiana State University golf team. Her father Scott serves as her caddie. In 2007, as a 12-year-old, she became the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Womens Open although she failed to make the cut. Also in 2007, she won the Aldila Junior Classic and the Westfield Junior PGA Championship, again the youngest in history. When she turned pro last year, she quickly signed lucrative sponsorships with Cobra-Puma Golf and Red Bull. The six-foot Thompson played qualifiers last year in Florida to gain entry into the U.S. Womens Open where she finished nine shots behind winner Paula Creamer to collect her first professional check for $72,131. Two weeks later at the Evian Masters playing on a sponsors exemption, Thompson pocketed $242,711 in second place just one shot off the winning score. After three professional events in 2010, her earnings were $314,842 which would have ranked her 18th on the LPGA money list if she had been an official member. In just 18 months since turning professional, Thompson has won $661,992 not bad for a 15and 16-year-old. The future is limitless for this golfing prodigy who says she plans to complete her high school education while playing on tour. But there probably wont be many Friday night football games and high school proms as she rides the LPGA on her shoulders. Everblades Win Two at Home last Weekend over Trenton Sweeping Trenton last weekend on home ice by scores of 3-2 and 6-3, the Florida Everblades improved their season record to 14-13-2, five points out of first place in the ECHL South Division. Florida closes out 2011 this weekend with three games in three nights against three different opponents Thursday at Greenville, Friday at Gwinnett and Saturday at South Carolina all division opponents. The local hockey team does not return home to Germain Arena until January 11, 13, and 14 when they host the expansion Chicago Express. New Florida Tarpons Sign Veteran Quarterback Chris Wallace The upstart Florida Tarpons of the Ultimate Indoor Football League will not begin their first season until March 9, but they recently announced the signing of veteran quarterback Chris Wallace who is no stranger to Southwest Florida. In eight seasons with the now-defunct Florida Firecats, Wallace passed for more than 22,000 yards. He will be entering his 11th season of indoor football. The Tarpons also signed 6-foot, 7-inch Carlos Singleton as wide receiver, a graduate of the University of Memphis. Singleton had once played for the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL. From page 23Opening Exhibit Artists ReceptionGallery and is our second highest moneymaker for a solo exhibit selling $13,000 in one month; none of her pieces were priced higher than $250. Thats selling a lot of art! Meo paints anything you can put paint on: furniture, bowls, suitcases, fabric, canvases and more all with an island tropical feel to them. She is self-trained and her works embrace her peaceful Pine Island. Meo is an eclectic and exuberant painter who paints from dreams or a theme that springs from an inner journey within her. ACT Gallery cannot wait to see her newest artwork. George Mitchell, professional photographer and author began making professional photographs in 1967. He began photographing traditional blues artists with a Kodak Instamatic camera, and then the University of Minnesota School of Mass Communication and Journalism lent him a camera. This led to a summer in Mississippi photographing and interviewing traditional blues musicians, resulting in a Master of Arts paper and his first book, Blow My Blues Away. Mitchell is living in Fort Myers now and has been photographing our local people and area. Paul Rodino received his photography training at the Colorado Institute of Art. He has been an Art Director for various ad agencies. He is the curator and owner of In One Instant the photography gallery in downtown Fort Myers on Jackson Street. He finds relaxation in capturing little moments of time on film. ACT Gallery loves his mixed media encaustic photography from past exhibits. Rodino is collected widely by residents and tourists alike. Alicia Schmidt will be shown in the office gallery. She is known primarily as a minimalist abstract painter. She works in deep saturations of color and creates sparsely designed compositions. While visiting the Albright-Know Gallery in Buffalo, New York, Schmidts greatest inspiration came from viewing the work of Clyfford Still. This inspired her understanding of minimal, spatial compositions. Her paintings have evolved from large monolithic shapes, to a line with a few small shapes, then to shaped canvases and finally, to interpreting a subject through simple geometric and organic shapes. She received her AA degree from Edison Community College in 1968, attended Florida State University and receiving a BFA from Ringling School of Art in Sarasota in 1972, and her MFA from the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in 1973. Schmidt has been a resident of Cape Coral since 1966. This exhibit presents a series of works in pastel with shells as the theme. Snails, Cowries and others were recreated in abstracted design and form with the subject simplified to its essence. Jef Hernandez will exhibit in the middle gallery room. He is a visionary Pop Artist born in Labelle, gained access to the New York art scene in the early 1990s and now lives in Miami. His art has evolved into a new medium dealing with metaphysics and spirituality. He has intertwined religion into his pop art with a focus on the movement and expression of the soul. His unique style can be seen on everything from canvases, promotional materials, murals to hand painted fashions and entire nightclub installations. Designing and fabricating, visual decor, props and stage sets for special events, photography, stage and film sets. He has also been a Freelance Artist, Art Director, Event Designer and Production Designer on a number of TV commercials, music videos and film projects. One important and guiding principle to his works is to reach out beyond the boundaries of fine art and connect to popular culture spiritually through his art. As an artist, he believes he has a social responsibility to engage others in a thought process that ultimately brings the creative process into everyday life, thereby enhancing the quality of your experience. Jef Hernandez is now a big part of the thriving art scene of downtown Miamis Wynwood District. Now ACT Gallery will host his signature spirits and their positive message. These exhibits continue through Monday, January 31. Arts for ACT Gallery provides a quality, contemporary exhibition gallery featuring original art, limited edition prints, giclees, hand-crafted fine crafts, tee shirts, silver and glass bead jewelry, gourd art, raku, clay, and art cards. It is a must see destination for all art lovers and collectors, providing a unique opportunity for everyone to learn and enjoy art. Highlighting the art of the current featured artist, the front gallery, reminiscent of galleries in SoHo, has 12 to 16 foot high ceilings, distressed brick walls, and warm wooden floors. It is a great opportunity to meet the gallerys featured artists, enjoy some local food and have a glass of wine and engage in lively artful discussions. Red Sox Childrens Hospital Celebrity Classic ReturnsLast week, Lee Memorial Health System Foundation announced that its 19th annual Boston Red Sox Childrens Hospital Celebrity Classic will take place on Monday, February 27 at The Forest Country Club in South Fort Myers. The shotgun start is at 1 p.m. The Boston Red Sox Childrens Hospital Celebrity Classic is strengthened by a dollar-for-dollar match to all funds raised and will support construction of a new 136-bed childrens hospital to provide state-of-the-art lifesaving care for the children of Southwest Florida. The golf event is preceded the evening before (on Sunday, February 26) by the Boston Red Sox Childrens Hospital Tee Party. This years Tee Party features a Winter Wonderland theme and includes heavy hors doeuvres, cocktails and spirited silent and live auctions. Bidding opportunities include one-of-a-kind hand-signed memorabilia from the world of sports and entertainment, luxurious spa and jewelry items, a seven-day cruise, a fun-filled trip to Fenway Park in Boston and a luxury trip to New York City. Now in its 19th year, the event gives fans the opportunity to hit the links alongside some of the biggest stars and legends in Major League Baseball. Past participants include Josh Beckett, Jason Varitek, Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz, Louis Tiant, Hall of Famer Jim Rice and many more. We are honored to partner with the outstanding Boston Red Sox organization. The Red Sox bring awareness to the health and wellness issues of our young patients, said tournament director Ken Shoriak. We are also grateful for the support of The Forest Country Club in helping us to achieve success. It is our mission to ensure our communitys children receive the highest quality medical care. continued on page 26

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 201126 School Smartby Shelley M. Greggs, NCSPDear Shelley, Is it true that special needs children have weight issues? My daughter is in a special needs class and almost all of her classmates are overweight. Is there something about special needs kids that makes them overweight? Kayla B., Fort Myers, Florida Kayla, Obesity rates for all children have risen dramatically in the past few years. The rate of obesity among adolescents ages 12 to 19 years has more than tripled over the past three decades, and the rate among children ages 6 to 11 years has more than doubled. A report released last week from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration found that 30 percent of children aged 10-17 could be considered overweight or obese. They also found that more than 36 percent of children with disabilities and special health care needs in that same age range are overweight or obese and the long term prognosis is not good in that the struggle with weight appears to increase with the severity of the childs condition. Children and adolescents with special needs may often be constrained by their disabilities and the consequences of being overweight are often more serious than for healthy children. The National Center on Physical Activity and Disabilities reported that children with disabilities are at an even greater risk for obesity today because of our current sedentary lifestyle with most kids now spending a minimum of at least four hours a day with some type of electronic media. Also many parents of disabled children believe that their children cannot be physically active, due to their disability, which is not always the case. This lack of physical activity may not only lead to obesity, but to many other numerous health problems as well. In general, there are some social, psychological, and physical difficulties associated with disabilities that include social isolation, restricted mobility, and depression. These problems are often made worse by being overweight, and by further reducing the childs independence. Current research based interventions and approaches for the prevention and reduction of non-disabled obese children and adolescents are of little or no use for overweight and obese disabled children because the disabled population has been excluded, as participants in most of these studies thus the findings cannot really be applied to them. What research has found, however, is that children with disabilities can be assisted in losing weight if they are instructed individually about the importance of nutrition and exercise and are helped in reducing barriers that restrict their mobility. I direct you to The National Center on Physical Activity and Disabilities website www.ncpad.org for outstanding information, videos, research and guides on how to increase the physical activity of children (and adults) with disabilities. Special features of this site include guides to discovering leisure activities, camp resources, disability products, finding an accessible park, accessible gardening, and many other outstanding resources. This site and this organization is to an excellent place to get great ideas on how to increase appropriate physical activities for our children with disabilities and put them on a path to a healthier life. 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. FGCU Alumni Host Annual Alumni WeekendFlorida Gulf Coast Universitys Alumni Association will host the annual Alumni Weekend at the FGCU campus from Thursday, February 9 through Saturday, February 11. The public is invited to join FGCU alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the university for a host of events that celebrate FGCUs growth and success. The weekend pays tribute to more than 14,000 alumni who have devoted time and effort to the university, excelled in their careers and demonstrated service to the community. Last years event raised more than $3,000 to support the universitys alumni programs and scholarship efforts. The weekend events include an art gallery exhibit of You Call This Art; an etiquette class instructed by Nonnie Owens, author of Dining With Civility; Eagle Night Out at Bar Louie; Green & Blue Barbecue with mens and womens basketball games; as well as an alumni basketball game and campus bus and walking tours. Event sponsorships are available from $250 to $1,000. Registration for each event is $5 to $10 for adults. Children 7 and younger qualify for discounted rates. For additional fees, participants may bid in the Green & Blue Barbeque silent auction. For more information, call 590-1087 or register online at www.fgcu.edu/ alumni. The FGCU Alumni Association strives to build an enduring relationship between alumni and the university community through meaningful programs and by encouraging alumni to contribute their time, talents and financial support to FGCU. Future Eagles at FGCU Alumni Weekend 2011 Esther and Harry Casimir at FGCU Alumni Weekend 2011 To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732 Cattanach Named To Deans ListEmily Cattanach has been named to the Fall 2011 Deans List at Armstrong Atlantic State University. Cattanach is a rehabilitation sciences major from Fort Myers. In order to make the Deans List, students must be enrolled in at least nine semester hours of course work and earn a grade point average of at least 3.6. From page 25Red Sox Classic ReturnsVolunteer committee members invite you to visit www.facebook.com/ RedSoxCelebrityClassic for updated information, event photos and more. To join the Boston Red Sox on the course, or to purchase tickets to the evening-prior Tee Party, call 343-6950 or e-mail BostonGolf@LeeMemorial.org. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are currently available. To inquire, call 3436950. From page 1Kanzius Machine Readyconstantly. The fifth-generation device is more automated. Rutkowski said work is already underway on a sixth generation device. Tests must be performed on larger animals before the FDA approves clinical trials for humans. Thermed has not formally approached the FDA to request clinical trials. Lee Memorial Health System is one of five designated locations for human trials. Stephen Curley of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston said last week, This (larger machine) will mean we can begin large animal modeling studies that will be necessary to understand the RF (radio frequency) dosing and treatment times in human patients. He could not comment on the time to human clinical trials indicating they are bound by FDA guidelines but human trials are estimated to be at least two to three years away. In an interview last week with The Erie Times Marianne Kanzius said Thermed has reached a research contract with one major research center and is negotiating with two others. This is the business end of Johns dream, she said. I know John would be pleased with how things are going. Kanzius began working on the technology after he was diagnosed with cancer. His death two years ago threatened to derail the project but the positive results of research have kept it alive and thriving.

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27 THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 2011 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Makes A Difference In Peoples LivesVolunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) services will be available beginning on Saturday, January 14. VITA is a free tax filing service available to individuals and families making $50,000 or less. A partnership among CredAbility the IRS and United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades makes the free service available at United Way Neighborhood Houses and other locations in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties. Volunteers at the United Way Houses have prepared thousands of tax returns for area residents in the last three years. Volunteer tax preparers come from many walks of life and include college students, retired accountants and others who all receive training and certification from the IRS. Why would a family not file their income taxes for three years? Not having money to pay taxes, being unemployed, a person feeling unable to file on his own, not having money to pay for a tax filing service are some of the basic reasons. One family that included three children came to a United Way House last year for VITA services. They had not filed their income taxes for three years. They couldnt afford a tax service and were afraid that they owed money to the IRS. The mother was self-employed, and the father had been unemployed for a period of time. Nancy Martin, United Way House coordinator, said, The mother really wanted to get their tax situation straightened out. I sent her home to get her mileage and other records from her self-employment. When I figured their taxes, they were owed $3,775 for 2008, $7,327 for 2009 and $4,513 for 2010. Thats a total of $15,615 that the IRS refunded to them. That refund made a huge difference to this family. We are about to begin the fourth year of VITA service through the CredAbility and United Way partnership. Taxes are e-filed and returns arrive quickly. Last year, the average refund to VITA participants was over $2,000, which may have prevented the foreclosure of someones home, or purchased groceries for a family for several months, said Roger Mercado, Director of Allocations and Community Planning for the United Way. Dawn Russell, the CredAbility staff person responsible for VITA, added, A prime goal of the free service is to help tax payers who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other similar credits to receive them. A large number of taxpayers who could qualify for the EITC do not claim the credit because they dont know about it. For more information about VITA, such as times and locations, call United Way 211 by dialing 211 or 239-433-3900. A volunteer preparing a tax return at the Estero-San Carlos United Way House Financial FocusTime For New Years Financial Resolutions by Jennifer BaseyOnce again, its time to make some New Years resolutions. This year, in addition to hitting the gym, learning that second language and getting better organized, why not also consider a few financial resolutions? What types of resolutions might you consider? Here are a few suggestions: Contribute more to your retirement accounts. The new year means that you are one year closer to retirement. To help yourself build resources for the lifestyle youve envisioned as a retiree, try to boost your contributions to your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan. You can do this if you get a salary increase and devote at least part of it to your 401(k). At the same time, try to max out on your Individual Retirement Account (IRA). For 2012, you can contribute up to $5,000 to an IRA, or $6,000 if youre 50 or older. Reduce your debts. Look for ways to cut down or consolidate your debts. It may not be easy, but its worth the effort because the lower your debt load, the more money youll have available to invest for the future. Build an emergency fund. If you dont already have an emergency fund containing between six and 12 months worth of living expenses, start building one soon. Keep the money in a liquid vehicle one thats separate from your everyday checking and savings accounts. Without such an emergency fund, you may be forced to dip into your long-term investments to pay for unexpected costs, such as a major car repair, a new furnace or a large medical bill. Dont overreact to volatility. In 2011, the financial markets have been volatile, with big gains followed by big drops followed by big gains a true roller-coaster pattern. Try not to let large, short-term price movements influence your investment decisions. Many of the factors that cause jumps or declines are not that relevant to long-term results and as an investor, you want to focus on the long term. Concentrate on building a portfolio thats suitable for your individual goals and risk tolerance. Be aware of different types of risk. For many investors, investment risk strictly means the possibility of losing principal when the value of an investment drops. Consequently, to cut back on their risk in the face of a volatile market, they may sell off stocks and load up on certificates of deposit (CDs), bonds and other so-called safer investments. But each investment actually carries its own type of risk. For example, if you own CDs that pay a 2 percent return, and the inflation rate is 3 percent, you will lose purchasing power over time. And if you wanted to sell your bonds before they had matured, youd have to sell them at a discount if the market interest rate had risen above the coupon rate of your bond because no one would pay you full price for them. Just be aware that no investment is riskfree, and try to build a diversified portfolio that can lessen the impact of one specific type of risk. By following these suggestions, you can go a long way toward making 2012 a good year in which to make progress toward your important financial goals. So plan ahead and make the right moves. Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor in Fort Myers. She can be reached at jennifer.basey@edwardjones.com. Informational Meetings At Shell PointResidents of Southwest Florida who would like to learn about resort style retirement options and lifecare, are invited to attend one of several informational meetings at Shell Point Retirement Community. One of Shell Points experienced retirement counselors will explain the numerous benefits received when becoming a resident. The meetings will be held at 10 a.m. in the main Commons located in The Woodlands neighborhood at Shell Point. The presentations will take place on the following dates: January 10, 18, and 24 February 1, 7, 15, and 28 March 7, 13, 21, and 27 April 4, 10, 18, and 24 A brief presentation will be given on the benefits of lifecare at Shell Point during the casually-structured meeting, where guests will learn about the numerous retirement options available at Shell Point. Included in the visit is a tour of all three neighborhoods: The Island, The Woodlands, and Eagles Preserve, as well as information on the many amenities that are available to residents. Admission is free; however, seating is limited, so reservations are required and may be made by calling Maureen Thomson at 466-1131 or 1-800-780-1131. 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THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 201128 deaRPharmacistKiss Your Problems Goodbye With Mistletoeby Suzy Cohen, RPhDear Readers: I wish you all a happy, restful holiday. At this time of year, Id like to write about the most romantic plant on Earth mistletoe. It has allowed more men to steal a kiss than anything else! Mistletoe, a traditional symbol of love, is literally a parasite, receiving no nourishment from the soil. It offers some of the most impressive health benefits of any plant for a variety of conditions. Like all botanicals, there are different varieties. American mistletoe, used as a Christmas decoration, is not the same as the European or Korean sort which have all the medicinal properties. For ease, Im just going to say mistletoe from now on, but I am referring to European (Viscum album) or Korean (Viscum album coloratum or KML) varieties. You may not want to smooch if you are exhausted, anxious, irritable or suffering with high blood pressure and headaches. Those conditions may be relieved from what you think of as the kissing flower. Even more exciting, are mistletoes immune-enhancing benefits. Many of you have heard of celebrity and author Suzanne Somers, who used European mistletoe when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000. A study in October 2007 Archives of Pharmacal Research, and another in November 2011 Phytotherapy Research confirmed some anti-cancer benefits. Chinese medicine herbalists have used mistletoe for centuries to support the female reproductive system; it seems to improve libido, fertility, uterine bleeding and erratic (or absent) menstruation. A research brief was published in Fertility and Sterility (2002) indicating that mistletoe extracts resulted in pain reduction of post-hysterectomy patients with endometriosis. Apparently, mistletoe inspires more than the urge to kiss in men, as studies suggest it can improve libido and erectile dysfunction. Dont eat your Christmas decoration; that is harmful. You can buy purified commercial dietary supplements of European mistletoe in the United States. Its sold as a liquid extract at health food stores nationwide and you just mix the drops in water. There are oral supplements sold at health food stores. It may be slightly relaxing or sedating. If you are reading my translated column overseas, I should tell you mistletoe goes by continued on page 31 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 read your column quite regularly. I am a retired gerontologist living in an over 55 community and I must say I disagree strongly with your advice to Freda. I do not see Freda as intimidated but annoyed at young people who belittle her and are mean. It is not easy to ignore such behavior. It often translates into a situation where the old person with a legitimate concern is bullied into believing they are stupid. Pryces comment regarding computers and new technologies are not solutions either. I consider myself well able to use them but the rapidly increasing technologies boggle my mind. I feel at my age, I should be able to use a telephone book and/or get information by telephone or in person rather than spending an inordinate amount of the few years I have left on earth to figure out why my password is invalid or why Comcast has lost my signal again. I sense it is okay not to criticize younger folks starting in preschool for fear that we will hurt their self esteem and shatter their egos. Dont people of age deserve the same consideration? Bottom line, instead of accepting verbal abuse and other ageisms, wouldnt it be better to resurrect and teach youngsters the old fashioned virtues as respect for ones elders and/or the notion that the customer is always right? Thanks for listening. Loretta C. Buffer, PhD, Fort Myers Dear Loretta, I have recently read in some published literature that the more a country is technologically advanced the less that society values their aged population. Computer and technologies are here to stay. You and I grew up in a more gentle society but to survive we have to keep up to date with change. Lizzie Lizzie and Pryces e-mail address is momandmeaging@hotmail.com. Dr. DaveA Seedy Storyby Dr. Dave HepburnSome cause happiness wherever they go; others... whenever they go. Oscar Wilde When a doctor walks into an exam room, the opening greeting is important in establishing the length, quality and potential pain of that visit. How are you? I ask. Im in a doctors office, what do you think? Right. Well, what brings you here today? The bus. And so on. And if your opening gambit is Im not a hypochondriac, doctor, but I think a seed or a cedar is stuck in my... we reflexively think Yes you are. It appears as though youre familiar with that diagnosis. Hello, Melissa. Im Dr. Hepburn. How are you? Pretty good. How are you, doctor? Well... I conceded in my usual schtick in order to inject a little disarming disarmament into the visit and basically entertain myself ... my stocks are down, my hemmorhoids are up, my knee is sore, my wife is sore, my dog threw up, my hairline is receding rather than reseeding, my son is driving again... By this time, most patients get that Im not really serious and some get that Im not really a doctor. Sorry to hear that... replied Melissa. Youre obviously having a bad day. Melissa, 28, had suffered a stroke earlier in the year. Usually, 28-year-olds dont suffer strokes, they suffer from diseases like acne emergencies on a Friday night (two fresh pimples constitute a full on calamity), cold sores in hot spots and the occasional outbreak of pregnancy. But unbeknownst to Melissa, a congenital malformation had formed in her brain when she was a congenital. It burst at age 28. Fortunately, she did well and seemed to suffer no real ill consequences. She said her memory was affected a little and she couldnt move an arm quite as well and that her memory was affected and, if I recall, she wasnt moving her arm, I think, quite as well, but otherwise she was OK. And apparently her memory was affected, poor thing. She sat in the office with a plastic grocery bag, The Market on Yates, bulging with bananas and Arabian coffee and crackers and stuff. She was also holding a gorgeous, gigantic sunflower with a mass of impressive seeds and a four foot stem. Heck of a flower you got there miss, dont turn your back on it or your groceries will be gone. You know, doctor, I get a sunflower whenever I need a little boost because for some reason they just seem to brighten my day. I dont recall what her visit was about, specifically, and I continued on with my day of stamping out Victorias diseases, one bad seed at a time. A couple of hours later, Whitley, one of my ultra attractive (my birthday is coming up) staff, came traipsing around the corner, arm extended. Dr Dave, this is for you. In her hand she had you guessed it a giant sunflower, bigger than a Whitley. Melissa, wherever you are, I hope youre having a good day because really, my dog didnt throw up over my stocks, wife, knee or any other body part. I wasnt having a bad day at all. But now I was having a very good day, thanks to you. I must admit that later on that day I gave away that sunflower to someone who really wasnt having a good time of things. A re-gifted sunflower. But you planted the seeds. I cant help but wonder if this is how you always were or if this is the actions of someone who sustained a stroke to the unpleasant dandelion lobe of the brain (the cerebellas lindsaylohanus). If the latter is the case, Melissa, then it was a stroke of good luck for those whose lives you enter. If enriching the moment and bringing a smile to the faces of those you encounter is now what you enjoy... youve suc-seeded. 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. Indispensable Advice from Dr. Dave Get your copy of Dr. Daves Book at Sanibel Island Books and Gifts,1571 Periwinkle Way 472-5223

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 201130 Eden Autism Advocates Of The Month AwardEden Autism Services Florida has recognized Bruce and Cheryl Scheiner as recipients of the Autism Advocate of the Month award. The award recognizes people who are advocates for autism by increasing awareness, raising funds or providing leadership in support of autism. The Scheiners have built one of the largest legal practices in South Florida with over 50 professionals serving clients in Fort Myers, Naples, Port Charlotte, Sebring and Cape Coral. Southwest Florida has been home to the Scheiners for almost four decades and it is where they give back to the community. The firm is at the forefront in supporting numerous worthwhile causes, including the Naples Invitational Art Fest, benefiting Eden Autism Services. The Scheiners and their staff have incredibly generous to Eden Autism Services for many years, said Susan Suarez, Director of Eden Autism Services Florida operations. They have given their time by volunteering for the Naples Invitational Art Fest, promoted the Art Fest in their advertising, and supported Eden financially. We are indebted to the Scheiners for their ongoing commitment to help individuals with autism. Edens Advocate of the Month receives a certificate of appreciation and will be invited to an annual reception. To nominate an advocate for autism who exemplifies Action in Autism, please submit your nomination including persons name, contact information and a 50 word summary of why he or she should be selected to Taire.Malloy@edenautism.org or call 239-992-4680 ext. 5014.The juried art shows, to be held January 28-29 and March 17-18 at Fleischmann Park, located at 1600 Fleischmann Blvd. in Naples, benefit Eden Autism Services. For more information, contact Susan Suarez at 992-4680 ext. 5010 or Eden. florida@edenautism.org. Old Cell Phones End Domestic ViolenceDid you know that donating your old, used or even broken cell phone could potentially save a life? Having access to a phone is something most of us take for granted, but wireless phones can serve as a vital link to emergency or support services in a time of crisis, or as a reliable, safe connection to employers, family and friends, as survivors rebuild their lives. The importance of a victim of domestic violence having access to a phone becomes clear once you understand that nearly one-third of women murdered in the United States are killed by a current or former intimate partner. Old, used and even broken cell phones, donated to A.C.T. are also recycled through the shelter alliance program to raise much-needed funds to support the life-saving programs and services A.C.T. provides to more than 9,000 women, children and men annually.Throughout the month of January, Iberia Bank and Abuse Counseling & Treatment, Inc. will be holding a post-holiday cell phone collection drive and are asking that you please consider donating any old, used or broken cell phones to help in our efforts to end domestic violence.Cell phone donations can be dropped off at any Iberia Bank branch in Lee County during business hours or at the Second ACT Thrift Store, at 12519 S. Cleveland Avenue, Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on donating used cell phones or inquiring on how your company, civic group or organization can hold a cell phone collection drive to benefit victims of domestic violence, call 939-2553. If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship please call A.C.T.s 24-hour hotline at 939-3112. Feeling Stretched As A Caregiver?Powerful Tools For Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide you with the tools you need to take care of yourself. This program helps family caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources. Classes consist of six sessions held once a week. Two experienced class leaders conduct the series (many are experienced caregivers themselves, who have successfully applied the techniques they teach). Interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming will help you take the tools you choose and put them into action for your life. You will receive a book, The Caregiver Helpbook, developed specifically for the class. A donation of $25 to help defray the cost of the book is suggested, but not required to attend the class. Classes will be held at Chapel by the Sea, located at 100 Chapel Street (in the 2500 block of Estero Blvd.) in Fort Myers Beach, from January 18 to February 22. Sessions are held every Wednesday from 9 a.m. until noon. For more information or to register, call Danielle at 343-2751. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Golden Dragon Acrobats Coming To BIG Arts Stage The Golden Dragon Acrobats take the stage on Sanibel at BIG Arts on Saturday, January 7 for an evening of family entertainment and impressive acrobatic performance. General admission is $42, loge seats are $47 and children are $15. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in BIG Arts Schein Performance Hall, located at 900 Dunlop Road. Hailed as an international marvel by The Gettysburg Times the Golden Dragons have visited more than 65 countries to perform sold-out shows and remain the only Chinese acrobatic company to tour the United States yearround, having done so continuously for the past 30 years. Members of the current touring company hail from Hebei, China and are solidly rooted in a commitment to the highest level of production value and attention to artistic detail. World-renowned impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music, and theatrical technique to present a show of breath-taking skill and spellbinding beauty. In 2005, the Golden Dragons made their Broadway debut to a sold-out audience at the New Victory Theater and their shows six-week run garnered adoration from audiences of all ages and universal critical acclaim from New York City press. The New York Times said, A visit from The Golden Dragon Acrobats is something special. The runs success culminated in nominations for two New York Drama Desk Awards, one for Unique Theatrical Experience for Danny Chang, and a second for Best Choreography for Angela Chang. If youre looking for an evening of fun for the whole family, then turn yourself over to the excitement and wonder of this special performance by The Golden Dragon Acrobats. Patron Sponsor is Congress Jewelers and Sponsor is Periwinkle Place. Visit www.BIGARTS.org for more event information, links to artists websites and to purchase tickets. Tickets may also be purchased at BIG Arts or by calling the Marks Box Office at 395-0900. Golden Dragon Acrobats Tower of Chairs Golden Dragon Acrobats Loli Kantor photography Golden Dragon Acrobats plates sticks Donate Blood, Eat For FreeLee Memorial Blood Centers and Sweet Tomatoes have joined together and will be holding a blood drive on Saturday, December 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 14084 S. Tamiami Trail in Fort Myers. As a thank you, all donors will receive a coupon for a free Sweet Tomatoes meal and a Blood Center t-shirt.All blood collected remains in the Lee Memorial Health System to serve your community. Lee Memorial Health System uses 800-plus units of blood each week. With both the Childrens Hospital and the only trauma center within a five-county area, the need for blood locally remains constant, and needs to be replenished daily. All blood types are currently needed.The requirements to give blood are: Age At least 17 years old (16 with written parental consent) and in good general health. There is no upper age limit.continued on page 35

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31 THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 2011 Childrens Hospital Receives $87,850 From Pelican Landing Golf Outing Pelican Landing recently presented a check in the amount of $87,850 to the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation to support the Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida Capital Campaign. The check represents proceeds from the second annual Childrens Hospital Golf Classic, held at Pelicans Nest Golf Club on November 14. Pelican Landing has A few of the committee members responsible for planning the event at Pelican Landing. Front row from left is Patricia Smart, Charleen McPherson, Gail Hansen and David Gillespie. Back row from left is Roger Morgan, Larry McPherson and Roger Liddicoat Homeless Continuum Of Care Awarded $2.1 Million For 11 ProjectsThe Lee County Homeless Continuum of Care, comprised of local government agencies and non-profit and faith-based organizations, has been awarded $2,141,034 in federal funding to continue 11 projects that serve Lee County residents who are homeless. Under the Shelter Plus Care program, which provides rent subsidies for people who are homeless, three programs totaling $243,444 were funded for two agencies, Lee Mental Health, Inc. and Community Assisted and Supported Living, Inc. Additionally, Supportive Housing Program renewals for a variety of capital improvements and services for the homeless were funded. These included $300,232 to the Lee County Department of Human Services for database management and services for the homeless, $1,286,206 to The Salvation Army, Inc. for services for the homeless, $66,103 to Renaissance Manor, Inc. for permanent supportive housing programs, and $245,049 to Southwest Florida Addiction Services, Inc. for transitional and permanent housing programs. Funding for local Continuums of Care is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is awarded following a national competitive application process. The 2011 awards totaling over $1.5 billion were released by HUD in an expedited manner, aimed at providing uninterrupted services for the homeless that are already served by these programs. From page 28Kiss Your Problems Goodbyethe brand name Helixor and Iscador, and is usually given via injection by oncologists. The German Commission E (German equivalent of our FDA) has approved European mistletoe as a treatment for degenerative and inflamed joints (think arthritis) and also for for malignant growths like cancer. German physicians have read various animal and human studies that show how mistletoe increases our NK (natural killer) cells which go after viruses and tumor cells. Mistletoe extracts stimulate activity of T cells (which are your bodies policemen) and increase cytokines, a good thing because these build up red and white blood cells, especially in the bone marrow. If you have cancer, I would not self-treat; seek a physician who uses mistletoe routinely and knows how to treat you. 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. Race For The Cure Gains MomentumTeam rallies in early January kick off the 2012 Southwest Florida Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure efforts bringing together team captains and those interested in learning about leading a team in the fight against breast cancer. Team rallies will take place at Sam Galloway Ford on Thursday, January 5 at 6 p.m. and Coconut Ford on Friday, January 6 at 8:30 a.m. in preparation for Race for the Cure, the largest fundraising event in Southwest Florida supporting the fight against breast cancer. During the rallies, team leaders representing corporate, community and survivor support groups learn how to build a Race for the Cure team, ways to motivate team members, how to use the organizations website tools and ideas for successful fundraising. The event will feature local Race for the Cure supporters who will motivate and inspire current and potential team leaders. NBC-2 anchor Heather Turco and Carol Conway, president of CRS Consultants and Race for the Cure co-chair, will lead the effort at the Sam Galloway Ford location in Fort Myers. Southwest Florida Susan G. Komen Board President Mariann McDonald and Race for the Cure co-chair Bob McDonald will rally team members at the Coconut Point event in Estero. With motivation and information from the rallies, teams will hold fundraising events and work to increase participation in the 2012 Race for the Cure on March 10 at 8 a.m. at Coconut Point Mall in Estero. Prizes and incentives are provided for teams in various categories. To find out more about forming a team for Race for the Cure and attend either rally, RSVP via e-mail to raceinfo@komenswfl.org. We encourage friendly competition between teams, noted Miriam Ross, executive director for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Southwest Florida. They play a major role in our fundraising success. Its exciting to see these teams on Race day as each one takes on its own personality. Race for the Cure is a sanctioned 5K event that also includes a non-competitive 5K run/walk and a one-mile fun run/walk. More than 12,000 supporters attended the 2011 Southwest Florida Race for the Cure. Proceeds from Race for Cure allowed the Southwest Florida affiliate to make grants totaling $1,015,235 to 13 local non-profit agencies that provide breast cancer education, screening, treatment and support in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. Seventy-five percent of all net proceeds stays in Southwest Florida and 25 percent funds groundbreaking national research. For more information on team participation or Race for the Cure, call 239-4980016 or visit www.KomenSWFL.org. Lee Memorial Home Health Employee Receives RecognitionLee Memorial Home Health has been recognized for its quality home and community based care by the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP). Eileen Hagenbrock, RN, B.S., Quality Improvement Resource Analyst, has been appointed by the CHAP Board of Directors to a three-year term on CHAPs Board of Review (BOR). BOR members are selected from organizations who have achieved CHAP accreditation with no or minimal deficiencies throughout at least two accreditation cycles. Eileens status puts us on a national level, said Cynthia Christman, RN, System Director at Lee Memorial Home Health. This official recognition reinforces our mission to have a positive impact on the lives of our patients, their families, and our health care partners throughout the continuum of care. Responsibilities of the BOR include reviewing accreditation related reports, analyzing data for relevance to CHAP Standards and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Standards and Conditions for home health, hospice and durable medical equipment, and making objective accreditation decisions. In addition, the BOR makes recommendations to the CHAP Board of Directors and/or the CHAP Administration regarding accreditation policies, procedures, and practices, including updates to the Standards of Excellence. Visit www.leememorial.org for more information. made a pledge of $500,000 to name four rooms in the new Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida which will be built on the grounds of HealthPark Medical Center in South Fort Myers. The new hospital will contain 136 beds and additional pediatric specialty services not presently available. Lee Memorial Health System Foundation is successfully leading a $125 million campaign to offset the cost of the new hospital and is working with various communities and individuals to help raise the necessary funds.

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DID YOU KNOW PUZZLE ANSWERS 1. LANGUAGE: From what language are all the modern Romance languages derived? 2. SCIENCE: What term describes the lowest point in a satellite orbiting the Earth? 3. HISTORY: When did Labor Day become a federal holiday in the United States? 4. INVENTIONS: What was Eli Whitneys most famous invention? 5. GOVERNMENT: In what year was the U.S. Constitution rati ed? 6. GEOGRAPHY: What nation calls itself Espana in its native tongue? 7. ANCIENT WORLD: Where did the Minoan culture ourish? 8. POETRY: Who wrote the poem called The Waste Land? 9. MUSIC: What Beatles album features the songs Rocky Raccoon and Helter Skelter? 10. MEASUREMENTS: How many pints are in a quart? TRIVIA TEST1. Latin 2. Perigee 3. 1894 4. Cotton gin 5. 1789 6. Spain 7. Crete 8. T.S. Eliot 9. The Beatles (The White Album) 10. Two. ANSWERS THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 201132 My Stars FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 2, 2012ARIES (March 21 to April 19) The New Year brings challenges that can change many things in your life. You need to be prepared not only to confront them, but also to deal with what happens afterward. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) You have what it takes to set your goals quite a bit higher this year. Learn what you need to know and put what you learn into your efforts. A partner offers loving support. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) In true Gemini Twin fashion, youre conflicted about a decision you know youll have to make in this New Year. Best advice: Get the facts before you make any commitment. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) A friend offers you an exciting opportunity for the New Year. Although your positive aspects are strong in most respects, caution is advised. Investigate before you invest. LEO (July 23 to August 22) You can make this New Year a roaring success. Start by readjusting your goals to reflect the changes in the economy. Your den-mate offers both wise and loving support. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) The New Year brings new opportunities for change. But you need to be ready to move from the comfortable status quo to the challenging unknown. Its up to you. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your most important New Years resolution should be to work out problems with a family member in order to avoid continued misunderstandings. Do it soon, for both of your sakes. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) The New Year has much to offer the intensely determined Scorpian, who isnt afraid to take on challenges and stay with them until they surrender their rewards. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Youll have many fine opportunities in this New Year. But be warned: Reject offers of help. You work best when youre free to be your own creative self. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) The New Year offers changes that you might feel youre not quite ready for. Best advice: Deal with them one step at a time, until youve built up your self-confidence. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Travel is a dominant aspect of the New Year. This could mean relocating to another city (or even another country) in connection with your education or your career. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) This New Year brings news about a change youve been anticipating. You might have a problem persuading a loved one about your new plans, but he or she will soon go along with them. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a gift for making people feel safe and protected. You would make an excellent youth counselor. On Jan. 5, 1643, in the first record of a legal divorce in the American colonies, Anne Clarke of the Massachusetts Bay Colony is granted a divorce from her absent and adulterous husband, Denis Clarke, by the Quarter Court of Boston. On Jan. 7, 1785, Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries travel from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in a gas balloon, making the first crossing of the English Channel by air. After almost crashing, the two men were forced to throw nearly everything out of the balloon to lighten the ship. On Jan. 4, 1847, Samuel Colt rescues the future of his faltering gun company by winning a contract to provide the U.S. government with 1,000 of his .44 caliber revolvers. Though never cheap, by the early 1850s, Colt revolvers were inexpensive enough to be a favorite with Americans headed westward during the California Gold Rush. On Jan 8, 1877, Crazy Horse and his warriors -outnumbered, low on ammunition and forced to use outdated weapons -fight their final losing battle against the U.S. Cavalry in Montana. On May 6, Crazy Horse led approximately 1,100 Indians to the Red Cloud reservation near Nebraskas Fort Robinson and surrendered. On Jan. 6, 1925, in Madison Square Garden, Finnish long-distance runner Paavo Nurmi sets a new indoor world record, running a mile in 4:13.5. In the 5,000-meter race, the Flying Finn broke another indoor world record in 14:44.6. Nurmi often ran holding a stopwatch to pace himself, an innovation he developed. On Jan. 3, 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower closes the American embassy in Havana and severs diplomatic relations between the United States and Fidel Castros government in Cuba. The action signaled that the United States was prepared to take extreme measures to oppose Castros regime. On Jan. 2, 1971, 66 football (soccer) fans are killed in a stampede at a stadium in Glasgow, Scotland, as they attempt to leave a game. The tragedy was caused by the crush of spectators all leaving at the same time on the same stairway It was American journalist and satirist Ambrose Bierce who made the following sage observation: There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we dont know. Those who study such things say that when a ladybug is frightened, it squirts a foulsmelling goo from its knees. You might be surprised to learn that approximately 40 percent of the oxygen in the worlds atmosphere is provided by the verdant plant growth of South Americas Amazon River basin. Mayan artwork dating back as far as 700 A.D. shows people preparing chocolate beverages. Chocolate was so valued by the natives of the Americas, the Maya even used cacao beans as currency. For reasons that arent quite clear, in 1960 Macys department store introduced a vending machine that dispensed mens underwear. After an initial flurry of shoppers coming to see the new contraption, the machine was doomed to obscurity due to lack of interest. Heres a question for the ladies: Are you a philematophobe? If youre a woman who hates to be kissed, you are. In 1958, then-Vice President Richard Nixon made a state visit to Venezuela. It seems he wasnt terribly popular there, and one of the protesters spit on him. The Secret Service detained the man, and an irate Nixon kicked him in the shins. Only about 37 percent of the newspapers published in the Unites States are recycled. The next time youre thinking about getting a new pet, consider this: Animal behaviorists say that a puppy cant hold a memory for more than 45 seconds. Researchers at Yale University have determined that people think more efficiently in the winter than in the summer. A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company. -Gian Vincenzo Gravina THIS WEEK IN HISTORY STRANGE BUT TRUE THOUGHT FOR THE DAY SPORTS QUIZ1. In 2009, Philadelphias Chase Utley became the second player to hit ve home runs in a World Series. Who was the rst? 2. Who was the oldest player to steal a base in the major leagues? 3. Name the rst college football Division I player to have 1,500 yards rushing and 1,500 yards passing in the same season. 4. In the 2009-10 season, Sacramento guard Tyreke Evans became the fourth rookie in NBA history to average at least 20 points, ve rebounds and ve assists per game. Name two of the rst three to do it. 5. Entering the 2011-12 season, how many times had Jaromir Jagr tallied 40-plus goals in an NHL season? 6. Northwestern has won the womens lacrosse national championship six times in the past seven seasons (2005-11). Name the only other school to win a title during that time. 7. Who was the rst mixed martial-arts ghter to win major titles in two weight classes?1. Reggie Jackson of the New York Yankees, in 1977. 2. Arlie Latham was 49 years old when he stole a base for the 1909 New York Giants. 3. Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, in 2010. 4. Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan and LeBron James. 5. Six times. 6. Maryland beat Northwestern in 2010. 7. Randy Couture. ANSWERS

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33 THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 2011 From page 1Zombicon Resultsoccasion. Upon hearing the signal, mem bers of the Fort Myers Fire Department who served as official timekeepers started the clock. According to regulations, all zombies must remain within the designated area for at least 10 minutes. As the clock ticked, excitement on the street reached a fever pitch. A second blast from the air horn signaled the fulfillment of the time requirement. The Red Zone was dismantled, uninfected humans and zombies mixed, mingled and the party continued. Since the night of ZOMBICON, members of the Z-Core have set about collecting evidence of the attempt, which includes video footage, photographs and notarized statements from officials. Beyond those who actually registered, the number of people in zombie makeup easily exceeded 15,000 people (more than three times the official record), according to eyewitnesses. A map created by Parker, Mudgett & Smith Architects depicts the Red Zone with an overlaying grid, which demonstrates how many people could potentially fit into the designated space. The corresponding photographs show this area completely packed with people during the attempt. All of this data has been carefully compiled and sent to Ireland for consideration as Fort Myers awaits the answer. In the meantime, other records were broken on the night of ZOMBICON, which were easier to prove. According to Eric Olsen, manager of the World Famous Cigar Bar, In 15 years downtown, we had our best night ever. Many other downtown bars and restaurants also reported record numbers. Gloria Bonventre, head of the Lee Memorial Blood Center, confirmed that 128 units of blood were donated, which have the potential of saving up to 256 lives. This is more than three times the number from the previous year, a record for the most blood collected at a special event. And for the first time, the Renal Transplant Center and the Be The Match bone marrow registry recruited donors at the event. Also, a record 3,786 pounds of food was gathered for The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, the most ever collected at a nighttime event. A zombie gives blood during ZOMBICONPhoto by Mark Zou The corner of First and Hendry streets during the world record attemptPhoto by J K Maxwell Blood donors at the Lee Memorial Blood Centers BloodmobilePhoto by Gloria Bonventre Red Zone Map of World Record attemptDrawn by Jeff Mudgett (Parker, Mudgett, Smith Architects, Inc.)

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Pets Of The Week PROFESSIONAL DIRECTORY THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 201134 CONSTRUCTIONFROM REMODELING TO NEW CONSTRUCTIONNO JOB TO BIG OR TO SMALLCC Shutters Sales & ServiceAll Types of Hurricane Protection Including Impact Windows From Panels to Remote Roll Downs 239-691-9002 CGC 150-77-08BUILDING CONTRACTOR Helenbrook Homes, Inc.Licensed & InsuredCerti ed Building ContractorCBC026067Serving Sanibel & Captiva for the last 25 yearsNew Homes Remodeling FramingDave Helenbrook 239 / 466-4030 CONTRACTORS 24/7 Rapid Response Line239-472-1888License # CMC056884 Honest Honest * Reliable Reliable * Dependable DependableCOSMETICS MAGGIE BUTCHER 904 Lindgren Blvd. Sanibel Island, FL 33957 Ph: 239-395-0978 / 317-509-6014 mbutcher@marykay.com Products: www.marykay.com/mbutcher Career information available Gift ideas available New Product! Night Restore & Recover ComplexMEDICAL 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 CONTRACTORS COMPUTERS My name is Charlotte and Im a 5-year-old spayed female brown lab mix. Im a super happy, friendly dog and my needs are simple. I just want a forever home with a family that will love me like I love them. A backyard to play in and a few toys wouldnt be bad either! My adoption fee is $30 during Decembers Home 4 The Holidays Adoption Promotion. Hello! My name is Marshmallow and Im an 8-year-old male white and orange domestic short hair. I guess I got my name because Im soft and squishy like a marshmallow. Theres plenty of me to love and I promise to love you back. I wont be a lot of trouble, either. My favorite pastime is power-napping! My adoption fee is $25 (adopt a second cat or kitten free). For information about this weeks pets, call 533-7387 (LEE-PETS) or log on to Animal Services website at www.LeeLostPets.com. When calling, refer to the animals ID number. The website updates every hour, so you will be able to see if these or any other pets are still available. The shelter is open for adoptions from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The shelter is located at 5600 Banner Drive in Fort Myers, next to the Lee County Sheriffs Office off Six Mile Cypress Parkway. All adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, rabies vaccination and county license if 3 months or older, flea treatment, worming, heartworm test for dogs 6 months and over, feline AIDS and leukemia test for cats, training DVD, 10-day health guarantee, and a bag of Science Diet pet food. The adoption package is valued at $500. Marshmallow ID #519840 Charlotte ID #370547photos by squaredogphoto.com

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THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 201135 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 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 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 Plus FINANCIALSERVICES Light Tackle Sport Fishing Tarpon Snook Red sh & More CAPT. MAT CAPT. MAT T T MI MI TCHELL TCHELL USCG USCG Licensed Licensed & Insured & InsuredC: (239) 340-8651www.captmattmitchell.com email: captmattmitchell@aol.comFISHING CHARTER CONSTRUCTION/REMODELING IM PA CT W IN DO WS & D OO RS /G LA SS TREE & 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.comVETERINARY SERVICES Dr. Mark W. Hullstrung House Calls for Dogs and Cats By Appointment:(239) 244-1401 VETERINARY SERVICES FOR SANIBEL, CAPTIVA & FORT MYERS HOME 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 PROFESSIONAL DIRECTORY Vendors Sought For Pet ExpoGrace Community Center will host a Pet Expo on Saturday, February 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors are being sought for this first annual event, with booths starting at $45. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Grace Community Center and its pet ministries including Feed The Pack and PAWS. We are thrilled to offer this type of event to our community, said Carol Musselman, event chair. We are seeking pet vendors of all types to ensure we provide great value to our guests. If you are interested in being a vendor, contact Carol Musselman by phone at 574-7161 or e-mail her at musselman@egracechurch.com. Grace Community Center is a hub for the community, providing a path so that its neighbors can live lives of freedom and dignity. This 56,000-square-foot facility and its ministries greatly impact the Cape Coral/North Fort Myers area and the Route 41 corridor between Tampa and Naples. Teams feed the hungry, clothe the needy, heal the sick and educate the uneducated. For more information on Grace Community Center, call 244-1818 or visit www.egracecenter.org. From page 30Donate BloodWeight Minimum of 115 pounds. Identification Must provide photo ID with date of birth. Food Eat a good meal before giving and drink plenty of fluids. Medications Many medications such as insulin, blood pressure, thyroid, cholesterol, aspirin, antidepressants and hormone replacement do not necessarily prevent someone from giving blood. Call 343-2333 for more information. Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email press@riverweekly.com

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Classified Ad Deadline Monday At Noon HELP WANTED SERVICES OFFERED SERVICES OFFERED SERVICES OFFERED SERVICES WANTED AUTO FOR SALE BOATS CANOES KAYAKS WANT TO BUY COMMERCIAL SPACETHE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 201136 PROFESSIONAL CLEANING SERVICESResidential Commercial Interior Windows Carpet Cleaning Jennifer Watson 239-810-6293SR 11/13 N TFN Bob AdamsResidential Renewal ServicesHandyman(Carpentry, maintenance toilets, faucets, ceiling fans, sliding doors, etc.)768-0569 or Cell 464-6460RS 11/14 M TFN Licensed & Insured 25+ years experienceCOMPANION SERVICE Sanibel-Captiva Care and Companion Service, LLC Medical appointments, general transportation, shopping, light meal preparations, and light cleaning. Our services are customized to meet our clients needs. Call 239-395-3591, or for an emergency call 239-472-0556.SR 10/3 B TFN HELLE'S CLEANING SERVICES Residential Cleaning to Satisfaction Sanibel & Captiva 239-565-0471 Sanibel Lic. #11412 Lee Co. Lic. #051047SR 11/13 B TFN DORADO PROPERTY MANAGEMENTHOME WATCH/CARE Full Range of Services Excellent Organizational Skills Island Resident Licensed & Insured 24/7 Call Lisa 239-472-8875RS 10/1 BM TFN MUSIC INSTRUCTIONSIn piano, saxophone, ute. On Sanibel/Captiva or South Fort Myers. Quali ed, experienced teacher. Call 239-989-7799RR 10/8 CC TFN HOUSE CARE While you are away by retired architect, Sanibel resident. Call 395-1649.RS 11/12 NC TFN DOCKAGEHourly, Daily, Weekly and Monthly. Captiva Island 472-5800SR 1/30 B TFN DOCK YOUR YACHT ON SANIBELPrime east end direct access dockage. Seawall, electricity, water, parking. Only minutes to the gulf! Call: 470-2866RS 12/17 CC TFN SANIBEL HOME WATCHRetired Police Captain Lives on Sanibel Will Check Your Home Weekly Very Reasonable Rates (239) 728-1971NR 9/2 BM TFN 3883 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel, Fl Phone: 239-472-3644, ext 1 Fax: 239-472-2334 www.crowclinic.orgHELP US PLEASE!!We need volunteers for: Clinic emergency patient admissions desk and baby animal feeders Visitor education center greeters and gift shop cashiers CROW (239) 472-3644, ext. 231 or volunteers@crowclinic.orgRS 10/28 NC TFN TO PLACE AN AD LOG ON: IslandSunNews.com& click on Place Classified HELP WANTEDExp. Interior Designer/Decorator Resume to Cliff@DecDen.netNS 11/25 CC 12/30 MONINO CONSTRUCTION, INC.CBC 1257406 Home Maintenance, Drywall, Tile, Paint, Carpentry. Call Luis 239-209-3979 Licensed & InsuredRR 12/9 CC 12/30 OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE700 square feet. Good Periwinkle location. Call Joe 516-972-2883. NS 12/9 PC 12/30 VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDAt The Sanibel School Call Michelle Wesley 239-910-8000RS 12/16 NC 1/6 HELP WANTEDFull time Clinic Assistant at The Sanibel School, tolls paid. Call Maureen at 472-1617. NS 12/16 NC 1/6 BUSINESS FOR SALEDowntown Fort Myers Business for sale. Owner moving out of state. For information, call 239-689-1660. $54,000RR 12/16 NC 1/6 MUSICIAN(S) WANTEDFemale jazz vocalist looking for a pianist or group of musicians to practice with for Sunday night gigs! Please call 518-796-4239.NR 12/23 CC 1/13 CASH PAID FOR MILITARY ITEMSCash Paid For Old Military Items. Medals, Swords, Uniforms, helmets, old guns, awards & more. Local Toll Free 1-866-440-3280.RR 12/23 CC 1/13 TENNIS LESSONS Tennis Lessons $35. Racquet stringing & regripping; Pick Up & Delivery (24 Hour Service). USPTA certi ed. Tony Fittipaldi 239-896-6385. RS 12/30 PC 1/13 VW CABRIO CONVERTIBLENew black canvas top, new tires, silver grey body, runs good. 85,000 miles. $4,325. Its parked in front of 200 Periwinkle Way, Unit 125, Sanibel. Email mmmgold2003@yahoo.com.NS 12/30 CC 1/20

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REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE VACATION RENTAL VACATION RENTAL ANNUAL RENTAL ANNUAL RENTAL Classifieds Classifieds Classifieds Classifieds 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 30, 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 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 DAILYFOR SALE BY OWNERSuper, well maintained house, great neighbors, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, adjacent tennis courts and pool, near beach. Negotiable. 239-482-0997 NS 12/9 CC 12/30 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 12/9 CC 12/30 The RiverEMAIL: Ads@RiverWeekly.com LOT FOR RVUp to 35 ft. in ve star resort near Bunche Beach at Palmetto Palms. 55 and over. No pets. $600 per month or $3,000 for 6 months Tel. 239-489-2360NR 12/23 CC 12/30 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 12/23 CC 12/30 ANNUAL RENTAL SANIBELCharming old Sanibel style 2 BR 1 BA house. Lighthouse end. Great neighborhood. Beach access. Available in January. 252-341-6222NR 12/23 CC 12/30 Condo. 1/1 F. 2nd Floor $900/mo. Canal Home, 3/2/den/pool/dock just off Island $2,300/mo. Updated 3/3 piling home, Tons of storage/Pool/tennis $2,200/mo.472-6747Making Islanders out of ordinary citizens for over 35 years! Gulf Beach Properties, Inc.Paul H. Zimmerman, Broker/Owner ANNUAL RENTALSSANIBEL RS 12/23 BM TFN Isabella RasiIbt Rt En Cbnt Isabella Rasi (239) 246-4716EftIsabellaRasi@aol.com RS 12/30 NC 1/20McGREGOR 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. $1,299,000BAY FRONT OPEN HOUSETHU, DEC 29 from 2 4PM FRI, DEC 30 from 12 4PM#1314 ISABEL DRIVE (Periwinkle to Bailey to Bay to Isabel) 150 Bayfront. Nearly 1/2 acre on islands most prestigious drive. Over 4000 sq. feet. 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bath, den, fam room w/stone replace, nanny quarters, formal dining. Walls of windows with bay front pool enhancing perfect water views. $2,295,000 www.1314isabeldr.com Glenn Carretta Broker Associate John R. Wood Island Real Estate Inc. 239-850-9296 www.TeamSanibel.com NR 12/30 BM 12/30 LIGHTHOUSE REALTYPaul J. Morris, Broker VACATION RENTALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & SALES 359 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island 239-579-0511NR 12/30 CC 1/20 SANIBEL HOUSE ON EAST END3,100 sq. ft., 4 bed with 3 full baths. Ground level ranch home on canal with private boat dock. Large screened, oversized pool, 2 car garage, large double lot, fully applianced. Includes yard and pool maintenance. Short walk to beach. Annual rental only. $2,950. Call 401-524-2713NR 12/30 CC 1/6 MOVING/GARAGE SALESaturday, December 31st 7:30 am 1617 Sand Castle Road, SanibelNS 12/30 PC 12/30 The River EMAIL: Ads@RiverWeekly.com

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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 30, 201138

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Punta Rassa #106Lowest Price in Development! Priced for quick sale This very attractive unit features all the beauty of this paradise surrounded by San Carlos Bay and direct access to Gulf of Mexico. All hurricane windows, easy access to renovated pool and spa area. Complex has been totally resurfaced with new asphalt. Includes social membership to Sanibel Harbour Yacht Club, new gas BBQs, tennis courts, and shuffle board. Excellent Management! Offered for $169,900 Contact Marianne Stewart 239/560-6420 1149 Periwinkle Way Sanibel, FL 33957 239/472-0176 fax 239/472-0350 www.jnaislandrealestate.com If you are interested in listing your island property, contact the islands oldest and most prominent real estate company. We get results! New Listing: East End Island Living at its FINEST!This 3/2 pool home is located on a direct access canal and is truly a must see! This Island home features high ceilings, hardwood floors throughout, over sized kitchen with stainless appliances, upgraded fixtures, granite surfaces, pantry and center island with plenty of cupboard space. Home also has a wood burning fireplace for the cool Island nights, 2 stage A/C systems (5 and 3 ton) for the hot Island days, fire pit aream 10 thousand pound boat lift, sparkling pool, deeded beach access and lush landscaping all situated on a private road. Take a leisurely stroll to the Sanibel marina and enjoy the fresh seafood at Grandma Dots restaurant. Offered for $959,000. Contact Tracy Walters Mr. Listr 239/994-7975 or Connie Walters Ms Listr 239/841-4540. Build your Dream Home in Gulf RidgeBeautifully vegetated lot very close to beach in prestigious Gulf Ridge. Last lot on right before Joewood, with adjacent community pool and tennis. Just steps from deeded beach access. Over one acre of land. Offered for $495,000 Contact Loretta Geiger 239/980-2298. The Perfect Sanibel Getaway at the Perfect PriceQuiet central location, this ground level home has been impeccably maintained. Range, refrigerator, water heater, washer, roof and garbage disposal all new in the last ve years. New AC in 2010, new plumbing in 2004. Mature foliage,well maintained yard with fenced back yard and storage shed. Offered for $329,000. Contact Ken Colter 239/851-1357 or Bob Berning 239/699-9597. Great OpportunityAuthentic Florida Honky Tonk. Live Music Daily. Three parcels and two buildings combined with a thriving restaurant and bar business. The Cracker Box is known for its great live music which reigns six nights a week, fresh seafood and homemade recipes. Take over the lucrative business or put in your own restaurant, bar or retail business. A great opportunity. Adjoining lots included in the sale. Offered for $795,000. Contact the Walters Team: Tracy Mr. Listr 239/994-7975 or Connie Ms Listr 239/841-4540 Wishing you all a Wishing you all a Happy,Healthy and Happy,Healthy and Prosperous 2012 Prosperous 2012Sleek Upscale Gated Community in South Ft. Myers6801 Stony Run has it all and more. Peaceful serene oversize lake front lot with room to stretch out, relax and enjoy Florida at its best. Tennis, boating, shaded family outings and golf all within easy access. Enjoy your private pool/hot tub while you watch eagles fly overhead. This spacious one floor 3 bedroom 3 1/2 bath home is professionally designed to flow from the family room, to the oversize eat in kitchen, formal dining room, office, den, king-size master bedroom and bath all surround by the sheltered screened enclosed pool and entertainment center. All this comfort and privacy, yet minutes from all Ft Myers has to offer. Contact George Kohlbrenner 239/565-8805. 6190 Henderson Rd.With almost 380 feet of unobstructed waterfront this property is as unique as they come. This is a corner property with bayou on the front and canal on the side, new wood seawall and dock and direct boating access..Near the Sanctuary golf course and Captiva. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home has been recently renovated. Wake up every morning with the dolphins, manatee and otters that use Dinkins Bayou as their playground and end every day with unsurpassed sunsets. Offered for $1,399,000 Contact Lorretta Geiger 239/980-2298 Blind Pass CondoThis well established, desirable, well maintained Blind Pass condo is a must see! This unit is steps away from one of the best shelling locations and secluded beaches on the Islands. This unit has great rental income and has remodeled kitchens and bathrooms. Dont miss your opportunity with this one! Offered for $499,000. Contact the Walters Team, Tracy Mr. Listr/ 994-7975 or Connie Ms Listr 239/841-4540. THE RIVER DECEMBER 30, 201140