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VOL. 11, NO. 9 MARCH 9, 2012From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort MyersRead Us Online at IslandSunNews.com Lions Shrimp Festival Gets Under WayThe 54th annual Fort Myers Beach Lions Shrimp Festival returns with a full schedule of shrimp-related activities and fun this Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11. As part of the festivities, the Matanzas Pass Bridge will be closed to traffic from 9 a.m. to noon. To kick-off the weekend, the Shrimp Festival Parade begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The two-mile long parade runs down the main street of town (Estero Boulevard) from the beach school to the county park and festival grounds on the beach. Best parade viewing spots with fewer crowds are between the Lani Kai and the Fort Myers Beach Library on Estero Boulevard. The 20th annual Shrimp Festival Food Fun & Crafts Expo, featuring more than 100 vendors, will take place on the beach from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Craft vendors will be located at the foot of the Matanzas Pass Bridge in Lynn Hall Beach Park. World famous Lions shrimp dinners will be served on the beach and pavilion from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and on Sunday from 10 a.m. until they are sold out. Shrimp is being provided by local boaters. The crowning of the 54th Shrimp Festival Queen will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday. This is an old fashioned family event with scholarships and trophies awarded to the winners on the beach at the pavilion inside the county park. Admission to all Shrimp Festival activities is free. Funds raised will go to the Fort Myers Beach Lions Foundation Charities. Visit the Beach Lions Hospitality Area in the park to make a donation or for information on becoming a Lion. The Fort Myers Beach Lions have been boiling and serving fresh gulf pink shrimp to festival attendees for more than 50 years. The secrets of perfectly cooked peel and eat shrimp have been passed from boil master to boil master through the years, as well as the secret recipe for Lions cocktail sauce. Fort Myers Beach Lions serve over 1,000 pounds of the local crustaceans every year, making the shrimp boil one of the main attractions of the festival. Lions toil and boil for two days, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., to bring the goodness of the gulf to the folks in the shrimp line. Following the two-hour beach parade held on Saturday morning, the line forms for the best and freshest seafood that continued on page 25 Pageant judging draws a big crowd every year Devin McDaniel, 2011 Shrimp Festival Queen Free Guided WalksJoin Lee County Parks & Recreation on a number of free, naturalist-led outings at local wilderness landmarks during the month of March. Morning Meander Atop The Marsh, a guided nature walk along a quarter-mile live oak loop, will be held on Saturday, March 10 at Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve in North Fort Myers. Traverse wetland, oak hammock and pine flatwoods on ADA-compliant boardwalk and trail while learning more about the birds, butterflies and plants that call this home. Visit one small section of a 1,290-acre Conservation 20/20 wilderness oasis that includes nature trails, scenic observation areas and picnic pavilions. The tour will run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Use the east entrance of Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve, at 10130 Bayshore Road, and meet in the parking lot. For more information, call 533-7455.continued on page 21Southwest Florida Reading FestivalThe Southwest Florida Reading Festival will have George Guidall as a featured presenter as well as fifth generation Fort Myers resident Woody Hanson. Guidall has recorded over 900 unabridged novels including works by Vince Flynn, Randy Wayne White and Robin Cook. He is the recipient of two Audie Awards for excellence in audiobook narration and his 40-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance Off-Broadway, and frequent television appearances. Guidall will take his audience behind the scenes of audio production. Hanson is recognized as a descendent of the first settlers of Lee County, the first surgeon in Fort Myers, a doctor called the White Medicine Man by the SeminoleMiccosukee Indians and numerous movers and shakers of the Fort Myers area. The Hanson family archives contain over 5,000 photos, some of which will be part of his Pioneers of Lee County presentation which is part of Lee Countys year-long 125th celebration. We are really excited about these two presentations, said Margie Byers, reading festival coordinator. Both of these men are exceptional speakers with fascinating information. Both men will speak at the festival on March 17 at the Harborside Event Center and Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers. The reading festival will also bring in dozens of nationally known authors from all over the country to stimulate the community with a culture of reading and literacy. The festival is a day-long event filled with fascinating author presentations, lively programs and activities for kids, the latest library technology, contests, booksellers, book signings and good food. The festival draws an average of 18,000 people annually. Some of the award-winning authors scheduled to speak include Erik Larson, Zane, Iris and Roy Johansen, Michael Palmer, Anna Godbersen and Michael Buckley. The festival is free to the public and caters to all ages. In addition to the author presentations there will be activities and entertainment, e-library demonstrations, kids and teens programs, a book for every child and a marketplace full of vendors. The reading festival is 100 percent community supported through 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 and directions are available 24 hours a day at www.readfest. org or by calling 337-READ (7323). Staggerbush flower Daylight Savings Time. Spring Forward Saturday Night.
Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And NowToledo No Springs Scales At The Royal Palm Pharmacyby Gerri ReavesIn 1920, the same year R.Q. Richards opened the Royal Palm Pharmacy on First Street in the Earnhardt Building, a clever salesman convinced him to buy some scales. When he was approached by the salesman from the Toledo Scales Company, Richards told him no. However, the salesman gave him a supposedly temporary offer he couldnt refuse. Would Richards keep the very heavy and cumbersome scales in his store for a week while he took care of some business at Lake Okeechobee? In that short time, the scales proved their worth. Customers liked them so much that Richards relented and bought them when the salesman returned. One cant help but think that the business at Lake Okeechobee was instead a tricky trial period for a reluctant customer. Anyway, over the decades, those scales weighed baseball celebrities and average customers alike. Today, they reside in the Southwest Florida Museum of History. Richards is perhaps best remembered in Fort Myers for bringing the Philadelphia Athletics to Terry Park for spring training from 1924 to 1936. In fact, the drugstore doubled as an office for the ball team and manager Connie Mack Sr. In addition to founding one of Fort Myers most popular and long-lived drugstores, Richards was the president and organizer of the Fort Myers Kiwanis in 1922. The scales, visible on the photos right edge, were conveniently located so customers could quickly weigh themselves upon entering the store. They also gave people a reason to come in the store and perhaps make an impulse purchase. The Toledo No Springs scales weighed Thomas Edison, Hendry Ford, Harvey Firestone and famous baseball players, managers and owners, including Mickey Cochran, Jimmy Foxx, Lefty Grove, Jimmy Dykes, Bing Miller, Bob Feller, Lou Boudreau, Bob Friend, Vernon Law and Bill Virdon. Local athletes from Fort Myers High School also tracked their weights free of charge. Those scales remained in the store until it closed in July 1972 and then went into service around the corner in the lobby of the Richards Building on Hendry Street. In 1945, Richards had purchased the Pythian Building and changed its name to the Richards Professional Building. He ran Richards Prescriptions on the first floor. On April 1, 1977, the scales found a home at the historical museum, which was in the organizing stages. Walk down First Street to the Earnhardt continued on page 6 Today the scales are displayed at the Southwest Florida Museum of History photo by Gerri Reaves The drugstore was located on First Street from 1920 to 1972 photo by Gerri Reaves The Toledo No Springs scales (right edge) went into in service at the Royal Palm Pharmacy in 1920, the year the business opened in the Earnhardt Building. Pictured are owner R.Q. Richards (center in white shirt), Philadelphia As owner Connie Mack Sr. (to Richards left), and Baseball Hall of Famer Bucketfoot Al Simmons (left at counter) courtesy of the Southwest Florida Museum of History 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: email@example.com. The River Weekly News reserves the right to refuse, alter or edit any editorial or advertisement.Independently Owned And Operated COPYRIGHT 2012 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 Jeff Lysiak 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 MARCH 9, 20122
3 THE RIVER MARCH 9, 2012 A Sketch Of Edison And The Development Of The Motion Pictureby John Columbus, Director, Thomas Edison Black Maria Film FestivalThat the legendary Thomas Edison played a key role in the development of the motion picture, a medium which revolutionized the way we perceive and represent the world around us, goes without saying. His vision helped liberate the creative spirit by crystallizing and applying a teamwork approach to research and development at his West Orange, New Jersey laboratory, a strategy which resulted in the medium as we know it today. In October 1888 at his laboratory, Edison announced his plan to invent an instrument which does for the eye what the phonograph does for the ear, which is the recording and reproduction of things in motion. Edisons first motion picture apparatus, developed with the assistance of his employee William K.L. Dickson, featured a series of small photographs mounted on a cylinder, not unlike that of his phonograph. The images were viewed through a microscope attached to the rotation cylinder. This original device evolved into an apparatus that employed celluloid strip film. The 35 mm film itself was obtained and co-developed through collaboration with George Eastman of the Eastman Kodak Company. After more work, patent applications were made in 1891 for a motion picture camera called a Kinetograph and Edison started making motion pictures which were exhibited in his peep hole or Kinetoscope parlors. In the winter of 1892, Edisons team constructed the Black Maria, in West Orange where today stands a full-scale replica of what was the worlds first motion picture studio. The Black Maria gained its name from its resemblance to the police paddy wagons of the period. Among the subjects filmed in the studio where The Sneeze, the copyrighted motion picture, which was also noted for the first close up, and a boxing match between James Corbett and Peter Courtney. The beautiful, somewhat risqu Serpentine Dance starring Annabelle Whitford was produced in the Black Maria. Contrary to some impressions, Edisons team also went out into the field and made documentary chronicles of continued on page 4 The Sneeze, the first copyrighted motion picture filmed at the Edison Black Maria Picture Studio Thomas Edison was a pioneer in the film industry Ma Ma Ma M rk rk rk rk et et et et o o o o pe pe pe pe n n n 7 7 7 7 7 da da d da da a ys ys ys ys ys : : : 1 11 11 11 a a a a .m .m m m . to to to to t 9 9 9 9 9 p p p p p p .m .m .m m m . Re Re R Re st st st st au au au au ra ra ra nt nt nt nt : : : Su Su Su Su n. n. n. n. T T T T T T hu hu hu hu hu hu r r. r. r r. r 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 a. a. a a. a. m. m. m. m. . m 9 9 9 9 9 9 p p p p p p p .m .m .m .m . . Fr Fr Fr i. i. i. S S S at at at at . 11 11 11 11 a a a m .m .m . 10 10 10 10 p p p .m .m .m . 17 17 65 65 5 0 0 Sa Sa n n Ca Ca Ca rl rl r os os B B B lv lv lv d. d. d. , Ft Ft t . My My My My er er er e s, s, s F F F L L L L 33 33 3 33 93 93 3 9 1 1 23 23 23 9. 9. 9 48 48 4 48 2. 2. 2. 2 67 67 67 65 65 5 | | Sh Sh Sh h oa oa ls ls s Wi Wi W Wi ne ne ne e Ba Ba Ba r. r. r. co co co m m m Locally owned, fresh and fun! MARC H MADNESS AT S H O AL S E n j o y specially priced a pp etizers an d d bevera g es all month durin g colle g e basketballs M arc h Ma d ness Watc h t h e games on our s even at-screen TVs, inc l u d in g a 70-inc h set t hat really brings the action home 12 Peel and Eat Shrimp $9 6 Chicken Wings $6 3 Beef Sliders $6 2 Empanadas $6 Avocado Dip $8 Nachos $6 Onion Rings $4 Chips and Salsa $3 Pitchers of Domestic Beer $10 SPECIALS DURING GAME TIMES ONLY ll L SPECIALSDURING Lobster Fest Every Thursday at 5
THE RIVER MARCH 9, 20124 From page 3Sketch Of Edisonreal life as it presented itself as in New Brooklyn to New York via the Brooklyn Bridge (1899. The worlds first commercial demonstration of Edisons kinetoscope took place on April 14, 1894 at the Holland Bros. arcade on Broadway in New York City, not far from where Macys stands today. By the fall of 1894, Kinetoscope parlors, also known as Nickelodeons, had opened in cities throughout the U.S. and Europe, including San Francisco, Atlantic City and London. Meanwhile, Edison failed to patent his peep hole machine in Europe which allowed two Frenchmen, Lois and Auguste Lumiere to manufacture in 1895 a more portable camera and project the Cinematographe based on Edisons machine. The Lumieres device projected films onto a screen, a development which expanded the audience for motion pictures. Among the Lumieres more noted early films were Workers Leaving A Factory and Arrival Of A Train, which caused some audiences to fear being run over by the locomotive. In response to the Lumieres, the ever resourceful Edison obtained the rights to a projector invented by C. Francis Jenkins and Thomas Armat in 1896. And in November 1897, Edison introduced his own projector, the projectoscope, or projecting Kinescope, an innovation which helped revive the lagging kinestoscope business. By 1900, the Edison Manufacturing Co. became a major producer of motion picture equipment and films. To supply the growing demand, the company sent projection crews around the world to capture unusual sights and events. These films were little more than travelogues of exotic locations, although company directors, particularly Edwin S. Porter, began to produce films with more complicated plots and narratives. In December 1903, the company released Porters popular hit, The Great Train Robbery, which had location shots filmed near Edisons laboratory in New Jersey. Many subsequent films were produced at Edisons studios in Manhattan (1901 to 1907) and the Bronx (after 1907). Around the same time other movie studios emerged and began competing with Edison. Partly in order to escape Edisons grip, eventually these studios moved many of their operations to Los Angeles, e.g. Hollywood. Soon thereafter, they came to dominate the industry. As time went on, Edison became less directly involved in the commercial side of the business, although his team continued to experiment on film technology under his tutelage. Edison led an unsuccessful effort to develop a color film process, and he conducted research on a working, if somewhat unwieldy, system to synchronize photograph recordings with motion pictures in order to produce sound films. Edison also designed equipment which allowed consumers to exhibit films in their homes. In 1912, he introduced his Home Producing Kinetoscope. This device projected Edison Co. films and, as some would argue, freed the amateur film enthusiast who had no access to commercial theater exhibit. In a later revised context, this strategy was revived by the independent film movement to which this day remains the inspiration for the Black Maria Film Festival. Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Edison State College will host the 31st Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival, March 30 and 31 at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, call 334-7419. Visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org for additional details. Kiwanis Club To Celebrate 90 Years Of ServiceThe Fort Myers Kiwanis Club will celebrate their 90th year of service to the community at their meeting on Wednesday, April 25 at noon. The club, chartered in 1922 with 51 members, is currently known for the Thomas Alva Edison Kiwanis Regional Science and Engineering Fair, Kiwanis Park located in the Downtown Fort Myers River District and the World Atlas and Blessing in a Backpack projects at Edgewood Elementary. As one of the oldest community service organizations in Southwest Florida, the Fort Myers Kiwanis Club has several historic past members including RQ Richards, who was instrumental in bringing the Philadelphia Athletics to Terry Park for spring training, thus launching the baseball tradition in Lee County. The current slate of Fort Myers Kiwanis officers include Nathan Fred Shaw, owner of www.healthfortunehappiness.com, as club president; Lee County Commissioner Ray Judah as presidentelect; Carolyn Engvalson, legal assistant at Roberts & Engvalson, P.A., as secretary; and Rob Underberg, optometrist, as treasurer. Fort Myers Kiwanis is looking for more service-minded individuals and business professionals who would like to make a direct impact on the community through volunteering. Meetings are held every Wednesday at noon in Fort Myers historic Kiwanis Hall, 1634 Woodford Avenue. For details on joining the Fort Myers Kiwanis Club, visit www.fortmyerskiwanis. org or contact Nathan Fred Shaw at 2971551 or firstname.lastname@example.org. AAUW LuncheonThe American Association of University Women (AAUW) will host a luncheon on Saturday, March 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the Royal Palm Yacht Club in Fort Myers. The speaker will be author Karna Bodman. Admission is $18. The public is welcome. RSVP to Sondra Marshall at 4374570. 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5 THE RIVER MARCH 9, 2012Lee County Team To Compete In BBQ Cook-offTeams from the Boca Grande Fire Department, Lee County Emergency Medical Services, North Fort Myers Fire Department, and Tice Fire Department will compete against a team from DeSoto County Fire Rescue in a barbecue rib cookoff at the DeSoto County Historical Societys 8th annual Pioneer Day festival. The event is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 17 at DeSoto Park, on State Road 70 just west of Arcadia. The festival is an official Florida Heritage Month event (www.floridaheritagemonth.com). The offices of Governor Rick Scott and Secretary of State Ken Detzner have designated March 15 through April 15 as a monthlong celebration of the cultural heritage of Florida. Bebe Jackson, chairman of the Pioneer Day committee, said, Our Pioneer Day is a perfect fit for Florida Heritage Month. We are honored and proud that DeSoto Countys history will be part of the states celebration. The festival will offer demonstrations of old-fashioned skills, such as woodwork, soapmaking, quilting, candle-dipping, basket-making, blacksmithing, and churning butter with cream donated by the Dakin Family Dairy in Myakka City and biscuits to sample the butter. Also featured will be whip crackers, musical entertainment, legendary characters and a skit, a frontier shootout, vintage cars, antique engines, a classic fire truck, Florida native plants, and animals, with pony rides for the children. Many volunteers will be dressed in period costume, helping to recreate Floridas frontier era. The free Discover History childrens area will have a pitcher pump for water, cane pole fishing, a scrub board and wash pot, orange juicing, handkerchief dolls, writing with a dip pen, and other handson experiences, plus old-fashioned toys and classic games. Mosaic is hosting a fossil dig and offering tours of the educational displays in the Mosaic Express bus. Jackson said, Well have lots of special and traditional Florida food, such as cane syrup, homemade jams and jellies, boiled peanuts, swamp cabbage and strawberry shortcake. But you really want to save room for the barbecued ribs. DeSoto Countys finest will compete with teams from Lee County for first, second, and third place trophies by cooking the most mouth-watering, lip-smacking, finger-licking sweet and tangy ribs ever! For information, contact Bebe Jackson at 863-494-6607. Luminaries Of The Year Hodges University announced that it has selected longtime Fort Myers residents Wayne and Mavis Miller as its 2012 Luminaries of the Year award recipients. The annual award will be presented during a luncheon on Thursday, March 29 at Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort and Spa. The Luminary Award recognizes local citizens who personify societys most valued human characteristics and thus have moved society in a positive way, serving as distinguished examples of the virtues of perseverance, honesty, moral character and charity. It is an honor to recognize two people whose dedication to the Lee County area has had a profound effect upon the landscape of this community, said Philip M. Memoli, vice president of University Advancement for Hodges University. Wayne and Mavis have generously given of their time and talents in order to help build a strong community, and have done so for over half a century. Their dedication to many important projects and worthy causes makes them true Luminaries, and we are pleased to recognize them for all that they have achieved. Residents of Fort Myers since 1956, Wayne and Mavis Miller have worked tirelessly in making Lee County the vibrant community it is today. As a young engineer, T. Wayne Miller, Jr. was employed to direct a county-wide permanent mosquito control program funded by the Florida State Board of Health. After a consolidation of the local districts, Wayne was appointed director of the Lee County Mosquito Control District (LCMCD), a position he held for 38 years. His vision and planning led to cutting edge control techniques, research, and education programs, making the LCMCD one of the leading mosquito control programs in the world. Since moving to Lee County, Mavis Miller has been a dedicated worker and supporter of First Baptist Church of Fort Myers. She also studied to become a registered real estate broker and graduate from the Realtors Institute. She launched a successful business career in the late 1970s working as a real estate agent and investor. Both Wayne and Mavis have a storied history of giving back to the community. As a proud and dedicated Rotarian, Wayne has been a member of perfect attendance in the Rotary Club of Fort Myers for 55 years, serving as president in 1976. He has coordinated activities for the Community Easter Sunrise Service in Fort Myers, the annual Community Prayer Breakfast, and has served in a wide variety of offices at First Baptist of Fort Myers. Both Wayne and Mavis have served as president/CEO and trustee respectively of the John E. and Aliese Price Foundation, helping fund dozens of local charities. Mavis is a life member of the Edison State College Foundation, and is a member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way of Lee County and the Tiffany Circle Society of Women leaders of the American Red Cross. Wayne and Mavis join a growing list of those honored for their contributions to the community. Previous Luminary Award recipients include Francis and Sam Bailey (2011) and Dr. Veronica Shoemaker (2010). For more information on ticket reservations or sponsorship opportunities, call Alyssa DeLora at 938-7826 or visit www. hodges.edu. Caton to Speak At Womens LunchAuthor Julie B. Caton will be speaking at a womens luncheon on Tuesday, March 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Drive in Naples. A resident of Oakfield, New York, Caton will be available to sign copies of her novel, White Heart. The luncheon price for guests is $7 per person, and the price of White Heart is $14 (a special for the luncheon). Her lecture topic is Her Story, My Story and Your Story. Trapped in the extravagance and the artifice of the French court during the reign of the Sun King, Louis the XIV, Madeleine de Roybon DAllone becomes desperate for an escape. When the king himself offers her the opportunity to flee to the New World, Madeleine eagerly accepts. Madeleine soon embarks on a new life in Ontario, but the trials of her past are not so easily left behind. Life on the frontier is fraught with its own opportunities and danger. Madeleine explores roles such as teacher to the Hurons, lady voyageur, and proprietor of a fur-trading post on Lake Ontario. Yet when the Iroquois attack her homestead and take her captive, her life and spiritual faith change forever. Based on the actual life of Madeleine de Roybon DAllone, White Heart is a compelling story of faith, love, and recovery. For more information, contact Traci Jones at 888-361-9473 or firstname.lastname@example.org. SEAFOOD RESTAURANTSince 1962 16910 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 239.466.4344LUNCH Mon-Fri from 11am-3 pm DINNER Mon & Tue from 5-10pm Wed Sat from 5-11pm Sat from 5pm-12am Reservations Recommended LIVE MUSIC 6 NIGHTS PER WEEKFind us on Facebook or go to: wix.com/crackerboxrestaurant/2 LIVE MUSICTHU: Jesse Allen Band 8pm FRI: Live Jazz with Jesse Allen and Friends 8pmSAT: Jim & Cracker Box Band 8pmMON: Pain-n-grass 7pm TUE: Jesse Allen 7pm WED: The Last Resort 8pmBlack Maria Film Festival ReturnsThe Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Edison State College will host the Annual Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival for a sixth season. The award winning festival will be held on March 30 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and on March 31 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Edison State Colleges Lee campus. The festival has been touring the nation for 31 years and is hosted by museums and colleges throughout the country and showcases independent and experimental film and video. The films include a variety of contemporary works drawn from the annual juried selection of award winning films and videos. The Black Maria is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an Academy Awards qualifying festival for short films. Tickets are currently on sale at the Edison Ford ticket office. Ticket prices for March 30 are $5 for Edison Ford members and Edison State students and $8 for nonmembers. For March 31, Edison State students are free, with the general public admitted for $8. Discounted ticket for both nights is $15. For more information and updates, visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org, www. edison.edu or www.blackmariafilmfestival.org. In the event of rain on March 30, the festival will be held inside the Edison Ford Invention Museum, with limited seating available. Purchasing tickets prior to event is recommended. The Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival will be held on the Ford Estate on March 30 and Edison State College on March 31
THE RIVER MARCH 9, 20126 Hortoons Dorothy Rodwell, LMFTLicensed Psychotherapist11615 Chitwood Drive, Suite 120 Fort Myers239-851-7166 Helping you liberate your mind and go where you are joyfulMOAA To Hold March MeetingThe Lee Coast chapter of MOAA (Military Officers Association of America) will hold its March dinner meeting at the Crown Colony Golf and Country Club in Fort Myers on Monday, March 12 at 6 p.m. for cocktails and 6:45 p.m. for dinner. The guest speaker will be Captain Todd Schapler, USN, Deputy Chief of Current Operations, U.S. Central Command in Tampa. His topic will be current CENTCOM priorities. CENTCOM is Americas forward arm in the Middle East and Southwest Asia. Members should make their reservations through the chapter website at www.leecoastmoaa.org/. Former, retired or active duty uniformed officers who are interested in joining MOAA should contact Joe Smaha at 395-0776 for membership information. Special Occasion Expo At CCYCCome see the largest Special Occasion Expo in Cape Coral on Sunday, March 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cape Coral Yacht Club. More than 30 vendors will be on hand to help meet all your special occasion needs. Planning a wedding, quinceanera, anniversary party or other special event? Find all the professionals who can assist you together in one place, including caterers, florists, photographers and more. There will be door prizes awarded throughout the day. Admission is $2 per person. Interested vendors should call 5740806 to register for a table. Cape Coral Yacht Club is located at 5819 Driftwood Parkway in Cape Coral. For more information, contact Coby Palmer at email@example.com or 5740806. Letter Carrier Returns Large Sum Of Money Postal worker Ray Maurillo spotted a wallet in the street last Wednesday afternoon while delivering mail off of Country Club Boulevard in Cape Coral. The 40-year veteran letter carrier collected the wallet to check inside for identification. The wallet contained a large amount of cash and a drivers license. Maurillo immediately drove to the address on the drivers license and returned the wallet to the mother of the young man who had lost it. Maurillo is a dedicated letter carrier who well represents the integrity of the United States Postal Service employees. From page 2Toledo ScalesBuilding to see the spot where countless people tracked their weight on the Royal Palm Pharmacys Toledo scales. Then stroll a few blocks to the Southwest Florida Museum of History at 2031 Jackson Street to see the scales that played a part in downtown history. For information, call 321-7430 or go to www.swflmuseumofhistory.com. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Be sure to put the Southwest Florida Historical Society on your research itinerary. Comb the archives for forgotten stories and for clues to historical mysteries. The all-volunteer non-profit organization is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard on the campus of the Lee County Alliance for the Arts. Contact the society at 939-4044, or drop by on Wednesday or Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon. Sources: The archives of the Southwest Florida Historical Society and The Story of Fort Myers by Karl H. Grismer. To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732 Send your editorial copy to:firstname.lastname@example.org
THE RIVER MARCH 9, 20127 Su n 10% OFF LUNCH 10% OFF LUNCH BILL ONLY. ONE COUPON PER TABLE Can not be used with any other offer. 18% Gratuity may be added to bill before discount. 11am 3pm, Expires Mar., 16, 2012 1131 1st St., Ft. Myers Beach www.nervousnellies.net GPS COORDINATES: FREE MARINA DOCKAGE with Dock Attendants Assistance Where its Happy Hour all the time!!! Snacks in Between 11am-10pmJoin Us St. Pattys Day! The Areas Largest St Pattys Day Celebration...Over 1000lbs of Corned Beef! Sheperds Pie! Bangers and Mash! Fish and Chips, Irish Eggrolls and More!! Live Music ALLDAY!!HUGE OUTDOOR CONCERT STARTING AT NOON TIL 10PMFEATURING THE STONES And Local Bands FAMILY FUN!!! Junior Leagues Family Fun DayThe Junior League of Fort Myers created a special day called Family Fun Day for the children in Hope HealthCare Services Partners in Care program. The event featured cookie decorating, face painting, family photos and crafts. About 50 children and their families attended the third annual event for the Junior League and Hope. Hopes Partners In Care: Together For Kids program provides pain and symptom management; in-home care; counseling; expressive therapies; and respite care. The Junior League of Fort Myers, Inc., a member of the Association of Junior League international, Inc., is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, 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. Hope HealthCare Services provides person centered care through many coordinated care programs for people with serious illness and their families. Rachael Bender learns new crafts Katia Robinson-Lucero, Gloria Catano and Sebastian Catano check out their faux tattoos Barbary Coast Dixieland Band Come and enjoy the sounds of the Barbary Coast Dixieland Band on Sunday, March 11 at Peace Lutheran Church, 15840 McGregor Blvd. (one mile east of the Tanger Outlet Mall). Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the performance will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are selling fast at $15 each (cash or check only) and are available at the church on Sundays between services. Monday to Friday, tickets can be picked up at the church office between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. If any tickets remain, they may be purchased at the door on March 11. Bring your family, friends and neighbors for a fun and entertaining afternoon of Dixieland music. Call 437-2599 for more information.
THE RIVER MARCH 9, 20128 Along The RiverOn Saturday, March 10 from 12 to 10 p.m., Paul Jennings Ministries presents the second annual Praise Fest at Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers. Gates open at 11 a.m. The event is $10 for the entire day (children under 12 are free) and includes live performances from several of the areas top Christian musical artists, raffles and give-aways. Bring a chair or a blanket. No coolers, please. Proceeds from Praise Fest help benefit The Salvation Army. Everyone is encouraged to bring a canned food item or clothing to help the Salvation Army. For more information, contact email@example.com. On Saturday evening, the public is invited to Shell Point for a live show by The MozART Group in concert. The string quartet consists of well educated instrumentalists who graduated from prestigious academies of music in Warsaw and Lodz, but they decided to play classical music in a humorous way, la Victor Borge. They created a worldwide unique musical cabaret, where the music not the words is the source of joy and laughter. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $36 per person. Shell Point is located at 15100 Shell Point Boulevard, Fort Myers. For tickets, call 454-2067. Bike Night returns to downtown Fort Myers historic River District on Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. The Saturday night event is held bi-monthly and features live music on multiple stages, vending by hand picked merchants, and a bike show on First Street. Downtown Fort Myers is a newly renovated, brick paved cityscape featuring world class bars, restaurants, art galleries, tattoo shops and more. All bikes are welcome. For more information about Downtown Fort Myers Bike Night, call 855-RDAEVENTS (732-3836) or go to www.downtownfortmyersbikenight.com. On Sunday, March 11 at 11 a.m., BIG ARTS in Sanibel is screening live via satellite Le Corsaire, performed by the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. Admission is $20. The ballet follows Medora, a young Greek girl, and Conrad, a dashing pirate, as they journey through a tapestry of dramatic events, culminating in a shipwreck considered to be one of ballets most dazzling spectacles. A reviewer from The New York Times writes, The final scene has one scenic masterstroke after another. Moonlight upon the Mediterranean, then the corsairs shipfilling most of the stage with characters on board, trumped by thunder, lightning, storm, rising waves, and the boat splitting before our eyes: the kind of special effect that in recent decades has belonged to film alone. The digital projection system BIG ARTS has installed for this program is the same as that used by Pixar, NFL and Disney Studios. All opera and ballet in cinema screenings are presented in surround sound and high-definition. BIG ARTS is located at 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. Call 395-0900 or go to www. BIGARTS.org. On Sunday at sunset (7:30 p.m.), the New Church of Southwest Florida is holding Barefoot Church at Newton Park, 4650 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach. The New Church of Southwest Florida welcomes all to a worship experience rooted in spiritual ecology near the womb of creation. Bring a chair or blanket. Donations or food items for the churchs Emergency Food Pantry are gratefully accepted. The New Church of Southwest Florida is located 10811 Sunset Plaza Circle #401, Fort Myers, behind Zoomers. The Rev. Gabriella Cahaley officiates worship services on Sundays at 11 a.m. during the season. Call 481-5535 or go to www.newchurchflorida.com. The MozART Group play classical music la Victor Borge A scene from the Bolshoi Ballets Le Corsaire A NIGHT FOR LIFE V A NIGHT FOR LIFE VDinner Show to Bene t ORGAN TRANSPLANT RECIPIENTS ORGAN TRANSPLANT RECIPIENTS OF SW FLORIDA, INC. OF SW FLORIDA, INC.Buffet Dinner Silent, Chinese & Live AuctionsMarch 26, 2012Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, Fort MyersTickets: $35 & $50 VIP seating Silent Auction begins 5:00 p.m. Buffet begins 5:30 p.m.For Tickets & Info: 239-768-1814www.organsupport.org501c3 NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Music by The Del Prados Comedy by BJ Odom 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. Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702or email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE RIVER MARCH 9, 20129 Catholic Charities Emerald Ball Tickets On SaleTickets are now on sales for Catholic Charities of Collier Countys 28th annual Emerald Ball, to be held on the religious feast day of St. Patricks Day, Saturday, March 17 at The Ritz Carlton Tiburon in Naples. This signature annual event is the charitys largest fundraiser to support the mission of Catholic Charities benefiting individuals and families in need of social and human services in Collier County. Dr. Francisco and Ruth Smith are the 2012 Emerald Ball Committee cochairs. The George & Theresa Corbett Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mack are the lead sponsors for the event. Guests will enjoy dinner and dancing as well as live and silent auctions. This years auction offerings include Bishop Dewane as your guest of honor at a special occasion or dinner with your family and friends, a week in a five bedroom villa in Provence, France, seven days and six nights for two couples at the Vineyard Hideaway on The Estate of Benovia Winery in the Russian River Valley, one week aboard The World Ship, a trip for two to Ireland and a three-year lease on a 2012 Smart Passion Coupe from Mercedes-Benz of Naples. Tickets are $250 per person. For tickets for more information, call Michelle at 455-2655 or visit www.catholiccharitiescc.org. Emerald Ball auction items include a trip to Ireland, including a stay at the world famous, centuries-old, historically preserved Dromoland Castle Dr. Francisco and Ruth Smith are the 2012 Emerald Ball Committee co-chairs 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 Republican WomenThe Lee County Republican Womens Club (chartered) will conduct an evening dinner meeting at the Crowne Plaza Holiday Inn, located at 13052 Bell Tower Drive in Fort Myers, on Tuesday, March 13. Social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the dinner and program following at 6:30 p.m. Featured speakers will include candidates for the office of Lee County Sheriff: Tim Fisher and incumbent Sheriff Mike Scott. For more information and reservations, call 574-2571. Renner Foundation Annual FundraiserThe Pete Renner Foundation will hold its 9th annual fundraiser on Sunday, March 11 at the Lani Kai Resort on Fort Myers Beach. It will be an all-day event with a hog roast and entertainment second to none. Appearing at the event are the legendary Cincinnati Firefighters with their first day of a two-week engagement at the Lani Kai, with daily shows at 1:30 p.m. You do not want to miss this show; catch as many as you can! Also appearing will be A-200, DVS and The Bastard Suns, from Atlanta, georgia, with all original music that will keep you hopping all night, ending with a fireworks show that will blow you away. The Pete Renner Foundation is still looking for a child in the Lee and Collier county area, to benefit. If you know of a child with a life threatening illness, call Tim Renner at 994-0299. Fashion ShowSing a Song is the annual fashion show fundraiser being held by the Fort Myers Republican Womens Club Federated on Tuesday, March 20, at The Helm Club, The Landings, South Fort Myers. Fashions by Dillards will be featured, with club members serving as the models. The event replaces the regular monthly business meeting. The public is invited to attend. The days activities include a card party beginning at 10 a.m. Donations for door prizes, raffle items, and the silent auction are being accepted. Information on these items may be obtained by contacting Elizabeth Nicholson, 489-3483. A social hour and silent auction begin at 11 a.m. The fashion show and luncheon begin at noon. Tickets are $30. Reservations are required by Thursday, March 15, and may be made by contacting Tina Laurie, 489-4701. The Fort Myers Republican Womens Club is affiliated with the Florida Federation of Republican Women and the National Federation of Republican Women. 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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. Sunday: 11 a.m. Kids Intangible Gifts sessions, kindergarten through sixth grade Unitarian Summer: 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 ALL SAINTS BYZANTINE RITE CATHOLIC CHURCH 10291 Bayshore Rd., N. Fort Myers Divine Liturgy is on Sun. at 10:30 a.m.; Rosary begins at 10 a.m. Lenten services (Presancti ed Liturgy) will be on Wed. evenings at 6 p.m. starting on Feb. 22. Administrator is Very Rev. Peter Lickman, ph. 305-651-0991. We are a Church of the Eastern Catholic or Byzantine Rite, 1.5 mi. east of Int. 75. 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. 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. Reverendt Ted Althouse, Pastor email@example.com 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 8 and 11 a.m. Sunday Traditional Service 9:30 a.m. Praise Service 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 Group MESSIAH REFORMED CHURCH Worship Gathering Sunday 10 a.m. Pastor Alan Bondar Fort Myers Villas Civic Association Bldg. 2306 Sunrise Blvd. Fort Myers 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 and refreshments after service. firstname.lastname@example.org, 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: Stu Austin and Howard Biddulph 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 274-1230. 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 9:45 a.m. Traditional Worship 11:15 a.m. Contemporary Worship Phone 267-7400 Fax 267-7407 Web site: peacecommunitychurch.com e-mail: email@example.com PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH Saturday, Worship 5 p.m. Sunday, Worship8 and 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays during Lent soup dinner at 5:30 p.m., Compline Service at 7 p.m. Peace is a member of the ELCA. We celebrate weekly communion with traditional liturgy, organ and choir. 15840 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, 437-2599, www.peaceftmyers.com, firstname.lastname@example.org REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH 3950 Winkler Ext., Fort Myers, 274-0143 8:15 and 10:15 a.m. Sunday Services Daily early learning center/day care RIVER OF LIFE ASSEMBLY OF GOD 21580 River Ranch Rd, Estero 239-495-0400 Senior Pastor: Todd Weston 8 and 9:45 a.m Services; 11:30 a.m. Legacy Service, multi-generational 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: email@example.com Cantorial soloist: Lawrence Dermer Temple educator: Dale Cohen, MaEd, RJE 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.comcontinued on page 11THE RIVER MARCH 9, 201210
THE RIVER MARCH 9, 201211 CommunityThrift Stor e CommunityThrift Stor e Miners Plazaat the corner of McGregor Blvd. & GladiolusFurniture Clothing Housewares Art/Antiques Appliances Building Supplies Collectibles225-6529in the old Kiwanis thrift store location, next to Planet Fitness Womens Clothing(excluding boutique)Only$1During March 50%OffMugs & BooksDuring MarchOpen Tuesday through Saturday from 9amto4pm 15501 Old McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33908Lucky MarchSAVINGS From page 10Churches/TemplesAffiliated: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 433-0201, Web site: www.tjswfl.org Affiliated: United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism THE CHABAD LUBAVITCH OF SW FLORIDA ORTHODOX 5620 Winkler Road, Fort Myers Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz 433-7708, E-mail: email@example.com 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 10811 Sunset Plaza Circ. #401, behind Zoomers. Rev. Gabriella Cahaley officiates worship services on Sundays at 11 a.m. during the season. Other worship events are held on the beach in Fort Myers Beach. See our webpage http://www.newchurchflorida.com/ or call for more information 239-481-5535. 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 Reverend 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. Health Screenings At St. Peter ChurchLife Line Screening will be at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Fort Myers Beach on Thursday, March 8, offering five safe, painless, non-invasive preventive health screenings that are typically not a part of a routine physical: carotid artery blockage (stroke); atrial fibrillation; abdominal aortic aneurysm; peripheral arterial disease; and osteoporosis (bone loss). The screenings take 60 to 90 minutes to complete. The results, which are mailed directly to you, will help you and your doctor protect your health. To be more proactive about your health and live longer for yourself, your family and your community, you can learn your risk of having stroke or vascular disease. Prices range from $129 to $159. St. Peter Lutheran Church is located at 3751 Estero Blvd. in Fort Myers Beach. Call 1-888-653-6441 to register or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/ community-partners to schedule your appointment. Organ Concert At Peace LutheranPeace Lutheran Church in Fort Myers Beach will present an organ concert with Richard D. Jaeggi on Friday, March 16 beginning at 7 p.m. Guests are invited to join Jaeggi, director of music, organist and choir director, as he displays the enchanting characteristics of this wonderful instrument while he performs some of the great organ music of the church such as Bachs Prelude, Fugue in B Minor, Dupres Prelude Fugue in G Minor and more. A wine and cheese reception will follow the organ concert. A free will offering to benefit PLC Music Department will be accepted. Peace Lutheran Church is located at 15840 McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers. For more information, call 437-2599 or visit www.peaceftmyers.com. Participate In Weekend Of OneThis years Weekend of One will raise awareness and mobile action against hunger. The Harry Chapin Food Bank is organizing the March 23, 24 and 25 weekend with its faith partners to help spread the word and raise funding to support the purchase and distribution of food throught Southwest Florida. For every $1 donated, the food bank can distribute $6 worth of food. Faith partners will talk about hunger and encourage each person to donate at least $1 during their weekend services. This years Weekend of One will be held Friday through Sunday, March 23 to 25. Faith-based organizations throughout Southwest Florida are asked to contact Bedzaida Bryen at the Harry Chapin Food Bank at 334-7007 ext. 141 for additional information and a commitment to participate. Last year, 16 faith-based groups participated by informing their congregations about the food bank and asking their congregations to donate $1 each. Since not all faiths meet on the same weekend day, it is Weekend of One. In 2011, more than $6,000 was collected, which translated into $36,000 worth of food that could be purchased. The following faith-based churches, houses of worship, synagogues, temples and organizations participated last year: All Faiths Unitarians, Cape Coral First United Methodist, Temple ShalomNaples, Temple Beth El, Word of Life, First Baptist Church, Peace Lutheran Church, United Universalist, Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church, Faith Presbyterian Church, Unity Church of Peace, Unitarian Universalist, Fellowship of Charlotte County, Blanchard House Museum, Temple Beth-El Punta Gorda and St. Marks Missionary Baptist Church. Today in the United States, over 50 million people are going hungry. Places of worship and local charities are often the first places families turn to when they require food assistance. Around Southwest Florida, faith partners work in local communities to provide food to neighbors in need. Together, the food bank and the faith-based organizations work to advocate for hungry families and urge our nations leaders to strengthen anti-hunger programs. To contribute financially to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, contact 334-7007 or visit www.harrychapinfoodbank.org. Israel Fest Date, Venue ChangeThe date for Israel Fest has been moved to Sunday, April 22 and the venue has been changed to the Jewish Federation Building, at 9701 Commerce Center Court in Fort Myers, located off Bass Road and Summerlin Road near the Lexington Country Club. Israel Fest will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. and the entrance fee will be $2 for ages 13 and over. For additional information, contact Ted Epstein at 249-0699 or LChayim18@ comcast.net. To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732
THE RIVER MARCH 9, 201212 Golden Apple Educators SurprisedSix Lee County public school teachers were surprised in their classrooms by The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Golden Apple Major Sponsors, their administrators and colleagues and were presented with the prestigious Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program Golden Apple Award. Each year, the Golden Apple Program recognizes teacher who represent outstanding performance in their profession. The teachers who received the traditional surprise visits in their schools are: Billy Lansberry, 9-12th grade teacher at North Fort Myers High Heather Millican, 8th grade teacher at Cypress Lake Middle Charles OConnor, 8th grade teacher at Lexington Middle Laura Reed, Pre-K teacher at Dr. Carrie D. Robinson Littleton Elementary Eric Riemenschneider, 9-12th grade teacher at Fort Myers High Kim Smith, 4th grade teacher at North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts It has been 25 years of celebrating outstanding teachers in Lee County District schools. Once again, we have six teachers who shine and are representative of the qualities we want in those who have such a profound impact on our greatest asset, our children, said Marshall Bower, president and CEO of The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools. This years Golden Apple teachers were chosen after going through an extensive selection process which began in September with a community-wide invitation to nominate teachers deserving of special recognition. The final six teachers were selected after completing a three-step process: completion of a comprehensive application; observation of their classroom teaching skills; and personal interview by the Golden Apple Selection Committee. Selection criteria covered both the art and science of teaching, focusing on effective communication of subject matter, deep concern for students needs and the ability to inspire love of learning. Each recipient receives a gold apple, $3,000 cash award, a professionally designed gold apple lapel pin and membership in the Academy of Teachers, the ongoing element of the Golden Apple program. The Academy, created to provide these teachers with continuing opportunities for developing and using their skills, will now have 140 members. The school of the Golden Apple teacher receives a check for $500. The six will be guests of honor at the 25th Annual Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Banquet on Friday, April 13 at the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers. This elegant, black-tie preferred affair is a celebration of teaching. At the Banquet, the community will recognize the Lee County Golden Apple teachers, the 27 finalists, 70 teachers of distinction and the 140 members of the Academy of Teachers. Rebroadcast of the Golden Apple Banquet will air Saturday, April 21 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 29 at noon on WINK-TV. Tickets for the Golden Apple Banquet are on sale to the public at a price of $150. Charles OConnor Eric Riemenschneider Heather Millican Billy Lansberry Laura Reed Kim Smith Host Of Nikons Birding Adventure At Nature FestivalA unique blend of information and adventure finds its way to Southwest Florida on Saturday, March 10 as James Currie, host of Nikons Birding Adventures, shares his expertise and experience at East County Water Control Districts inaugural Harns Marsh Wings Over Water Festival. This free nature festival is designed to help the public discover the beauty of Southwest Floridas water, land and wildlife. As host and producer of Nikons Birding Adventures, Currie explores the best exotic birding destinations on the planet; the most unusual, rare and highly sought after bird species; amazing cultures and wildlife. The program is the first to focus on destination and adventure bird watching. The fourth season of Birding Adventures airs on NBC Sports. Currie, a life-long birder and rare bird expert, has many years experience in the birding and wildlife tourism arenas. He has contributed to several publications, including the acclaimed Southern African Birdfinder. He has trawled the pine flat-woods of South Florida for the rare red-cockaded woodpecker and crept through the undergrowth of moist, primary rainforest in Madagascar in search of bizarre groundrollers. Currie will keynote the two-day festival at 1:30 p.m, on Saturday, March 10 at Harns Marsh. Harns Marsh is located in the eastern portion of Lee County off Sunshine Boulevard in Lehigh Acres. In the early 1980s, the water control district transformed the 578-acre farmland into an active stormwater facility helping to filter water and reduce flooding to the Orange River. The water control structures have helped create a lush habitat for snail kites, limpkin and more than 140 species of animals. Community members and visitors are encouraged to participate in the festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 10. Visit with environmental organizations from across southwest Florida. They can experience nature through guided walks and try their luck at spotting a snail kite at Lee County Bird Patrols observation stations. They can learn about the wonders of the natural environment and get tips in bird identification from Vince McGrath; uncover the secrets of fossil digging with Bill Shaver and Clyde Dabbs, and learn about the wonders of birding with Currie For more information, visit www.wingsoverwaterfestival.com. 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THE RIVER MARCH 9, 201213 OUR PATIENTS CANT PAY THEIR BILLS BUT YOU CAN HELP INSURE THE ANIMALS AT CROW CROW Join CROW for Walk on Walk on the the Wild Side Wild Side March 30, 2012 8am For more information, visit www.crowclinic.org or phone 472-3644 ext. 229Go 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:thanks for helping insure the care and feeding of our patients CROW Case Of The Week: Abducted Babiesby Patricia MolloyThe staff at CROW is currently feeding and caring for a number of baby squirrels (including the four pictured here), Eastern cottontail bunnies and two mourning dove fledgling; all of which arrived in perfect health. On January 26, two pinkies arrived at the clinic from Cape Coral. The tiny squirrels had no fur and their eyes were still closed. They were immediately tube fed Fox Valley formula, a milk replacer specifically designed for baby squirrels, Eastern cottontails and opossums. Once old enough to suckle, the babies were placed on a feeding schedule of every three hours. As soon as the squirrels are weened and eating solid food, they will be transferred outside. CROW hopes to release them within three months. Baby animals are frequently brought to CROW by well-meaning citizens after discovering what they believe to be an abandoned nest. While it is easy to understand the desire to help a seemingly defenseless little creature, resist the urge. Instead of scooping up a wild bird or mammal and rushing it to the clinic, stop and observe. As Dr. Heather noted, it is very likely that its mother is nearby and will return within 24 hours. If you find a baby that is in immanent danger of a predator attack while waiting for its mom to return, it may be acceptable to intervene. CROW suggests placing the little one in a faux nest (cardboard box or pet carrier), making sure that it is well ventilated, and attaching it to a nearby tree. If you have questions, contact the clinics call center and speak with one of its knowledgeable staff members, such as Gareth Johnson, a first responder in patient admissions. As skilled as the wildlife rehabilitators at CROW are, nothing can replace moms tender loving care. Use common sense before breaking up a happy, healthy home. 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. Call 472-3644 or visit www.crowclinic.org. These squirrels are nearing the stage where they will move to one of CROWs outside enclosures which replicate a more natural environmentPhoto courtesy of CROW These little ones will miss out on learning how to hunt and forage from their mother
THE RIVER MARCH 9, 201214 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 Get Ready For A Tarponby Capt. Matt MitchellDespite a crazy windy weekend, conditions on the water this week were very springlike. With our water temperature continuing to climb and now hitting the mid-70s, fishing is roughly a month ahead of schedule Its great to see things heating up so fast and fishing getting better and better every day. Even small, fast-moving cold fronts dont seem to slow things down. During periods of south or southwest winds, mangrove fishing was really going off. Late day high tides got up extra high due to the wind direction and had the redfish and even a few snook chewing well. Most wind blown keys or mangrove points held a few keeper-size reds. The key was not staying in a non-productive spot very long. Often, just moving 50 yards down a shoreline would make all the difference in the world. Generally, when red-fishing I will only give a spot five to 10 minutes before moving on. The redfish bait of choice continues to be shrimp, although I did catch a few on shiners this week. Mangrove shorelines around Fosters Point and just south of Cabbage Key gave up some of the bigger reds on my boat this week. One sure sign that things are warmer than usual are all the small blacktip sharks that have showed up out on the flats. Several times while I was trout fishing this week, the hard fighting hungry sharks moved in and really wrecked some rigs, Once we switched over to a short piece of steel leader on the light trout tackle, we had a blast. The sharks certainly made a nice change from the usual trout action. We also caught some of the first Spanish mackerel of the year, which I have seen out on the deeper grass flats in the fiveto eight-foot range. Feeding birds out on the flats will show you the action areas. Red Light Shoal and Captiva Rocks were among the places it was happening. Throwing spoons and soft plastic jigs around these feeding birds will quickly let you know what is feeding. Sea trout action also keeps getting better and better. Many trout over 20 inches were caught on my boat this week. Clean, clearwater flats from Redfish Pass to Boca Grande held lots of big healthy trout. Working Cajun Thunder popping corks with live shiners in the sandholes made for non-stop action. Grass edges of deeper sand channels were also places to be. At one point, I had a client catch six trout in six casts, all 20 inches or better. Some sandholes are loaded up and some are void of any trout. We certainly have some trout down in the southern end of the sound too but the bigger ones seem to be more plentiful up closer to the passes. Sheepshead fishing around the passes seems to be slowing down some. Although the sheepshead are still there, the size and numbers are decreasing, Each little cold front seems to bring in a few more of these spawning fish. Warming water temperatures will wrap up this fishery sooner rather than later. Our near shore wrecks should continue to produce some of the bigger sheepshead for at least a few more weeks. For almost two weeks now I have been waiting with my fingers crossed for the wind to either lie down or switch to the east so I can get out along the beaches and see what is happening. The word from some of my stone-crabbing buddies is that the schools of threadfins are really starting to show up out along the beaches. Along with these threadfin schools come king mackerel and cobia. These huge bait schools will attract all kinds of predators along with my personal favorite, the tarpon. Early this week I had several reports of rolling and free-jumping tarpon out from Knapps Point. Before I could get out there to check it out for myself, the wind started blowing from the southwest, making it too rough gulfside. March is typically one of our windier months of the year so when we do have a break from the winds I will jump on it. Tarpon will first stage up out in the deeper gulf waters in roughly 30 to 40 feet, waiting for water temperatures to warm before moving in closer to shore. These deep water tarpon are best fished with cut bait on the bottom, and are often located on sonar as they stay down, very seldom rolling. Spotting one rolling or free-jumping fish can be the little tip you need to find the big school. Have your tarpon gear ready. With water temperatures as high as 76 degrees, any day now you will get your first shot.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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Capt. 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THE RIVER MARCH 9, 201215 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 Reservations Required for All Cruises All Cruises(239)472-5300Cruises depart from beautiful Captiva Islandwww.captivacruises.com Call for departure time THE BEST WAY TO SEE THE BEST WAY TO SEE THE ISLANDS IS FROM THE WATER 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 2012 Earth Day At The RefugeTrash-talking, plarn and Bagzilla are just a few highlights of the adult and kid activities that will be available at the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuges Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 21. Free activities will include giveaways to the first 200 arrivals, earth crafts in the Education Center Lab, a guided native plant walk on Indigo Trail, a trashy kids contest, free admission to Wildlife Drive for hikers and bikers, free bike rentals and more. We are gearing our activities for all ages, said Ranger Becky Wolff, refuge education specialist. Well bring back our disposable bag-costumed Bagzilla character, and teach people how to make yarn out of plastic bags to weave into bracelets and sturdy, reusable shopping bags. J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, the Ding Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS), and Tarpon Bay Explorers co-host Earth Day at the Refuge. Read the Island Sun for more details, visit www.dingdarlingsociety.org or call 239-472-1100. March In The Park Plant And Garden Art SaleMarch In The Park, pr esented by The Garden Club of Cape Coral, will be held this Saturday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jaycee Park in Cape Coral. The event will feature over 50 vendors including the garden cub, with over 500 plants of their own. Some plants for sale will include palms, shrubs, fruit trees, natives, flowering butterfly plants, herbs, and dish gardens. Garden art will include hand made baskets, glass garden reflectors, hand painted pots, hanging tire baskets, bird houses, trellis and hypertufa pottery pots, to name a few. In addition, master gardeners will be available throughout March In The Park to answer your questions, along with many qualified garden club members. Feel free to bring questions and samples of your garden problems. Hourly speakers and subjects will include: 9 a.m. Master Gardener Program & FYN classes by master gardeners 10 a.m. Growing Veggies in Florida by Ann Sherwood Palmer 11 a.m. Growing & Using Herbs by Angie Kruze Noon Flower Arranging Demo by Paula Novander continued on page 21 Bagzilla wears a years worth of an average persons disposable bag consumption Spring Safari Camp WeekSpring Safari Camp, open to ages 7 to 10, will be held at Cape Coral Yacht Club from Monday through Friday, March 12 to 16. Camp will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. If your children are looking for an adventurous journey and fun over the break, then look no further. Spring Safari Camp will offer arts and crafts, fishing, swimming and four field trips. Campers will be going to the Naples Zoo, Sun Splash Family Water Park, Safari Mini Golf and Sarasota Jungle Gardens. Plus, a pizza and ice cream party will end the week of fun. Cost is $120 for residents and $155 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required For more information or to sign up, call the Cape Coral Yacht Club at 574-0806. School Day Off Adventure CampYacht Club School Day Off Adventure Camp, offered by the Cape Coral Parks & Recreation Department, is open to kids ages 7 to 10 on Friday, March 9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This adventure camp will offer tennis, fishing, swimming, a movie and much more. Young adventurers will have a chance to try their hand at all the recreation sporting opportunities at Yacht Club Community Park. This camp fills quickly, so call early to ensure your space. Cost is $25 for residents and $37 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to sign up, call the Cape Coral Yacht Club at 574-0806. BMSM To Host Evening At The Museum EventThe Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is hosting a special Evening At The Museum on Tuesday, March 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to visit the museum after-hours and participate in an informal evening of shell education, door prizes, food and refreshments. Museum director Dr. Jos H. Leal will give a brief presentation. Cost is $10 for museum members; $15 for non-members. If you join the museum as a new member that night, your event ticket is free. All proceeds raised will benefit the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum educational programs. Visit the events page at www.shellmuseum.org for reservation information.
THE RIVER MARCH 9, 201216 Caloosahatchee Oxbow & Riverlore CruiseA new cruise date has been added for the popular SCCF Oxbow & Riverlore Cruise to experience the historical Caloosahatchee, available on Sunday, March 18. This guided monthly cruise explores the meanders of the historic upriver Caloosahatchee. Guides will 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 2.5-hour adventure begins by locking through the W.P. Franklin Lock in Olga. Heading east toward Alva, the tour enters the historic bends of the river and revisits the activities of the pioneers who traveled the same river to find paradise. Stories of the settlements 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 Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundations Natural Resource Policy Director. The tour vessel is the stable and spacious 47-passenger Manatee Rover pontoon boat that features daily manatee tours. All seats have a great view for photographs and bird watching. Cruises depart 1 at p.m. from the W.P. Franklin Lock & Dam off SR 80 in Olga. Remaining cruise dates (all Sundays) include April 15 and Mothers Day, May 13. Cruises depart at 1 p.m. and return by 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person, with payment due at time of reservation. The names of all passengers are also required at the time of reservation. Call SCCF at 472-2329. Please note that reservations must be made by Friday, March 16 for the March 18 cruise. Space is limited. The Devils Elbow portion of the Caloosahatchee March Is Seagrass Awareness Monthby Katie Tripp, PhD, Director of Science & Conservation, Save The Manatee ClubMarch signals spring time in Florida the longer days and warmer weather can create ideal conditions for fishing, kayaking, boating or stand-up paddle boarding in Floridas estuaries and other coastal waterways. It is fitting then that March is also Seagrass Awareness Month because seagrass beds are such an important component of our coastal waterways. According to a recent report by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, 2.2 million acres of seagrasses have been documented in Florida waters, providing ecological services worth $20 billion per year. Ecological services include habitat values that cannot be measured by a traditional economic scale i.e. the value of providing habitat to juvenile sport fish or food for manatees and sea turtles. Seagrass beds also provide direct economic benefits to Florida through fishing charters and ecotourism businesses. The condition of Floridas seagrasses varies in different regions. Seagrasses in the Keys are believed to be stable while those in certain areas of Southwest Florida and the Panhandle are declining. Seagrasses along Floridas east coast have been showing an increasing trend, and South Florida contains nearly 60 percent of the states seagrasses. However, great losses in seagrass abundance in Brevard County in 2011 caused by environmental factors are a reminder that these ecosystems are vulnerable. Seagrasses are found in clear and relatively shallow waters because their growth is fueled by sunlight. Their occurrence in shallow water makes them susceptible to damage by boats that may try to motor through areas without proper clearance, creating prop scars in the grass beds. A churning propeller cuts not only the blades of the grasses, but uproots and destroys the rhizomes (roots) in the sand and it can take years for the sediment to support regrowth and allow the scars to heal. To prevent prop scarring, boats should stay in marked deep water channels while traveling. Flats boats fishing in the seagrass beds should use poles and trolling motors to move through the water, to avoid damaging seagrasses with their engines. If boaters become stuck in a shallow area with seagrssses or other submerged resources, they should never use the engine to try to blast free. Instead, they should turn off the engine, shift passenger weight distribution in the boat, and try to move the boat using a long pole or oar. If necessary, one or more passengers can exit the boat and push it to deeper water. Boaters should also use polarized sunglasses to reduce glare and help them see resources like seagrasses located beneath the waters surface. Seagrasses are negatively affected by stormwater runoff and algae blooms that block the suns rays since they need sunlight to grow. Stormwater runoff to coastal waters can be reduced by creating swales and retention ponds and using pervious pavement. Limiting use of fertilizers in landscapes adjacent to coastal waterways can reduce the nutrient loading that contributes to algae blooms. All of us who live and recreate in coastal areas can take steps to make our waters cleaner and protect the seagrasses that are so vitally important to our aquatic ecosystem and economy. FMB Yacht Club March MeetingThe next monthly meeting of the Fort Myers Beach Yacht Club will be held on Wednesday, March 28 at the American Legion Post 274 on San Carlos Island, 899 Buttonwood Drive in Fort Myers Beach. Dinner will be catered and is available for $14 per person. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., dinner to follow at 7 p.m. and the membership meeting is from 8 to 9 p.m. Potential new members wishing to attend any or all portions of the meeting are invited to call Commodore Pete Oiderma at 463-6240 for required reservations and additional information. The Ft Myers Beach Yacht Club was formed in 1953 and incorporated as a not for profit organization for the purpose of promoting safe, enjoyable boating and good fellowship. This community oriented club, with over 130 members and 60 boats, maintains a very active schedule of year-round activities, both on and off the water, for members and guests. Evening meetings are held once a month, usually on the fourth Wednesday, at American Legion Post 274 on San Carlos Island. Because the club does not have the expense of maintaining their own waterfront facility, dues are only $100 per year per couple or $60 per single. Learn more about the club at www.FMBYachtClub.org. SCBS&PS Offers Boating Courseby Cdr. Mary SmelterThe San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadrons, will be offering Americas Boating Course on Saturday, March 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.This course is recognized by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. The State of Florida recently passed legislation requiring anyone born after January 1, 1988 to have passed a safe boating course and obtain a Boating Safety Education ID card, which is valid for life, in order to operate a boat with more than 10 HP. Each student will receive a card/certificate from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission upon completion of the class. The course consists of two sessions on consecutive Saturdays. The second session will be held on Saturday, March 31, also from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost of the course is $40, with a $20 cost for a second person sharing the instruction materials. Topics covered include hull design, docking, anchoring, handling boating emergencies, reading channel markers and many other topics to make each boating experience safer and more enjoyable. Successful completion of this course entitles the boater to six months free membership in a United States Power Squadron. The course is being taught at the San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadrons 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 the office 4664040. Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email email@example.com
THE RIVER MARCH 9, 201217 Plant SmartIxoraby Gerri ReavesAmong the ixora species introduced to the state is red ixora, also known by the flamboyant name scarlet jungleflame or flame-of-the-woods (Ixora coccinea), the most common one in South Florida This native of southeast Asia can reach up to 10 feet in height, but usually grows between three and six feet. The multi-branched foliage compact, the oblong leaves shiny and evergreen. The spherical berries turn from red to black. But ixoras popularity is due to the densely packed flat clusters of tubular four-petaled flowers. Clusters are about four inches across and bloom year round. Typically used as a hedge, it often suffers from repeated overshearing, which only destroys the flower clusters that make the shrub desirable in the first place. Other available ixoras include the smaller leafed ixora maui, which can have yellow-orange flowers, and the pink Nora Grant variety. Some gardeners and plant specialists consider ixora to be not only over-used but of virtually no benefit to wildlife. Its a good choice purely as an ornamental, not as a bird or butterfly attractor. Because ixora is susceptible to sooty mold, nematodes, aphids, and scale, it can be high-maintenance unless given suitable soil, moisture, light, and nutrients. The shrub does best in full sun in moist but well-drained soil with organic content. This acid-loving plant will suffer leaf yellowing if planted in alkaline soil. Sources: floridata.com; Florida, My Eden by Frederic B. Stresau, and ifas.ufl.edu. Plant Smart explores sustainable gardening practices that will help you create an environmentally responsible, low-maintenance South Florida landscape. Ixora is appreciated for its year-round clusters of flowers photo by Gerri Reaves Caring For Your PlantsA Look At A New Generation Of Hybrid Palm Treesby Justen DobbsBotanists have been working with hybrid corn plants, grasses and fruits for decades. When a pest or disease is discovered by farmers, they employ botanists to begin hybridization programs. These programs cross two similar species of the same vegetable (corn, for instance) to produce a hybrid species or hybrid offspring. This hybrid offspring is labeled as a new species and often displays resistance against the pests or diseases that were previously plaguing the farmer. The technical term for this phenomenon is heterogeny. Although the agriculture industry (plants that produce fruits and vegetables) has been utilizing hybrids for years, the horticulture industry (plants that are used for decoration only) has not followed suit until now. Dr. Merrill Wilcox of north Florida was one of the first ones to grow a Mule palm in the 1980s. A Mule palm ( xButiagrus) is a hybrid between a Pindo palm (Butia capitata) and a Queen palm (Syagrus romanzoffiana). He found the Mule palm to be faster growing, more drought-tolerant, and more frost-tolerant than either of its parents (Pindo and Queen). How does this benefit the south Florida homeowner? Our sub-tropical climate in south Florida is suitable for both Queen palms and Pindo palms. But, central and northern Florida (as well as many other southern states) have climates that are simply too cold for either the Queen or Pindo palm to grow well. They might survive for several years, but only by enduring frost damage to their fronds year after year, giving them a perpetually sick appearance. Thus, if a Mule palm is planted as a substitute, the homeowner can sleep easy knowing that his or her annual frosts will have no affect on the hybrid palms in the landscape. Also, the hybrid can survive off lower rainfall amounts and often less fertilizer applications. As palm tree collectors and avid gardeners become more interested in the plants at their disposal (mainly through the Interweb), they are producing a demand that is being filled by the growers and collectors. There are about two dozen hybrid palms available on the rare palm market and just a handful of people producing them. As time goes on and methods are perfected, the price of these hybrids should fall. To give you an idea of cost, a three foot tall Mule palm goes for around $60 to $100, Foxy Lady palms (Wodveitchia) go for $150 to $450 and Coco Queens (Syagrus xMontgomeryana) go for around $60 to $75 for a one to two foot plant. Yes, these are pricey plants, but dont forget they grow fast and provide peace of mind! Dobbs is the first person in the Western Hemisphere to create TeddyTriangle hybrid palms through manual cross-pollination. 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THE RIVER MARCH 9, 201218 A Hilarious Farce At Gulfshore Playhouseby Di SaggauYouve heard me say several times that farce is not my favorite genre, but A Fox On The Fairway at Gulfshore Playhouse found me eating those words. It was a very funny, physical comedy, directed by Matt Lenz, with an outstanding cast. Written by Ken Ludwig, the play takes the audience on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. The play takes place in the Tap Room of the Quail Valley Country Club (a terrific set in pastel shades). The time is now. Its filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors and over-the-top romantic shenanigans. The Fox On The Fairway spins around a golf tournament between two rivals. James Judy, affably portrays Henry Bingham, the manager of the Quail Valley Country Club, which is locked in a heated rivalry with a country club headed by the irritating Dickie (Eric Hoffmann), who makes a huge personal bet with Bingham over the tournament that is about to tee off. The somewhat venomous Dickie, who, when not cheating with women or golf, is constantly misusing popular expressions, e.g. You cant make straw without bricks, When the swans fly home from Cappuccino and A bird on the wing is worth two in the air. Throughout the play he sports the most outlandish golf-themed sweaters, gifts from a secret admirer. His lime green suit is equally outlandish. The young man whom Bingham shadily brings into the tournament to save the day is Justin (Chris Dwan), a terrific golfer who tends to fall apart whenever bad news strikes. All goes well until the 17th hole. During a rain delay, Justins flighty club bar maid fiancee, Louise (Jenny Strassburg) breaks their engagement, which wrecks his game.The second act sees Bingham and Pamela (Carol Halstead), a loyal Quail Valley booster with a racy personal life, desperately trying to reunite the lovers. Pamela has been married several times and her favorite sport is drinking. In regard to that, she says I could never hold my liquor, two or three bottles and I start to feel it.Adding to the hilarity is Michele Tauber as Muriel Bingham, owner of an antique shop named The Old Crock, that ends up as a hostage in the bet between the two men. Tauber moves about the stage like a Sherman tank on a rampage. A Fox On The Fairway is a broad, clever farce, tightly directed, beautifully performed and loaded with laughs. It plays through March 22 at Gulfshore Playhouse in the Norris Center, 755 8th Avenue South in Naples. For tickets, call 1-866-811-4111. Jenny Strassburg and Chris Dwan Jenny Strassburg, Chris Dwan and James Jud Symphony, Alliance Host An Evening Of Stories & SongBe inspired by the beauty of stories punctuated by music when the Gulf Coast Symphony partners with the Alliance for the Arts to present An Evening Of Stories & Song on Saturday, April 14 at 8 p.m. An Evening of Stories & Song takes place in the Foulds Theater at the Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers. Join local literary celebrities Amy Bennett-Williams and her husband Roger Williams, along with the evenings master of ceremonies, Osvaldo Padilla, managing editor of Florida Weekly, as they read stories theyve written exclusively for this performance, enhanced by musical performances given by Gulf Coast Symphony ensembles. After the performance, join Amy, Roger, Osvaldo, Maestro Kurtz of the Gulf Coast Symphony and some of its musicians for desserts provided by The Butterfly Estates, along with cheese and wine in the Alliance for the Arts Gallery. Tickets to this moving performance are $50 per person plus handling fees, or VIP sponsor tickets cost $100 per person and include an autographed copy of Amy Bennett-Williams most recent book, Images Of America: Along The Caloosahatchee. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Gulf Coast Symphony office at 277-1700 or online at www.gulfcoastsymphony.org. Amy Bennett-Williams Roger Williams Osvaldo PadillaSymphony Rehearsals Open To The PublicJoin the City of Fort Myers Recreation Division and the Southwest Florida Symphony for a series of open rehearsals at the Riverside Community Center on March 13, 21 and 22. Featured pieces include Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and Beethoven. The final rehearsal on March 22 will feature two lectures by Conductor Michael Hall beginning at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. An art exhibition featuring works by noted wildlife sculptor and painter Joel Loeper will also be on display. The open rehersals, conductor lecture, and art exhibition are free of charge. A light lunch will be offered for a fee of $5. Reservations are required for lunch. For more information, hours for each rehearsal or to make reservations for lunch call 321-7524. Send your editorial copy to:firstname.lastname@example.org
19 THE RIVER MARCH 9, 2012Acclaimed Pianist To Appear With Symphonic Chorale Of Southwest Floridaby Jim GeorgeCritically acclaimed pianist John Robilette will appear with the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida in their concert on Sunday, March 25 at South Fort Myers High School. The artist will join the chorale in the stirring Fantasia, Op. 80, (Choral Fantasy) for piano, orchestra and chorus. The performance will also include Antonin Dvoraks Mass in D Major and Johannes Brahms Schicksalslied, a short, powerful work for chorus and orchestra. The concert will benefit the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. The Choral Fantasy has often been cited as a sketch and precursor to the final Ode To Joy movement of Beethovens powerful Ninth Symphony. Many listeners will readily detect the similarities between the principal themes of the two works. According to one reviewer, Beethovens Choral Fantasy is a beautifully organized, deeply felt, and very exciting creation. It projects an aura of spirituality and exaltation. The pianist shines in this piece that demonstrates the amazing versatility required of the artist. The audience will be amply rewarded by the virtuosity of this world class pianist and the soaring passages of the choral portions of the piece. Born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in the midwest, Robilette made his debut at the Kennedy Center in 1984. He has appeared in solo recitals or as soloist with orchestra throughout twenty-two foreign countries in western and eastern Europe, South America and the Caribbean, including Russia, Holland, England, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Portugal (and the Azores), Turkey, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Venezuela and The Dominican Republic. One critic said, Robilettes playing is remarkable for its clarity and expression as well as the depth of feeling. An exceptional musician given to few dramatic gestures, he fascinates us repeatedly. The performance will be on Sunday, March 25 at 4 p.m. in the Theater of the South Fort Myers High School, 14020 Plantation Road in Fort Myers. Tickets ranging from $18 to $22 can be obtained by calling 1-877-283-8648. The concert is also being presented in Naples on Saturday, March 24 starting at 4 p.m. at Moorings Presbyterian Church. Both concerts will benefit the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Local Student In Musical ProductionLauren Pratt from Fort Myers took part in the musical theater production of Into the Woods, which premiered on March 1 to 3 in the Belhaven Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Pratt is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Art in Music from Belhaven University. Founded in 1883, Belhaven University now serves over 3,000 students from campuses in Jackson, Memphis, Orlando, Houston, Chattanooga, Atlanta and online. John Robilette Symphony Hosts Open RehearsalsThe Southwest Florida Symphony returns to Riverside Community Center on March 12, 21 and 22 for a series of open rehearsals. Featured pieces include Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Beethoven. The final rehearsal, on Thursday, March 22, will feature a conductor lecture by Michael Hall beginning at 9 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m., an art exhibition from noted wildlife sculptor and painter Joel Loeper will include a light lunch. The art exhibition, conductor talk and open rehearsals are free of charge. There is a $5 charge for lunch and reservations are required. Riverside Community Center is located at 3061 East Riverside Drive in Fort Myers. For more information and to make reservations, call 321-7524. Email your editorial copy to: email@example.com Oil Painting With Palette Knife WorkshopOn Saturday, March 10, the Art League of Fort Myers will hold a Palette Knife workshop, Oil From Landscape Photography, with instructor Jan Ellen Atkielski. The session will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with an hour-long lunch break at noon. A contemporary realist who works from photography or directly from nature, Jan Ellen emphasizes the effect of color and natural light in her work. Palette knife paintings are created ala prima: painting continuously without allowing the paint to dry between sessions. Layers are built up, working from back to front, using different knives and strokes to create desired effects. A professional artist with a Bachelors degree in Art, Jan Ellen has exhibited for more than 35 years and has an extensive list of collectors, both private and commercial. She has judged national exhibits, is also a published author and lecturer, and has been featured in print and on television. Jans art may be seen at www.janellenart.com or www.jan-ellen.com. This information-packed workshop is designed to give a good foundation for bold, direct palette knife painting. The workshop will accommodate 6 to 12 painters. Participants can expect to produce at least one painting. Class starts with a demonstration focusing on the most direct and effective methods for painting strong, vibrant oils using painting knives. Participants are encouraged to ask questions during the demonstration. Afterwards, participants will paint from their own photography or may choose to paint from one of the large photos provided for them by Jan Ellen. A critique will begin at 3:30 p.m. The workshop will be held at 1451 Monroe Street in Fort Myers. Cost is $60 for ALFM members or $75 for nonmembers (minimum of five participants). Checks should be written to ALFM and mailed to P.O. Box 2255, Fort Myers, FL 33902. To register for the workshop, call ALFM at 239-275-3970 or contact Tracy Owen-Cullimore at artsytracy@hotmail. com or 239-822-8838. One of Jan Ellen Atkielskis paintings
THE RIVER MARCH 9, 201220 Alliance For The Arts To Host Inaugural Artists Studio TourSouthwest Florida art enthusiasts will have a chance to get up close and personal with area artists on Saturday, April 28 during the Alliance for the Arts first annual Artists Studio Tour. The daylong, self-guided tour of more than nine locations including studios and homes in the Fort Myers area will be a fun, educational and inspirational way to help support cultural and educational programming at the Alliance, Lee Countys designated arts agency. The day will begin at the Alliances 10-acre campus on the corner of McGregor and Colonial in Fort Myers, where ticket holders can enjoy a complimentary breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. and receive a map to the studios. The artists studios will remain open until 4 p.m. Participants will decide the order and the amount of time they spend at each stop. See a spectrum of artistic mediums, from painting to pottery and metal work. Participating artists include Chris Catti, Pat Dunn, Katie Gardenia, David Hammel, Marcus Jansen, Valerie Jewell, Leo and Krista Johnson, Steve Kalb, Myra Roberts, Byron M. Wood and Barbara Yeomans. There will be hors doeuvres and a wine tasting with celebrated artist Marcus Jansen from 3 to 4 p.m. at his brand new downtown Unit A Contemporary Art Space, where participants can WineD Down and reflect on what theyve experienced during the days tour. Dont miss this unique opportunity to watch local artists work in their own spaces, and talk with them about their creative processes the how and why they do what they do. Tickets are $45 and are available now. Artists Studio Tour sponsorship is provided by Finemark National Bank & Trust, Total Wine & More, Whitten Technical LTD and Leigh Frizzell Hayes. The Alliance for the Arts campus and galleries are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers. Myra Roberts in her studio Leo and Krista Johnson in their studio Steve Kalb in his studio Shell Point Welcomes Guests To Spring Fashion Show, Luncheon Shell Point invites guests to Brighten The Day & Light Up The Night at the communitys annual Fashion Show and Luncheon hosted by Shell Point Retirement Community on Friday, March 16 from noon to 2:30 p.m. Tickets for this popular annual event are $35 and guests will be treated to a delightful lunch while previewing the latest spring and summer fashions from several Bell Tower Shops including Saks Fifth Avenue, Talbots, Cache, Drapers and Damons, Banana Republic, GAP, Patchingtons, Trader Ricks and more. The Shell Point Spring Fashion Show has always been a popular event for our residents and the surrounding community, said Lynn Schneider, assistant vice president of sales and marketing for Shell Point. Of course, the fashions are always the main attraction and this year, more than 30 women of all ages will be modeling the current trends and fashions, which will include a variety of spring and summer wear, cruise and resort styles, casual day and evening wear, plus updated looks for the office. Guests will not only enjoy a delicious lunch while previewing the gorgeous fashions, but will have the opportunity to shop our Fashion Boutique, Schneider added. Local vendors will have unique and exquisite items on display for purchase before and after the show including a variety of accessories, gift items, fashions, purses and jewelry that will be available for purchase. Each guest will receive a special gift bag as well as the opportunity to win exciting door prizes. We are giving out some amazing door prizes this year and all of our guests will have multiple opportunities to win, but everyone who attends will walk away knowing that they helped to support a very worthy cause and that makes it even more enjoyable, said Schneider. Proceeds from the event will go to support the Alzheimers and Hope Hospice programs at Shell Point which are open to the public. The fashion show will be held in the Shell Point Auditorium, located on The Island at Shell Point. Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance by calling Mary Franklin at 454-2152. To learn more about Shell Point, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131. Models from the 2011 Shell Point Fashion Show Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702or email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE RIVER MARCH 9, 201221 Save the Date!Arts for ACT Fine Art Auction Presents An Evening of Art & Blues August 11, 2012 Harborside Event Center For More information call 239-939-2553 Or log on to http://www.artsforactfineartauction.com From page 1Guided WalksA second Morning Meander Atop The Marsh will be offered on Saturday, March 17 at Prairie Pines Preserve. Participants will meet in the parking lot at 18400 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers. From an ADA-compliant boardwalk, this hour-long stroll will traverse a seasonal marsh while learning more about the birds, butterflies and plants that call it home. Visit one small section of a 2,654acre Conservation 20/20 wilderness oasis that includes nature trails, wildlife observation areas and equestrian trails. Restrooms are available. For additional details about this tour, which will run from 9 to 10:30 a.m., call 533-7455. On Saturday, March 24, a Guided Morning Walk Amongst The Pines will be offered at Pine Island Flatwoods Preserve. Pine Island is the only place in Lee County where you will find naturalized longleaf pines. Walk a 1.12-mile trail that leads you through low-growing saw palmetto, abundant grasses and flowering plants, all characteristic of a healthy plant community shaped by fire. During this stroll, you will learn more about fires role in a diverse ecosystem. The degree of difficulty for this walk is moderate. Participants should wear sturdy shoes or boots and bring water, sunscreen, a hat (shade is scarce in some areas), binoculars and camera. No restrooms are onsite. This tour will run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Pine Island Flatwoods Preserve. Meet in the parking lot at 6351 Stringfellow Road, St. James City. Call 707-8251 for more details. These tours are provided in cooperation with Lee County Parks & Recreation. From page 15March In The Park1 p.m. Bromeliads & Succulents for your Cape Coral Yard by Geri and David Prall 2 p.m. Rain Barrels & Water Conservation by Sherie Sukovich There will be food available for breakfast and lunch. Music will be playing, and raffle prizes will be drawn through out the day. Raffle items include a handpainted rain barrel, a wheelbarrow filled with plants and garden tools, two tickets to Royal Palm Dinner Theater, plants from vendors in our show, and much more. The Garden Club of Cape Coral is now selling raffle tickets for these prizes. Winners need not be present. Parking and admission for March In The Park are free. For more information, visit www.gardenclubofcapecoral.com or contact Ginny Huffer at 540-7988 or Huffmom5@aol.com. Resurrection fern Ruby crowned kinglet feeding on wax myrtle berries Directors Tour To Clewiston Offered by EstatesThe Edison & Ford Winter Estates is offering a Directors Tour to Clewiston and Lake Okeechobee on Friday, March 16. Experience the history, nature and agriculture surrounding Floridas most important water source, Lake Okeechobee with Edison & Ford Winter Estates president and CEO Chris Pendleton; Phil Flood of the South Florida Water Management District, Hunter Lathan of the Clewiston Chamber, Sugarland Tours and Butch Wilson, director of the Clewiston Museum. About 100 years ago, the Edisons and Fords were exploring the lake area for connections to their rubber and plant research, fishing spots and recreation. The famous friends also met with sugar industry leaders to study agriculture and manufacturing and certainly learned about famous architect John Nolans plan to create an urban model for Clewiston, then known as the city on the lake. Henry Ford purchased nearby Fort Thompson for his agriculture plans, and the friends explored the Caloosahatchee and neighboring waterways. Plans for the day include a windshield tour of the sugar factory, then on to the historic Herbert Hoover Dike followed by a lecture, lunch with Clewiston Mayor Rich Miller and tour of the Clewiston Museum (from mammoths to prisoner of war camps, sugar cane agriculture and plans for the city). Wilson will take the group through areas not open to the public including USSC sugar factory and a large organic farm. The tour will finish up at STA #5 with the experts for birding and Florida hydrology. The annual Hendry Glades Audubon Festival is in March, so it should be wonderful for bird watching. Cost for Edison Ford members is $90, volunteers are $85 and non-members are $95. Call 334-7419 for reservations. Admission includes transportation, lunch, behind the scene tours and refreshments. For additional information, visit www. edisonfordwinterestates.org. Historic levy construction
THE RIVER MARCH 9, 201222 Shell Point Offers Class On The History Of ChinaThe Academy at Shell Point invites the public to attend an Academy class regarding The Story of China: From The Boxer Rebellion To Today on Monday, March 19 from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. in the Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point Retirement Community. Tickets are required to attend, and can be purchased for $10 each by calling 454-2054. Professor Adrian Kerr returns to Shell Point to examine the immense and varied country of China, and how it has been the most populous country on the planet since before the Roman times. The impact of Chinas history, religion and culture is widespread and is felt every day as its influence continues to grow. Kerr will start out discussing the Boxer Rebellion in the 1890s and carry audience members through the history of China to the Mao control. All of these events played significant roles in the reform and westernization of China, making it a super power. Professor Kerr has been one of our most popular and regular presenters in the Academy at Shell Point, and he always brings intriguing and informative presentations to the Academy because of his immense knowledge of the history of various regions and his ability to share how that regions history relates to today, said Teri Kollath, manager of Academy and volunteer services. We are pleased to welcome him back, and I know that guests will enjoy learning more about China today. The Academy of Life Long Learning at Shell Point is a lifelong learning educational initiative for the residents of the retirement community. The Academy provides anywhere from 70 to 90 classes each semester, that encompasses a well-rounded curriculum of educational opportunities for senior adults. The Academy of Life Long Learning at Shell Point was named as one of 2008s most innovative active aging programs by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), an association that supports professionals who develop wellness/fitness facilities and services for age 50-plus adults. To learn more about Shell Point Retirement Community, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131. Adrian Kerr visiting The Great Wall of ChinaEvening With The Authors Evening With The Authors, where people can enjoy meeting, talking one-on-one and dining with their favorite best-selling authors, will be held starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 16 at the Helm Club at the Landings in Fort Myers. The evening includes a cocktail reception and plated dinner with the 20-plus authors who will headline the Southwest Florida Reading Festival the next day. Seating is by choice. We do not assign seats and the authors mix and mingle during the reception, said Margie Byers, Southwest Florida Reading Festival coordinator. It is a very relaxed and fun evening. A dinner will honor author Michael Palmer with the Distinguished Author Award for his literary contributions and his community involvement. The evening is sponsored by Books-A-Million. 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 online at www.readfest.org or call 337-READ (7323). Evening With The Authors and Southwest Florida Reading Festival participating authors include: 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 release, Bonnie), Shadow Zone Roy Johansen Shadow Zone (latest release), Storm Cycle Alex Kava Maggie ODell series (most recent release, Hotwire), One False Move Erik Larson In the Garden of Beasts, Devil in the White City 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 release, Crusade), Possessions series Lauren Oliver Before I Fall, Delirium Obert Skye Leven Thumps series, Wonkenstein (latest title) Debbie Viguie Wicked series (most recent release, Wicked: Witch 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 Tickets are priced at $45 and reservations are required. The deadline for reservations is Friday, March 9 at 5 p.m. Go to www.readfest.org and select Evening With The Authors to make a reservation (www.readfest.org/eveningwithauthors. aspx.) An Evening Of Art & Blues At ACT AuctionLast week, Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc. announced that the Arts For ACT Fine Art Auction will be held on Saturday, August 11 at Harborside Event Center in the downtown Fort Myers River District. This is the annual fundraising event of ACT, a non-profit agency serving victims of domestic violence and their children and survivors of sexual assault and human trafficking in Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties. Arts For ACT is now soliciting for sponsorships of this event and artists to participate in both the live and silent auction. The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Edison State College will host a preview reception of all of the works that will be auctioned on July 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. An Evening of Art & Blues, presented by Arts For ACT Fine Art Auction, will prove to be unsurpassed in the quality of items in both the live and silent auctions. The auction pieces range from fun to formal, traditional paintings to the unique, painted furniture, and more! This years auction will please and thrill all who attend. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour, silent auction and raffle. Dinner will be buffet style, and starts at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Jennifer Benton at 939-2553 or email@example.com. Visit www.artsforactfineartauction.com for additional details. Martin To Sign Books In NFMAuthor Dennis A. Martin will be available to sign copies of his book, Celubrious: A Celebration of Life: A collection of readings to awaken your mind to positive thinking and an attitude of gratitude, at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in North Fort Myers. The book signing will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 10. Are you one of the untold millions of people searching for a little happiness in each day despite its ups and downs? Celebrate another day of living with Martins Celubrious: A Celebration of Life. These messages will provide that daily motivation and inspiration that will help you to learn from past and present experiences and recognize that every day can be the best day of your life. These simple, yet powerful, two-minute doses of inspiration convey the power of living, loving, and positive thinking. Good Shepherd United Methodist Church is located at 2951 Trail Dairy Circle in North Fort Myers. For more information, contact Terry Cordingley at 888-361-9473 or terry@ tatepublishing.com. Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE RIVER MARCH 9, 201223 Isabella Rasi 239-246-47161101 Periwinkle Way #105, Sanibel, FL 239-472-0044 ENGEL & VLKERS List Local. Sell Global.Excellence in Real Estate A step above! International Client Base 600 Shops Worldwide Multi-Lingual Staff Your success is my aim. Pan Roasted Mackerel with Florida Vegetables and Fine Herbs 4 to 6 seven-ounce mackerel fillets 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for drizzling 1 large yellow squash, diced large red bell pepper, diced 1 medium onion, large diced 1 large tomato, small diced 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced 1 lemon, sliced 1 teaspoon fresh rosmary, chopped 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped Kosher salt, to taste Fresh ground pepper, to taste Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Preheat a large oven proof saut pan over medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. Season mackerel fillets lightly with salt and pepper. Add seasoned fillets to heated pan and sear fillets on both sides. Add squash, bell pepper, onion, tomato, eggplant and garlic to pan with fish. Season vegetables with salt and pepper. Sprinkle rosemary and oregano over fish and vegetables. Place pan in oven uncovered for around 10 to 12 minutes or until fish is cooked throughout and vegetables are crisp tender. Remove from oven and garnish with chopped parsley and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve family style. Yields four to six servings Look for Fresh from Florida ingredients at your grocery store. Pan Roasted Mackerel with Florida Vegetables and Fine Herbs Free eBook, The Vision Of Alan S. MaltzRenowned fine art photographer Alan S. Maltz has released his first eBook, The Vision of Alan S. Maltz Stories Behind The Capture. In the new eBook, the artist himself recalls the stories behind some of the most passionate and inspiring works of his career. In his enchanting narratives, Maltz takes you back to the moments behind the images and recreates the beauty of the capture. A tapestry of circumstances, inspirations and quests weave together the journey of Maltzs desire to follow his inner voice and embrace the romance of light and life. As an artist, I want to share a poetic interpretation of the beauty and mystique that surrounds us, Maltz explained. That is why I published The Vision of Alan S. Maltz Stories Behind The Capture. I want people to relive the moments; to demonstrate that the positive and uplifting tenor of my work comes from the ordinary magnificence that incorporates our lives. With titles such as: Dance Of The Dawn, Ghost Ship, Paradise Found and Meeting In Marseilles, this eBook tantalizes the reader with anything but the ordinary. Yet Maltzs simple, organic voice of narration expresses how the common and spectacular are found together, in a blink of an eye, then captured. He writes: I got out of my car, and through the thick mangrove brush I saw a unique and wondrous sight. With a click, the sunlit performance of Dance Of The Dawn was born. The splendor of nature is a wondrous and ever-surprising backdrop for my work, Maltz added. As an artist, I am destined to portray each image in the most ethereal and romantic light possible. The observer is then invited to connect with the subject in a process intended to enlighten and inspire. The Vision of Alan S. Maltz Stories Behind The Capture is currently available free at www.AlanMaltz.com/ebooks and offers readers an opportunity to go in the field and relive what Maltz experienced during the creation of some of his light-inspired works of art. For additional information, visit www. AlanMaltz.com or call 305-294-0005. Alan S. Maltzs new eBook Our email address is email@example.com
THE RIVER MARCH 9, 201224 Randys Auto Repair, LLCwww.RandysAutoRepairLLC.com16191 San Carlos Blvd, Ste 1Fort Myers, FL 33908Tel. 267-2556FOREIGN & DOMESTIC BUMPER TOBUMPER OIL CHANGE SPECIAL $17.99 (up to 5 qts.)Lic No. MV 81675 HOURS: M-F: 9am 5:30pm Sat & Sun: By Appt.Ich spreche Deutsch Newest Sports Venue; The Florida Tarpons Of The Ultimate Indoor Football League by Ed FrankAlthough this is the busiest time of the year for professional sports as tens of thousands of fanatic baseball fans have flocked here to watch the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins in spring training, Andrew Haines and Michael Taylor ambitiously launch another effort this weekend for the sports dollar. Haines and Taylor are owners of the new Florida Tarpons of the Ultimate Indoor Football League that play their first game tonight, Friday, at Germain Arena against the Mississippi Hound Dogs. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Although two other indoor football teams have failed here in recent years, including the Florida Firecats that competed from 2001-2009 in the now defunct arenafotball2 league, Taylor said at a media briefing last week he is confident that the Tarpons will be successful. He said more than 1,000 season tickets already had been sold. The young Ultimate Indoor Football League expanded to 10 teams this year with each team playing 11 games stretching from March to June. Florida will compete in the leagues southern division consisting of the Lakeland Raiders, the Rome (Georgia) Rampage, Eastern Kentucky Drillers and Mississippi. The northern division includes the Cincinnati Commandos, Erie (Pennsylvania) Explosion, Johnstown Generals, Marion (Ohio) Blue Racers and the Western Pennsylvania Sting. If the leagues first game was any indication, you can expect wide-open explosive offenses as was the case in previous indoor football contests. The Erie Explosion defeated the Western Pennsylvania Sting 81-7 in that initial contest. To attract fans to the cavernous 7,128-seat Germain Arena, Haines and head coach Taylor, a co-founder of the league, have priced tickets reasonably with singlegame tickets as low as $7 and season packages starting at $42 for the seven-game home schedule. The schedule is sprinkled with bye weeks as following tonights home opener, the Tarpons do not play again until March 25 when the Lakeland Raiders come here. Both Haines and Taylor have been owners and partners in numerous sports ventures over the years, some successful and some not, and you have to admire their courage to start another professional team here in the midst of spring training and while the Florida Everblades hockey season is still in progress. The owners were finalizing the team roster this week a roster that likely will include local talent, veterans of the old arenafootball2 and former college players. Tickets are available at the Germain box office and by calling 225-6374. Everblades on Crucial Seven-Game Road Trip The next two weeks are crucial to the post-season hopes of the Florida Everblades hockey team as they depart on a seven-game eastern swing facing Wheeling, Trenton, Reading and Elmira. Winning two of three home games last week against North Division leader Kalamazoo, Florida improved their season record to 29-23-2 and moved within four points of third-place South Carolina in the ECHL South Division. The Everblades do not return home to Germain Arena until March 21 when they host South Carolina for three games that week. Spring Training Home Baseball SchedulesMinnesota Twins Hammond Stadium Lee County Sports Complex Thursday, March 8 Tampa Rays; 1:05 p.m. Friday, March 9 St. Louis Cardinals; 1:05 p.m. Sunday, March 11 New York Yankees; 1:05 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 Toronto Blue Jays; 1:05 p.m. Thursday, March 15 Pittsburgh Pirates; 1:05 p.m. Friday, March 16 Baltimore Orioles; 1:05 p.m. Boston Red Sox JetBlue Park at Fenway South Friday, March 9 Pittsburgh Pirates; 7:05 p.m. Saturday, March 10 Tampa Rays; 7:05 p.m. Monday, March 12 Miami Marlins; 1:35 p.m. Thursday, March 15 St. Louis Cardinals; 2:35 p.m. Friday, March 16 Minnesota Twins; 7:05 p.m. Discount Tickets For Twins Vs. PiratesThe Minnesota Twins are offering discounted reserved seat tickets for their Saturday, March 31 home game at Hammond Stadium vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates. The special ticket price is $19 per seat, a savings of $5. To purchase tickets, call 1-800-33-TWINS and mention promo code Chamber or bring the above coupon to the Hammond Stadium Box Office, at the Lee County Sports Complex on Six Mile Cypress Parkway in Fort Myers, at least 24 hours before the game. Red Sox Outline Plans For Inaugural GamesThe Boston Red Sox has outlined plans for this weekends inaugural games at JetBlue Park at Fenway South, starting with Saturdays college exhibition games featuring Northeastern University and Boston College, followed by Sundays Grapefruit League season opener between the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins. Gates will open two hours before the start of all games at JetBlue Park throughout the entire Spring Training season. Fans with tickets to the Northeastern game starting at 2:35 p.m. will be able to enter the ballpark for Saturdays college doubleheader starting at 12:35 p.m. Fans attending the 7:05 p.m. game with Boston College are asked to arrive at the ballpark starting at 5:05 p.m. For Sundays 1:35 p.m. game against the Twins, gates will open starting at 11:35 a.m. with the Red Sox scheduled to take batting practice at 11:00 a.m., followed by the Twins batting practice. Read us online at IslandSunNews.com
25 THE RIVER MARCH 9, 2012 From page 1Shrimp FestivalSouthwest Florida has to offer. One half-pound of steaming shrimp is served on every plate, accompanied by sauce and slaw. Festival-goers can also browse and buy from the beach crafters and vendors who have made this event one of the best beach festivals in the south, drawing tens of thousands of visitors each year. Commemorative festival T-shirts, hats and tank tops will be for sale. For additional information, visit www. BeachShrimpFestival.com Shrimp Festival History Today, the Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival raises tens of thousands of dollars for charities like the Florida Lions Eyebank, Baskin Palmer Eye Institute, Southeast Guide Dogs, largeprint books for the local library, Little League and Florida Lions Camp. But how did all of this beach tradition and fun actually begin? The first Shrimp Festival was held in 1959. Prior to that, an event called Beach Day was held on the Sunday after the Edison Festival of Light Parade in Fort Myers in mid-February. St. Raphaels Episcopal Church sponsored the Blessing of the Shrimp Fleet, which was held on the beach pier, and shrimp rolls were sold in the county park on the beach. The Beach Improvement Association held a beauty contest in the park. The idea of the Shrimp Festival was to provide Fort Myers Beach with its own celebration, and to build on Beach Day. Initially it was to be held on the weekend nearest the full moon after the Edison Festival, but not closer than two weeks after. It was scheduled that way because the beach shrimping fleet was in port around the full moon as shrimping is poor during full moons. The first year was a weekend-only event. The Fort Myers Beach Lions Club sponsored a parade from the beach school to the county park, the same parade route it takes to this day, and sold BBQ chicken dinners in the park. We cut lots of buttonwood logs on Friday, dug a pit and started the fire about five oclock in the morning Saturday to boil the shrimp, said longtime island resident and Lion Pete McCagg. This was the primary fundraiser, though we also held a raffle. For the first few years, we raffled a television set and later a small boat, motor and trailer. One year we got very daring and raffled an automobile. In the years of 1962 through 1970, Lions raised money by sponsoring a Gopher Turtle Derby. This had been a project of the Fort Myers Lions Club as part of the Edison Festival for several years. They paid the Seminole Indians 25 cents each for about 50 gopher tortoises, and Lions agreed to pay the Fort Myers Club 50 cents and save the gophers for the Shrimp Festival. Lions resold the turtles to beach businesses and/ or individuals for $5. They painted the shell with watercolor paints and strapped lightweight decorations on their backs as advertisement. Gophers in heats of six to eight were put in an inner circle, and the first to reach an outer circle won. When the festival was over, all gophers were released back into the wild. The Lions decided that it had reached the point where it should be a chamber of commerce project. After one year, the chamber decided it was too much work, and the Lions Club agreed to take it back. Fort Myers Beach Lions have sponsored the Shrimp Festival with pride every year since, knowing that people make their vacation plans around the festival dates. The residents look forward to the festival as a celebration of their local heritage. Contestants from last years Shrimp Festival Queen pageant Lions have harnessed the skills for perfectly cooked pink shrimp Fun at the Fort Myers Beach Lions Shrimp Festival is for all agesPost Offices Host National Passport DayPlanning a trip outside the country? Mission work? Or perhaps a cruise or holiday vacation? Postmasters in Alva and Fort Myers will be accepting passport applications on Saturday, March 10. Passport service will be provided to assist people whose hectic schedules make it difficult to complete this task during the week. The Alva Post Office, located at 17301 Broadway Street in Alva, will host the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 728-3924. The Page Field Post Office, located at 2655 N. Airport Road in Fort Myers, will host the event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling 277-3336. It is recommended that customers come in as early as possible to apply for their passports at least eight weeks or earlier before their departure to avoid any extra costs involved in expediting their application. The U.S. Department of State is currently reporting four to six week processing times for routine passport applications. It costs $135 total for adults (16 years and older), with separate payment of $25 to the U.S. Postal Service for its processing fee, and $110 paid to the U.S. Department of State for the passport application fee. For persons under 16, the total cost is $105, with separate payments of $25 to the U.S. Postal Service for its processing fee, and $80 to the U.S. Department of State. For expedited passport service, add $60 for each application, payable to the U.S. Department of State. In such cases, the applicant also incurs overnight (Express Mail) delivery costs, payable to USPS. Passport photos will be available at each Post Office for $15. Credit or debit cards, as well as cash or checks, may be used to cover the cost of photos and the acceptance fee. To help the passport application process go smoothly and efficiently, the Postal Service recommends the following: Bring in proper proof of American citizenship. This must be either: a certified birth certificate issued by the city, county or state; a previous U.S. passport; a certificate of citizenship; or a naturalization certificate. (Note: a hospital-issued birth certificate alone is not acceptable.) Bring in proof of identity. This must be either: a previous U.S. passport; a naturalization certificate; a certificate of citizenship; or a current valid drivers license, government ID or military photo ID. Also, bring a photocopy of the drivers license front and back. Passport photograph services will be provided on site for a fee of $15. To save time, customers can download a passport application at www.usps. com/passport to complete their application beforehand. Do not sign the application ahead of time. All applicants must appear in person (including minors). Applicants under age 16 must appear with both parents. If one parent is not available, a notarized authorization from the absent parent is required along with a copy of their drivers license front and back. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702or email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE RIVER MARCH 9, 201226 Quality Life Centers Young Students Prepare Video For Fundraiser Gala Quality Life Center is preparing to celebrate 21 years of service to the community with a luncheon gala on Tuesday, March 27 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Cohen Center at Florida Gulf Coast University, located at 10501 FGCU Boulevard South in Fort Myers. Media Arts instructor Georgia Dawkins is working with the children in the Quality Life Centers afterschool program to develop a short video depicting the education and arts enrichment taking place at the center, teaching her pint-sized crew all about researching, interviewing, recording and editing film. Quality Life Center will be recognizing three organizations that have been working to transform the community in positive ways: Florida Gulf Coast University, The News-Press and Lee Memorial Health Systems. Tickets for the gala are $75 and can be purchased at www.QualityLifeCenter.org or by calling 334-2797. The Title Sponsor is Studio + Architecture, a downtown Fort Myers architectural and design services company, whose president, Ted Sottong, is a member of Quality Life Centers Board of Directors. Other sponsorship opportunities are still available. Quality Life Center is located at 3210 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Fort Myers. Visit www.qualitylifecenter.org for additional details. Alana Campbell, Georgia Dawkins and Amarion Johnson Canterbury School Cougar Golf ClassicThe Inaugural Canterbury Cougar Athletic Club Golf Classic will take place on Sunday, May 6, at The Colony Golf & Bay Club in Bonita Springs. This private 18-hole course was designed by U.S. Open Champion Jerry Pate. Presented by title sponsor Dr. Peter J. Curcione, the modified scramble with four-person teams begins with registration and a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. and a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Anyone making a hole in one at the designated hole will win a new Chevy Equinox. Participants receive: complementary beverages, continental breakfast and lunch. Prizes will be awarded on all par 3 and par 5 holes and for the putting contest. More than $1,000 in prize money will be awarded. Entry fee is $150 per person or a foursome for $500. The school is seeking sponsorships ranging from $100 to $1,500. The tourney includes an auction and raffle with many items including an annual golf membership to Quail West. Proceeds will benefit athletes at Canterbury School. Register sat www.canterburyfortmyers.org/golf or call Canterbury School at 481-4323. Deans Award From ColgateYevangelina Alexandra Rybak is a recipient of the Deans Award for academic excellence during the 2011 fall term at Colgate University, where Rybak is a member of the class of 2012. To be eligible for the Deans Award, a Colgate student must achieve a 3.30 or higher average while enrolled in four courses. Rybak, a graduate of Leon High School, is concentrating in biology at Colgate. Rybak lives in Fort Myers. She is the daughter of Mr. Olexandr Rybak and Mrs. Larysa Rybak. Colgate is a liberal arts college in central New York Schappell Named To Deans ListLindsay Schappell of Fort Myers was named to the Fall 2011 Deans List at Taylor University. Full-time students are named to the Deans List when they have earned a GPA of 3.60 or higher for the term and at least 12 hours carry credit point values. Founded in 1846, Taylor University is an interdenominational liberal arts university of evangelical faith located in Upland, Indiana. The 2012 U.S. News and World Report survey Americas Best Colleges ranked Taylor the number one Baccalaureate college in the midwest. Blue Named To Deans ListDrew University student Matthew E. Blue of Fort Myers has been named to the Deans List for the Fall 2011 semester. In order to qualify for the Deans List, students must earn a grade point average of 3.4 or above, which is equivalent to a B+ or better. Founded in 1867, Drew is a selective, independent, coeducational university with a total enrollment of more than 2,300 students in its College of Liberal Arts, Caspersen School of Graduate Studies and Theological School. Widely recognized for academic excellence, Drew is routinely listed among the nations top colleges by The Princeton Review. International Womens NightLast week, the Multicultural Centre of Southwest Florida and Hispanic American Business Alliance announced a new date for the First Annual International Womens Night, a gala to honor and celebrate economic, political and social achievements of women throughout Southwest Florida. The event will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 2 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 13051 Bell Tower Drive in Fort Myers. Tickets are $50 per person or $500 for a table of 10 and can be purchased online at www.iwnswfl.com. The original March 10 date was changed so that international delegates who wish to attend may do so. The date to nominate the International Woman of the Year has been extended to April 15. Nomination forms for outstanding women from the areas five counties Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades can be found online at www. iwnswfl.com/nominations. A finalist will be honored the night of the event. Special guests scheduled to attend the event will include congresswomen from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, along with prominent women business and civic leaders from the Southwest Florida region. The evening will include dinner, cocktails and live entertainment. The event is chaired by Lee County Commissioner Tammy Hall and sponsored by the Multicultural Centre of Southwest Florida and the Hispanic American Business Alliance. For more information, e-mail Leonardo Garcia at L.GarciaHaba@gmail. com or call Nathan Shaw at 297-1551. Two Book Signings With NonemakerLocal author Laura Allen Nonemaker will attend a book signing on Monday, March 12 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Curves, 231 Del Prado Blvd. South in Cape Coral. Nonemaker, a resident of Cape Coral, will be available to sign copies of her book, Bennys Angel: A Gods Secret Garden Adventure. In addition, Nonemaker will sign books on Thursday, March 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers. Who stole the flowers in Gods Secret Garden? Find out in Bennys Angel, a delightful tale, which uses animals, nature, and a visit from an angel to teach the importance of prayer and the value of trusting God. For more information, contact Traci Jones at 888-361-9473 or email@example.com. Brown Named To OUs Deans ListFort Myerss Tirzah Brown was named to Oglethorpe Universitys Deans List for the Fall 2011 semester. Brown, a Biopsychology and Sociology major, was one of approximately 260 students to earn this distinction, which requires students to achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average while maintaining a full-time class schedule during the semester. Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia was founded in 1835 and enrolls 1,100 students representing 34 states and 28 countries. For more information, visit www.oglethorpe.edu. Share your community news with us.email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE RIVER MARCH 9, 201227 Fort Myers Pediatric Ofce 9350 Camelot Drive Fort Myers (239) 481-5437 www.ppcsw.com Convenient South Fort Myers ofce Visits 365 days a year for ill children Same day appointments FREE prenatal visits Physicians Primary Care of Southwest Florida also specializes in pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology throughout Lee County.LEADERS IN Pediatrics School Smartby Shelley M. Greggs, NCSPDear Shelley, I am considering enrolling my daughter in an all-girls high school next year. I have read that kids who go to same sex school become stronger students and do better than others who go to a mixed school. Is this correct? Katie C., Estero Katie, There has been quite a bit published on the benefits of single-sex schools however this information has been reexamined recently and is currently being hotly debated. One reason single sex schools were founded was because it was said that the brains of boys and girls are so different that students needed separate classrooms to learn and achieve. Recent research is beginning to prove otherwise, even for male students of color who were often seen as the students most likely to be helped by enrolling in single-sex schools. Rebecca Jordan-Young, a sociomedical scientist and professor at Barnard College, has rejected the idea that that the differing organization of female and male brains is the key to behavior. In her well-regarded book, Brainstorm, she concludes, that although sex-linked traits play a role in human development, they do not determine most of our behavior. Currently several other psychologists and scientists from the University of North Carolina and the University of Melbourne have also published information similar to Dr. Youngs reporting that there is little evidence that there is male and female brains learning patterns differ significantly. The recent research team headed by C. Kirabo Jackson, a labor economist at Northwestern University, who analyzed data on 219,849 students from 123 schools to find out whether single-sex schools improved student performance between sixth and 10th grades. The study found that students in all-girls schools were slightly less likely to take math or science courses. Given the fact that such courses often lead to lucrative careers in science, technology, engineering and math or STEM fields, this causes some concern. The data show that while sexsegregated classrooms may benefit a subset of girls, they dont automatically benefit all girls and boys. The girls who did well were those who wanted to have an all-girls class. The United States has had both singlesex and mixed-sex schools since the 1700s, although many older institutions of higher education were reserved for the male sex and since then have changed their policies to become coeducational in the 1970s. Many of our religiously affiliated high schools and colleges have long been single-sex institutions as well. So if science is saying that the data on brain biology and hormones does not support improved achievement in single-sex schools why do students attend these schools? Learning encompasses much more than what goes on in the brain and it seems that many single-sex schools address some important learning considerations. They include genderspecific teaching strategies, less pressure toward gender stereotyping than in mixed schools that may allow for more educational opportunities for both girls and boys and of course family traditions. Many young people want to attend the high school that ones mother or father attended as a matter of family history and pride. A close look at the reasons that you and your daughter want a single-sex school is in order so you can determine what will work best for your family. 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 email@example.com. Not all questions submitted can be addressed through this publication. Deans ListJames R. Dunlop, of Cape Coral, a senior, was named to the Deans List of Mercer Universitys School of Engineering for the fall 2011 semester. Inclusion on this list requires students to meet rigorous grade-pointaverage standards for the School of Engineering. Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,300 students in 11 schools and colleges liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies on major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah and at four regional academic centers across the state. Mercer is affiliated with four teaching hospitals Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and The Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital in Columbus and has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. Academy Offers Art History Lunch & Learn ProgramThe Academy at Shell Point invites the public to attend a two-session presentation, which includes a boxed Iunch with Professor Roxanne Precopia. This event allows us to explore various periods of art, including numerous artists, while focusing on the themes The Crucifix in Art and Artistic Portrayals of Women in the Bible. The sessions will take place from 10:15 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21 in the Village Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point Retirement Community. Space is limited, so tickets are required to attend, and can be purchased for $25 a piece by calling 454-2054. We are so happy to offer another class by Professor Roxanne Precopia, said Teri Kollath, manager of Academy and volunteer services. She has such a unique way of taking a subject through the many eras of art history while bringing a fresh approach to the lecture. This is such a unique topic, with so much background and detail in history, that I know all who attend will find it fascinating. In the first session attendees will learn how the crucifix, a symbol of Christs death on the cross, has been a central image in art. This image has varied, reflecting the prevailing climate of religious thought as well as the artists personal expression of the narrative. During the second session after lunch, Precopia will discuss how women of the bible have often been a theme of artists over the centuries. Using these thematic portraits the lecture will discuss the narratives, technical and stylistic attributes of various artists depictions. Featured works of art by Carravaggio, Tiepolo, Rembrandt, Jan Steen, Ricci, Benzoni, Chagall, Schwebel and others will be viewed and discussed. The Academy of Life Long Learning at Shell Point is a lifelong learning educational initiative for the residents of the retirement community. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800780-1131. Professor Roxanne Precopia Read us online at IslandSunNews.com
THE RIVER MARCH 9, 201228 Financial FocusBecome Familiar With These Five Key Categories by Jennifer BaseyAs an investor, what are your goals? You can probably think of quite a few, but over the course of your lifetime, your objectives typically will fall into five key categories. And once youre familiar with these areas, you can start thinking of what theyll mean to you in terms of your financial and investment strategies. So, lets take a look at each of these areas and see what they might entail for you: Preparing for retirement With advances in health care and a greater awareness of healthy living practices, many of us can expect to live two or three decades in an active retirement. To pay for all those years, youll need to save and invest early and often. So, while youre working, take full advantage of your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan, as well as contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA. After understanding your desired retirement lifestyle, your financial advisor can help you determine how, and how much, to save to provide for your income in retirement. Planning for the unexpected You can?t see into the future, so youll need to prepare for anything that comes your way. By building an emergency fund containing six to 12 months worth of living expenses, you can possibly avoid dipping into your long-term investments to pay for things such as a new furnace or a major car repair. And planning for the unexpected also means having sufficient life insurance to provide for your family in case anything happens to you. Educating your children College is already expensive, and college expenses have been rising faster than the overall rate of inflation. If you want to help your children, or grandchildren, pay for school, you may want to invest in a college savings vehicle, such as the 529 plan. You can contribute large amounts to a 529 plan, and earnings have the opportunity to grow tax-free, provided withdrawals are used for higher education. (Withdrawals not used for education are subject to income taxes and a 10 percent penalty.) Living in retirement Once you reach retirement, your investment emphasis will shift somewhat, from accumulating resources to making them last. By working with a financial advisor, you can develop a withdrawal strategy that can help make sure you dont outlive the income you receive from your 401(k), IRA and other sources. At the same time, given the possible length of your retirement, you cant ignore the need to invest for growth, so you may need to consider some growth-oriented vehicles in your portfolio to help your income keep pace with inflation. Transferring your wealth When youve worked hard your whole life, you want to be able to leave a legacy, one that allows you to provide financial resources to the next generation and to those charitable organizations you may wish to support. So, when its time to think about transferring your wealth, youll want to consult with your financial and legal advisors to create an estate plan thats appropriate for your needs. And because these plans can take significant time to create, you wont want to wait too long to start. So, there you have them: five key financial areas on which to focus as you travel through life. By doing your homework, planning ahead and getting the help you need, you can make the journey a pleasant and productive one. Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor in Fort Myers. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Best Tax Tips RoundtableThe Southwest Florida Small Business Resource Network (SBRN) will host a networking roundtable panel discussion on tax tips for small businesses from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 15 at the Holiday Inn, 9931 Interstate Commerce Drive Fort Myers. SBRN, a statewide organization, is sponsored locally by Florida Gulf Coast Universitys Small Business Development Center. The discussion centers on tax topics including: how to avoid an audit; what and what not to include as income; and how to take advantage of all available deductions. The presenter for this event is Fred Tenorio of public accounting firm Ball, Shanaham & Tenorio. The evening begins with the Resource Networks monthly Network After Five event where members and guests network and exchange ideas for growing their business. Cost for members is $15 per person, which includes hors doeuvres. Guests and unaffiliated small business owners pay $20 person. Space is limited and RSVP is required. To register, go online to www.sbdcseminars.org. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, March 14. For further information or to get directions, contact Lorna Kibbey, coordinator at the Small Business Development Center, at 745-3700. To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732 Shoals Receives ZAGAT AwardShoals Restaurant and Wine Bar, the restaurant attached to the Sandy Butler Market, received an excellent rating from ZAGAT, announced general manager Jason Nelson. The restaurant was rated excellent and received a score of 25 for food, 20 for dcor, 24 for service and an M rating for cost. The comments from the review included browse the gourmet offerings at the store next door while waiting to be seated, raise the bar on dining close to the beach and seafood-centric dishes at prices that can be a bargain. Ratings from ZAGAT are on a 30-point scale, made up of ratings for defined areas including food, decor, service, and cost. In addition to numeric scores, the survey also includes a short descriptive paragraph that incorporates selected quotations (typically a few words) from several reviewers comments about each restaurant or service, as well as typical pricing and other information. Shoals Restaurant recently re-launched with a new menu that takes advantage of an abundance of fresh seafood and produce available in Southwest Florida to offer a creative and fun selection that features local specialties. Other offerings include signature cocktails made with fresh muddled fruits, desserts featuring key limes and mangos, and a wine list that features more than 50 wines at or below retail prices. This means that Shoals is not marking up their wines to reflect restaurant pricing which can be up to three times higher than prices charged at a store. They are able to do this because they are attached to the Sandy Butler Market, which is separated from the restaurant by a tall glass wall. This thin barrier offers diners and guests at the new wine bar a view of the market which is full of fresh and imported food items, dry goods, fresh cheese, a charcuterie (or meat market), 520 wines, freshly roasted coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice and a full selection of cooks gifts and sundries. The market also offers a selection of prepared foods for take-home dining. Shoals Restaurant and Wine Bar is located at 17650 San Carlos Boulevard, Fort Myers. It is open for lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations can be made at www.shoalswinebar.com or by calling 482-6765. Support GroupA support group specifically for families of nursing home and assisted living facility residents will meet on Tuesday, March 20 at 10 a.m. at the Dubin Alzheimers Resource Center, 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 of nursing 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, call the Center at 437-3007. United Way Extends Fundraising CampaignUnited Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades has extended its 2011-12 fundraising campaign, to allow time to raise the $300,000 needed to reach the $8,030,533 goal. The Board of Directors recognizes it is in the best interest of our community to extend the campaign, said Joe Catti, United Way board chair and president of FineMark National Bank and Trust. It is critical to fully fund the programs of our 70 partner agencies that help more than 300,000 Lee, Hendry and Glades residents each year. For the last 18 years, United Way has met or exceeded its annual campaign goal. Based on our communitys incredible track record of caring and giving, United Way firmly believes that everyone will step up to help us meet the goal, said Cliff Smith, United Way president. Although short of the goal, the campaign has been successful: many employees have significantly increased their payroll-deduction pledges; several companies conducted first-time campaigns; and the number of donors making gifts of $1,000 or more has increased. The number of people in our community who need help also is increasing. United Way 211, the help line for referral to health and social services, receives 4,000 calls a month, more than double the number of calls received before the economic downturn. The 13 United Way Houses, which serve as satellite locations for human service agencies, are seeing double the number of clients. United Way agencies provide food for hungry families through tens of thousands of meals at food pantries, meals delivered to the homebound and students backpacks filled with nutritious weekend meals. They also provide shelter for the abused, respite for Alzheimers caregivers, free or reduced-cost health care for children and adults, a healthy start for babies and toddlers, lessons for those who need to master English, and many other programs and services. To learn more or to contribute to the 2011-12 campaign, call 433-2000 or visit www.unitedwaylee.org.
THE RIVER MARCH 9, 201229 Children Discover Life In Full ColorArt of the Olympians (AOTO) and Lee Memorial Health System continue to celebrate Life In Full Color, a patient-based outreach program that provides a positive outlet for children battling illness to share their stories and their inspirations through art. Olympic athletes approach every day with determination, trying to be their very best without knowing what the outcome will be. An athletes journey towards excellence is achieved by looking deep within themselves to find motivation to move forward when obstacles became too much. Much like the children fighting an illness must. Emanuela Pierantozzi, an Italian Olympian in the sport of judo, and Nadia Fanzaga, renowned Italian concert pianst, visited with the children at The Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida on February 27. Pierantozzi shared Olympic stories and artistic passion with the children as they worked to transform clay into unique sculptures. Fanzaga visited with the children and also played a piece on the hospitals piano to help lift spirits. AOTO and Lee Memorial Health System are striving to establish a creative environment that encourages constructive responses to illness. Olympians artists connect with children battling illness, their families and health care providers to bring the arts into the mainstream of restoring bodily, mental and spiritual health. It is a joy to be able to help our youth discover their voice, said Pierantozzi. The key to unlocking that treasure is creating a positive, affirming environment that will enable the childrens stories to unfold through the art they create. Italian pianist Nadia Fanzaga joins Art of the Olympians in Life in Full Color at the Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida Italian pianist Nadia Fanzaga and Jim Nathan Olympian Emanuela Pierantozzi visits with Brie, a patient at the Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida "e Mitchells' exacting skill and professional care reassured me they make you feel like you are their only patient." -Jo Buescher, Patient for 11 years
THE RIVER MARCH 9, 201230 Indispensable Advice from Dr. Dave Get your copy of Dr. Daves Book at Sanibel Island Books and Gifts,1571 Periwinkle Way 472-5223 deaRPharmacistVitamin D Helps From Head To Toeby Suzy Cohen, RPhDear Pharmacist: My friends daughter has rickets. I didnt think that was possible in this day and age. How do I protect my kids? AE, Boston, Massachusetts Rickets is the result of vitamin D deficiency and it causes bowed legs and spinal deformity in children. Low D in adults contributes to osteoporosis. Vitamin D turns into a hormone in your body, and emerging studies suggest that statin cholesterol-lowering drugs are drug muggers of vitamin D (and CoQ10). You can test your vitamin D levels; the blood test is inexpensive. Just as an aside, if you are low in D, you are probably low in A, too. Upping your vitamin D with supplementation can help offset drug mugging from statins, control autoimmune disorders, improve blood sugar levels, reduce cell damage that leads to cancer, and help with conjunctivitis. People with gluten intolerance (and Celiac disease) need to know vitamin D is essential to close tight junctions so unwanted proteins do not leak out into your bloodstream. Vitamin D keeps zonulin in check, so simply put, a deficiency in vitamin D can worsen intestinal hyperpermeability and increase auto-antibodies. Back to rickets, since that is my focus today. Why is rickets making a comeback? I can answer that in a single word: sunscreen. Early last year, a smattering of stories alerted people in the United Kingdom that a 12 year-old girl complaining of aching legs had been found so deficient in vitamin D that she was in a pre-rickets condition. It turned out her mom had been slathering her with SPF 50 sunscreen every day before she went outdoors. A number of UK doctors then stepped forward to acknowledge that rickets was becoming more common. Rickets can cause deformed legs and spines, and that simply should not be happening. If you want to protect your kids, let them get some of the sunshine vitamin. You can eat it, too. Vitamin D is found in cod liver oil, wild-caught coldwater seafood and egg yolks. Some people shy away from seafood (due to mercury concerns) and from eggs (because of cholesterol concerns, which I dont agree with). Milk and cereals fortified with Vitamin D may not be ideal either, due to dairy or grain sensitivities. So what are you going to do? Even if you have a healthy diet of lean grass-fed meats, organic fruits and vegetables and nuts, I still think you should bare some skin in the sun. At this time of year, getting sunshine for 10 to 20 minutes several days a week is impossible if you live in the northern latitudes. Also, depending on upbringing, religious beliefs and personal preferences, some parents teach modesty with their daughters. They insist on long sleeves, skirts, pants or head cover-ups. If this is the case, a D supplement is particularly essential in reducing risk for rickets and adult-onset auto-immune disorders. 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. St. Charles YC Making Waves For Childrens HospitalOn Saturday, March 10, St. Charles Yacht Club will be Making Waves For The Childrens Hospital with a day of on the water along with waterside activities for young patients of Lee Memorial Health Systems Childrens Hospital and their families, then holding a gala dinnerdance and auction to raise funds for the new Childrens Hospital. The St. Charles Yacht Club, 15900 St. Charles Harbour Boulevard in South Fort Myers will host the event for the Lee Memorial Hospital System (LMHS) capital campaign to build a new Childrens Hospital at HealthPark in Fort Myers. The $125 million project will result in a new facility which will increase the number of pediatric beds to 136 from the current 98. Additionally, it will result in another 50 new beds for adult care and provide dramatic improvements in the health care available to both children and adults in our community. The event, called Making Waves For The Childrens Hospital, will start with a day at the Yacht Club for children who are patients at the Childrens Hospital at HealthPark and their families. Beginning late morning, the children will enjoy a picnic lunch and boating-related activities and games before embarking on club members boats for a ride on the Caloosahatchee and adjacent waters. Each patient will have sponsors who are members and friends of St. Charles and who have contributed $100 donations to the hospital project fund. Popular NBC2 weather forecaster Robert Van Winkle will be on hand to greet the children and their families. That evening, the club will host a gala dinner dance and live/silent auction with proceeds being directed to the LMHS Foundation in support of the capital campaign. An impressive assortment of gifts donated by the Southwest Florida business community and other organizations including international providers has been assembled for the auction. They include a 47-foot power catamaran yacht charter in the British Virgin Islands, a weeks stay in a private villa on north Captiva Island, and staycation packages at other area destinations including South Seas Island Resort on Captiva and Hotel Indigo in the Fort Myers River District. Congress Jewelers, Lily & Co. Jewelry Gallery and William E. Wilson Fine Jewelry Design all of Sanibel have also donated very generous gift certificates. Offshore Sailing School of Fort Myers is providing a three-day or five-day sailing course at one of their resort-based facilities Boston Red Sox fans will be able to bid on a dinner for eight people at the Red Sox Diamond Dinner at JetBlue Park on March 27 to celebrate the start of the baseball season, while theater buffs will be interested in two season subscriptions to the highly-acclaimed Florida Repertory Theater and tickets for four on the Murder Mystery Dinner Train. A number of notable area restaurants have also generously provided gift certificates. These and many more auction items will be available for viewing during the day prior to the gala dinner dance at St. Charles. Cocktails will start at 6 p.m., with dinner to follow at 7 p.m. Music for listening and dancing will be provided by The Jackpot Band. Seating for the dinner and auction is limited with reservations required. Attire is yacht club casual, with jackets optional for men. Cost for the evening is $100 per person, a portion of which will be a taxdeductible donation to the Childrens Hospital. Checks need to be made out to LMHS Foundation. Reservations for the evening can be made by contacting Liz Byck at 489-3008. 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, Our 85-year-old father was widowed two years ago and my sister and I would like him to move into a retirement complex. He lives in the family home with a year-old dog. The dog is his faithful companion and gets better care than most children. Our father has isolated himself, is lonely and has commented that he never thought widowhood would be so terrible and he now knows he didnt appreciate what he had. He is determined to stay because he likes his home. What do you suggest we do to try to convince him? Mary Liz Dear Mary Liz, Why try to convince him to do something you want him to do? He has lost his wife, your mother, now you want him to lose his home and sense of independence? Why not try to support him in his own home? If you think he is depressed, ask him to be evaluated by his physician. If you think he is lonely and isolated, ask him if that is how he feels (not how you think he feels). If he does feel lonely and isolated, open a discussion about how to reduce those feelings through community service and programming. Pryce Dear Mary Liz, If your father has decided to stay in his own home, that is his decision and his right and no amount of talking will change his mind. His memories are there and he feels comfortable there so that is where he should be. However, he may find it increasingly difficult and decide himself to make a change at a future date. Lizzie Lizzie and Pryces e-mail address is email@example.com.
THE RIVER MARCH 9, 201231 Dr. DaveNibblees, Bleebettes Or Acrochordonby Dr. Dave HepburnOne of the things that irritate me, literally, are tags in the back collar of my shirts. (Please reread this last sentence in the grumpy whine of Andy Rooney, then go clip your eyebrows with a weed whacker.) I live in fear of cutting them off and having my shirt unravel or shrink two sizes in the wash, exposing my patients to that attractive yet intimidating navel lint. Every noise outside my home could be the tag police about to bust in and arrest me. Though youd think theyd get used to it, my neighbors still get upset seeing me in handcuffs while the sirens send their dogs into whirling dervishes. Do these tags contain some formula for washing my clothes that will be forever lost should I cut them off? Wash them without the tag and they turn flaming magenta or lose an arm? Once, while giving a talk, a tag was irritating my neck so badly that I kept reaching back to scratch it. Finally, I had to apologize to the audience and I removed my shirt. That was the last time I was invited to speak at the Chippendales convention... jealousy, I suspect. Skin tags are just as annoying as shirt tags and are also often found on the neck. You know them, the wee skin danglers that flop about on a thin wobbly stalk like a Kansas sunflower or a portobello mushroom on a flimsy stem that blows about in a westerly wind produced by an El Nino and, on occasion, an El Nina in September through late November. On the plus side, skin tags are loads of fun to play with, especially when they have a long stalk. You can flick them about at dinner, toss them over your groin or, if youre really talented, the groin of someone beside you. Spar with them like a punching bag for exercise. And its reassuring to know that skin tags is completely benign. Benign is a pleasant word like peppermint, playoffs and Bingo (under the B... 9). Benign, as in be nine points ahead of your wife in Scrabble (but win and you better be nine miles out of town in a hurry). A skin tag is called an acrochordon, which to be honest is a waste of an excellent, exotic medical name because we really dont give a rats patoot about skin tags. They should be called nibblees or bleebettes or Kevin or something boring, which they are. They are completely safe, unless one swings up and hits you in the eye while youre passing a Lamborghini in a school zone. Skin tags typically crop up in places where skin is rubbed under friction like the armpit, neck, groin and even on the eyelids of those who rub their eyes a lot. They can occur under your breasts, explaining the general migration of skin tags towards the knees with age. Small ones may be unnoticeable and often fall off on their own, which may explain that mysterious plop you heard in your soup last week. Speaking of soup, some are the size of lentils, others the size of wonton. One patient showed me one in his groin that was literally the size of a golf ball. Now as a doctor, anything to do with golf gets our attention, so I took a be-nine iron and whacked it off. (Im fairly sure it was the skin tag I hit as I didnt notice any dramatic change in his vocal intonation.) While skin tags are frequently and inadvertently shaved off with a razor or even by waxing, home removal is generally frowned upon, particularly if youre inclined to do so while the entree is being served. Skin tags can be frozen off with liquid nitrogen or snipped off with clippers, scissors or the cats really sharp incisors. But do it the house at your peril. Like my mother always said, David, I dont want useless pieces of skin hanging about the house. Now get to school before I take Rooneys weed whacker to you. 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. 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THE RIVER MARCH 9, 201232 DID YOU KNOW PUZZLE ANSWERS My Stars FOR WEEK OF MARCH 12, 2012ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Keep an open mind about a suggestion you see as unworkable. Give it a chance to prove itself one way or another. The results could surprise both supporters and detractors. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) News about an upcoming venture causes you to make some last-minute adjustments in your plans. But the extra work will pay off, as you come to learn more about the potential benefits opening up. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A more positive aspect grows out of your determination to reach your immediate goals. Continue to keep your focus sharp and on target by steering clear of petty quarrels and other pesky problems. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) By acting as a voice of reason, you can avoid adding to an already turbulent situation. You might have to shout over the tumult, but your words ultimately will be heard and heeded. LEO (July 23 to August 22) The possibility of a new acquisition always makes those Leonine eyes light up. But be careful that what you see is what you want. Appearances can often be deceiving. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) No matter how much you might feel that youre in the right, resist saying anything that could reignite a still-unresolved situation. Let the matter drop, and move on. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Help with a personal problem comes from an unexpected source. You also find workplace pressures easing. Use this period of calm to restore your spent energies. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) You might have to share the credit for that project youre working on. But therell be enough credit to go around, and your efforts will be recognized and rewarded. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Details need to be dealt with before you can move on to another area. Make sure you dont leave any loose ends that could later cause everything to unravel. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) News about a change in the workplace carries with it a challenge you could find difficult to resist. Check it out. It could be what youve been waiting for. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Allowing your artistic nature full expression will help restore your spirits and will put you in the mood to take on that new career challenge. A Libra creates excitement. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Expect to happily plunge right into a hectic social whirl starting at weeks end. Your aspects favor new friendships as well as the strengthening of old relationships. BORN THIS WEEK: Like St. Patrick (who was also born this week), your spiritual strength is an inspiration to others. On March 18, 1852, in New York City, Henry Wells and William G. Fargo join with several other investors to launch their namesake business. In July 1852, their company shipped its first loads of freight from the East Coast to mining camps scattered around northern California. On March 17, 1901, paintings by the late Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh are shown in Paris. Van Gogh had committed suicide 11 years earlier without any notion that his work was destined to win acclaim beyond his wildest dreams. In his lifetime, he had sold only one painting. On March 14, 1914, stock-car racer Lee Arnold Petty (father of Richard Petty) is born near Randleman, N.C. In 1959, he won the Daytona 500. Its said that Lee Petty never lost a race on account of being too kind to his competitors, even if his competitors were family. On March 16, 1926, at Auburn, Mass., American Robert Goddard successfully launches the worlds first liquid-fueled rocket. The 10-foot rocket, fueled by liquid oxygen and gasoline, traveled for 2.5 seconds at a speed of about 60 mph, reaching an altitude of 41 feet and landing 184 feet away. On March 13, 1942, the Quartermaster Corps of the United States Army begins training dogs for the newly established War Dog Program, or K-9 Corps. Perhaps the most famous war dog was Rin Tin Tin, an abandoned puppy of German war dogs found in France in 1918 and taken to the United States, where he made his film debut in the 1922 silent film The Man From Hells River. On March 15, 1954, the Chords record Sh-boom. The songs lighthearted melody and nonsensical lyrics kicked off a new era of doo-wop music. Doo-wop hits included Earth Angel by the Penguins and In the Still of the Night by the Five Satins. On March 12, 1969, the London drug squad appears at house of George Harrison and Pattie Boyd with a warrant and drugsniffing canines. Sergeant Pilcher, the man behind the raid, was later convicted of planting drugs in other cases and went to jail in 1972. It was 20th-century American director, screenwriter, playwright and novelist Ben Hecht who made the following sage observation: Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock. If you visualize an image of John Lennon, more likely than not youll see him in your minds eye wearing a pair of round spectacles. In July of 2007, one pair of those iconic glasses was sold at auction for a whopping $2 million. Theres nothing terribly surprising about the fact that an animated version of George Orwells famed novel Animal Farm was produced in the United States in 1954. What made this production unusual is that the movie rights were bought by, and the film was covertly funded by, the CIA. It was thought that it would be excellent anti-Communist propaganda during the Cold War. If youre like 12 percent of American men who are about to get married, youll go to a tanning bed before you make that walk down the aisle. You might be surprised to learn that early automobile magnate Henry Ford was a fan of soy. In the 1940s, the fabric used for the upholstery in some of his cars was made from 25 percent soy. He even owned a soybased suit of clothing that he would sometimes wear for media events. The Transportation Security Administration banned cigarette lighters on carry-on luggage between 2005 and 2007. During that time, TSA screeners confiscated 22,978 lighters every day. Safe disposal of those lighters cost the taxpayers approximately $4 million every year. Obstinacy is the result of the will forcing itself into the place of the intellect. -Arthur Schopenhauer THIS WEEK IN HISTORY STRANGE BUT TRUE THOUGHT FOR THE DAY1. LITERATURE: Which of Shakespeares plays features the line, Neither a borrower nor a lender be? 2. LANGUAGE: What would a diaper be called in Great Britain? 3. HISTORY: In what year did man rst walk on the moon? 4. GAMES: Who invented basketball? 5. AD SLOGANS: What fast-food restaurant chain urged customers to ?have it your way?? 6. RELIGION: Who was the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? 7. FOOD & DRINK: What is the main liquor used in margaritas? 8. MOVIES: Which character was the only non-Jedi to use a lightsaber in the rst Star Wars trilogy? 9. ANATOMY: Where are the deltoids located in the human body? 10. TELEVISION: How many seasons did the comedy series Bewitched run on TV? TRIVIA TEST1. Hamlet 2. A nappy 3. 1969 4. Sports coach James Naismith 5. Burger King 6. Joseph Smith 7. Tequila 8. Han Solo 9. Shoulders 10. Eight. ANSWERS SPORTS QUIZ1. In 2010, Milwaukees Ryan Braun became the fth player in major-league history to hit at least 125 home runs and post at least a .300 average in his rst four seasons. Name two of the other four. 2. Who was the last National League player to have at least 30 home runs and 30 errors in the same season? 3. How many times have Army, Navy and Air Force all played in a football bowl game in the same season? 4. Who held the record for most 3-point eld goals made in an NBA Finals game before Ray Allen hit eight in a game in 2010? 5. Who played the most games in his NHL career without ever making the Stanley Cup playoffs? 6. When was the last time before 2011 that New Zealand won the Rugby World Cup? 7. Who was the rst non-American female golfer to win the LPGA Championship?1. Joe DiMaggio, Chuck Klein, Albert Pujols and Ted Williams. 2. Pedro Guerrero of the Los Angeles Dodgers, in 1983. 3. Once, in 2010. 4. Kenny Smith (1995), Scottie Pippen (1997) and Allen (2008) each had seven 3-pointers in an NBA Finals game. 5. Guy Charron played in 734 games without a postseason appearance. 6. It was 1987. 7. Canadas Sandra Post, in 1968. ANSWERS
33 THE RIVER MARCH 9, 2012 Red Sox Perform Six More Of Their 100 Acts Of KindnessAs part of a longstanding commitment to support organizations in their spring training home, the Boston Red Sox chose six Southwest Florida organizations as the latest beneficiaries of the 100 Acts Of Kindness, a program during Fenway Parks 100th anniversary season that recognizes and supports the work of charitable organizations. The Red Sox organized a six-location, two-day volunteer effort last week. With the completion of the six Acts Of Kindness in Florida, the total this year will reach 17. February 28 was designated a Day of Community Service. From 3 to 5 p.m., Red Sox uniformed personnel and front office staff visited the Amigos Center, Community Cooperative Ministries Inc.s Meals On Wheels and Special Equestrians. Volunteers interacted with youth, helped stock shelves, assisted the homeless and hungry with emergency food selections, and assisted with therapeutic horseback riding classes for children and adults with disabilities. The Amigos Center provides social and legal services for immigrants of Southwest Florida to help them lead a new and better life in the USA. Its goal is to help immigrants attain the education, skills, and resources necessary so they can succeed. The Amigos Center is located at 106 S. 2nd Street in Immokalee. The Meals On Wheels program delivers one hot, nutritious, and well-balanced meal a day five days a week, including extras for the weekend. This program is intended for Lee County residents who are elderly, ill, or disabled and are unable to shop or prepare their own food. Meals On Wheels is located at 3429 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Fort Myers. Special Equestrians, Inc. is a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) Premier Accredited Center that offers therapeutic horseback riding classes to children and adults with disabilities in Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties of Southwest Florida. The horseback riding program supports 12 horses and services more than 75 disabled riders each week. The address for Special Equestrians is 5121 Staley Road in Fort Myers. On February 29, another Day of Community Service was held from 3 to 5 p.m. Red Sox uniformed personnel and front office staff participated in the CCMI-Backpack Program benefiting Treeline Elementary, and visited the VA Outpatient Clinic and the African Caribbean American Center (AFCAAM). Volunteers assembled backpacks with food for local students, interacted with local veterans, and performed mentoring and tutoring sessions to help students build self-esteem and self-reliance. As many as 97 percent of some school children in Lee County are on free or reduced lunch and over 700 children are homeless. CCMI provides weekend backpacks full of food to more than 2,500 children each school year. The backpacks will be assembled at Treeline Elementary, whose students will be the beneficiaries of the backpacks. The school is located at 10900 Treeline Avenue in Fort Myers. The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System improves the health and well being of our men and women who have served our country. The VA program in Fort Myers is an outpatient clinic that provides a wide variety of medical, surgical, and rehabilitative care to veterans. The VA Outpatient Clinic is located at 3033 Winkler Avenue in Fort Myers. The African Caribbean American Center (AFCAAM) After School Program focuses on providing exceptional reading and tutoring educational services to the children in Lee County and the Dunbar community. The program hosts over 100 kids, ranging from kindergarten through fifth grade. The address for AFCAAM is 3681 Michigan Avenue in Fort Myers. As a way to highlight and support the important work done by the many charitable institutions throughout New England and beyond, the Red Sox are engaging in 100 Acts Of Kindness with various not-for-profit organizations during the 100th anniversary season of Fenway Park in 2012. These acts will take on a number of different forms, including donations, volunteer efforts, and hosting community events. Each act will be designed to highlight organizations and causes throughout New England. Red Sox ownership, players, alumni, and staff will participate. Additional acts will be announced throughout 2012, culminating with 100 by the end of this 100th anniversary year. Amigos Center staff, volunteers and clients meet the Red Sox Meals On Wheels staff and volunteers Kids at AFCAAMs Day of Service meet Wally, the Red Sox mascot Special Equestrians go for a ride Meals On Wheels workers prepping meals From page 31Heart Ballmedical and community leaders are expected to attend the event, which will be held at 6 p.m. the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs. The co-signature sponsors for this years Heart Ball are Fifth Third Bank and NCH Healthcare System. The Poster Contest sponsor is Arthrex and the Dr. Pascotto Golden Heart Award Sponsor is Florida Gulf Coast University. Additional top sponsors are Fowler White Boggs; Home Tech Inc., Regions Bank; Lee Memorial Health System; CenturyLink; and Dr. Chris Papadopoulos and Mary Bongiovanni. Media sponsors for this years Heart Ball are Waterman Broadcasting, Gulfshore Life and Comcast. Each year, the Heart Ball helps to raise money essential to research and education that aids in the fight against heart disease and stroke the No. 1 and No. 3 killers of people in this country, respectively. Nationally, every 33 seconds someone dies from heart disease, and each year just under a million people die from cardiovascular diseases. Through the fundraising work of the American Heart Association and its generous donors, research has yielded such groundbreaking discoveries as cardiac catheterization, open-heart surgery, angioplasty, pacemakers and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). For more information on the 2012 Heart Ball, contact Regan Goldberg, vice-president of Southwest Florida Field Operations, at 498-4901 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE RIVER MARCH 9, 201234 Pets Of The Week PROFESSIONAL DIRECTORY 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 CONTRACTORS 24/7 Rapid Response Line239-472-1888License # CMC056884 Honest Honest * Reliable Reliable * Dependable DependableIMPACT WINDOWS & DOORS/GLASS Windows PlusPGT Windows & Doors10831 Sunset Plaza Circle, Unit 107 Fort Myers, FL 33908 E-mail: email@example.comLicensed & 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Products: www.marykay.com/mbutcher Career information available Gift ideas available New Product! Night Restore & Recover Complex My name is Amelia and I am a spayed female 2-year-old brown lab/pit bull mix. I love people! In fact, I like to sit right next to my caretakers to make sure I get plenty of extra hugs and kisses. I think I am a tiny lap dog even though Im 50 pounds now (I only weighed 39 pounds when Animal Services rescued me). Other dogs and cats are not a problem because I Iove pets, too. My favorite things are going for walks and taking afternoon naps. Unfortunately, I lost my sight, but can get around like every other dog. I am in my foster home until I find my furever home. Please consider me for your family. To arrange a meeting with me, contact email@example.com. My adoption fee is $45 during Animal Services Find Your Lucky Charm adoption promotion (regularly $75). If you volunteer for any organization, you can adopt me for only $8. (LCDAS says thank you to all volunteers for everything they do for the community!) My name is Priscilla and I am a spayed female 2-year-old calico domestic short hair. The shelter staff and my foster family say Im an exceptionally sweet kitty, but Ive been through some rough times and need special care. The veterinarian found a large polyp in my ear. The polyp was removed, but I still have some difficulty with my balance and sometimes I feel like everything is spinning. The vet says I may have some partial improvement, but it could be a permanent condition. I may also be deaf. My disability doesnt affect my outlook on life though. I still enjoy people and Im a great companion. Please consider opening your home and heart to me. I will give you lots of love in return. Im currently in a foster home, so contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a meeting with me. My adoption fee is $25 during Animal Services Find Your Lucky Charm adoption promotion (regularly $50). If you volunteer for any organization, you can adopt me for only $8. 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, ageappropriate 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. Priscilla ID# 524622 Amelia ID# 514257 Wiener Dog DerbyThe 3rd annual Florida Wiener Dog Derby will be held on Saturday, March 24 at the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers. Pre-race ceremonies begin at 10:45 a.m. and the races commence at 11 a.m. This will be a fun-filled family day with vendors, dog demonstrations, entertainment and activities. A new event, the Wiener Wannabe Race will be debuted. All leashed dogs are welcome. There is no fee for admission but there is a $5 Lee County parking fee. Race registration is available online at www.floridawienerdogderby.com. Prospective vendors and sponsors can visit the website or contact Donna Ellis at donna@floridawienerdogderby. com. The Florida Wiener Dog Derby, Inc. is a non-profit organization devoted to the support of local animal welfare organizations.
THE RIVER MARCH 9, 201235 PROFESSIONAL DIRECTORY PUZZLE ANSWERS SUDOKU SCRAMBLERS answer on page 35BUILDING CONTRACTOR Helenbrook Homes, Inc.Licensed & InsuredCerti ed Building ContractorCBC026067Serving Sanibel & Captiva for the last 25 yearsNew Homes Remodeling FramingDave Helenbrook 239 / 466-4030 COMPUTERS FINANCIAL SERVICES THE RIGHT INVESTMENTS IN YOUR IRA CANMAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE. To learn about the bene ts of an Edward Jones IRA, call or visit today.www.edwardjones.com Member SIPC Jennifer L Basey Financial Advisor1952-2 Park Meadows Dr Ft Myers, FL 33907 239-437-5900 CONSTRUCTION/REMODELING 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: email@example.comFISHING CHARTER 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
HELP WANTED SERVICES OFFERED SERVICES OFFERED BOATS CANOES KAYAKS AUTO FOR SALE MISC FOR SALE LOST AND FOUND FICTITIOUS NAME COMMERCIAL SPACE REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATETHE RIVER MARCH 9, 201236 NS 10/28 BM TFN VISIT:SanibelOpenHouses.com Pfeifer Realty Group Sanibel Island, FL2394720004SANIBELOPEN HOUSES POSTED DAILYPROFESSIONAL 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 239-989-7799 RR 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 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 email@example.comRS 10/28 NC TFN LOST IN SANIBELSTERLING SILVER MEXICAN BRACELET Gift, sentimental value. $50 Reward. 472-1254 or 810-9153NR 2/24 NC 3/16 FOUNDA ladies watch. West Gulf Beach, Sanibel. Call 239-472-0238 to identify.NS 2/24 NC 3/16 COMPUTER ASSISTANCEComputer (Mac or PC), iPod, iPhone and Kindle assistance. After a brief (FREE) consult I will assist you with you tech needs. Anything from how to use your iPad to troubleshooting problems with your PC. Easy/cheap rates and I will come to you (Sanibel and Captiva only). John 312-375-5803NR 3/2 CC 3/9 UNIQUE PIANO FOR SALE1935 Steinway black ebony upright. Made in Germany, #280608, Model V. One family owned. All parts original including curved seat. Asking $6,000 OBO. Call 239-466-6135.RR 3/2 CC 3/9 OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE700 square feet. Good Periwinkle location. Call Joe 516-972-2883. RS 3/2 PC 3/23 VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDAt The Sanibel School Call Michelle Wesley 239-910-8000RS 3/9 NC 3/30 HEAD CUSTODIANAt The Sanibel School Full bene ts. Tolls paid. Call Maureen at 472-1617.NS 3/9 NC 3/30 BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIESAttention Final Expense Agents: Top rated IMO expanding. Opportunities exist throughout the southeast. We are looking for agents and managers. Great commissions and an outstanding lead program. Attention Insurance Agents Prequali ed leads to market nal expense insurance. $100k a year agency building opportunity. Attention Insurance Agents Prequali ed leads to market insurance to the senior market. $100k a year opportunity. Call John at 203-763-9534.NS 3/9 NC 3/30 MONINO CONSTRUCTION, INC.CBC 1257406 Home Maintenance, Drywall, Tile, Paint, Carpentry. Call Luis 239-209-3979 Licensed & InsuredNR 3/9 CC 3/30 2004 BMW 330 CONVERTIBLEOriginal owner 19,500 miles sport & premium Mint $19,900 239-472-0616NR 3/9 CC 3/9 MISC. FOR SALEPowermate Generator 4000W 8HP Briggs & Stratton Engine 120/240V $125, Whirlpool Refrigerator No Freezer Compartment $125, Haier Wine Cooler $125. 239-472-0292NR 3/9 CC 3/9 FICTITIOUS NAMENOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name of CLASSIC & TEXTILE ART, located in Lee County, Florida, with an address of 3812 SE 11th Ave., Cape Coral, FL 33904 has registered said name with The Division of Corporations of the Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida. Dated the 9th Day of March 2012. Lawrence MatthewsNR 3/9 CC 3/9 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. Price reduced to $69,900. Ground rental $541.66/mo. Key at of ce. Dorisdavenport@hotmail.comRR 3/9 CC 3/30 OPEN HOUSE BY OWNEROpen House by owner, March 10, Fort Myers, 13151 Kings Point Drive Unit 9A will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Priced for a quick sale; prime location and value can be yours in this two bedroom, two tiled bath condo with two sunrooms. $36,900.NS 3/9 NC 3/9 OPEN HOUSETROPICANA CO-OP 55-plus resident-owned park Saturday, March 24, 1-3 p.m. 16711 McGregor Blvd. (Corner McGregor & John Morris Rd.) 239-243-0822 Door Prizes www.tropicanacoop.comNR 3/9 CC 3/9 Isabella RasiIbt Rt En Cbnt Isabella Rasi (239) 246-4716EftIsabellaRasi@aol.com RS 3/9 NC 3/30McGREGOR WOODS GREAT FAMILY HOME IN McGREGOR WOODS! 3/3/2 $299,000MATLACHA 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. $1,299,000
REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE VACATION RENTAL SEASONAL RENTAL ANNUAL RENTAL SCAN CODE FOR A FREE LIST OF ALL ISLAND PROPERTIESFOR SALEVISITwww.FreeSanibelList.comPfeifer Realty Group Sanibel Island, FL239-472-0004 RS 6/17 BM TFNTHE RIVER MARCH 9, 201237 The River EMAIL: Ads@RiverWeekly.com NEAR BEACH PRIVATE HOME 3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH3 bedroom, 2 bath Home with heated pool, in quiet Sanibel neighborhood. Seasonal and monthly rentals. 239-472-0692 or www.4sanibel.com. RS 10/14 CC TFN GARAGE MOVING YARDSALES CAUTION FREEREAL ESTATESeminar Thinking of buying on Sanibel or Captiva?Learn about the market, neighborhoods, condos, regulations, zoning, costs, rentals, contingencies, inspections, disclosures, contracts, clauses, etc.No Obligation No Sales Pitch Just Information Monday 4 PM Bank of the Islands1699 Periwinkle Way, SanibelRobyn & Robb MoranREALTORS(239) 443-0110 to con rm John Gee & CompanyNR 2/17 BM 3/9EAST END2 BR-2 BA. Heated Pool-Canal Dock. One Story-Unfurnished. 395-1786NR 2/17 CC 3/9 LIGHTHOUSE REALTYPaul J. Morris, Broker VACATION RENTALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & SALES 359 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island 239-579-0511RR 2/24 CC 3/16 RE/MAX OF THE ISLANDSPutting owners and tenants together Call Dustyn Corace www.remax-oftheislands.com 239-472-2311RS 2/24 BM 3/16 TO PLACE AN AD LOG ON: IslandSunNews.com& click on Place Classified FOR SALE AT PERIWINKLE PARKIdeal arrangement, bedroom/bath at each end of a 60 foot mobile home. FL room with dining area added later giving an open concept of LR and kitchen, plus bedrooms and baths. Two sofa beds and stacked washer & dryer. A delightful deck with a big presiding frog and storage Bldg. in back and carport in front. $159,000. 5 E Street, unit 314. 239-472-3403.NS 3/2 CC 3/23 MARINER POINTE TOWNHOUSEUnfurnished-ground level; 2 BR 2-1/2 BA; 2 encl porches; Bay/Canal views; shing pier; Lease includes Cable TV, water, pest control, refuse collection. Boat dock lease available. No pets. Rate negotiable. 239-395-1786 NR 3/2 CC 3/9 SANIBEL, BEACH ACCESSAnnual rental, 2BR, 1 BA, 1/2 Duplex, near beach. Private laundry, dishwasher, unfurnished. No pets, non-smoker. PH 708-557-1083 NR 3/2 CC 3/9 SOBCZAK KNOWS SANIBEL!As a VIP Realtor, Charles Sobczak has closed more than 700 properties on Sanibel & Captiva in 68 subdivisions and 36 condominium developments. As the author of Living Sanibel A Nature Guide to Sanibel & Captiva Islands Charles Sobczak knows the history of the Island and the Sanibel Plan as well as the names of all of your fellow islanders, from gopher tortoises to sabal palms. With more than 27 years of Island experience, call Charles Sobczak for all your real estate needs!(239) 850-0710 or e-mail him at livingsanibel@ earthlink.netJUST LISTED! This quiet street is located in the heart of #1 Sanibel Island. The homesite is 100 X 140, on City sewer and water, and best of all, priced at $212,555. Call Charlie for details. RR 3/9 CC 3/9 TIMESHARE FOR SALEWyndham Bonnet Creek Orlando, Florida. Access Via Epcot. Near Waldorf Astoria. Use anywhere in U.S.A. Price $28,000. Value $38,000. 239-472-4666.NS 3/9 CC 3/9 MARINER PTE. BAYVIEW2nd Floor, Crows Nest/1 BR/1BA Spectacular view of Bay/ Newly remodeled Mar. 17 24 open due to cancelation. WiFi and usual amenities Call 395-0179NR 3/9 CC 3/9 NEWLY DECORATED 1BR APTTV, WI, hot tub, bikes, 5 minute walk to beach. $105 per night, Sorry no pets, please call 239-433-1660 request e-mail picturesNR 3/9 CC 3/16 DUNES SEASONAL RENTAL3 BR, 3 Bath home with pool Lake views, fabulous sunsets Master suite with jacuzzi Available Sept 2012, 3 month minimum Call 860-559-5471NR 3/9 CC 3/30 MARINER PTE. BAYVIEW2nd Floor, Crows Nest/1 BR/1BA Spectacular view of Bay/ Newly remodeled Mar. 17 24 open due to cancelation. WiFi and usual amenities Call 395-0179NR 3/9 CC 3/9 DAVIS COURT 2 bed/2 bath top oor condo for rent. Minutes to Sanibel, $795/month plus utilities. Available April 1. First and security required. Call Chris at 851-3506. RS 3/2 NC 3/30 GARAGE SALElots of toys, books, clothes, household items, collectibles and glassware. Saturday March 10 from 9am to 2pm at 5307 Lady nger Lake Road on Sanibel Island.NR 3/9 CC 3/9 UNIQUE GARAGE SALEHuge collection of eclectic stuff tools, studio props,boating, clothing..... Sat, March 10, 9 am-1 pm 1220 Sand Castle, Sanibel (in The Dunes)NR 3/9 CC 3/9 WALK TO BEACHAdorable 2 bedroom 1 bath. 1/2 of duplex. East End of Sanibel Great Monthly rates! Call Bob 410-913-2234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org RR 3/9 CC 3/30
THE RIVER MARCH 9, 201238 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 Read us online at islandsunnews.com Read us online at islandsunnews.com 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 Art of the Olympians Museum & Gallery......332-5055 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 Chapter DAR.....................482-1366 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 If you would like your club/organization listed in The River Calling Card, phone 415-7732 Lee County Pet Adoption SpecialAre you feeling lucky? You can find more than a pot of gold at Lee County Domestic Animal Services this March. In fact, you could find your next best friend, unconditional love, or a companion for life. All month long, adult dogs may be adopted for just $45 and adult cats for $25, plus all cats and kittens are two for one. Anyone who volunteers their time for an organization may adopt a puppy or kitten for $25 or an adult pet for $8. The reduced adoption fee still includes the complete package of services consisting of sterilization, age appropriate vaccinations, county license, microchip ID, de-worming, flea treatment, a heartworm test for dogs, feline AIDS and leukemia test for cats, 10-day health guarantee, and a bag of Hills Science Diet dog or cat food. The adoption package is valued at over $500. Finding the perfect companion sometimes takes a little luck. Finding someone who loves you unconditionally is priceless. To find your perfect companion, visit Animal Services shelter at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers next to the Lee County Sheriffs Office off Six Mile Cypress Parkway. Those who would like a peek at how lucky they could be may view the website at www. LeeLostPets.com. Information is automatically updated hourly. Adoption applications may be submitted online. For more information about pets for adoption or any LCDAS programs and services go to www. LeeLostPets.com or call 533-7387 (LEE-PETS). If you are inquiring about a pet you have seen online, please have the animal ID number ready for faster assistance. Lee County invites the community to join in its year-long 125th anniversary celebration. The county named in honor of Civil War Gen. Robert E. Lee was carved from Monroe County and incorporated on May 13, 1887. Visit www.lee-county. com/125th for a schedule of events throughout 2012 as well as a recommended reading list, historical photo gallery, trivia questions and more. University Opens New BuildingHodges University has opened a second building on its Fort Myers campus. The 48,000-square-foot building contains 20 technology equipped classrooms, offices for 50 staff and faculty members, two conference rooms, and a Student Union that features a full service cafeteria and coffee bar. This latest addition to the campus also provides space to accommodate the growing student population, especially the English as a Second Language (ESL) program, and academic and support services that will enhance the students educational experience. Hodges University is seeking Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification for the new building from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions to minimize impacts on the environment and to ensure that a healthy and safe facility is provided for all students, staff and visitors. Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email email@example.com
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