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FREETake Me Home VOL. 12, NO. 52 JANUARY 3, 2014From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort MyersRead Us Online at IslandSunNews.com Riverdale Kiwanis Medieval Faire Is Scheduled For JanuaryThe Riverdale Kiwanis have scheduled the annual Medieval Faire for the weekends of January 11 and 12 and January 18 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Lakes Regional Park in Fort Myers. The two-weekend event is expected to draw over 15,000 attendees. The club is seeking volunteers to help set up, especially those with carpentry or construction skills.continued on page 4 Two knights competing in performance combat photo courtesy of www.EloquentImaging.com Bird Patrol WalkThe next Morning Meander at Lakes Park Nature Walk with a bird patrol guide is slated for Saturday, January 4, at 8:30 a.m. This easy walk along clear paths offers an opportunity to see birds in native vegetation with experienced guides pointing out the many species in Lakes Park, a Lee County birding hot spot and crucial nesting area for many birds. Arrive a few minutes after 8 am for a brief introduction and to sign waivers. Tours start promptly at 8:30. Wear comfortable shoes and dress to be outside. Bring water, sunscreen and binoculars. Lakes Regional Park is at 7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers. Meet at Shelter A7, located near the Train Station. For more information, call 533-7580 or 533-7576. This tour is provided in cooperation with Lee County Parks and Recreation and is free with paid parking ($1 an hour or $5 all day). Downy woodpecker Young Artists To Perform At Art Walk On Friday, January 3, four awardwinning vocalists from the Young Artists Awards program will be performing Broadway show tunes at the Franklin Shops from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in conjunction with January Art Walk in downtown Fort Myers. Noelle Aparte, 17, is a senior at North Fort Myers High School and was the overall voice category winner at the 2013 Young Artists Awards. Callie Atkinson is a 14-year-old freshman attending Cypress Lake High School. Sam Bostic, 19, is a sophomore in the musical theater program at Shenandoah University in Virginia. Sarah Daigle is 18 years old and a recent graduate of North Fort Myers High School.The Young Artists Awards, in its 11th year of programming, is a not-for-profit education, performance, audition and scholarship program for students from throughout Southwest Florida. The organization is also a monthly partner with Art Walk. The Franklin Shops are at 2200 First Street, at the corner of Broadway and First in the downtown Fort Myers River District. The performance is free and open to the public. For more information on the Young Artists Awards, visit www.youngartistsawards.org. Noelle Aparte Sam Bostic Callie Atkinson Sarah DaigleSunset Concert Series ReturnsThe 2014 Bruce T. Gora Sunset Concert Series kicks off on Sunday, January 12 when The David Mayfield Parade returns to the Alliance for the Arts amphitheater stage. The high energy indie folk rock band has performed with bands like Mumford and Sons and The Avett Brothers. The outdoor concert begins at 5 p.m, gates open at 4 p.m. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets and coolers. Alliance member pre-sale tickets are $15. Tickets are $20 at the gate. The David Mayfield Parades newest album Good Man Down features eclectic, cinematic songs that stir up images of the Old West and urban cityscapes. Good Man Down features notable guests Seth Avett, Mayfields bluegrass hero Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and country star Dierks Bentley, who duets with Mayfield on Marty Stuarts Tempted.continued on page 20 The David Mayfield Parade

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THE RIVER JANUARY 3, 20142 Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And Now United Markets Opens, An Era Closesby Gerri Reaves, PhDWhen this circa-1927 photo of downtowns oldest brick building was taken, an era in business history closed. No longer would the northwest corner of First and Jackson be home to HE Heitman Co., established in 1894. Harvie E. Heitman had come to Fort Myers in 1888 to work for his great uncle, Howell A. Parker, who ran a store on that very corner in a two-story wood frame structure. Howells business eventually failed, but in 1894, Heitman moved his own general store to the corner building. His business prospered and in October 1897, he began construction on the building in the photo. Less than three weeks later, the cornerstone was laid for the 33by 67-foot structure. The store opened with much publicity in February 1898. Through personal attention and hard work, Heitman and his brother and partner, Gilmer, created one of the best known grocery stores in South Florida, which specialized in fancy goods and catered to the affluent yachting and winter tourist trade. The lower floor was devoted entirely to the business. Large plate-glass windows provided display space and light, and smaller side windows and transoms provided natural light and ventilation. The upper floor contained six rental spaces, including a private office. The buildings front was painted olive green with gold trimmings. And, there were sidewalks! Amazing, but in 1898, public sidewalks didnt exist. The First Street sidewalk was concrete, and the Jackson Street one was brick. The grocery was known for lavish, artistic Christmas displays and celebrations. Who knows how long it would have lasted had Heitman not died at the age of 49 in April 1922? The business continued briefly after that, but on January 14, 1924, the Fort Myers Press announced Heitman Grocery Is Going Out of Business After Long Service. A closing sale would end the stores 30-year history. ER Barden, who had worked for HE Heitman Co., then started his own grocery there. However, the end of 1926 brought the news that United Markets would be opening a branch in town soon. (Barden Grocery later moved to Second Street, where it remained for many years.) When United Markets opened in the historic building, who could have guessed that its history there would be a fairly short one, perhaps because of the Great Depression? Tropical Market, a meat market, came to the corner, followed by long-running Sears Roebuck in the mid-1930s. Sears was located in the building until the age of the shopping mall shook downtown. Since then, many tenants and architectural flourishes have come and gone. In recent years, the buildings Mediterranean-Revivalist architectural features of the 1920s were restored. Walk down to First and Jackson to see the business districts first modern brick building. Then take a short walk down Jackson to the Southwest Florida Museum of History at 2031 Jackson Street, where you can see the Heitman Building in an exhibit. For information, call 321-7430 or go to museumofhistory.org. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Follow-up with a trip to the Southwest Florida Historical Societys research center, where you can learn more about the legacy of Harvie E. Heitman. 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 visit 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. The River Weekly News will correct factual errors or matters of emphasis and interpretation that appear in news stories. Readers with news, tips, comments or questions, please call (239) 415-7732 or write to: The River Weekly News, 1609 Hendry Street, Suite 15, Fort Myers, FL 33901. Fax number: (239) 415-7702. E-mail: press@riverweekly.com. The River Weekly News reserves the right to refuse, alter or edit any editorial or advertisement.Independently Owned And Operated COPYRIGHT 2014 The River Weekly News LORKEN Publications, Inc.Co-Publishers Lorin Arundel and Ken Rasi Advertising Sales Isabel Rasi George Beleslin Office Coordinator Patricia MolloyGraphic Arts/ProductionAnn Ziehl Sarah Crooks Kristy 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 Justen Dobbs Ed Frank Max Friedersdorf Priscilla Friedersdorf Jim George Shelley Greggs Tom Hall Dr. Dave Hepburn Audrey Krienen Capt. Matt Mitchell Patricia Molloy Di Saggau Downtowns oldest brick building opened in 1898 as HE Heitman Co. It replaced the wood frame structure in which the business was established in 1894. photo by Gerri Reaves In 1927, United Markets opened on the corner of First and Jackson, the former home of HE Heitman Co. courtesy of the Southwest Florida Historical Society,

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3 THE RIVER JANUARY 3, 2014 Chinese & Japanese Cuisine Downtown Fort Myers (Post Oce Arcade Next to 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 www. ichiban-sushi-chinese.com Florida Artists Group Exhibit At The Alliance For The ArtsSince 1949, the Florida Artists Group (FLAG) has held an annual members juried exhibition in multiple Florida cities. This year, they will exhibit at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers, with an opening reception for FLAG 7 on Friday, January 10 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The non-profit organization is comprised of professional artists whose work has achieved national or state-wide recognition. The groups purpose is to stimulate attainment of the highest standards of creative art within the State of Florida. There are 10 area groups in the state. The FLAG 7 juried exhibit features work by artists in Lee, Collier and Hendry counties. Featured artists include Ahlin, Janis Balabon, Cheryl Bogdanowitsch, Pam Brodersen, Patrice Burkhardt, Joanna Coke, Honey Costa, Cheryl Fausel, Gay Germain, Cecily Hangen, Joan Klutch, Richard Rosen, Joan Sonnenberg, Susan von Gries, Patricia Zalisko and Peter Zell. Over its 60-plus year history, the Florida Artists Group has counted among its jurors many distinguished artists, educators, writers, curators, museum directors and major gallery owners, including Lamar Dodd, Head, Department of Art, University of Georgia, Athens; Homer Saint-Gaudens, Director of the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; Robert Beverly Hale, Head of the American Art Section, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Albert Christ-Janer, Dean of the Art School, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York; Dr. H. Lester Cooke, Curator, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; and many more. Artwork by Alliance instructors and their students will be featured in the Member Gallery during the FLAG 7 exhibit. Fort Myers artists Leo Johnson will hold a Gallery Walk on Saturday, January 11 from 10 to 11 a.m. Leigh Frizzell Hayes is the FLAG 7 exhibit sponsor. The exhibit is on display and open to the public during normal business hours until Saturday, February 1. For more information, visit ArtInLee.org or call 939-2787. The Alliance campus and galleries are located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. Whale Watching 1920s, watercolor by Honey Costa El Toro, digital imagery by Pam Brodersen Free Style, acrylic, watercolor and inks on watercolor paper by Joanna Coke 33 Patio DeLeon, Downtown Fort Myers (239) 337-3377OPEN Tues-ur 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 3-11pm Closed Sun & Mon To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732

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THE RIVER JANUARY 3, 20144 From page 1Medieval FaireThe faire will feature jousting, live chess match, live sword fighting, royal court, childrens games and rides, jugglers, magicians, minstrels, period food and medieval themed merchants. Entertainment will be provided by professional touring medieval faire professionals. Tickets will be available the day of the faire. Adult tickets are $15 and children (age five to 11) are $5. Free onsite parking is available. All profits go to the Kiwanis of Riverdale Foundation Fund to support local programs including thanksgiving baskets for the needy, Christmas dinners, Buckingham Exception School, Orange River Elementary, Sunshine Elementary, school grants and scholarships. For more information on the Riverdale Kiwanis Medieval Faire visit www. Medieval-faire.com. For group ticket information, call Sandy Wheeler at 3696881. Will the Fidler, a strolling violin minstrel, at the Riverdale Kiwanis Medieval Faire Children and adults can go on the Seahorse Ride at the Medieval FaireSounds From The River Tribute Concert SeriesOn the first Saturday of the month through July, Southwest Florida Music Festivals presents outdoor concerts from some of the best tribute bands in the nation in downtown Fort Myers Centennial Park. Each concert also features two local groups performing before the big act. Each concert runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring their ownchair or blanket and get a spot early. Food and beverage will be available for purchase from vendors (no coolers are permitted). Concert tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the gate. On January 4, a Michael Jackson tribute will feature opening bands The Rachel/Hughes Band and Official Outcome. Other concerts will pay tribute to: March 1 AC/DC April 5 Bon Jovi May 3 Billy Joel June 7 Journey July 5 Sheryl Crow Proceeds benefit a local charity. The January 4 concert benefits The Passion Foundation. For more information, go to www. passion-foundation.org. For more information about the Fort Myers concert series, call 227-4405 or go to www.swfmusicfestivals.com. Poetry Alliance Presents Poetry & Pizza February 1Come for a slice and stay for a stanza during Poetry & Pizza, a spoken word open mic night at the Alliance for the Arts on Saturday, February 1 at 6:30 p.m. The event is presented by the Poetry Alliance, a group of poets who gather monthly at the Alliance to share their work and look for ways to advocate for more poetry in the Southwest Florida community. Pizza and beverages will be available. Its free and open to everyone, although a $5 suggested donation is encouraged to support future free programming at the Alliance. Call 939-2787 or visit www. ArtInLee.org for more information. The Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. Located across the street from Gulf Harbour 15065 McGregor Blvd, Ste 104, Fort Myers Online: www.NaumannLawPA.com www.RealtyClosings.com Cape Chorale To Present Benefit Show At McGregor Baptist ChurchThe Cape Chorale Barbershop Chorus will present a show at 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 19 in the Fellowship Hall in the Hope Building on the McGregor Baptist Church campus at 3750 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. Admission to the show will be a non-perishable food item or cash donation to the McGregor Food Pantry, which serves persons in need in Southwest Florida. Cape Chorale has been entertaining audiences in Southwest Florida for the past 21 years, singing a cappella music arranged in barbershop style. The show will also feature songs from chapter quartets. Those attending the show will have an opportunity to purchase Singing Valentines to be delivered on February 13 and 14. Tickets to the Cape Chorale annual show to be performed on February 22 will also be available at the event. The Cape Chorale Barbershop Chorus Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702or email press@riverweekly.com

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5 THE RIVER JANUARY 3, 2014 L 11am-10pm, FREE L 11am-10pm, Fort Myers Public Art: Artwork Pays Tribute To Local Cattle Familiesby Tom HallOn December 11, the new Fort Myers Regional Library opened to the public, affording visitors an unobstructed view of Fort Myers latest public artwork, Stacked Brands. The sculpture is part of a larger installation called Marks & Brands, which commemorates the rich traditions of the cattle industry that flourished in Southwest Florida during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It was conceived, designed and fabricated by California sculptor and art instructor Peter Mitten, who was chosen by the Fort Myers Public Art Committee from a field of three finalists and 112 applicants. The installation consists of a large three-dimensional ferrous metal sculpture that is located in a water feature in the courtyard of the new Fort Myers Regional Library on First Street and Royal Palm Boulevard, as well as four bronze relief panels containing the imprints of cattle hooves that will be inserted in the sidewalk running along First Street and McGregor Boulevard to inform residents and visitors that this was the site of the historic cattle trail that once cut through the city. Its true. Between 1865 and roughly 1908, a crude dirt cattle trail sliced through Fort Myers. Connecting pasture lands in Fort Ogden and Fort Thompson to shipping pens and a deep water wharf built in Punta Rassa by Union soldiers in 1864, the road was dotted with scrub pens and stopovers like the cracker-style shack at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates that Jacob Summerlin put up for cattle drovers moving his herds down the old Wire Road (now McGregor Boulevard). The weed-covered sand and dirt road was finally replaced with a paved thoroughfare in 1915, thanks to legendary civic leader Tootie McGregor Terry, who offered to cover the costs of paving the 20-mile stretch from Whiskey Creek to Punta Rassa if the city and county would pick up the cost of paving Riverside Avenue from Whiskey Creek to downtown Fort Myers. For the 3-D totemic piece, Mitten stacked various cattle brand shapes in a calligraphic linear configuration that pays tribute to the historic branding irons utilized by Lee Countys cattle ranchers to mark their cattle. Known as Stacked Brands, the 400to 500-pound rust-colored sculpture stands eight feet in height, although it appears taller because it has been mounted on a four-by-four-foot travertine-clad pedestal, which resides in the center of a shallow 12-foot-widecontinued on page 6 The sculpture Stacked Brands by California artist Peter Mitten graces the exterior of the new Fort Myers Regional Library in the heart of the downtown River District

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THE RIVER JANUARY 3, 20146 From page 5Fort Myers Artby 77-foot-long water feature that runs along the west side of the plaza opposite the librarys entrance. The sculpture is on loan to Lee County from the City of Fort Myers under a long-term lease in exchange for which Lee County agreed to install, light and maintain the piece, which has been sealed with three coats of clear Smart Coat sealer to protect it from corrosion and the suns UV rays. The City of Fort Myers has yet to install the four one-by-two-foot life-cast silicon bronze relief panels, which are presently undergoing ADA and historic preservation review. It was important for me to visually mark the historic cattle trail as it made its way from the ranches in eastern Lee County through downtown Fort Myers west toward Punta Rassa where cattle were loaded onto ships destined for Cuba and other ports, noted Mitten. Marking this trail became, for me, a powerful metaphor for passages that mark time, a recurrent theme in my public artworks for more than 20 years. Marks & Brands is the 25th sculpture in the City of Fort Myers public art collection, which also maintains more than two dozen paintings, prints and photographs in its Portable Works Collection. When combined with works commissioned by the federal government, Lee County and other sources, there are more than 45 public artworks within the city limits, with most being concentrated in a four-square-block area in the downtown Fort Myers River District. An arts advocate, Tom Hall guides weekly walking tours of the River Districts public art collection in Fort Myers. For more information, go to truetours.net. TObtntART AND CRAFT bt btSbnfRrJanuary 8-9, 2014 Wed 10-5 Thur 10-4 ARTS CRAFTS FOOD STORES for more info 352-344-0657 or www.tnteventsinc.com Greeters Club January LunchThe Greeters Club will be welcoming the New Year at its first luncheon of 2014, on Thursday, January 16, with song and dance provided by the Calendar Girls, who strive to be role models for women of all ages, showing that age is a state of mind not a number. The group has supported Paws for Patriots since 2006, a program that provides guide dogs to armed forces veterans. Lunch is $20. To make a reservation or find out about membership, email greetersclub@gmail.com with your name, email address and phone number. The luncheons are held on the third Thursday of the month at 11:30 a.m. at the Colonial Country Club, 9181 Independence Way, Fort Myers. Senior Idol ShowThe 10th annual Senior Idol contest is scheduled for 7 p.m. February 21 at Lake Kennedy Center in Cape Coral. Karaoke Jim will be the emcee. All contestants must register prior to the February 20 deadline. Applications are available at the Lake Kennedy Center. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third places. Contestants must be 50 or over and no paid professionals are alllowed. Entries are limited to the first 15 applicants. Entry fee is $10. Call 574-0575 to register. Lake Kennedy Senior Center is at 400 Santa Barbara Boulevard. Casino Day TripA Big M Casino day trip is planned for February 6 by Lake Kennedy Centers Kennedy Kruisers. The cruise leaves from Fort Myers Beach and features Bingo, slot machines and table games plus and an all-you-can-eat buffet lunch. Preregistration is required. Cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. Contact Lake Kennedy Center in Cape Coral at 574-0575. Key West TripLake Kennedy Senior Centers Kennedy Kruisers are taking a trip to Key West on February 14, The Valentines Day cruise starts at Fort Myers Beach aboard the Key West Express. Cost is $148 for members and $153 for non-members. Call 574-0575 to register. Hortoons Valentines LuncheonA Valentines Luncheon will take place on February 13 at Lake Kennedy Senior Center, Cape Coral. Donnie Rush Falknor will performing songs from Marty Robbins, John Denver, Don Ho, Elvis, Charlie Rich, Andy Williams and Ray Price, among others. Cost is $7 per person. Call 574-0575 to reserve a place.

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SeriesNewOpportunitiesat Shell Point Shell Points Life Enrichment Series offers the opportunity to discover new things about yourself and the world you live in. Concerts, presentations, lectures, shows, special events, and more! The public is invited and many of these events are FREE! (239) 466-1131 www.shellpoint.org Visit www.shellpoint.org/LES for full listings of this months events! Shell Point Retirement Community is located in Fort Myers, 2 miles before the Sanibel Causeway.Shell Point is a non-profit ministry of The Christian and Miss ionary Alliance Foundation 2013 Shell Point. All rights reserved SLS-2575-13Jan 4 Preservation Hall Jazz Band at 7:30pm. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has traveled worldwide since 1963, nurturing and perpetuating the art form of New Orleans Jazz. Many of the band's charter members performed with the pioneers who invented jazz in the early 20th century, including Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and Bunk Johnson. The founding artists and dozens of others have passed on the lessons and love of their music to a younger generation that now follows in their footsteps. To purchase tickets visit www.shellpoint.org/concerts or call 454-2067. Jan7LifeQuest Expo from Noon to 2pm. Get a jump start on a healthy New Year! This event will be held in The Village Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point and will showcase 50 booths representing all six dimension ofwellness: 1.Physical 2.Emotional 3.Spiritual 4. Educational5. Community and Social 6. Natural Environment. Follow event signs. For information call 489-8472.Tim Zimmerman & The Kings Brass at 6:15pm.Presenting hymn classics with a contemporary flair, The Kings Brass instruments blend together to create a time of innovative worship that will be enjoyed by audiences of all ages and musical interests! Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.shellpoint.org/ seasonofpraise or by calling 454-2147. Jan 13The History of Shell Point with President Peter Dys from 1:15 to 2:45pm. Peter Dys, President of Shell Point, will share a pictorial history that recalls how the community came to be and the growth it has experienced over the past 45+ years. He will share his recollection of personal memories and important events in Shell Point's history from his 28 years of service. Admission is free. Call 489-8472 to reserve your place.Jan 16&30A Salute to Shakespeare: 2 Part Series from 10:15 to 11:45am. The Academy of Lifelong Learning recognizes the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare with a two-session Salute to Shakespeare. Presented by Ray Boyce, a Shell Point resident who studied Shakespeareat Oxford as a part of his passion for continuing education.Admission is free. Call 489-8472 for reservations. Learn More About Shell Point 10am Jan7,15,21&29 2pm Jan 22&28Join us for a group presentation about the Lifestyle and Lifecare available at Shell Point followed by a narrated bus tour of the community. You will also learn about Shell Points newest neighborhood, The Estuary, which will include 50 residences in a combination of singlefamily signature homes and twin villa homes, along with a community center and pool. Call 466-1131 or 800-780-1131 to reserve your place. FREE FREE! Jan7,14&21The Tale of Two Cities: 3 Part Series from 1:00 to 2:30pm. Detroit and Singapore, two major metropolitan areas followed different economic, social, and politicalpathways. Detroit was a leader and now faces bankruptcy. Singapore went from a third world country to economic and educational leadership. What happened? Presented by Shell Point resident Dr. Phil Gannon, a Detroit native and Michigan college president. Admission is free. Call 489-8472 to reserve your place.Jan 7:Session 1The 2 Cities from 1700 to 1942.Jan 14:Session 2Thestory of Detroit.Jan 21:Session 3Focus on Singapore. Jan.2014 FREE!Jan12 FREE FREE7 THE RIVER JANUARY 3, 2014

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THE RIVER JANUARY 3, 20148 Along The RiverThe Edison & Ford Winter Estates continues its Holiday Nights celebration through Saturday, January 4 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit the historic buildings and acres of gardens decorated with lights, traditional decorations and Edison and Ford inventions. Guided tours are scheduled at 6 and 7 p.m. On Friday, January 3, from 6 to 8 p.m., take a ride through historic Edison Park on a Clydesdale-drawn wagon provided by Whispering Pines. Tickets can be purchased beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the day of the ride. Prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children. The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is located at 2350 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers. Call 334-7419 or go to www.edisonfordwinterestates.org. Lee county has several farmers markets that offer chemical-free and organic produce, along with fresh baked goods, native plants and all-natural products. Support area farmers and practice good eating habits at these locations: Thursday: The River District Farmers Market, under the U.S. 41 Caloosahatchee bridge. Hours are 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Selections include fruit, vegetables, local honey, bread, seafood, barbecue, flowers and plants. It is open year-round. Call 321-7100 or go to www.cityftmyers.com. Friday: Fort Myers Beach Farmers Market, under the Matanzas Bridge between Second and Third Streets. Hours are 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. until April, rain or shine. Selections include fruits and vegetables, flowers, seafood, baked goods, snack foods and plants. Call 765-0202 or go to www.fortmyersbeachfl.gov. Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until May. Selections include fruits, vegetables, breads, honey, soaps, jams and seafood. Call 533-7275. Saturday: GreenMarket at Alliance of the Arts, 10091 McGregor Boulevard near the Colonial intersection. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market features an exclusive selection of locally grown, caught and cultivated foods and other products available to sample and purchase. There is live entertainment by local musicians and activities for kids. It is open year-round. Call 939-2787 or go to www.artinlee.org. Cape Coral Chamber Farmers Market in Club Square, downtown Cape Coral. Hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. until May. Selections include locally grown produce, native plants, fresh gulf seafood, live entertainment and community presentations. Call 5496900 or go to www.capecoralfarmersmarket.com. Sunday: Sanibel Island Farmers Market, 800 Dunlop Road (Sanibel City Hall, next to the library). Hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. until May. Call Crystal Mansell at 4723700. On Tuesday, January 7 at 8 p.m., the Florida Repertory Theatre presents Arsenic & Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring, the American classic that kills with kindness. Something is fishy in the Brewster household: old men are missing, Boris Karloff has been seen wandering the halls, and there are reposts of bodies in the basement. Abby and Martha Brewster are two lonely spinster sisters devoted to charity and good deeds but their latest charitable endeavor seems to have fatal consequences. Matters are complicated when their estranged nephew (who bears an eerie resemblance to Boris Karloff) shows up unannounced with some sinister plans of his own. Madcap meets the macabre in this perfectly-crafted comedy thats been delighting audiences for over 75 years. Perfect for the entire family. The Florida Repertory Theatre is at 2267 First Street, Fort Myers. Call the box office at 332-4488 or go to www.floridarep.org. Did you know that the Fort Myers Beach shrimping fleet is the largest commercial fishing fleet in the Gulf of Mexico? Shrimp, known as Pink Gold, brings millions of dollars to the local economy. On Wednesdays, the Ostego Bay Foundations Marine Science Center offers tours of San Carlos Islands commercial fishing fleet. The three-hour guided tour starts at 9 a.m. It includes a one-and-a-half hour guided visit at the museum which contains a touch tank, a hands-on beach area, plus several aquariums and exhibits. The tour continues with a visit to several commercial fishing industry businesses. See how the boats are unloaded, the trawl doors are built, the shrimp nets are hand-sewn, the seafood is processed, and other important factors used in this unique industry. It is a memorable experience for the entire family. The cost for the tour is $15 per adult and $10 for children seven years of age and older. Reservations are required. Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center is at 718 Fishermans Wharf on San Carlos Island, Fort Myers Beach. Call 765-8101 or go to www.ostegobay.org. Take a Clydesdale wagon ride through the Edison Park neighborhood on January 3. Rides are provided by Whispering Pines. The GreenMarket, held on Saturdays at the Alliance for the Arts, is a family-friendly venue 1628 Periwinkle Way 472-2893 Heart of the Islands, SanibelOpen Daily at 10am www.threecraftyladies.com D ai ly at 10a m e craft y ladies.com Tropical Fabrics Tropical Fabrics Novelty Yarn Novelty Yarn Quilting Quilting Notions Notions Beads Beads Scrapbook Papers Scrapbook Papers Childrens Crafts Childrens Crafts Art Supplies Art Supplies Shell Crafts Shell Crafts Gifts Gifts Find us on Ask about our Sewing Machine Rental Program! Ask about our Sewing Machine Rental Program! ISLAND INSURANCE SERVICE Kathleen Papaleo President Mark OBrien General Manager Susan Barnes Personal Lines Gina Loeber Agent 703 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel, FL (239) 472-3022 Summer is over and its time to enjoy those beautiful winter days in Paradise. Have an insurance question? Call our office today for a new Auto quote. 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9 THE RIVER JANUARY 3, 2014 Brattas serves fresh made-to-order food in an inviting atmosphere featuring live music nightly. The two for $20 menu is served all day Sunday to Thursday. Happy Hour is daily from 4 to 6:30 p.m. with drink and appetizer specials. Filet Napoleon, Taylor Street baked ziti and fresh bruschetta are a few favorites on the restaurants daily menu. Lobster tail and Chilean sea bass are served on the weekends. 12984 S. Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers. Call 433-4449. Doc Fords Rum Bar & Grille is named for the Doc Ford character in local author Randy Wayne Whites bestselling mystery novels. Its a well known gathering place and tropical themed sports bar with indoor and outdoor patio seating. The combined menu offers all the lunch and dinner items from 11 a.m. until closing. It includes cedar plank salmon topped with a mango chipotle glaze or a marinated grilled chicken sandwich. The fish tacos are a local favorite and theres a well provisioned raw bar. Tropical drinks are a specialty, notably the signature rum drink, Island Mojito. 708 Fishermans Warf, Fort Myers Beach. Call 765-9660. Ichiban is a downtown favorite for Chinese and Japanese cuisine. The name means Number One in Japanese and offers its customers the perfect balance of great quality and affordable prices. Ichiban has been family owned and operated for 10 years and its enduring popularity is a testament to its exceptional, friendly service. 1520 Broadway #106, Fort Myers. Call 334-6991. Courtneys is a family business run by Executive Chef Dale, his wife Betty and their son Courtney. The warm and welcoming bar is great for lunch, libations and laughter. Relax in comfort with friends and enjoy discounted drinks and appetizers during happy hour, served 4 to 7 p.m. daily. The dining room offers a wonderful dinner variety; if youre an early diner, be sure to check out the Sunset Dining Specials. Eggceptional entres highlight the restaurants Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday dinner is served from 4 to 8 p.m. 20351 Summerlin Road Units #111 & 112, Fort Myers. Call 466-4646. With casual dining and live music in a charming atmosphere, The Morgan House has been a Fort Myers institution since 1923. Nightly Specials: Monday, $20 prime rib and half-price select bottles of wine; Tuesday, $6 Morgan House burger and half-off craft beer; Wednesday, half off appetizers and house wine; Thursday, $4 martinis and half-off select shots; Friday, complimentary buffet upstairs with two-drink minimum and half-off house wine and select domestic drafts; and Saturday, half-off select margaritas and tequila shots. 33 Patio De Leon, Fort Myers. Call 337-3377.continued on page 20 FORT MYERS FAREDining From Downtowns Historic River District To The Beaches For more information, check out our advertisers in this weeks River Weekly DOC FORDS RUM BAR & GRILLE ICHIBAN COURTNEYS CONTINENTAL CUISINE MORGAN HOUSE BRATTAS RISTORANTE Exotic hot sauces from Doc Fords Rum Bar & Grille on Fort Myers Beach. 2163 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, Fl 33957 Ph: 239.472.0606 www.SanibelIslandCow.com 3957 P P h h: 2 2 3 39 4720606wwwSanibelIslandCowcom Tropical Outdoor Patio Seating Get Crabby At The Cow Get Crabby At The Cow Get Crabby At The Cow Get Crabby At The Cow with our Famous Stone Crabs1/2 lb & 1 lb. quantities Appetizers & Full Dinners Best Prices On The Planet Fun "new" Moo Wear for all ages Fun "new" Moo Wear for all ages w w Always Fresh ...Always Fun! s s Always Fresh ...Always! LIVE LIVE MUSIC MUSIC w w Always w ay ay s! Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week. Snacks In-between Live Music! Outdoor Seating Come Try our Come Try our NEW NEW Cowlicious Cowlicious Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Specials Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Specials We Proudly BrewSanibels Most Award Winning Restaurant

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THE RIVER JANUARY 3, 201410 Churches/TemplesALL FAITHS UNITARIAN CONGREGATION (UUA) Where diversity is treasured 2756 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers Summer program: Understanding the Faiths of Our Worlds June 2 to August 25 11 a.m. Interim Minister, Rev. Margaret Beard, begins on September 1 239-226-0900. 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. Dean Nastos, Proistamenos Orthros Service Sunday 9 a.m. Divine Liturgy Sunday 10 a.m. www.annunciation.fl.goarch.org 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. CHABAD LUBAVITCH OF SW FLORIDA ORTHODOX 5620 Winkler Road, Fort Myers Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz 433-7708, E-mail: rabbi@chabadswf.org Web site: www.chabadswf.org Services: Friday 6:30 p.m.; Saturday Kabbalah class 9 a.m.; Shacharit 10 a.m.; Kiddush at noon Minyan: Monday and Thursday 7 a.m. 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 revtedalthouse@aol.com CHURCH OF THE CROSS 13500 Freshman Lane; 768-2188 Pastor: Bud Stephens; A nondemonimational church emphasizing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Sunday Service: 9:15 a.m. Traditional, 10:45 Contemporary. CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH 1619 Llewellyn Drive Fort Myers Just off McGregor across from the Edison/ Ford Winter Estates 334-4978 Pastor: Douglas Kelchner Worship times Sundays 9 and 10:30 a.m. Website: www.taecc.com COVENANT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 2439 McGregor Boulevard, 334-8937 Rev. Dr. Jeffrey DeYoe, Senior 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. www.clpc.us. Clint Cottrell, pastor Prayer Service 8 a.m., Praise 9 a.m., Childrens Church 9 a.m., Traditional 11 a.m. Summer: Prayer Service 8 a.m. Combined Traditional/Praise 10 a.m. 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 First Street, River District. www.time4thinkers.com, www.christiansciencefortmyers.com, 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 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. IONA-HOPE EPISCOPAL CONGREGATION 9650 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers 4544778 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 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. nbcministry@embarqmail.com, www.facebook. com/nbcministry. Alex & Patricia Wiggins, Ministers NEW COVENANT EYES CHURCH See Clearly. Meeting monthly at 9 a.m. at the Elks Lodge. 1900 Park Meadows Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33907. 239-220-8519 Pastor Alan Bondar www.newcovenanteyes.com Wear what you want, rockin music, relevant teaching, LIFT Kidz program, free coffee & donuts, people who are real, church thats actually fun. 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 Pastor Eddie Spencer 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 Fort Myers Beach Masonic Lodge 17625 Pine Ridge Road, Fort Myers Beach 267-7400. Pastors Bruce Merton, Gail & RC Fleeman Adult Discussion Classes: 9-10 AM Countdown to Worship (praise music): 10:10 AM Amazing Grace Worship: 10:30 AM Phone 267-7400 Fax 267-7407 Web site: peacecommunitychurch.com e-mail: peace1265@aol.com PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH Sunday Worship at 9:30am. Peace is a member of the ELCA. We celebrate weekly communion with traditional liturgy, organ and choir. 15840 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers On the way to Sanibel. 239-437-2599, www.peaceftmyers.com, peace@peaceftmyers.com. 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. SAINT 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. SAINT MICHAEL LUTHERAN CHURCH & SCHOOL (LCMS) 3595 Broadway, Fort Myers, 239-939-1218, Worship: Saturday 5:30 p.m., Sunday 8 & 10:45 a.m. Bible Study for adults and children Sunday at 9:15 a.m. Phone for other dates & times. Plus Marriage Enrichment, Divorcecare, Griefshare. SAINT PETER LUTHERAN CHURCH 3751 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, 239-463-4251, www.stpeterfmb.com. Sundays 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion celebrated in each service. Coffee fellowship between services. SAINT NICHOLAS MONASTERY Church and Bookstore:111 Evergreen Road (southwest corner of Evergreen Road and Gail Street.) Liturgical services conducted in English and Church Slavonic; following the Julian (Old) Calendar. Liturgical Services: Sundays and Holy Days: Hours at 9:30 a.m. Holy Liturgy at 10 a.m. Call to confirm service schedule: 239-997-2847; Bookstore: 239-691-1775 or visit www.saintnicholasmonastery.org. ST. VINCENT DE PAUL CATHOLIC COMMUNITY 13031 Palm Beach Blvd (3 miles east of I75) East Fort Myers (across from Ft Myers Shores) 239 693 0818 Weekday masses: 9 a.m. Tuesday-Friday Weekend masses: 4 p.m. Saturday Sunday 9 & 11 a.m. All Are Welcome! 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. TEMPLE BETHEL SYNAGOGUE 16225 Winkler Rd. 433-0018. Rabbi Jeremy Barras E-mail: rabbi.barras@templebethel.com Cantorial soloist: Lawrence Dermer Temple educator: Dale Cohen, MaEd, RJE Shabbat Services, Friday, 7:30 p.m. Torah Study, Saturday, 9:15 a.m.continued on page 11

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11 THE RIVER JANUARY 3, 2014 Wishmakers Ball Celebrity EmceesThe 8th annual Wishmakers Ball to benefit Make-A-Wish Southern Florida has announced Keegan Gerhard and Amy Sedlacek as event emcees. The goal of this years event, Saturday, January 18, is to raise enough funds to grant 30 wishes to children facing life-threatening medical conditions in the local community. The When You Wish Upon a Star evening at the Hilton Naples will begin with a reception cocktail party, silent auction of packages and experiences, hors doeuvres and spirits at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing to the tunes of the Steve Chase Society and a live auction at 8 p.m. The Southern Florida chapter grants a wish every 16 hours and has granted more than 9,000 wishes since its inception in 1983. Its vision is to make every eligible childs wish come true. For more information about the event, tickets or sponsorships, contact Lesley Colantonio at 992-9474 or lcolantonio@ sflawish.org, or visit www.wishmakersball. net. Amy Sedlacek and Keegan Gerhard Rabbi Harold Kushner To SpeakRenowned author Rabbi Harold Kushner will speak at Temple Beth El on January 12. Rabbi Kushner, author of the bestselling book, When Bad Things Happen to Good People, will lead a public lecture on Knowing Your Life has Made a Difference on January 12 in Fort Myers. Kushners appearance is being presented by Hope HealthCare Services. Dinner with Kushner begins at 5 p.m. at the Crown Colony Golf & Country Club, followed by the lecture on grief, loss and faith, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $125 for dinner and $35 for the lecture. Both events are open to the public. Following the 1977 death of his 14-year-old son, Aaron, from the incurable genetic disease progeria, Kushner was faced with one of lifes most difficult questions: Why, God? In his grief, Kushner was inspired to write his bestselling book, offering wise and compassionate advice on how to cope with tragedy, what to do about anger and how to keep from feeling guilty. Providing hope and healing to families who have experienced loss is part of our mission at Temple Beth El, said Rabbi Jeremy Barras, leader of the congregation. Rabbi Kushner is an amazing and inspirational speaker, and his own experiences are extremely touching and insightful. Were so pleased to help bring his message to Southwest Florida. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Kushner was educated at Columbia University and obtained his rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has also studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and taught at Clark University and the Rabbinical School of the JTS. He has received six honorary doctorates and many national awards. Kushner was named among the 50 People Who Have Made The World A Better Place In 50 Years by the nonprofit organization, the Christophers, and Clergyman of the Year by Religion in American Life. His best-selling books have been translated into 14 languages. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.templebethel.com or call 433-0018, ext. 101. The Cape Coral Mah Jongg Club will celebrate Rose Graziosas 100th birthday on Friday, January 3 at the Lake Kennedy Center, 400 Santa Barbara Boulevard in Cape Coral. Graziosa turned 100 on January 1. For more information, call 574-0575. Happy Birthday Rose Graziosa Our email address is press@riverweekly.com From page 10Churches/TemplesReligious Education; Sunday School and Midweek classes, Preschool Classes, Monday through Friday Web site: www. templebethel.com Affiliated: Union for Reform Judaism TEMPLE JUDEA (CONSERVATIVE) 14486 A&W Bulb Road, Fort Myers, 433-0201, Rabbi: Rabbi Marc Sack Minyan: Monday at 9 a.m. Religious Education: Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings Services: Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Web site: www.tjswfl.org 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. 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 5612700 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. UNITY OF FORT MYERS 11120 Ranchette Rd, Fort Myers Sunday Services 9:15 and 11 a.m. Childrens Sunday School 11 a.m. Reverend Jim Rosemergy. Our God is Love, Our religion is Oneness, Our Race is Human. 239-278-1511, www.unityoffortmyers.org. 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. Time to Refurnish Your Home or Condo? 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THE RIVER JANUARY 3, 201412 Live Shrimp Time And Many Ways To Rig Themby Capt. Matt MitchellAfter catching and using shiners for months, this week they seemed to all but disappear. This always happens around this time of year. Its just usually much earlier when we make this annual switch over to fishing with live shrimp. Having such a warm November and December Im sure is part of the reason the shiners have stuck around so long. Although I will continue to keep looking for shiners for the next few weeks, if I catch them it will be a bonus as now my go-to bait will be live shrimp probably until March. During our winters live shrimp become the main food source of all our game fish. Basically, there is nothing that swims in our waters that will not eat a shrimp. Live shrimp can be fished in a wide variety of methods depending on the situation and species you are targeting. During winter our local bay shrimp are the largest that they get all year and with cooling water temperatures game fish want the bait that is naturally readily available and smaller forage. My shrimp rig for most applications is a twoto three-foot piece of fluorocarbon leader tied with a line-to -line knot to the main line. I then attach to the leader with a loop knot a 1/4oz hook-up jig head with a 2/0 hook. This rig is awesome for fishing deeper creeks, docks, mangroves and even bounced across grass flats for trout. Small chunks of shrimp fished on this same jig head rig is my method of choice for sheepshead fishing too. This jig head rig also gives the shrimp a little larger profile making it look bigger than it really is. Other ways I fish with live shrimp include a popping cork rig out on the flats. For this rig I like to use a jig head about two feet below the float. This keeps the shrimp down in the water column and gives it better action. Cajun Thunderstyle popping corks with a concave top are my choice for this. The concave top makes the loudest noise when popped and the jig head makes the shrimp quickly fall after you pop the float. These rigs work really well and do not tangle up as bad as the old style weighted popping cork. This is probably, day in day out, the best rig to trout fish the flats all winter as it keeps the bait just above the grass and is easy to see visual strike indicator. For shallow water situations I rig free-line with the live shrimp. You can rig this several ways matching the size of the shrimp to the size of the hook, To rig it weedless, use a longer shanked hook and turn the hook back into the shrimp. If you want to keep the bait closer to the bottom simply add a split shot. Free-lined shrimp fished around dock lights at night are hard to beat as this is the most natural presentation possible. For lure fishermen, its time to make the switch too. After fishing shiner and baitfish patterns since last spring, gamefish really have started to key in on shrimp. Soft plastic shrimp jigs bounced across the bottom and DOA Shrimp are becoming the lures of choice. Chunks of shrimp also make a great addition to tip these jigs with. To catch a wide variety of species during our winter months no other bait can compete with a live shrimp. They are easy to get and the ways you can fish them are pretty much limitless.Capt. Matt Mitchell has been fishing local waters since he moved to Sanibel in 1980. He now lives in St. James City and works as a back country fishing guide. If you have comments or questions email captmattmitchell@aol.com. Send Us Your Fish TalesThe River Weekly would like to hear from anglers about their catches. Send us details including tackle, bait and weather conditions, date of catch, species and weight, and include photographs with identification. 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The cost is $45 and includes two text books. Squadron Commander Vic Stewart will conduct the class. The introductory boating course entitled Americas Boating Course will take place over five consecutive Tuesday evenings, beginning Tuesday, February 4 and concluding Tuesday, March 4. Classes run from 7 to 9 p.m. All course materials will be provided. Light refreshments are complimentary. The cost is $40 for a single participant and $ 60 for a couple. (Most insurance companies offer a significant discount to boat owners who have taken and completed this course.) Registration and payment can be completed upon arrival at the first session. The squadron building is at 3145 Royalton Avenue in Fort Myers, about 1.5 miles east of downtown Fort Myers. Following completion of the class and a short exam, certificates of completion will be issued and paperwork for application for the Florida Boating Education ID Card will be provided. There is no charge for the card but a boating safety course must be completed to qualify. Contact Grant Esser, by E-mail, grantesser@comcast.net, or at 945-6612. Florida law requires all persons under the age of 25 to have taken and passed a boaters safety class when operating a boat with an engine of 10 hp or more on Floridas waters. This age limit will increase by one year on each January 1.

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13 THE RIVER JANUARY 3, 2014 CROW Case Of The Week: Cat Attackby Patricia MolloyLast week, a mourning dove was injured in an attack by a prowling suburban cat. The felines quick-thinking family separated kitty and prey and transported the little bird to CROW. Within five minutes of arrival, the dove was rushed into surgery to treat the numerous puncture wounds and abrasions. The emergency operation was a success. (The dove) had lacerations on both sides, puncture wounds everywhere, lost a lot of feathers and was in shock when she got here, said Dr. Heather. The goal was to close the wounds quickly. Often seen perched on backyard telephone lines and foraging for seeds on the ground below, the mourning dove (Zenaida macroura) is one of the most graceful birds in North America. Possessing a small head atop a delicate neck, they are best known for their soft, mournful calls: a three-part coo-OO-oo. While the average life expectancy of a wild mourning dove is only 1.5 years, the oldest on record lived to be 19.3 years old. To bolster its recovery, the injured mourning dove, patient #3336, is kept in a warm incubator. Several times per day, the dove is carefully removed from its cozy quarters to allow for an application of an antibacterial ointment with a sterile cotton swab. The medication is bolstered by a round of antibiotics, which the bird will receive for the first 10 days of treatment. It will take several weeks for the dove to produce new feathers: she lost almost all of her tail feathers, several flight feathers and a lot of the fuzzy down that covers her body. I really wasnt sure she was going to make it, but she looks very good now, said Dr. Heather with a sigh of relief. CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc.) is a non-profit wildlife hospital providing veterinary care for native and migratory wildlife from our local area. The hospital accepts patients seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mail donations to PO Box 150, Sanibel, FL 33957. Call 472-3644 or visit: www.crowclinic.org. Jordan Donini, assistant rehabilitation technician, applies an antibacterial ointment to the wounded mourning dove Complete DO-IT-YOURSELFBoat Parts Store Additional Locations: 1156 N. Tamiami Trail in North Fort Myers Call 997-5777 2397 Davis Blvd in Naples Call 793-5800 Hours:8am -5:30pm Mon-SatMarine Trading Post15600 San Carlos Blvd, Unit 170, Ft Myers (Beside Big Lots)Call 437-7475 3-Rod Holder$9.99 Filet Table$59.99 $79 Props$99 SteeleProps$99

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THE RIVER JANUARY 3, 201414 Plant SmartTree Lilyby Gerri ReavesTree lilys (Cubanola domingensis) extravagant pendant-like flowers is a rare sight in South Florida. A native to the Dominican Republic, this species belongs to the same family as coffee and the gardenia. It is also known as Dominican bells and Dominica bell flower. The tubular downward-hanging flowers are pale yellowish or greenish white and eightto 10-inches long. They bloom periodically in the warm months and are highly fragrant in the evening. The oval or elliptical leaves are about two to five inches long and oneto twoand a-half inches wide. Tree lily takes the form of a shrub or small tree, usually reaching five to seven feet tall. It needs well-drained soil, filtered light ideally, morning sun with some afternoon shade and plenty of water in the summer. Avoid letting the roots dry out in winter but take care not to over-water it. Tree lily does well as a container plant for a sun room or patio. Propagate it with cuttings. Caution: Parts of the plant are toxic if ingested. Sources: fairchildgarden.org, botanicgarden.ox.ac.uk, rareflora.com, and centerofthewebb.ecrater.com. Plant Smart explores the plant life of South Florida and sustainable landscape practices. Tree lily, native to the Dominican Republic, is a rare plant in South Florida photos by Gerri Reaves Numerous fragrant tubular bell-like flowers bloom in the warmer months Underwater Wonders At Imagine GalaThe Imaginarium Science Center Imagine Gala Underwater Wonders offers adults the chance for a night of play while exploring the incredible world of Floridas waterways through its many exhibits. The gala takes place on Saturday, March 29, at 7 p.m. at The Imaginarium Science Center, 2000 Cranford Avenue in Fort Myers, and calls for cocktail attire. Tickets are $75 when purchased prior to March 22 and $100 after that date. There will be live music, food and drinks, auction items and packages with interactive technology, smartphone-based bidding, and educational displays, all while raising funds for the centers programs and exhibits. Unique to the gala will be collaborative art pieces featuring the heads and faces of local community leaders enhanced by childrens depictions of their bodies. Eric Raddatz, founder of the Naples and Fort Myers film festivals, will be the emcee and auctioneer. Guests will be able to explore new exhibits that the center expects to complete in early 2014. Watershed Wonders: Caloosahatchee Connections is an interactive exhibit that illustrates the Florida watershed from Lake Okeechobee to the Gulf of Mexico through the Caloosahatchee. Phases 3 and 4 of this project are scheduled to be completed in January. The Water Table exhibit, a hydroponic display including plants and fish, is also scheduled to be completed in January. For more information about The Imaginarium Science Center and the Underwater Wonders Gala, call 3217420 or visit www.i-sci.org. Introduction To Using GPS Class sumitted by Cdr. Mary Smelter, The San Carlos Bay Sail & Power SquadronThe San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadrons, will be offering a class in basic GPS operation on Saturday, January 18 from 1:15 to 4:30 p.m. This class will be offered again in February. The class is designed to introduce new users to GPS. The class will include discussions of marine navigation, how a GPS works, and GPS limitations. There will be an extensive presentation on what a GPS can do and what a boater can do with GPS. For those interested in purchasing a GPS, they will understand what a GPS can do for you along with some of the key features to look for. The cost of the class is $45 per person. The class is being taught at the San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron classroom, located at 16048 San Carlos Blvd at the corner of Kelly Road (across from ACE Hardware). Students can register online at www. scbps.com or call 466-4040. Master Gardener CertificationA 14-week Lee County Extension Master Gardener Certification Training Class will be offered starting January 24. The course, which trains citizens to become master gardener volunteers, covers topics such as soils, fertilizers, pest and disease identification and control, native plants, citrus, lawns and palms. Classes are held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Friday at the North Fort Myers Recreation Center, 2000 Recreation Parkway in North Fort Myers. The fee is $140. For an application or information, email brownsh@leegov. com, call 533-7513 or visit http:// lee.ifas.ufl.edu/Hort/HortClasses/ MGTrainingClass_2014.pdf. Lee County Extension agents offer educational services through a three-way cooperative arrangement between the Lee County Board of County Commissioners, the University of Florida and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Local extension agents are off-campus faculty members of the University of Florida and are housed within Lee Countys Parks & Recreation Department.

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15 THE RIVER JANUARY 3, 2014 Opera And Broadway At The Burroughs HomeKatie Saunders, international concert soprano, will present a 40-minute concert of some of the worlds best classical and Broadway music on Thursday, January 16. The special concert will also feature David Ott, internationally recognized composer, conductor, and Grammy nominee. The concert will be presented at the Burroughs Home in the Fort Myers River district, 2505 First Street, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Rakowski Katz White Group at Morgan Stanley is sponsoring the event. Tickets are $50 each and include heavy hors doeuvres, provided by Renes Custom Catering. Attendees can experience a dynamic concert of the worlds best loved arias, from such operas as Cosi von Tutte, Madame Butterfly and La Boheme. Soprano Katie Saunders has performed in European opera houses and with international symphonies. She is a classically trained vocalist with a degree in music from Indiana University. She also teaches German diction and vocal coaching. Dr. David Ott is an internationally recognized composer and conductor whose works have been performed and recorded by some of the most notable orchestras in the United States and Europe. In 2003, he was awarded the Music Alive Award, co-sponsored by the American Symphony Orchestra League and Meet the Composer. The Burroughs Home and Gardens is managed by the Uncommon Friends Foundation. Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Arlene Roth, at the Uncommon Friends Foundation, 337-9503, or Aroth.uncommonfriends@gmail.com. Uncommon Evening To Celebrate DavisThe annual Uncommon Evening, presented by the Uncommon Friends Foundation on March 26, will honor Fort Myers resident Berne Davis on her 100 years of philanthropic endeavors. She will mark her 100th birthday on March 19. The Southwest Florida community is invited to participate in the special celebration of Davis life. The gala evening will be held at Harborside Event Center, 1375 Monroe Street, Fort Myers. The event will also feature the presentation of the 9th annual Business Ethics Award, Character Education Teacher Awards and scholarships to 20 recipients. The event begins with a social hour at 6 p.m. Individual tickets are $100. Tables of eight and sponsorships are available. Contact Arlene Roth, 337-9503, or aroth@uncommonfriends.org to make reservations. Distinctl norris.com 35% OFF Sanibel 1025 Periwinkle Way Mon Sat. 10 5Evenings & Sundays by appointment 579.0412 Naples & Fort MyeLIMITED TIME SAVINGS ON SELECT ITEMS! START YOUR YEAR OFF FRESHAT OUR TOMMY BAHAMA & LEXINGTON FLOOR SAMPLE EVENT! INGLE N %OFF*50 *MSRPApplication Deadline ChangeThe deadline for submitting applications for 2014 Uncommon Friends Foundation scholarships, honoring deserving individuals who have a financial need and the potential to succeed in school, has been changed to January 15. Applications are available now and students in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades, and Hendry counties are eligible to apply. The recipients of the scholarships will be announced on March 26 at the foundations Uncommon Evening, being held this year at Harborside Convention Center in Fort Myers. Since 1998, the foundation has provided scholarships to more than 335 individuals who have demonstrated the personal traits of the five unique men and their wives James D. Newton wrote about in his book, Uncommon Friends. His uncommon friends were Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Dr. Alexis Carrel, Charles Lindbergh and their wives. Scholarship categories include the following: The Special Recognition scholarship is awarded to an individual who has financial need, the desire and potential to succeed in school, and possesses positive character traits. High Tech Center scholarships provide assistance with tuition, books, and supplies for one term at High Tech Center. There are no age requirements for this scholarship. Florida Prepaid College Foundation scholarships provide scholarships for college tuition and local fees to ninth grade students who contract to succeed in high school, say free of drugs and crime, and fulfill other scholarship conditions. The Boy Scouts of America scholarship helps pay for books for the first semester of college. The Edison College Single Parent scholarship provides assistance to single parents who have overcome extraordinary obstacles in furthering their education and in gaining skills to enter the workforce. The Future Teacher scholarship is awarded to students matriculated in a program leading to a degree in education. The Lee County Bar Association scholarship is for students matriculated in a program leading to a degree in law to assist with the tuition, books, and supplies at any Florida college/university. For more information, call 239-337-9505 or visit www. uncommonfriends,org. To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732

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THE RIVER JANUARY 3, 201416 Theatre Conspiracy Season ContinuesFour-time Oscar winner Ethan Coen and two-time Oscar nominee Elaine May join with Woody Allen for a one-of-a-kind evening of entertainment. The plays first act opens with Ethan Coens Talking Cure. A phsychiatrist uncovers the sort of insanity that can only come from family. Also in act one is George Is Dead, where Elaine May explores the hilarity of death. After intermission, act two is Honeymoon Motel, where Woody Allen invites you to the sort of wedding day you wont forget. Relatively Speaking plays January 3 through 25. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with one Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on January 19. Tickets to the show are $20. Thursday nights are buy one, get one half off. Opening night is pay what you will, where you name the ticket price. Note that all pay what you will tickets are cash only. Theatre Conspiracy continues its 20th anniversary season on February 7 with The Beauty Queen Of Leenane by Martin McDonough. The Beauty Queen Of Leenane was the winner of four Tony awards including best play, Drama Desk Award for outstanding play, Drama League Award for best play and Drama Critics Circle Award for best play. Set in the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, The Beauty Queen Of Leenane tells the darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early forties, and Mag, her manipulative aging mother, whose interference in Maureens first and possibly final chance of a loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that leads inexorably towards the plays dnouement. On March 14, Obie Award-winning playwright Samuel D. Hunters play The Whale opens. The Whale was the winner of the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for best play, winner of the 2013 GLAAD Media Award, Outstanding New York Theatre and was nominated for the 2013 Drama League Award for outstanding production of a play. The Whale tells the story of a morbidly obese 600-pound man who has confined himself to his small Idaho apartment and is eating himself to oblivion. With his health quickly failing, he becomes desperate to reconnect with his estranged and angry teenage daughter whom he has not seen in 17 years. He would give her anything: his love, his money maybe even his life. Theatre Conspiracy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Florida corporation, headed by Producing Artistic Director Bill Taylor. Funding is derived from ticket sales, advertising sales and donations. A scene from Relatively SpeakingRabbi And Stand-Up Comic To PerformRabbi and stand-up comic Bob Alper is scheduled to perform on Saturday January 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Judea, 14486 A&W Bulb Road in Fort Myers. Heard several times daily on Sirius/ XM Radio, Alpers fresh, contemporary and unorthodox style has been amusing audiences around the world from Hollywoods IMPROV to the Montreal Comedy Festival and Muslim Fest 2009. His unique brand of humor has been shared in synagogues, mosques, churches, colleges and theaters, and during corporate events throughout North America and England. Alper will provide a 90-minute program. Adults and children 11 years old or older are welcome. Tickets are $18 in advance or $22 at the door. Temple Judea is thrilled to be hosting Rabbi Bob Alper, said Keith Grossman, co-president of Temple Judea. Rabbi Alper has distinguished himself as the Rabbi comic, and we are looking forward to a full house of people laughing together. A native of Providence, Rhode Island and a graduate of Lehigh University, Alper was ordained at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati and was the first Jewish person ever to earn a doctorate from the Princeton Theological Seminary. He has served congregations in Buffalo and Philadelphia, where he continues to conduct High Holiday services. Alper began his comedy career in 1986 when he entered the Jewish Comic of the Year Contest at the Going Bananas club in Philadelphia. Television, radio and personal appearances followed as he honed his distinctive approach to standup comedy. He has been seen on Good Morning America, the Today Show, Showtime, the BBC and CNN, among others. Today, Alper performs nearly 80 shows a year. In addition to his solo shows, Alper performs frequently in a pairing with Muslim comedian Azhar Usman. He has authored three books. His latest is Thanks. I Needed That., a collection of 32 true stories. Hes also produced two best-selling comedy CDs and a 102-minute DVD titled What are you a comedian? For more information or for tickets, call 433-0201. Rabbi Bob Alper lic no. MV 81675239-267-2556Service that Speaks for Itself Ich spreche Deutsch OPEN MON-FRI 9AM 5:30PMSAT & SUN: BY APPT. Read us online at IslandSunNews.com Workshop On HumorShawn Purvis, a Triple District winner of Toastmasters International Speech Contest, will present a workshop on humor at the Naples Toastmasters Academy January meeting. Purvis has a passion for standup comedy and has performed at numerous comedy clubs in Tampa Bay. He runs a comedy show at Finleys Irish Pub and Eatery in Largo, Florida. His workshop is entitled Humor: The Art of Survival. He gave this workshop at the District 48 2013 Fall Conference in November to great acclaim. Purvis tells the story of his life and how he learned to use humor to survive. He believes that: anyone can learn to be funny in their own way and in their own style; anyone who has ever laughed has a sense of humor; reproducing the humor is what takes learning; performing comedy is a learned art. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, January 15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) at the Bonita Fire Station, 27701 Bonita Grande Drive in Bonita Springs. The workshop is free for Toastmaster Academy members; the fee for guests is $10. Seating is limited. For information and reservations, call Marianne Oehser at 216-3030 or email mtoehser@gmail.com. Shawn Purvis

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THE RIVER JANUARY 3, 201418 Lakes Regional Library ProgramsNext months roster of activities at Lakes Regional Library offers topics for all ages. The following activities are free to the public: Adults English Caf 6 p.m. Mondays, January 6, 13 and 27 Practice English with English Caf, a free, conversation session for adult ESOL and ESL students. Each 90-minute session provides adult learners an opportunity to practice speaking English with native speakers. Participants may start at any time. Advanced registration is not necessary. Page To Stage: Vignette of Arsenic & Old Lace 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 The classic comedy that kills with kindness! The Lee County Library System brings attendees live theater at its best. Enjoy vignettes from the Florida Repertory Theatres spectacular 16th season. Critically acclaimed actors will perform excerpts from a lineup of world renowned plays, bringing The Page to the Stage at select library locations. Touted by The Wall Street Journal as One of Americas top repertory companies, the Florida Rep is an award-winning, fully professional theatre company located in the historic Fort Myers River District. Registration is requested. Book Discussion: The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 21 Read and discuss this novel by Claire Messud. Relegated to the status of schoolteacher and friendly neighbor after abandoning her dreams of becoming an artist, Nora advocates on behalf of a charismatic Lebanese student and is drawn into the childs family until his artist mothers careless ambition leads to a shattering betrayal. Registration is required. Master Gardeners Presentation 2 p.m. Thursday, January 23 This is the first of three presentations by the Master Gardeners of Lee County. Information on the program will be available closer to the event date. Registration is required. Families Baby-Parent Rhyme Time 10 a.m. Mondays, January 13 and 27 Be prepared to tickle, jump and fly with your baby. These rhymes and songs are for infants, up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. This 20-minute program is filled with songs designed to introduce rhyming and movement to infants. Registration is required. Toddler Storytime 10 a.m. Wednesdays, January 15, 22 and 29 Children 2 years old and their caregivers participate in song, fingerplays and short stories. The success of this age group depends on adult participation and encouragement. Toddler storytime lasts approximately 30 minutes. Family Storytime 11 a.m. Wednesdays, January 15, 22 and 29 This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes. Registration is required. Children Special Needs Storytime 10 a.m. Saturday, January 4 This storytime emphasizes books, music and sensory experiences designed for children with special needs. The librarys welcoming environment will create a positive experience for children. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver, who will be an active participant in the program. Class size is limited to 10 children, plus their parents or caregivers. For children from 3 to 12 years old with special needs. Registration is required and begins three weeks prior to event. Library 101: Chapter Book Expert 4:30 p.m. Monday, January 6 Always on the lookout for a good chapter book? Cant tell the difference between fantasy and science fiction? Become a chapter book expert with the latest installment of Library 101, including games, book-talks and a craft. Perfect for both home-school and traditional students. For grades K to 5. Registration is required. Reading Academy 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, January 8, 15, 22 and 29 The library will bring out puppets and mini drawing boards for this interactive event. Join the fun each week with new stories and games. This program is designed for children who can read and write. Sponsored by the Friends of Lakes Regional Library. For children in 1st to 5th grade. Registration is required. Preschool Lego Storytime 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 9 Calling all preschoolers and caregivers get ready to read, build and play at the library. This program will combine storytelling, music and building with LEGO DUPLO bricks for a fun new experience. This hands-on playtime will foster creativity and early literacy. For ages 2 to 5. Registration is required. Kids Read Down Fines 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, January 11 Children and teens can earn a $2 coupon for every 15 minutes of reading, during the allotted time. A total of $8 per day may be earned. For ages 18 and younger. Coupons may be applied to cards issued to patrons age 18 and under only. Bring your library card with you. Your library card or library card number is required in order to access your account. Preschool Storytime 11 a.m. Mondays, January 13 and 27 Preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) attend this storytime independently while parents or caregivers wait nearby in the library building. This storytime includes activities that require more participation and a longer attention span. Each preschool storytime lasts about 30 minutes. Registration is required. Art In Your Library 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 14 Get art-rageous at the library! Discover different art techniques with fun hands-on experience! For grades K to 5. Sponsored by the Friends of Lakes Regional Library. Registration is required. Puppet Show Storytime 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 23 Watch stories come alive at the library through the magic of puppets! Preschoolers will even get the chance to create a make and take puppet to extend the storytelling fun at home! For ages 2 to 5. Sponsored by the Friends of Lakes Regional Library. Registration is required and begins January 2. Read Around America: Southwest Adventures 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 28 Giddy up and head west. Discover what makes the Southwest truly remarkable with crafts, games and stories. Perfect for both home-school and traditional students. For grades K to 5. Sponsored by the Friends of Lakes Regional Library. Registration is required and begins January 7. 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Kickoff Party 10 a.m. Thursday, January 30 Help kickoff the librarys newest literacy program for children up to 5 years old: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Research shows that the more books children read, the more prepared they are to start kindergarten. Stop by for fun activities and to learn more about the program. For birth to 5-year-olds. Sponsored by the Friends of Lakes Regional Library. Registration is required and begins January 9. Teens Kids Read Down Fines 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, January 11 Children and teens can earn a $2 coupon for every 15 minutes of reading, during the allotted time. A total of $8 per day may be earned. For ages 18 and younger. Coupons may be applied to cards issued to patrons age 18 and under only. Bring your library card with you. Your library card or library card number is required in order to access your account. Make a Beaded Bracelet 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 15 Using supplies provided by the Friends of the Lakes Regional Library, stop in and make a beaded bracelet out of hemp cord. Registration is not required but the program is limited to 24 participants. The Lakes Regional Library is located at 15290 Bass Road in Fort Myers. For more information about a program or to register, call the library at 533-4000. A sign language interpreter is available with five business days notice to library staff. Check the Lee County Library Systems website at www.leelibrary.net to find out about programs at other locations. Call the host library, or Telephone Reference at 479-INFO (4636), for more information about a specific program. Alliance Book Club To Meet On January 21The Alliance for the Arts Member Gallery Book Club continues on Tuesday, January 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. with a discussion of The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean. Join fellow Alliance members in this monthly exploration of art-centered literature. Participate in thoughtful group discussions that will expand your appreciation and knowledge of the world of art. This is one of the many benefits of membership at the Alliance! The Madonnas of Leningrad tells the story of an elderly Russian woman named Marina. Bit by bit, the ravages of age are eroding her grip on the everyday. And while she cannot hold on to fresh memories the details of her grown childrens lives, the approaching wedding of her grandchild her distant past is preserved: vivid images that rise unbidden of her youth in war-torn Leningrad. The Alliance Member Gallery Book Club meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. Club members must purchase their own copy of each book. Pre-registration is encouraged all thats needed is an active Alliance membership. The club continues on Tuesday, February 18. Alliance individual memberships are $50 per year, families can join for $75 per year and students can become a member for just $15. Membership benefits include 20 percent discounts on all classes and workshops, a wide variety of free class Try It sessions, discounts on theatre tickets and youth camps, special exhibition opportunities and the satisfaction of knowing youre supporting a vibrant community of artists and art enthusiasts here in southwest Florida. Visit www.ArtInLee.org or call 939-2787 to become a member. The Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email press@riverweekly.com

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19 THE RIVER JANUARY 3, 2014 Miller Play To Open January 10 Arthur Millers American masterpiece, Death of a Salesman, will open at The Laboratory Theater of Florida on Friday, January 10. Acknowledged as a milestone in American theater, the play features Willy Loman, an aging, failed salesman with more dreams than any life could realize. He returns home from work exhausted one day to find that his equally unsuccessful sons have come home to visit. The air is thick with tension as secrets come to light and lies are exposed. The New York Times says, By common consent, this is one of the finest dramas in the whole range of the American theater. Death of a Salesman won the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award the year it premiered, 1949. It has since won Tony Awards each year it has seen a New York City revival. Its latest win, in 2012, was for the Philip Seymour Hoffman production, directed by Mike Nichols. The Laboratory Theater production stars Mitch Haley as the iconic salesman, Willy Loman. Haley has acted in Im Not Rappaport for the Florida Repertory Theatre, Lysistrata for Theatre Conspiracy, Picnic for Cultural Park Theatre, and Women Beware Women for The Laboratory Theater of Florida, to name a few. Joann Haley supports as Linda Loman and boasts an equally impressive resume. Also supporting are Rob Green as Biff, the disappointed son, and Stu Colon as other son, Happy. The cast is rounded out by Rick Sebastian as next-door neighbor Charley, Bill Molesky as Ben, the fantasy older brother who only exists in Willys mind, as well as actors Mary Powell, Jeffrey Schmitt, David Jennings, Caitlynn Crawford, Ken Bryant and Taylor Adair Nave. Its a very honored play, very decorated, and for obvious reasons, says director Louise Wigglesworth. The cast is strong and experienced and the more we work, the more we discover. Says assistant director Nykkie Rizley, Death of a Salesman is relevant today because we are still striving for the American dream and constantly reassessing what that dream is. Willy Loman and his sons are deeply flawed characters and Linda Loman enables all of them. These are parents who are teaching their sons that they dont have to work for anything, that they are already great. Its totally unrealistic and a serious disservice to the kids. Its their tragedy. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. for the opening night reception. Other performances are on January 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, Feb 1. Tickets are $12 for students, $18.50 for seniors and military on Thursdays, and $22 for adults. They are available for purchase at the door or at laboratorytheaterflorida.com. There will be an audience talk-back after the Sunday, January 26 performance. All guests are welcomed to participate. For more information, call 218-0481. The theater is located at 1634 Woodford Ave. Fort Myers. A scene from Death of a Salesman Actors Mitch Haley and Joann Haley Bluegrass Returns To The Foulds Theatre On SundayThe Acoustic Music Society of Southwest Florida presents three hours of live bluegrass in the Foulds Theatre at the Alliance for the Arts on Sunday, January 5 from 2 to 5 p.m. The concert features three bluegrass bands; Southwind, Larry Wilson and Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Swinging Bridge. The Sunday afternoon concert series continues on February 2. Tickets are $7 at the door, or $5 for Alliance members. Seating is open and first come, first served. Children 12 and under are free if accompanied by an adult. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Visit ArtInLee.org or call 239-939-2787 for more information. The Alliance for the Arts is at 10091 McGregor Boulevard just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. Larry Wilson And Thunder Mountain Railroad Community Band In ConcertThe Lee County Community Band will begin the new year with a concert on January 12 featuring the Sound of Music, Gershwin Classics, Leroy Andersons The Typewriter, and the famous Radetzky March. The concert will take place at 3 p.m. at Cape Coral High School, 2300 Santa Barbara Boulevard, just north of Veterans Parkway.Composed by Johann Strauss in 1848, the Radetzky March was dedicated to Austrian Field Marshall Joseph Radetzky von Radetz in celebration of his victory at the Battle of Custoza during the First Italian War of Independence. When it was first played in front of Austrian military officers, they began clapping and stamping their feet when they heard the chorus, a tradition that remains alive today in Viennas classical music halls. The program also includes the Bergsteiger (Mountaineering) Polka, featuring euphonium soloists Jim Walker, Carol Ploof, and Bob Day in traditional German folk dress. Additional Lee County Band concerts are set for February 9, March 9 and April 6. The events are free (donations accepted) and open to the public. The director is Richard Bradstreet and emcee and vocalist is Normal Jones. The 60-member band rehearses Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Michael Lutheran School, Fort Myers. Members are musicians from all walks of life career musicians, amateurs, and folks renewing skills from years past who reside in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. The band welcomes new members every year. For more information, visit www. leecountyband.org or phone Norman Jones at 995-2097. Fort Myers Beach Art Association To Hold Open HouseAn Open House will be held at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association on Friday, January 3 from 9 a.m. until noon. Come visit with the artist, learn more about the group and see the Creative Expressions Display of additional forms of art done by members. Refreshments will be served and guests are welcome. There is no charge to attend. Guests will be able to talk to artists from each of the special painting groups, including outdoor (plein air) painters, indoor painters, experimentalists, and portrait and figure painters. Information on workshops, classes, special short workshops given by members and all the art association events will be available. The FMBAA working gallery is located on Donora and Shellmound in Fort Myers Beach and is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information on shows or classes, call 463-3909 or visit www.fortmyersbeachart.com.

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THE RIVER JANUARY 3, 201420 Improvement Seen For Twins In 2014 After Three Straight 96-Loss Seasonsby Ed FrankIn just a few weeks the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins will return here for spring training. Another great season is expected from the reigning World Series Champion Red Sox. The bigger question is whether any improvement is expected from the downtrodden Twins who have lost at least 96 games in each of the last three seasons. The old clich is hope springs eternal every spring for every team, but objectively improvement is on the horizon for the Twins. Whether they can vie for the tough American League Central Division title in 2014 is doubtful. But definitely they could edge back to a .500 season 81-81 far better than last seasons 66-96 mark. The brightened future for the Twins is the result of a stronger farm system, offseason acquisitions to bolster a woeful starting pitching staff and the possibility that several of baseballs most promising youngsters in the Twins organization could make their Major League debuts in 2014. The Twins starting rotation a year ago was the worst in the Major Leagues with the highest combined ERA and the fewest innings pitched. Only one hurler, Kevin Correia, with 185.1 innings pitched, came close to the 200-inning mark that Twins General Manager Terry Ryan says is the hallmark of effective pitching. But in the off-season, Ryan signed free agents Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes and Mike Pelfrey, all seasoned hurlers, to multi-year deals. And with Correia returning, starting pitching should be far, far better. That would leave a host of hopefuls including Samuel Deduno, Vance Worley, Scott Diamond and Andrew Albers competing for the fifth starting slot. In addition, top pitching prospects Kyle Gibson, Alex Meyer and Trevor May are being groomed at the Triple A and Double levels. Perennial All Star Joe Mauer is being moved from behind the plate to first base after suffering a season-ending concussion from a foul tip last August. The shift resolves a first-base question mark for the Twins who traded away their former MVP first-baseman Justin Morneau last season. Dont be surprised if baseball No. 3 overall prospect Miquel Sano makes his Major League debut for the Twins this year. The 20-year-old third baseman slugged 35 homers in the minor leagues last season. And looming as the Twins future center-fielder, Bryon Buxton is another Top 5 baseball prospect progressing rapidly in the Twins farm system. He may, however, be a year away from the majors. After three disastrous seasons many were surprised that the Twins awarded Manager Ron Gardenhire a new contract. But clearly the Twins have better personnel for 2014 and Gardenhire, with six AL Central titles in his first nine years, has proven he is a solid manager. Mientkiewicz to Return as Miracle Skipper The Twins announced last week that the popular Doug Mientkiewicz will return for his second year to manager their Class A Advanced Fort Myers Miracle in 2014. In his rookie managerial year, Mientkiewicz guided the Miracle to a 79-56 season record, including a Florida State League South Division title in the seasons first-half. Hitting coach Jim Dwyer and trainer Alan Rail also will return to the Miracle staff while Gary Lucas will begin his first season as the teams pitching coach. He has been in the Twins organization for 15 season, the last six with Class A Beloit/Cedar Rapids. Everblades on Four-Game Road Trip with Solid Second Place Standings The Florida Everblades began the week with a season record of 19-8-1-1 in the midst of a four-game road trip that started with a 3-2 victory over Orlando Saturday. With 40 points, the Everblades trailed first-place South Carolina by five points in the ECHL South Division. The road trip continued Monday at Orlando followed by weekend games at Gwinnett and Greenville. The local hockey team returns home to Germain Arena January 10 for four games against South Carolina and Orlando. Volunteers Needed For Mud RunVolunteers are needed for the 2nd annual South Florida Mud Run, a challenging three-mile obstacle course that lets you get dirty for a great cause. The run will take place on January 11 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Redneck Yacht Club in Punta Gorda. Volunteers can sign up at http:// southfloridamudrun.com or email southfloridamudrun@gmail.com. Participants can sign up as individuals or teams, and the event is open to children and adults age four and up. All proceeds benefits the Golisano Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida. Registration is $55 for adults and $25 for children. January 5 is the last day to register. The race features three miles of obstacle courses designed for all ages and degrees of athleticism. Participants will run, jump, crawl and climb through obstacles in the mud. This year, the run will feature two adult courses; one for those who would like to be challenged and another for beginners who just want to have fun. There will also be two childfriendly courses a half-mile course and a one-mile obstacle run. Last year we expected a turnout of about 500 runners and nearly 2,600 people participated in the event, said Stephanie Ink-Edwards, one of the organizers. After seeing the fantastic show of support and attendance by members of our community, we knew that this was a worthwhile opportunity for us to raise funds for a valuable cause while supporting an active family lifestyle. For more information or to register, email southfloridamudrun@gmail.com or visit http://southfloridamudrun.com. From page 1The David Mayfield ParadeFor tickets, call 939-2787 or buy online at www.ArtInLee.org. The next concert is Sunday, March 9 when Minnesota-based Davina & the Vagabonds returns for a third appearance. Tickets for both shows are on sale now. The Alliance for the Arts is at 10091 McGregor Boulevard just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. Indian Creek Craft ShowIndian Creek Resort, located at 17340 San Carlos Blvd. in Fort Myers Beach, will host a Craft Show on Thursday, January 9 at Iroquis Hall from 8 a.m. to noon. According to event organizers, participating vendors will have wonderful handmade items for sale. All are welcomed to come out and spend the morning, enjoy a donut and cup of coffee, and make new friend and see old friends. For more information, call Shirley at Indian Creek Resort at 466-7277. Wheelchair Soccer ClinicTampa Thunder, a nationally recognized soccer club for people who use wheelchairs, will be in North Fort Myers next month to host a free event at Lee County Parks & Recreations newest center. From noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, January 18, people can watch a demonstration and participate in whats dubbed a Power Chair Clinic with team members of the Tampa Thunder Power Soccer Team and Assistant Coach Tari Carpenter. It will take place at the North Fort Myers Recreation Center, 2000 North Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers. The center is at North Fort Myers Community Park next to the North Fort Myers Library. Power soccer is the first competitive team sport designed and developed specifically for power wheelchair users. Participants include people with quadriplegia, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, head trauma, stroke, spinal cord injury and other disabilities. Power soccer combines the skill of the wheelchair user with the speed and power of the chair itself to participate in an extremely challenging game similar to soccer. The game is played in a gymnasium on a regulation basketball court. Two teams of four attack, defend and spin-kick a 13-inch soccer ball in an attempt to score goals. Power soccer is a growing sport, both nationally and internationally. Founded in 2004, the Tampa Thunder team has played in 150 games and competed in more than 25 regional and national tournaments and is currently ranked third in the nation. January 18 participants must be users of power chairs and must bring their own. Registration is in person on the day of the event, but prospective participants are asked to call Lee County Parks & Recreations Terri Farrell at 267-2181 or Tfarrell@leegov.com. For more information, visit www.tampathunder.org or www.powersoccerusa. org. For directions to the North Fort Myers Recreation Center, go to www. leeparks.org. From page 9Fort Myers FareNervous Nellies is a casual, family-fun restaurant that boasts a large selection of appetizers, fresh seafood, over-stuffed sandwiches and entres. Dine in airconditioned comfort or outside on Nellies expansive waterfront patio. Happy hour all day. Grab a bite to eat or drink and swing to the beats of live reggae, rock and island music from the areas premier musical talent. Just upstairs from Nellies is Uglys Waterside Bar, the place where everyone gets prettier, and happy hour is all day, every day. Whether you arrive by land or sea, parking for patrons of Nellies and Uglys is free. The GPS coordinates are 26.41 N 81.18 W. 1131 First Street, Fort Myers Beach at the historic Fort Myers Beach Seaport. Call 463-8077. NERVOUS NELLIES CRAZY WATERFRONT EATERY

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21 THE RIVER JANUARY 3, 2014 ENGEL & VLKERSIsabella Rasi 239-246-4716 $3,900,000Sanibel Beachfront School Smartby Shelley M. Greggs, NCSPDear Readers, As we enter a new year, its wise to reflect on the previous one to see what has improved, declined or stayed the same. There is a federal report that does just this in regard to the children of the United States. As many of you are parents and child advocates working to better their lives, Id like to share some of the information from this report in hopes that it may benefit you and your work with children. There is both good news and bad. Below is a brief summary of the information collected. The complete report can be found at http://childstats.gov. This report, Americas Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2013 the 16th in an ongoing series, presents key indicators of childrens wellbeing in seven domains: family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment, safety, behavior, education and health. It was compiled by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, which includes participants from 22 federal agencies as well as partners in several private research organizations. A major finding was that the number of children living in the United States declined slightly, as did the percentage of the U.S. population who are children, although the percentage of children who are Asian, of two or more races, and Hispanic increased. The percentages of children who are white, non-Hispanic, and black, non-Hispanic declined. Other significant findings in this years report include: A drop for the fifth straight year in the percentage of infants born preterm, from 12.8 percent in 2006 to 11.7 in 2011. A drop in the percentage of children ages 4 to 11 with any detectable blood cotinine level, a measure for recent exposure to secondhand smoke, from 53 percent in the years 2007 and 2008 to 42 percent in 2009 and 2010). A drop in births to adolescents, from 17 per 1,000 girls ages 15 to 17 in 2009 to 15 per 1,000 in 2011 (preliminary data). A drop in the percentage of births to unmarried women ages 15 to 44, from 40.8 percent in 2010 to 40.7 percent in 2011. A rise in the percentage of male and female 12th graders who reported binge drinking consuming five or more alcoholic beverages in a row in the past two weeks from 22 percent in 2011 to 24 percent in 2012. A drop in the percentage of children from birth to 17 years of age living with two married parents, from 65 percent in 2010 to 64 percent in 2011. A drop in the percentage of children from birth to 17 years with no usual source of health care, from five percent in 2010 to four percent in 2011. A rise in the percentage of households with children from birth to 17 years that reported housing that costs more than 30 percent of household income, crowding, and/or physically inadequate housing, from 45 percent in 2009 to 46 percent in 2011. A rise in the percentage of children from birth to 17 years of age living with at least one parent employed year-round full time, from 71 percent in 2010 to 73 percent in 2011. A drop in the percentage of children ages 5 to 17 with untreated dental caries (cavities or tooth decay) over the past decade, from 23 percent in 1999-2004 to 14 percent in 2009-10. A rise in the percentage of children ages 5 to 17 with a dental visit in the past year from 85 percent in 2010 to 87 percent in 2011. The percentage of youth ages 12 to 17 who had a major depressive episode was unchanged in the previous year (8.2 percent in 2010 and 2011). However, this figure was lower than the 2004 high of nine percent. Lots of progress reported here but we still have work to do. Happy New Year! Ms. Greggs is adjunct faculty at Edison State College where she teaches psychology and education courses. She is also Nationally Certified School Psychologist and consultant for School Consultation Services, a private educational consulting company. Questions for publication may be addressed to smgreggs@gmail.com. Not all questions submitted can be addressed through this publication. Fenway South Farmers MarketThe weekly farmers market at JetBlue Park at Fenway South, located at 11500 Fenway South Drive in Fort Myers, will open on Monday, January 6 for a four-month run. Fenway South Drive, located in front of JetBlue Park, will host the Fenway South Farmers Market every Monday afternoon from 2 to 6 p.m. The market will include local produce, cheeses, fresh pastas, local seafood, baked breads, meats, herbs, organic vegetables, readyto-eat meals, flowers, crafts, soaps, candles, live music and more. Parking during market hours is free. Our vendors are very excited to be returning to JetBlue Park to promote their locally produced products and wares to neighboring communities as well as to Boston Red Sox fans, said Betsy Ventura, who, along with Jean Baer, owns Local Roots, LLC and will run the market at JetBlue Park each Monday. Farmers markets have been growing in popularity, and this is the perfect time of year to shop local in the open air and beautiful Florida sunshine. Ventura and Baer also operate the Sanibel Island and Lakes Park farmers markets. We are very excited that Lee Countys newest open-air market iscontinued on page 23 Charter Students Win Class With Famed SculptorTwo students at Gulf Coast Charter Academy South (GCCAS) will join six other Collier County students for a once-in-a-lifetime artistic opportunity. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Artis Naples Baker Museum, sculptor Lothar Nickel has been commissioned to create a work out of Italian white marble beginning in January. As part of the commission, Nickel offered a sculpting class for eight students from Collier County School District, ages 8 to 14. The class will use the same marble as the commissioned piece. Hundreds of students submitted applications and artwork. Artis Naples judges selected GCCAS students Nicole Bejan, 8, third grade; and Russell J. Van Riper III, 8, fourth grade, as a result of their talent and enthusiasm. The students will attend a series of Saturday workshops taught by the famed German sculptor. I am thrilled for these students, said Lois Carme, director of the art and music department at GCCAS. Thiscontinued on page 23 Nicole Bejan and Russell Van Riper III

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THE RIVER JANUARY 3, 201422 Top 10 Real Estate SalesCourtesy of Royal Shell Real Estate Development City Year BuiltSquare FootageListing Price Selling PriceDays On Market Woodrings Sanibel 1976 2,947 $1,975,000 $1,800,000 1819 Town & River Fort Myers 1988 2,720 $799,000 $760,000 563 Siesta Isles Fort Myers Beach1996 3,309 $889,000 $752,000 43 Gumbo Limbo Sanibel 1986 2,397 $695,000 $650,000 70 Sanibel Shores Sanibel 1982 1,152 $449,000 $435,000 133 Royal Tee Country Club EstatesCape Coral 2005 3,363 $449,900 $426,000 131 Cape Coral Cape Coral 2000 2,156 $417,000 $397,272 61 Carena Fort Myers 2012 2,276 $384,000 $345,000 78 Bonita Farms Bonita Springs 1974 1,676 $349,000 $315,000 118 Colonial Country Club Fort Myers 2004 1,715 $285,000 $275,000 78 Presenting The History Of Shell PointThe Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point Retirement Community presents The History of Shell Point, with President Peter Dys, on Monday, January 13 in the Village Church Auditorium from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. Dys will share a pictorial history of Shell Point in this informative presentation that recalls how this lifecare community came to be, and the many changes and growth the community has experienced over the past 45 years. Throughout his 28 years at Shell Point, Dys has had the opportunity to interact with the founders and other key individuals who have made Shell Point the success it is today, and he will share his recollection of personal memories and important events in its history. This presentation is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. Call 489-8472 for more information.To learn more about Shell Point Retirement Community, visit www.shellpoint.org. Shell Point Island Aerial Peter Dys, president of Shell Point Village Financial FocusWhats Your Retirement Visionby Jennifer BaseyWhen you start out in your career, youre probably not thinking much about retirement. At this point, your picture of a retirement lifestyle may be, at best, hazy, hidden behind a veil of experiences youve yet to encounter. But as you move through the years, your view of retirement comes into clearer and closer focus and this vision will have a big impact on your savings and investment strategies. Consequently, to create and implement those strategies effectively, youll need to define your retirement vision by identifying its various parts. Here are some to consider: Travel If youre like many people, you may dream of traveling during your retirement. But what does travel mean to you? Do you envision taking a cruise or an international trip every year? Or is your idea of travel just a short jaunt to a popular destination, such as a lake or the mountains or the beach? The difference in costs between global and U.S.-based travel can be enormous, so youll need to define your goals and estimate your expenses. Second home Once you retire, youll have to make some housing-related decisions. Should you sell your home and downsize? Or do you want to keep your current residence and possibly purchase a second home, such as a condominium, in another part of the country? Obviously, youll need to factor in these choices when you think about how to invest before you retire and how to manage your withdrawals from your 401(k), IRA and other accounts during your retirement. Volunteer activities You might think that your volunteer activities during retirement wont affect your finances much. But if you are particularly ambitious, and your volunteerism involves travel, renting space, purchasing equipment and so on, you might be looking at some large cash outlays. Furthermore, if you host people at your house, you may be incurring some types of liability risk, which you might need to address through appropriate insurance coverage. Hobbies During your working years, you may pursue your hobbies always with the thought that you can devote a lot more time to them after you retire. However, expanded hobby activities may involve expanded costs. For example, if youre good with cars, you might decide to invest in that foreign sports car of which youve dreamed. Or, if youre fascinated by genealogy, perhaps youll start traveling to places once inhabited by your ancestors. These types of activities can be expensive, so youll have to evaluate your saving, spending and investing habits to determine how to accommodate your increased expenditures on your hobbies. Second career Many people look forward to retiring from one career so they can start another, opening a small business, consulting or even taking a parttime job. Clearly, if you were to start your own business, some expenses would be involved, so youll have to plan for them. Even if you become a consultant or work part time, you could incur various costs, including travel. And, in relation to these types of work, you may also have insurance and health care issues to address. By identifying the various components of your retirement vision, and estimating their respective costs, you can make those saving, spending and investment choices that can help you work toward your retirement dream. Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor in Fort Myers. She can be reached at jennifer.basey@edwardjones.com. Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email press@riverweekly.com

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23 THE RIVER JANUARY 3, 2014 deaRPharmacistNew Drugs For 2013by Suzy Cohen, RPhDear Readers: Here are some interesting FDA-approved items for 2013 in the United States. My column is printed in various languages so I apologize that Ive only listed English brand names; please ask your local pharmacist for translations. Happy new year! Love, Suzy FluNada (nasal/throat spray) homeopathic, OTC: Spray to stop cold and flu-like symptoms with this new natural remedy that contains a homeopathic blend of mint, wintergreen, eucalyptus and elderberry. Spray it in your mouth, and nasal passages, right where the bugs try to enter your body. The kill rate of FluNada was tested by two independent labs and found to be 99.9 percent. www. FluNada.com Vizamyl (flutemetamol) injection, Rx: Can this compound detect Alzheimers disease at an earlier stage? Think of it as a contrast dye used for PET imaging, because it attaches to beta amyloid plaques in the brain which dementia patients often have. Fetzima (levomilnacipran) extended release capsules, Rx: This is what pharmacists call a me too drug because works like other SNRI serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor drugs. Older ones include Effexor, Pristiq, Cymbalta and Savella and they improve levels of two key brain neurotransmitters involved in major depression, as well as fibromyalgia, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive and anxiety. www.Fetzima.com Adempas (riociguat) tablets, Rx: The year 2013 brought approvals for several lung drugs, among them Adempas for pulmonary hypertension. The disease forces your heart to work harder. The other brand new medication that works similarly is Opsamut (macitentan). Anoro Ellipta (umeclidinium and vilanterol) inhalation powder, Rx: Inhale it once daily, it helps with asthma, bronchitis and other lung disorders. Dont confuse that with Breo Ellipta, a drug with similar benefits to breathing but different active ingredients. Clinolipid (soybean and olive oil) injection, Rx: Would you ever think to inject yourself with olive or soybean oil? This is a drug used to support nutrition in adults and its given intravenously. It provides calories and essential fatty acids. You cant get it if you are allergic to eggs, soybean and olive oil. Zubsolv (buprenorphine and naloxone) sublingual tablets, Rx: This helps people who are dependent on pain-killer drugs such as opiates (hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, etc). The drug is intended as part of a bigger program to treat drug addiction such as counseling and psychosocial support. The makers of Zubsolv have simultaneously launched an around-the-clock support program which is online. Its designed with input from patients in recovery. www.rise-us.com Zephrex-D (pseudoephedrine) tablets, OTC: Its to unstuff your nose and relieve a sinus headache. Its the worlds first meth-resistant pseudoephedrine tablet, designed to keep bad people from turning cold medicine into speed. Yeah, you didnt know? Decongestants are often messed with but its impossible with Zephrex-D because the makers invested in new technology that locks the drug in place. www.zephrex-d.com Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) tablets, Rx: For chronic hepatitis C virus without the need for interferon. This drug blocks a specific protein needed by the virus for its replication (growth). www.sovaldi.com NovoPen Echo: The only insulin device which can dispense tiny doses like a half unit, making it appealing for treating children. It also has memory capabilities. 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. 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, My 92-year-old mother came to live with us, so I immediately wanted to connect her with a doctor. I had difficulty finding a doctor who would take Medicare, but finally found one. A few months later she developed a very sore toe so we made an appointment with him. The doctor did some blood work and then looked at her toe. Soak you toe in hot water and you will be fine, but you do have high cholesterol and you will need to go on a very strict diet and I am going to order medication, the doctor said. I was shocked and disgusted. Why would a doctor be so concerned about cholesterol, deprive her of the goodies that she likes to eat, and order medication for a 92-year-old woman? Lois Dear Lois, Your situation presents a great opportunity to have a discussion with the physician. Health professionals establish treatment plans for a reason. Discuss with the physician the reasoning behind the treatment plan and the cost vs. benefits of following or not following the advice. Pryce Dear Lois, Some doctors do not seem to have the slightest idea of how to treat their elderly patients and this is a perfect example. Your mother must have done many things right to have lived to be 92 years old. I feel that she should just relax and enjoy her remaining years, eat what she wants when she wants. I suggest she sit in front of her TV in a comfortable chair and watch her favorite show while soaking her toe in a foot bath and eat what she wants. I would serve her an old fashioned banana split with chocolate sauce and nuts. Lizzie Lizzie and Pryces email address is momandmeaging@hotmail.com. Memory ChecksLake Kennedy Senior Center will hold free memory screenings on W ednesday, February 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. GThey will be carried out by Angel C. Duncan, healthcare liaison/research educator with the Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida. Pre-registration is required. Call 574-0575. Lake Kennedy Center is at 400 Santa Barbara Boulevard. From page 21Farmers Marketreturning to JetBlue Park, said Katie Haas, senior director of Florida business operations for the Boston Red Sox. This market is a great way to kick-off the spring training season and just another one of the unique ways Fenway South is being utilized for the Southwest Florida community. For more information, visit www.buylocallee.com. From page 21Student Sculptorsis an experience few children will ever have. Nickel was born in Dusseldorf, Germany. He was introduced to stone carving during a trip to the west coast of Scotland. His medium of choice is light-colored marble. He has exhibited extensively throughout Europe and the United States and his work is in private and public collections in Germany, Italy and Florida. 2nd Annual Pirate Day To Be Held At Marco Island Historical MuseumThe Marco Island Historical Museum will host the 2nd annual Pirate Day at the Marco Island Historical Museum on Saturday, January 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Marauding pirates were a constant headache for Spanish sea captains during the 1600s, and tall tales of swashbucklers and buried treasure abound in Southwest Florida to this day. Pirate-themed arts and crafts, face painting, pirate songs and treasure hunts will make this a friendly adventure into Floridas past for the whole family. Come dressed as your favorite pirate, and win prizes from the booty station after ye walk the plank. Festivities start at 11 a.m. and admission is free. Long famous for its Key Marco Cat one of the most remarkable and influential discoveries in North American archaeology the Marco Island Historical Museum explores Southwest Floridas Calusa Indians and brings this vanished civilization to life with informative displays and an exciting recreated village scene. Temporary and traveling exhibits trace the settlement of this subtropical island paradise from its early pioneer roots as a fishing village, pineapple plantation and clam cannery, through its explosive growth and development in the 1960s by the Miami-based Deltona Corporation. For more information about the Marco Island Historical Museums 2nd annual Pirate Day, call 642-1440 or visit www.colliermuseums.com. To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732

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THE RIVER JANUARY 3, 201424 Players collect teddy bears tossed on the ice photos courtesy of Al Larspon Photo Results of the December 7 Teddy Bear Toss Members of the Everblades delivered stuffed animals on December 18 Delivering stuffed animals at Golisano Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida One of the Florida Everbabes collects teddy bears Over 6,100 Teddy Bears Collected At Germain ArenaIBERIABANK partnered with Germain Arena and the Florida Everblades on December 7 to host the annual Teddy Bear Toss. Over 6,100 stuffed animals were collected for the Golisano Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida, Toys For Tots and several other local charities. IBERIABANK also donated 126 tickets to the event for patients, families and medical staff from the hospital to enjoy the hockey game. Bill Valenti, market president for IBERIABANK, and players from the Everblades delivered the toys to children at the hospital on December 18. This was such a heart-warming experience. The kids were smiling ear to ear as were all the adults, said Valenti. We are fortunate to live in a community where people are so generous and willing to help others. The spirit of giving is alive and well in Southwest Florida.

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DID YOU KNOW My Stars FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 6, 2014ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Its a good time to take a much-needed break from your recent hectic schedule and spend some time in quieter surroundings. Important news could arrive early next week. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) The Taurean traits of reliability and thoroughness could be well-tested when decision-makers consider your proposals and/or requests. Be prepared to answer some probing questions. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A sudden attack of boredom leaves you with some tasks undone. Its OK to take a short respite. But get back to work by weeks end so that you have time for other projects. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Avoid prejudging a situation just because it looks bad. Facts could emerge that would make your position uncomfortable, to say the least. A relative has interesting news to share with you. LEO (July 23 to August 22) This is a good time to begin reassessing some of your recent decisions about your long-range goals to see if they still have merit. Spend more time with loved ones this weekend. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) An unsettled situation at home or on the job early in the week could drain your energy levels, making it difficult to get your work done on schedule. But things improve by midweek. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A temporary setback could give you time to go over your plans to find weaknesses you might have overlooked before. A romantic getaway with that special person is favored this weekend. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Professional and personal situations benefit once you set a positive tone in getting things off to a good start. Honest dialogue smoothes over any occasional display of balkiness. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) A problem with workplace colleagues or family members seems to defy even your sage counsel. But be patient. Your words eventually will lead to a resolution. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Dont just wait out that unexpected and unexplained delay in your career move. You could gain added respect if you ask why it happened and what you can do to move things along. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Although your workplace strategies usually are accepted, you could be challenged by someone who isnt so favorably impressed. Be prepared to defend your positions. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Your friendship circle expands, with new people coming into your life at this time. Welcome them warmly. But dont neglect those cherished longtime personal relationships. BORN THIS WEEK: You love to search for knowledge and share it with others. You would make an especially fine teacher. On Jan. 9, 1776, writer Thomas Paine publishes his pamphlet Common Sense, setting forth his arguments in favor of American independence. Originally published anonymously, Common Sense is considered one of the most influential pamphlets in American history. On Jan. 8, 1916, Rembrandt Bugatti, a sculptor and younger brother of Italian auto designer and manufacturer Ettore Bugatti, commits suicide at the age of 31. Bugattis sculpture of a dancing elephant was featured as a hood ornament on a 1920s Bugatti Royale auto. On Jan. 12, 1926, the two-man radio comedy series Sam n Henry (later named Amos n Andy) debuts in Chicago. Freeman Gosden and Charles Carrell, both white, played characters who were two black men from the Deep South. Over the next 22 years, the show would become the highestrated comedy in radio history. On Jan. 11, 1935, American aviator Amelia Earhart departs Wheeler Field in Honolulu on a solo flight to North America. Hawaiian commercial interests offered a $10,000 award to whoever accomplished the flight first. The next day, after traveling 2,400 miles in 18 hours, Earhart safely landed at Oakland Airport in Oakland, Calif. On Jan. 7, 1959, just six days after the fall of the Fulgencio Batista dictatorship in Cuba, U.S. officials recognize the new provisional government of the island nation. Despite fears that Fidel Castro might have communist leanings, the U.S. government believed that it could work with the new regime. On Jan. 10, 1961, Dashiell Hammett, author of The Maltese Falcon, dies. Hammett left school at age 13, eventually landing at Pinkertons detective agency. He worked as a detective for eight years and turned his experiences into hard-boiled crime fiction. On Jan. 6, 1975, a crowd of 2,000-plus lines up outside Boston Garden to buy tickets to the rock band Led Zeppelin. Someone pried open the Gardens locked doors around midnight, and soon hundreds of beer-drinking, bottle-throwing Led Zeppelin fans had the run of the arena. It was noted wit Ambrose Bierce who defined an egotist as a person more interested in himself than in me. If you could go back in time and sample a beer from the 1700s, you would find it to be significantly stronger than similar libations that are served today. The higher alcohol content helped the brew survive the long voyage from England to colonial India. Those who study such things say that roughly half of American women remove hair from their bikini area. Perhaps unsurprisingly, as women age, they become less likely to keep up the shaving or waxing, with only 19 percent of women aged 50-plus doing so. In Brazil, though, the practice is far more widespread; there, 65 percent of women in the 50-plus age group reported bikini hair removal. The average horse will produce 10 gallons of saliva every day. Historians claim that President John Quincy Adams kept a pet alligator in a White House bathroom. He reportedly was amused when unsuspecting guests had to make a trip to the loo. I wouldnt be surprised if youve never heard the word pilgarlic -its not a term you hear every day. Its literal meaning is peeled garlic, but colloquially it was once used to describe a bald-headed person. In the U.S. in 1900, imported perfume was taxed at a higher rate than imported opium. If you are planning a trip to Hawaii, you might want to go to the Sea Life Park on Oahu. There you can see a rare creature: the wolphin. This cross between a killer whale and a bottle-nosed dolphin also reportedly exists in the wild, but I imagine theyre a bit more difficult to find. In any contest between power and patience, bet on patience. -W.B. Prescott THIS WEEK IN HISTORY STRANGE BUT TRUE THOUGHT FOR THE DAY PUZZLE ANSWERS 1. GEOGRAPHY: In what U.S. state is Salt Lake City located? 2. HISTORY: Where did abolitionist John Browns famous raid take place in 1859? 3. ENTERTAINERS: Which stand-up comedian, who starred in the movie Back to School, was born with the name Jacob Cohen? 4. ANATOMY: What is the most common type of blood? 5. MOVIES: Anne of the Thousand Days is a film about which historical couple? 6. GAMES: What early version of a video game mesmerized TV viewers in the mid1970s? 7. RELIGION: What are the first four books of the Bibles New Testament, in order? 8. COMICS: What is Catberts title in the Dilbert comic strip? 9. BUSINESS: What popular business did Judy Sheppard Missett create? 10. TELEVISION: What was Rays last name in the series Everybody Loves Raymond? TRIVIA TEST 1. Utah 2. Harpers Ferry, (West) Virginia 3. Rodney Dangerfield 4. O positive 5. Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII 6. Pong 7. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John 8. Evil Director of Human Resources 9. Jazzercise 10. Barone. ANSWERS25 THE RIVER JANUARY 3, 2014 SPORTS QUIZ 1. Name the last brothers before Atlantas B.J. and Justin Upton in 2013 to hit back-to-back homers in a major-league game. 2. Who holds the major-league record for most career major-league pinch-hit home runs? 3. In 2012, the New England Patriots ended a record run for most consecutive games played without their won-loss mark falling below .500. How many was it? 4. How many consecutive seasons has Gonzaga mens basketball coach Mark Few notched at least 20 wins? 5. Who was the Washington Capitals career points leader entering the 2013-14 NHL season? 6. How many CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer tournaments has the U.S. mens soccer team won? 7. Name the last filly to win the Kentucky Derby, and the year it was done. ANSWERS 1. Pittsburghs Lloyd and Paul Waner, in 1938. 2. Matt Stairs had 23 pinch-hit homers between 1992 and 2011. 3. It was 145 games. 4. Fourteen seasons, entering the 2013-14 campaign. 5. Peter Bondra, with 825 points. 6. Five (1991, 2002, and ). 7. Winning Colors, in 1988.

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THE RIVER JANUARY 3, 201428 CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS REAL ESTATE CLASSIFIED DEADLINE FRIDAY AT NOON CLASSIFIED DEADLINE FRIDAY AT NOON ISABELLA RASIHAPPY TO HELP YOUWITH ALL OF YOURREAL ESTATE NEEDS! RS 1/4 NC TFN 1101 Periwinkle Way #105 Sanibel, FL 33957ISABELLA RASI(239) 246-4716EISABELLARASI@AOL.COM International Client Base 600 Shops Worldwide Multi-Lingual Sta MOBILE HOME PERIWINKLE PARK$95,000. 60 x 12 w/ metal roof-over plus 20 x 12 Florida room. Master BR has queen size bed & blt-in dresser & dbl closet. Master bath has combo bath/ shower & dbl sink vanity w/extra storage. Guest BR has dbl closet + blt-in drawers & private bath w/ shower. Eat-in-kit is open to LR which ows into Florida room. Designed pass-thru from K to FL room. Private 12 x 12 deck, picnic table and storage shed. One car carport with adjacent 2nd parking space. Ceramic tile ooring in kitchen. Florida room & bathrooms. Carpeting in both bedrooms & LR. Home recently inspected & has all required tiedowns. New central air & heat system & stacked washer/dryer, all appliances louvered blinds throughout. Purchase completely furnished including all linens, dishes, pots & pans, tableware, 2 sleeper couches, recliner, 2 dining tables & chairs, 4 outdoor chairs & folding beach chairs, etc. Call owner 317-293-0915 or email LMSrealtor@aol.com for further information or to make offer. RS 10/25 CC TFN SANIBEL HOME WATCHRetired Police Captain Lives on Sanibel Will Check Your Home Weekly Very Reasonable Rates (239) 728-1971RS 1/4 BM TFN ROGER NODRUFF ELECTRICLic# EC12002788. Call Roger 239-707-7203. Aqualink Motor Controls. Of ce & Store Maint. RS 6/7 CC TFN SERVICES OFFEREDBONNIES CLEANINGDaily, Weekly, or Monthly. No job is to big or too small. Call Bonnie Pratt 239-772-5234.NS 11/29 PC 1/3 AFFORDABLE HOME CAREHomeCare Services With A Difference Specializing in Alzheimers,Parkinson,Stroke etc. Live-ins, 8 hrs, 24 hrs. FBI Background Check available. Licensed & Insured. References Available, call Cell: 561-509-4491 or 239-963-8449 NS 10/25 CC TFN HOME/CONDO WATCH CONCIERGE SERVICESDorado Property Management Full Range of Services Island Resident Licensed & Insured 24/7 Call Lisa or Bruce at 239-472-8875RS 1/4 BM TFN WALK TO BEACH, EAST END1/2 Duplex, 2 BD 1BA Bright, Clean, Modern Avail Jan. Call Bob 410-913-2234 tidewaterbob@comcast.net NS 12/20 CC TFN VACATION RENTAL ANNUAL RENTALRE/MAX OF THE ISLANDSPutting owners and tenants together Call Dustyn Corace www.remax-oftheislands.com 239-472-2311RS 1/4 BM TFN GULF PINES HOME W/PRIVATE BEACH PATH SANIBEL ANNUAL RENTAL $3,500/MO UNFURNISHED3200 SqFt single family home in beautiful, private community. One house from beach, short walk to 2 community pools and tennis courts. Large, private landscaped lot.3-4 Bedrooms -most with decks; 3.5 baths, large open living room -LR& EIK open to screened porch. High end appliances, 2nd fridge, W/D, 2 car garage. Contact: (917) 680-4440.RS 11/8 CC TFN ANNUAL RENTALS ON PARADISETwo 3/2 units available Unfurnished Washer/Dryer in each unit Newly remodeled Pets allowed On the river. Quiet island living. $1,900/Month Call Bridgit @ 239-728-1920NS 12/6 CC TFN LONG TERM RENTAL3/2.5 Piling Home. West End. Walk to beach and Captiva bridge. Hardwood,Granite,Boat Ramp. Unfurnished. $1,800 plus. 954-338-1044.NS 12/27 CC 1/3 KELLY ROAD 2BR/2BA2nd oor, end unit w/screened lanai. Small complex w/pool & tennis. No smoking, no pets. Close to Sanibel & Ft. Myers Beach $800/mo. Avail immediately. Annual only. 239-851-4921 or 239-454-3252 RS 1/3 CC TFN COMMERCIAL RENTALRESTAURANT, NIGHTCLUB, BARHigh Visibility, up to 90 seat possible, San Carlos Blvd 2 min. to Fort Myers Beach, Boat access Plenty of parking. For Lease Information call 239-246-4716NR 11/22 NC TFN VACATION RENTAL Island VacationsOf Sanibel & CaptivaMillion $ Views Await You! 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29 THE RIVER JANUARY 3, 2014 TO PLACE A CLASSIFIED LOG ONTO: IslandSunNews.comCLICK ONPLACE CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED DEADLINE FRIDAY AT NOON CLASSIFIED DEADLINE FRIDAY AT NOON CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS FOUNDPrescription sunglasses found in parking lot of Limetree Center on Wednesday, February 27. Claim at Island Sun newspaper, suite 2 in Limetree Center, or call 395-1213.NS 3/8 NC TFN TOOL BOX WASHES UP ON SANIBELThis tool box with motor parts washed up on shore Saturday morning, May 8 about 8:30 on the beach at Sundial Resort on Sanibel Island. To claim call Sundial Resort Security 239-472-4151. NS 6/14 CC TFN LOST AND FOUND HELP WANTEDADMINISTRATIVEWe are currently seeking an experienced, dependable administrative person for our Captiva of ce location. The ideal candidate must: Have a high school diploma, some college preferred Have excellent phone, communication and interpersonal skills Have the ability to learn new procedures and manage systems. Have strong computer skills and knowledge of PC operations, Windows, MS Of ce Have good problem solving skills Manage time effectively Be a self-starter able to begin and complete tasks without supervision Pay close attention to detail Have a willingness to learn and adapt to change Be able to thrive in a deadline oriented environment ** Must be willing to work on Captiva Island ** F/T position Quali ed applicants please respond by emailing your resume with cover letter to tammy@royalshellsales.comNS 12/27 CC 1/3 WANTED TO BUYCASH PAID FOR MILITARY ITEMSCash Paid For Old Military Items. Medals, Swords, Uniforms, helmets, old guns, awards & more. Local Toll Free 1-866-440-3280RS 12/6 CC 2/28 BOATS CANOES KAYAKSDOCKAGEHourly, Daily, Weekly and Monthly. Captiva Island 472-5800RS 1/4 NC TFN FOR SALEBIG CLEARANCE SALE2431 Periwinkle Way www.SanibelSeaLifeGallery.com RS 12/27 CC TFN BUY SELL TRADE 3883 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel, Fl Phone: 239-472-3644, ext 1 Fax: 239-472-2334 www.crowclinic.orgHELP US PLEASE!!We need volunteers for: Clinic emergency patient admissions desk and baby animal feeders Visitor education center greeters and gift shop cashiers CROW (239) 472-3644, ext. 231 or volunteers@crowclinic.orgRS 1/4 NC TFN HELP WANTEDVOLUNTEERS NEEDEDVolunteers needed for light general maintenance. Call (CHR) Community Housing & Resources, Inc. 472-1189. NS 11/1 NC TFN HELP WANTEDNURSERY ATTENDANT Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ seeks paid part-time Sunday Nursery Attendant for year round on Sunday mornings for infant-4 year olds. Background check and references required. 2-3 years teaching experience preferred. We are a theologically diverse congregation. For more information contact 472-0497.NS 10/11 CC TFN VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDVolunteers needed for the After School Program which runs Mon.-Th, 2:30 3:15 pm call Linda Reynolds 472-1617 RS 1/4 NC TFN HELP WANTED Adding new F/T employees at the Normandie restaurant: Cook, Prep/Dish, Server & Busser. West Wind Inn Resort, Sanibel. Tolls paid, Health Insurance. Call Laurent 239-472-1541 x331NS 1/3 CC 1/3

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If you would like your club/organization listed in The River Calling Card, phone 415-7732Emergency .........................................................................................911 Lee County Sheriffs Of ce ........................................................477-1200 Florida Marine Patrol ................................................................332-6966 Florida Highway Patrol ..............................................................278-7100 Poison Control ................................................................1-800-282-3171HealthPark Medical Center .......................................1-800-936-5321Ft. Myers Chamber of Commerce .............................................332-3624 Foundation for Quality Childcare ..............................................425-2685 Ft. Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce ..................................454-7500 Fort Myers Beach Library .........................................................463-9691 Lakes Regional Library ............................................................533-4000 Lee County Chamber of Commerce ..........................................931-0931 Post Of ce .....................................................................1-800-275-8777 Visitor & 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 .............................................................334-2999 Florida Repertory Theatre at the Arcade ..................................332-4488 Florida West Arts ......................................................................948-4427 Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers.......................................472-0168 Gulf Coast Symphony ...............................................................489-1800 Harmony Chorus, Charles Sutter, Pres .....................................481-8059 Naples Philharmonic ...........................................................239-5971111 The Schoolhouse Theater .........................................................472-6862 S.W. Florida Symphony .............................................................418-0996 Theatre Conspiracy ..................................................................936-3239 Young Artists Awards ................................................................574-9321CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONSAngel Flight ................................................................1-877-4AN-ANGEL Animal Refuge Center ...............................................................731-3535 American 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 Chorale Barbershop Chorus .................................1-855-425-3631 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 Sons of Confederate Veterans ..................................................332-2408 Southwest Florida Fencing Academy ........................................939-1338 Southwest Florida Music Association ........................................561-2118 Kiwanis Clubs: Fort Myers Beach.................................................765-4254 or 454-8090 Fort Myers Edison .....................................................................694-1056 Fort Myers South ......................................................................691-1405 Gateway to the Islands..............................................................415-3100 Iona-McGregor..........................................................................482-0869Lions 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 ................................................472-6940 United Way of Lee County ........................................................433-2000 United Way 211 Helpline (24 hour) .................................211 or 433-3900AREA ATTRACTIONSBailey-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 ..............................................................321-7558 Imaginarium Hands-On Museum & Aquarium ............................321-7420 JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge ................................472-1100 Koreshan State Historic Site ..............................................239-992-0311 Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center .......................765-8101 Skatium ......................................................................................321-7510 Southwest Florida Historical Society ........................................939-4044 Southwest Florida Museum of History ......................................321-7430 True Tours .................................................................................945-0405 Pets Of The Week THE RIVER JANUARY 3, 201430 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 27 Girls just want to have fun! Im Marry and thats my motto. Im young and fun-loving and still looking for my forever home. You can start the new year with me as your new family member. My adoption fee is $50 ($25 off the regular adoption fee of $75 during Animal Services Resolution Buddies Adoption Promotion). Im Tippy and I was found with a paralyzed front leg that had to be amputated but it hasnt slowed me down a bit. I recovered in a foster home and Im ready to be adopted. Im a mix between explorer cat and lap cat and will keep you company all day long. My adoption fee is $25 ($25 off the regular adoption fee of $50 during Animal Servicespromotion). 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, Fort Myers, next to the Lee County Sheriffs Office, off Six Mile Cypress Parkway. All adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, rabies vaccination and county license if three months or older, flea treatment, worming, heartworm test for dogs six months and over, feline AIDS and leukemia test for cats, training DVD, 10-day health guarantee, and a bag of Science Diet pet food. The adoption package is valued at $500. Tippy ID# 578706 Marry ID# 577559 photos by squaredogphoto.com

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