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FREETake Me Home VOL. 13, NO. 3 JANUARY 24, 2014From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort MyersRead Us Online at IslandSunNews.com Bob Janes Triage Center Wins AwardThe Bob Janes Triage Center/Low Demand Shelter was the winner of the inaugural UNITE (Uniting Nonprofits In Teaming for Excellence) Award and the $25,000 cash prize. Established by Myers, Brettholtz & Company, PA and supported by the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and the United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties, the UNITE Award is a regional award that recognizes successful non-profit collaborative models across the five-county area that exemplify excellence and community impact. Its goal is to provide information to the non-profit community about collaborative models that have succeeded in Southwest Florida area and to share proven effective practices for non-profits working together. The winner was announced at the annual Myers, Brettholtz & Companys full-day non-profit seminar held at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers. In addition, each of the runners up, Families First: Childrens Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida, Inc. and Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc. and Southwest Florida Addiction Services/Lee Mental Health Merger, received $2,500 thanks to funding made available by the Wayne Smith of the Smith Family Foundation who wished to reward the other finalists for their dedication to collaboration in the community. Each of the 27 entries we received were inspiring, said Lori SampsonWilson, principal of Myers, Brettholtz. It clearly shows that our regional non-profits are working together to achieve positive collaborative results. The Bob Janes Triage Center/Low Demand Shelter named for the late Sanibel resident and Lee County commissioner is a collaboration with the Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties, the Lee Board of County Commissioners, law enforcement, Lee Memorial Health System, SalusCare, the continued on page 5 Edison Day Of Discovery At Harborside The Edison Day of Discovery will be held at Harborside Event Center and Centennial Park on Saturday, January 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. The Thomas Alva Edison Kiwanis Science & Engineering Fair and Inventor Fair events showcase nearly 700 student finalists from elementary, middle and high schools who will compete for the chance to advance to the state competition, prizes and over $900,000 in scholarships to local universities and colleges. Projects range from astronomy and engineering to chemistry and botany. Discovery Village features games, presentations, educational exhibits and vehicles presented by a variety of state and local organizations. A community stage will feature The Wild Wizard Stage Show, Florida Repertory Theatre preview and local talent. Exhibits include FPLs solar powered vehicles, Turtle Time, Lee Memorial Blood Center, Calusa Nature Center, ECHO, continued on page 11 Bob Janes Team with sponsors The UNITE award Bill Blevins, Steve Brettholtz and Major Tom Louden of The Salvation Army Beatles Exhibit Opens At Southwest Florida Museum Of HistoryWhere were you in February 1964? If you were watching The Ed Sullivan Show along with 73 million other Americans, you were witness to The Beatles first stateside performance a revolutionary milestone that launched unprecedented changes in Americas musical and cultural landscape. The early days of Beatlemania will command center stage at the Southwest Florida Museum of History in the award-winning exhibit The Beatles! Backstage and Behind the Scenes, when it opens on Friday, January 24. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the British Invasion, the shows 84 photos were carefully selected from the extensive archives of photojournalist Bill Eppridge and CBS Television, and were reproduced from original negatives. The images in this award-winning exhibition represent the very best of s photojournalism and show The Beatles at a pivotal moment in their career, said museum director Matthew Johnson. We are hugely excited to bring this special exhibit to residents and visitors of Fort Myers at the Southwest Florida Museum of History in celebration of the 50th anniversary.continued on page 14 The Beatles


THE RIVER JANUARY 24, 20142 Historic Downtown Fort Myers, Then And Now: First And Jackson, 1919by Gerri Reaves, PhDThis 1919 westward view from First and Jackson captures the main business block in a pivotal year. The Great War (WWI) has ended at last, a boom has already kicked in, and Fort Myers is making the transition from small town to modern city in earnest. The city had much to be proud of as the 19-teens came to a close. Both the Earnhardt (left) and Bradford blocks had been completed during the decade. An imposing clock marks the location of the Bank of Fort Myers Building (left), built by Harvie E. Heitman in 1910. By 1919, the Bradford Hotel (right), built in 1905, had already undergone several expansions and remodels. Many parade photos would be taken in the coming years from those long balconies, or verandas, as they were called. Notice the vertical Arcade Theatre sign (mid-block), marking the citys relatively new entertainment venue. In 1919, the city approved the largest bond issue in its history, and among the improvements would be the asphalting of the badly deteriorated shell-asphalt streets. First Street would be paved with asphalt blocks in March 1921. In some ways, progress had come rapidly to the main business district since the turn of the 20th century. As the historic photo shows, 95 years ago, the age of the automobile had arrived and parking spaces were scarce. The transition from the hitching posts of cow-town days to parking spots was dramatic. As late as 1910, a cistern-like trough served as a watering hole for horses in the middle of the intersection at Hendry. But by 1919, automobile traffic had so increased that a concrete marker (foreground) at Jackson warned drivers to go slow. And who would think, looking at those modern street lights along First, that the town had gotten its first electric lights less than 20 years ago? The fire hydrant on the corner symbolizes another fairly recent step forward for the city. The first public water lines had been funded only about 15 years earlier. That 1919 bond issue would also fund sewer extensions, as well as improvements to the water system and fire protection. Todays view from the same intersection reveals much that is the same. Gone, however, is the banks distinctive clock, which probably disappeared in 1931, when the bank closed during the Great Depression. The north (right) side of First has changed more significantly in the last 95 years than has its opposite. The Bradfords balconies disappeared circa 1924 when the hotel was remodeled yet again. And that old Arcade Theatre sign was replaced with a prominent Art Deco one in the late-1930s. Walk down to First and Jackson and compare the scene to that of 95 years ago. Then learn more about the downtown business district by traveling a few blocks to the Southwest Florida Museum of History at 2031 Jackson Street. For information, call 321-7430 or go to museumofhistory.org. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Be sure to visit the Southwest Florida Historical Societys research center, the place to research local history. 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 Progress has filled the western horizon in the last 95 years photo by Gerri Reaves A pedestrian negotiates the shell street at First and Hendry in 1919. The cluster of trees (center) will be replaced with Bayview Court and other modern buildings in the early 1920s. courtesy of the Southwest Florida Historical Society


3 THE RIVER JANUARY 24, 2014Fort Myers Public Art: Artist Lovegrove Imagines Peace In Shades Of Blueby Tom HallInspired by the upcoming Yoko Ono exhibition at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, Matlacha artist Leoma Lovegrove has announced a collaborative project that will enable thousands of Southwest Florida residents and visitors to imagine peace in an artistically experiential way. Between January 17 and March 29, Lovegrove will encourage folks to imagine all the people living life in peace by painting a peace symbol in various shades of blue on a museum-quality nine-by-12foot canvas that she will take to various locations throughout the area. I plan to kick off the campaign at Blue Mangrove on January 17, says Lovegrove, who has a solo show opening at the Marco Island gallery on that date. She will have the canvas, brushes and 10 shades of blue paint set up at the gallery so that guests attending her opening can paint peace signs on the canvas while imagining what life in 2014 would be like if there were nothing to kill or die for and no need for greed or hunger, a brotherhood of man. Some people will paint ovals or circles, others squares. Some will have hearts inside. Its completely up to each individual to decide what their peace symbol will look like, explains Lovegrove, who is thrilled that Yoko Onos conceptual art will be represented in Fort Myers at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery.Art brings people together. It unites people. Which is precisely what Yoko Ono Imagine Peace co-curators Kevin Concannon and John Noga and Rauschenberg Gallery Director Jade Dellinger hope will happen at, and as a consequence of, the Ono exhibition. And that conviction lies at the heart of Lovegroves Painting Peace initiative. Although she is working independently of the artist, Concannon, Noga and Dellinger, she hopes to inspire people who come in contact with her and her project in much the same way that the Rauschenberg exhibit and the Imagine Peace billboard on Cleveland Avenue will positively impact those who see them. I have been a Beatles fan all my life, Lovegrove says. This is the 50th anniversary of the British invasion, and even today, portraits of John Lennon are highly coveted by the people who visit my gallery on Matlacha Island. One of Johns most touching songs is Imagine, and I know that the lyrics were inspired in part by Yoko. While Lovegrove is deeply religious (husband Mike is a preacher and author of religious books), its not hard for her to imagine people living for today. Or attending her Painting Peace events in order to express their own frustrations with the continuous stream of wars and rumors or war that fill the headlines and news feeds of every paper, newscast and social media outlet. Painting Peace will enable members of our community to think about war, and the impact its had on them personally, and imagine what it would be like if everyone could just get along and live peacefully, Lovegrove adds. Painting Peace will serve to draw attention to Yoko Ono Imagine Peace, a result that Lovegrove will buttress by having literature at each venue that tells people about Wish Tree and urges them to go to the Rauschenberg Gallery so that they can attach their personal wish for peace to the tree. All the wishes collected during the two-month exhibit will be sent to Ono, who will forward them to the Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland, where more than a million other wishes await. She also hopes that Painting Peace will inspire others throughout Southwest Florida to give voice to their own reactions to both Onos art and the Imagine Peace billboard on Tamiami Trail. Lovegrove undertook a similarly ambitious project in 2011 in conjunction with the 10-year observance of 9-11. In Remember 9-11, people chose the name of a victim from a fish bowl and then painted it on an even larger, 12-by20-foot canvas. It not only allowed them to process their own deeply emotional feelings about that tragedy, but to connect to the victim whose name they drew. Many actually researched the victim on their laptops and tablets while they were still at the event. Some even contacted the family to tell them that theyd painted their loved one on the canvas, relates Lovegrove, who shared in their pain and catharsis during the course of the fourmonth Remember 9-11 tour. Lovegrove has yet to set dates for her other Painting Peace events, but she intends to keep it on the islands Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Pine Island, Staten Island, Long Island, Anna Marie Island, Useppa Island and so on. And between events, the canvas will reside on Matlacha Island, where the 500 or so people who visit Lovegrove Gallery and Gardens each day will have the opportunity to add their painted blue peace symbol. For more information, call Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens at 393-2405. The gallery is located at 4637 Pine Island Road, Matlacha. For more information on Lovegroves show and Painting Peace event at Blue Mangrove Gallery, call 393-2405, email bluemangrovegallery@gmail.com or visit www.bluemangrovegallery.com. Blue Mangrove Gallery is located in Suite 417 of the Marco Town Center, 1089 North Collier Boulevard, Marco Island. An arts advocate, Tom Hall guides weekly walking tours of the River Districts public art collection in Fort Myers. 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THE RIVER JANUARY 24, 20144 Lee Schools Superintendent Speaks To MOAAAt the January meeting of the Lee Coast Chapter of MOAA (Military Officers Association of America), Dr. Nancy Graham, Lee County superintendent of schools was the guest speaker. She covered her early career, how she was chosen to become superintendent and what she is doing to improve the Lee County school system. Also at the meeting was the staff of the Lee County JROTC, a leadership program for high schools students. Through the efforts Lee County Schools and JROTC, Lee County has the third largest attendance in the country. The MOAA chapter is a strong supporter of JROTC. Sarah Adler of Sanibel won first place in the Barbara Mann Centers Pride and Patriotism contest for her video minidocumentary on Iwo Jima. It is based on letters recently discovered under her grandmothers bed after her death. The letters were written by her grandfather to her during World War II. General Tony Robertson, incoming chairman of MOAA board of directors with new Lee Coast MOAA members Roger Brown and Al Krause Dr. Nancy Graham and chapter president Roger Triftshauser Scott Robinson, senior army instructor, Fort Myers H.S. JROTC; Tom Madigan, director of army instruction, School District of Lee County; Dr. Nancy Graham, superintendent of schools; Bill Zacovic, operations officer, director of army instruction, School District of Lee County; Ron St. Clair, senior army instructor, Estero High School JROTC; Steve Epkins, senior army instructor, Cypress Lake High School JROTC Sarah Adler of Sanibel is congratulated by Roger Triftshauser and Dr. Nancy Graham for winning the Barbara Mann Centers Pride and Patriotism Contest Send your editorial copy to:press@islandsunnews.com Live Entertainment Nightly, Online Discounts, Loyalty Program, The Best Happy Hour JANUARY PROMOTIONS MONDAY & TUESDAY MONDAY & TUESDAY AT THE BAR ENJOY $4.99 APPETIZERS AT THE BAR ENJOY $4.99 APPETIZERS ALL NIGHT & EXTENDED HAPPY HOUR PRICES TILL CLOSE TOO. ALL NIGHT & EXTENDED HAPPY HOUR PRICES TILL CLOSE TOO.MONDAY & THURSDAY STEAK & COLD WATER LOBSTER TAIL FRIDAY & SATURDAY SLOW ROASTED PRIME RIBWe have some spectacular bands scheduled this season on Friday & SaturdayVIEW OUR SCHEDULE ONLINE at Brattasristoramte.com NEW IN 2014 NEW IN 2014 HAPPY HOUR HAS BEEN EXTENDED TILL HAPPY HOUR HAS BEEN EXTENDED TILL 7 PM 7 PM 1/2 Price on ALL DRINKS, ALL WINE BY THE GLASS & ALL BEER 1/2 Price on ALL DRINKS, ALL WINE BY THE GLASS & ALL BEER BRATTASRISTORANTE.COM BRATTASRISTORANTE.COM DINNER DAILY 4PM DINNER DAILY 4PM 239-433-4449 239-433-4449 12984 S. CLEVELAND AVE., FORT MYERS 12984 S. CLEVELAND AVE., FORT MYERS OPEN OPEN DAILY DAILY 4pm 4pm Opening Opening for LUNCH for LUNCH February 3 February 3 We h av e so me s pe ct ac ul ar b an ds s ch ed ul ed t hi s se as on o n Fr id ay & S at ur da y & Saturday, January 25 for & Saturday, January 25 for DUSK DUSK 7:30-11:30pm 7:30-11:30pm Join Us Friday, January 24 for Join Us Friday, January 24 for THE RENATA BAND THE RENATA BAND 7:30-11:30pm 7:30-11:30pm


5 THE RIVER JANUARY 24, 2014 From page 1Bob Janes Triage CenterNational Alliance on Mental Illness and the United Way. The triage center serves primarily as a voluntary pre-arrest diversion program to reduce the number of individuals with mental illness and/or substance use disorders that are arrested and sent to jail for minor offenses. We are so appreciative of this recognition for our efforts that help make a difference in the community, said Major Thomas Louden of the Salvation Army. The cash award will be put back into the program to help participants with incidental expenses for job readiness such as needed medications, apparel for job interviews and other various items that will help them get back on their feet and become independent. Janet Taylor and Beth Lobdell Kelly Talamo, Maureen Meltzer and Kiondra White Mell Dell and Bill Dabroski Wayne Smith and Jennifer Coleman Steve Brettholtz, Dave Miller and Emily Furlong FREE MARINA DOCKAGE with Dock Attendants Assistance Nellies Upstairs Waterside Bar Where its Happy Hour all the time!!! Snacks in Between11am-10pmwww.nervousnellies.net Make sure you pick up a Nellies discount card come in six times and get a FREE mealMAKE SURE NERVOUS NELLIES IS A PART OF YOUR VALENTINES DAY PLANS!!! MAKE SURE NERVOUS NELLIES IS A PART OF YOUR VALENTINES DAY PLANS!!! Award-Winning Restaurant Best Lunch Best Casual Dining Best Waterfront Dining Best Place for Live Music Award-Winning Restaurant Best Lunch Best Casual Dining Best Waterfront Dining Best Place for Live Music


THE RIVER JANUARY 24, 20146 Farmers Market Opening Early For Lunch CrowdThe weekly farmers market at JetBlue Park at Fenway South, located at 11500 Fenway South Drive in Fort Myers, is changing its hours due to customer demand. The Fenway South Farmers Market will now be open every Monday from noon to 4 p.m. The market includes local produce, cheeses, fresh pastas, guacamole, hummus, local seafood, baked breads, meats, herbs, organic vegetables, ready-to-eat meals, flowers, crafts, soaps, candles, and live music. Parking during market hours is free. Our patrons asked us to open earlier so they could not only shop all the great vendors but also enjoy lunch while onsite or grab a ready-made meal for dinner, said Betsy Ventura, who, along with Jean Baer, owns Local Roots, LLC and oversees the market at JetBlue Park each Monday. This is a great lunch option for businesses, retired neighbors or tourists because there is such a variety, from pulled-pork sandwiches, barbecued ribs, pasta, and subs to pizza, lobster rolls, chowder and more. Outdoor seating is available. The return of the farmers market at JetBlue Park has had a great response, said Katie Haas, senior director of Florida business operations for the Boston Red Sox. Not only can you shop and enjoy a great meal, but you can also stock up on all your favorite Red Sox merchandise at our team store as its open during the market hours. For more information, visit www.buylocallee.com. The Red Sox will open the spring season with single-admission doubleheader exhibition games on Thursday, February 27 at 1:05 p.m. against the Northeastern University Huskies immediately followed by the Boston College Eagles. The team will kick off the 2014 Grapefruit League schedule on Friday, Februry 28 when the Mayors Cup rival Minnesota Twins come to JetBlue Park beginning at 1:05 p.m. The 2014 Spring Training schedule includes 17 games at JetBlue Park. For more information, call 226-4783 or email jbpevents@redsox.com. Community Garage SaleA community-wide garage sale will be held at 17861 Rebecca Avenue, Fort Myers Beach on Saturday, January 25 from 8 a.m. to noon. The location is at Tip Top Isles and Terrace, behind Beach Bowling Alley at San Carlos Boulevard and Broadway. Betsy Ventura and Jean BaerTea By The Sea At Ostego BayOstego Bays annual Tea By The Sea and Fashion Show is scheduled for Saturday, February 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be held at 700 Fishermans Wharf, San Carlos Island, down on the docks, under the sky bridge. A donation of $20 per person is suggested or $75.00 for a table of four. This includes tea, lunch, raffles, and door prizes. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite tea party hat. Volunteers are needed to decorate some of the tables. For tickets call 765-8101. All proceeds will benefit the Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center. Ostego Bay also offers a Commercial Fishing Fleet Tour of San Carlos Island every Wednesday at 9 a.m. This 3-hour guided tour includes a 1-hour tour of the Marine Science Center and a 1 -hour guided tour of the commercial fishing operations, including Erickson & Jensen Supply House and Trico Shrimp Company. Attendees 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 in this unique industry. The cost is $15 per adult and $10 for children over six years of age. Reservations are required. Call 765-8101 for reservations. The Ostego Bay Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit organization with the Marine Science Center providing interactive educational experiences for all. Purple Dragon Mah Jongg ClubMah jongg has a home in Fort Myers at the Purple Dragon Mah Jongg Club, 15675 McGregor Boulevard. This ancient Chinese game has grown tremendously since I came to Fort Myers in 1996, when I was looking for people who knew how to play, said MariAnne Albano, director of the club. I started to teach the game in my home and as more and more people wanted to learn and play, we needed a permanent place. In 2002, the Purple Dragon Mah Jongg Club was established and today, mah jongg enthusiasts can play three days a week, Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Those interested in learning or sharpening their skills can find beginner, refresher and strategy classes available throughout the year. The Purple Dragon also offers weekend and one-day tournaments at the Crowne Plaza, Bell Tower Shoppes. The tournament year ends with the Holiday Getaway at Tween Waters Resort on Captiva. The club also has a mah jongg store selling game sets, cards and accessories. For more information contact Albano at 433-4474 or email info@ PurpleDragonMahJongg.com Hortoons


7 THE RIVER JANUARY 24, 2014 Alliance Summer Arts Camp Registration OpensRegistration is open for the Alliance for the Arts 26th annual Summer Arts Camp? Pre-K through 6th grade students will act, sing, dance and create during each of these five-day camps that kick off Monday, June 2 with Boogie Fever. Nine themed weeks give children the chance to create, explore and discover the visual and performing arts in an interactive environment. This years weekly themes include Magical Kingdoms & Creatures, Sports Spectacular and Party in the USA. On Broadway includes a backstage tour of Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Every week culminates in a stage performance on Friday. There is no camp the week of July 4. There are two camp options: The main Summer Arts Camp is open to first through 6th graders, and the Mini Michelangelos Camp for 4and 5-year-olds (campers must be five by September 1). They are both $160 per week for Alliance members and $200 per week for non-members. Member can book four or more weeks for $145 per week. Early drop-off and late pick-up are available for a fee. Registration opens to members February 15 and to non-members on March 1. Visit www.artinlee.org to register online, or contact Brandi Couse at education@artinlee.org or 939-2787 for more information. Above and below, youngsters at a previous Alliance Summer Arts Camp C D with this ad 10 % OFF ENTIRE PURCHASE 239.437.4555 On your way to Costco, stop by and visit us next to Jasons Deli On your way to Costco, stop by and visit us next to Jasons Deli Resort wear | Cruise wear | Elegant casual Florida wear Resort wear | Cruise wear | Elegant casual Florida wear Escapada, Match Point, Before and again, Zen Knits, Barbara Gerwitz, Donna Morgan Escapada, Match Point, Before and again, Zen Knits, Barbara Gerwitz, Donna Morgan Thyme body and lotions Thyme body and lotions 1628 Periwinkle Way 472-2893 Heart of the Islands, SanibelOpen Daily at 10am www.threecraftyladies.com D aily at 10a m e craftyladies.co m 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! STOP IN ON THURSDAY TO CREATE A MAKEITANDTAKEIT BEAD BRACELET SOUVENIR! STOP IN ON THURSDAY TO CREATE A MAKEITANDTAKEIT BEAD BRACELET SOUVENIR!


THE RIVER JANUARY 24, 20148 Along The RiverOn Saturdays during winter season, guided nature walks in North Fort Myers are provided by Conservation 20/20 volunteers and IFAS Master Gardeners. Parking is free and no fee or registration is required. Participants are encouraged to bring items such as water, hat, sunscreen, binoculars, camera and closed-toed shoes or boots. All walks meet in the parking lots and are scheduled from 9 to 10:30 a.m. This Saturday, the guided tour is of Pine Island Flatwoods, 6351 Stringfellow Road, St. James City. The trail length is 1.12 miles and the degree of difficulty is Moderate. There are no restroom facility on-site for this trip. Pine Island is one of a couple of locations in Lee County where you will see naturalized longleaf pines. The tall, stately tree once covered 30 to 60 million acres of the southeastern United States Coastal Plain, but 200 years of logging and land clearing have greatly reduced its range. Fire plays a major role in the development of this community, and is essential to the survival of many of the animals dependent on this habitat, the gopher tortoise being a primary example. The 920-acre preserve nearly spans the width of the island. Conservation 20/20 is part of Lee County Parks & Recreation. It is located at 10130 Bayshore Road, North Fort Myers. For more information about Saturdays guided nature walk, call 707-0862 or go to www.conservation2020.org. On Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26, the Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island will hold the annual Taste of Pine Island. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at Phillips Park, 5675 Sesame Drive on Pine Island Road behind the fire station in Bokeelia. Single day tickets are $5, two-day passes are $8 and children 10-and-under are admitted free. Event planners expect over 5,000 in attendance each day. The Taste of Pine Island will feature over 100 food and craft vendors. Live entertainment is scheduled for both days. The event is family-friendly with childrens activities including rock climbing, face painting, bounce houses and rides. No coolers or pets are permitted. Be sure to bring canned food to benefit a local food pantry. Additionally, the 11th annual Southwest Florida Chowder Cook-off Contest will take place Saturday and the third annual Chili Cook-off Contest will be held Sunday. The public will be able to sample and judge the entries. For more information about Taste of Pine Island, call 558-8207 or visit www. TasteofPineIsland.com. On Sunday, January 26, the Wild West PugFest is sure to be a good time. Now in its ninth year, PugFest runs from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free, but a $5 donation per family is suggested. All funds raised benefit the Southwest Florida Reading Festival. Folks who mosey on over will find a heap of contests open to any dog or breed. These contests include Best Buckaroo Costume Contest, Ropeem and Barrel Racing, which are open to all dog breeds, and the Baddest and Fastest Draw in the West a costume and shake (draw) contest only open to pugs. The first, second and third place winners in all contests will fetch grand prizes. The event kicks-off with a dog fashion show and closes with a silent auction of doggone good items and a large variety of pet products. There will be vendors with pet paraphernalia to buy or browse. John Hulbert, III, the events signature announcer, will entertain the crowd with his comical commentary. The Wild West PugFest is at the Bell Tower Shops at the corner U.S. 41 and Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers. For more information about PugFest or the Southwest Florida Reading Festival, call 533-4826 or visit www.readfest.org and click on PugFest. On Tuesday, January 28, the Purple Dragon Mah Jongg Club is holding a Mah Jongg strategy class from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $20. Mah Jongg is a Chinese game played, usually by four people, with 136 or 144 rectangular pieces called tiles. The object is to collect winning sets of these tiles, as in card games such as gin rummy. The Purple Dragon Mah Jongg Club is located at 15675 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers. To register for the class, call 433-4474 or email MariAnne@ PurpleDragonMahJongg.com. 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 and several aquariums and exhibits. The tour continues with a glimpse of the commercial fishing industry, including Erickson & Jensen Supply House, Trico Shrimp loading dock and Beach Seafood. 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 million-dollar industry; a memorable experience! The cost for the tour is $15 per adult and $10 for children seven years and older. Reservations are required.Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center located at 718 Fishermans Wharf on San Carlos Island, Fort Myers Beach. Call 765-8101 or go to www.ostegobay.org. Youre Invited!Center 4 LifeArts & Crafts FairSaturday, February 8, 2014 9 a.m. 2 p.m. Handcrafted items by 40 artists Fabric art, clothing, shell designs Photography, cards, jewelry Chutney, marmalade & pickles Paintings, pottery, glasswork Books by local authors Tropical plants & arrangements Refreshments for saleCenter 4 LifePalm Ridge Road & Library Way Sanibel Every Saturday, Conservation 20/20 offers guided nature walks for all fitness levels photo courtesy of Erin White Did you know that the Fort Myers Beach shrimping fleet is the largest commercial fishing fleet in the Gulf of Mexico? Take a guided tour of the million dollar industry with Ostego Bay


9 THE RIVER JANUARY 24, 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 is served on the weekends. 12984 S. Cleveland Ave, 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 theme 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 Wharf, 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 ten years and its enduring popularity is a testament to its exceptional, friendly service. 1520 Broadway #106, Fort Myers. Call 334-6991. Where can you go when youre in the moooood for some great cookin, local fun and prices that wont make you lose the farm? Try Island Cow on Sanibel. Island Cow is an airy bistro with french doors leading out to the front and back patios. It is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dine under the stars while you listen to live music on one of Sanibels only al fresco eating porches. 2163 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Call 472-0606. 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 continued on page 16 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 MORGAN HOUSE BRATTAS RISTORANTE Grab a handcrafted Island Mojito from Doc Fords Rum Bar & Grille Fort Myers Beach ISLAND COW 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


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, 5:30 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 11THE RIVER JANUARY 24, 201410


11 THE RIVER JANUARY 24, 2014 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. Prayer, Healing And Solutions LectureOn Sunday, January 26, Mary Alice Rose will lecture on prayer, healing and solutions at the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Fort Myers. The presentation, entitled The healing Comforter, begins at 2 p.m. This lecture focuses on Christian Science as the comforter Jesus promised. It addresses praying about extreme events such as terrorism, illness, and so-called natural disasters. It provides examples of prayers during each phase of an event, and ultimately emphasizes preventive prayer and mans right to be free from evil. The lecture provides both a strong response to the claims of evil and a healing, compassionate message to those seeking healing. Roses interest in science and technology led to a 20-year career in different areas of applied physical science. Her work ranged from a meteorologist at the National Severe Storms Laboratory to a manager developing the ground system for the Hubble Space Telescope. In 2002, she made the transition from manager, engineer, and earth scientist to the full-time ministry as a Christian Science practitioner. She is now an authorized teacher of this science and a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship. Her home is in Brookeville, Maryland. First Church of Christ, Scientist is located at 2390 West First Street, Fort Myers on the corner of McGregor Boulevard. For more information, call 334-6801. Mary Alice Rose Performance At Beach ChapelChapel by the Sea on Fort Myers Beach will hold a concert, entitled All About Love, on Sunday, February 9 at 2 p.m. Terry Stewart and Jo List will be the featured performers. They will present a variety of popular music styles. List will perform with her long-time accompaniest Joe McConaghy. A free will offering will be accepted. Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian Church is at Chapel Street and Estero Boulevard. For more information, call 463-3173. Terry Stewart Jo List 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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THE RIVER JANUARY 24, 201412 Cold Weather Can Be Boon For Patient Anglersby Capt. Matt MitchellA full week of cold and windy winter conditions seemed to keep all but the most die-hard anglers off the water. Most days out this week, I saw very few other boats fishing. Despite what we refer to as cold in South Florida, fishing was good if you got tucked away and targeted species that continue to feed even in the cold. With lows in the 40s for several mornings, our water temperature quickly dropped over 12 degrees in four days, down to a chilly 56 degrees. Getting wrapped up and braving the cold for a short run across open water paid off for anglers willing to get out and give it a shot. Once out of the stirred up and often rough open water and back in the sheltered mangrove back country, we found near-perfect conditions of clear water and lots of fish. Add to that the super low daytime tides and we were greeted after a brief cold run with a great cold weather mangrove creek fishing setup. Once I located the fish deep in the mangrove creeks, I used what I like to call cold water tactics. Basically, this is shrimp fishing close to or right on the bottom. Slow presentation is the key to getting fish to eat a bait once our water temperature falls into the 50s. During these coldest water periods of the year, fish simply move slower, bite slower and eat smaller baits. At times this week, switching up to fishing with chunks of shrimp instead of a whole live shrimp made all the difference in the world.Sheepshead and redfish were the main targets this week with the cold helping to really bunch up both species in good numbers. Deeper pockets in winding mangrove creeks with good tide movement held both species in big numbers. Throwing a jig with a shrimp cross current and letting the tide move it slowly on the bottom down the mangrove shoreline drew strikes almost every cast. Be patient and let the fish really move off with the bait before setting the hook. What feels like just a gentle bump often turns into a big sheepshead or redfish hook-up.Fishing with the father and son team of Ray and Paul Salassa this week, we had a good day of pretty much non-stop action, staying busy catching some good sized sheepshead, rat redfish and even a big black drum. We spent most of our day back in the Ding Darling Refuge, working narrow creeks on the low water incoming tide. The plan when heading out was to get them some fillets to take home for the grill. With enough fish for a meal before leaving the frefuge, we moved north up to the Blind Pass area and targeted docks on the Roosevelt Channel for some larger sheepshead. This paid off with a few bigger sheepshead right around the 20-inch mark. The cold weather does not mean our fishing completely shuts down. If anything, it bunches fish up tighter than any other time of year. If youre looking for a trophy fish, sure extreme Florida cold is not often the best set-up for that, but if youre into non-stop action, fishing during these cold periods can be hard to beat. Add to that, going fishing is as easy as buying some live shrimp and staying close to home. Right now we have some of the best mangrove creek and canal fishing of the year.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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State legislation requires anyone born after January 1, 1988 to have passed a safe boating course and obtain a Boating Safety Education ID card, which is valid for life, in order to operate a boat with more than 10 h.p. Each student will receive a card/certificate from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission upon completion of the class. The course consists of two sessions on consecutive Saturdays. The second session will be on Saturday, February 15. Topics covered include hull design, docking, anchoring, handling boating emergencies and reading channel markers to make each boating experience safer and more enjoyable. The cost of the course is $45 with a $20 cost for a second person sharing the instruction materials. The course is being taught at the San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron Classroom located at 16048 San Carlos Boulevard. Students can register at www. scbps.com or call 466-4040.


13 THE RIVER JANUARY 24, 2014 CROW Case Of The Week: Eastern Gray Squirrelby Patricia MolloyThe Eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) is one of the most wellknown mammal in the United States. As a tree-dweller, the squirrel spends much of its life jumping from tree top to fence top and running on the ground in an erratic path. This unpredictable behavior is by design and the intelligent creatures way of regularly outwitting potential predators. In Native American folklore, the squirrel symbolizes trust and preparation.There are more than 260 species of squirrels worldwide ranging in size from the 10 cm long African pygmy squirrel to the massive, three-foot long Indian giant squirrel. Eastern grays are considered medium-size at 15 to 20 inches in length. In early December, an Eastern gray squirrel was brought to CROW even though it exhibited no signs of injury. The two to three week old baby was found alone and assumed to have been orphaned. No other history was available. It was quickly determined that the tiny squirrel was perfectly healthy. Baby animals are frequently brought into CROW by well-meaning citizens after discovering what they believe to be an abandoned nest. If a nest looks undisturbed and the mother is nowhere in sight, that is her plan. As skilled as the wildlife rehabilitators at CROW are, nothing can replace moms tender loving care. Volunteers and staff members have fed the squirrel around the clock since it was admitted to the clinic. It has grown into a strong, healthy juvenile that will soon be released to claim its own territory and hopefully start a family.If you do find an injured wild animal, immediately contact CROW or one of the nine domestic veterinarian clinics it has partnered with in Lee County. CROW volunteers make daily pick-ups excursions.While monetary donations are invaluable, it is the volunteers that have made CROW successful for more than four decades. They collectively donate thousands of hours each year performing necessary tasks that allow the doctors and medical interns (who often work more than 12 hours per day) to care for the thousands of sick, injured and orphaned patients that have been treated at CROW. If you are interested in grazing tortoises, feeding baby raccoons and exotic birds, go to their website or contact the volunteer coordinator for more information. 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 P.O. Box 150, Sanibel, FL 33957. Call 472-3644 or visit www.crowclinic.org. Pictured is a juvenile Eastern gray squirrel that was raised from infancy by staff and volunteers of the wildlife clinic. It was admitted as an orphaned or abducted baby. 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


THE RIVER JANUARY 24, 201414 Plant SmartPapyrusby Gerri ReavesPapyrus (Cyperus papyrus) is a tall ornamental grass suitable for ponds or a bog garden. It is native to the lakes and rivers of Northern Africa. Many people know the species from the Bible story in which baby Moses is hidden in a basket among the reeds to save him from the Egyptian pharaohs decree that all male Hebrew newborns be killed at birth. The plant is also known for the white pith that has been used to make paper since ancient times. The Egyptians also used the pith as food and the woody sections to build baskets and even boats. Papyruss umbrella-like tufts of foliage top the slender triangular stalks, which can be more than eight feet tall. The foliage is a spray of feathery filaments, or spikelets, of five to 12 inches long. Small blooms ranging from yellow to green appear at the spikelet tips. Also called papyrus flatsedge and Egyptian papyrus, the grass makes a good accent or background. For easier maintenance, plants in a water garden can be kept in pots. It will grow in full to partial sun. The roots require consistently wet rich soil or fresh standing water. Papyrus easily self-propagates via a network of thick rhizomes. The clumps can be divided. Cut and dried stalks can be used in floral arrangements. If you include a papyrus species in your water garden, be sure that that its not the invasive dwarf papyrus (Cyperus prolifer). Sources: Florida, My Eden by Frederic B. Stresau; Florida Landscape Plants by John V. Watkins and Thomas J. Sheehan, ifas.ufl.edu, and floridata.com. Plant Smart explores the plant life of South Florida and sustainable landscape practices. Papyruss slender stalks topped by rounded umbrels create pretty silhouettes and shadows in a water garden photo by Gerri Reaves Learn Secret To Tomato GrowingLee County Extension Services annual Homeowner Garden Series will focus January 22 on the secret to growing tomatoes in Southwest Florida. It is being held from 10 a.m. to noon noon at Fort Myers Regional Library, 1651 Lee Street, Fort Myers. Classes continue each Wednesday, through March 26. Master Gardener Karen Harty will lead the sessions. Some topics yet to be covered in the series include palms, lawns, flowering trees, butterfly gardening, roses, citrus and more. Cost is $8 per class or $30 for the series of 10. For registration and more information log onto http://lee.ifas.ufl.edu or call 33-7504 or 533-7513. lic no. MV 81675239-267-2556Service that Speaks for Itself Ich spreche Deutsch OPEN MON-FRI 9AM 5:30PMSAT & SUN: BY APPT.Call for departure time CAPTIVACRUISES H T H E I S L A N D S H THE BEST WAY TO SEE THE ISLANDS IS FROM THE WATER 10 a.m. Island Cruise to Useppa or Cabbage Key Adventure Sailing Cruises 4:00 p.m. Dolphin Watch Cruise Beach & Shelling Cruise Sunset Serenade Cruise with Island Musicians Reservations Required for All Cruises(239)472-5300Cruises depart from beautiful Captiva Island www.captivacruises.com CorrectionThere will be no Rotary Pancake Breakfast at the 3rd annual Inland Arts & Music Festival at Barron Park in LaBelle on Saturday, February 1. Information provided by the source was incorrect. From page 1Beatles ExhibitCBS recognized the enormous potential of The Beatles, who were popular in the United Kingdom, when they were introduced to North American audiences through The Ed Sullivan Show in three landmark appearances during February 1964. The Fab Fours performances of All My Loving, Till There was You, She Loves You, I Saw Her Standing There and I Want to Hold Your Hand morphed into a cultural event that steered the future of pop music. Photojournalist Bill Eppridge covered the bands ensuing 20-city concert tour for Life magazine, capturing their freshness and frankness in his inimitable style. This exhibition goes behind the scenes inside the Plaza Hotel, on the tarmac, on Miami Beach, in the rehearsal studio, in the park and on the train and has earned several awards since it began touring the nation. The Beatles became arguably the most popular, influential and enduring rock group of all time. The Beatles almost instantaneous acceptance delivered music from regional and national roots to international audiences, said curator Victoria Rehberg, executive director of National Exhibitions & Archives LLC. For more information, call 321-7430 or visit www.museumofhistory.org. The museum is located at 2031 Jackson Street in Fort Myers.


15 THE RIVER JANUARY 24, 2014 Sailing Clubs Change Of WatchThe Caloosahatchee Marching and Chowder Society (CMCS) recently installed its flag officers and directors for 2014. Commodore Diane Fowler, said, We look forward to another great year of sailboat racing, cruising, adventure and camaraderie amongst the sailors of Southwest Florida. CMCS recently designated $13,000 to youth sailing support as a result of profits from last years 48th Summerset Regatta. Steve Romaine, vice-commodore for Summerset said, Sponsor support, a large number of yachts participating, the volunteer help, and numerous in-kind gifts to Summerset made this record amount of support to youth sailing a reality. For more information about CMCS, contact Romaine at 482-6280 or sgromaine294@gmail.com or go to www.CMCS-Sail.org. The 2014 officers and directors, from left: Ian Davis, director; Don Lawson, director; Kathleen Vance, director; Bill Cook, fleet purser; Diane Pfaff, fleet yeoman; Steve Romaine, vice-commodore, Summerset; Stan Dale, rear-commodore, racing; Diane Fowler, commodore; Alan Fiske, vice-commodore; and John Reekie, rear-commodore, racing CMCS past commodore, from left: Russell Vance, Joan Perkett, Elise Missall, Steve Romaine, Bob Duff, Beverly Duff, Ben Preston, Diane Fowler, Bill Misenheimer, Gordon Coffman and Glen Vetter Free Wood Carving ExhibitWood carvers will be exhibiting their wood carvings and demonstrating their various carving techniques at the annual Woodcarving Exhibit on Saturday, February 8 at Indian Creek Mobile Home Park, 17340 San Carlos Blvd., two blocks south of Summerlin Road in South Fort Myers. The exhibit will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no charge for admission or parking. The public is invited to attend the exhibit, presented by the Indian Creek Woodcarvers. Attendees will be able to view prize winning carvings from recent competitions as well as completed projects and carvings in progress. Wood carvings, supplies and equipment will be available for purchase. Indian Creek Woodcarvers meet from 9 a.m. to noon weekly throughout the year on Thursdays and on Fridays between January and April. Instruction is available for beginners and advanced carvers enhance their skills during the regular club sessions. Additional information about the exhibit or Indian Creek Woodcarvers may be obtained by contacting Lynn Sheeley at 482-6822. Watson Among Seven Hall of Famers To Play Here In Ace Group Classicby Ed FrankSeven Hall of Fame golfers already have committed to play in next months Ace Group Classic, one of the longest running tournaments on the Champions Tour 26 consecutive years. Tournament officials were ready to open Champagne bottles when 64-year-old Tom Watson made his commitment last week to be here for the February 14 to 16 tournament at Twin Eagles in Naples. Watson, winner of eight major championships that include five Open titles, two Masters and one U.S. Open, also is captain of this years United States Ryder Cup team. Watson has not competed here since 2006. The Ace Group Classic, and Twin Eagles in particular, have not been overly friendly for this golf icon. Three consecutive years 2002 through 2004 he was runner-up, including a playoff loss to Craig Stadler in 2004. He nevertheless ranks fifth on the tournaments money list, having won $579,980 here over the years. Fellow Hall of Famers who will join Watson at Twin Eagles are defending champion Bernhard Langer, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Colin Montgomery, Nick Price and Curtis Strange. Langer, who tops the Ace Group Classic in winnings at $795,200, started the 2014 Champions Tour with a victory last Sunday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii when he birdied five of the last six holes to pull away from Fred Couples and Jeff Sluman. His 54-hole total of 194 was 22 under par. He joins Watson in having won two Masters titles. Irwin has captured three U.S. Open championships, Strange two U.S. Opens, Kite one and Price has two PGA championships. Montgomery was the European Tours top money winner eight times including seven consecutively from 1993 to 1999. The rich history of the Ace Group Classic reaches back to 1988 when Gary Player won the initial event then known as Aetna Challenge at the Pelican Bay golf course. The winners share was $45,000 By comparison, Langer earned $240,000 as the 2013 champion. Over the years, the tournament has been played at nine different courses in the Naples area, including Twin Eagles from 2002 through 2006 and from 2012 to present. Although there have been various corporate sponsors in addition to Aetna and Ace Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Intellinet and LG the strong public support of the tournament for two-and-a-half decades is testimony to the love of golf in Southwest Florida. Although the final field for this years tournament will not be announced until February 7, commitments, in addition to the seven Hall of Famers, have been received from: Michael Allen, Tommy Armour III, Jay Don Blake, Mark Brooks, Olin Browne, Greg Bruckner, Bart Bryant, Brad Bryant, Tom Byrum, Mark Calcavecchia, Russ Cochran, John Cook, Scott Dunlap, Steve Elkington, Morris Hatalsky, Brian Henninger, John Huston, Kohki Idoki, John Inman, Peter Jacobson, Tom Lehman, Wayne Levi, Steve Lowery, Andrew Magee, Dana Quigley, Mike Reid, John Riegger, Loren Roberts, Jim Ruttledge, Gene Sauers, Peter Senior, West Short, Jr., Joey Sindelar, Jeff Sluman, Rod Spittle, Hal Sutton, Brad Faxon, Rick Fehr, Anders Forsbrand, Dan Forsman, David Frost, Bob Gilder, Bill Glasson, Jay Haas, Gary Hallberg, Jeff Hart, Mark McNulty, Rocco Mediate, Larry Mize, Mark OMeara, Steve Pate, Tom Pernice, Jr., Kenny Perry, Tom Purtzer, Esteban Toldeo, Kirk Triplett, Bob Tway, Bobby Watkins, Duffy Waldorf, Mark Wiebe, Willie Wood and Fuzzy Zoeller. There are numerous golf ticket packages available for the tournament including the $99 Ultimate Golf Experience Book that includes a weekly ticket, parking, and discounted rates at 25 area golf courses. Evening With Red Sox Raises Funds for Lee County Boys & Girls Club The ninth annual Evening with the Red Sox will be held February 24 at JetBlue Park at Fenway South to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Lee County. The event raised $90,000 last year. Red Sox players and coaches, including Manager John Farrell, will attend the reception, dinner and auction signing autographs and mingling with guests. Farrell will be the guest speaker. The $90,000 raised last year provided more than 30,000 hours of service to more than 420 youngsters in Lee County. Information for sponsorship and tickets to the event is available by calling Shannon Lane at 334-1886. Tom Watson Email your editorial copy to: press@riverweekly.com


THE RIVER JANUARY 24, 201416 Conservancy Releases Sea Turtle AmbassadorThe Conservancy of Southwest Florida released Sassy, the female loggerhead sea turtle, into the Gulf of Mexico near the Ten Thousand Islands. Born on Sanibel, Sassy was transferred to the Florida Atlantic University lab at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, where she was part of a study linking nest temperature to the gender of hatchlings. Following her two months in the ongoing sea turtle gender study, Sassy was brought to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. In 2012, Sassy became the first resident of the 5,000-gallon saltwater tank in the Dalton Discovery Center at the Conservancy Nature Center. Sassy has served as an ambassador for the entire species and provided visitors with an increased appreciation for marine life and conservation. Now a healthy loggerhead sea turtle weighing more than 30 pounds, she was ready for release. Sassy has been a favorite of nature center visitors, staff and volunteers and has provided opportunity for education and dialogue on sea turtle protection, said Conservancy of Southwest Florida Director of Education David Webb. Sassy was released at Gullivan Bay, south of Marco Island, away from heavy boat traffic. However, Sassy faces dangers in open water, including boat traffic, plastic bags and other litter, commercial fishing and sharks. Our hope is that she makes it out into the Atlantic and returns to the Gulf Coast in 20 to 30 years to lay her eggs. The survival and study of sea turtles is a mission of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Sea Turtle Monitoring and Protection Program. Through patrolling beaches, marking nests, tagging turtles, counting hatched eggs and educating the community, the team works to protect and monitor the success of loggerhead sea turtle nests. The Conservancy has been monitoring loggerhead sea turtle nesting activity on Keewaydin Island since 1982. Sassy, a female loggerhead sea turtle, served as an ambassador for her species in the Dalton Discovery Center at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Conservancy Director of Education David Webb released Sassy into the Gulf of Mexico away from boat traffic near the Ten Thousand Islands Sassy being released into the Gulf of Mexico Bird Patrol Quarter Mile LoopA guided nature walk on Quarter Mile Loop Boardwalk is planned for Saturday, February 1, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Participants meet in the parking lot at Prairie Pines Preserve, 18400 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers. This is a 2,650-acre Conservation 20/20 preserve with an ADA-compliant boardwalk. The strollers will traverse a seasonal marsh while learning more about the birds, butterflies and plants that call it home. This is an easy walk; bring items you may need during the walk such as water, hat, sunscreen, binoculars, camera, closed-toed shoes or boots. Restrooms are available. For more information call 707-2206. The walks are provided in cooperation with Lee County Parks and Recreation and the tour and parking are free. Red-bellied woodpecker From page 9Fort Myers Fare337-3377. Nervous 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. Live music. 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 EATERYShare your community news with us.Call 395-1213 Fax: 395-2299 or email press@islandsunnews.com


17 THE RIVER JANUARY 24, 2014 World Premiere At Gulfshoreby Di SaggauEvery now and then, a play comes along that makes you want to shout from the rooftops and say, Whatever you do, dont miss this one. Such is the case with The God Game, now showing at Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples. The dialogue is clever, sharp, funny at times and the actors are at the top of their game. There was never a dull moment in this political drama that is so relevant today. Tom (Laurence Lau) is a Virginia Senator who is tapped to serve as the running mate for a conservative Presidential candidate. Hes a rising star in the Republican party. His friend and political advisor for the Presidential candidate is Matt (Jeffrey Binder), a gay man who was once in love with Toms brother, Jay. We never meet Jay, but he is a strong presence throughout the play. Lisa (Yvonne Perry) is Toms wife, and she has issues with Matt. When he arrives at their home to try to convince Tom to run on the ticket, she does not easily accept the proposition. There is something Matt encourages Tom to consider doing, and that is to sound more Christian on the campaign trail. Trouble is, Tom is an agnostic, who does not believe in God and definitely thinks religion is a private matter, not to be mingled with public life or politics. Lisa tells Tom that there is no way he can run for office not believing in God. He responds by telling her he has just been asked to run for Vice President of the United States, the most powerful nation in the world, Dont you admire me a little? Tom is a died-in-the-wool Nixon fan and that inserts a bit of humor in the play. Lets face it, theres a lot to laugh at in politics. At one point, a small bird flies into one of their windows and Tom wants to take it to the vet. He wonders if birds have souls. Lisa runs a shelter for women and receives a call from the Presidential candidate saying he would like to see it in the near future. She begins to feel the call is a set up, however, she is very pleased that the Governor cares enough to pay a visit. The political machinations are in motion and its interesting to see how everyone reacts. Lisa is willing to stand by her man as long as he doesnt lie on the campaign trail just to get the job. The cast is very convincing in their roles. They show us the conflicts that exist in the political arena. In most plays, I can find one or two things that I might change to make it better. In this one, I wouldnt change a thing. It is a spectacular production that deserves to go on to Broadway or at least Off Broadway. I will watch its progress with great interest. Privacy, politics and public personas take center stage in this world premiere drama by a hot new American playwright, Suzanne Bradbeer. The ending is dramatic and in my mind absolutely perfect. Following each performance there is a Q & A with the playwright. The God Game, directed by Kristen Coury, plays through February 9 at Gulfshore Playhouse, in the Norris Center, 755 8th Avenue in Naples. For tickets, call 866-811-4111. In case you havent yet gotten my drift, dont miss this one. Jeffrey Binder, Laurence Lau and Yvonne Perry in Gulfshore Playhouses production of The God Game Comedy On The Playbill At Lab TheaterThe Off-Broadway bad-boy Nicky Silver brings audiences another hilarious look at modern problems with his snarky comedy The Altruists. Sydney, a soap opera actress, is disdainful of and yet subsidizes a group of self-involved, slacker do-gooders who spend their days protesting one cause after another. They protest school cutbacks and arts funding and march for Women Against Drunk Drivers. The dogooders include Ronald, Sydneys social worker brother, Cybil, sexually-confused with a lot of anger, and Ethan, who goes to rallies mainly to pick up girls. When Sydney commits a crime and actually needs help, Ronald and his pals altruistically pin it on Ronalds unsuspecting boyfriend. The Laboratory Theater production stars Lucy Harris as the shallow Sydney. Harris has been seen in In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and Picasso in the Lapin Agile. When asked why the show is funny, she says, everyone gets a kick out of self serving, egotistical do-gooders. The group of do-gooders is made up of Tera Nicole Miller (Extremities, The House of Yes), Scott Carpenter, and Val White, with Joseph Yazvac (Bob: A Life in Five Acts, Romeo and Juliet) as the runaway male prostitute. Playwright Nicky Silvers crazy, overthe-top characters are smartly acted by this talented cast, said artistic director Annette Trossbach. The story is ironic and fun, with quirky, modern characters and plot twists. Says Variety, exhilarating! Exceedingly funny! The playwright wields his wit like a scalpel. written with the florid theatricality and seething emotional adrenaline that are the hallmarks of Silvers unique voice. Directing the show are James Recca, who is best known for his acting roles as Satan in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and Salieri in Amadeus, with Brenda Kensler (Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune) assisting. The Altruists premieres on February 14 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. for the opening night reception. Other performances are on February 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27 and 28, March 1, 6, 7 and 8. 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 online at laboratorytheaterflorida.com. For more information, call 218-0481. The theater is located at 1634 Woodford Avenue in Fort Myers. Lucy Harris as Sydney Annual Fine Craft BashOn Sunday, January 26, the Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild will hold their annual Fine Craft Bash at the Cape Coral Art Studio. Choose from a full day of workshops taught by the Guilds artists, a stone sculpture demonstration, raffle for fine crafts donated by Guild artists all to help benefit the Art Studio and the Guilds scholarship fund. The workshops are three hours long and attendees will take home what theyve created in class. Workshops start at 9 a.m. and last until noon, with a break for a brown bag lunch. A new set of classes resume at 1 p.m. and lasts until 4 p.m. Workshops include fused glass, raku pottery, silversmithing, basketry, loom weaving, mosaics, beadweaving, stained glass and doll making. The cost for workshops are $35 for one class or $60 for two classes. Guild members and students receive a discount; $30 for one class and $55 for two. For registration and class information, call the Cape Coral Art Studio at 574-0802. The studio is located at 4533 Coronado Parkway in Cape Coral. For more information on exhibits and membership, visit www.swflfinecraftguild. org or find them on Facebook. Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email press@riverweekly.com


THE RIVER JANUARY 24, 201418 Reception Held For Barbara Bush FoundationThe Southwest Florida Community Foundation held a reception for the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy on Tuesday, January 7. More than 30 attendees from across the region gathered to hear an update from the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacys President Liza McFadden on current success, programs and innovations of the Bush Foundations work in Southwest Florida as well as a preview of the upcoming Florida Celebration of Reading event. We are so grateful for this partnership with the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, said McFadden. Southwest Florida has always been a special place for our foundation. Well host our 14th reading celebration here in February, and weve worked with terrific programs and volunteers throughout the region. There are thousands of success stories in the local community of families who have gained literacy, and we look forward to many, many more. Hosted by Governor Jeb Bush, this years Celebration of Reading will take place on Friday, February 14 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa. The event helps raise funds to teach parents and children to learn to read together through innovative family literacy programs. This years participants include New York Times best-selling authors Teri Hatcher, actress and author of Burnt Toast and Other Philosophies on Life, best known for her roles on Desperate Housewives and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman; Mary Pope Osborne, author of the award-winning Magic Tree House series of childrens adventure books that first debuted in 1992; Debbie Macomber, author of the popular Cedar Cove novels, currently a Hallmark Channel television series; and Eric Draper author of Front Row Seat: A Photographic Portrait of the Presidency of George W. Bush. The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2014. Anne Douglas, Patricia Dobbins and Myra Walters Bob and Donna Kaye Cypress Cove Gala Features Jazz Age ThemeThe sounds of Ellington and Basie and the songs made famous by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn will fill Cypress Cove at HealthPark Florida on Saturday, March 15, when the Cypress Cove Gala presents Steppin Up A Celebration in the Jazz Age. The communitys third annual gala will give partygoers an opportunity to experience the excitement and merriment of a 1920s nightclub featuring music, dancing, spirits, hors doeuvres and other culinary delights. The evenings top playbill is the music of the acclaimed Orlando-based Z Street Speakeasy Band. So dust off your cloche hats, flapper dresses, shine up your spectators, steam those suits (Jazz Age attire is optional) and join Cypress Cove for an evening of fun-raising while dancing the Charleston, the Turkey Trot, or even the Bunny Hug, said Jean Christensen, spokeswoman. Attendees will find the silent auction offering lots of items to bid on, from cruises to major sporting events to high cuisine restaurant offers. This years fundraising gala will serve as the official kick-off for the communitys Memory Care Residences Capital Campaign. Cypress Cove seeks to raise $3.5 million toward the Residences Project which, when completed in 2016, will provide the campus with a state-ofthe-art, 44-private-room neighborhood to care for those with memory loss. Tickets for Steppin Up are $100 per person, on sale through the Cypress Cove Community Advancement office. For more information about the event, tickets, event sponsorship or silent auction gifting, contact Christensen at 4155100. Cypress Cove, a not-for-profit organization, opened in 1999, is a continuing care retirement community located on a 48-acre campus at HealthPark Florida in South Fort Myers. February 8, 2014YOU CAN ALSO DONATE ITEMS! (DEADLINE February 6th) Caloosahatchee Celtic FestivalFort Myers Recreation Division and Celtic Heritage Productions invite you to don your tartan and bring your family and friends out to enjoy the 11th annual Caloosahatchee Celtic Festival, to be held January 23 through 25 at Centennial Park in Fort Myers from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Start the celebration with Rathkeltair and Cutthroat Shamrock at the Dublin Ale House in Cape Coral for a Caloosa-Hooley at 7 p.m. with a $10 cover. Friday, January 24 is the free Kick-Off Party at the River Basin on Bay Street in Downtown Fort Myers at 5 p.m. with performances by Albannach, The Screaming Orphans, Seven Nations, Rathkeltair and Cutthroat Shamrock. On Saturday, January 25, the gates at Centennial Park will open at 11:30 a.m. with over 10 hours of non-stop Celtic music from Albannach, The Screaming Orphans, Seven Nations, Rathkeltair Cutthroat Shamrock, Marcille Wallis & Friends and the Kellyn Celtic Arts Irish Dancers. To satisfy the appetite, there is Celtic fare such as fish and chips and meat pies, along with traditional American festival food. Both domestic and imported beers will be served. In addition, dozens of merchandise vendors will be offering everything Celtic. Admission is $10 for adults and kids under 12 are free. Guests are invited to bring their blankets and/or lawn chairs. For more information, call 321-7524 or 941-625-8544.


19 THE RIVER JANUARY 24, 2014 FMBAA Presents Winter Juried ShowOn Sunday the finest art exhibit of the season opened at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association gallery, sponsored by Red Coconut RV Resort. This is the one exhibit each season at FMBAA that is open to all members of the Southwest Florida Art Council. The exhibit was juried and judged by Mary Alice Braukman, NWS, who is teaching a workshop at the gallery this week. She has selected a variety of representational and non-representational work to be included in the body of work. On January 26, Kathryn McMahon AIS, ASMA, WAOM, IPAP, PAAC, an American impressionist painter and member of the FMBAA will give a gallery talk from 1 to 2 p.m. Awards will be given at the reception following from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served and the event is free. This exhibit will hang until February 13. If you are interested in learning to paint, several short workshops are being taught at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association this season. Check out www.fortmyersbeachart.com to see all the exciting artistic events happening this season. FMBAA will host one more famous artist watercolor workshop with Judy Betts in February. The annual Art Bazaar will be held on March 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Santini Marina Plaza. FMBAA Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday (turn at the blinking light at Estero Blvd. and Donora Street). For more information on shows or classes, call the gallery at 463-3909 or visit www.fortmyersbeachart.com. Got The Blues painting by L. Wesolowski Edison State To Host Live Portrait DemonstrationNationally recognized artist Carl Samson will be conducting an exclusive live portrait demonstration from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29 at the Edison State College Charlotte Campus Auditorium. The Visual Art Centers National Art Exhibition juror, Samson is a repeat winner at the National Portrait Competition, with both the Grand Prize and Distinguished Achievement awards. Samson, who was one of five American landscape painters invited to work with the Union of Russian Artists in Moscow, will share his talents with Edison State College and the community of Punta Gorda for one day only, so this event is not to be missed. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $30 for Visual Arts Center members. For more information, contact the Visual Arts Center (VAC) at 941-639-8810 or vac@daystar.net. Pastel Society Members Show The Southwest Florida Pastel Society Members Show will be held at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, 8771 College Parkway, Building 2, Suite 201, Fort Myers, February 7 to 28.. A percentage of sales benefits the Community Foundation Fund for the Arts of Southwest Florida. The public is welcome to view these works. For further information, call 2745900. Carl Samson Florida Residencyand Estate PlanningWORKSHOP e e e n n n t t t e e e d d d b b b b y y y : : : Complimentary Written Trust Analysis:Bring your current documents to the workshop one-half hour earlyThursday, February 6, 20142:00 p.m.Sanibel Community House 2173 Periwinkle Way Sanibel 33957Wednesday, February 5, 20142:00 p.m.Temple Beth El 16225 Winkler Rd. Fort Myers 33908 9100 College Pointe Ct., Fort Myers, FL 33919 www.sbshlaw.com Reservations: 239-425-9379 If If y ou ou r r wi wi ll ll a a nd nd t t ru ru st st f f ro ro m m up up N N or or th th a a r re sti ll ll v v al al id id Wh at t y ou ou n n ee ee d d to to k k now b ab ou u t t Fl Fl or r id id a ho ho me me st st e ea d la ws If you can save taxes by by d d ec la la ri ri ng ng F F lo lo ri r da residen cy Why your Durable Power of Attorney needs updating W h y you nee d to up d ate your l ega l d ocuments to F l ori d a l aw How to avoi d pro b at e How to k eep your l e g a l d ocuments up-tod ate You will learn: Mi Mi Mi Mi ch ch ch ch ae ae ae ae l l l l B B B. B. H H H il l l il l Cr Cr Cr Cr ai g R. R R R H H H H er e e sc h Wi W ll P o w e r Co Co Co Co o lu lu lu lu mn mn m m ist Fl Fl F or or id id a a Ba Ba r r Bo Bo ar ar d d Ce Ce C rt rt i i e d | Wi W ll ll s, s, T T T ru ru s st s & Es s ta ta te te s s At At A to to rn rn ey ey s P P P r r r e e e s s s e e e Receive a FREE Florida Estate Planning Guide


THE RIVER JANUARY 24, 201420 Financial FocusInvestors Can Learn From Super Bowl Teams by Jennifer BaseyIf youre a football fan (and, probably, even if you arent), you are aware that were closing in on the Super Bowl. This years event is unique in that it is the first Super Bowl held in an outdoor, cold weather site New Jersey, to be specific. However, the 2014 game shares many similarities to past Super Bowls in terms of what it took for the two teams to arrive at this point. And some of these same characteristics apply to successful investors. Here are a few of these shared traits: A good offense Most Super Bowl teams are adept at moving up and down the field and crossing the goal line. And good investors know how to choose those investments that can provide them with the gains they need to keep moving toward their own goals, such as a comfortable retirement. Thats why, at every stage of your life, you will need to own a reasonable percentage of growth-oriented investments, such as stocks and stockbased vehicles. A strong defense Even a good offense usually isnt enough to vault a team into the Super Bowl, which is why most participants in the big game also have strong defenses. Similarly, the best investors dont just put all their money in a single type of aggressive instrument and then forget about it they know that a downturn affecting this particular asset class could prove extremely costly. Instead, they defend their portfolios by diversifying their holdings among a range of investments; stocks, bonds, government securities, certificates of deposit, and so on. And you can do the same. Keep in mind, however, that although diversification can help reduce the impact of volatility on your portfolio, it cant guarantee a profit or always protect against loss. Perseverance Every team that makes it to the Super Bowl has had to overcome some type of adversity injuries to key players, a difficult schedule, bad weather, playoff games against good opponents, etc. Successful investors have also had to overcome hurdles, such as bear markets, bad economies, political battles and changing tax laws. Through it all, these investors stay invested, follow a long-term strategy and continue to look for new opportunities, and their perseverance is often rewarded. You can follow their example by not jumping out of the market when the going looks tough and not overreacting to scary-sounding headlines. Good coaching Super Bowl teams contain many fine players, but they still need coaches who can analyze situations and make the right decisions at the right times. Smart, experienced investors also benefit from coaching in the form of guidance from financial professionals. Its not always easy for busy people to study the financial markets, stay current on changing investment-related laws, monitor their own portfolios and make changes as needed. By working with a financial professional who knows your situation, needs, goals and risk tolerance, you will find it much easier to navigate the increasingly complex investment world. As weve seen, some of the same factors that go into producing a team capable of reaching the Super Bowl are also relevant to investors who want to reach their own goals. By incorporating these behaviors and attitudes into your own investment strategy, youll be following a pretty good game plan. Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor in Fort Myers. She can be reached at jennifer.basey@edwardjones.com. Top 10 Real Estate SalesCourtesy of Royal Shell Real Estate Development City Year BuiltSquare FootageListing Price Selling PriceDays On Market Tuscany Isle Bonita Springs 2002 4,059 $1,899,999 $1,760,000 339 Shell Harbor Sanibel 1977 2,662 $1,695,000 $1,500,000 540 Kinzie Island Sanibel 2001 3,556 $1,495,000 $1,250,000 227 The Sanctuary Sanibel 1995 4,069 $1,188,000 $1,100,000 297 Sweet Bay at Shadow WoodBonita Springs 2004 2,852 $1,150,000 $1,000,000 117 Admirals Isle Fort Myers 2002 4,161 $919,125 $892,500 73 Cape Harbour Cape Coral 2012 3,800 $798,000 $775,000 141 Dunes at Sanibel Island Sanibel 2001 2,436 $749,000 $715,000 84 Sanibel Sanibel 1999 2,698 $664,900 $645,000 177 Glenview at Shadow WoodBonita Springs 2002 3,693 $699,000 $630,000 403 Renaissance Academy To Host Moderated Discussion GroupThe Renaissance Academy, Florida Gulf Coast Universitys (FGCU) adult lifelong learning and enrichment program, will host a moderated discussion group series on American Power, Peace and Prosperity led by Dr. Judith Gates, former educator and professor at the University of Durham, U.K. From both international and national perspectives, the discussion group will consider the key aspects of power, peace and prosperity, and ask if America can have them all, now and in the future. This is structured to be a connected program, but each session can also stand alone. The series began on January 21 at the FGCU Naples Center, 1010 5th Avenue South and will continue on February 18 and March 18 at 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Online registration and additional information is available at https://RegisterRA.fgcu.edu or by calling 239-425-3272. The Renaissance Academy offers affordable, non-credit single lectures, short courses, day trips, computer classes, film series, life enrichment classes and other programs. There are no exams, grades or homework, just learning for the joy of learning with friends, neighbors and peers. For more information or a free catalog of offerings, contact The Renaissance Academy at 239-425-3272. For more information, contact John Guerra at 434-4838 or jguerra@fgcu.edu. Gumbo Fest At The Shell FactoryThe 12th annual Southwest Florida Gumbo Fest will be held on Sunday, January 26 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Shell Factory in North Fort Myers. All proceeds benefit The Nature Park Environmental Education Foundation, Inc. In order to help raise funds for the foundation, well known philanthropist, Sam Galloway has once again lent his name as presenting sponsor. Music, childrens activities, beer, cocktails, jello-shots and, of course, gumbo. Guests are invited to compare and experiment with different types of gumbo, a rich soup built around a base of a dark, rich roux supplemented with celery, onion, peppers, spices and meat or seafood. Back by popular demand as headliners, Cracker Blues is made up of five musicians of diverse backgrounds: Don Zero Hedman, keyboards, trumpet and vocals; Bob The Professor Stickel, lead guitar; Tom Pillsy, bass and vocals; Michael Smith, lead guitar, keys, harp and vocals; and Paulo Morista on drums. Cracker Blues has been performing regularly for the last 11 years in the Fort Myers area and played all major festivals and opened for major acts including Charlie Daniels, Eddie Money, Foreigner, Lee Brice and many others. Also, guests can look forward to the sound stylings of The Certified Band, a four-piece group of accomplished musicians who will keep the hands clappin and toes a-tappin. Last year, everyone loved Gator Gumbo, so they will return as well. All will enjoy the Cajun stylings of Gator and Sam, their original crazy zydeco music and amusing antics. The sponsorship by Galloway Ford has allowed the gates to be open to all for free. Hosted by Aqua Dog Sports, a sanctioned facility series, the Outdoor Big Air, Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieve Iron Dog Challenges will be held on Friday, January 24 beginning at noon, Saturday, January 25 at 8:30 a.m. and Sunday, January 26 at 8:30 a.m. Details, applications and a full schedule are available at aquadogsports@gmail.com. The Shell Factory and Nature Park is located four miles north of the Caloosahatchee River on U.S. 41. For more information, visit www.shellfactory. com. To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732


21 THE RIVER JANUARY 24, 2014 School Smartby Shelley M. Greggs, NCSPDear Shelley, My daughter was recently re-evaluated for special education services. A meeting is scheduled for next week but the school wont give me a copy of her evaluation results ahead of time. They said that they would share it with me at the meeting. This makes me very uncomfortable. I want time to read and understand what has been written about my child. I also want her doctor to read the evaluation and see what she thinks. I have asked several times for an advance copy with no success. What are my rights in this situation? Gloria V., Ft. Myers, Florida Gloria, This is an unfortunate situation. Parents should be given an advance copy of the evaluation results prior to a school meeting. It is very difficult for a parent to read and absorb this type of information in a meeting and then immediately make important decisions about school programming without having time for review, reflection and any additional family or outside consultation about the evaluation results. Here are your rights as stated by the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) with a citation to the federal law on these issues: Parents Right to Inspect Their Childs Records IDEA guarantees you, as parents, the right to inspect and review any educational record of your child that the school system (or other participating agency) collects, maintains, or uses with respect to the identification, evaluation, and educational placement of your child, and the provision of FAPE (a free appropriate public education) to your child. Here are the specifics of IDEAs regulations: Parent Rights Parents can inspect and review educational records with respect to their childs evaluation, identification, and placement; and the provision of FAPE. [.501(a)] Parents can request explanations and interpretations of the records. [.613(b)(1)] Parents can request copies of the records if not receiving copies would effectively prevent the parents from exercising their right to inspect and review those records. [.613(b)(2)] Parents can request that their representative be given access to inspect and review the records. [.613(b)(3)] Schools Rights and Responsibilities Schools must comply with a parents request to inspect and review records without unnecessary delay before any meeting regarding an IEP, a hearing or resolution session, and in no case more than 45 days after the request has been made. [.613(a)] Schools must respond to reasonable requests for explanations and interpretations of the records. [.613(b)(1)] Schools can charge a fee for copies of records made for parents, if the fee does not effectively prevent the parents from exercising their right to inspect and review those records. [.617(a)] Schools may not charge a fee for searching for, or retrieving, a childs records for parents. [.617(b)] It is your right to see your daughters records and the school must comply with your request to inspect such records without unnecessary delay before any meeting, as stated above. My suggestion is to re-request from your daughters case manager and principal her evaluation results, and ask that the meeting be rescheduled until you have time to review the results so that you will feel knowledgeable and comfortable in the meeting. 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. Scholarship Open To Edison State College StudentsDo you have a passion for literature and its components? Do you think you have what it takes to write your way through college? Edison State College is offering a Creative Writing Scholarship ($250 for short fiction and $250 for poetry) competition for all fee-paying, currently-enrolled students of the college. All entries must be received by Monday, February 3. For the short fiction entry, students may submit a self-contained short story; for the poetry entry, students may submit an entry composed in any form, such as free verse or sonnet. Rose Kosches, a local poet and community leader, was one of the founding members of the Fort Myers Community Center, which is located in Cape Coral. The Kosches Scholarship has been supporting higher education with Edison State College since August 1966 when she began teaching English at the College. An endowment fund was established and awarded, beginning in 1997. In its 17th year, the scholarship still holds to its words of fostering student creativity. For more information, contact Professor Marty Ambrose at mambrose@ edison.edu or 489-9475. To advertise in The River Weekly News Call 415-7732 Alliance Book Club MeetingThe 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. The group explores art-centered literature. The book 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 wartorn Leningrad. The Alliance Member Gallery Book Club meets from on the third Tuesday of each month. Club members must purchase their own copy of the book. Pre-registration is encouraged. All thats required is a current Alliance membership. The clubs next meeting is Tuesday, February 18. Alliance individual memberships are $50 per year; families can join for $75 per year, students $15. Membership benefits include 20 percent discounts on all classes and workshops, a wide variety of free class Try It sessions, discounts on theater tickets and youth camps and special exhibition opportunities Visit ArtInLee.org or call 939-2787 to become a member. ENGEL & VLKERSIsabella Rasi 239-246-4716 Enjoy unobstructed sunsets from this Email your editorial copy to: press@riverweekly.com


THE RIVER JANUARY 24, 201422 deaRPharmacistAre Fish Oils Your Only Choice? by Suzy Cohen, RPhDear Pharmacist: Im taking a prescription drug version of fish oils for my heart and cholesterol. I want a plant-derived option because Im a vegetarian, plus I get fish burp. Are there plant-derived essential fatty acids or do you have to get it from fish? HB, Plano, Texas Fish burp often happens if you have a deficiency of probiotics and digestive enzymes, however, people assume the burp happens from rancid oil. Fish oils arent usually rancid nowadays. They have become the gold standard supplement for people seeking essential fatty acids. Ive been a fan of essential fatty acids, and fish oil in particular for many years, however, I respect your desire to find a vegetarian source. Depending on the oil, you wont get as high a concentration of EPA and DHA from a non-fish oil supplement, but you will get other benefits. I personally take plant-derived essential fatty acids, and cook with some too! I put other oils on my face too. Im not fat phobic, I think good fats are crucial to feeling well. Oils lube the joints and help with regularity, they plump the skin and support heart health. Here are my favorite oils and how you can take them, then you can decide whats right for you. Not all of them have EPA/DHA in them, these are just my personal favorite oils: Coconut oil I love applying this to my skin, and cooking with it. I also put this in my smoothies. Coconut oil helps my brain, its known to support brain health. Chia seed oil I love chia seed oil as a supplement (Chia Omega by Essential Formulas is the newest kid on the block, sold at health food stores nationwide). Chia seed oil provides your body with alpha linolenic acid. Then, your body converts that to some EPA and DHA, which are the two primary ingredients in fish oil. Chia seeds also provide quercetin and antioxidants to support general cellular health. Grape seed oil I love cooking with grape seed oil because it has a mild flavor, so I use it in my pesto sauce recipe, in salad dressings and in place of olive oil. Moringa A superfood used to combat malnutrition for centuries. The name moringa means reddish brown, likely referring to the seed color. One popular brand is made by Organic India and I like this one because they use organic moringa, plus it comes in a powder for my smoothies and softgels for supplementation. Argan oil It comes from a nut, common to Morroco, and its used cosmetically. I use it on my skin for fine lines and elbows/heels. I sometimes spray Morrocoan oil on my hair for lightweight shine. Flaxseed Oil It provides a natural source of estrogen, which is thought to knock out bad estrogen from your cells. Like chia seed oil, it provides the precursor to EPA and DHA, which translates to protection to the colon, breast, prostate, skin, heart and joints. 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 husband and I were both born and educated in the Midwest. After we married, we moved to many parts of the country due to his companys transfers. The final move was to North Carolina. Ten years later, we retired and stayed. We have always talked about going back to our roots and now is the time to get very serious about making the move. My husband is very eager to go and I am very hesitant. I hate to leave friends, doctors, dentist and a social life to go back to a place we havent even visited for years. Our old friends are no longer there, they have moved or passed on, and I hate to leave this wonderful climate for ice and snow. Do others have these concerns? Verna Dear Verna, Many people fantasize that by going back to their roots they will find life exactly as they left it. It just doesnt work that way. You have matured and changed in ways you dont realize and you may be very disappointed. My suggestion would be to rent a furnished condo or try and stay for a threemonth period in a retirement complex and try to include some winter months in that time. If you still want to make it permanent, move and go for it. Lizzie Dear Verna, Finding a social life and health care in some areas can be very difficult. I agree with everything Mom has said. She has given you perfect advice. I cant add anything more Pryce Lizzie and Pryces email address is momandmeaging@hotmail.com. Planned Parenthood LuncheonIn recognition of the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade and to celebrate CEO Barbara Zdraveckys 20 years of leadership, Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, Inc. presents its Lee County Choice Affair Luncheon. The luncheon, which will be held on Tuesday, January 28 at 11:30 .m. at Lexington Country Club, will feature guest speaker, Jim Nathan, Lee Memorial Health System president and CEO. Planned Parenthood will also be honoring community member Judy Goldenberg. Nathan has been a national keynote speaker on many health care topics, including the history of health care from a social, economic and political perspective; health care reform; and creative funding for the medically uninsured population. He has testified before the U.S. Senate on competition and antitrust issues related to health care delivery and financing. Nathan holds a bachelors degree in business administration from Miami University, masters degrees in business administration and health care administration from Xavier University, and an honorary doctorate in healthcare administration from Southwest Florida College. Goldenberg is being honored for her continuous support of Planned Parenthood, in Southwest and Central Florida, and in Minnesota. Goldenbergs myriad accomplishments in the community include serving with Norman Lear on the board of People for the American Way, serving on the national board of ARZA (Association of Reform Zionists of America), co-founding IRAC (Israel Religious Action Committee) in Israel, and currently serving on the board of Planned Parenthood of Central and Southwest Florida. Tickets are $60 and sponsorships available. Go to www.myplannedparenthood.org to reserve tickets, or call 941-365-3913, ext. 1124. All proceeds benefit the prevention education programs of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, Inc. Lexington Country Club is at 16257 Willowcrest Way in Fort Myers. 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THE RIVER JANUARY 24, 201424 Goodwill Cuts Ribbon On New Lehigh LocationHundreds of people gathered last Friday morning for the ribbon cutting and grand opening of Goodwill Industries of Southwest Floridas newest Retail & Donation Center in Lehigh Acres. The store, located at 2825 Lee Boulevard in Lehigh, replaced the much smaller location the organization had occupied since 1987. This was a great opening, said Madison Mitchell, a spokesperson for Goodwill. It was wonderful to see so many people from the community come out today to shop, donate and just check out the store. The 20,000-square-foot building created 24 new fulland part-time jobs for the organization and offers over 13,000 square feet of retail space. The building is also Goodwills first store that is Florida Green Certified. It features low-flow toilets, light occupancy sensors, native landscaping and rain barrel irrigation. The store will also house a Goodwill JobLink Center, which will offer employment related services such as resume creation and job placement. The Job-Link is set to open in the spring of 2014. We wanted this location to really have an impact on the Lehigh community, added Mitchell. We wanted to expand access to affordable clothing and housewares and be able to grow our mission services for the people of Lehigh. Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. provides life-changing opportunities to people with disabilities and disadvantages. Revenue generated at Goodwills 29 Retail & Donation Centers supports Job-Link centers, income-sensitive housing for senior citizens and people with disabilities, the SWFL MicroEnterprise project, the LIFE Academy charter school, and other programs. For store locations and more information about Goodwills mission, visit www.goodwillswfl.org. The ribbon cutting of the new Goodwill location in Lehigh Acres drew a crowd of hundreds The new Goodwill building in Lehigh Acres Estate Planning Workshops Attorneys Craig R. Hersch and Michael B. Hill of Sheppard, Brett, Stewart, Hersch, Kinsey & Hill, PA will present two informative Florida estate planning workshops on February 5 and 6 at 2 p.m. to provide answers to many estate planning questions on wills, trusts and other documents. The Wednesday, February 5 workshop will be held at Temple Beth El, 16225 Winkler Road in Fort Myers. The identical workshop will also be held on Thursday, February 6 at The Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel. All attendees will receive an informative Florida Estate Planning Guide and DVD. New and partial-year residents will learn about Florida homestead laws, if their will and trust documents from up North are valid in Florida, the advantages of declaring Florida residency, how to avoid probate, and why changes in the laws make it is necessary for everyone to have older estate planning documents updated. Attendees are invited to bring a copy of their current estate planning documents and arrive a half hour early to receive a confidential, complimentary review and written analysis following the presentation. Hersch and Hill are both Florida Bar Board Certified attorneys in wills, trusts and estate planning, specializing in estate planning, probate and trust administration, and asset protection strategies. Hersch writes Will Power, a weekly estate planning column in the Island Sun. He has also been nationally published in professional estate and tax journals, such as The Florida Bar Journal, The Practical Tax Lawyer, and Trusts & Estates magazines. Reservations can be made by calling 425-9379 or at http:// www.sbshlaw.com/seminars.shtml. Craig R. Hersch and Michael B. Hill Share your community news with us. Call 415-7732, Fax: 415-7702 or email press@riverweekly.com


My Stars FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 27, 2014ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Taking some time out of your usually busy social life could be just what you need to help you focus on putting those finishing touches on your plans for a possible career change. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A misunderstanding about a colleagues suggestions could create a delay in moving on with your proposal. But by weeks end, all the confusing points should finally be cleared up. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You might feel overwhelmed by all the tasks you suddenly have to take care of. But just say the magic word -help! -and youll soon find others rushing to offer much-needed assistance. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Finishing a current project ahead of schedule leaves you free to deal with other upcoming situations, including a possible workplace change, as well as a demanding personal matter. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Turn that fine-tuned feline sensitivity radar up to high to help uncover any facts that could influence a decision you might be preparing to make. Devote the weekend to family activities. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) A state of confusion is soon cleared up with explanations from the responsible parties. Dont waste time chastising anyone. Instead, move forward with your plans. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) You might feel obligated to help work out a dispute between family members. But this is one of those times when you should step aside and let them work out their problems on their own. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Your ability to resolve an on-the-job problem without leaving too many ruffled feathers earns you kudos from co-workers. You also impress major decision-makers at your workplace. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Newly made and long-held friendships merge well, with possibly one exception. Take time to listen to the dissenters explanations. You could learn something important. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Be prepared to be flexible about your current travel plans. Although you dont have to take them, at least consider suggestions from the experts in the travel business. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A problem with a recent financial transaction could lead to more problems later on unless you resolve it immediately. Get all the proof you need to support your position. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Daydreaming makes it difficult to stay focused on what you need to do. But reality sets in by midweek, and you manage to get everything done in time for a relaxing weekend. BORN THIS WEEK: Your ability to reach out to those in need of spiritual comfort makes you a much-revered, much-loved person in your community. On Jan. 29, 1845, Edgar Allan Poes poem The Raven, which begins Once upon a midnight dreary, is published in the New York Evening Mirror. Poes macabre work often portrayed motiveless crimes and intolerable guilt in his characters. On Feb. 2, 1887, Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist, is celebrated for the first time at Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather; no shadow means an early spring. On Jan. 30, 1943, the British Royal Air Force begins a bombing campaign in Berlin that coincides with the 10th anniversary of Hitlers accession to power. To make matters worse for the Germans, the following day a massive surrender of German troops occurred at Stalingrad. On Jan. 27, 1967, a launch-pad fire during Apollo program tests at Cape Canaveral, Fla., kills astronauts Virgil Gus Grissom, Edward H. White II and Roger B. Chafee. An investigation indicated that a faulty electrical wire inside the Apollo 1 command module was the probable cause of the fire. On Feb. 1, 1974, University of Washington student Lynda Ann Healy disappears from her apartment and is murdered by serial killer Ted Bundy. In the summer of 1974, Bundy attacked at least seven young women in Washington. By the time he was captured in 1979, Bundy had become Americas most infamous serial killer. On Jan. 28, 1985, 45 American music artists gather to record We Are the World, a record that would eventually sell more than 7 million copies and raise some $60 million for African famine relief. The instruction producer Quincy Jones sent to pop stars doing the recording: Check your egos at the door. On Jan. 31, 1990, the Soviet Unions first McDonalds fast-food restaurant opens in Moscow. Throngs of people line up to pay the equivalent of several days wages for Big Macs, shakes and french fries. Customers were most amazed at the politeness of the workers. It was Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran who made the following sage observation: I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers. In Japan, black cats are considered to be good luck. If youre ever longing for the good old days, you might want to keep this tidbit in mind: In 19th-century America, one of the most popular cure-all remedies was snail water, which was made by pounding earthworms and snails together, adding the paste to beer and boiling the whole thing. Those in need of a tonic drank it. Sea turtles can breathe through their backsides. If you could leap over the St. Louis Arch unassisted, you would have jumping power equivalent to that of a flea. If youre planning a trip to Oregon, you might want to stop off in Gold Hill to see the Oregon Vortex, where strange phenomena are said to occur. In the mid-20th century, a scientist and mining engineer named John Litser conducted experiments on the property and came to the conclusion that the site contains a spherical field of force and 15 crisscrossing magnetic fields. Before his death in 1959, he burned his notes, reportedly saying, The world is not ready for this. Those who tour the attraction today might see balls roll uphill or brooms stand on end. Some people appear to be much shorter and some much taller. There are even those who say visiting the Vortex eases back pain. Before he became famous, singer Rod Stewart briefly had a job as a grave digger. Television makes so much at its worst that it cant afford to do its best. -Fred W. Friendly THIS WEEK IN HISTORY STRANGE BUT TRUE THOUGHT FOR THE DAY PUZZLE ANSWERS 1. LITERATURE: Who wrote the sci-fi novel The Time Machine? 2. LANGUAGE: What English word is pronounced exactly like its first letter, even though its five letters long? 3. HISTORY: Which Russian leader introduced the policy of glasnost, a greater openness? 4. FOOD & DRINK: What is Bardolino? 5. SCIENCE: What is the focus of agronomy? 6. LAW: What is voir dire? 7. BIBLE: Which biblical character ascended to heaven in a whirlwind? 8. MUSIC: What famous singer-songwriter starred in the 1980 remake of The Jazz Singer? 9. ANATOMY: How many wisdom teeth does an adult usually have? 10. MOVIES: Who played the devil-possessed child in The Exorcist? TRIVIA TEST 1. H.G. Wells 2. Queue 3. Mikhail Gorbachev 4. Italian red wine 5. Crop production and soil management 6. Questioning of prospective jurors 7. Elijah 8. Neil Diamond 9. Four 10. Linda Blair. ANSWERS SPORTS QUIZ 1. In 1985, Tony Perez, at nearly 43, became the oldest major-league player to hit a grand slam. Whose record did he break? 2. During the 1980s, three major-leaguers each played for their father, who was the manager. Name the players. 3. In 2012, Northern Illinois Jordan Lynch became the second quarterback to run for 1,500 yards and throw for 2,500 yards in a season. Who was the first? 4. Who held the NBA mark for most 3-point field goals made in a season before Golden States Stephen Curry (272 made) broke it in the 2012-13 campaign? 5. Name the first Southern California hockey player to be drafted by an NHL team. 6. Which two teams have won the most Supporters Shields (best regular-season record) in Major League Soccer history? 7. What medal, if any, did boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. win at the 1996 Olympics? ANSWERS 1. Honus Wagner was 41 when he did it in 1915. Julio Franco now holds the record, hitting one in 2004 at age 45. 2. Dale Berra, Billy Ripken and Cal Ripken Jr. 3. Michigans Denard Robinson, in 2010. 4. Ray Allen hit 269 3-pointers for Seattle in the 2005-06 season. 5. Mike Lampman, in 1970. 6. D.C. United and the Los Angeles Galaxy, with four each. 7. He won a bronze medal, boxing in the featherweight division.25 THE RIVER JANUARY 24, 2014DID YOU KNOW


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Cottages Condos Homes Miles of Beaches & Bike Paths239-472-72771-888-451-7277 RS 1/4 BM TFN LIGHTHOUSE REALTYPaul J. Morris, Broker VACATION RENTALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & SALES 359 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island 239-579-0511 RS 1/4 CC TFN SUNDIAL BEACH AND TENNIS RESORTOne bedroom condo (kings size bed), ground oor, steps to the beach. Rental daily, weekly, monthly or beyond. Please call for information: 917-208-6018SEALOFT VILLAGEPrivate community. Quaint cottage-two bedroom, two bathroom, pool, 250 step access to beach. Rental monthly. Please call for information: 917-208-6018 RS 1/10 CC 1/31 WALK TO BEACH, EAST END1/2 Duplex, 2 BD 1BA Bright, Clean, Modern Call Bob 410-913-2234 tidewaterbob@comcast.netRS 1/17 CC TFN PRIVATE BEACH ACCESSGulf Pines 3BR/2BTH Lanai Pool,Tennis, WI/FI Available March &/or April Call Cathy 786-877-5330 Miamiblocks@bellsouth.netNS 1/17 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 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 S. FL LINE DANCEWith Robert Robitaille Line dance classes. Fun and great exercise with energetic instructor. All styles of music! No experience or partner required. Audience: adults and seniors. First 30 minutes of class is an instruction for beginners. Call 239-245-8196 or cell 954-309-3778. Welcome all... RS 11/15 CC TFN HOUSEKEEPER GIRL FRIDAYExperienced Housekeeper. Excellent References, Reliable, I will also help with light cooking and errands. Call Heather (239) 826-1045 Sanibel & Lee Co. LicenseRS 11/8 CC TFN HOME WATCHSanisal Property Management Complete Home & Condo Service 24/7 Sanibel Residents-sanisal@comcast.net Call: Sally & Bob 239-565-7438 www.homewatchsanibel.com NS 1/17 CC 5/16 THE RIVER JANUARY 24, 201428 OPEN HOUSE CORNER WEST GULF DR. AND DINGMAN DR.Sunday, January 26th, 11am 2pm 4203 Dingman Drive, Sanibel Simply the Best! Gorgeous Renovation 4 BR, 3 BA $2,495,000 Chuck Bergstrom, 239-209-6500 Island Resident, Realtor RS 1/24 BM 1/24 VOLUNTEER/ JOB OPPORTUNITIESPAID volunteer opportunities to seniors, age 55 and over, to tutor/mentor children in elementary schools & after-school programs. Offering a stipend, mileage reimbursement, annual physical, holiday, vacation, and sick pay all tax exempt. 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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 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 HELP WANTED HELP WANTED 29 THE RIVER JANUARY 24, 2014VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDVolunteers needed for the After School Program which runs Mon.-Th, 2:30 3:15 pm call Linda Reynolds 472-1617RS 1/4 NC TFN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITYThe Sunshine Ambassador Program is a new and exciting volunteer opportunity offered at the Golisano Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida located within HealthPark Medical Center. The Sunshine Ambassadors will greet, assist and be a positive rst point of contact for patients, families and visitors entering the hospital. The Ambassadors also make a difference to families by providing educational and healthful resources to assist in GRANDparenting for GRANDchildren. We are currently seeking year-round volunteers to work one 4-hour shift Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm or 12:00pm to 4:00 pm. If you would be interested in learning more about this wonderful new opportunity, please contact Lisa Ellinwood, Volunteer Resources Coordinator at 239-343-5062 at the Golisano Childrens Hospital.NS 2/8 NC TFN VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDVolunteers needed for light general maintenance. Call (CHR) Community Housing & Resources, Inc. 472-1189.NS 11/1 NC TFN LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST PT2 years experience preferred, non-smoker for organic spa/salon on Sanibel. Licensed Cosmetologist PT Master colorist, non-smoker for organic spa/salon on Sanibel. We will supply established clientele. Call 472-8464 for interview. www.spatiniteabar.com NS 1/24 CC 1/31 FULL TIME VACATION RESERVATIONS AGENT Must be familiar with Sanibel & Captiva Islands. Candidate should possess good communication skills, computer knowledge; Excel and Word pro cient and like working with people. Excellent compensation package based on Vacation Rental experience. Call David at VIP Vacation Rentals 472-1613NS 1/24 CC TFN ESTABLISHED SANIBEL SERVICE BUSINESS FOR SALEFor Sale Excellent Opportunity for Either a Hands-On Buyer or a Passive Investor Serious Inquiries Only/Con dentiality Agreement Required To View Listing Call or E-Mail Corporate Investment They can be reached @ 239-936-1718, cibb@cibb.netNS 1/24 CC 2/14 BUSINESS FOR SALE GARAGE MOVING YARDSALES CAUTION BAYSIDE ESTATES ANNUAL FLEA MARKET17601 San Carlos Blvd. & Pine Ridge Friday Jan. 31st 8AM to 2PM Lunch Saturday Feb. 1st 8AM to Noon Appliance, Clothes, Collectibles, Tools Jewelry, Consignment Car etc. Raf eNS 1/24 CC 1/31 MARK YOUR CALENDARThird Annual Uniques & Antiques, Friday Jan. 31 & Sat. Feb 1. Dont miss this one. Furniture, tools & fun stuff. East End towards Lighthouse, Lagoon Dr. Sanibel. Look for balloons. Early Birds Welcome. NS 1/24 CC 1/24 MOVING SALESaturday 1/25 /14, 916 Palm Street, Sanibel 9 AM No Early Birds 3-Person Hot Tub; Porch & Outdoor Furniture; Char & Gas Grills; Hand, Power & Garden Tools; Ext. Ladder; Clubs & Golf Bag; Toys & Games, Incl Tournament Bingo Set; TV Table; Books, Antique Ref.; Pottery; Dishes; Glass; Sterling Serving Dishes; Baskets; Rug; and lots more!NS 1/24 CC 1/24 HUGE MOVING SALESaturday January 25th 8-1 NO EARLY BIRDS! One day only-everything must go! Tons of kids items 0-5, furniture, play station, wii games, kitchen and of ce items, books, queen sleigh bed and more! 6447 Pine Ave. SanibelNS 1/24 CC 1/24 BOATS CANOES KAYAKSDOCKAGEHourly, Daily, Weekly and Monthly. Captiva Island 472-5800RS 1/4 NC TFN 1996 SEA RAY LAGUNA21 foot Center Console with a T-Top, full cover, deck pads, 200hp Mercury EFI, low hours, mint condition-$10,500. 239-851-8113NS 1/24 CC 1/24 FOR SALEBIG CLEARANCE SALE2431 Periwinkle Way www.SanibelSeaLifeGallery.comRS 12/27 CC TFN BUY SELL TRADE PALM TREESCD Johnson Company palm trees, 25 varieties Great selection. Can Dig & Deliver. Call Chriss 239-898-2518. Techman@embarqmail.comNS 1/17 CC 2/7 ANTIQUES SANIBELAntique high poster bed and pine childs bed. Beautiful limited edition framed celebrity records Beatles etc... Antique chair early pewter plates, brass candle sticks. Best Offers. Call 239-849-0907.NS 1/24 CC 1/24 2006 BMW 330 CONVERTIBLE22,000 miles, mint, Performance Package, new tires, original owner, $22,500 call 239-851-8113NS 1/24 CC 1/24 2008 ZAP ELECTRIC TRUCKPerfect for buzzing around the islands. Top speed is 40 mph the range is 20+ miles. Go to zapworld.com for pictures and specs. The color is metallic blue. Serious inquiries only please. Call Scott at 239-395-8892. $4,500 OBONS 1/24 CC 1/31 VEHICLES FOR SALE1989 MERCEDES 300 SE 4 dr., 151,000 miles GREAT CONDITION, extensive options. great Island car CALL MARK 239-850-4337RS 1/24 CC 1/24 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 TEACHER ASSISTANTFull Bene ts, Tolls paid The Sanibel School Please call Maureen 239 472-1617NS 12/20 NC TFN HELP WANTEDBillys Rentals on Sanibel needs outgoing individuals to assist customers with bicycle rentals/deliveries and cashiers with ability to multi task with a smile! Transport from FM location available. Need PT light duty mechanics helper @ FM warehouse. Call 239-472-5248 ask for Robin.NS 1/24 CC 1/31 RETAIL SALES ASSOCIATE AND/OR CASHIER Aqua Beachwear: We are seeking an energetic and reliable Sales Associate and or Cashier for our Captiva location. Sales Associates attend to and engage customers. This position requires an ability to work a schedule that meets the needs of the store, including evenings and weekends. Reliability is a key factor. Sanibel Bridge Toll paid. Please contact Peggy at (239) 395-5383.NS 1/24 CC 1/24


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 24, 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 They call me Muppet and I love to ride in the car. The best part about going for a ride is coming home to a comfy couch and family that loves me. Ive been at the shelter over two months so maybe youd like to take me for a ride home. Im perfect for someone looking for an affectionate, good looking, well mannered and low maintenance dog. My adoption fee is $50 ($25 off the regular adoption fee of $75 during Animal Services Resolution Buddies adoption promotion). True to my name, Pioneer, Im the first to explore most anything. After all, arent cats supposed to be curious? Im lovable, affectionate, soft and cuddly, and just waiting for you to take me home. My adoption fee is $25 ($25 off the regular adoption fee of $50 during Animal Services adoption promotion). 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. Pioneer ID# 580659 Muppet ID# 577784 photos by squaredogphoto.com


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