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VOL. 9, No.9 From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort Myers MARCH 5, 2010

Shell Point Art
Show And Sale
Open To Public

Jeanne Bochette Helen Hendry Veronica Shoemaker
G who also is a member of the PACE cen- the three Grande Dames in a question
lran n e Dar es ter board of directors. Invitations were and answer format that Geraghty said "is
Tea Tickets sent to known supporters of PACE and sure to be thought-provoking and poi-
active community leaders, however, any- gnant.
T he Lee PACE Center for Girls' one who would like to attend the tea is PACE is a Florida-based, not for profit
Grande Dames Tea honoring three welcome,. organization, and the only statewide pre-
more of our community's most Tickets are $50 per person and may vention program for adolescent at-risk Wood carving
revered women, Jeanne Bochette, Helen be obtained by calling the theater at girls in the nation. Its mission is to pro-
Hendry and Dr. Veronica Shoemaker, 278-4422. vide girls and young women an oppor- he annual Shell Point Art Show
will be held Tuesday, March 23, from 1 The theme is The Wisdom of Age tunity for a better future through educa- and Sale will be held Friday
to 3 p.m. at the Broadway Palm Dinner Honoring the Female Spirit. tion, counseling, training and advocacy. through Sunday, March 5 to 7.
Theatre, 1380 Colonial Boukevard, Fort The first Grande Dames to be hon- Since the Lee County program opened The Resident Art Show Committee
Myers. ored were philanthropists Berne Davis, its doors in 2007, more than 250 girls invites the public to view the artwork cre-
More than half of the theater is Eleanore Kleist and Barbara B. Mann. have been served, helping them to begin ated by many of the artists who live in the
filled," said tea Chair Dena Geraghty, The agenda for the tea will include a new journey toward a life of dignity and continued on page 8
interaction between the PACE girls and success.G

British Comedy Opens At Florida Rep Two-Day Art
F lorida Repertory Theatre's Event Downtown
next play is one of the fun-
niest written by England's he monthly Art Walk will be on
favorite playwright, Alan Friday, March 5 from 6 to 10
Ayckbourn. It opens March 12 i 11 p.m. It will be followed by the new
with discounted previews March Saturday Art Fair on March 6 in the
9, 10 and 11. Patio de Leon from noon to 4 p.m.
Relatively Speaking is full of The Friday Art Walk will include more
miscommunications, misunder- than a dozen art stops and feature new
standings and mistaken identi- art exhibitions, live music, and the tra-
ties. "We're very excited to bring ditional after party. Held the first Friday
this play to life," said Florida of every month from 6 to 10 p.m., Art
Rep Producing Artistic Director Walk features local and national artwork
and the play's Director Robert in the downtown art galleries and several
Cacioppo. As far as comedies art stops in the Fort Myers River District.
go, it doesn't get any better than The evening culminates with an after
Relatively Speaking. From the party at 10 p.m. at Spirits of Bacchus on
author of Bedroom Farce and Hendry Street.
Absurd Person Singular, this The Saturday Art Fair will run from
play is the quintessential mistaken noon to 4 p.m. Local art vendors and
identity comedy, and I know audi- artisans will be set up in the Patio de
ences will love it." Leon selling their art. Galleries will be
Ginny is engaged to Greg open and some galleries will be featuring
(although she is having an affair free make-it-and-take-it art projects for
with Phillip). Phillip is married the kids. Admission is free. The Saturday
continued on page 40 Art Fair runs January through May.
continued on page 3


Historic Downtown Fort

Myers, Then And Now:

Garner & Brown Farms
by Gerri Reaves
he name Gladiolus Drive
'. | in South Fort Myers is one
I of the few reminders that a
gladiolus industry once boomed
in this area.
In fact, in the 1930s, the Fort
Myers area was the gladiolus cen-
ter of the nation, with most of the
flowers being grown in the lona
S. district. By the late 1940s, the
industry was the top moneymaker
in Lee County.
William Edward Garner was a leading grower and
broker in the gladiolus and chrysanthemum industry. A
grandson of Capt. Manuel A. Gonzalez, he was a mem-
ber of one of Fort Myers' founding families.
This 1957 photo shows his business, Garner &
Brown Farms on Jackson Street. When the photo was
taken, Jackson Street was paved with bricks and neigh-
boring Terrell's Garage was located on the corner at
Peck Street (left of photo).
Garner & Brown operated on Jackson from the mid-
1950s until about 1973. Over the years, several other
glad businesses also operated out of that office, includ-
ing B & B Gladiolus Farms and Shepherd Gladiolus
Garner & Brown was conveniently located just
across the street from the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
(ACL) passenger depot and around the corner from
ACL's Railway Express Agency (REA) on Peck Street.
The REA handled cargo for the ACL passenger depot.
Decades ago, the rail tracks ran from the
Caloosahatchee River at the foot of Monroe Street and
over to the Atlantic Coast Line depot at Jackson and
Peck. The depot is now the Southwest Florida Museum
of History, and Peck Street is now Widman Way.
At one time, gladioli were packed right on the river
at the Lee County Packing House. Fire destroyed the
packing house in the 1950s, however, and it was never
By the early 1970s, the "glad" business had lost
out to land developers and escalating land prices. ACL
service had ceased, and the downtown railway had been
LD Bochette, however, remembers the heyday of
the glad industry, when boxes of citrus, vegetables, and
flowers lined the street in front of the REA office in
preparation for shipment north.
ACL would bring in sleeper-cars, he says, and the
out-of-town buyers would use them while in town.
After Garner & Brown closed, Longmire & Taylor
Printers occupied the building for several years.
Today, A Way Out Bail Bonds is located there.
continued on page 3

A Way Out Bail Bonds now operates where brokers once negotiated gladioli, chrysanthemums, and produce
photo by Gerri Reaves

When this photo was taken in 1957, Lee County was the gladiolus capital of nation and Garner & Brown Farms operated
in this building on Jackson Street. Note the brick street.
photo courtesy of the Southwest Florida Historical Society


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From page 2
Garner & Brown Farms
Walk down to Jackson Street and Widman Way and imagine the time when Fort
Myers supplied the nation with the beautiful gladiolus in a rainbow of colors.
Then walk across the street and visit the Southwest Florida Museum of History at
2031 Jackson Street, where you can see the exhibit Tutankhamun: Wonderful Things
from the Pharaoh's Tomb and ask about the Historic Downtown Walking Tours.
For information, call 321-7430 or go to swflmuseumofhistory.com. The museum's
hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on
Then check out the archives of the Southwest Florida Historical Society at 10091
McGregor Boulevard. Call 939-4044 or drop by on Wednesday or Saturday, 9 a.m. to
Sources: The Story of Fort Myers by Karl H. Grismer and the archives of the
Southwest Florida Historical Society.4

From page 1
Two-Day Art Walk
Some highlights of this month's Art
Walk are:
Art League of Fort Myers: Opening
of a new juried member show. The gal-
lery will also host a performer from the
Young Artists Awards Program.
Art of the Olympians: Now open at
the former City Pier building.
Arts for ACT Gallery: Opening
reception for exhibit featuring artists
David Belling, Lennie Jones and Ken
Kaminsky. The gallery will also host a
performer from the Young Artists Awards
daas Gallery: Opening reception for
Click featuring artist Paul Rodino.
Coloring The World: Exhibit featur-
ing artist Lisa Freidus.
Enjewel: Showcasing artist Alan
Koulian's unique Murano jewelry designs.
First United Methodist Church:
Group exhibit featuring quilters Claudia
Compton and Carol Dengler.
HOWL Gallery: Opening reception
for new show featuring pop and avant
garde artist David Hatchett.
The Oasis Luxury Condominiums:
New art show entitled It's all About the
Girls, a fundraiser event for Footsteps to
the Future.
Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center:
Opening for Heavenly Bodies exhibit fea-
turing artist Jo-Ann Lizio.
Space 39: Opening of a new group
art show.
The seventh annual Edison
Celebration of Art will take place poolside
at The Oasis Condominiums from 6 to
10 p.m.
A free, one-act play, The Actor's
Nightmare, will be performed at 7 and
8:30 p.m. at the Sidney & Berne Davis
Art Center.

Another highlight of the evening will
be the weekly Friday Night Live concert
series, which takes place in the Patio de
Leon. Cheeky Monkey will perform from
6 to 9 p.m.
New Art Walk buttons will be available
at the galleries.
A free shuttle service, courtesy of
Select Transportation Inc., with stops
planned near the art venues, and
Harborside Event Center parking area,
will be available for Art Walk patrons.
Shuttle stops include The Oasis, Art of
the Olympians, and Enjewel on First
A map of Art Walk will be distributed
by participating galleries. Art Walk is a
rain or shine event. For more information
visit www.fortmyersartwalk.com.0

Free Movie
In The Park
he fifth annual Movie In The Park,
sponsored by Chick-Fil-A and Lee
County Parks and Recreation, will
be on March 13. The showing will be
Ice Age Dawn Of The Dinosaurs, a
PG-rated animated film featuring the voic-
es of Ray Romano and Queen Latifah.
Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and the
movie starts at 7 at the Wa-Ke Hatchee
Recreation Center, 16355 Summerlin
Road in Fort Myers. Come out to the
park with your friends and family for
a movie night on a two-story inflatable
screen with professional stereo sound and
themed festivities. There will be family
games, free popcorn, and food items for
sale from Chick-Fil-A. Personal coolers,
food and drinks are prohibited.
For more information, go online to
www.leeparks.org or call Wa-Ke Hatchee
Recreation at 432-2154.0


Republican Club Luncheon
And Fashion Show Fundraiser
All Things Green is the theme for the annual fashion show fundraiser being
held by the Fort Myers Republican Women's Club Federated on Tuesday,
March 16 at The Helm Club at The Landings in South Fort Myers. Fashions
by Anthony's will be featured, with club members serving as the models. The event
replaces the regular monthly business meeting.
The public is invited to attend. The day's activities include a card party and silent
auction beginning at 10 a.m. Donations for door prizes, raffle items, and the silent
auction are being accepted. Information on these items may be obtained by contacting
the past president, Marilyn Stout, at 549-5629.
A social hour and silent auction begin at 11 a.m. The fashion show and luncheon
are at noon. Tickets are $30. Reservations are required by Thursday, March 11 and
may be made by contacting Tina Laurie at 489-4701.0

Genealogical Society Meetings
here will be two meetings in March of the Lee Genealogical Society. Both are
free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Saturday, March 13 is the quarterly meeting at 10 a.m. at Wesley Memorial
United Methodist Church, 4141 Deleon Street, Fort Myers.
The program will be presented by Carl Meier, second vice president, on Health
Issues in the Early 20th Century and the Records they Produced.
The monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, March 18 at 1 p.m. at Wesley
Memorial United Methodist Church. The program will be presented by Professor
Emeritus of History David T. Childress, Ph.D. on How Our Ancestors Survived the
Great Depression (1929-1946).
For more information, email President@LCGSFL.org.4

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Women Voters
Meet Monthly
league of Women Voters of Lee
County Florida holds monthly
program meetings on the first
Saturday of each month October
through May, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at
the Royal Palm Yacht Club, 2360 West
First Street, Fort Myers.
On March 6, the program is Reading
and Literacy from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sharon Kapp, educator, author of Kapp
Reading Instruction, co-author of Visual
Language in Autism, and national
and international speaker, will focus on
Reading and Literacy, including the LWV
Lee Jump Start Program, an early learn-
ing initiative to help parents teach their
infants and toddlers skills to aid reading
ability. Call-466-8381 for reservations.
Health Care Reform is the topic for
April 3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jim Nathan,
president, Lee Memorial Health System
(LMHS), will present his views on health
care reform and the health care crisis fac-
ing Southwest Florida and beyond.
Lee County Youth Issues is slated for
May 1, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. William Naylor,
manager, Juvenile Assessment Center of
Lee County, will speak on youth issues,
programs and possible solutions.
Call-466-8381 for reservations for any
of these meetings.
LWV of Lee County is a nonparti-
san organization that promotes political
responsibility through informed and active

Astronaut Will
Sign Memorabilia
T 'for the first time ever the Astronaut
Scholarship Foundation (ASF) is
hosting a special mail-in signing
with one of only two surviving Mercury
Seven astronauts, Scott Carpenter, now
through March 15.
Space enthusiasts are invited to send
in artifacts, baseballs, covers, flown items,
models, and photos just about anything
desired or choose from one of the
many popular photos of Carpenter fea-
tured in ASF's online store at www.astro-
nautstore.org for the space hero to sign.
Items can be personalized and/or accom-
panied by a photo of Carpenter signing
them for a Certificate of Authenticity.
Carpenter was the second American
to orbit the Earth during his Aurora 7
mission in 1962. He also has the unique
distinction of being the first astronaut-
aquanaut conducting experiments in
both inner and outer space. Carpenter
is an accomplished author and serves
on the ASF board of directors as one of
its founders. He was inducted into the
U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on May 11,
Carpenter is offering the "Write Stuff"
to space fans' items in support of the
foundation's mission of providing scholar-
ships to college students pursuing degrees
in science and technology. Once signed,
all items will be safely shipped back to
their owners. For more information visit
signing.html or call 321-455-7014.4

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Women Voters
Meet Monthly
League of Women Voters of Lee
County Florida holds monthly
program meetings on the first
Saturday of each month October
through May, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at
the Royal Palm Yacht Club, 2360 West
First Street, Fort Myers.
On March 6, the program is Reading
and Literacy from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sharon Kapp, educator, author of Kapp
Reading Instruction, co-author of Visual
Language in Autism, and national
and international speaker, will focus on
Reading and Literacy, including the LWV
Lee Jump Start Program, an early learn-
ing initiative to help parents teach their
infants and toddlers skills to aid reading
ability. Call-466-8381 for reservations.
Health Care Reform is the topic for
April 3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jim Nathan,
president, Lee Memorial Health System
(LMHS), will present his views on health
care reform and the health care crisis fac-
ing Southwest Florida and beyond.
Lee County Youth Issues is slated for
May 1, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. William Naylor,
manager, Juvenile Assessment Center of
Lee County, will speak on youth issues,
programs and possible solutions.
Call-466-8381 for reservations for any
of these meetings.
LWV of Lee County is a nonparti-
san organization that promotes political
responsibility through informed and active

Sought For New
Chrysalis Awards
T he Lee County Visitor &
Convention Bureau (VCB) and the
Greater Fort Myers Chamber of
Commerce Inc. are seeking nominations
for the first annual Chrysalis Awards to
honor businesses and individuals who
have positively impacted the local com-
Award nominations are due on March
12, and are open to any member of the
local business community, regardless of
whether or not they are directly a part
of the tourism industry. Award recipients
will be announced at a jointly hosted
Celebration of Business & Tourism
Awards Luncheon and Trade Show on
May 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at
the Harborside Event Center in down-
town Fort Myers.
The event, co-produced by the VCB
and the Greater Fort Myers Chamber and
held to commemorate National Travel
and Tourism Week, celebrates the value
of tourism and the community teamwork
involved in maintaining and enhancing
tourism as a major economic engine for
the county. The event also is part of the
VCB's year-round Team Tourism infor-
mational program to strengthen destina-
tion teamwork.
The awards will honor recipients in
the categories: Business Development,
Eco-Innovation, Cultural Achievement,
Education, Sports and Sales and

Women To Meet
The Democratic Women's Club will
hold its monthly meeting Saturday,
March 13, at the Royal Palm
Yacht Club, 2360 West First Street, Fort
The speaker will be Jim Roach, a
Democratic Party candidate for the U.S.
House of Representatives in Florida's
14th Congressional District. He lives in
Cape Coral and is a Vietnam veteran and
small business owner.
The luncheon meeting is from 10:30
a.m. to 1 p.m.. The luncheon price is
$18. Guests are welcome.
To make a reservation call 466-8381.
More information about the DWC is
available at www.dwc-lee.com.4

Tea By The Sea
For Ostego Bay
On Saturday, March 20, Ostego
Bay Foundation will host the
elegant and fun Tea by the Sea
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event,
featuring great food, a fashion show
and a Chinese auction, will be held at
700 Fisherman's Wharf, San Carlos
Island right next door to Bonita Bill's
Restaurant. All proceeds will benefit the
Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science
Tickets are $20 for one or $70 for
a table of four and can be purchased in
advance by calling 765-8101.0

Marketing. A seventh award category is
the VCB's long-standing Junonia Award,
created to recognize those individuals
who have positively impacted the local
tourism community by demonstrating
unique capabilities, leadership, commit-
ment, and dedication.
A panel of local business community
leaders will judge nominations and select
one award recipient in each of the six
categories; and, as in past years, the
Junonia will only be awarded at the sole
discretion of the VCB. Business and
individual nominees for the six Chrysalis
Awards will be judged on their innova-
tion in their respective category, how
they have distinguished themselves in the
community, the results of their efforts to
promote the destination, their contribu-
tions to business and tourism partnerships
for the overall benefit of the county, and
their work to foster growth and sustain-
"Destination visitors often spark future
leisure visits, conventions, relocations
and other business opportunities. The
Chrysalis Awards signify an ongoing part-
nership between the business and tourism
communities to ensure that continues
to happen," said Tamara Pigott, interim
VCB deputy director.
Pigott said the awards committee
chose the name Chrysalis for the new
program because it signifies the final
stage before a butterfly emerges from
its cocoon, the metamorphosis in which
its growth and differentiation occur.
Committee members see it as an appro-
priate symbol of the desire to build and
foster a stronger strategic partnership

Jennifer L Basey
Financial Advisor
1952-2 Park Meadows Dr
Ft Myers, FL 33907

between tourism and the larger business
She added that the junonia is a highly
treasured shell, so it was selected as a
symbol of the VCB's ongoing annual
award due to its rarity. Past recipients
have included: Sally Tapager, owner
of Tropic Star; DT Minich, CDME,
former executive director of the VCB;
Chris Pendleton, president and chief
executive officer of the Edison & Ford
Winter Estates; Roxie Smith of Pink
Shell Development and a member
of the Tourist Development Council;
Steve Tutko, biologist and consultant to
Babcock Ranch; Fran Myers, owner of
Red Coconut RV Resort and a member
of the Tourist Development Council;
Elaine McLaughlin, former executive
director of the VCB; Brian Holly, general
manager of the Holiday Inn Gulf Coast
Town Center; Tom Cronin, owner of
the Shell Factory; Steve Greenstein, for-
mer executive director of the Sanibel &
Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce;
and Jay Kinzer-Halcrow, former sales and
marketing director of the West Wind Inn.
While the VCB has always pooled its
resources with those of local chambers
for the common good of the destination,
this is the first such alliance between the
VCB and a local chamber. In addition, all
local chambers are involved with the new
"We're celebrating our work together
to create stronger relationships that
encourage new visitors and ultimately
new businesses for our area," said
Marietta B. Mudgett, executive director
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CC the courtyard cat at The Bar Association Bistro and Lounge
The spirit of Ernest Hemingway has been spotted in the courtyard of The Bar
Association Bistro and Lounge. Owners Ron Kopko and Mark Solomon
were surprised to find a tiny six-toed cat, or polydactyl, mingling with the
human guests outside their establishment. Polydactyl cats are often referred to
as Hemingway cats after the Nobel Prize-winning author who was known to love
them. The kitten has been affectionately named CC, short for courtyard cat.
Stop by The Bar Association to meet the friendly kitten, as he is always looking for
a warm lap to curl up on. The Bar Assocation serves lunch Tuesday through Friday
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., dinner Wednesday through Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. and
Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It also offers downtown Fort Myers' only soup
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Florida is the nation's prime source for fresh vegetables during the winter season
and at the Alliance for the Art's Green Market, local residents have the first
chance to browse a wide selection. There is nothing like just-harvested vegetables at
their peak in nutritional value and flavor. Better yet, Green Market's 32 vendors offer
not only locally produced goods, they are mostly all natural, organic and/or sustain-
The market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call
939-2787 or go to www.artinlee.org.
Also at Alliance for the Arts is Israel
Fest on Sunday, March 7 from noon to 5
p.m. The event is sponsored by the Jewish A sa
Federation of Lee and Charlotte counties
and is a celebration of Israeli Independence
Day through Israeli arts, food and music.
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Food is available, including falafel and Just click on the logos surrounding
shwarma along with Israeli salads and other the front page.
ethnic delicacies. Passover provisions will
also be sold. Additionally, the festival show-
cases art and Judaica created by many
Israeli artisans including jewelry, paintings,
Kakadu hand painted wood household
items and table d&cor, handbags, Israeli
T-shirts and natural aloe skin products. RN A
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sponsoring the Kids Zone with bounce RENTALS
houses, a dunk tank, snow cones and cot-
ton candy while many local temples and Fishing- Cabbage Key
Jewish organizations will have booths to Dolphin Watching
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grams and functions. Captains Available
Entrance fee is $2 for anyone over the
age of 12. Alliance for the Arts is located 472-5800
at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, Fort
Myers. For more information about Israel Jensen's Marina
Fest, go to www.JewishFederationLCC. Captiva Island
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FGCU Center
Honors Its Elders
The Center for Environmental and
Sustainability Education at FGCU
will honor the center's earliest
supporters at the annual fundrais-
ing celebration at Peter and Mallory
Haffenreffer's home on Thursday,
March 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. The theme
this year is Bloom Where You're
Planted: Focus on the Local.
Since its founding, the center has
received the support of several elder
members of the island community. At this
Sanibel Island celebration, as part of its
focus on the local, the center will honor
its supporters 90 years and older. Among
those honored will be Milena Eskew,
long-time island resident and community
activist; Mary Bursley Carter, who hosted
the first annual fundraising celebration
before Hurricane Charley destroyed her
home; as well as center supporters Lloyd
Wells and Chuck Farnum.
Inaugural supporters Helen Moe and
Elizabeth Johnson, who passed on in
recent weeks, will be remembered at the
The center will also honor the
eldest member of its board of advisors,
Professor Emeritus Maxine Greene.
Another distinguished nonagenarian,
Greene serves as a founding member of
the center's board, and at age 91, still
teaches at Columbia University. She is
considered to be America's greatest living
philosopher of education.

Mary Bursley Carter and Milena Eskew embrace at a past celebration

The event brings together young and
old to reflect on the center's mission of
"scholarship, education, and action" for
a sustainable future. FGCU student vol-
unteers staff the fundraising celebration;
the young volunteers and elder residents
welcome the opportunity to interact with
one another.
This annual celebration is the major
fundraising event for the center and helps
to further its sustainability initiatives locally

and globally. David Orr, center bo
chair and author of Down to the
Confronting Climate Collapse (2
will give remarks. Director Peter I
Corcoran will briefly present prog
since the center's inception five y
and will provide an outlook on pr
and future initiatives. For more in
tion, or to request an invitation, c
7166 or e-mail: cese@fgcu.edu.4:


7. Bay Oaks
Health Fair
ay Oaks' annual Health Fair will
be held on March 27 from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. in the gym. There
will be professionals from many different
health-related fields.
The event is free to anyone interested
in attending. Vendors that are in any
health-related fields are welcome. For
more information call 765-4222.4:

Senior Picnic
S r|here will be a senior picnic at the
| Tony Rotino Center beach pavilion
on March 6 ,11 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
in Cape Coral. On the menu are hot
dogs, beans, ham and turkey sandwich-
es, pasta salad, dessert and a variety of
soft drinks. Entertainment will be provid-
# f ed by the Hot Flashz Dancers. Families
and friends are welcome. Admission
is $5. Pre-registration is required. All
major credit cards are accepted. Call
574-0807. The Tony Rotino Center is
ard co- at the Cape Coral Yacht Club, 5817
Wire: Driftwood Parkway.4
ears ago
all 590-


Show And Sale

Art show

retirement community at
Shell Point.
This year's exhibit will fea-
ture: paintings, pottery, sculp-
tures, stained glass, polished
stonework, wood carvings and
unique jewelry.
The event will be held in
the Social Center on The
Island at Shell Point from 9
a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and
Saturday and from noon to
4 p.m. Sunday. Admission
is free and it is open to the
public. For more information,
call Sandra Ashley, program
coordinator at 454-2057.5

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Close to both Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach.
New paint, Carpet, Dishwasher, Microwave,
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.j Ihe seventh annual North Fort
S| Myers Academy Arts Foundation
J auction will be held Saturday,
March 20, beginning at 7 p.m., at the
Italian-American Club of Cape Coral,
4725 Vincennes Boulevard. Appetizers,
desserts and beverages will be available.
Up for auction will be many items
and services donated by generous area
merchants. There will be a silent auction,
Treasure Chest Adventure, Chinese auc-
tion and, the main event, a live auction
featuring a local celebrity auctioneer.
Funds from this event enhance the
arts programs at the North Fort Myers
Academy for the Arts, in such areas as
costumes, sets, scripts, music, art sup-
plies, scholarships and materials to sup-
plement academic instruction at all levels.
Tickets are $20 per person, available
at the school office by calling 997-2131;
iCAN Junction, 13971 North Cleveland
Avenue, United Plaza in North Fort
Myers, (997-4226); Spa Simplicity, 4706
SE 11th Place, Suite D, Cape Coral

Seeing The
Face Of Peace
From An
Aluminum Bubble
erry Leggett is coming to Fort
Myers in March to tell the story of
, his amazing, two-year, 100,000-
mile peace journey in an aluminum
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18 at 7 p.m. at All Faith Unitarian
Congregation's new building at 2756
McGregor Boulevard.
In January 2007, Leggett (aka Sea
Wall Singer) departed from Carlsbad,
California on a mission to sing out for
peace each day at noon.
With the help of friends and a national
network of peace lovers, he acquired a
vintage-style, tear-drop trailer he dubbed
The Peace Bubble. As Leggett zigzagged
across the United States, the Peace
Bubble became a listening post for him
to ask thousands of people the question,
"What does peace look like for you?" He
videotaped 7,000 of their responses for
broadcast on youtube.com.
Over the past year, Leggett has been
living on the Big Island of Hawaii and
collaborating with photographer Patsy
Ferrell to produce inspiring multimedia
from the journey. You can find some of
the images at the online gallery: alittleb-
Events will include his original tunes,
tales from the road and a treasure trove
of images and video interviews that gath-
er thoughts about peace from around the
nation. His goal is to entertain audiences
with the thought that "peace is possible,
if we want it."
For more information on his Fort
Myers appearance, email jerry@alittleb-
itofpeace.com or call 768-8176.0

F orida Rep is opening its popular
Lunchbox Theatre Series with
And Then They Came for Me by
James Still, a multimedia journey into
the life and world of Anne Frank.
Sponsored by Pamela Templeton and
Fort Myers Toyota, the series for children
and families opens Saturday, March 13 at
the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in
the Fort Myers River District.
Tickets are $12 and admission
includes the performance, a boxed lunch
from Jason's Deli and an interactive
workshop with the cast. Tickets are avail-
able through Florida Rep's box office at
The play combines interview footage
with live theater to take audiences into
the life of Anne Frank and two Holocaust
survivors whose lives she changed forever.
This gripping drama is a groundbreaking
retelling of Anne Frank's famous story
and is designed for students in grades 5
through 12.
Sponsored by Florida Rep's Alliance
for Holocaust Studies, And Then They
Came for Me is one of two exciting and
educational offerings in the Lunchbox
Theatre Series this season. It plays on
March 13, April 3 and April 17.
"We are breaking new ground with our
Children's Theatre offerings this season,"
said Education Director Rachael Endrizzi,
"both are topical, issue-based plays, and
for the first time we have a play whose
target audience is middle and high school
students. And Then They Came for Me
combines theater and documentary to tell
the Anne Frank story in a new way and
ties in with the State of Florida's required
Holocaust Studies curriculum."
Also featured in the Lunchbox Theatre
Series is The New Kid by Dennis Foon,
an inventive and lightheartedly funny play
about a boy named Nick who just moved
to America from a different country. It's
his first day of school, and all he wants to
do is fit in with the other kids, but Nick
doesn't speak their language or know
any of their customs. The audience sees
through Nick's eyes just how frustrating
and tough it can be when you are the
new kid.
Sponsored by the Alan and Jacquelin
Cadkin Foundation and LCEC, The New
Kid plays at the Sidney & Berne Davis
Art Center on March 20, April 10 and
April 24.0

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Shell Point Art

Auction To Lunchbox
Benefit Academy Theatre Series
For The Arts Opens March

Partnering To Feed
The Hungry In Lee County
It was hard
to miss the
tractor trailer
parked in front ....
of The Salvation \
Army on Friday.
Sprawled across
on both sides of
the massive truck
were pepperoni
pizzas, the words
Love Kitchen
and the impor-
tant phrase,
Serving To Make I
a Difference.
Taking the -
place of the regu-
lar nightly meal,
Little Caesars
Pizza cooked
over 60 piz- - -
zas and served
200 individuals
that came to
The Salvation
Army to dine last
Friday. We are Volunteers at The Salvation Army's Meals With Compassion serving
so thankful to the pizza from The Little Caesars Love Kitchen
local franchise
owner, Jim Addis
and the company regional offices for donating all the food and labor cost to help in
our Meals with Compassion program. We welcome other businesses, restaurants and
churches who would like to support our feeding program. Just taking a night or two a
year to furnish a meal or a donation to sponsor a meal would allow us to continue to
feed individuals and families in need," said Major Arthur Penhale, commanding officer
for The Salvation Army.

Donations Sought
For Active Duty
Military Personnel
Support the servicemen and women
who protect our freedoms every
day by contributing to Operation
Open Arms, Inc.
Founded in 2005 on Pine Island by
charter boat Capt. John "GiddyUp"
Bunch, a U.S. Marines officer in
Vietnam, Operation Open Arms serves
active duty military personnel. It is an
IRS-approved 501(c)3 nonprofit corpora-
tion so contributions are tax deductible.
Two sitting presidents, George W. Bush
and Barack Obama, have recognized the
organization for its work.
The mission of Operation Open
Arms is to provide every possible benefit
to active duty military personnel while
on leave from a combat zone. It also
provides free mental health counseling.
There is no staff, only volunteers and
business partners. Operation Open Arms
is a network of sponsoring businesses
that extends free benefits in a wide range
of categories to enable military personnel
to take a much needed vacation from the
stresses of war. Servicemen and women
are eligible for one free service from each
business partner. They make their own
arrangements with the service providers.

Partners donate hotel room nights,
restaurant meals, fishing charter trips,
excursions, sightseeing opportunities, lei-
sure activities, haircuts, dental work, and
other services.
For more information log onto www.
operationopenarms.org or call Capt.
Bunch at 283-8838. Donations may be
sent to Operation Open Arms, PO Box
101, St. James City, FL 339560

Bay Oaks Derby
For Relay For Life
On March 21 members of the
public will be able to test their
power swing against Fort Myers
Beach's top sluggers during Bay Oaks
first annual Homerun Derby. The derby
will be held on the fields at Bay Oaks
Recreation Campus.
Each contestant will get 10 swings to
hit as many home runs as they can, with
the top home run hitters moving on to
the elimination round and then the cham-
pionship round. Players of all skill levels
are encouraged to participate.
To enter, the minimum donation is
$10, with 100 percent of the proceeds
going to Relay for Life which benefits
the American Cancer Society. The win-
ner will receive a prize pack courtesy of
To sign up or for more information
contact Randy at 560-8989.4

Since 1972, the nightly meal program, Meals With Compassion, has been serving
a hot meal to anyone who is hungry in Lee County. Last year alone, The Army served
over 24,000 nightly meals. The increases have been staggering. The Salvation Army
has seen a 220 percent increase in meals served since 2001 and 80 percent of this
increase has been in the last two years.
The food service programs (emergency food pantry and Meals with Compassion)
at The Salvation Army are positioned as a point of entry for individuals and families.
Once the immediate needs are met, the staff begins to address the underlying issues
that have forced people to seek assistance. The Salvation Army helps dinner guests by
connecting them to additional programs and resources both through their agency and
their community's fellow service providers.
The Army's other food service program is the emergency food pantry. Its exis-
tence has been in the community since 1969. This program too, has seen staggering
increases. Since 2007, the food pantry has given out 60 percent more food to those
in need. In 2009, over 48,000 grocery orders were filled at the pantry which resulted
in over 436,000 meals to neighbors in need.
The Salvation Army needs the help from businesses, restaurants or churches.
Partnering with those that can help provide food gives The Salvation Army that much
more staying power to help the thousands that are coming in need of assistance. If
you or your business can help with a night of feeding for the Meals of Compassion
program call The Salvation Army at 278-1551.5

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edertion Sunday, March 7, 2010
Noon ~ 5:00 PM.
Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers
Ethnic Food, Art & Judaica Vendors, Kids Zone, Live Music & More

Admission:$2 over age 12
For more info call: 239-481-4449


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Crestwell School, 1901 Park Meadows
Drive, between US 41 and Summerlin
Road, V2 mile north of College.
Minister: The Rev. Dr. Wayne Robinson
Phone: 226-0900.
Minister's cell phone: 218-3918.
Mailing address: P.O. Box 07477,
Fort Myers, FL 33919
Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.
We believe in the benefits of diversity in
gender, age, political affiliation, sexual
orientation, race and religion.
Email: allfaithsuc@earthlink.net
Web site: allfaiths-uc.org.
Minister's e-mail: war9999@msn.com
8210 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers
Rev. Dr. Elias Bouboutsis
Orthros Service Sunday 9 a.m.
Divine Liturgy Sunday 10 a.m.
Fellowship Programs, Greek School,
Sunday School, Bible Study
15675 McGregor Boulevard. 437-3171
Rabbi: Judah Hungerman
Friday Service, 8 p.m.
Saturday Service, 11 a.m.
Shabbat School Saturday Morning
Adult Hebrew Classes
Please call for information on full program.
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.
13500 Freshman Lane; 768-2188
Pastors: Jeff Moran and Michael Bulter;
A nondenominational church emphasizing
a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Sunday Service: 9 a.m. Contemporary
10:45 a.m. Traditional.
1188 Lake McGregor Drive, Fort Myers,
432-1724. Rev. N. Everett Keith III;
An Old Catholic Community; Liturgy
in English; Sunday Mass at 9:30 a.m.
2439 McGregor Boulevard, 334-8937
Rev. Dan Hagmaier, pastor
Traditional Sunday service 10 a.m.
Nursery available
8400 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers,
Danny Harvey, pastor
Sunday Services: Bible study, 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship, 11 a.m.
Evening Worship, 7 p.m.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting, 7 p.m.
8260 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, 481 -
3233; Clint Cottrell, pastor
Sunday services:
Traditional, 8 and 11 a.m.;
Contemporary, 9:30 a.m.
Children's Church K4J (Kids for Jesus)
9:45 a.m.
8570 Cypress Lake Drive,
Fort Myers, 482-1250
Sunday Traditional Service: 8 and
11 a.m., Praise Service: 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School: All times
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
Children's Church for ages 5-12 available
at each service.
15690 McGregor Boulevard
Fort Myers, 482-2030
Pastor: David Stauffer.
Traditional services 9:00 a.m.;
Contemporary, 10:30 a.m.
Go south on McGregor Boulevard. The
church is 1/2 mile past the intersection of
Gladiolus and San Carlos Boulevard on the
way to Sanibel.
2390 West First Street, next door to Edison
Sunday Morning Service and Sunday
School, 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday Evening Testimony Meeting,
7:30 p.m.
Child care provided at all services.
Visit our Reading Room for quiet study at:
2281 W. First Street, River District
www.spirituality.com and www.christian-
13545 American Colony Boulevard (off
Daniels Parkway in the Colony), Fort
Myers, 936-2511
Pastor: Rev. 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.
5916 Winkler Road, Fort Myers,
437-4330. Rev. Mark Condrey, Pastor
Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m.
Church School: 9:15 a.m.
8210 College Parkway, Fort Myers,
482-3133. Philip White, pastor
Morning Worship: 10 a.m.
Church School: 10:15 a.m.
Adult Forum: 9 a.m.
111 Evergreen Road, North Fort Myers,
Eastern Orthodox men's monastery.
Liturgical services conducted in the
English, Greek and Church Slavonic lan-
guages, following the Julian (Old) Calendar.
Liturgical Services: Sundays and Holy
Days: The Third and Sixth Hours at 8:30
Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m.
9650 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers,
The Rev. 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.
881 Nuna Avenue, Fort Myers, 481-1143
Masses Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.;
Sunday, 8 and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
2154 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers,
Pastor Randy and Anita Thurman
Sunday Service, 10:30 a.m.
All are welcome.

Corner Cypress View Drive and Koreshan
Boulevard, Three Oaks area, Fort Myers,
Walter Fohs, pastor; Becky Robbins-
Penniman, associate pastor
Sunday worship services:
Early Grace Traditional, 8 a.m.
Awesome Grace Contemporary, 9 a.m.
Classic Grace Traditional, 10:30 a.m.
Sunday School God's Group, 8:45 and
10 a.m.
Worship Gathering Sunday 10 a.m.
Pastor Alan Bondar
Fort Myers Villas Civic Association Bldg.
2306 Sunrise Blvd. Fort Myers, 33907
Phone/text: 220-8519
website: messiahreformed.com
Bible Study Wednesday 6:30 p.m.
Fellowship Lunch Sunday noon
Teen Events Monthly
c/website for podcasts, special events, min-
istries, calendar, blogs, etc.
16120 San Carlos Boulevard, Unit 10B
Tom Richards, Pastor
Sunday School for all ages 9:45 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship 11 a.m.
Sunday Evening 6 p.m.
Wednesday Evening Bible Study 7 p.m.
Special Monday Community Group service
at 7 p.m. for those who can not attend
3825 McGregor Boulevard. Fort Myers
Pastors: Bill Stephens, Stu Austin and
Howard Biddulph, Associate Pastor
Traditional Worship at 8:00 and 9:30 am,
Contemporary Worship at 11:00am
Sunday School at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00am
Youth and Children's programming runs
concurrent to Sunday services.
Nursery care provided at all services
For more information visit: www.newhope-
(Meets at Ft. Myers Beach Masonic Lodge)
17625 Pine Ridge Road, Fort Myers Beach
Pastors: Bruce Merton, Gail and RC
Traditional Worship 9:45 a.m.
Contemporary Worship 11:15 a.m.
Phone: 267-7400 Fax: 267-7407
Web site: peacecommunitychurch.com
e-mail: peace1265@aol.com
15840 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers
Walter Still, Senior Pastor,
Sunday Worship: 8 and 9:30 a.m.
3/4 mile south from the intersection of
McGregor, San Carlos and Gladiolus.
A congregation of the ELCA.
3950 Winkler Extension, Fort Myers
Daily early learning center/day care
Sunday Services, 8:15 and 10:15 a.m.
Meditation classes. All are welcome.
Guided meditations offering many meth-
ods 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.
16940 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers,
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.

Wednesday Service 6 p.m.
12171 lona Road, Fort Myers, off
McGregor and north of Gladiolus.
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
Saturday at noon and by appointment
3049 Mcgregor Boulevard, Fort Myers,
Pastor Rev. Steve Filizzi
An Affirming & Inclusive Congregation
Sunday Services, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Service, Wednesday 6:30 p.m.
3595 Broadway, Fort Myers
239-939-4711, www.smlcs.org
Wednesday Fellowship: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner $5, 6:15 p.m. bible studies
Worship: Saturday, 5:30 p.m.,
Sunday 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. with 9:15
a.m. adult and children's Bible Study, plus
marriage enrichment studies. Divorce Care
on Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
During Lent: Wednesday worship
noon and 6:15 p.m.
16225 Winkler Rd. 433-0018.
Rabbi Jeremy Barras
Cantorial Soloists Joseph/Lynn Goldovitz
Shabbat Services, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Torah Study, Saturday, 9:15 a.m.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Services, Saturday,
10:30 a.m.
Religious Education Classes, Midweek,
Grades 2-7, Wednesday, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Preschool Classes, Monday through Friday
Confirmation Classes, Wednesday,
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. to noon
14486 A & W Bulb Road,
Fort Myers, 433-0201.
Rabbi: Benjamin S. Sendrow,
Cantor: I. Victor Geigner.
Weekly services: Monday and Thursday, 9
a.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.
Religious school Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon,
and Wednesday, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Family Midrash services on the first and
third Fridays of the month at 7 p.m.
Pre bar/bat mitzvah class Monday, 5:30 to
7 p.m., followed by confirmation class from
7:30 to 9 p.m.
For information on early childhood educa-
tion/preschool, phone 482-1121.
The New Church of SWFL is located at
10811 Sunset Plaza Circle, by Summerlin
and Pine Ridge Roads, behind Zoomers
and the ponds.
Reverend Nadine
Spiritual Recovery, Wednesdays 10 a.m.
Healing Service, Wednesdays 11 a.m. and
Friday 6:30 p.m.
Sunday Worship Services, 11 a.m.
Call for information 481-5535.
13411 Shire Lane (off Daniels Parkway one
mile west of 1-75)
Minister: The Rev. Allison Farnum
Sunday services and religious education at
10:30 a.m.
For information on all church events call
561-2700 or visit www.uucfm.org.
Family Service 10 to 11 a.m.
Healing Circle 11 a.m.
Hospitality and Fellowship, 11 a.m.
Inspiring lesson, uplifting and dynamic
continued on page 11

Florida Modern

Slavery Museum

Touring The Area
F orida Modern Slavery Museum is
touring the state visiting schools,
places of worship, and community
centers through April 15.
The museum consists of a cargo
truck outfitted as a replica of the trucks
involved in a recent slavery operation
(U.S. v. Navarrete, 2008) accompanied
by displays on the continuous history of
slavery in Florida its roots, the reasons
it persists, and its solutions. The exhib-
its were developed in consultation with
ex-captives as well as leading academic
authorities on slavery and labor history in
The mobile museum was conceived of
by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers
(CIW), the human rights award-winning
farmworker organization that has aided
in the prosecution by the Department of
Justice of six farm slavery operations and
the liberation of well over 1,000 workers.
The museum is endorsed by Amnesty
International (USA) and Anti-Slavery
International (UK) the world's largest
and oldest human rights organizations,
"Slavery in Florida agriculture today is
not separate from the past indeed, its
roots extend deep within our state's his-
tory. Farmworkers have always been, and
remain today, the state's poorest, least
powerful workers," said Gerardo Reyes


Museum shirt
of the CIW. "If we are to abolish slavery
once and for all in Florida agriculture, we
must pull it up by the roots by addressing
farmworker poverty and powerlessness."
Dr. Patrick Mason, a professor of
economics and director of the African
American studies program at Florida
State University notes, "For too long,
political representatives and ordinary citi-
zens have ignored the recurring instances
of enslavement in contemporary Florida.
Indeed, for too long, there has been
insufficient light shining in on the low pay
and indecent working conditions of agri-
cultural workers in this state. The mobile
Florida Modern Slavery Museum is an
impressive and imaginative approach to
shedding new light on these old issues."
Dr. Kevin Bales, the Pulitzer-
nominated author and president of Free
the Slaves, an internationally-respected

anti-slavery advocacy organization, adds,
"There is real slavery in the fields of
Florida. This is not about lousy jobs, but
violent control, vicious exploitation, and
the potential for serious harm and even
death. Even more heartbreaking is the
fact that there has never been a day in
the history of Florida agriculture without
some amount of slavery tainting the food
grown there. That food leaves the hands
of slaves and ends up in the meals we eat
with our families."
The museum tour will culminate as the
cargo truck leads the CIW's Farmworker
Freedom March from April 16-18, when
hundreds of farmworkers and their allies
will march from Tampa to Lakeland,
headquarters of the Publix supermarket
Among its accomplishments, the
CIW has aided in the prosecution by
the Department of Justice of six slavery
operations and the liberation of well over
1,000 workers. Its Campaign for Fair
Food has won unprecedented support

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music, meditation in a loving environment.
Service held at 28285 Imperial Street,
Bonita Springs. Call 947-3100.
9065 Ligon Court, Fort Myers, across
from HealthPark Hospital, 481-2125
Pastor: Interim Pastor Dr. Luder Whitlock
Sunday Service:
9:30 a.m., Contemporary;
Worship and Adult Classes
11 a.m., Blended Worship
2120 Collier Ave, Fort Myers, 274-8881;
Services: Sunday 10 a.m.;
Wednesday 7 p.m.
Bishop Gaspar and Michele Anastasi
7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers,
481-4040, Pastor, Steve Hess
Sunday Services: 8 a.m. traditional;
9:30 a.m. contemporary; 11 a.m. blendings.
Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.0

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I'd like to offer you
an opportunity to
be credited with
making a difference in
the lives of children,
orphaned by HIV/
AIDS in Ethiopia,
and now living on the
streets and begging for
daily survival. By join-
ing the Ethiopia Hope
Village team (www.
com), you can save
lives, and change them.
I want to make this a, I
Sanibel, Captiva, Fort ,
Myers project, because,
having lived here 27
years, I know the
heart that exists here.
We want to do good, Group of kids
and we're looking for
opportunities like this. This project is something God
has placed in my heart. It is important and necessary. It ,-
is an opportunity, for all of us.
Let me tell you about one boy, Mohammed. For ,.,
a boy whose life has been tragic, and future is bleak, -
Mohammed, 8, has one of the biggest smiles I've ever
seen. He plays soccer on the streets a place he also
lives on at night. Orphaned, and abandoned, with the
HIV virus, he survives by begging. Mohammed is a bright
boy who will engage you with conversation but he
won't say where he hides away at night. \
If he comes too close to a coffee house, with a hand
outstretched, the waiters hurl stones at him, driving him
away. The stigma of HIV/AIDS is lessening, but it is still a h /
terrible situation.
In the town where I work, there are about 100 street
kids with HIV recorded by the City of Butajira. There are
over 1,000 known families where one parent has died
of AIDS. These are only the known cases. Butajira has a Sorphan Mohammed
population of 41,000. And the rural area surrounding the
town has four times the population.
So, what can we do?
Our Team:
First, the Ethiopia Hope village team is a team, truly. On the ground in Butajira
there is a board of directors consisting of doctors, HIV/AIDS counselors, a city liai-
son, and local businessmen. The project is owned by a national church, Emmanuel
Church, with whom we've partnered. My direct supervisor is New Mission Systems
International (www.nmsi.org), an outstanding missionary support and training organi-
zation. The team also includes individuals who have already signed up to support work
we've done previously with Project Mercy in Ethiopia (www.projectmercy.org), and are
ready to do more.
Our Goal:
Our goal is to empower this Ethiopian church and the citizens of Butajira to nurture
these orphans so that they will be a light in the darkness that surrounds them, and a
part of a New Ethiopia that stands as a beacon in this part of the world. Ethiopia is
bordered by Somalia to the east, Sudan to the west, and Eritrea to the north. Yemen
is just across the Red Sea. Traditionally a Christian empire (for over 1,600 years),
Ethiopia has fallen away. Islam is over 40 percent of the population. Animism and
witchcraft have always remained strong. Yet, there is a huge revival ongoing too. The
Protestant church is on fire, and there is a renewal within the Orthodox church as
Our Project:
We want to start our "village" by building a youth center that will have programs
ranging from education, food, health care, sports, a library and other ideas. We want
the programs to be generated by the community, and driven by the local people.
We want to encourage child care by every means possible other than traditional
orphanage" care. However, we know there are some children the most vulnerable,
such as Mohammed who will need housing. The youth center will anchor our village,
and we will also include some group homes, each with eight children and a house
parent. We'll immediately rent one or two homes to get these kids off the streets. In
phase two of this project, we'll consider building these group homes as part of the
village. In addition to house parents, we'll nurture these children with youth leaders,
and each child will have a mentoring family in the community, which will be similar to
uncles and aunts, or even grandparents.
The village, to be as self-sustaining as possible, will also create a fruit tree orchard,
vegetable garden, chicken ranch and small dairy.

Children gather at new church in countryside
What Will It Take
From The Team?
This is Ethiopia, and
a dollar goes a long
way. With $95,000,
we can get the village
underway with the
youth center and infra-
structure needs (includ-
ing fences, land prepa-
ration, sports fields,
etc.). This also includes
funding one or two -
rental homes, feeding
eight to 16 of the most
vulnerable children, and
hiring a staff of three
to five people. Our
goal is for the project Teacher Scott Martell (center) with some of his students
to work toward self-sus-
tainability. We are focusing on that from the
very beginning. Yet, now, it is going to take
an investment of our money, and our hearts, -
to get kids off the streets and nurture them to
be citizens with character. This is a prototype,/
and Emmanuel Church wants to develop it so -
that it can be used in conjunction with their
churches throughout Ethiopia.
This is work we are all called to do, I
believe. In the Old Testament, Moses tells us: -4
"...the orphan and the widow who are in your
town, shall come and eat and be satisfied, -
in order that the LORD your God may bless
you in all the work of your hand which you
do." (Deuteronomy 14:29). And in the New -
Testament, James writes: ... Pure and lasting
religion in the sight of God our Father means
that we must care for orphans and widows in Scott Martell and Lemlem
their troubles, and refuse to let the world cor-
rupt us. (James 1:27, NLT)
Please Help:
New Missions Systems International is a tax deductible charitable organization that
is accepting your donations. Checks can be made out to NMSI, with Ethiopia Hope
Village in the donation line. I pray you truly will be blessed by answering this opportu-
As with all non-for-profits, NMSI honors preference of gifts solicited and, in accor-
dance with IRS regulations, retains discretion and control over their use. It has a four
star rating with Charity Navigators, and is a member of ECFA.
Scott Martell moved to Sanibel as a cub reporter in 1983. He's worked with
various journalist organizations since that time. He has served on a variety of
boards, including CROW, The Sanibel School, Sanibel Community Association,
Pirate Playhouse, and Gulf Coast Symphony. He was called to Ethiopia to work
for Project Mercy in 2006, and now is a missionary with New Missions Systems
International and works for Emmanuel Church, a national Ethiopian church. His
columns, African Journals, have appeared frequently in the Island Sun.4


Of The Week:

by Brian Johnson
o or reasons
not yet fully
CROW finds that
it receives more
osprey injured from
contact with power
s lines than any other
species of bird.
the outlook for an
osprey who has been scalded by an elec-
trical current is usually very poor.
So when the clinic got a call from
Ryan Lund on February 17 about an
osprey falling from a power line it did not
sound like good news. Lund, on vacation
from Minnesota, saw the bird drop near
the Green Flash on Captiva, close to the
However, this bird arrived in a "very
alert" condition and did not exhibit many
of the classic symptoms of a fatal electro-
cution (wing droop, inability to stand, and
the horrid smell of burned tissue).
"Sometimes you open the box and
the burned odor comes pouring out,"
said CROW Veterinarian Dr. Amber
McNamara. "With this osprey, the burn
odor was faint and very subtle."

She noted two very small
wounds on his right wing near
the wrist. "We thought maybe
he got lucky, maybe the current
entered and exited in a short
space and did not affect his
internal organs," she said.
Staff gave him arnica, pain
medication, and anti-oxidants,
and applied soothing SSD
cream to his wounds.
"The next morning he was
standing up on his perch, bright
and alert," said McNamara.
Staff tube-fed him fluids dur-
ing the day and gave him a few
fish, by hand, which he ate and
kept down.
"When we hit the 72-hour
mark we felt we were in the
clear," said McNamara. "He had
no sloughing of tissue, no swell-
ing. He looked strong."
On Day 4 staff moved him
to the outdoor cage, where he
interacted with CROW's two
other ospreys. He started flying
right away and was doing loops
at the top of the cage within 48
"He must have only had a
glancing blow from the power
line," said McNamara. Osprey
On February 23, CROW
sent the osprey back to Captiva.
CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation
of Wildlife, Inc.) is a non-profit wildlife
hospital providing veterinary care for


native and migratory wildlife from the Mail donations to PO Box 150,
Gulf Coast of Florida. The hospital Sanibel, FL 33957. Call 472-3644 or
accepts patients seven days a week visit: www.crowclinic.org.0
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Guided Walks
The CREW Land & Water Trust
hosts a hike on the second
Saturday of the month for all
ages from 9 a.m. to noon at the CREW
Marsh Hiking Trails.
Tuesday Morning Guided Hike:
March 2 and 16 is on the first and third
Tuesday of the month for all ages from 9
a.m. to noon.
The hikes are free, although dona-
tions to support the trust's preservation
efforts and environmental education
programs are appreciated. For reserva-
tions call 239-657-2253 or email bthom-
as crew@earthlink.net.
Hikers are encouraged to bring water
to drink and wear old shoes.
Full Moon Hike: March 29. As the
sun sets, explore the CREW Marsh trails
with senses other than sight. Flashlights
with a red beam setting are welcome, but
the moon will light the way. Hikers are
encouraged to bring water to drink and
wear walking shoes, long pants & long
Fee: $3 for CREW members, $5 for
non-members. All proceeds are used to
support the trust's preservation efforts.
Reservations required; call 239-657-2253
or email bthomas crew@earthlink.net for
time and to register.
Annual CREW Wildflower
Festival: March 19-20. Friday evening,
March 19 will be the annual lecture and
slide show beginning at 7 p.m. in the
upstairs conference room inside Bass Pro
Shop in Gulf Coast Town Center., Fort
Myers. Authors Gary Schmelz and Glen

Stacell lead this event. No fee to attend,
but donations accepted. No reservations
March 20 Guided wildflower hikes by
authors Roger Hammer, Gary Schmelz,
Glen Stacell, Dr. George Wilder of
Naples Botanical Garden, Dr. David
Cooper, Deb Hanson, Tom Hecker of
EcoBotanic Designs, and a butterfly hike
led by Nick Bodven. Suggested dona-
tions: $5 members, $10 nonmembers.
Reservations required call 239-657-
2253 or email bthomas crew@earthlink.
A Musical Night With Nature, 6-9
p.m. at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs
(co-sponsored by the City of Bonita
Springs). It will include celestial smooth
jazz, contemporary folk, and Mayan
music featuring Katalyst (Kat Epple, DL
Turner, Darrell Nutt, and David Johnson),
Roy Schneider, Susie Hulcher Jennings,
and Las Mayas de Huehuetenango.
All proceeds benefit the environmental
education programs of CREW Land &
Water Trust. A silent auction will be held
during the concert. Bring lawn chairs.
Food, beer, and wine will be available for
purchase on site. No pets.
Tickets $20 (children 12 and under
free). For advance tickets, call 239-657-
2253 or email crewtrust@earthlink.net.
The CREW hiking trails are open to
the public from sunrise to sunset every
day. Trail maps are available at the trail-
head located at 4600 Corkscrew Road,
two miles south of State Road 82 or 18
miles east of exit 123 off 1-75.
The CREW Cypress Dome Hiking
Trails are open to the public from sunrise
to sunset every day. Trail maps are avail-

able at the trailhead located four miles
west of the Marsh Trails.
The CREW Land & Water Trust,
a nonprofit organization formed in
1989, is dedicated to the preservation
and stewardship of the water resources
and natural communities in and around
the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem
Watershed (CREW). This watershed is
crucial to sustaining our water supply and
providing natural flood protection.,.

Free Seasonal

Shoreline Walks
Bowditch Point Preserve
Do gopher tortoises like to swim,
why are plants important to the beach
and what is a barrier island? Learn the
answers to these questions and more
while exploring the beach front tropical
communities and all their inhabitants!
Walks meet every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
and Fridays at 1 p.m. and last approxi-
mately 11/2 hours. Walks take place
at Bowditch Point Preserve from now
through March. This walk is free but a fee
for parking is required. Bowditch Point
Park is located at 50 Estero Boulevard,
Fort Myers Beach.
Bunche Beach Preserve
Low Tide Loafing at Sunset is led by
a volunteer naturalist and explores the
mud flats to see what mysteries the low
tide uncovers while watching a beauti-
ful Florida sunset. Wear shoes that can
get wet, don'etr your camera, water
and bug spray. Days and times will vary
depending on the tides. Walks are sched-

uled for March 11 at 5 p.m. and March
29 at 6:30 p.m. and last about an hour.
Bunche Beach is located at 18201 John
Morris Road, Fort Myers.
For more dates and times call
463-3764 or visit www.leeparks.org.
Matanzas Pass Preserve
Exploring Ethnobotany reveals how
indigenous plants can be used for such
things as food, shelter, medicine and
clothing. Learn the historical importance
of some of Florida's plants to humans.
Walks meet the last Wednesday of every
month. The next walk is scheduled for
March 24. Meet at the entrance to
Matanzas Pass Preserve. These walks
begin at 9:30 a.m. and last approxi-
mately 11/2 hours. This is a free walk and
there is no fee for parking. Matanzas
Pass preserve is at 199 Bay Road, Fort
Myers Beach.
Mangrove Walk at Matanzas
When was the last time you walked
through a maritime hammock or a
mangrove forest with the bay lapping
at your feet? Learn about the diverse
plant communities including the mari-
time oak hammock, transitional wetlands
and mangrove forest. Walks meet every
Thursday, at the entrance to Matanzas
Pass Preserve. Walks begin at 9:30 a.m.
and last approximately 11/2 hours. This is
a free walk with limited free parking.
For more information on these walks,
liog onto www.leeparks.org or call 463-
Group guided tours for any of the
shoreline walks are available upon request
by calling 229-7356."


Students To
View Everglades
Restoration DVD

Butterfly milkweed's bright flowers appear throughout most of the year in southern Florida.
The native wildflower is a larval plant for the monarch butterfly

Plant Smart:
Butterfly Milkweed
by Gerri Reaves
Butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tube-
rosa) is a good choice for garden-
ers who want to attract butterflies
and add vivid color to the landscape
with minimum labor.
The native wildflower is a larval plant
for the monarch butterfly and a nectar
source for a variety of butterfly species.
The erect or sprawling flower has a
tuberous root system and typically grows
up to about two feet.
Butterfly milkweed does best in well-
drained soil in full sun. Highly drought tol-
erant, this hardy plant will grow in sandy
soil and needs little maintenance other
than the periodic removal of old stems.
Trim back this perennial, and it will
just keep springing back and offering
those desirable flat-topped clusters of
flowers that appear most of the year in
southern Florida. Those bright orange
flowers give it another common name,
orange milkplant.

The arching lance-shaped leaves are
coarse. Unlike the sap of some other
milkweeds, that of butterfly milkweed is
not milky.
Propagate the plant with seeds from
the pods or by division or root cuttings.
Collect pods before they split open and
the silky seeds disperse in the wind.
The leaves and tuberous root are
used for a variety of medicinal purposes,
including the treatment of respiratory
conditions. However, avoid ingesting the
plant, which can be toxic when not used
Fibrous butterfly milkweed has also
been used in textiles by Native American
peoples dating to prehistoric times.
Sources: A Gardener's Guide to
Florida's Native Plants by Rufino
Osorio, plants.usda.gov, and Everglades
Wildflowers by Roger L. Hammer.
Plant Smart explores sustainable
gardening practices that will help you
create a low-maintenance, drought-
tolerant, hurricane- and pest-resistant
South Florida landscape.:

The South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD) is
distributing the latest edition of its
award-winning educational DVD, The
Future of America's Everglades, to
teachers in Lee and Hendry counties in
The Future of America's Everglades
provides an interactive classroom experi-
ence that introduces students of all ages
to the Everglades ecosystem and the
efforts under way to restore it. The DVD
features 24 video segments narrated
by drama students from Cypress Lake
Middle School that give viewers the
opportunity to visit remote areas often
accessible only by airboats or helicopters
and meet the people doing the important
work of restoration. Each segment is
accompanied by a vocabulary list and an
interactive quiz.
Created by the SFWMD Lower West
Coast Service Center and Fort Myers-
based Main Sail Video Productions, the
DVD uses videos and scripts originally
produced for broadcast news. The first
version was released in 2008 as a pilot
educational project and featured five
segments with questions and answers
developed by Lee County teachers. The
project was later expanded to its current
size and incorporated improvements sug-
gested by teachers.
Lee County teachers received copies
of the DVD at a March 3 meeting at the
Imaginarium. Service center staff pro-
vided a demonstration during the meet-
ing. Hendry County teachers will get their
copies March 25.
Dubbed the River of Grass for the
sawgrass that flourished throughout the
marsh, America's Everglades is a mosaic
of freshwater ponds, prairies and forested
uplands that supports a rich plant and
wildlife community, including dozens of
federally threatened and endangered spe-
cies. Everglades restoration includes many
diverse research efforts, construction proj-
ects and new technologies. This unique
ecosystem and the efforts to restore it

provide many opportunities to engage
and inspire young people in the fields of
science and math.
To learn more about the district's
Everglades restoration efforts, visit www.
sfwmd.gov/everglades. More informa-
tion about the SFWMD Lower West
Coast Service Center is available at www.


Exhibit In Naples
In celebration of Collier County
Museum's current exhibit, For
Everglades, which showcases the
photography of the Everglades by Clyde
Butcher and Jeff Ripple, the museum is
hosting a reception on Friday, March 5
from 4 to 7 p.m. Wine and cheese will
be served and Butcher will speak to the
Butcher is world renowned for his
striking black and white landscape pho-
tography of the Everglades and Florida's
unique River of Grass. For more than
40 years, Butcher has been preserving
untouched areas of landscape on film.
This exhibit traces Butcher's path from
his early days as an architectural model
photographer, the transition into the
field of landscape photography, and his
struggle to keep the focus of his vision on
the art of photography, while still trying
to support a family as an artist.
Ripple, a fine art landscape photogra-
pher and natural history author, grew up
in south Florida. He has devoted nearly
half his life to exploring and document-
ing the natural wonders of Florida and
the South. Within the last three years,
he has been extensively photograph-
ing the Sleeping Bear Dunes region of
Michigan's northwestern lower peninsula
and has opened a summer gallery and
studio there.
Reception cost is $10 per person. Call
239-252-8476 for reservations.
The exhibit is on display until April
3. Museum hours are Monday through
Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The museum is located at the Collier
Government Center at U.S.-41 and
Airport-Pulling Road in Naples.,

Saturday Birdwalk
he next Audubon Society bird-
walk will take place March 6
at Bowman's Beach, Sanibel.
Walkers should meet just before the
wooden bridge to the beach at 8 a.m.
Non-resident parking is $2 an hour.
All birders are welcome. These birdwalks
are open to the public and the suggested
donation is $2. Call Hugh Verry at 395-
3798 for details.:

10 a.m. Island Cruise to
Useppa Or Cabbage Key

S Boca Grande Cruise
S* 4 p.m. Dolphin Watch Cruise

Beach & Shelling Cruise

Sunset Serenade Cruise
Reservations Required with Island Musicians
239-472-5300 www.captivacruises.coCall For Departure Times


Lower Your
Expectations In

Cold Weather
by Capt.
Matt Mitchell
t despite the
cold and
windy weath-
er, fishing around
the sound has been
pretty good on the
days I could get
out. Once located,
trout, sheepshead
and a few small
redfish have been making clients smile.
Using live shrimp for bait, anglers who
could brave the cold conditions out there
have been rewarded. I'm not catching
big fish by any means, but if you're not
too worried about catching one certain
species and are willing to work at it, you
can keep a rod bent and come home
with enough fish for dinner.

This colder than usual winter has really
kept me fishing much closer to home
than I usually would. Short runs and
keeping everyone warm and comfortable
have been high on the list of must-do's.
Finding a nice warm spot out of the wind
where I know there are fish, and sitting
for an hour or so to avoid a cold run to
the next spot has been the normal.
The warmer the day, generally, the
better the bite has been. On the really
cold, windy days when I have found a
spot with any kind of action, I have really
milked it, staying there as long as possi-
ble, looking for that one good fish. Often
moving and looking for a better bite has
just not worked out. Sure you have to fish
your way through lots of small fish but
small fish are better than no fish in the
scheme of things this winter.
I cannot remember a winter of having
to juggle my schedule around so much
and cancelling so many trips due to the
weather. Generally, before picking up
a charter I have a species picked out to
target on a certain phase of the tide. For
most trips this winter the only plan seems
to be to find anything that will eat a bait.

Other guides and rec-
reational anglers I talk
to are having the same
problem. With cold
front after cold front the
fish have just not gotten
in a consistent pattern.
My rule of thumb for
this winter has been: if
you start out with low
expectations on most
days you can surpass
them and still have a
quality day out there.
I'm not the type of
guide that will tell you
tall tails to get you to .
book a trip, What's the
point. I might book that
one fishing trip but will
that client ever be back?
Probably not, and it's
not the way to have .
happy clients at the
end of the day. So now
when the phone rings
and I am asked, "What's
going on out on the -
water right now?" the
answer is, "Not a whole Donna Black witl
lot, and keep you fin-
gers crossed it warms before we go
With March here the weather really
has to get better soon. Spring-like weath-
er must be just around the corner. Luckily
with spring comes some of our best fish-
ing of the year. I can hardly wait!

Capt. Matt Mitchell moved to Sanibel
in 1980 and has fished local waters for
more than 25 years. He now lives in St.
James City and has worked as a back
country fishing guide for more than 10
years. If you have comments or ques-
tions email captmattmitchell@aol.com.0

Power Squadron
Chart Classes
The San Carlos Bay Sail & Power
Squadron, a unit of the United
States Power Squadrons, will
be offering a digital charting class on
Saturday, March 6, from 1:15 to 4
p.m. This class will introduce you to the
newest electronic tools for navigation
including Maptech software and NOAA
government charts.
There will be hands-on exercises (both
paper and digital). Attendees must know
how to read a chart. With a lot less effort,
you can enter waypoints, plan routes,
compute distances, and print your entire
trip. You will also learn to move routes
created on your computer to your GPS
and to your Garmin GPS/Chartplotter.
Students will use chart 11427 and
must bring it to class. Those a notebook/
laptop, bring it to class and the instructor
will load the Maptech software on your
machine. The cost of the class is $40
per person and includes handouts, and
MapTech/USPS CD.
The popular Local Waters/Local
Charts class is on Saturday, March 6,
from 8:15 a.m. to noon. The class is
directed towards new boaters and boaters
new to the area, as well as those wish-
ing to learn chart reading. It will provide
some of the basics of navigation, oriented
to the Fort Myers area.
Students will use chart 11427 and
must bring it to class.
The cost of the class is $40 per per-

Optional on-the-water training is
offered at a later date. Check with the
class instructor for details..
The classes are taught at the San
Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron
Classroom at 16048 San Carlos
Boulevard at the corner of Kelly Road
(across from Ace Hardware). Register
online at www.scbps.com or call 466-

Fort Myers Power
Squadron Events
he Fort Myers Power Squadron is
keeping busy with overnight boat
cruises, cruises to lunch and edu-
cational classes. Members just returned
from two nights and three days on
Captiva Island.
There were Piloting classes every week
in February. There will be Advanced
Piloting every Monday in March and a
boat show March 11 through 14.
The Shrimp Boil is coming up on
March 20 at the squadron building,
which is open to the public. Call Pete
Henderson for more information at 543-
1729. There will be free boating classes
starting May 4 and running five consecu-
tive weeks. Classes will be from 6 to 8
p.m. Call Grant Esser to sign up at 945-
There will be a overnight cruise to
Snook Bight Marina April 12, 13 and
14. You can attend by boat or car.
The regular dinner meeting is the first
Thursday of every month. For more
information call 368-9734.#

Send Us Your Fish Tales
The River Weekly would like to hear from anglers about their catches.
Send us details including tackle, bait and weather conditions, date of
catch, species and weight, and include photographs with identification.
Drop them at the River Weekly, 16450 San Carlos Boulevard, Suite 2, Fort
Myers, Flordia 33908, or email to RiverWeeklyNews@aol.com.


A Year's Worth
Of Work By Shell

Crafters On Sale
t's Shell Fair time again.
The Sanibel Shellcrafters are ready
to display and sell hundreds of shells
and shell craft items during the annual
Sanibel Shell Fair & Show.
There are all kinds of critters, figu-
rines, jewelry, ornaments and flower
arrangements for which the shellcrafters
are famous, all made out of shells. There
are beach shells, collector shells and fossil
shells, too, all cleaned up and ready for
All of these items will be available
for sale in large tents erected at The
Community House.
The Sanibel Shellcrafters are an
informal group of volunteers who meet
almost every Monday at The Community
House to create crafts from shells. Stored
in three closets within the Community
House is one of the greatest collections of
craft supplies anywhere.
Basic flower-making classes are avail-
able to all visitors and an intermediate
table is hosted by experienced shellcraft-
ers where new members are guided
through a project or two. After a few
weeks, the new volunteer moves on to
work one-on-one with someone and soon
there is another official shellcrafter adding
their skills and ideas to the mix.
During the winter season, there are
demonstrations led by crafters on the
finer points of shellcrafting, such as build-
ing a flower around a bead or the prepa-
ration of a shell box or floral arrange-

Some of the Sanibel Shellcrafters' flower arrangements from last year's shell fair

A group of volunteers valiantly works
through the winter, chilly or otherwise, to
clean and sort hundreds of beach shells
and fossils donated throughout the year.
The shell sorters meet once or twice a
week at Flo's Shell Shed in the yard at
The Community House, where they set
up tables and boxes and sort, sort, sort.
Rarer shells and collectable shells are also
available, all donated by members and vis-
itors of the Sanibel-Captiva community.

The crafters receive hundreds of hours
of support and guidance from a number
of professional shell artists, retired florists,
expert sellers and fossil collectors who
give their time and talents to the group.
A big thank you goes out to all of them.
This past year the shellcrafters were
the beneficiaries of six shell "estates,"
gifts from friends who had passed away
leaving their personal collections of shells,
craft supplies and tools to the group.
Another big thank you goes out to all the

families involved in making those dona-
The Sanibel Community Association
receives the proceeds from the shellcraft-
er sales. Last year the gross was approxi-
mately $62,000, the largest amount ever.
As related expenses are relatively low, the
total contribution to the operating budget
of the house is substantial.
A truly huge thank you goes out to
all the shellcrafters and shell sorters who
help to make this one of the most suc-
cessful fundraisers on the islands.

Clay Jenkinson
Plays Steinbeck
lay Jenkinson takes the stage at
BIG ARTS Wednesday, March
10, at 8 p.m. Jenkinson is a
humanities scholar, author, and social
commentator who will adopt the per-
sona of writer John Steinbeck for this
Rooted in the earth and the people of
California's Salinas Valley, author John
Steinbeck achieved worldwide recognition
for his keen observations and powerful
descriptions of the human condition. His
life was as rich and provocative as the
places he immortalized in his writing. The
Grapes of Wrath, based on newspaper
articles Steinbeck had written in San
Francisco, won the 1940 Pulitzer Prize
for Literature.
Tickets are $35 general seating, stu-
dents $15.0

An Unusual Booksiqninq

The book has an extensive section on birds with 291 species listed. It also includes
sections on shells, fish, reptiles, mammals, insects and plants. The book ends with a
map section detailing all of the hiking and biking trails located on both islands, with
more than 65 miles of trails identified. It is currently the best-selling book on Sanibel
and Captiva. Other books by Sobczak include Six Mornings on Sanibel and A Choice
of Angels. For additional information about the signing call Barnes & Noble at 947-

Adult American crocodile

Sanibel author Charles Sobczak and Barnes & Noble Booksellers will be hosting
what has to be one of the most unusual booksignings ever. The event will take
place on Saturday, March 6 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Coconut Point Barnes
& Noble Bookstore, 23130 Fashion Drive in Estero. Sobczak will be co-signing his
new release, Living Sanibel a Nature Guide to Sanibel and Captiva Islands,
along with a hatchling American crocodile. The baby croc will "sign" with an imprint
of its front foot. The American crocodile is being brought to the store courtesy of
Gatorama, located in Palmdale, Florida.
The recent death of the JN "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge crocodile brings to light
just how vulnerable these creatures are to environmental changes, including encroach-
ment into their habitats by development. A full grown male American crocodile can
obtain lengths in excess of 14 feet and weigh more than 1,500 pounds. Crocodile
hatchlings are only 18 inches long. Gatorama is the only place in the United States to
successfully breed and raise American crocodiles. The animals are used for educational
and zoological purposes and are shipped throughout the world. Young adults and chil-
dren are especially encouraged to attend this unique event.
Living Sanibel is a nature guide to Sanibel and Captiva that includes more than
650 full-color photographs and illustrations of all the various living things on Sanibel.

Fort Myers
rt Myers Princess, a 75-foot tour
boat, is relocating its operation
from downtown Fort Myers to the
docks at Marina Village, adjacent to
Snug Harbor Restaurant on Fort Myers
Beach. The ticket and sales office is
located on the northeast corner of the
resort, overlooking the pass.
The Fort Myers Princess was
designed as a tour boat, with a capacity
of 149, to take passengers on daily, year-
round afternoon dolphin and early eve-
ning sunset tours though Matanzas Pass
into the Gulf of Mexico by owners Capt.
Gene Becker and Dan Heselton. Weekly
brunch and dinner cruises are offered in
Listen to Jimmy Buffett tunes as the
sun sets over the Gulf of Mexico. The
Princess has upper deck room for danc-
ing and seating for 60.There is a snack

bar and full service cocktail bar serving
frozen tropical drinks, wine, beer and
Reserve your space on board at www.
fortmyersprincess.com, or you can call
Capt. Gene at 322-7323. Capt. Gene
has over 30 years of experience at sea
and hails from New York and Florida
shores. His grandfather started fishing out
of Tampa in the late 1940s. In 1976, he
built the Tampa VI, which was known as
the Queen of New York. The Tampa VI
is a 125-foot state-of-the-art aluminum
vessel that cruises at 25 knots. It is still
regarded as one of the finest party fishing
boats ever built and operating off the east
The Fort Myers Princess grand open-
ing in its
new location will be March 13 and
14 during the 52nd annual Shrimp Fest.
Twenty five percent of all proceeds will
be donated to local charities.
Book tickets online www.fortmyer-

Five by Design Soda Shop: Sheridan Zuther, Kurt Niska, Lorie Carpenter-Niska and
Michael Swedberg and Terrence Niska


Stories From The Edge Of The World
E ensemble Galilei
will offer the next
in the 2009-10 Fine .
and Performing Arts
Concert Series at
Shell Point Retirement
Communityon Friday,
March 12, at 7:30 p.m.
in the Village Church
The performance
incorporates music
and photos .Ensemble
Galilei performs Irish,
Scottish, early and origi-
nal music on a variety
of ancient and modern
instruments, includ-
ing the Celtic harp,
Scottish small pipes,
gamba, fiddle, recorders,
whistles and percussion.
Their performance, First Ensemble Galilei
Person: Stories from
the Edge of the World, is a collaboration between the National Geographic Society;
NPR's Neal Conan, host of Talk Of The Nation; and Ensemble Galilei. Spectacular
photographs and images are projected on a large on-stage screen, with Neal Conan's
compelling narration, and evocative music created specifically for this project, they
work seamlessly to take the audience along on some of the world's most extraordinary
Tickets are $35. Call 454-2067 for payment information on individual or group
Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement
community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road, two miles before the
Sanibel causeway.0

Five by Design Texaco advertisement song

Five By Design's Musical Tribute To
The Early Days Of Television
On Friday, March 12 Five By Design's Stay Tuned variety show comes to BIG
ARTS Schein Performance Hall at 8 p.m.
Backed by a studio big band, Five By Design's vibrant harmonies embrace
the unforgettable melodies of early television. Stay Tuned is an evening of music,
humor, novelty acts, and parodies on Name That Tune and This Is Your Life accom-
panied by a theme song medley and some very familiar commercial jingles. You'll find
yourself singing Sh Boom outside a soda shop in varsity sweater and saddle shoes, or
playing along as quiz show contestants.
Five By Design changes the channel for you as the quintet glides effortlessly from
Hey There to 'S Wonderful to The Girl From Ipanema in the blink of an eye.
Five By Design includes Lorie Carpenter-Niska, Sheridan Zuther, Kurt Niska,
Michael Swedberg, and Terrence Niska. The group's national media exposure includes
National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Sunday, Swingin' Down the Lane, and a
feature story in Symphony magazine.
Tickets are $46 loge, $41 floor, and student $15.
Five By Design performance is supported by Patron sponsor West Wind Inn and
sponsor Bailey's General Store.
For tickets stop by BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel or call BIG ARTS Marks
Box Office at 395-0900.0

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The Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater
would like to say

for making this years fundraiser a success!
The event was held at The South Seas Resort
____on Wednesday (March 3rd).

Ce for future event information (239)472-6862


Art Council Spring Art Show And Sale


T his season, the Art Council of
Southwest Florida's (ACSWF) Spring
Art Show and Sale will be held at
Coconut Point in Estero from March 13 to
21. The gallery is located between TJ Max
and Old Navy. You will find a wide variety
of original paintings and photography by
the artist members of the 13 art leagues
that hug the coast of Southwest Florida
from Charlotte County to Marco Island.

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The show will open to the
public on Saturday, March 13,
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The week of
Sunday, March 14 to Sunday,
March 21 show hours are noon
to 6 p.m.
ACSWF member leagues
include Alliance for the Arts, Art
League of Bonita Springs, Cape
Coral Art League, Visual Arts
Center of Charlotte County,
Estero Art League, Art League
of Fort Myers, Fort Myers
Beach Art Association, Lehigh
Acres Art League, Art League
of Marco Island, Naples Art
Association, Pine Island Art
Association, Sanibel-Captiva
Art League, Southwest Florida
Pastel Society. Artist members
of these council leagues seeking
entry information should visit
www.ACSWF.org then click
on Spring Show for the show
receiving dates, the prospectus,
entry and waiver forms. This
information will also be available
at your local league. To contact
show chairs email Icb444@aol.
com or evswany@embarqmail.
com.4 Fall Path

Of Sweet Charity
Students at Cypress Lake High
Center for the Performing Arts
present a special, one-time return
engagement of Sweet Charity to help
raise funds to bring the production to
the Florida State Thespian Festival in
Tampa, one of three such requests
The performance will be held in the
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall,
8099 College Parkway, at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 31. Tickets are $20
for VIP seating, $15 for regular seating.
You can purchase tickets at the Barbara
B. Mann box office, online at www.
bbmannpah.com or by calling 481-4849.

Cypress Lake High has been asked to
perform its production of Sweet Charity
by the Florida State Thespian Festival.
The festival, scheduled for Friday, April 9,
will allow Cypress Lake High to showcase
its student talent for nearly 3,000 event
Students at Cypress Lake High have
the opportunity to major in vocal music,
theater, dance, band, orchestra, visual
arts and media. With more than 100 stu-
dents involved in the production of Sweet
Charity, it is the largest Cypress Lake
Center for the Arts production of the
year. The musicals at Cypress Lake have
been honored by the Lee County High
School Musical Awards and the school
has been honored with the best overall
musical in the two years that the High
School Musical Awards have been in
existence 2008 for All Shook Up and
2009 for The Producers.I

Boy Scouts Centennial And Art Show
This year, Boy Scouts of America celebrates 100 years as an organization.
Founded as a means to prepare every eligible youth in America to become
a participating citizen and leader, the Boy Scouts of America has more than
fulfilled its mission.
The Southwest Florida Boy Scout Council serves over 30,000 youth in Charlotte,
Collier, Desoto, Hendry, Lee, Manatee and Sarasota Counties. To commemorate
the 100th anniversary of Scouting in America the council is planning a Centennial
Celebration for March 19 in Sarasota. It will showcase the National BSA Art Tour of
Boy Scout-themed artwork featuring Norman Rockwell's original paintings as well as
original artwork by Joseph Cstari's, a protege of Rockwell. Sarasota is one of a select
group of cities in the country hosting this tour in 2010. This is not a fundraising event.
Attendance is free but by RSVP only. Contact Greg Graham at 936-8072 ext. 102
or email jggraham@bsamail.org to reserve tickets for the art tour.
Following the art exhibit at 8 p.m. in Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, the Sarasota
Orchestra will perform Peter Boyer's Ellis Island: The Dream of America as well
as celebrate the works of Norman Rockwell and composer Stella Sung with Sung's
Rockwell Reflections, project which combines her original music to Rockwell's art-
Discounted concert tickets are available by contacting the Sarasota Orchestra at
941-953-3434 or www.SarasotaOrchestra.org using code #BSA 20 for a 20 percent
discount on any price seat.O


Pianist Wu Han Joins Escher String
Quartet For Special Performance

The Escher String Quartet
The Escher String Quartet, with pianist Wu Han, will perform at the Sanibel
Music Festival at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at the Sanibel Congregational
United Church of Christ, 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Tickets at $30
each are available at Bank of the Islands, 1699 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Captiva
Community Bank, 2477 Library Way or Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, 1037
Periwinkle Way on Sanibel. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 336-7999, or
by logging on to www.sanibelmusicfestival.org.
Within months of its inception in 2005, the Escher String Quartet was invited to
be quartet-in-residence at both Pinchas Zuckerman's and Itzhak Perlman's summer
festivals. The quartet, comprised of Adam Barnett-Hart (violin); Wu Jie (violin); Piere
Lapointe (viola); Andrew Janss (cello), has received acclaim for its individual sound,
inspired artistic decisions and unique cohesiveness. They were selected in 2006 for
the prestigious CMS Two residency at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
In 2007, they joined the faculty of Stony Brook University as adjunct professors in a
unique relationship with the world-renowned Emerson String Quartet. Pianist Wu Han,
a festival favorite, will join the Escher for the Taneyev Piano Quintet, which she per-
formed in 2008 at the Aspen Festival.
The program is sponsored by Claire and Ted Sawyer and Janet and Joseph Davie
and will include:
Prokovief: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 50; Beethoven: String Quartet No. 8 in E
minor, Razumovsky; Taneyev: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 30.
The Sanibel Music Festival, celebrating its 24th season, presents world renowned
artists during the month of March. Incorporated in 1987 as a non-for-profit organiza-
tion, its mission is to present classical music of the highest standard at affordable prices
and to promote the careers of young artists through performance opportunities.@

Artist's Opening Reception
C celebrated visual artist and photog-
rapher Paul Rodino is back at daas
Gallery this year with a new col-
lection simply called Click. The opening
reception is scheduled for Friday, March 5
in conjunction with the monthly Fort Myers
Art Walk.
Following his successful Vintage I Modern
solo exhibition last May, Rodino is bring-
ing a fresh new line of work that captures
the artistic maturity and fascinating vision
that he is known for. With Click Rodino
focuses on the inanimate subject and brings
traditional photography to a totally different
The exhibition will be on display through
Saturday, March 27. The daas Gallery
promises another phenomenal night of great
art, great friends and good times. For more
information about the event, visit www.
daasgallery.com. Gallery hours are Tuesday
through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
with additional hours on Fridays from 6 to
9 p.m., located at 1542 Broadway Street in
downtown Fort Myers.@
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Myers Art Under

20 Winners
ArtFest Fort Myers presented
$6,000 in awards to Lee County
high school students at the Art
Under 20 award reception on February
23. They were winners at ArtFest Fort
Myers on February 6 and 7.
Some 226 students from 16 Lee
County high schools entered 226 pieces
of artwork. Their art was exhibited at the
fine art festival and was viewed by thou-
sands of festival patrons. Judges were
Susan Mills, Tracy Cullimore and Doug
The cash award levels were $900 for
best of show, $400 for first place, $200
for second place, $100 for third place
and $50 for honorable mention. Festival
attendees voted for the People's Choice
winner, resulting in a $300 cash award.
Through the generosity of the Fewster
family, two additional awards were
added this season, the Fewster Family
Scholarship Award and the McBLT
Ventures Art Teacher Award.
Best Of Show, Kelsey Hasten,
Mariner High
1st Daniela Martinez, North Fort
Myers High
2nd Amber Jakacki, Mariner High
3rd Patrick Duggan, Cape Coral High
1st Alicia Wilby, Cypress Lake High
2nd Kelsey Anne Younger, Fort Myers
3rd Alex Potter, Cape Coral High
1st Bailee Ames, Island Coast High
2nd Winny Wong Lehigh High
3rd Yutong We, Island Coast High
1st Felisa Iglesias, Riverdale High
2nd Justin Wold, East Lee High
3rd Sarah Ewell, Estero High
Mixed Media
1st Kevin Wu, Fort Myers High
2nd Anna Craig, Cypress Lake High
3rd Clancy Reihm, Cape Coral High
People's Choice, Adam Frank,
Fewster Family Scholarship

Premier Brubeck's

Quiet Heroes
The Gulf Coast Symphony will
present the east coast premiere of
Chris Brubeck's symphonic suite,
Quiet Heroes based on the book Flags
of our Fathers by James Bradley and
Ron Powers in honor of the 65th anni-
versary of the Battle of Iwo Jima.
Film and television star Wilford
Brimley is the special guest narrator for
this moving performance on Sunday,
March 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Barbara B.
Mann Performing Arts Hall.
The symphony's program also includes
Victory at Sea, a Salute to the Armed
Forces and other musical surprises.

Best of show Kelsey Hasten, Mariner High
Award, Miguel Cardenas, Mariner High
Mcblt Ventures Art Teacher
Award, Martin Cardenas, Mariner High
Honorable mentions:
Jordyn Quinn, Cypress Lake High
Heather Markgraf, North Fort Myers
Jason Devine, Cypress Lake High
Harrison Dermer, Fort Myers High
Alexandria Wells, Riverdale High
Hana Pak, North Fort Myers High
Ambar Olivarez, Cape Coral High
Rebecca Antelis, Canterbury School
Tabia Lees, Cypress Lake High
Miguel Garcia, Island Coast High
Debra Aly, Riverdale High
Ashley Ynfiesta, Mariner High
Ashleigh Dempsey, Cypress Lake High
Chanel Fryer, Cypress Lake High
Rita Tammacco, North Fort Myers
Leslie Nava, Riverdale High
Kaitlynn Fincham, Mariner High
Brittany Sachs, Fort Myers High
Courtney Greenberg, Fort Myers High
Kapri Crowley, Cape Coral High
Shelby Boehm, Fort Myers High
Katherine Welch, Mariner High
Sarah Lyons, Riverdale High
Daniel Talavera, Cape Coral High
Kaitlin Davis, Mariner High
Alexandra Fahnlander, Fort Myers
Nick Koutny, Riverdale High.0

Single tickets are $29, $35, $40 and
$51, with half priced tickets for children
under 18. They are available online at
www.gulfcoastsymphony.org, by calling
481-4849, or in person at the Barbara
B. Mann Box Office one hour prior to
the concert. For more information email:
Prior to the concert, at 5:30 p.m., the
symphony celebrates its 15th anniversary
with a gala dinner. Guests will have a
private reception with Maestro Andrew
Kurtz and composer Chris Brubeck, a
full dinner catered by the Flying Pig and
entertainment. Gala tickets are $100 and
must be purchased separately from con-
cert tickets. To make a reservation, call
277-1700 log onto www.gulfcoastsym-

Work By Jansen At Art Museum
artist Marcus
Jansen's paint-
ing Patented '
Pigs 2008
is one of the .
recent additions
to the New .r M.
Britain Museum
of American
Art. The work
will be on
display periodi-
cally between
spaces at the
paintings have
reached interna-
tional acclaim, Patented Pigs, oil enamel collage on canvas
showing in
Taiwan, France, South Africa and Russia. His paintings can be found in the Kemper
Museum of Contemporary Art, The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art and the
Moscow Museum of Modern Art collection.
Jansen's next solo exhibition will be held at 101 exhibit in Miami Florida on May 8,
with a public reception at 7 p.m., 101 Northeast 40th Street, Miami. His Southwest
Florida dealer is HW Gallery in Naples.
See the Web site for more details, www.marcusjansen.com.4

Beach Art Bazaar Set For March 14
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2009 Art Bazaar clothesline sale

rt Myers Beach Art Association will hold its annual Art Bazaar on March 14
rom 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fort Myers Beach Library on Estero Boulevard.
Original unframed artwork will be hung on clotheslines strung on the library
site for you to peruse and purchase. Member artists have gathered up some beauti-
ful pieces, many of them done by the outdoor painters at familiar locations in the
Fort Myers area. Funds generated by the sale of these items go directly to the schol-
arship program for art students in the area.
Each year in April the Fort Myers Beach Art Association awards scholarships to
senior art students from local high schools going on to study art at a secondary educa-
tion level at a gallery show. This show and award is funded in part by a grant from the
Town of Fort Myers Beach. Art from the high school, middle school and elementary
students is hung at the gallery from April 14 to 28 by members of the art association
and will be available for viewing during regular gallery hours. Awards will be given on
Sunday, April 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. and all are welcome to attend.
Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery will also be open during the sale for visi-
tors to see the Spring Juried Members Show juried by Karlyn Holman. The gallery is
on Donora Street at the blinking light off Estero Boulevard. It is open Monday through
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 3 p.m.
For more information go to www.fortmyersbeachart.com or call 463-3909.0


Purdue Varsity Glee
Club Performing
Next Weekend
T he Shell Point Season of Praise
Concert Series continues on Sunday,
March 14 with the Purdue Varsity Glee
Club. The performance will be at 6:15 p.m.
in The Village Church Auditorium at Shell
Point Retirement Community.
"The Purdue Varsity Glee Club is a very J
popular group that entertains audiences all L *
over the country and has quite a following of | '
fans," said Randy Woods, minister of worship 1
and music for The Village Church. "We are
pleased to have them in the 2009-10 Season
of Praise Concert series, and know that all
who come to the performance will enjoy it.
Tickets are going quickly for this concert, so
we anticipate a sold out crowd."
The Purdue Varsity Glee Club features 60
young men who will perform gospel music
with the charisma, high-standard of academ-
ics, and performance excellence that defines
their reputation. They have performed in the
Crystal Cathedral and Carnegie Hall, as well
as at five presidential inaugurations.
Tickets are available for $10 each by call-
ing 454-2147, or go to www.shellpoint.org/
The Village Church at Shell Point is a
ministry of the Christian and Missionary
Alliance and serves a congregation of more
than 600. The Village Church is located near
the entrance to the Island at Shell Point and
seats 1,000 people. Shell Point Retirement
Community is just off Summerlin Road, two The Purdue Varsity Glee Club
miles before the Sanibel Causeway.0

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Create Your Own
Palm Frond Art
D esign and create your own wild-
life art from palm fronds at Six
Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
on Wednesday, March 10. Artist Heidi
Saletko from FrondZoo Art will teach
you how to make wild animals from
materials you collect at home. Queen
palm frond husks and coconut palm
"hair" are perfect for this activity. Paint
and tools will be provided to put it all
The program will run from 10 a.m. to
noon at the Interpretive Center. This is
a great activity for anyone age six years
and older. Sign up by contacting the Lee
County Parks and Recreation main office
at 533-7440 or visit us online at www.
leeparks.org and click on the registration
link. The fee is $15 per person.
Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve. is at
7751 Penzance Crossing in Fort Myers.4

Palm frond art by Heidi Saletko

Bonita Springs Art League
Affairs Of The Arts Continues
Each year the Art League of Bonita Springs presents Affairs of the Arts. These
social events are hosted at various venues throughout Southwest Florida and
all benefit the Art League.
There will be 18 events total.
A Pastel & Small Works Exhibition and Open House is scheduled for Friday, March
5, 6 to 8 p.m. and will remain on display through March 18 at Center for the Arts,
26100 Old 41 Road. It is free and open to the public.
The exhibition features artworks ranging from small to tiny. Visitors are always
amazed at the detail in these small, but mighty works.
In the Main Gallery the Southwest Florida Pastel Society with have a collection of
pastel paintings.
The entire campus of the Center for the Arts will be open to visitors with faculty
and students displaying and selling their artwork in the studio/classrooms. Instructors
will be present to answer questions about classes.
Affairs of the Arts No. 12 The Battle of the Americas is on Saturday, March 6
at 6 p.m. Cost is $200 per person.
This annual social event is hosted at various venues throughout Southwest Florida
and benefits the Art League.
South American wines are placed up against wines from California and Oregon.
You be the judge. Eight wines will be paired with a four-course gourmet dinner created
by Chef Martin Murphy at the Robb & Stucky Culinary Center.
Live at the Promenade... Flamenco! will be staged Thursday, March 11 at 7:30
p.m. at Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S Bay Drive. Cost: $30 members, $35
non-members, $40 at the door
This is a night of music, dance and the history of Flamenco dancing with Clarita
Filgueiras accompanied by Tango's acoustical guitar.
For information on any of these events, call 495-8989 or log onto www.artcenter-

Artist Group Has Works On Display
L ee County Commissioner Tammy Hall is supporting local artists by giving
them an opportunity to display their artwork in her Fort Myers office.
This month the Herons Glen Artist Group will display acrylic, oils, and water
color originals in Hall's downtown Fort Myers office until April 2. The nine artists;
Barb Stein, Lois Smith, Madelyn Moffet, Tootie Stark, Judy Tyler, Judith Biddle, Dee
Fugere, Bunny Carter, and Gary Olsen all live in the Herons Glen Community. The
public is welcome to view the artwork and learn more about the artists. Call 533-2226
to confirm office hours for viewing.
Other local artists will be featured every four to six weeks. Hall's office is on the first
floor of the Old County Courthouse, 2120 Main Street in downtown Fort Myers.

Original One-Act
Play Takes Center
Stage At Alliance
Charismatic and ebullient, Franklin
D. Roosevelt charmed the
American people, world leaders
and the hearts of the four women dur-
ing his lifetime. Learn more about his
personal side in an original one-act play,
The Four Loves of FDR, performed
by two Fort Myers dramatists in the
Alliance's Foulds Theatre on March 25
at 2 p.m. The performance is presented
by the Alliance for the Arts in partner-
ship with the Library Foundation.
"How ironic. This remarkable man, at
the center of the world stage, is impris-
oned by his handicap and is, at times,
lonely and needful." Speaking these lines
is Daisy Suckley, Franklin Roosevelt's
distant cousin, and one of the characters
featured in this new play. Besides Daisy,
there is his dynamic wife, Eleanor (Lucy
Mercer), whose affair with him shook
up the marriage, and Missy LeHand, his
devoted private secretary.
These women sustained America's
only four-term president through trying
times of the Great Depression and World
War II.
This fascinating play is portrayed by
Rusty Brown who has appeared in her
original one-woman shows in Southwest
Florida for 15 years, and Regina Dowd,
who has played leading roles in Fort
Myers and regional theaters.
Hear the truth from the women them-
selves. A suggested donation of $10 is
The Alliance for the Arts is at 10091
McGregor Boulevard just south of
Colonial Boulevard. Visit www.ArtInLee.
org for more details.4

Wood Carving
Show In Estero
ood carvers both experienced
and novices will be exhibiting
their carvings and demonstrat-
ing their various carving techniques
at the annual Woodcarving Exhibit
on Saturday, March 13, at the Estero
Community & Recreation Center, 9200
Corkscrew Palms Boulevard 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 Bonita
Wood Carvers. Attendees will be able to
view carvings from recent competitions as
well as completed projects and carvings
in progress. Wood carving supplies and
equipment will be available for purchase.
Bonita Wood Carvers meet weekly
throughout the year on Wednesday
afternoons at the Estero Community &
Recreation Center. Instruction is avail-
able for beginners and advanced carvers
enhance their skills during the regular club
Additional information about the
exhibit or Bonita Wood Carvers may be
obtained by contacting Chet Frye, 239-

Cypress Lake
Teacher Is
Honored For Arts
helly Thimlar was selected as the
State Thespian Arts Administrator
of the Year by the Florida State
Thespians Association. Thimlar is an
assistant principal at Cypress Lake
High School Center for the Arts in Fort
Thimlar started her career at Cypress
Lake High School in the 1980s serv-
ing as an art teacher and the sponsor/
coach of the cheerleading squad. She left
Cypress Lake High and returned in 1998
an assistant principal. Since then, she
has been overseeing the Center for the
Arts and all arts activities on the school's
According to the citation, along with
maintaining attendance and facilities, she
"lives, eats, breathes and sleeps" the arts.
Her care and nurturing for the student
body is easily seen.
There are around 1,650 students
enrolled at Cypress Lake High and
Thimlar knows them all by name. Her
support of student work is unmatched
- she does not miss an art opening, a
vocal performance, an orchestra concert,
a play or a single performance of the
school's inter-departmental musical. She
has volunteered countless hours during
Saturday work calls, teaching students
how to in her words "make the set
In 2007 Thimlar activated the arts
teachers on her newest quest, to make
Cypress Lake High School Center for
the Arts an Arts Achieve Model School,
which was accomplished.O

Swing With
The Symphony
N BC-2 News Anchor Craig Wolf
along with special jazz musical
guest Danny Sinoff, Maestro
Michael Hall and the board of The
Southwest Florida Symphony will pres-
ent a tropical fundraiser to support the
educational efforts and countdown to
the symphony's 50th anniversary. It
is slated for Sunday March 7 at The
Plantation Golf and Country Club in Fort
There will be brunch, a silent auction
and rare and one-of-a-kind live auction
items including French wine tasting and
a cruise for six aboard the Southern
Comfort, and the opportunity to con-
duct the Southwest Florida Symphony
Orchestra in its 50th season.
A portion of each ticket is tax deduct-
To purchase tickets or for more infor-
mation contact the Symphony Office at

Zumba Classes
In Fort Myers
Local fitness instructor Becky
Lang is bringing several upcom-
ing Zumba fitness events to Fort
Myers. No previous dance experience is
necessary and all fitness levels are wel-
come to attend these sessions:
Sunday, March 7 Aqua Zumba
Pool Party from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at
Golfview Pool, 1865 Golfview Avenue.
Cost is $5 per person. Advance registra-
tion is required. Call Lang at 791-6538
to register.
Friday, March 19 Ricky-Palooza
will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at
the Fort Myers Skatium, 2250 Broadway.
This class is free with a donation of dog
food, towels and/or cash. All donations
will benefit WOOFF, a local no-kill animal
shelter. Ricky is the name of Becky's dog)
Monday, April 12 Let's Zumba
Mon! It's a reggae and calypso Zumba
beach party with Lang and guest instruc-
tor from Indianapolis, Nikki Ringer. Class
will be held at the Fort Myers Skatium
from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Cost is $5.
Regular Zumba and cardio kickbox-
ing classes are held Monday through
Thursday afternoons at the Skatium at
a cost of $5 per class with no contracts
The classes begin at 5:30 p.m. are open
to the public.
For more information, contact Lang
at 791-6538 or beckyzumba@comcast.

New Show Opens
At Beach Gallery
Guest workshop instructor Karlyn
Holman spent her Sunday morn-
ing deciding which of the many
paintings in the Fort Myers Beach Art
Association Spring Show would be
hung on the walls and to which the rib-
bons would be bestowed. A reception
and awards presentation will be held
on March 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. This all
member show will be hung in Studio I
until March 25 when it will be critiqued
by Neil Walling. The artists have entered
a wide array of paintings using varied
mediums to depict many different sub-
ject matter from favorite beach scenes
to stunning portraits.
In Studio II the hardy Outdoor Painter
group is showing work done over the
past three years in the beach area. Each
week these painters lug their gear and
battle breezes, bugs and sometimes traffic
to get their subject on canvas or paper
during the morning hours. They take a
break to lunch and critique their work,
giving each other pointers and support
for their art. Visitors will see familiar sites
portrayed by these talented painters. This
show will hang until March 14 when the
Shattered Images and Fractured Forms
show starts. Work displayed in the galler-
ies is always available for sale.
Fort Myers Beach Art Association will
hold its annual Art Bazaar Scholarship
Fundraiser on March 14 from 9 a.m. to 3
p.m. at the Fort Myers Beach Library on

Estero Boulevard. Each year in April the
art organization awards scholarships to
senior art students from local high schools
going on to study art at a secondary edu-
cation level. This award money is funded
in part by a grant from the Town of Fort
Myers Beach. Art from the high school,
middle school and elementary students is
hung at the gallery from April 14 to 28
by members of the art association and
will be available for viewing during regular
gallery hours. Awards will be given on
Sunday, April 25, 3 to 5 p.m. and all are
welcome to attend the event.

To earn funds for these awards the
members of the art association will be
selling unframed art from clotheslines
strung at the library site. This is a great
time to purchase a piece of art by a local
artist at a great price while supporting the
artists of the future.
The gallery is on Donora Street at
the blinking light off Estero Boulevard.
It is open Monday through Saturday,
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, 12 to 3
p.m. For more information go to www.
fortmyersbeachart.com or call the gallery
at 463-3909. Visitors and new members
are always welcome.

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Locally-Grown Spuds
Making Their Way To Market

The Troyer Brothers, Vern, David and Don, farm potatoes in three Southeast Lee County
What do potatoes and tourists have in common? During the months of
February through April, they're both plentiful in Southwest Florida as
their "seasons" are underway. For proof, look no further than the Troyer
Brothers' potato fields in Lehigh Acres.
Over the next few months, the Troyer Brothers, with the help of approximately
100 workers, expect to harvest, sort and ship nearly 50 million pounds of potatoes
from the three locations they farm in Southwest Florida. That's the same weight as 14
Boeing 747s

After sorting, potatoes aree packed and sold to distributors or under Troyer's private Sun
King label
Only the most perfect potatoes make it to market, according to Aaron Troyer, who
oversees day-to-day operations.
"We use an optical scanner in our sorting process," he says. "After potatoes have
been off-loaded from our trucks and washed, then the scanner examines each one
to grade and sort it, based on pre-programmed criteria." Those that pass the grade
will be sold to potato distributors or under the Troyer's private Sun King label. Some
nearby residents even come to buy potatoes directly from the Troyer's packing house
when they see the machines out harvesting.
The crop is harvested mechanically. Computers track each potato to the field it
came from. Troyer says using technology like the scanner and harvesting machinery
makes them more productive and shortens the trip of the potatoes from field to table.
The harvest will likely last through the end of April. Workers will then begin prepar-
ing fields for next year's crop.
Troyer Brother has approximately 3,500 acres under management in Lee County.
They raise white, red and yellow potatoes which are sold locally, nationally and in
Canada. They have been farming in Pennsylvania since 1943 and in Florida since
1983. It is a family operation, owned by brothers Don, Vern and David Troyer. Aaron
is the son of David. The company employs 22 full-time and 75 seasonal employees.G

Southwest Florida
Romance Writers
Book Signing
Southwest Florida romance writers
are holding a book signing at the
Alliance for the Arts on March 13,
from 10 a.m. to noon. The public is
invited to meet local authors and have
the opportunity to purchase signed cop-
ies of their newly published books.
Southwest Florida Romance Writers is
a chapter of the national organization of
Romance Writers of America.
Authors included in this event include
the following local literary artists.
After a career in hospital administra-
tion and another teaching at Indiana
University's Kelly School of Business,
Linda Bilodeau decided to write full
time. Over the past seven years, she
has researched and written five novels.
Three are published: The Olive Branch,
Stepping Through Seagrass and The
Wine Seekers. She lives in Naples.
Karna Small Bodman is the author
of three political thrillers. Her latest is
Final Finesse. She served in the Reagan
White House for six years; her last
post was senior director of the National
Security Council. When she left she was
the highest ranking woman on The White
House staff. Karna also was on the air
for 15 years as a TV news anchor and
reporter in San Francisco, Los Angeles,
Washington D.C. and did political com-
mentary for the ABC network in New
Renee Gardner has murdered at
least a dozen people, that is, in the
course of writing mystery novels and
short stories. Manhattan's Upper East
Side, where she lived for many years,
is the locale for her Sutton Place cozy
mystery series, which includes The Tap
Dancing Gorilla and The Dog Took
The Cat. Now a resident of Southwest
Florida, Gardner is writing a Florida-
based romantic suspense novel.
Lynnette Hallberg, a former educa-
tor, is a multi-published author both here
and abroad. Her books have finaled in
Romance Writers of America's national
Golden Heart Contest, PASIC Book
of Your Heart Contest, and Georgia
Romance Writers Maggie Contest. Her
latest, released in February, is Moonlight,
Motorcycles, and Bad Boys.
Jean Harrington is the author of
historical novels, The Barefoot Queen
and In The Lion's Mouth, which will
be the subject of a feature article in the
Historical Novelist Society's May issue of
Solander Magazine. For 17 years, she
taught writing and literature at Becker
College in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Joyce Henderson is a multi-
published author both here and abroad
with Dorchester Publishing. She men-
tors aspiring authors. Her current Native
American historical book is To The
Edge Of The Stars. Her books have
finaled in Romance Writers of America
contests: Oklahoma Romance Writers'
National Readers' Choice award, Georgia
Romance Writers' Maggie contest, and
Ancient City Authors' Anne Bonney

Since she was a kid, Jaime Rush
devoured books on unexplained myster-
ies and psychic phenomena. Missing the
romance, relationship drama, and action
of her favorite television shows, X-Files,
Roswell, and Highlander, she created
her own mix in the Offspring Series
(A Perfect Darkness and Out Of The
Darkness, Avon Books). Jaime Rush is a
pseudonym for Tina Wainscott, bestsell-
ing author of 18 novels for St. Martin's
Press and Harlequin.
Anna Schmidt is the award-winning
author of over 20 works of historical and
contemporary fiction. Her most recent
books are An Unexpected Suitor and
Home At Last. Both were finalists for
the 2009 Reviewer's Choice Award
from Romantic Times magazine. She
has twice been finalist for the prestigious
RITA award and she won Romantic
Times magazine's Reviewer's Choice

David Platt
Wills & Estates Attorney

Michael Miller
Certified Public Accountant

Terence Igo
Investment and Trust Officer

A.Y. Stratton is a happy "snow bird"
who has written articles and columns for
several Milwaukee-area magazines and
newspapers. A crazed baseball fan, she
also writes a column for the Milwaukee
Brewers Web site. The idea for her debut
romantic suspense novel, Buried Heart,
occurred to her when she and her hus-
band were on a tour of Mayan ruins.
Mary Tatarian is a 26-year resi-
dent of Fort Myers Beach. A native of
Montclair, New Jersey, she is a graduate
of The Montclair-Kimberley Academy
and Syracuse University with a degree in
English education. The broker-owner of
Tatarian Real Estate, she is a member of
Ostego Bay Foundation and Romance
Writers of America and Southwest Florida
Romance Writers. Seabliss is her first
published novel.
For more information e-mail rayne.
golay@bluewin.ch. ^


Alva Yard Sale
he Alva Community Center is hav-
ing a community yard sale and
invites you to clean out your closets
and turn your junk into someone else's
Tables are available for $10 each
or you can reserve a spot for $5 if you
provide the table. Call 239-728-2882 to
reserve a place.
The sale will be held at the tennis
court from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March
20. .
The Alva Community Center is at
21471 N. River Road in Alva.4

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Sustainability Lecture Series
T he Southwest Florida Chapter of the Construction Specifications Instit
(CSI), in association with Edison State College, is presenting the third
day-long Sustainability Lecture Series on Thursday, March 11. The the
The Business Case for Sustainability with the emphasis on profiting from the r
shift to sustainability. The program will be held in the Richard H. Rush Auditor
Building J on the Edison State College Lee Campus. Check in begins at 8 a.m
the program ends at 5 p.m.
"Edison State College is dedicated to responding to our area's workforce de
ment needs," said Bill Roshon, dean of professional and technical studies at Ec
State College. "There is a real market evolution towards sustainability issues. V
to be a resource for area businesses to learn best practices in this emerging bu
Cost per person is $45 which includes snacks and lunch. CSI members are
Register on line at www.csifloridasw.org.4

Motivational Workshop
GCU is holding a half-day workshop titled Highly Effective Motivation
Techniques. This course is designed to provide leaders the information ar
to develop and strengthen their motivation strategies. Participants will lea
to foster positive relationships within teams to increase productivity and create
functioning workforce. Ava Fluty is the instructor for the course, which will be
from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9 in the Atrium Executive
8695 College Parkway, Suite 1181, Fort Myers.
Participants will learn to:
Adapt management style to the employee's strengths
Create a positive environment for staff to achieve outstanding results
Provide meaningful feedback how much, how often
Use three components of an effective motivation plan
Boost morale when times get rocky and tough
Discover five steps to crystal clear communications skills that leave no roo
The cost is $79. Reserve your seat by contacting Joanne Hartke at 425-32

Scholarships L(
Income Stude
She fall application period fo
S| income K-12 scholarships i
will begin Monday, March
The program, known as Step
Students and authorized under a
called Florida Tax Credit Scholars
provides annual scholarships wor
$3,950 that can be used at more
1,160 K-12 private schools state
To qualify, new applicants mu
the household income guidelines
federal school lunch program. Fo
ute ily of four, that income limit for tl
annual 11 school year is $40,793. StudE
eme is must also be entering either kind
market or first grade or have attended a
ium, school this year.
. and Beginning Monday, application
be available online at http://wwv
velop- upforstudents.org and a toll-free I
lison 877-735-SUFS, will be available
Je want tance.
siness The program was created in 2
by the Florida Legislature to prov
$35. education options for economical
vantaged children. The scholarship
financed by corporations that rec
dollar-for-dollar tax credit for coni
up to a total statewide of $118-mn
Currently, the program serves ab
27,600 students.O
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rn how
a high LCEC Online
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CEC has added an enhanc
to the existing Online Ener
Tool. Now, in addition to a
ing customers to view their usag
daily basis to understand how th
habits affect their bills, LCEC ha
)m for a temperature range (high/low)
This enhancement will help cust
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relates to the weather. The temr

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at Page Field in Fort Myers so actual
temperatures may vary. LCEC custom-
ers can view their daily energy usage by
visiting www.lcec.net and then logging
into Web Self Service.4

Southwest Florida
Investment Forum
lorida Gulf Coast University is host-
ing the third annual Southwest
Florida Investment Forum, spon-
sored by the Chartered Financial Analyst
(CFA) Society of Naples, from 4:30 to 6
p.m., Monday, March 15 in the Student
Union ballroom. Social time with light
hors d'oeuvres begins at 4 p.m. There
rs is no charge to attend, and it is open to
1 the public.
There will be presentations by two
local publicly traded companies to discuss
how they are positioning their business
to thrive in the current economy, fol-
lowed by a question and answer ses-
sion. Presenting companies are Health
Management Associates and The E.W.
o'- Scripps Company.
The CFA Society of Naples is a local,
nts non-profit member society of the CFA
Institute, the global association of invest-
r low- ment professionals. The society is a
n Florida resource for those in the investment busi-
8. ness pursuing the highest standards of
Up For competence and ethics.
state law Space is limited and reservations are
ships, requested; go to www.fgcu.edu or call
th up to Jennifer Hernandez at 590-7308.0
st meet
forhe Local Businesses
he 2010- Needed For Job
erten Fair At College
public dison State College is searching
ns will f or area businesses who are hiring
.step- employees to participate in a job
hotline, air on the Lee campus.
for assis- The Edison State College Job Fair
offers the chance for area employers to
:001 meet over 1,000 college student candi-
ide dates. The students represent a diverse
ly disad- population of recruits. Some are looking
ps are for supplemental income while continuing
ips are their education and others are approach-
tributions ing graduation in May.
million. Edison State has extensive programs
out both associate and baccalaureate level-
in health and education, public safety
and management, science, mathematics,
paralegal and technical support among
others. Businesses will find educated,
motivated candidates for employment.
Past job fairs have had attendance of
1,200 to 1,500 students looking for
employment opportunities.
ement The Edison State College Job Fair will
gy be held on April 22 from 10 a.m. to 3
llow- p.m. in the lobby of the Barbara B. Mann
e on a Performing Arts Center. Area businesses
eir daily may reserve a table for $75.
as added To reserve a table or to request more
overlay, information contact Dr. Kevin Kennedy,
om- coordinator of career services at 489-
e as it 9394

Gold Medal Hockey Battle
A Sports Classic For The Ages
by Ed Frank
T he Olympic flames have been extinguished in Vancouver,
but burning brighter than ever is the interest and
excitement of hockey and that includes right here in
Southwest Florida.
At the very moment last Sunday when Canadian hero Sidney
Crosby slapped the winning overtime goal past U.S. goalie Ryan
Miller to give Team Canada Olympic gold, our own Florida
E Everblades were defeating arch-rival South Carolina for the sec-
ond straight night at Germain Arena.
You've got to wonder why the Everblades would schedule a
game, particularly against first-place South Carolina, at the same
time that the most anticipated hockey game in history, perhaps the most anticipated
sporting event in decades, was being played.
But that's to argue at another time and another place.
In losing 3-2 in an incredible overtime battle, the young Team USA, didn't quite
repeat the 1980 Miracle on Ice when the U.S. defeated Russia, but it was a game that
will be long remembered whenever the word hockey is mentioned.
I remember well 12 years ago when the Germain Arena was built and the Florida
Everblades hockey franchise was organized.
Many doubted whether professional hockey would be successful in the southern
climes of Florida. Now in their 12th season, the Everblades have compiled a 497-259-
89 record over those years, have made the Kelly Cup playoffs all but one season, and
have been one of the most competitive teams in the 20-team coast-to-coast ECHL.
This season, for example, with a 30-19-9 record and a second-place standing in the
South Division, Florida has drawn 151,787 fans through 29 games for an average of
5,234 per game, sixth best in the league.
It was indeed a shame that the timing of last Sunday's frenetic clash between
Florida and South Carolina coincided with the Team Canada-Team USA historic battle
for the Olympic gold medal.
The night before, the Everblades had defeated the Stingrays 5-4 in overtime before
6,138 at Germain. The home team had battled back from a 3-0 deficit sparked by
Kevin Baker's three goals.
Then on Sunday as the gold medal game captured the intrigue of millions world-
wide, attendance dropped to an understandable 4,548 as Florida, trailing 2-0 enter-
ing the third period, recorded a 3-2 shootout victory with goalie Chris Beckford-Tseu
recording a season high 47 saves.

SCCF Tennis
March 12-14
Don't miss the Sanibel-Captiva
Conservation Foundation's
(SCCF) 18th annual Tennis
Tournament at The Dunes March 13
and 14. One of the island's premier ten-
nis tournaments, the format is doubles
team competition with first round con-
solation and winners advance to finals.
The categories are Men's, Women's and
Mixed Doubles. All league players will
compete at team level of the highest-
ranked partner. Non-league players will
be placed at USTA rating and/or at
the discretion of The Dunes Director
of Tennis Operations. If three or fewer
teams enter a category, they will be
placed with the nearest appropriate cat-
egory and will play a double elimination
Winners and consolation players will
each receive an etched wine glass created
by island artist Luc Century. There will
be a silent auction with auction items on
display at SCCF on Friday evening and at
The Dunes over the weekend.
The opening reception will be at
SCCF on Friday, March 12. Continental
breakfast for players will be available
Saturday and Sunday, along with lunch
both days.

Nick Brown
The deadline for entries is Wednesday,
March 11. For more tournament infor-
mation, contact Louis Vosloo or Diane
Limeri at The Dunes, 472-3522.
The tournament is generously spon-
sored by The Sanibel Captiva Trust
Company. If you would like to be a
sponsor, call Marti Bryant at 472-2329.
Tournament proceeds benefit SCCF's
General Operating Fund. SCCF is dedi-
cated to the conservation of coastal habi-
tats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and
Captiva and in the surrounding water-

As the week began, the Everblades still trailed South Carolina by 12 points with five
regular season games remaining, two here and three on the road. But sweeping the
Stingrays last weekend showed that Florida can make it tough on this first-place team.
The Everblades complete their season-high eight-game home stand this week
against Gwinnett on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Although Team USA came out second best in that never-to-be-forgotten gold medal
game, this Winter Olympics was the best in history for American athletes.
As recent as 1988, the last time Canada hosted the Winter Olympics, the U.S.
recorded a mere six medals, four silver and two bronze. Twenty-two years later, the
U.S. racked up a record 37 medals, nine gold, 15 silver and 13 bronze.
This astounding turnabout can be attributed to none other than George
Steinbrenner, the demanding owner of the World Champion New York Yankees.
A U.S. Olympic Committee board member, Steinbrenner set on motion an
Olympic mission to make medals the measure of success. His 1989 Steinbrenner
Commission outlined a short term and long term program to improve the training and
selection of Olympic athletes.
The Steinbrenner plan called for more money the years before an Olympics, health
insurance, part-time jobs and tuition grants to allow athletes to compete longer. The
USOC gave $40 million in athletic support over the four years leading to the 2002
Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and a reported $55 million the past four years.
Steinbrenner brought to the U.S. Olympic program what he brought to his beloved
Yankees, namely long-term success.O

Week's Home Spring Training Schedule

Boston Red Sox
Monday, March 8,
Wednesday, March 10,
Saturday, March 13,
Minnesota Twins
Sunday, March 7,
Tuesday, March 9,
Thursday, March 11,
Friday, March 12,
Sunday, March 14,

City of Palms Park
St. Louis Cardinals;
Tampa Bay Rays;
Pittsburgh Pirates;

Hammond Stadium
New York Yankees;
St. Louis Cardinals;
Baltimore Orioles;
New York Mets;
Boston Red Sox;

Red Sox Dinner
On The Field
Tickets are now on sale for the
Boston Red Sox Children's
Hospital Diamond Dinner
Wednesday, March 10 at 6 p.m.
This event offers the unique oppor-
tunity to dine on the field at City of
Palms Park with dinner from Outback
Steakhouse, an interactive panel discus-
sion with Boston Red Sox players and
management and the chance to bid on
silent auction items including hand-signed
Red Sox memorabilia.
Boston Red Sox star and recent Major
League Baseball Hall of Fame inductee
Jim Rice is scheduled to serve as honor-
ary chair for the event.
Proceeds benefit the Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit at The Children's
Hospital of Southwest Florida.
All funds raised will be matched by a
generous philanthropist.
Tickets are $50 per person and $375
for a table of eight. For children under 10
tickets are $20.
To purchase tickets or for more infor-
mation, email BostonGolf@leememorial.
org or call the Lee Memorial Health
System Foundation office at 985-3574.
Tickets to the March 10 game are not
included in the Diamond Dinner ticket
In the event of inclement weather,
attendees are asked to consider their tick-
et purchase a donation to The Children's
Hospital of Southwest Florida.^

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Tour Of Prairie
Pine Preserve
Visit Prairie Pines Preserve with the
Bird Patrol on Saturday, March
6 at 8 a.m. The preserve is at
18400 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort
The tour is free with parking fee. No
registration is necessary.
Expect to see wading birds, raptors
and warblers. A new boardwalk has been
installed that also has a network of eques-
trian trails.
The tour is provided in cooperation
with Lee County Parks and Recreation,
482-6250, www.birdpatrol.org.0

Bay Oaks Tennis
ay Oaks Recreation Campus on
Fort Myers Beach will be hosting
its 17th annual tennis tournament
beginning March 19 and continuing
through March 21. This year there will
be five different classifications; Men's
3.5 Doubles, Men's 3.0 Doubles, Mixed
Open, Women's 3.5 Doubles, and
Women's 3.0 Doubles. The tourna-
ments will be held on the courts at Bay
Oaks Recreation Campus. The cost to
enter is $20 per team. Call Ed Frazier
at 765-4222.0


Event Raises
Awareness, Funds
For Alzheimer's

EL Fox Jr., president of Fox Electronics with
his mother Ellie Fox and Dubin Alzheimer's
Resource Center's Executive Director Dotty
St. Amand
The Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer's
Resource Center and Fox
Electronics held the 12th annual
A Light To Remember in Centennial
Park on Thursday, January 28. This is a
special event created to raise awareness
about Alzheimer's disease and related
memory impairments and raise funds
for the Dubin Alzheimer's Resource
Center in Fort Myers. The event raised
$6,600 for caregiver programs in Lee
There was a lighted display of over
800 luminaries purchased by families and
friends to honor or remember a loved
one with the disease. A special ceremony
to honor and remember these individuals

O13981 McGregor Blvd, Suite 103
Fort Myers, Florida 33919
(1.5 miles north of former office location)

Allison Bandsuch
Office Manager
Robin Nunez, RDH
Registered Dental Hygienist

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Rochelle Lunsford poses by her grandfa-
ther's luminary at A Light To Remember
was held around the Uncommon Friends
fountain in Centennial Park in Fort
Myers. A special display contained pho-
tos, poems, and other memories contrib-
uted by family and friends.
Arden Courts Alzheimer's Assisted
Living sponsored a Tribute Tree at its
community during December. Individuals
who made a $10 donation received an
ornament for their loved one on the
Tribute Tree at Arden Courts and a lumi-
nary in A Light To Remember. The tree
raised $1,300 toward this year's total.
For more information about services
offered by the center, call 437-3007.^


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Insurance Specialist
Linda Gehrlein
Appointment Secretary

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New Partnership Helps Provide
Services For Hope HealthCare
ward-winning chocolatier Norman Love,
founder of Norman Love Confections,
nd Samira K. Beckwith, president and .
CEO of Hope HealthCare Services, announced
a new partnership that designates five per-
cent of Hope-related sales at Norman Love
Confections to the health care organization for HeallhCare Services
one year.
Customers of Norman Love Confections //-
who make online purchases at www.Hope.
NormanLove.com will be contributing to Hope I I
HealthCare Services. A link to the chocolatier's
Web site is available at www.HopeHCS.org, as well.
"Hospice holds a special place in my heart," said Love, whose mother was cared
for by Hospice prior to her death in 1989. "This partnership is a great way to support
an organization that plays an important role in our community and provides excel-
lent services to our families. I sincerely hope the promotion is wildly successful for our
friends at Hope."
"The partnership is a natural fit for both organizations. Chocolates are a favorite
way of expressing care and comfort," said Beckwith, "and providing care and com-
fort to our patients and families is at the core of Hope's mission. We truly appreciate
Norman's generous support of Hope through this partnership."
For more information visit www.HopeHCS.org or www.Hope.NormanLove.com,
or call 985-7795.4

Series For Family Caregivers Of Adults
he Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center will present an educational
series for caregivers during the month of April. Caring Across Generations
will feature workshops on issues such as Being an Informed Caregiver, Making
Sense of Legal Matters, Making the Most of Your Money and Considering Medical
Care Throughout the Illness.
The workshops will be offered on Thursday evenings during the month of April.
Each workshop will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is designed to meet the needs
of spouses, families, or other primary caregivers.
On April 8, Dotty St. Amand, executive director of the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer's
Resource Center, Gail Holton, director of programs for the Area Agency on Aging for
Southwest Florida, and Linda Pankow, program manager for United Way 211, will
speak about accessing community resources and when caregivers should ask for help.
On April 15, Lance McKinney, elder law attorney, will speak about basic legal plan-
ning and how and when to prepare important legal documents.
On April 22, Reina Schlager of Schlager, Schlager & Levin will speak about issues
pertaining to financial resources and how to find funds you may not know are avail-
During the final session on April 29, Elise Eifert, health educator for the Alvin A.
Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center,will speak about practical tips for caring for some-
one with dementia.
This workshop series is offered at no charge for family caregivers. Refreshments will
be provided by Magnolia Court at HealthPark. Each session will be held in the com-
munity room at Magnoilia Court at HealthPark, 9461 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers
33908. Participants must register in advance to participate by calling 437-3007.4

Non-Profits Can Learn
From Fund Raising Execs
strategic Planning for the Small Nonprofit will be the topic at the Gulf Coast
Society of Fund Raising Executives meeting March 9 at the Broadway Palm
Dinner Theater from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The purpose is to teach nonprofits the key components needed for strategic plan-
ning, including identifying organizational purpose, mission, goals, and strategies.
Brad Pollins, president of Change Horizons Incorporated, is the presenter. He has
24 years experience in consulting, primarily focused on organizational effectiveness,
change management, and business transformation. He has worked for and with sev-
eral companies in providing change solutions including: Lee Memorial Health System,
Ernst & Young, Andersen Consulting, Chick-fil-A, BellSouth, Milliken & Company,
Ford, Northeast Utilities, Southern Company, MCI, Atlanta Gas Light Company,
Aetna, London Life, Cigna, Home Depot, and Coca-Cola.
Locally, Pollins has helped many organizations develop strategic plans includ-
ing: FineMark National Bank & Trust, the City of Fort Myers, the Youth Coalition of
SW Florida, the Harry Chapin Food Bank, the Fort Myers Police Department, the
American Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, and the Ronald McDonald House of SW
Deadline to register is March 8. Lunch is $16 for members and $20 for non-mem-
bers. For membership or other GCFSRE information, log onto www.gcsfre.org or call
Joyce Jacobs/Harry Chapin Food Bank at 334-7007, ext. 303.4



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Desperate Housewives Star
To Host Lee Memorial Event
T he Lee Memorial Health System
Foundation announced that James
Denton, star of ABC television's
Desperate Housewives, will make a spe-
cial appearance in Southwest Florida on
Saturday, March 13 from 6:30 to 9:30
p.m. at The Club at Renaissance located at
12915 Renaissance Way in Fort Myers.
Denton, who plays the character of Mike
Delfino on the highly popular show, lost his
mother to breast cancer and is committed to
raising awareness and funds for cancer pro-
grams. Denton has local ties to Southwest
Florida and is lending his fundraising support
to programs and treatments at Lee Memorial
Health System's Regional Cancer Center.
Denton will host the exclusive benefit at
the clubhouse of the Renaissance to help
raise awareness and funds for low-income
and indigent women's cancer care here in
Southwest Florida.
Tickets are $200 per person and include
meet and greet with Denton, gourmet buf-
fet dinner, cocktails and dancing to Ernie James Denton
Cantu & The Bunche Band. Live and silent
auctions items include a luxury trip to Napa Valley with a stay at the Tuscan-inspired
Villagio Inn & Spa and dinner at famed Redd, show-stopping jewelry from the Judith
Ripka collection, items from high-fashion retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue, Mallie
Montgomery and Coach. Also included will be a gourmet chocolate-making class, and
autographed memorabilia from some of the biggest stars in sports and entertainment.
For reservations call the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation office at 985-





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Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre Fort Myers
March 15,2010 Y Tickets $35 or $50 for VIP
Doors open at 5pm + Buffet at 5:30pm
FOR TICKETS & INFO. CALL 239-574-8822
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March Adoption Special:
Find Your Lucky
Are you feeling lucky? You
can find more than a pot of gold
at Lee County Domestic Animal
Services this March. In fact, you
could find your next best friend,
unconditional love, or a com-
panion for life. All month long
adopters will receive $20 off
the regular adoption fee for all
pets plus a complimentary green
t-shirt! The reduced adoption
fee will still include the complete
package of services.
Hi, I'm Molly. Do you
remember a dog and her eight
puppies that were rescued by
Animal Services from a culvert?
Talk about lucky! We certainly
were and now that we have
spent the last five weeks in
foster care we're ready for new
homes. I could be the perfect
companion for you. I'm a small
to medium size dog. My fos-
ter mom says I am very well
behaved plus a real lover and lap
dog. Won't you come visit me
so we can both get lucky?
Adoption fee is $55 ($20
off the regular adoption fee of
$75 during the March Find Your
Lucky Charm adoption special).

My name is
Alicia. Can you
believe a gorgeous
independent girl like
me ended up lost?
Being homeless is ,. ,
no fun but I think
my luck could be
changing. I'd prefer
to be in a one-pet
household and I love .t
to be petted. I would
make a perfect lap
cat for some lucky
person. My favorite
things are catnip,
laser lights and fishy
cat food.
Adoption fee is
$30 during the Find
Your Lucky Charm Alicia ID# 463818
adoption special).
For information about this week's pets, call 533-7387 (LEE-PETS) or log on to
Animal Services' Web site at www.LeeLostPets.com. When calling, refer to the ani-
mal's ID number. The Web site 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. at 5600 Banner
Drive, Fort Myers, next to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, off Six Mile Cypress
All adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, rabies vac-
cination and county license if three months or older, flea treatment, worming, heart-
worm test for dogs six months and over, feline AIDS and leukemia test for cats, train-
ing DVD, 10-day health guarantee, and a bag of Science Diet pet food.
The adoption package is valued at $500.0

Molly ID# 463723

Support Meetings
The Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer's
Resource Center offers monthly
support group meetings for care-
givers throughout Lee County.
Fort Myers
Tuesday, March 9, 2 p.m., Senior
Friendship Centers, 3600 Evans Avenue,
Wednesday, March 10, 9:45 a.m.,
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 9065
Ligon Court, 437-3007
Wednesday, March 24, 9:45 a.m.,
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 9065
Ligon Court, Healthy Eating, Healthy
Living, speaker: Lori Riddle, registered
dietitian, 437-3007
Wednesday, March 17,10 a.m., Fort
Myers Congregational Church, 8210
College Parkway, 437-3007
Wednesday, March 17, 2:30 p.m.,
Dunbar United Way House, 3511-B Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, 437-
Wednesday, March 24, 1:30 p.m.,
Sanibel Congregational United Church of
Christ, 2050 Periwinkle Way, 437-3007.
North Fort Myers
Thursday, March 25, 2 p.m., Pine
Lakes Country Club, 10200 Pine Lakes
Boulevard, 437-3007.
East Fort Myers/Alva
Thursday, March 11, 1 p.m., St.
Vincent de Paul Catholic Community,
13031 Palm Beach Boulevard,

Cape Coral
Thursday, March 4, 2 p.m., Gulf
Coast Village, 1333 Santa Barbara
Boulevard, 437-3007
Thursday, March 18, 2 p.m., Gulf
Coast Village, 1333 Santa Barbara
Boulevard, Healthy Eating, Healthy
Living, speaker: Lori Riddle, registered
dietitian, 437-3007.
Pine Island
Thursday, March 4, 10:30 a.m., Pine
Island United Methodist, 5701 Pine Island
Road, Bokeelia, 437-3007.
Lehigh Acres
Monday, March 15, 2 p.m.,
Community Health Association Building,
9 Beth Stacey Road, 437-3007.
Bonita Springs
Monday, March 22, 10:30 a.m.,
Hope Lutheran Church, 25999 Old 41,

Long Term Care
Support Group
A support group for families of
nursing home and assisted liv-
ing facility residents will meet
on March 16 at 10 a.m. at the Dubin
Alzheimer's Resource Center, 10051
McGregor Boulevard, Suite 101, Fort
For more information, call 437-

Pet Adoption
re you feeling lucky? You can find
more than a pot of gold at Lee
County Domestic Animal Services
(LCDAS) this March. In fact, you could
find your next best friend, unconditional
love, or a companion for life. All month
long adopters will receive $20 off the
regular adoption fee for all pets plus a
complimentary green T-shirt.
The reduced adoption fee still includes
the complete package of services consist-
ing of sterilization, age appropriate vac-
cinations, county license, microchip ID,
worming, flea treatment, a heartworm
test for dogs, feline AIDS and leukemia
test for cats, 10-day health guarantee,
and a bag of Hill's Science Diet dog or
cat food. The adoption package is valued
at over $500 and that's no blarney.
Finding the perfect companion some-
times takes a little luck. Finding someone
who loves you unconditionally though is
priceless. To find your perfect compan-
ion, visit Animal Services' shelter at 5600
Banner Drive, Fort Myers next to the
Lee County Sheriff's Office off Six Mile
Cypress Parkway. Those who would like
a peek at how lucky they could be may
view the Web site at www.LeeLostPets.
com first. All pets available for adoption
are featured online with a personal bio.
Information is automatically updated

For more information about pets for
adoption or any LCDAS programs and
services 533-7387 (LEE-PETS). If you
are inquiring about a pet you have seen
online, please have the animal ID number
ready for faster assistance.4

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We are currently seeking applicants
for several volunteer positions,
Current Positions:
Cage Cleaner, Gopher Tortoise Grazer, Patient
Driver, Emergency Response Transporter, &
Gift Shop/ Education Center Volunteers. Other
positions are available throughout the year. Call for
a full listing. If you're interested in hard work and
would like to become a volunteer call Marguerite
Jordan at 472-3644 ext 5.
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ask our volunteers to make a sernce commitment of 3 consecutive
months per year with a minimum of 3-5 hours per week
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BP Station on Sanibel. Full-time manager.
Must have mechanical and computer
knowledge and enjoy dealing with the
public. Sales experience a plus. Salary
$35,000. Fax resume to 239-472-1878.
SR 2/26 B 3/5

Valhalla Gift Shop. Full or Part Time.
Immediate Openings.
Apply in person.
Periwinkle Place
SR 2/26 A 3/5

now hiring PT sales. 10-15 hrs per week.
Seasonal ok. Energetic and interested
in learning how to sell swimwear?
Call Peggy 239-395-5383 or apply online
SR 3/5 B TFN

West Wind Inn
NightAuditor 11 pm to 7 am Shift.
Full and P/T positions available.
Call Bob or David @ 239-472-1541.
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Host for lunch and dinner at The Mucky
Duck. Meals and toll compensation.
Call 239-472-3434 or apply in person
mornings before 11 a.m., ask for Joy or Ellen.
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Part time positions available.
Apply in person at
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or call 472-9866.
Ask for Brittany.
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Sanibel-Captiva Care and Companion Service,
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cleaning. Our services are customized to meet
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Lives on Sanibel
Reasonable Rates
SR 3/5 B TFN

Seeking sports card collectors on Sanibel
and Captiva looking to sell their collections.
Cash paid.
Call Jim at 239-989-6209.
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crystal with white shade $50
Gray office chair $15
Call 246-4716
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All Furniture and
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* Tuesday 3/9 12-4: Tarpon Beach #110 (2475
West GulfDr), top floor 1.. r .,,,,
*Wednesday3/10124: Tarpon Beach#110
(2475 West Gulf Dr), top floor 1.. r .,It
front $749,000
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Retail space available on Periwinkle Way.
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perfect for retail, office, other. Hardwood floors -
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First floor condo, completely redone -
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bedroom, 2bath Home with heated pool,
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Two bed/ two bath unfurnished ground
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Three bedroom, two bath piling home
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Very low utility costs, two car enclosed
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2BA 2BA. Almost all new appliances &
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$350-400. Seniors, gentile, quiet.
Heated pool, carport. $600/annual.
Also for sale $54,000. Call 239-278-5689
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3BR/2BA with LR/DR/Family Room,
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New kitchen/ baths w/granite, Marble
FP-Many extras. 2-car garage.
Deposits required/Pets considered.
$1,650 per month includes yard/pool care.
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Davis Road area, closest to Sanibel,
2BD/1-1/2 BA townhouse with pool.
New appliances, completed redecorated.
$600/mo. plus utilities. 239-472-3071.
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SMALL ELEVATED 3-BED/2-bath, no pets.
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$1,400 per month. $1,000 security deposit
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38 THE RIVER MARCH 5, 2010
From page 5
Chrysalis Awards
of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce,
whose organization initiated the joint program.
"Tourism and business partnerships improve com-
munity growth, encourage vacationers to our
destination, and create job opportunities for our
citizens. Ultimately, pooling our resources for the
good of the community and the destination is vital
in this ever-changing economic climate."
The Celebration of Business & Tourism event
will feature a trade show from 10:30 a.m. to 2
p.m., and the awards luncheon will take place
from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Costs are $25 for
a single admission and $250 for a reserved table
for eight. Trade show exhibitors will pay $120 for
a booth, which includes two admission tickets. The
event is projected to attract about 300 attendees.
To nominate a business or individual visit the
Upcoming Events section of www.LeeVCB.com,
where you can also register to attend the event and

participate in the trade show through a link to the
Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Web
site at www.fortmyers.org.
For further details, contact Christine Davlin
at the VCB at cdavlin@leegov.com or 338-
3500, Glee Ann Agius at the Greater Fort Myers
Chamber of Commerce at GleeAnn@fortmyers.org
or 332-2930, ext. 211, or Colleen DePasquale,
event chairperson, at Colleen.DePasquale@hilton.
corn or 790-3500.0

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Em ergency ................................ ................ 911
Lee County Sheriff's Office.........................477-1 200
Florida M arine Patrol...................................332-6966
Florida Highway Patrol................................278-7100
Poison Control................................. 1-800-282-31 71
HealthPark Medical Center...............1-800-936-5321
Ft. 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 O ffice.......................................... 1-800-275-8777
Visitor & Convention Bureau.......................338-3500
Alliance for the Arts................. .................. 939-2787
Arts For ACT Gallery & Studio.....................337-5050
Art League Of Fort Myers...........................275-3970
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall.........481-4849
B IG A R TS .............................. ....................395-0900
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre...................278-4422
Cultural Park Theatre................................. 772-5862
Florida Repertory Theatre at the Arcade..........332-4488
Florida W est Arts........................................ 948-4427
Fort Myers/Estero Island Barbershop
Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers.........472-01 68
Gulf Coast Symphony.................................489-1800
Harmony Chorus, Charles Sutter, Pres.............481 -8059
Naples Philharmonic.........................(239) 597-1111
The Schoolhouse Theater............................472-6862
S.W. Florida Symphony...............................418-0996
Theatre Conspiracy...................................936-3239
Young Artists Awards................................ 574-9321
Animal Refuge Center.................................731-3535
American Business Women Association...........463-1 221
Audubon of SW FL.................. ....................339-8046
Audubon Society.................... ................... 472-3156
Caloosahatchee Folk Society.....................677-9509
duPont Company Retirees .........................454-1083
Edison Porcelain Artists...............................415-2484
The Horticulture and Tea Society................472-8334
Horticultural Society.................................... 472-6940
Lee County Genealogical Society...............549-9625
N ARFE (Natonal Acve & Retired Federal Empoyees)........................ 482 -671 3
Navy Seabees Veterans of America...........731-1901
Paradise Iowa Club of SWFL......................667-1354
Southwest Florida Fencing Academy...........939-1 338
Southwest Florida Music Association..........561-2118
Kiwanis Clubs:
Fort Myers Beach...................765-4254 or 454-8090
Fort M years Edison..................... .....................694-1056
Fort M years South.................... ................. 691-1405
Gateway to the Islands...............................415-3100
lona-M cG regor....................... ................... 482-0869
Lions Clubs:
Fort M years 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............................332-81 58
Sanibel-Captiva Orchid Society...................472-6940
United Way of Lee County...............................433-2000
United Way 211 Helpline (24 hour).......211 or 433-3900
Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum..................395-2233
Burrough's Hom e....................................... 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
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to Sheila (but she is having an affair with
Greg, he suspects). Meanwhile Greg
thinks Phillip is Ginny's father (in truth,
he was Ginny's boss). It sounds compli-
cated because it is. For the characters.
But in truth, the only people in the room
who know what is happening is the audi-
ence, and the play unfolds hilariously
from start to finish as an already tangled
web gets more and more tangled.
Audiences will recognize Chris
Clavelli, Carrie Lund, Jason Parrish and
Kim Morgan Dean. Clavelli and Lund
play Phillip and Sheila, a couple whose
30-year marriage is as stale as the toast
and marmalade they eat for breakfast
every Sunday. Clavelli makes his third
appearance this season after having been
in Opus and You Can't Take It With
You. Also seen in last month's critically
acclaimed You Can't Take It With You,
Lund has been delighting audiences for
12 seasons now, and was also seen in
this season's Boeing-Boeing.
As the young lovers, Greg and Ginny,
Jason Parrish and Kim Morgan Dean are
reunited onstage after playing opposite
one another in season nine's hit comedy,
Moon Over Buffalo. Dean also appeared
in that season's Scapino, and returns
to the Rep after a three-year absence.
Another familiar face, Parrish was seen
most recently as a Macy's elf in the Rep's
holiday offering, David Sedaris' The
Santaland Diaries.
Subscriptions and single tickets are on
sale through the box office at 332-4488.
Florida Repertory Theatre performs
in the historic Arcade Theatre on Bay
Street, between Jackson and Hendry
with free parking in the Fort Myers River
District. Visit Florida Rep online at www.

Gardening Class
AFlorida Yards and Neighborhoods
introductory class will teach the
nine principles that guide Florida-
friendly landscaping in Lee County,
taught by Lee County Extension Master
Each principle is explored in class so
people can apply what they learn to their
own yard. Plant selection and placement,
efficient irrigation, proper mulching,
and techniques to obtain a beautiful and
healthy yard will be discussed!
The class is on Saturday, March 13,
9 a.m. to noon, at the Eco-Living Center
at Rutenberg Park, 6490 South Pointe
Boulevard, Fort Myers. Cost is $5 per
Call Claudia at 533-7514 to register.0

Chico's Gives
To United Way
Chico's FAS is contributing
$261,000 to United Way of
Lee, Hendry and Glades for the
2009-10 campaign. Chico's employees
contribute to the campaign, and the

employee gifts plus the corporate gift
totaled $261,000. The contributions will
help support the 72 local United Way
partner agencies.
"Chico's has been a wonderful United
Way partner for many years," said Cliff
Smith, President of the United Way.
The employees have been very support-
ive both through their own gifts and by
conducting special fundraising events for
the United Way. In addition, the corpora-
tion has shown its commitment to our
community through its contributions and
encouraging Chico's employees to volun-
teer for United Way Partner Agencies."4

Our E-Mail address is

Sun Splash Passes
Are On Sale Now
head of the March 13 opening
day, season passes to Sun Splash
Family Waterpark in Cape Coral
are on sale now. Early Bird season
passes offer savings up to 29 percent
over regular season pass prices and are
the most affordable way for budget-
conscious families to enjoy the park all
season long.
Passes are on sale at the Sun Splash
Administration Building, 400 Santa
Barbara Boulevard. Office hours are 8
a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on February 27
and March 6.

After the park re-opens, season passes
will be on sale 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
through Friday and weekends during nor-
mal park hours. Early Bird season pass
prices are valid through April 11.
Season pass benefits include unlimited
park entrance all season; discounted park-
ing; 15 percent off at the Calypso Cafe,
ice cream shop and gift shop; 15 percent
off same day guest tickets; and exclusive
special offers and discounts throughout
the season.
Sun Splash has more than 14 acres
of slides, pools, food and fun for all
ages. Call 574-0558 or log onto www.
SunSplashWater Park.com.

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