Surf and Song Foundation to host festival benefiting “Navigating Autism” program at
The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida
March 30 concert features national acts including Johnny Rzeznik from the Goo Goo Dolls
March 31 festival features more than 90 bands on 15 Stages around Downtown Fort Myers
FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 8, 2012) – The Surf and Song Foundation will host its annual Surf and Song Festival March 30 and 31 at Centennial Park and in the River District in downtown Fort Myers, featuring more than 100 musicians, arts and crafts, a Kids Zone and great food and drinks. All proceeds from the event will benefit the new “Navigating Autism” program at The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
“We hope the community will come out and be a part of the largest all-charity music festival in Florida!” said Fritz Caraher, Surf and Song Foundation President and Festival Chairman. “We have gathered some great national music acts and local arts and crafts vendors to help shed light on an important issue affecting a growing number of local families. We hope everyone will join us for a weekend of great entertainment benefiting local children with autism.”
The Surf and Song Festival will feature 15 music stages throughout a 6 block area of Downtown Fort Myers. Thousands of fans are expected to cheer on multiple national headline acts including Cracker, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, John Waite, Matthew Ryan and Johnny Rzeznik, lead guitarist, singer and songwriter for the Goo Goo Dolls. More than 90 local and regional bands are performing. For the full concert line-up, visit http://www.
The event kicks-off March 30 in Centennial Park. Gates open at 4 p.m. and the music starts at 5 p.m. On March 31 gates will re-open at 11 a.m., with performances beginning at noon. Advanced tickets are $25 and are available at http://www.
“Our singular focus is to support The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and help meet the challenges presented to children in our community who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD),” said Mike VonPlinsky, the Surf and Song Foundation Executive Director and Festival Vice-Chairman. “We are delighted to be an integral part of the creation and maintenance of the hospital’s ‘Navigating Autism’ program through the funds raised at our annual festival and all pre-festival events.”
According to Dr. Guillermo Philipps, the newest Pediatric Neurology Specialist at The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, autism now impacts 1 in 110 children. The diagnosis of autism can be devastating to a family, and the choices for treatment can be overwhelming. The Children’s Hospital’s “Navigating Autism” program is designed to ensure all families receive the best possible services and care. The “Navigator” provides support and connections to medical and community resources. With the help of a medical Navigator, families are able to receive the support they need to ensure the best outcomes for their children.
The Surf and Song Foundation is a charitable, nonprofit organization supported by musicians, artists, businesses and the public to raise awareness and funds for local charities in the community. For more information on the Surf and Song Foundation and this year’s festival, visit www.surfandsongfestival.com.
Step aside Sundance, Cannes, & Toronto…It’s time for the Second Annual Fort Myers Film Festival!
Stars will be burning up the red carpet during the Fort Myers Film Festival’s second annual event at the Davis March 22-24, 2012.
Night two of the festival rolls out more red carpet at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center for the world premiere of “Mambo Man, the Story of Pedro ‘Cuban Pete’ Aguilar” with executive producer and longtime dance partner Barbara Craddock expected to be in attendance with other filmmakers and supporters. Mambo Man chronicles the life of Pedro “Cuban Pete” Aguilar, one of the most influential and famous Latin dancers of all time. Given his stage name by Desi Arnaz after his famous song, Cuban Pete was acclaimed “the best Mambo dancer ever” by the late Mambo King, Tito Puente, and Latin music mogul, George Goldner, of Tico Records. This is an extraordinary story of a troubled child turned triumphant dancer, turned struggling gentleman, who returned to victory as an elder statesman of Latin dance. He rose above his tortured childhood to become a Latin dance legend.
The evening begins Thursday, March 22 at 6 p.m. with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and Latin dancing, plus a meet and greet with the filmmaker to follow. The film will be shown at 7 p.m., followed by a brief question and answer period. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, with Latin dancing to closing. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901. Tickets $15 for show and afterparty and are available at www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com , at www.sbdac.com, by calling 239-333-1933 or by visiting the box office during business hours.
The weeklong event continues Friday, March 23 as programming of indie films run at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center through Sunday, March 25 with 77 films from over a dozen countries. A full list of films can be found at http://fortmyersfilmfestival.
Included is “The Power Of Two,” a documentary feature film directed by Academy Award nominated producer Marc Smolowitz, plays Saturday, March 24 at 7:15 p.m. — inspired by the life stories of Anabel Stenzel & Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, twin double lung transplant recipients, authors & global advocates for organ donation awareness.
“Good Men” is a 12 minute film about two elderly Jewish men (Ed Asner and Mark Rydell) who get into an argument over the conspiracy allegations surrounding the 9/11 attacks on The World Trade Center. It plays at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center Friday, March 23 at 6 p.m.
Then there are throngs of local films having world premieres right here in Fort Myers. Karen Whittaker’s “The Knife” will play Friday, March 23 at 6 p.m. and includes dozens of local actors. She is a first time filmmaker, inspired by the Fort Myers Film Festival’s Intellectualization Mondays with Eric Raddatz leading into the festival.
On Saturday, March 24 from 2-3:00 p.m. a very special screening of “Kaziah the Goat Woman” will play. It’s the story of goat rancher Kaziah Hancock who lives close to the earth in a remote valley in Utah. But, she is also known as an American hero for her extraordinary and dedicated work as an artist. She has painted nearly 1000 oil portraits of fallen soldiers killed since the attacks on September 11, 2001. She also created a foundation called Project Compassion (http://www.heropaintings.com/
A complete schedule of films is available online at www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com, atwww.sbdac.com or by picking up the official programming guide at any of the venues, also to be printed in Florida Weekly on racks the week of the festival starting March 21 all over Southwest Florida. Additional photos can be downloaded for press purposes athttp://photobucket.com/
Ever go to a film festival and feel like you are missing something? The Fort Myers Film Festival is offering a limited number of VIP Platinum Cineast passes which will get you into everything from the opening red carpet to the closing awards and afterparty. Tickets for these can be purchased for $250 at www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com or athttp://fortmyersfilmfestival.
The Fort Myers Film Festival is sponsored by Bennett’s Fresh Roast, Florida Weekly, Florida Arts Inc., Pulse Magazine, Garth Francis Photography, Black Tie Tuxedos, The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Azteca America, Rasmussen College, Scripped Writer, UNIT A, the dear law offices of J. Patrick Buckley III, Space 39, Chico’s, The Edison Restaurant, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, SWFL Model and Talent, Lush Bakery, Musikbeats and The Resort at MarinaVillage, Holiday Inn Downtown Fort Myers
Oh, and check out our cool commercial. If you like indie films and film festivals, the Fort Myers Film Festival will rock your socks this week.
Art lovers can start the New Year with Fort Myers Art Walk and the Saturday Art Fair on Jan. 6 and 7.
The next monthly Art Walk will take place on Friday, Jan. 6, with local art galleries and art stops featuring new exhibits and shows. This regular cultural event draws between 1,500 and 2,500 people each month to the downtown Fort Myers River District.
Then on Saturday, Jan. 7, the organizers of Art Walk present the seasonal Saturday Art Fair. This juried art event showcases individual artists at tables along the sidewalks of First Street. The Saturday Art Fair runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to attend. Forty artists and art vendors are scheduled to be at January’s Saturday Art Fair.
The monthly Art Walk runs from 6 to 10 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. The January Art Walk will include a dozen art galleries and art stops and will feature new art shows, live music, and the traditional after party.
Some art highlights of the Friday, Jan. 6th Art Walk:
- Art of the Olympians: Showing an exhibition, Legends of ’68, featuring artwork from four dynamic USA Olympians from the 1968 Olympic Games (Rink Babka, Bob Beamon, Peggy Fleming, and Al Oerter), and a collection of works by Olympic artist Steve Allen.
- Art League of Fort Myers: Opening reception for Imagination Gone Wild exhibit.
- Arts for ACT Gallery: Opening reception for a group show featuring artists David Acevedo, Todd Babb, David Belling, JoAnne Bedient, Stephen Gray-Blancett, Christina Jarmolinski, Leo Johnson, Mel Meo, George Mitchell, and Paul Rodino. Alicia Schmidt will be in the office gallery exhibiting her “Shell Series” and Pop artist Jef Hernandez will exhibit in the middle gallery room.
- daas Gallery: Opening reception for Untamed: The Art of Oliver Dominguez.
- Gallery Showcase and Information Center at IberiaBank (Bayview Court at First Street). Art Walk T-shirts are available at this location as well as buttons, maps and brochures.
- HOWL Gallery: Opening of show featuring new and existing paintings by resident painter and tattoo artist, Matt Lackey.
- In One Instant: One year anniversary and show opening of Street Walking: The works of Jim Lustenader.
- Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center: Opening for Salon d’ Collage, a dynamic exhibition featuring the collaborative works of seven SW Florida artists.
- Space 39 Gallery: Group art show.
More than 40 participants make Art Walk successful each month and they include the Alliance for the Arts, AmeriDry, Art League of Fort Myers, Art of the Olympians, Arts for ACT Gallery and Boutique, Cigar Bar, Coloring The World, Cool Hand Luc’s, daas Gallery, Downtown House of Pizza, Enjewel, First United Methodist Church, Florida Repertory Theatre, Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency, The Franklin Shops, French Connection Cafe, Hampton Inn & Suites, Happenings A&E Magazine, Hideaway Sports Bar, Hotel Indigo, HOWL Gallery/Tattoo, Ichiban Japanese & Chinese Restaurant, IberiaBank, In One Instant Gallery of Photography, Legacy Harbour Hotel & Suites, Morgan House Restaurant, River District Alliance, Savvy on First, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Select Transportation, Space 39 Gallery, Spirits of Bacchus, Twisted Vine Bistro, United Café, Bar & Bistro, The Veranda Restaurant, What’s Up Dogs?, and the Young Artists Awards Program.
Held the first Friday of every month from 6 to 10 p.m., Art Walk features local and national artwork in the downtown art galleries and several art stops in the Fort Myers River District. The evening culminates with an after party at 10 p.m. The January after party will be held at Spirits of Bacchus on Hendry Street.
Always a collector’s item, new Art Walk buttons will be available at galleries that night. Art Walk has its own T-shirt (in red or black). Shirts are available for a $12 donation at the IberiaBank gallery showcase during Art Walk.
A free shuttle service courtesy of Select Transportation Inc., with stops planned near the art venues, and parking at the Harborside Event Center will be available for Art Walk patrons. Shuttle stops include The Oasis Condominiums, Art of the Olympians, and the Patio de Leon entrance at First Street.
A map of Art Walk, showing transportation and parking will be distributed by participating galleries. Art Walk is a rain or shine event. Art Walk was started by a group of art galleries and art enthusiasts and debuted in October of 2008. Art Walk is a River District Alliance event. For more information on Art Walk, participating galleries and links to gallery websites, visit www.fortmyersartwalk.com.
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MUSIC WALK MOVES TO 3RD FRIDAYS IN 2012Cypress Lake Country Club Tennis Director Terry See wins
USPTA Florida Division Grand Prix
Cypress Lake Country Club Director of Tennis Terry See has captured two division titles at the 2011 United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Florida Division Grand Prix Masters Year-End Event. The tournament was held Nov. 5-6 at Williams Island in Aventura, Fla. See won both the men’s singles and doubles titles in the men’s 60’s division. A previous winner in the singles division, this was See’s first time winning both the singles and doubles division titles at the Masters Year-End Event.
See has more than 40 years of experience in professional tennis instruction and is a USPTA level one instructor. In his role as director of tennis at Cypress Lake Country Club, See provides members of all ages with individual and group tennis lessons at a variety of experience levels from beginning to advanced instruction.
In addition to his USPTA level one instruction certification, See is a member of a variety of local and national professional organizations including the Florida USPTA, the United States Tennis Association and United States Professional Tennis Registry. He has both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in physical education and has earned a number of professional tennis awards including the district USPTA Pro of the Year in 2006.
Located at 6767 Winkler Rd. in Fort Myers, Cypress Lake Country Club is a member-owned, private country club with more than 280 members. Since the opening of the first nine holes in 1961, Cypress Lake Country Club has provided an award-winning private country club golf experience to Southwest Florida players. Members enjoy access to golf and tennis as well as social and dining experiences at the clubhouse. Various membership levels are offered including the all-inclusive Founder (full golf) Membership. For more information, please call 239-481-1333 or visit www.cypresslakecc.com.
World Championship of Sand Sculpting, Big C Events & Sand Lubbers
The World Championship of Sand Sculpting has selected Fort Myers Beach as the host location for their 25th annual event. It’s the first time the event has been in Florida and it’s open to all ages. Charlie Beaulieu, event director and a World Championship winner twelve times over, and Bill Knight of Sand Lubbers, co-director, teamed up with Jason Camp, event host with Big C Events, to bring this world-class sand sculpting competition to Fort Myers beach for everyone to enjoy. For a detailed schedule of activities and event information, please CLICK HERE:
The event organizers want to celebrate the area, bringing a world-class event to Southwest Florida. Fort Myers Beach has some of the finest sand and activities, making it a perfect match for the World Championship event. Also, a designated portion of this event’s proceeds will be donated to Kiwanis International and UNICEF’s “Eliminate Project”. For specific details about this cause, please CLICK HERE
Thursday, November 17th – Sunday, November 27th.
Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 17th is FREE (no ticket required) to all who wish to attend opening day; meet the artists as they set-up and prepare for the competition later in the week.
6890 Estero Boulevard | Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
239-463-2909 - CLICK HERE for map
FORT MYERS, Fla. – February 25, 2011 – A delightful evening of hope and butterflies is coming to Fort Myers on Saturday, March 19th when Dunkin’s Diamonds will host a benefit event for Hope Hospice.
The event will be held at the Dunkin’s Diamonds Gulf Coast Town Center location at 9918 Gulf Coast Main Street from 4 PM to 7 PM. The opening ceremony will include an introduction to Hope Hospice and a live butterfly release followed by the reception with hors d’oeuvres by PF Chang’s China Bistro.
Gold and sterling silver butterfly jewelry will be on display with a portion of the proceeds of each piece sold to be donated to Hope Hospice. Guests will also have the opportunity to buy a bag of “Healthy Chocolates” for $10. Inside select bags, are gift certificates ranging from $25 to $100, provided by Dunkin’s Diamonds and local Gulf Coast Town Center merchants. Infiniti of Fort Myers will have the 2011 QX56 and M Class available for viewing as well.
Spectacular raffle items up are up for grabs including a sunset dinner cruise for two on the Sanibel Harbour Princess, two tickets to a performance of “Rent” at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater and a $1,000 Dunkin’s Diamonds gift certificate. Tickets can be purchased starting at 10 AM up to the drawing at 6:30 PM.
For details on the event, please call (239) 267-4547.
Hope Hospice’s mission is to provide exceptional care and support to every individual and their loved ones as they fulfill life’s journey. For more information on Hope Hospice, please visithttp://www.hopehospice.org.
Dunkin’s Diamonds is known for having the largest selection of designer jewelry, precious gems and diamonds. A third generation tradition, starting in Europe, the company has since grown into Southwest Florida’s Premiere Jewelry Company. The diamonds are direct from the world’s top diamond cutters, enabling Dunkin’s Diamonds to offer the best prices in Southwest Florida. For more information or to view the online gallery, please visit http://www.DunkinsDiamonds.com or call (877) 343-4883.
29th Annual Taste of the Town, Fort Myers
Nov. 8, 2011
Sponsored by the Junior League of Fort Myers, this tasty event held downtown in Centennial Park features samplings from more than 40 local restaurants. The largest food and entertainment festival in southwest Florida with more than 15,000 people attending, it also includes live music and more along the Calooshatchee River. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
25th Annual American Sandsculpting Championship Festival, Fort Myers Beach
Dolphins, great blue herons, giant computers, entwined lovers and Neptune, god of the seas: The intricate sculptures at the 25th Annual American Sandsculpting Championship Festival takes “playing in the sand” to a whole new level in November on Fort Myers Beach. From nothing more than a beach of sand and 300 gallons of water, about 20 master sculptors will create complex works of art. Amateur sculptors are invited to create and learn from the masters during a Sandsculpting 101 workshop on Friday.
November 9-13, 2011
26th Annual Oktoberfest, Cape Coral
Hosted by the German-American Club, this huge celebration includes German culture, food, music and dancing features. Highlights include authentic live entertainment with large musical groups from Germany, along with enough German food and beer to make anyone do the “Chicken Dance.” Gates open Friday 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday noon to midnight, and Sunday noon to 9 p.m. Tickets cost $5 in advance, $6 at the gate for ages 13 and older.
October 2011, German-American Club
2101 SW Pine Island Road
The public is invited to come out for a Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament at Harley-Davidson of Fort Myers on Thursday, June 17th. All proceeds will benefit the local charity, Blessings in a Backpack. The organization raises money to feed Lee County children in need, to improve their academic opportunity. In fact, each participant means one child will be fed for an entire school year!
Registration can be completed by filling out a form at Harley-Davidson/Buell of Fort Myers or contacting Jessica Fischer at 239-677-5156. The cost is $85 per player or $30 per spectator and includes food and beverages. First prize is $1,000 cash, second is $500 cash and third is $250 cash, but a good time is sure to be had by all. Space is limited, so participants are urged to call soon and secure their spot!
Sponsorships are still being accepted. The main event sponsor is $500 and includes banner placement, name announced and 4 table seats. Table sponsors pay $300 and receive table signage, name announced and 2 table seats. The beverage sponsorship is $300 and receives banner placement, name announced and 2 table seats.
ABOUT BLESSINGS IN A BACKPACK
Blessings in a Backpack is a program designed to feed elementary school children who qualify for the federal free and reduced meal program and may not have any or enough food on the weekends. Eighty-five dollars feeds a child for an entire school year. All donations go directly to the local, Tice Elementary and Edgewood Academy Elementary students. For more information please call 239-690-4649 orvisit http://www.blessingsinleeco.org or contact the local effort via mail at 5781 Lee Boulevard suite 208-239 Lehigh Acres, Florida 33971.
ABOUT HARLEY-DAVIDSON/BUELL OF FORT MYERS
Harley-Davidson/Buell of Fort Myers is located at 2160 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers and can be reached by calling (239) 275-4647 or visiting http://www.hdfortmyers.com. Scott Fischer Enterprises, and all their Harley-Davidson locations, has a strong commitment to motorcycle safety as well as the community. For more information on these events and or other local Harley activities, please visit http://www.harleyflorida.com.
The March for Babies, coordinated by the March of Dimes is coming to Lee County and will feature a new event at this year’s walk. Participants are invited to choose a theme, decorate their strollers/wagons, etc. and enter them in the “Buggy Decorating Contest”.
The Lee county walk will be held on Saturday, April 24th at Centennial Park, with registration at 6:00 p.m. and the March beginning at 7:00 p.m. Put on with the support of Southwest Florida Parent & Child magazine, the buggy contest will begin on walk day at check in. Each entrant will be photographed and MomsLikeMe.com visitors will get to vote over the weekend. The winner, receiving an exciting prize package of goodies, will be announced on Monday, April 26th.
To register as a walker or to create a team, please visit http://www.marchforbabies.org. For details on the event, please visit the event listing page. Also, be sure to visit the Facebook pages for updated information and details on contests, sponsors, etc. More information is also available on the Moms Like Me Website.
Sponsors for the Lee County march include Presenting Sponsor, Wells Fargo / Wachovia, Family Sponsor, The Children’s Hospital of SWFL, Park Sponsor Comcast and ABC-7, 93.3 WOLZ, Florida Weekly and MetroPCS.
ABOUT MARCH OF DIMES
The most urgent infant health problem in the United States today is premature birth. It affects more than half a million babies each year, with the number growing every day. The March of Dimes is committed to reducing this toll by funding research to find the answers to premature birth and providing comfort and information to families who are affected.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit www.marchofdimes.com or www.nacersano.org.
|April 10, Games 2 – 6|
|A wonderful day of family fun is planned at the Shops.Complimetary throughout the day (2 – 6):
- Children’s entertainer, Andy Walhberg sings & entertains, Meet the Grinch and the Cat in the Hat, Play “in a People House” & “Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You”, Enjoy the Cat in the Hat, magical act (every 15 minutes)
- Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss – Cupcake decorating, “Thing 1 & Thing 2″ & “Cat in the Hat” puppet craft station, Seussville Storyland – local celbrity readers read Seuss favorites, Ice cream
The next monthly Art Walk will be Friday, April 2, from 6 to 10 p.m. It will be followed by the new Saturday Art Fair on April 3, in the Patio de Leon from noon to 4 p.m.
The Friday, April 2, Art Walk will include more than a dozen art stops and will feature new art exhibitions, live music and the traditional after party.
Held the first Friday of every month from 6 to 10 p.m., Art Walk features local and national artwork in the downtown art galleries and several art stops in the Fort Myers River District. The evening culminates with an after party at 10 p.m. The April after party will be held at Spirits of Bacchus on Hendry Street.
The Saturday Art Fair will run from noon to 4 p.m. About two dozen local art vendors and artisans will be set up in the Patio de Leon selling their art. Galleries will be open and some galleries will be hosting “Make-It & Take-It” art projects for the kids. Admission is free. The Saturday Art Fair runs January through May.
The nearly 40 participants in Art Walk include the Alliance for the Arts, Art League of Fort Myers, Art of the Olympians, Arts for ACT Gallery and Boutique, Café Matisse, Cigar Bar, Coloring The World, Conch Sweet Corner Café, daas Gallery, Delicious Things, Digital Data Destruction, Downtown Deli & Market, Downtown House of Pizza, Enjewel, First United Methodist Church, Florida Repertory Theatre, Fort Myers Redevelopment Agency, French Connection, H2 Downtown Bistro, Hampton Inn & Suites, Happenings A&E Magazine, Hideaway Sports Bar, Hotel Indigo, HOWL Gallery, Iberia Bank, LaTrattoria Restaurant, Main Street Antiques, Morgan House Restaurant, The Oasis Luxury Condos, Potomac Bead Company, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Select Transportation, SKS PhotoShoot, Space 39 Gallery, Spirits of Bacchus, The Spot, The Veranda Restaurant, and the Young Artists Awards Program.
Here are some highlights of the Friday, April 2, Art Walk:
- Art League of Fort Myers: Opening of “The Art of Photography” exhibit.
- Art of the Olympians: Exhibit featuring the works of Al Oerter and Liston Bochette in the main gallery and a special showing in the downstairs gallery. They will also have a Young Artists Awards performer.
- Arts for ACT Gallery: Opening reception for exhibit, “Art Fusions” by Naoko and five other collaborating artists.
- daas Gallery: Opening reception for “Buddha: Images of the Deity”.
- HOWL Gallery: Opening reception for new exhibit, “The Hybrid Art of Steve Luongo”. Live music by Cosmic Mountain from 8-10 p.m. on the back patio.
- Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center: Opening for new exhibit, “Turn, Turn, Turn – The Artistic Synthesis of Vinyl to Art,” followed by a performance by jazz and chamber music ensemble PROJECT (concert is $35 admission).
- Space 39: Opening of a new group show featuring the art of Ryan Metke.
Another highlight of the extremely popular evening will be the weekly Friday Night Live which takes place in the Patio de Leon. Screamin’ & Cryin’ (country blues) will perform from 6 to 9 p.m.
Always a collector’s item, new Art Walk buttons will be available at galleries that night.
A free shuttle service courtesy of Select Transportation Inc., with stops planned near the art venues, and parking at the Harborside Event Center will be available for Art Walk patrons. Shuttle stops include The Oasis Condos, Art of the Olympians, and Enjewel on First Street. A map of Art Walk, transportation, and parking will be distributed by participating galleries. Art Walk is a rain or shine event. Art Walk was started by a group of art galleries and art enthusiasts and debuted in October of 2008. For more information on Art Walk, participating galleries and links to
Steve Luongo has been a touring professional drummer and recording artist since the age of 13. The most prolific and significant of all was his work was with the late John Entwistle, the legendary bass guitarist for The Who. The two musicians became the best of friends and Steve produced, performed, co-wrote and toured with The John Entwistle Band until John’s death in 2002. It was Steve that wrote and delivered the eulogy at John Entwistle’s memorial service in London and produced and directed the documentary film, An Ox’s Tale: The John Entwistle Story. Steve has also toured with Leslie West/Mountain, Alan Parsons, Todd Rundgren, Heart’s Ann Wilson and played in one off recording sessions or performances with Richie Blackmore, Joe Walsh and Billy Squier.
1514 Broadway #101
Fort Myers, FL 33901
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MARCH FOR BABIES COMING TO LEE, COLLIER & CHARLOTTE COUNTIES
The March for Babies, coordinated by the March of Dimes is the biggest fundraiser and combines corporate sponsorship, walker fundraising, vendor campaigns and personal commitments to raise money for March of Dimes research and community programs. Their work helps moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. This will be a tri-county event taking place in Lee, Charlotte, and Collier counties.
The Lee county walk will be held on Saturday, April 24th. The evening walk will be held at Centennial Park, with registration at 6:00 p.m. and the March beginning at 7:00 p.m. Lee County expects to have 1,500 walkers and has hopes of raising $270,000 to support the March of Dimes efforts. Centennial Park is located at 2100 Edwards Drive in Fort Myers.
Charlotte County’s walk will also be held on Saturday, April 24th. This walk will be held at Bayshore Live Oak Park, with registration at 8:00 a.m. and the March beginning at 9:00 a.m. Charlotte County is estimated to have 350 participants and has a fundraising goal of $65,000. Bayshore Live Oak Park is located at 23157 Bayshore Road in Port Charlotte.
The Collier County walk is scheduled for May 1st and will be held at Cambier Park. Another evening walk, registration will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the March will start at 7:00 p.m. Collier County estimates having 500 walkers and hopes to raise $120,000. Cambier Park is located at 755 8th Avenue South in Naples.
To register as a walker or to create a team, please visit http://www.marchforbabies.org. For details on the tri-county events, please visit the event listing page. Also, be sure to visit the Facebook pages for updated information and details on contests, sponsors, etc.
A concert in the park will follow the Lee and Collier County walks. The Charlotte County walk will include a picnic in the park after the walk. Following all three walks, awards and celebration ceremonies will take place.
Serving as the March for Babies 2010 Chair in Fort Myers and Naples, John J. Iacuone, M.D. is the Executive Director for The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida/Lee Memorial Health System. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Sponsors for the Lee County march include Presenting Sponsor, Wells Fargo / Wachovia, Family Sponsor, The Children’s Hospital of SWFL, ABC-7, 93.3 WOLZ, Florida Weekly and MetroPCS. Charlotte County’s Presenting Sponsor is Peace River Regional Medical Center and sponsors for Collier include Presenting Sponsor, Physicians Regional Medical Center and other sponsor Wells Fargo / Wachovia.
American Lung Association, Launches First Local Stairclimb Event, Fort Myers Fundraising
Following the lead of chapters around the country, the Gulfcoast Chapter of the American Lung Association has replaced its annual 5K walk with the first ever “stairclimb” in Southwest Florida. Registration is underway for the 2010 Fight for Air Climb, scheduled for May 1 at the High Point Place, 2104 West First St. in Fort Myers.
During stairclimbs, participants raise money by collecting pledges to ascend the stairway in a high-rise tower. High Point Place, the tallest building between Tampa and Miami, is donating access to one of its towers for the Fight For Air Climb, and Lee Memorial Hospital is the presenting sponsor.
“We are so excited to bring a stairclimb to Fort Myers and are thrilled with the initial enthusiasm from volunteers and participants registered to climb,” said Kurt Goerke, regional director of the Gulfcoast Chapter of the American Lung Association. “We have groups already training for the stairclimb, and we believe the event will not only be a fundraising success, but will be a lot of fun for our climbers.”
Fight for Air Climbs are unique fund-raising events for the American Lung Association, usually occurring in prominent skyscrapers, stadiums or arenas and involve climbing multiple steps. Sometimes called a “vertical road race,” teams and individual participants often use the event as a fitness target, as a race or as a way to be active and meet new friends. Many climbers participate to support someone who has lung disease or as a memorial to someone who has passed away. The lung association chapters in West Palm Beach, Tampa, Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville and Fort Lauderdale also host Fight for Air Climbs.
Teams and participants already have registered for the Fort Myers event. The registration fee is $25 and each climber must raise $100. More information and online registration is available at www.FightForAirClimbFtMyers.org.
“High Point Place offers climbers 30 floors and 514 steps, which will provide for a nice fitness challenge,” Goerke said. “Already we have groups of firefighters and active runners and walkers training to climb with us. Volunteers are working hard to plan and promote the event, and businesses are aiding their support as well. Our goal is to raise $70,000.”
In addition to Lee Memorial Health System and High Point Place, sponsors include BB&T, Clear Channel Radio, Microware Inc. and Rene’s Restaurant. For more information on getting involved, call 239-908-2680.
About the American Lung Association
Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is “Fighting for Air” through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit www.lungusa.org.
4th Annual Play for Pink Golf event at Crown Colony Golf & Country Club
The inaugural Piper 5K in honor of three-year old Piper Buckley will take place at the Gateway Community on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 9 a.m with proceeds to benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
The race will honor the life and spirit of Piper Lynne Buckley who was born on Oct. 21, 2006 weighing only 3.9 lbs and spent 21 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at The Children’s Hospital. Piper passed away unexpectedly in her sleep on Christmas Day of 2009 at only three years of age. Piper was the daughter of Realtor and former Florida Everblades star Tom Buckley and Mallie Montgomery retail store owner Heather Holland, both of Fort Myers. Piper served as The Boston Red Sox Children’s Hospital Celebrity Classic’s MVP (Most Valuable Patient) in 2008 which also supported the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
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Runners will start at 9 a.m. with walkers and a stroller push beginning at 9:30 a.m. The race will start and finish at the Soccer Complex on Griffin Drive in the community of Gateway in Fort Myers.
Entry fee is $29 in advance or $39 day of race. Fee includes commemorative T-shirt and lunch. Entry forms are available at www.piperbuckley.com. All entry forms must be signed and all checks made payable to the Piper Buckley Foundation. Entry form and check must be mailed to Ed Ryan C/O Fort Myers Fitness, 13130 Westlinks Terrace, Fort Myers FL, 33913. (Early) Registration bags and numbers can be picked up at Fort Myers Fitness on Friday, Feb.12. If unable to attend you can also support the event by purchasing a t-shirt for $15.00 at Fort Myers Fitness with all proceeds to benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
“Piper had an amazing spirit and was an inspiration to us all,” said Kathy Bridge-Liles, V.P. Women’s & Children’s Services at The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida in a prepared statement. “We are honored that her family has chosen to help save the lives of other babies we are caring for each day in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.”
Donations are key to providing services, other officials agreed.
“Our Children’s Hospital depends on philanthropic support to maintain continued excellence in care. We are deeply touched by the community support of all of those who have chosen to honor Piper’s spirit by contributing to this effort,” said Sharon A. MacDonald, chief foundation officer, Lee Memorial Health System, also in a prepared statement. “We thank Piper’s parents Tom and Heather and their families for their continuing commitment to our mission to help save the lives of our tiniest patients.”
The 5K race will also include a walk and a stroller push. If you would like to be on the e-mail list to receive Race updates, please send an e-mail to email@example.com or check Facebook. We are looking for sponsors, volunteers and, of course, race participants. Our goal is to make this event one of the biggest and best annual races in all of Gateway and Fort Myers.
For more information, please visit www.piperbuckley.com or call the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation office at 239-985-3550.
Source: Lee Memorial Health System
FORT MYERS CONTINUES BIKE NIGHT & CONCERT SERIES, All Proceeds to Benefit Blessings in a Backpack
HARLEY-DAVIDSON/BUELL OF FORT MYERS CONTINUES BIKE NIGHT & CONCERT SERIES
Harley-Davidson/Buell of Fort Myers will be hosting a bike night and live concert, on Friday, February 19th asking the community to come out for a good, affordable time. All draft beers and sodas will be $1 each with donations requested for all food items. All proceeds will go directly to Blessings in a Backpack.
From 6:00 until 10:00 p.m. guests are invited to come hang out at the dealership and enjoy refreshments and live entertainment. Bike nights are a monthly activity, the next one schedule for March 19th in Naples.
The local H.O.G. chapter will help coordinate the events with water, beer and soda stations as well as hot dogs for guests to choose from.
Scott Fischer, owner of Scott Fischer Enterprises and both dealerships, is a founding board member for the Blessings in a Backpack local efforts. He initiated the bike night and concert series as a way to get back to the basics of bike nights, creating a quality event for the Southwest Florida riding community and to raise money for the organization.
ABOUT BLESSINGS IN A BACKPACK
Blessings in a Backpack is a program designed to feed elementary school children who qualify for the federal free and reduced meal program and may not have any or enough food on the weekends. Eighty dollars feeds a child for an entire school year. All donations go directly to the local, Tice Elementary students. For more information please call 239-690-4649 orvisit http://www.blessingsinleeco.orgor contact the local effort via mail at 5781 Lee Boulevard suite 208-239 Lehigh Acres, Florida 33971.
Peter Max at the Fort Myers Bell Tower Shops
Peret Max will be at the Fort Myers Bell Tower Shops Friday from 6-9pm and Saturday from noon to 3pm. RSVP by contacting the Bell Tower Shops at 239.415.7000
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American Cancer Society of Lee County, Cattle Barons’ Ball, Bell Tower Shops
On January 23, from 6:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m at the Bell Tower Shops Cleveland & Daniels Fort Myers, the Bell Tower Shops are hosting the Cattle Barons Ball for the American Cancer Society. Money raised goes directly to support local cancer programs and fund cancer research. Local cancer programs include a children’s camp, scholarships, pediatric research, transportation to treatments, and other programs throughout the year. Tables of eight are $3,000. Reservations required. Beth Hayes at 239-936-1113, Ext. 113.
2010 Business Tradeshow
Empowered Network Inc., the local women’s networking group, is hosting their 2010 Business Tradeshow on Tuesday, March 30th from 3pm to 7pm at Three Oaks Banquet Center in Estero, Florida. This event is for professional businesses in the Southwest Florida area to exhibit their products or services to attending peer professionals and members of the public.
The 2010 Business Tradeshow is free to attend and Joann Frazier, President of Empowered Network, hopes that, “this spring event, focusing on small businesses, will offer the attention that our local business economy needs.” In addition, Joann hopes to outdo the turnout of the 2009 Business Tradeshow where 68 vendors were on display and more than 600 attendees came to support the event. The 2010 Business Tradeshow will allow business owners, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, restaurants, retail stores and many others to network and explore business opportunities. In addition, it will allow the public to inquire about employment, discover new businesses and learn about products and services.
The 2010 Business Tradeshow is looking for both sponsors and vendors to participate. Vendors can sign up early, before January 15th, for only $75. Sponsors already include: 88.7 Way FM, Mona Lisa Graphics, Set Free Photography, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Development Center at FGCU, Rick Johnson Auto & Tires, Small Business Resource Network and Mow and Blow Lawn and Landscape.
If you are interested in being a sponsor or a vendor contact:
Joann Frazier- 239-233-4114, info@EmpoweredNetworking.com
In the Grand Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Hotel we are turning back the clock to the 1970’s. With a huge disco party! Dance the night away to your favorite Disco tunes . For only $25 which includes a bottomless cup (well drinks wine and draft beer), free noise makers, hats and champagne toast at midnight. That’s right bottomless cup. Keep the drinks going all night long with this onetime cost and a special room rate of only $85? Why drive when you can stay here?
Fort Myers, The First Annual Chix-N-Stix Ladies Fishing Tournament
Lee Memorial Health System, 609 SE 13th Court, Cape Coral
Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers
Make your home safer by clearing walkways and hallways
Have your vision checked
Have your health provider review your medications
October 1 at Harley-Davidson of Fort Myers
FREE Global Event – ALL Welcome
Hoop Jam & Drum Circle
August is the 11th time for the monthly Art Walk that was started by a group of art galleries and art enthusiasts and debuted in October of 2008. Held the first Friday of every month from 6 to 10 pm, Art Walk features local and national artwork in the downtown art galleries and other locations in the Fort Myers River District. The evening culminates with an after party at 10pm. The August after party will be held at Spirits of Bacchus on Hendry Street.
Being featured during the Friday, August 7, Art Walk will be:
Art League of Fort Myers: Summer Time fine arts show.
Arts for ACT Gallery: Opening reception for exhibits featuring artist Debbie Greene, the art of children ages 5 to 11 from grades K-8 and the art of recent high school graduates or college-aged students from Southwest Florida. Also, Dana Alvarez, a contemporary vocalist from the Young Artists Awards Program will perform from 6 to 8 pm.
The Burroughs Home: Exhibit featuring Sanibel artist Peter Zell. His show will hang until August 21.
Café Matisse: Pianist Melody Cooke from the Young Artists Awards Program will be playing from 6 to 8pm. daas Gallery: Opening of an exhibit called “Frida: Thoughts, Blood and Flowers, A Tribute to Frida Kahlo”, featuring various artists’ works.
Enjewel: Featuring Del Sol jewelry artist Terry Meza.
HOWL Gallery: Artist reception for “High Brow Hot Rods, The Auto-Expressionist Paintings of Daniel Brown”.
Space 39: A group exhibit of modern and contemporary art. The gallery is temporarily relocated in the Palm Room at the entrance to Hotel Indigo.
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center: A free, one-act play at 7 pm and 8:30 pm, called Final Stage. Also on display will be the landscape and abstract art of local artist Carol McArdle.
Along with the art galleries, many restaurants and other businesses support the monthly walk by being open and offering various specials before and after Art Walk. Now becoming quite the collector’s item, Art Walk buttons will be available at galleries that night.
The Crowne Plaza
Band Performing Live Geek Skwad & DJ Big John
Indoor & Outdoor Event taking over the entire Crowne Plaza Dance Floor
Full Gourmet Fusion Buffet from multiple restaurants
Poolside Cocktail Party
Great drink specials
Pool Party Sunday
Attire – Roaring 20′s or semi-formal
Tickets $10 members / $20 non-members
$25 non-members at the door
July 17th, 18, & 19th
Friday & Saturday 10am-8pm
at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
September 4 – September 30, 2009
SHRINERS AWARENESS DAY CELEBRATION
TRAVELING TO LAS VEGAS
FOR NATIONAL 8-BALL TOURNAMENT
night of the Derby Casino:
• Any Gator fans out there? Be the lucky bidder on this University of Florida sports package.
• The Celebrity Experience could be yours when you bid on a trip to the 2010 Rose Bowl
• Enjoy a week in a Breckenridge ski hideaway.
• You and up to 9 friends could luxuriate in a Big Sky, Montana, executive home (4,500 sf) for a week if you are the highest bidder for this fabulous prize.
• Six children get a first-hand glimpse of how the evening news is produced as they watch onset. WBBH NBC-2 anchor Kellie Burns will give a tour of the studio after the live newscast.
• Bid on Lodestone – a stunning acrylic sculpture by artist Michael Wilkinson.
• A child’s summer experience of a lifetime – Camp Aqua Trek.
Fort Myers Beach Art Association Art on the Boulevard
ART SHOW & SALE
March 28, 12 noon to 4 pm 2001 Estero Blvd.(across from Diamond Head)
Presentedby Fort Myers Beach Art Associationand sponsored by Century 21 TriPower Realty.
Meet the local artists with their all original art work.