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August 2022

FGCU Academy Celebrates
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DAY | AUGUST 4

Greetings, On August 4th, National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day gives us an opportunity to dunk America’s #1 favorite cookie. Whether yours are homemade or store-bought, pour a glass of milk and enjoy.

Without chocolate chips, the cookie would still be number one. Or would it?

For that reason, we also recognize Ruth Graves Wakefield on National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. Thanks to her inventiveness and curiosity, chocolate chips and a cookie dough go together. And for this reason, we hover around ovens savoring the moment the timer dings.

How the Chocolate Chip Cookie Began
Imagine if Ruth Graves Wakefield hadn’t run out of baker’s chocolate for her cookie recipe that day in 1937. Because that’s what happened. The cookie recipe she was preparing called for baker’s chocolate and would have blended smoothly into the dough. However, she was out. And what if Mrs. Wakefield hadn’t considered using semi-sweet chocolate instead? She figured it would just melt into the dough and work much like the baker’s chocolate.

Or, what if someone had interrupted Ruth Graves Wakefield that day and caused the cookies to burn and ruin the experiment?

Well, none of that happened. Instead of interruptions or doubts, the baker added the chocolate to the dough. Moments later the mouthwatering aroma began to waft from Mrs. Wakefield’s oven. Perhaps the smell lured a child into the kitchen. Or maybe a guest at the Tollhouse Inn she and her husband owned. We may not know the finer details of the day the chocolate chip cookie came to be. However, we do know Ruth Graves Wakefield made it happen.

And if it weren’t for her, we wouldn’t know the ecstasy of warm chocolate chip cookie melting on our tongue. We know that feeling. When our eyes close in heavenly satisfaction and a perfect smile graces our face. No, if it weren’t for Ruth Graves Wakefield, entire generations would be denied the bliss that is a chocolate chip cookie.

We could even go so far as to say she is responsible for all those other nuggets of goodness. Those morsels of butterscotch, peanut butter, and white chocolate we enjoy in much the same way we enjoy our chocolate delights. Nothing, though, rates quite as high as the chocolate chip cookie Ruth Graves Wakefield brought to us in 1937. No, nothing.
Let’s try some gluten free keto chocolate chip cookies here
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TECHNOLOGY CLASSES
Instructor: John Guerra

iPhone/iPad Messages & Maps App
@ Siena Lakes – August 9 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.
@ Naples Center or Online via Zoom – August 23 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Introduction to Windows 11
@ Commons Club at The Brooks – August15 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

iPhone/iPad Notes App: The App Everyone Should Use
@ Naples Center or Online via Zoom – August 16 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

SINGLE LECTURE CLASSES

On the Front Line: What is at Stake in Afghanistan
@ Moorings Park – August 15 | 10 – 12 p.m.

The Creation of Germany
@ Commons Club at The Brooks – August 4 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

U.S. National Security Council: Pivotal Role in Coordinating U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy
@ The Arlington – August 5 | 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Nutrition and Mental Health
@ Moorings Park – August 8 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.
@ Moorings Park Grande Lake – August 12 | 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Cause and Effect: The Development of Religious Creeds
@ The Arlington – August 9 | 2:30 – 4 p.m.

LOOKING AHEAD – see what’s coming

• Get More From Your Digital Camera
• Americana: Lecture & Concert
• The Great Private Sector Space Race

SUNDAY INTERNATIONAL MOVIES
Moderator – John Guerra

Pain and Glory – @ Naples Center – August 21 | 2 – 4:30 p.m.
As it is in Heaven – @ Naples Center – September 11 | 2 – 4:30 p.m.

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2023 Travel

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Machu Picchu to the Galapagos – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 13 – 28, 2022 | 16 days

2023 International Travel Schedule
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Insider’s Japan – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
May 20 – June 1, 2023 | 13 days

UNTAMED ALASKA
August 20 – 30, 2023 | 11 days
Awe-inspiring natural beauty and outdoor adventure await as we explore Alaska’s varied landscapes and noteworthy cities. From Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Kenai Fjords national parks to the energy of Anchorage and scenic Seward, our small group encounters the breadth and beauty of America’s Last Frontier.

LEGENDARY TURKEY
September 1 – 15, 2023 | 15 days
Exotic sights, scents, and sounds reign in this fascinating land where Europe and Asia meet. From Istanbul, magnificent “Empress of the World,” to ancient ruins, stunning landscapes, and the dramatic – and legendary – Turquoise Coast, Turkey engages and beguiles, offering us an unparalleled small group experience.

ACROSS SPAIN & PORTUGAL
September 10 – 26, 2023 | 17 days
Fortified cities and tiny fishing villages, rugged Atlantic coastline and commanding Pyrenees peaks, iconic shrines to both religion and fine art, and intimate lodgings in historic paradores and pousadas – it all awaits on this singular small group journey from Lisbon across the north of Spain, ending in vibrant Barcelona.

PEARLS OF DALMATIA
September 14 – 28, 2023 | 15 days
Independent, democratic Croatia welcomes visitors eager to absorb its remarkable history and culture – and its beautiful and unspoiled Dalmatian coastline. As our small group travels from historic Zagreb and beautiful Lake Bled to the Habsburg resort of Opatija, the island of Hvar, and beloved Dubrovnik, we see why this cherished region lays such a claim on the hearts of all who visit.

CLASSIC GERMANY
September 21 – October 3, 2023 | 13 days
Classic Germany: it’s the Romantic Road and the Bavarian Alps, royal castles and half-timbered houses, charming villages and historic Nuremberg, culturally rich Munich and international Berlin. It’s history of note – and of notoriety. And we see it all on this alluring small group tour.

SICILY IN DEPTH
September 28 – October 9, 2023 | 12 days
Crossroads of the Mediterranean … the “toe” in Italy’s boot … “God’s Kitchen” … Sicily is all this, and much more, as we see on our stellar small group journey around this Italian island. It’s lively cities and ancient ruins, temples of man – and of nature, hospitable people and delectable cuisine … a feast for all the senses.

ISRAEL: TIMELESS WONDERS
October 14 – 25, 2023 | 12 days
Encounter a land of extraordinary beauty and belief, of spirit and story, history and hospitality. From modern Tel Aviv to scen¬ic Upper Galilee, ancient Tiberias and storied Nazareth to Jerusalem, “City of Gold,” we engage all our senses in a small group encounter with this extraordinary and holy land, with a five-night stay in Jerusalem at the legendary King David hotel.

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Gulf Coast Symphony Family, you’re on our nice list!

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Spend this Holiday Season with Gulf Coast Symphony!

Gulf Coast Symphony Family, you’re on our nice list! Here’s a treat you won’t want to miss. This Holiday season we have a great line up of shows for you and your family to enjoy!

Deck the Halls
December 2, 7:30pm
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

Celebrate the spirit of the season with this annual holiday tradition! The Gulf Coast Symphony is joined by the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers, Mark Sanders, the Kellyn Celtic Arts Dance Academy, and, of course, Santa! Enjoy holiday favorites from Leroy Anderson’s endearing Sleigh Ride to the Mannheim Steamroller Silent Night, and much, much more! Deck the Halls is a holiday tradition that’s perfect¬ for the whole family!
Sponsored in part by the Bireley Family Foundation

Snowbird Follies:
A Holiday Revue
December 3-18
Music & Arts Community Center

Nomads from the North have been flocking to the sunshine state for well over 100 years. Come enjoy a whimsical musical yuletide celebration with a winking nod to Fort Myers’ original snowbirds, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.

From “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus” to “White Christmas”, this revue is playful journey through decades of holiday favorites, sprinkled with local history.

The Nutcracker
December 10
3:00pm & 8:00pm
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

This holiday season, join us as the lights dim, the music soars, snowflakes swirl, flowers dance, and sugar plum dreams come to life. The Gulfshore Ballet, principal guest dancers from the New York City Ballet and the Gulf Coast Symphony present Tchaikovsky holiday classic in a glorious production with choreography by Iliana Lopez & Franklin Gamero. This beloved two-act ballet is filled with memorable music and dance.

Jazz at the MACC:
Swinging Holiday
December 15, 7:30pm
Music & Arts Community Center

Back by popular demand, saxophonist Valerie Gillespie and trombonist Herb Bruce joins the Gulf Coast Jazz Collective for a Swinging Holiday celebration. With incredible original arrangements of holiday favorites written for the Gulf Coast Jazz Collective, treat yourself to a unique and upbeat evening that will get you in the holiday mood!

Jazz Series sponsored in part by:
Victor & Jackie Solomon and Robert Opatrny & Susan Sutherland.

Gulf Coast Symphony is committed to bringing vibrant, diverse performances to our community. Please help support us in this vital work.

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Gulf Coast Symphony Family, Get ready to Rock!

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“Domenech brings his outstanding talent, irresistible charm and unbridled ebullience to everything he does on stage and in life.” -DC Metro Theater Arts

Dan Domenech, is an American singer, director and actor best known for his understudy portrayal of Jason Dean in Heathers: The Musical, Drew in the Broadway musical Rock of Ages and a recurring guest appearance on Glee. Domenech has also appeared in the pre-Broadway runs of Wonderland, Sister Act, National/International tours of RENT and Rock of Ages and worked as associate choreographer for film and TV projects like Tropic Thunder, Step Brothers, Fame, The Academy Awards and Emmys. He made his directorial debut summer of 2017 with the beta test of the revamped Heathers: The Musical before being mounted in it’s sold out run at The Other Palace Theater in London.

Don’t miss your chance to see Dan perform on the stage together with Gulf Coast Symphony in Symphonic Rocks.

Symphonic Rocks
August 20, 7:30pm
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

On August 20 connect with your inner rock ‘n’ roll soul and experience a rock concert like you never have before! Symphonic Rocks features pop hits from the 80s and 90s, plus standards from rock musicals, performed with guest vocalists, backup singers, rock band, and full symphony orchestra! Get ready to rock your seats with guest artists Chloe Lowery, who has toured with Yanni and Chris Botti, and Glee alum, Dan Domenech, who starred in Rent, Sister Act, Kinky Boots & Rock of Ages. Hear your favorite rock arrangements from Abba, Queen, Madonna, Jersey Boys, the Eagles, Journey and many more. This is an evening you will be rocking out in the aisles.

Tickets start at just $29 — order now!

Gulf Coast Symphony is committed to bringing vibrant, diverse performers to our community. Support us in this vital work.

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Lifelong Learning Classes are Back!

We are so excited to announce thatLIFELONG LEARNING CLASSES ARE BACK! We took a hiatus…

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Lifelong Learning Classes are Back!

We are so excited to announce that
LIFELONG LEARNING CLASSES ARE BACK!

We took a hiatus during our last two years but we are so pleased to be offering
these high-interest classes for our Adult community in Southwest Florida.

Our Fall Session starts in September 14 2022 at The Lee County Public Education Center!

Please join us and sign-up as classes fill up quickly!
More classes will be posted shortly!

Check out our website for more details:
Leeschools.net/lifelonglearning

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE FOLLOWING CLASSES:
You may click on each link to register.

CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/397103847297

HULAFIT! POLYNESIAN DANCE CLASS
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/396613691227

MICROSOFT OFFICE COMPUTER BASICS
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/396545035877

If you have any QUESTIONS or CONCERNS please contact Marliss Brockington
at 239.939.6321 or marlisskb@leeschools.net

County, City, proclaim Nov. 7 as CONRIC pr + marketing Day

County, City, proclaim Nov. 7 as CONRIC pr + marketing Day                        A day to…

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County, City, proclaim Nov. 7 as CONRIC pr + marketing Day

                       A day to celebrate marketing excellence, community service and entrepreneurism

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Aug. 9, 2022) – 2022 marks 15 years of success for CONRIC pr + marketing. To commemorate this milestone, the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County represented by Kevin Ruane and the Mayor of Fort Myers Kevin Anderson honored the agency by presenting proclamations declaring Nov. 7 as CONRIC pr + marketing Day. Founder and CEO, Connie Ramos-Williams proudly accepted the proclamations during CONRIC’s 15-year Anniversary celebration at The Edison Restaurant in Fort Myers on July 15.

“Our company’s journey began in 2007, providing marketing solutions to local startup businesses during the recession and grown to become a national digital marketing agency serving nearly 150 businesses across 35 states in 2022,” said Ramos-Williams. “Our agency’s heart and home are in Southwest Florida, which is where we remain committed to giving generously of our time, talent and treasure.”

Ramos-Williams founded CONRIC on Nov. 7, 2007, with a vision of helping start-up business owners and entrepreneurs achieve long standing success and assisting larger, more established companies reach new heights and continued growth. Over the years, CONRIC has grown as a national leading creative digital marketing, branding, public relations, advertising, and web development agency. Serving a diverse portfolio of clients across the country in various industries, the agency has earned numerous awards and accolades and gives generously back to the community. CONRIC has donated nearly 1.5 million dollars in pro bono services and donations back to the community, as well as successfully launched the SWFL Strong Podcast and Facebook Group in 2020 to help the community, businesses, nonprofits, and individuals unite, connect, and support one another.

“On behalf of the City of Fort Myers, I want to thank CONRIC pr + marketing, Connie Ramos-Williams and her team for the positive impact they have had in Fort Myers and our surrounding areas,” said Mayor Anderson.

Together, the agency and its clients have overcome recessions, hurricanes and a pandemic and emerged stronger. At the heart of it all is the agency’s passion for people. It all starts with building relationships. CONRIC’s team prides itself on taking the time to get to know its clients and listen to their needs. Learning every detail about an organization and its customers helps to create a tailored marketing and communications strategy focused on specific goals.

“I was quick to respond when asked to present the proclamation to Connie and the CONRIC pr + marketing team,” said Lee County Commissioner Kevin Ruane. “This is a woman and agency that truly gives generously back to the community they serve.”

Maintaining CONRIC’s strong organizational health and culture is top of mind as the team continues to grow remotely across the country. Just before news of the pandemic, the agency transitioned to remote work. Ramos-Williams believes this may have been her best strategic move to date although it hasn’t come without growing pains. Since going remote, the team has nearly doubled in size and in the number of clients it serves.

CONRIC’s custom fit approach opens access to all of the agency’s talent and resources, including continuous research, analytics, and data to identify trends and fine tune adjustments based on clients’ specific needs. This flexibility, personal attention and precise targeting is where CONRIC eclipses the competition. See the successful campaigns CONRIC creates daily for businesses and community organizations at conricpr.com. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 239-690-9840.

CONRIC pr + marketing

CONRIC pr + marketing is a leading national creative digital marketing, branding, public relations, advertising, and web development agency headquartered in Southwest Florida. Connie Ramos-Williams launched the award-winning, full-service agency in 2007. The firm serves a diverse portfolio of clients in 35 states across the country in industry sectors, including financial, legal, education, medical, government, non-profit, hospitality, manufacturing, construction, real estate, association, and salon and spa. CONRIC was named Gulfshore Business magazine’s Best Advertising Agency and Best Public Relations Firm in the region. The agency has earned multiple Image Awards from the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association and Golden Image Awards from its statewide chapter, Charlie Awards from the Florida Magazine Association, national Addy Awards from the American Advertising Federation, an international MUSE Award for creative design, an Industry Appreciation Award for Business Diversity and a 2021 Uncommon Friends Business Ethics Award Finalist. CONRIC pr + marketing has offices located at 5237 Summerlin Commons Blvd., Suite 307 in Fort Myers, and 1415 Panther Lane in Naples. For more information, call 239-690-9840 or visit conricpr.com.

Valerie's House Awards $50,000 in Scholarships

Valerie’s House Announces $50,000 in College Scholarships FORT MYERS, Fla. – August 8, 2022 –…

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Valerie’s House Announces $50,000 in

College Scholarships

FORT MYERS, Fla. – August 8, 2022 – Valerie’s House, a nonprofit organization in Southwest Florida helping children grieve the loss of a loved one, has awarded $50,000 in college scholarships for graduating high school seniors who have come through and found support in the Valerie’s House grief support program..

It’s the first year that Valerie’s House has offered the scholarships of $2,500 per year for four years for a total of $10,000 per student. Five local students were chosen based on an essay they each wrote about their personal grief story and how their loss shaped them as the person they are and the person they want to become.

The scholarship recipients are:

  • Alexis Dehetre of Fort Myers, who graduated from Mariner High School and plans to attend Florida Gulf Coast University;
  • Mackenzie Francois of Naples, who graduated from Gulf Coast High School and plans to attend Florida Gulf Coast University;
  • Taylor Gagnon of Fort Myers, who graduated from Bishop Verot High School and attends Nova Southeastern University;
  • Coral Morley of Naples, who graduated from Naples High School and plans to attend the University of Georgia; and
  • Allison Stenza of Naples, who graduated from Barron Collier High School and plans to attend Florida Atlantic University.

“This is the next step in the grieving process to help these young adults who have lost a loved one,” said Valerie’s House Founder and CEO Angela Melvin.  “We are very grateful to our donors who have made this scholarship program possible.”

The scholarship funds may be used for classes, materials, or anything they need during the school year.

“The students are to check in with us every semester and tell us something that they worked through that was challenging during the semester, how they worked through it or something great that they accomplished, “ said Staci VanSlambrouch, mentor and family support coordinator who is in charge of the scholarship program.

To donate and help the Valerie’s House Scholarship Fund, visit www.valerieshouse.org/donate

Valerie’s House first opened its doors with 20 children and their caregivers on the evening of January 11, 2016 in a small house in downtown Fort Myers.  Since then, the organization has grown to help more than 2,000 children and expanded into three locations across Southwest Florida, including one in Naples and Punta Gorda.

One in seven children in Florida is predicted to lose a parent or sibling before the age of 25, according to the 2021 Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model.

Valerie’s House provides a safe, comfortable place for children and their families to heal together following the death of someone they love. Valerie’s House offers support groups and other activities at a home on 1762 Fowler Street in Fort Myers and a home in Naples at 819 Myrtle Terrace. Valerie’s House also holds group meetings in Charlotte County at First United Methodist Church in Punta Gorda at 507 W. Marion Ave. and at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at 2565 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte. Valerie’s House is a United Way partner agency and is fully supported by community donations.  More information can be found at www.valerieshouse.org.

Alliance for the Arts Awarded $100,000 from Genesis Inspiration Foundation

FORT MYERS, FL (August 9, 2022)- Alliance for the Arts has been awarded a grant…

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FORT MYERS, FL (August 9, 2022)- Alliance for the Arts has been awarded a grant of $100,000 by the Genesis Inspiration Foundation to be used towards art programs for kids and families. The Genesis Inspiration Foundation believes that when children are inspired, they create.

On August 11 at 10:00 a.m, the Alliance will be hosting members from the Genesis Inspiration Foundation, as well as local Genesis dealership owners, Alliance Board members and select press representatives. This event is not open to the general public. This will be a celebration of the generous gift. It will feature artwork created by children from each of the four sessions of Summer Arts Camp as well as a tour of the campus.

Alliance for the Arts plans to utilize the gift towards capacity building. This will include hiring an assistant to the Education Coordinator to focus on programs directly related to children and families, additional family centered art programs, camps, and expanding the Family Art Labs beyond the McGregor corridor.

“We are grateful to the Genesis Inspiration Foundation for the impact that this generous gift will make in our community to expand the arts in Southwest Florida,” Molly Deckart, the Executive Director stated.

About the Genesis Inspiration Foundation

The Genesis Inspiration Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to supporting education through the arts. Its mission is to improve educational outcomes by providing access to transformative arts programming that engages and inspires children in traditionally under-resourced communities. Since its inception in 2018, Genesis Inspiration Foundation has donated nearly $3 million to fund youth arts programming at museums, schools and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations nationwide. Primary funding for Genesis Inspiration Foundation comes from Genesis retailers and charitable donations.

About Alliance for the Arts
Currently in its 47th year, the Alliance for the Arts is a nonprofit community visual and performing arts center located in the heart of Fort Myers, Florida. Since 1975, the Alliance has been committed to transforming lives and improving community through the arts. For more information, please call 239-939-2787 or visit us online at ArtInLee.org.

Wine & Cheese Pairing at Edison and Ford Winter Estates

Wine and Cheese Pairing Event at Edison and Ford Winter Estates FORT MYERS, Fla. (August 3, 2022)…

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Wine and Cheese Pairing Event at Edison and Ford Winter Estates

FORT MYERS, Fla. (August 3, 2022) – Edison and Ford Winter Estates is partnering with The Wine Room and Grazing Haus to offer visitors the opportunity to sample wine and cheese at the historic site. The event will take place on Friday, October 7, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the river pavilion, along the Caloosahatchee River.

Guests are invited to sip wine, enjoy relaxing music and have a chance to see a beautiful sunset. Each participant will receive two red wine tastings and two white from different regions, paired with four cheese samples. Instructors from The Wine Room and Grazing Haus will discuss the pairings and will have additional wine and cheese available for purchase.

Tickets are $75 for non-members and $65 for Edison Ford members. Advance, online registration is required by 5 p.m. on Monday, October 3. Space is limited. Register at EdisonFord.org.

Register today for FGCU's Cannabis Professional Online Certificate Program!

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Cannabis Professional Certificate Program

Greetings! join us for the Cannabis Professional Online Certificate Program in Fall 2022. Discover the exciting industry of cannabis.

The Cannabis Professional Certificate Program is an intensive, multidisciplinary, 4-week workshop designed to meet the needs of those who want to increase their understanding of cannabis and its effects. The workshop will educate participants about the characteristics of the plant; cultivation and extraction techniques; the physiology, pharmacology, and medicinal uses of cannabis; cannabis laws and policies; cannabis as a business; the unique tax, banking, and insurance challenges in the cannabis industry; the history of cannabis; and how to make edibles. The program is comprised of four 1-week modules. The videos and materials for each module are available starting on Sunday. Registrants can work at their own pace to complete the module throughout the week and will then participate in a live virtual class via Zoom on the following Saturday morning.

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Date: Aug 20 – Sept 24, 2022
Time: Online lectures are accessible 24/7
Zoom Meetings on Saturday(s) from 9am – 1pm
Cost: $1395

Location: Online Lectures on Canvas
& Virtual Meetings via Zoom

*Payment plans are available by request. Please call our office at (239) 745-4700 or respond to this email for more information.

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Meet the Director Behind the Program
Dr. Martha Rosenthal is a Professor of Neuroscience & Physiology at Florida Gulf Coast University, where she teaches courses in cannabis, drugs and society, neuroscience, human physiology, and human sexuality. Dr. Rosenthal is the Director of Research and Education for the Cannabis Research, Education, and Workforce initiative (CREW) at FGCU. Dr. Rosenthal received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Virginia, her master’s degree in neuropharmacology from Brown University, and her Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA. She is the author of a number of textbooks, including Drugs: Mind, Body, and Society. Dr. Rosenthal has been honored to receive the Teacher of the Year award at both the University of Florida and at FGCU and to have presented a TED talk about sex and gender.

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We’re nothing without nothing without individuals like you who come here to create, express yourself, enjoy the arts, discover something new, see familiar faces or introduce yourself to new ones – you’re as much a part of the Alliance as the artwork on the walls or the actors on the stage! This August, connect to the arts and to your neighbors at the Alliance.

Experience Live Theatre with Our 2022/23 Season

It’s here: Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts’ 29th consecutive season! Once again we are bringing you another exciting season of affordable, quality entertainment that covers the classic to the cutting edge. New playwrights like Selina Fillinger, what will be our 5th production out of the 10 plays that make up August Wilson’s American Century Cycle, the world premiere of local favorite Derek Lively’s The Last Show, our off the wall production of Clown Bar by Adam Szymkowicz and more. There is something for everyone!

Experience it all with a season subscription and receive up to $36 in savings! If you plan on attending multiple shows, we have a variety of flexible subscription packages that will fit any budget and offer you more freedom in your schedule.

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Colonial Contours Exhibit: Martha De la Cruz and Dimithry Victor

On Display August 5 – 28 • Colonial Contours presents a collection of works that was borne from the diasporic border connecting the Dominican Republic and Haiti, two countries sharing one island. Featuring artists Martha De la Cruz (Dominican) and Dimithry Victor (Haitian), the exhibition includes powerful sculptures, installations, and paintings that explore the deep-rooted effects and symptoms of coloniality and neocolonialism.

Opening reception: August 5 from 5 – 7 p.m. • See it first. See it free. This event is open to the public. Come meet your neighbors at this free event!

In the Theatre Gallery: Jersey Dunn

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Clown Bar by Adam Szymkowicz and directed by Bill Taylor

August 18 – 28 • Join us for this immersive experience as we transform the Alliance theatre into the Clown Bar, plunging you into the dark and secret world of these hilarious, yet frightening, gangster clowns!

Clown Bar by Adam Szymkowic with music and additional lyrics by Adam Overett is a zany Clown noir-dramedy. When Happy Mahoney’s younger brother Timmy is gunned down, he returns to the world of organized clown crime he left behind. Will Happy be able to face his past, discover the killer and get out alive without getting sucked into the underbelly of vice and violence that’s nearly impossible to escape at the Clown Bar? Find out in this crazy production!

Come early to wet your whistle; bar opens at 6:45 p.m. Seating is general admission. Some adult language. 75 minutes runtime.

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Disney Karaoke

Saturday, August 7 • Come be our guest as you sing along with Disney Karaoke! Step on stage, go the distance and belt out your beloved Disney tunes with your family, friends and neighbors! Get your spoonful of sugar as you enjoy an Aloha Whip special treat and a snack with a beverage (adult or otherwise) while participating in Disney-related craft projects.

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Exploring Dance (Age 12+)

Tuesdays, August 9 – 30 • If your teen has always wanted to try out dance, but wasn’t certain which style to pursue, this is the class for them! Local dancer, Marian Jordan-Moril will introduce students to a variety of styles- including ballet, contemporary and modern dance. If your teen has always wanted to try out dance, but wasn’t certain which style to pursue, this is the class for them! Local dancer, Marian Jordan-Moril will introduce students to a variety of styles- including ballet, contemporary and modern dance.

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Hip Hop Dance (Age 12+)

Tuesdays, August 9 – 30 • Whether you’re looking to pick up a few moves, get some exercise, meet new people or just have a lot of fun, we’ve got it all here for you! Local dancer, Riquelson Pierre-Louis (Ricky) will introduce students to the world of Hip Hop, wrapped in a package that promises to challenge even the seasoned vets AND allow complete beginners to get a solid and fun introduction to dance.

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August Visual Artist Mixer

Thursday, August 11 • Connect with the creative community at our Visual Artist Mixer. See familiar faces, introduce yourself to new ones and share some laughs for an evening of connection and reunion. The evening will feature light refreshments and of course, lots of art. While this event is free, an RSVP is required.

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Falling Forward Writing Workshop

Workshop, August 15 • Failing Forward is a workshop where Freddie Forward will guide participants in writing to explore a mistake from their life to find the narrative and the lesson in creative formats including song, poetry, spoken work, or short form memoir. Participants will also have the opportunity to share their stories within the workshop’s mini open mic.

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Submit a Class or Workshop Proposal

Let’s work together! Are you interested in teaching a class or workshop at the Alliance for the Arts? We’re looking for a variety of offerings that entertain, inspire and connect us – from fine art classes, to crafting, cooking, spoken word, abstract painting and everything in between.

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Submit Your Art and Exhibit at the Alliance

Want to exhibit at the Alliance? We’re always looking for artists and would love to see what you’re up to. Please submit up to three images for your work and include a brief description. We will contact you directly upon availability of space.

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Drawing Faces (Ages 16+)

Wednesdays, August 24 – September 28 • In this six weeks drawing course, students will learn how to draw beautiful portraits that capture the likeness of a person. Drawing faces is a great way to improve your drawing skills. In this relaxed and friendly environment, there will be drawing exercises and 3 of the classes there will be a live model.

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Intro to the Art of Cricut (Ages 16+)

Saturday, August 27 • This workshop will provide hands-on instruction from an experienced artist using a Cricut cutting machine and Design Space tools. Instructor Tracey Stewart will guide you on the basics of using the machine using one of hers, or your own, to create a simple make and take project.

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Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6)

Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6) is Americans for the Arts’ sixth economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry in the U.S. The study is conducted approximately every five years to gauge the economic impact (on employment, government revenue, and household income) of spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and the event-related spending by their audiences.

The AEP6 study is happening in 387 U.S. communities, so surveys may be coming to an arts event near you! If you meet your local arts workers out and about with surveys, please consider taking a few minutes to anonymously share information about your reasons for attending the arts and any spending related to the event. Survey responses will contribute to a better understanding of the powerful economic impact of the arts in your community and nationwide!

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