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Snowbird Follies lights up the MACC with Holiday cheer!

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Snowbird Follies lights up the MACC with Holiday cheer!

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Don’t miss your chance to get into the Holiday mood with this feel good musical. It will bring a smile to your face and have you swaying in your seats!

See all the fun from opening night!

Tickets still available!

Snowbird Follies:
An Original Yuletide Revue-sical

Running through December 18
Music & Arts Community Center
13411 Shire Ln, Fort Myers

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.

MEET THE CAST

RUTHGENA FARACO

Ruthgena Faraco is very excited to make her debut with Gulf Coast Symphony’s musical theater production of the Snowbird Follies. She was born and raised in Southwest Florida. A few of her favorite roles include Celie in “The Color Purple” Mary Warren in “The Crucible,”Kate Monster in “Avenue Q” and Ensemble in “A Motown Christmas”.

ROBERT JUSTIN DRESNER

Robert Justin Dresner is thrilled to be making his debut with the Gulf Coast Symphony! He was most recently seen as King Arthur in Camelot, Max in The Royale and Toad in A Year With Frog and Toad in Orlando, and could also be seen in The Studio Theater Tierra Del Sol’s production of Elegies, A Song Cycle.

KIMBERLY SUSKIND

Kimberly Suskind is a professional performer, director, choreographer and teaching artist who is thrilled to call Fort Myers her new home! She made her Off-Broadway debut last fall starring as Sarah in the new musical, Brilliant, and has been fortunate enough to perform at several wonderful regional theaters across the country, including New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Florida, Delaware, Seattle and Boston.

RYAN CRAIG

Ryan has newly returned to performing since completing his Master’s in Vocal Performance in 2016 at the University of Miami and is very grateful to be able to do what he loves again with wonderful and talented people. His training is in opera, but his first love is rock! He just recently played King Basilius in Head Over Heels at New Phoenix Theater in May and is currently performing the lead role in Jekyll and Hyde in “Jekyll and Hyde the Musical.”

239.277.1700 | GulfCoastSymphony.org

Gulf Coast Symphony, PO Box 60878, Fort Myers, FL 33906, United States

Save The Date/Build A Home

December 17th: 11am-3pm @ The Shell Factory Fun Park Admission Adults: $10. , 12 and…

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Save The Date/Build A Home

December 17th: 11am-3pm

@ The Shell Factory Fun Park

Admission Adults: $10. , 12 and under $5.

Admission Includes:

FREE Carousel Ride

FREE Mini Golf

FREE Voucher for future Nature Park Admission

Games and Prizes for Kids!

Bring the entire family for UP CLOSE ENCOUNTERS with Hootie and some of her friends!

All proceeds benefit rebuilding the Nature Park

16554 N. Cleveland Ave

239-995-2141

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SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIESMake meaningful connections with your customers, employees, and prospects by supporting a localcause they…

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SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Make meaningful connections with your customers, employees, and prospects by supporting a local
cause they care about! Empower your consumers to ally for wildlife by supporting your brand. The Nature Park
prides itself in its commitment to wildlife care and education.

Deductible through Nature Park Environmental Education Foundation, 501c3.

Sponsor the Rebuilding of the Commissary $10,000
Cost of new Kitchen/Prep Building To Service Entire Nature Park is estimated at $60,000
Your $10,000 Sponsor Package Includes:
-Prominent Placement of your Name and Logo on the Commissary for 5 Years, Plus:
-Name and Contact Information listed on Sponsor Section of the Nature Park Website.
-Website Banner (with your logo and tagline) on the Shell Factory and Nature Park Website.
-Once a Month for (5) Years & Your Provided Materials Included in 5000 Customer Bags.
-(4) Annual Family Memberships (for a total of 16 people) to Visit the Birds, Animals, Reptiles,
Bugs, Spiders and Fish that call the Nature Park Home ALL Year!! This is a Great Client Gift!
-Private Tour of the Park for up to 20 Friends, Family, Staff Members or Clients.
-8″ x 10″ appreciation Plaque for your Business or Home.
-Free 10 x 10 Booth Space at ALL On-Site Nature Park Events Held for 5 Years.
-When the Nature Park Renovations (Due to Ian) are Completed, Sponsor Name and Level will appear on all Nature Park Maps.

-The Nature Park or Theater Lobby will be open to your Management team for a Meeting once a year, Event Space Fee waived.
-Free Admission for your Entire Staff to the Nature Park for an Employee Appreciation Day.

Hootie, our Eurasian Eagle-Owl Habitat Replacement $5,000.00
Your generous gift fuels the rebuilding (destroyed by Ian) and reimaging of a habitat for this
extraordinary species of wildlife. Recognizable by her upright ear tufts and orange eyes, she has
distinct and unique vocalizations. An apex predator, her life span is 20-60 years.

Your $5000 Package Includes:

-Naming Rights for the New For 5 Years, Plus:
-1 soft, 17″ Eurasian Eagle-Owl Plush.
-5″ x 7″ Adoption Plaque for your Business or Home.
-A Private Encounter with Hootie for up to (4) People.
-Free 10 x 10 Booth Space at All On-Site Nature Park Events Held for 5 Years.
-Name and Contact Information listed on Sponsor Section of the Nature Park Website.
-Website Banner (with your logo and tagline) on the Shell Factory and Nature Park Website
-Once a Month for (5) Years & Your Provided Materials Included in 5000 Customer Bags
-(2) Annual Family Memberships (for a total of 8 people) to Visit Hootie and all the other
Birds, Animals, Reptiles and Fish that call the Nature Park Home!!

Have a little less to spend, and still want to help?

Hootie’s Annual Cost of Care $1400.00
Company Name and Logo in Prominent Position on Adopted by… Plaque on Habitat
Annual Cost of Care: Receive an Adoption Certificate & 4 Passes to the Nature Park:
Goofy, The Dromedary Camel $3000, A Ring Tailed Lemur $1000 Both Include Plush & a T-Shirt.
The Alpaca and Coatimundi $600, Green-Winged Macaws $500 each, Pigmy Goats $300
and Tom the Turkey $100!!! Many other donation options available!

Handbag Happy Hour

The Last Collection Party is Tuesday, December 6th, 2022Begins at 5:25pm and includes appetizers &…

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The Last Collection Party is Tuesday, December 6th, 2022
Begins at 5:25pm and includes appetizers & cash bar
Bring your gently loved & new purses or designer handbags as a donation for our fundraising event “Handbag Happy Hour” on January 25th, 2023
at The Standard Restaurant located at 1520 Broadway Cir, Ft. Myers, Fl. 33901

www.shellfactory.com
239-995-2141

The Shell Factory and Nature Park | 16554 N. Cleveland Avenue, North Fort Myers, FL 33903

The Children’s Advocacy Center celebrates the Spirit of Giving

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The Children’s Advocacy Center celebrates the Spirit of Giving

Annual holiday event collects donations to provide gifts for local families in need

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Dec. 6, 2022) – ‘Tis the season of giving, and the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida (CACSWFL) kicked it off with its Spirit of Giving Holiday Event on Nov. 19. The CAC highlights this time of year by collecting holiday gifts and donations for the children and families they serve across Southwest Florida. The sponsorships for the event will help bring joy to the children and families CACSWFL serves in the Southwest Florida community.

The event was held at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, which is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this season. Will Prather, Broadway Palm Owner, and Executive Producer, sponsored the event to help make an impact locally. “I wanted to give back to the community that has been there for me and Broadway Palm over the years,” says Prather. “I’ve selected a partner for each of our productions this season and what better partner during the holiday show than Children’s Advocacy Center? This organization does so much for our community, and I am thrilled to be a small part of their season of giving this year.”

The CAC is hosting two programs to collect gifts for at-risk families for the holidays. Adopt-A-Family and Toy Drive donations can be made Monday- Friday 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., until Dec. 16 at the following locations:

  • Children’s Advocacy Center, 3830 Evans Ave., Fort Myers,
  • Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers,
  • Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A, 1715 Monroe St., Fort Myers,
  • Markham Norton Mosteller & Wright, 8961 Conference Dr., Ste. 1, Fort Myers,
  • Seed & Bean Market, 1520 Broadway Cir., #107, Fort Myers and
  • Cape Coral Police Department, 1100 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral.

Hurricane Ian brought abundant stress into the lives of Southwest Florida families. Children are no exception, as their routines have been disrupted due to displacement from their homes and schools, dealing with family financial stress, and school being out of session. As the aftermath of Hurricane Ian still impacts SWFL this holiday season, donating is more crucial than ever. Donating to the CAC this season will bring holiday joy to children in our community.

The CAC sponsors include Bobby Nichols Fiddlesticks Charity Foundation; Storm Smart; Office of the Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno; Florida Gulf Coast University Marieb College of Health and Human Services; CRS Technology Consultants; Barraco & Associates; B&I Contractors; Merrill Lynch-Clinger, Sizemore, and Associates; Iron Ridge Insurance Services; Seed & Bean Market; Dr. Martin & Betteann Sherman and John & Christine Pearson.

The Children’s Advocacy Center CEO, Julie Boudreaux, thanks their sponsors and encourages the community to support families in need. “We gave over 300 gifts last year thanks to the outpouring of donations from the community and can’t wait to see this year’s impact with the support of our wonderful sponsors,” says Boudreaux. “The CAC and these families are so appreciative of the help The CACSWFL helps countless families with the assistance of its supporters.

About Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida

Since 1981, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida, Inc. (CAC) has worked to improve the lives of children and their families through a coordinated response to child abuse and neglect, offering them a safe and friendly environment in which to heal. CAC provides abuse determination services, pet therapy, therapeutic counseling, parenting education, and prevention programs in Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Charlotte Counties. All services are provided free of charge. For more information, please call 239-939-2808 or visit cac-swfl.org. CAC is a United Way Partner Agency.

Is Semaglutide the answer to your New Year’s resolution?

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Is Semaglutide the answer to your New Year’s resolution?

Expert discusses the pros and cons of trendy weight loss drug

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Dec. 6, 2022) – As we approach the end of 2022 countless numbers of people are making their resolutions to lose weight in 2023, and of those numbers many will fail in their quest. But is a trendy drug therapy the answer? Many adults are now turning to Semaglutide, a drug therapy with a successful track record for dropping weight.

“Semaglutide is a GLP-1 agonist, mimicking the actions of GLP-1,” explained Dr. Melissa (Mel) Irvine, DNP. “GLP-1 is a hormone primarily produced by the gut, but it also is produced by the pancreas and nervous system. It works by targeting the brain to regulate appetite, especially after eating. It also slows how quickly the stomach empties, which helps you feel fuller longer and reduces how much you feel the need to eat.”

Semaglutide typically comes in the form of three name brands, each is FDA approved for specific conditions:

Ozempic is an injection used to lower blood sugar levels in those with type 2 diabetes. It is intended to be used in conjunction with diet and exercise and may also be used for patients with cardiovascular disease to help lower the risk of stroke or heart attack.

Wegovy is an injection used for appetite management for individuals with a high BMI and weight-related health conditions.

Rybelsus is a tablet used to help lower blood sugar levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes, along with diet and exercise.

“Research into semaglutide for weight loss has shown many benefits,” says Dr. Mel. “GLP-1 agonists have been researched for over 16 years, consistently showing results for reducing body weight in patients with and without diabetes. Semaglutide has been shown to be superior in promoting body weight reduction compared to other GLP-1 agonists.”

While semaglutide can help with weight loss, the greatest results are seen when combined with healthy lifestyle changes, namely, reduced calorie intake, increasing regular exercise, and getting behavioral therapy. Our eating habits are primarily based on pre-set behaviors. Behavioral therapy can help break those habits and forge newer and healthier ones and help identify mental barriers to weight loss.

As you ponder yet another New Year’s resolution to lose weight, you may be considering semaglutide to help get you started. Semaglutide helps give a boost when establishing good habits, but it is not something patients can remain on for a lifetime. Also, as with any medication, there are risks. The most common side effect is nausea, which Dr. Mel says often occurs because the patient is hungry and doesn’t know it. She says it can be managed by eating a small healthy snack until it gradually subsides.

“The body still requires nourishment, you just won’t have the same appetite, so you need to remember to eat and make sure it’s healthy, nutritious calories that will give the body what it needs to function at its best. Your provider can help you create a plan for food choices and calorie intake to ensure you are still meeting a healthy level of nutrition.”

Another side effect Dr. Mel notes is the hit to your bank account. “The name brand can run $1200 to $2000, which will last six to 10 weeks. Semaglutide is the generic version for a fraction of the cost, which is great; but again, it doesn’t do any good if you’re not also changing your eating habits and increasing your activity level.”

Dr. Mel performs a thorough evaluation of blood work, including a hormone panel, and a physical examination during a patient’s first appointment to truly understand their needs and develop a comprehensive plan to restore optimal health and overall quality of life. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit drmelirvine.com, or call 239-351-5663. You can also follow her on Facebook for news, updates, and special offers.

About Dr. Melissa (Mel) Irvine, DNP 

Dr. Mel has been in the medical field for over 15 years and is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Brenau Women’s College, in Gainesville, Georgia, her Master of Science in Nursing at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, and her doctorate degree at Florida Gulf Coast University. Dr. Mel is passionate about empowering and educating women so they can be their own advocates and make the best-informed decisions regarding treatment options and quality of life. As a Sexual Medicine provider, she takes pride in providing high-quality personalized care to meet the sexual health needs of both men and women. Her interest in Sexual Medicine took her to San Diego, where she completed a preceptorship with the leading Sexual Medicine provider in the U.S., Dr. Irwin Goldstein. She is an avid learner and regularly attends educational training and conferences to stay current on the latest and most innovative treatment options.

CONRIC pr + marketing adds graphic designer Alyse Ryan

CONRIC pr + marketing adds graphic designer Alyse Ryan FORT MYERS, Fla. (Dec. 6, 2022)…

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CONRIC pr + marketing adds graphic designer Alyse Ryan

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Dec. 6, 2022) – Alyse Ryan has joined CONRIC pr + marketing, adding to its award-winning design team. Ryan will work collaboratively with the creative team to develop impactful imagery for print and digital media as part of the comprehensive services the agency provides for its growing clientele across the country. CONRIC pr + marketing is a full-service digital marketing, branding, advertising, public relations, and web development agency recognized as an industry leader in creative visual design.

“I am very thankful to come across CONRIC pr + marketing,” said Ryan. “I was looking for an agency with a collaborative team who work together to help brands reach their highest potential. I was inspired with their broad range of clients, national reach, and involvement with nonprofit organizations. It all fell into place for me, and I am excited to be a part of the CONRIC team!”

Ryan is a professional designer with a background in graphic design, advertising, and animation. Before joining the CONRIC team, Alyse was an in-house graphic designer for D.G.Yuengling and Son Inc, the oldest brewery in America.

Alyse was born and raised in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. She proudly holds a 2019 BFA from Kutztown University in Communication Design concentrating in advertising and graphic design. During that time, she also studied interactive design, animation, and painting.

“We are thrilled to welcome Alyse to the CONRIC family,” said CONRIC pr + marketing president and chief marketing officer Connie Ramos-Williams. “Her creative experience, design style, and initiative are a great match for our growing agency, and a perfect fit for our clients’ and their brands. As CONRIC’s portfolio of clients and requests for digital marketing and design continue to grow, so does our team to stay ahead of trends and to better serve our clients.”

See the successful campaigns CONRIC creates every day 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 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 firms 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.

We're here to help you achieve your career goals.

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Are you ready to register for an adult education class?

You’ve always wanted to get back into school, but you’ve been busy working or raising a family. Now is the time to make your dreams come true!

Take a class that will help you prepare for the GED test, learn English, or even earn a higher-paying job. All at only $30 per class.

Spring 2023 Classes

Registration Links

Morning Locations
CareerSource SWFL: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/classes-at-careersource-southwest-florida-morning-spring-2023-registration-474280233947

Cape Coral Technical College (Morning): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ged-and-esol-classes-at-cape-coral-technical-college-am-spring-2023-registration-474281658207

Dunbar Community School (Morning): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ged-and-esol-classes-at-dcs-morning-spring-2023-registration-474283573937

Lee County Public Education Center – East Entrance: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ged-and-esol-classes-at-lcpec-east-entrance-spring-2023-registration-474284917957

Night Locations
Bonita Springs High School: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ged-and-esol-classes-at-bonita-springs-high-school-night-spring-2023-registration-474260825897

Cape Coral High School: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ged-and-esol-classes-at-cape-coral-high-school-night-spring-2023-registration-474264466787

Cape Coral Technical College (Night): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/esol-classes-at-cape-coral-technical-college-night-spring-2023-registration-474265901077

Cypress Lake High School: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ged-and-esol-classes-at-cypress-lake-high-school-night-spring-2023-registration-474269973257

Dunbar Community School (Night): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ged-and-esol-classes-at-dcs-night-spring-2023-registration-474272661297

Lehigh Senior High School: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ged-and-esol-classes-at-lehigh-senior-high-school-night-spring-2023-registration-474278278097

Online Classes
Online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/online-classes-ged-and-esol-spring-2023-registration-474287886837

Questions? Please call 239-939-6310

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NEW Lifelong Learning Sessions Begins in January! SIGN UP NOW!

New LIFELONG LEARNING Sessionstarts in January! We'd love to see you at one of our…

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New LIFELONG LEARNING Session
starts in January!

We’d love to see you at one of our classes starting the third week of January!

Please join us and sign-up TODAY!

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

Hurry and reserve your spot:
click on each link to register.

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP
@Cape Coral High School
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/478534348117

ACADEMIC WRITING CLASS
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/423704781407

ACRYLIC PAINTING TECHNIQUES
@Cypress Lake High School
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/427128862927

CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH for EXPERIENCED LEARNERS
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/423685774557

CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH for BEGINNERS
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/465041891817

CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH for EXPERIENCED LEARNERS
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/461122739527

CONVERSATIONAL PORTUGUESE for BEGINNERS
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/478575240427

CREATIVE WRITING CLASS
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/399524547677

IT FEELS GOOD TO FEEL GOOD! WELLNESS CLASS
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/421376367057

LET’S GET FIT!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/478506384477

MICROSOFT OFFICE BASICS
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/425106584237

INTERMEDIATE MICROSOFT EXCEL CLASS
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/425111860017

SMOKIN’ HOT BBQ-PREPPING.SMOKING.EATING
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/425719367087

UKULELE CLASS
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/427190627667

US CITIZENSHIP CIVICS TEST PREP COURSE
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/464430523197

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