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GULFSHORE OPERA BRINGS “VERY VERDI” TO THE SIDNEY & BERNE DAVIS ART CENTER

  January 16, 2018 - Fort Myers, FL - On Friday, February 23rd, experience “Very…

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GULFSHORE OPERA BRINGS “VERY VERDI” TO THE SIDNEY & BERNE DAVIS ART CENTER

 
January 16, 2018 – Fort Myers, FL – On Friday, February 23rd, experience “Very Verdi” from Gulfshore Opera! Gulfshore Opera presents beautiful renditions of classic opera works throughout their season. “Very Verdi” will feature arias, duets and scenes from powerful moments in the famous Verdi operas. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in the historic downtown Fort Myers River District.
 
Gulfshore Opera Presents Very Verdi
Friday, February 23, 2018
Show: 7:30pm | Cocktails: 7pm
Tickets: $45
 
Gulfshore Opera’s mission is to enrich the community by presenting high quality opera theater and classical vocal music, to engage​ top professionals, ​regional​ artists and inspired community members, and to promote community well-being through performances and musical education programs. Gulfshore Opera promises to present the highest quality of operatic performances to SWFL, while maximizing accessibility for diverse audiences.
 
Serving Collier, Lee and Charlotte Counties, Gulfshore Opera promises to present the highest quality of opera theater and classical vocal music performances while maximizing accessibility for diverse audiences of all ages. Our Educational Outreach program is committed to community building through a youth development program that empowers at- risk children to strive for excellence through music.
 
Gulfshore Opera was founded in 2014 by Steffanie Pearce, who brings 30 years of experience in the field of opera. She is a producer, director, performer and teacher of the great art form and has performed around the world. She resides in Southwest Florida. For more info, visit http://www.gulfshoreopera.org/.
 
 
 

EXPERIENCE FEBRUARY’S ART AND POETRY NETWORKING EVENT HOSTED BY GULF COAST LEISURE

January 16, 2018 - Fort Myers, FL- Join Gulf Coast Leisure at SBDAC on Thursday,…

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EXPERIENCE FEBRUARY’S ART AND POETRY NETWORKING EVENT HOSTED BY GULF COAST LEISURE

January 16, 2018 – Fort Myers, FL- Join Gulf Coast Leisure at SBDAC on Thursday, February 22nd at 8pm for the Art & Poetry Networking Event! Mixed media artists, music, spoken word, and vendors are all highlighted each month. Attendees also have a chance to network and connect with other like minded people in the arts community. Sign up early to perform, or be a part of the audience and enjoy this interactive music and art showcase! The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in the historic downtown Fort Myers River District.
 
to build culture in SWFL. They’re passionate about serving the community and creating a positive environment that can build relationships and lay the foundation for a more unified community. In 2016, GCL has expanded their team to provide professional and quality experiences for their event attendees. GCL currently hosts 2 events a month in the River District Area of Downtown Fort Myers. The events are cultured and fresh, offering a unique experience each and every time.
 
 
 
 
 

Anna Withrow Presents “Pursuing Your Passion: The Journey to Entrepreneurship” as Part of the FSW Critical Thinking Lecture Series

JANUARY 16, 2018 – FORT MYERS, FLA. – The Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) Critical…

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Anna Withrow Presents “Pursuing Your Passion: The Journey to Entrepreneurship” as Part of the FSW Critical Thinking Lecture Series

JANUARY 16, 2018 – FORT MYERS, FLA. – The Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) Critical Thinking Lecture Series presents, “Pursuing Your Passion: The Journey to Entrepreneurship,” with Anna Withrow, at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 29, at the FSW Thomas Edison Campus, Building U-102, Fort Myers. Additionally, the presentation can be viewed digitally at the FSW Charlotte Campus, Building O, Room 117; the FSW Collier Campus, Building M, Room 201; and the FSW Hendry/Glades Curtis Center, Building A, Room 114.
Withrow is a registered yoga teacher and the director and owner of Yoga Bird, the largest yoga studio in Fort Myers. She teaches an uplifting style of traditional hatha yoga, having trained at the Himalayan Institute. In her classes, she integrates elements of yoga philosophy and practical wisdom, guiding students in a practice that leads to remembering that we are more than our physical bodies and that we are perfect as we are. “If you are present and breathing, I can’t help but think you’re totally amazing, no matter what shape your body is making,” she says. “I am honored by each student who practices with me and recognize you as my greatest teachers.” In addition to teaching, she is a perpetual student and spends as much time as her schedule allows learning from her teachers. At Yoga Bird, she oversees a schedule of over fifty classes per week, weekly workshops that explore the deeper aspects of yoga, and a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program.
The FSW Critical Thinking Lecture Series features community leaders who discuss how they use critical thinking skills in their profession or focus on critical topics from their area of career or academic interest. The series is free and open to the public. Presentations take place weekly, and the spring series runs January through April. A full schedule can be viewed at www.fsw.edu/ctls.
 
For more information on the FSW Critical Thinking Lecture Series, contact Whitney Rhyne, director, Strategic Initiatives, at (239) 433-6943 or Whitney.Rhyne@fsw.edu.
 
 

NATALY G. MILIAN JOINS CASTELLANOS + TRAMONTE ARCHITECTS

CAPE CORAL, FLA., January 22, 2018 – Art Castellanos, president of Castellanos + Tramonte Architects…

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NATALY G. MILIAN JOINS CASTELLANOS + TRAMONTE ARCHITECTS

CAPE CORAL, FLA., January 22, 2018 – Art Castellanos, president of Castellanos + Tramonte Architects in Cape Coral, announces the hiring of Nataly G. Milian as a staff architect.
Milian will be responsible for the design and implementation of commercial projects for the regional firm, which specializes in commercial design.
“We believe that Nataly’s experience will be a great asset to our firm as we grow to meet the needs of our clients,” Castellanos said.
Milian is a graduate of Jose Antonio Echeverria University in Havana, Cuba, with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.  She also served as a professor of architecture at the university for two years.
She worked for architectural firms in Miami prior to joining Castellanos + Tramonte.  Among her projects are 3D modeling for Pavilion Shopping Center in Naples, Georgian Gardens in Miami, Town & Country Center in Miami, and Liberty Square in Miami.
Castellanos + Tramonte Architects was founded in 2016 by Art Castellanos, AIA, and Jason Tramonte, AIA.  The firm, located at 1625 S.E. 46th St., Suite 2A, in Cape Coral, currently employs five people.
Together, the team has designed more than 150 buildings throughout Florida, including  high-profile projects on the Ava Maria University campus in Collier County, fire stations, shopping centers, government buildings, restaurants, 7-Elevens and much more from Florida’s panhandle to Naples.
In Cape Coral, projects include Culver’s, Orion Bank, Big John’s Plaza, Cape Paradise Resort, Gastroenterology Associates of Southwest Florida, Nevermind Restaurant, Time Warner Cable, Rib City, Cape Veterinary Practice, Providence Christian School, Associates in Dermatology, Associates in Digestive Health, Viscaya Prado Veterinary Clinic, Hope Methodist Church and others.
 
About Castellanos + Tramonte Architects
Castellanos + Tramonte Architects is a full service multi-discipline architectural firm in Southwest Florida. The firm specializes in commercial architecture, which includes fire stations, healthcare buildings, public facilities, office buildings, shopping centers, industrial/warehouse buildings and, most recently, private educational and assembly buildings. For more information, visit Castellanos + Tramonte Architects website at www.castellanostramonte.com, or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/castellanostramonte/).
 
 
 

Pavese Law Firm partner Christina Harris Schwinn to speak at 2018 SWFL Women’s Business Summit Feb. 16

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 22, 2018) – Pavese Law Firm partner Christina Harris Schwinn will…

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Pavese Law Firm partner Christina Harris Schwinn to speak at 2018 SWFL Women’s Business Summit Feb. 16

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 22, 2018) – Pavese Law Firm partner Christina Harris Schwinn will speak at the 2018 Southwest Florida Women’s Business Summit, taking place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16 at Florida SouthWestern State College, Building U, located at 8099 College Parkway in Fort Myers. The event is hosted by the Lee County Economic Development Office (EDO). Schwinn, whose practice area includes labor and employment law, will discuss employment matters for businesses conducting business in Florida. Registration for this event is free. For more information or to register for the event, visit www.eventbrite.com and select the “2018 SWFL Women’s Business Summit” event listing.
Schwinn is available to speak to local businesses and organizations on a variety of employment law topics and she can be reached at 239-336-6228 or christinaschwinn@paveselaw.com. Schwinn’s practice areas include employment law, business transactions, community association law and real estate law. Schwinn is an accomplished public speaker and regularly writes articles that have been published both locally and nationally in a variety of publications.
Pavese Law Firm is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. The firm provides a broad range of legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations.  Practice areas include agricultural, banking and finance, bankruptcy, business and taxation, civil litigation, community association, employment, environmental and water, estate planning, probate and trust, family, land use and government, and real estate law. Established in 1949 as a one-person general practice firm, Pavese Law Firm has grown into one of the largest legal practices in Southwest Florida. With a long history of service to Southwest Florida, Pavese Law Firm has played a significant role in the growth of local businesses, communities and major development projects.  For more information, visit www.paveselaw.com.
 
 

Edward Aguilar Named Assistant General Manager/Vice President for Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee

Tribal Career Development Program Grad Joins Ranks of Seminole Gaming Leadership   IMMOKALEE, Fla. (Jan.…

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Edward Aguilar Named Assistant General Manager/Vice President for Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee

Tribal Career Development Program Grad Joins Ranks of Seminole Gaming Leadership
 
IMMOKALEE, Fla. (Jan. 22, 2018) – Edward Aguilar has been named Assistant General Manager / Vice President for Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee.
 
Aguilar is an enrolled member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and becomes one of the highest ranking Tribal members in Seminole Gaming management.  He joined the Tribal Career Development Program in February, 2013, and excelled through its cross-training opportunities at Seminole Gaming and Hard Rock International, which is owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
 
In May, 2015, Aguilar was named Assistant Director of Slot Operations for Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee.  He was promoted to Assistant Director of Casino Operations in February 2016.
 
Conscious of his role as a Tribal member in management of Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee, Aguilar has attended nearly every Immokalee new employee orientation, providing new hires with an understanding of the Tribe’s history and culture and helping to shape their commitment to customer service.
 
As a graduate of the 2016 Seminole Gaming Excellence in Leadership program, Aguilar spent time working within the leadership of key departments, including Food & Beverage, Marketing, Table Games, Hotel and Human Resources.  He worked in nearly every position at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee.
 
Aguilar began his gaming career in 2001 as a lead Seminole Gaming Commission Officer at Seminole Casino Immokalee.  During his time with the Seminole Gaming Commission, he assisted with the openings of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood and the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa.
 
In 2006, Aguilar was promoted to Assistant Compliance Officer at Seminole Casino Immokalee.  He later worked for several years at the Immokalee office of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc., the non-gaming business development arm of the Tribe.
 
Aguilar earned an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 2013.  He resides near his hometown of Immokalee, Fla., with his wife, Cindy.
 
 
 
 

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southwest Florida Elects Board Officers

(Fort Myers, FL) January 22, 2018- Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of Southwest Florida has elected board…

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Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southwest Florida Elects Board Officers

(Fort Myers, FL) January 22, 2018- Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of Southwest Florida has elected board officers for 2018: President Robert Atkinson, Retail Specialist, Lowe’s Inc.; Vice Presidents Lee Bellamy, General Manager, Shangri-La Springs; and Deana Homsi, McDonald’s Owner/Operator; Treasurer Gladys Riccobono, CPA, CVA, MAAF, Compass Forensics LLC;  Secretary and Past President Heidi Colgate-Tamblyn, Senior Vice President & Manager, Synovus Securities;  Parliamentarian Carey Randall, Associate Publisher/CFO, Smithsonian (retired).
 
RMHC is also pleased to welcome to the Board of Directors:  Frank Mazzeo, Jr., DDS, President and CEO, Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida;  Shahid Sultan, MD, Neonatologist/VP KVS Interior Design; and Sarah Hawes, Director of Community Relations, Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida.
 
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida is to create, find, and support programs that directly impact the health and well-being of children and their families in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties. RMHC of SWFL supports the Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® Program, grants and scholarships to deserving individuals and organizations in our five county region.  For more information, visit www.rmhcswfl.org
 

FSW’s Critical Thinking Lectures Series Continues its Spring Program with Diverse Topics in February

JANUARY 22, 2018 – FORT MYERS, FLA. – The Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) Critical…

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FSW’s Critical Thinking Lectures Series Continues its Spring Program with Diverse Topics in February

JANUARY 22, 2018 – FORT MYERS, FLA. – The Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) Critical Thinking Lecture Series continues its spring program with a series of guest speakers in February. These community leaders will discuss how they use critical thinking skills in their profession or focus on critical topics from their area of career or academic interest. The FSW Critical Thinking Lecture Series spring schedule runs from January-April, offering a wide range of guest speakers and topics each month, and can be viewed at www.fsw.edu/ctls. The series is free and open to the public.
Presentations can be viewed live on the Thomas Edison Campus or digitally at all other FSW locations. The February schedule is as follows:
“Put on Your Thinking Cap: Six Hats for Better Decision Making” with Dr. Mary Myers, professor, Cornerstone Experience and Introduction to Technology, FSW
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2-3 p.m.
FSW Campus Locations – Thomas Edison Campus: Building U-102; Charlotte Campus: Building E-105; Collier Campus: Building A-103; Hendry/Glades Curtis Center: Building A-106
 
“Food is Medicine” with Dr. Salvatore Lacagnina, system medical director of Wellness and Employee Health for Lee Health
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
FSW Campus Locations – Thomas Edison Campus: Building U-102; Charlotte Campus: Building O-117; Collier Campus: Building M-201; Hendry/Glades Curtis Center: Building A-114
 
“Living in a World of Fake News” with Ron Feemster, professor, journalism, FSW
Monday, Feb. 19, 6-7 p.m.
FSW Campus Locations – Thomas Edison Campus: Building U-102; Charlotte Campus: Building O-117; Collier Campus: Building M-201; Hendry/Glades Curtis Center: Building A-106
 
“Think Like a Nurse” with Angie Vitale, professor, nursing, FSW
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2-3 p.m.
FSW Campus Locations – Thomas Edison Campus: Building AA-177; Charlotte Campus: Building J-118; Collier Campus: Building A-103
 
“Nature is Queer” with Dr. Roz Jester, professor, oceanography; and director, eLearning, FSW
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2-3 p.m.
FSW Campus Locations – Thomas Edison Campus: Building J-103
 
For more information on the FSW Critical Thinking Lecture Series, contact Whitney Rhyne, director, Strategic Initiatives, at (239) 433-6943 or Whitney.Rhyne@fsw.edu.
 
 

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND APRIL 12 TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, JANUARY

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TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND APRIL 12 TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, JANUARY

(Fort Myers) – Tedeschi Trucks Band will perform at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW on Thursday, April 12 at 7:30PM. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 26 at 10AM and will be available at the Box Office, online at www.bbmannpah.com or call 239-481-4849.
 
Now in their eighth year, Grammy-winning Tedeschi Trucks Band has earned their reputation as one of the premier live acts touring today. The 12-piece ensemble, led by the husband-and-wife team of guitarist Derek Trucks and guitarist-singer Susan Tedeschi, is a true collective; a rarity in rock-and-roll with every musician featured nightly while serving the band’s unified vision, pushing the boundaries of group dynamics and improvisation to inspiring new heights. Praised by reviewers for their “joy-filled blast of blues, soul and rock” (Philadelphia Inquirer) and “stellar musicianship” (Denver Post), TTB is a touring juggernaut, on the road over 200 days a year and never playing the same set list twice.
 
Their latest release, Live From the Fox Oakland, (2017) – a CD and film – was recorded in a single night at a show that fans and band members all regard as one of their finest performances to date.  The double disc live recording showcases the band’s ability to move seamlessly from blistering rock and blues to soulful ballads and includes their take on classics from Derek and the Dominos, Leonard Cohen, and even Miles Davis among TTB’s original songs.
 
Live From the Fox Oakland, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Blues and #6 on the Rock Albums chart, follows four critically-hailed and commercially successful TTB albums, including their Grammy-winning inaugural studio effort Revelator (2011), and 2016’s Let Me Get By, the first to be solely produced by Trucks and written in house in the TTB family and called by the Associated Press “one of the great records of the year”.
 
Performance Date / Time:           Thursday, April 12 – 7:30PM*
Ticket Prices:                                     $125*    $99.50*    $69.50*    $59.50*     $49.50*
*All shows, dates, times and ticket prices are subject to change
 
 
Peg Welty
Director of Marketing / Public Relations
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
13350 FSW Parkway

Hodges University to Host Second Annual “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, Clarity and Commitment” Event

NAPLES, Fla. – January 22, 2018 – For the second year in a row, Hodges…

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Hodges University to Host Second Annual “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, Clarity and Commitment” Event

NAPLES, Fla. – January 22, 2018 – For the second year in a row, Hodges University will recognize six women who are making a difference in the local community at the “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, Clarity and Commitment” event on March 2.
“As this is our second year for this event, we are honored to recognize these outstanding women. These are the unsung heroes of our community who are going above and beyond and challenging the status quo,” said Gail B. Williams, chief diversity officer at Hodges University. “This event is a celebration of their efforts to create a better and stronger community.”
The 2018 honorees include:

  • Linda Lislane A. Bruce, House of Gaia (posthumously) – Accepted by her daughter, Lulu Carter, Founder BeeGaia/ House of Gaia Community Learning Center
  • Lisa “Akita” Cannon, President of the Citizen’s Foster Care Review Board
  • Indera DeMine, Independent Immigration Attorney
  • Beatrice Jacquet, President of the Haitian-American Democratic Club of Lee County
  • Tracey M. Lanham, Associate Dean of the Fisher School of Technology at Hodges University
  • Teresita Sanchez-McKay, President of the Philippine American International Society

Attendees will hear from two keynote speakers, Bevin Mugford, head of field development at Peach, and Yemisi Oloruntola-Coates, system director of diversity and patient care civil rights at Lee Health. This year’s honorary guest will be Bertha Eady.
The cost to attend is $45 and lunch will be included. Raffle prizes will be given away, so guests are encouraged to bring their business cards.
Register today to reserve your seat or become a sponsor at https://hu.formstack.com/forms/womens_history_month. Guests may also contact Gail B. Williams at gwilliams@hodges.edu for more information.
About the Office of Diversity and Inclusion:
Hodges University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion is dedicated to increasing diversity and promoting cultural competency among its students, faculty, staff and administration through education and activities. It builds bridges to the larger community by serving as the catalyst for social change and transformation as it relates to diversity and inclusion.