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We’re Not In Kansas Anymore… THE WIZARD OF OZ Travels Over the Rainbow

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We’re Not In Kansas Anymore… THE WIZARD OF OZ Travels Over the Rainbow

The greatest family musical of all time, THE WIZARD OF OZ, is touching down in Fort Myers at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW Wednesday, December 5 and Thursday, December 6.
Tickets for THE WIZARD OF OZ go on sale Friday, July 20 at 10AM at the Box Office, online at www.bbmannpah.com or call 239-481-4849. This magical production is a celebration of the 1939 MGM movie, and will be presented with breathtaking special effects that will sweep audiences away from the moment the tornado twists its way into Kansas.
Leading the cast as Dorothy is KALIE KAIMANN. She previously played this role for the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. She has also performed as Bonnie in Anything Goes, Logainne in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Ulla in The Producers, Millie Dilmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Minnie Fay in Hello Dolly! She received a Best Featured Actress in a Musical by BroadwayWorld.com for her performance as Minnie Fay.
 Chris Duir will play the role of Scarecrow/Hunk. For Prather Entertainment Group he played the role of Bert in Mary Poppins and Eugene in the national tour of Grease. Regional credits include Crazy For You (Bobby Child), Damn Yankees (Smokey), The Drowsy Chaperone (George), and Singin’ in the Rain (Production Tenor). He was also a singer for Celebrity Cruises and Galaxy Macau Resort.
CHRISTOPHER RUSSELL will portray Tinman/Hickory. He performed as Avram/Perchik understudy in the national tour of Fiddler on the Roof.  Regionally he has performed in Funny Girl (Eddie Ryan), The Producers (Leo Bloom), The Full Monty (Jerry Lukowski), Lend Me A Tenor (Max), Steppin’ Out (Geoffrey), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Freddy Benson), and Second Chances: The Thrift Shop Musical (Wally), for which he also composed the original score.
VICTOR LEGARRETA will portray the Lion/Zeke. Victor has performed professionally in over 150 productions nationally, internationally, and on cruise ships including the recent roles of the Cop in the hilarious comedy Shear Madness, Public Enemy #1 in Anything Goes and numerous comedies for Prather Entertainment Group. Victor is also a director and has written many musical revues. He previously portrayed the Cowardly Lion at the Broadway Palm in Fort Myers, Florida.
The other leading roles will be played by: EMILY PERZAN (Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch of the West) Regional: Velma (Chicago), Cassie (A Chorus Line), Vivian (Legally Blonde), Maureen (Rent), Rutledge (1776).  KIRK LAWRENCE (Professor Marvel/The Wizard of Oz) Regional credits include: Clue: The Musical (Colonel Mustard), Oklahoma (Mr. Carnes), A Wonderful Life (Mr. Potter), and Sweeney Todd (Todd). He toured internationally with Julie Taymor, Steve Reich and Penny Arcade. ASHLEIGH THOMPSON (Aunt Em/Glinda) Regional: 9 to 5 (Judy), Jenny Wiley Theatre; Company (Kathy) Heritage Theatre Festival; and Oliver (Nancy), Festival 56. She has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory.  MICHAEL WEAVER (Uncle Henry/Gatekeeper) National Tours: Fiddler on the Roof, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Regional: Shear Madness, Camelot, Sister Act, Greater Tuna, and Christmas Story.
 And of course everyone wants to know who will play Toto. His name is MURPHY and he is a white Brussels Griffon/Cairn Terrier mix with scruffy fur and an adorable underbite. Murphy was rescued on February 5th, 2016 from the ASPCA in Chandler, AZ by Lizzie Webb (music director for The Wizard of Oz tour) and was immediately welcomed into the theatre world. He has been a trusty backstage companion, a pit orchestra puppy (sleeping at mom’s feet while she plays piano and conducts shows) and within a few months of adoption he was onstage as Willoughby in Mary Poppins. This will be his second time playing Toto.  He even has his own hashtag! #montanamurphy
Dean Sobon will serve as the Director and previously created the national tours of Fiddler on the Roof and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Other directing credits include: Clue, the Musical, West Side Story, Oklahoma, Crazy For You, A Christmas Carol, How To Succeed In Business, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Big River, The Sound of Music and Guys & Dolls. Amy McCleary will create the magical choreography and she was the Director/Choreographer of the national tour of Memphis, the Musical and the choreographer of the national tour of The Wedding Singer. The team of Sobon and McCleary will take Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow “Over the Rainbow” to adventures in Munchkin Land, the Haunted Forest and the Emerald City.
Featuring the classic songs, as composed by Harold Arlen, “Over the Rainbow,” “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” and “If I Only Had A Brain,” along with the other beloved characters, THE WIZARD OF OZ will have the entire family captivated as they travel down the yellow brick road for an unforgettable day at the theater. For more information visit:  www.wizardofoztour.com.

Facial Plastic Surgeons and Assuage Luxury Spa Team Up for Captains For Clean Water

Surgeons Challenge Other Businesses to Join  FORT MYERS, FLA., July 17, 2018 – Facial Plastic…

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Surgeons Challenge Other Businesses to Join
 FORT MYERS, FLA., July 17, 2018 – Facial Plastic Surgeons Dr. Stephen Prendiville and Dr. James L. Newlon are teaming up with Assuage Luxury Spa to raise money to support Captains For Clean Water, a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for and protecting South Florida’s water resources.
“We are disheartened to see the damage caused to our rivers and estuaries by the unnatural discharges from Lake Okeechobee.  Our fish and seagrasses are dying, our shorelines are caked with green algae, and our decaying water quality is impacting everyone,” said Drs. Prendiville and Newlon.  Both are avid fishermen and supporters of Captains For Clean Water.
“The solution is to restore the natural flow of the water by purchasing land to treat and convey Lake Okeechobee water south.  Funds to do this are already available through Amendment 1, but our legislature is slow to act to implement this long-term solution,” they said.
To help Captains For Clean Water convince the Florida Legislature to acquire land south of Lake Okeechobee, both physicians and the Assuage Luxury Spa will donate 10 percent of their income from injectables and filler sales to the non-profit for the entire month of August.  The offer will be extended to Assuage Luxury Spa locations in both Fort Myers and Naples, where Dr. Prendiville serves as medical director.
The surgeons are issuing a challenge to other businesses to also dedicate a portion of their revenues during August to help Captains For Clean Water save our waters.  Businesses that wish to join the challenge should contact Captains For Clean Water at www.captainsforcleanwater.org .
“We believe strongly that we must put pressure on our legislators and the Army Corps of Engineers to save the fisheries and coastal communities of south Florida.  It starts with just a few of us stepping forward to say ‘enough is enough’ and we ask others to join us in this fight to protect our waterways, and ultimately, our way of life,” said Drs. Prendiville and Newlon.
The fund-raiser will include all injectables and fillers offered by both physicians, including

  • Revanesse Versa™ – a filler used to minimize or erase sagging, fine lines and deep wrinkles;
  • Juvederm Vollure™ – a long-lasting filler that is FDA-approved to soften moderate to severe lines around the nose and mouth with results lasting as long as 18 months;
  • Juvederm Voluma® – the first filler approved to restore age-related volume in the cheeks;
  • Juvederm Volbella® – an injectable for lip augmentation and correction of lines around the lips;
  • Sculptra® – an FDA-approved injectable that helps gradually replace lost collagen – an underlying cause of facial aging – for results that can last more than two years; and
  • Other fillers, such as Radiesse®, Restylane®, Botox® Cosmetic, Dysport® and others.

Dr. Prendiville is the only Fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon in Fort Myers who is certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
Dr. Newlon has more than 12 years of experience as a facial plastic surgeon and is the current chairman of otolaryngology for the Lee Health system.  He is Board-certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
For more information, visit www.drprendiville.com and www.docnewlon.com

International Phonograph Expert Presenting at Edison & Ford Winter Estates

FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 16, 2018) -- Beginning Thursday, July 19, international phonograph expert, John Kurdyla,…

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International Phonograph Expert Presenting at Edison & Ford Winter Estates

FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 16, 2018) — Beginning Thursday, July 19, international phonograph expert, John Kurdyla, will provide weekly phonograph presentations at Edison & Ford Winter Estates and at the Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shoppes. Presentations will run through the end of August.
Kurdyla has one of the largest private collections of phonographs and Edison memorabilia and is an expert on Edison recorded sound. Presentations will be held every Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in the Music & Movies Gallery in the Edison Ford Museum and at 4 p.m. in the Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops.
From Italy, he has presented his knowledge on 10 Italian National Television (RAI) shows. Kurdyla also is an author and wrote the book “When Music Was Magic,” available at the estates and the Bell Tower store.
Presentations at Edison Ford are included with admission and are free for members. Presentations at the Bell Tower store are free for everyone. For more information, visit the website at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org or call 239-334-7419.

Three Professional Comedians to Perform at SalusCare Comedy Night

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Three Professional Comedians to Perform at SalusCare Comedy Night

Tickets Now on Sale
FORT MYERS, FLA., July 16, 2018– Three nationally recognized professional comedians will bring more fun to the stage on August 18 when they perform at the fourth annual “Laughter Is the Best Medicine Comedy Night” to benefit SalusCare, Inc.
Professional comedian Michael Palascak returns for the fourth time and will serve as emcee for the evening as well as perform his stand-up comedy routine.  Fellow professional comedians Pat McGann and Dwayne Perkins also will perform.
“We are thrilled to have not just one – but three professional comedians join us for our signature event.  This is in addition to our four celebrity comics who will be performing and competing for two awards chosen by the audience,’” said SalusCare Development Committee Co-Chair Marc Collins.
Tickets are now on sale for the event at the Broadway Palm and may be purchased at www.saluscarecomedynight.org.  Tickets are $150 each, including heavy hors-d’oeuvres, drinks and the show.
All three professional comedians have earned kudos for their stand-up routines.  Michael appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.  He also has performed at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, won HBO’s Lucky 21 Stand-up Contest, and was a finalist in NBC’s Last Comic Standing.  Michael was one of 12 comedians in America to debut his half-hour special on the inaugural season of Comedy Central’s The Half Hour.
Pat created and hosted the Emmy-nominated television show The Chicago Stand Up Project.  He appeared twice on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and has been invited to appear at The Great American Comedy Festival, Laugh Fest and The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.  He has been heard on the nationally syndicated The Bob & Tom Show as well as seen on AXC-TV’s Gothem Comedy Live.  His debut comedy album Sounds Good can be heard on Sirius/XM radio.
Dwayne is a new addition to the comedic line-up this year.  His one-hour special, Dwayne Perkins: Take Note, debuted on Netflix to rave reviews and became one of the top Netflix comedy specials of all time.  He has appeared several times on Comedy Central and Conan O’Brien and had a recurring piece on The Jay Leno Show entitled Great White Moments in Black History that was a viewer favorite.  He also is the author of Hot Chocolate For the Mind, a collection of humorous essays.
Four local celebrities also will perform a five-minute stand-up routine for event attendees who will “vote” for the best comedic performance.  An award also will be presented to the celebrity comic who raises the most money for SalusCare. The local celebrities who will exchange laughs for votes are:

  • Gina Birch, Radio-TV personality and wine aficionado
  • Dr. Michael Martin, Florida Gulf Coast University President
  • Eric Raddatz, Fort Myers Film Festival founder and Florida Weekly Presentation Editor
  • Amy Bennett Williams, News-Press staff writer

“Laughter Is the Best Medicine Comedy Night” has the greatest sponsorship support in its four-year history.
The Title/Presenting Sponsor is Mr. Greens Produce, a Miami-based produce distributor with a distribution center in Fort Myers that specializes in servicing restaurants, hotels, country clubs, and other food service establishments.
The Showcase Sponsor is The Richard and Vicki Pitbladdo Foundation Fund, a fund of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.
Other major sponsors are B&I Contractors, Bill Smith Appliances, Broadway Palm, Park Royal Hospital and T3 Communications (Headliner sponsors); Leading Edge Benefit Advisors and Siesta Pebble, Inc. (Grand Finale sponsors); Lee County Sheriff’s Department, Lykes Insurance, Millennium Physician Group and Altered Tattoo Company (Monologue sponsors).
Florida Weekly and The News-Press Media Group are the media sponsors.
Funds raised at the event will be used to provide outpatient psychiatry and therapy to children and adolescents in our area whose families can least afford it.   One in 10 children has serious mental health problems severe enough to impair how they function at home, in school, or in the community, according to the National Center for Children & Poverty at Columbia University.  Left untreated, mental illnesses can lead to more difficult to treat illnesses and to the development of co-occurring disorders.
For more information, contact Vice President of Public Relations Todd Cordisco at (239) 791-1575 or at [email protected] .
 
About SalusCare, Inc.
SalusCare, Inc., is the most comprehensive mental health and substance abuse treatment program in Southwest Florida, serving more than 16,000 people per year of all ages from seven locations in Lee County.   The non-profit organization offers crisis stabilization, outpatient and residential treatment and an Employee Assistance Program for about 50 area companies. The majority of programs are accredited by CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
SalusCare services are not free.  A sliding fee scale is available for most services, based on family income.  In many cases, private insurance is accepted.  SalusCare is a United Way partner agency.

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank hires Rodgers

  FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 16, 2018) – Mark Rodgers has joined Sanibel Captiva Community…

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Sanibel Captiva Community Bank hires Rodgers

 
FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 16, 2018) – Mark Rodgers has joined Sanibel Captiva Community Bank as a loan officer at the Gateway Branch in Fort Myers. He is responsible for originating commercial and residential real estate loans.
With more than 15 years of banking experience, Rodgers moved to Southwest Florida in 1981 and has experience in numerous banking positions, including assistant vice president of mortgage loans and commercial lending and vice president of private banking.
A Bonita Springs resident, Rodgers attended Florida Junior College at Jacksonville and is also a licensed health care risk manager in the state of Florida. A member of Kiwanis, Rodgers was on the founding board of directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida and served on the Associated Home Health Industries of Florida board of directors.
Founded in 2003, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank has two locations on Sanibel and five locations in Fort Myers. The bank is nationally ranked in the top 20 as a best-performing community bank by S&P Global Market Intelligence out of more than 4,500 banks with assets under $1 billion. It is well-capitalized, with $415 million in total assets, and generates the highest return on equity of all Florida banks.
Sanibel Captiva Community Bank’s professionals provide customized individual and business banking services and specialize in residential loans. The bank offers free personal and business checking, deposit accounts with competitive interest rates, safe deposit boxes, and a full array of online banking products and services, including electronic statements, mobile banking apps, CardValet, online bill pay, Positive Pay and ACH Manager. To learn more, visit www.SanCapBank.com.
 
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Fort Myers Miracle announce return of Beer, Baseball & Boom on July 20 at Hammond Stadium

FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 16, 2018) – The Fort Myers Miracle’s eighth annual Beer, Baseball…

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Fort Myers Miracle announce return of Beer, Baseball & Boom on July 20 at Hammond Stadium

FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 16, 2018) – The Fort Myers Miracle’s eighth annual Beer, Baseball & Boom on July 20 will feature unlimited samples of several dozen craft beers and postgame fireworks sandwiched around a baseball game.
Beer, Baseball & Boom, presented by Killebrew Root Beer, has quickly gained fame as a top midsummer event for beer aficionados, who will have two full hours to taste samples of ice cold ales, lagers, pilsners and stouts from brewing companies near and far. Many Southwest Florida breweries will be featured on the stadium concourse, including Scotty’s Bierwerks, which this season has brewed the new Scotty’s Miracle Blonde Ale.
“For just $6, fans will receive a wristband to attend the beer fest and hopefully find a new favorite brew at the ballpark,” said Chris Peters, Miracle president and general manager. “We suggest arriving early and staying late to take full advantage of Beer, Baseball & Boom.”
The event is an extension of the Miracle’s Ballpark Festival of Beers, a larger beer fest that celebrated its 14th anniversary in January. This season, the Miracle have expanded the variety of beer and alcohol options being served at Hammond Stadium to offer fans a greater selection of Florida-based brews.
Beer, Baseball & Boom runs from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 20 on the stadium concourse. The Miracle will be playing the Lakeland Flying Tigers, with first pitch set for 7 p.m. Game tickets start at $8.50 in advance or $10 on game day.
Brews to be featured at Beer, Baseball & Boom include:

  • SweetWater Brewery: 420 Extra Pale Ale
  • Islamorada Beer Company: Island Citrus Ale
  • Big Top Brewing Company: Conch Republic Key Lime Wheat
  • Funky Buddha Brewery: Floridian Hefeweizen
  • Bury Me Brewing: From My Cold Dead Hands
  • Tampa Bay Brewing Co.: Reef Donkey
  • Founders Brewing Co.: Solid Gold
  • Coppertail Brewing Co.: BOMP!
  • 3 Daughters Brewing: Key Lime Cider
  • ACE Premium Craft Ciders: Pineapple Cider
  • Fat Point Brewing: Big Boca Ale
  • Motorworks Brewing: Pulp Friction
  • Big Storm Brewing Company: Wavemaker Amber Ale
  • Old Soul Brewing: Comb Over Honey Ale
  • Scotty’s Bierwerks: Scotty’s Miracle Blonde Ale
  • Victory Brewing Company: Golden Monkey
  • Sea Dog Brewing Company: Blueberry Wheat Ale
  • Green Bench Brewing Co.: Sunshine City IPA
  • Swamp Head Brewery: Wild Night Honey Cream Ale
  • Narragansett Brewing Co.: Del’s Shandy
  • Blue Moon Brewing Company: Mango Wheat and Summer Honey Wheat
  • Florida Beer Co.: Caribe Pineapple Hard Cider
  • Jdubs Brewing: Passion Wheat and Bell Cow Milk Chocolate Porter
  • Cigar City Brewing: Guayabera and Golden Ale
  • Lagunitas Brewing Company: Sumpin’ Easy Ale and IPA
  • Terrapin Beer Company: Luau Kunkles and Watermelon Gose
  • Fort Myers Brewing Co.: Mango IPA and Sand Loafer
  • Point Ybel Brewing Company: Sanibel Red Island Ale and Snook Bite IPA
  • Palm City Brewing: Last Laugh and San Carlos Proper
  • Bone Hook Brewing Co.: Honey Hole and Dirty Dave’s IPA
  • Riptide Brewing Company: Undertow IPA and Paddlepuss Blonde Ale
  • Momentum Brewhouse: Pierce’s Pale and Instinct IPA

 
The July 20 game features an abundance of promotions, including:

  • Fireworks Friday: A spectacular postgame pyrotechnics display in right field from Zambelli Fireworks.
  • Wrestling Night: Wrestling legends Tito Santana and Nasty Boy Brian Knobbs will hold a meet-and-greet with fans.
  • Pregame Happy Hour: Wicked Dolphin and B103.9 will be presenting special drink offers from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Miracle vs. Cancer Night: A head-shaving and fundraising event will benefit the Vs. Cancer initiative of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
  • Nonprofit Night: Southwest Florida charitable organizations will create informational booths and provide materials to fans interested in making a difference in this community.
  • Baseball Miracles Glove Drive: The Miracle are partnering with Baseball Miracles to collect gently used baseball and softball gloves so all children have an opportunity to play the game.

For more information about baseball tickets and promotions, please call 239-768-4210 or visit MiracleBaseball.com.
About the Miracle
The Fort Myers Miracle are the Class-A Advanced Affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, and have played home games at Hammond Stadium since 1992. Notable Miracle alumni include Joe Mauer, Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and Torii Hunter. Follow the Miracle online at MiracleBaseball.com or through its social media channels: Twitter (@MiracleBaseball), Instagram (fortmyersmiracle), Facebook (Fort Myers Miracle) and Snapchat (ftmyersmiracle). For questions or ticket information, call the Miracle at 239-768-4210.

Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce bringing small business experts to July luncheon

FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 13, 2018) – Small business will be the focus of the…

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Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce bringing small business experts to July luncheon

FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 13, 2018) – Small business will be the focus of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s General Membership Meeting on July 19.

Eleven industry experts will offer their professional expertise to attendees on a variety of pertinent topics for business leaders, including digital storytelling, health, networking and more.

The luncheon is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, July 19 at Pelican Preserve Golf Club, 9802 Pelican Preserve Blvd. in Fort Myers.

Participating experts include: Tracy Siekmann of Lee Health (“How to Balance Fitness, Wellness and Career”), Bryan Blackwell of Molloy Financial Group (“How to be a Master Networker”), Randy Mitchelson of iPartnerMedia (“Speed Kills, Except on Google”) and Shannon Densham of HelloSWFL (“Video Marketing and Social Media Storytelling”). The Chamber will announce additional experts as the event approaches.

Admission to the luncheon event is $25 for prepaid Chamber members and $35 for future members and those who pay at the door. To learn more or to register for the event, visit www.FortMyers.org.

About the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce:
Serving Lee County and surrounding areas since 1989, the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is a business organization of professionals who support and promote a progressive, sustainable community. The Chamber represents nearly 800 businesses, professionals, and individuals throughout Lee County, providing opportunities for members to participate in a variety of meaningful networking, educational and community- and business-focused programs and events. The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce is located at 2310 Edwards Drive in downtown Fort Myers. For additional information regarding membership opportunities or events please call 239-332-3624 or visit www.fortmyers.org. For the latest news and updates, follow the Chamber on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gfmcc or Twitter at @FtMyersChamber.

August Calendar of Events | Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

Friday, August 3, 2018 • Abstracted Group Art Show The group art show, “Abstracted,” features…

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August Calendar of Events | Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

Friday, August 3, 2018 • Abstracted Group Art Show
The group art show, “Abstracted,” features the works of artists Karen Gozzo Nolan, Michael Pohlman, Jeffrey Scott Lewis, & Yvonne Krystman. Enjoy this art opening show during Art Walk on Friday, August 3rd from 6pm – 10pm in the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center’s Grand Atrium. Visit www.sbdac.com for more info.
Opens: Friday, August 3, 2018 | 6pm – 10pm
Closes: Tuesday, August 28th | 5pm
Friday, August 3, 2018 • Hit Me with Your Best Shot Group Art Show
The group art show, “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” features a collection of works from social media. Artists submitted works from their social media accounts to be featured in a one-of-a-kind exhibition in SBDAC’s Capital Gallery. Visit www.sbdac.com for more info.
Opens: Friday, August 3, 2018 | 6pm – 10pm
Closes: Tuesday, August 28th | 5pm
Monday, August 6, 2018 • TGIM
Thank God for Indie Movie Mondays returns! Take part in the first Fort Myers Film Festival selection of the season. Judges and audience members participate in picking the finalists! Don’t miss this fun-filled indie film night at SBDAC. Visit www.sbdac.com for more info.
6:30pm | Doors • Tickets: $10
Friday, August 10, 2018 • Sounds of Summer feat. Roots Almighty & the Regulars
Experience one of the area’s best reggae bands, Roots Almighty! This original act hails from Bonita Springs, and has been featured in the acclaimed Sugarshack Sessions. See them live, with opening act The Regulars. FSW and FGCU Students BOGO with student ID! Visit www.sbdac.com for more info.
7:30pm | Doors • 8pm – 10pm | Music • Tickets: $5
Thursday, August 23, 2018 • Art and Poetry Networking Event
Join Gulf Coast Leisure at SBDAC 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! Visit www.sbdac.com for info.
8pm | Tickets: $10
Friday, August 24, 2018 • Summer Singer-Songwriter Competition
Join SBDAC and the Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel for the Second Annual Summer Singer-Songwriter Competition! This annual event draws in original singer-songwriters from around the country to participate in winning recording time at Six Fingers Studios and a spot at the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest. Visit www.sbdac.com for info.
7:30pm | Doors • 8pm – 10pm | Music • Tickets: $5
 

ZOOMERS RINGS IN THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR WITH BACK TO SCHOOL BASH

Fort Myers, FL – July 12, 2018 – Zoomers, Fort Myers’ premiere indoor/outdoor family fun…

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ZOOMERS RINGS IN THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR WITH BACK TO SCHOOL BASH

Fort Myers, FL – July 12, 2018 – Zoomers, Fort Myers’ premiere indoor/outdoor family fun park, is holding a Back to School Bash on Friday, August 17. Starting at 5 p.m. until the park closes, wristbands will be $15 with unlimited go-karts, attractions, and mini golf.
Hourly drawings for annual passes will be done with a grand prize of a $250 Zcard that you can use like cash anywhere in the park! Big Mama and the Wild Bunch from radio station, B103.9, will also be present adding to the fun and entertainment, as well as other vendors. Be sure to make a pit stop at Sidetracked Bar & Grille for delicious food and fun drinks before you race your friends on one of two go-kart tracks.
For more information about Zoomers, visit ZoomersAmsementPark.com or call 239-481-ZOOM (9666).
ABOUT ZOOMERS
Zoomers is an indoor/outdoor family entertainment center offering a large assortment of games, rides, and attractions, ideal for everyone ages 3 to 103. Outside, Zoomers offers two go-kart tracks, a rollercoaster, mini golf, Midway Rides and much more. Inside, Zoomers offers a Family Fun Arcade, featuring a Winner’s Circle where prizes can be won. Zoomers can host large or small events in their party rooms, which feature panoramic views of the park and surrounding areas, making it perfect for parties, retreats or meetings.
Zoomers is located at 17455 Summerlin Road in Fort Myers, Florida, just before Fort Myers Beach and the Islands of Sanibel and Captiva. Through the summer, the park is open Monday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. For more information call (239) 481-9666.
 
 

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Announces the 5 Finalists for the 13th Annual APEX Awards

Fort Myers, Fla. – July 12, 2018 – The five finalists for the 13th Annual…

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The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Announces the 5 Finalists for the 13th Annual APEX Awards

Fort Myers, Fla. – July 12, 2018 – The five finalists for the 13th Annual Apex Awards presented by Vector & Ink are (in no particular order) Susan Bennett of Susan Bennett Marketing and Media LC; Kelly L. Fayer of Kelly L. Fayer, P.A; Teri Hansen, APR of Priority Marketing; Christina Harris Schwinn of Pavese Law Firm; and Judy Williams of SPADA Salon and Day Spa.
The five finalists were announced during the Women in Business meeting on Wednesday, July 11th at Hodges University. The 2018 APEX Award recipient will be announced at the APEX Award Gala on Saturday, August 25th at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa.
Tickets and VIP tables can be purchased online at www.fortmyers.org or by calling the GFMCC office at (239) 332-2930. Individual tickets are $150. VIP tables are still available starting at $1,350 for groups of eight or more.
For more information please contact Stephanie Davis at (239) 332-3624 ext. 213 or via email at [email protected]. For further event details please visit www.fortmyers.org or send questions to [email protected].
Sponsors: Vector & Ink, HelloSWFL, IBERIABANK, Molloy Financial Group, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, iPartnerMedia, Inc., Bell Tower Shops, Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company P.A., Planned Perfection, Mark Loren Designs, Harmons Audio Visual.
ABOUT THE APEX AWARDS
The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and its Women In Business Committee are proud to hold this occasion to honor the inspirational and hard working professionals of Lee County. This black tie optional celebration is a tribute to a local individual for their professional excellence, community service and support of helping others attain their goals.
ABOUT THE GREATER FORT MYERS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Serving Lee County and surrounding areas since 1989, the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is a business organization of professionals who support and promote a progressive, sustainable community. The Chamber represents nearly 800 businesses, professionals and individuals throughout Lee County, providing opportunities for members to participate in a variety of meaningful networking, educational and community- and business-focused programs and events. The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce is located at 2310 Edwards Drive in downtown Fort Myers. For additional information regarding membership opportunities or events please call 239-332-3624 or visit www.fortmyers.org. For the latest news and updates, follow the Chamber on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gfmcc or Twitter at @FtMyersChamber.