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Groundbreaking ceremony held for Tribby Arts Center at Shell Point

ceremony to mark the beginning of construction on the Tribby Arts Center, a $15 million…

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Groundbreaking ceremony held for Tribby Arts Center at Shell Point

ceremony to mark the beginning of construction on the Tribby Arts Center, a $15 million amenity to be located near The Club at Shell Point. More than 450 people attended this event, which was held on the future building site.
 
“It is our belief that the Tribby Arts Center will not only enrich residents’ lives today, but also do so for future generations who will call this beautiful place their home,” said Jeff Cory, executive director of The Legacy Foundation at Shell Point.
 
The two-level, 44,000-square-foot center, dedicated to visual and performing arts, as well as educational programming, will provide expanded and first-time spaces for artists to work.
 
The building will include a grand entrance and atrium gallery, full-time art gallery, practice rooms for musicians, numerous studios for painting, crafts, pottery, quilting, textiles, stain glass and photography, plus, the 350-seat, state-of-the-art theatre-style Connie Brown Hall auditorium. Additional features include a gift shop featuring artists’ works, a French bistro, and an English sculpture garden.
 
The Tribby Arts Center at Shell Point is named in honor of the Shell Point resident who provided the initial gift to launch the fundraising campaign for the future performing arts facility. Currently $13.5 million of the $15 million campaign has been funded.
 
“The Tribby Arts Center at Shell Point is an embodiment of Shell Point’s mission to ensure, through thoughtful building and relevant programming, an exceptional quality of life for the residents we serve,” said Martin Schappell, president of Shell Point.
 
Once completed, the Tribby Arts Center at Shell Point will join the long list of amenities that Shell Point residents and their guests enjoy, which include boating, championship golf with an elegantly appointed clubhouse, six restaurants, the Academy of Lifelong Learning, salon and spa, miles of walking and bike trails, fitness centers and much more.
 
Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) located along the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers, Florida, just two miles before Sanibel Island.  Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing in an active, resort-style environment for 2,400 residents. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.
 
 

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Selects New CEO

  FORT MYERS, Fla. (February 2, 2018) -- The Edison & Ford Winter Estates board…

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Edison & Ford Winter Estates Selects New CEO

 
FORT MYERS, Fla. (February 2, 2018) — The Edison & Ford Winter Estates board of trustees and executive search committee has selected Michael A. Flanders as the organization’s new President and CEO. Flanders has a long history with Edison Ford and has strategic planning and historic preservation experience. He has lived in Southwest Florida most of his life and has built important relationships with community and public officials that will be beneficial to Edison Ford. He will officially start his new position on February 12.
“Mr. Flanders is talented and experienced in science, horticulture, government, art, architecture and master site planning,” said Lee Golden, chairman of the board of trustees. “His experience and trusted relationships will be valuable to the Estates for moving forward with the organization’s immediate goals and long-range master plan.”
Flanders has 30 years of master site planning experience and was instrumental in the revitalization of the downtown Fort Myers historic district with the design and construction of the downtown streetscape. He also has 33 years of experience  designing architecture compatible with the Southwest Florida environment and experience working with preserving historic designations.
“I am proud to accept the honor of becoming the new President and CEO of such an important organization in our community,” said Flanders. “I look forward to working with the staff to create partnerships and collaborate in many ways with the community.”
Flanders graduated from Fort Myers High School, he has a Bachelor of Design degree from the University of Florida and a Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He has owned an architectural firm in historic downtown Fort Myers since 1984.
Edison & Ford Winter Estates is the internationally known winter home site of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. More than 250,000 visitors walk through the site each year from all around the globe. The organization has received many awards, including the National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Garden Clubs’ Historic Preservation Award. The site is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures,” a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. The Edison Botanic Laboratory is a National Historic Chemical Landmark. The site is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and until 9 p.m. during the month of December.
 
 
 
 

INTERNATIONALLY-ACCLAIMED VIOLINIST ITZHAK PERLMAN TO PERFORM AT BARBARA B. MANN HALL

FORT MYERS, FLA., February 2, 2018 – Internationally-acclaimed violinist Itzhak Perlman will bring his classical…

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INTERNATIONALLY-ACCLAIMED VIOLINIST ITZHAK PERLMAN TO PERFORM AT BARBARA B. MANN HALL

FORT MYERS, FLA., February 2, 2018 – Internationally-acclaimed violinist Itzhak Perlman will bring his classical music to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall February 27 when he headlines the 2018 season of the Fort Myers Community Concert Association.
A limited number of tickets are available for the one-night concert at 7:30 p.m.  Prices are $70 for orchestra seats, $35 for lower balcony seats and $25 for upper balcony seats.  Tickets may be purchased at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall Box Office or by calling 239-481-4849.
Perlman is the reigning virtuoso of the violin and is returning to the Community Concert series for a second time.  He has been honored with more than 20 Grammy Awards (including one for Lifetime Achievement in 2008), four Emmy Awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.
“We are honored that Itzhak Perlman was able to include Fort Myers on his tour schedule,” said Fort Myers Community Concert Association President Mary Lee Mann.  “He is one of the greatest classical musicians in the world today, but is also known for his love of jazz and his film credits.”
Perlman was born in Israel and gave his first recital at age 10 before moving to the United States to study at the Juilliard School. He appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1958 and again in 1964 on the same show with the Rolling Stones.  He made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 1964.  Soon afterward, he began to tour widely.  In addition to an extensive recording and performance career, he has continued to make guest appearances on American television shows such as The Tonight Show as well as playing at a number of functions at The White House, including the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama.
Perlman contracted polio at age four.  He made a good recovery, learning to work with crutches.  Today, he uses crutches or an electric scooter for mobility and plays the violin while seated.
The Fort Myers Community Concert Association, now in its 69th concert season, is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization founded by the legendary Barbara B. Mann in 1949 to bring world-class entertainment to Southwest Florida at affordable prices.  The association consists of more than 1,700 members, underwriters and sponsors.  Performers brought to Fort Myers in the past by the association include The Israel Ballet, The Boston Brass, Minnesota Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Vienna Boys Choir, Flutist James Galway, Pianist Andre Watts, Violinist Joshua Bell with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and many others.

Tervis Promotion

Promo Dates: Friday to Monday. 2/2 – 2/5  Promo:  25% off Purchase (Includes Stainless) Excludes…

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Tervis Promotion

Promo Dates: Friday to Monday. 2/2 – 2/5
 Promo:
 25% off Purchase (Includes Stainless)
Excludes all Emoji designs, Outlet, Osprey Lab, TervisAR, 3rd Party products, and cannot be combined with other offers.
30% off Purchase when you buy 4+ tumblers (classic and/or stainless).
Excludes all Sesame Street designs, Emoji designs, Outlet, Osprey Lab, TervisAR, 3rd Party products, and cannot be combined with other offers. Promo is for when purchasing 4 or more tumblers. Accessories do not qualify.
 

TICKETS ON SALE FOR GRANDE DAMES TEA

FORT MYERS, FLA., February 2, 2018– Tickets are now on sale for the 10th Annual…

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TICKETS ON SALE FOR GRANDE DAMES TEA

FORT MYERS, FLA., February 2, 2018– Tickets are now on sale for the 10th Annual Grande Dames Tea presented by the PACE Center for Girls of Lee County.
The Grande Dames Tea honoring Dena Geraghty of Fort Myers, Elizabeth (Betty) Sanders of Fort Myers, Barbara Jean Yeomans of Fort Myers, and honorary Grande Dame Eunice Bremner will be Tuesday, March 13, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Broadway Palm at 1380 Colonial Blvd. of Fort Myers.
The News-Press Media Group President & Publisher Bill Barker will serve as master of ceremonies.
Seats for the tea are $60 per person and may be reserved online at www.pacecenter.org/locations/lee. Table sponsorships, which include eight tickets, are available for $500.  Tickets and tables may be reserved online at www.pacecenter.org/locations/lee. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite tea party hat.
The PACE girls will once again create handmade fascinators that will be available for sale later this month.  Most hats will be $50 with a limited number of specialty hats for $100.
As the Grande Dames Tea celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, Eunice and Alexandra Bremner are the title sponsors for Grande Dames Tea in honor and loving memory of Berne Davis, Barbara B. Mann and Eleanore Kleist, the first class of Grande Dames honored at this event.
Major event sponsors are Edison National Bank, Galloway Family of Dealerships, Broadway Palm, Caloosa Tent & Rental, Ruth Messmer Florist, Susan Bennett Marketing & Media, Fort Myers Infiniti, Mark Loren Designs and Connie & Ed Lizak.  Media sponsors are The News-Press Media Group.
Chair of the Grande Dames Tea is Kathy Toll with Nancy Finch serving as co-chair.  Both women are members of the PACE Lee Board of Directors.
“Our theme of The Wisdom of Age – Honoring the Female Spirit has carried through the last 10 years and is so appropriate because each of these women has much to share from her own life’s journey with our PACE girls and guests,” Toll said.
The agenda for the tea will include special performances by the PACE Girls and a question – and – answer session between the PACE girls and the three Grande Dames, that Finch said “will inspire, motivate and unite girls and women of all ages.”
The Grande Dames Tea was originated by PACE Center for Girls of Lee County to honor women who have played major roles in Southwest Florida history through decades of service, philanthropy and helping others.
Previous honorees have included the late Berne Davis, the late Eleanore Kleist and the late Barbara B. Mann in 2009; the late Jeanne Bochette, the late Helen Hendry and the late Veronica Shoemaker in 2010; Myra Daniels, Kathleen Nealon and the late Mimi Straub in 2011; Michel Doherty, the late Mavis Miller and Anna “Boots” Tolles in 2012; Thelma Hodges, the late Helen O’Rourke McClary and Ettie Francis Walsh in 2013; Barbara Norris Brown, the late Sarah Sciple and Margaret Sirianni in 2014; Sharlene Hamel Dozier, M. Jacqueline McCurdy and Melvin Morgan in 2015; Betty Anderson, Rusty Brown and Dr. Geraldine Burchard Nobles in 2016; and Pat Carroll, the late Lalai Hamric, and Beverly McNew in 2017.
PACE Center for Girls, Inc., is a non-residential delinquency prevention program targeting the unique needs of girls, ages 11 to 18 years old, facing challenges such as academic failure and truancy, physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse, foster care, neglect, death of a parent, and family history of incarceration.
PACE is a Florida-based, not for profit organization, and the only statewide prevention program for adolescent at-risk girls in the nation.  In the past year, the Lee County program provided 117 girls with education, counseling, career training and advocacy programs and services resulting in 95 percent having no involvement with juvenile justice within one year of leaving PACE, 96 percent improving their academic performance and 93 percent remaining in school or obtaining employment after leaving PACE.  As a result, PACE reduces the significant long term costs associated with teen pregnancy, substance abuse, unemployment and long term economic dependency.
PACE accepts referrals from the juvenile justice system, the Department of Children & Families, school personnel, community services agencies, parents, family members, friends and self-referrals.
For information about the Grande Dames Tea or to become a sponsor, please contact PACE Development Manager Allyson Ross at (239) 425-2366 ext. 2315, or visit http://pacecenter.org/locations/lee

The Open Door Shoppes~ Feb. 10th Bazaar

Our Bazaar is on February 10th instead of February 3rd The Connections Calendar has misprinted…

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The Open Door Shoppes~ Feb. 10th Bazaar

Our Bazaar is on February 10th instead of February 3rd
The Connections Calendar has misprinted our Downtown Street Bazaar listed on the 3rd.
If you have any questions, please call me on my cell: (239) 872-6212
Please note: I am out of the shoppe until Monday February 5th.
Thank you.  Tamara Wilkes,  The Open Door Shoppes on Hendry Street, Inc.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates to Host Garden Market

FORT MYERS, Fla. (February 1, 2018) -- On February 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and…

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Edison & Ford Winter Estates to Host Garden Market

FORT MYERS, Fla. (February 1, 2018) — On February 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and February 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Edison & Ford Winter Estates will host its Edison Garden Market. More than 30 plant and garden vendors will be on site selling tropical and native plants and trees, garden art and supplies.
Plant vendors will have palms, vegetables, bromeliads, hibiscus, butterfly plants, African violets, orchids, air plants, herbs, succulents, cacti and many hard-to-find species, as well as garden supplies and gift items available for sale. Unusual, native and heritage plants are also available in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe, along with ceramic flower pots and garden art.
The market will also feature live music and refreshments, including craft beer brewed for Edison Ford from Millennial Brewing Company and Bury Me Brewing, using starfruit from the estates property and tea from the museum store.
Parking and admission to the event is free (tours of the homes, museum and lab are not included). For more information, call 239-334-7419 or visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

Shell Point’s 2017-2018 Concert Series presents Vega String Quartet March 15

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 1, 2018) – Shell Point Retirement Community continues the Concerts &…

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Shell Point’s 2017-2018 Concert Series presents Vega String Quartet March 15

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 1, 2018) – Shell Point Retirement Community continues the Concerts & Conversations program of its 2017-2018 Concert Series with a performance by Vega String Quartet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 in the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands at Shell Point, 15101 Shell Point Blvd. in Fort Myers. As part of the Concerts & Conversations program, guests can enjoy fellowship and a dessert reception with the Vega String Quartet following the concert. The event is open to the public, with tickets available for $25 online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by phone at 239-454-2067.
The Vega String Quartet, Quartet-in-Residence at Emory University, is cultivating a new generation of chamber music lovers through dynamic performances and innovative community engagement.

This ensemble has toured both nationally and internationally, delivering high profile performances throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. Major projects include the complete cycle of Beethoven quartets; pairing Bach’s complete works for solo violin, viola, and cello with the six Bartók quartets; and developing a series of Jazz Meets Classics programs, bringing two popular genres together.

The Vega Quartet has also won numerous international awards, including an award from the Bordeaux String Quartet Competition, as well as top prizes from the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition and the National Society of Arts and Letters String Quartet Competition.
About Shell Point Retirement Community           

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care for its 2,400 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access, six public restaurants, a championship 18-hole golf course, and many other recreational and educational activities. Learn more at www.shellpoint.org or 1-800-780-1131.

Fossil Festival at The Shell Factory & Nature Park

13th Annual Fossil Festival Feb. 17th 9 am- 5 pm Free Admission Great Day to…

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Fossil Festival at The Shell Factory & Nature Park

13th Annual Fossil Festival
Feb. 17th
9 am- 5 pm
Free Admission
Great Day to Enjoy some Family Fun!

HENDERSON FRANKLIN’S ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT LAW CONFERENCE TO ADDRESS HARASSMENT EPIDEMIC AND #METOO MOVEMENT

Fort Myers, Florida – Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., will host its annual HR…

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HENDERSON FRANKLIN’S ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT LAW CONFERENCE TO ADDRESS HARASSMENT EPIDEMIC AND #METOO MOVEMENT

Fort Myers, Florida – Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., will host its annual HR Law & Solutions employment law conference on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Myers. Conference Chair Suzanne Boy and Board Certified Employment Law Expert John Potanovic will address the #MeToo movement and renewed focus on harassment in the workplace by providing attendees with guidelines to develop and enforce solid anti-harassment policies and specific actions employers can take to help foster a harassment-free workplace.
The day will kick-off with an update from Attorneys John Agnew and Robert Shearman on recent court decisions addressing contentious employment policies, discrimination, EEOC trends and legislative developments impacting Florida employers. Attorneys Michael McCabe, David Roos, John Potanovic, along with two guest speakers, will discuss best practices when confronted with discipline or termination of an employee with an ongoing workers’ compensation claim.
After lunch, keynote speaker Steve Gilliland, one of the top-rated speakers in the world, will present “Hide Your Goat: Strategies to Stay Positive When Negativity Surrounds You,” exploring ways to head off conflict and find solutions for colleagues to work effectively together.
The event is sponsored in part by Lykes Insurance and Gravity Benefits.  Registration fee is $50 and includes a continental breakfast, plated lunch, valet parking, and seminar materials. For more information on the seminar or to register, visit www.swflemploymentlawblog.com or contact Gail Lamarche, Henderson Franklin’s Director of Marketing & Business Development at [email protected] or by phone at 239-344-1186.
Henderson Franklin is the largest, locally-based law firm between Tampa and Miami with over 55 attorneys dedicated to providing a wide range of legal services in the areas of business and tax planning, estate planning, family law, business and civil litigation, eminent domain, intellectual property, workers’ compensation, employment law, real estate, and land use and environmental law. Since 1924, Henderson Franklin has been assisting clients to build their homes, businesses, and communities in Southwest Florida. Henderson Franklin operates offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Naples and Sanibel Island. For more information, please visit www.henlaw.com.