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Legal News and Updates from Henderson Franklin - January 2023

January 2023 Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is dedicated to keep our clients and community updated on legal issues impacting their businesses and families. Below please find the articles and news shared in January 2023. Seminars and EventsNew Date 02/23/2023 Henderson Franklin's Naples legal team has teamed up with local Collier County community leaders…

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January 2023

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is dedicated to keep our clients and community updated on legal issues impacting their businesses and families. Below please find the articles and news shared in January 2023.

Seminars and Events
New Date 02/23/2023

Henderson Franklin’s Naples legal team has teamed up with local Collier County community leaders to provide advice for small businesses, family enterprises, corporations, and businesses in the retail and hospitality industries. Topics and speakers include:
• Dudley Goodlette, a real estate and land use lawyer, will kick off the conference, discussing hot topics that Collier business owners are facing, such as economic development, planning, attainable housing, and prospective plans for Naples and Collier County. Guest panelists include Michael Dalby (President & CEO of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce), Eileen Connolly-Keesler (President & CEO of the Collier County Community Foundation), and Andy Solis (former Collier County Commissioner).
Family-run businesses are essential for the American economy, however, they have unique issues due to the intricate dynamics of familial relations. Trust and estate planning lawyers Anthony Cetrangelo and Amanda Dorio will moderate an entertaining discussion with Michael Wynn (President of Sunshine Ace) and Jaime Weisinger (Director, Community & Government Relations, Lipman Family Farms) who will share their secrets for running a successful family business.
• Attorneys Scott Atwood, chair of the Employment Law Group, and David Roos, chair of the Workers’ Compensation Department, will discuss the recent trends in employment and workers’ compensation laws so businesses may adopt preventive strategies to avoid legal issues.
• Keynote speaker Dr. Linda Robson will focus on proactive ways of dealing with the risks of events and give an understanding of how to prepare for, monitor, and react to catastrophes and disasters.
• Jeff Wright, chair of Henderson Franklin’s Land Use & Environmental Law Department, will lead a panel discussion with Robert Mulhere (President/CEO, Holes Montes, Inc.), David Farmer (PE, AICP, Metro Forecasting Models, LLC), and real estate lawyer Amanda Barritt, chair of the firm’s Real Estate Department. The conversation will offer various perspectives on the dynamic landscape of real estate and land development in Collier County.
We are grateful for the support of our sponsors:
• Breakfast Sponsor, Brown & Brown
• Lunch Sponsor, The Naples Trust Company
• Cocktail Reception Sponsor, CopyLady
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Alliance for the Arts Opens Dedicated Phone Line to Collect Stories of Ian Survival.

“Storm Stories” is Part of Therapeutic Outreach, Will be September Oral History Exhibit. Contact: Molly Deckart (239) 939-2787 Molly@ArtInLee.org FORT MYERS, FL (Dec 21, 2022)- Alliance for the Arts begins an Oral History Project titled Storm Stories, in response to the emotional impact of Hurricane Ian . "When our staff returned to the Alliance we…

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“Storm Stories” is Part of Therapeutic Outreach, Will be September Oral History Exhibit.

Contact: Molly Deckart (239) 939-2787

Molly@ArtInLee.org

FORT MYERS, FL (Dec 21, 2022)– Alliance for the Arts begins an Oral History Project titled Storm Stories, in response to the emotional impact of Hurricane Ian .

“When our staff returned to the Alliance we all shared our experiences with each other and I have seen that need echoed in our community,” says Executive Director Molly Deckart. “It is cathartic to share your account and the emotions involved.”

Storm Stories” will have a dedicated, unmanned voicemail, 239-744-3047, as well as a way to submit written and recorded responses, allowing you to share your unique experience and express your emotions. Anyone who experienced  Hurricane Ian is invited to participate. Both mediums launched earlier this month.

“Just tell your story about your experience through and after Hurricane Ian in whatever capacity you feel fit—uncensored and unbridled,” explains Molly. “It could be stories of resilience or trauma or pain or loss. It could be a wide range of feelings. It is meant to be cathartic and therapeutic and shareable—something that we can all relate to in some form or fashion.”

Artistic leeway will then be given to local artists to better share these stories with the community. This project will culminate in a multi-media, artistic expression exhibition September 2023.

While this project already covers all of Lee County, Alliance for the Arts plans on expanding this project to the entire state of Florida. If you are interested in becoming a partner on this project, please contact Molly Deckart.

About Alliance for the Arts

The Alliance for the Arts is a nonprofit community arts and cultural center located in the heart of Fort Myers, Florida. For over 40 years, the Alliance has been charged with the mission to facilitate and nurture the creation,development, promotion and education of arts and culture in southwest Florida. For more information, please call 239-939-2787 or visit us at www.ArtInLee.org.

Career-Readiness Programs for Lee County Residents!

 Career-Readiness Programs for Lee County Residents at FGCU! Creating more educational opportunities for Lee County residents! FGCU strives to make education more affordable for our community members who live and work in Lee County. We are happy to announce that the Lee County Economic Development Office is funding select Micro-credentials/Digital Badges for residents of Lee…

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Career-Readiness Programs for Lee County Residents at FGCU!

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What did the painter say to their sweetheart?

This February, take an art class: Valentine, Galentine, or just some me time, we have something for all of the above. Plus Spring Break Arts Camp , for the budding young artist, is open now! Zentangle for the Seasons (13+) Wednesdays, February 1-22• Zentangle is an easy-to-learn method of drawing patterns step by step. It…

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What did the painter say to their sweetheart?

This February, take an art class: Valentine, Galentine, or just some me time, we have something for all of the above. Plus Spring Break Arts Camp , for the budding young artist, is open now!

Zentangle for the Seasons (13+)

Wednesdays, February 1-22• Zentangle is an easy-to-learn method of drawing patterns step by step. It is relaxing, gratifying and a great way to exercise the creative side of your brain! Beginning with the basics in the first class, we’ll then create a variety of Art works throughout the month, based on the season.

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The Art of Finding Love in the Stars (18+)

February 10 • Looking for some pre-Valentine’s vibes? Join the Alliance to discover how to find Love In The Stars! Learn the fundamentals of birth charts and the art of comparing charts, plus the basics of compatibility readings. Find out how to compare your chart and your partner’s chart.- See if you’re a good fit. If not, discover how to fix it. This is a fun Valentine or “Gal”entine Date! So grab your significant other, or a group of friends, and join us!

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Rising Artist Experience-Mixed Media (Ages 5-9)

February 21 •Join Artist/Instructor Tiani Rosado for a fun evening of exploring different mediums and how to use them, as each child creates a one-of-a-kind piece to take home!

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Can Control 101 Workshop (Ages 13-18)

February 11 & 25• Instructor Steven Fetterhoff shows off a graffiti writers primary tool: the spray can. Students will learn the mechanics of and then improve their can control by investigating caps, pressures, and application techniques as you explore the foundations of this art form. Each workshop will highlight new skills so students can attend just one or both, workshops.

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Fine Art Acrylics Plein Air Painting – Outside Class

Mondays, February 13-March 13 • This outdoor, in-person plein air abstract landscape painting class invites nature to be your guide. Learn to use landscapes or seascapes as the basis for an abstract painting. Your paintings won’t be realistic but will still be identifiable, as opposed to typical abstract art where the subject matter is removed.

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Fluid Art Series: Create Big Cells!

Thursday, February 2 • Whether you are a beginner or advanced, these fluid art techniques will be fully explained, demonstrated and you will go home with two completed pieces. Canvas sizes are your choice between 12×12 and 16×16.

Bring a tray or box to take home your wet paintings. Recommended paints, consistency of paint, color palette, pouring mediums and additives will be discussed. Every student will leave with a handout to assist with your fluid art journey at home.

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The Art of Qigong Exercise

Fridays, February 3-March 24 • Instructor Nancy Mayhew has studied the art of Qigong for over 15 years. In this weekly class you’ll learn simple, effective exercises that will help you relieve pain and rebuild strength and flexibility. Qigong can help improve bodily functions such as digestive, nervous and immune systems. And best of all, anyone can do it!

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Palette Knife Painting in Oil from Landscape Photography (16+)

February 6-7 • This 2 Day information-packed workshop is designed to give a good foundation for bold, direct palette knife painting. The workshop will accommodate 5 to 20 painters, beginners thru advanced). Participants can expect to produce at least one painting.

Participants are encouraged to ask questions during the demonstration. Afterwards, participants will paint from their own photography or may choose to paint from one of the large photos provided for them by the instructor.

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Belly Dance Bliss (18+)

Wednesdays, February 22-March 22 • Take your Belly Dance skills to the next level in this class designed for Continuing Beginners or dancers with previous experience, with an emphasis on more intricate hip and body movements, combinations and choreography. Students will explore different music and dance styles such as Egyptian Raks Sharki, American Cabaret, Global Caravan Tribal, and Folklore with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Danse Orientale Award recipient Sherry Coffey!

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Getting Your Art Into the Retail Environment Series: Transforming Your Art Into a Product Line

February 11 • Transforming Your Art into A Product Line is an online workshop geared toward helping artists think of their art as unique, desirable, and profitable wholesale items. Topics covered include product ideas, how to source supplies and services, and pricing for profit. Bring samples of your work/style. Those who attended the first workshop will have an opportunity to receive feedback/suggestions on product direction.

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Mosaic Mania

Tuesdays, February 14-March 21 • Learn how to create beautiful mosaic pieces in this fun 6 week class! Each week Nancy will guide you in how to design, cut and place pieces for the project of your choice. Examples of projects include mosaic mirrors, pet portraits, garden art, etc.

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Portrait Drawing

February 18 • Whether you are sketching a subject as the basis for a portrait painting or a completed drawing, capturing the likeness of your subject is probably the most difficult part of portraiture.

No matter the medium used in the final portrait (pencil, charcoal, pastel, acrylic, oil or watercolor) the key ingredient is a well-drawn value study of the person.

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“Are You Stuck” Workshop (16+)

February 20 & 21 • For this two day workshop, bring in existing paintings that you feel stuck with, or want to improve, or start a new painting in mediums including oil painting with brush, with palette knife, watercolor, pastel or acrylic. Jan Ellen Atkielski, fine artist and popular instructor will help you get “unstuck” or help you create new works in the above mediums.

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3-Day Batique Techniques Workshop (15+)

February 27, 28 & March 1 • This workshop is about using the batik and rozome wax and dye painting processes to create unique artwork on fabric that can be used on everyday household objects, clothing or works of art! Play with tjaps, tjanting tools, brushes, and other waxing techniques so that you have a variety of tools to create artwork that is uniquely yours.

We will work with environmental friendly soy/beeswax and acid dyes for vivid colors. Good for silk painters, fiber artists and artists who would like to work in fiber so they can add new techniques and ideas to their toolkit.

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Ceramic Art-Wall Hanging Planter (12+)

February 23 • Try your hand at ceramics! Join us and create your own ceramic wall-hanger planter. No previous clay experience needed, as you will be guided through all the steps by experienced ceramic artist, Wendy Drummond. You may get a little dirty so bring an apron or small towel if you’d like. All the materials are provided to create two planters with additional supplies available for purchase. Your work will be fired and the finished pieces will be ready for pick up about 2 weeks after the last class.

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Painting with Eunique (ages 5-10)

February 9 • Introduce your child to the world of art with our Painting with Eunique class. In each educational and creative session, students will create art and learn history, all while loosening up and enjoying themselves. Each session will explore new topics, so whether this is your child’s very first art class, or they’ve painted with Eunique before, they’ll explore something new! Students will learn that it’s fun art but also fine art and how to express themselves through a brush, even when they can’t find the words to do so.

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Manga and Pizza (12-18)

February 16 •Join us for a Manga/cartoon drawing workshop- perfect for all levels! We’ll provide the pizza, popcorn and drinks while popular Instructor Terry Lynn Spry focuses on creativity and drawing for those that are interested in Manga/Cartoon. Lessons will vary on proportions of form, perspective and composition in a fun and relaxed environment.

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Ceramic Art-Bunnies! (12+)

February 22 • Just in time for Spring! Create a unique Bunny wall decoration or dish to celebrate the season. No previous clay experience necessary, you will be guided through each step of the process by experienced Ceramic artist, Wendy Drummond. Plan to get a little messy, you may want to bring an apron or towel. All other supplies will be provided to create 1 bunny, with additional supplies available for purchase. Your work will be fired and the finished pieces will be ready for pick up about 2 weeks after the class.

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Animal Pastels (18+)

Wednesdays, February 22- March 15 • Strengthen your observational skills with a toolkit of five simple drawing techniques! After practicing the skills, you can choose to work from a photo of any animal you want. From start to finish, using pencil and chalk pastel, in just 10 hours you will learn how to create the most detailed and realistic full color image you’ve ever made. Zan Lombardo brings 40 years of experience teaching pastels.

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Mosaic Jewelry Making

February 23 • Learn how to create your own mosaic jewelry (pendants, earrings and rings) using epoxy clay and adding stained glass, stones, wood beads and various metal trinkets. Bring a friend and join in the fun of creating your own special mosaic jewelry! Glass cutting experience is helpful, but not required.

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The Art and Craft of the Personal Story

Wednesdays, February 22- March 15 • Strengthen your observational skills with a toolkit of five simple drawing techniques! After practicing the skills, you can choose to work from a photo of any animal you want. From start to finish, using pencil and chalk pastel, in just 10 hours you will learn how to create the most detailed and realistic full color image you’ve ever made. Zan Lombardo brings 40 years of experience teaching pastels.

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Paint like Bob Ross – Distant Hills (13+)

February 21 • Join Mathew Halstead, CRI of Lazy Painter Brushworks, for a classic Bob Ross painting workshop with friends at the Alliance. Find freedom on a canvas as Mathew leads you from start to finish though creating Bob’s Distant Hills painting. Students will take home a 12″x16″ finished painting. ALL SUPPLIES and boxes for transport will be provided. Come enjoy the Bob Ross philosophy of, “there are no mistakes, just happy accidents.”

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Registration for Spring Break Arts Camp OPEN NOW

March 20-24 • Our Spring Break Arts Camp combines hands-on art-making activities, creative games and playtime in the park for the opportunity to connect and craft in our classrooms, galleries and theatre spaces. Participants will explore a new artistic medium each day.

Registration is open now to all students currently enrolled in First-Sixth grade. Daily and weekly rates available to members and non-members. Sibling discounts also available.
Spots are limited, so be sure to register today!

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Unearthed: Camyljah Rose and Khaysie Tiburcio

In the Gallery February 3-25 • As a gardener, Camyljah is fascinated by the parallel between gardening and human relationships. The act of gardening, intentionally guiding the growth of a living thing, makes her reflect on her relationships. She sees flowers as the visual manifestation of the battle happening in the root. Her work uses color and florals to portray conflict, repair, and the scale of the human experience.

Khaysie’s work combines bright colors and playful ambient spaces to create a sense of curiosity. Plants feature in her work as a reference to growth. She sees her paintings as a direct reflection of her personality.

This exhibition presents a series of paintings made on the artists’ road to self-discovery. Each painting represents an idea or emotion the artist has unearthed from the tangled roots of her mind. Both artists paint in an effort to understand herself, and with the hope of being understood by the viewer.

Opening Reception: Friday, February 3, 5-7 p.m. • See it first. See it free. This event is open to the public. Come meet your neighbors and enjoy light refreshments from Jayne Baker at this free event!

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FREE Pops Concert by Gulf Coast Symphony: Symphony on the Sound

Friday, February 3 | 7:00Caloosa Sound Amphitheater2101 Edwards Dr, Fort Myers Symphony on the Soundpresented by Gulf Coast Symphony, in collaboration with ArtFest Fort Myers, is performing a FREE Pops Concert - Symphony on the Sound on Opening Night of the annual art festival. We Play the Music You Love to Hear at the brand-new…

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FREE Pops Concert by Gulf Coast Symphony: Symphony on the Sound

Friday, February 3 | 7:00
Caloosa Sound Amphitheater
2101 Edwards Dr, Fort Myers

Symphony on the Sound
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Gulf Coast Symphony, in collaboration with ArtFest Fort Myers, is performing a FREE Pops Concert – Symphony on the Sound on Opening Night of the annual art festival.

We Play the Music You Love to Hear at the brand-new Caloosa Sound Amphitheater across from Luminary Hotel. Enjoy popular hits performed by some of the best musicians in Southwest Florida. We’ll even provide chairs for you! (No personal chairs allowed for the safety of the artists and attendees.) Concert starts at 7pm on Friday, Feb. 3

On the first weekend in February, ArtFest will once again enliven the Fort Myers waterfront. Enjoy exceptional art by more than 200 selected artists, plus lively entertainment, delicious food, and fun children’s art activities.

Overlooking the beautiful Downtown Fort Myers riverfront and yacht basin, this FREE art event welcomes all members of the greater Southwest Florida community.

Join the celebration! Save the date for ArtFest Fort Myers 2023!

Join The Club – Become An ArtFest VIP

Help us paint a more beautiful picture as an ArtFest VIP Club member, supporting the success of the festival and our year-round community programs. Our VIP Club members also enjoy VIP seating at the Symphony on the Sound concert, reserved weekend parking, access to relaxation on the VIP Club Terrace and complimentary food and beverages.

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Alliance for the Arts Presents February Exhibit Unearthed on Display Feb 3-25, 2023.

Exhibition Artists are Camyljah Rose and Khaysie Tiburcio FORT MYERS, FL (Jan 5, 2023) – The Alliance for the Arts invites the public to its opening reception of Unearthed: Camyljah Rose and Khaysie Tiburcio on February 3 from 5-7 p.m. The free event features the works of Camyljah Rose and Khaysie Tiburcio, as well as…

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Alliance for the Arts Presents February Exhibit Unearthed on Display Feb 3-25, 2023.

Exhibition Artists are Camyljah Rose and Khaysie Tiburcio

FORT MYERS, FL (Jan 5, 2023) – The Alliance for the Arts invites the public to its opening reception of Unearthed: Camyljah Rose and Khaysie Tiburcio on February 3 from 5-7 p.m. The free event features the works of Camyljah Rose and Khaysie Tiburcio, as well as light refreshments provided by Jayne Baker. The exhibit will be on display from February 3-25, 2023 at 10091 McGregor Blvd. Ft. Myers, FL.

Through their individual practices, Camyljah Rose and Khaysie Tiburcio create art meditating on the idea of discovery. Both artists approach their work with a sense of playfulness. Through experimentation, they allow their practice to evolve and change organically, letting one piece grow into the next. This exhibition presents a series of paintings made on the artists’ road to self-discovery. Each painting represents an idea or emotion the artist has unearthed from the tangled roots of her mind. Camyljah and Khaysie each paint in an effort to understand herself, and with the hope of being understood by the viewer.

Camyljah Rose

Camyljah Giddens is a Georgian gardener and artist with work focusing on shared human experiences and relating those with flowers. She graduated from Albany State University with a concentration on Fine Art in 2017. After graduation, Giddens shared her education and experience with children as a Visual Arts Teacher.

As a gardener, Camyljah is fascinated by the parallel between gardening and human relationships. The act of gardening, intentionally guiding the growth of a living thing, makes her reflect on her relationships. She sees flowers as the visual manifestation of the battle happening in the root. Her work uses color and florals to portray conflict, repair, and the scale of the human experience.

As a mother and gardener, Camyljah enjoys creating beautiful experiences with her family and friends. Art for her serves as a documentation of the temporary parts of life.

Khaysie Tiburcio

Khaysie Tiburcio is trumpeter and artist based in Florida. Born in the Dominican Republic in 2004, where she was first introduced to painting at 4 years old and inspired by her artist uncle Cristian Tiburcio. She views art as a direct extension of her personality and curiosity. Through the use of mixed mediums and abstract styles, Khaysie explores different themes, techniques, events, and emotions that she and others have experienced.

Khaysie’s work combines bright colors and playful ambient spaces to create a sense of curiosity. Plants feature in her work as a reference to growth. She sees her paintings as a direct reflection of her personality.

She has exhibited her work through competitions, galleries, and a billboard near I-75 in 2021. Her next goal is to continue experimenting with different mediums and incorporate sculpture into her practice in the near future.

Member Gallery: Art by Sherry Diaz

Theatre Gallery: Judy: An Art-versation by Kinfay Moroti

On a winter day in 1977, Judy Webster looked for courage on the sidewalk outside a Department of Children and Families (DCF) building in downtown Chicago.

Four years earlier, Judy’s alcoholism, mental disorders and neglect forced DCF to take her son Kenney.

Inside the DCF building, Judy met an eccentric and sensitive caseworker. Judy begged to see Kenney. The caseworker said she couldn’t. She begged more.

Moved by Judy’s love for Kenney, the caseworker found an unconventional way for Judy to reach her son. But for it to work, Judy would have to be vulnerable and trust someone she barely knew.

“Judy,” is an art-versation that explores what it means to love, communicate and trust.

Created by local storyteller, Kinfay Moroti, the one-hour interactive experience runs daily from February 3-25. Advanced tickets required.

About Alliance for the Arts

The Alliance for the Arts is a nonprofit community arts and cultural center located in the heart of Fort Myers, Florida. For over 40 years, the Alliance has been charged with the mission to facilitate and nurture the creation, development, promotion and education of arts and culture in southwest Florida. For more information, please call 239-939-2787 or visit us at www.ArtInLee.org.

Alliance for the Arts To Host Popular Spring Break Arts Camp

Registration Now Open for Visual Arts Camp to be held March 20-24, 2023.  Contact: Jessica Kleffman (239) 939-2787 education@artinlee.org FORT MYERS, FL (Jan 20, 2023) – Alliance for the Arts will be hosting its popular Spring Break Arts Camp again this year March 20-24. Registration opens on January 27, and is limited to 45 participants.…

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Registration Now Open for Visual Arts Camp to be held March 20-24, 2023. 

Contact: Jessica Kleffman (239) 939-2787

education@artinlee.org

FORT MYERS, FL (Jan 20, 2023) – Alliance for the Arts will be hosting its popular Spring Break Arts Camp again this year March 20-24. Registration opens on January 27, and is limited to 45 participants. This camp is open to any student currently enrolled in First grade through Sixth grade. 

This session of camp will focus on visual arts, with students learning a new medium each day. This will be a part of the new concept for the Summer Arts Camp that will be unveiled later this spring. 

Adults are able to register students for single days or the full week. Prices for Spring Break Arts Camp start at $175 for Alliance members, with a daily rate of $50. Non-member weekly price starts at $225, and $60 per day. Discounts per sibling are available as well as scholarship options. 

Regular camp hours are 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Before and after-care are available 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. for an extra $10 per child. 

Individuals aged 17 and up who are interested in a paid counselor position should visit our website, ArtInLee.org for more information and to apply. 

For more information visit ArtInLee.org or call 239-939-2787. To register, visit our website or Activ page.

About Alliance for the Arts

The Alliance for the Arts is a nonprofit community arts and cultural center located in the heart of Fort Myers, Florida. For over 40 years, the Alliance has been charged with the mission to facilitate and nurture the creation, development, promotion and education of arts and culture in southwest Florida. For more information, please call 239-939-2787 or visit us at www.ArtInLee.org.

Alliance for the Arts partners with Gulf Coast Writers Association on Storm Stories project

Tell your Hurricane Ian Story Where were you? How did you fare? What have you learned? Who became your hero? In partnership with The Alliance for the Arts, Gulf Coast Writers Association invites stories written by those who survived Hurricane Ian, those who volunteered in its aftermath, and those who witnessed heroic deeds. All who…

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Tell your Hurricane Ian Story

Where were you? How did you fare? What have you learned? Who became your hero?

In partnership with The Alliance for the Arts, Gulf Coast Writers Association invites stories written by those who survived Hurricane Ian, those who volunteered in its aftermath, and those who witnessed heroic deeds.

All who experienced the storm are encouraged to submit their stories. There is no fee to enter. The Alliance for the Arts and Gulf Coast Writers Association will “harvest” the stories of this unprecedented disaster, and Gulf Coast Writers will compile these stories in an anthology to be made available to the public in September 2023.

Storm stories may be submitted to gulfwriters.org. or artinlee.org. Gulf Coast Writers may edit Storm Stories for the printed book. To be included in the book, stories must be submitted to gulfcoastwriters.org by 4/1/2023. The Alliance for the Arts will continue harvesting stories beyond the print deadline.

Submissions to The Alliance of the Arts website (artinlee.org/storm stories) may be oral or written. For oral submission, participants can call 239-744-3047 and leave their story anonymously. Callers have three minutes to tell their account.  If more time is needed, story tellers can call back and continue.

Submission is open to all ages. There is no cost to enter and no word limit, although Gulf Coast Writers may edit stories for publication.

In addition to collecting Storm Stories, The Alliance for the Arts will host a month-long exhibition in September to commemorate the anniversary of Hurricane Ian. The exhibit will feature artworks inspired by Hurricane Ian by Florida artists and documentary-style photography by Kinfay Moroti. The book of Storm Stories will also premiere during the exhibition.

The mission of Gulf Coast Writers Association is to foster the love of words among writers and would-be writers. The Alliance for the Arts is a vibrant nonprofit visual and performing arts center in Fort Myers. This partnership of Storm Stories is the first collaboration between the two organizations.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Gulf Coast Writers Program Dir. Mary Charles/mary@marycharles.com/718-848-4031

Gulf Coast Writers Special Projects Dir. Christie Zarria/czarria57@gmail.com/512-632-6350

Aloia|Roland partners with nationally-recognized firm handling claims involving CPAP machines, hair relaxers

Fort Myers, FL (Jan. 30, 2023) – Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan, PLLC, is pleased to announce an important partnership with Pensacola-based Levin Papantonio Rafferty, recognized as one of the top mass tort law firms in the country, to pursue claims on behalf of victims who are experiencing serious health problems related to certain Continuous…

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Aloia|Roland partners with nationally-recognized firm handling claims involving CPAP machines, hair relaxers

Fort Myers, FL (Jan. 30, 2023) – Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan, PLLC, is pleased to announce an important partnership with Pensacola-based Levin Papantonio Rafferty, recognized as one of the top mass tort law firms in the country, to pursue claims on behalf of victims who are experiencing serious health problems related to certain Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines as well as hair relaxer and straightening products.

The law firms will work with clients who suffered health problems after using various models of the Philips CPAP machines and mechanical ventilators that were recalled in 2021 and various hair relaxer and straightening brands produced by multiple companies.

Serious illnesses have developed related to foam used in CPAP machines and ventilators. Foam particles that contain potentially toxic and harmful carcinogenic substances can disintegrate and be inhaled or ingested, according to reports. Among the health risks identified are cancer, respiratory issues, inflammation, and headaches, among many other issues.  There are time limits within which to file lawsuits after health problems have been identified, so if you have a potential claim, it is important you consult with an attorney as soon as possible.

Claims against manufacturers of hair relaxers and cosmetic hair straightening products are already being evaluated for clients who have developed various forms of cancer or other illnesses after using the products. A recent lawsuit was filed by a 28-year-old woman in October 2022, saying she developed uterine cancer, causing her to have a full hysterectomy the same year she was diagnosed. There have been numerous cases reported where uterine cancer was the primary injury after using certain products.

“This partnership is important, not only because of the number of potential victims being identified from using the CPAP machines defective and dangerous hair relaxer products, but also because of the experience

Levin Papantonio Rafferty brings to the table,” Aloia|Roland senior partner Evan Lubell said. “Thousands of innocent victims have suffered needlessly due to bad choices made by large corporations; we want to make sure potential victims receive full and fair compensation for the harms and losses they have already experienced and will continue to suffer in the future.”

For more information on potential CPAP or hair relaxer claims, contact Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan at 239-791-7950.

About Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan, PLLC

Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan is a full-service law firm with practice areas in business and real estate law, commercial litigation, personal injury and wrongful death, civil litigation, family law, estate planning and probate. Established in 2004 and led by senior partners Frank Aloia, Jr., Ty Roland, Evan Lubell, Jack Morgan along with partners Danielle Levy Seitz, Jonathan Martin and Scott Hertz, the firm has deep roots in Southwest Florida, proudly serving its community. Aloia Roland is headquartered at 2222 Second Street in downtown Fort Myers. Learn more at www.LawDefined.com or call (239) 791-7950.

The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center’s 15th Annual Love Your Neighbor Event Raises Record-Breaking $685,750

Event Benefits Families in Harlem Heights (Fort Myers, Fla. – January 31, 2023) The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center's 15th annual fundraiser, Love Your Neighbor, on January 20, raised a record $685,750 to support the organization that works to build strong, self-sufficient families in The Harlem Heights neighborhood of Fort Myers. The event was held at…

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The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center’s 15th Annual Love Your Neighbor Event Raises Record-Breaking $685,750

Event Benefits Families in Harlem Heights

(Fort Myers, Fla. – January 31, 2023) The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center’s 15th annual fundraiser, Love Your Neighbor, on January 20, raised a record $685,750 to support the organization that works to build strong, self-sufficient families in The Harlem Heights neighborhood of Fort Myers. The event was held at The Heights Center.

Guests enjoyed music by Reiko & Friends and cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Melissa Donahue of Sweet Melissa’s on the Heights Education Building’s rooftop terrace, then proceeded to The Heights Center auditorium and were greeted by emcee Gina Birch of Sunny 106.

Chef Harold Balink of Harold’s prepared a four-course dinner featuring an olive oil poached Black Bass with spinach risotto and orange basil pesto, a Prime Filet Mignon with black pepper Dijon cream, along with wine pairings selected by Harold and Gina. Norman Love Confections provided dessert, a chocolate mousse with chocolate cream crunch, vanilla gelato, and raspberry sauce.

Children from The Heights Center’s education programs entertained the guests with two songs.

Scott Robertson of Scott Robertson Auctioneers conducted the fundraising ask and live auction to support the organization’s educational programs. Donors met a $100,000 donation challenge match by Gaye and Jim Pigott, raising more than $500,000.

Top auction items included a one-of-a-kind necklace created and donated by Mark Loren Designs, in-home dinners by Chef Melissa Donahue of Sweet Melissa’s, Bruce Springsteen in Boston, George Strait and Chris Stapleton in Denver, and a trip to Salema, Portugal. In addition, a sign-up dinner at Harold’s with Harold and Gina raised $16,500.

Guests enjoyed live music by Eclectic after the auction.

“We believe a decent education allows at-risk kids to meet, challenge, and raise the bar on the world’s narrative of them”, said Kathryn Kelly, founder, president, and CEO of The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center. “Our enriching preschool, charter school, afterschool, and summer camp programs ensure that parents can work while their kids learn, are safe and have fun. In addition, our adult and family programs provide opportunities for self-sufficiency. We were amazed by the outpouring of support by our friends and donors to fund our impactful work.”

Event sponsors include The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company, Dave & Cheryl Copham, The Masiello Family Foundation, Clayton & Kim Parks, Maria Wiles, entech, everhart advisors, Kelly Brothers, Inc., and Owen-Ames-Kimball Company.

Event supporters include Chef Harold Balink of Harold’s Restaurant, Chef Melissa Donahue of Sweet Melissa’s Café, Mark Loren Designs, Norman Love Confections, Gaye and Jim Pigott, Caroline and Bill Bloomhall, Georganne and Cliff Williams, William J. Adams, Jr., Gina Birch of Sunny 106, Lisa Bommarito, Floral Design, Brodeur Carvell Fine Menswear, Creative Sound and Lighting, Eclectic Band, Elly Hagen Marketing & PR, The Grazing Haus, Jennifer’s Boutique, The Boston Marriott Copley Place, Mix Marketing/Jeannie Cummings, PartyTime Rentals, Reiko & Friends, Scott Robertson Auctioneers, R.S. Walsh Landscaping, Total Wine & More, Violette Productions/Photography, events committee, Teri Palmer and Jamie Faust, co-chairs, event volunteers, and The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center staff, and The Heights Foundation Board of Directors.

For more information about The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center, visit www.heightsfoundation.org or call (239) 482-7706. To donate, visit www.heightsfoundation.org/donate.

About the Heights Foundation and The Heights Center
The Heights Foundation works to build self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood.
Our mission is to support education and wellness, promote family and community development, and provide the benefits of enrichment and the arts. The Heights Center, supported by The Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment. Heights Early Learning serves more than 80 babies through 4 years old. The Heights Center serves 134 children in AfterSchool and SummerCamp. The Harlem Heights Community Charter School serves 180 children from kindergarten through fifth grade.
Harlem Heights was originally settled as a rural agricultural community. Approximately 780 children live in a mixture of single-family homes and multi-family apartments. Demographically, the population is approximately 70% Hispanic, 20% African-American, and 8% Caucasian. The poverty rate for children in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average, with family income 40% below the county average. As a result, families cannot easily access family support services in downtown Fort Myers and benefit greatly from programs within the neighborhood.###