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October 17, 2012
Pine Island Eagle

Greater Pine Island Chamber

of Commerce: Oct. 18

The Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce's After Hours Card Exchange will be held on Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. The host will be Miceli's Restaurant; 3930 Pine Island, N.W., in Matlacha, and the co-host will be From Our Hearts. Card Exchange is a networking event for businesses, giving them the opportunity to discuss and share ideas while learning about other local businesses. Bring plenty of business cards so you are prepared to network, meet potential new clients and make new friends.

Pine Island Garden Club: Oct. 18

The Pine Island Garden Club is excited to welcome Mr. Dennis Gretton as speaker at our Oct. 18 meeting. Gretton is the owner of D&D Growers, 11036 Tuten Loop, Lithia, Florida (just east of Tampa), 813-716-5038. He will be speaking to us about all aspects of growing herbs. Gretton and his wife have been growing herbs commercially for 19 years, raising them outdoors and pesticide free. Presently, their inventory includes over 100 different varieties of herbs, which include some 30 varieties of mints (think mojitos). Along with their herbs, they also grow perennials, figs, a variety of gingers and North American carnivorous plants. Most of the propagation is done by the Grettons at their nursery. He enjoys sharing his first-hand knowledge about their plants, growing them, problems and solutions, and, especially, their culinary uses.

Monthly Garden Club meetings are held at the Fishers of Men Evangelical Lutheran Church at 10360 Stringfellow Road and begin at 9 a.m. with coffee and refreshments followed by our guest speaker's presentation and finishing up with a brief member's business meeting.

Club meetings are free and open to everyone. If you are interested in attending a meeting or becoming a member (annual dues are $20), please call Kathie Reiter, Membership Chairman, at 283-3176.

This year our holiday luncheon is Dec. 13, at Chef Georgio's Misto Bar & Grill, 231 Del Prado Blvd., South in Cape Coral.

The Gala will be held on Feb. 23. There are spaces available for vendors who would like to participate. Please go to our Gala website for details:

Pine Island Animal Clinic: Oct. 20

Pine Island Animal Clinic will host the 2nd Annual Pet Costume Contest on Oct. 20 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. free of charge. Individuals are encouraged to bring their pet to the event. There will be fun, games, candy, along with the announcement of three winner's for the best costume for dogs and cats, as well as a pet look alike contest.

Fishers of Men Lutheran Church: Oct. 22

On Monday, Oct. 22, The Visiting Nurses Association of Southwest Florida will be at Fishers Of Men Lutheran Church located at 10360 Stringfellow Rd. The influenza and pneumonia vaccinations will be given from 9-11 a.m.

The influenza vaccine is $20 and the pneumonia vaccine is $65.

For individuals with Medicare Part B, the Visiting Nurse Association will bill Medicare directly, please bring your card with you.

Greater Pine Island Chamber

of Commerce: Oct. 23

The Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce will hold their Business Breakfast on Oct. 23 at 7:30 a.m. at the Island Grill Restaurant located in the Winn-Dixie shopping plaza on Stringfellow Road. The lecture will include introductions to social media by guests from the Visitor Convention Bureaus. Order from a select menu, along with coffee/juice/tea. Breakfast is $7 per person, payable at the door. Lectures start at 8 a.m. Feel free to bring a guest, neighbor, potential new member to this informative breakfast meeting.

The Kiwanis Club of Greater

Pine Island: Oct. 27

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island will again be hosting the Annual Pine Island Fall Festival (Halloween Party) this year at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church Fellowship Hall, 12175 Stringfellow Road in Bokeelia. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 11 a.m to 2 p.m.

All Pine Island children up to the age of 11 are encouraged to attend this free event. Children older may volunteer to help run a game. We provide a safe place to receive candy and prizes as well as play supervised games. Many parents look forward to this event and are grateful to the all island partners who make it possible through donations. Each child will receive a complete hot dog lunch, cotton candy, popcorn and a drink free.

Donations may be dropped off at Capital Bank, Stone Gate Bank, SunTrust Bank, Century 21 Realty, Ad&PrintCraft Printing and Pine Island Chamber of Commerce or mailed to Kiwanis of Greater Pine Island, P.O. Box 72, Pineland, Florida 33945

Local businesses or organizations may also choose to make a donation by sponsoring a game booth. This is a wonderful way to market your local business to local residents. You may provide a banner to hang in the booth you sponsor. We encourage representatives from the company or organization to supply staff, game and prizes for their booth.

All monetary donations will be used to provide candy, food and prizes for the children. Any coupons, stickers, candy or other items suitable for small children will be placed in a large treat bag that each child will receive when entering the event.

Cruise to Aruba: Oct. 27

Curacao and Aruba with a stop in the Princess Keys in the Bahamas, what a cruise! Plus, you'll get a special group price and free bus transportation to and from Fort Lauderdale and Pine Island Cove. Departing on Dec. 8 for seven fun filled days and nights.

Pine Island Cove residents invite you to join us! To find out more about the cruise plan to stop by the Winn-Dixie on Stringfellow Road from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27.

April Williams, who has lived on Pine Island for 20 years and been with All Aboard Travel for the last 12 years will be there with all the information about this cruise and other trips that are available. She will be giving away gift certificates and having drawings for some exciting prizes!

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 136: Oct. 27 & 28

Saturday, Oct. 27 is the Halloween Adult Costume Dinner at the American Legion. Dinner is from 5-7 p.m. The Burnt Out Band will be playing from 7-10 p.m. Costume judging will be at 8 p.m. Chicken breast with dressing, baked potato, vegetables, salad, roll and butter and pumpkin pie will be served for $8. All members and guests are welcome.

Sunday, Oct. 28 is the Halloween Children's Costume party from 2-5 p.m. Hot dogs, chips, pop and ice cream will be served free for children under 12 years old. Adult's cost will be $2. Gift certificates from McDonald's will be awarded for the best costume. Come join us, pumpkin painting, crafts and games. Open to the public.

Pine Island Community Church: Oct. 28

The Pine Island Community Church will host Trunk or Treat on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 5-7 p.m. The church has hosted "Trunk or Treat" for the past five years. Every year Pine Islanders decorate their car trunks or truck beds in Halloween fashion and children from all over the island come and trick or treat at each car trunk.

The past two years Winn Dixie has offered their parking lot and we have filled up the parking places with at least 50 cars. The event is free and is open to the whole community.

If you want to decorate your car and join the fun call Pastor Heidi at 283-9944.

Pine Island Elementary School: Nov. 9

All parents and community members are welcome to attend the Pine Island Elementary School Veterans Day Event on Nov. 9, at 10:30 a.m., at the school's pavilion.

Pine Island Elementary students will be honoring our Veterans through patriotic music, readings and a message from Principal Rob Mazzoli. Second grade students will have a special performance incorporating sign language.

For more information contact Monica Renz at 239-283-0505.

Pine Island Elks Lodge: Nov. 10

The Pine Island Elks Lodge #2781 is hosting their 16th Annual Michael English Golf Tournament Scramble to Benefit Pine Island Elks charities on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Alden Pines Country Club. Tickets are $50 per player, which includes all fees, lunch and two drinks at the lodge. The scramble has a shotgun start of 8:30 a.m.

The prizes include 1st place $200, 5th place $100, 10th place $60, hole #3 closest to pin $50 and hole #4 closest to the line $50.

The deadline for entry is Nov. 5. Those interested can make their check payable to the GPI Elks and mail to P.O. Box 248, St. James City, FL 33956 or drop them off at the lodge.

Gambling Trip to Immokalee: Nov. 12

Allstar Charters and Sarah Furia are doing a free day trip to the Seminole Immokalee Casino on Monday, Nov. 12. You pay $30 and get $30 free play plus a $5 food voucher and your round trip to Immokalee. Allstar Charters will be leaving at 10 a.m. from the boat ramp at Pine Island Cove and leave the casino at 5 p.m. Call Furia for reservations at 283-8410. There can be a pick up at Winn-Dixie parking lot. Make sure to bring a photo ID.

If mailing a check make it out to Allstar Charters and mail it to Sarah Furia, 4990 PinFish Lane, St. James City, FL 33956.

Matlacha Mariners: Nov. 17

The Matlacha Mariners will host the 13th annual Southwest Florida Blues Festival "A Great Place to Get the Blues" on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the German American Social Club, 2101 S.W. Pine Island Road in Cape Coral. The gates open at 11 a.m. and the music will be played from 11:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the gate with kids 11 and younger free with a paid adult. The artists that will perform this year include The Shaun Murphy Band, Mac Arnold & Plate Full of Blues, Too Slim & The Taildraggers, Albert Castiglia, Deb & The Dynamics, Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys featuring Madison Slim and Screamin' & Crying'.

In the event of rain, the tentative rain date is Sunday, Nov. 18.

Blankets and chairs are encouraged for those who attend the event, but coolers, pets and beach umbrellas are not allowed.

For more information visit or

St. James Hobby Club: Nov. 17

St. James Hobby Club is having a Vendor Day Sale on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a country breakfast made by the Civic Center. There will be a $50 money tree raffle and a wine basket. There will be vendors with many different items for sale, inside and/or outside of the building. The show is open to the public, contact Shirley Palmer for vendor tables at 283-7625.

Spaces are getting limited, if you want to get your booking in sooner contact April by phone at 1-800-741-1770, extension 6409, or local call at 239-274-9999 extension 6409. Be sure to tell her you're part of the Pine Island Cove group.



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