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October 24, 2012
Pine Island Eagle

Church of God of Prophecy: Oct. 26 & 27

The Church of God of Prophecy, 15146 Stringfellow Road in Bokeelia, will have a rummage sale and hot dog lunch, which includes chili, sauerkraut, baked beans, potato chips, dessert and drink for $6, on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Matlacha Bridge Reef Project: Oct. 27

The final fundraiser for the Matlacha Bridge Reef Project will be held on Oct. 27 at the Olde Fish House Marina in Matlacha from 2-6 p.m. The last chance to buy raffle tickets for the Harley Giveaway, 2012 Harley Davidson Sportster XL 1200, will be this weekend at the event or throughout the week by calling 239-244-4434 or stopping by at Island Floors Inc. & Interiors. Tickets are one for $25 or five for $100. The event is open to the public and will include fresh local seafood, live music and lots of giveaways.

VFW Post: Oct. 27

October is membership drive month. The VFW is hosting a hog roast to recruit members to the VFW Post, Ladies Auxiliary, and Men's Auxiliary on Oct. 27 starting at 1 p.m. Come and talk with us. We are also welcoming back our early birds. It will be a fun day with live music and raffles.

We have kicked off our Friday night dinners, 5-7 p.m., and music 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26 join us with RV Parks. Pick up a calendar for our November schedule.

Crispy chicken is back! Starting Sunday, Nov. 4, and continuing on the first Sunday of the month.

Every Tuesday starting Nov. 6 the horses will be racing at 6 pm. Pizza will be served from 5-7 p.m. Every Thursday starting in November we'll be spinning the wheel for some great prizes.

On Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, there will be a ceremony at the center at 1p.m. to honor our POW/MIA Veterans by putting up a POW/MIA flag. We encourage everyone to participate.

Breakfast will be served the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, also the 5th Sunday if there are five Sundays.

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. Hotdogs, 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.

First Baptist Church of Pine Island: Oct. 31

A Fall Family Festival will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at the First Baptist Church of Pine Island. Soup and chili super will be served from 6:30-7 p.m. and fun games for the whole family will be held from 8-9 p.m. Although individuals are encouraged to come in contest, evil costumes are encouraged to stay at home. There will be a cake walk, trunk or treat, face painting and plenty of other games during the festival. For information call 239-283-1737 or email

Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Church: Nov. 3

A Holiday Bazaar will be held on Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Church, 12175 Stringfellow Road in Bokeelia. The bazaar will include baked goodies, hand-crafted treasures, fall and Thanksgiving decorations, Christmas trees, decorations and ornaments, as well as Christmas gifts. A continental breakfast will be available. The event is sponsored by the OLMM Women's Guild.

First Baptist Church of Pine Island: Nov. 6

Ladies, do you want to feel better, move more? Exercise can help you to be more flexible, increase your metabolism, and help you feel more alert. Join me exercising at the First Baptist Church of Pine Island on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

The First Baptist Church of Pine Island is located at 5653 Ave. D in Bokeelia, across the street from Pine Island Elementary School. The classes will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 6. There will be no exercise classes the week of Thanksgiving or Dec. 17- Jan. 7, 2013, for the holidays. Classes will begin again on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2012.

For information contact Marilyn McManus at 239-282-9148 or email There is no charge for the classes.

The classes feature aerobic and stretching exercises. Any age lady is welcome to attend. The exercises can be modified to fit anyone's level of exertion. Sometimes we use hand held weights and stretchy bands, but they are not necessary; the exercises are still good without the weights or stretchy bands.

Guided Kayak Nature Tour: Nov. 8

Mangrove Mazes of Matlacha Pass Kayak Tour with GAEA Guides - Guided Kayak Nature Tours will be held on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit the Mangrove Mazes and Tunnels of Matlacha Pass, "Nature's Cathedrals." Lots of birds, fish and critters in these mysterious tunnels. We may see the visiting white pelicans. Includes all equipment and a Florida Master Naturalist as your guide. $50 per person. Reservations needed by calling 239-694-5513.

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.

Earth & Spirit Garden Gallery: Nov. 11

The Organic High Tea Fashion Show, which is sponsored by Zwear, Earth & Spirit Garden Gallery and the Matlacha Menagerie, will benefit Pine Island Food Pantry.

Earth & Spirit Garden Gallery will host the third annual "high tea" fashion show on Sunday, Nov. 11 from 1-3 p.m. What makes this gathering so unique is the fun twist to this high-brow affair. The "high tea" fashion show includes tea sandwiches, scones and organic fair trade tea. The setting is the pristine outdoor space of the garden gallery, the tables are set with unique thrift finds, and event is all for a great cause!

A silent auction and live auction will be held with items donated from the many island artists, service organizations, restaurants, and destinations - all proceeds going to the Pine Island Food Pantry. Guests are also invited to bring non-perishable food items to immediately stock the pantry.

Deb Z, artist/designer and owner of Zwear Fashions, will facilitate the fashion show. Her distinctive work is with hand-painted designs on washable silks and bamboo fabrics. Matlacha Menagerie will be joining in this year, featuring OH MY GAUZE clothing line as well as other featured cotton clothing made in the USA.

Tickets are $15 with advance purchase available at Matlacha Menagerie, 4604 Pine Island Road NW, Matlacha and Earth & Spirit Garden Gallery, 5425 Maria Drive, St. James City, or you can call 239-282-1025, email for more information and to purchase tickets.

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.

Tarpon Lodge & Restaurant: Nov. 14

The Tarpon Lodge & Restaurant proudly announces their Wine Tasting Event of 2012 on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Individuals will have the opportunity to sample select wines and culinary treats from regions around the world for $45 per person, plus tax and gratuity. The gathering begins at 6:30 p.m. with live music by David Sarchet on piano.

Reservations are strongly recommended as space is limited by Nov. 1.

For more information call 239-283-2517. Tarpon Lodge & Restaurant is located at 13711 Waterfront Drive.

Guided Kayak Nature Tour: Nov. 15

The Archeological Kayak & Site Tour with GAEA Guides will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Bokeelia. Learn about our ancient native Calusa Civilization by taking a guided tour of the Calusa Heritage Trail at the Pineland Site Complex. Then paddle on the grass flats of Pine Island Sound like the Calusa did. See a variety of birds, sponges, fish, soft corals, bottom dwelling creatures, dolphin and sometimes manatee. $60 per person includes all equipment and your entry fee to the Calusa Heritage Trail. Call 239- 694-5513 for a reservation.

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 SW 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.

Guided Kayak Nature Tour: Nov. 30

Join the guided kayak nature tours in the Back Waters of Matlacha Pass Kayak Tour with GAEA Guides on Friday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wander through some fascinating mangrove creeks, see many birds (white pelicans, may be here from the North), manatees and dolphin. Learn about the critters and the ecology of the estuary. Eat lunch on the water in this tranquil area. $50 per person includes all equipment and a Florida Master Naturalist Guide. Cape Coral. Call for your reservation at 239-694-5513.

Calusa Land Trust & Pine Island Boat Club Poker Run: Dec. 2

The Calusa Land Trust and Pine Island Boat Club invite everyone to participate in the annual Poker Run on Sunday Dec. 2. Following previous year's format, you can draw your lucky poker hands at seven stations accessible by boat or land. Everyone young or old can boat, drive, kayak, walk, run, or take golf carts to enjoy the day and have a chance to win cash prizes. As before, we will finish up at Woody's Waterside to eat, drink, and socialize while waiting for the winning poker hand to be determined.

All proceeds will be donated to the Calusa Land Trust and Nature Preserve of Pine Island to help procure and preserve environmentally sensitive land.

The goal of The Great Poker Run is to enjoy the day and collect poker hands at various locations, speed of completion is not important as long as you draw the 7th card at Woody's before 3 p.m. Each ticket (you can buy as many as you wish) is carried to six dealer locations around Pine Island Sound and St James City where a card is drawn and entered on your ticket(s). The 7th and final card is drawn at Woody's. If you can't participate in the Run, your tickets may be carried by someone else. You do not have to be present to win. Best Poker hands will win cash prizes of $1000 (first), $350(second), $150 (third). There will also be a losers drawing for $100 (however you must be present to win).

Tickets will be available at Woody's and from various sellers starting in October.

Maps showing dealer stations will be established and distributed next month.

For more information, or to purchase tickets call Ken Pleat at 615-562-0052, or Pink Wesorick at 239-283-7249.



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