First Baptist Church
of Pine Island: Oct. 31
A Fall Family Festival will be held on today, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kiwanis Club: Nov. 2
Betsy Haesemeyer, executive director of the Beacon of H.O.P.E., who oversees Students Achieving Success, will be a guest speaker at the Kiwanis meeting, Friday, Nov. 2.
The program started five years ago and has been one of the reasons so many students have achieved success.
Anyone interested in hearing Betsy's presentation is welcome to attend. The meeting is at 8 a.m. at Bert's in Matlacha. Please call 283-8977 if you would like breakfast.
Fort Myers Art Walk: Nov. 2
Terrapeg is the brainchild of eco-friendly, Matlacha furniture designer Frank Schooley. Terrapeg offers a full-range of affordable eco-friendly furniture that is perfect for sustainable living. The beautifully crafted home, office and school furniture is custom cut from recycled wood. Terrapeg is available in 12 colors: white, coffee bean, chai, ready to finish and eight Valchromat colors (red, yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, grey and black). With more than 30 attractive designs, Terrapeg's appealing and durable furniture offers everything you need to furnish a home, office or school.
Renowned local Matlacha artist Leoma Lovegrove will exclusively paint a few limited edition pieces of Terrapeg's ready-to-finish furniture during Fort Myers Art Walk on Nov. 2. Leoma Paints Terrapeg Live will take place at The Franklin Shops on First Street from 6-8 p.m. at 2200 First Street in Fort Myers. Lovegrove will also start selling her exclusively painted Terrapeg furniture in her Matlacha gallery and at The Franklin Shops.
'The Phantom and Friends:' Franc D'Ambrosio's
Broadway:' Nov. 2
Three Saint James City women have a date with the Phantom of the Opera. Penny Higgins, Tonya Player and Fran Thomas sing with the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida. The Chorale, in partnership with Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, will present "The Phantom and Friends: Franc D'Ambrosio's Broadway" on Nov. 2 at 8 p.m.
D'Ambrosio holds the record as the World's Longest Running Phantom. Legendary Broadway director Hal Prince, who won a Tony award for directing The Phantom of the Opera, said, "He sings like Mario Lanza." D'Ambrosio also played Al Pacino's opera-singing son in Godfather III and was chosen by Barry Manilow to star in "Copacabana." Besides singing some of the best-loved hits from the Great White Way, D'Ambrosio will recall his experiences with these stars of stage and screen.
The Chorale will show its pops side with medleys of the songs of Richard Rodgers and Irving Berlin. The evening will conclude with a very special Phantom medley. Backed by the 80 voices of the Chorale, D'Ambrosio will share the stage with two local singers who auditioned and were personally chosen by D'Ambrosio for this exciting opportunity.
Tickets are $27, $47, or $57 through www.bbmannpah.com or by calling 239-481-4849.
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.
Olde Fish House: Nov. 4
The Kickin it for Kim Benefit will be held on Sunday, Nov. 4 from 2-6 p.m. at the Olde Fish House Marina. Advance tickets for a pulled pork platter are $10 and can be purchased at the Olde Fish House and St. James Auto. The event will also include raffles and silent auction items will all proceeds being given to Kim O'Rouke, who is fighting breast cancer. The Certified Band, The Greyson Rogers Band,Ground Down and SoapBox will provide the entertainment.
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. Classes will be held at the First Baptist Church of Pine Island, 5653 Ave. D in Bokeelia, across the street from Pine Island Elementary School, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
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, 2013.
For information contact Marilyn McManus at 239-282-9148 or email email@example.com. 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.
Ladies of the Tiles: Nov. 9
Beginners are welcome to play Mah Jongg at the St. James Civic Center, 4th and Lemon Street in St. James City, on the second Friday of every month. The first gathering will be held on Friday, Nov. 9 from 1-4 p.m. Individuals are requested to arrive at 12:45 p.m. Donations are $5 per person and players are encouraged to bring their cards and games. Beginners will be taught and provided with a temporary card. For information contact Pat Johnsen at 283-8368.
Pine Island Elks Lodge:
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.
VFW Post: Nov. 11
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.