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November 7, 2012
Pine Island Eagle

Olde Fish House Marina: Nov. 10

The Olde Fish House Marina and Restaurant, 4530 Pine Island Rd. in Matlacha, invites you to their first Creative Coast Concert of the season on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 3-6 p.m. This free concert will include Trailer Park Barbie with Kip Lawrence. The special guest is Steve Chadbourne from Maine who is rapidly becoming a Pine Island favorite. Of course, this show will also feature the world famous "seafood raffle." Win one of three prizes featuring baskets of fresh local seafood.

The Fisher's of Men Lutheran Church:

Nov. 10

The Fisher's of Men Lutheran Church will hold its annual Arts and Craft Show on Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wood crafts, purses, aprons, scarf's, fuse glass, pottery, sewing goods, jewelry and Christmas items will be some of what will be on display.

The ladies of the church will be selling their homemade baked goods. Lunch of Belly Buster hot dogs will also be on sale.

Those vendors interested in participating may call Mary Harrell at 239-283-5465.

The next two shows will be held on Dec. 8 and Feb. 9.

Church of God of Prophecy: Nov. 10

The Church of God of Prophecy is having their chicken dinner Saturday, Nov. 10 from 3-6 p.m. Call 283-2128 for take out.

VFW Post 4353: 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.

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.

Matlacha Hookers: Nov. 12

The Matlacha Hookers general membership meeting will be on Monday, Nov. 12 at Sandy Hook Restaurant in Matlacha beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sandy Hook's will have a limited menu available for your enjoyment and the doors open at 5:30 p.m. The Matlacha Hookers are a 501c women's civic organization whose mission statement is to 'Make a Positive Difference in our Community' and is open to women over the age of 21.

For the month of November, members are reminded to bring two items for the Food Panty. At this time, they are requesting a variety of canned fruit and personal care items of all kinds; like toothpaste, soap, hair care, laundry and dish soap; they're well stocked with deodorant right now.

For additional information about the Matlacha Hookers or the general membership meeting, please call DJ at 283-5270. Our next monthly meeting is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 10 at the Elks Lodge on Pine Island.

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.

Pine Island Outdoor Sketchers: Nov. 13

The Pine Island Outdoor Sketchers will meet on Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon in downtown Bokeelia near Capt'n Cons. Everyone, regardless of experience is invited to attend. Just bring a chair and your drawing/painting equipment. There is no charge. For information contact Carol Sands at 828-883-5483.

Matlacha Chamber of Commerce: Nov. 14

The Matlacha Chamber of Commerce will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m. We will introduce new officers and board members, relay our Mission Statement and provide details of what's in store, including how best local businesses can efficiently capitalize on social media. A representative from the Fort Myers VCB will also be in attendance. They'll provide details how Matlacha businesses can partner with their marketing programs.

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.

Pine Island Garden Club: Nov. 15

The Pine Island Garden Club is pleased to welcome Mr. Roy Beckford as speaker at our Nov. 15 meeting. Beckford has been the University of Florida's Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent in Lee County since 2005. Prior to that time, he worked in Agricultural Extension in Jamaica and the British Virgin Islands and played a pivotal role in the development of the BVI's vegetable program. Beckford is also the author of a book on Tropical Agricultural Development and over 150 fact sheets and technical articles on agricultural production and management in the tropics, as well as on topics in alternative energy, environmental and natural resources. Roy will be speaking about bringing bees, butterflies, birds and other friendly creatures into your garden.

Holiday Luncheon: This year our holiday luncheon is Dec. 13, at Chef Georgio's Misto Bar & Grill, 231 Del Prado Blvd., South, Cape Coral, Fla. Don't forget you gift for the Chinese Auction.

Gala Update: Feb. 23, 2013. There are spaces available for vendors who would like to participate. Please go to our Gala website for details:

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.

Please visit our website:, for membership information and events.

St. James Civic Association: Nov. 17

Come Saturday, Nov. 17 for a "Welcome Back" Big Breakfast at St. James City Civic Center at Fourth and Lemon, St. James City. Cooks will serve an "All You Can Eat" meal of eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, pancakes and a cook's surprise, coffee and tea from 8-10 a.m. The price is $6. Shop the Hobby Club's vendor sale inside and the local vendors outside the building until noon. You'll find plenty of parking, too.

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.

St. James Civic Association: Nov. 19

Jim Ryan owner of Mango Tango Nursery will speak at the St. James City Civic Association meeting Monday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. His topic is "Invasive Species of Plants on Pine Island." He'll answer questions about your garden and landscaping, too. See you Monday evening at the St. James City Civic Center Fourth and Lemon, St. James City.

Pine Island Junior Olympics: Dec. 1

Lee County Parks and Recreation Department and Pine Island Kiwanis will be hosting the 31st Annual Pine Island Junior Olympics on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. It will be held at the Pine Island/Bobby Holloway Little League Field.

This event is for children kindergarten through 5th grade. Each child will compete in the long jump, 50-yard dash, _ mile run, Frisbee toss and softball throw. Each participant will receive a T-shirt, hot dog and soda.

This is a free event. This event is fun for all so come out and cheer on the children.

If your child is interested in participating in this annual event fill out the permission forms sent home by the school or stop by the Matlacha Community Center or the Pine Island Pool and pick one up. Please fill out the forms and return them to the Pine Island Elementary School, the Matlacha Community Center or the Pine Island Pool by Nov. 30.

This annual event is sponsored once again by Lee County Parks and Recreation, Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island, Pine Island Dairy Queen, Waggoner & Bruehl PA, Team Shevlin at Century 21 and Sun Trust Bank

Pine Island Little League will also be holding sign up for the 2013 season.

For more information on this event call the Matlacha Community Center at 283-4110.

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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