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December 12, 2012
Pine Island Eagle

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church: Dec. 12

On Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m., Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church will host the 6th Annual Ecumenical Lessons and Carols Service. The service is conducted by the Pastors of St. John's Episcopal Church, Pine Island Methodist Church, Fishers of Men Lutheran Church, as well as the host Catholic Church.

The service consists of brief Christmas Scripture readings interspersed with the singing of Christmas Carols by the combined choirs of the respective churches. The service is followed immediately by a Fellowship Social in the Parish Life Center directly across from the church building.

All are welcome to this Island Christmas tradition.

Earth & Spirit Garden

Gallery: Dec. 12

Every century there are twelve days that aren't repeated until the next century-Dec. 12, 2012 is the last for this century. People of all races and creeds around the world will be gathering with intentions for personal and global peace. You are invited to participate in special activities at Earth & Spirit Garden Gallery to celebrate. Join in acknowledging peace, harmony and wholeness for yourself, Earth and all its inhabitants through sound, movement, and intention. It is not be about doing, rather about being present with what is happening personally and together in fellowship. Presenters will lead yoga and Qi-Gong, poetry/readings, walking the labyrinth, creativity, meditation and prayer.

Bring your chimes, cymbals, crystal bowls, or other instruments. Activities begin at noon with the sounding of the bowls at 12:12 p.m.; events will continue until 5 p.m. You are welcome to spend the day, come and go for specific events, or just stop in for a brief retreat from your weekday activities. Donation of grocery items and cash will be collected for the Pine Island Food Pantry. This day is facilitated in collaboration with Sheilana Massey.

Call 239-282-1025 or visit for directions or more information.

Stonegate Bank: Dec. 13

Stonegate Bank, 5551 Sunset Lane, will hold its annual Tree Lighting event on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. Pine Island Dance will perform, Pine Island Eagle Choir will perform and Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive via Fire Truck for photos.

Pine Island Elementary

School: Dec. 13

The students will perform "Brother vs. Brother" in the cafeteria on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. It is free admission for the play.

Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens: Dec. 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29

The skies, water, and palm trees above Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens will be filled with over-the-top lighting during Merry Matlacha's December weekends. The botanical waterside garden becomes magical during this special continuous display of LED and "Glow-in-the-Dark Neon" lights set to Christmas music. Lovegrove's art and garden sculptures are sure to activate you eyes. Complimentary fireside snacks will be provided under the stars. Canceled if it rains. $6 per person.

This event is part of "Merry Matlacha" and event sponsored by the Matlacha Island Chamber of Commerce. Groups welcome and special dates available for private parties.

Call the gallery at 239-283-6453 for more information or to book a private party.

Olde Fish House

Marina: Dec. 15

Beavertail Skiffs, a Palmetto based boat company, will have an open house at the Olde Fish House Marina in Matlacha on Dec. 15 from 12-5 p.m. The company will be showing their entire line up in and out of the water, including there all new 17 foot Strike, during the open house. The company's owners will be on hand to talk prices and financing for those interested. There will also be fresh seafood available as well as live entertainment for the afternoon event.

Ragged Ass Saloon: Dec. 15

Come on by the Ragged Ass Saloon in St. James City on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 2-5 p.m. and join Pine Island's Skeeterland Band for its final performance. A number of Skeeterland's past band members will join in for this goodbye celebration.

Formed six years ago to help provide entertainment for an island cancer benefit, the band has become one of the busiest acoustic groups in Southwest Florida. We have performed from Everglades City to Tampa. It ahs also produced two quality CD's, which will be available to purchase.

Bokeelia Boat Club: Dec. 15

Boats will meet in Jug Creek in front of Tug Boat US at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, with a rain date scheduled for Dec. 16. Boats will be assigned to lead the parade that will cruise through the canals of Jug Creek and then end at the Lazy Flamingo for some Christmas cheer.

The public is welcome to decorate their boat and join the fun. For information call Event Coordinator Ray Easler at 239-283-2669.

Matlacha Yacht Club: Dec. 15

The Matlacha Yacht Club Christmas Boat Parade will take place on Saturday, Dec. 15, anyone is welcome to participate. Meet us behind Bert's Bar by 5:30 p.m. and we'll get organized and begin the parade by 6 p.m.

After the parade is over, those who participated are welcome to join us at the Elks on Pine Island for a potluck dinner. Bring a dish to share and enjoy the evening with a DJ for your entertainment.

Any questions call Glenn Smith at 239-283-0131.

Pine Island Moose: Dec. 15

The women will be holding their annual Christmas party on Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. so mark your calendars! There will be lunch for the kids and Santa will be there! This event has been a tradition for 25 years so signing up in advance is required.

Age groups are from new born through 8 years old. The deadline for signing up is Dec. 11.

The Pine Island Moose is located at 8903 Stringfellow Rd Phone Number 282-0453.

Wreaths Across America Operation: Tribute

at Sea: Dec. 15

The public is invited to the Yacht Club for the Wreaths Across America Operation: Tribute at Sea on Dec. 15 for the ceremony. Wreaths will be presented onboard "The Key of Sea" by a veteran from each branch of our military including Merchant Marine and POW/MIA to our Officiant, Champlain Larry Ager for the final escort journey to the Gulf of Mexico.

The ceremony should start at approximately 9:45 a.m. Once the wreaths are onboard, we will depart and continue down the Caloosahatchee River to our final destination. "The Key of Sea" will be meeting vessels at the foot of the Veteran's Memorial Bridge on the Caloosahatchee River at 9 a.m. sharp.

Pine Island United Methodist Church: Dec. 16

The Music Department of Pine Island United Methodist Church will present Festival of Lessons and Carolsand More on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m., in the Sanctuary of Pine Island United Methodist Church. The church is at the western end of Pine Island Road, across from the Matlacha-Pine Island Fire Station.

The concert will feature all of the church's music ensembles. The Praise Team, led by Sheli Thompson-Gauthier, Children's Choir, and Chancel Chimes will present selections for the first part of the program. Then the Chancel Choir, assisted by guest singers from the community, will present the major work, "Festival of Lessons and Carols." The audience will have opportunities to participate, also. Bill Podley and Marge Adkins will be at the piano and organ. Janet Nieburg will conduct.

"Festival of Lessons and Carols," compiled by Jonathan Willcocks, is a program of lessons from the Bible concerning the prophesy and birth of Jesus Christ with carols or other musical compositions expressing the scripture lessons through music. A festival of lessons and carols is a centuries-old tradition at King's College, Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.

The concert is offered as a gift to Pine Island residents and friends.

Greater Pine Island Chamber

of Commerce: Dec. 20

A special greeting this Holiday Season to express to you our sincere appreciation for your confidence and loyalty to the Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce. We are deeply thankful and extend to you our best wishes for a happy and healthy Holiday Season. Please join us on Dec. 20 from 6-8 p.m. for our Holiday Card Exchange at the Welcome Center. Please bring a covered dish to share.

RSVP to Jennifer @ 283-0888 or via email at We look forward to celebrating the Holiday with all of you!!

St. James City Boat Club: Dec. 22

The Merchants of St. James City and the St. James City Boat Club are sponsoring the St. James City Lighted Boat parade on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. The parade is for the benefit of the people in our community and dedicated to our past member Wolfgang Schulz.

Boats will leave the docks of Woody's, Monroe Canal Marina and Low Key Tiki around 6 p.m. Festivities and gathering of boats start at 4 p.m. Any and all boat captains are invited to participate.

There will be a captains meeting at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at the Ragged Ass Saloon where there will be special prices for beer and pizza for all attendees. Boat captains should attend since each will be given an identification number to hold up for the judges and free chili tickets for their crew to use at the awards ceremony, along with other information.

Boats will be lined up and leave by their identification number, starting with number one.

Matlacha luminaries: Dec. 24

On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, a 27-year tradition will take place in Matlacha along Island Avenue and across Pine Island Road into Matlacha Avenue and all the surrounding streets. The streets will be aglow with the lighting of the luminaries at dusk. Please come and enjoy walking or driving to see the luminaries and the beautifully decorated homes.

As always, Santa's helpers who make the luminaries possible will be gathering at 2 p.m. on Dec. 24 to fill the bags with sand and candles at the corner lot on Island Avenue and Velma Street. All the helpers are asked to bring a small garden shovel, a chair, if needed and vehicles to help deliver the luminaries along the streets.

We always need helpers. We also ask everyone to help light the luminaries at dusk and place a radio in the front of your house set to 106.3 FM, the Christmas station and have Matlacha filled with the sounds of Christmas music.

A special thank you goes out to all who help and all who give monetary donations that keep this tradition a very special part of Matlacha. A very special thank you to our generous friends John and Cheryl Honc for supplying the sand every year!

Ladies of the Elks 2781: Jan. 24

Lily Grace, portrayed by local actress Denyea Clarkson, brought down the house three years ago with this hilarious comedy. This time men are welcome! She now returns with " Church Lady Act 2" on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Tickets are on sale now for $20, which includes a delicious lunch.

The doors of the Pine Island Elks Lodge will open at 11 a.m. Advance tickets only.

Contact Yve Malbon at 239-283-4476, Ann Thomas at 239-283-0415 or Jean McCaffrey at 239-283-5379.



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