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December 19, 2012
Pine Island Eagle

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!!

Nayan Music and Arts

Festival: Dec. 21

Nayam artist musicians and performers have decided to come together and generously donate their time to entertain the public during the Dec. 21 "galactic alignment." Solstice 2012 marks a zero point a simultaneous completion and beginning.

Join us Dec. 21 from 6-10 p.m. at 14900 Stringfellow Road, across from the fire station in Bokeelia.

Musicians who will perform include Kip Lawrence, Good Citizen, Dogfish, Agent 13, Shadows of the Undead, Strypt Down and Strange Arrangement. Artists will include Justin Bryant, Nicholas Decker, Taj Aronson, Mike Lane (bonsai tree artist), Brian Weaver, Josh Paterson and Tyler Williams. The Calendar Girls and Ndakhte Ndiaye will provide dance performances.

Pine Island Community

Church: Dec. 22

Pine Island Community Church is offering free haircuts on Saturday, Dec. 22 at the store by a licensed hair gal from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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.

First Baptist Church

of Pine Island: Dec. 24

The First Baptist Church of Pine Island invites the community to their traditional Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 p.m. The church is located at 5363 Avenue D in Bokeelia. For information call 239-283-1737.

Pine Island Art

Association: Jan. 12

Starting Saturday, Jan. 12 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. David Meo will teach drawing at the Pine Island Art Association building in Matlacha Community Park, 4577 NE Pine Island Road, just west of the new Pine Island Bridge. The course will focus on the basic A B C's of drawing. A: action drawing, B: blocking simple shapes, spheres, cones and cylinders, C: contour drawing. Meo is an accomplished southwest artist and teacher. He enjoys teaching aspiring artists of all ages. For this reason the class is open to double digit age and triple digit age artists. This is your chance to improve your ability to draw. Maybe you and your child or grandchild would like to come to class together.

Drawing for beginners with David Meo on Saturdays, Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 16, 23 and March 2 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. for $50.

Checks made out to PIAA and mailed to P O Box 12, St. James City, FL 33956. For registration info or call 283-9155 or David Meo or call 337-5518.

Gambling Trip: Jan. 14

Allstar Charters and Sarah Furia are doing a free day trip to the Seminole Immokalee Casino on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. You pay $30 and get $30 free play, plus a $5 food voucher and your round trip to Immokalee. We will be leaving at 10 a.m. from the boat ramp at Pine Island Cove and leave the casino at 5 p.m. Call Sarah 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.

Family Coalition

Meeting: Jan 17

A Family Prevention Meeting will be held on Jan. 17, 2013 at 6 p.m. at Pine Island Elementary School, 5360 Ridgewood Drive in Bokeelia. The night will feature a free family spaghetti dinner, featuring Mr. Mazzoli's secret sauce and sponsored by Busey Bank.

Staff Sgt. Jorge Garcia with the Florida National Guard Counterdrug Program will present the Night Vision Prevention Program for the kids. There will be a panel on prescription drug abuse prevention for families as well. Associates and Bruce L Scheiner is sponsoring family keepsake photos.

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to the Coalition by calling 239-931-9317 or emailing

Thanks to our event sponsors, this program is free and open to the public: Lee County Sheriff's Office; Lee Memorial Health System; Busey Bank; Florida Department of Children and Families; Central Florida Behavioral Health Network; School District of Lee County and Pine Island Elementary School; Dr. Omar Rieche; Florida National Guard; Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner; Southwest Florida Addiction Services; Fundamental Fitness for Kids; Law Offices of Shawn Seliger; FUN-damental Fitness for Kids and Street Chicks in Recovery.

Kayak Tour: Jan. 17

The GAEA guided kayak nature tours will take place on Thursday, Jan. 17 at Mangrove Mazes of Matlacha Pass. Visit the Mangrove Mazes and Tunnels of Matlacha Pass, "Nature's Cathedrals." Lots of birds, fish and critters in these mysterious tunnels. Includes all equipment and a Florida Master Naturalist as your guide. $50 per person. Reservations needed. 239 694-5513.

Old Pine Island Marina: Jan 19

Old Pine Island Marina will hold its first seminar on Saturday, Jan 19 at 7 p.m. with Capt. Dick May.

Kayak Tour: Jan. 23

A Useppa Island archeological kayak tour will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A special kayak tour to this unusual, private island. Your guide is a Florida Master Naturalist that knows the ins and outs of the route through the grass flats and mangrove islands of Pine Island Sound and the history of the area. We will visit Useppa Island's museum, which details 10,000 years of human habitation on Useppa. This island has a fascinating history, both ancient and modern. We will eat lunch at the historic Collier Inn and get to see the beautiful flora and interesting fauna of the island. $70 per person (includes entry fee to the museum and parking), plus the cost of lunch. All equipment included. Reservations needed. 239 694-5513



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