The Real Estate Caf: Jan. 3
Dream Home Associates is proud to announce the grand opening of their new office. Owners, Carl Jervis and Lynn Berreitter have been island residents since 2000 and up until 2009, had a real estate office in St. James City.
Come join them for the grand opening, Jan. 3 from 4-7 p.m. at The Real Estate Caf, 5459 Pine Island Rd. There will be champagne, wine, cheese and music by Annie Wenz.
The Caf is located on the south side of Pine Island Road, just east of the 4-way stop sign, adjacent to The Beacon of Hope. Extra parking is available behind the buildings.
Pine Island Writers: Jan. 5
Pine Island Writers invites you to attend Anne Dalton's Workshop: "Invasion of Privacy and Defamation Issues," Jan. 5, 10 a.m. until noon at St. John's Episcopal Church on Stringfellow Road in St. James City. This workshop is designed for concerns specific to writers. Event fee: members $5/non-members $10.
Dalton's 35-year career includes stints as senior attorney for Radio City Music Hall and legal and business affairs counsel for ABC network news "20/20." Her legal practice offers a particular emphasis on creative arts and entertainment law. Visit her website at: www.dalton-legal.com.
Earth and Spirit Gallery: Jan. 7
Earth and Spirit Gallery will host two new regular yoga classes starting Monday, Jan. 7th at 4 p.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 4 p.m. The classes are 90-minutes long, fee is $10. All levels are welcome.
Museum of the Islands: Jan 7
The Museum of the Islands (MOTI) will present the program "The Cushing Expedition-1896" on Monday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m., at the Fishers of Men Lutheran Church, 10360 Stringfellow Rd., Saint James City.
The featured speaker will be Dr. Robin C. Brown, who will share the history of the Calusa Indians on Marco Island and the discovery of remarkably preserved artifacts that have provided details of Calusa customs and lifestyle rarely obtainable for an archeological site.
The program is free and open to the public. Please contact Sharon Traylor, 283-9155, for additional information.
Matlacha Chamber of Commerce: Jan. 10
The Matlacha Island Chamber of Commerce will meet on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Historic Matlacha Fire Station Building in Matlacha Park. Our guest speaker will be Chris Pendleton, CEO and President of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Pendleton is also on the MICC Advisory Board. All business owners and friends of the new MICC are welcome to attend.
For more information call 239-822-4109. Or email at email@example.com
Flamingo Bay: Jan. 12
Julie's egg benedict (city ham, pouched egg and Julie's cheese sauce), hash browns, and grilled pineapple is our first breakfast of the new year on Jan. 12 between 8 and 9:30 a.m. by the Flamingo Bay Residents' Association. For $6 you'll get this egg benedict breakfast or if you don't want egg benedict you'll get city ham, eggs, hash browns, grilled pineapple and a banana or bran muffin. Tickets will be sold at the door on the morning of the breakfast.
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.
Anglers: Jan. 13
Wounded Warrior Anglers will have a fund-raising event at Miceli's Restaurant on Sunday, Jan. 13 from 12-4 p.m. with live music, raffle items and 50/50, plus the 2013 NauticStar raffle boat will be present for all to see.
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.
Spa 33: Jan 16
Spa 33 is providing a free Dermalogica class on Jan. 16 from 6-8 p.m. at 4547 Pine Island Road Unit C in Matlacha. The topic is "New Year, New You!" and will touch upon skin brightening. The class will talk about treatment that brightens and minimizes skin discoloration, uneven skin tone, hyper pigmentation and age spots. For more information call 239-558-8217.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is free and open to the public.
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.
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.
Order of the Golden
Brush: Jan. 22
Order of the Golden Brush is proud to offer two water color seminars by Pine Island artist Joanna Bowles. The first seminar will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 1-4 p.m. at the Saint James City Civic Association, 4th and Lemon Street, St. James City. The second seminar is scheduled for March 26, 2013. Bowles studied under artists Helen Pierce and Betty Wedelas and in North Carolina at the Ringling School of Arts and continues to study at the Pine Island Art Association. Past president and current member of the Pine Island Art Association, Bowles's art has been displayed at the Useppa and Sanibel art shows, judged Punta Gorda show, and the Arts for Acts silent auction. Her art reflects her travels but her passion is portraits and pet paintings. For more information on Bowle's and to view her paintings, visit pineislandart.com.
To sign up for the Jan. 22 seminar call Linda Selleck at 283-5207 or Mary Ann Harms at 283-9337. Artists need to bring their own supplies and have a subject of their choice ready to paint. Cost of the class is $35 and participant skill level intermediate to advanced.
Ladies of the Elks: 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. 106 sold. Only 14 tickets left. Call Ann Thomas 239-283-0415 cell 292-2972.