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January 9, 2013
Pine Island Eagle

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 information call 239-822-4109. Or email at

Church of God of Prophecy: Jan. 12

The Church of God of Prophecy, 15146 Stringfellow Road in Bokeelia, is offering a chicken dinner on Jan. 12 from 3-6 p.m. Call Friday for take out at 239-283-2128.

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 N.E. 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.

Flamingo Bay: Jan. 13

We are honored to have "The Last Resort" entertain us at our first Ice Cream Social for this season at Flamingo Bay. The event will be held on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. Our sundaes are $3. So come listen to their music, dance and eat our delicious sundaes.

Matlacha Hookers: Jan. 14

The Matlacha Hookers general membership meeting will be on Monday, Jan. 14 at the Sandy Hook Restaurant in Matlacha beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sandy Hook will have a limited menu available for your enjoyment and the doors open at 5:30 p.m. The Matlacha Hookers is 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 January, members are reminded to bring two items for the Food Pantry. This month, the Pantry is requesting personal care items. Any items that you use each day such as soap, shampoo, razors, feminine products, toothpaste, body lotions, toilet paper, laundry detergent are in need. For information about the Matlacha Hookers or the general membership meeting, call DJ at 283-5270. The next monthly meeting is scheduled on Feb. 7 at the Elks Lodge on Pine Island next to Station One of the Matlacha Pine Island Fire Department.

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.

Pine Island Garden Club: Jan. 17

The Pine Island Garden Club is excited to welcome Lynn Berreitter as our speaker for our Jan. 17 meeting. Growing up with a camera in her hand, Berreitter concentrated on photojournalism during the 1980's. She photographed people in natural settings, people that she happened upon on the street, at events, etc. She used strictly black and white film and developed and printed her own photographs in the lab. After receiving a degree in Environmental Science in the 1990's, she had a career change, deciding photography was where her heart was. Living in SW Florida, Berreitter finds it most rewarding to photograph the nature that surrounds us. If you visit her website at, you'll see an expanded bio and a variety of beautiful work, including What's Blooming posters done for Lee County Parks.

Gala Update: Date: Feb. 23. Location: Garden Club Park, Island Center. There will be demonstrations during the day, plant and tree vendors selling amazing inventory, local authors signing and selling their books, a fantastic "white elephant sale", and many raffle prizes given away during the entire Gala. Mark your calendar! Raffle tickets are now on sale from club members. There are a few spaces left 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 9:00 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.

Flamingo Bay: Jan. 19

Bring out your green, purple and gold beads and wear your mask to the Mardi Gras dance with "Just Friends" providing the entertainment at Flamingo Bay on Saturday, Jan. 19 beginning at 7 p.m. Get your $7 tickets from Carol at 283.7855. BYOB

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.

Beth Moore Bible Study: Jan. 21

On Monday, Jan. 21, a Beth Moore Study entitled "Esther It's Tough Being a Woman" will be offered at Pine Island Community Church in St. James City. This is a 10-week, interactive study, which features personal, daily assignments and weekly group sessions with videos. The sessions will be two hours in length starting promptly at 10 a.m. to noon, Monday mornings beginning on Jan. 21.

There is no charge for the class, but a study book is recommended. Book charge is $15. Please call the church at 239-283-9944 to register for the class and put in a book request. Materials will be available at the first session.

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 sShow, 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

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

Church Lady Jan. 24 is sold out. Tickets for our next event will be on sale after Jan. 14. Tickets for Janita Bertolo, portraying rogue journalist Ida Tarbell, go even quicker than Church Lady. The date is Feb. 14. Don't miss out on this one! Contact Yve Malbon 283-4476, Ann Thomas 283-0415, or Jean McCaffrey 283-5379.

St. James Hobby Club: Feb. 13

The St. James Hobby Club will be hosting their annual Valentine Card Party on Feb. 13. The party will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the St. James Civic Center. There will be refreshments; lots of door prizes and a luncheon will be served.

Tickets are $11 and must be purchased before the day of the event, so the club will have enough food for everyone who attends. Tickets can be purchased by calling Rebecca Murray at 352-356-1123, or drop by the St. James Civic Center any Wednesday morning between 9-11:30 a.m. beginning Jan. 9.

The annual card party is a lot of fun. Most groups play cards, but there are usually a few dice and board games as well. It is the main fund-raiser for the Hobby Club providing operating funds, as well as helping the club's annual charitable donations.

Everyone is welcome to attend and all different games are played.



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