Beacon of H.O.P.E.:
March 8-April 12
Free tax preparation at the Beacon of H.O.P.E., 5465 Pine Island Road, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. every Friday from March 8 through April 12. Call 283-5123 for appointments.
Pine Island Moose: March 2
The Pine Island Moose Lodge is hosting a Lee Memorial Health System Blood Drive on Saturday, March 2 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Your valuable donation will remain here in Lee County to help our local community with their blood needs. If you have any questions about donating blood, please call the LMHS Donor Center at 343-2333. Thank you so much for your support!
First Baptist Church of Pine Island: March 2
First Baptist Church of Pine Island, 5363 Avenue D in Bokeelia, is hosting a BBQ rib/chicken dinner and movie on Saturday, March 2 at 5 p.m. The dinner will be followed by the movie "Courageous." A $5 per person donation is suggested for our TeamKID and JAM Youth Group outings this spring.
Greater Pine Island Civic Association: March 5
Sharon Harrington, Lee County Supervisor of Elections, will be the speaker at the Greater Pine Island Civic Association's March meeting. Harrington will explain why there were long lines at the polls and a shorter early vote time period this past election.
Is there a science or formula for determining how many staff and how much equipment is needed? Was the extra long ballot a last minute surprise? Why were precincts closed and voters told to vote at new locations? Was the low-vote turnout for the August primaries part of the problem? Will these problems be fixed by the next elections?
These are some of the questions that she can answer. You may have other questions or you may wish hear the supervisor's explanation.
In addition, a former restaurant at Pine Island Center that was a derelict property for a number of years was purchased by a local resident who is rehabilitating the building and is requesting to restore the commercial zoning lost due to being vacant for so many years.
Lee County staff will also attend to present, for residents to review, a Land Development Code Amendment that will affect our community plan.
All civic meetings are open to the public at no charge. Meetings are at the Elks on Pine Island Road beyond Stringfellow, before the firehouse. Tuesday, March 5, 7 p.m. Join or renew membership for a $10/p.p. annual fee. Contact Roger Wood, president at 920-421-3984 or Kathy Malone, 283-3762.
Ladies of the Elks: March 8
Join the Ladies of the Elks at our Annual Garage and Bake Sale on Friday, March 8, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held inside the Elks Lodge located at the Center. We will be accepting gently used items (excluding clothing) on Thursday, March 7 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Call V Bridges 283- 4802, Ann Sayers 283-7530 or Linda Schulz 283-1498.
Genesee Art Stroll: March 10
Several Charlotte Shores friends have organized a progressive art stroll on Sunday afternoon, March 10 from 2-6 p.m. The route is walkable, all within two blocks of each other. Light refreshments will welcome you at all four stops.
The first stop is 5391 Genesee Parkway in Bokeelia, home of Janice St. Hilaire who describes herself as a Sunday painter working in acrylics, mostly plein aire Florida landscapes.
5354 Genessee Parkway will be the second stop, home of Gwen Galpin, owner of Crystal Camelions. She will show her beaded jewelry on ornate stands. Joining her will be photographer Kelly Sutton Jumper.
The third stop is 5283 Genesee Parkway, home of Debbie Conley. She works in oil, pastel and watercolor and will have paintings, prints and note cards available. Conley just won "Best in Show" at the recent Pine Island Art Association Art Show.
Wendy Morton, at 5258 Genesee Parkway, will show a collection of watercolors and acrylics. Her work includes Florida birds and landscapes, along with Maine seascapes.
All are welcome to this Sunday afternoon stroll to view the recent works of these friends who are enjoying new found time to pursue a life-long passion for art. Signs will direct you to each home. For more information, call 239-283-2661.