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March 13, 2013
Pine Island Eagle

Beacon of H.O.P.E.: March 12

The Breast Health Caravan will make a stop at the Beacon of H.O.P.E., 5465 Pine Island Road on March 12 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

To qualify for the services you must have: lived in Lee County for the past 12 months and have no health insurance. An individual must bring their Lee County photo ID, social security card and proof of income for entire household (tax return, pay stubs, W-2)

Partners for Breast Cancer Care, Inc. will provide private, no-cost breast examination by a volunteer physician, intake process with bilingual case manager for qualification for mammogram, demonstration of how to perform self-breast examination, screening mammogram and informational hand-out packet. Those interested should call 454-8583 for an appointment or attend the event.

Order of the Golden Brush: March 12

Order of the Golden Brush is sponsoring an art workshop with Pine Island artist Mel Meo. She will inspire individuals creative spirit as they paint a wall hanging of an underwater scene with a turtle during the workshop, which will be held on Tuesday, March 12 from 1-4 p.m. The workshop, which will be held at the St. James Civic Association, is $40 and everyone is welcome to attend.

Individuals are asked to bring a table cover, all other materials are provided. For information or to sign up for the workshop call Linda at 283-5207 or MaryAnn at 283-9337.

Greater Pine Island Lions Club: March 13-15

The Greater Pine Island Lions Club members will be at Winn-Dixie and Circle K March 13-15 from 12-3 p.m. Every year during October and then again in March, the Greater Pine Island Lions Club provides information on eye care for Greater Pine Island. This year we have arranged for members to be at Winn-Dixie and Circle K on Wednesday, March 13; Thursday, March 14; Friday, March 15 from 12-3 p.m. to distribute information and collect donations to help with eye care on Greater Pine Island.

In addition, this year we are having the LifeLink Foundation, whose mission is to promote organ and tissue donation. LifeLink will have a tent in Winn-Dixie parking lot where volunteers will be providing information on "You have the power to Donate Life" through organ and tissue donation. Winn-Dixie and Circle K have promised to donate some prizes to be awarded to those who visit the LifeLink tent and fill out a ticket for the drawings. The drawings will be held on Friday at 3 p.m. You do not have to be there to win, just be sure we have your phone number on your ticket._ As you donate for White Cane Campaign, you will be given a brochure that indicates you gave to the fund. Take that with you to the tent in Winn-Dixie parking lot and you will receive a ticket to complete and put into a jar for the drawings.

There will be a Lions box in the tent for you to drop off used eye glasses (prescription, readers, sun and safety glasses), cell phones, hearing aids, stamps, occasional cards (birthday, Christmas, thank yous, etc). These are repaired as needed and distributed to those in need.

The Lions Club did not have confirmation at press time that LifeLink will be there on Friday, March 15.

Guided Nature Walk: March 16

Join Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast on Saturday, March 16 for a guided nature walk at Pine Island Preserve at Matlacha Pass. The 90-minute walking tour is offered at 9 a.m. and again at 10:30 a.m. This is a special opportunity to view four different natural habitats critical to the wildlife in the area, and view a variety of animals, including a nesting pair of bald eagles. Tours will be led by Lee Amos, staff biologist at Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. The two-mile dirt trail requires walking shoes or sneakers. Participants should consider bringing a water bottle, small snack and sunscreen. Park your vehicle at Flamingo Bay, 7701 Stringfellow Road, Saint James City. RSVP to Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast at 941-918-2100.

The area around Pine Island Preserve at Matlacha Pass, generally known as Master's Landing, represents the collected conservation efforts of three different entities: Calusa Land Trust and Nature Preserve of Pine Island, Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, and Lee County Conservation 20/20.

The three organizations are working together to develop a unified and complementary approach to conservation and restoration projects within this 593-acre complex of protected land.

Old Pine Island Marina: March 16

Our March seminar will be Saturday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. with Capt. Jesse Romero who will be sharing trade secrets on how to fish for tarpon in the passes as well as inside on the deeper flats. The seminar will be covering live bait fishing as well as some artificial strategies.

Also, Capt. Chris Stanford will be teaching inshore live bait fishing for snook, redfish, trout and many other inshore species. We will also have some experienced cast net throwers on hand to get everyone brushed up on their net throwing skills. If you have a net bring it and we will also have some on hand.

As usual we will be providing snacks and as always the seminars are free to attend. Come join us for a night of fun March 16th at 6:30 pm.

Old Pine Island Marina is located at 3187 Stringfellow Road in St. James City. For more information call 239-283-2548 or email

First Baptist Church of Pine Island: March 17

The King's Way Riders, Fort Myers Chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists' Association will present their ministry at the First Baptist Church of Pine Island, 5363 Avenue D, Bokeelia, Sunday, March 17 at 6 p.m. There will be a potluck dinner after the program. There is no charge and everyone is welcome to attend the service. Please join us for dinner afterwards, whether a dish to pass has been brought or not.

Christian Motorcyclists' Association was started in 1975 by Herb Shreve, who wanted to connect with his teenage son. They each purchased a motorcycle and started attending motorcycle events. While there, Shreve saw the need of a Christian ministry.

The vision of Christian Motorcyclists' Association is a non-profit, interdenominational organization, dedicated to reaching people for Christ in the highways and byways through motorcycling.

For information call the First Baptist Church of Pine Island at 239-283-1737 or email For more information on the local CMA chapter, King's Way Riders in Fort Myers, contact President Rich Bargfrede at, Vice President Jack Barney at or Secretary Cathy Boyland at



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