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May 22, 2013
Pine Island Eagle

Trip to Seminole Casino: May 22

The Pine Island Elks Lodge will be the meeting and departure site for a trip to the Seminole Casino in Immoka-lee on Wednesday, May 22. The will board the bus in the Elks' parking lot at 9:45 a.m. and return at approximately 6:30 in the evening.

Tickets are $30 which includes $30 in free slot play and a $5 food voucher. Join us for a fun bus ride full of games and drawings. You could be a big winner before you even get to the casino.

For reservations and information, call Deanna Martell at 239-822-5634. Everyone welcome.

Acoustic fun: May 23-24

For nearly a decade, Pat Dunn and Brian Chojnacki have traveled the Midwest and parts of Florida too, performing an acoustic show for crowds of all ages.

Their show consists of music from all eras. Because they belt out great sing-a-long songs, you'll see that audience participation is as fun as the musical experience. Don't miss their show! Hailing from Wisconsin, see these guys perform at 6 to 8:30 p.m. on May 23 and 24, only at Low-Key Tiki!

Memorial Day Ceremony:?May 27

Now that the Veterans Memorial is nearly complete, the Memorial Day Celebration beings at 11 a.m. in front of this very special creation at VFW Post 4353, 8150 Stringfellow Rd., St. James City, FL. Information: 283-2277

5th Annual Barbecue and Picnic: May 27

You're invited to our 5th Annual Barbecue and Picnic. From 2 to 5 pm. on May 27, join us at Woody's Waterside, featuring Yard Dog Charlie and special guest, Kip Lawrence.

Also bring along canned goods, toothpaste, soap, etc. Woody's is working with FISH Fest to benefit the Pine Island Food Pantry.

Fifth Annual Fish Fest: May 27

Free concert from noon to 5 pm, May 27 at The Olde Fish House Marina and Restaurant, 4530 Pine Island Road in Matlacha. This is also a canned food drive to benefit The Pine Island Food Bank and F.I.S.H. Performers include Fiddlin' Fred, Coastal Connection Jam Band, Yard Dog Charlie, Kip Lawrence and Strange Arrangement.

Give time for kids

Beacon of Hope volunteers need more helping hands for Pine Island Elementary School's Summer Reading Camp. Offer less than an hour of your time for kids who need independent reading help and assistance with journaling. We also need help with group projects and games. Background checks are required for all volunteers. For more information, please visit:

Wounded Warrior Anglers: May 26

The Original "Redfish Poker" Fishing Champion-ship will be held on Sunday, May 26, with lines in the water no earlier than 7 a.m. and check in at the Olde

Fish House Marina no later than 4 p.m. The Captains Meeting will be at the Olde Fish House on Saturday, May 25, at 7 p.m. a member of the team and all kayak participants must be present.

Ultimately, "Redfish Poker" Fishing Championship is played just like seven card stud poker with the best five card hand winning the championship, but with a unique twist.

The unique twist is how the teams receive their cards to play the hand. Each team or individual will receive a playing card for each slot redfish between 18" to 27" with a maximum of seven cards for the team or individual. Where it becomes fun is that an 18" redfish that is typically around 2 1/4 lbs. is now equal to that 27' redfish about 8 lbs. This makes it more fun because the average angler has effectively had the playing field leveled to compete with local professional redfish tournament fishermen.

All fish will be photographed on an approved "Redfish Poker" fishing championship measuring board with each fish laid with the nose to the front and the belly against the bottom board and released in their home waters to rejoin their school. When the team or individual returns to the weigh masters station they must bring their camera or smartphone with the proper USB cable.

One weigh master will download the pictures and then all of the team's pictures will be reviewed by two weigh masters to determine how many cards are warranted.

Wounded Warrior Anglers has developed this concept for tournament fishing to make the event more enjoyable and increase the ability for anyone to win. This original concept is the merger of the card game poker and a photo and release fishing tournament and is now known as "Redfish Poker." The Original "Redfish Poker" Fishing Championship will be an annual event on Memorial Day Weekend with an emphasis on raising funds for Wounded Warrior Anglers.

For information visit or call 423-620-9103.

Summer Reading Camp:?June 3

Are you looking for something fun but meaningful to do with your summer days? Consider volunteering in the Summer Reading Camp, from June 3 to July 11 at Pine Island Elementary School. Stop by to help a child with independent reading. Play a game or create a craft with the kids, too. This effort is sponsored by The Beacon of H.O.P.E. Background checks are required of all volunteers. For more information, visit:

Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce: July 13 and 14

MangoMania 2013 will be held July 13th & 14th at the German American Social Club.

If you would like to participate in MangoMania as a vendor or volunteer, please contact Welcome Center Director Jennifer Jennings at 283-0888 or

Elks golf tournament: Nov. 9

The annual Elks golf tournament benefiting Pine Island charities is slated for Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Alden Pines Golf Course.

There will be prizes for men and women, raffle and door prizes, mulligans and FOOD and fun for all. Save the date and start lining up your foursome.

More information and registration to come as the date draws near.



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