Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Bridge Networking April Events

By Michele Andre

The Bridge Networking has 3 meetings this month. The only fees are for your food, no membership fees, no rules...Great Networking.

Cape Coral - A Night in the Cape
Weds April 1 5-7 PM
Vendor Tables
Salad and Pizza Buffet 5:30-6:30
Wine and Roses
1404 Cape Coral Parkway

Fort Myers - Networking Lunch
Friday April 9 11:30-1:30
$20 prepay, $25 at the door
Olive Garden
1287 Cleveland Ave Fort Myers
Choice of lunch.
Speaker: Lora Ulrich - The New You

North Ft. Myers - Networking Lunch
Thursday April 29 11:15 - 1:15
$20 Prepay, $25 at the door
US 41 and Littleton Rd
16251 N. Cleveland Ave
Choice of lunch

For more information or to prepay visit the

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Lovegrove To Make Work of Art with Local Youth

By Melissa Terry
Kids who attend The Bridge Youth Center's Friday night program on April 2 are in for an extra special treat. They will take part in one of local artist Leoma Lovegrove's interactive, multimedia art projects called "Painting Out Loud." During the exhibition, Bridge kids will dress in disposable paint suits and throw paint onto a giant canvas under Lovegrove's direction. Music, lights and special effects will add to the magic of this event.

"We are so excited about this wonderful opportunity for our kids to work with such a creative and well-known local artist. Leoma's willingness to come and mentor local youth is so inspiring and very much appreciated by both the staff and the kids," says Melissa Terry, director of The Bridge Youth Center. "I can't wait to see the masterpiece they create together."

About Leoma Lovegrove

Lovegrove currently makes her home in Matlacha, Fla., but her works are displayed in numerous galleries throughout the world. Her art is instantly recognizable for its exuberant technique and tropical color palette. She is constantly creating unique opportunities and unusual outlets for her works to manifest themselves.

About The Bridge Youth Center

Forced to close its doors in December due to lack of funding, The Bridge Youth Center ( re-opened March 5 at its original location -- 2128 Cleveland Ave.

Supported by private sponsors and local churches, the Bridge Youth Center offers programs and services to youth ages 11-18 including physical fitness; tutoring; computer lab; FCAT, ACT and SAT prep; GED; resume help; job placement and life skills. The Bridge Youth Center also is an ACCESS partner which provides kids-in-need the ability to apply for government assistance. In addition, every Tuesday the youth center offers a Hurts & Habits class that helps teens face tough issues with the help of each other and the center's staff, many volunteers and mentors. Hours of operation are: Monday to Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Bridge is one of the only faith-based, non-profit 501C3 youth centers operating in the five-county area. It is not supported by, or affiliated with, any specific church.

For more information on Lovegrove visit For more information on The Bridge Youth Center go to or send an e-mail to

Sunday, March 28, 2010

6th Anniversary and Fundraiser for Special Operations Warrior fund

By Bo McCormick
Special Forces Motorcycle Club Inc
Saturday April 10th
12 noon until .....
12200 Palomino Lane
Fort Myers, Fl
$20 includes event patch, event T-shirt (first 100) lunch ( Wings and Things),
beverages, dice walk,raffles,not so silent auction, 50/50 drawing.
Entertainment by
Florida Calendar Girls
Mario Infanti and Bob Inkenbrandt Trio
All Access Band
Synthesis Band
Pasta Dinner and Wine Tasting 6 PM
Vendors and Organizations will have displays.
For more information visit

Chocolate Tasting Party, networking and more...

By Jen Bauer
Saturday April 17 3-5 PM
Jiffy Clippers
4750 Bayline Dr
North Fort Myers
Please join us for an afternoon of
Eat Chocolate, shop, free gifts and raffle
DOVE® Chocolate Discoveries™ - Jen Bauer " 656-2697 "Try a taste of DOVE chocolate & enjoy an afternoon of Indulgence"
Silver and Gold Exchange - Ann Manookian 229-9932 - "The Silver and Gold Exchange will test and weigh your old unwanted & broken jewlery even silver and you get cash"
Go Green with WOW Green - Mary Ann Sloan Greiner-810-0524 "Freeing the world of toxic chemicals one person & one household at a time Wow Green"
Airbonne International - Kim Routee - 220-8200 Arbonne "Pure Swiss Skin Care"
Partylite - Kim Routee 220-8200 "Decorate your home celebrate your life"
AVON - 634-2645 " Katie the AVON lady.She's not your mothers AVON
but she'd like to be"
Tupperware - Melody Battle 878-1319
"Tupperware is for your H.O.M.E health, organize,money & enviorment"

Tastefully Simple - Chris Caroll 699-1374 "Take dinner from good to gourmet with the flick of your wrist with Tastefully Simple"
Naples Bag Co - Jeffery Penning - 404-1707
Jewels By Park Lane
Please RSVP to Jen at 239-656-2697

Bead Show

By Debbie Heintz
Sponsored by the Stone Age Emporium
Cape Coral Art Studio
4533 Coronado Parkway
Cape Coral, Fl
Saturday April 17
Free Admission
200 plus gemstones and glass beads, including lapis, sodalite, carnelian, jasper, garnet, pearls and onyx. Czech glass, Chinese glass, lampwork beads and Cats eye bead. Jewelry findings, crimp beads, jump rings, sterling silver and gold filled chains, gemstone pendants, cabochons and tools. Visa/Mastercard accepted. For more information call 574-0802

Friday, March 26, 2010


by Inke Baker

On Wednesday, March 31 at 10:00 a.m. the Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting at their offices on Homestead Road to announce final approval for six "Lehigh Acres Welcomes You" signs. Commission Frank Mann, along with a representative from the Department of Transportation will join sponsors of the project to make this long awaited announcement.

The welcome signs, which will be located at the main gateways to Lehigh, are the result of years of planning and work by the Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce, Lehigh Acres Community Planning Corporation, and Keep Lehigh Acres Beautiful, Inc. In addition to these organizations, the Lee County Department of Transportation, Lee County Traffic Division as well as the Legal Department of the County were involved in the project before it was presented to the County Board of Commissioners for approval.

Each of the six signs will sport the image of the famous "cookie" icon located at the intersection of Homestead Road and Lee Boulevard. The signs will be located at Lee Boulevard/Leonard Boulevard; Gunnery Road/SR 82; Joel Boulevard entrance from Alva, Alabama Road/SR 82 and Sunshine Boulevard/SR 82. Two of theses signs (Gunnery Road/SR 82 and Lee Boulevard/Leonard Boulevard) will thank motorists for visiting Lehigh on their reverse side.

Each sign has at least one sponsor to underwrite its cost. The sponsors are: First National Bank of the Gulf Coast, Majestic Golf Club, Mike Arcentales/State Farm Insurance, Rotary Club of Lehigh Acres, Kiwanis Club of Lehigh Acres, CenturyLink and AIM Engineering.

For more information on the Lehigh Acres Welcome Signs contact, Joe Whalen, President, Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce at 239-369-3322.

Land Use Change Seminar

(Disclaimer this is posted for informational purpose only and does not reflect an endorsement nor opposition on the part of What's Up SWFL and its staff)
by NFM Chamber
Land Use Change Seminar
Learn how the proposed changes for Cape Coral will directly impact N. Ft. Myers
March 30 2010
5:30-8:30 PM
First Baptist Church
4177 Coronado Parkway
Cape Coral
Dear North Fort Myers Chamber Members, concerned citizens, and residents of North Fort Myers,

This is CRITICAL for N. Ft. Myers as Cape Coral potential could greatly affect our lives over here.
This is in response to the pending Homeland Democracy amendment and the city of Cape Coral's
way of dealing with the situation before it becomes impossible to change land uses without
voter approval (if the amendment passes).
We are not sure what changes are pending, but with the Zemel property issues and the
fact that Cape Coral now includes the land up to the county line, we need to know what
proposals they are making for future land uses so that the vision for N. Ft. Myers is preserved
without interference from our neighbors to the west.
We are not opposed to growth, in fact we need it, but it has to be good, well planned growth
that does more than just generate a tax base. Please pass this on to all your friends.

Also, we are planning to have Commissioner Tammy Hall come to our May Business Leaders
Luncheon to speak in detail about Amendment 4.

Please join me March 30th to educate ourselves on these critical issues. Ignorance is not BLISS.

Kim Constantine
North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce

The Ultimate Comedy Stage Hypnosis Show

By Wayne Walker

Anthony's on the Blvd.

1303 Del Prado Boulevard South

Cape Coral, FL

(239) 772-5900

Every Sunday @ 7PM


Comedy for a Cause

By Katherine Blackman
Sunday April 25
2-4 PM
Doors open at 1 PM
Laugh In Comedy Club
Benefits Donate 4kidz Foundation
This is going to be a great event. Lots of fun and laughter. The comedians appearing with Rene Bray (headliner) are Johnny Mac and Todd Link. The show time is 2:00 pm and the tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased online
For more info contact Kathryn Blackman, 239-297-8936

March for Babies

By Regina Troops
March for Babies
Lee County
Saturday April 24
6-10 PM
Centennial Park
Fort Myers
March for Babies is the largest fundraiser held by the March of Dimes today. Funds raised support programs of research, advocacy, community services and education to fight birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Join us for a fabulous evening at this 3 mile walk through downtown Ft. Myers. After the walk bring a chair or blanket and enjoy live entertainment, food and fun in the park.

$25.00 Adult
$15.00 Youth under 18
Children free

Fundraise for incentives and awards

Family Teams - Corporate Teams - Individuals are all welcomed!
Charlotte County
Saturday April 24
8-11 AM
Peace River Regional Medical Center
March for Babies is the largest fundraiser held by the March of Dimes today. Funds raised support programs of research, advocacy, community services and education to fight birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

$25 for Adult
$15 for Youth (under 18)
Children Free
Collier County
Saturday May 1
6-10 PM
Camber Park
March for Babies is the largest fundraiser held by the March of Dimes today. Funds raised support programs of research, advocacy, community services and education to fight birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

$25 for Adult
$15 for Youth under 18
Children free

Stay after the walk and enjoy live entertainment, food and fun in the park.

April 2010 Business Trade Show

By Hispanic Chamber
Wednesday April 14 2010
4-8 PM
Hilton Garden Inn
12600 University Drive
Fort Myers
Free to the Public! Complimentary appetizers! Reserve your booth now!!
A Variety of Companies to be present! Technology, universities, automotive, health & fitness, office supplies, media, fashion, telecommunications, banking firms and financial advisors are just a few types of businesses that will be showing their faces at the Expo. Don't miss this opportunity to make new contacts and meet potential clients!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Hancock Bridge Parkway Extension/Pondella Road Widening Study

By NFM Chamber
Public Information Workshop "Open House" Thursday, March 25, 2010 4:30-6:30pm
North Fort Myers United Methodist Church
81 Pondella Rd. North Fort Myers, FL

The Lee County Department of Transportation (LC DOT) will conduct a public information workshop for the Hancock Bridge Parkway Extension/Pondella Road Widening Study from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 25, 2010 at the North Fort Myers United Methodist Church, 81 Pondella Road, North Fort Myers, FL. The public is encouraged to attend.

The goal of the Hancock Bridge Parkway Extension/Pondella Road Widening Study study is to determine the best alternative to provide additional east - west capacity and redistribute traffic over the Caloosahatchee River on the Caloosahatchee Bridge (U.S. 41) and the Edison Bridges (U.S. Business 41). The result of this study will be a detailed recommendation of a preferred alternative to ease this congestion. LC DOT is moving forward with the detailed evaluation of widening Pondella Road. As always, the "no-build" alternative will remain an option throughout the study.

The meeting will be conducted in an "open house" format; no formal presentation will be given. Display boards will be available for viewing and the Lee County project team will be available to answer questions and take comments. The public may attend anytime between 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Anyone needing special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact Jennifer Dorning via email to , or phone (239) 337-1071 prior to the workshop. If you have any questions about the project or would like information prior to the workshop, contact Ms. Dorning.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Lee County Democratic Party Gala and Silent Auction

By Kate

Saturday April 10, 2010
Sanibel Harbor Marriott
5:00 PM Reception and Silent Auction
6:30 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Keynote Speaker
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill

Dancing and Entertainment by the Danny Morgan Band
Vip Seating $75
General Seating $50
RSVP and payment by April 6
Call 939-2866
This is the Lee County democratic party's big fund raiser every year and, since this is an election year and a very tough economy, we need all the support we can muster.
Enjoy a fabulous dinner with an open water view at Sanibel Harbor Marriott (turn right just before the Sanibel Causeway). We're seating in tables of 8-10, music by Danny Morgan's band with Andrea Prather (they're great!) and there's an opportunity to bid on some great silent auction items
US Senator Claire McCaskill will be our speaker and you can enjoy an evening with a bunch of eager democrats. McCaskill will be a great speaker. She was one of the very first people to throw her support to Obama and was a fantastic surrogate for him during the campaign, a considered speaker, not a party-line spouter.
To reserve, go to click on the flyer there, and fill out the forms. You'll be directed to a link where you can purchase by credit card. Or mail a check today to Lee County Democratic Party, 10051 McGregor Blvd, Suite 201, Fort Myers Fl 33919. Reservations and payment MUST be received by April 6th.

Please help us get out the word! Ask your friends and reserve a table together!

Friday, March 19, 2010

2010 Business Trade Show Vendor List

By Empowered Network
2010 Business Tradeshow for professional business owners, entreprenuers, non-profits, restaurants, and companies in our local SWFL area to exhibit their products and services to attending professionals and public. Come Network and make some connections at this FREE Event. Demonstations, Giveaways, & Networking to be had!!

So far, VENDOR/SPONSORS on Display;

SetFree Photography
Mona Lisa Graphic Design
European Business Council
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Small Business Resource Network
Conric PR & Marketing

Small Business Development Center
Inspiration to Change
Interactyx Limited
Empowered Network

Mow & Blow Lawn and Landscape
Take Shape for Life
Mary Kay
Black Cat Embroidery
Balanced Accounting & Tax Services
Jewels by Parklane
Wise Web Lady
Southern Living at Home
Affordable Insurance
Wow Green
Trendy Times
Clean Naples
Meyrick Massage Therapy
Arbonne International
Trump Sisters Weight Loss
What's Up SWFL
Delta Family Counseling
Gulf Breeze Gift Baskets
Cason's Creations
Transcontinental Lending Group
Stickboy Creative
Zonta Club of Fort Myers
Pampered Chef
Bee in a Bath
Puttin on the Glitz
Sellstate Priority Realty
Stella & Dot Jewelry
Sion Handbags
AW Kelley's Gardens
Thompson Agency
Suburban Water Technology
Laser Hair Clinics
Colonial Life
Prudential Financial
Passion Parties
New Beginnings
Amy's Edibles
Decorating Den Interiors

Monday, March 8, 2010

Democratic Party Events

By Lee County Democratic Party
For more information on these events call 239-939-2866

Sunday, March 14: There will be a Meet and Greet Fundraiser for Loranne Ausley at the Broadway Palms Dinner Theatre at 2:00. Ms. Ausley recently declared herself as a Candidate for Chief Financial Officer. Please join us in welcoming her to Lee County on what we hope is one of many visits. This is your opportunity to speak with her one-on-one before she is elected.

Saturday, March 20: Join the Lehigh Democratic Club as they celebrate "Casino Night" at the Immokalee Casino. Bus departs from the Chamber of Commerce office at Homestead Road (across from Walgreens) at 5:30 p.m. with a second pick up at Majestic Golf Course at 6:00p.m. Seating is limited to 34 passengers. To reserve your seat(s) a $10.00 deposit to Lehigh Democratic Club is required by March 15th. Mail check to: Edd Weiner, President L.D.C, 20048 Lake Vista Circle, Lehigh Acres, Fl. 33936. For more information contact: Norm Scott @ 239-368-3777 or e-mail him at

Single Member District educational seminars are being held across the County to educate the voters on this issue.

Cape Coral – Monday, March 15 at 6p.m., Cape Coral Public Library, 921 SW 39th Terrace;

Fort Myers – Saturday, March 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the Quality Life Center, 3210 Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Blvd.

Estero – Tuesday, March 23 at 6:00 p.m., South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Parkway.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Paws in Paradise

By Calendar Girls
Saturday March 27th 4-7 PM At Anthony's on the Blvd. 1303 S Del Prado Blvd Cape Cpral
Join the Calendar Girls for our annual "Paws in Paradise" party to benefit Paws for Patriots, an organization that provides guide dogs for veterans.
Entertainment includes Piano Man Scott Frost, performances by the Calendar Girls, surprise musicians

Special Guests include veteran receipents of guide dogs, guide dog puppies, their handlers, and more.

There'll be RAFFLES, PRIZES, FUN all for only $!0 per ticket.

Contact JJ 239-878-6583 or your favorite Calendar Girl for tickets. Tickets also available at the door.....

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce's Spring Golf Tournament

by Candy Gareiss

The Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce will hold its Spring Golf Tournament on Saturday, March 13 at Majestic Golf Club located at 350 Homestead Road, S. in Lehigh Acres. Proceeds from the event will benefit Lee County Volunteers in Medicine and their efforts to open a medical clinic to serve the uninsured and underinsured of the community.

The afternoon scramble will begin with registration at 12:00 p.m. and a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for putting, lowest scores, longest drive, closest to the pin and an opportunity to win $10,000.00 with a hole-in-one at a particular Par-3 hole on the course. Joe Pearson, co-chair of the event, announced that Clay Miller of NBC-2 will be joining the players for the 18-hole event. To register to play or for sponsorship information contact the Chamber at 239-369-3322.

The North Fort Myers Honorary Mayor Event

By NFM Chamber of Commerce

The North Fort Myers Honorary Mayor event is the most anticipated community event as well as its largest fundraiser. Proceeds benefit the N. Ft. Myers Chamber of Commerce Foundation to support community programs and services.

Dr. Misty Green with Alabar Chiropractic & Rehab is the Title sponsor of this year's Honorary Mayor Hoedown Barbecue. There are two individuals running for the position of Honorary Mayor. Dr. Terry Tucker with Tucker Vision Center and John Gardner with Lee County Insurance. Both North Fort Myers residents and business owners have given their time, talent and treasure to support the community for many years.

This year the unique down home venue calls to the entire community. The Chamber is planning on making this a family event with food and fun for everyone. We look to encourage the local businesses, both Chamber members and non-members to participate.
The host and 1st Honorary Mayor, Tommy Hoolihan with Hoolihan Lifestyle Center has offered his 18 acre private Maranatha Gardens to create a true Southern Style BBQ. There will be plenty of parking, music, food and community spirit for a "Grand time".

Tickets are $25.00 per person. Kids are $7.00. There will be appetizers, full out BBQ, including BBQ Vegetarian style, A Chili Cook-off, Silent and Live auction, dessert and beverage. Visit for more information.

Mark your calendar for Friday, March 26, 2010 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Maranatha Gardens:16400 Williams Road NFM. Visit The North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce
Website or call the Welcome Center (239) 997-9111 to reserve your tickets.

Come meet our New 2010 North Fort Myers Honorary Mayor and his family, along with the many people who support your business community!

Please contact Kim Constantine, Executive Director, for sponsorship opportunities or to donate an auction item. Email or call (239) 997-9111.