Friday, October 22, 2010

Wellness Wednesday - The 3rd Annual FUN AT THE FUNERAL HOME Networking Mixer & Costume Party

By Marci Gower                 Wednesday, October 27 · 5:00pm - 7:00pm

LocationAnderson Patterson Cremation & Funeral Services
3654 Palm Beach Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL

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The 3rd Annual FUN AT THE FUNERAL HOME Networking Mixer & Costume Party

Funerals are serious business. Learning about them doesn't have to be!

Wednesday October 27th 5:00pm - 7:00pm
...Anderson Patterson Cremation & Funeral Services
3654 Palm Beach Blvd. Fort Myers, Florida
For Directions Call: 239-694-4121
More details: 239.691.6955

FREE ADMISSION! All Ghouls & Gals Welcome!

*Which Wellness Wednesday vendor will win the best costume prize and BURY the competition?
* Rest your TIRED BONES with a complimentary massage.
* Light refreshments served including GHOUL-ADE punch.
* Join the fun and wear a costume.
Dr. Alan Rembos, DDS offers comprehensive dental care in a comfy environment. Dentistry has advanced and become so sophisticated today that in some cases high tech equipment can now eliminate much of the pain and discomfort.

Cheri Hilenski, a Registered Dental Hygienist at Dr. Rembos office, will be sharing tips on how to be kind to your teeth and how to save your teeth from tooth decay, even during Halloween!

Angie Patterson will also give a brief presentation and discuss the important things you need to know before losing a loved one.


Wellness Wednesday has a reputation of having quality give-aways from our generous vendors every month. Why? Because our vendors CARE about the community so much they sincerely want to have their Health & Wellness products sampled by local attendees. Plus, you don't have to buy tickets to win. What could be better?


Gourmet "Trick or Treat" gift basket from Anderson Patterson Cremation & Funeral Services.

A free consultation from Dr Alan Rembos, DDS and free dental cleaning from Dental Hygienists, Cheri Helenski or Angie Patterson.

$100.00 Shopping Spree from Belk Department Store at the Shops at Surfside in Cape Coral
(Includes free bra fitting and make over from cosmetic line of choice.)

$25 Starbucks gift certificate from Stay At Home

Gift Basket from Melaleuca - The Wellness Company
Courtesy of Todd & Danielle Plaskon

And MORE prizes from our generous vendors...
No purchase is necessary to win prizes at Wellness Wednesday. Just attend & participate and you can win!

We've created a unique mixture of businesses and consumers sharing and caring together within the local community. The event is always FREE thanks to the generous contribution from our sponsor,
Anderson Patterson
Anderson ~ Patterson Cremation and Funeral Services.
Family owned with 2 locations in Fort Myers & Lehigh Acres, Florida


Please help get the word out with your Facebook, Twitter or other social networking accounts to let the facebook mmunity know they can drop off their used baby items at the October 27th Wellness Wednesday and receive a tax deduction, as well as enjoy a fantastic evening of networking!

Destiny Diaper Bank Needs...

Please consider bringing diapers, wipes, strollers, cribs or other supplies
you no longer use or need to donate to Destiny Diaper Bank. Basically anything you can no longer use can be recycled by DDB to those in need, even if partially used. If you're not sure, bring it along and we'll let you know!

Bridge Networking Group Holiday Business Trade show

By Michele Andre

This event will benefit the Gifts for Hope program. This program provides holiday gifts for children from several different agencies and groups who otherwise will not have gifts for the holidays.For more information on this program please visit Gifts for Hope.

Holiday Business Trade Show
Thursday November 18th
11-2 PM
Royal Palm Yacht Club 
2360 West First St
Everyone will have the special price of $17 for this event if prepaid by November 16.  You will enjoy a buffet lunch, open networking,
holiday shopping, silent auction for Treasure Trees and visiting business displays.  The price at the door will be $25.

This event will be three hours of open networking.  This is your chance to find new clients for the new year or reach out to existing clients.  The buffet lunch will be open at noon and you may eat at any time you choose.

All businesses are invited to decorate a 2 foot Christmas tree to promote their business with a gift of at least a $25 value -no coupons please - it must be an actual gift.  We will have a silent auction for the Treasure Trees with the proceeds going to Gifts for Hope.  Please bring your Christmas Tree with you on November 18.  Prizes will be awarded for the best Christmas Tree.  Please register your Treasure Tree at
Speciality Christmas Tree suggestions:  Baby Item Tree, Candy Tree, Fishing Tackle Tree, Beach/Shells Tree, Angel Tree, Sports Tree, American Tree, Santas Around the World Tree, Princess Tree, Dora Tree, Sponge Bob Tree, Car Tree, Dolphin Tree.


Tickets will be available at the door for the raffle.  Each ticket will be only $1 with the proceeds going to Gifts for Hope. 
Please consider bringing a raffle gift to promote your business, gain a new client and help the local children.
MENU:  Chef’s Soup of the day offered with warm rolls and butter, make your own salad with 6 toppings and 3 dressings, selection of assorted deli meats and cheeses with various breads and appropriate condiments, assorted cookies and brownies for dessert, coffee & iced tea.  Please note, iced tea is included, but sodas are not.  You may purchase soda from the server.

Visit business display tables to start your holiday shopping.  Twenty local vendors will be set up to show case their service or sell their product.
Last year we helped 235 local children associated with Destiny Diaper Bank, Foundation for Quality Child Care, TLC Children's Home and The Bridge Youth Center receive five gifts to open Christmas morning.  This program works only with your help.  Please consider sponsoring a child, attending this event, and/or decorating a Christmas Tree to be auctioned.  For more information on The Gifts for Hope program click here.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Florida State Beekeepers Association 90th Annual Convention & Business Meeting

By Kim Barselou

 Beekeepers Assoc. of  Southwest Florida

Estero Community Park, Estero Florida
October 28, 29, & 30, 2010
The Beekeepers Association of Southwest Florida (BASF) is pleased to announce the 2010 Florida State Beekeepers Association Annual Convention
The Convention, Annual Business Meeting, BBQ/Cookout, Convention Seminars, and the Awards Banquet are member only events.  You must be a member of the Florida State Beekeepers Association (FSBA) to attend these events.  Note: If you are a member of our local association (BASF), then you are also a member of the FSBA.
The GENERAL PUBLIC is invited to "A Day in the Bee Yard" Saturday, October 30, 2010 This portion of the convention will be the only portion open to the general public on a walk-in basis.  Admission has been set at $15 for first member of household and $10 for each additional member of the same household.  8:00 to 4:30 p.m.  EVENTS INCLUDE:
·        Hive Assembly (Both Standard and Top Bar Types)
·        Lighting of Smokers and Proper Fuels to Use
·        Queen Production and Identification ~ Ted Miksa
·        Honey Extracting & Bottling ~ Bert Kelley
·        Honeybee Diseases and Parasites
·        Honey Products ~ David Webb
·        Honey Production
·        Wax Reclamation, Refining, and Processing ~ John Adams
·        Candle Making~ Mother Andrea
·        Bee Production ~ David Mendes
·        Sting Therapy ~ Don Downs
·        Bee Beard (Live Bees on Face to form Beard) Demonstration ~ Laurence Cutts (also possibly Keith Councell)
·        Bee Products Medicinal (hand creams, propolis, etc.) ~ Don Downs
·        Indoor exhibits demonstration/classes, outdoor live bee hive exhibits, and more:  SEE PROGRAM SCHEDULE  If you have your own veils and protective gear, please bring.  If you don't own a protective gear, then we will have loaners.

Visit for more information.

Roof Rats from Lenny's Pest Control

By Lenny's Pest Control

Roof rats are largely commensals and live in close association with man. They seldom become established as feral animals as do the Norway rats; however, in Lavaca County they have been found throughout the county, in the towns, and on the farms. They inhabited grocery and drug stores, warehouses, feed stores, and poultry houses and were very common in cotton gins and associated grain warehouses. On the farms they lived in barns and corncribs. They may live near the ground, but usually they frequent the attics, rafters, and crossbeams of the buildings. They make typical runways along pipes, beams or wires, up and down the studding, or along the horizontal ceiling joists, often leaving a dark-colored layer of grease and dirt to mark their travelways. Like the Norway rat, the roof rat is largely nocturnal and only where populations are relatively high does one see them frequently in the daytime. There is some indication that the larger and more aggressive Norway rat is supplanting the roof rat in many parts of the United States. In the southern United States, however, the roof rat is by far the more common of the two.

For more information on these and other household pest visit   Lenny's Pest Control      

11th Annual Southwest Florida Blues Festival "A Great Place to Get The Blues"

Saturday, November 20st. 2010 (Rain Date - Sunday November 21nd.2010).
German American Club  (this is an outdoor venue)
2101 SW Pine Island Road – Cape Coral, FL 33991
Gates open at 11:30 AM - Music from 12:00 noon - 9:00 PM
Event Coordinator  239-464-0809
$15.00 in advance - $20.00 at the gate
Kids 11 and under free with a paid adult.
Event Coordinator,  Jerry Tolliver  239-464-0809
A great laid back "Blues Festival" featuring some of the best blues entertainers in the business.  This is a Matlacha Mariners non-profit event, organized to benefit music education, youth groups, senior citizen support networks and other local charities.  Blankets, chairs and sunscreen are encouraged but no coolers, no carry in beverages and no pets please. Return entry is restricted  Complete Details; including advanced ticket information can be found online at:
Featuring:  Texas Blues Legend; GUITAR SHORTY, truly a legendary guitar slinger who has been performing for audiences around the world for five decades.  Credited with inspiring Jimmie Hendrix and blues great Buddy Guy. 

BETH MCKEE, from Jackson Mississippi earned her chops in hard-core blues bands with session players for Malaco Records. Beth became a fixture in the Austin Blues scene-- lots of gigs at Antones.

Chicago blues sensation, NICK MOSS and THE FLIPTOPS,  With seven critically-acclaimed traditional blues albums and various awards, Nick was featured on the April and May 2010 issue Blues Review Magazine. 
HONEY ISLAND SWAMP BAND, Great music begins with great songs, and great songs are what the Honey Island Swamp Band is all about.    Honey Island was nominated Best of The Beat's 2009 best emerging artist and best blues album. 
DEB and THE DYNAMICS, One of the area's premier blues bands.  A group of seasoned veterans who constantly brings high energy shows to the stage and always pack the house.
DANNY SHEPARD and BLUE MERCURY, burning Blues/Rock guitar with earthy voice, among other things Danny was chosen to perform Angus Young's lead guitar parts with cliff Williams and Bryan Johnson of AC/DC during 96 K-rock's 2004 and 2005 hurricane benefits and Florida.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Krenz Travel Cozumel: Laid Back Paradise
When I think about laid back Mexico, a place where I can relax, get in some snorkeling, scuba, a little beach time and boating, I think of Cozumel. If you haven’t been there, it’s time to discover this little gem. Cozumel is the largest Mexican island in the Atlantic Ocean, but spans only 10 by 30 miles, making the entire island easily accessible. Just 40 miles south of Cancun, Cozumel is more relaxed and secluded. Its pristine waters, friendly shops, bars and restaurants welcome tourists from the world over and provides an authentic Mexico vacation experience. Easily accessible via direct air service to Cozumel Airport or via Cancun, the hotels on Cozumel range from first class to budget, with most located on the west coast of the island, offering spectacular beaches and swimming. San Miguel, the only town on Cozumel Island, provides a fun, beach-town atmosphere with dozens of restaurants and bars and colorful shops selling ceramics and Mexican handicrafts. 

The Mayans were the first settlers of Cozumel. They viewed the island as sacred and dedicated it to Ixchel, the moon goddess, by building honorary temples. The oldest Maya ruin on the island dates back to AD 300. It is believed that Mayan women made a pilgrimage to Cozumel to “connect” with Ixchel in the hopes they would give birth to healthy children. San Gervasio is the largest remaining Mayan archaeological site in Cozumel.

The Spanish conquistador, Hernando Cortes, later arrived in Cozumel from Cuba. Folowing him, many notorious pirates including Henry Morgan made Cozumel their lair. Morgan later became the British governor of Jamaica. 

Jacques Cousteau visited the island in 1959 and told the world about the beauty of Cozumel’s coral reefs. Cozumel quickly became a popular scuba-diving destination, and diving charters are widely available today.
Cozumel’s economy is now tourism-based, offering a safe and comfortable vacation destination. The people here are friendly and service-oriented, providing a much easier and slower pace than Cancun. If you are looking for a laid back vacation, consider Cozumel.

Cozumel is host to truly excellent scuba and snorkeling activities for all ages and skill levels, and the nearby Mayan ruins are also popular. Travelers enjoy the intimate setting and incredible beaches, undersea accessibility, and shore attractions, making this a perfect Mexico destination for anyone, from first-time family travelers to Cozumel regulars. Travelers looking for outdoor activities like diving, deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, kayaking and more will find in Cozumel a paradise awaiting. The territory at the center of the island is mostly undeveloped and covered by jungle and lagoons – an ideal setting for plant, bird, and animal lovers.

Honeymooners will enjoy colorful sunsets, walks on secluded beaches, and swims through crystal clear water. The dining is excellent and the nightlife lively, but much more sedate than on the Mexico mainland. A perfect mix of Mexico and the Caribbean and a great way to explore the outdoors, Cozumel is a terrific choice for travelers.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Lenny's Pest Control

Lenny's Pest Control Client Testimonial

My first experience with your company was as a Board member at a Cape Coral Condo.  We had become dissatisfied with our previous vendor.  You and your son could not have been more professional, cooperative and effective in handling the pest control needs of the grounds and the individual condo units. When I moved and bought a house the company that immediately came to mind for my personal home pest control needs was Lenny's Pest Control.  There were a variety of pests to deal with when I first moved in.  Lenny took care of the problem and I have yet to see one pest in the house or garage.  Since that time I have referred various friends to your company.  I would not do that if I were not absolutely and completely satisfied.
A happy client.
Cape Coral
The Celebrate SWFL Expo is Saturday Oct 16 11-4 Local author Mike Houston will be signing his latest book Behind the Iron Veil, Woman's Life will be holding a raffle throughout the day to benefit Destiny Diaper Bank, The Florida Calendar Girls will be performing and there will be a fashion runway show plus over 25 local businesses will be on hand to share information all about their goods and products..some will be having items you can purchase so you can start your holiday shipping early. So join us that day and support our local community,local businesses and help Destiny Diaper Bank provide beds/cribs for the littlest ones in our community. For more details visit

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Powerful You! October Open House

By Eluise Gambino

There's magic in the air here at Powerful You!

October is OPEN HOUSE. 

We invite you to visit us at our SWFL meetings this month.

Visit our Cape Coral meeting info:

Visit our fort Myers Meeting info: 

Follow the links below for the details and stay tuned for all the upcoming announcements… we're planning something that can move you and your business to the next level of success. Get ready!

Also, join us at the  Celebrate SWFL Expo  on Oct 16th from 11 AM - 4 PM at the Hyatt Place at the Forum.

Listen in to our Open House announcements on our Community Corner BlogTalk Radio Show with What's Up SWFL  and find out more about what makes Powerful You! different and why you should come join us at our Open House meetings in October! 

Monday, October 4, 2010

Oct Events Florida Calendar Girls

Tuesday, Oct 5th - Live Life Well Expo (for Breast Cancer Awareness Month)
                                   Three Oaks Banquet Center (20991 Three Oaks Pkwy)
                                   We perform sometime after 5:30PM

Saturday, Oct 9th - Columbus Day Italian-American Festival
                                     47th Terrace, Cape Coral
                                     We perform sometime after 4:30PM

Sunday, Oct 10th - Pirate Fest    
                                   Fort Myers Beach, Estero Blvd
                                   We perform after 12 Noon

Saturday, Oct 16th - Uterine Cancer Fundraiser
                                     Victory Lane, 4120 Hancock Bridge Pkwy, NFM
                                     We perform around 3 PM

Saturday Oct 16th - Celebrate SWFL Expo
                                    Hyatt Place at the Forum
                        SR 82 and I-75 Behind the Coastal Gas Station
                               11 AM-4 PM
                                Free Admission
                               We perform at 1 PM

Sunday, Oct 17th - Dogtoberfest
                                   Shell Factory, 2787 N Tamiami Trail, North Ft Myers
                                     We perform around 1PM

More events coming check Florida Calendar Girls Events

A Night in the Cape - Woman's Life Auction for Healing Della

and Mini Business Expo
Thursday,  October 7
     5:00pm to 7:30pm

The Ultimate Sponsor, Linda Worsham, has paid for the first 75 people to A Night in the Cape Thursday, October 7 FREE.
Visit Linda's display tables. 
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Healing Della

 Open Networking 
Gourmet Pizza & Salad Buffet
Visit Business Display Tables 
Raffle & Auction

Wine & Roses Italian Restaurant
1404 Cape Coral Parkway, Cape Coral, FL
Just west of the Cape Coral Bridge
(Please park in the back - not in the Subway area)
Gourmet Pizza & Salad Buffet at 5:30
Woman's Life Auction for Healing Della
A Few of the LIVE Auction Items:
I Pod Shuffle
Key West Express tickets
Trade Winds Island Resort 3 night stay
Sapphire & white gold earrings
Acupuncture Treatments
Tommy Bahama Sun Glasses
Professional Portrait
Canoe Outpost
Sun Harvest
Christi Proctor Lamps
Water Heater
Special Raffle for a $200 Gas Card - Tickets are $5 each
 Lots of Raffle Gifts - Ticket are $2 each

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Please check out Whats Up SWFL on Blog Talk Radio for local programing on community events and local businesses.

Spotlight On: Powerful You! Networking With a Heart.

The Powerful You! Women’s Network is a diverse group of like-minded women from various backgrounds and professions who come together for the purpose of sharing ideas, continued learning, inspiration, business sense and great conversation. The group is open to all women all the time; it is not strictly for business networking.  The group provides a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere that is exhibited by the many women who are drawn to our mission and goals.
The Mission of Powerful You! is to  empower as many women as possible.  We do this by providing local, live chapter meetings and nationwide virtual Tele-Network™ meetings.  Although it started in the Northeast USA, Powerful You! is expanding coast to coast.  This expansion serves to empower and connect members from around the country and eventually around the world.
 Powerful You! Women’s Network is designed to bring women together. We know that there is power in numbers and strength in our female relationships. We know that women do business differently than men, and we know that women helping women is a powerful statement to make in this competitive economic environment. We know that people do business with people they know, like, respect and trust. It is with this in mind, that we ask our members to invite other like-minded women to our Powerful You! meetings.
 Creating a network of connected, open and intelligent women is a mainstay of Powerful You! It happens simply and easily with the Law of Attraction. PY! Women’s Network chapters consist of wonderful, powerful women and that’s exactly what we attract to grow our groups – more wonderful, powerful women!
Join us at Powerful You! as we meet to connect and grow our business and personal relationships. Join us as we expand our territory and make new friends. Join us as we provide educational opportunities and business connections for you and your protégés. Join us as we enjoy our many members in their growth! 

For more information visit Powerful You! Fort Myers Cape Coral 

Powerful You! on Whats Up SWFL

Celebrate SWFL Expo

What's Up SWFL is Celebrating SWFL and you are invited to attend the celebration.

The Celebration is Oct 16th from 11 AM - 4 PM at 
the Hyatt Place at the Forum 
SR 82 and I-75 behind the Coastal Gas Station. 

Come visit our vendors from throughout SWFL.
Tucker Vision Center - Eye Care
Island Angle Creations - Fashion Designer
Krenz Travel- Travel Agency
Pawsotively Puurfect - Pet treats and pet sitting services
Global Marketplace Inc - Advertsing/business directory
Destiny Diaper Bank - Non-profit
Take Shape for Life - Weight loss programs
Premier Jewelry Designs - Jewelry
Tastefully Simple - Food products
Dollar$ & $ense - Accounting/Bookkeeping services
PartyLite - Candles and home decor
Fort Myers Shirts - Custom T-shirts and more
Taylor Enterprises - Sunglasses/bifocal readers
Powerful You! - Networking group for women
Totally Unique Idea's - Life Coaching
Mike Houston - Local author book signing
Tupperware - Plastic Storage containers
Jusuru Life Blend - Healthy living product
Met Life - Insurance
Willow House - Home Decor 
MaryKay - Skin care/cosmetics
SWFL Naturally - Advertising/business directory
Mimi's Boutique and More - Fashions/accessories
Avon - Cosmetics/perfume/jewelry

but wait there is more......

Woman's Life will be conducting a Raffle throughout the day to benefit Destiny Diaper Bank.
Destiny Diaper Bank is also in need of diapers size 2,3,4 and will be collecting them that day.

The Florida Calendar Girls will be performing at 1 PM 

Island Angel Creations will be having a fashion runway show at 3 PM

Mike Houston - a local author of "Behind the Iron Veil" will be having a book signing throughout the day.

So plan on joining the celebration Saturday Oct 16th.!