Saturday, December 31, 2011

Fort Myers Adventure Boot Camp Jan 9th

Hello Campers, fitness enthusiasts and everyone ready to make a Lifestyle change,

Campers, I hope you have been enjoying some extra sleep this week. Well, the holidays are coming to a close and it’s time to find A New You!

2011 was an exciting year and I hope you can look back warmheartedly on your adventures. I am thankful you choose boot camp as your workout program and I look forward to seeing everyone return in 2012 renewed and ready to take their fitness to the next level and meet new Fitness Adventure Seekers.

2012 is the year I am challenging for the most excellent outcomes. I will continue to dedicate myself to providing you with the most excellent and stimulating workouts and program to meet your fitness needs. I believe for the best health, body composition, mental fitness, cardiovascular endurance, strength and flexibility possible for everyone. It’s achievable to get better with age and if anyone can do it, you can!

Every one of you is special to me and starting my day with you at camp has been a highlight this past year. It really gets my energy up to see all of you having fun and feeling great when you head out ready to take on the day with positive full force! It will continue getting better as we continue to strive for excellent health!

As always, I welcome your feedback and suggestions to make Fort Myers Adventure Boot Camp even better! This is your Adventure so let me know what you would like to see added to camp. There are no changes to the schedule or pricing for 2012! Just more fantastic, fun-filled workouts!
The next camp begins on Monday January 9th, so grab your weights (or increase your weight from what you had been using), water bottles and energy and get ready to burn some booty!

If you haven’t already saved your spot, you can do so @
What better way to detox from the holidays and jump start your results by nourishing your body in January. Get energy renewed and fresh fruits and veggies back in your diet. Say good bye to the sweats and homemade treats! Now it’s your time to invest in you, your health and happiness!
May the holidays be joy filled, and may next year be your best yet!

Coach Sue
Phone: 239-220-2269 * Email:

Fort Myers Lions Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, January 8, 2012

8:00am until 12:00pm
1927 Victoria Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33901
 Please join us for ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT Pancake Breakfast and bring your family. Cost is only $5/person and any children under 5 eat for FREE. 100% of the money we raise goes right back into the community to serve those with sight and hearing problems that can not afford examinations and glasses/hearing aids. Bring your friends and family for a fun time and some great pancakes, sausage, eggs, orange juice and coffee served to you by the Fort Myers Lions Club. WE SERVE!

We will be having pancake breakfasts during the first 4 months of 2012 on the following dates (All Sundays): 1/8, 2/5, 3/4 and 4/1.

We invite you to submit an application for membership in our growing club too! We are just a small part of the 1.3 million+ Lion members in the world's largest service organization representing over 200 countries serving those less fortunate. Our regular club meetings are at the same address on the 1st and 3rd Thursday evening 6-8PM of each month.

Hope to see you at our next breakfast and/or meeting!

Yours in Lionism,
Chuck Carter
President of the Fort Myers Lions Club

Friday, December 30, 2011

Santini Marina Plaza 2nd Annual Seafood Festival

January 14, 2012

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The merchants and restaurants of Santini Marina Plaza cordially invite you to join us for a fun day featuring great seafood, calypso music, the fresh market and a street bazaar.

Featuring the 7 participating restaurants of Santini Marina Plaza serving amazing seafood samplings, fresh baked pastries and a delectable assortment of ice cream treats.

The Santini Street Bazaar will offer 40+ street vendors including arts and crafts, jewelry, pottery, hand woven baskets, home décor, hand painted furniture and greeting cards, sun catchers, hand made soaps, tropical clothing and hats and beach bags.

Stroll the bazaar, enjoy exceptional culinary delights and dance to the island music of Apocalypso.

Contact: Bonnie Roberts
               Event Coordinator
               Santini Marina Plaza

Blessings in a Backpack 3rd Annual Girls Night Out

Friday, Feb 3rd, 2012
5:00PM – 8:30PM
At the Harley-Davidson Fort Myers

$35 via online donation or $40 at the door.

Come out and support Blessings in a Backpack of Lee County while enjoying another one of our fabulous Girls’ Night Out events! If you haven’t had the chance to experience this in the past, just look at the photos below to see how much fun we have. We’d love for you to join our family and help support a great cause!

You will experience: amazing wines, hair styling tips, make up application and ideas, massage, professional photo's on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a vendor alley where you can shop with local vendors.

You can purchase tickets online here


Blessings in a Backpack is a 501C (3) non-profit organization. This unique program is designed to provide weekend nourishment to children grades K-5 in Title 1 schools who qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Meal Program. The program started within the Jefferson County Schools area in Louisville, Kentucky in 2005. Stan Curtis, the program founder, saw a need to help nourish the less fortunate children in our public school system, so that they could learn at the same rate as their classmates. By providing them with food over the weekend, it would increase the odds of educational success. Blessings in a Backpack started with three elementary schools in Kentucky and now serves over 50 schools across the nation.

Food is distributed through a network of volunteers and school officials on Fridays before the children leave for the weekend. The program serves children grades K-5 within Title 1 Elementary Public Schools. All students served are recipients of the national Free and Reduced Meal/Lunch program. Most of our recipients are in a household with a single parent or with parents who are classified as working poor, those individuals who are employed but don’t earn enough to make ends meet.

Our weekend backpacks include ready to eat food items: Fruit Roll Ups, Pop Tarts, Lemonade and other drink mix packs, Instant Noodles, Peanut Butter, Macaroni and Cheese, Rice, Beans, Granola, Pasta, Instant Potatoes, Dry Cereal, etc. All food choices are kid friendly. This means the food distributed is healthy, light in weight and easy for children of all ages to carry, easy to make, and non-perishable. We rely on private donors such as you to purchase this food, as well as supermarkets which give us a substantial discount.

A donation of just $80.00 feeds a child for an entire school year. Contributions are tax-deductible and qualify for a tax credit for food pantries and other food programs.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Discriminating Diner:Gallagher’s Food and Spirits

Gallagher’s Food and Spirits
4460 Fowler Street
Fort Myers, Florida 33901
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There is a yet undiscovered little gem of a place called Gallagher’s that just opened in Nov 2011 that we felt we just had to go and check out. Gallagher’s is located on Fowler right next door to Old Time Pottery.  We really were not sure what to except as they had just opened. We were warmly greeted by the hostess who welcomed us and took us to our seats.   

This establishment had once been a Beef O’Brady’s but they did a very nice job redecorating and making the atmosphere warm and welcoming. There are plenty of TV’s and they do have all the sport packages so one can watch their favorite teams.  While Gallagher’s is a pub with an Irish flare and not a sports bar it is a nice addition to be able to watch your favorite teams.  

Our waiter “Jay” was friendly, attentive and answered all our questions regarding the menu items.  The menu offers many “Pub” favorites such as Shepherd’s Pie ($9.95), Corned Beef and Cabbage ($10.95) and Bangers and Mash ($8.95). They also have Irish Beef Stew, Irish Sliders, Pretzel Bread and a flat bread pizza with corned beef, sauerkraut, mozzarella cheese and Thousand Island dressing…very different! They offer sandwiches the likes of: Pastrami, Reuben, Meatloaf and 4 others. They offer 3 types of wrap sandwiches and 4 burger selections. 

We settled on for starters the O’Mally’s Basket of Tumbleweeds ($4.95). This is a huge portion, easily enough for 4, of thinly sliced onions, fried and served with their “special sauce”. This sauce is a spicy mustard sauce for dipping and it is “hot”.  For our main we settled on the Wicklow Burger ($8.95) and the Gerti MacDowell’s Meatloaf ($9.95). The burger is huge, was cooked perfectly (Medium Rare as requested) and served with a side of some of the best tasting fries ever.  We asked Jay for some ketchup and mayo and were pleasantly surprised to receive a bottle of each instead of a small cup that is never more than enough for dipping 4 fries into. 

The Meatloaf is served with red skinned mashed potatoes with Guinness gravy and a vegetable (broccoli). The portion is large except for the broccoli; they could add a bit more broccoli to the serving.  The meatloaf was a favorite for sure and has some very special ingredients they use to make it so flavorful. You will have to just try it and then ask them about their secret as I promised not to revel it. Everything was served hot and was full of vibrant flavors.  They only thing was as I said earlier the portion size of the broccoli. We were very impressed that for a newly opened restaurant that the food and service was excellent.  

Many restaurants do not pay attention to the coffee they serve but as a coffee lover, there is nothing better than a fresh cup of good coffee to go along with dessert. They offer 3 choices and we shared the carrot cake which was excellent and served with some chocolate sauce as well.


Gallagher’s has many events such as Happy Hour daily from 3-7 PM, Monday night is Hospitality Night from 3 – close, Thursday is Ladies Night from 3 – close. Coming soon is Karoke on Friday nights and a “Yappy Hour” on Saturdays. They have daily, all day draft specials for $1. Each day a different draft is featured at this price. They have free Wi-Fi, and are pet friendly. They have outdoor seating on their patio for those who wish to bring their pets or smoke.   

Overall Gallagher’s gets a thumbs up for our experience!  While they are still new, once this place is discovered I suspect we all will be waiting in line to get in. Gallagher’s is certainly a place you will want to go to and have a great meal in a warm, friendly and fun atmosphere.  When you visit them please tell them that you saw this review on What’s Up SWFL! Happy Dining!
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Age-Related Macular Degeneration From Dr. Terry Tucker D.O.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ADM) is the leading cause of severe vision loss in adults over age 50. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1.8 million people have AMD and another 7.3 million are at substantial risk for vision loss from AMD. Caucasians are at higher risk for developing AMD than other races. Women also develop AMD at an earlier age than men. This eye disease occurs when there are changes to the macula, a small portion of the retina that is located on the inside back layer of the eye. AMD is a loss of central vision that can occur in two forms: “dry” or atrophic and “wet” or exudative.

Most people with macular degeneration have the dry form, for which there is no known treatment. The less common wet form may respond to laser procedures, or drug treatments (injections) if diagnosed and treated early.

Some common symptoms are: a gradual loss of ability to see objects clearly, distorted vision, a gradual loss of color vision, and a dark or empty area appearing in the center of vision. If you experience any of these, contact your doctor of optometry immediately for a comprehensive examination. Central vision that is lost to macular degeneration cannot be restored. However, low vision devices, such as telescopic and microscopic lenses, can be prescribed to maximize existing vision.

Researchers have linked eye-friendly nutrients such as lutein/zeaxanthin, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc to reducing the risk of certain eye diseases, including macular degeneration. For more information on the importance of good nutrition and eye health, please see the diet and nutrition section.

Symptoms of AMD
Gradual loss of ability to see objects clearly
Objects appear distorted in shape. Straight lines look wavy or crooked.
Loss of clear color vision
A dark or empty area appears in the center of vision.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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Learning for Life Talent Show Program Advertising

2nd Annual Learning for Life Talent Show
Program Advertisement
Program advertisements are now available for the 2nd Annual Learning for Life Talent show.  Approx 500 programs will be printed.  All ads will be printed in full color. 
Ad space is available in 3 sizes: Business Card Size, ½ page (4 ¼ by 5 ½) or full page (5 ½ by 8 ½). Pricing: Business Card $25, ½ page $50, Full Page $75
Artwork for ad needs to be in PC friendly EPS file or JPG/JPEG format. If you do not have artwork for your ad, one can be designed for you for a small fee of $25. Contact Scott Jacobs 239-357-4092 for assistance. Artwork is to be emailed to: Scott Jacobs: 

Name: ___________________________________________________________________
Address: __________________________________________________________________

City: ______________________ St: ___________ 

Zip code: ___________________________

Phone: ________________________________

Email: ________________________________________________________________________

Ad Size: business card___________ ¼ Page____________ Full Page_________________
Amount Enclosed: ___________________________________

Payment Instructions:

Please make checks payable to: Learning for Life and be sure to include this completed form.
Mail to:
Southwest Florida Council
1801 Boy Scout Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33907
Attention: Tina Pegler

Thursday, December 8, 2011

C.OR.E. Self Empowerment and the Power of Change 12/09 by Whats Up SWFL | Blog Talk Radio

C.OR.E. Self Empowerment and the Power of Change 12/09 by Whats Up SWFL | Blog Talk Radio

Empowerment coaches Mary Anne Cipressy of ITSC Coaching and Eluise Gambino of Change Wishing Into Doing Coaching collaborate together to discuss the "Power of Change" as well as share the CORE principles of Self Empowerment!  This weeks discussion on the "Power of Change" will allow you some understanding on how to shift internally and its power to move you forward and make change. They will be sharing some tips on how to shift internally based on changes we face rather than focusing on the external factors. Please join in the conversation as this topic is explored.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

19th Annual N Fort Myers Toy Drive

The Suncoast Neighborhood Task Force is holding their annual Toy Drive.  Please donated a toy to our local community members in need. There are several places where you can drop off an unwrapped toy or if you prefer you can also donated canned or boxed food items. You can also donate directly at the Community Center at 2241 Case Lane in North Fort Myers Monday - Saturday 9 am - 1 PM

At these locations you will find boxes clearly marked for your donation 

Tucker Vision Center 88 Pine Island Road
N. Ft. Myers Fire Station #4 Trail Diary Circle (across from Del Tura)
Raintree RV Resort 19250 N Tamiami Trail 
Capital Bank Hancock Bridge Parkway
Bank of America DelTura Plaza N. Cleveland Ave 
All Star Lanes 2818 North Tamiami Trail 

Suncoast Neighborhood Community Center

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Indulgence Salon Wine & Chocolate Holiday Celebration and Gift Event!!

You're Invited!
5th Annual Wine & Chocolate
Holiday Celebration and Gift Event!!

Happy Holidays to Everyone!
We are excited to be getting ready for our annual
Wine & Chocolate Celebration! This year's event
promises to be bigger and better than ever! 
This years event will feature wine & Chocolate (of course!), vendors, door prizes, "Party-Day Only!" specials on gift certificates and gift items, triple points on ALL purchases, new product and service demos (We have 2 new estheticians with amazing new services!) and Live Jazz with
our favorite sax player - Jim Blackburn!
It's an exciting day - We can't wait to see you here!

We are collecting gifts to be distributed to local charities! Bring an unwrapped gift - we are targeting children and seniors - and receive $5 Off any service! We will be collecting unwrapped gifts until Tuesday, December 21st!

For more info or to make your holiday appointments
Call 239.466.4247

Santa 's Valu-Land Extravaganza

J.O.I.N. our family as Santa Presents Valu-Land Extravaganza! This is your chance to feed a family and take a picture with Santa. For every canned donation you will get a free picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus, which will be donated to a needy family for the Holidays! We will have free fun activities for the families provided by Bounce 4 Less, Home Depot, Planet Beach Spa, and more!

 Saturday, December 17, 2011
 2:00pm until 6:00pm 

From Valuguard Self Storage:
Due to extenuating circumstances beyond our control we regret to inform you that we are canceling our event this Saturday (Santa's Valuland Extravaganza) Please stay tuned on information for our next event!

Defensive Traffic School Class by 1st Assurance Traffic School

If you have been ordered to take a safe driving course... 1st Assurance Traffic School next class is Dec 17th at 8:30 AM...

Call for more information 239-945-2245 

Tucker Vision Center Holiday Wine and Cheese Event

Your Invited to a Holiday Trunk Show
Wine & Cheese Networking event
 atTucker Vision Center

Friday December 9, 2010

From 9:00am – 7:30pm

Wine and Cheese 5:00- 7:30 PM 

All Refreshment’s provided by “Costco” Wine and Cheese will be served from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm so please RSVP 239-656-1778 so we have enough for everyone!

Represented at this show will be:

Thiery Mugler

There is still more to see and more vendors!  So bring your business cards and promote your business!!

88 Pine Island Road Ste 3, North Fort Myers, FL 33903

Children's Christmas Party

At the Children's Christmas Party 8 bikes will be given away 4 different sizes:  12", 16", 20", 24" one for a girl and boy.

All Children are invited to admission, Santa, Games and more...

Also get your business in front of 600 Lee County Ladies... $25 for your ad to appear in the Woman's Life Newsletter
More info contact Michele 239-225-5019 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Powerful You! Year End Gathering

Come Celebrate the relationships we've made in 2011!!

Hi Ladies, I hope everyone is enjoying this very special time of the year!!! We have so much to celebrate and be grateful for! With the hope that you will be free to join us and the knowledge that there are just so many days open and available in December, we wanted to share the following with you so you can plan to join us on Wed, Dec 14 at our Year End Gathering! With that in mind, let's get to the details and our intentions to gather women that we've met along the way to Celebrate 2011, with only one intention in mind, to have fun!!!  

Roe & I are so grateful to have met you and become friends in the process we call "Networking with a Heart!"  Whether its been over the years or just this year that we've formed a friendship, we want to come together and CELEBRATE all the good that comes from creating meaningful relationships!!!

Click here to read our Reviews and get a feel for what our meetings are like: 

Come join us on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 ~ This gathering will be in lieu of our monthly meeting. 

Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly!
Where ~ The Hilton Garden Inn 12600 University Drive (College & Summerlin) 
When ~  5:30 pm Registration and Open Networking to 9:00 PM ~ Festivities begin at 6:00 pm
Cost ~  The cost to attend is our usual meeting cost $13.00 for Members and 1st Time Attendees  
$28   Returning after your 1st time as a Non-Member
There will be assorted hot & cold appetizers, soft drinks, coffee & tea; all included in the cost.  There will be a cash bar for wine, beer & cocktails! 

To spice things up and have some fun, we are going to have a Show & Tell... can you just imagine the laughs & probably tears, good ones that is! It's completely voluntary and is not required of you to participate. For those of you who want to participate:

Bring something that you would like to share so we can learn more about YOU, YOUR BUSINESS, YOUR PRODUCTS and YOUR SERVICES!  Anything goes (well, almost anything) so be brave and be ready to share YOURSELF with the group.  Examples:  an heirloom, a keepsake, a project you are working on, your favorite recipe, product samples, a childhood toy or anything that  you want to share the meaning/significance/importance the item has for you!!

In lieu of a Holiday gift exchange, we wanted to do something that would force our creativity and allow us to have some laughs! We are having what we call a Surprise Exchange! The "item" has to be handmade by you or someone you know, not a food product or not pre-packaged or commercialized in any way. It has to be creative, fun and a gift, no matter how big or small, that you would want it for yourself! As with all our meetings and get-togethers, this too is voluntary and is not required of you to participate! If you choose to join in on the fun, just bring an item to exchange! If you don't have a gift to exchange, you will not be able to participate. You can look on as we share the gifts and have some laughs! There is a twist that will create the laughs, so get ready to hold on to your gift once you pick it!!! 

Last but certainly not least, please contact us if you would like to donate a Door Prize.  ALL Door Prizes will be raffled at the event with all the proceeds going directly to Summer Campbell to "Help Summer to Recover"  Based on the Thank You's we've received and the acknowledgement from our last donation, I am certain any help we offer will be greatly appreciated! Misty, Summer's cousin posted this on our PY! group page!  " Misty Day Gillam -  I just wanted to thank each and every one of you for your support & donations for my cousin Summer Campbell I gave her the envelope last week before she went out of town to visit her Father in Live Oak. It couldn't of came at a better time. You are all beautiful, powerful & amazing women! Love the Campbell & Day Family ♥" 

We look forward to your comments, your questions and your feedback. Most of all, we look forward to you joining us and being part of our Celebration!!

Enjoy ♥
eℓℓe   &   Roe
Eluise Gambino & Rosalynn Berardesca
Facilitators for the SWFL Chapter of Powerful You! Women's Network
(239) 541-8878  or (347) 996-6392

An RSVP is required to attend!

TO RSVP (without prepay):