Learn how to better manage your chronic health condition

‘It’s All About You’ Workshop

Would you like to learn how to better manage chronic health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, COPD, heart disease, high blood pressure and more?

Lee Memorial Health System is holding a free six-week workshop, entitled ‘It’s All About You’ – a research-based Chronic Disease Self-Management Program developed by Dr. Kate Lorig of Stanford University.

Information presented in the workshop can help you become empowered to improve your quality of life. Learn how to more easily manage your medications; understand the benefits of exercise; manage symptoms of stress, pain and fatigue; and make smarter decisions related to health eating. Participants will also receive a copy of Dr. Lorig’s book “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions”.

Sessions will be held at the South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero, on Wednesdays from 1 – 3:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 27.

Seating is limited and registration is required. Please call 239-424-3122 for more information.

Food & Brew Fest at Six Bends

Six Bends is hosting a Food and Brew Fest featuring live entertainment and delicious food truck fare at Top Rocker Field on Saturday, Jan. 23 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Food & Brew Fest will feature craft beer and food trucks from Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bistro on the Go and Fire and Rice. The event will also include live performances from local artists Electric Lipstick and the 24 Carat Band. General admission is $15 per person and includes two beer tickets. Additionally, all proceeds raised will benefit the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund.

For more information about the ride, registration or event information contact Taylor at Taylorl@sfe-us.com or by phone at (239) 275-4647.


Outdoor Family Movie Nights kicks off with The Peanuts Movie

Outdoor Family Movie Nights return to the Alliance for the Arts on Friday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m. with The Peanuts Movie. Bring your lawn chairs, coolers and blankets to enjoy this fun and endearing animated film under the stars with your family and friends!

Based on the classic comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, The Peanuts Movie is a family-friendly story of childhood. Life always seems complicated for good ol’ Charlie Brown (Noah Schnapp), the boy who always tries his best against seemingly impossible odds. When the Little Red-Haired Girl moves into his neighborhood, Charlie Brown develops a crush on her. Meanwhile, his best friend Snoopy embarks on an epic adventure in a fantasy world. As a World War I flying ace, the lovable beagle pursues his nemesis, the Red Baron, while also trying to win the heart of a beautiful poodle named Fifi (Kristin Chenoweth).

The Outdoor Family Movie Night series continues on Friday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. with Home, and concludes on Friday, March 18 at 8:00 p.m. with Epic. A suggested $5 family donation helps the Alliance continue offering affordable family programming. Support for Family Movie Nights is generously provided by DinoLingo.com Language Learning Programs for Kids, Pediatric Dentistry of Fort Myers-Dr. Tim Verwest, Riverside Realty and Staging Matters.

The Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.

Ride along with Six Bends and Adam Sandoval to break Guinness Book of World Record


Six Bends Harley-Davidson is teaming up with Adam Sandoval and his co-pilot pet Chihuahua, Scooter, from Scootin’ America in an attempt to break the record for the “Largest Parade of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles” on Saturday, Jan. 23.

Ride along with Six Bends Harley-Davidson, Adam and Scooter in an effort to earn a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. The current record stands at 2,404 Harley-Davidsons in a row and is held by Greece. It’s time to bring the world record back to the U.S. The ride will start at Germain Arena where participants will be greeted with a breakfast provided by Naples Harley-Davidson®. The ride will commence at 11 a.m. and end at Six Bends Harley-Davidson where participants are invited to enjoy a craft beer and food festival to celebrate. Admission to the craft beer and food festival is included in the cost of registration and all ride participants are encouraged to join in on the fun.

Participants can register for the ride at breaktherecord.eventbrite.com or by visiting the hospitality desk at Six Bends Harley-Davidson. In addition, last minute registration will be available on site at Germain Arena beginning at 8 a.m. the day of the ride. All proceeds raised will benefit the Scootin’ America Campaign and the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Foundation.

The craft beer and food festival will feature food trucks and craft beer from JJ Taylor and Fort Myers Brewery. The event will also include live performances from local artists Electric Lipstick and the 24 Carat Band. Attendees do not have to participate in the ride to attend this event. General admission is $15 per person and includes five tickets that can be redeemed for food and beverage purchases. Additionally, all proceeds raised will benefit the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund.

For more information about the ride, registration or event information contact Robin W. at robinw@sfe-us.com or by phone at (239) 275-4647.

Harry’s Senior Moment Improv Troup Debuts

A new comedy improv group called Harry’s Senior Moment (HSM) will make its debut with a Preview Performance in the theatre at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers on Tuesday, January 26 at 8:00 pm.  “Harry” is an 82-year-old stage 4 cancer survivor whose experience with the support he received in improv classes inspired him to create his new improv family, dubbing it Harry’s Senior Moment.

The Troupe is made up of a diverse group of improvisers, who have been inspired by Harry’s eagerness for sharing this popular art form with others in our community.  At some point following another successful cancer treatment last year Harry Lichtcsien asked himself:  “What do you do to keep yourself motivated to get up every morning when you’re 82 and have cancer? After telling the palliative care counselor that ‘what I really want is a job,’ I signed up for an improv class and it just lit me up.  I decided this was my new job. “

The Troupe has literally become Harry’s new improv family, committed to entertain and create joy and laughter to help Harry live the best life he can under difficult circumstances. “Harry’s Senior Moment” wants to share this joy and teach this skill to others in the SWFL community.   They will not only perform, but also lead workshops to teach basic improv skills that lead to laughter, fun, improved listening and maybe even to creating improv families in their own communities.  For more information, visit www.seniorimprov.com.

The preview is free and open to the public, but please RSVP at http://www.artinlee.org/improv or call 239-939-2787 for more information.

The Alliance for the Arts proudly supports artists and arts organizations in our area as the state designated Local Arts Agency for Lee County. The Alliance campus and galleries are open to the public from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday and from 9:00am to 1:00pm on Saturdays, located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.

Single Tickets Now on Sale

Single Tickets Now on Sale for Community Concert Association Season

World-renowned artists from throughout Europe, Russia, and Jerusalem will travel to Fort Myers this winter to perform for the Fort Myers Community Concert Association in its 67th annual concert series.

Single tickets are now on sale for the four remaining performances, which organizers say are among the best ever offered by the Fort Myers Community Concert Association. Prices are $55 for orchestra and mezzanine seats, $35 for lower balcony seats and $25 for upper balcony seats.

All performances will start at 7:30p.m. at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall on the Florida SouthWestern State College campus in Fort Myers.  For tickets visit www.fortmyerscommunityconcerts.org or call 239-489-4171.

The four remaining concerts for the 2016 season are:

  • Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra –January 25, 2016.  Richard Wagner’s Overture to The Flying Dutchman and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade Symphonic Suite will be included in this performance by the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra, which is the largest music institution in northern Poland.
  • Teatro Lirico D’Europa performing Aida – February 10, 2016. Aida is the tragic story of the love between Rhadames, the Egyptian general, and Aida, an Ethiopian slave, and the jealousy of Amneris, daughter of the King of Egypt.  Teatro Lirico D’Europa is the most successful opera touring company in Europe and the U.S. and travels with a full orchestra of 47 to 50 members and a chorus of 40 singers.
  • Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra – March 2, 2016. The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra will present Brahm’s Symphony No. 2 and feature cello soloist Daniele Akta in Tchaikovsky’s The Khojaly Requiem and Camille Saint Saens’ Cello Concerto No. 1. The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra plays a varied repertoire and has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Musikvereine in Vienna, the Philharmonic in Cologne and major halls in Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Lucerne.
  • Emanuel Ax, Pianist – March 21, 2016. Emanuel Ax is a Grammy-winning American classical pianist and an internationally-acclaimed performer who is currently on the faculty at Juilliard.  His program will include Dussek’s Piano Sonata No. 24, Elegie harmonique and Beethoven’s No. 8 Pathetique and No. 23 Appassionata piano sonatas.



Festival of Beers at Hammond Stadium

Pouring more than 80 beers from around the globe, the Ballpark Festival of Beers, presented by Good Deals Appliances, Jenn-Air, Whirlpool and Michael F. Hornung, P.A. Attorneys at Law, is the quintessential celebration of brews in Southwest Florida.

Tickets are on sale now for the 11th Annual Ballpark Festival of Beers, brought to you by the Fort Myers Miracle, at Hammond Stadium and the CenturyLink Sports Complex on Saturday, January 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“This is the premier beer tasting event in the region,” said Miracle General Manager Andrew Seymour. “It’s the perfect blend of exquisite craft beers, delicious food and live entertainment rolled up into one special evening.”

With Phase II of the renovations still in progress at Hammond Stadium, the festival will take place on the softball fields across from the main stadium parking lot. Fans can diversify their palettes with ales, stouts, and lagers from local breweries to international favorites.

“Tickets to the Ballpark Festival of Beers make great gifts and stocking stuffers for beer lovers,” said Seymour.

Admission is just $25 in advance, $30 day of event, and includes the opportunity to sample all of the available beers for three hours. You must be 21 or older to attend. Children, strollers and anyone under the age of 21 will not be allowed into the event.

The first 1,000 patrons will receive a commemorative sampling glass, compliments of Michael F. Hornung, P.A., and food will be available for purchase from Stevie Tomato’s, The Lobster Lady Seafood Market & Bistro and Papa Murphy’s Pizza.

The CenturyLink Sports Complex will be rocking with an appearance from popular local band, Soapy Tuna.

Come hoist a glass, enjoy great tunes, find a new favorite brew, spend time with friends and family and most importantly have fun… Cheers!

To order tickets or for more information, visit www.miraclebaseball.com or call (239) 768-4210.

Medieval Faire Starts This Weekend at Lakes Park!

2016 Riverdale Kiwanis Medieval Faire to be Held Jan. 16, 17, 23 & 24

The Riverdale Kiwanis will hold their annual Medieval Faire the weekends of Jan. 16-17 and Jan. 23-24 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Lakes Regional Park in Fort Myers. The two-weekend event is expected to draw over 15,000 attendees.

The 2016 Riverdale Kiwanis Medieval Faire will feature jousting, live chess match, the wheel-of-death entertainer, live sword fighting, royal court, children’s games, jugglers, magicians, minstrels, period food and medieval themed merchants. Entertainment at the faire will be provided by professional touring medieval faire professionals. Tickets will be available the day of the faire. Adult tickets cost $15 and children’s tickets (four to eleven years) cost $5 to attend. Free onsite parking is available.

All profits from the Medieval Faire go to the Kiwanis of Riverdale Foundation Fund to support local programs including Thanksgiving baskets for the needy, Christmas dinners, Buckingham Exception School, Lehigh Elementary School, Sunshine Elementary, Riverdale Key Club, school grants and scholarships and various other East Zone school related projects.

For more information on the Riverdale Kiwanis Medieval Faire visit www.Medieval-faire.com. For group ticket information, please call Sandy Wheeler after 5 p.m. at (239) 369-6881.


Community Foundation Scholarship Application Process Begins Today

More than $500,000 available through 50 scholarships for students seeking post-secondary education

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s scholarship application process for the 2016-2017 school year begins today, Friday, Jan. 15. Approximately $500,000 in scholarship money is available through more than 50 scholarships for local high-school students and undergraduate students with financial need or academic merit from Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties.

The E-Apply online scholarship application tool can be accessed through the Community Foundation’s website at www.floridacommunity.com/scholarships. Students may review the scholarships available online as well as a tutorial about how to create and submit the online application.

Students may apply for multiple scholarships and have the ability to upload transcripts, SAT/ACT score reports, letters of recommendation and financial documentation (if required). For need-based scholarships, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The deadline for scholarship applications is March 4, 2016.

Renewable scholarships are those offered for up to four years such as the Patricia Means Scholarship, which is new this year.

For more information about the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, call 239-274-5900 or visit www.floridacommunity.com.

Miracle to host Job Fair Friday!

Employment opportunities available in stadium operations

Job seekers who enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of the ballpark are invited to attend a job fair at Hammond Stadium at the CenturyLink Sports Complex on Friday, January 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The job fair will be held in the Press Dining Room on the ground level and can be accessed through Gate 1. The CenturyLink Sports Complex address is 14400 Six Mile Cypress Parkway in Fort Myers.

Hosted by the Fort Myers Miracle, employment opportunities include merchandise sales, parking, security, stadium operations and food and beverage operations. Job fair attendees will meet and interview with the management team of the Miracle and are encouraged to bring a resume and to download the pre-employment application by clicking here. For more information, call the Miracle offices at (239) 768-4210 or visit www.miraclebaseball.com.