The Resolvers Conclude 2016 Bruce T Gora Sunset Concerts on Sunday, March 20

Join Alliance for the Arts and The Resolvers for the next 2016 Bruce T. Gora Sunset Concert on Sunday, March 20 at 5 PM. Guests are encouraged to picnic on the lawn with coolers, blankets, and lawn chairs as they soak up live alternative reggae music. Bring your own beverages and food and join your neighbors to enjoy a sunset on the lawn. Let us host your Sunday evening! Now in its 6th year, the concert series honors the memory and many community contributions of musician, photographer, architect and longtime Alliance board member and supporter Bruce Gora.

Emerging from the vibrant beach town of Deerfield Beach, The Resolvers have quickly become the Premier Alt. Reggae Act of the South Florida Music Scene. They capture the essence of the Classic Reggae Sound: natural acoustic percussion, deep bass grooves, worldly drum rhythms, tasty vintage keyboards, bluesy guitar licks and multi-part vocal harmonies…then blend it with modern songwriting craftsmanship to create their own familiar-yet-purely-original take on World Music.

Each of the individuals in the Resolvers contributes to a greater sum. Brother and sister Ojay & Sahara Smith are the vocal engines of the band with Reggae Music flowing through their veins. They are the siblings Jamaican Singer/Songwriter – Ernie Smith. Dean Fishback – seen as a mentor of the band, is a veteran keyboards master in the reggae scene and is highly sought-after by reggae stars touring the area, including Inner Circle, Sugar Minot, and Mikey Dread. Ron Eisner (Guitars) is a prolific songwriter of Israeli up-bringing who runs the behind-the-scenes operation. Steave Nieratka puts his mad-scientist persona into his Bass lines to create sophisticated outer-galactic grooves. Nate Largent is a modern-day shaman with a drumming range as wide as the cultural pallet of our world. The bonding elements that hold it all together comprise of a passion for “back-to-the-basics” approach to the creation of great music, an urge to spread an honest and positive message, and a belief that every single person on earth should be free to pursue his/her dreams.

Gates open at 4PM and the concerts begin at 5PM. General admission tickets are $20. Pre-sale tickets are $15 for Alliance Members, and are available at the Alliance for the Arts, located on the corner of Colonial and McGregor in Fort Myers. Call (239) 939-2787 or online at Proceeds from the concert series will benefit Alliance education and outreach programs. The 2016 Bruce T. Gora Sunset Concerts are sponsored in part by LCEC and Bon Soiree.

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.

Six Bends to Host Easter Bunny Toy Run on March 26

Six Bends Harley-Davidson in partnership with the Southwest Florida H.O.G. Chapter is hosting their 13th Annual Easter Bunny Toy Run on Saturday, March 26 to benefit the Golisano Children’s Hospital child life program within the at HealthPark Medical Center.

Registration for the ride will take place at Six Bends Harley-Davidson from 8:30 a.m to 10:45 a.m. During this time, guests will be provided with pre-ride refreshments. This police escorted ride, lead by the Easter Bunny himself, will depart from Six Bends Harley-Davidson at 11a.m. and travel to HealthPark Medical Center to drop off the toy donations. Participants are encouraged to bring a new and unwrapped gift to donate. Registration is $10 per rider and $5 per passenger. Riders will then return to Six Bends Harley-Davidson where they will be treated to lunch, 50/50 prizes, enjoy live entertainment from local artist Soapy Tuna and more.

Pre-registration for the ride will be available at Six Bends Harley-Davidson on Friday, March 25 during the Six Bends H-D Bike Night event from 6 to 9 p.m. The bike night will feature live entertainment, delicious food, an assortment of beverages, prizes and a visit from the Easter Bunny. In addition, non-riders will have the opportunity to donate a toy to the toy drive.

For more information about the Easter Bunny Toy Run and registration contact Robin at or by phone at (239) 275-4647.

State-of-the-art and 54,000 square feet in size, Six Bends Harley-Davidson is located off exit 131 at the Southeast corner of I-75 and Daniels Parkway at 9501 Thunder Road, Fort Myers. The 16.5-acre property also hosts Top Rocker Field, a gathering space called The Plaza, and a separate fire pit area dubbed “The Pit,” where weekly Sundays at the Pit are held. For additional information on upcoming events or rental space available at Six Bends or Six Bends Harley-Davidson, please call (239) 275-4647 or visit or

ApothiCare 360 Turns Two!

ApothiCare 360, an independent, neighborhood pharmacy serving the Southwest Florida community is turning two!  To commemorate this milestone, ApothiCare 360 invites residents to join them for their two-year celebration and health fair on Saturday, March 19, from 10am – 2pm. There will be local food, health, and fitness organizations displaying and giving away free items. Additionally, there will be thousands of dollars worth of giveaways including free vitamin IV infusions, health screenings, FitBit watches, live blood cell analysis, t-shirts, stuffed mugs, and much more. A grand prize giveaway of a 55″ UHD 4K TV will be given away to one lucky registered attendee.

The team at ApothiCare 360 is composed of experts from pharmacy, medicine, nursing, and natural medicine to produce 360 degrees of care for its patients. Stop by to meet and celebrate with them.

ApothiCare 360 is located at 6631 Orion Dr, on the corner of Daniels Parkway and Plantation Road.

Nathan’s Famous to celebrate its opening on March 15

Florida’s first full-service Nathan’s Famous restaurant will officially open for business at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 15 at Page Field Center. The new retail strip is located at 11150 S. Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers across US41 from Page Field Airport.

The hangar-style architecture pays homage to the rich aviation history represented by its namesake Page Field Air Park, and even houses a Yankee Clipper airplane with functioning navigation lights and spinning propeller. The restaurant features an innovative video drive-thru fast food experience offering an unprecedented emphasis on customer service. The days of talking to an empty box is over, with a video screen that allows customers to see the person taking their order. The menu will offer something for everyone, with Nathan’s Famous hot dogs of all kinds, chicken sandwiches, burgers, fries, Philly cheesesteaks and much more.

The Microbiome and the Gut-Brain Connection

Lee Memorial Health System is offering a series of free lectures designed to cover a variety of health care topics to help improve your physical and mental well-being. These interactive and informative lectures are presented by Dr. Sal Lacagnina, vice president of health and wellness and medical director of the wellness centers in Cape Coral and Fort Myers.

The microbiome is the environment within the GI tract made up of trillions of bacteria which supports health. We are now coming to understand the importance of bacteria living within us and know that they not only protect us from harmful bacteria, but they also produce necessary vitamins, hormones and other substances that we rely on for good health.

In this month’s lecture, Dr. Lacagnina will discuss the foods we eat and the liquids we drink and how they directly affect the health of beneficial bacteria in our gut. It will be held on Wednesday, Mar. 23 at 12:30 p.m. at Cape Coral Hospital – Room A – 636 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral. Seating for the lecture is limited and reservations are requested. Please call the Health and Wellness registration line at 424-3234 or via email to

6th Annual Car Show to Benefit Local Cancer Patients

Another year and another chance to make a difference with the 21st Century C.A.R.E. foundation’s 6th Annual Cruisin’ for C.A.R.E. car show. The car show will be held on Sunday, March 13, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2270 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers. Proceeds from the event will benefit 21st Century C.A.R.E. foundation, which helps cancer patient programs in southwest Florida.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. for those who want to enter their car into the event. The cost is $15 to participate. The first 75 participants to register their car will also receive a free t-shirt and the chance to win prizes in categories they are entered in. Trophies will also be awarded to winners in each category. It is free for spectators wanting to enjoy the car show.

There will be chance drawings available throughout the day for great prizes and a 50/50 jackpot drawing split between the winner and the 21stCentury C.A.R.E. foundation. In addition to the jackpot drawing, people will also have a chance to win four tickets to the NASCAR XFINITY Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

There will be music and food throughout the car show. For more information, visit:

Fine Folk is Fine Pizza

For the March issue we dined with the artisans behind Fine Folk Pizza. What a great couple! Check out their story here.

Pictures for Adrienne’s “Dig In” Column

In the March 2016 issue Adrienne Diaz told us about seeing hydroponics and learning about the rooftop gardens at the Chicago airport. (So cool!) Here are Adrienne’s pictures:

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Artists@Work Demonstration Day – Saturday, March 5 during Alliance GreenMarket


Looking for something artsy to do this weekend? Join members of the SWFL Fine Craft Guild as they demonstrate their specialties at the Alliance for the Arts during “Artists@Work.” This free, family-friendly demo day runs on Saturday, March 5 from 10AM-1PM during the weekly Alliance GreenMarket. Watch local artists create works in a variety of mediums including Lorraine Capps, Sherry Moesch, Martha Grattan, Lynn Ondercin & Trudy Sampson, Renee Farr, Toni Ory, Randy & Analilia Clay, Nancy-Gray-Giffin, Suzanne Suber, Nancy Van Tassell, Sandy Johnston, and John Hampton. Some artwork will be for sale. Members of the SWFL Fine Craft Guild combine old world craftsmanship with contemporary techniques to produce unique works of art. For more information about Artists@Work visit or call 239-939-2787.

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

6th Annual Scope for Hope 5K Race Against Colon and Rectal Cancer

 In an effort to raise awareness for colorectal cancer screenings, the nonprofit 21st Century C.A.R.E. foundation is hosting the 6th Annual Scope for Hope 5K run, 2-Mile Walk and Kid’s Fun Run. The event will take place Saturday, March 12, 2016 at CenturyLink Sports Complex at Hammond Stadium, 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway in Fort Myers.

Registration begins at 7 a.m., followed by the 5K at 8 a.m. The two-mile walk will begin at 8:05 a.m., and the Kid’s Fun Run will begin at 9:15 a.m. All proceeds raised from the Scope for Hope 5K will benefit the nonprofit 21st Century C.A.R.E. and will be used for colorectal cancer education, screening and treatment in Southwest Florida.

This year, pop singer Tarralyn Ramsey will be joining the event. She has had a very successful career to date, with albums charting on Billboard pop charts. She has shared the stage with juggernauts of the music industry, including Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé. Ramsey will be writing and debuting a song just for Scope for Hope, and she will be singing the Star Spangled Banner to kickoff the event.

Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, over 130,000 new cases of colon and rectal cancers will be diagnosed this year, resulting in over 49,000 deaths. However, due to increased screening rates, the death rate has been dropping. Regular colonoscopies can detect polyps that could develop into cancer. As a result, there are over one million survivors of colorectal cancer in the United States.

The pre-registration fee is $30 for adults and $15 for youth 17 and under through February 28. Registration from March 1 through March 11 is $35 for adults and $20 for youth. Race day registration fee is $40 for all ages.

Awards will be presented to top three male and female finishers in each category. All participants in the Kid’s Fun Run will receive a ribbon. The first 300 participants registered will receive a gift bag with a race t-shirt and other gifts. Refreshments and a continental breakfast will be available.

Tarralyn Ramsey appears courtesy of NYLARRAT/HEARTSTRINGS ENTERTAINMENT, LLC. For more information about Tarralyn Ramsey, visit

For more information, contact Ann Francis at (239) 938-9301, or visit: