Saturday Barbecue at Six Bends to Celebrate Memorial Day


In recognition of Memorial Day, Six Bends Harley-Davidson is hosting a Memorial Day weekend barbecue on Saturday, May 28. The event will feature live entertainment, complimentary food and desserts, and a visit by special guest U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Jeff Kyle, brother of the “American Sniper” Chris Kyle.

This Memorial Day weekend Six Bends Harley-Davidson is firing up their grills and serving guests complimentary hotdogs, hamburgers, apple pie, ice cream, and other side dishes from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. while supplies last. Throughout the afternoon visitors will enjoy the country, southern rock, and blue grass sounds of local musician Patrick Murphy and band Railhead.

Special guest U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Jeff Kyle will join the festivities from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. Kyle, brother of the late “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, served in the Marine Corps from 2000-2008 and received the Navy Achievement Medal.

This event is free and open to the public, all ages welcome. For more information about the Memorial Day weekend celebration contact Kristen at Six Bends Harley-Davidson at (239) 275-4647.

Local Celebrity Animal to be featured on Nat Geo WILD

Nat Geo WILD highlights Trouper the Blind Raccoon and his caregiver Dorothy “Dot” Lee

Saturday, May 21 will be a historic day for Southwest Florida’s popular animal icon Trouper the Blind Raccoon. Trouper’s friends from the Wildlife Education Project (WEP), for whom he is an Animal Ambassador, will gather to watch his national television debut. Trouper, along with his caregiver Dorothy “Dot” Lee, will appear in an episode of “Unlikely Animal Friends” on Saturday, May 21 at 8/7c PM on Nat Geo WILD, where their unusual relationship will be highlighted. The unlikely duo have made a name for themselves among Southwest Florida residents for their extensive work in educating children and adults on the importance of respecting wildlife and caring for our planet and each other.

While Trouper is a living 7-year-old raccoon, he is not a pet nor is he wild. What makes him special is that he is a federally licensed and fully vaccinated wildlife ambassador for WEP, an organization that teaches the public and school children through their educational sessions, website and materials to treat wildlife, the environment and all living things with respect. “Unlikely Animal Friends” will feature footage that captures Trouper’s role in providing educational presentations to children, as well as scenes of his daily life with Lee.

Trouper’s story is one of tragedy to triumph that resonates strongly with wildlife lovers and has caught the attention of the television show. As an 8-week-old kit (baby raccoon), a golfer beat him in the head with a golf club, requiring emergency care. He survived the beating and other problems, but it left him blind, brain damaged, and unable to feed or defend himself. He lives with wildlife rehabilitator Dorothy “Dot” Lee who rescued Trouper as a kit and now provides him with the 24-hour care he requires. She has retrained him to use his motor skills and describes Trouper as “rehabilitation in progress.” Ironically, Lee is also legally blind.

Trouper’s harrowing story of survival inspired the founding of the WEP in the hopes that educational intervention would stop others from perpetrating acts of cruelty such as the one Trouper suffered, as well as to educate future leaders to respect their world and to promote environmental stewardship.

Trouper’s lessons of respect are also the subject of the award-winning book “TROUPER—The True Adventures of a Blind Raccoon: The Beginning” by Fort Myers children’s author and educator Kyle Miller.

The WEP is a non-profit organization with the vision to instill a lifelong respect for all living things and the environment through our mission of education and empowerment of human kind to create change and take responsibility for the protection of our wildlife and surroundings., and


Ready for Storm Season?


Attend Free Hurricane Expo, presented by United Way, Lee County Department of Public Safety and NBC-2, at Edison Mall on Saturday, May 21

Are you ready for storm season? Be prepared and informed by attending the free Hurricane Expo on Saturday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Edison Mall. Hurricane season begins June 1 and lasts until November 30, 2016.

“We urge families to attend this beneficial public event to learn more about the safety options available to them in the event of a serious storm,” said Susie Wentworth, director of marketing for Edison Mall. “We’d like to thank the United Way and our community partners for volunteering their time and resources to ensure the preparedness and well-being of our community year-round.”

The special event, organized by the United Way and Edison Mall, will feature informative seminars from JimBjostad, chief of emergency management for the Lee County Department of Public Safety and KristenKirchhaine, NBC-2 meteorologist, who will also answer weather-related questions.

Representatives from various public sector agencies and resources including United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services, Lee County Animal Services, Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center, Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida, American Red Cross, Florida’s Southern Gulf Chapter, Home Depot and more will be on-hand to educate attendees about precautionary measures, emergency procedures, public and pet safety options during storm season.


Sip & Shop at Talbots at Bell Tower


Public Invited to Tuesday, May 17 Event

Talbots at the Bell Tower Shops  in Fort Myers invites the public to attend a special shopping afternoon to benefit Barbara’s Friends – Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Fund – on Tues., May 17 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the store located at 13499 U.S. 41 S.E., Fort Myers.

Proceeds from the event will help young cancer patients treated at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.  Talbots will donate 10% of pre-tax sales to the charity/event.

In addition to supporting a wonderful cause, those taking part will also receive a 15% discount on regular-priced items only with the discount taken at the register.  Refreshments and appetizers will be served.

Barbara’s Friends provides equipment, staffing and additional services to support lifesaving cancer care provided to children from across Southwest Florida at Golisano Children’s Hospital.  Services provided through the fund are not typically reimbursed by public or private insurance.  The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program at the Children’s Hospital is the ONLY program of its kind here in Southwest Florida and has served over 3,500 patients since opening.  No child is denied treatment or turned away as a result of their family’s inability to pay for care.

For additional details please contact Sally Wilson of Lee Memorial Health System Foundation at (239) 343-6057