April 15, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Bulb pots were popular in the 18th and 19th centuries

KOVELS: ANTIQUES & COLLECTING

Spring means gardens again have bulbs in bloom. Crocuses, daffodils, tulips, narcissuses and other bulbs need weeks in cold weather to start to grow and flower. More...

Fundraiser draws on artists' imagination for Imaginarium

One-of-a-kind furniture with unique auction packages will be the focus of the fourth Cherish the Children Event and Auction fundraiser on Saturday, April 18, at 7 p.m. More...

Calusa Nature Center's Spring Fling will feature Jack Hanna

The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium welcomes Jack Hanna and his exotic animals to Harborside Event Center on Thursday, May 7, for Spring Fling 2009, its annual fundraising dinner. Mr. More...

Spring sale set at The Promenade

Special sale prices and live entertainment are among the highlights of the Spring Sidewalk Sale to be held on Friday and Saturday, April 17-18, at The Promenade at Bonita Bay. The sale runs both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More...

Slow Food coming attractions

Slow Food Southwest Florida has a number of events planned for the coming months. Others include the second annual Summer in a Glass cocktail competition (start working on those beverages), restaurantbased events and more. More...

Incandescent Evening slated to show off $2 million restoration

April at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is highlighted with the unveiling of a $2 million restoration project as well as a variety of special programs for children and adults. More...

FGCU hosts second annual National Conference on Autism

Florida Gulf Coast University College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences sponsor "The Road to Best Practice in Autism," a conference for physicians, parents and educators, Saturday, April 25, 8 a.m. More...

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Arts & Entertainment News

monologues

Perfecting the art of them, in both writing and performing

"I have a lot of little people in my head," says Glenn Alterman. And, gentleman that he is, he lets them out to run around, allowing each one a moment in the spotlight. As a playwright and monologist, he writes these people into being. More...

Married couple returns as leads in 'Wedding Singer'

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre presents the romantic musical comedy, "The Wedding Singer," playing April 16 through June 6. Dubbed "one big party," "The Wedding Singer" is based on the 1998 hit film starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. More...

Fatal February By Barbara Levenson (Oceanview Publishing, $22.95)

BEACH READING

It must be the season for excellent legal thrillers set in Miami because "Fatal February," Barbara Levenson's debut novel, is just out. Ms. Levenson More...

Pay the fine, or do time

Some Florida counties are coming down hard on scofflaws who do not pay their fines

With budget shortfalls leaving Florida's judicial system cash strapped, some county courts are intensifying the pressure on people to pay fines and fees by using Draconian methods like putting debtors in jail. More...

Continuing education classes include Spanish, Web design

EDISON STATE COLLEGE

Edison State College is offering the following Continuing Education Classes in April/May: . Wedding and Event Planning Certification Getting married someday? More...

Florida Rep raises awareness for autism with documentary screening

Florida Repertory Theatre announces a special screening of the HBO documentary "Autism: The Musical" on April 27, in conjunction with its 12-week course for children on the Autism Spectrum. More...

Guatemala's dangerous beauty

TRAVEL

In Antigua, once the capital of colonial Central America, cobblestones still pave the narrow streets. Cafés date to the 16th century and old stone fountains trickle in their interiors. Pale rose bushes cover the courtyard walls. More...

Environmental Education partner get district's 'Green Bus' rolling

Galloway Collision Center has taken a stand in protecting the environment by going "green." The center pitched in on a school district project boosting recycling and also changed its paint-finishing system to a more environmentally friendly one. More...

Wanderlust Auction offers values on travel, culinary and sporting packages

"Wanderlust With a Midas Touch" is the theme for this year's 20th annual Wanderlust Auction. More...

This week on WGCU TV

. Wednesday, April 15 Great Performances at the Met - Lucia di Lammermoor - at 9 p.m. Anna Netrebko plays the fragile heroine of Donizetti's opera, presented as a Victorian ghost story. . Thursday, April 16 Mystery! More...

Miracle Baseball hosts event for 'miracle dog'

Miracle Baseball will host a "Got Well Party" for a special dog. Willow, a 1-year-old shepherd mix, came to Lee County Animal Services in late January with a devastating case of mange that had been neglected for many months. More...

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida announces Chairmen's Council

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida announced the members of its newly-formed Chairmen's Council. More...

Business News

Federal regulators' new rules do little for smaller banks

Federal officials and regulators grabbed control of large parts of the banking industry after the housing meltdown and credit crisis, but in one area they have suddenly loosened their grip. More...

New Doc Ford's restaurant opens on Fort Myers Beach

The owners of Doc Ford's Restaurant on Sanibel and the Beached Whale on Fort Myers Beach are set to open a new restaurant. More...

Acology Rx Compounding moves to larger storefront in Cape Coral

Cape Coral business Acology Rx Compounding has moved to a larger storefront at 131 Del Prado Blvd. The move followed a six-month planning process that included permitting and relocation assistance from the Cape Coral Economic Development Office. More...

Real Estate News

It's kosher

K2 Design Group carves a niche creating kitchens with charisma

Creating kosher homes is a specialty of Jenny Carter and her architecture and interior design firm, K2 Design Group. In her 25-year career, Ms. Carter has designed homes for many Orthodox Jewish families. More...

Stock Development posts strong march sales

Stock Development continued its 15 month-long sales surge with a strong new home sales report for March. More...

Miromar Lakes announces plans for Positano community

Paradigm Companies has unveiled plans for Positano, a new beachfront neighborhood at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club. Positano consists of six buildings within the gated enclave of Costa del Lago. More...