December 9, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

Magic Show at Arcade Theatre benefits Harry Chapin Food Bank

A magical evening of entertainment and laughs will be provided by the area’s most talented magicians during the Fort Myers Magicians Association ninth annual Christmas Magic Show on Monday, Dec. 14. More...

‘Mimi’s Memory’ strikes again: Gold coin a welcome boost to kettle drive

The workers at The Salvation Army feel their hearts beat a little faster this time of the year. More...

School of Education approved as first ‘school’ within Edison College

The Edison State College Board of Trustees unanimously approved the creation of a School of Education at its November meeting.   More...

This week on WGCU TV

. THURSDAY, DEC. 10, 8 P.M. The Big Band Years   This swinging retrospective features the songs that brought the country through the 1930s and World War II, and kick-started the baby boom. Peter Marshall hosts.   . FRIDAY, DEC. More...

Woman’s Club brings Christmas cheer to two historic homes

The Fort Myers Woman’s Community Club’s annual Holiday House, “A Season of Joy,” is open at the historic Burroughs and Langford Kingston homes in downtown Fort Myers. The cost is $5 for adults; children under 12 are free. More...

LeeTran unveils first hybrid bus at FGCU

In a ceremony hosted by Florida Gulf Coast University President Wilson G. Bradshaw and FGCU’s Southwest Florida Center for Public and Social Policy, Lee- Tran will introduce its first hybrid bus to the public at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. More...

Carol Sing to help CCMI’s Soup Kitchen feed the hungry

Area residents can celebrate the holidays at an old-fashioned sing-a-long and help feed the hungry at the Holiday Carol Sing Thursday, Dec. 10, at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Fort Myers. More...

Coconut Point hosts ‘Lights of Love’ pet tribute

Coconut Point mall in Estero will host “Lights of Love,” an uplifting candlelight ceremony honoring pets that share in our lives and remembering those no longer with us from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. More...

Special Sections

Arts & Entertainment News

color her world

As Alice Walker’s Celie, Kenita Miller discovers a sense of triumph and a taste for humanity

a CTRESS KENITA MILLER LOVES “THE COLOR PURPLE,” both the book and the movie, but when she heard it was being turned into a musical, it gave her pause.   More...

Edgy satire ‘The Santaland Diaries’ opens Dec. 10 at the Florida Rep

Florida Repertory Theatre presents the thorny comedy “The Santaland Diaries” as a special holiday engagement running Dec. 10-31 in the new Studio Theatre. More...

BEACH READING

‘High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly’ By Donald Spoto (Harmony Books, $25.99)

When biographer Donald Spoto first interviewed Grace Kelly in Paris in 1975, what most impressed him was her total lack of affectation: She put on no airs, was funny and ironic, and despite being a princess, didn’t hesitate to share several de More...

Di’s dresses coming to Naples

The von Liebig preparing for dresses fit for a princess

She was the people’s princess, and more than a decade after her death, Princess Diana lives on in the minds and hearts of people around the world. More...

Bell Tower Shops holds Hanukkah celebration

Area residents are invited to participate in the Grand Hanukkah Celebration at Bell Tower Shops newly renovated Center Court from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13.   More...

Woof Gang Bakery unleashes new store in Estero

Woof Gang Bakery, the nation’s fastest growing gourmet dog treat bakery and retail store franchise, has opened its newest location at 20301 Grande Oak Shoppes, Suite 114, Estero.   More...

Holiday Nights brighten December at Edison & Ford Winter Estates

December at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is highlighted with Edison & Ford Holiday Nights, the return of Creative Cottage, and Artists and Authors Night as well as a variety of other special programs throughout the month. More...

This season, concentrate on what can be, not on what should be

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… or at least, it should be. Although the holiday season is typically filled with lots of joyful events and traditions, it can be a rather sad and depressing time for some. More...

Children with cancer paint pictures to help their peers

They came into the hospital for chemotherapy, but several local children recently finished their treatment day with paintbrushes and pallets of colorful acrylics, creating original paintings that will be auctioned off to benefit other children with More...

Local businesses mount up to help Special Equestrians

Southwest Florida businesses have been quick to trot out their wares and their talents in support of Special Equestrians’ annual fundraiser, Taste of Love 7. More...

Speakers Assembly welcomes economic expert Alison Fraser

Alison Acosta Fraser, director of the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, will discuss “Spending, Taxes and Deficits: How High Can They Go?” at the Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida on Friday, Dec. More...

BOOK EVENTS

Children’s book debuts Dec. 9     More...

Support local Make-A-Wish Foundation by writing a letter to Santa

The Make-A-Wish Foundation and Macy’s are working together through Macy’s Believe campaign to collect letters to Santa this holiday season. More...

Business News

To market, to market

Commerce meets local flavor at area farmers markets

Jeff “Rusty” Troop waves a plastic baggie inches from an inquisitive man’s nose. A burst of clean, pure vanilla wafts head on. Mr. More...

Nursery owner rolls with economic tide

Mayer Berg is a passionate enthusiast whose legs, like his big friendly voice, try to outrun him when he’s excited, which is most of the time.   More...

Making a fortune – large or small

MONEY & INVESTING

Millionaires are richer than 90 percent of U.S. households and earn, on average, $350,000 annually. But who are they? How did they make their fortune? For those who aspire to create great wealth, are there insights to be garnered?   More...

Real Estate News

Builders Care plans holiday building spree

This year’s “hottest gifts” lists may not include home repairs, but to some people in Lee County, home repair is the greatest gift they could receive. More...

Sarita neighborhood construction advances at Paseo

Stock Development is nearing the halfway mark on construction in the Sarita neighborhood of single-famliy homes at Paseo, a private, gated community in South Fort Myers.   More...

Design firm to participate in the DCOTA Design House

Collins & DuPont the only local firm selected

Local interior design firm Collins & DuPont is the only Southwest Florida firm to be selected to design a room for the inaugural Design Center of the America’s Design House.   More...