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Cape Coral APRIL 2018

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ECHO FIGHTS WORLD HUNGER

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PESTO PASTA IS A REASON TO GATHER


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LIFESTYLE LETTER

APRIL 2018 PUBLISHER

Pat Eberle | Pat.Eberle@LifestylePubs.com EDITOR

Nicolette Martin | Nicolette.Martin@LifestylePubs.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Sarah Keech, Paulette LeBlanc, Dana Scippo, Rebecca West

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CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Gregory Wagner

SPRING HAS FINALLY SPRUNG! As the last dredges of winter make their way out, and we can finally begin to stop and smell the roses, it’s also a good time to remind ourselves to take the time to appreciate our beautiful planet. While April 22 is Earth Day, here at Cape Coral Lifestyle, we are celebrating the planet all month long with our “Eco” issue. Here in this issue, we highlight the people and places in our community who are committing to keeping this planet beautiful—from local farms using sustainable practices and eco-friendly organizations giving back to the community to farm-to-table restaurants focused on local ingredients to fuelefficient vehicles for sale at local dealerships.

CORPORATE TEAM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER CHIEF SALES OFFICER CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER DIRECTOR OF MARKETING ART DIRECTOR OPERATIONS DIRECTOR EDITORIAL MANAGER EDITORIAL AD MANAGER AD COORDINATORS

But, you don’t have to be a farmer or business owner to do your part. Shop at the local farmers market and support local growers, visit local businesses who create

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eco-friendly products or even just start recycling. No matter what you do, we at Cape Coral Lifestyle support your “green” efforts. As always, we can’t wait to see you around.

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INSIDE THE ISSUE APRIL 2018

FEATURES 10 Catbird Studio + Gallery

Where the Fine Arts Hang

16 Pesto Pasta is a Reason to Gather Gather’s Chef Tim Hessenbruch Uses Small Ingredients for Big, Bold Flavor

20 The New Big Farming Trend Is Micro What Florida MicroGreens Grows Might be Small, but it Packs a Mighty Punch

26 Echo Fights World Hunger Creating Sustainable Development through Empowerment

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DEPARTMENTS 4

Lifestyle Letter

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Around Town

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Local Limelight

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Driver’s Notebook

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Culinary Creations

26 Giving Back 29 Realty Report 30 Lifestyle Calendar 34 Local’s Choice


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PROJECT H.O.P.E. RESPONDS TO LONGTERM NEEDS IN HURRICANE IRMA’S WAKE   Two teams of local Hurricane Irma survivors

School District and the City of Cape Coral Charter School Governing Board.

have just deployed to respond to the long-term

Collins has a bachelor’s degree from the

needs of their neighbors in Lee and Collier coun-

University of Maryland and a master’s degree in

ties. Project H.O.P.E. provides free, confidential

educational leadership from Nova University. She

emotional support and resource linkage to indi-

also holds a teaching certificate from the Florida

viduals, families, groups, businesses and organi-

Department of Education. Originally from New

zations such as faith-based communities, schools

Jersey, Collins lives in Cape Coral with her hus-

and neighborhood associations that are still deal-

band and children.  

ing with the aftermath of the storm. Everyone within Lee or Collier county lines is eligible and can reach Project H.O.P.E. by calling 239.260.7302.

JAMES STEPHENS INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY PRINCIPAL NAMED PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR

The grant-funded program provides intensive

Ken Savage, the principal at James Stephens

training to the small army of outreach work-

International Academy in Fort Myers, was named

ers, who will soon become a common sight in

Florida’s Principal of the Year at the Commissioner’s

Southwest Florida neighborhoods, at public

Summit for Principals held in February in Orlando.

events and at information tables at agencies and

He received a $5,000 cash prize.

facilities such as United Way Houses, food pantries and community centers.

Savage was appointed principal in June 2016. Since taking the helm, he has helped improve the

While many survivors have been able to move on

school's grade from an F to a B. Savage is a mem-

with their lives in the months following the hurri-

ber of Principal Leads in Lee County and mentors

cane, many are still facing challenges. As neighbors

other administrators.

came together spontaneously in the immediate

Superintendent Greg Adkins nominated Savage

aftermath, that spirit of helping is still needed to

for the award, and he was named one of three

ensure a vibrant Southwest Florida community for

finalists in January.

residents, businesses and visitors for years to come. Using data from the state of Florida, the federal government designated three of the state’s 67

LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS NAMED SUNSHINE STATE SCHOLARS

counties in need of Project H.O.P.E. A team has also

Audrianna Macchia from North Fort Myers High

deployed in the Keys. The project will be in place

School and Mary Brady from Cape Coral High

through September 30.

School have been selected as Sunshine State

JACKIE COLLINS NAMED CAPE CORAL CHARTER SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT The governing board of the City of Cape Coral Charter School Authority has appointed Jacquelin

Scholars for 2018. The recognition means they are the Lee County School District’s top 11th-grade students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics and will attend an event May 17-18 in Orlando.

Collins as the new superintendent of the charter

The Sunshine State Scholars event is a conver-

school system. Collins served as the interim super-

gence of Florida’s highest-caliber STEM students,

intendent since the departure of Nelson Stephenson

universities and employers. Audrianna and Mary

in April 2017. Collins will oversee the charter school

will join the state’s 100 other top 11th-grade STEM

system with more than 3,500 students and support-

students. Together they will conduct a think tank on

ing staff, spanning four schools and two campuses.

tough Florida challenges, and each scholar will be

Collins joined the charter school system as a teacher for gifted and talented students when Christa McAuliffe Elementary School opened in 2006. She later performed the duties of assistant principal and school principal from 2010-17.

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and serve as the liaison between the Lee County

recognized by the commissioner of education. Audrianna has a weighted GPA of 5.14 and has completed 146 hours of community service. Mary is the founder and president of the Science National Honors Society at Cape Coral High School.

Collins will be supervising the administrative

She participated in a two-week STEM camp at

departments of the charter school system. She will

Florida Gulf Coast University last summer. She has

also be responsible for long-term strategic planning

a weighted GPA of 5.0.

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CATBIRD STUDIO + GALLERY WHERE THE FINE ARTS HANG ARTICLE PAULETTE LEBLANC | PHOTOGRAPHY GREGORY WAGNER

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WHEN LEE PERRAULT AND HER HUSBAND

of metal," she says. "They begin to come

CAME DOWN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE

together and take on a life of their own."

WITH A BOATLOAD OF RESCUED, GERI-

She reveals that when putting these

ATRIC ANIMALS, THEY DECIDED CAPE

metal pieces together, it’s almost like a

CORAL WOULD BE HOME. They renovated

puzzle. Her experience as a colorist and

a house they liked, but Lee would need a

interior designer, which she continues to do

studio. She found a home on Del Prado for

remotely in New Hampshire, shines through

her working studio with a gallery in front. She

in her artistry because Lee can tell intui-

currently has three artists beside herself who

tively if something needs a touch of color

sanding and pol-

display their work in her gallery.

and knows just how to work that in as well.

Lee has an intrinsic love for plein air paint-

It should come as no surprise that, years

ishing it starts

ing, which means painting outside. The light

earlier, Lee was immersed in the world of

and energy, she says, brings magic to your

graphic design as her love for drawing led

to reveal all the

art. Like most artists, she has been drawing

her down that path for a time. Though being

since she could hold a pencil. Most of those

able to both see and draw in three dimen-

beauty in these

first drawings were of animals, so in addition

sions came in handy, Lee did not see herself

to landscapes, she finds herself painting a lot

being chained to a computer and decided to

pieces of metal,”

of critters, though she admits that she moves

follow her heart instead.

“When you start

she says.

in whatever direction the art takes her.

Lee dances to her own tune and knows

In addition to painting, Lee has always col-

that life presents the right opportunities at

lected things to bring back to life or shape in a

just the right moment. Cape Coral presented

way that would brand them art. She often finds

itself, and Catbird Studio + Gallery was born.

herself on the beach or at yard sales, looking for

As a result, the hearts of many artists now

old pieces of throwaway metals. Where some-

beat within the walls.

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CULINARY CREATIONS ARTICLE SARAH KEECH | PHOTOGRAPHY GREGORY WAGNER

Pesto Pasta is a Reason to Gather GATHER’S CHEF TIM HESSENBRUCH USES SMALL INGREDIENTS FOR BIG, BOLD FLAVOR

GATHER IS ONE OF THE MOST CREATIVE NEW DINING HOTSPOTS IN THE CAPE. Located at Tarpon Point Marina, it’s an energetic space with a delightful view and delicious food. A native of San Francisco, chef Tim Hessenbruch moved to Southwest Florida from a culinary position in Colorado just over a year ago—and he’s truly enjoying cooking in the Sunshine State.

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“Even as a kid, I had a deep passion for food. Growing up, I was inspired to learn about cooking from eating at the local Chinese restaurants in San Francisco,” Tim says. “I made the decision to move to Cape Coral because of the great opportunities here—and I was really ready to leave the snow behind in Colorado.” Tim has been with Gather since they opened in October 2017 and he helped develop their breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. He strives to create fun, exciting dishes and he uses the freshest local ingredients from places like Florida MicroGreens (see page 20) and Oakes Farms. “I’ve worked with microgreens in the past, but the microgreens here in Florida are the best I’ve ever worked with—very bright flavors; very nutritious, ” Tim says. “I’m really excited to continue working with local producers and farms, and I’m really looking forward to continuing to interact with this great community.” With Tim's experience and keen eye in the kitchen, a meal at Gather is certain to be one to remember, but here’s one of Tim’s recipes you can try at home.

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THE NEW BIG FARMING T R END IS M ICRO ARTICLE SARAH KEECH | PHOTOGRAPHY GREGORY WAGNER

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WHAT FLORIDA MICROGREENS GROWS MIGHT BE SMALL, BUT IT PACKS A MIGHTY PUNCH

TUCKED AWAY IN A SMALL, NONDESCRIPT OFFICE BUILDING IN SOUTHWEST CAPE CORAL IS A FARM. No, this farm doesn’t have cows or pigs or acres of produce. This is an urban farm. More specifically, this is a hydroponic microgreens farm. Hydroponic farming is a high-tech growing method, where plants and vegetables are grown without soil. Florida MicroGreens is the brainchild of Rob Epple, who runs the company with business partners Rachel and Nick Shemenski. Rob—whose background includes teaching for Lee County School District and independent film production—started the venture just over two years ago, but he now counts more than 40 local chefs and restaurants as clients. (See page 16 for a recipe from Gather using ingredients from Florida MicroGreens.) Why microgreens? Because Rob and his team saw a need and filled the demand. Their microgreens are full of flavor, high in nutrition and chemical-free. “So many microgreens are being cut, packaged and sent here from places as far away as California,” Rob says. “That just doesn’t make sense. They certainly wouldn’t be fresh or last very long—and they are very expensive. We deliver our plants live, and they can last—when refrigerated—for four to six weeks.” Microgreens are a growing trend in the farm-to-table movement that is bringing an emphasis back to local, fresh and nutritious ingredients at restaurants nationwide. And it’s for a good reason—they typically grow quickly, efficiently and are very eco-friendly. “Many of the greens we sell to chefs only take seven to 10 days to grow,” Rob says. Florida MicroGreens offers a vast array of micros, from basil to peas to mint to onion to radishes and more. It’s truly a massive microgarden. “Urban farming really is sort of an exotic idea down here. Obviously, it has its pluses and minuses,” Rob says. “But, for example, after the hurricane, we were able to be up and running just seven days after the storm, whereas a traditional farm could require several months to recover their crop.” Their use of their small indoor space is impressive, and they built it all from scratch, even developing their own unique lighting and watering systems. “Rob and Nick take shifts to ensure the plants are being watered properly,” Rachel says. “It’s a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week business. It’s a lot of work and a lot of passion.” Growing microgreens is a labor of love for this team, but it’s also a never-ending job. “There’s a lot experimentation of in this field,” Rob says. “We keep thinking about the future and the needs that need to be met. I’m sort of a mad scientist.” Florida MicroGreens is growing fast. They recently expanded "the farm” to another office space next door to their current location. Beyond growing their greens, they also provide educational outreach to school students and offer demonstrations to chefs, cooks and others interested in microgreens. They’ve even expanded to selling at farmers markets, including the popular Wednesday event at Purple Spoon in Bonita Springs. Rob, Rachel and Nick are certainly pioneering a new type of farming and harvesting unique tiny crops in Cape Coral.

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THE NEW BIG FARMING TREND IS MICRO

(CON TI N UED)

Nick and Rachel Shemenski and Rob Epple

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MICROGREENS AT HOME You can grow microgreens at home! Florida MicroGreens sells their comprehensive home kits for anyone who wants to put their green thumb to the test and grow greens at home. The starter kits, which include an LED lighting system, food-grade trays, hemp pads, a variety of seeds and much more, are just $175.

GLUTEN-FREE MINT CHOCOLATE COFFEE BROWNIES Photo and recipe provided by Florida MicroGreens INGREDIENTSV + 15 ounces organic black beans, rinsed and drained + 2/3 cup honey, flavor of your choice + 1/2 cup cocoa powder + 1/2 cup organic coconut oil + 1/2 cup Florida MicroGreens mint leaves + 1/4 cup ground coffee + 2 eggs + 1/3 teaspoon vanilla + 1/2 teaspoon baking powder + 1/8 teaspoon salt + Dark chocolate chips INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Finely chop mint in food processor or blender. 3. Add remaining ingredients excluding the chocolate chips, and blend until smooth and creamy. 4. Line an 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper. 5. Pour brownie batter into the pan and sprinkle chocolate chips over the top. 6. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until fork comes out clean.

“THIS IS AN URBAN FARM IN CAPE CORAL. IT’S NOT EASY, BUT IT’S A PASSION,”—ROB EPPLE, FLORIDA MICROGREENS

7. Cool for 15 minutes.

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GIVING BACK

echo fights world hunger ARTICLE DANA SCIPPO | PHOTOGRAPHY GREGORY WAGNER

CREATING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH EMPOWERMENT FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS, ECHO HAS BEEN HELPING THOUSANDS OF ORGANIZATIONS SERVICING SMALL-SCALE FARMERS WORLDWIDE BY SPREADING SEEDS OF AGRICULTURAL KNOWLEDGE. By creating a global network, Echo shares solutions that promote sustainable farming techniques that improve food production. “Globally, helping small-scale farmers become more sustainable means that they are actively caring for their environment as well as caring for their livelihoods," Danielle Flood says. "This is sustainable development.”  “At Echo, we seek to empower small-scale farmers by moving them towards growth-oriented change, which is good for the people and for the environment," Chief Operations Officer Tim Albright says. "We provide knowledge resources and new skills to equip them in overcoming nourishment challenges, increase their own capacity, improve the sustainability of their communities and progress towards their full potential.” Echo’s North Fort Myers campus is home to its international headquarters, Global Farm and Research Center, reference library, seed bank, tropical fruit nursery, global bookstore and staff offices. Echo also makes a local impact. Last year, Echo donated 2,438 pounds of produce to Community Cooperative, an organization fighting hunger and homelessness in our community, in an ongoing partnership that is more than five years old.  According to Echo’s website, approximately 795 million people across the world are hungry. More than 9 million children under age 5 die every year, and malnutrition accounts for more than one-third of these deaths. Tour Echo today and meet people fighting world hunger through sustainable solutions.   17391 Durrance Road, North Fort Myers, FL 33917 | 239.543.3246 | info@echonet.org

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Over 10 years helping buyers and sellers in Southwest Florida “We live in WI and purchased a second home in Cape Coral. After putting in our home offer we didn’t walk thru the house again until closing. Pat took care of every detail of the transaction with professionalism and a heartfelt caring. It was completely seamless. Pat along with everyone in the agency are not just our realtors, but they have all become our friends. With the tornado in FL last year, Pat had checked on our home and called us that are home was fine before we even knew about the storm in WI. Pat and the team are AWESOME!” — Maribeth M.

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REALTY REPORT

CAPE CORAL

NEIGHBORHOOD

REALTY REPORT

ORIGINAL PRICE

SOLD PRICE

%SOLD/ORIG

DOM

BDRMS

BATHS

SW Cape Coral

$555,000

$527,500

95.05%

56

3

3

SW Cape Coral

$597,500

$575,000

96.23%

145

3 + Den

3.5

SW Cape Coral

$815,777

$780,000

95.61%

17

3

3

SW Cape Coral

$824,900

$805,000

97.59%

5

4 + Den

4

SW Cape Coral

$1,495,000

$1,420,000

94.98%

14

3 + Den

3

Yacht Club Area

$334,900

$385,000

114.96%

3

3

2

Yacht Club Area

$674,900

$655,000

97.05%

101

4

2.5

Yacht Club Area

$1,100,000

$1,000,000

90.91%

45

4

3

Yacht Club Area

$1,149,000

$1,050,000

91.38%

275

3 + Den

4.5

Savona Neighborhood

$449,900

$400,000

88.91%

23

3 + Den

3

Savona Neighborhood

$584,999

$560,000

95.73%

10

3

2

Savona Neighborhood

$749,999

$700,000

93.33%

83

3 + Den

2.5

Savona Neighborhood

$899,900

$895,000

99.46%

17

4

4

Palaco Neighborhood

$524,000

$512,500

97.81%

27

3 + Den

3

Sandoval

$245,000

$245,000

100.00%

11

3

2

Sandoval

$259,900

$254,000

97.73%

52

3

2

Sandoval

$349,900

$332,000

94.88%

34

3

3

Cape Royal

$445,600

$429,000

96.27%

233

4

2.5

Cape Royal

$459,000

$448,000

97.60%

8

3

2.5

Cape Royal

$519,900

$500,000

96.17%

1

4

3

NW Cape Coral

$429,000

$400,000

93.24%

136

3

3

NW Cape Coral

$525,000

$515,000

98.10%

11

3

2

NW Cape Coral

$609,000

$609,000

100.00%

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3 + Den

3

MLS Data from February 2018 *DOM=Days on Market

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LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

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SURFSIDE SUNSET MARKET

SUNSET CELEBRATION

Shops at Surfside

Cape Coral Yacht Club

The Surfside Sunset Market offers a

Come celebrate the beauty of our

year-round shopping experience to

Southwest Florida sunsets while lis-

Cape Coral. The market is filled with

tening to live music on the beach!

friendly and knowledgeable ven-

There will also be food trucks, ven-

dors offering fresh, healthy and local

dors selling arts and crafts, jewelry,

The Lee County Community Band

produce; gulf-fresh seafood; fresh

gift items, and much more! This is a

will present a free concert at 3 p.m.

bakery items; German breads and

free family event. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Programs typically include a mix of

APRIL

EVERY TUES

pastries;

microgreens;

cheese; pickles and olive mixes; local honey; fresh-cut flowers; jams and jellies; and more. 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. CapeCoralFarmersMarket.com

6 CAPE CORAL YOUTH'S GOT TALENT GRAND SHOW William Bill Austen Youth Center

EVERY SAT CAPE CORAL FARMERS MARKET has become known for its abundance of fresh, local produce

8 LEE COUNTY COMMUNITY BAND FREE CONCERT Cape Coral High School

old favorites, patriotic songs, seasonal pieces and sing-along. Directed by Richard Bradstreet, the 50-member band is comprised of musicians from all walks of life who reside in Lee, Collier and Charlotte Counties. 

Contestants will be showcasing their talents, and Sheena Brook from "The Voice" will be the special celebrity judge. $5. 6 p.m. Call 239.242.3954 for more details.

Downtown Cape Coral - Club Square

The Cape Coral Farmers Market

7 p.m. TasteOfCapeCoral.com

energetic marches, Broadway hits,

handcraft-

ed soaps and lotions; cupcakes;

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13 "RING OF FIRE" RECEPTION Cape Coral Arts Studio

The Cape Coral Arts Studio is proud to feature a different exhibit

and Gulf-fresh seafood. Check

FREE MOVIE IN THE PARK

out all the fantastic selections

Jaycee Park

Gallery. April's featured exhibit is

in the food truck court, hear live

The city of Cape Coral Parks and Rec-

"Ring of Fire" by the Florida So-

music and shop the wares of lo-

reation Department is proud to bring

ciety of Goldsmiths and the SW

cal craftsmen, artists and an-

you a free movie in the park on a giant

Florida Glass Beadmakers. It will

tique dealers. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

inflatable screen. Enjoy the movie and a

be on display April 6-26. A recep-

CapeCoralFarmersMarket.com

free family night out. Bring a blanket and

tion to meet the artists will be held

chairs. Come early for a good seat and

at 5 p.m. Friday, April 13.

1-11 "CABARET" Historic Arcade Theatre

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beverage tickets on-site. 11 a.m. to

each month in its Fine Arts Exhibit

giveaways! The movie starts at dusk.

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13 2018 CAPE CORAL CHAMBER GOLF TOURNAMENT

The 1920s are drawing to a close,

TASTE OF THE CAPE

and in a Berlin nightclub, the

Four Freedoms Park

master of ceremonies tells the

This expanded community event

$150/golfer or $500/foursome includes

audience to leave their troubles

celebrates both culinary arts and

18 holes of golf, golf carts, breakfast, polo

outside. With the Kit Kat Klub as

music. Sample an international ar-

shirt, free drinks on the course, chance

the backdrop, "Cabaret"  follows

ray of great food from more than 20

for prizes at specialty holes and lunch.

an American writer in Berlin, his

local restaurants, plus a wide vari-

There will also be raffle prizes, 50/50,

love affair with an English sing-

ety of craft beers, margaritas and

and a chance to win gift cards, golf

er, Sally Bowles, and his journey

wine. Enjoy musical performances

clubs, Crown Royal and other premium

of self-discovery and awakening.

from local bands and finish the day

prizes! 7 a.m. check-in; 8:30 a.m. shot-

Showtimes vary; no shows Mon-

with a Symphony at Sunset. Ad-

gun start. CapeCoralChamber.com

days. ForidaRep.org

mission is free; purchase food and

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LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

APRIL

14 CAPE CORAL BIKE NIGHT 47th Terrace

Cape Coral Parks and Recreation is

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information,

renew their lease, they must find

contact Rotary Park at 239.549.4606.

creative ways to snare new members and lure visitors. When a set

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proud to bring Cape Bike Night! Motor-

"SEAS" THE DAY, AN EARTH DAY EVENT

cycle enthusiasts can get together and

Cape Coral Yacht Club

listen to live bands, eat great food and just

Join us to celebrate the 48th anniver-

have fun! This is a great opportunity to

sary of Earth Day! Local environmen-

see the new products and biker gear, and

tal groups will be on hand to share

enjoy a rock 'n' roll/country night out on

information. There will also be a large

the town, biker style! 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

children's craft area ($5 wristband required), entertainment and more! Free admission. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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turns up in the hands of an unexpected rival, the ladies brace for all-out war.  Showtimes vary; no Monday shows. FloridaRep.org

29 ADAM STRONGIN KIDS FISHING TOURNAMENT Cape Coral Yacht Club

The tournament is open to kids

APR 24-MAY 13

SPRING PLANT SALE Rotary Park

of all ages. There will be prizes awarded for biggest fish, smallest fish, most fish in two different age

Shop from a variety of edible plants, but-

"GEORGE WASHINGTON'S TEETH"

terfly plants, native plants, shrubs and

Historic Arcade Theatre

nine and up. All proceeds go to the

grasses. Native plant experts will be on

A hilarious comedy that follows the

Adam Strongin Scholarship Fund

hand to answer questions and to help

exploits of the women of the be-

for Eco-Adventure Nature Camp at

you choose the right plant for the right

leaguered New Bunion Historical

Rotary Park. For more information,

place. Come early for best selection.

Society. With time running out to

call Rotary Park, 239.549.4606.

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