A Financial Fitness New Year, New You!

It’s a new year!  Start 2019 off on the right foot by attending a special presentation geared toward women titled “Financial Fitness, New Year, New You.”  Learn about the unique challenges and goals that today’s women face in planning for the future.  Don’t miss this opportunity to get your “Empowering Women for Financial Freedom” workbook and learn tips you can implement today to have a dramatic impact on your future. It will be held on Thursday, February 28th  from 4:30pm-5:30pm Clive Danielle Home , 2777 Tamaimi Trail N, Naples FL 34103.  Join speakers Stacey Adams, former WINK News Anchor and current Registered Representative, as well as Field Representative Cassie Miller.

As women, we multitask and take on a lot of personal and family responsibilities.  Today’s fast-paced life often has us putting our future concerns on a back-burner, but when it comes to securing you and your family’s future, the time to start planning is NOW.  This fun and informative presentation will focus on how to build the right habits today to achieve your financial resolutions.  Take the first step, toward understanding your current financial situation, setting goals based on your values and having a solid understanding of what it will take to protect and build your assets for your future. Your “tomorrow” self will thank you!

For more information or RSVP, please contact Stacey Adams sadams@afgfl.com or Cassie Miller cassie.miller@afgfl.com. There is not a cost to attend but we do recommend bringing a friend as you hear how to Love your Family, Love Yourself and Love your finances.

About Alliance Financial Group:

Alliance Financial Group is dedicated to helping their clients with strategies aimed at financial security and prosperity throughout their lifetime. The firm has been doing business in Southwest Florida since 1994 and is committed to giving back to the community they serve. For more information, visit www.afgfl.com.

Stacey Adams is a Registered Representative of Park Avenue Securities LLC (PAS), Securities products/services offered through PAS, a registered broker/dealer. Financial Representative, The Guardian Network® is a network of preferred providers authorized to offer products of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), New York, NY and its subsidiaries. Alliance Financial Group, Inc. is an independent agency and not an affiliate or subsidiary of Guardian. The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), New York, NY. PAS is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Guardian. Alliance Financial Group is not an affiliate or subsidiary of PAS. PAS is a member FINRA, SIPC.

Alliance Financial Group is not an affiliate or subsidiary of Guardian. Stacey Adams is a Registered Representative of Park Avenue Securities LLC (PAS). OSJ: 14021 Metropolis Avenue, Fort Myers, Florida, 239-561-2900. Securities Products offered through PAS, Member FINRA, SIPC. Financial Representative of the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), New York, NY. PAS is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Guardian. Alliance Financial Group, Inc. is not an affiliate or subsidiary of PAS or Guardian. 2019-73800  03/01/19

Love is in the Air at Miromar Outlets

Dig for a diamond, decorate cookies and dance to live music!

You’ll shop, dine and love the savings going on at Miromar Outlets this month! Wine and dine your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day with seasonal favorites like the Friday Night Concert Series – now featured weekly in the Restaurant Piazza – President’s Day Sidewalk Sale, Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating, Southwest Florida Big Band, and the Car Cruise-In. The center is also hosting the ever-popular Diamond Dig on Feb. 9 which includes grand prizes such as a ½ carat round solitaire diamond set in a 14 Karat White Gold ring from Helzberg Diamonds, a sunset dinner cruise for two on the Naples Princess, Spring Training baseball tickets, dinner and a show for two from Broadway Palm, store and restaurant gift cards and more!

The month-long events kick off with the Friday Night Concert Series featuring Neon Summer on Feb. 1; but you can’t forget about shopping at Miromar Outlets’ 140 top designer and brand name outlets including Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store, H&M and many more. Free children’s events include Science Saturday, Kids Crafts, Family Yoga and Kids Day. 

Miromar Outlets has been voted Best Factory Outlet Mall, Best Shopping Experience and Best Place to Buy Shoes in Southwest Florida.

February Events & Entertainment

FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT SERIES
Fridays, 6 to 9 p.m. in the Restaurant Piazza
February 1:
Enjoy the sounds of Neon Summer, a power-house trio, taking the country music circuit by storm.
February 8: Enjoy the sounds of Silver Sneakers, playing the good oldies with a twist of modern.
February 15: Karibbean Groove is dynamic dance band with a groove that makes you feel good. Featuring the best of Reggae, Zouk, Kompa, Jazz, R&B, Funk, Oldies & today’s hits!
February 22: Dance and sing to the high energy music of Electric Lipstick!


LIVE ENTERTAINMENT                                                                                                                  
Saturdays from 1 to 7 p.m. & Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m.

Enjoy free live music every weekend with a variety of performers and music styles! Visit MiromarOutlets.com for locations and times.

CAR CRUISE-IN
Sunday, February 3
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. near WINK Playland
See all the favorite makes and models of classic, exotic and custom cars. Presented by the Cool Cruisers of SWFL.

DOG DAZE AT MIROMAR

Thursday, February 7
6 to 8 p.m. near the Restaurant Piazza
Make it a date with your dog and enjoy pet-friendly specials and entertainment.


SCIENCE SATURDAY
Saturday, February 9
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in WINK Playland

Join Mr. Glen and his Science & Engineering team for interactive science projects.

THE DIAMOND DIG
Saturday, February 9
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. near Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store

Prizes include a ½ carat round solitaire diamond, set in a 14 Karat White Gold ring from Helzberg Diamonds, a sunset dinner cruise for two on the Naples Princess, Spring Training baseball tickets, dinner and a show for two from Broadway Palm, store and restaurant gift cards, and more!

VALENTINE’S COOKIE DECORATING
Saturday, February 9
12 to 2 p.m. in WINK Playland

Decorate a delicious heart shaped cookie for your Valentine.

PRESIDENTS’ DAY SIDEWALK SALE
Friday, February 15 through Monday, February 18
Enjoy additional savings on already low factory outlet prices.

FAMILY YOGA WITH KATHRYN
Saturday, February 16
10 a.m. in WINK Playland
A FREE 45-minute beginners’ yoga class for families with toddlers to tweens. Bring your own mat.

BIG BAND CONCERT
Sunday, February 17
3 to 5 p.m. near the Restaurant Piazza
Enjoy listening to music from the Big Band era performed by Southwest Florida Big Band.

MOMS APPRECIATION DAY
Wednesday, February 20
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in WINK Playland
Moms receive a coupon for a free drink and treat from le macaron french pastries when you bring your kids to FREE Kids Crafts.

KIDS DAY
Saturday, February 23
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in WINK Playland
Kids from toddlers to twelve are invited to participate in fun activities. Kids will receive a free slice of pizza from Luna Pizza, a free kids’ cone from Dairy Queen/Orange Julius, and a special offer to Mr. Pretzels, while supplies last.

FREE KIDS CRAFTS
Every Wednesday
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in WINK PLAYLAND
Our new Kids Crafts Reward Card is good for a $10 Miromar Outlets gift card after your fifth visit.

BABY BOOT CAMP
Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
9 a.m. in WINK PLAYLAND
Certified fitness professionals instruct exercise classes for pregnant, postnatal and ultra-fit moms.

FITNESS CAMP
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
6:30 a.m. in WINK PLAYLAND
60-minute boot camp-styled class designed specifically for women.

ROCK CLIMBING FUNWALLS: NOW OPEN!
Party packages available at MiromarOutlets.com/play

AMAZING THINGS: 5-D MOTION THEATER
Suite 323, (239) 262-9464
Party packages available at MiromarOutlets.com/play

DIRECTIONS: Miromar Outlets is located at exit 123 off I-75, on Miromar Outlets Boulevard in Estero, between Naples and Fort Myers, across from the Miromar Design Center. Store hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit MiromarOutlets.com for more information.

The Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida Hosts First Lecture Series

Dr. Ann Bode to Speak Feb. 7 in Place of Dr. Zigang Dong

Dr. Ann Bode will replace Dr. Zigang Dong at the first Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida lecture series.  The program will take place at the Center for Performing Arts, located at 10150 Bonita Beach Rd. SE, Bonita Springs, Thursday, Feb. 7.

Dr. Bode will discuss cancer bio-markers and drug resistance. She is the Associate Director of The Hormel Institute where she is currently a Cancer Research Professor. She is also the founder and co-editor of The Hormel Institute’s Precision Oncology Nature Journal.

Tickets may be purchased online at  www.speakersassembly.com. Speakers Assembly members pay $30 and $45 for guests. The doors open at 3:15 p.m. with the lecture series beginning at 4 p.m. The lecture will conclude at 5 p.m.

Contact Arden McCurdy, Executive Director of The Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida, for more information on the scheduled events and speakers.

To learn more about The Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida, go to www.speakersassembly.com, call 239-948-7909 or email speakersassembly2@gmail.com.

About the Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida

The Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida is a 501(c)6 non-profit, non-partisan organization. It strives to foster an informed membership by presenting the world’s best thinkers, leaders with distinguished accomplishments, and speakers with proven ability to enlighten, educate and entertain listeners. The Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida offers eight events between November and April in Southwest Florida, and also offers scholarships to area students. For more information, please call (239) 948-7909 or visit www.speakersassembly.com.  

Bonita Bay Club plans $6.6 million Bay Island course renovation

The Bonita Bay Club Board recently approved a $6.6 million renovation of its Bay Island course, one of three Arthur-Hills designed Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary courses within the 2,400-acre Bonita Bay Community.

In addition to the Bay Island, Marsh and Creekside courses, Bonita Bay Club also offers the Cypress and Sabal, two Tom-Fazio designed courses spanning more than 1,000 acres of preserved cypress wetlands and pine flats with no residential development, at the nearby Bonita Bay Club Naples.

“Bay Island is considered one of our most challenging courses that continues to offer a beautiful and demanding round of golf, but the time has come to address the changes its 25 years has seen,” said Dan Miles, Bonita Bay Club general manager and chief operating officer.

Miles said that the Club will restore all greens, bunkers, and fairways close to their original Arthur Hills plan, while injecting some newer approaches to the design.

“A vital consideration is to improve its playability for the new and average golfer while retaining its challenges for the better golfers and long hitters,” he said.

Golf course architects Hills-Forrest-Smith are responsible for the redesign of Bay Island, ensuring continuity of vision with its original design. The renovation work is slated to begin in April, with an anticipated November completion.

  “One of the many advantages of having five courses is the alternate options our members have throughout all playing seasons,” said Miles.

The project was recently approved by the Bonita Bay Club Board after five years of review and consultation with Hills-Forrest-Smith, the Golf Committee, the Greens & Grounds Committee, and a Bay Island Ad Hoc Committee.

Bonita Bay Club President Peter Jones recently announced the project to the club membership with presentations on the details of the proposed layout. The renovation also includes a new irrigation system and extensive improvements to the bridges and lake banks throughout the course.

“Communicating with our members on significant initiatives within the club has proven to be integral to our success as we develop future plans and implement projects,” said Jones. “Given that this is part of a larger Golf Master Plan that reinforces that ‘Golf is King’ at Bonita Bay Club, we want to ensure that the membership has the opportunity to participate in the planning and fully embraces the end result. Golfers here are very proud of their facilities, and they expect a high-caliber experience. 

Working closely with the Bay Island team will be Director of Golf Operations Hal Akins, who has provided top quality playing conditions at Bonita Bay Club for more than 18 years.

A Master Plan for Golf Excellence

The Bay Island course renovation is the first step in a planned strategy to be developed and implemented in stages across all five Bonita Bay Club courses.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that the Bonita Bay Club courses now – and especially following the implementation of our Golf Master Plan – will continue to draw attention from the entire country,” said Miles.

“We compare favorably with our national peer group in every metric for club operations.  The expectation is that the golfing experience that emerges from our plans will have this club noted not just in Southwest Florida, but among the most desirable golf clubs in the United States. Together with an impressive array of fitness, racquet sports, aquatics, lawn sports, dining, and social programming, the Golf Master Plan will take the whole package to a compelling new level for the new member seeking a healthy and enriched lifestyle – a lifestyle that is quite evolved from the traditional private club,” he said.

Jones noted that Bonita Bay Club is one of the few major private clubs in the U.S. with a golf member waiting list, although projected membership turnover will ensure that no new members have to wait very long to enjoy full golf privileges. Jones added that the recently increased initiation fee of $95,000 represents a remarkable value when one considers all the variety the club offers. 

Bonita Bay Club has also recently opened up a limited number of full golf memberships for candidates residing outside of Bonita Bay.

The club’s newly designed Sports Center offers 18 Har-Tru tennis courts and one of the region’s most active tennis programs directed by a USPTA Master Professional, five new pickleball courts, and a zero-entry resort-style pool. Nearby, the 60,000-square-foot Lifestyle Center features a state-of-the-art fitness center, spa and salon. For more information, visit www.bonitabayclub.net or call the membership office at 239-949-5061.

GATES Adds Investment Partner for Growth

GATES is proud to announce FG Capital, a private equity firm, as a new investor and growth partner for the construction firm. The principal behind FG Capital is an entrepreneur and the American founder of VEON, the 7th largest mobile telecom company in the world (more subscribers than AT&T & Verizon). VEON was started with 13 employees and at its peak grew into a global company with more than 60,000 employees and a market cap of $45 billion on the NYSE.

Todd Gates, founder of GATES stated “As companies grow in a thoughtful manner, it is critical to have the necessary resources to be successful. Along with a quality reputation, impressive resume, seasoned professionals, strong leadership, dedication and passion, is the need for quality financial capabilities and capacity. We are truly blessed to have Mr. Fabela as an investor, mentor and most of all our friend.”

John Hayes, President and CEO stated “From an operational perceptive Mr. Fabela’s involvement and leadership provides a tremendous amount of support which will help equip our entire team with the highest quality, state of the art infrastructure in order to excel at the highest level. On behalf of every individual on our team, we are thrilled about the future.”

Augie K Fabela II, the principal behind FG Capital, said “The GATES team is world class. Their future potential is great and I am excited to support their scaling.”

Celebrating 25 years, GATES provides construction management, general contracting and design-build services.  Their diverse portfolio of commercial, healthcare, multi-family, club and hospitality, institutional and special projects showcases numerous landmarks successfully constructed over the past quarter of a century.  As Florida’s premier builder, GATES serves its clients from offices in Naples, Sarasota and Palm Beach, and operates throughout the Southeast United States and Latin America.  For more information on GATES, please call (239) 593-3777 or visit the website at www.GATESinc.com.

Miromar Outlets Supports the Lee County Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol with Donation

Miromar Outlets presented a $3,500 donation check to the Lee County Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol on Monday, January 28, 2019 thanking the volunteers for their support. The Mounted Patrol has saddled up to escort Miromar Outlets’ shoppers every year for over a decade during the busy holiday shopping season.

Lee County Sheriff’s Jeanne Shadduck (left), Kecia Angelo (center) and Marilee Conroy (right) received a $3,500 donation check from Miromar Outlets Vice President, Jeff Staner as part of our annual tradition. Accompanying Shadduck is Painted Quarter Horse Rocket, 8, a veteran when it comes to patrolling Miromar Outlets. Angelo owns Fred, an 8 year-old Percheron Friesian Cross rescue who galloped his way into the group last March. Heston, a 22 year-old Morgan is the eldest horse but proves his toughness and endurance to owner Marilee Conroy due to his sweet nature and comfortableness amongst crowds.

The Lee County Mounted Patrol is made up of volunteers and their personal horses that are qualified and trained in community policing procedures including crowd and traffic control by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. Training is paid for through donations and the volunteers transport the horses at their own expense. 

Voted Best Shopping Mall and Best Factory Outlet Mall in Southwest Florida for 20 years in a row and Best Place to Buy Shoes, Miromar Outlets features more than 140 top designer and brand name outlets with savings of up to 70% off retail prices. Find great savings on top names including Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store, H&M and many more. 

Miromar Outlets is located at exit 123 off I-75, on Miromar Outlets Boulevard in Estero, between Naples and Fort Myers, across from Miromar Design Center.  Hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit online at MiromarOutlets.com.

Quinby Named Hodges Board of Trustees Chair

Clyde Quinby has been named the Chair of the Hodges University Board of Trustees.

A longtime resident of Naples and supporter of higher education, Quinby has served in various capacities on the University’s board of trustees since 2015.

“Clyde continues to be an invaluable asset to Hodges University, and we appreciate his dedication,” said Dr. John Meyer, president, Hodges University. “We value his business expertise, community involvement, and passion for higher education.”

Hodges University, a regionally accredited, private nonprofit institution founded in 1990, prepares students to leverage higher learning in their personal, professional, and civic endeavors. With over 10,000 graduates having a 93 percent rate of continued success in careers, Hodges is recognized for developing programs that are uniquely designed and delivered to serve a diverse adult learner population. With campuses in Naples and Fort Myers, Florida, Hodges provides flexible day, evening, and online classes taught by world-class faculty for undergraduate and graduate degrees. Hodges is also designated as a Hispanic serving institution, and is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). More information about Hodges University is available at Hodges.edu.

2-7-19 Songwriters at Sunset Concerts and Beach BBQ

Friends of Lovers Key (FOLKS) has joined with the Americana Community Music Association (ACMA), to offer a series of monthly Free Acoustic concerts of all original music this upcoming season.

The concerts will take place in the large gazebo located right on the beach. Seating is available for he first 80 people.  Additional seating is also available on the sand. www.friendsofloverskey.org

This months concert will feature Tim McGeary, Carleen Thissen, and Marie Nofsinger.

Tim McGeary is an accomplished songwriter who writes and sings songs that can connect to people and bring them to an emotional state.

​McGeary’s dedication to his muse has never faltered, and now, even after a couple of decades of plying his craft, that passion is as intense as ever.

McGeary’s songs have been tapped for such hit television shows as “Smallville,” “One Tree Hill” and “Glory Days,” as well as the made-for- HBO film “Girl Got Moe.” McGeary’s songs are not only a perfect soundtrack for the Hollywood hit-makers, but for those everyday individuals who can relate to those intimate feelings and connect them with their own.

Carlene Thissen, is a singer, songwriter and author from Naples, Florida.  Her voice reminds us of her influences, Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell, and Joan Baez.  From Woodstock memories to her passion for Immokalee’s farm workers, Carlene’s music will take you back and may even inspire you to Go Change the World.

Marie Nofsinger is an award winning songwriter, national touring performer and recording artist who will take you on a journey into the soul of America.

Tales of outlaws, anarchists, the common working man, Jesus and broken hearts fill her original repertoire. Lilting melodies, swamp stomp rhythms, as well as jazzy swing tunes carry the lyrics into your memory.

A published BMI songwriter, her credits include; Her CD “Boots” which was voted City Link Magazine’s “Best Acoustic CD of 1999” and the latest 2010 release “The Wildlife Rides Again” chosen as “Best Roots and Acoustic CD of 2010” by the Palm Beach Post Entertainment Editor.

Prior to the start of the concert, FOLKS will be hosting a Beach BBQ with hamburgers, hot dogs, soda, wine and beer for sale.  All proceeds from the Beach BBQ will go towards the future Visitors Center at Lovers Key State Park.

FOLKS (Friends of Lovers Key, Inc.) is a 501 ©(3) non-profit Citizen Support Organization established to protect, preserve and support Lovers Key State Park.

The ACMA is a Fort Myers based organization that promotes local artists who write and sing their own original songs. 

Come hear great original music and the stories behind the songs in an intimate Songwriters Showcase.  The show will finish with a fabulous Lovers Key Sunset.  www.americanacma.org

Come Early to enjoy the Beach BBQ, and give yourself time to take tram or walk to the beach!

For more information, visit our website at www.friendsofloverskey.org

FEES: Free with paid park entry fee.

Park entry fees are $8 for vehicles (2-8 people), $4 for single person in vehicle, $2 for pedestrian/bicyclist.

Future Songwriters at Sunset Beach BBQ and Concert Dates:

Thursday, March 7, 2019  4:30pm

Thursday, April 4  5:45pm

Beach BBQ starts 1 hour prior to the concert start time.

Lovers Key State Park

8700 Estero Blvd.

Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Monday morning Yoga on the Beach FOLKS

SAVE THE DATE: Yoga on the Gazebo at Lovers Key State ParkFORT MYERS BEACH

Join us on Monday mornings for Yoga on the Gazebo at Lovers Key State Park.

The Friends of Lovers Key (FOLKS)  offers Monday morning yoga on the gazebo at Lovers Key State Park every Monday at 9:30am  this season through May.


FOLKS is committed to providing high quality and affordable Yoga for everyone. Join instructor Sandy McShane for an hour of Open Vinyasa Flow (multilevel) and experience the magic of yoga on the spectacular Lovers Key gazebo on the beach.

Your participation helps to fund the future Welcome and Discovery Center, as a portion of the class fee will be donated to the FOLKS.

Bring a yoga mat, water, and any props you may need.

Be sure to give yourself time to park, and take the tram down to the gazebo.  The tram departs to the beach at 9am and 9:15am to make the class.

FEES: 

$10 per class plus park entry fee.

Park entry fees are $8 for vehicles (2-8 people), $4 for single person in vehicle, $2 for pedestrian/bicyclist.

CONTACT: For additional information please contact Sandy McShane

#774-563-8874

Yoga on the Gazebo at Lovers Key State Park will take place:

Mondays 

9:30am to 10:30am

Lovers Key State Park

8700 Estero Blvd.

Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

The Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida Held First Annual Membership Mixer

Membership Mixer led to Seven new Members and over 60 Attendees

The Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida held its first annual Membership Mixer titled, “Let Us Entertain You”. The Membership Mixer resulted in seven new members, 60 attendees and networking with the board of directors.

Various prizes were given throughout the event, including several tickets to a show at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. Jane Whitehead, who joined the Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida at the Membership Mixer, won the grand prize of a two-night stay at the Hyatt Regency of Coconut Point and a gift card for The Other Side restaurant, located in Bonita Springs.

The catered affair with live music from Danny Melvin of Most Romantic Productions included other activities such as an art class demonstration and networking.

To learn more about upcoming events and speakers, contact Arden McCurdy, Executive Director of The Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida.

For more information, go to www.speakersassembly.com, call 239-948-7909 or email speakersassembly2@gmail.com.

About The Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida

The Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida is a 501(c)6 non-profit, non-partisan organization. It strives to foster an informed membership by presenting the world’s best thinkers, leaders with distinguished accomplishments, and speakers with proven ability to enlighten, educate and entertain listeners. The Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida offers eight events between November and April in Southwest Florida, and also offers scholarships to area students. For more information, please call (239) 948-7909 or visit www.speakersassembly.com.