Pure Florida presents Spooky Fun Science Kids Cruise

Kids cruise free with purchase of adult admission

NAPLES, Fla. (October 8, 2019) – Pure Florida’s Naples location will offer a Spooky Fun Science Kids Cruise at 10 a.m. on Saturday October 19, featuring a fun and engaging science show by Glen Beitmen of “Super Science & Amazing Art.” The Kids Science Cruise is free for children when accompanied by full-fare adult admission as part of Pure Florida’s Kids Cruise Free program. Guests of all ages will enjoy Beitmen’s entertaining humor and educational hands-on Halloween themed science experiments and demonstrations aboard the M/V Double Sunshine. At the conclusion of  Beitmen’s “Spooky Fun Science with Mr. Glen” show children and their families will enjoy a beautiful sightseeing cruise along the Gordon River. While Pure Florida cannot guarantee animal sightings in the wild, potential wildlife sightings include dolphins, eagles, manatee, native birds and more.
            Registration for the children’s cruise is free for youth 12-years-old and younger with every full-fare adult admission of $42. Additional child admission is $21. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Pure Florida’s Kids Cruise Free program is offered every Saturday on the 10 a.m. sightseeing cruise of the M/V Double Sunshine departing from historic Tin City, located at 1200 Fifth Ave. S. in Naples. Reservations are required.  For more information or to book your ticket, call (239) 263-4949 or visit www.PureFL.com.

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Download Photo: Kids enjoy a fun and educational hands-on science show aboard M/V Double Sunshine with science teacher Glen Beitmen.
Photo Credit: Pure Florida file

Download Photo: Science teacher Glen Beitmen teaches kids about animals that live and rely on water during Pure Florida’s Kids Science Cruise.
Photo Credit: Pure Florida file

About Pure Florida
Pure Florida is an award winning water attractions company helmed by father-and-son duo Captains Lance H. and Harry Julian since 2008 who give their guests access to a variety of unique eco-excursions that incorporate sightseeing, maritime history and entertainment. Pure Florida operates 20 vessels from marinas in Naples and Fort Myers for sunset and specialty cruises as well as boat and jet ski rentals, fishing charters, group events and educational field trips for schools and students. For more information, visit www.PureFL.com or call
(239) 263-4949.

About Pure Image Productions and Marine Team International
In addition to owning Pure Florida, Captains Lance H. and Harry Julian are also partners in Marine Team International and Pure Image Productions, providing professional marine consulting, television and video production and photography services. With a long history in maritime productions, Lance and Harry Julian have helped to create some of the most memorable water scenes in film production, with credits including “Titanic”, “The Hangover II” and “Waterworld,” and television credits such as the reality show, “Survivor.” As the fourth and fifth generation working within the maritime industry, Lance and Harry Julian enjoy sharing their passion and expertise with fellow adventurers in the Southwest Florida area. For more information, visit www.marineteam.net.

FSW Corporate Training Center Secures $1.3 Million Arthrex Training Grant

OCTOBER 8, 2019 – FORT MYERS, FLA – Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW), the state fiscal agent for Quick Response Training (QRT) grants, has secured a $1.3 million grant for Arthrex to train 363 new hires.

“This is a significant grant for Arthrex, FSW and our region,” said Dr. Robert R. Jones, vice president, economic development and external affairs, FSW. “The funds will be used for customized supervisory and management training.”

“Arthrex is very appreciative of our partnership with FSW and the state of Florida. The grant supports Arthrex’s continued growth and investment in Southwest Florida,” said Kathy Sparrow, senior vice president, human resources, Arthrex.

Arthrex is an orthopedic medical device company, and a leader in product development, medical education and a pioneer in arthroscopy, having developed thousands of products and surgical procedures in orthopedic medicine worldwide. The company’s corporate headquarters is located in Naples, Fla., with global divisions in Munich, Germany and Singapore. It also has several subsidiaries and distribution centers throughout the eastern and western hemispheres.

FSW is the State Fiscal Agent for Quick Response Training (QRT) grants in Southwest Florida. This is the fourth QRT grant awarded to Arthrex in the last three years. By working closely with CareerSource Florida in Tallahassee, and the local Workforce Board, FSW and Arthrex have been successful in securing $3.2 million in QRT funds to train over 1,300 new hires since July 2017. This funding not only directly benefits the companies receiving training funds but also results in a local economic benefit.

The QRT grant lasts for one year and is targeted on the highly-customized training programs that companies need to improve the skill base of new hires. These programs can be instructed by specialists from the company itself or by one from FSW’s extensive portfolio of subject matter experts.

In addition to this Arthex QRT grant, three other FSW grants have been awarded since July 2019. These were Gartner for $525 thousand, ScotLynn for $150 thousand, and Cigent for $116 thousand. Since 2013, FSW has secured over $13 million in QRT funding to train over 8,000 new hires.

For more information about FSW Corporate Training, visit www.fsw.edu/corporatetraining.

Holiday Nights Opens November 29 at Edison and Ford Winter Estates

Holiday Nights Opens November 29 at Edison and Ford Winter Estates 

FORT MYERS, Fla. (October 9, 2019) — On Friday, November 29 at 6 p.m., Edison and Ford Winter Estates will kick off the 44th Holiday Nights celebration with the annual tree lighting ceremony. The event will offer visitors an impressive light show with more lights, new displays and decorations, and additional areas of the property will be illuminated. This year’s theme is “River Reflection” and will incorporate nautical elements. 

One new display this year includes the Mysore Fig — one of the largest historic trees on the property. The tree will be lit with thousands of animated lights choreographed to holiday music. The lights will reach high up into the branches of the tree and extend onto the ground around it. Sunbelt Rentals is providing a lift truck, which allows staff to string lights much higher, creating a magical display. 

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting and making their list on opening night (November 29) and every Sunday night until Christmas from 6 to 8 p.m. Children will be invited to sit on Santa’s lap in the Edison Caretaker’s House. Adults and children alike can enjoy the Children’s Tree Trail — a collection of more than 60 trees decorated with handmade ornaments from Lee County school children.

Through December 30, guided Holiday Tradition Tours will be offered at 6 and 7 p.m. every night and Inside-the-Homes Holiday Tours will be offered on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. The museum and the botanic research laboratory will be open nightly until 9 p.m. Live music performances include carolers and a pianist on select nights. 

There will be a special Holiday Tea with Mina Edison and Clara Ford on December 19 at 6 p.m. in the Edison Caretaker’s House. Mina and Clara will talk about their favorite holiday traditions and tea, lemonade and cookies will be served. After the tea, visitors may stroll the beautifully decorated grounds. Space is limited to 30 guests, so registration is required. Tickets for the tea are $15 for members or $25 for non-members and include general admission to Holiday Nights.

The Ford Cottage Shoppe, Museum Store and Garden Shoppe will be open until 9 p.m. every night and will be stocked with unique gift items and plants for that hard-to-buy-for loved one. Refreshments will also be available for purchase.

Holiday Nights tickets for adults are $20, teens (13-19) $10, children (6-12) are $2 and Edison Ford members get in free. Guided Holiday Tradition Tours are $30 for adults, teens are $25, children $18 and $10 for Edison Ford members. Inside-the-Homes Holiday Tours are $50. Lee County residents with identification will receive $5 off Holiday Nights admission every Monday and Tuesday. Tickets for a tour and river cruise package are available for groups of 10 or more and waterfront dining is offered next door at Pinchers. To purchase tickets or view the nightly schedule, visit the website at
www.edisonford.org.     ###

Edison and Ford Winter Estates
Edison and Ford Winter Estates is the internationally known winter home site of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. More than 250,000 visitors walk through the location each year from all around the globe. The organization has received many awards, including the National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Garden Clubs’ Historic Preservation Award. The property is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures,” a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. The Edison Botanic Research Laboratory is a National Historic Chemical Landmark. The site is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and until 9 p.m. during the month of December for Holiday Nights.  


Black Friday, Sidewalk Sales, and Free Kids Events

ESTERO, Fla. (October 9, 2019) – Make a (shopping) list and check it twice, because Miromar Outlets is your shopping headquarters this season! Enjoy popular holiday happenings such as the Car Cruise-In presented by the Cool Cruisers of Southwest Florida, Friday Night Concert Series, Veterans Day Sidewalk Sales, and of course, Before Midnight at Miromar where select stores open as early as 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night.

Miromar Outlets will host the inaugural JDRF Community One Walk on Saturday, November 9. Free children’s events include Science Saturday, Kids Crafts, Family Yoga and Kids Day. 

Voted the Best Factory Outlet Mall, Best Shopping Experience and Best Place to Buy Shoes in Southwest Florida, 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.


LIVE ENTERTAINMENT                                                                                                                  
Saturdays from 4 to 7 p.m. & Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m.
Free live entertainment throughout the mall with a variety of performers and music styles. Visit MiromarOutlets.com for locations and times.

Sunday, November 3
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. near WINK Playland

See your favorite makes and models of classic, exotic and custom cars.

VETERANS DAY SIDEWALK SALE                                                                                

Friday, November 8 thru Monday, November 11Enjoy additional savings on already low factory outlet prices.

Friday, November 8

6 to 9 p.m. in the Restaurant Piazza

The Ex-Bachelors bring on Memphis soul and rock n’ roll!

Saturday, November 9
Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. Walk begins at 9 a.m. near WINK Playland, lakesideHelp us create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money raised will support life-changing breakthroughs that give hope to everyone impacted by this disease.

Saturday, November 9
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in WINK Playland

Kids learn by doing interactive science and engineering projects – from making slime to constructing the solar system!


Saturday, November 16

10 a.m. in WINK PlaylandBYOM (bring your own mat) to this FREE 45-minute beginners’ yoga class for families.


Wednesday, November 20
10 a.m. to Noon in WINK PlaylandMoms, enjoy a free goodie from le macaron french pastries when your children attend Kids Crafts.

Friday, November 22

6 to 9 p.m. in the Restaurant Piazza

The Echo Band performs the oldies with a modern twist.

Saturday, November 23
10 a.m. to Noon in WINK PlaylandToddlers to 12-year-olds participate in fun activities and receive free pizza, ice cream and face painting.

BEFORE MIDNIGHT AT MIROMAR                                                                                           

Thursday, November 28
Select stores opening as early as 8 p.m.!Kick-off the Holiday shopping season Thanksgiving night with incredible door-buster offers and the opportunity to win spectacular giveaways.


Friday, November 29 thru Monday, December 23

Make an everlasting memory and receive a photo with Santa at Miromar Outlets.

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

Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
9 a.m. in WINK PlaylandCertified fitness professionals instruct exercise classes for pregnant, post-natal and ultra-fit moms. 

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday       

6 a.m. in WINK PlaylandCertified fitness pros lead this 60-minute camp-styled class designed specifically for women.

in WINK Playland, (239) 948-3766
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.

Henderson Franklin Welcomes Katherine Cook

Fort Myers, Florida — Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is pleased to announce that Katherine Cook has joined the firm as an associate in the Business Litigation department. She assists clients in general litigation matters including contract disputes, landlord/tenant disputes, and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights matters.

Cook was born and raised in Pine Island, Florida, and graduated from Evangelical Christian School. She received her undergraduate degree from Florida Gulf Coast University and graduated top of her class at Ave Maria School of Law. While in law school, Cook served as the publications editor of the Ave Maria Law Review and was a legal intern for United States Middle District of Florida.

Over the years, Cook has volunteered for the YMCA and Salvation Army. She currently serves on the board of Lee County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and is a member of the Lee County Association for Women Lawyers. Cook may be reached at katherine.cook@henlaw.com or by phone at 239-344-1364.

Henderson Franklin is celebrating its 95th anniversary of serving the legal needs and communities of Southwest Florida. The firm is the largest, locally-based law firm between Tampa and Miami with over 55 attorneys dedicated to providing a wide range of legal services in the areas of business and tax planning, estate planning, family law, business and civil litigation, eminent domain, intellectual property, workers’ compensation, employment law, real estate, and land use and environmental law. Henderson Franklin operates offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and Naples. For more information on Cook or Henderson Franklin, please visit www.henlaw.com.

David Lawrence Center Hosts Inaugural Tree of Hope Tree Lighting Ceremony

Family-Friendly, Holiday-Themed Event Celebrates Community Healing

Naples, Fl – David Lawrence Center (DLC), Collier County’s only comprehensive, not-for-profit mental health and addiction recovery treatment center serving children, adults and families, will host the inaugural Tree of Hope Tree Lighting Ceremony at David Lawrence Center’s main campus, located at 6075 Bathey Lane, on November 22, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

This family-friendly event will celebrate community, hope, and healing with a tree lighting ceremony of DLC’s Tree of Hope, an enormous and sprawling banyan tree that was planted by staff and clients in the late 1980s.

“The Tree of Hope is the centerpiece of the Polly Keller campus,” said Scott Burgess, David Lawrence Center President and CEO. “It represents how one small seed, when nurtured, can grow beautiful and strong – unshakable even in the fiercest of storms. The roots holding up the limbs are like friends, family, and community, lifting one another up with hope. We can’t think of a better place to get into the holiday spirit and celebrate the healing that happens every day on this campus then under the beautiful lights of our gorgeous banyan tree.”

To help kick of the holiday season, there will also be carolers and holiday-themed activities for children provided by community partners. Light refreshments and food for purchase will be provided by a local food truck.

The event is free to attend. Donors are encouraged to #StandUp for mental health and become a Light of Hope by making a minimum donation of $100. To RSVP or become a Light of Hope donor, visit DavidLawrenceCenter.org or contact DLC at 239-354-1445 or donorcare@dlcmhc.com.

About David Lawrence Center

Southwest Florida nonprofit David Lawrence Center is a national leader in providing world-class mental health and addiction recovery solutions for children, adolescents and adults. The Center’s innovative, integrated treatment includes inpatient, outpatient, residential, and community-based services – a comprehensive system of care funded by community and government support. Each year, David Lawrence Center creates life-changing wellness for more than 9,800 people through over 276,000 treatment sessions. To learn more, please call 239-455-8500 or visit www.DavidLawrenceCenter.org.