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Coastal America Partnership’s
Ocean Art Exhibition To Open
As part of the National Estuaries Day celebration on Saturday, September 26,
Rookery Bay Reserve will unveil Coastal America Partnership’s Ocean Art Exhi-
bition, a traveling showcase of works that provide a visual expression of the link
between society and the ocean.
Sixteen pieces of art, selected from numerous works submitted to Coastal America’s
biennial North American Ocean Art Contest will be displayed in the art gallery at
Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. One of the pieces, named Under The
Bubbly Blue, was submitted by 6-year-old Southwest Florida artist Arundhati Sharma.
The Coastal America Partnership held its first art contest in 2008 and the bien-
nial contest has attracted as many as 2,000 student entries. This year the contest
categories were expanded to include one for adults. Winning artists range in age from
six to 23 and their pieces include works done in watercolor, colored pencil, acrylic
and crayon. The selected artists of the biennial contest represent 11 of the Coastal
America Partnership’s 25 learning centers, which extend from Florida to Alaska and
from Veracruz, Mexico, to the shores of the Great Lakes.
Entrance fees to the exhibit are complimentary on National Estuaries Day. After
that, admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids ages 6 to 12 and free for members of
Rookery Bay Reserve. The exhibit runs through November 17.
For more information, visit www.rookerybay.org or call 530-5940.
Ocean art exhibit will be on display at Rookery Bay Reserve beginning September 26
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Songwriter Fest Begins Next Week
The 2nd annual Island Hopper Song-
writer Fest promises more talent, more
free performances and more venues for
The line-up, which includes some of Nash-
ville’s biggest hit-makers, boasts more than
70 performers and 138 performances at 24
venues throughout theislands of Lee County.
Four headliners have been added to the
10-day festival including Kristian Bush, who
built his reputation as one half of the multi-
platinum, Grammy-winning country duo
Sugarland. Other talents include Parmalee, a
country/rock group made famous by its No.1
smash Carolina and single Musta Had A
Good Time. Jana Kramer, a country singer
and actress on One Tree Hill, will sing her
smash single Why Ya Wanna. LOCASH,
with songs such as Keep in Mind and Best Seat in the House, will also perform.
“Island Hopper is an exciting festival that showcases great talent and a great desti-
nation,” said Tamara Pigott, executive director of the Lee County Visitor & Conven-
tion Bureau “It’s a rare event that offers fans the chance to hear their favorite songs
and meet the people who wrote them.”
The festival kicks off September 17 with Kristian Bush in concert at South Seas
Island Resort on Captiva Island. Downtown Fort Myers, which is new to the festival,
will feature midweek performances. The festival closes the weekend of September 25
to 27 on Fort Myers Beach.
The festival features free performances, with the exception of $15 tickets for Kris-
tian Bush and Jana Kramer. Parmalee offers a free show, but tickets must be secured
at the same link available to purchase tickets. All other shows do not need secured
tickets. Seats are on a first-come basis until the venue is full.
Island Hopper is presented by the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau,
iHeartMedia, Cat Country 107.1 and BMI, the largest music rights organization in the
Visit www.islandhopperfest.com for more information, to book tickets and view the
list of artists, performance schedules and venues. Special Island Hopper lodging pack-
ages are also available.
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and Saturday, October 24 at The Hyatt
Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in
Bonita Springs. Participants are asked to
raise a minimum of $1,200 to support
The Heights Center’s School Success
program for at risk children in the Har-
lem Heights neighborhood.
“Over The Edge gives participants the
opportunity to make a positive impact
in our community in exchange for the
experience of a lifetime,” said Kathryn
Kelly, president and CEO of The Heights
Foundation. “The poverty rate for
children in Harlem Heights is more than
twice the county average. The goal of our
School Success program is to ensure our
kids have the necessary support and tools
to succeed in school.”
The first 80 individuals who raise a
minimum of $1,200 have the opportu-
nity to rappel down The Hyatt. Partici-
pants can form teams with co-workers,
friends or family, or combine efforts
and “Toss Their Boss” Over The Edge.
The fundraising minimum can be raised
through any combination of donations.
Online pages are available for registration
to ensure safe and secure transactions.
Sponsorships that include VIP benefits
including preferred spots to go Over The
Edge and admission to the Friday night
VIP Altitude Adjustment Party are also
Local celebrities and media personali-
ties will rappel on Friday, October 23
and the main event will take place on
Saturday, October 24. Spectators are
invited. The Hyatt Regency Coconut
Point is located at 5001 Coconut Road in
For sponsorship information, to
register or to donate to a rappeller, visit
www.heights-overtheedge.com or call
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Racing For Rotary
endurance races held on paved road race
courses across North America. The races
range in length from six to 38 hours.
The name is a parody of Champ Car, a
defunct open wheel professional racing
series. Races are sanctioned throughout
the United States, as well as in Canada
and Mexico. Teams are encouraged, but
not required, to come up with a theme
and decorate their cars.
The Rotary Club of Cape Coral,
Florida is a not-for-profit organization
of approximately 75 men and women
who meet for breakfast at 8 a.m. every
Wednesday at the La Venezia Ballroom
in Cape Coral, to enjoy fellowship and
a meal, to hear an informative program
and to discuss and plan service proj-
ects. During its 40-plus year history, the
Rotary Club of Cape Coral has counted
among its members many of the Lee
County area’s most influential business
and professional leaders.
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