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THE RIVER - NOVEMBER 27, 2015
St. Peter Lutheran Christmas Concert
The Paradise Coastmen Chorus will present their annual Christmas Concert on
Tuesday, December 1 beginning at 7 p.m . at St. Peter Lutheran Church. The
program by the 20-voice ensemble is a festive evening of holiday favorites in
their wonderful four-part barbershop harmonies. The popular group has been enter-
taining Southwest Florida audiences for over 40 years. Doors open at 6:30 p.m .
Admission is free; donations will be accepted. St. Peter Lutheran Church is located
at 3751 Estero Boulevard in Fort Myers Beach. Call 463-4251 for more informa-
Paradise Coastmen Chorus
Holiday Concert At
Chapel By The Sea December 10
Chapel by the Sea is hosting the Voices of Naples under the direction of Dr.
Douglas Renfroe on Thursday, December 10 at 7 p.m . This holiday feast of
choral music is sure to enrich this advent season.
This talented chorus was formed in 2002 to provide an opportunity for singers in
and around Naples to study and perform choral music. Beyond this mission, the orga-
nization provides scholarship opportunities for student vocalists.
Artistic director Renfroe is a nationally acclaimed bass-baritone who has performed
throughout the United States and Europe. Well known for his own musical per for-
mances, he also coaches singers to be part of this ensemble. (Dr. Renfroe will also be
presenting a concert for Chapel by the Sea in March).
Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian Church is located at the corner of Estero Boulevard
and Chapel Street on Fort Myers Beach. The concert is free to the public (free will
Empty Bowls Pottery Sale
On Friday, December 4, the Bower School of Music & the Arts at Florida
Gulf Coast University hosts the annual Pottery Sale and Empty Bowls Soup
Lunch events for pottery enthusiasts, holiday gift buyers, and community
supporters at the Arts Complex courtyard on the FGCU campus. The sale will be
held from 10 a.m . to 4 p.m ., and the soup lunch from 11:30 a.m. until the soup
and bowls run out.
For 15 years, the FGCU Art Program has partnered with the United Arts Council
of Collier County (UAC) to produce an annual pottery sale featuring artists from
across the Southwest Florida region. The event provides visitors with an opportunity
to purchase beautiful, functional, handmade pottery while also benefiting the UAC’s
art education programs. A portion of the proceeds from every sale will go toward the
purchase of art supplies and equipment, and contribute to funding for teachers in after-
school art programs.
This year’s sale will feature pottery by Angela Aradia, Alex Chung, Barbara Darling,
Patricia Fay, Martha Grattan, David Hammel, Annabelle Johnson, Diane Roberts,
Mary Etta Rokusek, Rinny Ryan, and current and former FGCU Art Program students.
Empty Bowls is an extraordinary national phenomenon that unites potters, stu-
dents, restaurants, and food banks to address the needs of the hungry in our local
communities. Potters and students make bowls, area restaurants donate soup and
bread, and hunger assistance organizations provide education and outreach. For a $15
donation, visitors to the event will pick out the bowl they like best and fill it with one
or more soups of their choice. After enjoying a “soup kitchen” style meal, the bowl is
washed and taken home for use with the knowledge of having assisted needy members
of the immediate community. One hundred percent of the donations will be given to
partner organization Interfaith Charities of South Lee in Estero for their community
A wide range of delicious soups for this event are provided by local restaurant
partners: Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, Ted’s Montana Grill, Olive Garden, BJ’s
Restaurant and Brewhouse, Applebee’s, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Cheddar’s and Duffy’s
Sports Grill. To complement the soups, rustic ciabatta bread will be donated The
Artisan Bread Company of Fort Myers.
In addition, the FGCU Science of Cooking class will be contributing a vegan soup
developed as a class project, and FGCU’s Certified Executive Chef James Fraser will
demonstrate his expertise in the creation of Tom Kha Gai, a classic coconut curry soup
from Thailand, served with or without chicken.
Glenn Whitehouse, Marilu Gallegos and Deida Valladares
photo by Frank Gumpert
President Now A
To ensure that people across all cul-
tures and communities benefit from
hospice care, Hope HealthCare
Services President and CEO Samira K.
Beckwith has published an article in the
November issue of the American Journal
of Hospice & Palliative Medicine with
co-author Dona J. Reese, PhD.
The article, Organizational Barriers
to Cultural Competence in Hospice,
was based on results from a national
mixed-method study with directors of 207
hospices. The study was undertaken to
identify major barriers to cultural compe-
tence, seek input on strategies to address
those barriers, and make progress toward
increasing access and utilization of hos-
pice for diverse cultural groups.
“Across cultures, patients and their
families approach the end of their journey
in unique ways,” said Beckwith. “Hope’s
professionals are experts in reaching out
and sharing spiritual and emotional sup-
port to ease that journey. The comfort
and care Hope Hospice provides con-
nects all communities.”
The American Journal of Hospice
and Palliative Medicine is a peer-
reviewed journal that highlights a multidis-
ciplinary team approach to hospice and
palliative medicine related to the care of
the patient and family.
For more information, visit www.
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