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THE RIVER - JANUARY 29, 2016
At The Estates
On January 31, the new exhibit
Edison & Rubber: A Scientific
Quest, will open at Edison &
Ford Winter Estates. The opening cere-
mony will run from 2 to 4 p.m. and will
feature interactive activities for kids of all
ages along with Edison Ford’s living his-
tory characters of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas
Edison and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford.
Immediately following the opening cer-
emony, Dr. Richard Wallace, professor of
organic chemistry at Armstrong Atlantic
University and consultant for the project,
will speak about the chemistry behind the
rubber research that took place in the
laboratory. His lecture also will include
what makes the lab and the project to
find an American source of natural rubber
so historically and scientifically unique and
why it’s in the news today with threats to
Edison’s final major research project
was the search for a domestic source
of natural rubber. Edison & Rubber: A
Scientific Quest details the importance of
natural rubber, the beginnings of Edison’s
interest in this commodity, the forma-
tion of the Edison Botanic Research
Corporation, the successful experiments
with goldenrod and other plants, and the
final chapter of the project after Edison’s
death in 1931.
Edison’s final undertaking had truly
international implications, and this exhibit
will help visitors understand the impor-
tance of the laboratory and the research
that took place there, as well as what
went on behind the scenes.
Also included in the exhibit are the
original lab results of how much rubber
each tree and plant produced, samples of
rubber in various stages of completion,
and a video depicting a re-creation of
Edison’s rubber experiment.
The exhibit will be held in the newly
remodeled museum hall that has a rubber
floor. Refreshments will be available.
For more information, call 334-7419.
Teen Battle Of The Bands Contest
Teen bands of all genres can now enter the Reading Rocks! Teen Battle of the
Bands. The top three bands will perform live on March 19 at the Southwest
Florida Reading Festival. All bands are encouraged to upload an audio or
video recording to YouTube and to provide the link and complete the entry form on
the Reading Festival’s Facebook page by the deadline of February 15.
The contest is open to bands of two or more individuals who are residents of Lee,
Charlotte, Collier and Hendry counties and are between the ages of 13 to 19 years
old on the date of entry. Proof of age is required.The elimination round will be judged
by a combination of judge’s panel (60 percent) and online voting (40 percent). Online
voting will be open from February 17 to March 1. The final battle will be live at the
Reading Festival. The judges will determine the first and second place winners and the
Popular Choice Award will be determined by crowdsource voting at the close of the
The first place prize includes an eight-hour studio recording session at Sonic
Recording Studios, a professional photo from Laura Michele Photos and a feature
article in Gulf Coast Times. The event is presented by the Lee County Library System
and is intended to encourage involvement in reading and the arts among high school
and middle school age students.
“This contest has been so popular that we are opening it up to the surrounding
counties,” said Margie Byers, Festival coordinator. “We are always wowed by the tal-
ent and variety of musical genres represented. We are again very excited about the
Battle and the live performance opportunity this contest offers the teens in Southwest
Florida.” For more information or to enter a band, go to www.ReadFest.org/
For more information about the Southwest Florida Reading Festival, call 479-4636
or visit www.readfest.org. The Reading Festival is 100 percent community supported
through generous donations, sponsorships and grants. To help ensure the continuation
of this free community event, visit www.readfest.org to make a secure online donation.
Show To Return
Members of the Florida
International Air Show Board
of Directors attended the
International Council of Air Shows
(ICAS) Conference in Las Vegas,
Nevada. They included Jerry Crady, Sue
Crady, Dana Carr, Jennifer Smith, Tyler
Ezzi, Mike Dallenbach, Pam Brown, Sam
Sanders and Ray Laroche. Board mem-
bers that were unable to attend included
Bucky McQueen and Ricki Markle.
New board members Dana Carr
and Jennifer Smith attended the com-
prehensive three-day training program
consisting of Air Shows 101: Air/Ground
Operations Training Seminar and Air
Shows 102: Air Show Business Basic.
“I was impressed with the high level of
professionalism while a bit overwhelmed
with the complexity of all the behind the
scene details that go in to creating an Air
Show,” said Carr
The next Florida International Air
Show is scheduled for October 21 to 23
at the Punta Gorda Airport.
“This is a new chapter for the Florida
International Air Show. While stand-
ing on the shoulders of 35 years of Air
Show success, the overwhelming com-
munity support to bring back the Florida
International Air Show is greatly appreci-
ated,” said Tyler Ezzi, air show chairman.
Friends of the Air Show and sponsor-
ship opportunities are now available. Visit
www.floridaairshow.com for further infor-
Florida International Air Show board members, from left, Jerry Crady, Sue Crady, Dana
Carr, Jennifer Smith, Tyler Ezzi, Mike Dallenbach, Pam Brown, Sam Sanders and Ray
Laroche. Board members that were unable to attend include Bucky McQueen and Ricki
Free Guided Nature Walk
At Pine Island’s Galt Preserve
Join a Lee County
volunteer naturalist for
a free guided nature walk
on Wednesday, February 3
beginning at 9 a.m. at Galt
Preserve, located at 3661
Stringfellow Road in St.
James City. The Preserve is
one of 20/20’s newest and
most beautiful sites.
The 90-minute, 1.5 -mile
walk covers portions of man-
grove swamps and flatwoods.
Galt Preserve is home to an
active eagle nest and other
wildlife including bobcats and
Visitors are advised to wear
sturdy, closed-toed shoes or
waterproof boots. Long pants
and long sleeves, hats, sun-
screen, bug spray, cameras,
binoculars and water are recommended. There are restrooms and a picnic shelter on
site. Dogs are not permitted on this walk.
A complete schedule of this year’s guided walks can be found at www.conserva-
tion2020.org. No reservations are required. For additional information, call 822-7942.
Scenic Galt Preserve on Pine Island is home to an
active eagle’s nest
Professional Development Workshop
The Office of Continuing Education & Off-Campus Programs at Florida Gulf
Coast University (FGCU) will hold a two-module professional development
workshop on Emotional Intelligence on Tuesday, February 16 and February
23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m . in Fort Myers. The workshop series costs $100.
Participants will learn about the emotional intelligence framework and practical tips
for cultivating emotional quotient (EQ) for personal and professional success and well-
being. The program’s instructor is Lisa Gruenloh, president of Purpose Journey Inc.
For registration information, call 425-3270, email email@example.com, or visit
The workshop will take place at FGCU Continuing Education, Atrium Executive
Center, 8695 College Parkway, Fort Myers.
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