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VOL. 14, NO. 36
SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort Myers
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At Edison Ford
Anumber of upcoming events have
been planned at the Edision &
Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers.
Edison and Ford in Florida
September 10, 5 to 7 p.m.
Book signing and program by the
authors: Mike Cosden, chief curator; Brent
Newman, assistant curator; and Chris
Pendleton, president and CEO.
Edison and Ford in Florida is the first
book to include a comprehensive look at
the impact of the two friends, inventors
and entrepreneurs in Florida. In the pro-
cess of assembling the book, the authors
uncovered many new photographs and
information about how the joint properties
known today as the Edison & Ford Winter
Estates made the transition from private
estates to a world renowned historical,
botanical and scientific site.
The publisher, Arcadia Books, has high
praise for the goal of taking the history of
Edison and Ford through the beginning
days of 1885 in Florida to the current day.
The book’s Introduction traces the men
from birth (Thomas Edison in 1847 and
Henry Ford in 1863) through important
dates in their lives – like Edison’s arrival in
Fort Myers in 1885.
The book will be sold at all of the
Edison Ford stores (Museum Store, Ford
Cottage Shoppe, Edison Ford Shop at
Bell Tower Shops and online) and also
at bookstores and other retail locations
throughout the nation. This will help
spread the word about Edison and Ford,
and the Fort Myers historical site.
Join the authors for the opening book
signing, which will be the first in a series
of projects involving the book and the
accompanying special exhibit which will
open in November.
The authors will also be available to
present lectures and book signings off-site
throughout the region. Also in process is
a traveling component of the exhibit. Call
to schedule off-site programs or special
Garden Talk: Learn About
September 12, 10 a.m.
Edison Ford Gardens has become
a partner with the National Pollinator
Garden Network called the “Million
Pollinator Garden Challenge.” Pollinators
including bees, butterflies, bats and birds
are needed to continue the food chain and
wildlife corridors. The mission includes
growing sustainably without pesticides,
encouraging planting pollinator gardens
in the communities, supporting pollinator
friendly businesses, spreading the word
and educating about pollinators, and visit-
ing gardens for ideas.
Edison Ford has been home to plants
that attract pollinators since Edison built
his residence, nurtured his gardens, and
initiated research for a domestic source of
rubber along the Caloosahatche. Many of
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Edison Ford’s garden during season
Mina, Clara & Friends: Tea and Conversation will be held on October 8
Kickoff Party For
Over The Edge
The Heights Foundation will host
a kickoff party for its Over The
Edge rappelling event on Thursday,
September 17 from 6 until 8 p.m. at
The Heights Center, 15570 Hagie Drive
in Fort Myers. The event is free and
open to the public. Complimentary beer,
sangria and soft drinks will be provided.
Attendees will have the opportunity to
ask questions, try on rappelling equip-
ment and view rappelling videos.
Over The Edge is a rappelling event
that will take place on Friday, October 23
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Rappellers will go Over The Edge at The Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa to sup-
port The Heights Foundation
Rotary Club Is Racing To End Polio
The Rotary Club of Cape Coral is building a ChumpCar to race at Sebring
International Raceway on Saturday, September 26 to raise funds for the Rotary
Foundation and End Polio fund.
The Mazda RX7 – worth $500 – is being rebuilt with all parts, roll cage and fittings,
which are being donated. Members of the Rotary Club of Cape Coral are volunteering
time to rebuild the ChumpCar and get it ready for the race. A ChumpCar was originally
developed for people who love driving, and driving fast. It’s a throwback to the era
when racing was fun and inexpensive.
“We are not only raising money for the fight against polio, we are also raising aware-
ness of the positive impact Rotary has throughout the world all while having fun and fel-
lowship,” said Thomas Burt, Racing for Rotary committee chairman.
The Rotary car can be displayed at area clubs as well as special and local events to
help raise funds for the Rotary Foundation and End Polio. The Rotary Club of Cape
Coral is reaching out to anyone who would like to make a pledge for every lap the
rebuilt car makes at the race. For more information, visit www.capecoralrotary.com or
The 14-hour event is at Sebring International Raceway as part of the ChumpCar
World Series. The Optima Batteries ChumpCar World Series is a series of automotive
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The Rotary Club of Cape Coral’s ChumpCar
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