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July 20, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Hands On art gallery and studio opens in South Cape

Hands On, an art gallery and studio, has opened at 1625 S.E. 47th Terrace, in South Cape Coral.

Owned by Lorna Bluestein, the gallery displays a unique variety of artwork that may be purchased or recreated. The gallery can also design and create custom orders.

The gallery is also a place where people can gather to socialize and create art.

The gallery is available for artist workshops and parties, which can be scheduled for a 2-3 hour time slot any day of the week, depending on availability.

Summer hours at the gallery are Tuesday through Saturday, 12-5 p.m., with walk-ins and open studio workshops and parties scheduled from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily.

For additional information, call 239-233-5662 or visit

Culver's Kids Night fun for the whole family

Culver's Kids Night, a fun evening of fun for the whole family, will be held Tuesday, July 31, from 4-8 p.m., at 309 S.W. Pine Island Road, Cape Coral.

Cape Coral Police communications personnel will be on hand to teach kids about the importance of 9-1-1 and how to use it in an emergency. Kids can meet dispatchers, Cape Coral police officers and firemen. They also have the opportunity to be fingerprinted and enjoy specials on Kids Meals during the event.

Culver's mascot Scoopie will be on hand to greet kids and explore police cruisers and fire trucks.

For over 30 years, Culver's guests have been treated to cooked-to-order food made with farm-fresh ingredients. The ever-expanding franchise system now numbers more than 650 independently owned and operated restaurants in 24 states.

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SERVPRO recognizes local business for outstanding revenue performance

SERVPRO of Cape Coral received the DIRECTOR'S Platinum award at the recent SERVPRO convention, held at Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort in Orlando, from June 25-29. Stephen D. & Mary Ann Rone of SERVPRO of Cape Coral and other high-performing franchisees were recognized during an Awards Extrava-ganza at the annual event, which was attended by nearly 3,000 owners, key staff, and corporate representatives.

Sue Steen, chief executive officer of Servpro Industries, Inc., said that the Awards Extravaganza event was the highlight of a convention packed with learning opportunities. This year's event theme, "Bring the Brand to Life," represented the four main areas of focus that help add life to any brand; Serve the Customer, Build the Brand, Management, and Leadership.

For more information about SERVPRO of Cape Coral, please contact Stephen D. Rone at 239-573-5911 or srone@servpro or visit

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events.

Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Area State Farm agencies collecting back to school supplies

From school supplies to dorm essentials, State Farm agents know that stocking up on supplies for a new school year can strain families' budgets. That's why many State Farm agents across Florida are collecting and donating school supplies for Back to School Drives through Aug. 6 to benefit hundreds of families.

Local State Farm agents collecting supplies include Teresa Goodlad, 702 Leeland Heights Blvd., W., Lehigh Acres; Laura Brauch, 3509 Lee Blvd., Suite 1, Lehigh Acres; Dawn and Michel Sullivan, 2708 Santa Barbara Blvd., Suite 120, Cape Coral; Michele Losapio, 9321 Ben C. Pratt / 6 Mile Cypress Parkway, Suite 120, Fort Myers; Joan Schlereth, 15201 N. Cleveland Ave., #606, North Fort Myers;

Ray Hair and Charlie Dodson, 9541 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers; and Gary L. Green, 1400 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers.

State Farm agents are also here to help with back-to-school shopping and safety tips for families to plan smart and cut costs.

1. Set a budget and stick to it. Determine how much money you can spend, then evaluate needs versus wants. Review supply lists before heading to the store and note what you already have. Include your kids in the process for a valuable lesson about budgeting.

2. Seek out the deals. Check weekly ads for the best savings and clip any school-supply coupons. Another idea: Follow your favorite stores on social media to keep up with deals, or use free apps to find store-specific coupons.

3. Shop tax-free. Take advantage of the Florida Back to School Sales Tax Holiday from Aug. 3-5. See which items qualify and how much you can save:

4. Stock up in the off season. Many retailers mark down school supplies weeks after back-to-school shopping peaks.

5. Shop securely. If you're ordering online, make sure to use secure, reliable websites with "https" and a padlock symbol in the address bar. Pay with your credit card instead of debit card.

American Airlines to offer nonstop service between Miami and RSW

The Lee County Port Authority recently announced that American Airlines will inaugurate nonstop seasonal service to Miami International Airport (MIA) from Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers on Dec. 19, 2018. American will operate two daily flights between RSW and MIA.

For more information or to book a flight, please visit

For more information about Southwest Florida International Airport, visit or Like Us on Facebook at RSW.

Jennifer's Boutique collects food for Community Cooperative

Jennifer's women's boutique collected canned goods for Community Cooperative's "Summer Drive for Hunger" throughout the month of June. Jennifer's customers donated 1,000 pounds of canned foods and non-perishable food items.

"We host food drives for Community Cooperative every summer," said Jennifer Williams, owner of Jennifer's. "We are proud that our customers are so generous in their contributions."

Jennifer's is located at 13251 McGregor Blvd., Suite 111-1, in the Design Center and is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Call 239-481-8582 or visit Jennifer's online or on Facebook and Instagram.

The Fort Myers women's boutique was founded by Williams in 1983. Jennifer's offers subtle and timeless pieces that can be worn every day as well as sophisticated and simple fashions for the evening and special events.

Five finalists named for 13th Annual APEX Awards

The five finalists for the 13th Annual Apex Awards presented by Vector & Ink are Susan Bennett of Susan Bennett Marketing and Media LC; Kelly L. Fayer of Kelly L. Fayer, P.A; Teri Hansen, APR of Priority Marketing; Christina Harris Schwinn of Pavese Law Firm; and Judy Williams of SPADA Salon and Day Spa.

The five finalists were announced during the Women in Business meeting on Wednesday, July 11, at Hodges University. The 2018 APEX Award recipient will be announced at the APEX Award Gala on Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa.

Tickets and VIP tables can be purchased online at or by calling the GFMCC office at 239-332-2930.

Individual tickets are $150. VIP tables are still available starting at $1,350 for groups of eight or more.

For more information, contact Stephanie Davis at 239-332-3624, extension 213, or via email at For details, visit or send questions to



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