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DECEMBER 2013 HOLIDAY BEST BETS | CHURCH LISTINGS | COMFORT DINING
School of Thought
Preserving Esteros History
Ray Rodrigues & Heather Fitzenhagen
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Florida 34103 Fax 239.732.1917 Phone 239.732.7674
Bonita Springs 24821 S Tamiami Trail
Florida 34134 Fax 239.498.0714 Phone 239.498.7674
SW Floridas Premier Furniture Consignment Store
Highest Resale Valuefor Your Items
Deep Discounts on Like-New Furnishings and Accents
10 Best Bets
18 Heather FitzenhagenMeet District 78 Rep. Heather Dawes Fitzenhagen
20 Ray RodriguesMeet Your State Representative Ray Rodrigues
14 Estero Church DirectoryTimes & dates for Christmas religious services
24 Estero Historical SocietyStep Back in Time: Support the Schoolhouse
28 Holiday Gift GuideUnique holiday gift ideas for that special person on your list
32 Teds Montana Grill At home on the rangecomfort food with an Old West twist
38 Coconut Point Art Festival
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40 Just Bee-Cause Gala and Dinner Dance
42 Taste Of Coconut Point
PUBLISHER Gary Israel
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF JP Faber
ASSOCIATE EDITOR Danielle Tarrant
ASSOCIATE EDITOR Ivette Figueroa
ASSOCIATE EDITOR Richard Shellene
CREATIVE DIRECTOR Melanie Geronemus Smit
ART DIRECTOR Alexander Hernandez
ART DIRECTOR Frank Papandrea
GRAPHIC DESIGNER Alisha Riddle
EVENTS PLANNER Suzanne Holtermann
SENIOR WRITER Laura Cummings Gates
Laura Cummings Gates
Downtown Photo/Fort Lauderdale
LIFESTYLE PUBLICATIONS, LLC
CHAIRMAN Gary Press
PRESIDENT Jim Norton
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I can hardly believe we are already going into the nal month of 2013. I always look forward to turning the calendar each year. The promise of a new beginning and things improving each year is just plain exciting!
For those of you who are new to the area, the holidays are a little bit different than you might be familiar with. In SW Florida the dress code is shorts and ip ops, palm trees are decorated like barber poles and the real fun comes in calling our friends and family up north to ask Hows the
weather? while we are relaxing by the pool with a cool drink!!!
One of my holiday favorites this time of year is the perennial Christmas Across the Lands produced by 20+ year veteran radio personality, Randy Sherwin on Sunny 106.3FM. This beautiful 12-hour collection of music and stories is syndicated around the world on more than 65 stations and also brings our troops, serving far and near, a bit of holiday cheer and memories, which serves to let them know they are not forgotten. Tune in Christmas Eve and Day and enjoy.
This months cover story offers up some unique gift ideas from the three local malls here in our area. We hope you will nd that right gift for that special person!!
We are also proud to
present Esteros two State Representatives, the honorable Heather Fitzenhagen and Ray Rodrigues who are involved in drafting the local bill for Esteros voice on incorporation.
We are happy to support the Annual Estero Historical Society tea/luncheon to be held in February 2014. Read how the proceeds will bene t our community.
Also, at the suggestion of one of our faithful readers, we have compiled a listing of Religious Holiday Services at Esteros largest churches and our readers favorite Best Bets with an emphasis on Christmas/Holiday events!
Imagine a restaurant that grows many of their own spices, herbs and vegetables in their own backyard garden surrounded by alfresco dining!!! Los Angeles? Paris? Rome? No, right here in Estero!! Read about this and all of the other surprises at Teds Montana Grill at Coconut Point. It is so much more than just good burgers!
On behalf of my wife and me, our writer/photographer Laura Gates and the entire staff at Lifestyle Media Group, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Chanukah. We hope that each of you will nd a way to keep the spirit and meaning of the holidays in your hearts the whole year through. And please, have a very safe New Years celebration!!
So until next year
Enjoy the Lifestyle!!
GaryGary Israel, Publisher
Estero Lifestyle Magazine
HAPPY HOLIDAYS, ESTERO!!!
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DEC 1-JAN 4 EDISON & FORD HOLIDAY NIGHTS (5:30-9 p.m.)
Edison & Ford Winter Estates,
The 38th annual Edison & Ford Holiday Nights opens Thanksgiving weekend and is a must see holiday tradition in Southwest Florida. During the holidays, the homes and gardens of Thomas and Mina Edison and Henry and Clara Ford are seasonally decorated and visitors have the option of a self-guided tour or a guided tour with an Edison Ford site historian (6pm and 7pm). The gardens feature millions of colorful lights.
DEC 1-25 BROADWAY PALM DINNER THEATRE: SWINGIN
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre,
1380 Colonial Blvd., Ft. Myers
Be entertained with beautiful singing, breathtaking dancing,
gorgeous costumes and rib-tickling fun thats entertainment for the entire family. Youll hear classics such as Santa Claus is Comin to Town, Baby Its Cold Outside, Jingle Bell Rock, O Holy Night and more!
DEC 1 FGCU BASKETBALL VS. IONAAlico Arena (2:05 p.m./ESPN3)
Cheer the Eagles on to victory against Northern Kentucky Dec. 30. The Lady Eagles play at home on Dec. 4, 20, 21 and 29.
DEC 3 BONITA SPRINGS: HOLIDAY IN THE PARK
Riverside Park, Bonita Springs
On Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 4:30-8:30 p.m., enjoy the sounds of the season and a free blizzard in the park, with a giant snow slide, snow pile, train rides and free cookies and cider. Artist cottages and the Historical Society will be open. Dont miss Santa and Mrs. Claus arrival by horse and carriage.
DEC 7 TARAS JINGLE JOG 5KEstero Community Park,
9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd.
All proceeds bene t The Passion Foundation, a local non-pro t whose mission is to keep our children shaded and safe from the suns harmful rays while at school. This is an of cially timed cross-country race. Radio remotes, food, bounce houses, and even a visit from Santa himself. Plus, a Challenge Run with obstacles all around the course. Register on runsignup.com: $30; runners 12 and under are free. Prizes awarded for top nishers. Come dressed as your favorite holiday character or in festive holiday colors.
FORT MYERS BEACH BOAT PARADEwww.fortmyers-sanibel.com
Boats decked out in festive holiday array depart from Salty Sams Marina at 6:10 p.m. The 25th annual lighted oating parade proceeds beneath the high bridge and through the canals of Siesta Bay in a purely Fort Myers Beach tradition. The event is expected to feature 25 to 30 illuminated boats