Bonita-2017-12-01 E-Edition


December 2: SATURDAY Jingle Bell 5k [8 a.m.] Jingle your way to the finish line. Dress like an elf or in your favorite red and green outfit for this fun family event. Join us for our first annual Jingle Bell Run and meet Santa at the finish line. This year includes a 1-mile Fun Run. Where: Bonita Springs Family YMCA, […]

Restaurant GUIDE

A Table Apart Chef Jeff Acol’s profound love for the ocean is rooted in his early childhood years growing up in Hawaii and helps explain his commitment to serving sustainable seafood and seasonal ingredients. This talented chef offers a limited but diverse menu. Dishes of­fer global fair with Asian and French influence. 4295 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 239-221-8540. www.atableapart.com […]

Spotlight visits Cuba and Iceland

Spotlight readers Nancy and Al Meyer recently took the Spotlight to Cuba and Iceland. The Spotlight rode in a sporty 1925 white Ford convertible in Havana. They then traveled 4,000 miles north and toured Reykjavik, Iceland, and the geo-thermal, volcanic, and glacial areas of the southern seacoast. The Spotlight loves to travel and is willing to travel in checked bags […]

Tech SAVVY: Video doorbell offers security and convenience

Your front door is where you transition from the safety of your home to the outside world. Many comers are welcome, like friends, neighbors, delivery services and contractors, yet some are not. The Ring Video Doorbell ($179- $249 MSRP, ring.com) replaces a simple doorbell switch that just rings your doorbell chime, and turns that into an eye, ear and voice […]

Our NEIGHBOR: Local author wins award for latest children’s book

Start with a delightful children’s story, add watercolor illustrations, mix in original songs and stir in a lot of love. This is the recipe for a new, award-winning children’s book titled “The First Song,” by author Lisa Batch, also known as Lisa Manning Batchelder. Batch hosted a book launch on November 9 at the ACSWF Co-op Art Gallery at Coconut […]


B/Bonita Springs E/Estero FM/Fort Myers N/Naples Alligator Amblers Chapter of Florida Trail Association Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month. Where: Bass Pro Shop, 10040 Gulf Center Drive (upstairs conference room). FM. For more information call JoAnn Luce 239-495- 7644 or visit amblers.floridatrail.org. Amateur Radio Association of SWFL Meet with local HAMS the fourth Tuesday of each month […]

Spotlight cruises the Mediterranean

Spotlight readers Kathy and Nick Romano took the Spotlight on a Mediterranean cruise. They were joined by their adult children and their spouses, Joe and Betsy Romano, and Michael and Nicole Grifone. The highlights of their trip included viewing the amazing fireworks in Monte Carlo, and their photo with Spotlight overlooking Monte Carlo harbor. Some of the ports they visited […]

Our Best FRIENDS: Dalmatians have a place in the firetruck and in the heart

For Frank Sullivan it takes only one Dalmatian to bring back his memories of firehouses and all the beautiful Dalmatians he had as mascots before he retired after 25 years of service. Today he and his wife, Janice, walk their two rescue Dalmatians and he gives them parade rides in his own antique fire truck. However, a walk down memory […]

Spotlight cruises to the Bahamas

Spotlight readers Al and Pauline Mulcahy took their family and the Spotlight with them aboard the Disney Dream for the celebration of their 50th anniversary. Their cruise toured the Bahamas and started off with Pirates of the Caribbean night. The Spotlight travels internationally without a passport, and rarely gets seasick, so please take the Spotlight on your next adventure. Send […]

Conservancy CONNECTION: Dragonfly is the beautiful predator of the sky

Visitors to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida are able to view or enter a variety of Florida ecosystems. The Christopher B. Smith Preserve, home to a large number of gopher tortoises, is typical scrub land; the Shotwell Wavering Family Filter Marsh is an estuarine environ­ment and the nature trails meander through hardwood hammocks and mangrove thickets. Fresh or brackish water […]

All ages, backgrounds merge in Bonita Springs Concert Band

As many as a hundred members of the Bonita Springs Concert Band rehearse at Estero High School once a week for the pure joy of expressing their talent and performing once a month in concert at Riverside Park. For the price of a chair and maybe a sun umbrella that guests bring along, the otherwise free concerts have something for […]


Artis–Naples December 2 & December 3 Naples Philharmonic — “Handel’s Messiah” December 4 LeAnn Rimes December 14 – December 17 Naples Philharmonic — Holiday Pops Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall December 5 – December 10 Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Love Never Dies — the Phantom Returns” December 16 SWFL Holiday Pops: Music from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Broadway Palm November […]

Artist SPOTLIGHT: Viktorija Bulava: A figurative artist shaped by her rich environment

Riga, Latvia was once called Little Paris – a cosmopolitan city on the Baltic and a cultural center with a wealthy past. Riga is known for its richly decorated Art Nouveau architecture, colorful stained glass and sculptures. This is where artist Viktorija Bulava grew up. Surrounded by such treasures and recognized for her talent at a young age, Bulava started […]

Tennis TIPS: How to return the weak serve

We all hate to play the opponent who puts nothing on the groundstroke or serve. It is a struggle to not want to break your racquet or just quit in frustration. Why does this happen? Just about all of us try to do too much when playing a soft hitter and we end up hitting the ball long and hard. […]

Stay FIT: Students flex their mental muscles in brain fitness classes

Neuroplasticity is a buzzword for those wanting to enhance productiv­ity, stay sharp and focused, and remember where they parked the car. Plasticity describes the brain’s ability to generate new cells and neural pathways. It was scientifically proven in 1998 by Professor Fred Gage at the Salk Institute in California. “Learning new things literally reshapes your brain,” said Cindi Ryerson, a […]

Tee Box TIPS: Supersize your tee shots

If there is one thing every golfer wants, it’s more power. Even the players on tour want to hit longer drives. Recreational players do every­thing from lifting weights and trying to strengthen their cores to trying to swing out of their shoes to get more distance. But what we don’t realize is that the key to speed and power is […]

Medical & Health DIRECTORY

DENTAL Family Dentistry of Bonita Jose R. Venegas, DDS, PA 28315 Tamiami Tr., #102, Bonita Springs 239-949-1655 familydentistryofbonita.com General & Implant Dentistry at The Landing Kelly M. Dainiak, DMD 24600 S. Tamiami Trail #206, Bonita dainiakdental.com, 239-949-8302 Lee A. Welky, DMD 21740 Tamiami Tr., #111, Estero drwelky.com, 239-949-8282 Pelican Landing Dental Rich Gilbert, DMD, MAGD, FICOI Lacy Gilbert, DMD, MICOI, […]

Healthy CHOICES: Not all smoothies are alike or healthy

You probably know that a smoothie is a beverage made from blended raw fruit or vegetables with other ingredients such as water, milk, ice, protein powder and sweeteners. Smoothies can be an easy, portable, custom-made and potent blend of good nutrition. The fiber makes smoothies more healthful than fruit juice alone and the fluid-plus-fiber combination of a smoothie works to […]

Business BEAT: Jimmy P’s opens butcher shop and café in Bonita Springs

Strolling through the farmers market at the Promenade on a Saturday, visitors couldn’t miss the pungent aroma of the samples at the Jimmy P’s booth. Salesman David Bockmann served hamburger samples and offered Jimmy P’s original sausages and meats for sale while he praised their quality. “The booth draws attention to the new Bonita Springs Jimmy P’s Butcher Shop and […]

Business BEAT: Variety adds to life at The Spice & Tea Exchange

Tea time is more than an afternoon break since the October grand opening of The Spice & Tea Exchange, around the corner at 800 5th Avenue South, Suite 102 in Naples. The serving cart outside the small shop’s door invites passersby to sample a tea of the day, chosen by Kathleen McGowan, proprietor. During the recent grand opening weekend, the […]

Friends of Lovers Key FOLKS plan visitor center

On November 17, the Friends of Lovers Key (FOLKS) celebrated 20 years of service to Lovers Key State Park. FOLKS, the nonprofit group established to preserve and support Lovers Key State Park, also had more to celebrate – a clear path to a long dreamed of visitor center. The state of Florida has committed $4 million to fund its construction. […]

Classes for kids and a holiday show staged for people with special needs

Audiences arrive for a performance with certain common expectations. The theater may be full. It will be dark. They are expected to be quiet and remain seated. Those can be daunting or even impossible demands for someone with a sensory processing disorder, which may occur in people on the autism spectrum or those with Down syndrome or other conditions. Children, […]

City Council UPDATE: It’s long past time for flood control in Bonita Springs

With the devastating floods of Hurricane Irma, Bonita Springs suf­fered a virtual repeat of the massive flooding of 1995, when more than 1,200 of our residents were evacuated from their homes and FEMA funds built a new Imperial River bridge to replace a washed-out structure. This year, Irma’s toll on our neighbors was far greater. More than 450 homes flooded, […]

Spotlight visits Denmark

Helge and Sally Stapel guided Tom and Nancy Frentzel, and the Spotlight around Denmark. They visited Frederiksborg Castle and the boyhood home of Hans Christian Andersen in Odense. The Spotlight loves to travel and is willing to travel in checked bags or carry-ons. So please, take the Spotlight along on your next adventure. Send your photos to spotlight@swspotlight.com.