2020-12-16 E-Edition

Wonder Gardens growing with new director

The Everglades Wonder Gardens has been home to a diverse landscape of exotic plants and wildlife attractions for nearly 85 years. Located on Old 41 Road in Bonita Springs, the cultural icon and designated historic site is one of the few remaining cornerstones of Old Florida. Several years ago, the City of Bonita Springs took over ownership of the property, […]

Celebrity ballroom dancers enchanted local students

Magda Dimmendaal enjoys taking classes at the Enchanted Ballroom Dance Studio in Bonita Springs. “I think the Argentine tango is my favorite, and I love the smoothness of the waltz,” she said. Last spring, the studio closed for two months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the instructors started giving lessons online. “I rolled up my carpet and happily attended […]

Harvesting the natural alternatives

The doctor is in Monday through Friday, but on weekends he switches his white coat for his tractor. Meet Dr. Anthony Williamitis, respected Bonita Springs family doctor by vocation and by avocation, an avid farmer. For the past 20 years, Williamitis has offered a variety of his farm-grown organic products for sale to patients at his office, including moringa tea […]

Healthy CHOICES: Boundaries can put your health in a safe space

What would it look like if we put the same effort into planning for health as we do retirement? Here are some questions to ask yourself: What do I want my health to look like in five years, 10 years, 20 years? What does my family health history look like? How does my current health affect my spouse and/or family? […]

Tennis TIPS: Win more than 80 percent of the games you play

Over the past three weeks in clinics we have been tracking different statistics as our teams play games. We have tracked first points won, who wins the point when the server makes the first serve, and who wins the point the most when a team hits a second serve. They all have different success rates. One statistic jumps off the […]

Tee Box TIPS: Can you make golfing more fun?

The answer is yes, yes and yes. You can have more fun by playing interest­ing games within your round, by experiencing the shot and getting out of on-course swing mechanics, and by pursuing confidence and keeping the game in the right perspective. While I hope you love the game as much as I do, and I am a swing coach […]

Health & Medical DIRECTORY

CHIROPRACTOR Amazing Wellness Scott Walters, M.S, D.C Jennifer Long, M.S., D.C. 13800 Tamiami Trail N. Suite 113, Naples amazingwellness.com 239-880-2273 DENTAL Family Dentistry of Bonita Jose R. Venegas, DDS, PA 28315 Tamiami Trial, #102 Bonita Springs familydentistryofbonita.com 239-949-1655 Family Health Centers Anabel Natali, DMD Virginia Mazzeo, RDH Yvania Jimenez, DDC 19701 South Tamiami Trial, Estero fhcswf.org 239-314-1630 General & Implant […]

Artist SPOTLIGHT: Quilts bring majesty to Center for Visual Arts

The Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs is hosting a traveling exhibit, “Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints,” presenting 17 large-scale contemporary quilts by seven fiber artists representing the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Don’t wait to see it until the last day, which is January 7, because you might want to go back again and again. This show will […]


B/Bonita Springs E/Estero FM/Fort Myers FMB/Fort Myers Beach N/Naples December Virtual & In-person Events 17: THURSDAY Mosaics Tonight! [5:30 p.m.] Learn the ancient mosaic technique and create a unique piece to take home. Mate­rials, wine, and light dinner will be pro­vided. Reservations are requested. Where: Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Road. Cost: $65 per person. For more information […]


Artis-Naples December 18 & December 19 Naples Philharmonic Holiday Pops Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall December 19 A Sinatra Christmas Broadway Palm November 12 – December 26 “The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical” November 19 – December 26 Irving Berlin’s “Holiday Inn” – The Broadway Musical December 6 – December 24 “The Snow Queen” – Children’s Theatre December […]

Training Your Best FRIEND: Stop your dog’s obsessive bad behavior

You find out from your neighbors that your dog is constantly barking as soon as you leave the house or your rambunctious 80-pound Labrador retriever greets guests by jumping on them. Positive reinforcement trainers will tell you to ignore or shun the behavior. Removing attention and rewards should eventually diminish and extinguish the behavior. But what if your HOA starts […]

Conservancy CONNECTION: Birds can be unintended bycatch

It is not unusual for the van Arx Wildlife Hospital at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida to admit shorebirds that have been inadvertently hooked by local fishermen. In October, for example, a brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) was brought in suffering from a large pouch tear. You can see photos of the bird, its injury and its recovery by going to […]

Vineyard SPOTLIGHT: Toast the blessings of 2020 with Champagne

To say we have been through a lot in 2020 seems like an understate­ment. And yet, as the new year approaches we’re also taking stock of our blessings. High on my list, because of the pandemic, I have spent more time with my wife and family and close friends than ever before. Believe it or not, there’s also been more […]

Restaurant GUIDE

A Table Apart With global experience cooking in the finest restaurants, our chefs are excited to present their vision to you and all our guests. Our caring and exceptional staff will ensure you have a fantastic experi­ence with us. We refuse to compromise on quality in our restaurant. That’s why we source our fresh ingredients from lo­cal farmers. Our beliefs […]