2022-02-15

2022-02-15 E-Edition

Wonder Gardens: Pavilions, ponds and an otter grotto to come



The Wonder Gardens in Bonita Springs recently opened its latest exhibit, the Oberweiss Golden Pheasant Pavilion, which now houses, in an ornately crafted Victorian-era solarium, the brightly colored male golden pheasant and three females along with a male and female turaco. Visitors can enter the double doors and a limited number of visitors each day can purchase food to hand-feed […]

Susan Bridges: Steady guidance, steady growth for CFABS



In 1999, Susan Bridges began working with the Art League of Bonita Springs to secure funding for its own facility. The group was holding classes in the local community center at the time. That organization soon became the Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs (CFABS), with Bridges serving as its president. “This journey has been quite an adventure,” Bridges […]

Unprecedented federal investment made in Everglades restoration



On January 19 the White House announced the largest single investment of federal funds for Everglades restoration in U.S. history. Through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which was signed into law in November 2021, the Army Corps of Engineers will invest $1.1 billion to restore, protect, and preserve the South Florida ecosystem and increase its resilience to the impacts of […]

Grand Piano Series seeks to re-create a love of the classics



Bach, Mozart and Beethoven were part of the vocabulary for generations of young piano students in a past without video games and smart phones. Children from any economic background had an aunt, a neighbor or a tutor who skillfully directed small fingers across the ivory and ebony piano keys, started the metronome and marked the paper or book whose magic […]

Health & Medical DIRECTORY

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TeeBox TIPS: Fix your slice with one of these swing thoughts


Most golfers know that too many golf thoughts ruin their natural swing. It can be said that “New form and conscious effort are bitter enemies.” “Paralysis by analysis” and “If you thinketh, you stinketh” are also well-known adages. When asked what is the best golf thought, player Fred Couples (not known as a genius) replied, “That’s easy, the last one […]

Artist SPOTLIGHT: Diana Calleja found encouragement, then found her passion



Toucans, leopards, hippos, reddish egrets and otters. Diana Calleja of Naples says she can’t get enough of it – photography that is. Now she travels the world in search of wildlife to capture with her camera. When she got her first digital camera, she took a course on how to use it and was encouraged to join the local camera […]

CALENDAR

Get it in the Spotlight: calendar@swspotlight.com B/Bonita Springs E/Estero FM/Fort Myers FMB/Fort Myers Beach N/Naples February 14: MONDAY 11th Annual Lovers Key Vow Renewal [Ceremony times 11 a.m. or 2 p.m.] Bring your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day to renew your vows on the romantic Lovers Key beach. The ceremony will take place at the South Beach gazebo, and couples will […]

Our Best FRIENDS: Cooper and Zoe find paradise after rough beginnings in Orlando


It is hard to say which dog’s story of origin is more interesting, Cooper or Zoe. Both are now elderly companions to Tracy and Neil Lenok. Several dogs had shared their New Jersey home, but Cooper and Zoe arrived in time to move to Florida. The Lenoks were providing member services at a large pet product convention in Orlando where […]

Conservancy CONNECTION: Fish crows are smaller, more social than their northern cousins


The grounds surrounding the Conservancy of Southwest Florida provide habitats for various bird species, and some websites for birders list the Conservancy as a spot to go for adding to their “life lists.” Its location along the Gordon River, together with its filter marsh, ensures that shore birds and wading birds are plentiful; the oak hammocks and scrub brush provide […]

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 […]