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New season brings more cars to North Fort Myers cruise-in

Many people love cars, especially classic cars like the ones their fathers used to drive, with V8 engines that could pass anything but a gas station. Every Monday at the Merchants Crossing Shopping Center, next door to Applebee’s, people can stop by and see some of those old cars for ...

Family Initiative first in Florida to offer caregiver trainings in Spanish

Family Initiative, an autism and child welfare community services organization based in Cape Coral, recently became the first organization in Florida to present vital caregiver trainings for Spanish speaking families. Trust-Based Relational Intervention, is an attachment-based, ...

Ralph’s Christmas Kids

During the holiday season, Ralph’s Place in downtown Cape Coral is packed on Tuesdays. And it’s not just because it’s a beloved community hotspot. People are there to play bingo. And it’s not just any bingo night. Participants are there to support the restaurant’s charity, ...

Mel-A-Palooza benefit for Mel Meo Dec. 11 at Olde Fish House Marina

Beloved islander, artist Mel Meo, has reluctantly agreed to a benefit being given for her to help with heaping medical bills. The benefit will be Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Olde Fish House Marina, 4530 Pine Island Road, Matlacha. Meo describes herself as a community-minded artist, capable ...

Edison and Ford Winter Estates to host annual fall Garden Festival

On Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20 and 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Edison and Ford Winter Estates will hold its annual fall Garden Festival. More than 40 garden vendors from around the state of Florida will have tropical and native plants and trees for sale. The festival takes place outdoors, under ...

Community Cooperative kicks off holiday outreach with Full Plates Project

Community Cooperative is asking Southwest Florida to help neighbors in need by providing a holiday meal or gifts. The annual drive to brighten the holidays starts with the Full Plates Project, to make sure there are no plates empty this Thanksgiving. The drive offers the opportunity to donate ...

Nonprofit executive joins area autism services organization

Family Initiative, an autism and child welfare community services organization based in Cape Coral, has named Jessica Wisdom as its development director. Wisdom joins the Family Initiative team to support families through innovation and compassion throughout Southwest Florida. As ...

Valerie’s House to host podcast, open house Nov. 18

Valerie’s House, a nonprofit organization in Southwest Florida helping children grieve, is hosting a podcast and two open houses Thursday, Nov. 18, in honor of National Children’s Grief Awareness Day. The podcast, which will become a monthly event, will feature Angela Melvin in the ...

Berne Davis Botanical Garden now open for morning walks

The Berne Davis Botanical Garden, 2166 Virginia Avenue, Fort Myers, is open for Tuesday morning garden walks from now until May between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Admission and parking are both free; handicap parking is on Virginia Avenue; regular parking is on Larchmont Avenue, off of McGregor ...