BY LIZA STROUT - Ladies and gentlemen of Boca Grande, it is time to roll up your sleeves for a good cause. Take an hour out of your day to visit the Big Red Bus when it stops at the United Methodist Church of Boca Grande on Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This is the first general blood drive on the island in years. It all came about because island resident Jane Caple saw the Big Red Bus in Tiffany Square and stopped to get information. “I learned that 60% of people are eligible to donate blood, but only six percent actually do,” she reported.
The ladies who volunteer at Boca Bargains, the island’s hottest thrift store and boutique, are looking at some pretty bare shelves right now. Season is in full shopping swing and they need your help.
It has been a record year and what were once-plentiful stores of goods are becoming sparser and sparser. The ladies of the Boca Grande Woman’s Club are requesting assistance in producing more clothes, accessories, furniture and housewares to stock the shop through the rest of season.
Donations are accepted from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Saturdays. If you are delivering a large donation, please call Jan at 964-0562 or JoAnn at 964-2309.
The Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority will hold a public information meeting on the fixed bridges on Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the hall of the Boca Grande United Methodist Church. This will be a status update. The contractor and engineer will be avilable to answer questions.
The Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce is calling all pirates and lasses for their 2012 “X Marks the Spot” Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament. The artwork for the tournament has been released, and the featured artist is Brendan Coudal. This is Brendan’s fourth time to be selected as the official Ladies Day Tournament artist, and he may need some help from the public this year with his as yet unnamed “Pirate Girl” painting. But more about that later …
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - When the lights dim in the Boca Grande Community Center Auditorium at 2 p.m. on March 21, another step in an ongoing battle will be made that could change the face of Boca Grande tarpon fishing forever.
It is tentatively titled, “Let’s Save the Boca Grande Tarpon Habitat.” The documentary by filmmaker Rich Volpe of Estero was created in conjunction with the Boca Grande Fishing Guides’ Association.
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