Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point to host June classes on history, successful writing practices

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CUTLINES: Photo 1: Florida SouthWestern State College Professor Adrian Kerr will join the Academy of Lifelong Learning for a series on “Vietnam: Its History and Culture,” taking place June 4, June 11 and June 18 at Shell Point.

Photo 2: The Academy of Lifelong Learning will welcome award-winning author and historian, Robert Macomber, for a workshop on successful writing, taking place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 at Shell Point.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 29, 2018) – The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point Retirement Community invites the Southwest Florida community to attend its June Academy classes, which will feature informative discussions on Vietnamese history and successful writing practices. Classes will take place on June 4, June 11, June 18 and June 23 at Shell Point in Fort Myers.

“Vietnam: Its History and Culture” will trace the origins of the Vietnamese people and their heritage during a series of lectures, presented by Florida SouthWestern State College Professor Adrian Kerr. The first session, “Prehistory & Early Northern Kingdoms,” will delve into the foundation of the early northern kingdoms, colonization and the rise of communism. The second session, “The French War, American War, and Present-day Vietnam,” will utilize a sequence of photographs to depict how the Viet heritage has produced a vibrant, colorful and unique religion. The series will conclude with “Da Nang and the Ancient Capital Hue,” illustrating the still-evident divide between the North and South.

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Shell Point 2018 Summer Concert Series welcomes Southwest Florida String Trio June 13

FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 14, 2018) – Shell Point Retirement Community’s 2018 Summer Concert Series will welcome a performance by Southwest Florida Symphony’s Southwest Florida String Trio at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, in the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands at Shell Point, 14441 Woodsong Lane, Fort Myers. The event is open to the public, with tickets available for $20 online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by phone at 239-454-2067.

The Southwest Florida String Trio will perform an array of musical selections from great composers such as Bach, Vivaldi, Schubert and Piazzolla, in “Baroque and Beyond, Part II.” Listeners will be introduced to insightful background on each composer and will have an opportunity to meet with the musicians following the concert.

To learn more about the upcoming performance by Southwest Florida String Trio, visit www.shellpoint.org/concerts or call 239-454-2067. Tickets purchased online or by phone will be held for pick-up at will call on the night of the performance.

About Shell Point Retirement Community                                                                              Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing for its 2,400 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access with free dockage, a championship 18-hole golf course, and other recreational and educational activities. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.

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Shell Point Retirement Community recognized for 50 years of leadership by Lee County Board of Commissioners

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 CUTLINES: Photo 1: The Lee County Board of Commissioners recognized Shell Point Retirement Community with an official proclamation, honoring its 50 years of leadership in the senior living industry. (Left to right): Row 1: residents Richard Uhleman, Jim Rudolph, David King, Peter Nanfelt; Row 2: residents Dona Ferrell, Susan Uhleman, Dottie Rudolph, Sara King, Lynne Castellano, Cathy Miskell; Row 3: Adam Hinds, Senior Director of Operations; Karen Anderson, Vice President of Human Resources; Tim Lochridge, Vice President of Finance; Shell Point President Martin Schappell; Joe Smith, Senior Director of Hospitality; Kelli Meyung, Senior Director of Healthcare; Ronette Icso, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

 Photo 2: Shell Point Retirement Community, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community that offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing to senior adults in an active, resort-style environment located in Fort Myers along the Caloosahatchee River near Sanibel Island.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 10, 2018) – The Lee County Board of Commissioners recently recognized Shell Point Retirement Community with an official proclamation, honoring its 50 years of leadership in the senior living industry.

 Founded in 1968 by The Christian and Missionary Alliance, Shell Point is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community that offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing to senior adults in an active, resort-style environment located in Fort Myers along the Caloosahatchee River near Sanibel Island.

“This recognition is an opportunity for the county to recognize somebody that stands out in the community and Shell Point has stood out in the community for several decades here in Southwest Florida,” said Chairman Cecil Pendergrass. “The quality of life they provide for their residents is unbelievable.”

 County Commissioner Larry Kiker’s reading of the proclamation highlighted Shell Point’s numerous awards earned and the prestigious national attention that has brought positive recognition to Lee County and to the senior living industry. He also commended the level of quality and excellence Shell Point has demonstrated for the past 50 years.

The resolution underscored Shell Point’s ability to deliver a vibrant lifestyle to more than 2,400 residents, fulfilling opportunities for volunteer service, and numerous recreational and social pursuits. Shell Point was also praised for being one of the leading employers in Lee County with more than 1,100 employees and also for its commitment to conserving, enhancing and protecting the natural resources of its location along the Caloosahatchee River.

“As we celebrate our 50th anniversary year, it is a great honor for Shell Point to be recognized for its leadership and unwavering dedication to our residents and employees,” said Shell Point President Martin Schappell. “We are grateful to the Lee County Board of Commissioners for this recognition and look forward to many more years of service here in Southwest Florida.”

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Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point offers May classes on history, environment and politics

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CUTLINES: Photo 1: Kristie Anders, education director at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, will join the Academy of Lifelong Learning for a presentation on waves, tides and currents of the sea, at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 17 at The Woodlands at Shell Point.

Photo 2: The Academy of Lifelong Learning will welcome Lee County Supervisor of Elections Tommy Doyle for a presentation at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 19 on The Island at Shell Point.

Photo 3: Florida SouthWestern State College Professor Adrian Kerr’s Academy of Lifelong Learning class will highlight The Viking Age at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22 in The Woodlands at Shell Point.


FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 8, 2018)
– The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point Retirement Community invites the public to attend May classes that will discuss the environment, politics and history.

At 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 17, Kristie Anders, education director at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, will present “Tides and Currents” in the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands at Shell Point, 14441 Woodsong Lane in Fort Myers. This presentation will explore waves, tides and currents of the sea. During the lecture, Anders will explain not only what influences the tides, but also how they affect Southwest Florida residents. A short film by the Captiva Island Historical Society, entitled “Santiva,” will also be shown.

The Academy of Lifelong Learning will also welcome Lee County Supervisor of Elections Tommy Doyle for a free presentation at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 19 in the Social Center on The Island at Shell Point, 15101 Shell Point Blvd. in Fort Myers. During his class, entitled “Lee County Supervisor of Elections Preparing for Mid-Term Elections,” Doyle will focus on politics and upcoming elections. As a lifelong resident of Lee County, Doyle has a deep-rooted passion for the county’s history and traditions. His fundamental belief in a representative form of government led him to run for office, and he was elected Supervisor of Elections in 2016.

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Shell Point 2018 Summer Concert Series welcomes Astralis Chamber Ensemble May 9

First performance kicks off the summer concert season

FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 7, 2018) – Shell Point Retirement Community begins its 2018 Concert Series with a performance by Astralis Chamber Ensemble at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, in the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands at Shell Point, 14441 Woodsong Lane, Fort Myers. The event is open to the public, with tickets available for $20 online at www.shellpoint.org/summer or by phone at 239-454-2067.

The Astralis Chamber Ensemble will present “Baroque and Beyond, Part 1,” an eclectic program including an unaccompanied Bach cello suite, a Gaubert flute ballade, a Beethoven piano sonata and several works for trios – such as the Mendelssohn “Trio No. 1, Opus 49.” Designed specifically for music enthusiasts, the program will provide its listeners with insightful background on each composer, as well as an opportunity to meet with the performers following the concert.

For more than 20 years, the Astralis Chamber Ensemble has been performing classical music for audiences across the globe. The Shell Point performance will feature Angela Massey, flutist, Troy Chang, cellist, and Dean Zhan, pianist.

To learn more about the upcoming performance by Astralis Chamber Ensemble, visit www.shellpoint.org/summer or call 239-454-2067. Tickets purchased online or by phone will be held for pick-up at will call on the night of the performance.

Shell Point announces 2018 Summer Concert Series

Summer lineup to feature monthly performances May through August

FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 3, 2018) – Tickets are now available for Shell Point Retirement Community’s 2018 Summer Concert Series, which features four performances that begin in May and continue through August. Events are open to the public, with tickets available online at www.shellpoint.org/summer or by phone at 239-454-2067.

Offering diverse, affordable options for musical entertainment during the summer, Shell Point’s 2018 Summer Concert Series includes performances by:

  • Astralis Chamber Ensemble – Wednesday, May 9 at 7 p.m.
  • Southwest Florida String Trio – Wednesday, June 13 at 7 p.m.
  • Wild Coffee Duo – Thursday, July 19 at 7 p.m.
  • Trillium Piano Trio – Thursday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.

“The Shell Point Summer Concert Series is back for its eighth season with an engaging lineup of highly acclaimed musicians,” said Laura Slack, director of resident life at Shell Point Retirement Community. “This season’s theme is ‘classically cool’ with many talented performers from right here in Southwest Florida.”

On Wednesday, May 9, Southwest Florida Symphony’s Astralis Chamber Ensemble will present, “Baroque and Beyond, Part I,” an eclectic program including an unaccompanied Bach cello suite, a Gaubert flute ballade, a Beethoven piano sonata and several works for trios – such as the Mendelssohn “Trio No. 1, Opus 49.” The program will share insightful background on each composer and will provide guests an opportunity to meet with the musicians following the concert.

The Southwest Florida String Trio will perform an array of musical selections from great composers such as Bach, Vivaldi, Schubert and Piazzolla, in “Baroque and Beyond, Part II,” on Wednesday, June 13. Listeners will be provided background information on each composer and will have an opportunity to meet with the musicians following the concert.

Sanibel’s own Wild Coffee Duo, formed in 2015, will perform “Back in Time: A Musical Retrospective of a Century Ago” on Thursday, July 19. With the end of World War I and the birth of Leonard Bernstein in 1918, audiences will celebrate music from this milestone year, including popular songs such as “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows” and selections from “West Side Story.”

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