Shell Point’s 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series welcomes ‘Embraceable You: The Music of George Gershwin’ Feb. 27


CUTLINE: Shell Point Retirement Community continues its 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series with a performance “Embraceable You: The Music of George Gershwin” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27. 

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 30, 2020) – Shell Point Retirement Community’s 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series continues its Performing Arts program with a performance entitled “Embraceable You: The Music of George Gershwin” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 at The Village Church auditorium on The Island at Shell Point, 15100 Shell Point Blvd. in Fort Myers. Tickets for this event cost $40 and can be purchased online at or by phone at 239-454-2067.

Straight from the Broadway stage, Dean Balkwill and Lisa Ferguson Balkwill are triple threats brimming with charm and charisma, performing the music of George and Ira Gershwin – musical comedy at its finest. During the performance, guests will enjoy dance numbers, nostalgic ballads and romantic comedy, all backed by live musicians and set in the post-war Paris of 1948.

Shell Point announces 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series

Lineup to feature monthly performances November through April

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Oct. 4, 2019) – Shell Point Retirement Community has announced its 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series, which brings a variety of local and international performers to Shell Point’s campus in four distinct series: Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Concerts and Conversations, and Southwest Florida Symphony. Events are open to the public, with tickets available starting Oct. 15 online at or by phone at 239-454-2067.

“The 17th season of the Shell Point Fine and Performing Arts Series is filled with an impressive array of talented artists and dynamic performances,” said Laura Slack, director of resident life at Shell Point Retirement Community. “With three distinct musical series, along with the skills of resident artists and artisans, this season offers something for everyone.”

The Fine Arts Series highlights the artistry of Shell Point resident artists and artisans with two annual shows, held during the 2019-2020 season. These free shows will showcase the creative work of many talented residents and ranges from photography and painting to three-dimensional sculptures and intricate quilts.

  • Shell Point Artists and Artisans Holiday Bazaar – Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Village Church on The Island at Shell Point.
  • 2020 Two-Dimensional Art Show and Sale – Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Coastal Commons at Coastal Links.

The Performing Arts Series features five concerts including some of Broadway’s most well-known hits, classical pieces from an award-winning ensemble and a big band musical performance from a group of internationally celebrated musicians. Concerts in this series will be held in The Village Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point and include:

  • The Four Italian Tenors – Monday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m.
  • Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute – Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.
  • Embraceable You: The Music of George Gershwin – Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.
  • The Queen’s Cartoonists – Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m.
  • Florida Gulf Coast University Wind Orchestra – Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m.

Individual tickets for the Performing Arts Series cost $40 with the exception of the FGCU Wind Orchestra concert, which costs $15. Advance ticket packages are also available, providing savings up to $35.

Five Concerts & Conversations Series events will take place in the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands at Shell Point, which allows for an intimate, chamber-style performance, followed by refreshments and the opportunity to meet the performers. The Concerts & Conversations Series includes performances by:

  • Chamber Music with a Twist – Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.
  • Duo Beaux Arts – Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.
  • Peter & Will Anderson Jazz Trio – Thursday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m.
  • Penning & Langford – Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.
  • Peter Bergin, Ragtime Pianist – Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m.

Individual tickets for the Concerts and Conversation Series cost $30. Advance ticket packages are also available, providing savings up to $20.

Shell Point is pleased to partner with the Southwest Florida Symphony to present three performances in the Southwest Florida Symphony Series. Tickets for this series range from $25 to $35.

  • Holiday Pops Concert: Christmas in Paradise – Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.
  • Stradi-Various – Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m.
  • Transfigured Night – Thursday, April 2 at 7 p.m.

To make a reservation, contact the concert box office at 239-454-2067, or buy online at Tickets will be held for pick-up at will call on the night of the performance.

Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point to host October classes on history, public policy and environment


FORT MYERS, Fla. (Sept. 25, 2018) – The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point Retirement Community invites the Southwest Florida community to attend its October Academy classes, which will feature educational discussions on world explorers, public policy and one of the ocean’s most abundant marine turtle species. Classes will take place on Oct. 8, Oct. 22 and Oct. 25 at Shell Point in Fort Myers.

The first discussion, entitled “How Columbus Almost Did Not Discover America,” will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, exploring the life and legacy of Marco Polo. Florida SouthWestern State College professor Adrian Kerr will discuss the many setbacks suffered by Polo, how perilously close he came to failure and the great impact he had on the young Genoese sailor, Christopher Columbus.


Shell Point will also present “Amendments on the Ballot for Florida’s Midterm Election” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, led by Clara Anne Graham, president of the League of Women Voters of Lee County. The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. During the 90-minute presentation, Graham will share an understanding of major public policy issues and proposed amendments that are slated for the upcoming ballot.


The final Academy class for October, entitled “Sea Turtles,” will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, led by Kristie Anders, education director at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. Attendees will learn about the loggerhead turtle; the Kemp’s Ridley turtle, which spends its juvenile years in the sea grasses of Pine Island Sound; and a very rare, 700-pound leatherback that chose Sanibel’s beach for a nesting event just a few years ago. Anders’ presentation will also incorporate new information acquired from a sea turtle geneticist.


Ticket to attend each session are $10, and can be purchased by calling 239-489-8472. To learn more, visit

The Academy of Lifelong Learning

The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point is an educational initiative that provides approximately 80 classes each semester, and encompasses a well-rounded curriculum of educational opportunities for senior adults, from computer technology to financial, travel, artistic, entertainment, historical, and more. The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point was named as one of 2008’s most innovative active aging programs by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), an association that supports professionals who develop wellness/fitness facilities and services for age 50-plus adults.

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 care for its 2,400 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access, six public restaurants, a championship 18-hole golf course, and many other recreational and educational activities. Learn more at or 1-800-780-1131.


Shell Point Begins Construction on Expanded Assisted Living and Memory Support Residences

FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 4, 2017) — Shell Point Retirement Community recently began construction on a $28 million expansion at The Springs assisted living facility, located on the corner of Shell Point Boulevard and Summerlin Road. Construction is slated for completion in late 2018.

When the project is complete, The Springs will sport a brand-new exterior design, along with extensive interior enhancements. The construction of several additional wings will result in 27 new assisted living residences, a recreation wing with numerous gathering spaces, and a 28-unit memory support residence with an outdoor courtyard.

“With Shell Point’s 30-year history of providing assisted living services, we know what appeals to residents. We are excited to accommodate the growing need for high-caliber healthcare services, while incorporating new innovations and best practices,” said Rita Southern, Shell Point director of assisted living and resident support services.

On the west side of The Springs, an assisted living wing will provide 27 new apartments over covered parking. A recreation wing will be constructed to the south to accommodate large gatherings and host Shell Point’s well-attended day respite program.

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (December 30, 2011) – Shell Point Retirement Community will host an Assisted Living Open House on Saturday, January 7, from 10am to 3pm at the Arbor Assisted Living facility located in the Woodlands at Shell Point. Guests will have the opportunity to learn more about the assisted living options at Shell Point, as well as visit the mini-health fair that will offer vision screenings, blood pressure checks, and balance assessments. While at the open house, individuals can participate in personally-guided tours of the building and attend an informative presentation about the lifestyle and care assisted living residents receive.
“As our aging seniors in Southwest Florida struggle during tough economic times we want to make sure that our community can offer a variety of choices for their lifestyles and needs,” said Rita Southern, director of assisted living facilities and resident support services. “Assisted Living offers individuals more of a home-like environment, while improving the daily quality of life through a variety of amenities.”



FORT MYERS, Fla. (December 5, 2011) – Shell Point Retirement Community’s Assisted Living facilities will host a “Home for the Holidays” event to allow individuals the opportunity to learn more about the assisted living options at Shell Point. This event will take place on December 22, 23, 26, and 27 from 10am to 4pm at the Arbor Assisted Living located in the Woodlands at Shell Point.
The holidays are a time when families gather together to celebrate; however, they can also be a time for discussing the future. If you are concerned for a parent or loved one, but find it difficult to discuss such serious issues as healthcare, transportation, driving, and even a decline in their health recently, you can get more information on how to approach this conversation from experienced professionals at Shell Point.



FORT MYERS, Fla. (September 30, 2010) – The 7th annual Shell Point Open Golf Tournament, presented by the Legacy Foundation at Shell Point, will be held on Friday, November 12, 2010, at the Shell Point Golf Club in Fort Myers announced Timothy Stephenson, Executive Director of the Legacy Foundation at Shell Point. The tournament will raise funds for the Rehabilitation Center at Shell Point, which offers care to individuals with rehabilitation needs in the Southwest Florida area.

“This is the 7th year that we have hosted the Shell Point Open, and we are very pleased to have this opportunity available to us. Golfers and sponsors alike continue to support and enjoy this tournament because of developing friendships and the opportunity to help with a worthwhile cause,” said Stephenson. “The Rehab Center offers excellence in care and services to all individuals who need assistance in recovery from surgeries, stroke, or other ailments that need rehabilitation. This tournament is just one way that we can help individuals receive the best care possible while having some fun.”

The tournament registration will begin at 7:30am. UBS Financial Services Inc, The Scoggins/Moreland Group has graciously offered to be the Title Sponsor for the event. The cost to play in the 2010 Shell Point Open is $125 per person, which includes 18 holes of golf plus cart, player gift bags, prize opportunities, breakfast, and lunch. The Corporate Sponsors include Wright Construction; Alliance Development Fund; Alexander & Hoover, CPA’s, PA; and Harvey-Engelhardt-Metz Funeral Home.

The Rehabilitation Center at Shell Point provides inpatient, outpatient, and transitional care services to those who have suffered from stroke, orthopedic injury and/or surgery and progressive neurological disease. The Shell Point Rehabilitation services will be offered in a brand new, state-of-the-art facility in The Island neighborhood and is open to Shell Point residents as well as all of Southwest Florida.

If you are interested in learning more about this tournament, or would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Rehabilitation Center at Shell Point, please contact Deborah Henning at (239) 466-8484.

The Shell Point Golf Club is an 18-hole Championship Golf Course that opened in 2000. The course offers a grass driving range and practice green, lessons, a fully-stocked pro shop and snack bar, and all the course golf carts are equipped with GPS monitors. The course is open to the public, and is located at the entrance to Shell Point Retirement Community in Fort Myers, Florida, just off Summerlin Road, two miles before the Sanibel Island Causeway. The Legacy Foundation was founded in 2002 as a non-profit organization serving the Shell Point community.



FORT MYERS, Fla. (February 24, 2010) — Ensemble Galilei will offer the next performance in the 2009/2010 Fine and Performing Arts Concert Series at Shell Point Retirement Community announced Dawn Boren, director of resident life for Shell Point Retirement Community.  Their performance will be on Friday, March 12, at 7:30pm in the Village Church Auditorium located on The Island at Shell Point.

“This performance will be very interesting for all who attend, because it incorporates music and photos to evoke emotions of awe and excitement,” said Boren.  “This is our eighth year offering the Fine and Performing Arts Concert Series, and we try to add new and interesting performers to the roster so that each year is different and meets the needs of so many different individuals who enjoy a variety of concerts.”