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28 Mar 12 Chrome Divas’ Mystery Ride to benefit Bootstrap Ministries

The Chrome Divas of Cape Coral/Fort Myers, a local women’s riding group, is sponsoring a Mystery Ride on Sunday, April 1, to raise funds for Cape Coral Bootstrap Homeless Ministry.

This event will be begin at Gatorz Bar Grill and end at Victory Lane Cafe, both off Hancock Bridge Parkway in North Fort Myers.

It’s similar to a Poker Run but with a twist.

“The riders don’t know where they are going until they get a clue,” said the Divas’ Director Laurie DeSouza. “They’ll get their first clue at Gatorz when they register, and that will direct them to their second place and so on. There will be three mystery stops between Gatorz and the end at Victory Lane.”

There will be live music, a 50/50 raffle and more at Victory Lane when the riders come in.

Part of the fun will include the band, Under The Influence, which will play at Victory Lane when the bikes come in.

“They are from Cape Coral. I heard so much about them and asked them if they would donate their time and they graciously said yes.”

Music will be in the afternoon approximately from 1 to 4 p.m.

The raffle will include a “spin wheel” to get tickets for the raffle. “Whatever you spin, you win. For $5 you get six spins; it is like a roulette wheel.”

It’s fun for a good cause, she said. “The Chrome Divas plan and participate in many fundraising events to make a difference in someone’s lives.”

Cape Coral Bootstrap Homeless Ministry is a non-profit charitable organization that provides meals and other services to homeless individuals and families, and others in need, in Cape Coral and North Fort Myers. They have been serving the local community for the last four years.

Joe Irvin is the pastor of Bootstrap.

“My wife and I helped start the ministry, along with our board,” he said. “We call it ‘bootstrap’ because we want to assist homeless people to lift themselves up and get off of the streets. Our motto is that we offer a meal and a prayer.”

They serve many from the Cape and North Fort Myers at Christ Community Church on Orange Grove Boulevard, near the border of both areas.

“We do meals and other services Monday nights,” Irvin said. We open doors at 4:30, about 5 p.m. we generally have salad and bread and then a regular meal, then distribute clothing and bedding and things like that. The third Monday we have haircuts.

“The Mystery Ride will help us achieve our budget and continue to provide services. Laurie volunteers for us and the Chrome Divas do a number of fundraisers in the area, and chose us this year.”

Bootstrap Director Libby Simon-Holschbach has been instrumental in the planning of the event as well, he said.

You can contact Bootstrap at 898-2331.

“We can always use donations of clothing, toiletries, food and other items such as toilet paper, batteries (AA, AAA), insect repellent, backpacks, blankets, tarps and tents,” Irvin said. “Cash donations are always helpful as well.”

You can still donate a gift basket for the raffle, or be a sponsor. Call the Ministry for information.

For information on the ride call DeSouza at 849-7620.

Gatorz is at 3440 Marinatown Lane, in the Marinatown Yacht Harbour complex. The restaurant will offer a breakfast buffet for $6.95. That number is 599-8332.

Victory Lane Cafe is at 4120 Hancock Bridge Pkwy., 995-0340.

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18 Mar 12 Cape Coral briefs: Chrome Divas plan event for homeless – The News

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Classes will be from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday through April 25 the Rotino Senior Center, 5817 Driftwood Pkwy.

This program helps family caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.

Classes consist of six sessions once a week. Interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming will help you take the “tools” you choose and put them into action for your life.

For information about respite care or to register, call 343-2751. Class size is limited and preregistration is required.

Participants will receive a book, “The Caregiver Helpbook,” developed specifically for the class. A donation of $25 to help defray the cost of the book is suggested, but not required to attend the class.

Salon gives couple yard of month award

Joseph and Bonnie O’Brien of Cape Coral are the first recipients of the Envy Salon Yard of the Month award.

Isabel Perez and Felicia Taylor, owners of Envy Salon, found the need to give back to their community in a way that will bring a lift to the customers who have been keeping their salon going for more than 40 years.

“I love being outdoors working on my yard; it’s therapeutic,” Joseph O’Brien said.

“I noticed that even though a lot of residents of the Cape Coral community continue to get some help from lawn maintenance year-round, they are still out there day in and day out on their hands and knees getting dirty and keeping their homes beautiful with pride,” Perez said.

“We want to be able to show the residents of Cape Coral we appreciate their hard work and dedication in keeping the Cape beautiful,” Taylor said.

Lee County band set for final concert

The Lee County Community Band will present its last concert of the season at 3 p.m. April 1 at Mariner High School.

The concert is free (donations accepted) and open to the public. Mariner High School is at 701 Chiquita Blvd. N.

Now celebrating its 127th year, the band is composed of 52 musicians who love playing for audiences who enjoy patriotic songs, as well as show tunes, old favorites and Dixieland.

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