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Shari Armstrong

Aside, from being passionate about eating pepperoni and pineapple pizza with a rum and coke every Friday night, I am also passionate about being driven, and not like in the “Go get your goals” way. I mean If someone’s like “Hey. You wanna drive? I’m like….uhhm…No.” I’m always down for an episode of “Driving Ms. Shari”! ☺️

I’m one of those people who lives life with no limit. I’m spontaneous and though at this age (we’ll call it 21), everyone’s like “You should have a husband and kids”…I’m more like “Anyone down for a weekend trip to Gladys Knight’s Chicken & Waffles?!”

Contrary to popular belief though, there are some constants in my life including my passion for family, strong friendships, and using media platforms as a stage to advocate for underserved communities. I also LOVE other people’s children SO much. Haha. But seriously. I do.

I am a proud USF Bull and though I’ve lived elsewhere…I am also proud to call SWFL my home.

Please note: I do not like long walks on the beach and would rather just call an Uber any day.

Ain’t nobody got TIME!

STARS Complex Gets a New Playground
Out with the old and in with the new, and hopefully with the help of some of you! Through

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This Weekend Has Me All Egg-Cited
This will be an egg-cellent weekend for the family – especially the kiddos! If you’re not interested in

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6th Annual Fort Myers Pro Rodeo
SWFL traditions reign true (see what I did there?) and the 6th Annual Fort Myers Pro Rodeo is no

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St. Patrick’s Day Weekend in SWFL
From a 90’s old school hip hop karaoke night to a celebration of all things sugar, plus a few spots

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Fort Myers Police Department’s Civil Social
Last Thursday, the Fort Myers Police Department invited city residents to the Dr. Carrie Robinson Center for its Civil Social

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Hold Your Horse’s … We Have a Fun-Filled Weekend Ahead!
JAZZ ON THE GREEN Man! There have been so many good music events going on in SWFL and

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Fashionistas, Unite!
This 3-day fashion takeover features internationally-known designers and local boutiques as they showcase some of their hottest, couture looks.

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Fishermen’s Village Punta Gorda
Every year, over 100,000 local, national and international visitors come to the open-air mall and marina known as Fishermen’s Village

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It’s The Funking Weekend! (You Read That Right!)
Funk Fest takes over Punta Gorda, the Reading Festival is back in Downtown Fort Myers, the Vegan Rally is

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What will you tell your co-workers you did this weekend?
There is literally something for everyone this weekend. If you love to drink, there’s a trolley for that. If you

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Sad Valentine’s Day is Over?
Consider this weekend a cultural takeover. Go back in time and dig through Florida history with the kiddos, get

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Bayshore Elementary’s Cloggers
Bayshore Elementary’s Cloggers are a staple part of the Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade. But, get ready. This

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Shell Factory
Are you a SW Floridian who has had this conversation before? Someone: “Have you ever been to the Shell Factory?”

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Crowning Daughters for Success
Geoffrey Canada is the author of my favorite book, Whatever It Takes. The book details his life experiences and how

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It’s Going to be a Berry Soulful Weekend
Jammin with the ponies …   Congratulations! You’ve almost made it to the weekend. Now, let’s plan. There’s a big

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Beers, Fun, and Motorcycles
If you’re looking for something fun to do (and you happen to love motorcycles), why not check out the

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Are you ready to dress up, get dirty and chili out?
It’s going to be a spicy, green, hot and gute zeit kind of weekend. Plant-based goodness. Veg-curious is the most

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The Dream Center to Support Dunbar’s Community
Changes have come to Dunbar. People have dedicated their lives to being an active part of the changes in

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Hula Dancing in SWFL
Here’s the thing about SWFL. There are things to do here outside of the beach, but this isn’t New

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Let’s Ride with Pride … and eat!
Happy Friday Eve, my friends! What a week. But, ya know what? It’s in the past. Let’s talk about

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Tour de Cape  2018
Tour de Cape is this weekend. For the 27th year, this family-friendly event brings a 5K, a 3 mile

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African Dance Classes in Lehigh Acres
My family is from Barbados, but my love and fascination for African dance comes from right here in Fort

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Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival
The best part about this job is getting to meet people like you, because you teach me about things that

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This Weekend is All About The Arts
Our normal weather for this time of year is coming back, and I couldn’t be more excited. I am

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Tribute to Fallen Law Enforcement Officers
We all have thoughts on the ongoing discussion regarding policing in our communities. As a black woman, I have thoughts

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The Harold P. Curtis Honey Company
Oh, honey, you’ve got to get here. Growing up, I only knew Labelle as a place where you go to:

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THE WEEKEND WARM-UP IS HERE!
Happy New Year, friends! We are so excited about all that is to come and I am most excited

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“Millennial Talks” to inspire new businesses and entrepreneurial endeavors
There’s been a sweep of new businesses and entrepreneurial endeavors that have propelled younger professionals outside of “traditional” work settings

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City of Palms Classic
Traditions always make a place feel more like home, and the City of Palms Classic Tournament is no different.

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Looking for holiday shenanigans?
Be one of the first to receive weekly updates on local events Subscribe to our Newsletter With the craziness of

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SWFL Holiday Events
We may not have the snow and freezing cold weather, but don’t be fooled: the holidays in SWFL are in

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland
Be one of the first to receive weekly updates on local events Subscribe to our Newsletter     The enchantment

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What’s shakin’, Bacon?
CAPE CORAL COCONUT FESTIVAL Dear SWFL Country & Rock Lovers:. This event is for YOU. The festival starts

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27th Annual Gala at the “Q”
Quality Life Center of Southwest Florida, Inc. celebrated its 27th Annual Gala event at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Cohen

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Rocking The Art World
Rock for Equality Spread the love. When I talked to one of the organizers behind this event, Frankie Colt,

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Update On Marco Island Brush
We found out some useful information for you, Marco Island. Brush piles are soon to disappear but you will still

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Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Alliance
Fort Myers locals gathered for the marvelous spectacle that is, the Rocky Horror Picture Show. This timeless showing got the whole

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Karin Petrocelli: A Local Hero Dedicated To Help Those Affected By Metastatic Breast Cancer
There is no cure for this type of breast cancer, but Karin Petrocelli is bringing hope to those affected, as

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Shari Plans Out The Perfect Festive Weekend
Long week already? No worries. We’ve got your weekend covered. You can be fancy and tipsy on Friday, burn those

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Millenial Brewing’s Oktoberfest
This weekend, bring the family and experience Munich in SWFL Millennial Brewing Co. Oktoberfest!

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The Salvation Army
Even though they may not have a place to stay, the homeless can still come to the The Salvation

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Church of God Disaster Relief Team
We spoke with Pastor Joseph and the Church of God Disaster Relief Team as they help rebuild another church

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Blessings in a Backpack
Blessings in a Backpack … Because no SWFL child should go hungry.

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Lehigh After Irma
Lehigh after Irma. It was right in the line of fire.

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Know Your Closest Shelter Location
Things aren’t looking too good for SWFL this weekend. Know your closest shelter, and how they can accommodate you

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Heroes Unmasked Together We Rise
Have you heard of Heroes Unmasked Inc? Michael and Maria’s organization maybe new, but their shared love for bringing

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Hoops on Mission
A SWFL native uses basketball as a safe place for local children to enhance their basketball skills, grow personally

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Ortiz Ave. Flea Market Fort Myers
For weekenders ONLY. Located right here in our backyard … it’s like escaping to an entirely different country.

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Keeping up with the SWFLoridians!
Do you know where SoCo is? Make sure you know what your friends are talking about when you hear about

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History of the Dean Park Residential District
How much do you know about the historic Dean Park residential district?   Most Recent

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Conversations with SWFL Share Your Perspective
We want to talk and share your perspectives on local and national events. Do you have thoughts different from

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