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September 5, 2012
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Self-defense for women

A free women's self-defense course will be held for four weeks beginning Sept. 10. The class is taught by a retired police officer with more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement.

Those attending do not have to buy anything for the course. It is being sponsored by "Come As You Are Ministries" and will be held at 7 p.m. at 228 Plaza Drive in Suite A and B.

Week 1 will discuss attitude, instinct and behavior. Week 2 will discuss weaponless self-defense. Week 3 will discuss hand-held and weapons of opportunity, and Week 4 will focus on firearms, types and training.

Women interested in participating can RSVP at 338-72990.

Arts of the Inland announces news

Arts of the Inland member Diane Carmen will be featured at the Fort Myers Art Walk on Sept. 7 from 6-10 p.m. at Market America, at 1412 Dean St. in Fort Myers. Stop by to see her collection.

The Arts of the Inland meeting will be held Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Majestic Golf Course Crown Room, at 350 Homestead Road S. See member artists' work displayed for the Chrysalis Art Show and learn the winners of the best of show, first place, second place and third place. The best of show winner will be submitted to the Art Council of Southwest Florida Winners Circle Biennial Exhibit, from Nov. 16-Dec. 27 at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers. The featured speaker is Dr. Sandra Fay Mark, president of the Art Council of Southwest Florida. The public is invited.

For information, contact LaVon Koenig at (608) 235-5721 or, or visit online at:

Exchange presents gardening workshop

The Lehigh Acres Edible Gardening Exchange presents the "Grow a Gardener" workshop beginning Sept. 10. It will be held on Mondays over eight weeks.

The workshop is suitable for, but not limited to, ages 8-11. Parents must participate with their child.

The program has been designed to cover all aspects of growing edibles, including plant growth, propagation, worm bins, composting, bugs, herbs and seed saving.

A $10 facility membership fee is required to participate. Class materials are not included and will be purchased for $20 through the instructor.

To sign up, visit:, select the location as the Veterans Recreation Center and search, then scroll until you see it.

Libertarian Party of Lee County to hold meeting

The Libertarian Party of Lee County will hold its next meeting today, Sept. 5, from 7-8:45 p.m. at Shoeless Joe's in the Crowne Plaza at Bell Tower in Fort Myers in the Judge Landis Room. Dinner is from 7-7:45 p.m. and is self-pay.

The program, a business meeting and group discussion on "Privacy in the age of unconstitutional surveillance" starts at 7:45 p.m. The organization welcomes liberty-minded individuals of all party affiliations.

For information, call the Lee Libertarians at 245-9267.

Uncommon Friends Foundation to meet

The annual membership meeting of the Uncommon Friends Foundation will be held at 4 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Burroughs Home, at 2505 First St., Fort Myers. The public is invited to attend and non-members will have an opportunity to learn about the foundation.

Samira Beckwith, chief executive officer of Hope Healthcare Services and the foundation's 2012 business ethics award recipient, will be the featured speaker. Her topic will be "Ethics in Business."

Gray Davis, president of the board, will present the "State of the Foundation," and new board members and officers will be elected.

Light refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend, and attendees will have an opportunity to have a mini-tour of the historic home.

For information or to make a reservation, call 337-9505 or visit onine at:

Free seminars on Medicare scheduled

UnitedHealthcare, with the support of Care Improvement Plus, AARP, Ameriprise Financial and the National Family Caregivers Association, is hosting two hands-on educational events as part of National Medicare Education Week, Sept. 15-22.

The events are designed to help baby boomers, Medicare beneficiaries and their families, and caregivers learn more about Medicare and how to find the coverage that's best for them.

Attendees can also participate in a hands-on computer workshop to learn about online Medicare resources and how to use popular social media sites to connect with family and friends.

The events will be held Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon and 2-4 p.m. at the Training Domain, at 12761 World Plaza Lane, Unit 2, Fort Myers.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. To RSVP, call (850) 443-6401. For information, visit:

LRMC hosts Living with Loss support group

The Living with Loss support group will meet at 10 a.m. Sept. 4 at Lehigh Regional Medical Center in the meeting room on the first floor. The meeting is open to the public. For information, contact the LRMC's chaplain, the Rev. Jason Phillips, at 368-4471.

Fund-raiser planned for Labor Day

The Lehigh Acres Community Pool Project, a fund-raiser to enhance the swimming experience, is set for Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Activities are planned at the Kiwanis Thrift Store, at 15 Homestead Road S., and include a cookout, bake sale, rummage sale, drawings for homemade items, gift certificates and more.

There will be a bounce house, popcorn, snow cones and face painting for the children. For information, call Harclerode at 822-4960.

Upcoming events at Christ United Methodist

A rummage sale will be held Sept. 8 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, at 1430 Homestead Road. Food concessions available. Special sale from noon to 2 p.m. or 50 percent off large items - $1 a bag.

A free hymn sing will be held Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary at Christ United Methodist Church, at 1430 Homestead Road. Enjoy the music of the Allen organ and a relaxing afternoon singing your favorite hymns. A freewill offering will be taken.

Knights set dinner

The Columbian Squires of the Knights of Columbus, St. Raphael Council #6265, will hold a spaghetti dinner on Sept. 8 from 4-8 p.m. at St. Raphael Church Hall, at 2514 Lee Blvd. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under.

The dinner includes salad, rolls, spaghetti, meatballs, dessert, coffee and tea. Soda will be available for purchase.

Tickets will be on sale Aug. 25-26 after the Masses and at the door on the night of the dinner. For information or tickets, call Christopher Wood at 694-2189.

Youth orchestra scheduling auditions

The Southwest Florida Youth Orchestra is conducting auditions. The audition are open to students 21 and under.

This year, the program will be expanded to include a full intermediate orchestra - the concert orchestra - which will be conducted by Roland Forti. Nanette Grant will continue to work with the sinfonietta, a string ensemble for less experienced players.

The advanced students will perform in the full youth symphony and have the opportunity to participate in chamber ensembles such as a string quartet, brass quintet, woodwind quartet and percussion ensemble. The ensembles are coached by members of the Southwest Florida Symphony.

To schedule an audition, contact the youth orchestra manager Todd Betz. For information, visit:

Register to vote at Lehigh chamber

"FEVRR" will conduct voter registration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, now through September, in front of the Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce building, located in the Lehigh Town Center on Alabama and Homestead roads. Eligible voters must be U.S. citizens and 17 years or older.

ABWA planning fund-raisers

The Lehigh Acres chapter of ABWA is planning the following upcoming events:

- Flocking with Pink Flamingos: For $15, we will "flock" your front yard with 10 pink flamingos. We also have the option of doing 20 flamingos at $30. You can also add balloons if you wish for a small additional fee. The fund-raiser helps the scholarship fund. To flock someone, contact Vicki Culver at 369-1168.

- The chapter also is collecting donations of notebooks and journals for the PACE Center for Girls in Fort Myers.

- Oct. 27: Lights, Camera, Fashion will be held at the Colonial Country Club, at 9175 Independence Way, Fort Myers. An annual fashion show that supports the education fund for scholarships for Lehigh Acres residents. Luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m. and will include a fashion show, silent auction and Chinese auction. Fashions provided by Denimianco Boutique and Pinkies Boutique, with jewelry by Parklane. There will be celebrity look-a-likes. Cost is $25. For tickets, call Joan Adler-Gordon at 789-9100



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