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October 31, 2012
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Input sought on Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve has a restoration plan that the public can view and provide input on.

It will be the topic of discussion at a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve Interpretive Center, at 7751 Penzance Blvd., Fort Myers. Written comments are encouraged and can be given at the meeting, online or through the mail.

The plan is available for review until today, Oct. 31, at the East County Regional Library, at 881 Gunnery Road N.; at the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve Interpretive Center; and online at:

The plan, called a land stewardship plan, is the product of Lee County Conservation 20/20 staff. It describes the preserve, planned stewardship activities and future public amenities. After public review, it will be presented to the Lee County Commission for approval.

For more information, visit:

First Congregational announces activities

First Congregational Christian Church presents the following:

- Today, Oct. 31: Trunk or Treat from 5-7 p.m.

Kiwanis Thrift Store

to host Trunk or Treat

The Kiwanis Thrift Store will host a "Trunk or Treat" event from 6-8 p.m. today, Oct. 31, at 15 Homestead Road S. Those interested in participating should contact Damon Shelor at 369-6336. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments and snacks will be available.

Lehigh Concert group to perform

The Lehigh Acres Concert Association will produce a vocal concert at 2:30 p.m. today, Oct. 31, at Fountain Crest Retirement Community on Taylor Lane.

It is a free concert and the public is invited. Participating in the concert will be: sopranos, Alice Glawe and Tonya Reasoner of Fort Myers Beach; bass, Ralph Boettger of Fountain Crest; Ravyn Clark, a country music singer who is a junior at Lehigh Senior High School; and tenor, Ken Follette of Lehigh.

James Kreger, minister of music at Faith Lutheran Church, and Julian Sundby will also perform.

Some of the songs include "There's a Small Hotel," "The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane," "I Feel Pretty" and "On a Clear Day."

Legion to sell poppies

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 323 will host Poppy Days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2-3.

Members will be in front of many stores in Lehigh Acres asking for donations to the Poppy Fund. It is a reminder for Americans that millions sacrificed their lives and health to keep America free.

The local poppy is handmade by veterans, who receive a small stipend for each one made. Poppy contributions are devoted entirely to rehabilitation and assistance for veterans and their families.

Aviation Day to benefit Harry Chapin Food Bank

Aviation Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at Page Field in Fort Myers. Hosted by the Lee County Port Authority, the event aims to raise awareness of Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field.

Admission is free, but visitors can bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Last year, attendees donated more than 2,100 pounds of food and $1,176, which provided more than $7,000 in food to families.

Call 590-4504 or visit:

Veteran's Park art show scheduled

The Veteran's Park Annual Art Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 3-4. Artists, photographers, authors and craftsmen associated with Arts of the Inland and the Art Council of Southwest Florida will be on display. The displays will be in the community room at the Recreation Center. For information, call June DeVincent at 368-6851.

Archers registering new participants

The Lee County Archers are registering new participants. The following events take place at the Nalle Grade County Park Range in North Fort Myers:

- Nov. 4: 900 Round at 9 a.m.

For information, contact Ben Brown at 369-6212 or at P.O. Box 1437, Lehigh Acres, Florida 33970.

Caregiver classes set

Lee Memorial Health System, in collaboration with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and Senior Choices of Southwest Florida, is pleased to present Powerful Tools for Caregivers, an educational series designed to provide you with the tools you need to take care of yourself.

Classes consist of six sessions held once a week. Two experienced class leaders conduct the series. Interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming will help you take the "tools" you choose and put them into action for your life.

Classes will be held from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 5Dec. 10 on Mondays in Community Room B at the Hope HealthCare Services, at 1201 Wings Way.

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

The 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.

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.

Residents can apply for Thanksgiving baskets

The public can apply for free Thanksgiving baskets until Nov. 9 at the Lehigh Community Services office, at 201 Plaza Drive. Applicants can fill out a form at the office to see if they qualify.

Last year, close to 300 families were given baskets with food and certificates. Several organizations have donated food and gift certificates this year.

To contribute a turkey, organizers suggest buying a gift certificate, especially for turkey, at one of the local supermarkets. People can also donate canned goods.

Elks Lodge 1288 to celebrate centennial

The Fort Myers Elk's Lodge 1288 will have a dinner and dance Nov. 9 celebrating its Centennial Celebration, along with the Elk's Mid-Year Convention. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m.

Dinner choice of filet mignon medallions or pecan encrusted grouper at $35 per person. Dress code is black tie optional. Mail checks and entree choices to Fort Myers Elks Lodge, 1900 Park Meadows Drive, Fort Myers, FL, 33907. Make checks payable to Fort Myers Elks Lodge.

For information, call the Lodge secretary between 9 a.m. and noon at 278-1355.

Canada Club to meet

The Canada Club of Lehigh Acres will meet at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at Faith Lutheran Church, at 705 Leland Heights Blvd., for a pot luck supper. For details, call 369-3846.

Fall Festival Dinner tickets available

Tickets are available for the St. Raphael's Fall Festival opening night dinner set for Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. A flag raising and ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. at the church campus. For tickets, call 303-8540.

Women's Club to meet

The November meeting of the General Women's Club of Lehigh Acres will be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Faith Lutheran Church, on Leeland Heights Boulevard. The chief executive officer of the Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce is the speaker. There will also be a holiday bake sale.

Community Plan Workshop set

The next Lehigh Acres Community Plan Workshop will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 17 at the East County Regional Library, at 881 Gunnery Road N.

Free admission to bonsai show, sale

The Annual Bonsai Show & Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 17-18 at the Lee County Election Center, at 13180 Cleveland Ave. S., Fort Myers. Cponsored by the Bonsai Society of Southwest Florida, event admission and parking are free.

The event will feature bonsai exhibits and critiques, workshops and demonstrations, raffles, silent auctions, and sales of bonsai trees and supplies. Vendors will be present to assist buyers with bonsai needs and supplies.

Ed Trout, Toby Diaz, Ernie Fernandez, Mike Feduccia, Mike Cartrett and Dorothy Schmitz, all renowned bonsai artists, will be available to give lectures and provide demonstrations. For information, contact Jim Bremer at 482-7543.



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