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February 6, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Softball game seeking players

The upcoming Lee County Sheriff's Office vs. Neighborhood Watch Softball Game is seeking players. To play in the game, call 674-9068 or contact your Neighborhood Watch coordinator.

Fraud seminars for seniors planned

The Lee County Sheriff's Office will host a "Learn to Fight Fraud" seminar, followed by a question and answer session on:

- Today: St. Leo Catholic Church, at 28290 Beaumont Road, Bonita Springs, from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

- Feb. 14: Christ United Methodist Church, at 1430 Homestead Road N., from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

The seminar covers frauds and scams affecting seniors and their families; how seniors can recognize and report frauds and scams; and how to detect, protect and report health care fraud and abuse.

For information or to RSVP, call the LCSO at 477-1037.

Church to host games, lunch as fund-raiser

St. Anselm Episcopal Church is planning a party with games and lunch from noon to 3 p.m. today at Sixth Street and Joel Boulevard. Donation of $5.

All proceeds to benefit church outreach programs. Call Selma at 368-2862 or Perlyn 369-9562.

Autism screening for young children

Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida will offer a free autism spectrum disorder screening for toddlers 18 months to 5 years.

The screening will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Wellness Center of Cape Coral, at 609 S.E. 13th Court.

The ASD screenings are administered by an advanced registered nurse practitioner, who has extensive training and experience in typical child development and developmental disorders.

A physician referral is not required. To schedule a screening, call 343-6838.

Free car seat safety inspections

Kohl's Kids Safety Program and Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida will provide free car seat safety inspections from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 8 at the RCMA Rollason CDC, at 402 W. Main Street, Building C, Immokalee.

Car seats will be available at a reduced price if the car seat is part of a recall, out dated or not the appropriate car seat for the child.

Bilingual fitting technicians will be available. Appointments are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling at 343-5224.

Elk's plan Valentine's dinner and dance

The Fort Myers Elk's Lodge 1288 will host a Valentine's Day dinner dance on Feb. 9. Bar opens at 4 p.m., with dinner at 5:30 p.m.

Marinated flank steak with barnaise sauce will be served. Big band music performed by Jim Blackburn and his Orchestra.

Tickets are $20 per person. Call Jean Long at 275-9704. Elks members from Lehigh Acres are invited to attend.

Legion offers program, Valentine's Dinner

The American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 323, will host a Valentine's Dinner from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 9. Open to the public.

The dinner will include spinach, Mandarin oranges and strawberry salad with poppy seed dressing, chicken cordon bleu with white wine herb sauce, herbed basmati rice, steamed vegetables and dessert plate.

The cost is $10 per person. Tickets are available at the American Legion Post 323 Canteen and must be purchased before Feb. 7.

Ethic Pirohi Dinner set

All Saints Catholic Church on Bayshore Road will serve an Ethnic Pirohi Dinner from 3-6:30 p.m. Feb. 9.

Featured will be Pirohi, stuffed cabbage, vegetables and a dessert of your choice, with coffee or tea for $12 per dinner. Baked goods will also be available for sale at the dinner.

Democratic Women's Club meeting planned

Democratic Women's Club of Lee County will meet at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 9 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fort Myers. A lunch will be served following the meeting.

The scheduled speaker is Jim Helms, a retired human resources executive with more than 35 years professional experience in organizational development and employee relations.

He will speak on "Civil Treatment" and how teams and organizations can instill a high level of professionalism and effectiveness through the speech and conduct of team members and leaders.

The Democratic Women's Club of Lee County will meet again at 10:30 a.m. March 9 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fort Myers.

Visitors may make reservations for lunch by contacting Jim Helms at

Lee County Community Band to perform

The Lee County Community Band will perform Feb. 10, March 10 and April 7 at Cape Coral High School, at 2300 Santa Barbara Blvd. The events are free of charge, though donations are accepted.

Band members are musicians from all walks of life - career musicians, amateurs and folks renewing skills from years past - who reside in Lee, Collier, and Charlotte counties. The band rehearses from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays at St. Michael's Lutheran School in Fort Myers; new members are welcome.

For more information, visit: or contact Norman Jones at 995-2097.

County official to speak at Garden Club meeting

The Garden Club of Lehigh Acres will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Fountain Crest, at 1230 Taylor Lane Ext. The club's monthly plant auction will follow.

Keith Howard, deputy director of the Solid Waste Division of Lee County Waste Management, will be guest speaker. He will give information about the "Lee County Compost Program."

New members and guests are welcome at attend. Annual dues are $10. For information, call Terry Pinck at 368-5615.

Learn to prevent scams at LCSO seminar

The Lee County Sheriff's Office will conduct a workshop on preventing frauds, scams and identity theft from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 14 at the Christ United Methodist Church, at 1430 Homestead Road.

The program is being held in an effort to educate the public on how to recognize and prevent residents from becoming a victim of a fraud, scam or identity theft. Fraud experts will be on hand to for a stimulating discussion, followed by a question and answer session.

Other such seminars are also being held in other communities in Lee County. For more information or to make a reservation, call the LCSO at 477-1037.

Florida Native Plant Society announces speakers

The Coccoloba Chapter, Florida Native Plant Society meets at 7 p.m. at the Rutenberg Park Eco-Living Center in Fort Myers. Social time and information corner at 6:30 p.m. There is no fee to attend.

Speakers and topics will be:

- Feb. 14: Judy Ott, of the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, on the use of Florida native plants in Southwest Florida restoration projects.

- March 14: Doug Caldwell, of the Collier County Extension Office, on the non-native spiraling white fly and other bugs that may impact native plants.

For additional information, visit the Web site online at:

Author to talk to Bonsai Society

The Bonsai Society of Southwest Florida will meet at 9 a.m. Feb. 16 at the Support Personnel Association of Lee County, at 6281 Metro Plantation Road, Fort Myers.

Martha Goff, experienced award-winning bonsais and author of the "Green Sheets" on bonsai horticulture, will be the featured speaker. She will demonstrate techniques for refining and improving bonsai trees and will offer suggestions for improving submitted trees.

The public is invited to attend the meeting. Guests are invited to bring their trees. There is no charge to attend and parking is free.

For information, call Jim Bremer at 482-7543.

Neighborhood Watch Block Party planned

The 3rd Annual Neighborhood Watch Block Party will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 16 at Veterans Park, at 55 Homestead Road S. Free admission and activities for the family.

March in the Park scheduled

The 5th annual March in the Park will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9 at Jaycee Park in Cape Coral. Hosted by the Garden Club of Cape Coral, the plant and garden art sale is a fund-raising event.

Last year, more than 40 vendors were in attendance, selling all kinds of plants, from ground cover to palm trees, and garden art, from stepping stones to glass reflectors. Speakers, raffle drawings, food and music will also be available throughout the day.

If you are a vendor of plants, food or garden-related crafts and want to join the juried show, contact Ginny Huffer at 257-2654 or



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