Beta Sigma Phi meeting today
Beta Sigma Phi, Laureate Delta Xi will meet today, Feb. 13, at Jan Weatherwax's home. Officers meet at 7:15 p.m.; members meet at 7:30 p.m. Visiting Betas can call Jan at (239) 694-9624.
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:
- 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.
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: www.fnpscoccoloba.org.
Gutridge to speak at Women's Club meeting
The General Women's Club of Lehigh Acres' will meet at 1 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Faith Lutheran Church. The speaker will be Larry Gutridge, Lee County Sheriff's Office crime prevention specialist. Attendees are asked to bring donations for the Bake Less Bake Sale.
Bova to address local writers association
The Gulf Coast Writers Association will meet at 10 a.m. Feb. 16 in the Fellowship Hall at Zion Lutheran Church, at 7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers.
Guest speaker is Ben Bova, a writer, editor and former aerospace executive. His novel, "Titan," won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best science fiction novel of the year in 2006.
Bonsai Society lists guest speakers
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.
Speaker Jim Gehring will display and discuss suiseki - viewing stones - and their presentation. Speaker Jim Bremer will show and discuss saikei, or penjing in Chinese - tray landscapes.
Materials and a workshop for creating saikei will be available afterward for those who are interested.
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.
Concert band to put on Valentine's Day program
The Lehigh Concert Band will present a Valentine's Day program at 3 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Faith Lutheran Church, at 305 E. Leeland Heights Blvd.
The band is recruiting members who have an interest in playing for the community. All interested musicians may call Peter Serries at 239-4754 with information about the instrument you can play.
Celebrate Today's Woman open to public
The Celebrate Today's Woman lunch, sponsored by the Woman's Life Insurance Society, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Hilton Garden Inn, at 12600 University Drive, Fort Myers.
It will focus on how Lee County business women can enhance their network and offers valuable information from three professionals: Linda Doggett, Lee County Clerk of Court; Ileana Sisson, licensed psychotherapist; and Terry Foster, health and nutritional counselor.
Enjoy lunch, visit business displays and network your business. Choice of lunch, goodie bags, raffle prizes and more.
Cost is $20 per person for lunch and program, or $60 for four people. Event is open to the public. For information or reservations, call (239) 225-5019.
47th Annual Competition for Young Artists set
The 47th Annual Competition for Young Artists for the Jillian Prescott Music Awards will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 2 at Florida Gulf Coast University's Bower School of Music, at 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers.
Sponsored by The Southwest Florida Symphony and Society, the competition is a scholarship opportunity for instrumental and vocalist students. It is open to keyboard, strings, woodwinds/brass, percussion and voice.
A special pre-competition continental breakfast will be held at 8:30 a.m. March 2. Cost is $5.
The competition is two-tiered - youth, ages 12-17, and young adult, ages 17-22. Prize money of $200 for youth and $400 for young adult will be awarded for future musical study. An overall winner in each category will get $500.
One first place winner will be awarded $1,800 and will perform with the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra during the 2013-14 season, with music to be mutually agreed by the conductor and winner. Other awards will be given to "up and coming" stars.
For information, contact Pamela Simon at (239) 418-0996.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Democratic Women's Club meeting planned
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 email@example.com.
Lee County Community Band to perform
The Lee County Community Band will perform 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: www.leecountyband.org or contact Norman Jones at 995-2097.
Farmer's Market set for Saturdays
A Farmer's Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Majestic Golf Club, at 350 Homestead Rd. The market will offer fresh fruits and vegetables, crafts, music and food vendors. A classic car show is also scheduled for Feb. 16. Admission is free. For information on being a vendor, contact (954) 648-5458.