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Of Special Note (2/27/13)

February 27, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

'Children in Crisis' focus of lecture

The "Wednesday Morning Live!" community lecture series will be held today, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, at 2439 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Free admission, with coffee and snacks at 9:30 a.m.

"Children in Crisis" will be presented by Raelyn Means, circuit director for the 20th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem program. The program's mission is to represent the best interests of children who have been abused, abandoned and neglected.

For information, contact (239) 334-8937 or

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 to feature plants, art

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

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

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: or contact Norman Jones at 995-2097.

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:

- 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:

Fashion show set

The General Women's Club of Lehigh Acres will host its annual fashion show April 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Colonial Country Club, at 9175 Independence Way, Fort Myers.

This year's theme is "Fashion in Paradise." Fashions will be provided by Anthony's of Fort Myers.

The cost is $25, which includes lunch, the show and an auction. For tickets and information, contact Mary Beck at (239) 368-6076.

Proceeds from the event will go to the General Women's Club Scholarship fund, which helps young women in Lehigh Acres fund their education.

General Woman's Club to award scholarships

The General Woman's Club of Lehigh Acres will award several $500 scholarships to single parents with minor children living at home.

Applicants must be a resident of Lehigh Acres and currently enrolled in continuing education classes at an accredited college, university or technical school.

There is no pre-printed application form. The guidelines are:

- Resident of Lehigh Acres: Send proof of residence, such as a utility bill or rent receipt.

- Provide street address and telephone number where you can be contacted; P.O Boxes will not be accepted.

- Single parent with minor children living at home.

- Name of college, university or technical school in which you are currently enrolled.

- Brief biography that includes your area of study.

Application must be received no later than April 20.

Mail application information to Diane A. Lashua, Scholarship Chairman, 123 Sebring Circle, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936.

Awards will be issued May 17.

For information, contact (412) 708-0422 or

Mom's Morning Out program for families

Mom's Morning Out will be held May 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Alva Community Center, at 21471 N. River Road, Alva.

The program provides supervision for preschoolers ages 3-5 so mother can have a few hours to themselves. Participating children must be potty trained.

It includes inside games, play time, short movies, snack, playground, arts and crafts, and fun time with music.

Cost is $10 to register.

For information, call Sandra at (239) 728-2882 or visit:

Farmer's Market set for Saturdays

A Farmer's Market is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Majestic Golf Club, at 350 Homestead Rd. The market offers fresh fruits and vegetables, crafts, music and food vendors. Admission is free. For information on being a vendor, contact (954) 648-5458.



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