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Of Special Note (5/8/13)

May 8, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Free seminar aims to inform seniors

The Lee County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with Prather & Swank Elder Law Attorneys, Ginny Yates, Registered Professional Guardian and Elder Care Consultant with Markham-Norton and Abby Services, will host an "Aging Wisely" seminar from 9 to 11 a.m. May 9 at Christ United Methodist Church, at 1430 Homestead Road N.

The C.A.S.E. - Communities Against Senior Exploitation - seminar is designed to help seniors better understand and properly prepare for some of life's most difficult decisions. The free event will consist of discussion, followed by a question and answer session.

For information, call the LCSO Community Relations Unit at (239) 477-1400.

Scholarship applications now being accepted

The Lehigh Regional Hospital Auxiliary will award several $500 scholarships to participants studying medical education.

Applications can be picked up at the information desk in the lobby of the Lehigh Regional Hospital, at 1500 Lee Blvd.

Applicants must be a Lehigh Acres resident. Applications must be entirely filled out with all attachments to qualify.

The deadline is May 10.

For information, call Margaret Switzer at (239) 369-4066.

Program for moms set

Mom's Morning Out is 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:

Eagle to speak before Lee Republican women

The Lee Republican Women Federated will meet May 13 at the Hilton Garden Inn, at 12601 University Drive in Fort Myers. Social hour begins at 11:15 a.m., followed by lunch and a program.

The guest speaker will be Rep. Dane Eagle, of the Florida House of Representatives District 77.

The cost is $16 to attend.

For reservations, call (239) 432-9389 or e-mail

Arts of the Inland schedules meeting

The Arts of the Inland will hold its member meeting at 6 p.m. May 14 at the Firehouse Community Theatre, at 241 North Bridge St., LaBelle.

After a short meeting, a variety of literary readings including excerpts from plays will take place on the theatre stage.

Visual, literary and performing artists, as well as cultural supporters and the public, may attend.

For information, contact LaVon Koenig at (239) 303-5849 or

Bonsai Society to host annual picnic, auction

The Bonsai Society of Southwest Florida will hold its annual picnic and auction May 18 at the Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council's Center, at 2166 Virginia Ave., Fort Myers.

Sidewalk sales and viewing of auction items will begin at 10 a.m., with the auction of trees and related materials beginning at 11 a.m. A lunch buffet will follow.

There is no admission fee, and parking and the lunch are free.

For information, call Greg Lignelli at (239) 560-3275.

Lodge seeks donations for garage sale items

The wives of the officers of Lehigh Acres Lodge 344 F&AM are collecting household items for a garage sale May 18.

The money raised will be used to assist with beautification of the existing building.

Clothing is not needed, but furniture, household items and garden items are being sought.

Residents can drop off items from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays or call (239) 633-0739.

Caloosa Jeepers 'Go Topless' for fund-raiser

The Caloosa Jeepers of Southwest Florida will participating in the National Go Topless Day, an All Things Jeep annual event, on May 18 to raise money for Partners for Breast Cancer Care.

The event kicks off at 9 a.m. with registration and breakfast at Quarterbacks Sports Grille, at 11491 S. Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers. Leave at 11 a.m. and arrive at the Lazy Springs Recreational Park at 1 p.m. There will be barbecue for $10 per plate, and a Jeep Obstacle Course set up.

There is no charge for breakfast or to participate in the Topless Ride. Admission to Lazy Springs is $40 per Jeep, with $15 donated to Partners for Breast Cancer Care.

The Caloosa Jeepers will have T-shirts for sale, with $5 donated from each sale. Jeep for the Cure will also be onsite and will donate 20 percent of its proceeds to Partners for Breast Cancer Care.

Partners for Breast Cancer Care is dedicated to serving the community by funding breast care procedures, such as screening, diagnostic testing, surgery and treatment, for underserved Lee County women and men at no cost to them.

Sponsors, players needed for tourney

The Lee County Homeless Coalition will host the 5th annual charity golf tournament June 1 at the Colonial Country Club; shotgun start at 8 a.m.

Sponsorship opportunities offering signage on the course, complimentary player registrations and recognition at the awards luncheon range from $1,000 to $250.

Team and single-player participation is $100 per person. Registration includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, bagel and coffee breakfast, drink ticket and lunch. Space is limited.

The tournament will also feature several contests for prizes, and 3 Fisherman Restaurant will provide food samples on the course. An awards luncheon emceed by Lee County Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass will follow.

To register or for sponsorship, contact Janet Bartos at (239) 322-6600 or Fred Schilffarth at (239) 410-2127.

'Pickin' In The Park set

Musicians come together to perform during 'Pickin' In The Park from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at the lodge by the lake at the rear of Veterans Park.

The public is welcome to join in playing or just enjoy the music. There is no charge. For information, call (239) 369-1521.

Farmer's Market ongoing

A free 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.

For information on being a vendor, contact (954) 648-5458.

Chamber of Commerce presents new calendar

The Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce announces the release of a new Community Calendar for Lehigh Acres on the chamber's Web site.

The calendar shows events, meetings and other events happening in Lehigh. The purpose is to keep residents informed and reduce the scheduling of multiple events on the same day.

The chamber hopes the calendar is a useful tool for the community in planning future events.

Submit calendar events on the Web site, or via e-mail to with the subject line "calendar."

For information, contact the chamber at (239) 369-3322 or

Citizens can submit questions for county manager candidates

The public is invited to submit questions for Lee County commissioners and county staff to take under consideration and potentially use when they interview the future county manager.

The recruitment Web page was developed to provide the public with information about the search for a new county manager. It is now open for people who want to submit questions for the candidates.

The Lee County Board of County Commissioners is tentatively scheduled to interview the finalists in early June.

Additional information included on the site includes a recruitment timeline, information on the search firm facilitating the recruitment, a county manager profile and more.

Guidelines can be found at: Recruitment/Pages/default.aspx.



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