Florida High School Athletic Association swings into Lee County
More than 30 of Florida's best high school baseball teams will compete for their respective class titles starting today, May 15, through May 23 at JetBlue Park.
It will showcase 32 teams from the Florida High School Athletic Association Baseball Finals, including the contenders for the state championships in 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A, 7A and 8A.
Lee County has not hosted one of the state baseball finals since 1967. Bringing the event to Lee County was a combined effort of the Lee County Sports Authority, Lee County Parks and Recreation Department, the Red Sox and the Lee County School District.
Parking is $8 daily; admission is $9. No games May 19.
For a complete schedule, visit: www.fhsaa.org/sports/baseball.
Volunteer groups are needed for the event; service learning, service projects and corporate volunteering are available.
Contact Lee County Parks and Recreation Volunteer Services at (239) 533-7422 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kiwanis, Winn-Dixie to kick off summer
The Lehigh Acres Kiwanis Club and Winn-Dixie are kicking off the summer with food and fun.
A celebration will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. May 16 at the Winn-Dixie, at 1145 N. There will be live entertainment, food sampling, a pie eating contest, a caricature artist and more.
The event is open to the public and admission is free.
General Women's Club to install new officers
The General Women's Club of Lehigh Acres will meet at noon May 17 at the Faith Lutheran Church on Leeland Heights Boulevard.
Business meeting will start at 1 p.m. with scholarship and philanthropic awards and installation of new officers for 2013-14.
Bring something to share with the other members and scholarship winners.
Free 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 on the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17 at Lakes Regional Library, at 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers.
The ASD screening is conducted by the Neurosciences Center at Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida. The 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 (239) 343-6838.
Literacy of Lehigh seeking tutors
Literacy of Lehigh is holding a tutor training class from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18 at Lehigh Community Services, at 201 Plaza Drive, Suite 103.
There is a great need in the community for people to learn English as a second language. For reservations, call (239) 369-5818; lunch is provided.
Tutoring services are available at Lehigh Community Services from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Ryan McCleskey Memorial Redfish Challenge planned
Lee Memorial Health System Foundation will host the 9th Annual Ryan McCleskey Memorial Redfish Challenge on May 18; captains meeting is May 17 at the Twisted Conch, at 837 S..E 47th Terrace, Cape Coral.
The event includes a top prize of $1,500, with other prizes at $750 and $500. Winners are determined by the combined weight of two redfish.
The annual tournament honors Ryan McCleskey, who ended his fight against cancer on Feb. 3, 2006. Family, friends and acquaintances continue his battle in loving memory and donate all event proceeds to Barbara's Friends, The Children's Hospital cancer fund.
Sponsors include Cape Harbour, D&D Bait and Tackle, ScreenPrintPlus, Cape Tool and Tackle and Marineco Suppliers, among others.
The entry fee is $250 per team/boat of three to four anglers.
For information, sponsorship and registration information, call Kristin McCleskey at (239) 699-7426 or visit: www.ryansredfishchallenge.com.
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.
Free entry Saturday to Tice pool for summer
In partnership with the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Nations Association, Lee County Parks and Recreation and the Lee County School District, the Tice Community Pool is helping children cool off and take pride in their community this summer.
At 4515 Glenwood Ave., the pool will open June 1 and will be available to the public every Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. until Aug. 3. Admission is free.
Safety is a priority and a number of deputies and volunteers have become certified life guards for the outreach. Water safety instructions given on site.
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.
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 August.
Additional information included on the site includes a recruitment timeline, information on the search firm facilitating the recruitment, a county manager profile and more.
The link and guidelines for questions are online at: www.lee-county.com/CARecruitment/Pages/default.aspx.