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Of Special Note (5/29/13)

May 29, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

LCEC honored as Fit-Friendly Worksite

LCEC was recently honored through the American Heart Association's Fit-Friendly Worksite program.

LCEC was recognized at the Gold Level, which means that the company: offers employees physical activity at the worksite, has increased number of healthy eating options available to employees, promotes a wellness culture onsite and embraces at least nine criteria outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture.

As a Fit-Friendly Worksite, LCEC is considered a trailblazer who has adopted the spirit of the initiative and has the vision to try improving the health and wellness of employees and the worksite.

LRMC presents open house, blood drive

An Open House Community Appreciation Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 30 at Lehigh Regional Medical Center, at 1500 Lee Blvd.

Learn about the hospital's services and physicians, as well as meet the associates and doctors. Tours of the Joint Academy, Lehigh Sports and Rehab and the Wound Care Center will be available.

Free refreshments will offered, and there will also drawings for hundreds of prizes.

From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Hurricane Madness Blood Drive will be in full swing. Hostages will be held high above the ground in a bucket truck until they get their 10 blood donors on board.

Donating blood takes about 30 to 45 minutes, during which a mini-physical will be provided including checks of temperature, iron level, blood pressure and pulse.

Each donor must bring a photo identification.

Blood donated at the event will stay in and serve Lehigh Acres.

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.

Free entry to pool on Saturdays 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.

62nd annual Hibiscus Show/Plant Sale set

The James E. Hendry Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society will hold its 62nd annual Hibiscus Show/Plant Sale from 1 to 4 p.m. June 2 at the Araba Shriners Center, at 2010 Hanson St. in Fort Myers.

Free parking and admission.

The event will showcase hundreds of different hybrid hibiscus blooms in a variety of colors and forms, which will be judged in several different classes including amateur, collector, open collector, commercial and seedlings.

More than 700 hybrid hibiscus plants will be for sale. Members of the society who are experts in the care and growing of hibiscus will be available to provide advice.

Raffles will take place throughout the event. Free raffle tickets will be given away every 30 minutes for various gift certificates.

Alzheimer's caregivers support group to meet

The Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center will host a support group meeting for caregivers throughout Lee County at 2 p.m. June 3 and 17 at the Lehigh Acres United Way House, at 201 Plaza Drive, Suite 3.

The meetings include an opportunity for caregivers to meet others who are facing similar challenges and learn more about Alzheimer's disease and effective coping strategies. Select meeting locations feature a guest speaker, as well as an informal time for sharing.

For details, call 437-3007.

Gardening workshops scheduled for youth

Grow A Gardener, an eight-session weekly workshop on edible gardening, will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 3 to July 29 at Veterans Park Recreation Center, at 55 Homestead Road S.

Sessions include soil, seeds, water, worm composting, plant parts, propagation, insects and fruit/vegetable identification. All instructors are volunteer Lee County Master Gardeners.

Children ages 8-15 can sign up online at:

A materials fee of $20 per child is payable to the instructor. A $10 per person, or $25 per family, lifetime membership fee to Veterans Park is also required.

Women's Club to discuss immigration

The Democratic Women's Club of Lee County will meet at 10:30 a.m. June 8 at the Hilton Garden Inn at College Parkway and Summerlin Road.

The featured speaker is the Rev. Allison Farnum, of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers. The topic will be "Call to Compassion - Immigration."

Farnum will explain how immigration is a moral issue and why it is our duty as civic-minded people of conscience to call upon the government for compassionate immigration reform. It also involves reminding ourselves of our interdependence as a human family and our universal stories of migration.

A lunch will be served following the meeting at a cost of $18. For lunch reservations, contact Jim Helms at (239) 432-0970 or

Cayuga Music Studio Spring Concert planned

The Cayuga Music Studio Spring Concert will be held at 2 p.m. June 9 at Faith Lutheran Church, at 705 Leland Heights Blvd.

Come and hear all this year's award winner; one student won more than $4,000. The event is free and open to the public.

For information, contact (239) 368-2488.

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:

'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 details, call (239) 369-1521.

Mentors needed

Seniors age 55 and over are needed to mentor children in elementary schools, Head Start Centers, after-school programs and camp for The Foster Grandparent Program of Southwest Florida.

Volunteers serve 15-20 hours a week and receive a tax-free stipend of $2.65 per hour, transportation reimbursement of 40 cents per mile and a free physical, and earn vacation, sick and holiday pay.

Space is limited. For information or to enroll, contact Joan Willoughby at (239) 332-5346.



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