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Of Special Note (6/12/13)

June 12, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Harry Chapin Food Bank seeking volunteers

The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida needs volunteers to help sort, inspect and pack donated food.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. There are three-hour shifts in the morning or afternoon, and help is especially needed on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Warehouse volunteers are required to bend, lift and stand.

Help is also needed with the mobile pantries. These distributions are held outside, typically at community centers, schools and partner-agency locations throughout the five-county service area.

Volunteers help to set up and stock tables with food as clients make their way through a line, then help clean up when it is over.

Mobile pantry shifts are usually three to four hours long

For information, contact volunteer manager Bedzaida Bryen at (239) 334-7007, ext. 141 or visit:

Free autism screening

The 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 children ages 18 months to 5 years old.

Held on the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, it will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 14 at the Family Health Center, at 2232 Grand Ave., Fort Myers.

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.

Agencies to combat local blood shortages

Lee Memorial Blood Centers and Goodwill Industries have teamed up to help combat summer blood shortages with several blood drives.

One drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 14 at 1404 Lee Blvd.

The first 10 donors will receive a $5 Goodwill gift certificate, as well as an event T-shirt and a $25 gift certificate to participating Napa Auto Care Centers.

For details and age requirements, call (239) 343-2333.

Volunteers needed to walk shelter dogs

Lee County Domestic Animal Services is in need of energetic, committed individuals to walk and exercise dogs at the shelter.

A meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. June 15 at the shelter at 5600 Banner Drive in Fort Myers for those interested. Enter through the Lost and Found Pet Center.

Attendees will get a brief overview of the program and have a chance to observe current volunteers interact with the dogs.

Dog walkers also assist potential adopters in selecting the pet that best suits their lifestyle.

For more information, visit:

Gulf Coast Writers presents guest speaker

The Gulf Coast Writers Association will meet from 10 a.m. to noon June 15 in Room 364 at Hodges University, at 4501 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers.

Guest speaker Dr. Ben Bova will discuss "Ten Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Writing."

Bova is a frequent commentator on radio and television and a widely-popular lecturer. Author of more than 100 futuristic novels and nonfiction books, he was an award-winning editor and an executive in the aerospace industry.

Cost is $3 for members and $5 for non-members; there is no change for first-time attendees.

For information, visit online:

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 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.

Donate blood at annual Guns and Hoses drive

The 4th Annual Guns and Hoses Blood Drive will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 18 at the Lehigh Acres Fire Station, at 11 Homestead Road.

Donors will receive a Guns and Hoses T-shirt and a gift card for Napa Auto Care Centers.

Day at the Races and Game Day planned

The Ladies Auxiliary of St. Raphael Council, Knights of Columbus will hold a Day at the Races and Game Day on June 22 at St. Raphael Church Hall, at 2514 Lee Blvd. Doors will open at noon, with lunch served immediately.

There will be horse racing, card games and Bingo games available.

There will be door prizes awarded, and 50/50 raffles and other raffles will be held.

Cost is $7 and includes lunch.

Women's Club to discuss FGCU plans

The Democratic Women's Club of Lee County will meet at 10:30 a.m. July 13 at the Hilton Garden Inn at College Parkway and Summerlin Road.

The featured speaker is Dr. Richard Behr, dean of Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University. He will speak on FGCU's plans for the future and its contributions to the cultural and economic strength of Southwest Florida.

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

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 be open 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.

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.



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