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September 11, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Junior Edible Gardening Club seeking members

The Junior Edible Gardening Club is accepting new members, ages 8-18, for 2013-14 year.

Meetings are held 5 to 6:30 p.m. September through May.

Members learn about edible plants, insects, worms, soil and composting.

Seeds are started at every meeting, then taken home to be cared for by the members. The plants will be entered into the Lee County Fair.

There is a 4-H membership fee of $15 required.

For membership forms and information, call the contract leader at (610) 530-8883.

All Walks of Art Festival kicks off in Cape Coral

Circus Arts United will host the All Walks of Art Festival from 7 to 11 p.m. on the second Friday of the month, starting Sept. 13, at the Italian American Club, at 4275 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral.

The festival will showcase 30 local artists and their works. Each artist will create a live piece of art to be auctioned off for charity.

The September show will benefit ACT,

The event also features entertainment with 40-plus performers of various disciplines.

The event is free and family-friendly, with face painting, balloon art, magic show and a "graffiti" wall for the children.

Food and a full bar is available.

Professional Network for Women to host show

The Professional Network for Women is hosting a fashion show from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Myers.

Some of the featured vendors include Jockey, Miche, Lia Sophia and Mary Kay.

Cost is $15 and includes a light lunch, dessert, coffee and tea. A cash bar will be available.

All of the proceeds will benefit Dress for Success.

To purchase tickets, visit online:

Grow a Gardener registering participants

Sponsored by the Lehigh Acres Kiwanis, Grow a Gardener is an eight-session program designed to educate ages 8 and up on edible gardening in Southwest Florida.

Instructors are volunteer Lee County Master Gardeners trained by the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

The workshops are held at 10 a.m. at Veterans Park Recreation Center, at 55 Homestead Road S. The workshop dates are:

- Sept. 16: Making soil out of sand, composting

- Sept. 23: The life of a seed, why to start from seed

- Oct. 7: Water needs of plants, Lee County water restrictions

- Oct. 14: Worm bins, fertilizers, Lee County fertilizer restrictions

- Oct. 28: Plant parts from root to seeds

- Nov. 4: Plant propagation, making more plants from the ones you have

- Nov. 18: Insects, do not kill the good guys

- Nov. 25: How you can enter and win at the Lee County Fair

The program has a limit of 10 participants. Graduates will receive a certificate of completion.

Fees are a $10 lifetime membership fee to Veterans Park, plus $5 in materials paid to the instructor; Veterans Park members can drop in for $2.50 per class paid to the instructor.

Members can sign up online at:; non-members must sign up in person at Veterans Park Recreational Center.

For information, call master gardener Karen Harty at (610) 530-8883.

Educational program aims to help caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers will be held on Tuesdays for six weeks, beginning Sept. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Hope Care Center, 1201 Wings Way.

The educational series is designed to help family caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their lives, increase their ability to make hard decisions and locate helpful resources.

Interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming will help participants put the "tools" they learn into action for their life.

If needed, special discounts for companionship care in the home are available for participants during the weekly class times.

Participants will receive a book, "The Caregiver Helpbook," for the class. A donation of $30 to help defray the cost of the book is suggested, but not required.

Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.

For information or to register, call (239) 343-9224.

Edible Gardening meeting scheduled

The Lehigh Acres Edible Gardening Exchange will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Veterans Park Recreational Building, at 55 Homestead Road S.

The guest speaker is Roy Beckford, Lee County's agriculture and natural resources agent. He will discuss how to start and grow tomatoes in Southwest Florida.

After the first free visit, the venue requires a $10 lifetime membership fee; the meetings are free.

Senator to be in Lehigh

Florida Sen. Garrett Richter will meet with constituents from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce, at 25 Homestead Road N., Suite 41.

Richter and his staff will be available to assist with questions, concerns or ideas on how to improve the community.

To attend, drop by or phone ahead to schedule an appointment at (239) 338-2777.

Guest speaker at Gulf Coast Writers meeting

The Gulf Coast Writers Association will meet Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon at Zion?Lutheran Church, at 7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers.

The guest speaker is award-winning author Richard Georgian. He will talk about "The Road to Publication." His book, "Cossacks, Indians and Buffalo Bill," won the Stuart Thayer Prize from the Circus Historical Society in 2012.

Cost is $3 for members and $5 for non-members; first-time meeting attendees are free.

For more information, visit:

Groups organize '2013 Spray Off'

In October, the Lehigh Acres Community Initiative, Keep Lee County Beautiful and the Lee County Sheriff's Office will host the 2013 Spray Off.

The competition allows youth to apply their mixed media artistic talents using spray paint on appropriate canvas and not on local homes, businesses and vehicles.

Twelve participants will be selected to enter the second round to paint from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Veterans Park.

All artwork will be displayed at the Lehigh Makes a Difference Day, which will take place the same day at the park from 3 to 8 p.m.

Registration forms are available at the East Lee County Library or online on the Web site at:

The deadline to register and send in artwork is Sept. 27.

League of Women Voters of Lee County to meet

The League of Women Voters of Lee County will meet Oct. 5 at the Hilton Garden Inn, at 12600 University Drive, Fort Myers.

Registration and networking at 8:45 a.m.; breakfast at 9 a.m.; guest speaker at 9:30 a.m.; member business meeting at 11 a.m.; and board meeting at 11:30 a.m.

The guest speaker is Denise Sabatini, MSTBU program manager for Lee County. The topic is "Lee County Government."

Sabatini will provide an overview of the government agencies and LeeGROWS - Government Resource and Orientation Workshop Series - a program designed to help the public understand what happens "behind the scenes."

The public is invited to attend.

Cost of the breakfast is $15. Checks preferred, made payable to LWV of Lee County FL.

Reservations required by Oct. 2 at (239) 278-1032 or by e-mailing

Singers to hold auction

The Lehigh Singers auction will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Royal Palm Square in Fort Myers.

The art for sale will be on display at ABC Framing, at 12801 Commerce Lake Drive, Suite 314, Fort Myers. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Estimates and appraisal prices for the silent and live auctions will be available at the store.

Art by internationally acclaimed artist ZAKI will be on display, as well as with many nationally acclaimed artists.

Lehigh Children's Choir conducting rehearsals

The Lehigh Children's Choir rehearses from 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays at Cayuga Music Studio, at 1100 Homestead Road. For information, call (239) 368-2488.

Pool offering fall swim lessons, water aerobics

The Lehigh Acres Community Pool, at 1400 W. Fifth St., is hosting fall swim lessons. A range of skill levels are offered for all ages by American Red Cross-certified instructors. Eight classes are $50.

Commit to get fit with aqua aerobics. Choose the fast-paced workout at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, or the low-impact National Arthritis Foundation-sponsored class at 1:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Classes are in chest-deep water, 45 minutes in length and do not heavily impact joints.

There are lifeguards on-duty; lap swimmers are welcome.

Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for ages 17 and under, and $2 for seniors.

For details, call (239) 369-8277 or visit:

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.



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