'Dogtober,' 'Caturday' adoption deals offered
October has officially been deemed "Dogtober" at Lee County Domestic Animal Services.
Nationally, the month has been dedicated to raising awareness about the joys and benefits of adopting shelter dogs.
LCDAS has reduced the adoption fee for all animals to just $25 - cats are included.
In addition, all Saturdays in October will be replaced by "Caturdays" and all feline adopters will receive a kitty goody bag.
Cats and kittens also may be adopted two for the price of one.
All adoptions include spay or neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, microchip ID, and many other veterinary services valued at more than $500.
Adoption hours are 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
For information, call (239) 533-7387 (LEE-PETS) or visit: www.LeeLostPets.com.
For a current list of pets for adoption and lost pets, visit online. The Web site updates hourly.
Libertarian Party of Lee County to meet
The Libertarian Party of Lee County will meet from 7 to 8:45 p.m. today, Oct. 2, in the Judge Landis or Useppa Room of the Shoeless Joe's restaurant at Bell Tower in South Fort Myers.
Dinner is served between 7 and 7:45 p.m.; it is self-pay.
We welcome liberty-minded individuals of all party affiliations.
Kim Hawk, libertarian activist and a representative on the Lee County Soil and Water Board, will discuss the "7 Myths of Capitalism" at 7:45 p.m.
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 today, Oct. 2, at (239) 278-1032 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free autism screening for young children
The Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida offers a free monthly autism spectrum disorder screening for toddlers 18 months to 5 years of age.
The next one will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 4 at the East Lee County Public Library, at 881 Gunnery Road N., in the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.
The screenings are conducted by the Neurosciences Center. They are administered by advanced registered nurse practitioners.
A physician referral is not required. To schedule a screening, call (239) 343-6838.
Growing strawberries topic of meeting
The Garden Club of Lehigh Acres will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Fountain Crest, at 1230 Taylor Lane.
The guest speaker will be Danny Blank, owner of the 12 Seasons Farm in Olga and a former farm manager at ECHO. He will share his expertise on "Growing Strawberries in Southwest Florida."
Members can place their orders for strawberry plants through the club or by contacting Blank.
General meeting and plant auction to follow the presentation.
New members and guests are welcome. Annual dues are $10.
For information, call Terry Pinck at (239) 368-5615.
Edison State College to host job fair
Career Services at Edison State College will host a job fair from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 10 in Room 102, Building U.
The free event is open to the public and will feature a variety of businesses looking for employees to join their workforce. Positions available include full-time, part-time and internship possibilities.
The fair will provide employers with the opportunity to network with interested individuals, while allowing attendees the chance to ask questions about job openings.
Attendees are encouraged to bring resumes and dress professionally.
Currently, the following organizations have signed up to participate: ABT SRBI; Bealls Department Stores; Cintas - Fire Protection Division; Collier County Public Schools; Computer Solutions of America; Cotton On; Edison State College; Enterprise Holdings (National, Enterprise Car Rental); Florida Highway Patrol; Fort Myers Police Department; GameStop; Gartner; Hertz; Home Depot; Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa; Labor Ready; Lowes; NCH Healthcare System; RaceTrac Petroleum; Renaissance School; ReliabilityWeb.com; Seminole Casino - Immokalee; Shell Point Retirement Community; Sundial Beach Resort and Spa; SunTrust Bank; SWFL Works; SymMetric Revenue Solutions; South Seas Island Resort; Target; U. S. Army; and Wells Fargo Banks.
For more information, visit: www.edison.edu/careerservices or call (239) 489-9394.
8th annual Pirate Festival planned
Presented by the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Pollo Tropical, the 8th annual Pirate Fest will be held Oct. 11-13 at the docks beside Matanzas Pass on Fort Myers Beach.
The festival features live music, a family fun theatre, magic show, live sea battle, real cannons, pirate ship rides, mermaids, a Pirate's Ball and other pirate groups interacting with the crowd on the streets of Old San Carlos Boulevard.
Admittance is free, excluding the Pirate's Ball and rides on the Black Duck pirate ship.
A Pub-n-Grub coupon book is available and includes drink and food specials from area restaurants and bars. The coupons are good through October.
Sponsored and hosted by Nervous Nellies, the Pirate's Ball will features a pirate costume contest. Prizes and giveaways will be awarded. Advanced tickets are available online.
For information, visit:?www.pollotropicalpiratefest.com.
Free monthly art demo
Instructor June De Vincent will give a free demonstration of a different art medium on the third Wednesday of each month from noon to 2 p.m. at the Veterans Park Recreation Center, at 55 Homestead Road S.
For ages 14 and older.
The schedule is as follows:
- Oct. 16: Watercolors
- Nov. 20: Pastels
- Jan. 15: Rice paper
- Feb. 19: Optical illusion art
For information, call (239) 369-1521 or visit: www.leeparks.org.
Call for artists
The Arts of the Inland invites artists to apply for its juried Perceptions Art Show to be held Nov. 10 in the Crown Room at the Majestic Golf Club.
The submission deadline is Oct. 29. Prospectus and application are available online at: www.artsoftheinland.com.
Entry fees for Arts of the Inland and Art Council of Southwest Florida members is $10 per art work, or $20 per art work for non-members.
For information, contact LaVon Koenig at email@example.com or (239) 303-5849.
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: www.leeparks.org.
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.
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.