Free tomato growing presentation at library
Learn how to grow tomatoes at a free presentation at 2 p.m. Jan. 11 at the East County Regional Library, at 881 N. Gunnery Road.
The instructor is Karen Harty, Lee County UF/IFAS Master Gardener.
Register at the Lee County Library Web site or call the reference desk at (239) 533-4636.
Learn how to garden
Grow a Gardener, an eight-session program designed to educate all ages on edible gardening in Southwest Florida, will be held Mondays at 3:30 p.m. at the Veterans Park Recreation Center, at 55 S. Homestead Road.
Instructors are volunteer Lee County Master Gardeners trained by the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
The workshops set are:
- Jan. 13: Making soil out of sand and composting
- Jan. 27: The life of a seed and why to start from seed
- Feb. 3: Water needs of plants and Lee County water restrictions
- Feb. 10: Worm bins, fertilizers and Lee County fertilizer restrictions
- Feb. 24: Plant parts from root to seeds
- March 10: Plant propagation and making more plants from the ones you have
- March 17: Insects - do not kill the good guys
- March 24: What parts of the plant we can eat
All graduates will receive a certificate of completion from Lee County University of Florida/IFAS.
The cost for all eight sessions is $20, paid to the instructor; the cost per workship is $2.50. A $10 lifetime membership fee to Veterans Park is also required.
Members can sign up online at: webtrac.leegov.com; non-members must sign up at the center.
For information on the program, call Karen Harty at (610) 530-8883. For information on the center, call (239) 369-1521.
Lehigh Singers to perform
The Lehigh Singers will perform two selections at the Arts of the Inland meeting Jan. 14 at 9:45 a.m. at Keiser University, at 9100 Forum Corporate Parkway, Fort Myers.
They have also been invited to perform at the 3rd Annual Inland Arts & Music Festival on Feb. 1 at Barron Park in LaBelle. The event will feature live music from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Lehigh Singers rehearse every Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. at the Cayuga Music Studio. Members are asked to attend every rehearsal until the concert in early April.
They are looking for tenors and basses. If you have not been in the group in the past, call (239) 822-1890 for an audition.
Edible landscaping topic of garden club meeting
The Garden Club of Lehigh Acres will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Fountain Crest, at 1230 Taylor Lane.
Adrienne Diaz, a certified square foot garden instructor, Lee County Master Garden and the director of the Six Mile Charter Academy School Gardens.
New members and guests are welcome. Annual dues are $10.
For information, call Terry Pinck at (239) 368-5615.
Free monthly art demos
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:
- Jan. 15: Rice paper
- Feb. 19: Optical illusion art
For information, call (239) 369-1521 or visit: www.leeparks.org.
Edible Gardening Exchange to meet
The Lehigh Acres Edible Gardening Exchange will meet Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Veterans Park Recreation Center.
The guest speaker is Monica Ozores-Hampton, of the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee. She will talk about heirloom tomatoes.
After the first meeting, the venue requires a $10 lifetime membership fee.
For information, contact Karen Harty at (610) 530-8883.
Gulf Coast Writers to host guest speaker
The Gulf Coast Writers Association will meet Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon at Zion Lutheran Church, at 7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers.
The speaker is Mark Wayne Adam, vice president of communication for the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. He has illustrated more than 30 children's books in six years, winning numerous children's book awards.
The topic is "Is A Picture Worth A Thousand Words?" It will cover the importance of cover art, how to work with an illustrator including costs, rights needed for reproduction and an overview of services provided by illustrators.
Members and first-time visitors are free; guests are $5.
For information, visit online at: www.gulfwriters.org.
Lehigh Children's Choir holding auditions
The Lehigh Children's Choir is holding auditions until Jan. 20.
The spring concert will be in late March, with additional performances from February through April.
For an audition time, call (239) 368-2488.
Rehearsals are every Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. They include extensive ear training and theory.
Open call for artists, craftsmen and writers
The 3rd Annual Inland Arts & Music Festival will be held Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Barron Park in LaBelle.
Artists, photographers, sculptors, artisans, craftsmen and writers are invited to participate and sell at the outdoor event.
Food vendors will be on-site, including an early Rotary Pancake Breakfast. Live music will be performed in the gazebo throughout the day and children will enjoy the wandering characters.
Admission is free.
A 10-by-10 space for Arts of the Inland members is $30; non-member rate is $60. Deadline for reserving vendor space is Jan. 24.
Applications are available at: www.artsoftheinland.com.
Vendor set-up begins at 7 a.m. and must be completed by 9 a.m. Tear down will be after 3 p.m.
For information, contact LaVon Koenig at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (239) 303-5849.
LCDAS announces Microchip Clinics
Lee County Domestic Animal Services will host a series of clinics to encourage microchipping of pets to help increase the return of stray animals and protect owners if their pet is lost or stolen.
Microchip Clinics will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on the first Friday of each month, with the exception of July. The dates are:
- Feb. 7
- March 7
- April 4
- May 2
- June 6
- Aug. 1
- Sept. 5
- Oct. 3
- Nov. 7
- Dec. 5.
The cost is $15 per pet; no appointment is necessary. Lee County pet-licensing fees are reduced if a pet is sterilized and microchipped.
Visit: www.leelostpets.com to view pets for adoption or for more information.
LRMC offers insurance help
People needing assistance signing up for health insurance on the online Marketplace can call Lehigh Regional Medical Center's free helpline at (239) 368-4407.
A certified application counselor will help individuals navigate the insurance exchanges and selection process, enroll in the program and find a physician.
The deadline for enrollment is March 31.
Once coverage begins, individuals can schedule well visits with their new primary care physician, pediatrician, internal medicine specialist or family doctor.
For details, contact Jameeka Latimer at (239) 368-4407 or Jameeka.Latimer@hma.com.
Farmer's Market open to public
The Fenway South Farmer's Market will be held every Monday from 2 to 6 p.m. at JetBlue Park at Fenway South, at 11500 Fenway South Drive, Fort Myers.
The market will include local produce, cheeses, fresh pastas, local seafood, baked breads, meats, herbs, organic vegetables, ready-to-eat meals, flowers, crafts, soaps, candles, live music and more.
Parking is free.
Visit online at: www.buylocallee.com.