Sign up early for Lee County summer camps
Registration has started for the Lee County Parks & Recreation 2014 summer camps.
The camps draw thousands of youth throughout the region to programs, outings and activities at the department's traditional camps, teen camps and specialty camps.
The camps run nine weeks, from June 9 through Aug. 8.
If you plan to register at Wa-Ke Hatchee, Estero, North Fort Myers or Veterans Park, you need to obtain a facility membership first.
People who register at least two weeks before the first day of their session will receive an early registration discount. For example, the price of a traditional camp would be $70 instead of $75.
This year, outdoor specialty camps will cost $75, except for Boca Grande, which is $100.
Parents interested in swimming lessons can prepare to register soon. Those lessons and other summer aquatics programs begin to take enrollment on April 1.
LeeTran is offering a youth GO Pass. It is available to full-time students 18 or younger for $35.
The pass is good for unlimited travel on LeeTran buses and trolleys for the entire summer recess.
It can be purchased April 21 through May 31 at: www.rideleetran.com or at the Rosa Parks Transportation Center, at 2250 Widman Way in Fort Myers.
For registration and information call (239) 533-7275 or go online to: www.LeeParks.org.
For LeeTran Go Pass information, call (239) 533-0303 or go online to: www.rideleetran.com.
Edible Gardening Exchange to meet
The Lehigh Acres Edible Gardening Exchange will meet March 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Veterans Park Recreation Center, at 55 S. Homestead Road.
After the first meeting, the venue requires a $10 lifetime membership fee.
For information, contact Karen Harty at (610) 530-8883.
Call for visual artists
Visual artists are invited to submit up to two framed/gallery wrapped pieces of art for the judged Inspirations Art Show, which will be held April 6 in the Crown Room at the Majestic Golf Club, at 350 S. Homestead Road.
Mediums accepted are watercolor, mixed media, pen and ink, oil, acrylic, pastels and charcoals.
Works must have been completed within the last two years.
Works which have received an award higher than honorable mention in any AOI or ACSWF shows are not eligible.
All work must be original.
Cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded.
Entry fees for Arts of the Inland and Art Council of Southwest Florida members is $10 per artwork; the non-members fee is $20 per entry.
For the complete prospectus and application, visit: www.artsoftheinland.com. Applications must be received by March 28.
For information, contact LaVon Koenig at (239) 303-5849 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legislators to hand out food to those in need
In an effort to provide underprivileged families in Lee County with nutritious foods, elected officials will distribute chicken, fresh produce and other healthy food products on March 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at 50 Pine Island Road in North Fort Myers.
The food will be available on a first come first serve basis and while supplies last.
The efforts are being made possible by Farm Share, a non-profit organization whose mission is to alleviate hunger and malnutrition by recovering and distributing fresh and nutritious food to those who need it most.
Safe pool party set
Lee County Parks and Recreation, Kohl's Cares and the Golisano Children's Hospital are hosting a safe pool party on March 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lehigh Acres Community Pool, at 1400 W. Fifth St.
There will be pool games and water safety activities and demonstrations. Come learn ways to help your family stay safe while having fun in, on and around the water.
Free admission and hotdogs.
Certified lifeguards on duty.
The pool is heated.
General Woman's Club plans fashion show
The General Woman's Club of Lehigh Acres will host its annual fashion show and luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 29 at Colonial Country Club, at 9175 Independence Way, Fort Myers.
This year's theme is "A Rainbow of Fashions," by Anthony's of Fort Myers.
Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the monthly meeting or by calling Diane Lashua at (412) 708-0422 or Sue Thompson at (239) 369-4807.
LRMC offers insurance help for Marketplace
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.
County seeking public input on transportation
Help plan for better transportation in Lee County by taking the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization survey online at: www.Lee2040.metroquest.com.
Nearly 400,000 new residents are expected to reside in Lee County by 2040. To address the growing transportation needs, the county is exploring ways to reduce the number of vehicle trips and increase travel options.
This involves looking at where residents and jobs may locate in Lee over the next 25 years. To do this, conceptual growth scenarios are being presented in the survey.
The MPO is asking the public to share their ideas about new ways to grow relating to future transportation investments. Available through March, the survey only takes a few minutes to complete.
Public input will be used to help select a preferred approach to future growth and the transportation system needed to support that growth. This is a first step in developing the Lee County 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan.
To learn more about the MPO, visit: www.LeeMPO.com.
Lee County schools topic of meeting
The League of Women Voters will meet on April 5 at 9 a.m. at The Landings, Helm Dining Room, at 4420 Flagship Drive, Fort Myers.
The topic is Lee County Public Schools. Dr. Nancy Graham, Lee County Schools superintendent, is the featured speaker.
Following the educational program, the League of Women Voters of Lee County will hold its annual meeting and will celebrate its 65th Anniversary of Making Democracy Work in Lee County.
The public is invited to attend.
Cost, including breakfast, is $15. Checks should be made payable to LWVLee.
Reservations required by April 1. For information or reservations, contact (239) 278-1032 or email@example.com.
Candidate to speak before Libertarian Party
The Libertarian Party of Lee County will meet April 2 from 7 to 8:45 p.m. in the Judge Landis Room at the Shoeless Joe's at Bell?Tower in Fort Myers.
Dinner is served from 7 to 7:45 p.m. and is self-pay.
Ray Netherwood, a candidate for U.S. Congress, will speak. An open discussion will follow.
The club welcomes liberty-minded individuals of all party affiliations.
For information, visit: www.leelibertarians.com or call (239) 245-9267.
Basic archery class open to children
Children ages 6-17 in Lehigh Acres are encouraged to try their hand at archery with the Sheriff's Youth Activities League.
The basic archery class is modeled after the National Archery in the Schools Program, and it will cover everything needed to start shooting a bow.
The 12-week session starts on April 2 and will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the lodge by the lake at Veteran's Park.
The cost is $35.
To register, contact the Lee County Parks and Recreation Department at (239) 369-1521.
If you are interested in being a volunteer, contact Javier Rosa at (239) 565-1226.
For information, visit the SYAL Web site at: www.leecountysheriffsyouthactivitiesleague.com.
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:
- April 4
- May 2
- June 6
- Aug. 1
- Sept. 5
- Oct. 3
- Nov. 7
- Dec. 5.
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 or for information.
Local author to hold book signings
Author Tanya Cattouse, a Lehigh?Acres resident, will sign copies of her book, "Rules of the Rich," on April 5 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the East County Regional Library, at 881 Gunnery Road, and on April 12 from 7 to 9 a.m. at CaJuol, at 1315 N. Homestead Road.
In this practical, down-to-earth book, Cattouse gives you 32 rules to become rich in God, life, love, family and money. As someone who did everything wrong before she did it right, she knows how to encourage people who have thought about giving up.
Personal pledges following each rule make it easy for you to put Cattouse's plan into practice. Apply her suggestions and you too will have an excellent life.
For information, call (405) 458-5642 or contact Michelle Whitman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tomato propagation workshop planned
A tomato propagation workshop will be held April 5 at 2 p.m. at the Veterans Park Recreational Center, at 55 S. Homestead Road.
The hands-on learning workshop will cover how to save tomato seeds and how to start new plants without using seeds.
Each participant will take home four potted tomato cuttings that are tolerant to summer conditions, rooting hormone, four seed saving envelopes with drying agent, tomato seeds and instruction on how to save seeds, make cuttings and how to make homemade potting mix.
UF/IFAS Lee County Extension Agriculture Program Coordinator Karen Harty is the instructor.
Cost is $8 per person.
Make checks out to LCEOAB and mail to "Tomato Propagation" UF/IFAS, 3410 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33916.
Lehigh Singers to perform at concerts
The Lehigh Singers will perform at the following concerts:
- April 5: Buckingham Presbyterian Church, at 4241 Buckingham Road, Fort Myers, at 4:30 p.m.
- April 7: St. Peter Lutheran Church, at 3751 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, at 7:30 p.m.
- April 8: Tice Methodist Church, at 4545 Lyneda St., Fort Myers, at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is free, with a goodwill offering suggested.
For information, call (239) 560-7111.
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.
If you have not been in the group in the past, call (239) 822-1890 for an audition.
Free tax preparation help is available
The United Way is sponsoring free tax assistance on Wednesdays and Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at 201 Plaza Drive, Suite 103.
If your household income was less than $57,000 last year, trained IRS volunteers will help you file your taxes.
You must bring your photo ID, Social Security card and birth dates, wage and earning forms, interest and dividend forms, bank routing and account numbers, and the total you may have paid for day care.
Appointments are required.
For information or an appointment, call (239)?369-5818.
Water fitness classes available at public pool
The Lehigh Acres Community Pool, at 1400 W. Fifth St., offers a variety of water fitness classes.
Commit to get fit with aqua aerobics. Choose the fast-paced workout at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, or the free 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.
Lifeguards are on duty; lap swimmers are welcome. The pool is closed Sunday and Monday.
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 scheduled each week
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.
Fenway South 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 offers produce, cheeses, pastas, seafood, baked breads, meats, herbs, ready-to-eat meals, flowers, crafts, soaps, candles, live music and more.
Visit online at: www.buylocallee.com.
Children's Choir holding rehearsals
The Lehigh Children's Choir rehearses from 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays at Cayuga Music Studio, at 1100 Homestead Road.
The spring concert will be in late March, with additional performances from February through April.
For information, call (239) 368-2488.
Lehigh Concert Band season in session
The Lehigh Concert Band has open spots for any concert band musician who can play at a high school or college level or above.
Clarinet, french horn and tuba players are particularly needed.
The season runs from November to April, and the band rehearses at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the Faith Lutheran Church, at 705 Leeland Blvd.
Those interested in joining are invited to stop by a Tuesday rehearsal or any performance.
For information, call Lynne Criss at (239) 949-1834 or visit: www.lehighconcertband.org.