Edible Gardening Exchange to meet
The Lehigh Acres Edible Gardening Exchange will meet July 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Veterans Park Recreation Center, at 55 S. Homestead Road.
The speaker is Dr. Monica Ozores-Hampton, of the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee. Her program focuses on nutrient use efficiency and fertilization practices to facilitate the adoption of nutrient best management practices by the vegetable industry.
After the first meeting, the venue requires a $10 lifetime membership fee. For details, contact Karen Harty at (610) 530-8883.
Autism screening set
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 July 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Imaginarium, at 2000 Cranford 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.
Seminar on protecting identity of deceased
The Lee County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home and Cemetery, will host a series of free informational seminars on protecting the identity and assets of deceased loved ones, as well as those of their survivors.
A seminar will take place July 22 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Colonial Family Center at the Fort Myers Memorial Gardens, at 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers.
Seating is limited and reservations are appreciated; light refreshments will be served.
To reserve a seat, call Samantha between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (239) 936-0555.
For information about identity theft and the deceased, contact the LCSO fraud specialist at (239) 258-3287.
Second annual playwriting contest
The Firehouse Community Theatre in LaBelle presents the Second Annual Clarence "Bud" Jones Playwriting Competition.
The competition welcomes full-length, previously unpublished plays, written by authors with a Southwest Florida connection.
A fee of $25 must accompany the manuscript, which may be submitted electronically or by mail and received prior to Aug. 1.
The blinded scripts will then be reviewed by a panel of judges including community members from education, library, publishing, and theatrical backgrounds.
Cash awards for authors of first, second and third place winners include $500, $200 and $100.
The theater will produce a scripted reading of the first place entrant during 2014-15 season.
For competition details and forms visit: www.firehousecommunitytheatre.com or call (863) 675-3066.
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:
- 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.
An additional special clinic will be held June 1 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Lee County Domestic Animal Services, at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers.
No appointment is necessary.
The cost is $15 or $5 with proof of public assistance
Visit: www.leelostpets.com to view pets or for information.
Take part in Lehigh Makes A Difference Day
The planning for the Annual Lehigh Makes A Difference Day 2014 is in full swing and organizers are calling on residents, civic groups and businesses to take part.
Join the effort by creating a service project or participate in an existing project that will have a direct impact on Lehigh Acres.
The Fall Harvest Style event will be held Oct. 25 from noon to 5 p.m. at Veterans Park.
For project ideas, visit: www.makeadifferenceday.com or call (239) 477-1485.
Pool offers swim lessons, aqua aerobics
The Lehigh Acres Community Pool, at 1400 W. Fifth St., is heated and open to the public year round. There are summer swim lessons offered in June and July, with a wide range of skill levels taught by American Red Cross certified instructors. Classes available for ages 6 months and older; cost is $50 for eight classes.
Prepare for the beach with aqua aerobics. Choose from an invigorating fast paced workout offered at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday or the ultra-low impact National Arthritis Foundation sponsored class at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday and Friday. Classes are in chest deep water and 45 minutes in length. There are always lifeguards-on-duty. Lap swimmers welcome.
For hours and rates, call (239) 369-8277 or visit the website at:?www.leeparks.org.
Farmer's Market open
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.
Choir holding 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.
Concert Band 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 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 performance.
For information, call Lynne Criss at (239) 949-1834 or visit: www.lehighconcertband.org.
Lehigh Singers seeking members
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.
Tenors and basses needed. If you are interested, call (239) 822-1890 for an audition.