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Of Special Note (7/16/14)

July 16, 2014
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Boot camps focus on fitness, nutrition

Healthy Harvest Community Farms, at 607 Mirror Lakes Drive, will host boot camp classes to support a healthier community through fitness and nutrition.

The following are planned:

- Mondays and Fridays from 6 to 7 p.m. at Williams Park

- Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Veterans Park

- Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m and Saturdays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Healthy Harvest Community Farms

The classes are free; donations are welcome and appreciated.

For the schedule, visit:

At least 10 people must be signed up for a class to take place.

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.

Hurricane preparedness for businesses seminar

The Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce will host a hurricane workshop for businesses July 18 from 3 to 5 p.m. at 25 Homestead Road, Suite 41.

The seminar will offer business owners information on how to protect their business in the event of a hurricane.

The event is free and open to the public.

For information, call (239) 745-3700.

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.

Community Day at the Gardens open to public

Healthy Harvest Farms, at 607 Mirror Lakes Drive, will host a Community Day at the Gardens on the third Saturday of every month.

Come work in the garden July 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Remember to wear appropriate shoes and clothing, and do not forget the sunscreen.

Advance registration is required as lunch will be supplied to participants.

For information or to register, contact Catalina Lopez at (239)?826-9743 or or visit:

Gulf Coast Writers announce speaker

The Gulf Coast Writers Association will meet July 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at Zion Lutheran Church, at 7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers.

The speaker will be Jeremy Pilarski, of Edison State College. The seminar is about effective pitch writing that may help attendees in their publishing pursuits. Also, learn to avoid the mistakes writers make in their publishing efforts.

Members and first-time visitors are free; guests are $5.

For information, visit online at: or call (239) 247-4515.

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.

Local artists present summer programs

Arts of the Inland members will present summer adult programs at the East County Regional Library, at 881 Gunnery Road.

All programs are free and open to the public.

The following are planned:

- July 26 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: "Intro to Painting Techniques" with June DeVincent. She will demonstrate four types of painting mediums and answer questions about techniques and products. Participants can try their hand at the mediums. Participants are encouraged to bring their art in progress for advice and direction. All supplies are provided.

- Aug. 6 from 6 to 7 p.m.: Enjoy a dulcimer and fiddle recital by Joyce Waltman and Naomi. Selections from folk music, hymns and original compositions will be played. Learn about the history of the instruments and ask the musicians about their art form.

Advance registration is requested. To register or for information, call Sarah Brown at (239) 533-4215.

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: 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: to view pets or for information.

8th Annual Pastapalooza set

Sponsored by the Lehigh Democratic Club, the 8th Annual Pastapalooza will be held Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Majestic Country Club on Homestead Road.

The special guest speaker will be Cape Coral Mayor Marni Sawicki. Current local candidates will be attending.

Tickets cost $20 per person. For tickets or information, call (239) 369-3129.

Free Grow A Gardener workshop series

Grow A Gardener is an eight-session workshop on edible gardening taught by Lee County Master Gardeners.

Sessions include soil, seeds, water, worms/composting, plant parts, propagation, insects and vegetable identification

The series will be held Mondays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. from Sept. 15 through Nov. 17 at the Veterans Park Recreation Center, at 55 Homestead Road S. There is no class Oct. 20 and Nov. 10.

The series is free, but registration is required due to limited seating. Register at: or at the Veterans Park Recreational Center.

For information, contact Karen Harty at (610) 530-8883.

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: 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:?

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:

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.



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