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The competition welcomes full-length, previously unpublished plays, written by authors with a Southwest Florida connection.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.
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:
- 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.
Chamber announces Summer Job Fair
The Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host its 2014 Summer Job Fair on Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hodges University, at 4501 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers.
Participating companies include Lee County Port Authority, Latino 97.7, Hodges University, FOX 4, Lowe's, Collier County Public Schools, Hope Healthcare Services, Telemundo, BB&T, Prudential, Take Shape for Life, MundoFox, Sunstate Academy, J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Florida Academy, Univision SWFL, Fort Myers Broadcasting, Specific Care Chiropractic, Fifth Third Bank, School District of Lee County, Imagen Semanal, Alta Resources, Juan 1200/1460AM, Supervisor of Elections, The Pendas Law Firm, State Farm, Azteca America SWFL, HolaCiudad.com, Prudential, Nuevos Ecos, Lee Memorial Health System, AVON, Autos Trocas y Mas, Exitos Magazine and more.
Anyone interested in changing careers or in need of a job is welcome to attend.
The event is free to the public.
For information or to rent a booth, contact the chamber at (239) 418-1441 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
VegHeads to meet
The VegHeads, a 4-H youth club for ages 8-18, will host its first meeting of the 2014-15 year on Aug. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Veterans Park Recreational Center, at 55 S. Homestead Road.
This year's projects will include: Lee County Seed Library, entering plants into the Lee County Fair, install a garden for a needy family and an aquaponics project.
The club has a member limit, so those interested in joining should contact the 4-H leader, Karen Harty, at email@example.com or (610) 530-8883.
Garden series planned
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: www.webtrac.leegov.com 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: www.makeadifferenceday.com or call (239) 477-1485.
Pool offers lessons, 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.
Boot camps focus on health
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: www.HealthyHarvestFarms.org.
At least 10 people must be signed up for a class to take place.
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.
Visit online at: www.buylocallee.com.
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 seek 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.